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Friday, October 23, 2009

News from Top Tech Tidbits

1) JFW version 11 has been released to coincide with today's release of Windows 7. The first screen reader to ship on a dvd, it features better support for web pages written using ARIA,the new research feature, and a free DAISY reader.
http://www.freedomscientific.com/downloads/jaws/JAWS-whats-new.asp

2) Every Thursday evening stateside, GMT Friday at 01:00, Serotek holds its Tech Chat via its Accessible Event software. This week, at 01:00 Friday 23 October, the chat will concern Windows 7, focusing on little-known configuration options. Archives are always available.
http://serotalk.com/

3) Speaking of the Tech Chat, the last one featured a lively discussion of users' favorite iPhone and iPod touch apps.
http://serotalk.com/2009/10/15/serotalk-tech-chat-37-favorite-apps-for-iphone-3gs-and-ipod-touch/

4) An accessible YouTube page has been created. It probably works best with later versions of screen readers. It features keyboard shortcuts for playing and controlling videos as well as lots of control over the screen display for low vision users.
http://tube.majestyc.net/

5) Google has an accessibility page which features tips for accessing the many programs and services Google offers and recent blog posts about increased accessibility.
http://www.google.com/accessibility

6) Google is seeking participants for a usability study to help them test the accessibility of their products for people with impaired vision.
https://spreadsheets.google.com/viewform?formkey=dEFpUm5NQjA5QVdVcGJ0Y19

7) Jamal Mazrui has updated his powerful Twitter client McTwit to version 2.5, adding lots of utilities to use Twitter to find useful information.
http://EmpowermentZone.com/mtsetup.exe

8) Recent programs from the Main Menu series are now available, and will presumably be made available soon after broadcast, in the archive site http://mainmenu.acbradio.org

9) The Klango network is updated to version 3. This free worldwide online network purports to offer many audio features, a growing number of utilities, a version of its software for Synbian phones, and lots of networking. Here is an audio presentation:
http://simplito.com/klango3.mp3

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