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Fred Olver goodfolks at charter.net
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Top Tech Tidbits - Volume 257There were some inquiries about the internet archive and it's desire to make available a million books to blind and visually impaired readers. Check out number four in this message and you will find more information.

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Top Tech Tidbits - Volume 257
The Week's News in Adaptive Technology

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1) The topic for SeroTalk Tech Chat 61 was The iPad, Tool or Toy?

2) SeroTalk Podcast 41 gave us Latest Tech News, a discussion of MLB At Bat App for the iPhone and iPad, and Getting Started with System Access and SAMNet

3) This Fred's Head post, from WikiHow, is entitled How to Defend Against Cybercrime on Social Networks

4) This one discusses the exciting fact that Over 1 Million Digital Books are Now Available Free from the Internet Archive

5) And this one is entitled UK Service TextMagic Makes Texting Your Friends as Easy as Sending Email

6) Gizmo brings us an article entitled This Free WiFi Network Finder is Easy to Use and Very Powerful

7) The May, 2010 issue of AccessWorld contains reviews of accessibility for Android and Blackberry phones, first impressions of the iPad, an update on home appliance accessibility, and more.

8) On Tek Talk on GMT Tuesday, 18 May at 00:00, (Monday evening Stateside,) you can learn about two products from Franklin: the Franklin Bill Reader and the Speaking Language Master Special Edition.

9) Google has evolved sufficiently and added enough new features to warrant a new and revised edition of Google It! A Guide to the World's Most Popular Search Engine by Jonathan Mosen with Anna Dresner from National Braille Press. It costs $14 in braille or electronic editions.

10) T&T Consultancy Ltd announces the 3.1 version of its JTools add-on which brings enhanced functionality for JAWS users of the latest JAWS upgrade. This upgrade brings full windows 7 compatibility, more support for TWInbox, and enhancements to other features.

11) EASI will present a Free Webinar: Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on Section 508, on Monday, 24 May at 18:00 GMT. Register in advance at

12) Humanware announces the availability of the BrailleNote Apex 18, an 18-cell version of the new light and powerful incarnation of the BrailleNote.

13) Sarah Alawami has produced some introductory tutorials on Skype version 4.

14) Jonathan Mosen, Brian Hartgen, Jeff Bishop and several others have banded together to staff a new Internet radio station, MushroomFM, calling itself "The Home of the Fun Guys."

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