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Nexus 7

Recently, the access technology team received our brand new Nexus 7, the famous Google tablet running Jelly Bean OS.  Our curiosity got the better of us - we had to immediately open this new and shiny thing.  Here is what we discovered.  The tablet size and the form factor are extremely attractive and fits well in small

Mountain Lion: Does it Roar, or Slip in on Quiet Cat’s Feet?

Apple’s Mac OSX 10.8 has arrived in the app store and several major news outlets claim that it “Roars”.

Tactile Graphics Conference

We're putting on our first ever Tactile Graphics Conference November 30-December 1 - and on the occasion of this exciting event, the AT Team has produced its first ever YouTube video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PyrVBKNKOfo&feature=youtu.be. Check it out.

Inclusive Publishing

We love events here in the Access Technology dungeons; we love them especially right after they end. The Inclusive Publishing event last week was pretty outstanding if I may say so.

Review of the HIMS Braille Edge

Braille displays seem to be experiencing something of a renaissance. More portable options which can interface with laptops, desktops, Macs, PCs and smart phones, particularly iOS devices have got more people excited about Braille displays than ever before.


In a time when many appliances are inaccessible, its wonderful to see a high quality blender remain fully accessible. The Vitamix 5200 is a heavy duty home blender. The controls consist of two toggle switches on either side of a speed dial. The controls are large and could be marked if desired. The Vitamix can blend, make smoothies, shakes etc.

Train the Trainers

This post is a little delayed, but I wanted share with all of you some of the excitement from the Train the Trainers. We filled up the Technology Training Lab with attendees and the back room with shiny toys to show, and off we went. If you want a play by play description of the sessions, check out the #NFBTTT hashtag on Twitter – it was quite a lively affair.

The New iPad

Apple has chosen not to give the new iPad a specific name, and has left it to the rest of us to come up with that moniker.  Some people are calling it the “iPad 3”, other’s the “HD iPad”, and still others, the “new iPad”, but despite what you call it, the question remains, is it worth buying? 

Microsoft Security Essentials

Anti-Virus software is one of those things that everyone (including you Mac and Linux users) ought to have, but it’s not really all that much fun to think about, much less employ.  Furthermore, as a screen access software user, it’s often an exercise in frustration.  I don’t know what it is about the security suites out there, but they seem to be built with every in