Amazon's new Kindles

by Clara Van Gerven

 

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Tech Doctor Podcast!

By Amy Mason
So, this is new for me.  I’ve been holed up in my office writing fun articles about technology, and necessary reports about technology, and well, just generally writing a great deal about all different aspects of access technology. Either way, I’ve been doing a lot of writing lately.   I’ll admit it, I like writing, and I feel I’m fairly good at it, but I also am fully aware that my writing is rather limited in scope. 
Therefore, I was really quite surprised when I received an e-mail the other day from Dr. Robert Carter, who is the creator of the Tech Doctor Podcast.  He said that he’d been intrigued by some of the things I’d been writing, and wanted to know if I would be interested in talking to him on the podcast. 

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

By Amy Mason

Apple’s Mac OSX 10.8 has arrived in the app store and several major news outlets claim that it “Roars”. It arrives on the scene at a ridiculously reasonable $19.99 for an operating system.  Unless your OS of choice is Linux, it’s probably been a long time, (if ever,) since you have gotten an OS upgrade for so little cash. 
This of course begs the question, do you want it?  That depends on a few things.  First, will your Mac support it? Do the programs you use the most support it? Do you care about any of the new features that Mountain Lion brings to the table? To be honest, for most of us, there will be enough compelling reasons to upgrade that it will be worth the work, hassle and $20 price tag, but you be the judge. 

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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. You can also find more information on registration, scheduling and accomodation at www.nfb.org/tactilegraphicsconference

Clara Van Gerven

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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. With 160 attendees from twenty countries and with some of the best and brightest in the industry leading sessions, it confirmed what we suspected – that there is both a need for and a real interest in broadening access to digital book. As is becoming the habit, I tweeted about it all under the nfb_voice handle, #incpub, and got to share some of the highlights that way. The presentations that we could get our hands on are being posted to www.nfb.org/inclusivepublishing.

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Review of the HIMS Braille Edge

by Amy Mason

 

 

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Vitamix

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. Interestingly, when run at high speed, the blades create enough friction within the liquid in a container that the liquid will become hot. As a result, the Vitamix can create hot soup. The Vitamix is a durable machine with a seven year warranty. Available containers come in 32oz, 48oz and 64oz sizes. There is also a specialized container that can grind grain into flour. Unlike other blenders, the Vitamix containers are simply set on top of the base. The shape of the containers makes it unnecessary to lock the containers in place.

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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. For future events, you can look for #NFBAT, which covers anything that relates to Access Technology.

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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? 

Here at the IBTC we strive to keep up with the latest and greatest in technology accessible to the blind, so Clara was furiously refreshing her browser on the day it was announced in order to purchase one for the lab.  It only just arrived, so as good little geeks, we pored over it with a fine tooth comb to give you our impressions.

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