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Bluetooth Keyboard Keystrokes For iOS 7

Many of the VoiceOver gestures can be replicated on a bluetooth keyboard when paired with your Apple device.  To pair your Bluetooth keyboard with your Apple device, make sure the keyboard is turned on.  Then, go to Settings, Bluetooth, and … Continue reading

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The New Victor Reader Stream: A New Look For A Popular Product

By Michael D. Barber Rehab Technology Specialist Manufacturer: Humanware (800) 722-3393 http://www.humanware.com $369.00 Do you remember when you first got your brand new Victor Reader Stream? Do you recall how excited you were to have a device that would play … Continue reading

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Freedom Scientific Releases JAWS for Windows Version 14

By Curtis Chong On October 22, 2012, Freedom Scientific announced the official release of JAWS for Windows Version 14, called JAWS 14 by those who know the program well. JAWS for Windows continues to occupy a large share of the … Continue reading

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The Second-Generation iBill®

By Curtis Chong On September 18, 2012, Orbit Research announced a second-generation version of the iBill® Talking Money Identifier. When the original iBill® was released in late 2009, it was truly a very competitive product. Other currency identifiers were priced … Continue reading

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Braille Sense U2 QWERTY 32: A New Look From HIMS Inc.

By Michael D. Barber Rehab Technology Specialist Manufacturer:  HIMS Inc. Website:  http://www.hims-inc.com Sales:  (888) 520-4467 Technical Support:  (512) 837-2000 HIMS Inc. 4616 W. Howard Lane Suite 960 Austin, TX   78728 One of my biggest complaints about using a NoteTakers with … Continue reading

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The Braille EDGE 40: The Newest Offering by HIMS, Inc.

By Michael D. Barber Contributing Writer My very first introduction to the world of refreshable Braille was in 1991 during my employment as the first totally blind customer service representative at then Norwest Card Services (later to become Wells Fargo … Continue reading

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JAWS 13: The First Screen Reader To Recognize Text In Images

By Curtis Chong On October 24, 2011, Freedom Scientific announced the release of JAWS® for Windows version 13.  Most significant about this newest release of JAWS is a new feature which Freedom Scientific calls Convenient OCR.  Simply put, Convenient OCR … Continue reading

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A Less Expensive Bar Code Scanning Alternative

By Curtis Chong Contributing Writer Just about everything you buy these days has a unique bar code identifier.  If a person has access to the appropriate data base, this bar code can be tremendously helpful to identify a product whose … Continue reading

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The Struggle To Upgrade My iPhone To iOS 5

By Curtis Chong On October 12, 2011, Apple released iOS 5, the latest operating system for its line of “i” products.  Since my iPhone 4 had been purchased less than six months ago, I knew that I would probably not … Continue reading

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Just Me and My Netbook

By Susie Stageberg Anybody who has tried to share a home with two teenagers and one computer can understand why, a year or so ago, I put down my foot and shouted, “Enough! I want my own computer.” My family … Continue reading

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