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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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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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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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Technologies For Nonvisual Access To Paper Currency

By Curtis Chong Contributing Writer During recent months, more affordable and usable technologies have become available to enable a blind person to identify paper currency without having to rely upon the assistance of someone who can see.  While folding different … Continue reading

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EyeNote Currency Identifier for the iPhone: Free but inefficient

By Tai Blas Contributing Writer Recently, the Bureau of Printing and Engraving released the EyeNote iPhone application. This app is designed to identify currency for blind users. This is a free application. I decided to test the app to see … Continue reading

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How I crossed over to the ‘Dark Side’ (I mean iPhone)

By Curtis Chong Contributing Writer  In the summer of 2009, almost two years ago, Apple announced that its iPhone (a smart phone operated primarily through a touch screen) would be equipped with the VoiceOver program, software designed to allow the … Continue reading

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Web Page Reading: Have It Your Way

By Michael Barber Contributing Writer Burger King is not the only company who lets you “have it your way.”  When it comes to the automatic reading of a web page when it’s loaded, Freedom Scientific gives you a choice.  You … Continue reading

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CSUN: A recap from the week in San Diego

By Curtis Chong Contributing Writer From March 15-19, I attended the 26th annual CSUN International Technology & People with Disabilities Conference held in San Diego.  During the conference, I attended a number of formal sessions, visited with a few companies in … Continue reading

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At CSUN: Zoom Reader app on its way

By Michael Barber Contributing Writer I am attending the 26th annual International Conference on Disabilities, sponsored by California State University at Northridge.  One of the exciting things to do at these conferences is to wander through the exhibit hall and … Continue reading

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Instant currency ID with the LookTel app

By Michael Barber Contributing Writer For many years, money identification for many of us was done by folding money in many different ways for each denomination.  I fold my fives in half, my 10s get folded once lengthways, etc.  I … Continue reading

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