NVDA 2012.1beta1 Released

For more information go to the following site
http://www.nvda-project.org/blog/NVDA2012.1beta1Released

NVDA 2012.1beta1 Released
NV Access is pleased to announce the release of NVDA 2012.1beta1. It is intended
for those who are interested in testing and evaluating the upcoming NVDA 2012.1 release,
but is not recommended for production use. Testers are encouraged to report any bugs found while using this beta.
Note that some translations may not yet be updated. They will be updated by the time of the final 2012.1 release.
Highlights of NVDA 2012.1 include features for more fluent reading of braille; indication
of document formatting in braille; access to much more formatting information and improved performance in Microsoft Word; and support for the iTunes Store.

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Next Meeting Saturday February 4 10:00 – 11:30 AM

 

Its time again for the monthly meeting of the Northland Users Of Technology, NUT.

Saturday February 4, 2012 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM

Hy-Vee
Kitchen
5330 NW 64th Street
Kansas City, MO 64151
Store: 816-505-1311

We will be meeting in the kitchen again. We will try to get the big round table again, so if you have someone helping you back to the kitchen, tell them to look for the nuts at the big round table.

Bring your questions, bring that tech toy, bring a friend.
Steve

GWConnect 1.02 by,GW Micro

Ever since the initial release of the Skype client in mid 2003, people from all around
the world have used it to initiate high-quality voice and text conversations, send
and receive files, and stay in touch with one another. The visually impaired community,
likewise, has used Skype since then to facilitate equal communication with each other and their sighted counterparts.
However, as the service has grown, so too has the program. For years, screen reader
users have kept up with Skype’s ever-morphing interface either with custom patches,
scripts, or apps. While largely successful, such utilities must be constantly maintained
as any new version of Skype can, and often will, cause previously working scripts or apps to stop functioning properly.
In mid 2011, Skype announced its SkypeKit developer program. This service allows
program developers to directly access nearly all Skype services without the additional
need of traversing its user interface. Developers, therefore, can create their own
interface to Skype and seamlessly integrate it into their own products. And, because the underlying Skype services are much less likely to change on a whim, GW Micro
decided to take advantage of this service and create a simple, elegant, fully accessible
interface to Skype which is designed with the visually impaired community in mind.
Having full control of the user interface also means that unlike the official Skype
client, GWConnect’s interface will not dramatically change from version to version.
When you learn how to use GWConnect today, you can be confident that your knowledge will continue to apply in the future as new versions are released. Why GWConnect?
GWConnect will always make the Skype service available to blind and visually impaired computer users regardless of new versions of Skype that are released. GWConnect is a demonstration of the power of interfacing with Window-Eyes.
All blind and visually impaired users who are running Windows can use GWConnect at no cost. Even those consumers not running Window-Eyes can still download and use GWConnect.
Frequently Asked Questions
The following are some frequently asked questions and answers regarding GWConnect.
If you continue to have questions or require assistance after reading this section,
please use the information in the “Contact Information” section to reach a GW Micro support specialist.
Do I have to install the official Skype client to use GWConnect?
No. The GWConnect setup contains everything required to interact with the Skype service.
You may, however, install the official Skype client and switch between the two programs at your own discression.
Do I have to be a Window-Eyes user to run GWConnect?
No. GWConnect will work with all recent versions of Windows screen readers and magnifiers. GWConnect is written to allow all blind and visually impaired people, regardless of screen reader preference, to have an easy, accessible Skype experience. How much does GWConnect cost?
GWConnect costs nothing. It is available for free at
http://www.gwmicro.com/apps/GWConnect
.
Can I sign up for the Skype service with GWConnect?
Absolutely. To sign up for Skype, simply open the “Sign In” window from under the
Skype menu and click the “Sign up for Skype” button. You will be taken to the account
sign up web page at Skype.com where you can create a new account. When your account
has been successfully created, enter your new Skype username and password into the sign in window, click “Sign In,” and you can begin using Skype immediately. Why does my password disappear when I open the sign in window?
The part of GWConnect responsible for handling communication between the GWConnect
user interface and the Skype service handles all password storage and management.
As such, GWConnect itself never stores your password for any reason. Thus, if you
have GWConnect set to automatically sign in to your account and you have instructed
it to remember your password, the program will do so until you manually sign out.
Whenever I talk to someone, the rest of my Windows audio gets turned down. How do I fix this?
Windows Vista and Windows 7 include a feature where the operating system automatically
ducks any background audio whenever services such as GWConnect are used. This has
the unfortunate consequence of also turning down your software speech synthesizer. To disable this:
1. Press the Windows key to open the Start Menu.
2. Enter “sound,” and press the Down Arrow until you reach the Control Panel applet. 3. Control-Tab until you reach the “Communications” tab.
4. Your keyboard focus lands in a group of radio buttons. Press the Down Arrow until you reach “Do Nothing.”
5. Press Alt-A to activate the “Apply” button.
6. Press Enter to close the dialog.
Now, when you make or receive Skype calls, your Windows audio settings will be left alone.
Why can’t I send or receive video calls?
The version of the Windows Skype runtime which we are permitted to ship does not
support either sending or receiving video calls. Skype has promised to make an updated
version of the runtime available in the first half of 2012 which will support video
calls. GWConnect will be updated to support these features when the new runtime is available.
Can I run GWConnect and the official Skype client at the same time? Certainly. However, be aware that you must be logged in to separate accounts for each client if you intend to run both versions of Skype on the same computer. If
you attempt to sign in to your account on both GWConnect and the official Skype client,
one or both programs will generate a database IO error. You may, however, sign in to your account on multiple machines with no issue.
Will I be able to use third-party plugins (such as call recorders) with GWConnect?
No. Third-party plugins which utilize the Skype desktop API are currently not compatible with custom Skype clients– including GWConnect.
Do others on my contact list have to also run GWConnect before I can call them?
No. Your contacts may use any Skype client which supports voice calls and/or text chatting such as GWConnect, the official Skype client for Windows, or even Skype
for other operating systems such as Mac OSX, iOS, Android, and Linux. In the end,
GWConnect is simply an accessible front-end to the same Skype service used by millions of people around the globe every day.
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Minimum Version: Window-Eyes 7.0
Version 1.02
1/27/2012 1:28:29 PM
GWSkype is now GWConnect. Please uninstall any version of GWSkype that may be on your machine prior to installing GWConnect.
GWConnect is now available in German, Swedish, and Turkish.
Fixed a problem where sending voicemails could fail.
Fixed a problem which could cause the recent events window to become unresponsive.
Recent versions of modern screen readers are now properly detected and used where possible.
Fixed an issue where sound effects would play through the call out device instead of the notification device.
Worked around a problem where conversation windows would sometimes not open if a contact’s status could not be determined.
Sending and receiving files with non-Latin characters should work now.
Fixed an issue where certain events, such as contact online status changes, would cause the ringing sound to stop playing if an incoming call request was visible. It is once again possible to send files from within text chat windows.
The hang up command (accessed either from within the GWConnect main window or via
the global hotkey) now also activates the “Stop and Send” button in an open voicemail window.
When making outbound Skype calls, the ringing sound now plays when the remote participants’ status changes to ringing instead of when the call is first initiated.
The outgoing ringing sound now stops playing if a Skype call is automatically forwarded to a landline or mobile phone.
Fixed a rare case where GWSkype wouldn’t always hang up successfully on any active conversations while the program was shutting down.
If a call is placed to someone who has enabled voicemail on his/her account, the
voicemail dialog will now open if the call is not answered. Previously it would only open if a voicemail was initiated from the contact list.
Like recent events, the list of incoming voicemails from the Skype menu is now sorted
in descending order; that is, the most recent messages will be at the top and the oldest at the bottom.
Fixed a problem where GWConnect wouldn’t display the incoming call dialog if a previous call failed to answer in time.
If GWConnect runs with advertisements, the ad text has been varied to be much less repetitive.
GWConnect would sometimes play an alert sound but failed to show an associated incoming authorization dialog. This has been fixed.
If placing a call from inside a chat window brought the user to voicemail, GWConnect still thought a call was active. This has been corrected.
Merging conference calls has been improved.
When rejecting incoming calls, GWConnect now sends the caller to voicemail if the logged in account supports this feature.
When a conference call was created, the mute/unmute microphone menu item would sometimes remain disabled. This has been improved.
Silencing incoming or outgoing chat messages spoken by SAPI synthesizers now works correctly.
Chat windows opened via the Conversations dialog from under the Skype menu no longer open minimized.
The status change time-out has been increased from 10 seconds to one minute. Accounts with large contact lists should load much more quietly.
Preferences are now automatically saved when clicking OK in the Options dialog and whenever the user signs in to Skype.
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CCleaner for Mac v1.01

Monday, January 30, 2012
CCleaner for Mac v1.01
Apple
We’re pleased to announce the final release build of CCleaner for Mac ! It’s now out of beta and you can use the application with bug-free confidence. :)
Release notes:
OS support covers Mac OSX 10.5, 10.6 and 10.7, along with all current versions of Firefox, Chrome, Safari and Opera.
You can download now from
http://www.piriform.com/mac/ccleaner

TSA Announces Launch of TSA Cares Toll Free Helpline for Travelers with Disabilities and Medical Needs

TSA Announces Launch of TSA Cares Toll Free Helpline for Travelers with Disabilities and Medical Needs Press Release
December 22, 2011
Contact:
TSA Public Affairs
(571) 227-2829
Photo of an airport terminal.
WASHINGTON
– The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) announced the launch of TSA Cares
today, a new helpline number designed to assist travelers with disabilities and medical
conditions, prior to getting to the airport. Travelers may call TSA Cares toll free
at 1-855-787-2227 prior to traveling with questions about screening policies, procedures and what to expect at the security checkpoint.
“TSA Cares provides passengers with disabilities and medical needs another resource
to use before they fly, so they know what to expect when going through the screening
process,” said TSA Administrator John Pistole. “This additional level of personal
communication helps ensure that even those who do not travel often are aware of our screening policies before they arrive at the airport.”
Since its inception, TSA has provided information to all travelers through its TSA
Contact Center and Customer Service Managers in airports nationwide. TSA Cares will
serve as an additional, dedicated resource for passengers with disabilities, medical
conditions or other circumstances or their loved ones who want to prepare for the screening process prior to flying.
When a passenger with a disability or medical condition calls TSA Cares, a representative
will provide assistance, either with information about screening that is relevant
to the passenger’s specific disability or medical condition, or the passenger may
be referred to disability experts at TSA. TSA recommends that passengers call approximately
72 hours ahead of travel so that TSA Cares has the opportunity to coordinate checkpoint
support with a TSA Customer Service Manager located at the airport when necessary.
Every person and item must be screened before entering the secure area of an airport
and the manner in which the screening is conducted will depend on the passenger’s abilities and any specific equipment brought to the security checkpoint.
TSA strives to provide the highest level of security while ensuring that all passengers
are treated with dignity and respect. The agency works regularly with a broad coalition
of disability and medical condition advocacy groups to help understand their needs
and adapt screening procedures accordingly. TSA holds quarterly meetings with this coalition to inform them about current training and screening procedures used in
airports. TSA recently hosted a teleconference with members of these groups to announce
the long-standing plans to implement TSA Cares for travelers and inform them of the upcoming launch.
All travelers may ask to speak to a TSA supervisor if questions about screening procedures arise while at the security checkpoint.
The hours of operation for the TSA Cares helpline are Monday through Friday 9 a.m.
– 9 p.m. EST, excluding federal holidays. After hours, travelers can find information
about traveling with disabilities and medical needs on TSA’s website. To learn more click here
.
All travelers can contact TSA using
Talk To TSA
, a web-based tool that allows passengers to reach out to an airport Customer Service Manager directly, and the TSA Contact Center, 1-866-289-9673 and TSA-ContactCenter@dhs.gov
, where travelers can ask questions, provide suggestions and file complaints.

Clothing Labels For PenFriend Labeling System

They are finally here!
PenFriend Labels for your Clothes!
You have asked for them and now
The Mice Have Them!
Well, they are not exactly here but they are in transit!
Pre-Order Yours Now!
The Mice anticipate these PenFriend Labels to arrive in about 2 weeks! Don’t delay…Pre Order Today
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Once we begin shipping, the Pre-Order Mice Price will no longer be available! price will go up!
The Mice also suggest that when you place your order,
select Priority Mail as your Shipping Method
and save a little more cheese!

Here is the information on the
New PenFriend laundry labels Pack 1
** Be sure to read the Instructions for Use that follows this product information!

? pack of 48 self-adhesive labels
? each rectangular label measures 1.1 by 0.8 inches (3cm by 2cm) ? no ironing or stitching required
? can be applied directly to cotton and other smooth fabrics ? for wools and acrylics, apply to the care label
? suitable for use in washing machines and hand washing
? each label will withstand 50 plus washes up to 122 degrees F (50 degrees C) wait for seven days before washing to allow adhesive to set ? not suitable for dry cleaning or tumble drying
? labels should be used within six months of opening

? for use with the PenFriend Labeling System

Product Number: DL96

Note to existing PenFriend users -<
these labels are slightly different to the standard PenFriend labels. The material is thicker, and the labels are die-cut
meaning that the excess labelling material surrounding individual labels has been left in place. You will need to locate the edge of the label that you
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Instructions For PenFriend laundry labels

Please retain these instructions for future reference. These instructions are also available in other formats.

Contents
General description 1
Items supplied with the PenFriend laundry labels 1
Using the PenFriend laundry labels 1
Applying the labels to clothing 1
Recording a label 2
Important information 2
Terms and Conditions of sale 2

General description
Label your clothes using your own voice. Use your RNIB PenFriend to record the pattern, color and care instructions of your entire wardrobe onto these self-adhesive labels, and never leave the house with odd socks or a mismatched outfit again!

Items supplied with the PenFriend laundry labels
48 x rectangular labels (2 sheets of 24 labels)

Using the PenFriend laundry labels
The labels are die-cut meaning that the excess labelling material surrounding individual labels has been left in place. You will need to locate the edge of the label that you want to use, remove it from the backing sheet and attach to your clothing before recording.

Applying the labels to clothing
The self-adhesive label can be applied directly onto cotton or smooth fabrics. To apply, peel the label off of the backing sheet. Then place the label onto the fabric and press down firmly with your fingers, ensuring that the entire label comes into contact with the fabric.

If you want to label woollen or acrylic fabrics, you should apply the label to the care tag of the garment and not directly to the fabric itself. Ensure that you wrap the label firmly around the care tag and fold any excess label inside and secure it firmly.

If you are labelling woollen socks, spot stitching is recommended to keep the label securely in place.

Recording a label
· Once laundry label is attached to the item of clothing
· Press and keep your finger on the record button (the button nearest the pointed end) · Touch your label with the pointed end of the PenFriend
· You will hear a beep – but remember to keep your finger on the record button · Record your message and when you?ve finished, let go of the record button
· To hear your message, you do not need to press any buttons, simply put the pointed end of the PenFriend on the label and your message will automatically play
· If you make a mistake or want to re-record the same label – start again. Just press and hold the record button, touch the same label, wait for the beep, record your message then release the record button. Labels are re-useable as many times as you wish
· Ideally you should talk normally about 15cm (6 inches) away from the top of your PenFriend, but just practice some messages until you are happy with the level.

Important information
· Once you have applied the label, you should wait for seven days before washing or ironing in order for the adhesive to set properly.

· These labels are suitable for use in a washing machine, hand washing and dry cleaning and will last for over 50 washes/ironing.

· It is recommended that you should not wash the labels at temperatures that exceed 50ºC.

Terms and Conditions of sale
This product is guaranteed from manufacturing faults for 12 months from the date of purchase.

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Sprint Makes Android-Powered Smartphones More Accessible to Customers Who Are Blind or Have Trouble Reading Print on Screen Due to Various Disabilities

The following is from
http://community.sprint.com/baw/community/sprintblogs/announcements/blog/2012/01/09/sprint-makes-android-powered-smartphones-more-accessible-to-customers-who-are-blind-or-have-trouble-reading-print-on-screen-due-to-various-disabilities
Sprint Makes Android-Powered Smartphones More Accessible to Customers Who Are Blind or Have Trouble Reading Print on Screen Due to Various Disabilities Posted by
JGatSprint
on Jan 9, 2012 3:42:49 PM
Sprint Announces Two Accessibility Solutions Today Accessibility ID Packs and Mobile Accessibility Application
Sprint is proud to announce today that we will soon offer our customers who are blind
or visually impaired, as well as elderly individuals or those who cannot read print
on smartphones because of physical, perceptual, developmental, cognitive or learning
disabilities, free solutions that will provide them with easier access to their Android-powered smartphones functionality.
The solutions include five new Accessibility Sprint ID packs bundles of applications
available on select Android-powered smartphones and the Mobile Accessibility suite of applications.
Accessibility Sprint ID packs:
Today Sprint is announcing five accessibility-themed Sprint ID packs, developed by
Apps4Android, which are bundles of applications designed to accommodate the access
needs of Sprint subscribers with print disabilities people who are unable to read
standard printed material, including on their smartphone, because of blindness, visual disability, physical limitations, organic dysfunction or dyslexia. Accessibility ID Pack.jpg
1. Accessibility ID pack installs applications necessary to operate a smartphone
without the need to see or read what is being displayed on the screen. It does so through the use of spoken, auditory and vibrational feedback. 2. Accessible Entertainment ID pack installs applications that read RSS
news feeds and navigates users through YouTube entertainment content using high-quality text-to-speech voices.
3. Accessible Navigation ID pack installs GPS-based applications that provide
navigational assistance to users who are either driving or walking from one location to another.
4. Accessible Daily Living ID pack installs applications designed to help
individuals with print disabilities identify and locate items around the home and
workplace. It also includes a powerful video magnification application for reading print materials more easily.
5. Reading Made Easier ID pack installs applications designed to help individuals
read smartphone and Web-based documents, and surf the Web, more easily through the use of advanced navigation techniques and text-to-speech technology.
For more information about the Accessibility ID packs, read todays press release:
Apps4Android Expands Mobile Offerings with the Launch of Five Free Accessibility Sprint ID Packs Mobile Accessibility:
Today Sprint also announced that Mobile Accessibility, a suite of accessible applications
that have been specifically designed for people who are blind or visually impaired
which was developed by Code Factory, a company out of Spain, will be offered to Sprint
postpaid and Boost Mobile prepaid customers through the Android Market for free starting at the end of this quarter.
Mobile Accessibility features a simplified user interface and textual information
that is spoken aloud using voice synthesis to aid navigation of the device. The application
will be available for free for postpaid Sprint customers with Android-powered smartphones
activated on a monthly service plan that includes data, such as the Everything Data
plan starting at $79.99. The app is free for no-contract customers with Android-powered smartphones on Boost Mobiles Monthly or Daily Unlimited plans.
The application, which typically costs $99, will be available in English and Spanish
in Android Market under the names Sprint Mobile Accessibility EN & ES and Boost Mobile Accessibility EN & ES.
EVO Accessibility Apps.jpg
The main features of Mobile Accessibility:
Touch navigation: Users can simply move their finger around the screen
and the voice synthesis will read the text located under their finger. They can swipe
up/down/right/left and tap on the screen to navigate through the interface, and they can enable sound and vibration feedback.
Easy to input text: In or outside the Mobile Accessibility suite users
can use the touch QWERTY keyboard or speech recognition to write text quickly and easily making it possible to write an SMS or email using their voice only. Voice synthesis: Provides customers natural sounding voice read back.
For more information about the Mobile Accessibility application, read todays press release:
Sprint to Offer Mobile Accessibility Application, Developed by Code Factory, for Free to Customers Who are Blind or Have Low Vision Related links:
Apps4Android Accessibility ID packs press release
Mobile Accessibility press release
http://www.sprint.com/accessibility