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Philmore Productions, whats happening?

Hi folks,
Now its time to reveal what is going on in the Philmore Productions world. In podcast 211, now on the audio RSS, you will learn how a small business such as Philmore can get away with not backing up their database of customer billing information. It turns out, a customer was on the line with me discussing other projects, when the call came in. Not surprising, Philmore Productions thinks it is OK to call a customer at any time of the day or night. The fact that his database was not backed up in months really complicates things in light of recent breaches in the public news such as Target, Michaels, and others. Its not all bad news, because on this podcast, we talk about the good things of this company as well.

I don’t like talking about bad things about a company, but security is one of the topics of this podcast. Philmore Productions should be ashamed of their actions, and hopefully can learn before it is too late. Is it too late? Only time will tell.

Just like the Blue Cross Breach, which impacts more than Philmore ever will get, Philmore will quickly have to learn what is exceptable in the business world in protecting personal information such as credit card number, address, etc. in his database. The JRN and said customer who reported the issue to the JRN, don’t know what type of information is within the database. Philmore was well aware of the target breach, per our last podcast with them. I’m sure that people will be interested in the said podcast, and of course, since we don’t know what happened, we hope the company will let his customers know the truth before it is too late. Were you effected by the issues at Philmore Productions between the 9th of April and today? The JRN would like to hear from you. Send us an E-mail by finding out our E-mail address on the blog and contacting us that way. We hope that this can be a lesson well learned.

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two podcasts have been posted since the blog was last written to

Hi folks,
I neglected to write when 210 was released, but podcast 211 is also now out. Go to our RSS feed for podcasts has all of the details and show notes.

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6 dot labeler gets an upgrade, raises price

I’ve been excited about the 6 dot labeler since it was first introduced several years ago. The Redesigned 6dot Braille Label Maker which is an audio podcast from Blind Bargains goes in to more. While I have not listened to this file as of yet, I am excited to hear it is finally coming. This sounds like an upgraded model to the one I wanted, but it is still good. In my upcoming podcast, I’m going to talk about this as part of CSUN coverage, 2015. Have you listened to this? What are your thoughts?

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Hacking the hackers

Hacking the hackers.

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Window-Eyes 9.1 is now available!

From AI Squared Indiana.


Enjoy the Best Possible Web Experience with Window-Eyes 9.1

Ai Squared is excited to continue to bring you the best possible web experience with the release of Window-Eyes 9.1.

You can now enjoy Window-Eyes 9.1 with brand new web browsing features and special enhancements including:

· Continued Improvements for Web Support

o New Support for Google Chrome enabling you to select from more major browsers

o Better performance in Firefox, especially on large webpages

o Placemarkers have returned to the new Browse Mode for quick access to the favorite part of websites

o Element Properties has returned to the new Browse Mode

§ Quickly identify the color, style and format of web page text using

§ Inspect the properties of web page elements, which can be a powerful utility for web page designers

o Even more ARIA functionality added to provide the best possible web browsing experience

o Spacebar can be used to activate links in Browse mode providing an alternative to the Enter key

o Copy text from webpages with or without formatting for your personal preference

o Window-Eyes apps can now be written to customize the program’s behavior for specific web sites

· Bug Fixes

o F8 Selection

§ Fixed reported selection issues

o Insert Key layout

§ Now works when using Browse mode

o iTunes 12.1.1

§ Improved support for iTunes when browsing the store

o Outlook

§ Customers experienced issues when trying to use features of Outlook when some Microsoft security updates were installed. These features now work, enabling customers to once again be more efficient using Outlook

o Windows Live Mail

§ Fixed numerous Windows Live Mail issues

o Fixed several stability issues

o Numerous other bug fixes

For a complete list of all new features, enhancements, and bug fixes, simply open the ReadMe located in the Window-Eyes Help menu.
Download your upgrade

If you have purchased a Window-Eyes 9 upgrade, you can download Window-Eyes 9.1 at www.gwmicro.com/upgrade or activate the Check for Updates option in the Help menu.
Try Window-Eyes

If you are using the English retail version or the Window-Eyes Offer for Users of Microsoft Office, you can download and use Window-Eyes 9.1. If you have a valid license of Microsoft Office 2010 or higher, Window-Eyes is available for free at www.windoweyesforoffice.com.

Should you already own Window-Eyes 9, you can download 9.1 for free by accessing the Check for Updates option in the Window-Eyes Help menu.

For more information or to place an order, call (802) 362-3612 or email sales@aisquared.com.

Non-English versions are released after the English version, so please check with your local dealer for availability in your language. For those outside of the U.S., contact your local dealer.

Aaron Smith

Web Development * App Development * Product Support Specialist

Ai Squared * 725 Airport North Office Park, Fort Wayne, IN 46825

260-489-3671 * www.aisquared.com

To insure that you receive proper support, please include all past correspondence (where applicable), and any relevant information pertinent to your situation when submitting a problem report to the Ai Squared Technical Support Team.

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patch Tuesday february

Hi all
Here is your patch Tuesday roundup
Ms released several updates for security bypass man in the middle, remote and other info attacks.
All of these cover windows and office.
additionally update 4 of visual c 2012/2013 runtimes is out and this is needed as well as to fix security issues to fix some runtime errors.
A new security client update is out, and updates to the kernel and graph engines.

Note, this has happened on 3 systems so far so I think the instructions are valid.
On both 32 and 64 bit systems this will happen and you need to follow each of these correctly.
1 on both
Run windows update as usual and install all updates.
You will receive a weird error at some stage and be told to restart, do so.
Note on some systems the system will take ages to restart but will eventually do so.
Run windows update
On x64 systems there will be an important update to run
check it if its not and install it.
Restart.
you should now have no updates to install.
if you have a virus def to install you can do this if you want.
check for updates
install the important ie update.
restart
and you should be good to go.
On x86 systems, after first restart you will have 2 updates to install.
install them and restart.
Keep going back to windows update and installing the 1 important update till it goes away restarting all the time I had to do this 5 times on each system.
Finally install the ie update and you are done.
A small note, flash was released earlier this month.
You may or may not as the case may be after updating flash need to remove flash activex and reinstall it on all platforms mine wouldn’t play videos, it still doesn’t play anything bar youtube but it stopped playing that.
To get flash the easiest way for us is to go to codecguide.com and follow the flash heading click download then download and or run the 2 msi installers.
you will have to close down your brouser before they actually install but they will work.

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Fwd: [Audyssey] 10 years of IGDA Game Accessibility Special

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>This year I’ll be attending the Game Developers Conference in San
>Francisco, where I’ll be participating in a Panel Discussion on the subject
>of 10 years of game accessibility. Here’s a description of what it will be
>about:
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>In the ten years that the IGDA’s accessibility group has been running we
>have seen many advances in the field, with awareness growing, and more and
>more developers considering accessibility for gamers with disabilities. But
>there’s a long way to go, with work still needed to remove barriers in
>areas such as hardware, software, third party tools, online communities,
>education and policy. We will be taking a retrospective of some of the key
>achievements and developments over the past ten years, and with your input,
>also look at the next important areas to focus on, providing a roadmap of
>how all of us can help the industry move towards greater inclusion,
>allowing the entertainment and quality of life benefits of gaming to reach
>even wider audiences.
>
>*quote end*
>
>For this Panel session we would love your input! We have designed a tiny
>survey (just 4 questions!) on your view of the past 10 years of accessible
>gaming, as well as a possible way forward. We kindly request everyone to
>please take 5 minutes to fill in this survey. The results will be presented
>on the 5th of March during the Panel Discussion, as well as in a printed
>hand-out. Of course we will share the results through this list too!
>
>Please use the following link to access the survey:
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>http://goo.gl/forms/fp7rSOZldR
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>Should you be in the vicinity of San Francisco in the week of the 2nd of
>March and you would like to meet up with members of the GA-SIG, gamers and
>other GA-enthusiasts, check out the following schedule:
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>https://www.eventbrite.com/e/gdc-accessibility-drinks-tickets-15589776441
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>Thank you very very much for filling out the survey!
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>Best regards,
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Window-Eyes Certification notice

Here is an offer from GW Micro, now AI Squared, in regards to Window-Eyes 9 Certification.


Greetings,

Window-Eyes certification for Window-Eyes 9 is now available.

This certification is available to any individual who wishes to assess their Window-Eyes knowledge and become Window-Eyes certified. It’s perfect for:

• Teachers

• Students

• Trainers

• Consultants

• Vocational rehabilitation staff

• AT professionals

• IT professionals

• Window-Eyes users

By becoming Window-Eyes certified, you can proudly help foster the growth of a strong community of Window-Eyes users… The online test has multiple-choice based questions and takes just a few hours to complete

Now more than ever is the time to get certified or re-certified for Window-Eyes.

The current price of certification is $99, or $39 if you are already certified with the previous version. Effective February 27, 2015, the price for certification will be $149. So now is the time to take the certification and save $50!

You can read more about getting certified in Window-Eyes at www.aisquared.com/wecertified. For questions, call or email Cheryl Troxel at (802) 768-1041 or ctroxel@aisquared.com.

The Ai Squared Team

Jeremy Curry
Director of Product Management
Ai Squared – Formerly GW Micro, Inc.
Phone: (802) 362-3612
Email: jcurry@aisquared.com
Web: www.aisquared.com

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ai squared statement on security

Hi folks,
As some of you know, GW Micro apparently got hacked. This happened after they joined with AI Squared. We see stories in the news about breeches all the time, but this is an apparent breech against an assistive technology company. AOI Squared is asking for your help, and they released this statement today. If you know anything, please contact them.


Ai Squared customers, assistive technology users, and fellow members of the blind and visually impaired community,

Normally, you hear me talking about the products that Ai Squared produces. Today, I come to you with a completely different message. As you may be aware, in the early morning hours of Friday, January 16th, Ai Squared was the victim of a cyber-attack.

First, we want to be clear about exactly what happened and what data has been exposed.

A user was able to crack an internal password and used that password to gain access to systems in our Indiana office. Through this crack the user was able to upload a modified version of the GW Toolkit used in Window-Eyes App Central. This version of GW Toolkit broadcast some unfortunate messages mainly to users who were automatically updating their Window-Eyes apps. Once we discovered what was happening, we immediately shut down external updates to apps and replaced the hacked version with a fix. Approximate exposure time was four hours and we think the number of users exposed to the messages was minimal.

Unfortunately, the hacker then exploited another password hack that gave them access to one of our databases. The database in question held only partial transaction records for online purchases of Window-Eyes and related products. Since we do not store complete credit card information anywhere in our systems, we are confident that there has been no breach of financial data. In addition we are monitoring our systems for unauthorized use of any previously issued serial number information.

To reiterate, the hacker gained access to the GW Toolkit and a database containing a list of online purchases. We have no evidence that they gained access to financial/credit card data nor did they access our complete customer database.

Here are the steps we’ve taken in the last few days:

We have contacted all the users who have been affected by the intrusion to alert them as to what happened. While we don’t believe they will be adversely affected, it’s our responsibility to let them know what occurred.
We have changed all passwords that have access to any and all of our internal data. We continue to conduct audits to look for other potential security holes.
We have disabled any updates to App Central until further notice.
We have reported this data breach to the appropriate authorities. Rest assured that they are taking this very seriously and have launched an investigation.

On a personal note: As we are all aware, the blind community faces enough challenges to access and employment. These attacks have added to that barrier by disrupting our business and the productivity of individuals affected. We believe that the perpetrator of these attacks is, in fact, a member of our own blind and low vision user community. We call on our community to help bring them to justice. Should you have any information, please email us at tips@aisquared.com before another company in the assistive technology industry is affected. Let’s work together to stop this type of criminal misbehavior in our own community and continue building strong connections among assistive technology users.

Thank you,

Jeremy Curry

Director of Product Management

Ai Squared

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AI Squared statement on security breech

I am passing the following info along from AI Squared formerly GW Micro.


Dear Window-Eyes Users,

First we want to apologize for the unfortunate messages that some of you may have seen this morning. We wanted to take a minute to address what happened and explain how we plan on preventing this in the future.

We released App Central in 2008 as a central repository for Window Eyes Apps, documentation and related resources. App Central was built as a community resource, from the beginning we wanted all Window-Eyes users to be able to contribute and benefit from each others efforts. We’re proud of what we accomplished – App Central today contains over 299 apps and more are added all the time.

Sometime early this morning a user with familiarity with Window-Eyes and the App Central environment breached out security and posted an update to GW Toolkit. Users who downloaded the update were exposed to some unfortunate messages. Our analysis shows that no permanent changes were made to your Window-Eyes installation and, if you update to GW Toolkit version 8.5.9 the problems you may be experiencing should be resolved. Instructions on how to manually update your Apps is at the following KB article www.gwmicro.com/kb2062

We have changed passwords and security on our systems that run App Central and we’ve turned off developer updates to apps for the time being. In the next few days we’ll be performing an internal security audit to determine what steps we can take to prevent something like this from happening again.

Rest assured that we take security seriously and we’ll be implementing these steps in a logical, ordered fashion.

Once again, our apologies and thank you for your patience on this matter.

The Ai Squared Team

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Window-Eyes 9 is now available!

Experience What the New Window-Eyes 9 Has to Offer!

Window-Eyes 9 is now available and offers a variety of awesome features including many ways to make your life easier such as the all-new web support. Read on to learn how Window-Eyes 9 will enhance your web browsing experience, enable better communication with colleagues, friends, and family; and make you a more productive professional, student, or home user.

The amazing new features, include:

Greatly improved web support in Internet Explorer (IE) and Firefox

• Support for ARIA and HTML 5 providing access to the latest web accessibility technologies

• Support for dynamic web pages for first-class access to websites

• Intelligent web support that uses smart algorithms to ensure accurate screen reading

• New innovative and robust web table support that is the best in the industry

Enhanced ease of use and convenience features

• Easy to use tool for enhanced text selection, copying, and formatting retention in IE

• Read websites in IE using the keyboard to control the mouse

• Access and read columns accurately in IE when using the mouse

• Interact with sighted friends, family, and co-workers while browsing the web because what you see is what you read

• Improved responsiveness, making you more efficient and productive

• Auto-recovery tool allows for greater independence – if another program causes Window-Eyes to stop responding, users may restart Window-Eyes by pressing a hot key

New compatibility support for popular software programs

• Better support for Microsoft Office Web Apps for enhanced productivity

• Window-Eyes now offers QuickBooks for Windows support (thanks to the partnership between My Blind Spot and Ai Squared)

• Outlook meeting request enhancements to improve efficiency in the workplace

• Google Docs, Google Slides, and Google Charts support to help share documents with teachers, students, colleagues, and anyone using these Google services

• MathPlayer support enabling the first and best possible access to math in Microsoft Word

Even better out-of-the-box experience

• Improved support for MSAA, which creates a better out-of-the-box experience in programs like Windows Media Player

• Improved support for the native Outlook calendar

• Preliminary support for Windows 10

SMAs are back

Our Software Maintenance Agreements (SMA) are back. If you are using the latest version of Window-Eyes, order an SMA and get the next 2 upgrades of Window-Eyes for a special price.. If you already have an SMA, your Window-Eyes 9 disc should be arriving very soon.

Download your upgrade

If you have purchased a Window-Eyes 9 upgrade, you can download it at www.gwmicro.com/upgrade or activate the Check for Updates option in the Help menu.

Try Window-Eyes

Anyone using the English version of the retail version or the Window-Eyes Offer for Users of Microsoft Office can download and use Window-Eyes 9. For anyone who has a valid license of Microsoft Office 2010 or higher, Window-Eyes can be downloaded for free at www.windoweyesforoffice.com. If you haven’t tried Window-Eyes in a while, give Window-Eyes 9 a try for free today!

Order your upgrade or SMA today!

Call us today at (802) 362-3612 or email us at sales@aisquared.com to place your order.

Non-English versions are released after the English one, so check with your local dealer for availability in your language. For those outside of the U.S., contact your local dealer.

The Ai Squared Team

Aaron Smith

Web Development * App Development * Product Support Specialist

Ai Squared * 725 Airport North Office Park, Fort Wayne, IN 46825

260-489-3671 * www.aisquared.com

To insure that you receive proper support, please include all past correspondence (where applicable), and any relevant information pertinent to your situation when submitting a problem report to the Ai Squared Technical Support Team.

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Live Journal, whats up?

Hi folks,
So over the Christmas holiday, and quite a lot during December, Live MJournal’s E-mail facility was down. Between a note taking app with the phone, and some slight editing via PC, I wrote the following. Right now, everything is working, but I think we all as a whole should write to live journal to get this fixed for everyone. I couldn’t post by E-mail, and they said they could post. Then a bunch of posts showed up and things are working once again. Here’s the letter.


Alright, here’s my issue. LiveJournal, a blogging platform, allows people to send via email through an alias that is set up with their username. For example, my username is Jrimer80. So with a couple of symbols, as well as a specific formatted email address, everyone can post to this particular platform via email. I’m not giving the specifics, but suffice it to say, it is something that is possible. I have used it with very few issues and occasionally, it has stopped working and I don’t expect it to be perfect.

The longer the short of it is, this specific platform has not been working right for a while. On January 1, 2015, I found two posts at 3:29 AM. They were the playlist from the prior week’s program, as well as the post dealing with that week’s program. I had posted it on Sunday or Monday, and Tuesday of that particular week respectively. On the 2nd, I had posted a couple of posts, and it posted right away. Now, it is back to not posting. I did post something on the blog in regards to this fact. I also, opened another ticket.

The problem is, I have to open a ticket every time this issue occurs. This is not very fair. It is been working for the longest time, and I do expect occasional issues, but issues like this, and it’s repeated, that is not fair to the blogging community who uses the service. Occasionally, I would get an email saying that there was a delivery issue, most of the time I don’t get anything. I maintain three different blogs. My main one which is user name above, my network feed, and 98.6 the mixes blog. That is not fair to me.

wordPress does not have these issues, in fact, they have a script that you must run every time you post via email. By the looks of it, they have even tightened it up so that you can only post from registered accounts, to prevent spam. That is a good thing, but it is more work. You have to remember to run the script every time you send an email to the particular email address.

The problem I have with this approach is twofold. First, you have to send an email to the specified email address which you have to put into WordPress. I would recommend something that is hosted on your domain. Since I host through my own website, I would set up an email address specific to posting and I would make sure that it is not a public email address. Next, you would send it to that particular email address. You would allow ample opportunity for that mailbox to receive the message. It must have popped three capabilities.

Next, after sending an email to that address, you must run the particular script. The location of this particular script, is in the WP–admin directory of your WordPress installation. If everything works, it would post correctly. It is quite complex.

LiveJournal, it is time to fix your service. I really love the fact that I can post via email. Your app is truly in accessible to the blind and visually impaired. WordPress has no app to my knowledge, and I have three of those blogs as well. I think I might’ve dwindled down to two. The point is, I have quite a number of blogs, and each one serves their own purpose. Please look into why your service is having so many issues with email, because people like myself do use it. Do I have to pay to get email working properly? It’s not enough for me that is worth the pain price. I should not have to pay for sending email to my blog. I haven’t had to in the past, I hope I don’t have to now. This is absolutely ridiculous. I don’t understand what seems to be the issue. If anyone else is having issues, might I suggest opening a ticket as well. The more tickets that are open the more that they might look at this more seriously. In the meantime, continue to expect major delays when posting via email.

I can post via the app, however,I find it a little bit difficult. The add button to add the post is not all that accessible, and there are too many unlabeled buttons. My technology podcast has covered live journals inaccessability and I am willing to provide them a link to that if needed. I hope LiveJournal can fix their stuff, they’ve got a lot that other blogging platforms don’t have, and I enjoy there service. These issues should be minimal, and if they are charging for E-mail posting now, they should say so. This is not fair for those who use the service. Thoughts are welcome.


Is anyone else having issues with E-mail delivery? Have you opened a ticket? Have multiple journals like i do? I’m curious on your thoughts. E-mail is the most accessible thing we have. The site is good, but who wants to log on to the site every time you want to post? If you have multiple accounts, why wuould you want to log in to all of them? Have fun.

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tech 208 is now here!

We have a catchup of Security News, and a Balot game Herbie was with me as I learn how to play. Thats today’s podcast. Go get it off the RSS feed.

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Window-Eyes 9.0 beta 3 is now available!

Ai Squared releases
Window-Eyes 9.0 Beta 3

Window-Eyes 9.0 Beta 3 continues to enhance the all-new web support

FORT WAYNE, IN (December x, 2014) – Ai Squared, the maker of ZoomText, sitecues, and Window-Eyes is hard at work providing yet another public beta of the highly anticipated release of Window-Eyes 9.0. Based on feedback, Ai Squared is happy to announce many improvements since Beta 2, including stability enhancements, bug fixes, and more robust support for Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, and Thunderbird. For a complete list of all changes between Window-Eyes 9.0 Beta 2 and Window-Eyes 9.0 Beta 3, read through the readme found in the Window-Eyes Help menu, or at www.gwmicro.com/Window-Eyes/Beta.

Download the latest public beta of Window-Eyes 9.0 can take advantage of the innovative new features below:

1. Greatly improved web support in IE and FF

• Support for ARIA and HTML 5

• Support for dynamic web pages

• Intelligent web support that uses smart algorithms which ensure proper screen reading

• New innovative and robust web table support that’s the best in the industry

2. Enhanced ease of use and convenience features

• Easy to use tool for enhanced text selection, copying and format retention in IE

• Keyboard access to mouse movements for reading in IE. Properly reads column text

• Easily interact with sighted friends, family, and co-workers while browsing the web as each line that is read is what is seen visually

• Improved responsiveness making you more efficient and productive

• Auto-recovery tool that enables users to restart Window-Eyes at the press of a hot key if another program causes it to stop responding

3. New compatibility support for popular software programs

• Better support for Office Web Apps

• QuickBooks for Windows support

• Outlook meeting request enhancements

• Google Docs, Google Slides, and Google Charts support

• MathPlayer support

4. Even better out-of-the-box experience

• Improved support for MSAA, which creates a better out-of-the-box experience in programs like Windows Media Player

• Improved support to the native Outlook calendar

5. Preliminary support for Windows 10

6. Greatly improved web support in IE and FF

• Support for ARIA and HTML 5

• Support for dynamic web pages

• Intelligent web support that uses smart algorithms which ensure proper screen reading

• New innovative and robust web table support that’s the best in the industry

7. Enhanced ease of use and convenience features

• Easy to use tool for enhanced text selection, copying and format retention in IE

• Keyboard access to mouse movements for reading in IE. Properly reads column text

• Easily interact with sighted friends, family, and co-workers while browsing the web as each line that is read is what is seen visually

• Improved responsiveness making you more efficient and productive

• Auto-recovery tool that enables users to restart Window-Eyes at the press of a hot key if another program causes it to stop responding

8. New compatibility support for popular software programs

• Better support for Office Web Apps

• QuickBooks for Windows support

• Outlook meeting request enhancements

• Google Docs, Google Slides, and Google Charts support

• MathPlayer support

9. Even better out-of-the-box experience

• Improved support for MSAA, which creates a better out-of-the-box experience in programs like Windows Media Player

• Improved support to the native Outlook calendar

10. Preliminary support for Windows 10

Customers should refer to the announcement of Window-Eyes 9.0 Beta 1 at www.gwmicro.com/beta for more information regarding all of the amazing new features.

Window-Eyes 9.0 Beta 3 can be downloaded now at www.gwmicro.com/beta!

SMAs are back! Ai Squared is also proud to announce the return of the Window-Eyes Software Maintenance Agreement (SMA)! Customers who own the latest version of Window-Eyes can now purchase a 2-count SMA to ensure their software is always up-to-date.

Take advantage of the special upgrade offer! For customers who don’t own the latest version of Window-Eyes or have an active SMA, they may purchase the upgrade to Window-Eyes 9.0 now. For customers who purchase the upgrade before it is released, they will receive $50 off of the upgrade price, so order today before this special offer ends! Customers in the United States can get all pricing information at www.gwmicro.com/catalog. Those outside of the United States should contact their local dealer for pricing. Find your local dealer at www.gwmicro.com/dealers.

Currently, the public beta is available in English-only. Anyone using the English version of the retail version or the Window-Eyes Offer for Users of Microsoft Office can download and use the public beta. For anyone who has a valid license of Microsoft Office 2010 or higher, Window-Eyes can be downloaded for free at www.windoweyesforoffice.com. If you haven’t tried Window-Eyes in a while, give Window-Eyes 9.0 Beta 3 a try for free today!

To download Window-Eyes 9 Beta 3, select the download button below. For questions or comments, please contact Ai Squared at (802) 362-3612 or via email at sales@aisquared.com.

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About Ai Squared: Ai Squared (www.aisquared.com) has been the worldwide leader in assistive technology solutions for people who are visually impaired for over 20 years. The product line is available in over 20 languages and sold in 45 countries through a network of over 350 global distributors. Ai Squared’s screen magnification and screen-reading products dramatically improve a computer’s usability and friendliness for users who are blind or low vision, raising their level of productivity, satisfaction, and independence. The family of Ai Squared products includes ZoomText, ZoomText Large-Print Keyboard, ZoomText ImageReader, ZoomText Mac, Window-Eyes, sitecues, the ZoomReader iOS app, and the ZoomContacts iPad app.

Aaron Smith

Web Development * App Development * Product Support Specialist

Ai Squared * 725 Airport North Office Park, Fort Wayne, IN 46825

260-489-3671 * www.aisquared.com

To insure that you receive proper support, please include all past correspondence (where applicable), and any relevant information pertinent to your situation when submitting a problem report to the Ai Squared Technical Support Team.

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serotek update: the truth hurts

Hi folks,
As part of podcast 207 which I recorded through the past month, we now learn more about Serotek’s decisions. It had nothing to do with the work that was being done except for one thing which the company wanted to change to make the company better moving forward. In their recent podcast which was just released this past week, the former CEO and co-founder Mike Calvo really laid down the line.

He was talking more about the technical support the company graceously was offering. In a way, it was a good thing, but in a way, they were never designed to offer the support they graceously provided their customers. In this podcast, he discusses the fact that support is changing, and I know personally, people are going to be upset about it.

Something else which really made the wheels turn at Serotek, was the fact that they were going to pay back some money they withheld because they needed to at the time. This next year, they were going to pay back in a way the money employees were not paid when they had to take paycuts. I think that they should have taken this, but as we learn, several different members were going to do other things anyway. I envite you to check out SeroTalk Podcast 221: The Good, The Bad, the Future as they discuss these important changes. The truth about their support may hurt you, but it is the honest truth. I’ll talk about my thoughts in a future podcast, but this will do for now. I also want to relisten to the program and then tape right after it. I do have an idea what I would like to talk about, but want to have it fresh. Do leave your thoughts about the cast in the comments, and if you want to air them on the podcast, get in touch and I’ll see what I can do. I hope by passing this along, everyone can be informed, and make their own decisions.

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You Better Watch Out, You Better Not Click: Holiday Movie Threats – Security News – Trend Micro USA

You Better Watch Out, You Better Not Click: Holiday Movie Threats – Security News – Trend Micro USA.

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Tech podcast 207 is now available!

Hi folks,
Last night, the network released the last podcast of 2014. On it, some Serotek news, other odds and ends, and we’ll have other stuff as well. We hope you enjoy what you hear. Happy holidays from all of us and we’ll have more podcasts next year!

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Window-Eyes 9.0 beta 2 now available!

From Friday’s E-mail. This is good news.


Window-Eyes 9.0 Beta 2 continues to enhance the all-new web support

FORT WAYNE, IN (December 5, 2014) – Last week, Ai Squared, the maker of ZoomText, sitecues, and Window-Eyes announced the highly anticipated release of Window-Eyes 9.0 Beta 1. Ai Squared is proud to announce the second public beta of Window-Eyes 9.0. Based on feedback, we’re happy to announce many improvements since Beta 1, including stability enhancements, bug fixes, and more robust support for Mozilla Firefox and Thunderbird. For a complete list of all changes between Window-Eyes 9.0 Beta 2 and Window-Eyes 9.0 Beta 1, read through the readme found in the Window-Eyes Help menu, or at www.gwmicro.com/Window-Eyes/Beta.

Downloading the latest public beta of Window-Eyes 9.0 lets you take advantage of innovative new features, including:

1. Greatly improved web support in IE and FF

• Support for ARIA and HTML 5

• Support for dynamic web pages

• Intelligent web support that uses smart algorithms which ensure proper screen reading

• New innovative and robust web table support that’s the best in the industry

2. Enhanced ease of use and convenience features

• Easy to use tool for enhanced text selection, copying and format retention in IE

• Keyboard access to mouse movements for reading in IE. Properly reads column text

• Easily interact with sighted friends, family, and co-workers while browsing the web as each line that is read is what is seen visually

• Improved responsiveness making you more efficient and productive

• Auto-recovery tool that enables users to restart Window-Eyes at the press of a hot key if another program causes it to stop responding

3. New compatibility support for popular software programs

• Better support for Office Web Apps

• QuickBooks for Windows support

• Outlook meeting request enhancements

• Google Docs, Google Slides, and Google Charts support

• MathPlayer support

4. Even better out-of-the-box experience

• Improved support for MSAA, which creates a better out-of-the-box experience in programs like Windows Media Player

• Improved support to the native Outlook calendar

5. Preliminary support for Windows 10

6. Greatly improved web support in IE and FF

• Support for ARIA and HTML 5

• Support for dynamic web pages

• Intelligent web support that uses smart algorithms which ensure proper screen reading

• New innovative and robust web table support that’s the best in the industry

7. Enhanced ease of use and convenience features

• Easy to use tool for enhanced text selection, copying and format retention in IE

• Keyboard access to mouse movements for reading in IE. Properly reads column text

• Easily interact with sighted friends, family, and co-workers while browsing the web as each line that is read is what is seen visually

• Improved responsiveness making you more efficient and productive

• Auto-recovery tool that enables users to restart Window-Eyes at the press of a hot key if another program causes it to stop responding

8. New compatibility support for popular software programs

• Better support for Office Web Apps

• QuickBooks for Windows support

• Outlook meeting request enhancements

• Google Docs, Google Slides, and Google Charts support

• MathPlayer support

9. Even better out-of-the-box experience

• Improved support for MSAA, which creates a better out-of-the-box experience in programs like Windows Media Player

• Improved support to the native Outlook calendar

10. Preliminary support for Windows 10

Customers should refer to the announcement of Window-Eyes 9.0 Beta 2 at www.gwmicro.com/beta for more information regarding all of the amazing new features.

Window-Eyes 9.0 Beta 2 can be downloaded now at www.gwmicro.com/beta!

SMAs are back! Ai Squared is also proud to announce the return of the Window-Eyes Software Maintenance Agreement (SMA)! Customers who own the latest version of Window-Eyes can now purchase a 2-count SMA to ensure their software is always up-to-date.

Take advantage of the special upgrade offer! For customers who don’t own the latest version of Window-Eyes or have an active SMA, they may purchase the upgrade to Window-Eyes 9.0 now. For customers who purchase the upgrade before it is released, they will receive $50 off of the upgrade price, so order today before this special offer ends! Customers in the United States can get all pricing information at www.gwmicro.com/catalog. Those outside of the United States should contact their local dealer for pricing. Find your local dealer at www.gwmicro.com/dealers.

Currently, the public beta is available in English-only. Anyone using the English version of the retail version or the Window-Eyes Offer for Users of Microsoft Office can download and use the public beta. For anyone who has a valid license of Microsoft Office 2010 or higher, Window-Eyes can be downloaded for free at www.windoweyesforoffice.com. If you haven’t tried Window-Eyes in a while, give Window-Eyes 9.0 Beta 2 a try for free today!

___

About Ai Squared: Ai Squared (www.aisquared.com) has been the worldwide leader in assistive technology solutions for people who are visually impaired for over 20 years. The product line is available in over 20 languages and sold in 45 countries through a network of over 350 global distributors. Ai Squared’s screen magnification and screen-reading products dramatically improve a computer’s usability and friendliness for users who are blind or low vision, raising their level of productivity, satisfaction, and independence. The family of Ai Squared products includes ZoomText, ZoomText Large-Print Keyboard, ZoomText ImageReader, ZoomText Mac, Window-Eyes, sitecues, the ZoomReader iOS app, and the ZoomContacts iPad app.

Aaron Smith

Web Development * App Development * Product Support Specialist

Ai Squared * 725 Airport North Office Park, Fort Wayne, IN 46825

260-489-3671 * www.aisquared.com

To insure that you receive proper support, please include all past correspondence (where applicable), and any relevant information pertinent to your situation when submitting a problem report to the Ai Squared Technical Support Team.

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tech podcast 206 is now up

Hi folks,
Podcast 206 is now on our RSS feed. A long time person makes an appearance, two segments worth. Consumer reports articles I bring up, and we also have our contact info. Hope you enjoy!

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Window-Eyes 9.0 beta 1 is now available

Hi folks,
Here is some news in regards to Window-Eyes 9.0 beta 1. I’ve got it installed and it is very snappy, and I like what they have done.


Nov-24-2014

If you’re subscribed to the Guess What podcast feed, you’ll automatically receive this Guess What in MP3 format.? Check out www.gwmicro.com/podcast for more information.? If you want to download the MP3, read this article online, or view more Guess What articles (when they are released), please visit www.gwmicro.com/beta.

Enjoy!

Welcome to Ai Squared’s Guess What series, an introductory look at the highly anticipated release of Window-Eyes 9.0 Beta 1.

Today is the day that you have all been waiting for!? Today is the day that you get access to all-new web support from Window-Eyes! You get access to ARIA, HTML 5, dynamic web pages, improved responsiveness, intelligent web support, the best table support on the web, mouse-reading in Internet Explorer, auto recovery, QuickBooks, Google Docs, and preliminary support for Windows 10!

But, before we discuss how to get Window-Eyes 9.0 Beta 1, there are a few important details you need to know about the new version, including both technical and pricing information.? First, let’s cover the technical details.

What operating systems will Window-Eyes 9.0 Beta 1 support?? It will continue to support all Windows operating systems starting with Vista and above, including preliminary support for Windows 10. While you may still install Window-Eyes on Windows XP, Ai Squared will not be able to provide technical support for Windows XP.? Since Windows XP is no longer supported by Microsoft, we have not tested it with Window-Eyes 9.0 Beta 1, so install it on XP at your own risk.

If you are running Window-Eyes 8.x, you can install Window-Eyes 9.0 Beta 1. Remember that you can download a FREE full functioning copy of Window-Eyes if you have Microsoft Office 2010 or higher at www.windoweyesforoffice.com.

If you purchased a brand new copy of Window-Eyes version 8.4 today or after today, you will receive the 9.0 upgrade at no additional charge.? If you are eligible for the upgrade either because of a purchase or an earlier SMA, you will automatically receive the upgrade via electronic download as soon as it is available. You will also receive the new version on CD.? For a complete list of all new features in Window-Eyes, you can find them in the Readme in the Help menu of Window-Eyes 9.0 Beta 1.

Find out all of the pricing information and other details by going to www.gwmicro.com/beta.? Additionally, you may contact Ai Squared at (802) 362-3612. Orders will be shipped on a first-come, first-served basis, so make sure to place your order today!? Please note that Window-Eyes 9.0 Beta 1 is only available for English copies.

And now, for the moment you have all been waiting for, you can download Window-Eyes 9.0 Beta 1 starting now at www.gwmicro.com/beta!

Aaron Smith

Web Development * App Development * Product Support Specialist

Ai Squared * 725 Airport North Office Park, Fort Wayne, IN 46825

260-489-3671 * www.aisquared.com

To insure that you receive proper support, please include all past correspondence (where applicable), and any relevant information pertinent to your situation when submitting a problem report to the Ai Squared Technical Support Team.

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