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Introducing the sense dictionary

HIMS is proud to announce the availability of the Sense Dictionary for all Sense notetakers, featuring the New Oxford American Dictionary, the Concise Oxford American Thesaurus and three optional bilingual foreign language dictionaries.

Add the Sense Dictionary to your Braille Sense or Voice Sense operating v6.2 or later, and turn your notetaker into a handy writing reference in multiple languages. Order by March 31, 2012 and receive your first foreign language FREE!

Priced at $180, the basic package includes the New Oxford American Dictionary as well as the Concise Oxford American Thesaurus.

Celebrating the release of the Sense Dictionary, HIMS is pleased to offer one additional language free with each additional language priced at $90. With the release of firmware v6.2, the Sense notetakers support the Concise Oxford Spanish Dictionary. In addition, with the release of firmware v7.0 later this spring, the Concise Oxford Paravia Italian Dictionary, and the Concise Oxford Hachette French Dictionary will also be supported. Order now and receive the Concise Oxford Spanish Dictionary free of charge, or pre-order one of the other supported languages and receive it free of charge when it is released.

For more information, contact the HIMS Sales Department at 888-520-4467 or sales@hims-inc.com.

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Hims Announcing the sense notetaker version 6.2

HIMS is pleased to announce the release of Sense Notetaker version 6.2. This release features support for NLS content, the ability to read/write Spanish documents, and support for the optional “Sense Dictionary”. Please see the attached release note for a complete list of the features, changes, and fixes in this release.

Note: We are also currently developing Sense Notetaker v7.0, which we anticipate to be released in late March. For those of you who have expressed concerns regarding what new features of the U2 are to be supported on the older notetakers, please understand that many of these will be implemented in firmware 7.0. Thus you should not assume, because a feature is not included in 6.2 that it will not be supported. While hardware constraints may prevent us from supporting all features on all notetakers, we will support features on the various notetakers as their hardware allows.

Special notice to Braille Sense OnHand, Braille Sense PLUS, Braille Sense PLUS QWERTY, and Voice Sense QWERTY users:

After upgrading to v6.2, you must reformat your flashdisk due to the creation of a partition for housing the NLS key. Please make sure to back up your data before formatting. Voice Sense and Braille Sense Classic users need not reformat as NLS content playback cannot be supported on these models due to the limited size of the internal flashdisk.

WARNING!! After upgrading the notetaker firmware, all system settings are restored to their defaults. If you have made changes to the system settings, you may wish to back them up before upgrading, so you can restore them after the upgrade is complete. Please use the “Backup/Restore” option in the “Utilities” menu to back up your option settings. We also strongly advise backing up your files. As explained above, a format of the flashdisk is necessary for Braille Sense PLUS, Braille Sense PLUS QWERTY, Braille Sense OnHand, and Voice Sense QWERTY users. Though the upgrade itself should not destroy data on the internal flashdisk, Voice Sense and Classic users should also consider backing up their files in case unexpected problems arise during the upgrade process.

Upgrading using the Online Method:

Please give HIMS international time to post the upgrade files after seeing this announcement. To upgrade using the online method, follow the steps below.

1. Connect your notetaker to AC power, and ensure you have an active internet connection.

2. From the main “Program” menu, press “u” to open the “Utilities” menu.

3. Press “u” again for “Upgrade Firmware”.

4. When prompted, “Upgrade Online?”, press “Enter”.

5. The notetaker checks for new firmware. If it finds it, you are prompted, “Are you sure you want to upgrade?” The default is “yes”.

6. Press “Enter” to initiate the download and upgrade process.

7. When the files are downloaded, the upgrade process begins. While the unit is upgrading, progress is displayed on the Braille display in the form of a percentage and progress beeps are heard. Please do not press buttons or power off the unit during the upgrade process as this may result in an incomplete installation.

8. When the upgrade is complete, the unit reboots and places you in the main “Program” menu. Press “Space-v” (FN-v) to verify your notetaker is running firmware version 6.2.

Upgrading using the Offline Method:

To upgrade using the Offline method, please download the firmware using the links below.

Braille Sense OnHand- http://www.himsintl.com/Upgrade/Braille_Sense_OnHand_US_V620_120119.zip

Braille Sense PLUS- http://www.himsintl.com/Upgrade/Braille_Sense_PLUS_B32_US_V620_120119.zip

Braille Sense PLUS QWERTY- http://www.himsintl.com/Upgrade/Braille_Sense_PLUS_B32_QX_US_V620_120119.zip

Braille Sense Classic- http://www.himsintl.com/Upgrade/Braille_Sense_US_V620_120119.zip

Voice Sense- http://www.himsintl.com/Upgrade/Voice_Sense_US_V620_120119.zip

Voice Sense QWERTY- http://www.himsintl.com/Upgrade/Voice_Sense_QX_US_V620_120119.zip

Follow the instructions below to upgrade your Sense notetaker.

1. Download the zip file containing the firmware to your PC.

2. Extract the zip file on your PC; the extracted folder should contain three files.

3. Copy the three files and paste them into the root of an external storage device such as an SD card or USB thumb drive.

4. Connect the external storage device to the Sense notetaker.

5. Connect your notetaker to AC power.

6. From the main “Program” menu, press “u” to open the “Utilities” menu.

7. Press “u” again for “Upgrade Firmware”.

8. When prompted, “Upgrade Online?”, press “Space-4” (Down arrow) to move to “Offline”, and press “Enter”.

9. The notetaker checks for new firmware on your external storage devices. If it finds it, you are prompted, “Are you sure you want to upgrade?” The default is “yes”.

10. Press “Enter” to initiate the upgrade process.

11. The upgrade process begins. While the unit is upgrading, progress is displayed on the Braille display in the form of a percentage, and progress beeps are heard. Please do not press buttons or power off the unit during the upgrade process as this may result in an incomplete installation.

12. When the upgrade is complete, the unit reboots and places you in the main “Program” menu. Press “Space-v” (FN-v) to verify your notetaker is running firmware version 6.2.

If you have questions or problems, please contact HIMS technical support at 512-837-2000 or email support@hims-inc.com.

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Webcam Hacker Luis Mijangos: Newsmakers: GQ

I started reading this article entitled: Webcam Hacker Luis Mijangos: Newsmakers: GQ. and I think we’ve covered something similar to this story many years ago. I’ll read this in full, and we may end up talking about this one on my podcast which i’m working on now. Send your comments, and/or comment here, by registoring. If you want me to read your comments, please let me know.

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Students used keyloggers on school computers, changed grades

Wow. Help Net Security comes through, again. This time, through a retweet. If students could do this, what would be next?

Students used keyloggers on school computers, changed grades.

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Technology podcast 165 for January 29, 2012

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Freshbooks, the blog, and Main Menu’s coverage of dropbox which was a different way of covering it. This podcast is 85 minutes long, and I hope you’ll enjoy it. Please excuse the podcast 164 notation on freshbooks, I realized it after taping the segment.

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The Shout » Megaupload: A Lot Less Guilty Than You Think

This will get some people going, won’t it?

The Shout » Megaupload: A Lot Less Guilty Than You Think.

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Brazen Brazilian hackers opening cybercrime schools

As I catch up, I find this.

Brazen Brazilian hackers opening cybercrime schools.

I find it very interesting, the fact you can go to school to learn this stuff. If i did such a thing, I’d just want to learn how it works, not necessarily wanting to do these things. I find this stuff interesting, that these hackers are going around doing things, but we really don’t know how it is done in some cases. Learning how these things are done could protect us in the first place, because we’d be able to know what is happening, and therefore, we wouldn’t be scared should something happen. Check out the article, and give me your thoughts.

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Hackers steal $6.7 million in bank cyber heist

As I catch up with the list mail from help net security and others, we come across a story I may or may have not covered before. This was very sophistocated, and it is too bad the fraud systems were not working. It could have prevented something like this. If I see any updates, I’ll pass it along. Sometimes, a story is made available, and updated with new info, but this is as published and no new info on it.

Hackers steal $6.7 million in bank cyber heist.

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Twitter uncloaks a year’s worth of DMCA takedown notices, 4,410 in all

Denise Howell posted this, and it is quite interesting. Just one aspect on how the DMCA works in my opinion, and it seems effectove. It is working well, so why bring in something that will cripple the Internet?

Twitter uncloaks a year’s worth of DMCA takedown notices, 4,410 in all.

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How to Catch iPhone Thief? Officer Knows Buttons to Push – NYTimes.com

This is what I call, great capture, and great detective work. When you know the technology, you can pretty much do anything. Check this out.

How to Catch iPhone Thief? Officer Knows Buttons to Push – NYTimes.com.

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gw connect is now available at version 1.2

Jan-27-2012

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Fort Wayne, Indiana (January 27, 2012) – GW Micro, Inc. (www.gwmicro.com), developers of Window-Eyes, the most powerful screen reader available, released GWSkype last December – a program that is plugged into Skype™ and makes it accessible to all blind and visually impaired people who use a Windows computer. The free program was immediately embraced by blind and visually impaired people all around the world as it made Skype communication completely accessible and extremely easy to use.

To better comply with the SkypeKit developer terms of service, GWSkype customers were asked to submit name suggestions and then vote on a new name for GWSkype. The GWSkype community selected GWConnect as the new name.

Today, GW Micro is proud to announce that a new version of GWConnect is available for download! Customers have been able to post any GWConnect issues on the GW-Apps email list. GW Micro has taken note of those issues, and is releasing a maintenance release which will change the official name of GWSkype to GWConnect as well as to resolve many issues that have been reported. In addition, the update includes support for German, Swedish, and Turkish. Feature requests have also been noted and a version with an expanded feature set will be released later in 2012.

GWConnect is free for anyone who wants to use it. GWConnect customers who are not Window-Eyes customers will see various GW Micro ads while Window-Eyes customers will have a commercial-free experience. GWConnect customers who are not already Window-Eyes customers can purchase Window-Eyes for as little as $39 per month. Purchasing the Window-Eyes Payment Plan will enable GWConnect customers to have a commercial free experience. Information on the Window-Eyes Payment Plan can be found at www.gwmicro.com/paymentplan. For additional information on GWConnect, sign up for the GW-Apps email list at www.gwmicro.com/listserv.
GW Micro has been a trusted pioneer in the adaptive technology industry since 1990, and continues to lead with innovative, customer driven solutions.

Skype™ is a trademark of Skype Technologies S.A.

Contact:
Dan Weirich, VP of Sales and Marketing
dan@gwmicro.com
(260) 489-3671

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Technology podcast 164 is now available!

Hi all, technology podcast 164 is now available on the RSS feed. On this cast, we have our freshbooks segment, blog update, and Main Menu segment year end 2011. Enjoy the show!

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Warner Bros. now adding restrictions to your Netflix DVD queue | VentureBeat

I don’t think this will do any good. What do yo u guys think?

Warner Bros. now adding restrictions to your Netflix DVD queue | VentureBeat.

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GW Micro Releases New Vocatex Plus

GW Micro Releases New Vocatex Plus

Jan-26-2012

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Fort Wayne, Indiana (January 26, 2012) – GW Micro, Inc. (www.gwmicro.com) is proud to announce the next major revolution in CCTV technology. Last March, GW Micro announced the first-ever talking CCTVs: the Orabis and the Vocatex Plus. These innovative solutions revolutionized the CCTV market, and the latest version of GW Micro’s Vocatex Plus is transforming the CCTV market yet again.

The Vocatex Plus already has the unique capability to recognize and speak text, as well as highlight each word as it is spoken on a live image using its patented technology. The previous version of the Vocatex Plus required the user to press a button each time they wanted a new column of text to be spoken or after the user adjusted the magnification of the image. The new Vocatex Plus is much more dynamic enabling the user to start text recognition, move or enlarge the text under the screen, and the Vocatex Plus will automatically recognize the new text and continue reading the live image while highlighting each word as it speaks.

“This is incredible technology that we could only dream of until now,” said Dan Weirich, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for GW Micro. “While these were the first-ever talking CCTVs, we are now taking yet another huge step forward in CCTV technology.”

Other CCTV manufacturers have been unable to develop a comparable solution and are still attempting to produce a talking CCTV with a live image, but this incredible functionality is already possible with the Orabis and Vocatex Plus. The Vocatex Plus comes with your choice of a 26-inch, 32-inch, or 37-inch HDTV monitor. These display options help make the new Vocatex Plus the most advanced talking CCTV as well as a multimedia center for your favorite HD content including TV, Blu-ray and Netflix. For customers who already have large screen HDTVs with an HDMI connection, the Vocatex Plus may be purchased without a monitor.

You can see the new features of the Vocatex Plus talking CCTV in action at the low vision section of GW Micro.

GW Micro has been a trusted pioneer in the adaptive technology industry since 1990, and continues to lead with innovative, customer driven solutions.

Contact:
Dan Weirich, VP of Sales and Marketing
dan@gwmicro.com
(260) 489-3671

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Symantec tells customers to disable pcAnywhere software | Reuters

This is just bad. I have never heard of anyone saying not to use a piece of software. Check this article out.

Symantec tells customers to disable pcAnywhere software | Reuters.

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What decryption orders mean for the Fifth Amendment – Boing Boing

I remember hearing about this on TWIL. Denise may be interested in this, but something tells me this is old news. What do you think of this article?

What decryption orders mean for the Fifth Amendment – Boing Boing.

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You can’t fight the power, but the power has shifted. » CounterMeasures

What do you think of this? Mega upload actually is as of last chance timing 9out. It is not going anywhere.

You can’t fight the power, but the power has shifted. » CounterMeasures.

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China Expands Microblog Identification Program – NYTimes.com

I would assume sopa and pipa would do something similar to thiis. Have you done your part today? Check this article out, and if you agree, go to my main web site and follow its instructions. This article couldn’t come out at a better time.

China Expands Microblog Identification Program – NYTimes.com.

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Olympus Clears Auditors In an Accounting Cover-Up – NYTimes.com

Olympus Clears Auditors In an Accounting Cover-Up – NYTimes.com.

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Technology podcast 163 for January 16, 2012

Not much for this podcast, except some serious PC issues during the first recording and the one i did yesterday was it. RSS feed

Technology podcast 163 for January 16, 2012 has a fresh books segment, windows 7 thoughts and comments, and the ever popular sopa and pipa stuff. Enjoy.

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