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This Weeks Security Now (457) has a guest dealing with Net Neutrality. Questions and answers as well. We hope you enjoy the program. Running time is 2 hrs, 16 minutes. Go to Seccurity Now via GRC for show notes and transcripts.
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Hi folks, Security Now, podcast 456 covers something i don’t think I’ve heard of before. The title is: TWiT – SN 456: Harvesting Entropy and it looks like it is packed. The program runs 2 hours 14 minutes long. I hope you’ll enjoy the program. Use the link to download the program for a limited time.
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As we skipped 188 for some strange reason, we just released 190. On it, we have various items of interest from GW Micro, Philmore, and an SMS discussion. GW and Philmore have been covered on the blog in article form over here, so you can read the text of the discussion and releases that have happened. I hope you all are doing well, and we’ll have another cast soon.
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We’ve talked about bullying on this blog with a book recomendation or too, as well as a few articles, but I think this one will be of use. Check this article out.
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This Weeks Security Now program covers the weeks news, and 10 questions and their answers. It runs an hour and a half. Click on the link to get the sendspace copy for a limited time. It looks to be a packed show as usual.
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This weeks security now continues the discussion of the SSL issues dealing with certificates, revocation, and how chrome does not do a good job with doing revocation. Program talks about how this is not an easy job, but yet, firefox seems to have a checkbox that forces it to check to see if there is a true cert that was revoked. download the 56.6mb file right here thanks to Sendspace. You can get show notes, transcripts, and a lower quality file if you go to the Security Now page. Please listen to podcast 453 first, so you have a background if you haven’t heard it already. This link will let you download the 53.45mb file right here thanks to sendspace. We hope you enjoy the podcast, I sure did. I’m only wondering which check box I’m to check so this technology works? Guess I can ask.
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We thought Blind Bargains was done with the CSUN coverage, but on the 1st or so, they uploaded 9 more files for us to check out. Some things did catch my attention from this batch, and I thought I’d write about it here.
- Accessible Braille Emergency Alerts from NPR I think this is he biggest thing. This looks to be an app if I remember right, that would work with your braille display on your phone. I should listen to this one again, I’m not remembering it well enough, but I thought this would be a cool idea.
- Tactalis Presents Visual Information Magnetically This is quite interesting. Presenting visual things is always hard, so I thought this might just be a cool idea. It sounds pretty cool, anyway.
- Chat Online with the Job Accommodation Network This one might be interesting to some. Services are free, and it might be a start somewhere. The presentation was well done.
- WordPress Accessibility Making Big Gains I think this should get a look. The blogs along my network like this and the books are running word press. This is an interesting idea of getting some kind of label so we know what will work or not. We’ll have to see what happens.
- Finally, something for the deaf blind I would think, Bones Turns a Milestone into a Vibrating Clock where you get a pillow which would vibrate to wake you up when the alarm goes off and if I remember this right, it would work similar in telling time where it vibrates differently for hours and minutes.
To read and listen to anything on the blind bargains network go to the audio section of blindbargains.com and take a look at anything else that might interest you.
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Hi folks, Here is a temporary link to Security Now for this week from Sendspace. It covers certificate revocation. I’ve put the file up for 8 weeks, so feel free to get it while you can. Part 2 will be next week. I listened to the program yesterday, and it was interesting. Let me know your thoughts in the comments on this post.
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Ai Squared and GW Micro Join Forces – Assistive Technology Leaders Merge to Expand Opportunities for Computer Users Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired
Manchester, Vermont and Fort Wayne, Indiana (May 1, 2014) – Ai Squared, the maker of ZoomText and sitecues; and GW Micro, the creator of Window-Eyes, have merged into one company. With this merger, the companies will combine their talents to better assist computer users who are blind or visually impaired.
ZoomText is the world’s number one screen magnifier and text-to-speech software package that allows people who are visually impaired to use a computer with ease. Window-Eyes is a popular screen reader that enables people who are blind to be fully independent on the computer by translating visual information into speech and/or Braille.
“Our mission is to provide a full family of computer accessibility solutions for users who are low vision or blind, whether they access digital information via their desktop, the web or their mobile device,” said David Wu, CEO of Ai Squared. “Earlier this year, we commercially launched sitecues, a product which enables website owners to build accessibility tools right into their websites. Today’s merger with GW Micro rounds out our mantra of ‘We’ve got accessibility covered’ – with our combined forces, we can now deliver an even wider range of computer access solutions.”
The need for assistive technology continues to grow. According to the World Health Organization, over 285 million people in the world are considered visually impaired; 39 million of those are blind, and 246 million have moderate to severe visual impairments. “The merger of Ai Squared and GW Micro brings together two companies that offer great solutions for the millions of Microsoft customers around the world who are blind or visually impaired,” said Rob Sinclair, Chief Accessibility Officer at Microsoft.
“We are also delighted that Ai Squared will continue to develop and support the Window-Eyes for Office Offer as many of our customers rely on this screen reading solution to enable access to Windows, Office and other Microsoft products,” Sinclair said.
Dan Weirich, Co-founder of GW Micro and now Vice President at Ai Squared, said he is thrilled to incorporate Window-Eyes into the Ai Squared product family.
“It’s a natural fit,” Weirich said. “Combining our companies will strengthen Ai Squared’s global presence in the assistive technology industry, allowing us to serve even more customers.”
Weirich noted that many customers using web and computer accessibility tools inevitably progress further along the visual impairment spectrum during their lifetime. As a result, they will require more advanced assistive technology as their needs change. With the merger, Ai Squared will be in a better position to assist those customers, developing products that provide a seamless transition and user experience as customers adapt to their changing vision.
Ai Squared will continue to offer Window-Eyes and its related products as they were previously offered by GW Micro. In addition, a free and fully featured version of Window-Eyes will continue to be available via the Window-Eyes Offer for Users of Microsoft Office as part of the recently announced partnership with Microsoft and GW Micro. The GW Micro team will remain in Indiana as part of the Ai Squared team, which is headquartered in Vermont.
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.
About GW Micro: GW Micro, Inc. (www.gwmicro.com) has been a trusted pioneer in the assistive technology industry since 1990; it has led with innovative, customer-driven solutions, and the GW Micro team has always been proud of its description as the Voice of Vision.
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