Call the BlabLine toll free at (866) 997–BLAB (2522)
Register to win a Blue Snowflake quality microphone simply by e-mailing or sending a voicemail to us telling us why you need a new microphone,
Or win a Blue Icicle which makes any XLR microphone work through a USB port on either the PC or Mac. Just send us an audio creation about why you like Serotek. This can either be a song, jingle, poem, limerick, or whatever your audio specialty.
Extended through May 31, Serotek is offering $200 off System Access Mobile™ for anyone whose software maintenance agreement has lapsed, or who is not entitled to any additional upgrades with their SMA for Jaws® for Windows® or Window-Eyes™. For just $299, purchase System Access for two computers that you can change at any time, plus one license for a U3 Smart Drive that you can use to make any computer come alive with speech, Braille, and screen magnification. And with free upgrades for life, this will be the last money you will need to spend for regularly-updated and innovative screen reading and magnification.
Just provide your serial number as proof that your SMA is past due, and System Access for two computers and one U3-enabled USB license is yours for only $299, that’s $200 off the regular price of $499.
To get started, simply visit the “my account” section of an existing SAMNet account. You can do this by opening the System Access menu with modifier+f and choosing the “My account” option, or by choosing option 16 from the SA Mobile Network Home screen. If you do not yet have an account with Serotek, you may create one by visiting
and choosing the “create new account” option.
Once you have logged in and accessed the “my account” option, choose “buy more products and services” and follow the prompts in the buy wizard.
You can also receive assistance from a Serotek sales representative by calling (612) 246-4818.
In SeroTalk Podcast 14, we spoke with Tyler Barth from
about the Mikey for the iPod, Icicle XLR to USB converter, snowBall and SnowFlake mics plus the Blue Eyeball webcam and pro gear for musicians.
We began with the latest A T headlines:
the Pocket WiFi Modem available from Verizon starting in mid-May for $100 with two-year contract after rebate, is the size of a triple-thick credit card. It has one power button, one status light and a swappable battery that looks like the one in a cellphone. When you turn on your MiFi and wait 30 seconds, it provides a password-protected wireless hot spot.
The MiFi gets its Internet signal from Verizon’s 3G (high-speed) cellular data network. If you just want to do e-mail and the Web, you pay $40 a month
for a lackluster 250 megabytes of data transfer, 10 cents a megabyte above that. And a $60 plan gives you a wopping (5 gigabytes). And if you don’t travel incessantly, Verizon also offers a one-day pass: $15 for 24 hours, only when you need it with the MiFi costing $270.
Flying Blind, LLC and Optelec BV on May 11 announced the release of
“In Touch with ALVA: A Guide To Unleashing the Power of Your ALVA Braille Controller, Version 1.0. This comprehensive tutorial has been designed for users of Optelec’s ALVA Braille Controller, as well as both sighted and vision impaired service professionals responsible for training users in how to integrate this life-changing technology into their adaptive
The ALVA Braille Controller, the sixth generation of ALVA Braille terminals, began shipping in July of 2008. The ALVA Braille Controller not only allows users to interact with their PC and accessible mobile devices via a Braille display, Braille keyboard, and optional audio input/output via either USB or Bluetooth connections, but it’s built-in system and flash file storage options enable the user to portably manage information as well as host a Screen Reading session directly from the ALVA Braille Controller.
Johanna Sarkinen from Finland is spearheading a new online radio
station, called The Global Voice. It’s slogan is: “Helping world’s blind
and sighted communities see eye to eye”.
The Global Voice
Two online broadcasts regarding technology for people with vision loss.
One, Innovations, produced by people on the last Main Menu team, airs
for one hour on the Global Voice four times weekly: GMT Sunday at 07:00, Tuesday at 17:00, Thursday at 00:00 and Friday at 14:00.
An earlier Main Menu team has re-launched Main Menu on
ACBRadio airing beginning Fridays at 8PM Easttern, or Saturday at 01:00 GMT with broadcasts repeated throughout Saturday.
The May, 2009 issue of The Braille Monitor contains an article entitled
Low-Cost Screen Readers
VISIONS 3rd Annual Employment and Technology Institute, Summer 2009 runs from July 22-28, and costs $75, or you can take part in the included intensive technology weekend only, July 24-26, for $50. Round-trip bus
transportation from Manhattan to the rural conference facility in Rockland county is included.
Google has announced that they are partnering with Lime to offer a $10,000 U.s. scholarship and $5,000 Canadian scholarship to students with disabilities who are pursuing university degrees in the field of computer science.
The Assistive Technology Industry Association (ATIA) is
holding a YouTube Video Contest to showcase people and how
assistive technology has helped them. You could win a prize if your video is among those that receive the most views on YouTube. For details go to
October 1, 2009 marks the 10th anniversary of the first Talking ATM in the United States. In preparation for that milestone, Linda Dardarian and Lainey Finegold invite you to share your Talking ATM stories. Further information is available at: