blind_html Fwd: Tech news to keep you up-to-date for Friday, May 7, 2010

Check this out, particularly i believe the third article. It's the one about the new library for visually impaired. Click on the link and check this out, it sounds interesting. And it's by internet archive.


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*Facebook fixes privacy flaw, but concerns remain* <http://www.nytimes.com/2010/05/06/technology/internet/06facebook.html?src=busln> Facebook recently fixed a serious privacy flaw. It allowed users to view their friend's live chats. This follows a controversial overhaul of the site's privacy policies. Many wonder if they can still trust Facebook. Are you revealing too much on Facebook? Take a moment to check your privacy settings <http://www.komando.com/tips/index.aspx?id=8701>.

*Wiretapping laws enter the digital age* <http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/print/9176364/Lawmakers_consider_changes_to_wiretapping_law_to_protect_cloud_services?taxonomyName=IT+in+Government&taxonomyId=13> Lawmakers are working to change wiretapping laws. Currently, federal agents don't need warrants to access online e-mail older than 180 days. Cloud computing services, like Google Docs, are also vulnerable. Malicious hackers pose a greater risk than wiretapping to your e-mail account. Learn how to take your e-mail account back <http://www.komando.com/tips/index.aspx?id=8027>.

*New online library for the visually impaired* <http://apnews.myway.com/article/20100506/D9FHDPM81.html> The Internet Archive is creating an online library for blind and dyslexic people. Text-to-speech software helps the visually impaired access digital books. Currently, compatible electronic books are in short supply. E-books are becoming more popular. Click here for a free program to manage and convert your e-books <http://www.komando.com/downloads/category.aspx?id=8676>.

*Get instant translations with your phone* <http://www.businessinsider.com/point-your-android-phone-at-foreign-text-to-translate-it-instantly-with-google-goggles-2010-5> A new app lets Android smart phones instantly translate text. Take a picture of foreign language text and get an instant translation. The same app can also provide information about pictures of random objects. Cell phones are getting more features all the time. Don’t buy an expensive, dedicated GPS unit. Instead, download a free navigation app for your smart phone <http://www.komando.com/tips/index.aspx?id=8730>.

*Cell phone use may have caused deadly crash * <http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5hLwSxXtdifP0CI2hAcp3nu-NSl-QD9FHEN2O0> Eleven people were killed in a Kentucky traffic accident in March. The driver responsible may have been distracted by his cell phone. Police are working to confirm that. Don’t let a cell phone put your teen’s life in danger. Talk to your teenager about the dangers of distracted driving now <http://www.komando.com/tips/index.aspx?id=3114>.

*Non-Latin Web addresses now available* <http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/10100108.stm> Web addresses were originally designed to use Latin characters. Now other language characters, such as Arabic or Chinese, can be used. This is more convenient for users in other countries. They often have their computer keyboard set to local characters. Non-Latin characters are often used in phishing attacks. Find out how to banish phishing messages and other spam from your inbox <http://www.komando.com/columns/index.aspx?id=6922>.

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