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Blog - July 2012

Summer Vacation

This week's blog is going to be a little shorter then usual.  However, isn't that what they usually say: "sometimes short but sweet is what counts.".

This time of year, every one has a chance to relax.  This type of relaxation can be referred to as a vacation.

Whether or not you are the type of person who likes to go on an adventurous vacation, simply relax in a tropical setting,or stay at home in your own backyard or by the pool , it's a time of year when we all deserve to simply relax and rest.

Vacations are also a time of year when family and friends can get together and have fun in the sun sipping a couple of beers or a good old fashioned glass of rum and coke.

Right on Red Revisited

This week's blog post is on the hot topic of turning right on red.

I was shocked to find out in "La Press", a local montreal paper, that the city is still debating on wether Downtown Montrealers should have the right to turn right on red lights.

A while back I commented on a local CBC station in their news hour, expressing my concern and my opinion on why I thought Montreal was not ready to incorporate the right to turn on a red light in downtown Montreal.

In january 2012, I stated to the reporter that because of the construction happening in Montreal, having the right to turn on red, would cause people in montreal more confusion and more accidents.

Revolutionary New Text Entry App for Blind IOS Users

Normally, Heather Rupert covers the technology beat, but there's a hot new iPhone app that I'm excited to tell you about.

Fleksy is a revolutionary text input application for IOS devices. From the website:

How does a blind person type on an iPhone? Soon, they will be typing as quickly and easily as everyone else. If not faster. Yes, it’s possible.
For the first time ever, blind and visually impaired people can quickly and easily type text on touch screen phones and tablets.

I bought this app yesterday, and after a very short time with it, I was typing around twice as fast as I could using the touch typing method.

Talk to the President June 2012

Dear fellow AEBC members:

Well!  Happy Canada Day to each and every one of you!

I hope that June has been a great month for each of you and that the oncoming summer will be an enjoyable one.  Time for us to kick back for a bit and savour the kinder weather.

I again thank those of you who have taken the time to drop by and give us your feedback and I hope that you continue to do so.  For it is only with your feedback that I along with your national board can become better at steering the ship.

You can send your feedback to info@blindcanadians.ca.  

My quote of the month is as follows:

Sneak Peak at Jaws 14

As happens each year, Freedom scientific is set to release a new version of Jaws.

In a conference held in July at the NFB Convention in Texas, Product specialist Eric Damery spoke about the new Features of Jaws 13.0 and gave a sneak preview of the soon to be released Jaws 14.0.

Of course, given that Windows 8 will be released soon, Freedom scientific has been very hard at work trying to ensure that the next Operating system from Microsoft is supported.

Special Canada Day BlogPost

Hello readers, Yet again this time around, I'm taking a different spin from the traditional tech talk. In this blog, I'd like to talk about a famous celebration which is held across the nation. If you haven't guessed it by now, I'm talking about Canada Day.

Ok, I'm not going to sit here and write an essay about the celebration and when it first began; instead, I'd like to tell you all why I love this festivity.

Each and every year, the streets are filled with good cheer and folks enjoying themselves, and it makes me very happy to see people smiling and having a great time on this fine and lovely day.

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