November 21/Next Phone Meeting of the Philadelphia Computer Users’ Group for the Blind and Visually Impaired

Our users’ group normally meets on the last Friday of each month. However, since the last Friday of November is the day after Thanksgiving I have decided to move the meeting back to November 21 at 8:00 PM Eastern time.
As far as assistive technology is concerned, November wasn’t as busy as October but there are still things we could talk about.

1. Version 16 of JAWS was released toward the end of October. Users with software maintenance agreements are free to download it from Freedom Scientific’s Web site or can just wait until the DVD arrives at their doorstep. I’m wondering if any of you have started using version 16 and what you think of its new features, particularly command search as well as having the ability to read a scanned PDF file?

2. while this is not directly computer-related, it certainly relates to assistive technology and could very well be the biggest technology event of the year. I’m referring to Comcast rolling out its talking menu system for users with the X1 box. I’ve heard that this service will be available starting on November 19 and no new equipment is needed, as this is a software update for X1 users. On the 19th, you should be able to press the triangle-shaped button on your remote control followed by the enter key and you should have access to the menus. I will be curious as to whether anybody will have tried this out.

As always, all are welcome to participate. The number to call is (712) 432-3900
when prompted for your access code, enter
391477
followed by the pound key.

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