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FSCast is Freedom Scientific's podcast. Hosted by Jonathan Mosen, FSCast features news, interviews, and product demonstrations relating to Freedom Scientific products. FSCast is a great way to make the most of the products you have as well as learning about what's new and what's around the corner.

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FSCast Episode 150 - Eric Damery talks about the JAWS February 2018 update, ZoomText 2018 and Fusion 2018

Eric Damery talks about the JAWS February 2018 update, ZoomText 2018 and Fusion 2018

Show Host: Jonathan Mosen

FSCast Episode 150 - FSCast Episode 150 - Eric Damery talks about the JAWS February 2018 update, ZoomText 2018 and Fusion 2018

Published: Fri, 16 Feb 2018 21:10:00 GMT

FSCast Episode 149 - CSUN 2018 sessions, hours and prizes. Group Training offerings. Jonathan Mosen speaks with Jamie Teh of Mozilla about making Firefox compatible with JAWS

We look ahead to the CSUN conference. Learn about our sessions, exhibit hours, and prizes you can win.

Did you know we offer training for groups at our headquarters or at a place of your choosing? We outline the courses available and tell you about a forthcoming course at Palomar College.

Jonathan Mosen speaks with Jamie Teh of Mozilla about the ongoing work to make new versions of Firefox compatible with JAWS®. The work will ensure support for advanced web features only found in JAWS.

Show Host: Jonathan Mosen

FSCast Episode 149 - CSUN 2018 sessions, hours and prizes. Group Training offerings. Jonathan speaks with Jamie Teh of Mozilla about making Firefox compatible with JAWS

Published: Mon, 12 Feb 2018 19:15:00 GMT

FSCast Episode 148 - Speech and Sound Scheme in JAWS, Jeanne Hink and Carli Metze from Keystone Blind Association talk about employment options

Jonathan Mosen demonstrates the powerful Speech and Sounds Scheme feature in JAWS, including voice aliases.

And we meet Jeanne Hink and Carli Metze from Keystone Blind Association, who are seeking to make a range of employment options available to blind people.

Show Host: Jonathan Mosen

FSCast Episode 148 - Speech and Sound Scheme in JAWS, Jeanne Hink and Carli Metze from Keystone Blind Association talk about employment options

Published: Fri, 05 Jan 2018 18:30:00 GMT

FSCast Episode 147 - Renew Software Maintenance Agreement online, New software releases - JAWS, ZoomText and MAGic, new features in JAWS 2018, Chad Hays talks about how Freedom Scientific products helped him buy family business

Did you know that if you’re in the United States, you can renew your JAWS Software Maintenance Agreement online? Jonathan Mosen shows you how easy it is.

Eric Damery tells us about new software releases in December for JAWS, ZoomText and MAGic, and Jonathan shows us two new features coming to the December JAWS 2018 update, Screen Shade and Speech On Demand.

Chad Hays talks about how Freedom Scientific products gave him the tools and competence to buy the family business.

And we announce the names of the lucky people who get a free copy of Rachel Flowers’ incredible new album, “Listen”.”

Show Host: Jonathan Mosen

FSCast Episode 147 - Renew Software Maintenance Agreement online, New software releases - JAWS, ZoomText and MAGic, new features in JAWS 2018, Chad Hays talks about how Freedom Scientific products helped him buy family business

Published: Wed, 06 Dec 2017 19:00:00 GMT

FSCast Episode 146 - Special PEARL pricing, Rachel Flowers produced her latest album with JAWS, justice themed interviews

For JAWS and Fusion 2018 customers, we’ve slashed the price of our powerful PEARL ® portable reading camera. FSCast has all the details.

Rachel Flowers, who we’ve featured on FSCast before, has a new album, which she has produced herself with the help of JAWS. We feature a track from the album and tell you how you can win a copy.

Our interviews on this episode have a justice theme. First, Jonathan Mosen speaks with retired San Diego County Superior Court Judge, David Szumowski. Then, we hear from Kayde Rieken, who has just graduated as a court reporter.

Show Host: Jonathan Mosen

Special PEARL pricing, Rachel Flowers produced her latest album with JAWS, justice themed interviews

Published: Fri, 17 Nov 2017 15:58:25 GMT

FSCast Episode 145 - Windows 10 Fall Creators Update

Microsoft will begin releasing the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update this week. VFO and Microsoft have collaborated closely during this release cycle.

We hear from Glen Gordon, VFO’s Chief Technology officer, discussing things you need to know about access to Microsoft Edge in the Fall Creators Update, and the importance of JAWS® 2018 public beta 3 in this regard.

Jonathan Mosen then speaks with Jeff Petty and Brett Humphrey from Microsoft, regarding Microsoft’s accessibility commitments, and how VFO and Microsoft work together.

Show Host: Jonathan Mosen

Windows 10 Fall Creators Update

Published: Tue, 17 Oct 2017 15:15:00 GMT

FSCast Episode 144 - Software News, Michael Arbitman - a ZoomText user who hunts software vulnerabilities

Eric Damery brings us plenty of software news, including what’s new and improved in public beta 2 of our JAWS® 2018 screen reading software. We learn about a forthcoming update to ZoomText and Fusion, Microsoft’s new Windows Fall Creators Update, and Firefox version 57. Plus news of a 5 city tour in Australia coming up in November, with Quantum Technologies.

Jonathan Mosen speaks with Michael Arbitman, an IT professional who lost his sight suddenly. Now, he’s a ZoomText user who hunts down software vulnerabilities. He’s also beginning a second career as an author of children’s books.

Show Host: Jonathan Mosen

Software News, Michael Arbitman - a ZoomText user who hunts software vulnerabilities

Published: Thu, 05 Oct 2017 15:10:00 GMT

FSCast Episode 143 - Eric Damery and Jonathan Mosen describe and demonstrate what’s new in JAWS 2018.

Eric Damery and Jonathan Mosen describe and demonstrate what’s new in JAWS 2018. Learn about the features and participate in our public beta.

Show Host: Jonathan Mosen

Eric Damery and Jonathan Mosen describe and demonstrate what’s new in JAWS 2018

Published: Tue, 29 Aug 2017 18:00:00 GMT

FSCast Episode 142 - Winners of SMA upgrade competition, new generation Focus 40 Blue refreshable Braille display, support for Microsoft Edge in JAWS and in a JAWS byte, we revisit the key labels feature

We announce the three lucky winners in our SMA upgrade competition.

Ron Miller introduces the new generation of Focus 40 Blue refreshable Braille display, and discusses 40-cell options for ElBraille.

Jonathan Mosen reports progress on, and demonstrates, support for Microsoft Edge in JAWS.

And in a JAWS byte, we revisit the key labels feature, showing you how to mute the echo of characters but retain echo of numbers.

Show Host: Jonathan Mosen

Winners of SMA upgrade competition, new generation Focus 40 Blue refreshable Braille display, support for Microsoft Edge in JAWS and in a JAWS byte, we revisit the key labels feature

Published: Fri, 18 Aug 2017 15:30:00 GMT

FSCast Episode 141 - Win one of 3 free upgrades, specials available at summer shows, and a complete demonstration of ElBraille 14

FSCast is giving away three upgrades to JAWS, ZoomText or Fusion. Listen to this episode to find out who is eligible and how to enter.

The national conventions of the American Council of the Blind and the National Federation of the Blind are just weeks away, with Sight Village soon to follow in the UK. VFO has the best bargains in assistive technology. Learn about the substantial discounts available on hardware and software.

Jonathan Mosen then presents a comprehensive demonstration of ElBraille 14, which will be available for purchase at the conventions. Learn about how this product finally offers note taking without compromises, offering notetaker-level battery life with the power of full Windows and JAWS, the world’s most powerful screen reader.

Show Host: Jonathan Mosen

Win one of 3 free upgrades, specials available at summer shows, and a complete demonstration of ElBraille 14

Published: Thu, 15 Jun 2017 15:40:00 GMT

FSCast Episode 140 - New visual tracking feature for JAWS, ZoomText Fusion is unveiled

Jonathan Mosen demonstrates the new visual tracking feature just released in the latest update to our JAWS® screen reading software.

Eric Damery joins us to unveil the all new ZoomText Fusion, joining JAWS and ZoomText together for the best in speech, Braille, and magnification.

Show Host: Jonathan Mosen

New visual tracking feature for JAWS, ZoomText Fusion is unveiled

Published: Wed, 24 May 2017 18:40:00 GMT

FSCast Episode 139 - JAWS 18 and Microsoft Edge working together, Office 365, Windows Insider Program, JAWS Byte demonstrating Touch Cursor

We return to the CSUN conference on technology for persons with disabilities to hear Eric Damery and Glen Gordon demonstrate test versions of our JAWS® 18 screen reading software and Microsoft Edge working together. They’ll also discuss the benefits of Microsoft Office 365, and describe the Windows Insider Program.

Humberto Avila brings us a JAWS Byte, demonstrating how to use the Touch Cursor to assist with access to applications that may not be accessible using conventional methods.

This FSCast was produced and edited on an ElBraille.

Show Host: Jonathan Mosen

JAWS 18 and Microsoft Edge working together, Office 365, Windows Insider Program, JAWS Byte demonstrating Touch Cursor

Published: Thu, 27 Apr 2017 13:20:00 GMT

FSCast Episode 138 - Essential updates to JAWS, MAGic and ZoomText required for Windows 10 Creators update, JAWS Byte on key labels and a replay of Eric Damery's CSUN presentation

Learn about essential updates to JAWS®, MAGic® and ZoomText®, which must be installed before Microsoft releases the Windows® 10 Creators update.

Jonathan Mosen brings you a JAWS Byte on the key labels feature.

And we hear Eric Damery’s presentation to the CSUN Assistive Technology conference on some of the new features in JAWS 18.

Show Host: Jonathan Mosen

Essential updates to JAWS, MAGic and ZoomText required for Windows 10 Creators update, JAWS Byte on key labels and a replay of Eric Damery's CSUN presentation

Published: Thu, 16 Mar 2017 17:20:00 GMT

FSCast Episode 137 - 2017 CSUN, Glen Gordon discusses Microsoft Edge support in VFO Products and Ron Miller discusses next generation ElBraille, the notetaker powered by JAWS

The 2017 CSUN conference on technology and persons with disabilities is fast approaching. There are plenty of great VFO presentations to attend. Learn about them in this episode.

Glen Gordon, our Chief Technology Officer, joins us to discuss forthcoming support in VFO products for Microsoft Edge, the browser built-into Windows 10.

And Ron Miller describes the next generation ElBraille, the notetaker that is powered by JAWS and runs full Windows 10 applications.

Show Host: Jonathan Mosen

2017 CSUN, Glen Gordon discusses Microsoft Edge support in VFO Products and Ron Miller discusses next generation ElBraille, the notetaker powered by JAWS

Published: Wed, 22 Feb 2017 14:05:36 GMT

FSCast Episode 136 - Bill McCann of Dancing Dots, Andrew Zeman’s special day

For 25 years, Bill McCann of Dancing Dots has been helping blind people make music with the help of their computers. He speaks with Jonathan Mosen, and we hear some examples of the music being made with the help of Dancing Dots products. We learn about his involvement in the annual Summer Music Academy session at Enchanted Hills Camp near Napa, California, and talk with Lawrence E. Brown the third, a talented drummer who participated in the most recent camp.

Following up from our previous episode, Andrew Zeman’s wish came true when he visited Freedom Scientific in January. We hear all about his special day.

Show Host: Jonathan Mosen

Bill McCann of Dancing Dots, Andrew Zeman’s special day

Published: Fri, 27 Jan 2017 20:15:00 GMT

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