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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 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

FSCast Episode 135 - 10 years of FSCast, Andrew Zeman gets his wish from Make a Wish Foundation, Ryan Jones talks about his 10,000 light Christmas display

We published our first episode of FSCast back in December 2006. To celebrate, Jonathan Mosen discusses how the podcast got started, and shares just a few highlights of the past decade. A number of listeners join us to mark this milestone.

We then speak With Andrew Zeman and his Mom Karen. Andrew has been granted a wish by the Make a Wish Foundation, and we’re honoured that his wish is to visit us at VFO in Florida.

Ryan Jones has an even bigger, better Christmas light show running at his home in Lexington Kentucky, with nearly 10,000 lights. He tells us how and why he does it.

Show Host: Jonathan Mosen

10 years of FSCast, Andrew Zeman gets his wish from Make a Wish Foundation, Ryan Jones talks about his 10,000 light Christmas display

Published: Wed, 07 Dec 2016 19:15:00 GMT

FSCast Episode 134 - Export JAWS 18 settings, two entrepreneurs who run their business with JAWS

Jonathan Mosen demonstrates how easy it is to export settings in version 18 of our JAWS® screen reading software, so they can be kept for back-up purposes or imported to another computer.

We then hear from two entrepreneurs running their businesses with the help of JAWS. Trelle Dandridge helps to make dogs better behaved through her company, Mutts with Manners. And Christine Chaikin offers comprehensive guides to blindness services in a number of US states through her company, Insightful Publications.

Show Host: Jonathan Mosen

Export JAWS 18 settings, two entrepreneurs who run their business with JAWS

Published: Tue, 22 Nov 2016 21:45:00 GMT

FSCast Episode 133 - JAWS 18 - new Vocalizer Expressive voices, Jen Armbruster - US Goalball seven time paralympian

With the imminent release of version 18 of our JAWS® screen reading software, we hear a demonstration of new Vocalizer Expressive voices from Nuance that will be available at no additional cost.

Jonathan Mosen then speaks with seven-time paralympian Jen Armbruster, who recently returned with the US Goalball team from the games in Rio.

Show Host: Jonathan Mosen

Episode 133 - JAWS 18 - new Vocalizer Expressive voices, Jen Armbruster - US Goalball seven time paralympian

Published: Mon, 24 Oct 2016 14:00:00 GMT

FSCast Episode 132 - Eric Damery and Jonathan Mosen continue their discussion about JAWS 18

Eric Damery and Jonathan Mosen continue their look at what's new in version 18 of our JAWS® screen reading software

Show Host: Jonathan Mosen

Episode 132 - Eric Damery and Jonathan Mosen continue their discussion about JAWS 18

Published: Fri, 30 Sep 2016 19:00:00 GMT

FSCast Episode 131 - Eric Damery discusses new JAWS 18 features

Just ahead of the release of the first public beta, Eric Damery discusses some of the new features in our JAWS® 18 screen reading software.

Show Host: Jonathan Mosen

Episode 131 - Eric Damery discusses new JAWS 18 features

Published: Tue, 06 Sep 2016 17:45:00 GMT

FSCast Episode 130 - Jonathan Mosen speaks with Tom Tiernan, the new CEO of VFO

Jonathan Mosen speaks with Tom Tiernan, the new CEO of VFO. We learn about Tom's considerable experience as a leader in tech companies, as well as his connection with low vision.

Show Host: Jonathan Mosen

Episode 130 - Jonathan Mosen speaks with Tom Tiernan, the CEO of VFO

Published: Fri, 19 Aug 2016 18:20:00 GMT

FSCast Episode 129 - Microsoft Mail Accessibility, New rules on local and state website accessibility

VFO has partnered with Microsoft® to make the free Windows® 10 Mail app more accessible. Jonathan Mosen speaks with David Gorelik from Microsoft about Windows 10 Mail, Microsoft Office®, and the improved accessibility of both. Jonathan then demonstrates our JAWS® screen reading software with Microsoft Mail.

The US Department of Justice is looking to make rules on the accessibility of local and state government websites. Parnell Diggs from the National Federation of the Blind tells us why the regulations are significant, and how you can share your experiences to help draft the rules.

Show Host: Jonathan Mosen

Episode 129 - Microsoft Mail Accessibility, New rules on local and state website accessibility

Published: Tue, 26 Jul 2016 20:40:00 GMT

FSCast Episode 128 - Incredible summer conference pricing from VFO, MathML, National Organization of Parents of Blind Children

If you're attending NFB, ACB or Sight Village, learn about some incredible pricing on VFO products for conference registrants.

Ron Miller tells us about innovations in JAWS that make MathML accessible in Braille.

And we meet VFO's Mike Wood, who tells us about our work with the National Organization of Parents of Blind Children.

Show Host: Jonathan Mosen

Episode 128 - Incredible summer conference pricing from VFO, MathML, National Organization of Parents of Blind Children

Published: Fri, 24 Jun 2016 13:00:00 GMT

FSCast Episode 127 - Jonathan Mosen speaks with David Wu

Following the announcement that Ai Squared has joined VFO, Jonathan Mosen speaks with David Wu. For the last seven years, David has been CEO of Ai Squared. Now he is VFO's Vice President Software Business.

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Episode 127 - Jonathan Mosen speaks with David Wu

Published: Wed, 15 Jun 2016 14:00:00 GMT

FSCast Episode 126 - US summer convention offers, Maarten Bosch - Chief Commercial Officer of VFO Group, Brian Hargen talks about J-Say, J-Dictate and more

We begin by summarizing some of the exceptional offers available to those attending the US consumer conventions.

We meet Maarten Bosch, former CEO of Optelec, now the Chief Commercial officer at VFO Group™, the company that operates the Freedom Scientific® and Optelec brands.

Brian Hartgen from Hartgen Consultancy joins us to talk about what's new with J-Say, J-Dictate and more.

Show Host: Jonathan Mosen

Episode 126 - US summer convention offers, Maarten Bosch - Chief Commercial Officer of VFO Group, Brian Hargen talks about J-Say, J-Dictate and more

Published: Thu, 09 Jun 2016 14:00:00 GMT

FSCast Episode 125 - Larry Skutchan from APH, Dennis Godin from Technical Support

Jonathan Mosen speaks with Larry Skutchan from APH about his career in the assistive technology industry, JAWS® and MAGic® Student Edition, and other technology from APH.

If you've called Freedom Scientific® Technical Support over the years, you may have heard the voice of Dennis Godin. We find out a little about the man behind the voice.

Show Host: Jonathan Mosen

Episode 125 - Larry Skutchan from APH, Dennis Godin from Technical Support

Published: Mon, 16 May 2016 14:30:00 GMT

FSCast Episode 124 - Using JAWS Tandem to provide technical support, Seeing Eye's 8th online auction and "The blind history lady"

Jonathan Mosen speaks with Jeff Bishop from the University of Arizona, which is using the Tandem feature of our JAWS® screen reading software to help provide quality tech support to students and faculty members who are blind.

The Seeing Eye's 8th online auction begins on April 25. Jim Kutsch tells us about how you might be able to pick up a bargain while supporting the work of the world's oldest guide dog school.

And Peggy Chong, "the blind history lady", tells us about her historical and genealogical research which has resulted in her beginning to publish a series on blind history. JAWS is playing a crucial role in her work.

Show Host: Jonathan Mosen

Episode 124 - Using JAWS Tandem to provide technical support, Seeing Eye's 8th online auction and "The blind history lady"

Published: Tue, 19 Apr 2016 13:30:00 GMT

FSCast Episode 123 - Student editions of JAWS and MAGic; ElBraille; JAWS bytes; Windows 10 virtual desktops

In the first of two breaking news stories in FSCast from the CSUN technology conference, Eric Damery announces a collaboration between Freedom Scientific and the American Printing House for the Blind to create student editions of our JAWS® screen reading software, and our MAGic® screen magnification software. Learn how easy it will be for every K through 12 student to obtain their copy.

Adi Kushnir introduces us to ElBraille, a powerful Windows 10-based Braille notetaker powered by JAWS.

In JAWS bytes, learn about how easy it now is to load JAWS default settings for troubleshooting purposes.

And Dan Clark tells us about virtual desktops in Windows 10.

Show Host: Jonathan Mosen

Episode 123 - Student editions of JAWS and MAGic; ElBraille; JAWS bytes; Windows 10 virtual desktops

Published: Thu, 24 Mar 2016 20:00:00 GMT

FSCast Episode 122 - FSCast alerts, CSUN preview and OpenBook update

In English-speaking countries, the latest update to JAWS® 17 now alerts you by default when a new episode of FSCast is released. If you've not heard FSCast before, Glen Gordon talks to our regular host, Jonathan Mosen, who introduces himself and tells you what you can expect to hear on FSCast.

We preview all the Freedom Scientific activities at the forthcoming CSUN conference in San Diego.

And Dusty Voorhees tells us about an exciting update to our OpenBook® scanning and recognition software.

Show Host: Glen Gordon

Episode 122 - FSCast alerts, CSUN preview and OpenBook update

Published: Thu, 17 Mar 2016 13:57:00 GMT

FSCast Episode 121 - JAWS keeps you up to date with FSCast, CSUN 2016, Bill Kilroy - Regional Sales Director

Eric Damery joins Jonathan Mosen to preview a forthcoming feature in our JAWS® 17 screen reading software that will make it easier to keep up-to-date with FSCast. We also look ahead to the CSUN Conference in March.

Bill Kilroy is Freedom Scientific's Director of Eastern Regional Sales. He joins Jonathan to talk about his long history with Freedom Scientific, and his visit to St Petersburg Florida to learn about Optelec products.

Show Host: Jonathan Mosen

Episode 121 - JAWS keeps you up to date with FSCast, CSUN 2016, Bill Kilroy - Regional Sales Director

Published: Thu, 25 Feb 2016 20:00:00 GMT

FSCast Episode 120 - Jonathan Mosen speaks with Ryan Jones

Jonathan Mosen speaks with Ryan Jones. When he's not working with Freedom Scientific's Training Department, Ryan has a fascinating hobby. Last year, he put together a synchronised Christmas light show, thanks to hardware and software he operated with the help of JAWS®. Ryan tells us all about it.

Show Host: Jonathan Mosen

Episode 120 - Jonathan Mosen speaks with Ryan Jones

Published: Tue, 02 Feb 2016 21:00:00 GMT

FSCast Episode 119 - Jonathan Mosen speaks with Jim Ellsworth

Jonathan Mosen speaks with Jim Ellsworth, a familiar voice to many who have called our Technical Support over the years, who has retired after almost 19 years with the company.

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Episode 119 - Jonathan Mosen speaks with Jim Ellsworth

Published: Mon, 04 Jan 2016 16:10:00 GMT

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