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Blind Bargains Qast 198: Unfun Pizza Shell

Nov 4, 2019 74:02

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BBQ 194 Was the last time we rolled through a proper news section. We thought it was time for it to emerge from the shadows this week. Plus, to continue with the idea of a traditional format show, J.J. demos the Blind Shell Phone. A tip, several emails in Sound Off and fun audio treats are waiting for you at the end of the episode. It s a return to yesteryear for the team in 198.

In The News:

Apple Releases iOS 13.2 and iPadOS 13.2; Bringing Many Bug Fixes for Blind and Low Vision Users
The US Supreme Court Domino s Pizza delivery case rejection, dished out
Accessibility, the future, and why Domino s matters
What Domino s Pizza got wrong about internet accessibility
Add Vimeo to the Growing List of Large Websites Taking Accessibility Seriously
At Long Last, ScripTalk Mobile Now Available on iOS
EnVision AI Releases v2.0 for iOS And New Region Based Pricing
Be My Eyes Welcomes the National Federation of the Blind to Specialized Help
Orbit Research introduces the Orbit Teacher Platform
There's a national shortage of Braille teachers and the situation is dire
The Tap Strap wearable keyboard gets better with airmouse gestures
We Found uno Braille at a Local Target, and it's Exactly What you would Expect it to Be
From London, #GAConfEU 2019

Product Overview: Blind Shell Phone

BlindShell is a intuitive and simple cell phone with big, tactile buttons and lots of features. In addition to making phone calls and sending text messages, you can get the current weather forecast, listen to Internet radio, or find out your current location. BlindShell works with AT&T and T-Mobile as well as other GSM networks.

VOICE CONTROL
With voice control you can give the phone voice commands without having to use the keypad! With Voice Control you can::
Call and send a message to a contact
Open any application in the phone
Get information about the weather
Get your location. Address and GPS

VOICE DICTATION
Instead of using the keypad to input text, just simply say it. The phone will write it down as a text! Among others, you can use voice dictation for these actions:
SMS dictation
Email dictation
Taking notes
Dictating your agenda

PHYSICAL KEYBOARD
This phone has a physical keyboard with big, well spaced tangible buttons. We wanted the BlindShell Classic to have a premium keypad, and we believe that we succeeded.
The spacing between the keys makes orientation on the keypad very easy, so you will be able to distinguish between the keys right away. No need to fumble with your fingers around to find the right button. No need to be worried about pressing the wrong button either.

HIGHLIGHTS
Many useful applications
BlindShell includes a variety of useful features. With the Email client, you can write and receive emails from your friends and colleagues. With Internet radio you can listen to thousands of radio stations from around the world. The weather app will tell you the current weather and forecast for the next three days. The location app can tell you your current GPS location or hte nearest address.
SOS emergency button
If you get in to a situation where quick assistance from someone else is needed, you can use the SOS emergency button. Pressing the button for at least 3 seconds will call your emergency contact. (This contact can be set whenever you want). The outgoing emergency call needs to be confirmed by you, so you do not need to worry about making the call accidentally.
APPLICATIONS & FEATURES
BlindShell Classic is packed with features. You can just make calls and send messages, and nothing else. But, if you want to use the full potential of the phone, there is nothing in your way to make the most out of it.

Main features
Calls
Call log
SMS text messages
SMS to multiple recipients
Contacts
Backing up and importing contacts
Alarm
Calendar
Minute timer
Notes
Voice recorder

Advanced features
SOS emergency button
E-mail
Object tagging
FM radio
Internet radio
Audio player
Book Reader
Service menu
Weather forecast
GPS location
Color recognition

If you would like to know more, or order a Blind Shell of your very own, visit the A.T. Guys product page

Tip: iOS 13 Low Data Mode

Low power mode can help you out of a jam when your battery is in those smaller percentage numbers. In iOS 13 the same idea can be applied to your data plan as Low Data Mode will let you conserve your precious megabytes when you start approaching the high end of the data cap allowed. Simply visit Settings, Cellular Data Options and explore the section labeled "Low Data Mode" to activate this tool.

Sound Off:

David Partrick starts us off with this question.

"Greetings.
I have heard Joe talk about his experience with the Surface Go. I now find myself in possession of one, and I am looking to find a way to use it.
It came with a third party cover and keyboard. It s nice, and small, and I can type on it, but, I cannot get the function keys to work with either JAWS or Narrator. The Function modifier key appears to be ignored.
I am wondering what keyboard Joe is using, and, if the folding keyboard Joe and JJ talked about on a recent BBQ would be a good match for the Surface Go.
Thanks in advance.
David"

The Pluggable Keyboard is the one Joe was using in that episode. You will still need to seek out a case to protect the Surface's screen if you plan to travel with the device. Georgia has some insight about a previous show.

"Hi J.J.,

Please have dean back on blind bargains. I was glad to hear about his
chrome book coing out.

Pizza with potatoes on it, and pizza with sweet potatoes. Pineapple, oh
yes had it many times. It is good as well.

The show notes--are they on the app? I could not find them. Having
trouble getting to the bargains part of the app.
Like the tips also. Do you put them in the notes? I am going to see if
I can find those notes.

Georgia kitchen"

Greg Portch writes in with this question...

"Hi, Joe was talking about older devices. Is an iphone 6s or Se fast enough for ios 13 if you are a voice over user I mean will the phone be sluggish, not asking about the current bugs in 13. Thanks, /Greg

We haven't had time, what with all the Apple updates for 13 lately, to put the 6s through testing. But we've seen others say that it isnt horible. Probably not desireable for the long haul however. Next, Richard writes in with this comment.

"The two of you talking over and or interrupting
Constqantly makes listening to your pod cast extremely cringing! I started counting and perhaps every 5 seconds one or the other does a talk over so that neither ones comment can be understood.
Check it out and perhaps you will see just how irritating this is to a person trying to listen to every word spoken.
Nuff said and hope I don t have to type to you again."

We posted this email because we like to be transparent about our craft and we do appreciate all remarks about our show. Podcasting is like cooking. A recipe can change according to the talent and background of the person, or people, cooking the ingredients. We never set out to conform to the NPR style or the bombastic over the top formats of morning radio or sports talk programs. Our idea, as it has been for almost a decade, is to make the listener feel like they were smack dab in the middle of a group discussion at a major convention. Technical limitations, such as the delay in voices traveling back and forth through the internet, also play a role in how tight we edited our vocal tracks. Over the years we ve managed to turn those delays into seamless conversation, however as noted by the email above, we recognize that not everyone likes this dialog flow. That is why we try to post our companion show notes in broadcast order for those who don t want to listen to the entire episode. Our audience can skip directly to the portion of the show that interests them by using our notes as a guide. Or, by design, they can just read the notes instead of listening to the show if they prefer.

Over hundreds of recorded hours of us blathering on at one another about stuff, we re most proud of our consistency in tone and sound. We experiment with our format, our focus and formula from time to time. But our style is what we believe sets us apart from others in the field of podcasting. We have the amazing Patrick perdue to thank for all of this as he has been the bedrock of this audio endeavor. And by no means do we diminish his accomplishments out of fear that he has the power to make us look like idiots with the flick of an editorial finger. Nope, no worries at all about that end of year out takes. Episode. Shudder

Last Word:

The upcoming holidays have us thinking about travel and these two links seemed to fit that mindset.
Traffic lights worldwide set to change after Swedish engineer saw red over getting a ticket
9 Healthy Travel Snacks eat smarter on the road

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Blind Bargains Qast 197: The Haunted Pitch Black Audio Hub Show

Oct 27, 2019 52:29

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Ghouls and ghosts will soon be taking to the streets in search of pre-wrapped delicious treats. The BBQ Crew has faced zombies Before and lived to tell the tale. However, will that be the same result for joe this time around? Listen in on an audio demo from him and one from Jesse Anderson's Illegally Sighted channel. Retreat to the safety of J.J. and David Ward as they discuss some Digital Assistant features for Google and Amazon respectively. Most importantly, put on a pair of earbuds or headphones or place your skull between some stereo speakers... Because this one is going to be frighteningly good!

Demonstration: Audio Wizards

We've spoken about the fantastically crafted My True Sound "Audio Wizards" game previously on the show. Joe runs through the tutorials and first level to provide our listeners with some idea of how the game works. Audio Wizards is out for both iOS and Android, if you like what you hear, visit the official website to learn more

Demonstration: Google Home Hub

Google Home, Nest?, Hub's original model featured a smaller display and no camera. And it features Chromevox as the unit's screen reader engine. Hear J.J. as he uses the power of the Google Assistant, and its voice, on this quick demonstration of the unit's controls. Check out this CNET article on the Google Home Hub that details 9 things you can do with the device.

Demonstration: Echo Show And Tell

The "Price Is Right" has pricing games. However, you might be playing a guessing game each time you stand in your kitchen pantry when trying to decide if that can you are holding contains cat food or tuna. David Ward, from the Echo Tips podcast drops by to give us a demonstration on how the new image recognition feature works on some models of the Echo Show. Remember, to keep up with the ever changing face of Amazon Accessibility, visit the official webpage

Demonstration: Pitch Black

This one would normally land in the "Crowd Funding Of The Week" section of the news if this was a traditional format kind of episode. Jesse Anderson laid his hands upon the keyboard to provide a quick look at a new audio game that is seeking funding for a pending release next year. "Pitch Black: The 'AAA' Audio Game" is an immersive experience that is slated to be released on PC, Mac, iOS and Android. The full version of the demo came from Jesse's YouTube channel and we thank him for his permission to use a shortened version of it in this episode. You can nab a copy of the demo, fund the project or just keep up with the status of Pitch Black by visiting the official Kickstarter page

Tune in next week to see if anyone in this show has been spirited away across the river Styx by an audio engineer. That's our Halloween way of saying that this show would not be possible without the tremendous talents of Patrick and his devilish ways of bringing this audio to life. Trick or audio treat everyone!

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Blind Bargains Qast 196: Nest Home Pixel Max

Oct 20, 2019 70:07

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This show marks the 750th piece of audio content to arrive on the site. It also so happens to be the 9th year for J.J. and Joe to discuss Blindness related Google accessibility. That s why we thought it wild that this episode features our 2019 Made By Google event wrap up coverage. Trains, another grocery order and J.J. taking us out for a walk are some additional points of interest to notice along the route that is BBQ 196.

Discussion Topic: Made By Google 2019 Event

Here is some more background information on what Google is about to unleash upon the world.

Accessibility for the digital world and beyond
Action Blocks: one tap to make technology more accessible
Voice guidance in Maps, built for people with impaired vision
Using AI to give people who are blind the full picture
If it has audio, now it can have captions
Google rolls out real-time captioning starting with Pixel 4
Google announces Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL
Pixel 4 and 4 XL hands-on: Google ditches fingerprint scanner for face unlock
Pixel 4: Sorry, you're not actually using radar to unlock the phone with your face
Pixel 4 hands-on Thumbs up for 90Hz, thumbs down for Project Soli
The Pixel 4's Gestures Might Be a Gimmick But At Least They Actually Work
Pixel 4's 'Face Unlock' works even if you're asleep or dead -- and that's a problem
With the Pixel 4, Google's smartphones have to grow up
Pixel 4's Live Caption feature coming to Pixel 3 and 3a in December
Google is bringing the Pixel 4's improved Night Sight to the Pixel 3 and 3a
Google is fleecing previous Pixel owners on trade-ins
Google Nest Mini hands-on: Barely new in all the best ways
The new true wireless Pixel Buds are always listening
New Pixel Buds: The complete lowdown on Google's 'floating' wireless earbuds
Google announces the Pixelbook Go in Just Black and Not Pink, starting at $649
Google announces the Pixelbook Go, a premium, MacBook-style Chrome OS laptop
Google takes another stab at headphones with new, totally wireless Pixel Buds
Google announces Pixelbook Go, a cheaper Pixelbook
The Pixelbook Go is the back-to-basics Chromebook you've been waiting for
Nest Wifi announced at Made by Google 2019
Google unveils Nest Wifi Router and Point with built-in Assistant speaker'
The Nest Wifi is a boring product with some brilliant ideas
Google defends its use of Wi-Fi 5 in Nest Wifi
New Nest Aware can use your smart speakers and displays to listen for smoke and CO alarms
Google Home app is getting a new event feed for Nest Aware subscribers
The new Google Assistant will be U.S. only, English only at launch
Google s Stadia cloud gaming service will launch on November 19th
Google's Daydream VR experiment is over
Google s AI explains how image classifiers made their decisions
Better privacy and more flexibility with Nest devices
Report: Home builders ditch Nest products after Google takeover
How to Use Google Maps' New Detailed Walking Directions
Why I WASTED my time at Google's Android TV event
The next Big Tech battleground is your ears

Sound Off:

Thanks to these fine folks for sending in tweets about the Made By Google event.

cyclops_22Has anyone tried the nest hub with any kind of screen reader? Is TAlkBack even their?
@ChangelingMx: I personally felt it was the most boring keynote I've ever watched. Also, extremely disorganized.
@ed_edwardson: For the last few years they really keep trying to push Chromebooks on the general populous. Yet I've not seen them take hold outside of education. Do consumers use these things?

The Hub line does have screen reader support. You can always check the Google Accessibility page, or the device's specific online manuals, if you want to learn more.

Last Word:

A blast from the Internet's past pings into the final segment this week.
A series of mysterious bleeps and bloops defined the early days of the internet
Yahoo is deleting all content ever posted to Yahoo Groups
Understand what's changing in Yahoo Groups

If we are lucky, that was the last big hardware event for the show. If we are not so lucky, and the rumors are true, we may have one more from Apple before we can hang up the wrapup format for the year. Stay tuned and keep your fingers crossed.

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Blind Bargains Qast 195: The Emulation Interpolation

Oct 14, 2019 33:07

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Oreos are amazing. Two solid cookies with something flavored in the middle. Think of this episode like an Oreo. This is the middle bit between two tech wrap up shows. Last week, in 194, we covered the Microsoft Surface event. And in 196 we ll cover the upcoming Google Hardware announcements. J.J. is traveling this week. Which left Joe to fly solo with this Features Format show. Just a word of warning, for those listening in on or near Google Assistant phones or devices the Google wake phrase gets used a lot this week.

Information And Helpful Links

Here are some resources on the technology featured in this episode.

Move your music between rooms with stream transfer And Chromecast
Set up & manage Routines With The Google Assistant
Our previous look at the Vizio 55 P from BBQ 166
Game on: Your Xbox One now works with the Google Assistant
Airplay 2 & Homekit On Vizio Tvs
SEGA Genesis Mini Official Site
The Sega Genesis Mini is getting its own ridiculous mini tower
DF Retro: Sega Genesis Mini/ Mega Drive Mini Review: The Ultimate Nostalgia Trip

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Blind Bargains Qast 194: UberWoof Neo

Oct 6, 2019 68:25

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This show comes to you a little later than usual because, to J.J.'s chagrin, we wanted to cover the Microsoft Surface event. Was it worth the wait or was joe wrong in thinking there was news to talk about? Well, Joe was wrong about something as you will see in "Sound Off". but the BBQ Crew was right about the future of pet transport as can be seen in the "Last Word". Catch a train while you wonder if we can get an episode recorded before J.J.'s groceries can arrive in episode 194.

In The News:

Mattel's Uno Braille Hits Target Shelves, But Does It Miss The Point?

Here are the results of the latest Web Aim Survey

NVDA 2019.2.1 Released

What's New In The JAWS September Update

APH Taps Humanware For Partnership Of Code Jumper

More Features, No Cost: Nearby Explorer Upgrades are Coming

Discussion Topic: 2019 Microsoft Surface Event

J.J. was skeptical that Joe could find something he would care about during these announcements. And then the talk of the Microsoft Duo came up. Here's a bunch of links that fueled the fires of conversation.

Windows 10 1909 Coming Soon, Here Are the New Features
Microsoft's 2019 Surface Event In 10 Minutes
Everything Microsoft announced yesterday and when you can get it
Microsoft Announces New Surface Pro X, Laptop 3, and Surface Pro 7
The Surface Laptop 3 and Surface Pro 7 Revamps Are One Port Short of Ideal
Microsoft Will Still Make It Hard for You to Repair Its New Repairable Surface Laptop
Surface Laptop 3, Surface Pro X SSDs aren't 'user removable'
How does the new Surface Pro 7 compare to the Surface Go?
We compare the Surface Pro 7 with the Surface Pro X
Here's why Microsoft wanted a custom chip for the Surface Pro X's brains
Check out our hands-on look at Microsoft's Surface Pro X
Hands On: Surface Pro X
Surface Earbuds: Microsoft's answer to Apple's AirPods
Surface Earbuds look weird, but they feel great
Hands On: Surface Ear Buds
What the heck is Windows 10X?
What Windows 10X Is and Why It's the Future of Microsoft Software
Windows 10X OS will work with new dual-screen Surface Neo devices
MICROSOFT SURFACE NEO FIRST LOOK: THE FUTURE OF WINDOWS 10X IS DUAL-SCREEN
Surface Neo and Duo hands-on: Our dual-screen future
Microsoft is making a high-end phone running Android
Surface Duo unveiled: A folding Surface phone that runs Android
No, Microsoft won't make another Windows phone
Is Microsoft's Surface Neo too little too late?
The Surface Neo, not Duo, is the path back to Windows Phone
MICROSOFT S DUAL-SCREEN PHONE WILL LIVE OR DIE BY THE APPS

Tip: Close Safari tabs on your iPhone to save memory and battery

Yep, iOS 13 is buggier than a Las Vegas hotel room mattress. Yet the consistently being patched mobile operating system does have some new features worth noting. Anyone who has performed a fun festival of troubleshooting for their family and friends during the holidays might be familiar with Safari keeping tons of tabs open. Old open tabs can drain battery, use data and drag on memory the longer they stay around. Apple knows this and that is why you can set iOS to automatically close them after a period of time. Go to Settings, then down to Safari. From there look for a Close Tabs option. In this control you will find that you can set Safari to close tabs after a day, a week or a month. Don t worry, this is set to the manual option by default. However, for some relatives, you might just want to move it to a month rather than see their browsing history when trying to fix their iOS devices.

Sound Off:

First, Dave Van Der Molen asks a question in his email "Indoor Navigation and GPS Apps"

"Hi Joe and J.J.

Absolutely love your BBQ podcasts! They're informative, timely, and I
love the banter!! I have two topics on which I'd love to hear a discussion:

One is that I wish there was an iOS or Android app out there that had
similar capabilities to the Trekker Breeze or the Victor Reader Trek
(i.e., you would be able to record a route as a sighted person is
guiding you and also vocally record points of interest as you're
recording that route). Then you should be able to play the route back
and walk it independently with your guide dog or cane.

I've found an app called MyWay Classic that's supposed to be able to do
those things, but the manual is badly written and the app is poorly
organized.

Having said all of the above, however, I'm wondering why blind and
visually impaired people can't access the same navigation/location apps
as land surveyors who get get location accuracy to within inches.

My second issue I'd love to hear discussion on is whether it's
reasonably easy and affordable for individuals to set up indoor
navigation systems in small buildings that they frequent, and I'm
thinking that the person setting it up would be the only one using it.
For example, I'd love to be able to put up stickers or something, so
that I could more easily be able to navigate my church or the office
building in which I work. To do the navigating, I'd want to be able to
use my phone.

Thanks so much for the podcast and all the work you do in testing
various apps and devices that may or may not be blind-friendly!
Dave

Sadly, to the second question, we don't have any recommendations due to the way that indoor beacons work at the time of this recording.

Shan Noyes writes in with the subject line: "Adaptive technology history & podcast 173 corrections!!!"

"Hi Blind Bargains team!
First of all I would like to say that I listen to your podcast all the time. Although I do get behind sometimes or skip some podcasts and listen to them later and have to do a binge listening to catch up.
I really enjoy the interviews that the podcast covers there is lot of good information.
However, during my latest binge listen to catch up on missed podcast I heard some incorrect information that was given. The podcast in question from podcast 173 Alien probing cane, . It appears in the podcast in the section where JJ is talking about the single braille cell device that is kind of mouse size its called braibook. This section takes place just after the 48 minute point of the podcast. Joe makes the comment
The first braille displays were one cell. Of course that was back in the 80s. and I was using an optacon
There are two problems with this statement.
First of all The Optacon did not display what the camera picked up in braille. Yes the display that the optacon user had their finger on was a tactile representation of what the camera was picking up, but it was not braille. It was raised print. A cool device and was a challenge to learn how to use. Actually I received an Optacon in the mid 70s and took 2 weeks of 40 hours of training per week to learn how to use it. It was useful because this was in the days before scanners and optical recognition systems existed for the general public. And Yes I was enough of a crazy kid to actually read a couple of novels with it. Got pretty fast with it as well. However, the Optacon joined the world of that famous bird the dodo in 1996 because scanners and reading machines came along and the Optacon just wasn t fast enough for reading.
The second problem in this statement was concerns the first braille displays were single cells. Actually again the company who brought the Optacon to market also brought us a refreshable braille device in the late 70s called the Versabraille, and it had a 20 cell display. When the Versabraille first came out it was a stand a lone unit that one could print from. The next generation of the unit had the ability to act as a terminal and so could be interfaced with Apple 2 e computers and mainframes. I had one of these as well in the early 80s and did a lot of main frame work with it.
Anyways, just wanted to set the record straight because people who are not familiar wit the history of adaptive equipment would be mislead by Joe s statement. For an interesting read do a google on the optacon and versabraille. The write up on the Optacon and its early days and how it was developed is very interesting.
Yes, the history of adaptive technology is a very very interesting one. I was not only fortunate enough to be using some of the early days stuff, but also was heavily involved as an adaptive technology adviser for the CNIB from 1986 through 1992. To day there are some pretty good systems like NVDA or Jaws, but in the early 80s we had a lot more variation of choice available to us. My first personal speech program for the IBM xt personal computer was Freedom1. A speech program that was very very customizable. Another cool speech program that the developer of Freedom1 wrote was called ISOS . Sure there were speech programs like Vertplus and SoftVert, but ISOS was the first speech program that I had seen that one could set up monitoring windows and when something changed in that windows have the computer trigger something else to happen. IBM also was in the game starting out with a speech program called PCSAID. Which evolved into Screen Reader. An extremely powerful speech package. I still lament the death of IBM Warp and the IBM Screen Reader program. Again one could have it monitor areas of the screen and based upon what it saw perform different computer tasks.
Oh well, I m getting off topic. Just wanted to clarify the 2 items in the podcast 173. Guess my only point really is before making such historical statements research them. Because as podcasters Your word gets taken a the undisputed truth.
For a description of the Optacon check out" this link

"another interesting link is" this one

Have a good day.
Shan Noyes

Last Word:

We ponder the future of food and transport this week.
REVIEW: Mystery Oreo (2019)
Solve the Mystery Flavor for a chance to win $50,000
We podcasted the future... here's our 2016 April Fool's show promoting the fictitious UberWoof
And now this; Uber for dogs startup aims to make pet travel easier

195 will probably see a return to the Features format. And ep 196 will contain our coverage of the Google event that is set for October 15th.

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Blind Bargains Qast 193: The EchoSystem

Sep 27, 2019 68:41

Description:

We were not sure we would have enough news to talk about this week. Then, thankfully, Amazon decided to announce a metric ton of stuff. This fits in perfectly with our topflight interview with the man himself at Top Dot, Dean Martineau. And we end the show with an all comment section filled "Sound Off", a new tip for Chrome along with food and an auditory odd link in the "Last Word".

In The News:

A New Feature makes the Amazon Echo Show More Useful for Blind Users

All of the headlines from Amazon s big hardware-focused event

Related to the talk about voice assistants, Celebrities Will Say Almost Anything on Cameo For The Right Price

KeySoft Version 3 for the BrailleNote Touch Plus brings more powerful tools to your fingers

First Public Beta of JAWS 2020 Posted with Improved OCR, Form Control Handling, More

FSCast 174 Eric Damery previews the first JAWS 2020 public beta,

Mozilla to release a new Firefox version every four weeks starting next year

Apple to Release iOS 13.1 and iPadOS 13.1 on 24 September; Bringing Many Bug Fixes and Some New

Seeing AI adds dark mode, Siri Shorcuts and more

Interview: Dean Martineau,

Trainer and Author, Dean Martineau, , has been providing the Blind and Low Vision Community with helpful information for more than 700 issues of the "Top Tech Tidd Bits" newsletter. He sits down with J.J. to discuss his new book entitled "windows Keyboard Power User Guide". Hear why Dean feels that these materials are important for refreshing, or maintaining, your skill levels. And don't be frightened by the titles mentioned during the look back at Dean's previous guides, historical documents?, he has produced over the decades. You can find more about Dean, and his training options, at the Top Dot Enterprises website. And you can purchase a copy of the book in the various formats mentioned during this interview.

Tip: Open Things Faster In Chrome

Chrome is a powerful browser. And it even gets better if you utilize other Google tools and services. J.J. tells us that you can open a new Google Doc by simply typing "docs.new" into the address bar. The same goes for Sheets, Slides and other G Suite services. Joe also passed along this tip about how to force Google Chrome into Dark Mode

Sound Off:

This week we feature three entries from our comment sections from an article about Talkback, a thought from episode 189 and a viewpoint about episode 188. Airshock has this to say about Talkback and the ability to start it easier on Android devices.

While this is a step forward, it's also sad that a simple feature like enabling or disabling your screen reader using voice control is just now coming to Android devices when iOS devices have had this feature for many years, and even macOS has had the same feature ever since Siri was introduced to the operating system sin 2016.

Greg Epley had this to say about our conversations on episode 189.

I was so disgruntled to hear J.J.'s difficulties signing up for CBS All Access. I myself started with them back in May 2016. I was most likely using IE as my browser of choice then, or perhaps Firefox; anyway, one of those. I am not always the most patient person in the world when it comes to poorly designed web forms since I once created websites. As recently as a few days ago, I went in and changed my payment method and password, and the only problem I ran into was forgetting that not all special symbols are available on TvOS remote keyboard. But I got it straightened out. I am hoping CBS gets this audio description thing worked out in time for Star Trek: Piccard in 2020, but I'm not holding my breath. I didn't really care for Discovery, or Enterprise, for that matter, but I also don't like absolutely everything Star Trek.

Orko returns to our feedback section with this comment regarding episode 188.

Hi Joe! I was very interested to hear that Ricki (I hope I spelled that correctly) got a Color Star color identifier because I had bought one several months ago. I agree that it is a bit over priced at $450, I also agree with Ricki in that I do not regret the purchase. It quickly became my favorite color identifier, so much so that I sold off all of the other color identifiers I had collected over the years. I will be looking forward to hearing what she has to say about it.

Last Word:

Things that can go in your ears, things that will make you cover up your ears and something you can put behind your ears. Okay, maybe not that last one.
Worst... Cover... Ever!
New Device Could Let People Unlock Smartphones With Their Ears
Candy Corn Pizza: The Halloween Treat You Never Asked For
(Bonus: The first 15 seconds of this track was the stuff of nightmares each time you entered the elevator at the summer NFB convention in Las Vegas

This week Amazon brought the fire, and a whole lot of other products, to the news section. Next week, in BBQ 194, we'll see if Microsoft can do the same.

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Blind Bargains Qast 192: Rubber Tree Gum

Sep 20, 2019 64:33

Description:

Some things just fit into place when it comes to podcasting. Kind of like how you can easily snap together a pile of Legos into a nifty completed construction project. This week J.J. learns more about how to do just that with new accessible tools that will make him a Master Builder in no time with Matthew Shifrin , a consultant from Lego. There is also a ton of news, a few long time listeners in "Sound Off" and the "Last Word" is for the dogs. Look through your blocks for that elusive small blue two studded piece, it was just in our hands a minute ago we swear, while consuming BBQ 192.

In The News:

The Accessibility Bugs Introduced and Resolved in iOS 13 for Blind and Low Vision Users

What's New in iOS 13: Part 1, Changes for VoiceOver Users

What's New in iOS 13: Part 2, General Features

WayAround 3.0 launches soon

CSUNATC20 Opens Its Call For General Session Papers

Latest Braille Blaster includes Graphics Support, LaTeX Math Features

Tech It Out For September Features Smart Kitchen Gadgets

Access World for September is now online

Blind Abilities interviews the team behind Audio Wizards

The Games Accessibility Conference2019 videos are now up on YouTube

Interview: Lego Consultant Matthew Shifrin

Before the days of 3d printing, if you wanted to know what a famous landmark felt like, you would have to turn to a crate of Legos in order to learn the details about how a particular object might look. That could be a really daunting task if you didn't have guidance or a great set of instructions on how to go about the act of building your architectural wonder. Matthew Shifrin, Consultant with Lego, tells J.J. about his enjoyment of building things out of blocks with his family and how that grew into his desire to share that process with others. Listen as Mathew explains how a family friend provided him with a large box with hand-embossed Braille instructions on how to create a castle. And how that experience aided him in showing the team at Lego how they could improve the ability for future Master Builders out there to construct their own creations. Visit the official Lego site for the accessible instruction to learn more. Also, venture over to Matthew's Legos For The Blind website to learn more about his Lego sets

Matthew is involved with other aspirational projects including Project Daredevil which seeks to provide immersive experiences using the body in ways that have not been realized before.

Tip: Turn Off Automatic Updates

Apple releasing iOS13, and the soon to be released on September 24th dot 1 update, might not be worth the effort as both releases have some hefty bugs. Sure, you can roll back to iOS 12, but remember Apple locks out the ability to do so not too long from the release of a new version of iOS. Sometimes it is just better to let others work out the problems while you wait for a verified stable version to come down from Apple Park. Head to Settings, General and then Software Update. From there look for the option to turn off automatic updates. Now repeat these same steps when you are ready to get your desired upgrade. Also, you may want to do the same in the App Store. Joe told the story about having Instacart broken for 72 hours while the company worked to fix the Voiceover compatibility they broke in one of their recent changes to the app. If your iDevice is your primary way of interacting with the world... you should do this to ensure that you don't lose your access to critical apps and settings.

Sound Off:

Our first email is from Rebecca Skipper.

"I loved the last three episodes, but I have a lot to say.
I had a very hard time using CBS All Access on IOS or TVOS due to unlabeled buttons.
I was able to sign in and watch Star Trek Discovery using Firefox and Amazon Prime.
You can watch CBS All Access content through Amazon Prime.
I am really annoyed at the fact that we can t get audio description right now for CBS All Access!
I put up with this because I am a Star Trek fan, but I want every series and movie described!
The issue with Dominos really disappoints me, and I do not understand why companies can t treat customers and potential employees as individuals who are fully capable of working for them or buying their products.
I ve read lots of articles recently suggesting that a company s branding and bottom line improves when they are dedicated to diversity and inclusion.
We should keep in mind that there are more people with invisible disabilities so we shouldn t just focus on the obvious physical disabilities.
I m glad we have devices left with the home button and fingerprint censor, but I am disappointed with the McDonaldization of the cell phone market.
It seems to me that Apple is telling us what we will get rather than giving us choices!
I m sticking to my SE for as long as I can an have an iPhone 7 as a backup.
I still like Apple because of Voiceover, and I even have an iPod Touch because of the headphone jack.
This doesn t mean that I will go out there and buy a phone I don t want.
In my view, Microsoft does a much better job in promoting consumer choice.
I think the visually impaired community has a responsibility to support disability friendly businesses and products when possible.
This is why I will stick with Microsoft and Apple even with my disappointment over no refresh on the iPhone SE.
Rebecca Skipper"

Juan had a little convention feedback and information on Ride Hailing outside the U.S..

"Hello Blind Bargains,

Once again thanks for an amazing podcast. I really enjoyed the convention wrap up show. I enjoyed hearing about how things happened at the conventions, like how you needed to press a button to make the elevator's talk, or how you had to go to an underground parking garage to get Uber. When I went to Mexico, Uber is an option, but you cannot get it right outside of airports or some hotels, as these places have their own taxi services, and if you do want to get Uber, you must go across the street. Also, here in California, we have the chirps And coocoos, which are sometimes confusing to understand street light direction, and we also have streets with other sounds. In Woodland, my home town we have to press the button for more than five seconds to invoke the sound guidance, which can maybe burn or freeze your hand. I think the street sounds should be more understandable to everyone, and say which street you are crossing out loud.
I wanted to ask you, when downloading NVDA will it come with all the add ons from past versions, like dictation bridge or do you have to remember to download these separately? Also, , can someone script NVDA to work with proprietary apps in a job setting?
I also wanted to mention about the last word, that when I go buy a burger to go, I like reaching to the bottom of the bag and finding extra french fries. Also, in Old Sacramento; a tourist section of Sacramento, they used to have a tradition in one of the popcorn shops where they will give you a crumb bag. They would make bags out of the bottom of the popcorn pile, and sell it to people for $.75. I am not sure if they still do this.
Keep up the good work!

Thank you,
Sincerely,
Juan Manuel Avila"

Keep the NVDA Blog bookmarked to learn more about the changes on the way in the upcoming 2019.3 update. Next, Stan Littrell dares to mention the spice that has no name for J.J..

"a couple comments on your latest bbq
Since Envision AI was selling at a 75 percent discount over the
regular lifetime buyout price I decided to make a purchase. I would
never even get a subscription before this. I feel that this app
represents just one more tool to put in the tool box. I still use
Seeing AI for certain tasks. I think that Envision AI is a great up
and comer to have in the tool kit. I still enjoy using the Galaxy
IDMate for barcode scanning because it is easier to line up and find
the barcodes. Since I already have the ID Mate it doesn't make sense
not to use it. I use these other apps for testing purposes. I like
the fact that we have options that we can use. We are now in
everything pumpkin pie spice mode. I love pumpkin pie but I don't
think that I will ever understand pumpkin pie spice flavored spam.
That sounds so nasty."

Last Word:

Something witty usually occupies this space to warn you about the impending links below. Except, well, we got nothin' for this week's oddness.
Yours Apefully: The Planet of the Apes Live Arena Show, 1976

Poop with us

Hopefully some news will transpire before we record episode 193. We at least have an interview lined up and ready to go. Have a great week everyone!

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Blind Bargains Qast 191: Slofies Access For All

Sep 13, 2019 75:02

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Everyone knows the drill by now. Apple does a big event in September, new iPhones are announced, and tech podcasters gather together to talk about what the company did or didn't do with their new shiny iThings. Do three little letters mean a better iPhone? Is it time to upgrade or buy an Apple Watch? The Shelly Brisbin joins the BBQ Crew who goes over the event in their own way that you have come to expect some five years running.

Discussion Topic: Apple's September iPhone Event

J.J. takes the lead, with Shelly and Joe alongside, to cover the news from Apple Park. Some of what they spoke about in this episode is listed below. However, per our usual when it comes to wrap up shows, you can learn far more from articles and links compiled after the event has concluded.

Editorial Summary of Apple's "by Innovation Only" Event on September 10
11 things you may have missed at Apple's iPhone 11 event
iPhone 11: First look at Apple's entry-level iPhone
iPhone 11 Pro: Hands on with Apple's new flagship
iPhone 11 Pro first hands on impressions
Apple s new iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro cameras: what they do
iPhone 11 vs. iPhone XR
iPhone Naming Conventions Are a Mess
With the iPhone 11 Pro, what does it even mean for a phone to be pro ?
Apple launches new 10.2-inch 7th generation iPad with Smart Connector
Apple iPad 2019 hands-on: A 6th-generation iPad in a 2019 iPad Air s body
Apple Watch Series 5: Always-On Display, Built-in Compass, More Finishes, Available for Preorder Now
Apple Watch Series 5 Brings Software Upgrades, Not Much Else
Apple Watch Series 5 Starts With 32GB of Storage
Apple continues health push with three new medical studies
AppleCare+ Plans Lasting Service Life of Product Arrive Quietly
Apple just turned its extended warranty for the iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch into a monthly service
Apple TV+: Launches Nov. 1 for $4.99/month
You'll only get Apple TV+ free once, no matter how many devices you buy
Apple TV Plus is trying to be HBO, not Netflix
Apple Arcade price, games, and release date announced at Apple event
Apple Arcade: Narrowing or widening the gap?
Everything Apple killed after the iPhone 11 event
Review: Apple Card is more of an experience than a reward generator
Apple s new iPhone finally sacrifices thinness for battery life
Apple is playing catch-up with the iPhone 11 camera
The Most Important iPhone 11 Upgrades Are the Ones We Didn't Get
What Is Apple s TV Plus Strategy?
Apple is bringing back crazy colors after years of minimalism. Here s why
Why Apple s HomePod Is Failing
Everything new with VoiceOver in iOS 13 DB1

Need balance to the force? Shelly and J.J. also went over the new access that came with the recently released Android 10 on the Parallel podcast.

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Blind Bargains Qast 190: Alexa's Glass Cube

Sep 8, 2019 44:58

Description:

We're gearing up for the big Apple event on September 10th which undoubtedly will contain lots of hardware, software and TV announcements.
The need for greater focus on all things Apple park has placed the BBQ Crew into "Research Mode" as a result of this impending Innovation presentation. It also means it provides us a great opportunity to trot out the "Features" format for this episode. Join us as J.J. deep dives into Voice View, David Ward returns with a look at the Guard Mode for Echo and Joe missed the memo about Amazon things but shows off his spiffy new USB C dock. Fire, Echoes and a cube await you on BBQ 190.

Voice View For Fire OS

J.J. takes us on a whirlwind tour of the Voice View basics with a nod to the pros and cons of using the Amazon screen reader within the Fire's native as well as third-party apps. Additionally, we get a look at his Netflix and Prime Video playlists. To learn more about Voice View, including the compatible devices it works with, visit the Amazon Accessibility page

Amazon Echo Guard Mode

David Ward, from the Echo Tips podcast, is back to inform us about how the Echo's new Guard Mode can work for protecting your home. There are a few ways to access the information it records. So be sure to note the steps he takes in the Alexa app during this demo.

Plugable Cube USB C Dock

Joe, Ricky and Lisa have all raved about their Surface Go devices during the summer. But one of the downsides to the small Windows hybrid is the fact that it has only one USB C port. The pluggable Cube is a dock that contains an Ethernet port, HDMI and three USB slots in a very small box. The tiny size means it can fit in many a tech bag. And it can even charge the Surface Go in a pinch or if you forgot the proprietary adaptor. Joe notes that it is a perfect companion to the plugable Keyboard that we have available at A.T. Guys

Shelly hops on board to discuss Apple stuff for 191. If the leaks and rumors are true, we think they will be releasing a new watch and a phone... or three phones. Tune in to hear the BBQ Crew break it all down in what annually ends up being one of our top five most listened to episodes of the year.

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Blind Bargains Qast 189: Cracked And Sliced

Aug 31, 2019 64:52

Description:

The BBQ Crew returns with news, an interview and that gut-wrenching "Last Word" just like the good 'ol' days of yore. In other words, we've run out of summer convention coverage and now it is back to work. Tune in to hear Greg Stilson speak about the free AIRA plan and we think this week's tip will help you live your life online to the max. Fire up the grill and BBQ with BBQ 189.

In The News:

NVDA 2019.2 is now available

Two August JAWS Updates Fix Slack, Skype, Windows 10 Start Menu Bugs

Cracking down on crackers

CBS All Access offering some shows with audio description

Google Pixel Users can Now Toggle TalkBack by Voice

Google Docs 'live edits' feature helps the visually impaired

The internet's accessibility reckoning

It's Back: WebAIM's Screen Reader Survey Number 8 Can Help Shape Industry Best Practices

Oops, this would have been our "Survey of the Week" but it is now closed, Boston Museum of Science is looking for opinions about accessible services

Lego Providing Accessible Instructions for Some of its Sets

Interview: Greg from AIRA

Greg Stilson, Director of Product Development, is no stranger to our microphones. And he has told us about various free AIRA free promotions before. Except, here's the thing, he has not come on the show to discuss how AIRA is now free for everyone. No kidding. Joe gets the scoop from Greg about the new 5 free minute calls news announced by AIRA in August. Listen in as the pair cover some common questions regarding limitations, frequency of calls and how easy it is to use these new free minutes.

Tip: Maximize your life and your Windows

It might seem like a silly thing to say, but maximizing your active windows is just as important to troubleshooting as the classic "have you tried turning it off and on again?". You can make sure that browser, and other windows, open in their screen-filling goodness by doing these steps. Find the icon, or file location, where the desired program resides. Hit the Alt key and Enter at the same time, or right click with the mouse, to get to the Properties box. Once there, find a combo box labeled "Run". Make sure that it says Maximized instead or Normal or Minimized. Then click OK to save any changes. Also, remember to go back and check the status of these changes after Windows, or that particular program, updates as the program may shift back to the previous mode after the update.

Sound Off:

Here are a couple of tweets that caught our ears when prepping for this episode.

RT @JesseTregarthen @blindbargains Thanks J.J. You also convinced me to buy tiles. Pro tip, don't put one in your wallet and then put your wallet in your back pocket. You'd be amazed how easy it is to accidentally double push that button and ring your phone.

RT @reevesman @blindbargains Do you have the interviews for the 2020 conventions up yet? Patiently waiting.

Last Word:

The summer may be over; however, the Last Word remains constant with its offering s year round.
The audience is listening... in 3d audio
Planters Cheez Balls Is Giving Away Shakers Full of That Orange Dust
And from Hai, Behold: The Blooper Burger. Your Arteries Will Clog Just Thinking About It

We aren't sure what is in store for episode 190. 191, well that looks like it will cover the recently announced Apple event on September 10th. Because, as everyone knows, the trees turn a lovely shade of rose gold each fall around early September.

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Blind Bargains Qast 188: Use The Stylus

Aug 22, 2019 59:54

Description:

You could probably tell that we have been enjoying our summer break a little too well with this being a convention wrap up show in August instead of July. You may even detect a little podcast rust coming off J.J., Joe and Lisa Salinger during this recording. And you might even think that you have heard all we had to say about the NFB and ACB conventions from the coverage we have already uploaded. Yet, believe it or not, this isn't a typical rundown of our earlier interview s kind of episode. Tune in to hear stories and information not covered from the exhibit hall floors in this "better late than never" convention wrap up show.

Sponsor: American Printing House For The Blind

APH designs innovative learning solutions for people who are blind or visually impaired. They believe in the power of breaking down barriers and creating a future that belongs to everyone. Visit APH on the web to learn more about their products and services.

Discussion Topic: Summer Convention Wrapup 2019

Both shows may have been impacted by the summer heat, however, there were a few trickles of news raining in from above. Here are just some of the things that caught our attention in, and out, of the Exhibit Halls.

#Sponsored Blind Bargains Convention Coverage: AIRA with Big Deals, Big Presence at #NFB19 and #ACB19
#Sponsored Convention Audio: APH Creates A Fun Pathway To STEM With Code Jumper
#NFB19 Audio: Seeing The World Wirelessly With OrCam
#NFB19 Audio: What To Expect When You re Expecting News From Be My Eyes
Seize the Day Innovations
Braille Wear Custom Embroidery
#NFB19 Audio: Fantastic Feeling Fashion With Two Blind Brothers
Danielle by Ray Kurzweil
Islam By Touch
RTB Safe Traffic
WayAround
#ACB19 Audio: The Magic Is In Learning With Mystic Access
JW.org
Bibles For The Blind
Braille Design
#NFB19 Audio: Updates, Changes And Consumer Choice At HIMS
VP EMBraille
Bristol Braille Canute 360
Kyoui Toothbrush
#ACB19 Audio: Grace Your Dinner Table With Hand Painted Glassware From Loving Touch Connections
#NFB19 Audio: Charm Those Around You With Elegant Insights Jewelry

If you haven't gotten your fill of the Summer shows yet, might we suggest you check out the coverage from iAccessibility and Blind Abilities for more convention news and information

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#Sponsored Convention Audio: APH Creates A Fun Pathway To STEM With Code Jumper

Aug 16, 2019 19:07

Description:

In March, at CSUN19, APH was noted as being one of our big stories in our wrap up of the event. Code Jumper leaped into the spotlight at that show and people noticed the device's unique way of making the process of learning STEM subjects more enjoyable to different skill levels and age groups. Joe Strechay, Consultant, and Michelle Cundiff, Education and Outreach Specialist for APH, sat down with our own Joe to discuss the exciting news that has emerged since March. Tune in to hear how the Microsoft Education Community will aid in the creation of plans, achievements and goals related to Code Jumper. Michelle also previews some ideas for modules, materials and possible STEM Camps that Educators can use alongside Code Jumper. If you would like to know more about Code Jumper and the importance of coding in education, and To hear the units in action, listen in to our CSUN demonstration with J.J. and Dave Wilkinson. Also, check out our interview about how partnerships will play a role in APH's future moving forward. And you can always find the latest news about products and services from APH by visiting their website

Sponsor: American Printing House For The Blind

APH designs innovative learning solutions for people who are blind or visually impaired. They believe in the power of breaking down barriers and creating a future that belongs to everyone. Visit APH on the web to learn more about their products and services.

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#NFB19 Audio: Humanware Flips The Card To Reveal Updates For Keysoft And Victor Reader Trek

Aug 7, 2019 09:38

Description:

The beginning of 2019 found Humanware launching the newest member of the Braille Note family in the form of the upgraded Braille Note Touch Plus. Joe caught up with Andrew Flatres, Braille Product Manager, on the NFB Exhibit Hall floor to talk about customer feedback and how that was impacting the upcoming firmware update for the new notetaker. The duo also discuss a few features rolling out for Braille Displays, deciding which product might fit someone best and how both are avoiding the Las Vegas Casinos.

As noted in the interview, there was some additional news coming from the Victor Reader Trek talks held later that day. Here is Robert Panetta , Product Manager for the Victor Readers, who sent along this information via email to us.

"Much of the focus this year has been on the navigation component of the VR Trek. Earlier in the year we introduced an update that reduces the time it takes the Trek to lock onto a satellite signal to a matter of seconds. The next piece we have upcoming on the Trek, and we're very excited about, is an updated navigation engine due out by the end of the year. Users can expect more accurate addresses, richer points of interest, and a better overall navigation performance. We'll also try to bring in a number of other feature requests people have made, but still too early to comment on those changes yet."

To learn more about the Victor Reader Trek, the Braille Note Touch Plus and so much more, visit the Humanware website

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#ACB19 Audio: There Is Always Something New Over At Guidelights And Gadgets

Aug 6, 2019 12:08

Description:

We'll let you in on a little bBQ Crew 2019 secret Joe, J.J. and Shelly all lost a recorded convention interview this year. Therefore, it seems strangely fitting that Lisa caught this curse too with her time in Rochester. But it is all good because Barry Scheur, Owner of Guidelights and Gadgets, was able to speak about his wears away from the noise of the Exhibit Hall floor as a result of the unfortunate workings of digital recording technology. Listen in as Barry tells Lisa about what was popular this year. The two talk about Bluetooth headsets, leather goods and a talking power bank. There are also descriptions of Guide Dog accessories, powerful speakers and much more. Barry notes that there is always a revolving inventory, so contact him directly, by visiting the Guidelights and Gadgets website

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#NFB19 Audio: Seeing The World Wirelessly With OrCam

Aug 1, 2019 05:10

Description:

News about the latest with OrCam sped by us At CSUN19. Joe managed to flag down Anat Nulman, of OrCam, to hear about changes that have come to the product since March. A new iOS app, voice control and on device security features are discussed. Also, for those considering an upgrade from the previous model, learn how the wireless model differs from the original wired edition. To read more about the upgrade path, or to find out more regarding the NFB partnership mentioned during this interview, visit the OrCam website

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#ACB19 Audio: Grace Your Dinner Table With Hand Painted Glassware From Loving Touch Connections

Jul 31, 2019 04:53

Description:

Kathy Keck, Owner of Loving Touch Connections, has been producing hand painted tactile glassware since 2001. She offers a wide range of styles of product that can be customized with Braille or script. Tune in to hear Kathy describe her colorful assortment of crafts to Lisa. And to learn more about the items talked about in this interview, visit the Loving Touch Connections website

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#ACB19 Audio: The Magic Is In Learning With Mystic Access

Jul 29, 2019 09:49

Description:

You might have heard Lisa's voice on our ACB coverage and thought you might have downloaded a different podcast by mistake. That s understandable since Lisa has been affiliated with the team over at mystic Access for a few years. In this interview Lisa reunites with Chris Grabowski, President, and Kim Loftis, Director of Product Development, To talk about their unique brand of audio instruction. From the almost 15 hours of tutorials on the Braille Note Touch/Touch Plus, the ongoing podcasts or the free monthly tele classes, Mystic Access has materials available on an array of technology. To learn more about them, and sample there more than 50 free offerings, visit the Mystic Access website

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#NFB19 Audio: Making A Quantifiable And Accessible World For STEM With Independence Science Tools

Jul 25, 2019 09:02

Description:

Tools for observing the wonders of our world are evolving all the time. Ashley Neybert, Curriculum Specialist and Sales Consultant for Independence Science spoke to Joe about the Talking LabQuest equipment and how the company s approaches to STEM can assist in the capturing of data for experiments. The company, who is staffed with Blind scientists themselves, have designed devices that can aid Low Vision and Blind individuals monitor and record information in a variety of ways. To learn more about the products mentioned in this interview, and to inquire about their partnership with View Plus Embossers, visit the Independence Science website

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#NFB19 Audio: What To Expect When You ™re Expecting News From Be My Eyes

Jul 24, 2019 16:58

Description:

The Be My Eyes team sure have been keeping busy since their last appearance on BBQ 179 back in April. Will Butler, VP Community, Alexander Hauerslev Jensen, CCO, and Christian Erfurt, CEO of Be My Eyes, Sat down with Joe to cover some amazing news announced for the summer convention season. Namely the new partnership with Clear Blue for identifying the results of pregnancy tests. Also, the trio lay out plans for a peer support program and what topics will be discussed on a soon to be launched Be My Eyes podcast series. To learn more about the goings on, because there seems to be more all the time for the company, visit the official Be My Eyes website

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#NFB19 Audio: That's The Share In Bookshare

Jul 22, 2019 10:58

Description:

BBQ 187 Found Jamie and Joe reminiscing about Bookshare and their announcement of 1 million books. Allison Hilliker, Customer Support for Bookshare - a part of Benetech Global Literacy Programs, breaks down the milestone to Joe and she gives some important context to the announcement post Marrakesh Treaty. The pair also discuss the continuation of the image description project and how the available Bookshare offered word document format can aid Braille and Large Print users. To learn more about positions at the company, visit the Careers page for Benetech at their website. Also, to renew or start a new subscription, travel over to the Bookshare site to learn more

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#NFB19 Audio: The Blind Shell Readies For Launch

Jul 22, 2019 07:12

Description:

We last caught up with Sam Seavey, U.S. Representative for Blind Shell, at CSUN 19 Back in March. He indicated that the launch of the Android based phone would be happening soon, and in this interview, he gives us details about the price and what carriers to expect the phone to work with in the U.S. Check out the official Blind Shell website If you would like to learn more.

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#NFB19 Audio: LVI America Adds More Than Products To Their Ranks

Jul 21, 2019 07:24

Description:

We ve been keeping a Tab on LVI America since Shelly spoke to them at CSUN19 Back in March. While the company continues to enhance their low vision product lines, it was another recent addition to the company that Joe wanted to get in front of the BBQ microphones. Kimberly Cline, Regional Sales Manager U.S. West, joined LVI America and she came to NFB as Las Vegas is practically in Kimberly s backyard. Listen in as she talks about the reasons for why these video magnifiers are, dare we say it? sexy. And to learn more about them, along with other products offered, visit the LVI America website

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#NFB19 Audio: Fantastic Feeling Fashion With Two Blind Brothers

Jul 21, 2019 06:13

Description:

There you are with a wardrobe full of unlabeled things made from fabric wondering just what they are and what color they might be. Bryan Manning, Co Brother of Two Blind Brothers, tells Joe that people need not guess anymore at their closet cornucopia in dismay. The company features soft stylish clothing with the bonus of Braille labels located at the right hem. Surfing their site gives you great descriptions of their wears, as well as, no crazy size charts. To learn more, or to make a purchase today, head over to the Two Blind Brothers website

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#NFB19 Audio: Charm Those Around You With Elegant Insights Jewelry

Jul 20, 2019 07:53

Description:

On very rare occasions the Convention Committee deals you a great hand by placing a national convention on your home turf. For Laura Legendary, co-founder of the Fashionability Channel and podcast, this meant that she could avoid the hotel entirely and restock her booth as much as possible. And restock she did as she sold out of products, like the Live The Life You Want Nevada State themed items, throughout the run of the convention. Charms were also a big hit, as well as things to accessorize the pups. You can custom order things with Laura and she notes that she can fulfill B2B orders too. To learn more about her products, or to chat with Laura in person, visit the Elegant Insights website

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#ACB19 Audio: Orbit Research Firms UP The Orbit Reader 20

Jul 20, 2019 08:26

Description:

In BBQ 185 We discussed that the new firmware for the Orbit Reader 20 allowed a user to upgrade from the SD card slot. Lisa spoke to Venkatesh Chari, CEO and President of Orbit Research, About this exciting development at ACB 19. Listen in to hear the details about this change and how you can perform the upgrade. To learn more about this update, or to purchase an Orbit Reader 20, visit the Orbit Research website

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#NFB19 Audio: Previewing What ™s Next For Microsoft ™s Magnifier And Narrator

Jul 17, 2019 22:21

Description:

We last caught up with Jason Grieves, Product Manager Low Vision Windows Accessibility, At ATIA 19 back in January. At that event Jason outlined changes coming to Windows Magnifier and Narrator in the Spring Windows 10 update. With the second regular Windows 10 update arriving before the holidays, Joe sat down with Jason to learn what users can expect in the next version of Windows 10. To stay up to date with everything going on with access at Microsoft, and to attend their new webinar series, follow Microsoft Access on Twitter. And to learn more about the upcoming training materials, that Jason mentioned during this interview, visit the Hadley Low Vision portal

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#ACB19 Audio: Informative Iconography With tangible surface research

Jul 16, 2019 10:42

Description:

Bump dots are so 20th century. They just sit there feeling all circular and, well, same old thing really. It would be nice if tactile markings could convey more when you encounter them.
Anne DeWitt, CEO of tangible surface research, Explains to Lisa Salinger that raised icons can assist in passing along important information. The feeling of an X could be placed on a microwave to indicate stop. An hourglass could be used to notify you that your finger is on the timer button. And just imagine how cool it would be if you could take these ideas about markings to the gym with an overlay on say a treadmill. Be sure to wander over to the official tangible surface research website to learn more

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#NFB19 Audio: Updates, Changes And Consumer Choice At HIMS

Jul 16, 2019 10:01

Description:

Joe was lucky to catch Damian Pickering, Vice President of Sales for HIMS, during the quieter morning hours of the Exhibit Hall. The pair discuss the new firmware changes for the Polaris notetaker line, how QBraille XL is doing one year later and how HandyTech displays are unique amongst the other Braille product lines. To learn more about these products, or to see what else the company has for sale, visit the HIMS website

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#Sponsored Blind Bargains Convention Coverage: AIRA with Big Deals, Big Presence at #NFB19 and #ACB19

Jul 7, 2019 19:47

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If you are going to be at the ACB or NFB conventions this week, it will be hard to miss the presence of AIRA. From free AIRA access at the convention sites and the Rochester and Las Vegas airports, to a couple of huge parties, AIRA has a lot going on. Check out this podcast with AIRA's Greg Stilson to learn about AIRA's convention specials, some interesting sessions and presentations, and yes those parties. Get the Aira app and learn more by going to Aira.IO and stay tuned for a big announcement from AIRA coming later this week at conventions.

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Blind Bargains Qast 187: A.T. Summer Showcase 2019

Jun 30, 2019 56:45

Description:

The packing of suitcases and shipping of boxes has begun. We're gearing up for interviews and the A. T. Guys booth in Vegas. And this week we'll let you in on some new things we'll have on hand and on the website. We also have a great interview with Brad Folkens of CloudSight, a peek at Shelly's new Apple related documentary plus Joe and Ricky have some recently acquired accessories to tell you about. Download this one, and set your devices to Airplane Mode, because you won't want to miss a moment of BBQ 187.

Sponsor: AIRA

The Blind Bargains Qast has been excited to bring you the new "Game of Words" contest that lets you work with an AIRA Agent to solve puzzles. Several players have already claimed the Iron Noun for themselves. And congratulations to Jordy who scored a cool $500 from the final "Game of Words" contest. "Game of Words" is brought to you by Aira, an app that connects people who are blind or have low-vision to highly trained, remotely-located agents for instant access to visual information.

To sign up for a free trial, or to keep up with all the amazing news from AIRA, visit aira.io today

Interview: Brad Folkens - CloudSight

We recently noted in BBQ 183 that the Tap Tap see app has undergone a few changes under the hood. But, at the time of recording, we had no idea just how much had changed for the service since the original launch back in 2012. Brad Folkens, CEO of CloudSight, stopped by to chat with J.J. about what it takes to move an app from the cloud to a "runs on device" service. This is a fascinating look at how Tap Tap See, and CamFind have evolved from general image recognition apps to those that now use A.I. to provide object detection and scene recognition. This is a must listen for fans of visual cognition engines , business oriented API creation and how one company's seven year journey has taken them to another level of image assessment for everyone. To learn more about tap Tap See, for iOS or Android, visit the official site

A.T. Showcase Summer 2019

All the products listed below, and so much more, will be on hand at the A. T. Guys booth in the NFB Convention Exhibit Hall. If you aren't attending this year, no worries, we got you covered as well. Use coupon code Summer19 at check out to get in on free shipping and deals being featured in las Vegas, or use coupon NFB19 to order and pick up your order in Las Vegas.

Tribit MaxBoom 360 Bluetooth Speaker

Tribit Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker delivers 360 full-range sound without worrying about placement. Place it on a table or in the crowd, all listeners get the same experience.

XBass Technology

Dual passive radiators work together with all-around sound to enhance every beat ,giving bass a boost. Hit the XBASS button to get things going.

Playing Under Water

The speaker is waterproof(IPX7), making it ideal for those trips to the pool or beach.If you toss it into the pool or the ocean, it won't pose a threat to your music.

Wireless Daisy Chain

Enjoy the same song with Wireless Party Chain.You can wirelessly connect two Tribit 360 Sound Waterproof Bluetooth speakers together to enjoy amplified sound.

Instant & Stable Connectivity

Advanced bluetooth 4.2 technology provides a completely wireless connection with more than 66ft range. Connect up to smartphones or tablets to the speaker and play impressive stereo sound.

On The Go

Tribit 360 Sound Speaker offers the portability that most people are looking for and won t add much bulk to your carry-on. Throw it in your bag, toss it to a friend, or leave it by the pool. Whatever. It ll be fine.

20 Hours Play WayAround Starter Pack

The WayAround Starter Pack gives you a sampling of all of the different WayTags , so you can try them out and decide which you like best. This Starter Pack contains 60 WayTags, including stickers, magnets, buttons, and clips. Square WayTag products work on metal objects. A round shape won t work on metal.

The Starter Pack includes:

10 WayClips 5 On-metal WayClips 15 WayTag stickers 5 On-metal WayTag stickers 10 WayTag magnets 5 WayTag 2-hole buttons 10 WayTag oval hole buttons Plugable Bluetooth Full-Size Folding Keyboard

This item is on preorder and will be available at the NFB convention and for shipping after July 8. Order now to be the first to receive the keyboard when it arrives.

For fast typists or those with large hands, most folding keyboards are just too small for comfort! This sturdy Bluetooth keyboard features five rows of standard-sized keys laid out in classic keyboard style and properly spaced for accurate typing. They are topped off by a sixth row of function keys for frequently used Android, iOS, and Windows operations. Yet, when you are ready to go, it folds smaller than a paperback book and fits right in a bag or briefcase with your tablet or phone.

iOttie iON QI Wireless 10W Fast Charging Stand and Charger

Introducing a wireless charger for your phone that is flexible and powerful.

The iON Wireless fast charger stand from Iottie integrates the power of Qi wireless fast charging technology with an angled design ideal for viewing content at home or in the office. The wireless fast charger for Samsung, iPhone, and other Android devices allows you to charge conveniently without cords by simply resting the device against the anti-slip pad.

The design of the wireless phone charger features two Qi coils allowing for wireless charging in portrait or landscape mode. The iON Wireless Qi charger Stand is designed with a 65-degree tilt that allows for viewing content or notifications while charging wirelessly at home or in the office. The anti-slip pad on the base of the wireless charger provides extra traction on smooth or textured furniture surfaces.

SleepPhones Wireless Bluetooth Headphones for Sleep, Travel/More

Now, you can get a refreshing night s sleep and wake up feeling energized with cutting-edge SleepPhones headphones. Designed by a family doctor, SleepPhones are the world s most comfortable, bed-friendly headphones. SleepPhones provide a safe and natural way to fall asleep without bulky headphones or painful earbuds.

The product s innovative design features ultra-slim headphones embedded inside of a super-soft, machine-washable headband. Listen to soothing nature sounds, guided meditation, audio books, or simply relaxing music.

SleepPhones Wireless provide superior sound quality with eco-friendly, lead-free electronics. The speakers inside are fully adjustable to suit your unique head shape.

At the touch of a button, the cord-free headphones are easily paired with any Bluetooth -enabled device.

Braille Me 20-cell Low-Cost Refreshable Braille Display

Braille Me is a new refreshable braille reader from Innovision, in India. Through their groundbreaking new technology, using magnetic force to power the braille display, the Braille Me has slashed costs, while keeping a high quality display. This device has 20-cell, 6-dot refreshable braille and a braille keyboard. The braille display had routing buttons below, as well as page navigation buttons to the left and right.

Files can be accessed by an SD card for reading, editing and searching. You can also rename and delete files from the device. The editor supports .TXT, .BRF, and .BRL files.

The Braille Me can use Bluetooth to pair with your smartphone or tablets (iOS or Android) and also connect via USB to a computer with an NVDA screen reader for a seamless braille and audio experience.

Product Impressions: Google Home Max Redux And Surface Go Type Cover

In episode 130 we spoke about the Google Home Max for the first time. Well, thanks to some incredible price drops and sales, Joe was enticed to pick up a second one on the cheap. Ricky notes the differences having a pair of Google Home Maxs, Maxes? Maxies?, bring to the room. You will see a few changes in your Google Home app, you get a third control in your settings section for speaker balance and you will indeed have to move out of your dwelling from the noise complaints that will inevitably come from the new volume levels achieved by these dual monoliths of sound.

We also have a short look at the Surface Go Type Cover that fits ever so nicely with the recently reviewed Surface Go from episode 183. The keys are a bit more towards the tablet style than those that feature the smaller Chicklet keys. And some might not like the flatness of the keyboard. However, the weight and the way the cover fits on the Surface Go makes it a great accessory over something like a keyboard case. The Surface Go configuration we reviewed is on sale constantly, check Wal Mart and Best Buy first, for the low low price of $296. This is a great Windows-based note taker alternative for those who want a smaller lighter device to pair with a Braille Display.

[36 Seconds That Changed Everythingg: How the iPhone Learned to Talk]

In the Beginning

From the moment Steve Jobs announced it in 2007, anticipation for the first iPhone was off the charts. And when it shipped? Customers lined up around their local Apple stores; some arriving days before the phones could be bought.

But the hype and hysteria left one group of cell phone users out if you had a disability, the new hotness was just a cold, unresponsive rectangle of plastic and glass.

This is the story of how that changed in June of 2009, and what it has meant to people who are blind, have a hearing disability, or experience motor delays.

Tune in to hear a sample of the illuminating documentary by Shelly Brisbin. Then head over to the official 36 Seconds site for more and the soon to be forth coming bonus content.

Episode 188

We will resume our normal podcast schedule once we have released our specials and interview coverage from the summer conventions. We don't know right now just how much we'll have in the can after all is said and done. But check in mid to late July for the wrap up show with all the news from NFB and ACB 2019.

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Blind Bargains Qast 186: Accessibility Champions

Jun 21, 2019 66:30

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Joe is joined by longtime friend, and fellow podcaster, Jamie Pauls this week as J.J. is on the road. However, J.J. did have a chance to interview Intuit's Ted Drake about some of the processes and programs happening at the company to forward accessibility efforts for their internal culture and customers alike. A tip, "Sound Off" plus a musical topic smash into the "Last Word". Grab your spreadsheets for it is time for BBQ 186.

Sponsor: AIRA

The Blind Bargains Qast is excited to bring you the new "Game of Words" contest that lets you work with an AIRA Agent to solve puzzles. Tune in, over the next few weeks, to hear if players can claim the Iron Noun for themselves. And congratulations to Candice who scored a cool $500 from this week's contest. "Game of Words" is brought to you by Aira, an app that connects people who are blind or have low-vision to highly trained, remotely-located agents for instant access to visual information.

Game of Words is easy to enter! All you need is an Aira account, which you can download at aira.io/app. After the app is installed, you can register for a free account by simply providing your phone number. Once you ve registered, visit aira.io/bbq and fill in your name and phone number in the Game of Words entry form to enter! One contestant will be chosen from the list of entries at the beginning of each week to participate.

Sign up for a chance to be selected to beat the clock and win!

In The News:

Bookshare hits 1 million books milestone

Dark Patterns in Accessibility Tech

JAWS And Fusion Updates For June Tout New Changes For Checking Authorizations, Office 365 Improvements And More

The June Edition Of Access World Is Now Online

AIRA Welcomes Mike Randal As New CEO

Interview: Ted Drake Intuit

J.J. has been running a small business for years and he can tell you a thing, or two, about what it can take to keep the numbers straight. That experience comes in handy when he sits down with Ted Drake, Principal Accessibility Engineer for Intuit, to talk about the access advancements the company is bringing to many of their products. Moreover, Ted explains that their initiatives are also driving company culture forward through direct action with the success of the Accessibility Champions program. Listen in to hear Ted speak about how these changes have come about and what it means for the future of accessing your business. And to learn more about the products mentioned, such as Mint and Quick Books Online, visit the official Intuit website

Tip: Sound Settings in Windows 10

Joe noted that Windows 10 can sometimes change the sound profile for the sound source being used, like when you plug in a set of headphones, in ways you may not expect. To see if Windows has turned on "Windows Sonic for Headphones", place your focus on the system Tray and then move over to the Speakers Icon. Application key, or right click, on that icon to find the menu that contains the status of any additional sound enhancements being used with your sound source. The submenu has an option for "off" if you don't want Windows to add any sound schemes to the audio experience. Choosing that option may reduce any odd clipping you might be hearing in your headset, and it is a great first step to consider when troubleshooting oddities with the quality of the computer's sound output.

Sound Off:

Jenine Stanley did indeed have some thoughts about BBQ 185's survey of the week regarding Service Animals at airports...

Hey Guys,

Yes, ya should have asked me about that survey. Here s the scoop. See what I did there?

USAUSA is United Service Animal Users Supporters and Advocates. This is a loosely formed coalition of consumers and organizations in the service animal space. The primary folks involved are myself and Brad and Veronica Morris of Psychiatric Service Dog Partners. We have been asked by several federal agencies over the past few years to gather survey information. This is just another survey in that group, asking for people s thoughts on airport experiences and amenities. We have an opportunity to speak to the FAA about these issues, along with speaking to a national conference for airport civil rights officials.

So yes, please do fill out the survey. You ll have until July 9.

Jenine, who is everywhere these days! Muhahaha!

Harry Brown reminds us that there are alternatives out there for Microsoft Word in an email entitled "a free word processor that works as good as Microsoft word!"

Hi all,
Remember the other day when I sent the list an article called 10 Free
Word Processor Alternatives to MS Word?

I went back through it, and the 6th one is called Jarte!!
I remembered that in the past, I used Jarte, so, I clicked on it, and it
took me to the download page!
This is the download page for Jarte!
I'll have more to say after I give the link, because this is how to do it.
the link is
http://www.jarte.com/download.html
When you get on that page, do a find command, then type the words
Download Jarte 6.2 Installation File
or, just copy the above line of text and then paste it into the find
edit box, and press enter, and then you'll be on the link to download
Jarte!!!
1 problem with Jarte when I started it was, when you press the alt key,
it would not read the menus. It would just say, move, minimize, maximize,
close.
For the heck of it, went into Jarte and in the folder there is an about
file, and a welcome file.
In one of them, it mentioned something called screen reader mode.
So, I read it, and followed the instructions, because I hoped that if it
was in that mode, it would then read the menus when you press alt.
It did exactly that!
Here's the link to the page, about screen reader mode.
http://www.jarte.com/help_new/screen_reader_mode.html
Here's another great thing about Jarte, reading pages.
I just opened up a 56 page document, and, I was at the top of the
document. I wanted to go to a specific page, for example, page 56. So, I
pressed alt
to take me to the menus, then I right arrowed to edit, then, I up
arrowed to go to page, and pressed enter. Then I typed 56 in the text
box, and pressed
enter, and it not only took me to the top of page 56, but it read me the
first line on the top of page 56!
Carolina Road software really did a FANTASTIC job with Jarte!!!

Ron Kolesar also had a few comments about episode 185 when it came to Flight Simulators, Charter/Spectrum and television

Hi Joe.

For any Spectrum clients that listen to your podcast.
You have to take a look at the world box version 2 and I'll be a beta tester
for version 3, that's due sometime later this year.
Which we will have a voice input remote control via a push to talk or PTT
button.
It is for both the partially sighted and totally blind Spectrum customer and
it has close captioning for the partial and totally deaf as well.
There's still a few bugs on both the customer's and on Spectrum's end.
But they're taking all recommendations and suggestions seriously,
They're also taking all bugs that are being found seriously as well.
So, I know it's like pulling teeth to get up to date and accurate info in
the disability community.
But there you have it. Microsoft dropped a huge bomb on we flight simmers.\
I know you beta test for Microsoft on some of their products.
So, would you know who I could get it touch with to be a beta tester for the
up coming new version of Microsoft Flight simulator?
As a gamer yourself, you too might want to investigate this as well.
Just do a search for Microsoft Flight Simulator for 2020.
Sit back and watch the hits come at you. SMILES.
Also, X-Plane is not blind friendly.
But they have the Private flight General Aircraft that we rich playboy BVI
Pilots want for either the current or up coming FSX and or for those who's
enjoying Prepar 3-d or P3d for short.
We too would like access to the Dassault Falcon 8X or for short the DF8X
which is the successor to the older DF7X as well.
I grabbed my DF7X from fly away simulation's free down load library.
But in the real world it is a four year waiting list for a DF8X.
Why would a BVI Pilot Flight Simmer want to upgrade from the DF7X to the
DF8X?
That's a good valid question. The DF8X flies 500 miles further. the fuel is 35 % more efficient than on the DF7X.
Just hoping that my Pittsburgh Steelers paint job will work for the DF8X,
that if we can get a blind friendly version of the DF8X that was flight
certified both by the US and Europe last summer.
So, for you and JJ and for Chris, keep doing what you do.
Love the podcast.
Ron Ham radio Station KR3DOG-PA-WCECTM Last Word:

We only have one link this week, however, it does fall within the typical sources of inspiration for this portion of the show quite nicely.
Somebody Once Told Me: An Oral History of Smash Mouth s All Star

Only two more shows before summer convention. Then we only have a few more episodes until we reach the 200th BBQ!

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Blind Bargains Qast 185: Cocaine Poodle Whammy

Jun 15, 2019 61:05

Description:

June usually finds us talking about Apple and games thanks to WWDC and E3 respectively. Jesse Anderson
slides down a warp pipe to talk about the big gaming event, his recent purchase of an Oculus Quest and his speaking engagement at the Games Accessibility Conference
this past March in San Francisco. We have news and a great report on cord cutting in "Sound Off". And possibly the wildest tip we've had in quite some time. So, grab your power gloves and listen in to hear what J.J. calls his favorite "Last Word" this year.

Sponsor: AIRA

The Blind Bargains Qast is excited to bring you the new "Game of Words" contest that lets you work with an AIRA Agent to solve puzzles. Tune in, over the next few weeks, to hear if players can claim the Iron Noun for themselves. And congratulations to Charlie who scored a cool $500 from this week's contest. "Game of Words" is brought to you by Aira, an app that connects people who are blind or have low-vision to highly trained, remotely-located agents for instant access to visual information.

Game of Words is easy to enter! All you need is an Aira account, which you can download at aira.io/app. After the app is installed, you can register for a free account by simply providing your phone number. Once you ve registered, visit aira.io/bbq and fill in your name and phone number in the Game of Words entry form to enter! One contestant will be chosen from the list of entries at the beginning of each week to participate.

Sign up for a chance to be selected to beat the clock and win!

In The News:

Orbit Research announces that you can now update the Orbit Reader 20 firmware directly from the SD card

Bard iOS app updates before summer convention with big changes

[Freedom Scientific brings new features to the omniReader Portable Scanning and Reading Solution](https://buff.ly/2BNqcHN https://t.co/Ox9vcCrdHN)

Survey of the week asks your thoughts about airline travel and Service Animals

The long in the tooth Freelists mailing list for the Humanware Braille Note is being retired and replaced with a shiny new modern one

Interview: Jessie Anderson

Joe and Jesse
talk about many game related things since their time at the Game Accessibility Conference
a few months ago. There is a lot happening in mainstream game spaces for Blind and Low Vision players. And here is just some of the stuff they mentioned during this segment.

Xbox at E3 2019
EA's Madden 2020 accessibility options page
Mortal Kombat 11 Accessibility Options
Steve Saylor on Twitter
Liam plays Phoenix Wright
Brandon Cole Superblindman on Twitter
Microsoft's Seeing VR

Tip: There are so Many Great Alternatives to Shouting Hey Google at Google Assistant

Tired of saying "Okay Google" or "Hey Google" at the Google Assistant? well, this article notes that there are some creative alternatives
out there.

Sound Off:

Judy Dixon sends in this great email entitled "Cutting the Cord"

We cut the cord in February without a clear idea of what we were going to
do. We have an Amazon Fire TV and an Apple TV. We connected a $29 indoor
antenna to the Fire TV and were able to get about 50 channels, several
repeats of network channels, lots of flavors of PBS and some like Antenna
and RetroTV which have old TV shows and are not cable channels. The
reception was not ideal, audio broke up a fair bit. We have ended up
installing an outdoor antenna primarily to get better audio and it is
working well. We now have 72 antenna channels although this is mostly
duplicates of what we already had.

We took a look at www.cordcutters.com/channels to see what streaming
services the cable channels we actually watched were on. We signed up for
the 7-day free trial of SlingTV. It is $25 a month after the free trial.
But their apps for the Fire TV, Apple TV, and iOS devices were so
inaccessible that we cancelled after 5 days.

Since our goal was to get described content on cable channels, we then
took a look at Hulu Live but at $44.95 a month, it seemed like that would
get us back into the boat we just got out of. Fibo TV is $55 a month for
the base plan.We looked at Philo, signed up for a 7-day free trial; Its
only $20 a month. the iOS app was difficult but possibly usable with some
effort and defining of graphics but I couldn't figure out how to get audio
description. I wrote to their customer service and they told me they
didn't support audio description but planned to in the future. I think
Philo is worth keeping track of because if they made their app a bit
easier to use and offered audio description it would be a great way to get
lots of cable channels for $20 a month.

So we abandoned our efforts at getting cable channels and focussed on
getting audio description. We were told by people who know about these
things that we could only get audio description on "the big four" with an
antenna. The big four are nbc, cbs, abc, and fox. This did not include pbs
which is something we really wanted. We were also told that if audio
description was available, it would just be there.

We were not getting any audio description on our Amazon Fire TV so looked
for an alternative. We found a service called Channels,
www.getchannels.com. There is no ongoing subscription fee but you do need
a hardware device called an HD Homerun that you connect to your router and
an antenna. The HD Homerun is available from Amazon, a duo version for $69
which lets you use two devices at once and a quatro version for $99 which
lets you use four at once. the iOS app is free; the Amazon Fire TV and
Apple TV (fourth generation) apps are $25. Primarily what it does is give
you better and easier access to your antenna channels. It also has audio
description for everything that is available including PBS, and is easy to
access. The iOS app is spectacular, very, accessible. The Amazon Fire TV
and Apple TV apps aren't quite as good but usable.

Then, after all this, I discovered that if you double tap on the menu
button of the Fire TV's remote, you can get access to the menu which has
an item for audio options and a place to change the language. If you
change to Spanish, you get audio description where available. I never
found this information in the VoiceView documentation.

So, I suppose at this point the Channels app is redundant but it is such a
great app and it is so nice to get all the TV channels on an iOS device
anywhere in the house that we are delighted to have it.

One other thing, I really missed CNN, it is one thing I watched a lot on
cable. It is available on some of the streaming services but I remembered
that the audio of both CNN and CNN International is available on Tune-in
so you can listen to them with an Alexa or Google Home device or the iOS
app so I don't need a streaming service for that.

That's where things stant at the moment. I am sure that there are other
options but our goal is to not get another high-priced subscription
service.

Best,
Judy Dixon

Last Word:

A strange musical clip and we exchange dogs for cats this week.
HotWheels Xylophone
Dog Spot offers public Smart Doghouses of the future

J.J. hasn't caught up with Ted Drake, on a podcast, since 2014. We'll rectify that oversight next week on episode 186.

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Blind Bargains Qast 184: The Wheels On The Mac Go Round And Round

Jun 9, 2019 97:22

Description:

Thousands of developers and programmers headed west to San Jose for Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference this week. And our own BBQ Crew Member Shelly Brisbin was amongst the attendees during the main keynote. Tune in to hear an on-the-spot report from her, as well as, Byron Lee and Scott Davert joining Joe to discuss the big announcements in this wrap up format show.

Sponsor: AIRA

The Blind Bargains Qast is excited to bring you the new "Game of Words" contest that lets you work with an AIRA Agent to solve puzzles. Tune in, over the next few weeks, to hear if players can claim the Iron Noun for themselves. And congratulations to Krystle who scored an iPhone XR from this week's contest. "Game of Words" is brought to you by Aira, an app that connects people who are blind or have low-vision to highly trained, remotely-located agents for instant access to visual information.

Game of Words is easy to enter! All you need is an Aira account, which you can download at aira.io/app. After the app is installed, you can register for a free account by simply providing your phone number. Once you ve registered, visit aira.io/bbq and fill in your name and phone number in the Game of Words entry form to enter! One contestant will be chosen from the list of entries at the beginning of each week to participate.

Sign up for a chance to be selected to beat the clock and win!

Discussion Topic: WWDC 2019

New hardware, new software and some upcoming accessibility features will arrive this fall for fans of Apple's products. Here is some of the stories that formed the basis of why we thought there was a lot to unpack from this event.

Apple's WWDC19 keynote in 12 minutes

Here s everything Apple announced during its WWDC 2019 keynote

Apple Publishes Video from WWDC 2019 Keynote

Everything Apple Tried to Kill at WWDC 2019

Apple s new Mac Pro is a supercar

Apple s top spec Mac Pro will likely cost at least $35,000

Is the New Mac Pro Worth the Apple Tax?

Apple unveils the Pro Display XDR, a display unlike anything else on the market

A $999 monitor stand is everything wrong with Apple today

Apple s $1,000 Pro Display XDR stand is the most expensive dongle ever

iOS 13 overview by Mac Stories

Apple posts list of iOS 13 and iPadOS compatible hardware

Apple Previews Accessibility Enhancements Coming with macOS Catalina, iPadOS, and iOS 13

AppleVis Extra 67: a Conversation with Sarah Herrlinger and Dean Hudson of Apple's Accessibility Team

Introducing Voice Control on Mac and iOS (with Audio Descriptions) Apple

How to use Dark Mode on iPhone in iOS 13

[Apple says mouse support in iOS/iPadOS has been in the works for years, designed for Accessibility ](https://9to5mac.com/2019/06/04/ios-mouse-support-accessibility/ via @ChanceHMiller)

Twitter thread about Voice Control on iOS and Mac OS

How iOS 13 Will Save Your iPhone s Battery (by Not Fully Charging It)

3D Touch Likely Dropped in 2019 iPhones as Haptic Touch Expanded Across iPhones and iPads

[iOS 13 includes references to Apple's Tag device for tracking personal items ](https://9to5mac.com/2019/06/04/ios-13-tag-device/ via @9to5mac)

iPadOS, coming this fall : Thumb drives, more gestures, desktop-class browsing [Updated]

iPadOS won t change your mind on the iPad

Apple announces macOS Catalina: Music, Podcasts, TV app, Sidecar, Find My, Voice Control

Apple shares its vision for macOS 10.15 Catalina: Cross-platform apps are key

Apple replaces bash with zsh as the default shell in macOS Catalina

The rise and fall of iTunes, Apple s most hated app

Apple Is Killing iTunes, But Not on Windows

Answers to some of your iTunes questions: Old libraries, Windows, and more

Watch OS 6: Everything You Need To Know

Meet WatchOS 6: Six ways Apple is turning its watch into a mini iPhone

The Apple Watch Is Now the Control Center for Your Health

tvOS 13 overview by Mac Stories

Apple expands tvOS gaming with PS4, Xbox One S controller support

What Apple Didn t Announce at WWDC 2019 Spotlights the Cracks in its Voice Strategy While the Announcements Offer Some Hope

Apple wants to kill the ad industry. It's forcing developers to help

With an antitrust case looming, Apple s new login tool is tempting fate

PROCESSOR WITH DIETER BOHN S2 E12 Does the iPad make sense as a computer now

Linus Tech Tips: Apple's New Mac Pro - My thoughts

Next week Jesse Anderson drops by to talk about E3, virtual reality and what he and Joe did back in March at the Game Accessibility Conference in San Francisco.

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Blind Bargains Qast 183: TapTap W3C

Jun 2, 2019 67:56

Description:

The long U.S. holiday, that coincides with the release of episode 182, was good for the BBQ Crew as we return refreshed and renewed. Proof is in the recordings they say, okay we're the only ones who say that really, as we come to you with actual news. Also, Ricky stops by to talk about new hardware. A listener Oreo follow-up in "Sound Off", a tip plus a "Last Word" that any audio engineer would love rounds out this pre-WWDC show.

Sponsor: AIRA

The Blind Bargains Qast is excited to bring you the new "Game of Words" contest that lets you work with an AIRA Agent to solve puzzles. Tune in, over the next few weeks, to hear if players can claim the Iron Noun for themselves. And congratulations to Desmond who scored an iPhone XR from this week's contest. "Game of Words" is brought to you by Aira, an app that connects people who are blind or have low-vision to highly trained, remotely-located agents for instant access to visual information.

Game of Words is easy to enter! All you need is an Aira account, which you can download at aira.io/app. After the app is installed, you can register for a free account by simply providing your phone number. Once you ve registered, visit aira.io/bbq and fill in your name and phone number in the Game of Words entry form to enter! One contestant will be chosen from the list of entries at the beginning of each week to participate.

Sign up for a chance to be selected to beat the clock and win!

In The News:

Browser vendors win war with W3C over HTML and DOM standards

Google changes how the Escape key is handled in Chrome to fight popup ads

HIMS releases an update to the Polaris featuring smoother Google intergration

TapTapSee Creators Announce Next Generation of On-device Image Recognition; Detailed Descriptions

Benetech announces Mathshare which can help students show their workflow when solving algebraic problems

Complete WebAim s ebook survey and receive a free ebook

In Process Blog for May 24th details a short survey and more

Ready to roll Version 2.0 released, bringing app redesign, new sound customization options, fate dice

Hardware Impressions: Surface Go tablet

Ricky Enger has been playing with the lower end Surface Go for the past two months and she is thrilled with the device's performance so far. Joe and Ricky discuss the unboxing process, describe the physical appearance of the Surface and the minor pitfalls encountered along the way. Full disclosure, Joe won this tablet at CSUN from Microsoft and their Soundscape promotion. So, the pair approached this segment with the idea that they would try to use the unit with touch only and with whatever hardware they had on hand rather than going out and buying Surface related accessories. What they learned from this approach was that they need more USB C connected things around the house. And you need to check the Microsoft Store for specific Surface Go accessories if you plan to venture down the first party support path. With all that said, from a Screen Reader perspective, the base configuration gives you a good amount of power for a portable Windows machine. You may want to add an SD card, or rely on cloud storage, if you feel confined by the 64 GB on board memory though.

Tip: Receive Apple Support help right in the messages app

Hey, would you look at that! A front page news article that doubles as a tip for getting support on your iPhone via iMessage

Sound Off:

Jim Denham has a few thoughts about Screen Reader aware websites...

Hey guys:
Great discussion on Episode 178 about the new screen reader aware
switches from Apple. I just had a quick question. As this standard is
being developed by a collaboration of numerous companies, is there any
requirement wherein the end user could quickly and easily toggle this
setting on/off with a single keystroke? If I am viewing a site, and it
is behaving in a certain way because I am using assistive technology,
I would want the ability to quickly and easily toggle off this setting
and refresh the page so I can see how the site would function for a
non-assistive tech user. Not only would this be important for those of
us who are blind and regularly train sighted individuals to browse the
web, it would also help eliminate the possible scenarios of price
differences you mentioned on the show. Just like it is important to be
able to quickly turn the SAP feature of television on and off, it
would be important to be able to quickly toggle this setting as well.
Thanks for all the great shows, you guys do a fantastic podcast!

Apple has modified the behavior of the detection since we discussed it on the show. However, even though Apple has relented on this front, others are actively using the practice for various reasons. Joe talked about how the Best Buy app currently detects Voiceover running and forces you to go to their website via Safari browser. Which then prompted him to talk about touch and web access from this excellent article by Leonie Watson.

The difference between keyboard and screen reader navigation

Next, kenny Hitt lets us know that we have more than one subscriber on a service.

Hi. I recently gave up my Google play music subscription and switch to Spotify. When I did that, I also deleted all of the podcast from the new Google podcast app and switch them to Spotify. I don't think I'm the only Spotify subscriber, but just in case, high from your Spotify subscriber.

Jeanne Gallagher writes in with the subject line: "Dark Chocolate Oreos; What Happened To A.T. Guys?"

Dear Blind Bargains,

I disagree with you about the dark chocolate Oreos. I love, love, love them! I love them because 1. One side has all the frosting and the other side is plain, and both sides are equally delicious. 2. They're chocolate both inside and out. 3. Dark chocolate has antioxidents.

On another note: A.T. Guys has not had a podcast in months. What happened to them? I unsubscribed from that podcast, because it's been so long since there has been a podcast.

Enjoy your podcasts.

Jeanne Gallagher

P.S. You got more points on the Mickey Mouse game than I would have.

Joe admits that growing up in a small Texas town, back when there were far fewer over the air television stations than there are now, gives him a bit of an edge when it comes to having some "Wonderful World of Disney" knowledge. He and J.J. then contemplate Carrot Cake Oreos, and their existence, after Joe tried them over the weekend. And... they were not awful, but you may need to already like the sweet treat they are based upon before you take the plunge.

Last Word:

We break the cycle of food related items this week by offering you a mystery and a new superhero.
Audio guy hunts down a mystery beeping in his home with surprising results
Boston man says someone broke into his house, cleaned it, then left

Next week Apple lays out their plans for the upcoming releases of iOS, Mac OS and more. Shelly Brisbin will be on site at WWDC and we hope to get a word with her on episode 184. If you would like to hear from her sooner, take a listen to Parallel 18 where Joe and Shelly talk about MS Build and Google i/o.

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Blind Bargains Qast 182: Baby Shark Dream Reader

May 24, 2019 71:41

Description:

Features abound this week as we look at what's new for Windows 10 in the recently released 2019 Spring Update. Winston Chen joins us to give some amazing insight into the creation of the new VoiceDream Scanner app for iOS. We also tell you about a fantastic new contest where you can win an iPhone and other prizes from AIRA. And, on top of all that, we celebrate Mickey mouse's 90th birthday while humming a popular tune in the "Last Word". Time to watch those progress bars move ever so slowly while you listen to BBQ 182.

Sponsor: AIRA

The Blind Bargains Qast is excited to bring you the new "Game of Words" contest that lets you work with an AIRA Agent to solve puzzles. Tune in, over the next few weeks, to hear if players can claim the Iron Noun for themselves. "Game of Words" is brought to you by Aira, an app that connects people who are blind or have low-vision to highly trained, remotely-located agents for instant access to visual information.

Game of Words is easy to enter! All you need is an Aira account, which you can download at aira.io/app. After the app is installed, you can register for a free account by simply providing your phone number. Once you ve registered, visit aira.io/bbq and fill in your name and phone number in the Game of Words entry form to enter! One contestant will be chosen from the list of entries at the beginning of each week to participate.

Sign up for a chance to be selected to beat the clock and win!

Discussion Topic: Windows 10 2019 Spring Update

The first of the two big Windows updates for 2019 is landing on your computer soon, if it hasn't already, so we thought we would talk about some of the changes coming with this fun free download for the OS.

The Windows 10 Spring update is Here; Check Out All of the Accessibility Improvements

Windows 10 version 1903, May 2019 Update: All the new features and changes

New Accessibility Features In MS Paint

Interview: Winston Chen of VoiceDream

We've spoken about the new VoiceDream Scanner several times since the app's initial release. This week Winston Chen drops by to discuss the app's development process, the costs involved with OCR licensing and how privacy through scanning on device has become more feasible. The duo also delves into how VoiceDream Reader and Scanner can work together or independently. Since 2012, Winston has been providing innovative and affordable solutions with a small team. He explains how it is possible to stay lean and why that matters to him as they consider a new platform for their products. This is a must listen for those who are interested in learning more about machine learning, image recognition and live video detection.

Tip: Celebrate Mickey Mouse's 90th Birthday

Joe demonstrates the new Mickey's Game Show on his Google Home Mini and reminds us that both Google And amazon have several games available for popular Disney properties. He also describes the holiday gifts he purchased for his Niece s Google Home Mini. Otterbox makes a set of Mickey Mouse Ears that form a stand for the Google Home Mini. And you can make Storytime more magical by reading a Little Golden Book Disney title
to your young one with your Google Home providing sound effects and music.

Sound Off:

'Lydia Alverson' sent in her Experience about playing with Legos.

Dear BBQ team,

I really enjoyed playing with legos as a kid. I remember when I was twelve, my dad got me a huge box of legos, and I was hooked. One time, I sat in my room for two hours, building my version of a jetliner. All I really needed back then was my imagination. I never thought that legos could be made in braille, which would be helpful for kids that are learning it.

Thanks for another great show.
Sincerely,
Lydia Alverson

Last Word:

Food and music once again take their rightful places for the last segment of the show.
Oreo introduces 5 new flavors, including s'mores, latte and maple
Jamming to 'Baby Shark' can help you learn CPR: This dad used it to teach his 3-year-old

one more show before our WWDC and E3 wrap up shows work their way to you through the pipes of the interwebs. Then it is just a few more weeks to go before we have the A.T. Showcase and our Summer Convention Cavalcade of Audio rolls up to your podcatchers.

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Blind Bargains Qast 181: Lego My Braigo

May 19, 2019 71:57

Description:

We have a treat in store this week. Sure there is Joe and J.J. saying blah, blah, blah news and silly things per the usual. And you would think that this is just your run of the mill episode. How about we tell you that Patrick is on board with some talk about Bluetooth devices? Yeah, now we piqued some interest. Of course we still have a tip featuring a Tile demo, "Sound Off", "Last Word" and a bit of a tease about an upcoming event to round things out too. C'mon and fire up those devices and connect to the loudest speakers you can find for the best enjoyment of BBQ 181.

Sponsor: AIRA

Aira is a service which connects a low vision or blind user with a highly trained live agent to provide real time access to any visual information, when and where it is needed. In this episode J.J. explains how he uses the AIRA for Small Business service and Joe discusses how he, and Ricky, use the service at airports or with ride hailing options.

For more information please visit www.aira.io.

In The News:

Freedom Scientific created a blog post to give information about the changes coming to Microsoft Edge

May's Access World contains articles about employment and reviews the awsome new VoiceDream Scanner

Stay up to date with some of the new content from hadley through their just announced "Hadley Presents" podcast feed

[NVDACon 2019 planning is well underway, and we are thrilled to call all presenters to submit topics for our conference in August!](https://www.nvdacon.org/ @nvaccess 2 days ago, Twitter Web Client)

Microsoft Patented an Xbox Controller With a Braille Display

The LEGO Foundation and LEGO Group team up with blind associations to pilot LEGO Braille Bricks and develop children s breadth of skills

Demonstration: Where Does Patrick Get All Those Wonderful Bluetooth Toys?

It isn't very often we get the man out of the box and in front of the microphone. So it really is one of those times we can say "on this very special episode of the BBQ...". The topic that brought this all about is low latency and Bluetooth things. Patrick has been in the lab experimenting and he will tell us what he has discovered. Visit the product links below to learn more about the devices mentioned in this segment.

Qualcomm's Apt-X Low Latency bluetooth page, including explanation and a list of all supported productsAnker Soundsync A3341 2-in-one bluetooth transmitter/receiver
Avantree Clipper Pro receiver

Tip: Find It With Tile

You could place one of those old-fashioned rooster alarm clocks in your luggage, set it for when you land at the airport and then hang out listening for that familiar sound. Or, you could use Tile instead to find your luggage and so much more. You simply need the Tile app and some of the actual Tiles themselves to communicate back and forth from your phone to whatever you have attached to the Tile on the other end. J.J. gives us a short demonstration and you can learn more by visiting the Tile website
You can get a two-pack of the Tile Pro from Amazon.

Sound Off:

kathy blackburn , long time listener of the show, wrote in to talk to us about Movie Times and Virtual Assistants.

I'm listening to BBQ 180. Wouldn't it be nice if all the voice
virtual assistants could tell us which movies have audio
description or closed captions? I like the Fandango iPhone app,
but I would really like to be able to query my devices by voice.

We agree and we hope that there may one day be an ACB Alexa Skill or Google Action for the Audio Description database. Many of the U.S. based theater chains will note if a particular theater supports AD or not. However, that doesn't take into account things like Actiview. Searching iTunes to verify if a movie has audio description, and the ACB database mentioned above, is still one of the easiest ways to access that kind of information. For movies at any rate, TV shows are another thing entirely.

Beth Taurasi writes in with the interesting subject line "gender misidentification story, warning: hilarious but jarring".

Hi all.
My name is Beth Taurasi, and I m a female who takes pictures with Seeing AI or browses my photos with it. When I went to browse my big album of photos, guess what I became? ... Oh no!!!!!! The photo algorithm said I was a male!!!!!!! Well? I m a born and raised and forever female and don t plan to get a glorified gender switch, but the gender bending algorithm is a bit jarring. I know this is an experimental thing, but I d suggest correctly identifying genders of people, or if that doesn t work and it gets funnier, I d use the nonbinary identification of a simple person or child or baby in photo algorithms. Just my thought. I m copying Blind Bargains feedback here so they can be in the loop about this funny occurrence and it has happened to more than twenty of my photos. They recently aired a demonstration of your app, which other than the gender bender algorithm in the photos, it is awesome. I can read mail in a pinch. I can organize stuff in a pinch if I must. It s a great concept, but improvement could be made in gender ID and personal identification. It can be a bit jarring for some people.
Sincerely,
Beth

Greg Portch had a sighting of something familiar for "Our Littlest Astros".

Hi guys, I encountered Joe's trough urinal when I landed at Shannon Airport in Ireland a couple of years ago. I was lucky to have some sighted folks guide me as I was quite confused. Encountered several interesting restrooms throughout Europe. take care

Last Word:

Just when you think that the movie going and home cleaning experience isn't modern enough...
New Cinema Has Double Beds Instead Of Sheets
Some guy modified his Roomba to swear when it bumps into sh*t

We are already making plans for our WWDC, E3 and Summer Convention coverage. But it is all that stuff in between we haven't worked out yet. Next week is going to be one of those shows where anything could happen. Tune in to 182 to hear what we come up with for content. You, however more likely we, might be surprised on what that actually entails.

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Blind Bargains Qast 180: The Second F

May 13, 2019 71:15

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The BBQ Crew returns to the studio to delve into the highlights from the 2019 Google i/o keynote. We also have an interview with a maker of some tasty products, Angela Fowler of Gliding Eagle Jerky. And David Ward stops by again to pass along another Amazon Echo tip. All of this, plus the "Last Word", is in store for you in episode 180.

Discussion Topic: 2019 Google i/o

J.J. and joe give their hot takes on the keynote. Here are some of the stories that powered their conversation about the big event.

The 8 biggest announcements from the Google I/O 2019 keynote

Google Pixel 3A review: a $399 phone with a great camera

[Pixel 3A vs. Pixel 3: how the specs compare for Google s latest phones](https://www.theverge.com/circuitbreaker/2019/5/7/18535745/google-pixel-3a-3-spec-comparison-price-camera-screen-hardware-io-2019 )

Google renames Assistant home devices, debuts $229 Nest Hub Max

[Google s New Privacy Features Put the Responsibility on Users](https://www.wired.com/story/googles-new-privacy-features-put-the-responsibility-on-users/?mbid=social_twitter_onsiteshare )

Google s Sundar Pichai snipes at Apple with privacy defense

Google Lens will start recommending what you should eat at restaurants

Nest, the company, died at Google I/O 2019

Google Adds Additional Ways to Enable Accessibility, Other Tweaks in Android Q Accessibility Services

Live Relay, Easier phone calls without voice or hearing

EnVision AI is the winner of a Google Play Award for accessibility

Android Q Beta 3 adds developer option that forces dark mode on all apps

[Update: Spreads to Samsung, LG] Google Lookout uses AI to help visually-impaired people navigate the world

Google Maps' New AR Walking Directions Are Pretty Cool

Google Assistant will soon have more interactive visual content on Android and smart displays

A.T. Guys: iON Wireless Fast Charger Stand

Introducing a wireless charger for your phone that is flexible and powerful.

The iON Wireless fast charger stand from Iottie integrates the power of Qi wireless fast charging technology with an angled design ideal for viewing content at home or in the office. The wireless fast charger for Samsung, iPhone, and other Android devices allows you to charge conveniently without cords by simply resting the device against the anti-slip pad.

The design of the wireless phone charger features two Qi coils allowing for wireless charging in portrait or landscape mode. The iON Wireless Qi charger Stand is designed with a 65-degree tilt that allows for viewing content or notifications while charging wirelessly at home or in the office. The anti-slip pad on the base of the wireless charger provides extra traction on smooth or textured furniture surfaces.

To read more about this new stand, visit A.T. Guys today

Interview: Angela Fowler Gliding Eagle Jerky

J.J. sits down with Angela Fowler to discuss how she is taking a product from convention to the convenience store. Angela tells the story of how Gliding Eagle Jerky came about from being a passion shared by her family to something she considered doing as a business. From Braille on the stylish visual packaging to activly hiring people with disabilities, Angela explains how she is approaching her growth plan for the company. She is interested in working with Blind Enterprise Vendors as well. To learn more about the company, or to get a taste of the 3 available flavors, head over to Gliding Eagle on the web

Tip: NFB Newsline

David Ward is back to give us an overview of the popular Amazon alexa Skill designed by the NFB. Hear a demo of a local newspaper in this tip.

Sound Off

A couple of comments from I/O came in on Twitter as we were recording:

KnowledgeableKa: Duplex seems more useful now on the web and I'm looking forward to being able to do multiple tasks continuously without always saying okay Google.

nidza07: The accessibility session was never so bad.

Last Word:

The summer movie season is upon us. However, some movies are fun if they were only in the theater for a short time.
The Joy Of Watching, And Rewatching, Movies So Bad They're Good
Inside KeanuCon, the First Keanu Reeves Film Festival

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Blind Bargains Qast 179: Be My AI

Apr 30, 2019 44:34

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This week finds J.J. on the road, and recording from April's Michigan AER convention. Joe is preparing for his return trip to Starkville to teach A.T. for MSU. And is not totally doing accessibility testing of the recent release of Mortal Kombat 11. Nope, not at all testing the new spoken menus in the game. Er, um, this week is a features format of the BBQ with an interview with Microsoft and Be My Eyes. David Ward joins us for the first time with a submitted tip. Also, there are some new product mentions in-between these two interviews you don't want to miss. Now load your photos into the buffer and join us for BBQ 179.

Interview: Saqib Shaikh, Seeing AI

Shelly didn't get as many chances to utilize the BBQ Suite this year. So, she jumped at the chance to speak to Saqib Shaikh, Software Engineer for Microsoft for the Seeing AI Project, as it let her have a conversation about the new features in Seeing AI 3.0 away from all that crazy Exhibit Hall noise. Tune in to learn more about new features such as the explore the photo option, native iPad support implementation and how you can customize the modes list from within the app. Shelly then demonstrates some of these new features after the interview concludes. To download the app, if you haven't already, visit the iOS App Store page for Microsoft Seeing AI

A.T. Guys New Products

We interviewed WayAround at CSUN '19 and we are proud to say that the popular tags are now available for purchase through the A.T. Guys store. J.J. talks about the various options and packages for Wayaround and a couple of other products. To learn more, and pick up a set of your very own, surff the web to A.T. Guys

Interview: Will Butler and Alexander Hauerslev Jensen Be My Eyes

Joe, Shelly and J.J. all lost one interview from their CSUN 19 recordings. J.J. just so happened to have lost an interview with Will Butler and Alexander Hauerslev Jensen of Be My Eyes. The BBQ has enjoyed a long history with the Be My Eyes team going all the way back to our first episode in 2015. In a strange twist of fate, okay luck may have been on our side here, there is even more news to discuss since our time in Anaheim. The trio covers many aspects about the service's new partnerships with Google and details how they are working in areas of helping users with financial concerns. You may also be intrigued by what is the most common, and even a little odd, requests the Be My Eyes volunteers have been asked over the years. Also, a quick sneak peek at an upcoming feature is revealed towards the end of the interview. To learn more about the latest of what the service has to offer, or to download the app, head on over to the Be My Eyes website

Tip: Amazon Echo Features

David Ward has offered to give us tips about what you can do with the A lady. As a bit of an introduction, we asked that he tell us about his own podcast. If you have an Amazon Alexa enabled app or device nearby then just ask it to "Play the Echo Tips podcast". Or head over to the companion website to download them directly and read the show notes.

next week is up in the air. However, the week after that, there is news from Microsoft Build and Google i/o. Recent rumors and leaks indicate that we will indeed be talking about new hardware. Stay tuned!

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Blind Bargains Qast 178: Smart Beagle

Apr 21, 2019 57:53

Description:

Time for some spring cleaning as the BBQ Crew sweeps out the cobwebs from the studio for an actual, gasp! in-studio recording of a podcast. Karthik Kannan drops by to pull back the studio curtains to shed some light in here, and on what's happening with Envision AI. A tip, "Sound Off" and a non-food-related "Last Word" round out the episode. Don't get too comfortable or we'll ask you to grab a dust pan and join us in cleaning up the place on BBQ 178.

In The News:

The Orbit Reader is Still Available, if You are Willing to Pay a Bit More

Scan documents with Voice Dream Scanner, available now on the iTunes App Store

NVDA 2019.1 sees another update and more from the latest In Process blog post

Hulu has begun some initial testing of Audio Description support for the web version of their service

Detecting Accessibility Events: Apple Wants Websites to Know I m a Screen Reader User, but How About Asking Me First

Apple Shares Information on its New Accessibility Events Feature; Most Notably that it's not Enabled by Default

Interview: Karthik Kannan Envision AI

Karthik Kannan, Cofounder and Chief Engineer of Envision AI, sat down with J.J. to give us an update on what has changed since the 2018 holiday season. First up, the Android app is out of beta and pricing plans are now available. Tune in to learn more, or visit the EnVision AI app
on Google Play, to enjoy a discount during the month of April in celebration of the app exiting beta. The pair also discuss the new features for iOS including a revamped Scan and Find. And you won't want to miss the conversations about free OCR apps in the marketplace or that bit about smart glasses testing. Keep up with everything on now two mobile platforms by visiting the EnVision AI website

Tip: Remove Internet Explorer 11 From Windows

Alas IE, your days are numbered. The classic web browser is reaching the end of its support life cycle. Which means, sadly, keeping it around could be a security risk. You can uninstall it though by following the steps outlined in this article

Sound Off:

Stan Littrell writes in with some Orbit Reader thoughts.

"I listened to your most recent podcast early this morning before I
went off to breakfast. You folks would have enjoyed the cinnamon roll
that I had. The topic that I wish to address is the situation
surrounding the orbit reader and APH. I know that they have taken the
device out of their catalog. I know that Orbit Research is still
selling the unit. I know that there is a dispute with the Transforming
Braille Group. Orbit Research is selling the orbit reader a little
over 100 dollars higher than APH was selling it. I have a feeling
that nobody was quite prepared for the troubles surrounding the
introduction surrounding the unit's introduction. For the record, I
still am enjoying my orbit reader. I don't find the refresh sound
annoying at all. It sort of reminds me of the old teletype sound that
is never heard anymore. A while back Joe was mentioning his problems
with his ID mate. I had a problem whereby mine wouldn't connect to my
WI-FI no matter how I tried. I took my unit to another place to use
another WI-FI set up and got the same results. I know other friends
that have had the same problems. After several hours on the phone
with tech support and pondering the situation I managed to convince
the company that there was a real problem. They ended up handling the
problem even though the unit was out of warranty. I purchased one of
their portable wi-fi routers that made no difference. The bottom line
is that they addressed the problem to my satisfaction and now I'm a
happy galaxy user once again."

Twitter also gave us a few chuckles recently and here are two we mentioned on the show.

"JesseTregarthen: It felt odd to hear @RangerStation reminisce about A and W because up here in Canada we're used to it and often hearing about places you have that we don't."

"ChangelingMx: As a blind person, I haven't known where to pee for 31 years. Thanks to Peeing Eye GPS, this is no longer an issue, and I know where not to set my braille toothbrush."

Last Word:

Aliens and Apples are everywhere in this week's weird wide web offerings
Seth Rogen Was Delighted To Make A Cameo In A Re-Edited Star Wars Trailer
No Software Updates Will Fix Apple's Worst Bug

During the month of April we posted our 700th piece of audio content and celebrated more than 100,000 downloads of that content in less than 90 days. From everyone at the BBQ... we would like to express our thanks for listening, sharing and helping us reach these tremendous milestones!

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Blind Bargains Qast 177: #CSUNATC19 Wrap Up Canes Vs. Swords

Apr 13, 2019 69:27

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It has been an amazing time in Anaheim with tons of interviews now placed on the feed for your downloading pleasure. But we can t put a bow on CSUNATC19 coverage until the BBQ Crew sits down and raps about it during our annual wrap up show. J.J. and Joe are joined by Shelly, Chancy and Ricky in the BBQ Broadcast Suite from the fabulous Anaheim Hilton. The group describes aspects of the convention hotel, the elevators and the new registration process before moving on to their thoughts on the A.T. related highpoints of the event.

Sponsor: American Printing House For The Blind

APH designs innovative learning solutions for people who are blind or visually impaired. They believe in the power of breaking down barriers and creating a future that belongs to everyone. Visit APH on the web to learn more about their products and services.

Discussion Topic: CSUNATC 19

Visit the links below to learn more about the topics covered in our discussion

#CSUNATC19 Audio: Bristol Braille Details The Rotors And Motors Behind The upcoming Launch Of The Canute
#CSUNATC19 Audio: LVI America Is Keeping A Tab On Things
CSUNATC19 Audio: Long Distance Viewing With Longer Lasting Solutions For NorthState AT
The refreshed refreshable Dot Watch and soon to be Dot Keyboard
#CSUNATC19 Audio: Row, Row, Row your Code Jumper
Microsoft Sound Scape Scavenger Hunt Encouraged Us To Actually Go Outside
#CSUNATC19 Audio: Verizon Media Reminds us that Accessibility is Also for Fun and March Madness
Google LookOut released
Be My Eyes Announces New Partnerships
#CSUNATC19 Audio: Computing The Latest Updates To The El Braille With Elita Group
#CSUNATC19 Audio: The San Francisco Lighthouse Blazing New Paths for Tactile Maps
#CSUNATC19 Audio: Framing the Rewarding Future of AIRA with some Help from Bose
#CSUNATC19 Audio: A Transformative Experience For Kiosk Access With AudioEye
#CSUNATC19 Audio: Getting That Familiar Feature Phone Feeling From BlindShell Classic
#CSUN19: VoxiTV Brings Information And Entertainment To The Palm Of Your Hand
#CSUNATC19 Audio: Confident Navigator Addresses A Pressing Need For Public Accommodations

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#CSUNATC19 Sponsored Audio: APH Is Bringing The Community Together To Impact The World At Large

Apr 8, 2019 14:30

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Blind Bargains Qast 175 featured a discussion about the recent Indoor Navigation Symposium, hosted by the American Printing House for the Blind. This kind of event is designed to bring together experts in their respective fields in order to foster collaboration. Craig Meador, president of APH, and Jose Gaztambide, CEO of the newly formed Access Explorer, offer J.J. an opportunity to learn more about how APH is looking to create more partnerships in key areas moving forward. Products like the newly announced Jupiter, the Braille Trail and the new direction for Access Explorer are highlighted as being examples of how APH will drive innovation for future products and services. To learn more about the products mentioned, and so much more, visit the APH website

This Podcast is Sponsored by the American Printing House!

APH designs innovative learning solutions for people who are blind or visually impaired. They believe in the power of breaking down barriers and creating a future that belongs to everyone. Visit APH on the web to learn more about their products and services.

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#CSUNATC19 Audio: LS&S Would Like To Report A U.F.O. Sighting Over Anaheim

Apr 6, 2019 13:48

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Each year s tour of the LS&S booth offers a massive information dump on the new and incredible products making their public debut. Jason Neeland, Senior Account Manager for LS&S, brings J.J. along on a closer look at a few of the newest offerings. The pair discuss a high tech pill bottle called the I Remember, the FDK Arm Blood Pressure Unit, an Atomic Talking Keychain, a new Adjustable Liquid Level Indicator, the newly revised Ti 30XS Talking Scientific Calculator and you will just have to investigate what exactly is the mysterious U.F.O. hovering over CSUN. But that s not all, to find out what else is available, visit the LS&S website

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#CSUNATC19 Audio: A Deeper Dive Into The Process Of Updates And NV Access

Apr 5, 2019 33:16

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The Blind Bargains Suite almost needed an adjoining room to fit all the participants from NV Access involved with this interview. Mick Curran (Executive Director and founder), James Boreham (General Manager), Reef Turner (Developer and Quentin Christensen (Training & Support Manager take J.J. on a whirlwind tour of the newest features of NVDA. braille display auto detection, enhanced support for Office 365 through UI Automation and the ability to use the Windows 10 One Core voices are highlighted at the top of this discussion. The conversation then turns to a more candid look at how the move away from Python 2 will impact add on makers, the challenges in supporting older operating systems and how a more rapid release schedule can be a double edged sword. The team also talks about their view on competition in the market and detail which synthesizer is the most popular amongst the program s users. please be sure to donate, or purchase the training materials mentioned, as it keeps the lights on, but it additionally allows the team to come and network at events like CSUN. To learn more, or to read the In Process blog, visit the NV Access website

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#CSUNATC19 Audio: Long Distance Viewing With Longer Lasting Solutions For NorthState AT

Apr 5, 2019 10:17

Description:

Some traditions are hard to break. And even though we are not in San Diego any longer, Joe still managed to find Cory Hanosh , President of NorthState Assistive Technology, to see what was new at their booth. The company has shown off portable magnification before on larger Android tablets, and a product sporting a Lenovo computer, so it comes as no surprise that the latest Video Magnifier uses a Surface Pro for its display. The Revo2Go-WIN All-in-one Portable Magnifier, Windows 10 Tablet and OCR, provides near and far distance viewing in a form that is more suited for the Education and traveling professional. To learn more about this new device, and read up on the iPad based iGo Pro 12.9, visit [the NorthState AT website](http://northstateat.com/ )

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#CSUNATC19 Audio: Feel Books And More With Feelif

Apr 4, 2019 08:20

Description:

Books can be so boring just sitting there and not responding to your touch or swipes. It would be so cool if you could tactually interact with them somehow. Well, Rebecca Zerovnik, Business Developer for Feelif, gives Shelly an opportunity to do just that with the many products the company is hoping to bring to the U.S. soon. Each device utilizes a Samsung phone or tablet, with a tactile overlay, to give a user the ability to learn more about pictures and text through haptics and sound. The company's apps provide access to games, books, object identification in pictures and more. While not available in the U.S. just yet, the products mentioned can be shipped from the EU. To learn more about the product range, visit the Feelif website

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#CSUNATC19 Audio: Row, Row, Row your Code Jumper

Apr 3, 2019 32:31

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I'm not going to lie. The interview I was looking forward to the most in Anaheim was with the American Printing House's Director of Sales Dave Wilkinson, who promised that I could play with toys and maybe learn a thing or two. Code Jumper is a completely hands-on tool to teach basic coding concepts to kids and even adults through the use of interactive audio pods. We get an extended hands-on in this podcast where we try to fix things, and then proceed to break them again. We also talk about other products in the APH Innovations line including the HumanWare Braille Trail, Freedom Scientific's Jupiter Video Magnifier, the Sunu Band from Sunu, and the TactPlus Printer from Kanematsu. You can check out the new and being improved APH website to learn more about these and many other products from the company.

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#CSUNATC19 Audio: Sweet Unlimited Access To Your Docs And More With Grackle

Apr 2, 2019 05:58

Description:

It would be so cool if you could click a button and run one batch scan on a big old G Drive full of documents to check them for accessibility issues would it not? Well oddly enough Jeff Mills, one of the Co-Founders of Grackle, tells Joe that the company is working towards this very thing in an upcoming release of the product. And he notes that the new unlimited plan is active now. To learn more about this plan, and see more about the product in beta, visit the Grackle Docs website

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#CSUNATC19 Audio: Modern Embossing With BrailleBox And Index Braille

Apr 2, 2019 04:50

Description:

Checking an embossing job and editing Braille from your phone sounds like science fiction, however in this interview, you will learn that these features exist today. Bjorn Lofstedt, Owner & CEO of Index Braille, provides J.J. with information about the BrailleBox and what s new for the v5 embosser line. To learn more, and to check out the other products not mentioned in this interview, visit the Index Braille website

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Blind Bargains Extra 176: Electrolytic Hipster Lunch Basket

Apr 1, 2019 76:18

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Hi, how was your summer? See any good movies? TV? Read any books? So, yeah its been a while since our last episode. This little thing we try to avoid called real life got in the way. And we are really really sorry that happened. We are happy to be back on track with our little podcast and we are in no way recycling show notes from Episode Number 9, Number 9, number .. er um 9 a lot. The RockStar and Ranger are back with a new victim, seems HR won't let us call them that anymore, 3rd Chair and we think he crushed it his first time out. We meant the actual chair, but he was pretty good on the show too. Plus, we welcomed Popinjay to the format in style with a bunch of food we didn't have to eat, there is some talk about music during "In The Nexus" and a new homework assignment for "Between The Covers". Patrick and Spheres have a few surprises in store as well for this Extra end of the line episode.

In The Nexus: Misunderstood Lyrics, Meanings And Urban Legends

We take a page from our first episode and revisit how people get music wrong when it comes to what the artist intended. That is, if they made their intent clear afterall. One could make the case that Phill Collins has been leaving clues in his songs about his mindset all along.

15 Songs With Misunderstood Meanings
One I Love Karaoke Track
Summer of 69 Karaoke Track
Closing Time Karaoke Track
Rolling Stone Reader's Poll: The 10 Best Phill Collins Songs
Phill Collins Song Meanings
Phil Collins Lyrics
Do You Know Or Do You Care Demo
I can't dance cover
Phill Collins Adds Dates To His 2019 "Not Dead Yet" Tour
Peter Gabriel Street Smart, Fade Out Cover
Peter Gabriel - And I'll Scratch Yours Album Sampler

What'cha Been Consumin?

We admit that we all suffer from "The Anxiety of Nerd FOMO" to some degree around here. However, for now, here is what the trio have been adding to their daily intakes currently.

Ranger:

From A Certain Point Of View: Star Wars Audio Book
Voltron on Netflix
Muse - Simulation Therey

RockStar:

Run Away, Harlan Coben
The Magicians on Netflix
Tazo Sweet Cinnamon Spice Herbal Tea

Popinjay:

Audible Now Offers Free Audio Newspaper Digests for Prime Members
The Beautiful Game by Vulfpeck on Spotify
Mobituaries podcast
Nature Valley Granola Cups Almond Butter

Between The Covers:

Previous assignment: Name of the Wind
Current Assignment:
The Calculating Stars, Mary Robinette Kowal

The Mastication Exploration

We sent this month's third chair a random box full of things that are, at least technically, classified as edible. Here are the noms that Popinjay was subjected to this time around. Notice that neither Ranger nor the Rock Star volunteered to experiment along with him, leaving him to explore the below items alone.

V8 Plus Energy Sparkling Kiwi Melon Juice

Trident Dragon Fruit Lychee Sugar Free Gum
Haribo Sour Gold Bears
Twizzlers Sweet & Sour Filled Licorice Candy Bites
Gatorade Lime Cucumber Sports Drink
Annie Chun's Sesame Seaweed Chips
Harvest Snaps Snapea Wasabi Ranch Flavored Green Pea Crisps

Quotes And Mentions

The Californians
Earworm: Gated Reverb
Ozzy Osbourne "Staying Alive
Toto Hash Pipe
Star Wars : From a Certain Point of View #1 Audiobook
Dreamworkss Voltron: Legendary Defender theme
The Magicians: Main Theme - Will Bates (Score)
Squidbillies On Adult Swim
Misophonia
Family Guy Message In Cereal
Grand list of Fantasy Cliches
You have failed this city

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#CSUNATC19 Audio: Confident Navigator Addresses A Pressing Need For Public Accommodations

Mar 31, 2019 08:36

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Public travel can be daunting for many people. And it is easy to take some aspects of common activities for granted. Tarah Ornelas, Joe Ornelas, and Brandon Kley, ALL Cofounders of Confident Navigator, discuss with J.J. the challenges that come from providing this service in a public space. To learn more, visit the Confident Navigator website

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#CSUNATC19 Audio: Hey Google, Tell Me About IrisVision Live

Mar 30, 2019 12:24

Description:

The CSUN Exhibit Hall contains many Video Magnification products that might look the same at first glance. Tom Perski, Vice President of Professional and Consumer Outreach for IrisVision Global, explains to Shelly what sets IrisVision apart from others in the field. Samsung driven hardware, voice control and the Google Assistant are all features of the IrisVision Live platform. And these same features are available as upgrades for existing users of the product. To learn more, visit the IrisVision website

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#CSUNATC19 Audio: Low Tech And High Tech Magnification Solutions Enhance Your View At Eschenbach

Mar 29, 2019 06:38

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Shelly and Joe have been using Eschenbach products for a very long time. As noted in this interview, the durable products hold up well and they can be great allies in the needs for daily reading tasks. Joseph Buttazzoni, West Region Sales manager for Eschenbach, provides a look at the company s latest entry into electronic magnification with the Visolux Digital XL portable video magnifier and its accessories. The interview also contains some information about the newest process for how the company creates traditional low vision aids. To learn more, and to see a full range of products, visit the Eschenbach website

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#CSUNATC19 Audio: Computing The Latest Updates To The El Braille With Elita Group

Mar 29, 2019 12:27

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Each year we manage to catch up with Adi Kushnir, of the Elita Group, to learn what changes have come to their Windows based notetaker platform. Much has changed since the 4th generation Focus Driven Units from last year and J.J. gets his hands on an ElBraille using a 5th gen Focus in this overview of the ElBraille 40. Pricing, specs and a U.S. release date are all mentioned here and to learn more visit the Elita Group website

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#CSUNATC19 Audio: Taking Your Tablet To New Places With Patriot Vision

Mar 28, 2019 10:20

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Shelly had a chance to reconnect with Charles Palmer of Patriot Vision to learn about their new iPad based Patriot Pro 12.9. The unit, with its stand and laptop case, is 8 pounds and it also sports an iOS app that has been two years in the making for providing Video Magnification. The software is Voiceover aware and will change the product s user interface if it detects that it is active. Therefore, icons for features like zoom and OCR options will appear if Voiceover is in use. If not, the device will rely on a user to perform hand based gestures for navigation of text and magnification. To learn more about this new Video magnifier, or review other products like the wearable Viewpoint headset, visit the Patriot Vision website

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#CSUNATC19 Audio: Learning Core Skills Through Gaming And Objective Ed

Mar 27, 2019 14:10

Description:

Games can be fun, but when used in the right venue, they can be educational as well. Marty Schultz, Founder of Blindfold Games and Co-Founder of Objective Ed, traveled to CSUN to receive the Touch of Genius award
From National Braille Press for his work in providing new game based tools for Education. In this interview Marty tells Shelly the inspiration for Objective Ed and how it grew out of the success of Blindfold Games. He outlines the concepts behind the skill training aspects of some of the game s mechanics while noting that he hopes the ability to customize the program might lead to teachers creating a repository of lessons for students. Visit the Objective Ed website to learn more about this project And fans of Marty s Blindfold Games work should keep reading that site
too as new games are on the horizon.

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#CSUNATC19 Audio: Screen Sharing In The Classroom Has A New Friend With Overflow Biz and Flowy

Mar 27, 2019 05:56

Description:

The CSUN Exhibit Hall can give you glimpses into the future with moonshots, prototypes and emerging products. Sam Kim, CEO of Overflow Biz, Inc., gave Shelly a first look at an iOS app that just recently arrived on the App Store. Flowy allows for a teacher to screen share content onto an iOS device. From there, and the same features are coming to the PC and Mac versions of the product, a student can magnify or alter the visual aspects of the content being shared. Site based subscription models are being finalized now, however, an individual student license is said to b $4.99. You can learn more about the app by visiting Flowy in the App Store
And by taking a look at the Overflow Biz, Inc. website

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#CSUNATC19 Audio: T-Base Communications Puts Accessible Textbooks On The Fast Track

Mar 26, 2019 06:05

Description:

Producing large amounts of accessible documentation for Fortune 500 companies can take a lot of resources. However, once you have created processes to perform to that scale, you can then move towards providing materials to the Education market. Joe spoke to Lucy Morrissey, Marketing Manager for T-Base Communications, about their new Fast Track program and how it can create accessible textbooks. The company uses some machine learning, along with humans as well, to produce these books for many levels of Education. To learn more about the company, and to see how your organization can benefit from their services, visit the T-Base Communications website

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#CSUNATC19 Audio: LVI America Is Keeping A Tab On Things

Mar 26, 2019 09:41

Description:

20 years ago, if one were to describe a Video Magnifier as being portable , you would have needed to drag a device over 30 pounds behind you in a little red wagon to move it from place to place. Now a portable Video Magnifier can fold down in seconds and weigh as much as a fully loaded laptop. Charlie Collins, Sales Director for LVI America, shows Shelly the new Surface Pro based ML Tab that will be launching soon. To learn more about this tablet based solution, or to find out more about the other Video Magnifiers offered, visit the [LVI America website](https://lviamerica.com/ website)

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#CSUNATC19 Audio: Getting That Familiar Feature Phone Feeling From BlindShell Classic

Mar 26, 2019 07:13

Description:

Not everyone enjoys the thick slabs of glass that came with the Smartphone Revolution. Some out there would prefer to hold a candy bar styled phone with, gasp! physical buttons. Sam Seavey, Consultant for BlindShell, explains to J.J. that a person doesn't have to give up modern features when considering the purchase of a Feature Phone. The upcoming launch of the BlindShell Classic, an Android based phone now heading to the U.S., contains on board speech and a high contrast display. To learn more about this new phone, and see when it arrives to your phone provider of choice, visit the BlindShell Classic website

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#CSUNATC19 Audio: Access At 210mph With MyEye 2 And Orcam

Mar 25, 2019 07:37

Description:

We have to be honest and say if you place a motorcycle in your booth, you may possibly get our attention for an interview. Shelly opens this segment by speaking to Dan Parker, OrCam user and self-professed Fastest Blind Man , about his specially designed audio detection system and how it allowed him to drive incredibly fast on the Bonneville Salt Flats circuit. We then switch gears and turn to Bryan Wolynski, Consultant for OrCam, to learn about the new MyEye 2 app for iOS. This recently released free app works with the latest OrCam to allow greater control of settings, Bluetooth audio connection and identify the unit s battery status. We also learn a bit more about the unit s voice control functionality and various pricing for the hardware options available in the OrCam line. Visit the App Store page for the MyEye 2 app and visit the OrCam website to learn more about various available solutions

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#CSUNATC19 Audio: A Transformative Experience For Kiosk Access With AudioEye

Mar 25, 2019 18:53

Description:

Self service options have been gaining momentum beyond the gas pump and the grocery lines. McDonald s, and others in the Food Service industry, have been exploring Cashierless payment alternatives such as those involving the use of Kiosks for general user transactions. AudioEye s Dan Sullivan, Vice President of Sales, and Mark Maker, CTO, discuss with Joe some of the challenges that can come with moving to these kinds of payment platforms and how AudioEye is leveraging their existing technology to meet those challenges. To learn more about where the company is going in the future, or to inquire about their web access solutions, visit the AudioEye website

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#CSUNATC19 Audio: Bristol Braille Details The Rotors And Motors Behind The upcoming Launch Of The Canute

Mar 25, 2019 14:32

Description:

We have been covering the development of the Canute multi-line braille reader for a few years as it moves towards its anticipated release. Thankfully, as you will find below, the unit is now heading towards an initial production run with a launch for later this year. Ed Rogers, Managing Director of Bristol Braille Technology, and Dave Williams, Chair of the Braillists Foundation, look back at the Canute s journey to market and summarize some under the hood changes to the device that have occurred since we last spoke to the duo. J.J. also gathers some observations on Bristol Braill s recent win of the NBP Touch of Genius award and how it impacted their work in this critical launch phase of the project. To learn more about the release of the Canute, and to see information about launch partners, visit the Bristol Braille website

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#CSUNATC19 Audio: VoxiTV Brings Information And Entertainment To The Palm Of Your Hand

Mar 24, 2019 12:40

Description:

Long time readers, and listeners, know that the BBQ Crew has some complicated audio and visual setups when it comes to consuming content on the web. But not everyone wants to go to that extreme. That's why J.J. took a moment to speak with Fabien Jeannau, Founder and CEO of Voxiweb, about the upcoming U.S. launch of VoxiTV. The product can be purchased as a set top box, with remote, or as stand alone software for a tablet. The easy to use menu driven interface contains more than 75 services broken down into 8 categories. J.J. takes a tour of the set top box itself, describes the included remote and learns about some of the connection options that are available for that version of the service. For more information, keep watching the Inside Vision U.S. website for details about pricing and launch specifics

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#CSUNATC19 Audio: TrySight Focuses On Mainstream Displays For Their Approach To Video Magnification

Mar 23, 2019 06:26

Description:

It might seem like a novel approach to take off the shelf technology and adapt it to the needs of others, however, CSUN has been known for companies transforming the every day product into that of A.T. for decades. Substitute a Sony Camcorder for an iPad Pro 13 inch, or a Samsung VR, and you will find that the process of the past isn t all that different from the current forms Video Magnification can take. Shelly spoke to Namita Joshi of TrySight Canada - Low Vision Solutions, about two of their currently shipping products that use iPads and Samsung VR display solutions. The iPad option uses a fold up stand for easy to carry travel concerns. And the VR headset can be operated by voice control for hands free use. If you would like to learn more about these products, and others in their line, visit the TrySight Canada website
https://www.trysight.com/

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#CSUNATC19 Audio: Crafting The Future Of Identification With WayAround

Mar 22, 2019 09:48

Description:

The CSUN Exhibit Halls aren't always the places where you can find technology news. Sometimes they can be in the coffee shop, the line for pizza or even the lobby area of the Anaheim Marriot. J.J. caught up with Jessica Hipp, COO of WayAround, and Neva Fairchild of the AFB Center On Vision Loss in Dallas, in one of the quieter spaces at the hotel to talk about WayAround. In this conversation the pair talk about how the system is using tags for identification of materials and indoor navigation. For example, you can use WayAround to aid you in gardening, crafts and identifying specific products and objects in your home. Listen in as Jessica describes the differences between the iOS and Android versions of the app. And how you can enhance your experience with the WayLink. For more information about WayAround, you can listen to our coverage from ACB 2018
Or visit their website
Directly. And, full disclosure, the product is also available from our sister site A.T. Guys

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#CSUNATC19 Audio: Brains, Trains And Drains With Touch Graphics

Mar 22, 2019 12:07

Description:

Last year, in San Diego, Shelly and J.J. had a chance to try a perceptible snack
on the Exhibit Hall floor. In what might be the wildest follow up interview for this year, Shelly was able to touch a wide assortment of non candy related items thanks to Steve Landau and Lindsay Yazzolino of Touch Graphics. Shelly demonstrates a working prototype of a talking tactile brain that has been created for Maryland s National Museum Of Health and Medicine. She also learns about subway cars and well, you have to take a look at what else she discovered in order to understand the title of this interview. For more information about tactile design, visit the Touch Graphics website

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#CSUNATC19 Audio: The San Francisco Lighthouse Blazing New Paths for Tactile Maps

Mar 21, 2019 10:22

Description:

The Tactile Maps Automated Production project isn't new, but it has taken on new legs since the San Francisco Lighthouse took over the project and started work to add new features to make the maps more versatile. J.J. talks to Scott Blanks, Senior Director of Programs for the Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired in San Francisco, to learn about the latest features with the TMAP project including representation of building shapes and pedestrian paths, and how to order a map for yourself.

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#CSUNATC19 Audio: Framing the Rewarding Future of AIRA with some Help from Bose

Mar 20, 2019 11:56

Description:

Bose Frames were a widely talked about item at CSUN, and one with significant accessibility potential. AIRA is one company jumping on the augmented audio reality bandwagon in a big way and Greg Stilson, Aira's Director of Product Management, joins Joe to talk all about it. They also explore free trials and a huge award win at SXSW. Learn more about Aira at their website.

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#CSUNATC19 Audio: Meet the Author of the Blind Bargains Web Player

Mar 19, 2019 19:02

Description:

We often get asked about the origins of the Blind Bargains web player, so rather than us talk about it, we went straight to the source. J.J. speaks with Terrill Thompson, Technology Accessibility Specialist at the University of Washington, to learn about the development of Able Player including some of the advanced techniques used for creating accessible videos including audio-described content. The player is free to use for your website and also works with YouTube videos.
Terrill also hosts an annual accessible NCAA tournament bracket which you can fill out and use to follow the tournament and compete against your friends.

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#CSUNATC19 Audio: Verizon Media Reminds us that Accessibility is Also for Fun and March Madness

Mar 18, 2019 13:46

Description:

You may not have heard of Verizon Media but you may recognize some of the properties that they work on including Yahoo! Sports, Yahoo! Fantasy Football and Yahoo! Finance.
J.J. talks to Mike Shebanek, Head of Accessibility at Verizon Media to learn how you can win $1,000,000 and other prizes by filling out an accessible NCAA tournament bracket and about other accessibility initiatives at the company.

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Blind Bargains Qast 175: Accessibility With An Asterisk

Mar 13, 2019 56:46

Description:

J.J. is already on the road, and Joe is sitting on his still not yet packed, empty suitcase, during the recording of this show. The pair share their thoughts on some news and rumors making the rounds. J.J. also provides us with some stories, plus a few audio clips. from his time in Kentucky at the Indoor Navigation Symposium. No tip this week, however, we have plenty of "Sound Off" and the "Last Word" has your next date night planned. So, pack a blue tooth brush for this one foot out the door BBQ.

In The Pre-CSUN News:

Check Your Mailbox, Your Inbox And Even Your Spam Folder Because The Library of Congress Wants to Hear from You!

I.D. Mate Galaxy Brings Battery Status Fixes And More In The Latest Update

The NFB Tech Team Reviews The Braille Me

NV Access Talks Beta And More In the Latest Blog Post

VoiceDream Opens Up A Test Flight Beta For iOS And New OCR Functionality

CSUNATC19: The 10 Year Challenge For Product Diversity In A.T.

Nearby Explorer Turns A Corner To Become Access Explorer

Demonstration: Indoor Navigation With Bluetooth Beacons

J.J. attended the recent Indoor Navigation Symposium in Louisville Kentucky. While there, he had a chance to experience navigation through Bluetooth beacons. Hear J.J. take us on a trip through the Louisville Airport and the conference hotel.

Sound Off:

Rob Armstrong was one of many who reached out to us about episode 174.

If Joe and Rickie s GE washer and dryer have an Ethernet port designed for a technician to diagnose a problem, then the talking box described in the link below should make the machines accessible without having to use Google Home or Alexa. I do not have this talking box, but I expect to seriously evaluate it when I replace my current washer and dryer.

I also live in Charlotte NC. Which Home Depot did you find the sales guy who really understood your requirements for accessible laundry appliances?

Rob Armstrong"

Thanks Rob for reminding us about the module. We aren't sure if the 755c works with the module the same as the 750 model, however, it is good to know that this may be an option one day. For others, here is the link to the First Build GE Talking Laundry Module page

Here is another piece of 174 feedback sent in by Harry Brown. BBQ Bytes isn't a one off kind of show. But it won't be our so-called "regular format" moving forward either. We're just trying on various types of shoes because some days we need a sneaker and other days it might be a Penny Loafer. Okay, J.J. may have never worn a pair of those but you get the idea.

"Hi JJ and all,

I want to thank you very very much, for the new format, beginning with
174! It's so nice, just to focus on 1 topic per show, because that way,
the listener doesn't have to listen through a long show, just to get to
the topic that the listener is interested in!!!

I love the new way you're doing the show, keep it up!!!

take care,

Harry"

Beth Taurasi was kind enough to share an amazing email that she received from CBS about CBS All Access, "Star Trek Discovery" and audio description.

"Hi all,
Just wanted you guys to know that CBS has been outstanding in their reply to me earlier. I wrote them concerning Star Trek s description availability, and so far, TV only, but they re working on getting the All Access and Netflix things. I hope this happens.

Beth

Sent from my iPhone"

Begin forwarded message:

On Wed, Feb 13, 2019 at 3:50 PM Turits, Mark J wrote:

"Dear Beth,

Thank you for contacting CBS regarding video description for our CBS All Access streaming service, and in particular the CBS All Access original, Star Trek: Discovery.

CBS is very proud of our long-standing commitment to video description. Since 2002, the CBS Television Network has continuously provided video description for our blind and visually impaired consumers, including the 10 year period from 2002 to 2012 when CBS did so on a completely voluntary basis. In 2012 the FCC reinstated regulations which mandated that CBS, and certain other broadcasters provide video described programming. CBS is proud to have been an industry leader and innovator in the voluntary provision of video description and is 100% compliant with the reinstated FCC regulations.

On July 1, 2018, the FCC further increased the required amount of video described programming from 50 hours per calendar quarter (about 4 hours per week) up to 87.5 hours per calendar quarter (about 7 hours per week). CBS voluntarily exceeds this requirement with over 100 hours of video described programming on CBS per calendar quarter.

As our historical commitment shows, please be assured that CBS continues to take video description very seriously and we are actively working to make it technically possible for our CBS All Access streaming service. It has, however, proven very difficult to do since our content distribution system is much more complex and differs greatly from that of Netflix...but we are getting there!

Sincerely,
Mark

Mark Turits
Vice President, Captioning and Video Description
CBS Television Network"

Jim Denham provides us with some geolocation news about a previous "Last Word" article.

"Hey guys:

In the, Isn't it Ironic category. According to The Take-Out, The top
burger from Steak 'N Shake is a buttery Wisconsin Burger. Ironically,
there are no Steak 'N Shake restaurants here in Wisconsin!
Yes, we have Culver's, but, just not quite the same!
Your food segments always make me crave things which I can't get.
Thanks guys!
Keep up the great shows!"

Last Word:

Dinner and a movie for this episode's final segment.
Kansas couple has ordered nearly the same Texas Roadhouse meal 6 days a week for 15 years
Audio Described Avengers Assemble! Catch Up On Your Marvel Cinematic Universe Movies Before Avengers: End Game

Programming Note:

And now we are off to California for the 34th annual CSUN Conference. We will have transcriptions once again, thanks to our sponsor AFB AccessWorld, which means that interviews could start landing in your feed towards the latter portion of March. Depending on how much audio we nab, and the release of the CSUN Wrap Up Show, we won't be back in the studios until April.

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Blind Bargains Qast 174: Rick And Morty Laundry Adventures

Mar 1, 2019 30:12

Description:

Welcome to our first installment of BBQ Bites (spelling under construction.) It's a new show format that we are taking out for a test spin. In these smaller length podcasts you will find a deeper dive into a subject than we would usually do on our so-called traditional format episodes. On this maiden voyage of BBQB (acronym under construction(, Ricky
and Joe discuss the process they undertook to find a new washer and dryer. The pair talk about what they discovered when trying to find a more Blind-friendly control panel, the fun they had adding their new laundry devices to their Wi-Fi network and then hear a demo of the washer and dryer connected through their Google home.

Here are some links to resources mentioned in this episode.

GE 755c 4.9 Washer from Home Depo

GE s WiFi Connect page

U+Connect Google Action

Geneva Home Google Action

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Blind Bargains Qast 173: Alien Probing Cane

Feb 18, 2019 72:49

Description:

J.J. is back from Orlando with the interview that got away from him at ATIA, Bardo Hoffmann Of VisioBraille. We also have a product review in "Sound Off", a ton of news along with a couple of Joe's tweets that influenced a Windows Tip and J.J.'s contribution to the "Last Word". Make a good pot of coffee, or tea, because this one will last more than a simple cup full of content.

Programming Note:

Everyone at the Blind Bargains Qast was shocked and devastated by the news of the recent passing of Rachel Olivero
in January. We're still processing this tremendous loss to our community and we join many others out there in our offering of condolences to her family, friends and fellow NFB members. Rachel
left us with lots of memories and information. But it is her friendship outside of A.T. that we will miss the most. Both Joe and J.J. tell their respective favorite stories about Rachel during this portion of the podcast. And we are sure it will not be the last time we think of her this year on the show.

In The News:

United States Ratifies Marrakesh Treaty to Increase Access to Works for the Visually Impaired

Microsoft helps Blind/VI children to develop an interest in coding from a young age with Code jumper

New Cane and Guide Dog Emojis Coming in 2019, We Asked Aira to Describe what They Look Like

Future of GoldGun: Production discontinued

Crowd funding of the week, AppA11y is attempting to port dice world to Alexa, and they need your help

Jupiter Ascending For APH and portable magnification

QRead Version 3.21 Released, including improved heading navigation, improved goodreads search, and more

Announcing Scripts for the Zoom Conferencing Platform - Professional Edition.

Resources for accessing and using Google Suite with a screen reader

And don't forget about our friends at Mystic Access and their Google Suite of Products Audio Tutorial

Catch the archive of the Microsoft Accessibility Narrator 101 webinar

"Tech It Out" for January focused on Audio Identification and Visual Interpreter Services

Interview: Bardo Hoffmann Of VisioBraille

Starting a company is a hard thing to do. Restarting one is monumentally harder. In this interview Bardo Hoffmann, Managing Director for VisioBraille Sales, provides an overview of what happened to Baum in 2018 and a look at the roadmap of what they have planned for the first four months of 2019. Listen in as J.J. inquires about future for distribution, repair and updates to new and existing products. And be sure to visit the VisioBraille website
to keep up with news and announcements from this year s CSUN and SightCity.

Tip: Windows X

Depending on the screen reader you use, when reading that heading above, you might think our tip was about the Windows 10 operating system. Except the combination of pressing the Windows Key plus the letter X has been around for some time. And it isn't really a power user thing like this article
suggests either. Try it for yourself and hear how you can navigate Windows faster for some common tasks.

Sound Off:

True story, Joe heard about the Bose Frames from an ad while listening to Tune In Radio and then moments later Jywanza sent in this review...

"Hello guys,
I am writing to let you know about my latest purchase. I went to the
Bose website looking to buy a replacement cable for my Bose headphones
and came across Bose Frames. I read about Bose Frames and went the
next day to my local Bose store to purchase them.

Bose Frames are Bluetooth audio sunglasses. From the Bose website:
"Bose Frames have Miniaturized Bose speakers precisely positioned to
direct sound at you and away from everyone else. Nothing in or on your
ears. It's a new way to listen. One that leaves you free to hear and
interact with the world around you, all while discreetly listening to
music."

There are two styles of Bose Frames. Alto and Rondo. Alto are larger
and has the classic sunglasses shape while Rondo have rounded lenses
and a slightly smaller fit. Bose Frames cost $199.95.
I have had my Bose Frames Alto for several weeks and here is what I think:

Pros
Audio - The Miniaturized Bose speakers are at each temple and the
audio quality is outstanding.

Audio spillage - No one but you hear the audio. Only if your device
is at the highest volume, some spillage may occur.

Stylish - My sighted friends have all commented that they look good.

Comfortable - The Bose Frames Alto are as comfortable if not more
comfortable than some of my designer sunglasses.

Quality material - The Bose Frames don't feel cheap and the lenses
are scratch resistant.

Integrated microphone - Able to make and answer phone calls and launch Siri.

Cons
Battery life - The battery last only 3.5 hours but I have gotten up to
4.5 hours.

Volume control - There is not a volume control on the Bose Frames.
The volume can only be controlled from the device it is paired with.

Proprietary cable - Bose Frames uses a proprietary cable to charge
them and the cable is not that long.

There is much more I haven't mentioned but I believe I have mentioned
the basics. I am happy with my purchase. I am especially looking
forward to use them during meeting to review materials or to use them
to read a menu without having anything in or on my ears. BTW, on a
different note, when I purchased my Bose Frames from the Bose store,
the sales associate informed me that Bose will be closing their stores
in smaller cities."

ilyaru's comment from our ATIA BraiBook interview
sparked possible reasons and actual use case suggestions debate from J.J. and Joe.

"this device is too expensive. in my opinion, it should cost around 50$. you get only 1 braille cell. I don't think someone would buy it for such a price. the idea of one cell is really not practical."

cw's comments from our Braille Note Touch Plus article]
echoed with what many of you told us on social media.

"Looks interesting. Wish I could afford it, but the price is too high for me. I am happy that they updated the hardware and software to something that is currently acceptable, but the price of upgrade from the first BrailleNote touch to this one is a bit high. Kind of highlights the strengths and weakness in my few. The main strength, mind you, is the main stream OS with the keysoft UI, but that is also the weakness. Another weakness is the major upgrade costs of the hardware, but the hardware, in this case, makes the BrailleNote touch stand out. Yes, I wish I had one, but I cannot justify nor afford the price at this time. If I had a good reason to have this instead of the android phones on the market, I might be tempted to set up a go fund me page, but my IPhone is pretty much meeting my on the go needs, and my old pacmate still works reasonably well for writing stuff down (surprisingly). As a side note, you think people would take my desire for a display for my IPhone as a good enough reason? LOL. Just kidding. Yes, I enjoy playing around with tech. Just not good at programming said tech mind you. Yes, the PACmate kind of burned me on main stream Oss when it comes to blind tech. If you remember, the PACmate sort of faded away when MS went to windows phone 7. Now days, mS is out of making the mobile os business. Now days, OS updates on mobile devices seem to be coming a lot faster too. So, forgive me for not suggesting people to go to the braille note touch first. I pretty much suggest that people to see if a smart phone with a braille display would be good enough first unless there is needs that the smart phones of today cannot meet. Education is one said need per say. Of course, not to many ask."

Last Word:

Fear and food make up the strange goings on of the web this week.
The Spectacular Failure of the World's Only Hard Rock Theme Park
Every Steak 'n Shake burger, ranked

Next week is up in the air as our interview is still unconfirmed. However, can you believe we are less than a month away from CSUN? Nope, neither can we!

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#ATIA19 Audio: Command Multiple Devices With The HIMS QBraille XL

Feb 14, 2019 10:51

Description:

At ACB 2018 we caught up with Jenny Axler to learn about the debut of the QBraille XL. The hybrid device is now shipping and on display at ATIA19. J.J. caught up with Damion Pickering and Earl Harrison of HIMS, to talk about how the QWERTY keyboard Braille display has changed since its summer splash onto the A.T. scene. If you would like to find out more about the unit s features, or discover what else is happening at HIMS, visit their website

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#ATIA19 Audio: Aces Are Hight For The Acesight And Zoomax

Feb 14, 2019 08:50

Description:

David Bradburn, President of Zoomax USA, on BBQ 153
Provided us with some details about a new product coming to the wearable video magnifier line. He also amazed us with stories of his gastronomy adventures from his travels around the world. Now, from the ATIA Exhibit Hall floor in Orlando, David gives J.J. an update and launch specifics regarding the newly renamed Acesight. But sadly, there was no time to discuss the finer points of convention cuisine. To learn more about this new unit, visit the Acesight website

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#ATIA19 Audio: Humanware Pulls Back The Curtain On Their Reveal 16 Video Magnifier

Feb 13, 2019 12:17

Description:

We speculated in BBQ 172 about the features of Humanware s newest Video Magnifier with the idea that we would learn more when J.J. traveled to ATIA. Enter Eric Beauchamp , Product Manager For Low Vision Devices, who stepped into the Humanware suite with all the info about the new Reveal 16 and then some. Hear how the unit folds down, the battery life and the operating system in this interview. Then go back to our previous episode and see if we guessed right. To order the Reveal 16, or to learn more about Humanware's Low Vision line of products, head over to the company's website

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#ATIA19 Audio: IRIE-AT Is Totally Your Braille Buddy When It Comes To Phones And Video Magnifiers?

Feb 12, 2019 14:37

Description:

The cool thing about ATIA is that you can sometimes get an early look at an upcoming product before it arrives at the summer shows. Jeff Gardner, CEO of IRIE-AT, gave J.J. a look at a prototype video magnifier called the Read Easy Evolve. Hear a description of the unit and then a live demo from the Exhibit Hall floor. The conversation then moves toward Braille as Jeff gives an overview of the Braille Buddy embosser and provides some information about accessible phones. And that is just scratching the surface of the products being displayed at ATIA. To learn more about the products mentioned in this interview, and so much more, head over to the IRIE-A.T. website

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#ATIA19 Audio: Becoming Modern With Microsoft And Low Vision Access In Windows

Feb 11, 2019 19:39

Description:

Microsoft has been steadily adding features and enhancements to Windows 10 over the course of a series of Spring and Fall updates. Braille support, speech during the installation process and having the ability to use Narrator in safe mode are just some of the accomplishments the Accessibility Teams at Microsoft have brought to the operating system. Jason Grieves, Product Manager Low Vision Windows Accessibility, had a moment at ATIA to chat with J.J. about how the company is now providing that same focus for Windows Magnifier. Jason outlines features coming to magnifier in the Spring Update that include enhancements to pointers, centralized focus and how users can do more with Narrator and Magnifier running together. To stay up to date with everything going on with access at Microsoft, and to attend their new webinar series, follow Microsoft Access on Twitter

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#ATIA19 Audio: There Is More Described And Captioned Media Out There Thanks To The DCMP

Feb 11, 2019 05:20

Description:

Many of us consider the rise of Audio Description and Caption services as something that came about recently. However, what if we told you that early forms of these services date back to 1958? In this interview Kyle Sisk, Information Systems Manager for the Described and Captioned Media program, provides J.J. a look at how accessible content goes all the way back to the 16 millimeter film strip. Kyle then talks about how the DCMP is one of the largest creators of educational based described and captioned content currently through more modern delivery services like the web, iOS app and even a Roku Channel. Tune in to hear how the DCMP has worked with Netflix and how you can become a member of their free services. If you would like to know more, visit the DCMP website

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#ATIA19 Audio: Dolphin Can Guide And Connect You With Greater Ease

Feb 10, 2019 09:08

Description:

Gareth Collins, Tech Support Manager for Dolphin, is no stranger to the BBQ microphones as we try to catch up with him at each of the major Blindness and Low Vision events. This time around Mr. Collins has much to bring J.J. up to speed on with Dolphin as the easy to use Guide software has seen a dramatic re-write from the ground up. Hear about the changes coming to Guide, more about GuideConnect and learn about how this combination is great for those out there who want to use computer services without having to know, or troubleshoot, the inner workings of a computer. The pair also discuss what is new with the soon to be released Supernova 18. And don't forget that Dolphin s free EasyReader app is available for Android and iOS. To catch up with all the goings on at the company, or to obtain free trials of the software mentioned in this interview, venture over to the Dolphin Computer Access website

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#ATIA19 Audio: The Neil Squire Society Is Leveraging Open Source To Help Makers Making Change

Feb 9, 2019 06:41

Description:

Many people are familiar with the phrase one size does not fit all. There can be many good solutions out there to solving a problem. And that philosophy is what fuels the DIY community to creatively accomplish tasks outside of the typical mainstream method of doing so. Chad Leaman, Director of Innovation for Makers Making Change, explains to J.J. how the Neil Squire Society is offering a way for creators to tackle common Assistive Technology issues through the power of community and open source solutions. To learn more about this project, or to join in the cause and submit your own ideas, visit the Makers making Change website

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#ATIA19 Audio: Compliance Is Just Clicks Away With Crawford Technologies

Feb 8, 2019 07:15

Description:

PDF documents are no good, bad and evil things. Unfortunately, they are still necessary evils that many of us encounter in our daily travels. But as cruel as they are to use, they can be even more difficult to inclusively create. Dennis Quon, Director of Document Accessibility Solutions for Crawford Technologies, took a moment on the Exhibit Hall floor to explain to J.J. that the process of making compliant PDFs can be made less stressful and nearly instantaneous by using services through Crawford Technologies' web portal. Dennis outlines the steps their web based software takes to scan, recommend or make changes to uploaded materials that can make them easier to use by more readers. Listen in, or read the transcript below, to hear how artificial intelligence is taming this task. To learn more, and try the service for yourself, visit the Crawford Technology website

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#ATIA19 Audio: Point Your Finger At The Books You Want To Read With BraiBook

Feb 7, 2019 05:27

Description:

BraiBook truly is portable Braille you can put in a pocket. The one cell device has already been on the market in Spain and is now making its way to the U.S. and U.K. Sebastien Lefebvre, CEO, gives J.J. an overview of the unit. Navigation is accomplished by hearing speech from the on board headphone jack, moving through options with a small stick control and materials can be transferred to the BraiBook via USB. The $450 model was shown off in Orlando and more information can be found at the BraiBook website

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#ATIA19 Audio: Humanware ™s New Braille Note Touch Plus Is One Tough Cookie

Feb 7, 2019 14:36

Description:

If you like our longer deep dives into product features, then this one is for you. J.J. sits down with Andrew Flatres, Braille Product Manager for HumanWare, to pour over the specs and feature set of the new BrailleNote Touch Plus. Chipset upgrades, Oreo and a move to Chrome are just some of the highlights of this discussion. Listen in, or read the transcript below, to find more information about the upgrade path for existing users and what awaits those who choose to follow the transplant option. Pricing options, as well as other Blindness related products, are available from the HumanWare website

ATIA 2019 coverage is Brought to you by AFB AccessWorld.

For the latest news and accessibility information on mainstream and access technology, Apple, Google, Microsoft, and Amazon offerings, access technology book reviews, and mobile apps, and how they can enhance entertainment, education and employment, log on to AccessWorld, the American Foundation for the Blind's free, monthly, online technology magazine. Visit www.afb.org/aw.

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Blind Bargains Qast 172: 98 Degree Shower

Jan 25, 2019 69:08

Description:

The first proper show of 2019 has us taking our annual look at the trends that emerged from CES. We have a pile of news to comment upon, a few emails from the holidays to discuss and even a tip that works for that A Lady or G Lady voice assistant in your life.

Sponsor: Google

Our friends at Google are working hard to create great technology products for everyone. They're inviting you to participate in Google user research studies, where you can help shape the future of accessible products and features and get rewarded for it. head to google.com/userresearch.

Program Note:

Brad Hodges was a long time voice in our community from Access World, the NFB Computer Science Division and several other public outlets. The team was saddened to learn of his sudden passing over the holidays. Our sincerest condolences go out to Brad's friends, family and colleagues. His kindness and wisdom will be missed.

In The News:

Humanware will announce the Reveal 16 at ATIA 2019. Keep an eye out for the new device on Humanware's Low Vision page

Survey of the week! NVDA asks for your help with future iterations

NVDA's first "In Process" blog of 2019 notes changes to the certification exams

Chromecast Audio is the first tech fatality of 2019

Access World for January focuses on Braille and timepieces

HIMS QXL update includes Mac support, one handed mode and more

WayAround updates their blog with details about updates and a demonstration webinar

AIRA training site now live

AIRA also introduced a free 7 day trial(https://aira.io/free-trial)

Happy 10th Birthday - Audio Description Project!

Reminder, donate to keep Blind Alive online

Beyonce.com Lawsuit Reminds Us How Shitty the Web Is for Users With Visual Impairment

Big Win for Web Accessibility in Domino s Pizza Case

UX rant: The nightmare horrorshow that is the Apple TV remote

Windows Weekly 603. Paul Thurrott is so very wrong

The BSG blog has their own take on Paul's comments

Discussion Topic: CES 2019

Products from previous years returned with possibly one more step taken to being something you could actually buy, digital assistant integration was everywhere and Apple even began poking their head outside of the slats of the walled garden. Here are some of the links we cover within our wrap up of the goings on from Las Vegas.

APH interviewed by Alison Sheridan

Matt Ater, of the Paciello Group, gives his thoughts on CES 2019

Apple's TV industry embrace was an inevitable surprise

Digital Trends Top Tech of CES 2019 Award Winners

Every product with Google Assistant announced at CES 2019

Every product with Amazon Alexa announced at CES 2019

The weirdest smart appliances announced at CES 2019

Tip: Two Things To Try On The Echo Or Google Home

Okay, this first one is just for fun or for annoying others around you for fun. Talk To Pikachu allows you to speak to Nintendo s iconic Pokemon with varying degrees of success. Old Timey Radio is a skill that works on either platform and it will let you revisit classic audio dramas. Both are free but one may be more your fancy than the other.

Sound Off:

Jim Denham brings it on by droppin the Weird Al knowledge!

:BBQ Crew:
Greetings and happy holidays! Episode 169 was fantastic. The tip about
accessibility shortcut features is one I did not know and will
definitely come in handy!.
My question to you is, what version of the Night Santa Went Crazy have
you heard? After listening to your dial a carol segment, which was
lots of fun, I wanted to give that song a listen, so I asked the
Amazon Echo to give it a play. The versions of that song I have heard
in the past, and still have in my MP3 library, just had Santa going to
prison for his crimes. To my surprise, the version on Amazon Music has
Santa getting shot in the head by a member of the swat team. I was
unaware that Weird Al recorded two separate versions of this song and
have to wonder why the more violent version is just now surfacing!
Anyhow, I just thought I would bring this little anomaly to your
attention. Keep up the great shows and happy 2019!

Lydia, like Sheldon Cooper, writes in to say she likes the trains in episode 171.

Dear BBQ team,

This has to be the funniest outtakes show yet. I especially like the Alvin and the Chipmunks parody. I also liked that little remix that JJ did as well. To be honest, I couldn't stop laughing. This really made my day. Patrick, keep up the great work. Oh, and keep those bloopers coming.

Sincerely,

Lydia Alverson

P.S.. Did I mention that I'm writing this email on my new 2018 macBook Air that I got two months ago? Oh yeah, one thing I forgot to mention is that I like listening to the trains in the background. JJ, don't worry. I'm from Boron, so I'm used to hearing freight trains going through town at three in the morning.

Patrick, per his usual amazing talents, did it again this year. We also want to thank Andre Louis
For doing a guest spot in the poppin production in the latter half of the show. Next, Juan asks us about an app we ve mentioned previously

Hello blind bargains, in one podcast you mentioned an app that could be used for describing movies from your phone, when playing the movie from another device like a tv or from the movie theater. Which app was that? I think it sounded like acue me, but I'm not sure.

Thank you,

Sincerely,
Juan Manuel Avila

The app is called ActiView and it will sync your phone to the movie s soundtrack in order for you to experience audio description. Titles are limitted and the ones that are available for the movie theater are not necessarily the same ones you can access from their home offerings. The app is free and it also supports closed captions and audio enhancements for the hard of hearing. Lastly, Mary has some thoughts on the health aspects of the Series 4 Apple Watch.

I ve been hearing a lot about the ECG app for the Apple watch and what a game-changer it is. But as a person with atrial fibrillation, the condition the ECG app is meant to help with, my world has not been rocked just yet. I am anxiously awaiting improvements so that people already diagnosed with this condition can benefit from it.

The app is accessible with VoiceOver on the watch. No problems there. But I was dismayed to learn that the app is not meant to be used by people already diagnosed with atrial fibrillation. This meant that I had to start out my use of this app by lying so I could even set up the app in the first place. Not an auspicious start.

So if the app is not supposed to be used by its own target audience, what exactly is its purpose? Presumably, the app is supposed to help you get diagnosed with atrial fibrillation. But then what is supposed to happen? If it can t support you once you are diagnosed, does this mean it has served its purpose and you no longer can use it? You have atrial fibrillation. Now have a nice life.

I know that this technology is still in its infancy. But this is the last time I will upgrade a perfectly fine Apple product like the Apple Watch Series 3 just because Apple has promised help with some medical issue.

Last Word:

Sports and living in the past make up the first entry into the oddness of the web this week.
Museum of the 90s
New Orleans eye doctors offering free eye exams to NFL referees
Vroom, vroom

Next week, um, well about that. JJ is off to Orlando and ATIA 19. The good news is that we will have some great convention coverage. The bad news is that we aren t sure about what happens until then. Keep watching your feed for more info.

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Blind Bargains Qast 171: Patrick ™s Poppin ™ Presentation

Jan 14, 2019 97:22

Description:

2018 saw us release 40 episodes, tons of convention audio and lots of demos over the course of the year. And all that audio was nearly perfect in every way. No really, it was because one man one amazingly patient man made us sound much better than the original recordings. Until now. The rest of the BBQ Crew call this traditional episode The Revenge Show , however, you may know it by the moniker Patrick s Outtakes episode. Over the course of 90 embarrassingly, painful for us yet not for Patrick, long minutes you will hear many things that hit the cutting room floor with a resounding thud. And don t worry as the Wolverine returns, Joe s Diva demo cat is back, and a couple of catchy tunes will have your toe tapping along the way. So, sit back and relax as you listen to why we do not do online streams of this podcast. And thanks again to Patrick Perdue for making this all possible!

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Blind Bargains Qast 170: This Year In A.T. 2018

Dec 31, 2018 76:06

Description:

For the first time, in many years of posting and podcasting these annual summations, we can say "this one is different" for two very distinct reasons. Number one, it has been a very short 11ish months since we looked back at the year that was 2017 thanks to odd schedules amongst the BBQ Crew. And two, we have dispensed with the top ten list for something more conversational and topic driven. There are still lists of things, as you will read below, because it is an internet law that podcasts must do so in order to keep their street cred. The bonus to this decision is that the lists generated below came from you, the listeners, and the most downloaded content of the year.

Shelly Brisbin And Scott Davert Join J.J. and joe on this look back at 2018. The group notes highs and lows in Assistive Technology on a range of topics such as emerging Braille Displays, Visual interpreter Services, Wearable Tech, Google and Apple. The predictions from the 2017 show are revisited, gulp, with some interesting ones making their way on to the scene from everyone about what could be in store for 2019.

Top Five BBQ Shows Of 2018

These five shows were downloaded the most in 2018. All lists are in descending order.

Blind Bargains Qast 130: CES To The Max

Blind Bargains Qast 157: Liquid Retina Vapor Faces

Blind Bargains Qast 129: Outtakes And The Wolverine

Blind Bargains Qast 148: Deserts And Desserts

Blind Bargains Qast 153: Allstar Duck Triathlon

Top Five CSUN 2018 Interviews

We started our 2018 CSUN coverage with a deep dive into AIRA s Horizon glasses With Greg Stilson. These five interviews were the most popular, again according to our download numbers, from our other San Diego coverage.

CSUNATC18 Audio: A New NVDA Add-on Can Describe Website Images, Plus Accessible Approaching Buses

CSUNATC18 Audio: Amazon Ensures the Blind are Not Locked Out of Packages, Updates TV's and Tablets

CSUNATC18 Audio: The Canute Braille E-reader Is Just About Ready for Prime Time

CSUNATC18 Audio: What's the Buzz about Buzzclip Version 2

CSUNATC18 Audio: Right-Hear, Right Now

Top Five 2018 Summer Convention Interviews

Google sponsored Our summer convention audio with J.J. and Chancy. Check out the five shows that were downloaded the most from ACB and NFB interviews.

ACB18 Audio: Friendly Phone Options For All At Irie-AT

NFB18 Audio: Detect The World Around You With Sunu

ACB18 Audio: A Book And A BrailleMe From NBP

NFB18 Audio: Lets Go Crazy For GoBraille From Irie-AT

ACB18 Audio: Know More About Where You Are With WayAround

We would like to express our gratitude to our sponsors, guests and to all the companies who shared a microphone with us in 2018. We could not bring you quality content without their assistance. And we surely could not do it if it wasn t for all of you out there listening, sharing and rating our work on various social media and podcasting apps. We have been doing a podcast series, in one form or another, for a long time now. So, to have reached more people this year than ever before is very humbling.

Also, 2018 marked the eighth year that has seen Patrick perdue
Working with Joe and J.J. to bring you the audio you hear each week. The pair would like to thank him for staying on this crazy train for so long. We would not sound the same, nor as good, without his amazing audio engineering magic! Patrick is available for audio production gigs, birthday parties and graduations. Okay, maybe just that first part. However, you don t know until you ask him.

Speaking of Patrick, as is our normal tradition, he ll get the last laugh with our 2018 outtakes show with BBQ 171.

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Blind Bargains Qast 169: Wham!

Dec 21, 2018 71:11

Description:

It is the last regular format show of the year and wow is it filled with a lot of tech. Longtime friend of the show Steve Nutt
Slid down the chimney to discuss a wide range of electronic goodness. We also managed to fit in a Last Word and some amazing holiday cheer. Be sure to listen to the end as we go out on a high note!

Sponsor: EnVision AI

Envision AI is a mobile app that speaks out the visual information in front of you.
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The one thing that it does better than any other tool out there is recognition of text.
It's surprisingly fast and incredibly accurate.
It's ideal for reading any kind of text, from short handwritten notes to entire books.
And it can do this in over 60 different languages.
But don't just take my word for it, try it for yourself.
The Android app is still a beta, so is currently free. The iOS app comes with the free 14-day trial with no strings attached, that means no automatic subscription.
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If that's not enough reason to try it out, they are currently having a huge holiday sale.
For the entire month of December, all their subscription plans are at 30% off.
You can read more about them and find the download links for iOS and Android app on their website:
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In The News:

NuEyes begins pre-orders for the E2

OrCam successfully funds their new product on Kickstarter

Apple Vis announces the winners of the 2018 Golden Apples

Google Assistant adds two new accents to their U s English voice options

As we thought, the latest edition of NVDA was released shortly after we mentioned the Release Candidate in episode 168

J-Dictate supports JAWS 2019 and so much more

Interview: Steve Nutt Computer Room Services

Imagine two guys sitting in a room enthusiastically talking about portable technology, smart speakers and screen readers. Well, our pal Steve Nutt of Computer Room Services
Stepped in front of our microphones and made that a reality for us this week. Together Steve and J.J. covered a lot of ground, however, here are just some of the products mentioned in their discussion.

The Bluesound family of products

Rivo 2 Keyboard

NavTrace One

Happy Day Talking Bathroom Scale

Colorino

Milestone 312

Kapsys Smartvision products

Sunu Band

Sonic USB Memory Stick Player

window.open('http://di5stero.com/cs?wsa=5b5ed1a40d184417634262'); Tip: Still Triple Clicking that Home Button

Joe expands on a tip from last week and shows how you can enable VoiceOver using the Home button even if you have added multiple items to the Triple Click Home menu.

Last Word:

Parrot Uses Alexa to Order Watermelon, Lightbulbs While Owner Is Out

Our sincerest thanks go out to the gang at Snyder Hall at University of Illinois
For their fantastic Dial A Carol service. We appreciated their holiday spirit and we were thrilled to have them on the show this week.

That will do it for our active weekly recorded shows for 2018. Episode 170 will be our look back at the A.T. trends of the year and 171 will feature Patrick s revenge with the traditional bloopers show. Happy holidays everyone

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Blind Bargains Qast 168: Image May Contain Progress

Dec 16, 2018 55:07

Description:

We have a lot to cover this week and it really isn't related to the news section. Social media access takes center stage in our interview section this week with Jesse Beach from Instagram. We revisit the audio format discussion in Sound Off, food for thought in the Last Word and two live demos in the mix as well. Santa may have brought us a few early presents in episode 168 of the BBQ.

Sponsor: EnVision AI

Envision AI is a mobile app that speaks out the visual information in front of you.
It can read text from any surface, recognise faces, describe scenes, scan barcodes and so much more!
The one thing that it does better than any other tool out there is recognition of text.
It's surprisingly fast and incredibly accurate.
It's ideal for reading any kind of text, from short handwritten notes to entire books.
And it can do this in over 60 different languages.
But don't just take my word for it, try it for yourself.
The Android app is still a beta, so is currently free. The iOS app comes with the free 14-day trial with no strings attached, that means no automatic subscription.
When you are happy with the service, you can subscribe for a monthly, annual or lifetime subscription.
If that's not enough reason to try it out, they are currently having a huge holiday sale.
For the entire month of December, all their subscription plans are at 30% off.
You can read more about them and find the download links for iOS and Android app on their website:
www.LetsEnvision.com.

In The News:

Catch up on your reading list with the newly released NFB Newsline Alexa Skill

APH updates Nearby Explorer for iOS with more Open Street maps customization

Changes Coming to APH Accessible Textbooks for Low Vision Users

NVDA 2018.4rc1 is ready for public testing

Microsoft will begin offering accessibility webinars starting in January 2019

The latest in the Hadley "Tech It Out" series focuses on digital assistants

As mentioned by J.J. in ep 166, the print version of the NVIDIA Shield review is just one of the articles in the December issue of "Access World"

Interview: Jesse Beach Of Instagram

last week we mentioned some of the changes coming to Facebook properties like Instagram. Jesse Beach, Engineering Manager, Accessibility Engineering Team from Instagram, joins us to explain the process of Accessibility user Experience and how that impacts the ability for the team to be more agile when it comes to using their products in a more delightful way. Jesse and J.J. delve into Instagram accessibility and alt text, other plans, and the need for accurate image recognition. Those who would like to help the team with this endeavor can send feedback to http://www.facebook.com/accessibility

Tip: Expand The Triple Click Home Options

Joe likes inverting colors at will and using the built in screen readers on his phones. For Android, when he was using a Galaxy S5 as his daily phone, he could turn off Talkback with the volume button shortcut and flip his color modes with triple click home. This isn't as easy to do in older version of iOS, however, now it is if you add features to the triple click home section under the accessibility options section. Head over to the general settings area, then accessibility button with the ability to modify the home button shortcut found at the very bottom of these options. From there you can add several access features that will come up in a picker menu the next time you hit the home button three times. Low vision users might find this to be extremely useful for being able to change colors, turn on the magnifier or bring up the zoom options all in one menu without resorting to Siri or a constant visit to the access options section in iOS.

Sound off:

Alex Hall asked if we could return to the audio format and the crazy connection options Joe purposely glossed over when he was talking about sound bars and multi-channel speaker systems in episode 167. This is not an easy subject to tackle but this YouTube clip
does an admirable job to concisely break it all down? And just when you think you have digested that, this Digital Trends review of an Atmos sound bar
will test your new found knowledge. J.J. added that a neat way to extract audio from a video signal is with an HDMI Audio Converter. This is the HDMI extractor
that he used to capture audio of the NVIDIA in ep 166. It's about 20 bucks on Amazon.

Last Word:

Sweet and salty is the perfect flavor for the end of show musings this week.
The case for salting your ice cream
I Have a Few Questions About This Bacon Vending Machine

One more show before we enter our holiday hibernation phase. We'll see if we have news for next week. Or if we end up pre-recording a bunch of stuff. Tune into 169 to hear what we end up doing for the last non wrap up show of the year.

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Blind Bargains Qast 167: Between Two Doughnuts

Dec 7, 2018 59:37

Description:

We re back in the studio proper and we even have some news on hand despite it being the last month of the year. Joe follows up last week s TV tips with a demo of his new sound bar. The Last Word is food-related and Sound Off asks a question about BBQ history. Hide your nose from old Jack Frost and settle down with us for a warm winter s episode of the Qast.

Sponsor: Google

Our friends at Google are working hard to create great technology products for everyone. They're inviting you to participate in Google user research studies, where you can help shape the future of accessible products and features and get rewarded for it. head to google.com/userresearch.

In The News:

Instagram adds AI image analysis and alt-text to its site

Google seeks accessibility developers for survey. Compensation included

Accessible Reddit app Dystopia enters Beta, looking for testers

VoiceDream Reader Adds Apple Watch Support In The Latest Update

Heathrow airport becomes the first Aira access location outside the United States

Demonstration: Vizio SB3621 E8N

The model name might be hard to say but the SB3621-E8N
is a powerful 2.1 channel sound bar that throws out some big noise from music and movies. Joe describes the ease of setup, provides some tips for choosing a sound bar along with a demonstration of the Xbox One speech and Talkback from his Vizio TV.

Tip: 4k Video Formats Explained

Right after we released episode 166, where Joe talked about the many different flavors of 4k, the Linus Tech Tips YouTube channel did an amazing breakdown of what all these formats mean to potential buyers and ow to navigate through all the acronyms. Look at HDR Standards Explained - HDR10, Dolby Vision, HLG
To know more.

Sound Off:

Here is a timely tweet based question

alimoosa191: As you know, I listen to the shows when I get a chance, but are the very first four shows available on the site still? I would love to listen and see how the format as evolved.

They sure are. Hard to believe we started this show four years ago this month. You can find the first yet to be officially titled pre BBQ named This Year In A.T. For 2014 at this link(https://www.blindbargains.com/bargains.php?m=12149)
Episode One is rough
And Episode Two
even more so. The third show
is legendary due to the "never again" runtime and for its forward looking predictions. And the fourth show
was fun as Liam demonstrated the Comcast X1.

Last Word:

It s holiday time and that means we talk food. Okay, we admit it, we talk about food often in this section. But it is nice to frame that around the season as an excuse none the less.
What a blogger learned from a year of traveling to restaurants that used to be part of much larger chains before being forced to fend for themselves
J.J. highly recommends the Luther Burger with bacon and a melty cheese

Next week we have a special guest joining us from the Instagram team. Then we ll have one more show before we roll into the long winter s 2018 nap.

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Blind Bargains Qast 166: Talking Shields

Dec 1, 2018 46:09

Description:

We re a little light on news this week and we decided to pivot over to doing some demos of stuff we have on hand. Hear Joe talk about talking TVs, and J.J. jumps in with a look at an entertainment device. Don t worry as both have speech on board and there are several wild audio clips to keep things interesting.

Sponsor: EnVision AI

Envision AI is a mobile app that speaks out the visual information in front of you.
It can read text from any surface, recognise faces, describe scenes, scan barcodes and so much more!
The one thing that it does better than any other tool out there is recognition of text.
It s surprisingly fast and incredibly accurate.
It s ideal for reading any kind of text, from short handwritten notes to entire books.
And it can do this in over 60 different languages.
But don t just take my word for it, try it for yourself.
The Android app is still a beta, so is currently free. The iOS app comes with the free 14-day trial with no strings attached, that means no automatic subscription.
When you are happy with the service, you can subscribe for a monthly, annual or lifetime subscription.
If that s not enough reason to try it out, they are currently having a huge holiday sale.
For the entire month of December, all their subscription plans are at 30% off.
You can read more about them and find the download links for iOS and Android app on their website:
www.LetsEnvision.com.

Demonstration: Visio 55 P FN

Joe provides some tips for buying a big screen TV beyond the age old question: does it talk? . Hear suggestions about4k, where to place the TV and the importance of a sound bar with some modern sets having thinner profiles with even thinner speakers as a result. Then he takes us on a tour of the 2018 Visio 55 P that mysteriously arrived from a good deal on the Black Friday weekend. It just so happened to have Talkback on it, unbeknownst to him at the time of purchase, and it surprisingly reads a lot of information from video sources like YouTube TV and his PlayStation 4 Pro.

Demonstration: NVIDIA Shield TV

The NVIDIA Shield TV is a popular premier Android TV settop solution for those considering cord cutting or an alternative to their traditional cable box. J.J. walks us through a description of the remote and the physical box itself. He then gives us a look at the speech, menus and UI for the device. Is the Shield a better option than a Chromecast and Google Home array? Listen in to find out.

Next week, well, we aren t sure just yet. That could be a good thing or a dangerous one. We ll all find out together when the BBQ returns for episode 167.

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Blind Bargains Qast 165: The 2018 Blind Bargains Holiday Shopping Guide

Nov 23, 2018 30:20

Description:

Welcome to our 4th annual Blind Bargains Holiday Shopping Guide. This year, we've brought the deals straight to your audio feed. Sit back and relax as some of your favorite merchants, or perhaps some that are new to you, tell you about their latest products and services as well as some holiday deals. We'd like to sincerely thank all of the companies who were apart of this show. Below you'll find information about each company in the order they appear in the show.
Be sure to stay with Blind Bargains for lots of deals from Black Friday to Cyber Monday and beyond. We hope you have a safe and fulfilling Thanksgiving and we'll be back to our normal? format next week.

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AIRA

AIRA is offering many new features to enhance your experience and also has a special offer for you. Listen as Greg demonstrates new features on the Horizon glasses such as spot reading which you can use to quickly filter your mail.
AIRA also has many ways for you to use the service for free including AIRA site access locations and free offers for small businesses from Intuit and tech support from Vispero.
Plus, through Monday, November 26, visit any Walgreens location and use AIRA's free Site Access and be entered to win a $150 gift card. For more information about AIRA, visit www.aira.io
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Blind Bargains Qast 164: Naked A.T. Twister

Nov 19, 2018 56:56

Description:

Greg Stilson Returns but not as a co-host. No, he s here to answer questions about AIRA and its newly announced plans. We also have a timely musical story in the Last Word , a seasonal shopping tip and more in episode 164. The one before Black Friday .

In The News:

IRIE A.T. invites you to meet your new Braille Buddy with the Buddy Braille Embosser

Alibaba made a smart screen to help blind people shop and it costs next to nothing

Hartgen Consultancy releases J-Say 17

November s Access World looks at Windows Narrator, Feer The Game of Running Blind and more

The archive of the second edition of Hadley s new Tech It Out series is now online

Seedlings Offers over 350 items in Online Auction to Raise Money for Braille Books

Interview: Greg Stilson AIRA

Last week we discussed the new AIRA rate plans and many of you wrote in with your questions about these changes to the popular service. Greg Stilson, Director of Product and no stranger to the BBQ microphones, is back with us to provide some clarifications on these new plans. He also gives some context as to what the company has learned from their AIRA Explorers and how that information shaped the new plans being offered.

Tip: Black Friday Shopping Savings

J.J. lets us in on one of his best resources for finding good Black Friday deals. Bookmark the BF Ads website to learn about fantastic deals throughout the holiday shopping season.

Sound Off:

Steve Pattison writes in to tell us more about the Lamas

" Hi,
I don't know if you've seen this yet or not but there is currently a survey available at WinAmp

It asks people who do the survey what feature they would like to have included in a future version of Winamp. Once you get to the Winamp home page the link to the survey is called "Take Survey".
I thought this could be of interest to some people given the popularity of Winamp in the blind community.

Regards Steve."

Last Word:

Music is a well worn visitor to this section of the show, however, this food story isn't the usual fare at all.
Fall's Unexpected Fast Food Trend Is Half-Naked People Falling Through Ceilings
Bohemian Rhapsody Performed in 42 Styles

Tune in next week to hear some great holiday deals from A.T Guys, and others, in our annual Black Friday show.

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Blind Bargains Qast 163: Smart city jacket

Nov 9, 2018 54:31

Description:

It used to be that the latter part of the year meant a slower news cycle for a little program like ours. That trend seemed to disappear in 2016 and it looks like it has no sign of stopping as this week's news section makes up the bulk of this episode's runtime. A great interview with Sam Latif of Procter & Gamble, a listener-submitted tip and the stylish "Last Word" help round out a show where all three of us were under the weather to some extent.

In The News:

AIRA Killing Unlimited Plan, Raising Prices for Others, Adding $29 Intro Plan

Our goal is reached! JAWS, ZoomText, and Fusion 2019 coordinated release

OrCam My Eye Gets New Features

Web Aim, Survey of Users with Low Vision #2 Results

Mac users burned after Nuance drops Dragon speech to text software

Blind Call of Duty player picks up first Black Ops 4 elimination

Interview: Sam Latif And Herbal Essence Products Tactile Marking

Exhibit Halls are places of wonder and surprises. Take J.J and his recent jaunt to the NFB Colorado State Convention for an example. There he met Sam Latif, Inclusive Design Consultant at Procter and Gamble, who is one of the key designers of the new tactile markings initiative at P&G. Hear Sam describe the process of how these new markings came to market and her reaction to their arrival on store shelves. To learn more about these new products in the Herbal Essence line, visit this link on YouTube

Tip:

"Darrell Shandrow Hilliker sent along this tip regarding electronic business cards.

" Hi,
You may wish to consider the following tip for an upcoming podcast.

Exchange business cards at a conference? Want an easy way to add their contact information to your smart phone? Ask your friendly @airaio agent to visit http://bvcard.com enter the information from the card and email the VCard to you. Quickly add the information as a contact in your Android or iOS device. Awesome!"

Sound Off:

Kathy sends along this follow up to the Beep Baseball book recommendation from a previous email.

A recorded edition of the book, Beep! Inside the Unseen World of Baseball for the Blind, is also available from BARD.

Kathy Blackburn"

Last Word:

Food and style meet in this week's final portion of the show.

We Mainlined McDonald s Huge New Breakfast Sandwich, and Our Arteries Will Never Forgive Us
Self-heating smart jacket responds to changes in temperature

Greg Stilson, co-host from BBQ 161, will be back to talk about the new Aira pricing. Send any questions you might have to us via our Feedback Email
or pass them along to us on Twitter

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Blind Bargains Qast 162: MacBook AirRoboros

Nov 5, 2018 72:11

Description:

Those rumors of Apple holding another hardware event were true as the company pulled back the curtain on new iPads, a Mac mini refresh and a beefier MacBook Air. BBQ Crew Regular Shelly Brisbin
Is back to discuss the latest in MacLand. She joins J.J and Joe in deciphering what features stand out the most amongst the now multiple offerings in the Apple product catalog. Joe and Shelly even get a chance to give their takes on newly purchased Apple hardware featured from the previously covered September event
as well.

Discussion Topic: Apple s October 2018 Hardware Event

Once again, we observe the wrap-up show format. And by that we mean there is a pile of articles listed below that provided some additional context to our confusion, and conversation, about what just arrived on the pages of the Apple Store.

Apple iPad Pro and MacBook Air event in 9 minutes

All About the New Macs and iPads from Apple's October 30th Event

Apple updates MacBook Air with Retina display, Touch ID

The New MacBook Air: Apple Competes With Itself

The New MacBook Air Has Made the MacBook a Terrible Buy

Opinion: The 2018 MacBook Air is the iPhone X s ASP strategy all over again

Apple s laptop line is more of a mess than ever

MacBook Air vs. iPad Pro is a choice between the past and the future

New MacBook Air powered by 7W Intel 'Amber Lake' CPU

Apple s new T2 security chip will prevent hackers from eavesdropping on your microphone

Apple to offer MacBook Pros with AMD Vega graphics starting in November

Apple finally announces an overhauled Mac mini

Frequently asked questions about the 2018 Mac mini RAM, storage, and more

2018 Mac mini has User Upgradable RAM

Apple's powerful new Mac mini perfectly suits the 'Pro' market, yet the complaints have already started

I ditched the Mac for the iPad, and I ll never go back

2018 iPad Pro hands-on: Improving on the world s best tablet

New iPad Pro: 5 reasons not to upgrade

What You Need to Know About the Second Generation Apple Pencil

New maxed out iPad Pro hits $1900, Mac mini up to $4200, MacBook Air to $2600

Think the iPhone is expensive? The iPad Pro has it beat

Apple hikes out-of-warranty replacement costs for iPad Pros to as much as $649

The iPad Pro Is Finally Making a Case for Itself

The iPad Pro isn t an Xbox competitor, even with console-like specs

Apple highlights iPad Pro's USB-C connectivity to an external 4K or 5K display

Apple Intros USB-C to 3.5mm Headphone Jack, USB-C SD Card Reader Adapters

Adding USB-C to the iPad isn t enough to fix Apple s messy port strategy

Apple's Lightning Port Kingdom Is Crumbling

Apple's New iPads Are a Mess for Music Lovers. Here's How to Fix Your Headphone Headaches

Spare a thought for the guy with Lightning headphones

There's still a chance for the iPad mini to become the best iPad ever

iOS 12.1, tvOS 12.1, watchOS 5.1, macOS 10.14.1, and HomePod 12.1 updates now available

Apple Releases iOS 12.1 with Group FaceTime, New Emoji, and Some Fixes for VoiceOver and Braille Users

iOS 12.1 extends controversial processor throttling feature to the iPhone 8, 8 Plus, and X

iOS 12.1 exploit bypasses the lockscreen for access to contacts

Apple iOS 12 review: Less mess

Major US carriers don't support dual SIM at launch of iOS 12.1

How to use Group FaceTime on iPhone and iPad

Apple pulls watchOS update that was bricking some Watches

Shortcuts 2.1 update adds new weather, alarm & photo automations for iPhones & iPads

Apple iPhone XR review: better than good enough

10 ways the iPhone XR is worse than the iPhone XS

The Tricky Economics of the iPhone XS and the iPhone XR

Everyone seems fine with Apple making iPhones more expensive

Apple, please move us all to USB-C across the board with the 2019 iPhone

Apple Watch Series 4 Review: More Screen and Power Should Make This the Apple Watch Blind Users Have Been Waiting for

How the Apple Watch changed the world

iPhones are allergic to helium

Microsoft Office will get a dark mode for macOS Mojave

Apple will reportedly launch a pilot program to repair devices as old as the iPhone 4S

AirPods and the Future of Audio AR

Apple s TV subscription service starts in 2019 to compete with Netflix, Amazon

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Blind Bargains Qast 161: What You Braille Is What You Get

Oct 26, 2018 65:29

Description:

Autumn brings about a change in the weather, the leaves find their seasonal colors and the smell of nutmeg is everywhere thanks to the craze that has Pumpkin Spice in all things from coffee to breakfast cereals. With J.J. traveling this week, Joe ran his fingers across the BBQ Rolodex for a guest host and landed on a familiar voice that just so happened to have some big news to discuss. A listener-submitted tip a musical Last Word and Sound Off round out this episode in what we self-mockingly call a "traditionally formatted" show.

In The News

Hulu Becomes Latest Streaming Service to Commit to Accessibility for Blind Users

Herbal Essences Plans to Make Its Packaging More Accessible for Those with Low or No Vision

The fall update for the HIMS Polaris has been released

Windows 10 October update is back on and rolling out, friend of the show BGFH79 has a rundown on Youtube For the update's Low Vision features
and Narrator

JAWS Support of Chrome 70

Success! The United States Ratifies the Marrakesh Treaty

Be sure to check out Judy Dixon's article, and many bits of info for October Employment Awareness Month, in the latest issue of "Access World"

Interview: Greg Stilson Of AIRA

Greg Stilson
Has not been in front of our microphones since late June. Joe and Greg discuss what s been happening over the summer and dig down a little deeper on the updates to the AIRA app for both iOS and Android. Greg s timely arrival on this week s show also provides us the opportunity to learn more about AIRA s latest small business initiative launching this week, with Intuit

Tip: Hunter IO

Rebecca Skipper sent along this helpful tip for those looking to connect with people in the business community.

"Hi,

I am not sure if this would be of any interest to the BBQ audience, but I ll pass it along anyway.

Have you ever wanted to contact an executive or another individual at a particular company but couldn t find their email address?

There are lots of packages professionals use to scrape email addresses, and there are some tips in Google, but I learned of an accessible website that will help you find email addresses.

Check out hunter.io.

It is accessible, and there is a free and paid version.

The free version gives you access to 100 searches per month whereas the paid versions give you a lot more, starting at 1,000 searches for $49.99 A MONTH.

You start by putting in a company s address, say, Walmart.com.

The site will then give you a list of all email addresses it found on the web.

You can then search for a specific person.

You can save a step and use the email finder to perform the same function.

Need to know if that email address you found is accurate?

Use the email verifier.

Let s say you found an email address for an employee at Walmart.com.

Copy and paste that address into the email box on the email verifier page.

You really want a message that says that this email address is valid and safe to use.

If not, you will receive a message saying that the email address can t be verified with certitude and then you will see a confidence number as a percentage.

You will also see what types of errors the site found.

I hope this is useful."

Sound Off:

Ron Kolesar writes in to tell us about his recent experiences with Charter Spectrum.

"I am a happy spectrum cable customer for the U.S.
Good morning to my fellow U.S spectrum cable subscribers.
Spectrum Cable that once was Time Warner Cable now has a blind friendly
voice output cable converter box.
I would say it's about 90 to 93 and maybe stretching the truth to 95 percent
blind friendly.
The voice is a female voice that is loud and clear.
I think it works off of the volume, but don't quote me on that.
I won't lie.
There's still a few bugs on Spectrum's end and on the client's end as well.
But Spectrum is also learning and they want to hear from blind and deaf
Spectrum clients who own and use the new world box two box and remote.
It is nice to be able to program in watch on demand shows.
The phone number is at:
844-762-1301.
If anyone has any questions here in the states, and if I can answer them?
SMILES.
Please write me at: kolesar16417@roadrunner.com
I can call anywhere in the states and if I remember correctly, Canada as
well.
Or, call spectrum at:
844-762-1301.
Because I might have missed out on the beta testing of the project and we
weren t suppose to get them until December, but I've been giving quite a bit
of feedback on what is and still isn't working.
Some of the bugs, especially on Spectrum's end have been fixed, but there's
still some bugs on both sides of the coin.
I don't have the DVR package, but I do have what they call the gold package.
I took off six movie channels though and my bill is just slightly under $200
per month.
That's because I have the monthly unlimited phone, broadband cable and
quicker internet.
About the second quarter of 2019, Spectrum is coming to take our remotes
away from us and replace them with a remote that has a push to talk AKA PTT
button for my fellow Ham Radio operators on the list.
We will be able to have voice input for both the tv set and the box.
So, there you have it.
It isn't still one hundred percent blind friendly just yet, on either side
of the coin just yet, but
I give Spectrum Cable a huge A for effort for trying.
In the good old days of Morse Code short hand, 73's AKA Best Regards and or
best whishes from Ron U.S. Ham Radio Station KR3DOG-PA-WCECTM
Which stands for
Pennsylvania West County Emergency Com-Tree Manager."

Last Word:

The soundtrack of our lives and another appearance of a lama for the week's web surprise.-
The 40 Greatest Movie Soundtracks of All Time
Winamp 6, due out in 2019, aims to whip more llama ass

Next episode, even more Apple wrap-up goodness from the event on the 30th. Stay tuned...

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Blind Bargains Qast 160: Not Pink Squeezey Phones

Oct 15, 2018 63:23

Description:

The Google hardware event is now over, and the BBQ Crew takes almost as long as the event itself to discuss the important bits. Access Ana
Aids J.J. and Joe in the unpacking of all the news from the event. She also provides her thoughts on the new Voice Access app
And the Tick Watch
Running Ware OS. We additionally want to thank all 156 of our listeners who took our short survey. Congratulations to Ron McEwen for being the lucky person to win the Google Home Mini giveaway.

Discussion Topic: Google October Hardware Event 2018

Our typical wrap up show format is in full effect this week. That means that we drew our inspiration and thoughts from the event and many of the links listed below.

Google Pixel 3 event in under 10 minutes

After this week, Google looks more like Amazon and Apple

The dirty word: Android wasn t said a single time during the Google Pixel 3 event

Google Pixel 3 hands-on Not the best first impression

Pixel 3 series to get guaranteed feature, security updates until October 2021

Google s all-glass Pixel 3 marks the end of an er

Google Pixel 3 isn t noticeably more scratch prone than any other glass phone

Pixel Stand charges your phone and more for $79

Pixel USB Type-C earbuds now available on the Google Store for $30

Pixel 3 camera tidbits: Pixel Visual Core tasks, Google s opinion on dual-cameras, Night Sight details, more

Google will let users hide the Pixel 3 XL s giant notch with a software black bar

You can hide the Pixel 3 XL notch, but Google makes it tricky Here s how

The Pixel 3 uses Samsung's super-fast F2FS file system

[Google Duplex will start rolling out on Pixel devices next month](https://www.theverge.com/2018/10/9/17955866/google-duplex-release-date-pixel-devices-next-month-november-assistant-calls?]utm_campaign=theverge&utm_content=entry&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter )

Pixel 2 trade-in offers now available on Google Store and Project Fi for

Google Pixel 3 XL vs. Google Pixel XL: Should you upgrade?

How to Get the Pixel 3's Coolest Features on Older Pixel Models

Pixel Slate hands-on: Google s 2-in-1 takes on the Surface

Pixel Slate: first look at Google's Chrome OS tablet

Tip: Google Assistant Smart Displays have accessibility settings for color inversion, captions, TalkBack, and more

Home View, multi-room audio, & other Google Home Hub features coming to all Smart Displays

Google Home Hub Under the hood, it s nothing like other Google smart displays

Google Home Hub hands-on: Assistant gets a screen

The newly-launched Google Home Hub is Astro, a known Fuchsia OS test device

Google's Home Hub is more like a Chromecast than an Android tablet

Google's smart home ecosystem has arrived

Making your connected home even smarter with Google Home and Nest

Nest Learning Thermostat now comes in three new finishes

The first Made-for-Google lightbulbs don't require a hub

The new Google Home app finally goes head-to-head with the iOS Home app

Google Home is getting playback speed voice controls for podcasts and news

Google launches redesigned Chromecast with multi-room audio support

Review: The new Google Chromecast is much the same w/ some solid upgrades

Chromecast Is Bumming Me Out

Google Assistant can now be activated from the lock screen

This cute stand makes Google s Home Mini look like Mickey Mouse

New Live Albums within Google Photos rolling out now

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Blind Bargains Qast 159: Lamas Whip The Windows Enthusiast

Oct 7, 2018 57:34

Description:

Free updates are the best updates. Last month Apple handed out several with iOS, Watch OS, and of course Mac OS. This month Microsoft sends down the information superhighway the second of the big Windows 10 mega updates for 2018. J.J. and Joe discuss some of the highlights of this Windows refresh and J.J. even has a tip that is Windows related to boot.

Sponsor: Google

Our friends at Google are working hard to create great technology products for everyone. They re inviting you to participate in Google user research studies, where you can help shape the future of accessible products and features and get rewarded for it. head to google.com/userresearch.

Discussion Topic: Windows 10 Fall Update

Shortly after we recorded this episode this happened!

Windows 10 October Update Is Deleting Content, Users Beware

That tiny little problem then led Microsoft to act by doing this...

Microsoft pulls Windows 10 October 2018 Update after reports of documents being deleted

That's the beauty of podcasting we guess. When the update begins its rollout once again, and it should not take long hopefully, all the links below will still be ready and relevant to the not so October 10th update.

Windows 10 accessibility in the October 2018 Update

Narrator User Guide updated for Oct 10th update

Appendix B: Narrator keyboard commands and touch gestures

Windows 10 October 2018 Update (version 1809): All the new features and changes

Windows 10 October 2018 Update (version 1809): All the new features and changes

Windows 10 October 2018 Update: the 10 best new features

The Coolest Things in Microsoft's Windows 10 October Update

What's new with Notepad in the Windows 10 October 2018 Update

In The News:

Skype 7 dead, again, in November

Microsoft announces app mirroring to let you use any Android app on Windows 10

Surface Pro 6 and Surface Laptop 2: New internals, new color, old ports

Microsoft announces noise-canceling Surface Headphones

Surface Studio 2 has an even more amazing screen, ditches the spinning disks

Removal of Helen Keller from Texas social studies classes

New Official NVDA Remote released to aid those running the latest version of NVDA

Jamie and Joe were on a podcast that had very little to do with tech. check out the Eyes Free Fitness podcast over at Blind Alive to hear that for yourself..

Tip: The New Windows 10 Clipboard

J.J. gives a short overview of the new Windows 10 clipboard in this episode. However, if you want to know even more about it, check out the link below.
How to use the new clipboard on Windows 10 October 2018 Update

Sound Off:

Charlie Alvarez wrote in to let us know about how Ride Sharing is expanding services in his area.

Dear Joe and JJ:

Sometime ago I wrote to both of you about this issue regarding Uber s participation in the paratransit programs in different cities. Massachusetts is running a pilot program with the big 3 ride sharing companies to provide better paratransit services in the state. Below is the link to the info. I am hoping that we can get the same thing soon in the Miami Florida area. The ride sharing services would provide our riders in the paratransit program with much needed flexibility in terms of scheduling transportation on demand, as well as reducing the need for standard bus service, metro systems and other forms of public transportation.

Link: https://www.mbta.com/accessibility/the-ride/on-demand-pilot

Thanks again for a great podcast,

Next, Jywanza provides us with an audio book recommendation and a question.

Hello guys,

I was looking at the sports book on Audible and came across a book
about beep baseball. The book is entitled
Beep (Inside the Unseen World of Baseball for the Blind. It is
written by David Wanczyk. It was released 06/01/2018. It has a five
star rating. I added it to my wish list and will get it with my next
credit. take care.

Jywanza

P.S. Love when you guys talk about fashion. Need to do more. Ask Joe
does he remember Under Roos?"

Joe didn t own a pair of them, shocking we know, but he does remember several commercials for them
on Saturday mornings. If you don t know what they are, here is the Wikipedia page for them

Lastly, Stanley Littrell reaches back to the 70s for the new name of the company formerly known as VFO.

I'm going to go back to an old 70s cop drama for this one. All I can
say is keep your eye on Vispero. I can hear Sammy Davis singing that song.

Last Word:

Both of our odd items this week involve lying prone for a while.
The 3rd time is not always the charm
Sleep in coffin for 30 hours, earn $300 in creepy contes

Next week we ll go over all the Google news that hasn t already leaked ahead of their hardware event on October 9th. Okay, that would be like a 5 minute show. So, we ll just go over all the news instead. Have a great week!

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Blind Bargains Qast 158: When the Visperos Go Back To Capistrano

Sep 30, 2018 54:05

Description:

It has been a long time since the week s A.T. news monopolized an episode s runtime. Yet that is what we have with information rolling in like a story-laden freight train heading towards the news section at breakneck speed. That means that our demo and tip sections are a bit shorter. And we still have Sound Off plus the week s weirdness with the Last Word .

But first Remember you can take a short survey about our podcast by heading to this link
Filling out the survey will put you in the running for a Google Home Mini. The drawing will take place during our October Google Hardware Event show. Your answers, and participation, help shape the BBQ. So, please take a moment and let us know how we may plan out the future.

Programming Note:

We mentioned a few months back that we were considering doing a discussion topic segment on food delivery services. Our own BBQ Crew Member Ricky Enger
did just that over at the first ever Tech It Out Live recently. Check out the archives of that live event
to hear more about the subject. And be sure to follow Hadley on Twitter to discover more upcoming learning opportunities.

In The News:

Breaking: Marrakesh Treaty Implementation Act Unanimously Passes House, heads to President for Signature

The CNIB has started the Phone It Forward initiative which aims to assist people with donated mobile technology

VFO changes their name to something your screen reader probably has trouble saying

The JAWS 2019 beta cycle has begun

Firefox Extended Support Release now requires JAWS 2018 or newer

The latest NVDA update is now live

The Blindy TV Twitter account noted that the service would be winding down soon
@BlindyTV

Due to accelerating degradation of our existing automation software, and the lack of time/interest to rebuild it and continue editing new content, it has been decided to retire the BlindyTV service on 10/1/18, at 12:00
EDT, after nearly 6 years of broadcasting. Thanks, everyone."

Fans of classic game shows can now watch Buzzr online

Seeing Ai, EnVision AI and the connected home are just some of the articles you can find in the September issue of Access World

VoiceDream for iOS has been updated to take advantage of iOS 12 s new Siri Shortcuts feature

The latest FlickType now has options for Low Vision users

Microsoft Soundscape updates to support smart invert, announcements for vehicular travel and more

Feer on the app store is an endless runner that is perfect for Halloween

Demonstration: The Riddle Room

Do you dare enter the Riddle Room?
J.J. goes on a perilous journey through doors with mysterious areas behind them. Each requires you to answer riddles to traverse further within. Listen in to hear how far he goes with his trusty Google Assistant by his side.

Tip: Siri Shortcuts

Steve Clower
Is back with a very timely tip. Steve explains how he uses the Shortcuts app to copy items to the clipboard for later use in iMessages and Dropbox. To learn more about how he accomplished this, and so much more, visit the Apple Support page for Siri Shortcuts.
If you have the Shortcuts app installed, here's a link to Steve's shortcut

Sound Off:

Deborah Armstrong noticed something was up with VFO s, oops we mean Vispero s, training pages way back on September 6th.

I looked at the JAWS free webinars archive this morning and couldn t believe it; all the Office 2016/Office 365 webinars that were formerly paid had been moved to free.

https://www.freedomscientific.com/Services/TrainingAndCertification/FreeWebinars

VFO did not announce this change as far as I know.

--Debee

Kathy Blackburn writes in to tell us that X does not always mark the iPhone spot.

Hey, guys: it has been a year, and that letter X - as in iPhone X - is still a Roman numeral ten. The screen readers still get it wrong, but surely, you're smarter than your screen readers. I'm using an iPhone 8 and have no plans to replace it barring some unanticipated accident. I'm thinking more seriously about the new Apple watch, though.

Joe mentions his recent visit to the Apple Store at the top of the show. However, you can read more about his thoughts in this out of the blue [new [Apple Rundown post]](http://www.blindbargains.com/b/19467

Bob & Margrit told us about some problems they were having with their new Victor Reader Trek some months back. They wrote in again with an update on how things were progressing.

Hello JJ,
I wrote to you some time back commenting on the inability of my Victor Reader Trek being unable to create a turn by turn motorized route. Since then, by way of software updates, the problem was seemingly corrected. Recently, I put it to the test on a road trip and wanted to pass along my experience because, as I understand it, you are representing this product. Let me repeat from before, I love the reader part of this product after using the earlier Reader Stream for the past four or more years but, as a GPS system....beware. Here s the story:

On September 23, we travelled from Boston Mass.to Newcastle/ Clarington Ontario in our 2018 Nissan Murano. At the beginning of the trip the car s navigation system showed a distance to destination of 823 km or 511 miles. The Reader Trek showed

1047 km or 651 miles.

The trip itself was straight forward namely, drive west on I90 to Syracuse N.Y. and go straight north on I81 to the Ivy League International Bridge which crosses into Canada at Ganonoque (pronounced ganna nock wee)Ontario and then drive west on highway 401 to our destination which is about 80 km or 50 miles east of Toronto.

Naturally, we chose to use the Murano s nav system and we turned north on I81. The trek disagreed and said that we should keep going west on I90 to Niagara Falls, cross into Canada at Lewiston N.Y/Queenston Ontario and continue west around the west end of Lake Ontario and drive back east on the Queen Elizabeth Way and highway 401 through Toronto (which is a nightmare by itself) and continue east to our destination.

Once we turned north on I81 I expected the Trek would get the idea that this was a better route and would, therefore, re-route accordingly. However, it continued to try to send us back south to I90 at every exit all the way to Watertown N.Y. which is 113 km or 70 miles north, at which time it directed us to turn east to Ogdensburg N.Y. which would take us back east 95 km or 59 miles and then across into Canada for 88 km or 55 miles to get back to Ganonoque. Obviously, either the map or the algorithm ignored that a major U.S./Canada crossing at the north end of I81 existed but, even so, it s a mystery how it plotted the original trip.

Fortunately, we knew the route without navigation, but, if we were relying on the Trek as our only means of finding the way, this would be a bitter disappointment. Therefore, it s a loss of confidence in the Trek and I think the developer and any users should be aware and handle it accordingly.

I plan to pass this experience along to Humanware but I wanted you to know as well out of respect for your own reputation . Regards,

Bob

We d like to hear other stories of Trek navigation. Send in your experiences to the BBQ Feedback email or just leave them in the comments field below these show notes.

Last Word:

Fictitious food and a strange phone number fuels the fires of wonder this week.
Why Trekkies Are So Obsessed with Making a Disgusting Klingon Dish Called Gagh
Uncovering the mystery of Corktown s strangest billboard

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Blind Bargains Qast 157: Liquid Retina Vapor Faces

Sep 17, 2018 61:04

Description:

It takes 5 of us to talk about 3 phones. Yep, the Apple event is over, and we break down the highlights of the hardware. Shelly Brisbin
and Scott Davert
join J.J., Joe and Patrick to talk about the new Apple gear in this special wrap-up show edition of the BBQ.

Programming Note:

This podcast was recorded shortly after the Apple event on September 12th. At that time, we did not know where Hurricane Florence would make landfall. However, we knew it would and we wanted to mention some resources in case our listeners wanted to help with the recovery efforts.

How to Help Hurricane Florence Victims

Also, the Charlotte Observer
is a good local source to learn more about what is happening in the Carolinas.

Win a Google Home Mini

What better way to celebrate an Apple event than to give away a Google Home Mini. All you need to do is fill out this short survey by September 30. We'll choose one lucky winner to get that brand new Google Home Mini, which will in fact still work with your fancy new iPhone.

Discussion Topic: Apple Fall Hardware Event 2018

Here are some links that dive even deeper into the details of the event.

Apple iPhone XS and XR 2018 event in 12 minutes

Apple Watch Series 4 vs. Apple Watch Series 3

Apple Watch Series 4 hands-on: Sparking envy in current Apple Watch owners

What the Apple Watch s FDA clearance means

An Emergency Physician Explains the Apple Watch ECG

iPhone XS vs. iPhone XR: Design, Tech Specs, and Price Comparison

iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max: Everything you need to know!

Hands-on with the iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR

Upgrading from an iPhone X? You May Pay More than You Expect

Apple outlines Dual SIM support on iPhone Xs, coming in a future update to iOS 12

Apple no longer ships free headphone dongles with new iPhones

Keeping your old iPhone 'is the best thing for the planet,' Apple says as it introduces the iPhone XS

Maybe You Should Just Buy an Old iPhone

About Mojave (macOS 10.14) and 32-bit Apps

The hardware events aren't over yet. Microsoft says they have something coming, Google has an event on October 9th and Samsung says the new Note will be announced soon thereafter. But none of that will be in our next episode. Tune in to BBQ 158 to hear what does.

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Blind Bargains Qast 156: State Fair Guide Dogs

Sep 11, 2018 64:52

Description:

A few months ago, we mentioned that many of the US airlines were examining changes to their policies about air travel for service animal customers. We asked Jenine Stanley
to come on the show and provide us with the status of these changes at the time of our recording. We also have a tip, a few suggestions and the trusty food-related content for the "Last Word".

Sponsor: Google

Our friends at Google are working hard to create great technology products for everyone. They re inviting you to participate in Google user research studies, where you can help shape the future of accessible products and features and get rewarded for it. head to google.com/userresearch.

In the News:

NV Access talks changes and new CEO in their latest blog post

WayAround - Tag and Scan now available for Android

Introducing FSCamDSBridge, the software that makes your Freedom Scientific camera product available to any Windows app

Web Aim offers their second survey to low vision web users

Frequency Missing is a game out for iOS that lets you experience and old school "point and click" adventure

Gaming Gets More Inclusive With The Launch Of The Xbox Adaptive Controller

Interview: Guide Dog Travel Suggestions

Jenine Stanley, Consumer Relations Coordinator for the Guide Dog Foundation and America s VetDogs, talks with Joe about the latest rules and changes proposed to the Department of Transportation that could impact Service Animal travelers on domestic US air flights. The pair discuss some of the recent self-imposed guidelines some air carriers have implemented, why these changes are being considered and offer some tips for those considering any upcoming air travel. To learn more about the ACAA, and other elements mentioned, visit the DOT website

Tip: Multiple Language Support For Google Home

Google has recently added the ability for users to talk to the Google Assistant in more than one language at a time. To do this with your Google home, first open the Google Home app for iOS or Android, then head to the "more Settings" option under the Menu section. From there it is simply a move down to your "Preferences" and then to the new language settings. You will find a picker that will let you add your additional language. The new setting is saved automatically, and you can begin using the two languages right away.

Sound Off:

'Lydia Alverson reminds us about another way to play with crosswords.

Dear BBQ team,

When you mentioned web-based crossword puzzles, it made me think of Blindfold Crossword by Kid Friendly Software. and I do have to admit, I'm hooked. Not only does it exercise your brain, but it's a pretty good time waster as well. I already solved thrree of the puzzles so far. I decided to buy all three packs that are offered via in app purchase. Oh, and as JJ was demoing the APH crossword, I couldn't help but sort of play along by guessing the answer. This is the best podcast to brighten up my day thus far. Great job once again. I wasn't a big fan of crosswords, but now I think I'll get back to them. Again, keep those demos coming.

Sincerely,
Lydia Alverson

P.S.. Hey Joe, please let Ricky know that I said congratulations on getting the job at Hadley.

Sent from my iPhone:

Rebecca Skipper has some thoughts about an email from episode 155's "Sound Off"...

Hi,

Thanks for the great game demos.

However, I d like to encourage someone on the team to review Lost Cities, a really fund card game similar to Uno that is completely accessible.

I first heard about it on Cool Blind Tech.

I d like to address the discussions you had on price of gaming and the comment from a listener in the Philippines about wealthy blind people.

I m glad I took some time to let my initial defensive reaction pass before writing this email.

Wealth is a very subjective term.

I do not need to remind you that Assistive Technology is expensive, but I am grateful for the efforts of all those who are trying to make devices more affordable.

I would encourage international listeners and even people in the US to do their research rather than just complain.

I bought one of my Braille displays used from Flying Blind.

When the state refused to purchase a new BrailleNote for me after my favorite device, the BrailleNote PK, died, I financed a BrailleNote Apex BT18 back in 2011.

Believe me, it took me years to pay that off!

I was employed at the time.

I m self-employed now, but I still buy my own tech, and it is empowering to know that I m acting like any other consumer.

For those who need help buying tech and do not have support from a local VR agency, there are plenty of resources.

NVDA is great!

If you are in the US, computers for the Blind has partnered with VFO.

VFO has announced partnerships with other countries to make JAWS freely available to all blind citizens.

If you are employed, you can get JAWS for home use, I think based on the fact that you are using JAWS at work though when I was employed, I was always encouraged to use my own JAWS authorization key at work.

I commend VFO for partnering with APH.

I get annoyed at people who get angry over a game s price.

If we want to be treated as equals with our able bodied counterparts, then we should not expect everything to be free.

Do I wish there were more accessible games that cost 0.99 cents or were free?

Yes!

However, it is more important to me to support developers who make accessible games.

This is why I bought Ten Pin Alley for about $25.00 several years ago and still enjoy it.

I also support Blindfold Games.

What we buy as consumers says a lot about our values.

I do have limits, however.

I really like my Orbit Reader 20 and my iPhone SE.

I m not willing to pay $1,000 for an iPhone!

This isn t because I m blind!

It is because as a consumer, I do not want to pay that much for a phone.

I m not going to get angry at Apple.

Why?

Well, they are still supporting the iPhone SE.

We still have options.

To close, I wish people would take more time to reflect on what they are about to say or post.

I usually don t like to get political, but notice how both parties liked the late Senator McCain for his civility and willingness to work with the other side.

This should be an example for all of us.

Thanks."

Last Word:

Fall in the US means two things. Pumpkin Spice is everywhere and the annual State Fair. The latter is the inspiration for our internet oddness of the week.
Gird your arteries: 2018's wacky-but-delicious State Fair foods
Man eats 5.2 pounds of cheese curds in six minutes en route to victory at the Wisconsin State Fair

Episode 157 will dissect the September Apple Event. Then, in October, we'll do the same for the newly announced October 9th Google Event. Crack open those piggy banks, it s the fall hardware season.

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Blind Bargains Qast 155: Crock Noir

Sep 3, 2018 75:20

Description:

The week s news is usually light before an upcoming Apple event, now set for Sept. 12th by the way, so J.J. and Joe decided to put their feet up with a few games to pass the time. We have a listener submitted tip, a fashion statement in "Sound Off" and an odd combo for "Last Word".

In the News:

Freedom Scientific releases their August 2018 update for JAWS, Fusion and ZoomText

Dolphin 17 update adds more browser support beyond Internet Explorer

The August issue of Access World looks at OrCam and the summer conventions

Mystic Access has been adding more content to their free offerings

This Apple Vis page contains an interesting discussion about the price of audio games

Demo: APH Crosswords

7 letters down starting with the letter "P" with the clue being "audio entertainment". That clue could suggest that the answer is the word "podcast". For years the idea of doing a crossword puzzle independently was a dream for some who rely on a screen reader for access. Now, thanks to the still in beta APH Crossword
you can import these word puzzles that contain a .puz file format. J.J. shows off this new web browser based tech that can provide hours of entertainment for you and your friends.

Demo: Dusk

Last week we spoke about Dusk
in the news section. However, we weren't sure about how the multi-player component worked. Joe asked Ricky Enger
to install the iPhone app and take up the challenge in playing the various party games with him. Listen in to hear the pair try out "Bubbles", "Ping Pong" and more.

Tip: Filtering by file type in Windows

'Alex Hall' submitted this tip via feedback@blindbargains.com

"Hello,
I have a tip for you. I don't have the means to easily record Windows, or I would have given you an audio file. Instead, I'll explain the tip, and hope one of you can record it in action. Sorry for the bother.

When you're in a Windows 10 dialog prompting you to choose a file, you can type in the path to a folder rather than browse to it. For instance, you can type
c:\users\alex\downloads
to get to your downloads folder, rather than tabbing around to find the list of places and locating the folder there. This is even more convenient for obscure folders you might be using.

But that's not the tip. I discovered yesterday that, once you're in the folder or as you're typing it, you can use the asterisk to search for files. I had to attach a spreadsheet to an email, and I couldn't remember the name of it. It was among a bunch of other files, so I didn't want to arrow through them all just to find the one spreadsheet. In the text field where you can type the path and/or file name, I tried this:
*.xlsx
(note the asterisk before the period). It worked, showing me only folders and .xlsx files in the current folder.

I also found that I can use this for partial name matches. If I want to open "products for September.doc", I can type something like
*September.doc
to find only .doc files ending in September.

Putting all this together, it is now way easier to find files of certain types and/or names. I type or browse to where I want to be, type my filter, press enter, shift-tab twice, and am given a list of only the matching files. It's great!

I'm using Windows 10, and I don't know whether this trick works in previous versions of Windows. I'd guess it does, and I just went the last 20 years not knowing about it. Hopefully we can help others to not live without this time-saver like I had been. That was a terribly-constructed sentence, but you know what I mean.

--Alex Hall"

Sound Off:

Orko had a question about something said in episode 153.

"During the show, you mentioned something called what sounded like wayround and compared it to granimals kids clothes from Sears. Do you have a link to that, or did I misunderstand what you were saying?"

Okay, we guess this could be two questions. Answer one, here is a link about "Garanimals"
And, answer two, WayAround
was one of our 2018 Summer Convention Coverage interviews.

Next, here is an email from Marcus.

"Hi! I'm Marcos Miranda, a US citizen in the Philippines. I'm completely blind since April 2018, a month before my 48th birthday. The eye doctor here in the Philippines claims I've Diabetic Retinopathy and says I need $3,500 (equivalent from Philippine Pesos) for surgery on my right eye as my left eye is dead. I disagreed with the doctor because I know my blindness was caused by long-term clinical stress from psychological torture beyond my control. Since mid-June, I'm taking herbal medicine and my vision is slowly returning in both of my eyes. If you would like to know more, please feel free to ask me.
Prior to becoming completely blind in April 2018, I've completed 35 years of computer science. On July 21, 2018, I ended working the Linux operating system after 21 years.
What frustrates me at being blind, is the fact that I know how all this assistive technology is built and I can't use any of my knowledge for my benefit! For example, I had been doing speech synthesis projects since 1986 and artificial intelligence projects since 1988.
Prior to moving to the Philippines, I was born in Massachusetts and grew up in Seattle. I've been SSA disabled since 2003 and awaiting "upgrade" due to doctor's certificate of my blindness.
I am strictly an Android user. I'm typing this message on a Bluetooth keyboard linked to my LG phone. I listen to your podcasts using TuneIn Radio Pro that I purchased almost 5 years ago.
Is Blind Bargains focused on wealthy blind people? I can't afford any Apple devices and most of the products you talk about are technology I will never experience in my lifetime. If I still had vision, I could build the stuff I cannot afford! Most of your podcasts are mostly iOS-centric, making me feel depressed because I only have Android.
For me to stay positive as a completely blind computer geek, I am actively posting into my Twitter account as @FilAmScientist. Due to change of focus, on August 21st, I deleted my tweets, changed my name & bio. I have zero moral support.
Thank you for reading my message. Other than my wife, I have zero moral & financial support! I wish I had money to buy the Braille tech you talk about, but like I said, it'll never happen in my lifetime. It's hard to be happy after complete loss of vision. Thanks for reading my mail.
Sincerely,
Marcos Miranda"

Thanks for writing in and we're glad you asked this question. A lot of U.S. based podcasts that focus on Blindness and Low Vision will be Apple iOS driven due to the mindshare and the size of the install base for that Os. Strangely enough, J.J. and Joe are known for Android accessibility because this month marks their 8th year of being Android users. The BBQ Crew feels strongly that to discuss the tech that is out there, it requires us to research it by various means. We ask for review devices from A.T. Makers, we travel to conventions for hands on demonstrations and we do outright purchase much of the tech you hear about on the show. We try to be as transparent about this as possible because we believe that our listeners should have a base of reference of our involvement with a product before they choose to make any buying decision from remarks made on the podcast. Many of our BBQ Hosts have been in the A.T. Industry for a long time in one capacity or another. And this helps us be able to gain access to many voices you have heard over the past many years we've been recording our voices. But, we can't stress this enough, it is our amazing audience that powers this show most of all. Without your support we could not bring you much of what you hear from us week after week. Thanks to you for all your downloads, recommendations to others and promoting us on social media. It does a lot to keep the lights on this thing we enjoy doing for you!

Last Word:

Words and traffic safety are the two things we found fascinating on the web this week.
What If English Were Phonetically Consistent?
Alligator uses crosswalk to cross South Carolina road

We may have an interview slated for episode 156. Then, for 157, it seems that we'll discuss what Apple has planned for the holidays.

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Blind Bargains Qast 154: The A-Lady

Aug 20, 2018 59:55

Description:

For many years we ve held back about talking sports. Well, thanks to Brian Fischler
And Yahoo, we found a way to cover sports and Assistive Technology at the same time. But it isn t all gridiron action this week. We have news, a tip and many audio clips in the Last Word . Get your draft on, its game time!

In The News:

Rice Krispies introduces Braille stickers for blind, visually-impaired kids just in time for back to school

Envision AI version 1.5.0 released, introducing several new real-time scanning features and new language

Flicktype version 2.5 introduces new features including new gestures, self voiceing, spelling, shortcuts

APH Word puzzles needs desktop beta testers

Like Black Box, Dusk is a puzzle game that uses many features of your iPhone

Knight Commander is an iOS game for those fans who are addicted to Crafting Kingdom

Reprogrammable braille could shrink books to a few pages

Discussion Topic: Yahoo Fantasy Football

Fantasy sports has generally been something we would place firmly in the doable section of access, however, there has long been a need for further improvement in order to fully enjoy managerial control of your virtual dream team. Brian Fischler, of That Blind Tech Show
, drops by to tell us that Yahoo! has been working hard this year to polish up access support for Blind and Low Vision players. Listen in to hear how draft and league play has been changed from Rookie to Playmaker status. Also, we get an update on November s Laugh For Sight charity line up
towards the end of this interview.

Tip: Customize Live TV Information In YouTube TV

One of the coolest features in YouTube TV is the ability to sort, remove and read TV listings on the Live TV Guide. You can move your favorite channels to the top of the list. Or remove an entire genre of channels out of your lineup so you don t have to see them again when perusing the schedule. Open the YouTube TV app, in either iOS or Android, and head to your account settings. From there, look for Live TV . You can tap on a channel to add or remove it from your list. And you can use Custom Actions to move the channel up or down the list to the desired place within your entertainment pantheon. Changes are saved automatically, and you can even do this for location based channels in an often visited city for those who travel and don t want to touch the germ ridden hotel room TV remote controls.

Sound Off:

Gregg Hayes wrote in to clarify some of the suggestions we had mentioned on a previous episode when it came to scanning business cards to your contact list.

Hi Joe,

Last week I believe you and JJ talked about the ability to scan business cards and make them into Contacts. I think you said the name of the application or applications that can do this, but I could not understand you well. Do you know which applications can do this now? I seem to remember you talking about it around the same time you were talking about seeing AI enhancements..

We mentioned Microsoft Office Lens, Google Lens, KNFB Reader and there are even some low cost solutions by Adobe. Experimentation is suggested as some of these options work better in iOS or Android depending on the use case and app support.

Long time listener Juan Avila sent in these thoughts in an email entitled The rise of main stream media and the Blind left in the dust .

Hello blind bargains,
I really enjoyed listening to podcast 153. Regarding the conversation about getting information from social media like pinterest and Instagram, I just wanted to share my personal experience with the rise of mainstream media as a blind person. Every day I'll see people bragging about the pictures they see every ten seconds, and if I'm lucky, I can convince those around me to describe what they see on their phones. Otherwise, I feel like I am kept out of the loop regarding news being presented. A lot of people these days use an app called Snap Chat , and Instagram . I see that by means of these apps, people are always aware about what is occurring around them, and young people especially, always know what their friends and family are doing without saying a word to each other. I wish that the content on these apps was more accessible to the blind. Moreover it the technology of TapTapSee was combined with the social media apps, to inform blind people about photos and videos, we as the Blind would be a step closer in absorbing media.

Last Word:

A musical feud and a vocal doppelganger make up the week s web oddities.
Weezer started the feud by visiting Africa
Toto responded by taking their Hash Pipe
J.J. is convinced that Joe is moonlighting as an announcer for this new game show

Everyone is back, and in their respective homes, for episode 155. That may signal an uptick in quality control. Note the need for emphasis on the word may . Have a great week!

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Blind Bargains Qast 153: Allstar Duck Triathlon

Aug 7, 2018 67:19

Description:

J.J. is out communing with nature at his annual summer camp retreat. So, Joe asked Jamie Pauls
to hop into the studio to discuss the matters of the week. David Bradburn, longtime friend of the show, returns to talk about Video Magnifiers and his recent international travel exploits. Jamie has a tip; a fellow podcaster sends in a letter for "Sound Off" and a bit of audio Tom Foolery rounds out things in the "Last Word".

Program Note:

Huge shout outs, and big congrats, to members of the BBQ Crew.
Buddy Brannan
Moved to Austin to start his new gig at that little startup company Apple.
Also, Ricky Enger
Joined the Hadley Institute as a Learning Expert on August 1st. We can t wait to hear the stories that come from these awesome new adventures for our friends!

In The News:

AIRA announces the launch of their 24-7 services and updates their Horizon FAQ pages

Freedom Scientific has posted an article about the impending demise of classic Skype that is worth a read

It's worth mentioning that after we recorded this episode, Microsoft has decided to keep Classic Skype alive for a bit longer because of user backlash.

Hartgen Consultancy is now offering an archived version of their Open Tween Twitter client course

We mentioned it briefly last week, here is an article about the 2018 Holman Prize winners

Be My Eyes continues adding awards to the ever-growing trophy case

Be sure to check out Jamie s article, and the other great work too, in July 2018 s edition of Access World

Interview: David Bradburn Of Zoomax

Back in March, at CSUN, Joe had a chance to use a new field recorder on the Exhibit Hall floor, Except, it didn t go so well. But Joe did come away with some of the best blank recordings he has ever done in his long broadcasting career. One such interview, lost to the depths of time, was a lengthy one with David Bradburn. This week joe makes amends by having David back on the program to speak about the Snow 10 Pro
and the first in the new Revosight line of wearable units releasing later this month from Zoomax
Also, David describes some of the aspects of traveling through China and fills us in on some of the local cuisine. Spoiler, chicken and duck are on the menu but not in the way you may think.

Tip: Braille Modes With Braille Note Touch

Jamie tells us an easy way to switch between modes on the Braille Note Touch this week. You can move between Literary Braille and Computer Braille easily if you use these command keys. To move to Computer Braille press Backspace and G. To move again to Literary Braille press Backspace, spacebar then G once more.

Sound Off:

Main Menu s Jenine Stanley sent along this email entitled Ruffwear, more geeky than you'd think .

Hey guys, glad you mentioned Chancy s excellent interview with Greg Frye from Ruffwear. Our booth was right next to them at NFB and I did get to test drive the prototype guide dog harness.

I ve been a serious guide and service dog gear geek for a long time now and what truly fascinated me about this design was the handle. It s a single shaft handle, not the rigid U shape we all know and mostly love. the engineering geekery is that this single shaft can be adjusted for minute lengths as well as mimicking different handle types. It can be set to mimic the distance and feel of an offset handle versus a straight handle. that s just shaft positioning and involves very subtly adjusting the angle of the single shaft.

The grip mechanism can also be adjusted to go along with the handle type or to become ultra ergonomic for various hand and wrist issues.

I need a handle that is built up. I achieve this on my current harness using a padded bicycle grip. The Ruffwear handle can be set at any angle or hand position and extra material can be added to the grip at any point if needed.

Right now these adjustments are meant to be made by an instructor during initial training or placement with the harness but they do have a prototype that is adjustable by the handler in real time. Amazingly enough, it s also light weight.

The body piece is also very configurable with different materials, reflective schemes and attachments such as pouches or cane holders. The chest piece covers the dog s entire chest, giving really precise feedback. It s also completely adjustable to really fit the dog as opposed to the very nice looking but not well fitting leather traditional harnesses.

My test drive showed me that this harness is really functional in tight spaces. this surprised me. i thought it might be great in sidewalk work where you ve got nice open spaces and all that but in crowds, how would you feel those subtle movements? Very well actually. The handle attachment mechanism and neck piece are still a work in progress but they hope to come out with some more prototypes in the fall, which they will send out to the guide dog schools. Really hoping to get one to try. the actual product will be out early in 2019.

Thanks for noting them in your convention wrap up.:

ICYMI, or In Case You Missed It , here is the link to the interview mentioned above.

#NFB18 Audio: The Next Generation Of Travel Tools Are On Display With RuffWear

Last Word:

Why not have a musical clip for the visiting musician guest host?
Will This Trick Your Ears?(Audio Illusions
And if you like that, you may want to have a "Virtual Haircut"

Next week, J.J. is back and probably sunburned from his time in that place where we tech-minded fear to tread due to the blazing ball in the sky and all that outdoors stuff.

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Blind Bargains Qast 152: 55 Gallon Braille Signage

Jul 28, 2018 69:47

Description:

The annual migration from the convention floor back to the studio has once again come to our merry band of podcasters. J.J., Joe and Patrick take a moment to discuss some of the highlights from our 2018 Summer Convention Coverage and even slip in some of the news from the last month as well. The "Last Word" and "Sound Off" round out this week s offerings. Pack, unpack or just relish the idea that you don't have to do either. Fight over that lone electrical outlet, It s an episode for that layover in the airport-sized BBQ.

Our 2018 summer convention coverage is sponsored by Google.

We re teaming up with our friends on the Google Accessibility team to talk about accessibility features within products like Android, Chrome OS, G Suite, Google Home, Assistant and more! Be sure to listen to our podcast series where we get the inside scoop, including the upcoming launch of Chat support and a 24 hour response time for the Disability Support team on July 9th.

The Google Accessibility team is also inviting everyone to participate in user research studies, where you can help shape the future of accessible products and features -- and get rewarded for it. Select here to sign up to participate and learn more at google.com/accessibility.

Discussion Topic: 2018 Summer Conventions

Here are a few of the interviews we highlight from our coverage. Big thanks to Chancy for once again braving the NFB Exhibit Hall for us and congrats on her new role as President of the NFB A.T. Trainers Division.

Directing Big Data and Technological Innovation: Perspectives on the Importance of Leadership by the Blind

#ACB18 Audio: HIMS Has A Hybrid Theory With The New QBraile XL

#ACB18 Audio: A Book And A BrailleMe From NBP

#NFB18 Audio: Let Your Fingers Do The Walking Along The Tactile Mapping Automated Project s Pages

#NFB18 Audio: Lets Go Crazy For GoBraille From Irie-AT

#ACB18 Audio: Interlace Your Interpoint With Duxbury v12.3

#ACB18 Audio: Know More About Where You Are With WayAround

#NFB18 Audio: The Next Generation Of Travel Tools Are On Display With RuffWear

#ACB18 Audio: Welcome to Accessible Voting With Votec

In The Other News:

#NFB18: Details On The Humanware Braille Note Touch July Update

Microsoft Seeing AI update adds even more languages and lets you browse your Camera Roll with ease

Flicktype Keyboard Version 2.0 released, introducing system-wide keyboard, cursor controls, emoji, and more

A Hero's Call Version 1.3 released

Sound Off:

This question came in from ]Twitter via the Blind Bargains account](https://twitter.com/blindbargains)

JaneSuh5: Has anyone used the tap keyboard? got me interested because of the @blindbargains interview. For those who have used it, does it come with one strap only?

Only one Tap comes to a package. But in the future you may want to have one for each hand. Find out more in our interview.

#NFB18 Audio: Be A One-hand Wonder by Typing With Tap

Last Word:

We are still celebrating the joy of the hunt from Prime Day 2018. Yet we already morn missing these deals from yesteryear.
Strangest Prime Day Deals Ever

Next week's episode is a mystery, in that we have no idea about what it will be, feature or otherwise contain. Tune in to see what could possibly be the subject of episode 153!

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#ACB18 Audio: Friendly Phone Options For All At Irie-AT

Jul 27, 2018 06:00

Description:

Touch screens on phones and tablets can be very daunting to master for those who are new to vision loss. Cody Mitchell, Sales Manager for Irie-AT, and J.J. talk about some options that are out there for those looking to adopt a more guided focus driven experience on Android. The Synaptic software can be loaded on any device with Android Kit-Katt, on up, and contains features like a built in Video Magnifier and OCR. To check out the accessible phone options mentioned in this interview, head on over to the Irie-AT phones and tablets section of their website.

Our 2018 summer convention coverage is sponsored by Google.

This week we re teaming up with our friends on the Google Accessibility team to talk about accessibility features within products like Android, Chrome OS, G Suite, Google Home, Assistant and more! Be sure to listen to our podcast series where we get the inside scoop, including the upcoming launch of Chat support and a 24 hour response time for the Disability Support team on July 9th.

The Google Accessibility team is also inviting everyone to participate in user research studies, where you can help shape the future of accessible products and features -- and get rewarded for it. Select here to sign up to participate and learn more at google.com/accessibility.

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#NFB18 Audio: Detect The World Around You With Sunu

Jul 27, 2018 17:49

Description:

We aren t sure if Chancy likes Spiderman or not, but she sure could be Spiderwoman if she wanted to have comic book-like Spider Senses while wearing the Sunu Band. Fernando Albertorio, of Sunu, provides an overview, and outdoor demonstration, of the mobility travel aid. He discusses how the product has evolved and gives some insight into the increased capabilities of the device through its optional smartphone companion app. To learn more about the band, visit the Sunu
Website.

Our 2018 summer convention coverage is sponsored by Google.

This week we're teaming up with our friends on the Google Accessibility team to talk about accessibility features within products like Android, Chrome OS, G Suite, Google Home, Assistant and more! Be sure to listen to our podcast series where we get the inside scoop, including the upcoming launch of Chat support and a 24 hour response time for the Disability Support team on July 9th.

The Google Accessibility team is also inviting everyone to participate in user research studies, where you can help shape the future of accessible products and features -- and get rewarded for it. Select here to sign up to participate and learn more at google.com/accessibility.

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#ACB18 Audio: Know More About Where You Are With WayAround

Jul 26, 2018 08:06

Description:

NFC, or Near Field Communications, is great for paying for things with a phone or watch. But wouldn't it be great if you could apply that same technology to a sign and learn more about where you are or what is around you? Jessica Hipp, Marketing Director for WayAround, explains the company's vision for doing just that. She also shows J.J. how using tags can be used to label shirts, objects, food and so many other items around the home. To learn more about the company, and download their free app, visit the WayAround Website.

Our 2018 summer convention coverage is sponsored by Google.

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#ACB18 Audio: Welcome to Accessible Voting With Votec

Jul 26, 2018 11:16

Description:

There are a lot of rules and laws at play when it comes to the process of voting. Douglas Towne, of Votec Corperation, discusses some of the ins and outs of that process in this interview from the ACB Exhibit Hall floor. Find out about pollbooks and hear an overview of the Welcome Voter Kiosk. To learn more about accessible voting, visit the Votec w ebsite.

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#ACB18 Audio: Wait, Walk And Cross The Street With Polara

Jul 26, 2018 11:01

Description:

Did you know that the talking traffic lights on street corners are officially called Audio Pedestrian Signals [or APS]? David Ayers, Eastern Region Sales Manager for Polara, and J.J. talk about the installation process and cost for equipping an intersection in this interview. There are a lot of things to consider before a city can add these devices to the traffic grid. To learn more, and find out how you can make a request for APS in your area, visit the Polara website.

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#NFB18 Audio: Let Your Fingers Do The Walking Along The Tactile Mapping Automated Project ™s Pages

Jul 25, 2018 07:18

Description:

Chancy initially spoke to Scott Blanks of the San Francisco Lighthouse about the tactile maps being embossed on a View Plus Columbia Braille Embosser
At the Tactile Mapping Automated project s booth. Except, being the intrepid reporter that we all know her to be, the interview soon expands outward to cover several aspects of the wide array of services offered by this famous organization. To learn more about the maps mentioned at the beginning of this interview, or about any of the services spoken about afterwards, visit the San Francisco Lighthouse
Webpage.

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#NFB18 Audio: Rein In Kiosk Navigation With Storm Interface

Jul 25, 2018 12:42

Description:

The automation self-service trend has been slowly rolling out to the national airlines, fast food outlets and retailers around the U.S. Sadly, most of these automated systems rely on touch screens for their general use. Chancey spoke with Nicky Shaw, U.S. Operations Manager for Storm Interface, about how businesses can augment these kiosks in a way that allows auditory feedback for navigation of the information offered on touch panels. Tune in to hear the technology in action and to get an overview of what is involved with the process in providing kiosk access. To learn more about this technology, visit the Storm Interface
Website.

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#NFB18 Audio: Lets Go Crazy For GoBraille From Irie-AT

Jul 20, 2018 05:55

Description:

There are few things separating Braille Embossers from their mainstream printer counterparts. In this interview with John Taylor, Product Manager for Irie-AT, Chancy learned about wirelessly embossing from your phone with GoBraille . John then describes the features of the embossers that are supported by this modern day convenience and explains how they also have easy to use tactile controls. To learn more about these embossers, and everything else the company offers visit the Irie-AT
website.

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#NFB18 Audio: Be A One-hand Wonder by Typing With Tap

Jul 19, 2018 12:49

Description:

BBQ Crew Member Buddy Brannan first turned us on to the wearable Tap alternative at last year s CSUN
Chancy has been using the accessory as well and she had her questions ready for Sabrina Kemeny, President and Co-Founder, when they met in the NFB Exhibit Hall. Find out about Tap Aloud, the Tap manager and the new Tap Mapper in this interview. Also, discover ways that you could use a Tap on each hand for some very interesting tasks. To learn more, or to order a Tap, visit the Tap with Us website.

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#ACB18 Audio: A Book And A BrailleMe From NBP

Jul 17, 2018 19:49

Description:

J.J. and Brian McDonald, President of National Braille Press, found some time to escape from the ACB Exhibit Hall floor to talk about the new affordable BrailleMe display. Brian walks us through an overview of the product and provides some insight into the unit s unique pin design. The pair also discuss a forthcoming update to the B2G and the differences between it and the BrailleMe. To learn more about both the BrailleMe and the B2G, or to pick up any number of Braille books as well, head over to the National Braille Press website.

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#NFB18 Audio: The Next Generation Of Travel Tools Are On Display With RuffWear

Jul 17, 2018 06:22

Description:

Chancey met up with the most obedient Service Animal on an Exhibit Hall floor ever. Okay, it was a dog statue wearing a new next generation harness, but good dog! Greg Freyberg, Product Line Manager for RuffWear, describes the design and the plan for a product rollout next year for this telescoping handle based harness. He also provides more information on an audible beacon light and a collapsible bed for travel. To learn more about the products mentioned in this interview, Visit the RuffWear Website.

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#ACB18 Audio: Feed Your Need to Read With The Latest From BARD

Jul 16, 2018 09:38

Description:

We recently posted an article about some of the changes that came in the BARD App update for iOS and Android.
Don Olson, Bard Operations Officer, describes to J.J. a more in depth look at those changes and outlines some additions coming to Bard Express as well. Fans of Braille and Amazon devices won t want to miss this interview. To keep up with the latest information on Bard, and other services, visit the National Library Service website.

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2018 Summer Convention Special #Sponsored: New Features For Google ChromeVox, Chromebooks and Chrome OS

Jul 14, 2018 16:58

Description:

Most families with school-aged children are probably familiar now with Google Classroom. Chances are, if you are a school-aged or college attending student, you probably could teach a thing or two on how to use a Chromebook to your parents. And some out there, working in I.T. Professional jobs, may even want to sit in on some of those lessons as more and more vocations are considering the use of a Chromebook at the work site.

J.J. sat down with Laura Allen, Program Manager for Accessibility on Chrome and Chrome OS, to discuss the multiple changes to the ChromeVox and Chrome OS experience that have been implemented over the last year. Tune in to discover the thoughts behind the redesigned ChromeVox screen reader, new USB Braille Display support and how ChromeVox interacts with touch screen based Chromebooks.

Laura also provides an overview of features for Low Vision users in the new levels of magnification supported, a docked magnifier window and enhancements to the visibility of the cursor and mouse pointer within Chrome OS. There is even a sneak peak at what is coming to Select to Speak in upcoming milestone releases.

Be sure to note the suggestions for learning ChromeVox and ChromeOS so you can distinctly know your Earcon from your Emoticon!

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This week we re teaming up with our friends on the Google Accessibility team to talk about accessibility features within products like Android, Chrome OS, G Suite, Google Home, Assistant and more! Be sure to listen to our podcast series where we get the inside scoop, including the upcoming launch of Chat support and a 24 hour response time for the Disability Support team on July 9th.

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#ACB18 Audio: Test Your Luck With The Blind Lottery And The Blind Life Channel

Jul 14, 2018 06:10

Description:

With more than 400 videos over a 5 year period, The Blind Life podcast s Owner and Creator Sam Seavey has been one busy fellow. Sam talks with J.J. about how he creates his content and what inspires him to share with others. Assistive Technology reviews, interviews and daily living are just some of the subjects Sam covers on the channel. To learn more, visit The Blind Life YouTube page

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#NFB18 Audio: Be A Partner On A Winning Team With Guiding Eyes

Jul 13, 2018 08:47

Description:

Jessy DiNapoli, of Guiding Eyes, was still in good voice and retained a lot of energy after being on the NFB Exhibit Hall floor at the end of two days. Trust us, that is no small feat! In this interview Chancy speaks to Jessy about the differences in the various programs offered, alternate communication methods and how technology plays a role in Guide travel. To learn more about the services spoken about in this podcast, visit the Guiding Eyes For The Blind Website.

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#ACB18 Audio: Plan Travel Better With Planit Patrick

Jul 13, 2018 07:09

Description:

It sure would be nice to have a list of airports that contain the Guide Dog relief areas post TSA pat downs rather than outside the airport complex itself. That way you know where, and how much time, it would take to find a friendly Service Animal spot between planes or prior to boarding one. Well, Patrick Rooney Web Designer for Bumpy Pages, is out to make that list as a part of his Planit Patrick travel blog. Listen to Patrick describe his plans for the travel blog to J.J. And note the other services Patrick is involved with web design at Bumpy Pages .

Here are the web sites Patrick mentioned in this interview

Planit Patrick
Sea See Trips
Bumpy Pages

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#ACB18 Audio: Fearless Adventures In Art And Jewelry For Neat Artist Studio

Jul 13, 2018 05:05

Description:

J.J. is always looking for things to enhance his wardrobe ensemble. Perhaps a Braille embossed tie clip with Believe inscribed upon it will be the perfect accessory to that power suit and tie combo? In this interview Kate Schroder, Owner and Operator of Neat Artist Studio, describes the process in which she creates her well defined jewelry and art. Her company offers pins, keychains and more with the ability to fulfill custom orders for any occasion. To learn more, visit the Neat Artist Studio website for ordering information.

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#NFB18 Audio: Buzz And Blast Your Braille With APH

Jul 13, 2018 06:15

Description:

Dave Wilkinson, Director of Sales for APH, is no stranger to the BBQ microphones. Over the years Dave has spoken to us about voice assistants, travel and he has even invented a Blind friendly holiday. Heck, he has even been The Human Clock for us at last year s BBQ Game Show Chancy caught up with Dave on the NFB Exhibit Hall floor to talk about many things that involved Braille. Braille Blaster Begins the list of products and we end on auditory friendly tennis. To learn more about all the items mentioned in this interview head on over to the APH
website.

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This week we're teaming up with our friends on the Google Accessibility team to talk about accessibility features within products like Android, Chrome OS, G Suite, Google Home, Assistant and more! Be sure to listen to our podcast series where we get the inside scoop, including the upcoming launch of Chat support and a 24 hour response time for the Disability Support team on July 9th.

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#ACB18 Audio: Local Transcription For Any Locale Thanks To The Midwestern Braille Volunteers

Jul 12, 2018 03:59

Description:

One of the best things about covering each year s ACB Exhibit Hall for the BBQ Crew comes up when we get a chance to meet the local organizations that support the host city and state. J.J. had a moment to speak with Loretta Bryant, Executive Director of Midwestern Braille Volunteers, about some of the services they provided for the convention site. He also learned about the greeting cards that are available and how others may use the Braille transcription services they offer. To learn more about their services, visit the Midwestern Braille Volunteers website.

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#ACB18 Audio: Braille Design shows Their Puppy Love For The Dog Days Of Summer

Jul 12, 2018 04:20

Description:

Alice Lynch, Owner of Braille Design, is no stranger to our Convention Coverage microphones. This year she brought examples of the new Puppy Love Collection
to share with J.J. He also discovered the new T Shirts at the booth as well. You can add a graphic, or other custom design, in puffy tactile Braille with minimum orders starting at 15 shirts per request. To learn more, and snag other items like cane charms and other Braille jewelry, visit Braille Design
website.

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This week we're teaming up with our friends on the Google Accessibility team to talk about accessibility features within products like Android, Chrome OS, G Suite, Google Home, Assistant and more! Be sure to listen to our podcast series where we get the inside scoop, including the upcoming launch of Chat support and a 24 hour response time for the Disability Support team on July 9th.

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#ACB18 Audio: Interlace Your Interpoint With Duxbury v12.3

Jul 12, 2018 06:44

Description:

Braille embossers can be expensive investments; however, it is good to know that there is a team out there helping you get the most out of this category of Assistive Technology. Donald Breda, Tech Support Specialist for Duxbury Systems, reminisces about older embossers and what it takes to keep them going in the Windows 10 era. He also outlines changes coming to 12.3 of DBT. To read more about 12.3, and purchase your copy from their new online store, travel to the Duxbury Systems website.

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#ACB18 Audio: Talking Medications Right To Your Door With Express Scripts

Jul 11, 2018 05:51

Description:

Jamie Revelle, UEX Research and Accessibility Lead for Express Scripts, provides J.J. with some information about one of the largest pharmacies in the U.S. and how members can obtain accessible prescription information through their company. With more than 87 million members, and coverage through Medicare as well, you can subscribe to this accessible Home delivery medication service. To learn more, visit the Express Scripts site.

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#ACB18 Audio: HIMS Has A Hybrid Theory With The New QBraile XL

Jul 11, 2018 14:19

Description:

Earlier this year, at CSUN, we learned about the new Polaris Mini Now Jenny Axler, HIMS International Technical Support and so much more, is back to tell us about the just announced QBraille XL. Jenny walks J.J. through the specs and features of the hybrid device in this first look interview from the ACB Exhibit Hall floor. To learn more, visit the QBraille XL product page at the HIMS Inc. website.

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2018 Summer Convention Special #Sponsored: A deeper dive Into Android Accessibility Suite , BrailleBack and More

Jul 6, 2018 20:09

Description:

September 2018 will see the 8th year anniversary of Joe and J.J. talking about Android accessibility features on a number of podcasting platforms. After several versions of Android, and around half a dozen phones between them, the duo can say that the options for Android users continue to impress upon each successive release.

Victor Tsaran, Technical Program Manager for Android Accessibility, has been an extremely busy fellow with preparations for the impending launch of Android P later this year. While we sadly didn't learn what the letter P will stand for as the next delicious flavor of Android, J.J. did glean much in the way of what changes are on the horizon for accessibility in the upcoming release of the operating system.

In this interview the pair discuss the recent change to combine several access services, including TalkBack, into the new Android Accessibility Suite. The conversation then moves to the new features and Accessibility Services in Android P including one of interest to people with hearing loss. Additionally, Braille input fans will be interested in the talk about an upcoming BrailleBack release. And you won't want to miss the tips for those considering the purchase of an Android device or how OCR plays into the new Select to Speak feature for Low Vision users.

Check out the Google Accessibility blog to learn more about what changes are happening at Google.
Follow Google Access on Twitter
Or, visit the Google Access site
] to find helpful information and resources about various Google products.

Our 2018 summer convention coverage is sponsored by Google.

This week we're teaming up with our friends on the Google Accessibility team to talk about accessibility features within products like Android, Chrome OS, G Suite, Google Home, Assistant and more! Be sure to listen to our podcast series where we get the inside scoop, including the upcoming launch of Chat support and a 24 hour response time for the Disability Support team on July 9th.

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2018 Summer Convention Special #Sponsored: New Accessibility Features Coming To G Suite

Jul 5, 2018 14:24

Description:

You might not recognize the name G suite but you might be surprised to know that you may be using one of its products regularly. That s because G Suite is more than Slides, Sheets and Google Docs. Products like Hangouts, Google Calendar and Gmail are also a part of the many collaboration tools found within this powerful collection of useful apps.

Roger Benz, Accessibility Manager for G-Suite, gives J.J. an overview of some new accessibility features recently added to G Suite. Our conversation begins with talk about the enhancements made to Braille support for Screen Reader users for Google Docs and Sheets. We then turn to the new magnification improvements for tracking focus within Google Slides, Docs and Sheets. Also covered is a brief discussion about new changes made to Google Calendar and how you can add contacts to Google Meet.

Check out the Google Accessibility blog to learn more about what changes are happening at Google.
Follow Google Access on Twitter
Or, visit the Google Access site
] to find helpful information and resources about various Google products.

Our 2018 summer convention coverage is sponsored by Google.

This week we re teaming up with our friends on the Google Accessibility team to talk about accessibility features within products like Android, Chrome OS, G Suite, Google Home, Assistant and more! Be sure to listen to our podcast series where we get the inside scoop, including the upcoming launch of Chat support and a 24 hour response time for the Disability Support team on July 9th.

The Google Accessibility team is also inviting everyone to participate in user research studies, where you can help shape the future of accessible products and features -- and get rewarded for it. Select here to sign up to participate and learn more at google.com/accessibility.

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2018 Summer Convention Special #Sponsored: What ™s New For Google Home And Google Assistant

Jul 4, 2018 16:19

Description:

The first Google Home devices debuted on U.S. store shelves in October 2016. The Google Home Mini and Max joined the lineup the following year. Now, thanks to the power of the Google Assistant Compatible Device Program, you can search and ask questions to a wide assortment of products from a growing number of hardware manufacturers.

J.J. caught up with Kiran Kaja, Technical Program Manager for Search and Assistant, to get the latest on recent features added to the Google Home and Google Assistant platforms. New voices, continuous conversation and the connected home with Chromecast are just some of the subjects covered in this interview. With support for 80 countries, in 30 different languages, tune in to discover an example of what you can do with the Google Home and Google Assistant.

Check out the Google Accessibility blog to learn more about what changes are happening at Google.
Follow Google Access on Twitter
Or, visit the Google Access site
] to find helpful information and resources about various Google products.

Our 2018 summer convention coverage is sponsored by Google.

This week we're teaming up with our friends on the Google Accessibility team to talk about accessibility features within products like Android, Chrome OS, G Suite, Google Home, Assistant and more! Be sure to listen to our podcast series where we get the inside scoop, including the upcoming launch of Chat support and a 24 hour response time for the Disability Support team on July 9th.

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Blind Bargains Qast 151: A T Guys Convention Showcase

Jul 1, 2018 69:46

Description:

Fireworks, hot dogs and devices with synthetic speech? Yep, summer brings all those things and more. Especially if you are traveling to one of the many summer conventions. This week we will focus on some of the new products we have over at the A T Guys
site. We have some news, a tip and a cool refreshing summer themed Last Word". So fire up the grill and put this on in the background as you have BBQ with the BBQ Crew!

Sponsor: Aira

Aira is a service which connects a low vision or blind user with a highly trained live agent to provide real time access to any visual information, when and where it is needed.

Joe sat down with Greg Stilson, Director of Product Development, to talk about the Smart Cities concept and how that will play into the summer conventions. The pair also discussed the new VFO announcement, the $50 plan being offered to convention attendees and an amazing new feature coming to the AIRA app.

Visit this link to explore what AIRA is doing at ACB 2018
Visit this link to explore what AIRA is doing at NFB 2018
Visit this link to learn more about the VFO announcement

And you can download the app today for both iOS and Android by clicking this link

In The News:

The June 2018 issue of Access World features on AiIRA Horizon, iOS podcasts and more

Android Accessibility Suite is now available in the Google Play Store

Microsoft news comes to iOS

The Blind Masters of Fighting Games

Product Spotlight: A T Guys Convention Showcase

Before we start talking about deals and products, we should acknowledge another traditional thing we do for convention time.

The Updated Guide to Getting Free Food, Rides, Groceries, and More at #ACB18

The Updated Guide to Getting Free Food, Rides, Groceries, and More at #NFB18

Now, on to some of the products we'll be selling at convention. And if you're not going, you can still order on our website at atguys.com

Energrid Accessible Power Bank And Charger
Presenting a powerful and accessible portable charger we think you'll love. The battery level is indicated by tones or vibrations so you'll know how much charge is left. With two fast charging ports, you can power multiple devices simultaneously. At 15,000 MAH, it will give you several charges for most devices and is more than twice as powerful as our previous model. Carrying case and USB cable included.

Aftershokz Open-ear Headphones
Featuring bone conduction technology, allowing you to hear your surroundings as well as your headphones at the same time. These headphones are available in both wireless Bluetooth (Bluez) and wired models.

LG TONE PRO HBS-780 Wireless Stereo Headset

Note: This product is currently only available at the NFB convention in Orlando. Stay tuned for updates, or send us a message and we will do what we can to help.

Lightweight Design Meets Powerful Performance Enjoy a better sound experience on the go with the newly designed LG TONE PRO , featuring Advanced Quad Layer Speaker Technology for outstanding, balanced sound quality.
Key Features

Slim Body and Durable Wires enjoy a lightweight, hidden magnetic earbud design with fine, low profile wires for enhanced durability. Advanced Quad Layer Speaker Technology experience outstanding sound quality with well-balanced sound in all bands. Dual MEMS Microphones never miss a moment of the conversation with enhanced voice clarity.

E2 Wi-fi Compact Smart Stereo Speaker with Bluetooth and Alexa

Note: This item is available in person at the summer conventions and will reach our warehouse in the next 1-2 weeks.

A compact, wireless, Bluetooth, speaker that does it all. The smaller brother to the E5, the E2 features Wi-Fi support including radio presets, Amazon Alexa, Airplay support, and so much more.

The E2 is a compact speaker which boasts a lot of features. Read on to learn what E2 can do.

The E2 is a WiFi/Bluetooth speaker that integrates with Amazon Alexa Voice Service. Just tap the speaker to ask Alexa a question, Such as "What's the weather today?" With Alexa Voice service you can order Dominos Pizza, call a Uber, control your smart home devices, add items to your Amazon shopping cart, or play Amazon Prime Music. Note that Spotify and Pandora are current

Micro-Speak Plus 8GB Talking Digital Voice Recorder
Now with twice the storage. Micro-Speak Plus is a brand new digital voice recorder that combines smart design with ease of use and high quality performance. Micro-Speak Plus is packed with useful features including specifically designed software that provides spoken prompts and beeps to assist blind and low-vision users
Record with the press of a button and playback immediately via the built-in speaker. High Definition recordings in uncompressed WAV format ensure impressive results for unlimited speaking and listening activities.

Victor Reader Trek Talking Book Player & GPS

Navigate The World around You And that latest Best Seller with One Consistent Physical Experience!

Today people everywhere consume content while traveling, but for someone who is blind or visually impaired physical keys plus a consistent user experience is so much more important while navigating outside with one hand already occupied by a cane or dog guide.

The VictorReader Trek combines the world renowned simple book reading and media playback experience of the VictorReader Stream with the navigation guidance technology found in the Trekker Breeze.

Tactile Screen Protectors
A T Guys is pleased to partner with SpeedDots, manufacturing and distributing tactile screen protectors for use with Apple mobile devices including the iPhone 5, 4, 4S, and 3GS, iPod Touch 4th and 5th generations, the iPad Mini, and the iPad 2nd generation and newer. Our custom screen overlays provide guidance and facilitate navigation of touchscreen devices by placing a single, raised dot over commonly-used letters and controls, making it easier than ever before for blind and visually impaired individuals using the Voiceover screenreader to both orient, as well as input text and access screen controls quickly and efficiently. Our standard overlay contains a dot on each letter and input control while our advanced overlay contains similar markings on buttons and input controls, however only the letters F and J on the virtual keyboard will contain raised dots. A Phone layout which includes marks on the phone numbers is also available for the iPhone 5. Please select your device to see the available protectors. Note there is only one model of screen protector available for the iPad. Order more than one and save on shipping.

Switch HomeKit/Alexa/Google Home Connected Plug for iOS
Customize your home so that it's always just the way you like it with the iDevices Switch, a HomeKit enabled plug. The iDevices Switch lets you control devices such as speakers, lamps, coffee pots, and air conditioners from across the room, or across your house. Use Siri or the free iDevices App to turn devices on or off. Use the app to monitor energy usage and save on electricity.

Don't forget that we will have several Bluetooth Keyboards and Braille Displays for demo as well.

The above is just a taste of the products we will have on hand at the summer shows. And there is so much more to be found by visiting A.T. Guys on the web

or see us at NFB's Exhibit Hall in booth A23. Sales prices mentioned are good until July 10th 2018.

Tip: Google Home Continuous Conversation

Google Home is powerful, fun and awesome. But saying the trigger phrase repeatedly can be a real nuisance. Now, thanks to the rollout of Continuous Conversation, you can have the Home s microphone stay open 8 seconds for the next request without you having to say Hey or Ok again. There are some steps to follow and then you are set to have a dialogue with your Google Assistant.

Sound Off:

Jan Brown sent this along since we featured these devices in a previous podcast.

recalling all smart pots

Sent from my iPhone

We were looking for something on Amazon and learned that all instant pots manufactured before 2015 have been recalled because they can catch fire. They are no longer available on Amazon. They say they are making corrections but

Jan is right. Many early models of the cooking sensation are no longer on the market. This [NY Times article explains more about the recall]
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/26/business/instant-pot-recall.html

Last Word:

Two links that are perfectly summer-themed, um, in only the way you would expect from this part of the show.
Sonic introduces the Pickle Juice Slush for the summer
Performance Artist Separates Money From Dupes With $38 Bottles of Miracle 'Hot Dog Water'

We'll switch to Convention Mode" for the next couple of weeks. That means our feed will be filling up with audio from both St. Louis and Orlando. Then, as we are known to do, we'll be back with the Convention Wrap Up show later in July.

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Blind Bargains Qast 150: Unlimited Stick

Jun 22, 2018 75:01

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A pair of smart glasses that will work for both Blind and Low Vision alike? Tune in to hear J.J.'s interview with Sean Tibbetts of Cyber Timez to hear about just such a thing. We also have news, a live tip and a "Last Word" that involves food and a YouTube clip. We decided to stay with the tried and true for episode 150, because "if it isn't broke"... well you know.

In The News:

A New Settings Screen and More in Latest NVDA

Windows Insiders, on the Fast Ring, get to play with new Narrator and Magnifier features that are coming to all users this fall

Microsoft Soundscape: Lighting up the world with sound

NLS Bard app for iOS and Android updated to version 1.2

AIRA Prepares for 24/7 Operation; Posts Job Listing for Overnight Agents

Freedom Scientific and the new USB Human Interface Driver Braille Standard

Interview: Sean Tibbetts OF Cyber Timez

You would call us crazy if we told you there was a Smart Glasses platform out there that used Android with the same code found in Microsoft's Seeing AI, made Skype calls and can use Amazon Alexa. And you would think we were off our rockers if we suggested that these Smart Glasses were designed for the Blind user, as well as the Low Vision user equally. we wouldn't believe us either if we didn't have it recorded on a podcast as proof. Sean Tibbetts, CEO & Co-Founder, of Cyber Timez sits down with J.J. to demonstrate Cyber Eyez over coffee and scannable objects. Learn about how the platform came into being and how it keeps evolving as the company's user base grows. Then listen in to hear how the product works. Visit the Cyber Timez website
to keep up with all the latest news and see their event schedule.

Tip: Google Home Multiple Actions

A recent update now allows you to ask your Google Home three things in one verbal command
That means you can ask Google "Raise volume to 4", "Turn the temperature down to 76" and "What is the weather like tomorrow" by adding in the word "and" into the command. This is great for those who have a lot of Chromecast or Smart Home devices on hand. Also, you might want to investigate the Routines feature in the Google Assistant
as it can save you even more time for those commonly used commands.

Sound Off:

Ron would like to "aske the audience" for their ideas on the following...

"Joe,

First, I listen faithfully to your podcast, Blind Bargains. While it is a little longer than I would prefer, you provide your audience with lots of excellent information not available from any other source of which I am aware.

Second, to your knowledge, is there any of the GPS type accessible devices created for us blind guys that will guide the user to a marked spot in the middle of a field? More specifically, I am seeking a device where I could mark with a wave point the location of the public toilet or a pavilion in a large city park, and then, be able to follow the device to take me right back to such marked points. You are much more familiar with such devices than I am. I have a couple GPS devices, but they don t work well in such situations.

Ron"

Naturally, our first response was the Victor Reader Trek. And we mention Luis from Twitter, @blindeducator
, suggesting doing this using BlindSquare. You might even want to check out our friend Steve Nut's Comp Room Services product NavTrace
But we want to hear how others are tackling this problem with various apps and such. Send your thoughts in or leave them in the comment section below.

Last Word:

Food and cats for episode 150. yeah, no surprises here.
Olive Garden Bot Commercial made with actual Olive Garden commercials
Meet Achilles, the clairvoyant cat which predicts World Cup games

Episode 151 will feature the new products that A.T. Guys
will be bringing to the summer shows. Listen to the BBQ next week to hear how you can pre-order these items before you board your transportation of choice to St. Louis or Orlando.

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Blind Bargains Qast 149: The Master Of Unlocking

Jun 17, 2018 72:43

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Two discussion topics await listeners this week. First, Joe catches up with Brian Hartgen
And learns the latest about his products and services. Second, Jesse Anderson
Returns to talk about accessible games and highlights from the Electronic Entertainment Expo. And J.J. stops by with a long time listener s tip suggestion.

Discussion Topic: Brian Hartgen

Brian told us about a great many things when he was last with us on episode 105.
Now he is back to talk about what is in store for Leasey
fans. Owners of the El Braille will also be pleased as well because Brian has some helpful tech coming your way. Additionally, Brian fills us in on updates to J-Say
that should do wonders for improving efficiency. Head over to Hartgen Consultancy to learn more about the products and services
mentioned in this portion of the program.

Discussion Topic: Jesse Anderson And E3 Talk

We have already covered the big developer events from Google, Microsoft and Apple. However, for Joe and Jesse, the annual E3 videogame conference rates right up there with those other tech summits. The duo summarizes some of the access angles they found from Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo. Here are some of the links and stories that contributed to their conversation.

Xbox E3 2018: The 10 Biggest Announcements

The best, most enticing games from the PlayStation E3 showcase

Nintendo E3 2018: The 5 Biggest Announcements

Game Speak - Skyrim: Very Special Edition for Amazon Echo

Hop onto this text based Frog simulator

Joe also spoke about videogames with Wade Wingler of the Easter Seals Crossroads Assistive Technology Update. You can [hear part 1 at this link] and part 2 here.

Tip: Classic Skype

Coke and Skype have something in common. No one was thrilled with the new version and many prefer the classic editions instead. Thanks to long time BBQ listener Rebecca Skipper, and J.J. s Google searching skills, you too can revisit the Skype of yesteryear.

From Rebecca's email...

"Hi,

you can download the classic version of skype by going to https://www.skype.com/en/get-skype/.
Then, go to the Select from list to download skype from another platform tab and press space.
Arrow down to classic skype and press enter.

This should download the previous version of skype."

We reach the magical number of 150 traditional fun size episodes next week. Expect the unexpected!

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Blind Bargains Qast 148: Deserts And Desserts

Jun 8, 2018 88:42

Description:

WWDC has arrived and that means by decree of Podcast Law we must dissect it for your amusement. Along for the ride is Buddy Brannan
And Scott Davert
who give their thoughts about what the fall holds for Apple fans. Steve Clower
provides us an Apple-related tip; the news has a major story and the Last Word contains a YouTube clip like no other. Basically, this is BBQ by the numbers. Therefore, fire up those iPod Shuffles and iPad minis, it is mostly Apple for episode 148.

Sponsor: Aira

Aira is a service which connects a low vision or blind user with a highly trained live agent to provide real time access to any visual information, when and where it is needed.

The demonstration, herd in this episode, explains how simple the process is to pair audio devices to the new Horizon Glasses Kit. Here Greg connect, and remove, a pair of AirPods with ease in this brief overview.

For more information please visit www.aira.io.

In The News:

Apple, Microsoft, Google collaborate on new universal standard for Braille displays

NearbyExplorer for android v3 released - lots of new features including indoor navigation support & cleaner interface - travelling as a blind person has never been easier

Survey of the week! The Accessibility User Research Collective has another Screen Reader survey online

Discussion Topic: WWDC 2018

The more than two hour long keynote continued the trend of a more Developer focused event, like Google i/o and Microsoft Build last month, which might not have been attractive to the casual tech watcher as there were no free iTunes albums or hardware surprises to be found. What was on display was a back to basics spotlight on improvements with the overall Apple experience no matter the platform. We ll skim over the news we thought the most interesting, however, be sure to explore the links below for more in depth viewpoints about WWDC.

WWDC 2018: The biggest new features from Apple

[The 17 biggest new features coming to the iPhone with iOS 12](https://www.theverge.com/2018/6/4/17417730/apple-ios-12-iphone-update-best-features-wwdc-2018 )

watchOS 5 debuts with health and fitness tweaks

Apple unveils macOS 10.14 Mojave with dark mode, Home app, new App Store, more

AppleVis Extra 57: Sarah Herrlinger, Director of Global Accessibility Policy and Initiatives at Apple

Parallel Podcast 13: Machines of Loving Grace

Mac Break Weekly 613

Tip:

Steve has been looking for a solution to the problem that many face when upgrading from the iPhone 6s, or below, models of iPhone. Many battery cases offer headphone jacks. But some have drawbacks such as relying on a Bluetooth relay over a dedicated option for simultaneous audio and Lightning charging bliss. Steve believes he has found the solution to his woes with the Encased Audiomod iPhone case
and recommends this device for those looking for In Line controls in their hybrid case options.

Sound off:

audrey joy wrote in with this comment about Delta and In Flight entertainment

Hi guys,

Great podcast!

I flew from NYC to W. Palm Beach, FL to visit my mother. Unfortunately, I was not able to use their entertainment system because it's an inaccessible touchscreen. I had to ask my seatmate to set my music and volume choices for me.

When I called Delta to explain and complain, the staff had no knowledge about how blind people would use that system.

In the recent past, a person could adjust everything on the armrest-a button for the volume, and another to scroll through the various music/genre choices.

I hope you can contact someone at Delta and make the entertainment usable for all.

Have a wonderful day.

Many airlines are phasing out they re In Flight systems noting that many flyers use phones and tablets for information and entertainment. More WIFI services are being offered on a wider range of flights because of this trend. You can hear J.J. demo one such service on episode 137

Stanley Littrell has a request for those going to ACB National later this month.

Since I know that you will be going to the ACB convention in St. Louis and I can't go, I have an assignment for you. Since you often talk about sweet treats, I've heard a lot of great things about the chocolate covered cherry concreets from Ted Drews. If you get a chance to try it, you should report back and let us know how it is. KMOX's Johnny Rabbitt makes it sound really good.

Last Word:

A classic sound reborn and a moving suggestion occupy the look at the other side of the web this week.
A Cappella THX Logo Theme
Why Vermont Will Pay You $10,000 To Move There And Work Remotely

The Electronic Entertainment Expo, E3, is next week. Michael and Jessie will be back to help Joe unpack all the news from Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo when it comes to games we might be playing this fall. Stay tuned!

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Blind Bargains Qast 147: Got Milk?

Jun 1, 2018 49:59

Description:

Two interviews, news and a tip all under an hour. We aren t turning over a new leaf. We re just saving it all up for WWDC next week. We have Amit Pitaru And Nicole Bleuel from Google to talk about an awesome and accessible morse code keyboard. Joseph Lee joins us to talk about NVDACon which is happening this weekend. Hot summer air, without an air conditioner, can make for some quick podcasts by the way.

In The News:

Apple Releases iOS 11.4; With Messages on iCloud, AirPlay 2 and Stereo Pairing for the HomePod

Apple Releases watchOS 4.3.1 for the Apple Watch and tvOS 11.4 With AirPlay 2 Support for the Apple TV

Seeing AI update adds landscape support and additional currency options

HoloLens can now guide the blind through complicated buildings

Dolphin Supernova 17 supports Google Chrome and more

[U.S. Department of Transportation Seeks Comment on Amending Regulations Concerning Service Animals on Flights[(https://www.transportation.gov/briefing-room/dot3618)

Korean Company Makes Braille Socks for the Visually Impaired

Interview: GBoard And Morse Code With Amit Pitaru And Nicole Bleuel

Google i/o this year was a little short on the skydivers and blimps, however, what it did have was an early focus on accessibility during the keynote. Amit Pitaru and Nicole Bleuel bumped into J.J. and discuss how old technology provides vital communication for those who rely on switch access. Hear a short demo of the Morse Code feature, coming to GBoard and other products, working with TalkBack. To learn more about Morse Code, and how it is being implemented into Google products, visit the Hello Morese Google site.

Interview: Joseph Lee And NVDACon

Fans of the open source Screen Reader NVDA get a jump start on the summer conventions without having to even board a flight or reserve a hotel room as NVDACon is a virtual convention that one can attend via the internet. Joseph Lee , Founding Chair of NVDACon, spoke to J.J. shortly before the 2018 edition of the event took place. Hear what attendees can look forward to experiencing and what the future may hold for NVDA.

Tip: Travelear for iOS

This new app lets you visit places in 3d audio right from the comfort of your earbuds. Listen to the surf roll in on a beach, the wind blow through a far away forest or ride the London Tubes past RNIB in this free app. You must be running iOS 11.3, or higher, to climb aboard the Travelear app though.

Sound Off:

chris added this comment to our story about Baum from last week s show

Hello, I am from Germany and the slogan you've translated is correct. The new company is located in Jena. The company, which has manufactured the Baum Brailledisplays and magnifiers (PTS Jena), was located in the same town and same street as the new company. Perhaps one staff of the old manufacturing company has founded the new L + S company. Unfortunately I don't know more than you at this time. If I have more information, I will inform you here. Unfortunately my english is'nt so good, I'm sorry for this. Greetings from the north of Bavaria, you make a great job with this website and now you know, that people outside the USA read the sites and listen to your podcasts too. Christian

Rebecca Skipper gave us a quick note on the JAWS 2018 and Firefox front from her vantagepoint.

Hi,

I installed the latest JAWS 2018 update and the new Firefox!
It works great and is faster than Chrome for me!
It was worth the wait!

Last Word:

Two links about food. Alright, it depends on what you determine that food actually is admittedly, but safe to say both may be considered food by someone that isn t us.
Dear God what have I done: Behold the KFC Skinwich
[Take a swig of cockroach milk, the next great food trend ](http://bgr.co/Wru9Ux2 https://twitter.com/BGR/status/1001125941349961728/photo/1)

Next week, we shall see what Apple brings to the party with their World Wide Developers Conference announcements.

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Blind Bargains Qast 146: Google TronBack

May 25, 2018 65:48

Description:

The BBQ Crew is back with another fabulous interview from Google i/o that places your virtual focus squarely on Android P and TalkBack. The news section is back with a vengeance, the Last Word stays true to the topics that have come to define the segment and Sound Off sports a fascinating status update from an infamous show note commenter. I got a feelin that tonight is going to be a good show. A good, good show.

In The News:

Breaking: Baum's Assets Potentially in New Hands in Germany; May Restart Operations

Cyber Eyez 2.5 is Officially Here with Ask Alexa Mode and more

apl.de.ap of Black Eyed Peas to Headline Convention Welcome Concert

May JAWS Update Gives Firefox 60, Office More Love

Say Goodbye to Klango, a One-of-a-kind Audio Social Network

The AppleVis Community Inducts Seeing AI and Weather Gods into its iOS App Hall of Fame

Accessible mindmapping application soon to enter beta, seeking testers

Blindfold Games Looking to Expand to Educational Content; Seeking Feedback with a Quick Survey

Special Olympics USA Games Hosts First-Ever Video Gaming Tournament in Partnership with Xbox

2018 GA Confrence videos now online

Interview: Google Accessibility Suite, TalkBack And Read Aloud

We return to Google i/o where J.J. caught up with Brian Kemler, Product Manager for Android Accessibility, and Victor Tsaran, Technical Program Manager on Android Accessibility Services, to talk about upcoming changes in Android P. The interview then expands scope to encompass features in the OCR Read Aloud feature and how it all ties into the future of the Google Accessibility Suite. Google Lookout and Google lens also gets a short mention. And so, does BrailleBack. It is one you don't want to miss if you are considering jumping head first into the public betas of Android P.

Tip: NVDA Settings Are About To Have A Makeover

J.J. gives us a quick look at the changes that will be coming in the NVDA 2018.2 release in relation to how you will b able to adjust common settings. That s right, the old Preferences/Settings is about to feel new and improved in the next release. Tune in to learn what is new in case you aren't interested in downloading the Master or Next builds of the screen reader.

Sound Off:

Bob & Margrit, we like to think they sit at opposite ends of a computer keyboard like it was a piano, wrote in with their thoughts about the new Victor Reader Trek.

"Hi Guys and sometimes Gals,

I regularly listen to your podcast. It is always interesting and greatly helpful in keeping me informed as to what s out there in the way of assistive technology .

In your most recent podcast you spoke of adding Humanware products to your line-up, so I thought I should pass along my recent experience with Victor Trek.

First, let me say that I have purchased many Humanware devices over several years. I have been generally satisfied with their offerings within the limited choices available to blind users. In particular, with the exception of it s speech engine, I have only praise for the Victor Reader Stream which I ve been using for four or more years. Also, until now, I ve been highly satisfied with Humanware s technical support. Therefore, it is not surprising that I was among the first to pre-order the Reader Trek when I heard about it last year. I received mine in December and soon found that it would not create motorized routes. Over several long waits on the phone during the following months without any success, I eventually was advised that there was a software glitch which they were working on and that there was a forthcoming update that would fix the problem. I ve since had three software updates and a new map and the unit still isn t working as it should. It will now sometimes create a motorized route if it is no longer than 60 miles but, in other cases, it will simply fail even within a shorter radius.

I'm surprised, given that Humanware isn t exactly a newcomer to GPS devices, that they haven t been able to solve the problem. Fortunately, the unit has so much functionality beyond navigation that I ve held my breath while hoping there will eventually be a solution and it will operate as advertised.

I listen to a number of podcasts and I m somewhat surprised that others have not commented on the same problem. I m also surprised that others have not commented on the poor quality of its speech engine (thank heaven it has a spell mode) but one would think that in 2018 they ought to be able to do better.

I close by saying that I hate to gripe and, therefore, seldom do, but this is not an inexpensive device and Humanware is not a fledgling company. I also have more to do in life than hanging on the telephone waiting for tech support. Therefore, nuff said, I m done venting.

Do keep up the good things you do. Cheers, Bob Fallis

Newcastle, Ontario"

We have a message in to Humanware, and it appears the route bug may be fixed soon. Stay tuned.

Orko has left us a few comments in the pages of show notes during 2018. They tend to spark some great conversations and this week is no different. Check out the pair of musings below for the latest in an ongoing topic and then another about a speaker recommendation.

"I'm back! This time with an update on my experiences with Aira. I have just canceled my subscription with them and will be going back to Be My Eyes and Be Specular. The reason is because of a number of problems that ultimately Aira didn't seem inclined to correct, which I felt was unacceptable for a paid service. The first problem was the equipment they sent me, from day one it was always reporting a poor signal, but never identified which signal was the problem, which makes it difficult to troubleshoot since three wireless devices are involved. Nothing I did ever resolved the poor signal reports. Then when I tried using the glasses and the MyFi in a call to Aira, the agent reported that the video kept cutting in and out making it unusable, and eventually the connection with the agent was lost. All during this call I kept getting messages about the connection being lost, then reacquired, then lost again, and so on. When I complained about this to Aira, they blamed AT&T and promissed to send me a MyFi that used Verizon instead. That MyFi never appeared and I don't believe it was ever sent. More to the point, AT&T is the cell phone carrier I use and when I tried calling Aira using just my phone from the same location where their equipment failed, the call worked without a problem prooving to me that AT&T wasn't the problem. I continued to complain about the non functional equipment, and this time was told that I would be put on a priority list to be one of the first to get the new Horizon glasses. That wasn't followed through either, just like the promissed replacement MyFis. As you know they just released a small quantity of the Horizon glasses to the first 200 explorers to respond, I responded figuring that if I was actually going to be given priority as they had stated, that I'd be one of the 200 to get the new glasses in June. Nope! No subsequent email indicating that I had qualified, so obviously, just like the replacement MyFi, being given priority because of the equipment problems was yet another deception or promis that wasn't followed through. Then, two weeks ago I notice that the app is showing that I used way more minutes than I have actually used, it also shows that I appear to not be the only one using my account, which shouldn't be the case. When I inquired about this, I was first told that they would look into it and call me back, they never did. In fact a number of calls to customer service I have placed when nobody answered were never returned. So I inquired again, and this time I was told that it was a known bug in the app. I wonder, is it really a bug or just an underhanded trick to get people to sign up for plans with more minutes than they really need? They sure don't seem to worried about fixing this bug either way. At the end of it all I simply decided that all of these problems, especially the apparent deceptions, and the calls not being returned, were simply not acceptable in a paid service, so I have canceled my subscription. In six months time or a year, I will reconsider signing up with them again, but for now, they have some problems that need addressing before I'll spend any more money on them. It's too bad, I really liked the service."

And here is the second comment on the Polk Bit Boom.

"David, thanks a bunch for your remarks about the Polk Audio Bit Boom speaker, I had been looking for something just like it for use with my own Trek and this little gadget is perfect! Thumbs up to you and the Blind Bargains group for this tip."

Last Word:

Food and an upcoming marathon 55 year in the making crosses all of time and space this week.
Classic Doctor Who comes to Twitch for seven-week marathon
Not a Drill: Peanut Butter And Cocoa Pebbles Now Exist
Texas teens pose for prom photos at Whataburger

Curious about Whataburger? You can purchase many of their condiments from H.E.B. online

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Blind Bargains Qast 145: Lookout In The Dark

May 21, 2018 61:18

Description:

J.J. is back from Google i/o with not one, but two, interviews from the event. Joe has a tasty tip in store, the Last Word is full of audio goodness and we have a lively discussion in the news section. Find that wireless earbud that fell between the couch cushions as we re about to delve into episode 145.

Program Note:

We are deeply saddened by the news that Marlaina Lieberg has passed. Marlaina accomplished much during her life as a well-known voice of ACB Radio, highly regarded advocate and a community member like no other. Our condolences go out to the many friends, listeners and family of this amazing woman.

In The News:

What you should know about Firefox 60 and JAWS 2018

The short list for the 2018 Apple Vis Hall of Fame has been announced

APH Color Star Color Identifier can Identify 1,000 Shades, Speak Colors of LED Lights, Identify Patterns

The CW may greenlight a show where a Blind woman solves crimes

Microsoft announced the new Xbox Adaptive Controller and the fantastic One Switch blog discusses the device in great detail

Interview: Be My Eyes

The Be My Eyes team is having one wild 2018. We last caught up with them at CSUN where they detailed their partnership with Microsoft.
Now, fresh from their winning the Google Play Award for Best Accessibility app, J.J. sits down with Community Director Alexander Hauerslev Jensen To talk about the view from the team s perspective on how things have changed for them in the last three years.

Interview: Lookout For Android

Lookout isn't a Seeing AI clone nor a hybrid of Google Lens made for the Blind. The forthcoming app is a persistent scanning tool that aims to provide assistance in object and text recognition in a unique way that utilizes both context and the on board technology within your phone. J.J. speaks with Patrick Clary, Product Manager for Google's Central Accessibility team, About Google s approach to a growing field of Machine Learning apps created to help us explore the world. During the interview the pair will demo the Lookout app and discuss the potential of this technology moving forward.

Tip: Season Your Food With Doritos And A Pepper Grinder

Joe thought that J.J. might need a tip for eating food on the road. And Lifehacker, Joe's new source for odd and absurd suggestions for things, mentioned how one could add a little Doritos spice to just about anything if you had a grinder nearby.

Sound Off:

Feedback from our metric ton of CSUN 2018 audio keeps rolling into our Inboxes. Here s a comment from Lisa Soular
Hello,
I have been listening to your CSUN podcasts via the internet and your new web player. I listen from my Braillenote Touch. It works perfect!

Each year we have seen more people download, share or read the transcripts of our content of CSUN than the previous year's offerings. So much of that success is due to our wonderful audience who have been telling us what they like to hear, and read, when it comes to how we cover these events. There is no way we could provide content like this if it wasn't for all of you. And that is why we try to make it available on so many platforms like the web player. Or our mobile apps, or digital assistants and podcast clients. Uh, DAISY players. Well, you get the idea. It is a lot out there to listen to and we thank all of you for choosing us each week.

Last Word:

Two audio clips this week and neither involve food or cats for some unknown reason.
Peter buys an Echo
Funny Or Die has a unique take on the Google i/o Duplex demo

J.J. has more audio from i/o to share with us soon. Plus, the PR hype machine should start rolling for WWDC and Summer Conventions. There is a ton of news on the horizon for the next three months before we get to those hardware events in the fall. Stay tuned

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Blind Bargains Qast 144: Oreo Praline Puff Pastry

May 12, 2018 81:10

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Blind Bargains Qast 144: Oreo Praline Puff Pastry

Joe is back from MSU and he could not wait to talk to a BBQ Crew member with the letter J in his name. Since J.J. was at Google I/O this week, Joe reached out to Jamie Pauls for assistance in the unpacking of both Microsoft and Google Keynotes. J.J. pops in with a short live report from the bird-filled Google Keynote amphitheater, we have a tip plus an Android name themed Last Word . This one has a ton of info. So you may want to hit pause and pace yourselves accordingly.

Sponsor: Aira

Aira is a service which connects a low vision or blind user with a highly trained live agent to provide real time access to any visual information, when and where it is needed.

The demonstration, herd in this episode, explains a useful feature of the Aira service, which enables an agent to take a picture of anything the Aira Explorer asks for, and label that picture with a written description that appears directly in the Aira app. These descriptions can be as short as tagging a receipt for expense reporting or as long as copying content from a white board or slide deck in a classroom or meeting. Those descriptions will be read immediately upon the user tapping on the photo in their Aira app.

For more information please visit www.aira.io.

In The News:

KNFB Reader v3.0 for iOS brings ePub support, landscape scanning, removal of the batch scan limit and much more

ID Mate Database adds Right Way stores along with data submitted from users

The latest Access World is now online

Xbox One adds independent volume controls for Narrator along with other access features

Discussion Topic: Microsoft and Google Keynotes

Jamie and Joe condense 4 hours of Developer Keynotes into a much shorter timeframe. Here is some of the content covered in this look into what Microsoft and Google had to offer this week.

Microsoft:

Microsoft Build: AI for Accessibility [AUDIO DESCRIPTION]

[Learn more about the 25 million dollar pledge from Microsoft at the official page for AI For Accessibility

The six biggest announcements from Microsoft Build 2018

Microsoft's AI cone recognizes faces and voices during meetings

Microsoft calls desktops/laptops a second screen for phones

Google:

Lookout: an app to help blind and visually impaired people learn about their surroundings

Be My Eyes takes home the Best Accessibility app from the 2018 Google Play Awards

Google I/O 2018 keynote in 14 minutes

The 10 biggest announcements from Google I/O 2018

The 5 most important Android P updates

What is Google Duplex? The world's most lifelike chatbot explained

Google s Duplex Assistant phone call blew my mind!

Google Duplex might look cool, but don t believe the hype

Tip: You Can Now Set Your Android Phone s Assistant Default to Use Alexa Instead of Google Assistant

Microsoft opened up the door to allow Cortana to take over from the Google Assistant if you so desire. However, what if you are more of an Alexa fan? Well, the steps for having her take over are the same as you can tell from this article. Just wander into your Android settings, head to the Voice Assistant area and select Alexa. You must have the Alexa app installed in order for this choice to be visible though.

Sound Off:

Jim Denham sends this in about how important the recent changes to Windows 10 are for him when it comes to computer setup tasks.

Greetings: After listening to JJ and Shelly's discussion in episode 143 of new

accessibility features in Windows 10, I wanted to briefly comment on
the Windows 10 out of box experience. This is the experience of buying
a new computer and turning it on for the first time. As an AT
Specialist, I have to set up new computers for my clients on a regular
basis. In the past couple versions of Windows 10, I have noticed that
this out of box experience is becoming really good. Between Cortana
accepting spoken input and using Windows Narrator for tasks like
selecting a WiFi network, the whole process is totally accessible and
very intuitive. I would add my kudos to the Microsoft Accessibility
Team for making this once daunting task very accessible and kind of
fun.
Keep up the great podcasts.

Last Word:

Android is known for food-related names. This section is known for food. What a perfect combination!
Behold the Oreo Cookies and Kreme Doughnut

Next week, J.J. is back with audio from the big Google event. Be on the Lookout for that and more in episode 145.

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Blind Bargains Qast 143: Now Playin the Part of Shelly Brisbin, it's Shelly Brisbin

May 6, 2018 42:07

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Joe is off teaching some unsuspecting students about technology in Mississippi so Shelly Brisbin, who this week is actually playing the part of herself, steps in. And since we have an Apple expert on the show, J.J. thought it would be a good week to talk all about the latest updates to Narrator. We've got iOS fans covered with a handy tip, and talk about food in both the Last Word and Sound Off.

In the News

Microsoft: What's New In Narrator for the Windows 10 Spring Update
Pinterest Just redesigned its app for blind people
You missed it now, but Aira Horizon Registration was Live for 24 Hours
Teach Access Offering $100K in Grants for Faculty to Include Accessibility Principles in their Courses
Build an Accessible Multimeter and Learn Arduino with a Series of Two Free Workshops

Feature: Narrator Improvements in the Windows Spring Update

Narrator is quickly acquiring many of the features that one would expect from a well-rounded screen reader. In the latest update, you can now move Narator to a sound device of your choice, hear phonetic letters as you navigate, and experience more organized settings screens. We throw in a bonus dictation demonstration as well. All of this and more is waiting for you in the Spring Creators Update which you can download now.

Tip: Rotor Reorder

The iOS VoiceOver Rotor feature can make navigation a breeze, and some simple settings can increase its power.
Many more iPhone tips like this one can be found in Shelly's Book, iOS Access for All

Sound Off

Some recent tweets for us this week:

mehgcap: I'm going to a larger city in my state Saturday. While there, I'm getting lunch. I just realized this will be the first time in my life I'll be at a sit-down restaurant alone. How do other blind people handle paying the check? Exiting the building? @BlindBargains, any thoughts?
We give a lot of ideas here including sitting at the counter, reading the menu ahead of time, and just not overthinking the situation. Servers want your business and tips so they'll generally do what they can to assist where needed.

On FlickType,

angelgirl1976: Oh, it's so much better than the regular qwerty keyboard! I mean, that's what it uses, but in just about every case, the list of words to select from when you get a word wrong almost always has the word you intend to type.

Last Word

Just one, and yes it's food.
This Kevin O'Leary backed 28-year-old brings in 6 figures a year selling potatoes through the mail

Thanks Shelly for coming on this week. J.J. is off to Mountain View for Google IO so Joe will man the ship while he is away. But if we're lucky, or unlucky, he may have a report from the left coast. We'll see you next week with episode 12 squared.

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Blind Bargains Qast 142: The Awareness Will Come From The Action

Apr 27, 2018 64:23

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Canada isn't just a great place to get maple syrup and poutine, no fellow listeners, it turns out it is a wonderful place where accessibility is on the rise in new and exciting ways. This week Joe sits down with David lepofsky to talk about many Canadian things that are not hockey or that 55 yard line thing they have for football. J.J. has a virtual tip, "Last Word" gets crunchy and "Sound Off" features an email that could have been in the news section.

In The News:

ZoomText and ZoomText Fusion 2018 updates roll out for Windows 10 Spring Update

And there was a JAWS 2018 update released for Windows 10 as well

Here's a tweet from Mystic Access that should make those with a Braille Note Touch very happy

New updates to the BrailleNote Touch tutorial! We demonstrate exciting version 5.0 features such as full QWERTY keyboard support and much more. Download yours from: https://mystacc.co/BrailleNoteTouchTutorial Delete your old copy before unzipping the new one.

Free FlickType Keyboard App is Now Available on the App Store

Be My Eyes, Audio Game Hub among Google Play Award Nominees for 2018

ELIA the world s most intuitive tactile reading system by Andrew Chepaitis

Swamp Audio Game recently tweeted the following:

Attention everyone! Swamp is being updated once more, and version 3.7 has been released! Aprone has also added one free month to all Kaldobsky accounts, so right now, anyone can come online and play!

Speaking of games, Tau Station has also become fully operational

Like science fiction MMORPG with an epic story? Tau Station is an accessible, F2P, browser game. Experience this space adventure using your PC, smartphone, tablet, or laptop. Let's shape a fantastic universe together!
Want to join? Here's your shuttle

Interview: David lepofsky

David offered to give us his hands on review of the Humanware Victor Reader Trek and how he felt it shaped up to the previous models of both the Victor Reader and the Trekker. Then, because David is a man of many talents, Joe could not let him leave our microphones without talking about the progress and the process Canada is taking with the implementation of their version of the ADA. Oh, as a bonus, David also gave his impressions of the Orbit Reader. There is a lot to unpack in this one let us tell you.

Moreover, after we completed the interview, David passed this along for our show notes.

"The trek is the only blind gps product I know of that lets you do an off-road bread crumbed route, like a university campus. I have not yet tested it o out fully, but I know tthat it is a huge advantage. I understand that O&M instructors used to walk a route on a university campus to create the trekker route on the breeze, and then teach a blind student the route, using the trekker. They could use the victor reader trek the same way."

The Bluetooth speaker David mentioned was the Polk Bit Boom and it can be found at Amazon.
Visit aodA alliance on Twitter or visit the official website to stay up to date on the advancements in access David spoke about in this interview. You can also join the mailing list by making a request to aodafeedback@gmail.com and mention you wish to receive their newsletter.

David also noted that our deep dive into the Trek helped him learn the device. If you haven't heard that interview, click here to listen to the Victor Reader Trek special.

Tip: Virtual Desktops With JAWS 2018

This tip comes to us thanks to Leonie Watson on Twitter.. You can navigate through virtual desktops on your Windows 10 system with some easy to memorize hotkeys. Use Windows plus Control and D to create a desktop. Then use the left or the right arrow keys with Windows plus Control to navigate in between the various virtual desktops with JAWS 2018. Listen to J.J.s demonstration to learn more on how to do this fantastic time saver.

Sound Off:

Rebecca Skipper sent this along after hearing comments about Envision AI made on episode 140.

"Hi,

A new update to the Orbit Reader 20 has been released, 01.01.49, that corrects a serious bug preventing the Orbit Reader 20 from starting when pressing the power button in some cases.

I understand why some marketing tactics used by companies trying to assist the visually impaired can be offensive and have often become frustrated myself.

However, we must acknowledge the high unemployment rate, and I see no problem with a company inviting a family member or a loved one to purchase a gift subscription for a visually impaired family member.

This is certainly better than the Save the Children fund tone!

In addition, we should also keep in mind that bad marketing practices can happen to individuals with all types of disabilities.

I once decided not to attend a local concert because the organizers made it a point to focus on the musician s hearing impairment and how amazing his accomplishments were in the last thirty years.

I m not quoting directly but I m sure you get the idea.

Thanks."

It would be great if there was something like Universal marketing, however, that just isn't the case since companies need to attract audiences outside their prime markets for a whole host of reasons. Mainstream news outlets face the same uphill climb and that is why we see "inspirration porn" based articles when it comes to talking about disability. But then, as you can read in this Lifehacker article, there are times where you have to shake your head and wonder.

JKM x sends along this interesting link about screen readers.

"Hello. Check out this article. It is very interesting. Take care.""

:Screen reader plus keyboard helps blind, low-vision users browse modern webpages | UW News

Last Word:

Joe brings the YouTube clip and J.J. brought the food link. Patterns are beautiful things you know

Why does 4k gaming look better on a 1080p TV?

Grubs up: Carrefour offers Spanish shoppers insect-based snacks

Joe will be on the road for episode 143 and J.J. will be out on episode 144. That means some very nice people will have to step into the booth to help us record some shows. Tune in to hear who from the BBQ Crew comes along to talk about the week's happenings!

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Blind Bargains Qast 141: 14 Taps And 2 Tips

Apr 20, 2018 51:57

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Episode 140 contained an interview about math. so, it seemed only fair that BBQ 141 balanced the scales with a discussion about words. Okay, typing words with FlickType. There are also not one, but two, handy tips this week. "Last Word" features one of the normal subjects you have become accustomed to expecting at the end of the show.

In The News:

United Airlines adds Audio Description and more to their free In Flight Entertainment options

Envision AI looks to sponsorships for adoption of their services

BrailleBack public beta sports Orbit Reader support and other surprises

Google updates their Android Accessibility Scanner app for those looking for suggestions on how to improve their app experiences

Braille Neue is a universal typeface out to change the way we feel and view text

Related, This Experimental Typeface Cleverly Combines Braille With the Latin Alphabet

Interview: Kosta Eleftheriou Of FlickType

Fleksy was one of the earliest iOS app success stories for our community. Heck, it was our number one story for "This Year In A.T. 2012". So what happened to the app and how is it related to the current buzz building on the internet about alternative keyboards? Kosta Eleftheriou, cofounder, takes us on a short history lesson of how the foundations of that early Fleksy VO work were used to bring FlickType to life. He then gives us a demo of how the new app works and what he envisions for the future once the app moves past the public beta stage.

Tip: Trash Bags Make Great Rain Shields

Lifehacker reminds us that having a trash bag on hand could save your laptop from the rain when traveling. And this prompted Joe to mention the flooding tips from episode 112.

Sound Off:

Stan Littrell took Joe's comment about being our field reporter for updates to heart. Just look at what he sent in this week.

"The following email was sent out early this morning by the folks at
Orbit Research. Hello,
Orbit Research announces the release of its latest software version
v01.01.48 for Orbit Reader 20 which is available for download at
http://www.orbitresearch.com/support/orbit-reader-20-support/orbit-reader-firmware-download/
There is an update in the localization package Orbit Reader 20 -
Localization v1.16 which contains necessary files and user guide for
the localization feature and is available for download at
http://www.orbitresearch.com/support/orbit-reader-20-support/orbit-reader-localization-download/
What s new in v01.01.48:
Now more number of entries are allowed in the localization table.
We have fixed the Issue of bookmark getting skipped, after deleting a
bookmark in bookmark navigation .
There are stability and maintenance updates in the latest version.
Please check the release notes for more information."

And then, after we recorded this episode, he passed this information along...

"Some people have experienced a bug in the latest release of the orbit
reader 20 firmware whereby the unit didn't turn on. I received this
email a while ago. Hello,
We have been investigating the behaviour reported by folks on this
list relating to the Orbit Reader unit not turning on, and have found
an issue in the latest release (01.01.48) which is causing this
behaviour. We will provide an update with a fix within the next two to
three days and regret the inconvenience caused due to this issue.
Orbit support team "

Thanks Stan for those reports. And thanks to Mike Hartwig for this episode's second tip regarding the Victor Reader podcast email from our previous show's "Sound Off" section.

"Hello Blind Bargains,

The following solution is a helpful hint when podcasters release
numerous pieces of audio during the different conventions that they
may attend throughout the year.

This is for stream users, but may also apply to whatever player you
may own. You will need to consult your player s manual.

Go to the online bookshelf menu, and select downloaded podcast
episodes to keep, and set it to manual. After doing this you will have
to check all of your subscribed podcast feeds for new content. Then
you can download as many as you want and they will not be deleted with
newer material. After a particular convention is over, you can go back
and set this setting to whatever it was set at before you changed it."

Fred Wurtzel writes in with his thoughts on our CSUN Wrap Up audio.

"Hello,

I am loving listening to your wrap-up show. It is so much more than a mere feature report on various products. It is a wonderful perspective from veteran blind and low vision folks having a great interplay from individual perspectives. This is wonderful. I think our training centers ought to use this at the beginning of any technology training classes.

Thank you Blind Bargains!"

Speaking about that show, Juan asked a question that several of you have asked us in social media and email about a product not listed in the show notes for that episode.

"Hi all,

I was listening to your wrap up show of CSUN 2018, and heard about the new slate that is coming out. I was wondering if you could link it on the show notes, or on the news section. I googled the item, but only found web sites that want donations to fund the product, but I was wondering if it was being sold yet.

Thanks"

Sadly no it isn't. Here is the Korean page for AT Overflow that does shed some light on the product. Oh, and the device Ricky and Joe mentioned was called the TactiPad Drawing Tablet and is available from IRIE A.T..

Last Word:

We didn't plan it this way, however, here is a pair of stories about burghers and cows.
The impossible slider
This 'Fitbit for Cows' Could Help Farmers Improve Milk Production

Shout out to the Main Menu team for having Shelly and Joe on the program to talk CSUN Low Vision tech. You can hear the [Main Menu archive of the show at this link. Also, Shelly and J.J.'s joint coverage of CSUN for Access World is now online for your reading pleasure. Lastly, J.J. was on AMI's "Double Tap" program talking about that CSUN event. Catch all the goings on with "Double Tap" and "Tech Talk" by visiting their page.

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Blind Bargains Qast 140: Perky Duck Marble Slides

Apr 14, 2018 62:40

Description:

Our first show back in the various studios around the U.S. and we even have a guest joining us for the whole episode. Steve Clower of Desmos joins us to talk about Screen Reader friendly math, equations, graphs and more. He even throws in a tip as well. "Sound Off" and the "Last Word" are back after a long absence during our CSUN audio adventures. So plot the X and the Y as the BBQ Crew has returned.

Sponsor: HIMS

Braille sense Polaris is shipping! The future is now. Check out the first Google certified futureproof notetaker with no touchscreen required. Visit us on the web at https://hims-inc.com to learn more.

Also, [read more about the recently announced Braille Sense Polaris Mini by visiting the new product page

In Memorium

Our condolences this week with the family of Stephen Wack, one of the people killed in the recent Humboldt Broncos bus crash. Stephen was a junior hockey league player and also influenced his brother Justin who is blind and plays blind hockey in Canada and beyond. Our thoughts are with the family and team during this time.

Program Note:

Shout out to BBQ Regular Shelly Brisbin for once again being on the Daily Tech News Show to talk about CSUN and the news of the day.

In The News:

Some of the minds behind Fleksy are back with a new Voiceover friendly typing aid called FlickType

Windows 10 Accessibility: What to expect in the year ahead

To learn more about the Narrator changes, listen to Joe on Main Menu speaking about them with the Narrator and Main Menu teams

AIRA Coming Soon to the UK, Australia, New Zealand

Review: You're Writer's toolbox - Scrivener for iOS

Interview: Steve Clower From Desmos

Steve states that his days as a student fuels the fire for his desire to make many more forms of math accessible to all. This is why he joined the team at Desmos
and he gives us some insight on what the company is doing to improve the math experience. The tools mentioned in this segment are free, and depending how you feel about math, enjoyable. They can also be quite musical as you will hear towards the end of this interview.

Tip: Apple Watch Chargers Are A Traveler's Best Friend

Steve reminds us that you can charge your Apple Watch on the go pretty cheaply these days. and the wires that come with these chargers feel better than the one Apple packs in the box. While the one Steve spoke about is hard to find on Amazon now, check out this iMore article on their opinions on the best portable Apple Watch chargers out there.

Sound Off:

Stan Littrell is fast becoming our field reporter on updates. Here's an example of one he sent in during our California convalescence.

"A new update is available for the victor reader treck unit. I know
that it was available as of this morning pacific time."

He's right. Best we could tell at the time of the episode's recording is the update assists with the downloading of podcasts from redirecting URLs and the like. A recent update also added Audible support.

Juan Avila writes in with his highlights of our CSUN 2018 coverage.

"Hello Blind Bargains,

Really interesting shows this year. I really enjoyed hearing about the different assistive technologies. I am glad that some like the Canute and the windows braille tablet are now ready to sell. I really would have liked to hear how the APH graphiti Tablet is progressing, as I m attending Sacramento State University, and accessing braille graphs is a must. Right now I carry multiple volumes of braille economics books, and I would love to have them in digital braille, on a full page display. And maybe even to have a display at home, and another at school. I understand that the APH Tablet will soon help for this very thing, but I feel they have not mastered to put braille on the device, only tactile print. Please tell me otherwise.

Also, it was interesting to hear about the braille chocolate, and the different glasses that could help blind and low vision persons . I could tell which ones were Shelly s favorites and which ones weren t, based on the interviews, and how the conversations were going.
I also got a little chuckle when I heard JJ say that he got there first to the ID Mate booth.
I really wanted to hear about more software improvements to the braille note takers, and an update to the Dot Watch people, because they had promised a braille tablet.
Overall, good work you guys!

Sincerely,

Juan Manuel Avila "

Thanks Juan! If we didn't catch a particular company at the show it was possibly due to a scheduling conflict or they may not have had anything new to say to us about their products yet. or, and as you hear in this episode, it is because we wanted to feature them in an episode all their own. Keep sending in those requests though. It helps us know who to book on the show.

Roger Behm sends along this feedback from episode 137.

"Hi Joe and JJ:

I listened to podcast 137 and the remarks you made about devices only grabbing the first 3 podcasts and that people might miss your many C-Sun reports is incorrect dealing with the victor stream 2 and the vr trek.

If you would do your homework and not speak fake news or alternative news about these devices they can be set to save the first 10 podcasts the default is set by HumanWare to save the first 3 podcasts. Look at the menus on the devices under podcasts and you might learn something!

please, please , please do your homework!!!!!

Regards,
Roger"

As J.J. said in his spoken response "We're both right". Roger is right in that you can set this feature to nab more than three episodes of a given podcast. Joe and .J.J. were right in that we are careful to schedule only three at a time because years of doing this has taught us that a number of podcasting apps and players tend to lose or ignore things when we've posted more than three in a row at one time or another. Then Steve gave us a crash course on memory usage and low hardware thresholds. Good stuff to know honestly.

Tweets from the recent past:

maria6289: The audio transcripts are great! Even though I don't have a hearing impairment and do listen to the audio, the transcripts add versatility--say, to consume the content with a Braille display on a loud bus. Great addition! Enjoying your coverage! Thanks!
DeanTopdot: Let me join the chorus of those who appreciate the text transcripts from CSUN. More efficient.
Grecia2009: Feels super weird not to have pending transcripts to do. I kinda got used to it. LOL. Thanks tons to @blindbargains for allowing me to be a part of your #CSUN2018 team.

BostonPackerFan: This episode was hilarious, thanks for the April 1st laugh! I think JJ has earned a new nickname, the Parrott!
ms_denverqueen: While listening to the latest @blindbargains cast, I had to wonder if @rangerstation had gotten changed to a girl, and so did JJ. Oh no! What a big joke! lol That was hilarious!
SnowspriteGirl: Best Easter episode ever!
jeninems: Priceless! Oh, and buy @Shelly s book. Please!

Last Word:

Old Windows tools and an old travel ban makes up our return to the odder parts of the internet.
Relive the 1990s on Windows 10 with the newly open sourced File Manager
GUEST BANNED FROM HOTEL FOR 17 YEARS AFTER PEPPERONI-FILLED SUITCASE LED TO SEAGULL INFESTATION

Next week is still a bit of a blur. But follow us on Twitter to learn just what we have coming around the corner.

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Blind Bargains Qast 139: The Almost Live #CSUNATC18 Wrap-up Show, the Devil's Triangle

Apr 6, 2018 64:43

Description:

And now the podcast you've been waiting for. For the first time ever, we recorded our CSUN wrap-up show live from the Blind Bargains suite in San Diego. Join Shelly Brisbin, Ricky Enger, Chancey Fleet, Joe Steinkamp, and J.J. Meddaugh as they discuss the conference happenings in rapid-fire. We cover it all in just more than an hour, no really we move fast. Braille, wearables, entertainment, and much more.

Here's a recap of all of the audio posts from CSUN.:
Transforming your Horizon with Aira
Right-Hear, Right Now
The Canute Braille E-reader Is Just About Ready for Prime Time
What's the Buzz about Buzzclip Version 2
The ElBraille, Supersized
NuEyes Offers a Lightweight Android Wearable
En-Vision America Flips the Script with New ScrippTalk iOS App
Altix Takes Us Around the World with a Talking Globe
A Tongue-tastic Tactile Adventure with Touch Graphics
An Eye Toward CMS Accessibility with AudioEye
The InsideOne Braille Tablet is Back and More Flexible
The BrailleSense Polaris Mini and More from Hims
Be My Eyes Helps People in 182 Languages, Expands Partnerships
A New Voice and a New Direction for APH
Designs for Vision Designing Custom-designed Telescopes and Microscopes
Amazon Ensures the Blind are Not Locked Out of Packages, Updates TV's and Tablets
QD Laser Creating Eyeware to Help you See More Clearly
Feel the Graphs with the Talking LabQuest.
There's Logic in these Large Print Keyboards
Blind Bargains Qast 138: Buy My Book Already
The IBOS MusicXML Reader Translates Music Files into Braille
Creating a Positive Workplace Environment for All with the BBC
Control your New ViewPlus Delta Braille Embosser from the Tiger Box
Grab that Controller: Big Strides Forward for Game Accessibility
Edit PDF's and View in Split-screen with the Humanware Prodigi 12 Connect's Latest Update
LS&S is Talking About a Lot of Talking Products and More
The Smaller, More Portable MyEye 2.0 from OrCam
Vital Access to Graphics using a Tablet
A new Gesture-based Keyboard for your iPhone from Qwertyfree
The Brailliant 14 from Humanware is Now Available
OCR Comes to the Small Screen on the Optelec Compact 6
A New ViewPoint in Wearables from Patriot Vision
A New NVDA Add-on Can Describe Website Images, Plus Accessible Approaching Buses

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#CSUNATC18 Audio: A New NVDA Add-on Can Describe Website Images, Plus Accessible Approaching Buses

Apr 6, 2018 12:58

Description:

DescribeIt is an NVDA add-on which uses Microsoft's Computer Vision API to identify graphics on web pages. J.J. speaks with Manshul Belani, Project Associate for the Indian Institute of Technology who explains how the add-on works as well as a system for identifying busses being tested in India.
Blind Bargains audio coverage of CSUN 2018 is generously sponsored by the American Foundation for the Blind.

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#CSUNATC18 Audio: A New ViewPoint in Wearables from Patriot Vision

Apr 6, 2018 09:48

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The Patriot ViewPoint is a new wearable that is ideal for people with macular degeneration. To learn more, Shelly speaks with John Palmer, CEO of Patriot Vision in this podcast.
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#CSUNATC18 Audio: The Brailliant 14 from Humanware is Now Available

Apr 5, 2018 08:33

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It's been a long road to get to this point, but Humanware is ready to ship their new and powerful 14-cell braille display. Joe speaks with Humanware's Andrew Flatters to learn about the 14-cell Brailliant BI along with the latest updates to the BrailleNote Touch in this podcast.
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#CSUNATC18 Audio: A new Gesture-based Keyboard for your iPhone from Qwertyfree

Apr 5, 2018 14:29

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5-key Shift is a gesture-based keyboard for iOS which can be used to type letters, numbers, and even emojis using simple swipe gestures. Joe speaks with Peter Tooch, CEO of Qwertyfree to learn how this keyboard works and why he thinks it could be a useful tool for blind users.
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#CSUNATC18 Audio: OCR Comes to the Small Screen on the Optelec Compact 6

Apr 5, 2018 07:19

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The Compact 6 from Optelec is a 6-inch video magnifier which also includes full-page reading and OCR capabilities. Shelly speaks with VFO's Northeast Sales Director Bill Kilroy to learn more about this and other recent magnifiers from the company in this podcast.
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#CSUNATC18 Audio: LS&S is Talking About a Lot of Talking Products and More

Apr 5, 2018 07:25

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From a new afordable atomic watch to a higher-end talking digital voice recorder, LS&S had a lot of new gadgets at this year's conference. J.J. speaks with Jason Neeland, Senior Account Manager for LS&S who does a rapid-fire showcase of some of the cool new affordable gadgets and tools from the company.
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#CSUNATC18 Audio: The Smaller, More Portable MyEye 2.0 from OrCam

Apr 4, 2018 11:26

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OrCam has released the MyEye 2.0, a smaller and more portable version of its wearable device which can read text, identify products and currency, and recognize faces. Shelly speaks with OrCam Regional Business Development and Sales Manager Anat Nulman and gets a live demo on this podcast.
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#CSUNATC18 Audio: Vital Access to Graphics using a Tablet

Apr 4, 2018 08:12

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Vital has created a web application that teachers can use to create accesible graphics using vibrations, text-to-speech, and sounds along with a Samsung tablet. J.J. speaks with Corrine Mueller, Cofounder of Vital, to learn more about the company's webapp and service in this podcast.
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#CSUNATC18 Audio: Edit PDF's and View in Split-screen with the Humanware Prodigi 12 Connect's Latest Update

Apr 4, 2018 11:26

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Transcribed by Grecia Ramirez

Almost live from beautiful San Diego, it s blindbargains.com coverage of CSUN 2018, featuring team coverage from across the Exhibit Hall and beyond, brought to you by the American Foundation for the Blind.
On the American Foundation for the Blind web site, you ll find everything you need to know about blindness and visual impairment. Search our national job bank, discover the history of Helen Keller, read our blog on current issues, find professional resources, and even more. Our site is completely accessible. Check it out at www.afb.org.
Now, here s Shelly Brisbin.
SHELLY BRISBIN: Welcome back to Blind Bargains coverage of CSUN 2018. I m Shelly, and we re talking with Eric Beauchamp from Humanware.
Welcome, Eric.
ERIC BEAUCHAMP: It s nice to be here. Thank you.
SB: So Eric, you are in charge of low-vision products for Humanware. And we re going to talk about the Prodigi Connect 12 update. The Prodigi Connect 12 has been out for a little while, so why don t you give people an idea of what that product is.
EB: Absolutely. Well, the Prodigi Connect 12 is a 12-inch tablet that docks into a stand, to have it at the right height for reading material, and also with a distance a wireless distance camera.
SB: And it s an Android tablet that does all of the things a CCTV device would do, but you also can use it as a full-fledged tablet; right?
EB: Absolutely. It s an Android device, like you said. It s Android 6.01, Marshmallow version. It has access to TalkBack and all the Play Store applications that a mainstream tablet would have.
SB: And what s new is the 3.0 version of the Prodigi software, so why don t you tell us what is new. What are the big new features?
EB: I am very proud of this feature. I call it my paperless CCTV, the world s first paperless CCTV. Why? Because the main feature is that we can import now, the PDF files into Prodigi and have them read out or change the contrast inside the Prodigi software. So that makes a big difference, and also when you import those PDFs, you can edit the PDFs using the handwriting tool. So you can either handwrite on the PDF on any pages in PDF document, you can highlight, or you can even use the keyboard a wireless keyboard and type in text. Kind of, if you want to enter information on a form, a PDF form, which you can do. You can just import into Prodigi and start filling out that form.
And there s other features. You want me to continue?
SB: Well, let me ask you so I have a couple quick things about PDFs. So does this work with any PDF, or are you actually OCRing the PDF? Are you counting on the text that might be accessible, it might not be? PDFs are varied, as you know.
EB: Yeah. That s a very good question, because they are very there s two versions of PDFs. You can have a PDF file which doesn t have text associated to the file. When text is associated to the file, Prodigi just uses that text to show, so there s no that diamond-edged text that we like to call, we use that text that is related in the PDF. If ever the PDF is a scanned picture, then we do run the OCR on it. And if it doesn t run automatically, we have a manual mode OCR run on it.
SB: So by default, if I use the PDF if I import the PDF, it s going to go ahead and try to figure out whether it needs OCR and then do it. It s not going to ask me, hey. Do you want to OCR it or not beforehand?
EB: No. It s going to do it all by itself automatically.
SB: And then, the editing tool -- is that does that this is my Android ignorance, because I m mostly an iOS person -- but is that editing tool part of Android, or is it a tool that you ve included with the Prodigi software?
EB: It was part of their last release, Prodigi 2.0. It s a tool that was included in Prodigi, so it s all accessible for people to use.
SB: And is that accessible via TalkBack, or do you have speech, or are you assuming that people who have enough vision to use the Prodigi Connect are going to be able to visually manipulate that software?
EB: I m assuming that people are going to have a bit enough vision to use the Connect, but we still have speech. You can use speech in Prodigi, and you can also use TalkBack through Prodigi.
SB: Great. Let s talk about some other features.
EB: Yes. It has a really nice feature that we added. We added a split screen, meaning that when you connect the distance viewing camera, it will detect that the distance camera is on, so you will see a full view, but you would hit a little button on the left of the screen, and it would split the screen in half horizontally. So you would have the distance application on top and the magnifier application on the bottom. And you can
SB: That s cool. I like that.
EB: It s lovely. So now, students or professionals can take notes at the same time as viewing in distance. So you can select either one. You can zoom in, zoom out and select in that application, and also, you can just tap in that application and go directly full-screen with that application. And we added a gesture, just a swipe gesture, from left to right. And that s going to toggle from distance to magnifier full-screen now. So that s a really cool feature.
SB: Yeah. That sounds like it s just tailor-made for classroom use.
EB: Not really. Professionals can use this in
SB: Sure.
EB: -- boardrooms or meetings to see people in front of them or at a distance and take notes at the same time.
SB: Great. Tell me about some more.
EB: We have included also, a Help application. Where we re going with this is I d like people to find their solutions by their own. So this Help application, for now, has two features. It has -- first of all, I am starting to do a lot of web capsules using YouTube. So web capsules are going to be one to two minutes long, explaining a feature in Prodigi and how to use Prodigi, that feature.
And also, you will have access to webinars, recorded webinars that I have already given. So these webinars are approximately half an hour to an hour, depending on the complexity of the webinars, but that gives you a head s up or a history of what was done previously. And also, there is a survey now that s going to be launched after seven days of use of the current version. And I limit myself to five questions concerning the new features that were added in the new version. Now, when the pop-up pops up, you have an option to say, yes. I want to answer the survey, and no. I don t want to answer the survey. If you do answer it -- not answer the survey, the pop-up will not show again. But you will be able to answer the survey afterwards by going in the Help application. And this is going to help us a lot in developing some more features for you guys to use.
SB: So the webinars are basically tutorials on Prodigi; is that right?
EB: Exactly.
SB: Okay.
EB: Yup.
SB: And the survey is aimed at which feature do you use, how do you use it, how do you like it, that kind of thing?
EB: Exactly.
SB: Okay. What else is new in 3.0?
EB: We have a new Android update also. So when you do the update, if you didn t do it off the bat, it s going to be divided into four. So the first update well, the first three updates are going to be for all the features in Prodigi. So that s a quick download, quick install, does it automatically, everything s done for you. And then, the last update is going to be an Android update, which is a bit longer. It s a 1.2 gigabyte file for Android, so that s big, so be sure to be at home and have a couple of minutes of free time. But that Android update, basically, we changed the algorithm for the autofocus. We have a better autofocus algorithm for you guys to use.
SB: So when you do an Android update, I m guessing that you try to bundle those Android updates with a feature update so that people aren t in the middle of usage, just like, oh. There s a random Android update. Is that right? Or what s your philosophy on that?
EB: If we do launch an Android update, there s going to be a notification that s going to pop up. And it s -- you can do it now or you can wait for later. That s no problem. It s not going to start downloading automatically.
SB: But it s not paired with, like, a Prodigi update, you know, necessarily? Like, if because
EB: Not necessarily.
SB: Okay. So 3.0 supports Marshmallow. Obviously, there are there s been NNO and Ps announced for this fall. What s your, sort of, road map for additional Android updates? And do you feel like you d need to do every one, or are you just waiting until you re adding additional features for the Prodigi?
EB: We re going to wait for additional features, but having an Android update going into another version, let s say for Nugget, Android N, that, we have to we re in talks with the hardware company that did this chipset on the tablet. So that s communication and collaboration of a couple companies all together to have that update.
SB: I see.
EB: So it s a pretty big update.
SB: Yeah.
EB: For now, there s nothing on the road map. The Marshmallow version is doing pretty good. They have a pretty good TalkBack support. I know that Android 8 has a lot of cool features in TalkBack for Android, but it s going to come. It s going to come.
SB: Yeah. And I we saw an Android preview not long ago, and there are a few cool low-vision features, actually, and some TalkBack updates too. So I guess, at some but it s really a function of the hardware manufacturer and whether that update is appropriate for that device.
EB: Exactly.
SB: So you mentioned that people is this a free update for people who already have a Prodigi Connect 12, or what s the process for somebody who wants to update an existing device?
EB: If you have a Prodigi Connect 12, all the updates are free, and you just down load them and install them.
SB: Great. And if I buy a Prodigi Connect 12 today, am I going to get 3.0? Is it available now?
EB: Yes.
SB: Great. What else is going on with low-vision in Humanware that we should know about?
EB: Well, I m very proud of my other line of products, which is the Explorer line. We have a 5-inch electronic magnifier and an 8-inch magnifier. And the difference between the two? Well, the screen, the size, of course. And the 8-inch will have distance viewing as well as close-up viewing, and it will be touchscreen also.
And last summer, we updated to another version, a newer version, which again, improves the autofocuses of the distance and viewing camera. And we bettered the image quality on the device.
SB: And is that a separate camera or the same camera for distance viewing on the 8-inch?
EB: On the 8-inch, there s two cameras. So it switches automatically to distance or close-up cameras.
SB: They re built in. It s not, like, an attachment that you have to
EB: Absolutely not. They re built in. Yes.
SB: Okay. Great. Awesome. So, like, more like a selfie camera and a back camera. I mean, in terms of the fact that they re built in, not in terms of the facing different directions.
EB: Exactly.
SB: Right. Right. Right.
EB: Yeah.
SB: Sorry. Sorry to throw selfies in there when it wasn t necessary.
So for people who are interested in Humanware low-vision products, how can they get in touch?
EB: Well, they can call us at Humanware. Our number is 1-800-722-3393. And you can go also at our website, www.humanware.com, and you have all the information there.
SB: Excellent. Eric, thanks so much for being on Blind Bargains.
EB: Thank you very much for welcoming me.
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The Prodigi Connect 12 has been updated with some major new features including PDF reading and editing, a split-screen mode for the distance camera, and improved on-board help. Shelly speaks with Eric Beauchamp, Product Manager for Low Vision Devices for Humanware to learn about the latest features as well as their latest portable video magnifiers in this podcast.
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#CSUNATC18 Audio: Grab that Controller: Big Strides Forward for Game Accessibility

Apr 3, 2018 19:44

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Put two gamers on the mic at the same time ans you have a video game lovefest that would go on for days if we had room for it. Joe talks with Ian Hamilton, Ian Hamilton, fresh off his time at co-directing the Gaming Accessibility Conference to talk the latest in accessible gaming including the momentum accessibility is gaining in recent months, and a possible new event for gamers in Europe.
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#CSUNATC18 Audio: Creating a Positive Workplace Environment for All with the BBC

Apr 3, 2018 14:17

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CAPE stands for Creating a Positive Environment, a BBC initiative to provide services and tools to help those working with invisible disabilities, especially those which may be less obvious on the surface. J.J. speaks with BBC's Head of Cognitive Design Sean Gilroy, and Senior UX Designer Leena Haque, to learn about the initiative in this podcast.
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#CSUNATC18 Audio: The IBOS MusicXML Reader Translates Music Files into Braille

Apr 2, 2018 14:17

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The IBOS MusicXML Reader is a new free software program that translates MusicXML files into both braille music notation and text, allowing for blind musicians to interpret these files using a computer or braille display. J.J. speaks with Bo Alstrup and Daniel Gartmann from the Danish Institute for The Blind and Visually impaired to learn more and get a live demo in this podcast.
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#CSUNATC18 Audio: Control your New ViewPlus Delta Braille Embosser from the Tiger Box

Apr 2, 2018 06:51

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Modern braille embossers do more than just embossing. ViewPlus has created the Tiger Box, a device that lets you control many of their current and previous models from the web on your computer or phone. Dan Gardner, CEO of ViewPlus tells J.J. how it works and also introduces the new cut-sheet Delta embosser in this podcast.
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Blind Bargains Qast 138: Buy My Book Already

Apr 1, 2018 09:07

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It s springtime, and the Blind Bargains crew is back from CSUN. We settle in for a regularish-format show, with all the segments you love to love. JJ and Joe may sound a little different this week. We blame it on reprocessed airplane air and onion rings; two things found in abundance last week in San Diego.

Sponsor: HAMS. Because this is a day when many people eat them. Breaking News:

We cover dots, driving, and delicious desserts. So, pretty much like any other episode of Blind Bargains Qast. Be sure to participate in the survey of the week if you qualify.

Interview: Shelly Shills For Her Book

Show regular Shelly comes on to justify her ongoing relationship with Apple products. If you re tired of hearing about that book of hers, think how we feel!

Sponsor: HEMS. Your laundry should look its best. Now there s an app for that. Tip: Shower Me With your Phone

J.J. offers some really practical advice that no one should ignore. Trust us. This tip could save you a lot of money.

Sponsor: HUMS. Knowing the words to karaoke songs is over-rated. Just get in there and make some sounds that approximate the syllables. No one s actually listening to you anyway. Sound Off:

You must all have been at CSUN, too, because there s only one letter in the mailbag this week. Fortunately, it s chock full of Braille.

The Last Word:

Mmm, Oreos. Wait, Who said that? Is there a doctor in the house?
Disclaimer: This episode was made by most of the usual Blind Bargains crew. It s just that they took on different jobs this week. Don t blame Joe. We gave him the week off. Do blame Shelly, who writes things for a living, sometimes including scripts. Also blame JJ, Shelly and Ricky, who experienced identity crises to varying degrees. And last but not least, blame Patrick for putting it all together, like he does.

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#CSUNATC18 Audio: Feel the Graphs with the Talking LabQuest.

Mar 30, 2018 09:23

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The 2nd generation of the Talking LabQuest from Independence Science has gained a new superpower--creating graphs that can be printed with a ViewPlus braille embosser.
J.J. speaks with Ashley Neybert, Sales and Curriculum Specialist for Independence Science, to learn how this system can be a useful tool for scientists in the classroom and beyond.
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#CSUNATC18 Audio: There's Logic in these Large Print Keyboards

Mar 30, 2018 06:18

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It's been awhile since we've checked in with Logickeyboard, a long-time maker of specialty keyboards including a variety of large print models. Shelly speaks with Alan Malkin of Logickeyboard to learn about the company's latest models for both Mac and PC users in this podcast.
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#CSUNATC18 Audio: Designs for Vision Designing Custom-designed Telescopes and Microscopes

Mar 30, 2018 05:10

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Designs for Vision has been in business for 57 years, in other words, they were correcting vision well before almost anyone else. Shelly speaks with Jody Klager, Director of Low-vision Services of Designs for Vision to learn about the company's custom prescription telescopes and microscopes for vision correction and enhancement.
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#CSUNATC18 Audio: A New Voice and a New Direction for APH

Mar 29, 2018 10:58

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Until Dave Wilkinson came along, the [Ameircan Printing House for the Blind](http://www.aph.org never had a Director of Sales. J.J. talks to Dave to learn about his new role and also gets some updates on popular products such as the Orbit Reader 20 and the Graphiti graphical tablet.
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#CSUNATC18 Audio: Amazon Ensures the Blind are Not Locked Out of Packages, Updates TV's and Tablets

Mar 29, 2018 49:31

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As has often been the case in recent years, Amazon has been quite busy with new features and updates. In this extended interview, Shelly catches up with Peter Korn, Director of Accessibility for Amazon Lab 126 to learn about and hear a live demo of enhancements to Amazon's Fire TV's including a stand-alone model, and forthcoming access to Amazon Locker for package deliveries.
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#CSUNATC18 Audio: QD Laser Creating Eyeware to Help you See More Clearly

Mar 29, 2018 05:13

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QD Laser is working on a vision correction solution they call Retinal Imaging Laser Eyewear or Retissa, which may help people with certain vision conditions. Shelly speaks with Nori Miyauchi, Business Development Manager of QD Laser to learn more in this podcast.
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#CSUNATC18 Audio: The InsideOne Braille Tablet is Back and More Flexible

Mar 28, 2018 13:35

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The InsideOne braille tablet was back at CSUN with updated specs and more accurate braille input. It still runs Windows 10 and includes a 32-cell braille display along with a touchscreen with a built-in braille keyboard. J.J. speaks with Eric Vioche of [InsideVision](insidevision-us.com) to learn about and try out the latest iteration of this Windows braille tablet.

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#CSUNATC18 Audio: The BrailleSense Polaris Mini and More from Hims

Mar 28, 2018 22:42

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HIMS announced a new 20-cell BrailleSense Polaris at CSUN and we anted to learn more about it and how it stacks up with its bigger sibling.
J.J. is joined by Damian Pickering, Vice President of Sales for HIMS in the United States and Jenny Axler of HIMS in Korea to learn more about the Polaris and other recent updates to their products.

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#CSUNATC18 Audio: A Tongue-tastic Tactile Adventure with Touch Graphics

Mar 28, 2018 13:11

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We present to you a Blind Bargains first, as two of our contributors team up for a special conference interview and a one-of-a-kind special tasting. J.J. and Shelly talk to Lindsay Yazzolino, Tactile Design Consultant for Touch Graphics about a talking tactile map and other tactile innovations, and then try to identify braille chocolates using their tongues.
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#CSUNATC18 Audio: Altix Takes Us Around the World with a Talking Globe

Mar 27, 2018 05:34

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Altix is a Polish company focused on accessible tactile experiences including games and educational aids including a forthcoming talking and tactile globe. Shelly speaks with Janusz Mirowski, director of Altix to learn more about the globe and the other products on display at their booth.
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#CSUNATC18 Audio: Be My Eyes Helps People in 182 Languages, Expands Partnerships

Mar 27, 2018 14:38

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We've been following the progress of Be My Eyes since they launched in 2015, and now the service boasts over 1,000,000 users and volunteers who speak 182 languages. J.J. speaks with Hans Wiberg, Founder and Christian Erfurt, CEO of Be My Eyes about their recent partnership with Microsoft and other future opportunities for growth, as well as how Be My Eyes fits in the landscape with other paid services.
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#CSUNATC18 Audio: An Eye Toward CMS Accessibility with AudioEye

Mar 26, 2018 05:55

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AudioEye is one of many companies doing website and document remediation, but their approach seeks to help millions of sites at once with a focus on content management systems which are used by many website designers. Joe speaks with Todd Bankifeir, Chief Executive Officer of AudioEye to learn more in this podcast.
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#CSUNATC18 Audio: En-Vision America Flips the Script with New ScrippTalk iOS App

Mar 26, 2018 08:29

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The ScripTalk Station from En-Vision America has been identifying medications for over a decade, but soon iOS users will be able to do the same from their phones.
David Raistrick, Vice President and Chief Technology Officer for En-Vision America, gives J.J. a live demo and talks about what's new in the I.D. Mate in this podcast.
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#CSUNATC18 Audio: NuEyes Offers a Lightweight Android Wearable

Mar 26, 2018 07:14

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NuEyes bills themselves as electronic glasses for low vision. The lightweight glasses run Android and include features like bar code scanning and OCR. Shelly speaks with NuEyes Co-founder Justin Moore to learn more about this wearable and what sets it apart from the rest.
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#CSUNATC18 Audio: What's the Buzz about Buzzclip Version 2

Mar 23, 2018 07:23

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The Buzzclip is a device which can be used to track movement or lack of movement in front of you, now up to 3 meters away.
J.J. speaks with Arjun Mali of iMerciv about the latest iteration of this wearable which includes enhanced range and a new cane mount.
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#CSUNATC18 Audio: The ElBraille, Supersized

Mar 23, 2018 15:47

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The ElBraille Windows braille computer has been getting some updates, and both the 14 and 40-cell models are now available for their respective 4th generation Focus braille displays. J.J. speaks with Adi Kushnir from the Elita Group to learn about the latest developments with the 14 and 40-cell models, available from Freedom Scientific. You can find out more information about the device on ElBraille's home page.
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#CSUNATC18 Audio: Right-Hear, Right Now

Mar 22, 2018 19:53

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Indoor Navigation is often about the journey, and one company has journeyed far in their quest to make the indoors accessible since we last spoke with them. Shelly speaks with Idan Meir from Right-Hear to learn about the latest updates to their accessible navigational solution including a new beta version coming out this summer and possible features for locations without beacons.
You can find the free app on Google Play or the iTunes App Store.
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#CSUNATC18 Audio: The Canute Braille E-reader Is Just About Ready for Prime Time

Mar 22, 2018 21:43

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A lot has happened since we first covered the Canute multi-line braille reader in 2015. Ed Rogers, Founder and Managing Director of Bristol Braille Technology and Dave Williams, the Chair of the Braillists community speaks with J.J. about the imminent release of the now 360-cell, 9-line braille display, targeted for release this year, and some of the advantages of a multi-line unit including math equations, tables, and musical scores.
Blind Bargains audio coverage of CSUN 2018 is generously sponsored by the American Foundation for the Blind.

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#CSUNATC18 Sponsor Audio: Transforming your Horizon with Aira

Mar 21, 2018 52:49

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The Blind Bargains Crew has put on their track shoes to keep up with all the news that has been generated by Aira in the early portions of 2018. From the announcement of the Aira Employment Program to the ability to use the service in some grocery stores, the team at AIRA is listening to their subscribers and providing solutions to their needs. Greg Stilson, Director of Product Management, joins Joe Steinkamp to discuss in more detail these events and how they tie into the upcoming release of the Horizon version of the product. rolling out in May of this year. Greg also notes what is in store with Aira at CSUN 2018. Learn about how the company will transform the area with Aira City San Diego; Aira Horizon Smart Glasses; introduction to the capabilities of Hey Chloe [TM] Aira s new artificial intelligence (AI) platform; and much more that you can read about from this CSUN blog post.

We would like to thank Aira and Greg for coming on the program and for being a sponsor of the Blind Bargains Qast. If you have questions about the service, or need more information, you can drop Aira an email at info@aira.io

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Blind Bargains Qast 137: All Your Paudio

Mar 17, 2018 54:04

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The last show before we start our pilgrimage to the West coast has us thinking about long flights. J.J. in the spirit of the season, not Spirit Airlines mind you, takes us on a brief tour of an In Flight Entertainment System in this episode. Our Legal Correspondent is back for a listener email in "Sound Off" and we'll check in on one of the subjects from last week's "Last Word". Fold your tray tables and place your seats in the upright position... BBQ 137 is heading towards the runway.

In The News:

Dictation Bridge has hit the 1.0 release stage with many new features. Visit the Dictation Bridge site to learn more.

Further Orbit Reader 20 Shipments Delayed until Summer

NVDA's First Release of 2018 Improves Firefox 58 Support, Adds More Braille Displays

PocketBraille is now live in the Google Play store as a beta!

Real Research, Real Money from the Accessibility User Research Collective

Comcast Launches New Accessible TV Features Ahead of Paralympic Winter Games 2018

Google Accessibility added new information about the new support email in this tweet
Announcing a new support email! Please update your bookmarks to disability-support@google.com.

BBQ Regular Shelly Brisbin will be with us in San Diego once again this year. However, if you can't wait to hear her wise words, check out the link below...
"My radio story for @texasstandard about @TSBVI_Outreach and Apple coding class" Blind Students Learn To Code With A Swipe And A Tap

And check out a review of Shelly's book in this month's Access World.

Demonstration: Southwest Airlines In Flight Entertainment System

J.J. has been flying a lot lately to his secret locations in New Jersey. This has given him the uncanny ability to recognize snacks by their sound on the rolling cart as it goes by him. However, on one of the flights for his travels to CES, J.J. decided to forego guessing which bag was peanuts and which was pretzels for something else entirely. Listen as J.J. takes us on a tour of the entertainment offerings on his flight. Or, for the most realistic experience, place the sound of a crying baby in the background as you hear J.J. demonstrate the Southwest offerings.

Tip: Audio Books From Google Play

Google Play Books has recently added audio books to their offerings. Now you can listen to a book on iOS, pick up where you left off on Android, maybe skip a chapter in Chrome and even cast it to your Google home or Chromecast. It is a nice multiplatform alternative to have around. And keep an eye on your Inbox as Google has already offered a free audio book as a promotion earlier this year.

Sound Off:

Our resident legal corespondent Tim Elder of TRE Legal joins us to answer a legal question that is likely on many people's minds, concerning the extent that employers have to provide accommodations for their employees. Thanks Tim for coming on the show.

Debbie Armstrong wrote in with an idea for someone out there to start a new website.

"So, I d like to start using more Windows 10 apps. But I don t want to clog up my PC with loads of inaccessible software.
Do listeners have recommendations for apps that are particularly accessible, or apps to avoid? I really wish there was a community of blind Windows app users that worked like applevis. I have contributed extensively to the app directory there would also make contributions if such a community existed. "

KNFB Reader, Team Talk somewhat and even Microsoft's own version of Solitaire work with Narrator or other Screen Readers. But we know that is nowhere near all the Microsoft Store apps that do. Send in your faves to feedback@blindbargains.com and we'll share them on upcoming episodes.

mandojanny: Does orbet reader allow for braille input or simply reading?

We double-checked this with APH, but you can type on the Orbit Reader 20 currently. You can type in braille, but there is no back translation on-board.

Last Word:

Music and food but not the way you might think for this portion of the program.
I Went to a Silent Disco as an Old
Burger-flipping robot takes four-day break immediately after landing new job

Just a reminder that our next episode will be the CSUN Wrap Up Show. That means that a bunch of audio from San Diego is going to come down the pike to you before then. Hang on, hold tight, BBQ Convention Coverage 2018 begins soon!

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Blind Bargains Qast 136: The Texas Chili Refresh Rate

Mar 10, 2018 71:18

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Buddy Brannan is back and he is here to show off the new addition to his ever-growing Braille Display collection. We'll then delve into how non Google made Google Home units work. The tip will give you the need for speed, "Sound Off" has a request for Buddy and the "Last Word" will make you forget all about those Furbies from a few weeks ago.

Sponsor: HIMS

Braille sense Polaris is shipping! The future is now. Check out the first Google certified futureproof notetaker with no touchscreen required. Visit us on the web at https://hims-inc.com to learn more.

Also, read more about the Braille Sense Polaris in the January 2018 edition of "Access World"

In The News:

Microsoft Soundscape is a new way to navigate

This survey might indicate that Microsoft could bring Seeing AI to the Android platform one day

Inclusive Android recently tweeted the following...
[A new group is being assembled to provide app developers with access to testers who use Talkback who are interested in helping provide feedback to app developers (e.g. facebook) please join the IA Tester's group

Ciscovision tweeted:
[We regret to inform you that CAVI is not currently teaching audio courses at this time. Because of this we have released our current content for free and you can download it here.

Mystic Access releases a course on the many ways you can use your Google Home

Discussion Topic: Orbit Reader, Tic Home Mini And Insignia Smart Speaker With Google Assistant

Note: Buddy learned from the Development Team that some of the qualms he had with the Braille Me will be addressed in an upcoming firmware update. Stay tuned to our conference coverage from CSUN to learn more about the changes coming to this affordable display.
Buddy is back to talk about his initial impressions about the orbit Braille Reader. He'll talk about it and how it compares to the Braille Me that he spoke about earlier in the year. Joe and Buddy will then talk about third party Google Home alternatives. Buddy has the TicHome Mini

and Joe has the Insignia Smart Speaker. The best part is that each one of these devices is under $500. Quality vs. price comes up a few times as a result.

Tip: SpeedTest.net

The previous version of Speed Test was dificult to use because this free utility relied on flash. The updated version doesn't and this is a great way to see if that costly internet package is giving you all your packets at the price you pay for them.

Sound Off:

Long time listener Rebecca Skipper writes in with her thoughts on HR 620...

"Hi,

I join Joe in his opposition to HR620, but I want to point out that the ADA is not the end all be all solution.
Ignorance about people with disabilities will always exist so long as the able-bodied adult exists.
I m not wishing for anyone to have a disability, of course, but it would help if we remember that even the most healthiest individual can become temporarily disabled.
Now, here is my complaint about the government at large.
Not everyone with a disability who works can get any protections under the ADA.
Freelancers like myself may enjoy the flexibility of being our own boss, but that does not mean that we have the same wage or other federal protections.
I read a recent article forwarded to me by someone from Accessible World s Tech Talk program.
The author of this article says that the DOJ has been directed to educate businesses about people with disabilities.

https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2018/3/4/1745284/-Making-America-Great-Again-by-rolling-back-protections-for-Americans-with-disabilities

Well, just educating businesses isn t enough!
In fact, I recently had a potential employer say You must not be totally blind because if you were totally blind, you couldn t do this job.
These were his words after I explained to him that I use a keyboard and not the mouse.
I only disclosed my disability after he said that all potential candidates would go through training, and I, to my regret, felt it necessary to explain that I can t use the mouse.
I ended up losing the opportunity anyway because I spent almost half my time trying to get Skype to let me share my screen with a sighted trainer the following week!
In my opinion, there are only two ways forward.
Don t let HR620 become law if we can avoid it.
Voting in November isn t enough!

The only upside to all of this is to consider the efforts of companies like Microsoft, Google, Amazon, and, yes, even Apple despite its recent mishaps.
Since I ve concluded that we will never stop people from being ignorant, we, as intelligent and diverse individuals with disabilities, should create more businesses and make it a point to advertise that we are inclusive and accessible to fellow human beings with disabilities.

No, not everyone can or will start their own business, but I ve been self-employed for almost four years.
Will I continue staying self-employed? I m not sure. But, I can say that we might have to let our wallets send a message by supporting those businesses that show a commitment to providing products and services to individuals with disabilities. We can no longer assume that the government will maintain the ADA as passed in 1991.

You might not want to share the statement I m about to make.

I find it ironic that the same Party that passed the ADA is the same party that is weakening it.:

Next, Cullen Gallagher has a request for Buddy.

""Hello BlindBargains Team,
First, I want to thank you for producing this excellent podcast every week. I always look forward to downloading it each week.
Last week, i finished listening to podcast 132, and found it extremely interesting. I especially enjoyed the information about the ViewPlus Columbia Embosser. I would love to see Buddy come back on the podcast, and do a demonstration of the embosser, showing what it sounds like, how long it takes to boot up, and hear the voice prompts that it has. If he still has his Juliet, maybe he could do a comparison of the two embossers in action. That would be vary interesting to me. There is not a lot of embosser demos, so this would be interesting. I'm really surprised that viewPlus is letting these go for such a low price, considering how fast of an embosser it is. In looking at there site, I was surprised to see the MBraille embosser, which is quite a bit slower than the Columbia, cost so much more.
Again, thank you for the excellent podcasts."

The good news is that Buddy agreed to fill this request. The bad news is that we'll have to wait for April before we can schedule this into the lineup. Buddy will be back with us after our little jaunt to San Diego.

Last Word:

A link with a YouTube clip followed by another about food means the end of the show must be nigh.
High Speed Mechanical Display 60FPS
Flippy, the robot hamburger chef, goes to work

One more episode to go before we fly off to the West Coast for CSUN 18. Fun, sun and information is just around the corner. That and a nap afterwards. Have a great week everyone!

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Blind Bargains Qast 135: Braille Screen Input Is Beautiful

Mar 3, 2018 56:39

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It happened to be Pancake Day at the time of recording. We aren't sure if having some form of a pancake would be a good accompaniment for the show, however, expect to hear a lot more about pancakes the closer we get to CSUN. That's because Richard Walker's Pancake House is a "must find" in San Diego. Enough about food. This week we finish up our ATIA coverage with an interview with John Taylor from IRIE_AT about a new smartphone option, discuss Video Magnifiers in "Sound Off" and talk about pancakes in the "Last Word". Hey wait, how did that get there? Oh well, grab a pad of butter and slather on the syrup for episode 135 of the delicious BBQ.

In The News:

Be my eyes partners with Microsoft to offer free tech support for Blind and Visually Impaired individuals

Orbet Reader 20 Drivers Now Available for JAWS Screen Reader

JAWS February Update Simplifies OCR from PDF's, Fixes Numerous Bugs

ZoomText Fusion and the traditional version of ZoomText 11 saw a recent update as well.

NVDA has reached another RC milestone. Which means, by the time we talk about it on the show, the newest update can't be far from being released. Be sure to keep reading the NV Access In Process blog for more details.

BrailleSense Polaris Upgrade Announcement

The latest EnVision America update to the ID Mate Galaxy shaves precious seconds off the unit's boot time. Visit theID Mate change log site to learn more about product support options.

Envision AI adds more features, and even more languages, to keep pace with Microsoft's Seeing AI

APH's Nearby Explorer, as mentioned on episode 133, has released a new version on iOS that is worth a look regardless if you use the free or paid options

Kickstarter of the week, A Japanese company wants to provide OCR using a Raspberry Pie and a pair of Smart Glasses
Learn more about the Oton Glass.

Interview: John Taylor Of IRIE AT And The Smartvision2

There are some out there who just adore pushing buttons. No, not in a mean way. More like they want to have buttons on their phones but they want those phones to still have some modern conveniences. Hear John Taylor speak about one such option with J.J. as they sit outside the ATIA Exhibit Hall on a sunny day in Orlando. To learn more about the Smartvision2, or other phone options from IRIE AT, visit their phone product page

Tip: Dark Mode List

Joe and Shelly have spoken about how great the Smart Invert functions of iOS 11 are getting as more and more developers are starting to rollout support for the feature. Dark Mode, which isn't really tied to any platform or OS, offers the same appearance of Smart Invert and it too has seen greater adoption with services like YouTube and Twitter now offering it under their settings sections. Dark Mode List is a site whose mission is to try and create a database of various services that offer Dark Mode options. It isn't platform specific either So take a look the next time you want to peruse an app without that glare intensive black text on white background distracting you.

Sound Off:

Santiago wrote us twice about Apple.

"Hi guys,
This is Santiago from California. Great job on the podcast by the way. I always tune in when a new show is released. Regarding Joe's prediction of Apple in 2018, I had a bit of a question. I mainly use Apple products for school and leisure. These include multiple Macs, an iPhone, an Apple Watch, an Apple TV, and AirPods, Obviously I have invested quite a bit of resources in to these products; however, given Apple's recent performance on the stock market, based on recent controversial actions by the company, not to mention sales of iPhones, should I start looking in to replacing at the very least some of my Apple products with those who have more of a stable future? I'm really big in to tech, so I've used Windows and Android devices before. Android would be a difficult switch for me, as I use braille screen input on iOS almost 100 percent of the time, and I don't know of a comparable feature on Android as of now. Thanks guys and keep up the good work!

And again ...

"Hi guys,
It's Santiago again. I did forget to mention something in my previous email. Quite honestly, I have absolutely no problem with the recent changes at Apple. For instance, I've personally been wanting an iPhone without a home button for years. I always thought this would result in less mechanical breakdowns when it comes to not having a home button. Not to mention, the lack of a large bezel on the iPhone X has made typing using braille screen input more accurate for me, since my fingers can be near the edges of the phone as well. As for the throttling dilemma, I will personally leave this on even when iOS 11.3 is released, but I do feel like Apple should have given users the option. It's typical of Apple to make under the hood performance changes to their products though, so that's nothing new. The only reason I ask about trying other products is the fact that I am worried about Apple's future as a company. For all I know, I might be a minority when it comes to approving of Apple's recent moves.

We've had several emails, tweets and messages about this over the last month or so. BrailleBack quality, and screen input in particular, has come under scrutiny as the likes of Amazon and the Android Braille Notetakers have started to roll their own when it comes to these types of features. We hope that changes in android Oreo at some point. Moreover, we'll continue to ask Google about the status of things as we see them throughout the year at various conventions. Here's hoping that we will have an update about this soon.

Mike Kilburn writes in with a Video magnification question;

"hi really enjoy your podcast. bunch of informatio that I ve found helpful.
has anyone solved the problem with regard to glare using video magnifiers and seeing LCD displays. are you aware of any products available that would resolve this problem.

Here is a bit of joe's email response to Mike...

"Sadly the matt finish is something that is rarely seen anymore in the off the shelf technology that most video magnifiers use for their monitors. Its felt by Sony, and other display makers, that the glossy finish shows off color better. You can minimize it some by using a Monitor Hood, using a Monitor Arm to extend out your screen or for some they use an anti glare filter that they can tape over the LCD. None of those solutions are perfect ones and some are downright ugly. You can play with the lighting in your area and try and place it off to the side or use a torch lamp that shines light up towards the sealing."

Every eye is unique. That means someone will have to experiment with their lighting and positioning a bit to find out what works best. It is also a good low cost solution and some people find that moving their monitor fixes a whole slew of issues. Next, Orko sends along another comment on a previous episode.

"Hi! I wish to apologize for my previous email regarding your comments about the Aira service. It was harsher than I had intended. The only reason I can give for its harshness is because I was upset by what I perceived as a negative view of a service I value greatly. Like Joe, the devil that took my vision was glaucoma, only I didn't suffer the loss of peripheral vision and a narrowing field of view as is most commonly described as the symptoms of glaucoma. Instead a slowly building fog over my vision was what I saw and it eventually masked out almost everything leaving me with only very limited light perception. This began in 2010, I was declared legally blind in 2012, and started using a white cane in 2013, at that time I was told I only had about 1% of my optic nerves left and that I would eventually go completely blind. So I'm still rather new to blindness and still learning to cope with it. My biggest problem and frustration has been situations where a sighted assistant is really needed. The problem and frustration came from not being able to find a satisfactory solution. I've tried Be My Eyes, but half the time, when I'd be connected to an assistant, the connection would be immediately dropped. Most of the time, even after numerous attempts, the app would time out with no connection to anyone at all. Only ocasionally did I get a usable connection to an assistant. And then there is the problem of the assistants themselves, while I applaud what they are doing, at the end of the day, they are still untrained volunteers with no apparents contracts or agreements in place to protect any information they might learn about you, so I kept my use of it to only those situations that I'd be comfortable talking to a complete stranger on a crowded bus with. Be specular wasn't that much better, and it was limited to those situations where a single photo and the answer to a single question was all that was needed. It too I kept to stranger on a crowded bus situations for the same reasons I limited my use of Be My Eyes. My family is, unfortunately, so broken that family members close enough to be of use are either not available or unwilling to help. Those family members willing to help are more than an hour away, so not really readily available. Then I discovered Aira and signed up in the hopes that it would be the answer I was looking for. While I agree that they could do a better job of defining what they will ultimately do with information about me that they gain from my use of the service, at least the assistants you connect to are trained professionals under a non disclosure agreement intended to protect my information. Maybe not the best solution, but definetly better than nothing, which is pretty much what you get with Be My Eyes and Be Specular. So far my experiences with the service have all been positive. I no longer worry about situations that need a sighted assistant because I now have one, and I don't hesitate to use it when the need arises. The only two cons to the service I can think of are that it isn't available 24 hours a day, but since neither am I, I can live with that. And that to use the glasses involves quite a few separate parts, so I only use them when I absolutely need to be able to use the service hands free. Otherwise, I just use my iPhone's camera. And no, despite what I said about subscribing to the podcast, I am not going anywhere and will continue to listen to it. Of all the accessibility podcasts out there, yours seems to be the only one that doesn't bow down and pay homage to the Apple god. While I do use an iPhone, I am by no means an Apple fanboy, and want to hear about all the other assistive technology available regardless of who makes it. Thanks for a great podcast and best regards."

No need to apologize and we are glad you stayed with us rather than unsubscribing. We at the BBQ are known for being outspoken. And sometimes that means we get a bit of push back when we talk about matters that strike some to the core. Still, we think it is important to talk about things beyond the press release and that can touch on some uncomfortable and emotional subjects. We also freely admit that we can be wrong about various subjects. This portion of the program was designed to highlight that very thing when people who have more knowledge about a thing speak up to tell us we were a little off base. The same goes for when our listeners have strong opinions that are more rooted in the general use of a product or service over the viewpoint of how it appears to us in the overall A.T. Industry. Don't hesitate to let us know your thoughts regardless if they disagree with ours. There is room on the BBQ for all sides in any debate!

Finally, some tweets:

CarrotTop1023: Hi there, I just want to let you guys know, I've subscribed to your podcast via my Victor Reader Stream. I'm enjoying these episodes, keep up the good work!
h_bosch1: That was an awesome tip for Pixel 2 on BBQ 134.

Also a shoutout to @DiannaMuircast for her audio clip of an interesting flight simulation.

Last Word:

A YouTube clip and something about food? Just another typical week for the last block of the show really.
QT Star Trek
Your next flight might just introduce you to Rip Van Waffles

All bets are off for next week's show. That is because we expect some out there will start to trickle their product release news prior to CSUN 2018. Tune in to hear the delight, panic and eventual acceptance from the team that we only have two more shows to go before our new year of convention coverage begins.

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Blind Bargains Qast 134: Amber Vario Trio

Feb 24, 2018 69:53

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This week we bring you a timely interview with David Bradburn, a person who is involved in one of the biggest stories of the year so far. We also have some great comments in the Sound Off" section, a tip and Joe finally talks about those iPhone chargers. The "Last Word" is Furby free. So relax and get ready for an amazing episode.

Sponsor: HIMS

Braille sense Polaris is shipping! The future is now. Check out the first Google certified futureproof notetaker with no touchscreen required. Visit us on the web at https://hims-inc.com to learn more.

Also, read more about the Braille Sense Polaris in the January 2018 edition of "Access World"

Farewell to the Zone

If you haven't heard, the Zone BBS, a website which we started and ran for the past 15 years, was shut down last week. You can go to the home page to see some memories and farewell messages from users. There is also links to a Facebook and Reddit groups and a Twitter account which you can follow for any future developments. It's been a great ride.

Breaking News - Interview: David Bradburn

Friend of the show David Bradburn took time to talk with J.J. about the recent news with Baum. David is very candid about what is happening, what the possible path is moving forward and he gives an update about future support for existing customers. David also lets the cat out of the bag about which CSUN booth you can find him at next month. That is if we don't take him on as the new BBQ Food Critic first. Tune in to hear his thoughts on the current market and some real insights on the current trends in Braille Displays. We sincerely would like to thank David for his time and we hope this interview clears up any erroneous information that has been spreading about the company.

Remember, if you have questions, write Baum directly at info@baum.de and watch the official Baum USA site for further announcements.

In The Other News:

News about HR 620 has been falling between our scheduled recording sessions. However, we think everyone should be aware of what it is and why they need to speak with their Government representatives about how it may impact their lives. Below are two articles that explain what the bill is and where it stands as of the time of this recording.

Confrontation at the Capitol: The Fight to Stop H.R. 620

NBC News: {The GOP's H.R. 620 will gut the Americans With Disabilities Act, pushing disability rights back to 1989

If you want to learn more about this, or other access legal matters, you may want to visit Lainey Feingold's site on "Settlements in Structured Negotiation"

Announcing the Aira Employment Program

Hardware Review: iPhone 8 and 10 Charging Options

Joe picked up a Belkin Boost Up wireless charger and the official Apple 29 watt charger with Lightning to USB-C cable to see if rapid and wireless charging was all the rage. He was so impressed by both that it caused him to write this article about both charging options for the site. Joe gives J.J. an idea about the costs and setup of both chargers. And you should really look into one of these options if you have an iPhone 8, 8+ or X on hand.

Tip: Now Playing History For The Google Pixel 2

J.J. is really getting into the Pixel 2. He noted that the Google Assistant will listen for music in the area and notify you automatically what song was playing. but that wasn't enough for him. J.J. found this neat little app called Now Playing History that will capture this data and save it for later. You can then play the songs you heard in an Uber, at lunch at that trendy spot or even in the theater later on one of several music streaming sites.

Sound Off:

The tremendous feedback from episode 131 continues this week with two emails. First up, Ken Scott.

"Hi BBQ Team,

I am late in commenting on BBQ 131. I have no excuse or justification. I did enjoy this episode.

I am relieved that someone in the AT community Joe in this case does not subscribe to the idea that Window-Eyes lost the screen reader wars. A venture capital company in this case Vector if I heard Joe correctly bought out a successful competitor. I suggest that the members of the blind community that are supporters of Uber and Lyft seriously consider the implications of what Vector did for the screen reader community when it comes to ride share verses taxies for Uber and Lyft.

I am also relieved that someone beside myself has come to the conclusion that the developers of JAWS are devoted to supporting legacy applications at the expense of keeping up with current standards and practices. I probably am not correctly understanding Joe s comments about JAWS. If I am correctly understanding Joe s comments, JAWS users should realize that even U.S. government agencies and large U.S. corporations eventually update their I.T. infrastructures. JAWS may not be able to respond to these updates when they come along.

I beg to differ with Joe about economic advantage when it comes to AIRA. He pointed out that poor people not being able to drive and operate motor vehicles as a case of differences not meaning inequality. There is a serious critique within the transportation economic body of study that the current U.S. system of excluding the poor who are otherwise able to operate motor vehicles or providing an effective alternative to owning/operating a motor vehicle create a profound inequality issue given the U.S dependents on individually owned and operated motor vehicles to meet basic transportation needs. This pretty much destroys Joe s argument against inequality by analogy for AIRA.

I also have to point out that there are extensive studies showing that there are large numbers of unlikeness and uninsured poor drivers using old highly polluting vehicle, because they have no choice: provide for their families or starve.

I also have to beg to differ with Chancey when it comes to VFO s acquisition of the Paciello Group. She attempted to present as a potential positive the idea that consultancies working with the same corporation that has other service agreements could provide synergies. My reply is Enron and Arthur Anderson. For those who do not know the history, there was strong evident that the consultancy arm of Arthur Anderson encouraged the accounting arm of the same company to fudge the books for Enron. We do not have conclusive proof as Arthur Anderson went bankrupt before a final legal finding. There are other cases that suggest that combining consultancy with other services is a bad idea.

Best Regards,
Ken"

Next, Darrell Hilliker has some fantastic thoughts about AIRA.

"Hi Blind Bargains Team,

I just finished listening to episode 131, and, wow!

Here are my thoughts on Aira as a totally-blind husband and father of a busy toddler.

Although it is not perfect, Aira has been revolutionary for our family!

It ultimately comes down to this...

There seem to be about a million and one tasks that absolutely require some level of sighted assistance: accessing print medical records, fixing the settings on inaccessible electronics, identifying medications, reading the mail, etc. Etc. Etc...

I am talking about those situations where having sighted help is our only option in order to achieve success.

Prior to Aira, getting this kind of help required that I schedule a specific time with a specific sighted person, and, in some cases, that I pay a specific amount of money, in order to get the job done.

Although I could sometimes Facetime a friend or relative, most of these scenarios also required that I invite some stranger into my home.

In the case of friends and relatives, sometimes, the need for help changed the nature of the relationships.

All this required extensive juggling and planning, and sometimes higher executive management functions like hiring and firing, in order to just do the thing we wanted to do!

That's just about all over now that Aira's around...

Instead of the previous crazy planning, all I need to do whenever I need a bit of sighted help is open the app, get the glasses ready (if necessary) and press what I like to call the Aira button.

In about 30 seconds, I am connected to someone who can work with me to accomplish the task at my convenience and on my terms.

I think the value of this capability is simply incalculable!

Does Aira break accessibility? Heck, yes! Owners of kiosks, websites and other inaccessible tech may decide they no longer have to insure their products and services are accessible to blind people, since we can, after all, use that new-fangled Aira thing to get help.

On the other hand, ultimately, what it all comes down to is that I just need to get things done!

If I can do an important task in a few minutes with an Aira agent, that's far more productive than waiting days or weeks to schedule a sighted helper, or potentially months or years to fight a protracted accessibility battle.

I do realize this is bad in a way, because, ultimately, I will likely forget about some of the accessibility battles that need to be fought, file fewer official complaints, write fewer letters, etc.

Remember, I've got my hands full!

Then there's the concern over teaching the use of Aira in blindness training programs.

If this is done at all, it should be explored near the end of a person's program, when they have largely achieved all their other goals.

Accessing information using hardcopy Braille, computers and smart phones, managing one's home using alternative blindness techniques and traveling independently using the long white cane should always be emphasized first and foremost in any quality blindness training program long before the introduction of remote sighted assistance technologies like Aira, or even Be My Eyes, Bespecular, Seeing AI, TapTapSee, etc.

I guess the one positive aspect of Aira in a training center is that we're returning to the old-fashioned skill of learning how to "use a reader." In other words, we're learning when and how to most effectively leverage sighted help to get visual jobs done!"

Thanks to both ken and Darrell for their comments about episode 131. We really enjoy hearing these views and we'll keep featuring them as they come in as it provides some great contrast to what we said within that portion of the program. Joe noted during this email that there was another deep look at the business aspects of the A.T. Industry that popped up up on the net this week. If you are interested, or if you want to learn more about investment language, you may want to take a gander at this OrCam article and their drive to IPO.

Lastly, let's get an update on the arrival of the Orbit Reader from Stan...

"Feb 14 (5 days ago)

I wanted to keep you informed about my experience with the orbit 20
reader. Luckily, it has been a case of so far so good with respect to
sticking pins on my orbit 20 braille display. I received my unit at
about 4:38 pm yesterday afternoon pacific time. After letting my unit
charge up I've only had a little time to test the unit. I haven't had
any pins stick. The only time that I ever had any slight issue is
when I put my fingers on the display too quickly as the unit was
refreshing. I really love the feel of the braille because it is so
crisp and sharp. It is important to be patient with the refresh rate."

Last Word:

A new mythical phone and J.J. brings the noise for this week's internet distractions.
A little NSFW, Introducing The Banana X phone
Ember Trio - Hip Hop Medley Violin and Cello Cover

Thanks to Tom dekker for speaking about our show on AMI's "Kelli And Company". Check out AMI's new iOS and Apple TV apps. Here's a look at the new app's features from AMI itself.

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Blind Bargains Qast 133: Furby Piper Exploring

Feb 19, 2018 90:17

Description:

J.J. is once again transmitting from a location somewhere in New jersey. Hear his harrowing tale of food delivery throughout this episode. unrelatedly, but still involving hotel travel oddly enough, hear J.J. take a trip around the ATIA host hotel with Larry from APH and Indoor Explorer. News is back, so is "Sound Off" and a very timely tip rounds out the show.

In The News:

The American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) and the American Printing House for the Blind (APH) Partner for a Future of No Limits for People Who Are Blind

Stan Littrell has already ordered his Orbit Reader. Furthermore, he thought our listeners would be interested in this email that came from APH Support.

"I figured that I would send the following note from APH concerning
certain problems that they are having with some of the orbit 20
braille displays that have been sent out and how they are addressing
the issue. I have a feeling that I will receive my unit today or
Monday since it was sent out by APH on Tuesday. Dear APH Orbit Reader

Customers
It has just become clear that at least some of the units from a recent
shipment of Orbit Reader 20s may have an issue with some pins
sticking in either the up or down position.
If you received a unit with pins that stick, APH will send you a
replacement along with a pre-labeled box in which to return the
faulty unit. You also have the option to receive a full refund.
Please call customer support at 800-223-1839 to make arrangements.
APH is working to understand the problem before we ship replacements,
so we cannot give you an exact timeline for shipping replacement
models. We will keep you posted as we learn more. We have halted
future shipments until a complete understanding of the problem and a
resolution is determined.
We apologize for this inconvenience. Please be assured we are doing
everything possible to resolve the situation quickly. Thank you for
your patience.
Alan Lovell
APH Customer Relations"

Also, for those just now getting their units, nab the January 29th firmware update for the Orbit Reader before you take it for a spin

A Baum Facebook post was originally in our news lineup. Sadly, shortly after our recording session for this episode, we had to publish the news you will read below in the next linked article.

Breaking: Baum USA Closing their Doors, Suspending U.S. Repairs of Braille Displays

Google launches dedicated accessibility support

From the TalkBack team: Announcing The Official Release Of TalkBack 6.1

It's Now Possible To Go A Thousand Miles With A Braille Display

Digging Up The Dirt On News We May Have Missed

Discussion Topic: ATIA 2018 Highlights

J.J. recently returned from Orlando where he braved the Exhibit Hall of ATIA 2018. He placed several of his thoughts about ATIA 2018 in this Access World article.
"Feeling Fireworks" is a phrase not often heard and Joe had to know how that came about. The Mountbatten Smart, metric Caliper from NBP and the Kapsys SmartVision phone were also items for discussion in this portion of the program.

Demonstration: APH Nearby Explorer Indoor Navigation

Hear Larry Skutchan and J.J. wander around the convention hotel demonstrating their cane skills. They just so happen to also be demonstrating the new Indoor Explorer mode of APH's Nearby Explorer as they go along as well. There is a lot that goes into making indoor navigation possible. Tags, open maps and an smartphone-enabled app are only part of the process. Larry explains in this demonstration just what it takes to bring this all to your ears. he then goes on to give some insights about the Orbit Reader and math Blaster for an added bonus. This is one you don't want to miss.

Tip: Always Carry Some Cash On You

J.J.'s food fiasco happened in real time during the recording of this episode, about 30 minutes was dropped of Joe and Patrick just talking about the weather, but one small mistake in an app had J.J. passing along cash to a very nice driver of a food delivery service. Sometimes it is good to have cash on hand for Bell Hops, bartenders and other service persons for whom it is customary to tip when traveling. A lack of talking ATMs can be daunting, however, many local grocery stores and major drugstore chains will let you debit out cash on purchases. This can be a big help when you visit a new area where you may find yourself in need of paper money.

Sound Off:

First up, one very important email from a Mr. J. Pauls. it seems there was a top ten list for 2018 lying around in the Blind Bargains Inbox. Below is his list for the biggest stories of last year.

1 The demise of Window-eyes
2 The rise of Microsoft Narrator
3 Jamie Teh moves to Mozilla
4 Release of Seeing A.I.
5 Audio description comes to Amazon videos
6 Release of BrailleSense Polaris
7 Continued updates to BrailleNote Touch
8 Release of ElBraille
9 Orbit Reader moves closer to release
10 ACB s Audio Description Project

As you read above, and think back to episode 131, his list isn't all that far off from what the rest of the panel thought. Minus the Number One story of course. We thank Jamie for sending this in, he was actually the first person to do so and that is why this got lost in the shuffle because the rest of us were late, and we'll make sure that he is included in next year's tabulation for sure! Speaking of the "Year In 2017", here is a remark from the comment section of that episode by Orko.

"I was just recently turned on to Aira and in the short while that I've had the service it has made a noticeable and positive difference in my day to day life. No more waiting for sighted help to get some things done, what a difference! And then here comes episode 131 and your year in review and how negative you and your guests were towards the Aira service. Since then I have found myself wondering if I wanted to continue subscribing to your podcasts. Sure there are services like Be My Eyes and Be Specular, but while I applaud the work of the volunteers that make those services work, at the end of the day they are untrained volunteers, and there are situations where using an untrained volunteer makes me nervous. Aira assistants, on the other hand, are trained professionals who are under a non disclosure agreement to protect your personal information. I agree that there are some legitimate privacy concerns, but I also believe that it's up to the user, not the service, to use appropriate caution when working with such services when it comes to what you reveal to them. I'd have given episode 131 a thumbs up, but after hearing what you had to say about Aira, it gets a very definite thumbs down."

There were two AIRA subscribers on the panel and it was stated a few times that we were speaking about the business side of things. There are real concerns moving forward however, none of us were making value judgements about the service. We are fans, watchers and most of all users of Assistive Technology. We aren't rooting for a company to fail. Especially now that so many are falling all around us. At the same time, don't look for this podcast to be one that validates the "fanboy" or "fangirl" gushing sign of approval that everything by Company A or Product B is fantastic. We like to ignite the spark of conversation and that means we sometimes take an unpopular stance on a popular topic. As Joe stated in his response, "Sometimes you have to divorce your feelings about a product or service when talking business... and this is a business". We hope our listeners understand when we are speaking from that sense and when we are providing more of a direct opinion. We can say that we have been very transparent about our opinions and this has gotten us into trouble with our friends in the A.T. field on occasion. yet it is our honest style that allows us the access we have to those same friends and it is how we are able to have much of our fabulous convention coverage over the years. The BBQ Crew pulls few punches and we don't plan on softening this approach in the foreseeable future.

tchemel left this comment on the Google Access Support story,

"I'm decidedly unimpressed. I emailed them about not being able to create appointment slots (a longstanding problem) and they assured me that I can now do this using the new calendar, which is patently untrue. I wasted time going round and round with them, and they clearly don't understand the difference between an event and an appointment. Horrible."

The Orbit Reader release had a few comments. Here's one from Darknexus.

"There's something just a little odd about this method of doing business. Rather than making enough units to cover all the orders they would receive, it's as if they're trying to force an order rush. I can't think of any sound business reason to do this, especially after so many delays, unless they're trying to offset the cost of something else or are selling the displays far below the cost of manufacture. Either way, something just doesn't click.

And Debee Armstrong left us this thoughtful remark;

"Until we hear more about the drawbacks of such an inexpensive Braille display we will not truly know if the tradeoffs are worth it. I think people who never used a Braille display believe it is like reading paper Braille, and that is not true. EveryBraille display has drawbacks, features you tend to dislike. If the Orbit has limitations you can live with, the price is great, but until you know the limitations, you will want to be careful. Fpor example, I personally find it frustrating with the displays I have owned that there are too mamy little buttons all clumped together. It is too easy to accidentally press the wrong one. I also found that 14 or 20 cells is just not enough for me, but 40 is perfect."

Last Word:

Both good and bad audio awaits in this week's edition of strangeness from the web.
Furby Organ is the stuff of nightmares
Couple mistakenly goes to see Red Hot Chilli Pipers

Next week we'll have another interview from ATIA and Joe will finally talk about those iPhone chargers.

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Blind Bargains Qast 132: Triple Click Google Home

Feb 10, 2018 84:22

Description:

It is always a treat when we can get someone to come on the show and talk about services and new hardware. This week Buddy Brannan joins Joe and Patrick to discuss not only a new Braille Display, a new Braille Embosser and even a new Android phone. He also provides some good insight into the news surrounding service animals and the airline industry. Then, Patrick talks about a new recorder that Joe will probably end up buying before CSUN. It is a jam packed episode of insighful comments and hardware reviews. And we think this will come as a shock to J.J. for sure that his absence from the show this week did not result in a gab fest about videogames or Microsoft.

Sponsor: HIMS

Braille sense Polaris is shipping! The future is now. Check out the first Google certified futureproof notetaker with no touchscreen required. Visit us on the web at https://hims-inc.com to learn more.

Also, read more about the Braille Sense Polaris in the January 2018 edition of "Access World"

Discussion Topics: Buddy Has All The Toys!

Before we started conversations about things that go bleep in the night, Joe thought it would be a good idea to get Buddy's take on the current dilemma that Delta customers with service animals will face starting March 1st.

Joe and J.J. are not Guide Dog users, however, Buddy is and he has some rather blunt thoughts on the matter. Here are a few statements from others on the situation as further food for thought.

ACB's Remarks on Delta s Revised Guidelines
National Federation of the Blind Statement on Delta's New Service Animal Policy
Delta flies 250,000 service animals a year. Now the rules are changing
Some Disability Advocates Are Upset With Delta's New Service Animal Requirements
A woman tried to board a plane with her emotional-support peacock. United wouldn't let it

We then turned to a discussion about Buddy's new ViewPlus Columbia Embosser. Followed by a peak at his new Inovision Braille Me 20 cell sub $500 Braille Display

Then Joe had to get Buddy's feelings on record about his use of a Google Pixel 2.
It is a wild time indeed as Buddy is bullish on all this new tech.

Hardware Preview: Zoom H1n

The refreshed model of Zoom's long running H line is starting to emerge from CES and on to store shelves. The Zoom H1 is the entry level device in the H series and you have already heard how good it is if you have listened to any of Joe's convention recordings in the last 7 years. So it was with great interest that we ask the Audio master Patrick perdue if Joe was about to drop $120 on this updated recorder. The short answer is... probably. Patrick takes us on a tour of the controls and gives his first impressions on what he found in his short time using this recently released product. We're sure to have more to say on this one in the future. Stay tuned!
You can get it now through third-party sellers on Amazon for $119.99

Last Word:

We only had time for one link, and it seemed fitting after the Grammies, here is more on why songs sound the same and a great example of the "Golden ratio" in music.
4 Cords Redux

Next week, J.J. is back with the first of audio from ATIA 2018. And we may actually get a chance to catch up on some of the long lost and forlorn "In The News" section.

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Blind Bargains Qast 131: The Year In A.T. 2017

Feb 2, 2018 95:33

Description:

Here we go, another year, another top 10 list. Join J.J., Joe, Shelly and Chancey as they roll through some of the bigger news that shook the Low Vision and Blindness technology field in the year that was 2017.

10. The "Year In Braille" takes many forms

We do not have many of the, now infamous, "combined entries this year. Yet how could we not lump so many good stories into one pile about Braille?
Braille support comes to Amazon VoiceView, improved Braille support in NVDA, Windows includes Braille support for Narrator, NVDA and contracted braille input. So many good things. But read on, we noted that the year also had a few missteps.

9. HIMS, the release of the Polaris

The counterpunch to the Humanware Braille Note Touch came along in a sleek device that also gives a nod back to the owners of HIMS in the name, and use, of the Polaris software.

8. Baum VarioUltra Shipping Issues and bankruptcy protection

This story may get more interesting in 2018, but the warning bells sounded last fall.

7. VFO Acquires Paciello Group

Brand recognition within the web access community, a pool of talented people and a respected player in the W3c and WCAG communities. What's not to like? Well, for VFO this particular acquisition meant that it was beginning to solidify bigger Enterprise plans beyond that of being a hardware and software maker.

6. Firefox, Version 57

A possible big change for the way web browsers work, though 58 is mitigating much of this for NVDA at least, some in our echo chamber shouted: "fire!" when the room began to fill with smoke. Also Jamie Teh joining Mozilla was kind of a big deal for them and NVDA as well.

5. Apple, iPhone X, iOS11 issues

Another year of Apple speculation saw the company continuing to release new products, and hit new all-time high revenue targets, despite a bit of tarnish forming on that Rose Gold finish.

4. Window-Eyes is No More, How We Got to This Point and What's Next

The group notes that this was not a matter of there being a lot of users, but because Window-Eyes was a poster child for consolidation.

3. Orbit Reader

An entry that hits the list two years in a row. They shipped a few of these things apparently, but where is it now? Chancey calls it "story zero" due to the lack of availability.

2. AIRA explodes on the scene

Never underestimate the power of good marketing. With a drive to have famous names on the board of Explorers, the beginnings of a network of places to use the service and a major splash at the summer conventions, AIRA sparked a ton of interest amongst our community. And a whole lot of controversy too. "Mobility gamechanger", "Blindness "Privilege" and "transformative Service" are just some of the ideas bandied about in our number two story.

1. SeeingAI

A unanimous number 1 for the first time ever in the many years we've been doing this countdown. Not a surprise really as this free app does so much for so many. Congratulations Microsoft!

We had our say. It is now time for you to have yours. Please send along your thoughts about 2017 to feedback@blindbargains.com or leave a musing in the Comment Section below.

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Blind Bargains Qast 130: CES To The Max

Jan 23, 2018 99:40

Description:

Happy New Year and welcome to the first show of 2018. Traditionally, if you are a long time fan, you know the first show has been reserved for a glance back at the previous year's AT news. However, due to crazy schedules on everyone's part here at BBQ, we'll delay that look over our shoulder and talk about it as the focus for episode 131. This week we will assume the Discussion Topic" format as we cover J.J.'s recent trip to Vegas for the 2018 Consumer Electronic Show and Joe's review of the 12 pound Google Home Smart Speaker. We also have a tip, some quick thoughts in "Sound Off" and our first "Last Word of the year. This one is a little longer than usual because there was just so much to talk about.

Sponsor: HIMS

Braille sense Polaris is shipping! The future is now. Check out the first Google certified futureproof notetaker with no touchscreen required. Visit us on the web at https://hims-inc.com to learn more.

Also, read more about the Braille Sense Polaris in the January 2018 edition of "Access World"

Discussion Topic: CES 2018

This year the big show in Las Vegas sported the ability to filter the more than 4,000 booths by an actual Accessibility track option. J.J. talks about how that worked and how some companies fit under that new banner. He also offers a few suggestions of vendors to be on the lookout for during the year.

J.J. sat in a bus from Accessible Olly,
[APH showed off the full-size Graphiti.
Robotix Learning Solutions are the makers of the TACO Playbits and TACO Robobrix educational learning tools. They also offer the Phiro the robot that teaches kids to learn robotics, coding, computational thinking and problem-solving skills in a fun and easy way.

Bagel-labs.com
are the creators of The world s smartest tape measure

Vditory! states that their mission is: "Aiding from the low vision to the completely blind users in living an independent and disability-free life"

Qwertyfree is a gesture-based keyboard for iOS

XYZ Printing offers a cool-touch 3D pen under $50

Eyesynth is working on alternative User interface options that involve soundscapes using Aftershokz

Ultra Haptics are haptics using puffs of air to simulate button presses and gesture based swipes

beltmap is a wearable vibrating belt that allows you to feel where to go next or detect objects in your path

Makerbuino is a retro styled Arduino video game console that J.J. thought Joe might want to know about

Joe, on the outside looking into the fishbowl that J.J. was swimming around in Vegas, thought these mainstream stories were interesting.

CES 2018: Everything is too complicated

Apple s Indirect Presence Fades from CES

All the new HomeKit gear unveiled at CES 2018

Google takes on Echo Show with four new smart displays

This Bluetooth Air Filter Will Tell You Just How Filthy Your Air Is

Netflix hid a fake biotech booth in the middle of CES

Smart Toilet Kohler announces Konnect, its line of premium smart appliances

Sennheiser s first soundbar has 13 speakers and sounds amazing

Amazon s Fire TV OS is a total no-show at CES 2018

Audio company Klipsch announces two mid-century modern speakers with Google Assistant

Industry players say self-driving cars are years away

Hardware Review: Google Home Max

Joe talks about how his holidays were filled with music. Music that the neighbors could enjoy as the Google Home Max is really loud. J.J. asks Joe about his review and drills down on some of the setup process, what sounded best and just who is this smart speaker best for in what is about to be a very crowded marketplace.

Tip:

Thanks to James Teh, now at Firefox, who mentioned this one in a recent tweet. Use Windows plus the letter V to hear those notifications that can pop up in Windows 10 from time to time. Joe shows J.J. that he can read a Dropbox notification by using this handy Windows hotkey.

Sound Off:

Rhonda Hornbacher writes in,

"Hi,

individuals to provide information on cruising as a person who is blind. My husband and I have taken 3 cruises since 2012. We have cruised to Hawaii, Alaska and various islands in the Caribbean..

On a whim, I decided to request audio description services for our 2012 cruise to Hawaii and I was surprised to receive a describer. Since then I have requested and received describers for both of the other cruises.

If you would like to know more just let me know.

I would be interested in your cruise experience too.

Have an awesome day,
Rhonda, who also lives in Charlotte:

Three more of Joe's friends on social media happened to take a cruise since we aired episode 128. It seems to be a trend. We don't have an air date in mind just yet though. so, stay tuned.

cW, not to be confused by "The CW" TV Network, left us a comment on Joes story regarding the launch of the audio RPG "A Hero's Call".

"I got the game yesterday. All I can say, without giving anything away, is that it is worth the money. So far, it appears to be the kind of game I like. Most if not all of the problems I had with FPS games in the past is the hand ear thing. Ok, that is not that big of a problem for me. What I really like about this game is that I can think through my actions within battle and be reasonably sure the action I took is the best one. Whereas swamp, I am running away until I have a good plan of attack before I turn and strike. Different styles of play where neither is bad. A Hero's Call basically, for me, is a lay back kind of game where I can ease my way through it with enjoyment while thinking about the clues I have been given via asking about town. Anyway can someone get Liam Erven on talking about his favorite parts of the game. I, personally, would like to see if he can talk about his favorite parts without giving away any hints and or spoilers. I have found that the overall sound scape of the game to be good. Is sound scape the right term here? Anyway, it sounds good so far and the background music is a plus. If anyone asks me, I would say that it is a text adventure put into a first person audio game. That might not describe it well, but that is sort of what it reminds me of. Anyway. Love the game and can t wait for this to be covered in BBQ."

this game is so, so good. But it might not be for everyone. Be sure to check out BBQ Regular Liam Erven's YouTube demo if you need to get an extended look at the game before you commit to a purchase.

Last Word:

Before we begin the links bit, here is a mashup tune Joe had been saving for J.J..
Amazon is now offering a monthly Oreo Subscription

The 9 Absolute Weirdest Gadgets We Saw at CES This Year

We are only two months away from San Diego. That is so hard to believe. Then, if you let your mind drift, we are six months away from the major conventions. yep, that is half the year down already. We like to plan ahead. Still, before we can move ahead, we'll look back at the year that was 2017. have a great week everyone!

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Blind Bargains Qast 129: Outtakes And The Wolverine

Jan 3, 2018 74:39

Description:

You know that holiday song that has the line: "It's the most wonderful time of the year?". yeah, well, Patrick tends to hum it a lot in December because this is the dedicated show where he has free rein to post all the things that would make us sound silly if left in for an episode's original broadcast.

Naturally you will hear several flubs from J.J. and Joe. And you might be surprised to hear a couple from Patrick that hit the cutting room floor. Yet as they say on TV, "but that's not all, as many of the BBQ Crew find their way into the Outtakes this year. Listen as Shelly, Scott, Dave, Meka, Chancey and Ricky create some humor with only BBQ Regular Jamie Pauls avoiding the microphone for like the first time... um, ever. So don't miss the train as we start the new year off right by celebrating what we got wrong in 2017.

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Blind Bargains Qast 128: Merry Christmas Bill Cullen

Dec 23, 2017 57:26

Description:

The month of December used to be a slow month in podcasting circles. That doesn't seem to be the case again with 2017 rolling right along with timely news and events still arriving like they were UPS holiday packages on the BBQ doorstep. Good thing we asked Amanda Rush to come by and talk about Word Press as we shall need a sister site up to contain all these analogies and metaphors we've made about boxes and packages on the show over the last 60 days. J.J. takes some time out to play a game on Echo, Joe has one rejected idea in the "Last Word" and Patrick lets his guard down in a most interesting way. Grab that cup of coffee, cocoa or just a glass of milk... it is BBQ 128.

Sponsor: HIMS

Braille sense Polaris is shipping! The future is now. Check out the first Google certified futureproof notetaker with no touchscreen required. Visit us on the web at https://hims-inc.com to learn more.

In The News:

NVDA remote 2.1 debuts with several requested key features
@tspivey: NVDA Remote 2.1 released. Adds a keystroke to push the clipboard, adds braille input in browse mode, fixes reconnecting to the previous server when machine is being controlled.

Access World for December looks at more gift ideas, the El Braille and some issues for Diabetes Management

Popular website Eyes Free Fitness now has an iPhone App

Facebook's Alt Text for Images is Expanding

Magic v14 update arrives bringing with it support for the Win 10 Fall Creators Update and more

Survey of the week!
AFB is seeking feedback on the Career Connect service and one lucky participant could win an Amazon Echo

Kickstarter of the week!
The World's First Smart Screen Protector with Smart Buttons for the iPhone!

Interview: Amanda Rush And Accessible Word Press

Amanda rush, of Customer Servant Consultancy, chats with J.J. about the power of Word Press and why you should consider it as your next content platform if you utilize a screen reader. Building websites can get complex really quickly. Amanda has some resources that can lead you through that maze of code. To reach her directly, use her "Let's Talk" contact form, or contact her via Twitter @cswordpress .

Tip: Match Game 2017

Fill in the blank during the holidays with your friends, family and old TV or movie stars from the 60s or 70s with this Amazon Echo skill that lets you play the classic game show "Match Game". There are free daily questions, however if you purchase question packs, you can keep playing until you win that year's supply of Rice-a-roni or a room full of ZBrick paneling.

Sound Off:

From our article about the Seeing A.I. update comes these two opinions;

darknexus
So basically, they've just allowed me to take my OCR folder and replace it with one app? Nice. So far it does seem to work, even the handwriting recognition which, while not perfect, does well enough and is a major door-opener for us. I wish everything coming out of Microsoft was this awesome. I really liked Seeing AI before, and it's even better now. Now Microsoft, if you could just concentrate on real improvements like this in your other products...

M&G
The updates were worth the wait. Cleaned up my home screen by being able to replace a number of apps with this new upgrade. Currency and colour feature works more consistently than other apps. The ability to read hand writing, and therefore Christmas cards sent is a great feature. Keep it coming Microsoft.

Lydia Alverson, long time listener of BBQ, sent along her Winter Wishes in the most accessible way!

Dear Blind Bargains team,

Just to show my appreciation, I wanted to send you a little holiday greeting. I hope you enjoy it.

Press to hear greeting:

Sincerely,

Lydia Alverson.

Also, another long-time fan, sends her regards about Ricky and Joe's recent news...

Hey, fir"st, congrats to Joe and Ricky! I would love a show on cruising, I have never cruised and I would please request that you discuss cruises to nowhere, you don't get off the ship and they are short cruises. They may no longer exist, not sure. If I ever cruise, I want to stay on the ship, that's why I would get on one in the first place! Happy holidays to you guys and looking forward to more great podcasts next year! Beth"

Last Word:

Fred sent this first link into Feedback back on June 28th and Joe thought it appropriate if it landed here in the "Last Word".
Taco Bell just had its first wedding ceremony for a very hungry couple
And J.J. would like everyone to be aware of this local announcement in his area.
"The Lowell Police Department's message: "Please do not walk
out in front of a city snow plow with your shovel challenging
our drivers not to plow in your driveway. 26,000 pounds of
metal and salt does not stop on a dime. If the truck doesn't
crush you and kill you instantly, the blade will dismember your
body and you'll bleed out before any help arrives." "

Well that will do it for our third year of the Blind Bargains Qast. Patrick will be back in the feed with the Outtakes show. And the BBQ Crew will begin 2018 with the traditional look back at the previous year's biggest stories. until then, all the best to you and yours in this grand new year!

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Blind Bargains Qast 127: How Can Santa Get here?

Dec 19, 2017 72:01

Description:

Joe has returned from vacation to join J.J. for one of the final episodes of 2017. The pair discuss some shipping and gift wrapping suggestions, Joe has a Gmail tip for iOS users and a festive treat awaits in the "Last Word". So leave the cookies and the milk out for Santa before you curl up for a long night's winter nap with episode 127.

In The News:

Seeing AI version 2.0 released with new features, including handwriting and currency recognition

That NVDA RC update isn't an RC anymore. Get the latest update by Visiting the NVDA site

JAWS 2018 updated twice while Joe was away. See the changelog at the Freedom Scientific site to learn more

ZoomText, And Fusion, moves to 11.7

Public outcry causes Google to rethink banning powerful accessibility apps

Chrome Apps are dead, as Google shuts down the Chrome Web Store section

VoiceView update adds new navigation gestures and more

iOS Review: MindNode 5, AN Accessible Mind Mapping Tool for Writers Discussion Topic: Creative Shipping And Wrapping Of Those Holiday Gifts

J.J. and Joe pass along some ideas about how to ship your gifts, or how to place them in various containers if you aren't a gift-wrapping expert, for the holiday season. Amazon has lots of options to ship and wrap your gifts. And it may be the right way to send or even bring back the stocking stuffer in your life, if you have to travel a long way to see friends and family. Note that TSA, various airlines and other modes of travel have unique restrictions for carrying items. Therefore, doing some research might save you having to discard a box or bottle of holiday cheer when adventuring through the airport. Remember, you can always look up the nearest UPS Store if you want to avoid that kind of thing at TSA. You can easily track your bundle of joy via the Google Search app, if you use Gmail, to see if you will beat your packages home.

If you go the gift card route, J.J. suggests choosing an odd amount so that person won't easily forget your gift in a sea of certificates. Joe also says that you may want to pair those cards with a similar gift. I.E. a movie pass with a gift card to an ice cream shop. Omaha Steaks with a Jones Soda complement. It also doesn't hurt to have a few low amount iTunes cards to pass around for those you may have not gotten to, but needed to, on your naughty or nice lists. Tag your gifts with a stylus,, note cards are a big help here, so you remember what goes to whom and why.

Tip:

This came about a little late for those who had that nasty iOS11 mail issue, however, you can now add iCloud email accounts to Gmail. This is great for those who wish to switch from Apple to Android. Or, for those who wish to have a foot in either pool, you can now see your email on the rival device. Oh, you can also add Exchange and other Microsoft accounts to Gmail too. Here is an article that goes into the changes recently added to the iOS update for Gmail.

Sound Off:

Juan wrote into the show, on Ep 126, about Rich's passing. Nick and Bob, over at TBRN, put together a fitting tribute show, archive can be found at this link, and Joe was honored to be asked to speak at this event.

As a follow up to the Blindfold Game discussions, the link below shows Apple is cracking down on all sorts of apps and Developers.

Apple s widened ban on templated apps is wiping small businesses from the App Store

Here are a couple of tweets to the @blindbargains feed...

alimoosa191: Is the Matias keyboard similar to Apple s Magic Keyboard with numerik keypad?

In layout, yes. In features, no. The new Apple Magic Keyboard, which Joe covered on Ep 112, only connects to Apple devices. and one at a time at that. It is a great keyboard but it isn't nearly as feature-laden as the Matias. To hear more, pop back to our Black Friday show.

DiannaMuircast: This @blindbargains podcast is hilarious!

We agree and its always a great time when Shelly graces our MP3 streams!

Last Word:

From the cruise, Joe has a new song for the holidays
You may have heard of the Can'tenna, but maybe we'll have the Cane-tenna
IT STINKS! Onion Truck Ironically Catches Fire Near Frying Pan Road

One more to go before we say good-bye to the year that was 2017. Safe travels to everyone and Happy Holidays!

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Blind Bargains Qast 126: A Qast with Parallel Sprinkles

Dec 11, 2017 55:18

Description:

Joe is cruising far away from civilization, so Shelly Brisbin stopped by to hold down the fort. Shelly and J.J. talk Sonos speakers, Apple updates, and smart gadgets amongst other things, and find many parallels between all of them. Emails, a tip, and One More Thing round out this lively episode, so strap on in.

Sponsor: HIMS

Braille sense Polaris is shipping! The future is now. Check out the first Google certified futureproof notetaker with no touchscreen required. Visit us on the web at https://hims-inc.com to learn more.

Also check out the Hims-tastic Holiday Qast which has deals which are still valid through the end of 2017.

In the News

Lots of VoiceOver Fixes in iOS 11.2

Apple s no good very bad week in security updates and this

Virgin Atlantic has launched in-flight entertainment for blind people and J.J. says he'll give a review if someone buys him a ticket.

House and Senate tax bill impact on blind people, from AFB

Kathy Ann Murtha book on using JAWS with Facebook

A list of books on web accessibility, from Web Axe

Discussion: Sonos, or how to blow lots of money on Audio

Before Alexa, before Google Home, and well before HomePod, Sonos revolutionized the smart speaker market with its line of connected speakers. Now with options starting at under $150, they may be within reach of many more people. Shelly and J.J. talk about their setups, the Sonos apps for phones and computers, and other things to consider.
Shelly has even integrated her Alexa things with her Sonos speakers for voice-enabled musical bliss. If this talk has you wanting to buy in, check out Amazon's Sonos page which will enable you to prime some speakers to your abode in a couple of days.

Tip: Ibotta

J.J. recently wrote about Ibotta, an app which will give you cash buying products and services you may already be using, such as Uber and online shopping. You can use this link to get $10 for signing up and redeeming your first offer.

Soundoff

From Juan Avila

I heard about Rich Caballaro. He and I went to the Louisiana Center For the Blind together in 2012-2013. I didn't get to interact with him for very long, as he arrived at the center when I had a couple months of training, and he was always spending time with his girl friend. He seemed like a nice person who was kind to everyone, and had a lot of love for technology. I remember that he asked for my oppinion about a tech instructor, and it was almost like Rich said "I'm going to be better than that instructor." And later I heard Rich was going to be an instructor for a center in Iowa, so I imagine , and trust that he did a good job. After graduating from the LCB a group of us formed a chat team on an app called "HeyTell" in which we would tell each other our progress in life, our endevours, and new tech we wanted. I remember Rich wanted the greatest and latest iPhones with the greatest capacity like the 6+ gold color. And everyone would tease him about it. "iPad phone?" Can I get one too? etc. After a while people were getting bored of talking on the group chat and eventually nobody talked on it. Someone said they would put us on What's App, but by then I decided that I had better things to do
than to listen to what someone far away had for dinner each day. Life is a complex thing, and I never know who I might see again. I will miss Rich.

From Twitter:

@mehgcap: I've had Fantastical for years, but when I first tried it, I didn't much like it. After hearing @blindbargains Last 125, I'll have to try it again. Plus, the demo used the Ava voice I like so much! Nice to hear someone else using
@skipper8210: Care to join the speculation on rumors of an iPhone SE2? I'm more excited about this than the iPhone 8 or X.

-One More Thing

Shelly is here, so we give some nods to her podcast The Parallel including this segment where we talk about what Joe is eating right now and far flung smarthome gadgets.

Joe's back next week, or at least we think. IN the meantime, check out Shelly's great book on iOS Access for All which will include an upgrade to the iOS 11 version as long as you buy it from somewhere other than iBooks. Have a great week everyone.

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Blind Bargains Qast 125: Fantastical Soylent People Flavor

Dec 2, 2017 87:25

Description:

The first show of the last month for 2017 just so happens to be the episode before Joe goes on vacation. It also contains a festive tip, a live taste test of a product by J.J. plus a demo from Stacie Hardy and Raul Gallegos. "Sound Off" continues the ongoing debates about what you eat after Thanksgiving dinner while the "Last Word" has a bit of travel related information.

Program Note:

We were absolutely gutted by the news of the recent passing of long time listener Richard Cavallaro. A smart technologist, a wonderful advocate and a pretty fine musician was lost to us shortly before Thanksgiving. Rich was a friendly voice in many of the community conversations and his insights will be greatly missed. Rich's family has set up "The Piano Man Fund" in his honor and it serves as a beautiful way to celebrate his life.
Please consider a donation to the fund and we offer our sincerest condolences to the Cavallaro family and Rich's friends.

In The News:

ACB initiates a law suit against Hulu due to lack of access and audio description for the service's content

Actiview has been updated and now contains audio description for the number one movie in the U.S., at the time of this recording, "Cocoa".

KNFB Reader deal is over, but New sprint customers receive free KNFB Enterprise

Envision A.I. has a new update as indicated by the tweet below.
"@LetsEnvision Nov 23
New updates is out with an improved text reading experience (real-time text and document text features added). We have also worked on our major tweaks to our UI and flow. Lots more to come from our pipeline. "

November's BrailleNote Touch Update could Make You a Graphing Pro

NVDA 2017.4 Release Candidate Diversifies Browse Mode Support, Drops XP and Vista

Santa Again Contracts with the NFB to Send Braille Letters to Blind Kids

Company Seeks Feedback about Airport Check-in Kiosks

Joe appeared on Main Menu again, but this time it wasn't about Windows. Hear talk of a new audio framework for games called Wander Words.

Demonstration: Fantastical2 On iOS

Raul Gallegos and Stacie Hardy -- congrats on their recent engagement by the way -- of RGA Tech Solutions take us on a quick spin through their calendar. Okay, not really, but they do show us how easy it is to use the iOS app Fantastical2. This app is great and it works well with an Apple watch if you happen to have one of those on your arm. The app has a habit of going on sale during the holiday season. Yet at $4.99 normally, for an app that can sync both iCal and Google calendar, it is well worth the price.
Find [RGA Tech Solutions on Facebook.(https://m.facebook.com/rgatechsol/)

Tip: Call Santa Via Google Home And Amazon Echo

Earlier in the show we mentioned that you could enjoy a letter from Santa in Braille. Well, if you want to chat with him through a virtual assistant, why not give the North Pole a ring instead. Joe will demo a call to Santa for this tip using a Google Home Mini. The Amazon Echo can phone the Jolly Old Elf too. Visit this link to learn more how to speak with Santa's Workshop from your Echo.

Sound Off:

Beth writes in...

"MINCEMEAT!!!!! Please look at how I wrote that! You can feed the punkin pie to the geese, lol! Happy Thanksgiving, guys! Beth"

Bargain Houndh had a comment to share on Alex Hall's post on iPhone X.

"Thank you, Alex and Joe, for such intriguing Apple opinions. Re the comments concerning the idea that changes to Apple products were made to pad Apple's production costs, not for users' benefit. How many times have sighted people grumbled about changes to products generally, since consumerism began? The answer is: Lots of times! A company's number one concern is their bottom line, to stay in business and, to do this, money must be made. If I go to my local bakery and I say I want pumpkin-orange pie and they say they don't make that, which I'm glad of, by the way, ha ha, they will not accede to the individual consumer's wishes just because the person wants that particular flavor, ugh! The bakery would probably correctly, I hope, lol, assume that not very many people would even think of such a combination, let alone want it. Apple makes products for the sighted and it was decided that accessibility would be included out of the box but that is not Apple's reason for being. Therefore, the needs of the blind and low-vision populations will never be the main road on Apple's road map. I would say there will always be ways around changes to make the UI accessible but Apple will never make a blindness-oriented anything. Even blindness-specific tech companies, such as HIMS and Humanware, must create software and hardware to please the majority of the people they serve. They listen to consumer demand but they must ultimately make choices. Sometimes it's years before a dearly sought-after app or adjustment is made to these products. The only way in any market for an individual to get an exact match for a product is to self-create and then keep tweaking it as needed. Beth"

Harry Brown had another view about the new iPhone 10.

"Hi JJ, and all,

I totally, disagree with Alex Halls post!
Yes, I do agree that Apple is a business, and yes, they should make a profit.
However, here's where I differ:

I don't know a blind person, anywhere, who can just walk up to a touch screen device, and tap an icon, without sliding their fingers all over the place, trying to find an icon.
That, my friends, is not efficient, that, is inefficient. If I were hiring a blind person, I would give him/her an efficiency test, and if they didn't pass it, which none of them will, I would not hire them.
there is not one blind person in the world, who can just walk up to a touch screen device and tap an icon without groping around the screen for it.
Now, do the speed dots screen covers help, maybe, but who knows! I tried to use one, and when I updated the IOS software on my iPod, I had to type in a stupid pass code, and no matter how many times I typed it in, it said it was wrong, so, I will never know just how good a screen protector works or not.
Keys are MUCH MORE efficient, much faster, and this world is all about speed, and it doesn't have time for people feeling for icons.

Now I will say one thing for touch screens, there is 1 group of people who really need them, and that is, people with neuropathy, who cannot touch keys, so they need a touch screen.

Now the voice idea is a good one, but here's the problem, and that is, when you're in a crowd, when you're outside in the wind, or, when you're inside, and the air conditioner, or, some loud device is running, unfortunately, voice is not there yet. But yes, I would love to see us use voice, to control everything, and not have to feel for icons on touch screens.

The last point is this. As someone who cannot use a touch screen because I cannot hold a device in my hands for hours on end, and I cannot feel a screen for icons, for hours on end, because I have tremendous pain, I will never be able to use a touch screen. But does Apple care? Absolutely not, because people with disabilities are the minority, (no matter what disability we have, you can name them all), but Apple, and all these mainstream companies just care about the majority, and not, the minority, which is fine, but if this continues, I will be one of those luddites, I will go without a computer, I will go without a cell phone, and if something happens to me, and I die, which is what almost happened to me, and thankfully, I was able to get a Samsung Gusto 3, which has saved my life), I guess I will just go without then."

Joe mentioned that there were a few mainstream technology articles with a slant post Apple Distortion Field driven. Here are a couple of examples of them.

How app developers and designers feel about the iPhone X and the notch
Why I'm selling my iPhone X

Now the debate shifts from pies to phones to apps. Here's the first of two comments about Blindfold Games.

"Dear BBQ team,

I just finished listening to episode 123 (and by the way, now I'm going to have that song stuck in my head.) Anyways, I listened to the segment on the talk of the blindfold games, and I have to say, I'm glad the games are back! I remember hearing the news about Apple's decision of disallowing Marty to release new games unless he coded them into a handful of apps. I was so upset, I cried that night. I'm in a facebook group for people who use Apple products, and a vast majority of us were completely against this dicision. I honestly had no idea how many people fought back. I'm just glad it all worked out in the end. I really enjoy these games, and I'm sure there are others who do as well. Out of the 10 blindfold games I have on my phone, my personal favorite is Blindfold Clues, which is similar to the board game "Clue". Anyways, I still enjoy your podcasts. Keep up the great work. Oh, and keep up the silly shenanigans!

Sincerely,

Lydia Alverson

P.S.. I couldn't help but laugh at your pumpkin pie/minced meat argument. Hey, I'm with you on the pumpkin pie, JJ. But you know, you can't have pumpkin pie without a cup of hot chocolate to go with it.

Sent from my BrailleNote"
Kevin Barry chimes in with this experience.

"Gentlemen:
Love the podcast. However, listening to your latest conversation with the guy behind kid friendly software I feel I must inject a dissenting opinion.
In my experience he certainly makes a lot of games. A lot of buggy games.
With one in particular, Wildcard, basically Uno, it had several large, and continues to this day, with one major bug. One huge bug was that he was using the wrong deck. Yes, the wrong deck. Several times I wrote to him and explained exactly what was wrong. He would respond with something like, yes, I understand, I will fix it. Then nothing. I wrote again asking if he was going to fix the problem. He writes back asking "what problem?" This routine literally went on for three or four rounds before he finally fixed it. And, as I said, there is still a bug he hasn't fixed.
Separately, I have found the way he charges for in app purchases to be repugnant. Not that he charges. I accept that. Again, an example with Wildcard. Early on I paid for a feature which I now cannot recall. He came out with an update where he took away my upgrade and wanted to charge me again for exactly the same upgrade.
I suspect he has done exactly that with other games.
I am getting a little tired, not just on your podcast, of hearing how great this guy is.
What we have here, in my opinion, is a classic example of us in the blind community being so grateful to anybody who pays attention to us as games we can use are few and far between."

Last Word:

We're still recovering from American Thanksgiving as you can tell by the food and travel related links below.
Snacktaku Eats An Eight-Course Pringles Thanksgiving Dinner
The secret words your airline crew don't want you to understand

Bonus Links:

Here are some other things that came up during the latter half of the podcast.
Hot Chocolate Oreos
This Flamin' Hot Cheetos Turkey Is The Insane Dish You Need This Thanksgiving
Introducing the Garsquashroom, the Vegetarian Answer to the Turducken
And you can wash it all down with a Jones Soda

Next week, Shelly takes the co-hosting spot while Joe and Ricky are on a very large boat. Neither J.J. nor Shelly have an idea about what will happen in BBQ 126. Therefore, you have to give it a listen to hear for yourself what transpires.

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Blind Bargains Qast 124: The 2017 Blind Bargains Holiday Shopping Guide

Nov 25, 2017 43:15

Description:

Welcome to our 3rd annual Blind Bargains Holiday Shopping Guide. This year, we've brought the deals straight to your audio feed. Sit back and relax as some of your favorite merchants, or perhaps some that are new to you, tell you about their latest products and services as well as some holiday deals. We'd like to sincerely thank all of the companies who were apart of this show. Below you'll find information about each company in the order they appear in the show.
Be sure to stay with Blind Bargains for lots of deals from Black Friday to Cyber Monday and beyond. We hope you have a safe and fulfilling Thanksgiving and we'll be back to our normal? format next week.

Mystic Access

Mystic Access wishes to make the holidays brighter with gift ideas that educate, empower and take the intimidation factor out of learning assistive technology. We wish to make your learning journey far less stressful and way more fun. Whether you're searching for a comprehensive audio tutorial, one-on-one training, or accessible electronics which can be enjoyed by sighted and blind loved ones alike, we have your gift-giving covered.

Our audio tutorials are professionally recorded, produced, and created from a blindness perspective. We offer tutorials on a variety of topics, including our eight-hour deep-dive into the fourth generation Apple TV. As with all our tutorials, it's available as a digital download in both DAISY and MP3 formats, and via SD card for $15 more.

If reading and music bring you holiday cheer, you may enjoy our audio tutorials on the second generation Victor Reader Stream, and the Amazon Echo (Alexa) products.

Other offerings include our delightfully informative Google's suite of products, including Docs and Drive.

If a new braille display is on your shopping list, you may enjoy our tutorials on the VarioUltra and Orbit Reader 20 braille displays.

We're excited to offer accessible Bluetooth speakers and headphones, all of which include voice prompts for easier navigation. We also offer a Bluetooth transmitter receiver, which allows streaming to your Bluetooth headphones or speakers from devices such as your NLS player, Victor Stream and others which don't natively include Bluetooth. Each of these devices includes a detailed audio tutorial which covers orientation and functions. Audio samples are available for each product. Tutorials are also sold separately.

For a highly-personalized gift of love, you may wish to consider our personalized audio tutorial service, where we can custom-design something to meet your specific desires. With the same exceptional quality as all our tutorials, this gift can be enjoyed and appreciated for years to come.

If one-on-one training is on your gift list, we offer a variety of options to meet your needs. From screen readers to iOS / Android and beyond, we can remotely support your learning in a fun and relaxed atmosphere from the comfort of your own space. all training sessions are recorded in MP3 so that you can listen again anytime. For aditional support and empowerment, we offer personalized consultingand self-advocacy coaching. and self-advocacy coaching.

Unsure What to buy them? A virtual gift card could be the perfect way to brighten someone's holiday.

Mystic Access looks forward to supporting and empowering you. Check out our bi-weekly podcast, free downloads, free monthly free teleclasses, and contact us if you wish to order via phone, or to ask any questions. (716) 543-3323, or info@mysticaccess.com. We wish you a beautiful and safe holiday season filled with joy and love.

A T Guys

Black Friday at A T Guys is Live. We've started our Black Friday sale early, with some huge discounts and never before seen deals on some of our most popular items. Save $30 on the popular Aftershokz Trekz Titanium headsets, now available in two sizes and multiple colors, for $99.95. Get the popular Matias Bluetooth keyboard, which can be paired to up to 4 devices at once and featuring a 1-year battery life, for $95. Or check out the popular Soundpods Bluetooth speaker for $39.95 or our Bluetooth Multimedia Remote for under $25. From stocking stuffers to braille displays, there's a sale to fit any budget.
Check back, as new items may be added from time to time.
Go to our A T Guys Black Friday Page

Note: Our phone lines are closed over the weekend while we indulge on turkey, but you'll still be able to place orders online via our secure shopping cart. Please E-Mail us with any questions and we'll do our best to respond as soon as possible. You may call us on Monday to place orders over the phone at (269) 216-4798. Please leave a message if we don't answer, as our lines will be busy. Thanks, and have a great Thanksgiving.

BlindAlive

If you have a body, and we're pretty sure you do, then BlindAlive has workouts that are right for you! Recently, we have developed workouts that help improve your balance, make use of a foam roller to stretch and strengthen, and an Interval Training Workout. If you re new to working out, or it has been awhile, consider our Pilates, Yoga, or Gentle Workout Sets. If intensity is the name of your game, we have Cardio, Weights, Stability Ball, and BootCamp workouts. The Whole Body Stretch is fantastic for all who want to move, increase flexibility, and simply feel great! All audios are described, so there's no guesswork. Visit today to see all that BlindAlive has to offer, and subscribe to our newsletter so you don't miss the exciting things coming in 2018! www.BlindAlive.com.

Give memories from the past, as presents to keep for the future!

If you have old recordings of family or friends, music, books, etc. on records or tapes that are no longer available, we can bring those memories back, sounding better than ever! Check out Lane's Audio for more info.

iOS Access for All

iOS Access for All is a the most comprehensive guide to the accessibility features of Apple s mobile devices. From the VoiceOver screen reader, to support for hearing aids and closed captioning, Apple's mobile operating system, iOS, includes features that support people with a wide range of physical and cognitive disabilities. Readers will learn how to set up and use an iOS device in an accessible way, and how to get the most from apps provided by Apple, and available from the App Store. The book also introduces iOS tools, including the Siri voice assistant, that weren t designed for accessibility, but that nonetheless enhance productivity and pleasure for disabled users.
For more information or to order, visit www.iosaccessbook.com

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Blind Bargains Holiday Qast: Happy HIMS-tastic Holidays! Blind Friday Specials Begin Now!

Nov 23, 2017 38:39

Description:

BrailleSense Polaris made its first appearance on Blind Bargains with Joe Steincamp and Dave Wilkinson hidden (for security reasons) in a tiny bunker far below the surface of the Earth. But now there's no need for secrecy as Polaris has been shipping since the end of June so everyone already knows that Polaris is a wicked awesome dude. Joe and Dave review just how far the unit has come since its release. Dave discusses some of the features in the latest firmware upgrade, and the unit does some cool math until Dave and Joe remember they're not so good with numbers. To compensate, they use Polaris and Google Assistant to do the work for them so that you see just how much money you can save with the HIMS-tacular Blind Friday deals on not only Polaris but all other HIMS products, such as the Smart Beetle, GoVision and the U2 Mini But wait! The deals get even better if you ask a friend to bundle. So sit back, relax, and let Joe and Dave get your Blind Friday shopping started.

We thank Hims for sponsoring this holiday podcast.

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Blind Bargains Qast 123: Ten Thousand Kerfuffles

Nov 20, 2017 66:10

Description:

App development may seem like a glamorous vocational choice, but as you will hear in this episode, it sure does have the occasional pitfall or two. Marty Schultz, of Kid Friendly Software and Blindfold Games fame, returns to the BBQ to talk about his wild week and his bright future. We'll finally broadcast that tip we've talked about since May, "Sound Off" will be X-citing and you might find the "Last Word" to be one of those things you won't be able to forget for a while once you have heard it for yourself.

In The News:

Google announced some positive access related changes for Android. However, if you read the collection of stories below, you will find that the mainstream tech press had a wide range of reactions to the Accessibility Services news.

Accessibility Services: What they are and why Google is cracking down on their misuse

Google cracks down on power-user apps that use Android's accessibility API

Google will remove Play Store apps that use Accessibility Services for anything except helping disabled users

Google's about to kill a bunch of useful Android apps that rely on Accessibility Services

Now you can Describe Chicken Nugget in 280 Characters with Version 4.5

Remember "TheQube"? It too has an update for the new 280 character limit

The UK, Ireland and Austrailia can now download Microsoft's Seeing AI

HIMS released the third update for the Braille sense Polaris. The update incorporates several user suggestions plus major fixes for Word Processor editing, creating and receiving e-mail, improved access to Web portals like airports and hotels, better consistency and connection between the BrailleSense and Android side, and more.

EnVision America releases v3 of the I.D. Mate Galaxy firmware. The free update sports;

Announce the Wi-Fi signal strength as, excellent, very good, average, fair, or poor. Modified Inventory and Browse Inventory Modes.
Bookmarked Help Mode. Support for HTTPS online requests. Added EVA Online Database - Barcode information found online is uploaded to the new EVA Online Database.Then if a barcode is scanned and not found in the main barcodes.dat file, Galaxy will search online to this database first before searching other online sources. Fixed Wi-Fi Connect / Disconnect Issue - if device cannot properly connect to the online time server, give the "Limited or no bandwidth available." announcement.

From Top Tech Tidbits comes word that Audacity has been upgraded to version 2.20, giving screen reader users greater access to soundclips. Check out this David Bailes guide to learn more.

Interview: Marty Schultz Of Kid Friendly Software

To say that Marty has undergone a strange week would be some kind of an understatement. From the initial news about his apps being under review, to his relief that the review process proved to work in his favor which was then followed by him having to defend his design choices... yep... we'd have to say Marty has experienced one crazy time of it. J.J. sat down with the man at the center of it all to get his thoughts on the matter. Hear reflections on the process, the public reaction and what's next for the Kid Friendly Software Developer. And, if you want to really help him out, remember to rate and review Blindfold Games in the App Store. The occasional In-App Purchase is also a way you can support those out there in Appland that make great software too. Code isn't free. So support those who make it for you!
You can learn more from the Blindfold Games website or follow @BlindfoldGames on Twitter.

Tip: Broadcast With Google Assistant

it is finally here. The ability to use the Google Assistant as an intercom is now rolling out to Google Home users and it is incredibly useful for those who have multiple floors, or large spaces, and a Google Home/Chromecast setup. Simply say the Google trigger phrase followed by the command "Broadcast". The Google Assistant will then record what you say next and pass that along to the other Assistant-based items in the home. To learn more about this feature, visit this page from Android Authority.

Sound Off:

Jim Denham, and a few others on social media, wrote in with another way to accomplish Joe's tip on finding the version of Windows you are running.

"Hey guys:
First, great podcast, keep up all of the great work you are doing.
In ep 121, Joe's tip referenced how to get the version of Win 10 your
friends and family might be using. He had users go through the
Settings app. For screen reader users, I find there is a much quicker
and easier way to get at this information. Open the Run dialog box and
type winver and press enter. While this doesn't provide all of the
information about the computer, it is a really quick and easy way of
determining the version of Windows 10 being used.
Hope this helps. Thanks again for all of the great stuff on your podcasts."

The man who provided the name of this very podcast, Alex Hall, had a few thoughts about Joe's initial iPhone X impressions. The discussion took place on Twitter. However, Alex's response is just a smidge longer than 280 characters. It also resulted in this well-thought-out Guest Post.

Guest Blog: Apple Design for Most of Us

John wrote in to tell us that those noisy neighbors might not be at home when the late night party starts.

"Hi Guys,

If you haven't seen it already, I thought you'd get a kick out of the
story linked below.

John"

https://www.prisonplanet.com/amazons-alexa-goes-rogue-triggers-german-police-raid.html/print/

Last Word:

Alright, last one of these recording related stories.
Hide And Seek, the rise and fall of Hidden Tracks

Here's Joe's official submission for the segment. It is, uh, unforgettable.

Somebody wrote an email bot to waste scammers' time

Need ideas about stocking stuffers or just looking for a fantastic gift for yourself this holiday season? Well then, you will want to tune in next week as the Blind Bargains Qast will have some suggestions as to how you can spend that festive funding.

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Blind Bargains Qast 122: The Keepsake Edition

Nov 13, 2017 68:53

Description:

J.J. is recording from a mystery spot in New Jersey this week. Joe is no longer distracted by illness nor baseball. That means there is a user-requested discussion about grocery shopping in the cards for the middle portion of the episode. But don't worry, as a live tip, the "Last Word" and an amazing email arrived for "Sound Off".

Sponsor: HIMS

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In The News:

Palo Alto nonprofit Benetech wins a $42.5M Dept. of Education grant, a nod to founder Jim Fruchterman s quest to help the blind

Important information for #NVDASR users and #Firefox 57.

Dolphin releases Easy Converter Express

iPhone X Review: There are Some Adjustments and Compromises, but I Can t Imagine Going Back

MBraille version 4 sports more languages and other features

HumanWare is now shipping the VictorReader Trek, delivering orientation & entertainment in one mobile package!

Be sure to check out the Access World November Holiday Buying Guide

Survey of the week! PDF and the User Experience Survey 2017

This year's Seedlings Auction is now underway

Discussion: Grabbing Groceries With Amazon Now, Shipt And InstaCart

Several listeners have asked how the BBQ Crew does their food shopping chores. Joe and J.J. will focus on three services that they use fairly often for nabbing the noms. Be sure to log into these services to see if they are active in your area. Also, due to the nature of how apps update, there is no guarantee that each of these services is screen reader friendly at the time you decide to try them. All we can say is that, at the time of recording, they work with mobile devices or the web.
Amazon Prime Now

Great if you want something in two hours. Especially if it is a nonconventional item, like an iMac, but limited on things like fresh or frozen foods. If you are a Prime member, then you already have access to this service if it is active in your area. The downside here is that you can't find some types of products and you might go broke on the things you do find when just searching for random stuff.

Shipt
J.J. notes that he uses this service for his weekly food runs. Text-based communication with the shopper is helpful and there is a $5.99 fee for delivery that runs under $35.
Needs JJ promo code here

Instacart
Joe likes the containerized reading and look of the app. he mentioned that you can customize an provide instructions ahead of time to a shopper if there is a possibility of an item being out of stock. You can pay $150 a year to gain free deliveries, however, the service often has promotional items that can qualify you for free delivery. The downside for this one is that you have to watch for "busy", or what you might think of as surge, pricing. And you will want to learn about how InstaCart pays their shoppers. Or, as with both non Amazon services, you could just tip the shopper with cash to avoid any pitfalls you might encounter with a shopper getting paid the proper amount for their generous time.

If you are interested in trying out Instacart, here is Joe's referral link.

Tip: Uber now lets you add multiple stops to your ride

Lyft will let you add a midway point to your trip if you would like to, say, pick up that latest trendy food item from Taco Bell. But who needs that when you could add two more stops to that trip by using Uber instead. J.J. outlines the steps for doing just that in this week's tip suggestion.

Sound Off:

Christopher Bartlett writes in with the subject line of "Help with pairing Win 10 to chromecast audio".

"I'm casting about (ha, see what i did there?) for a solution to getting my Win 10 machine to cast audio to a Chromecast Audio unit I have plugged into my nice stereo across the room. I'm wondering if you, or any of your listeners have successfully solved this problem. I've tried installing three separate applications that purport to do this, and none of them are either accessible, nor result in the production of any audio where I want it. I've exhausted my resources, and am hoping that you two resourceful folk, or a resourceful listener can help me do this thing.
Chris"

Chris is right in that there are a few apps out there, and sadly, they all don't really work very well. Chromecast Audio has the ability to do full dynamic range playback and Google has said in the past that the best way to deliver this experience is through Wi-Fi. To be fair, with Bluetooth Audio yet again undergoing a new spec transition, this is the more futureproof way of doing things. And it works well for record collections uploaded to Google Play or casting from Chrome on Win 10. There is, as we noted earlier in the year, BT support for Google Home. Yet there is no 3.5 jack for that device. Looks like Chris may need to look into a dongle to do the functionality requested, if he has an input available that is, on his stereo system. Many midrange home theater and traditional stereos now sport AirPlay, ChromeCast and Bluetooth 4x out of the box. It just depends on the make and model if they have all three on board.

Now get ready as Ben drops the knowledge on us about Tactile Holograms.

"Hello Joe, J.J., and anyone else on the Blind Bargains team.

I listen to the Blind Bargains podcast, and greatly appreciate its content. I believe this podcast covers very important ground, without overlapping other great blindness-related podcasts.

I would like to present a topic to Blind Bargains, and receive any feedback and recommendations that this team may have. The topic is tactile holograms. I became interested in tactile holograms about a year ago, when I was researching the extinct Optacon. I basically ended up on a German website that was blindness-related. It had a small section in English on tactile holograms, and this got my attention. Since then, my mind has ebbed and flowed on this topic. But recently I have felt an ongoing need to state my opinions and observations quite publicly.

There may be tremendous opportunities to advance assistive technology for the blind by using tactile hologram technology. I will use the word blind throughout this entire e-mail, even though I have many more people in mind than only those without light perception. It seems quite likely to me that the Blind Bargains team members have already thought of this topic.

My goal is to network with people who know much more about science and technology than I do, to persuade people that it is worthwhile to heavily research tactile holograms in the context of blindness, and to raise significant funds in this arena of research. In my opinion, we already have nearly all the scientific research we could ever hope for in the quest to give sight to the blind. The money going into this quest may be even more spectacular. For now, I believe that scientists should begin researching and developing touchable hologram technology with a keenness that is orders of magnitude greater than at the present. For the record, I live in the United States, in Missouri.

It has been possible to make holograms that could be felt by human hands since at least as far back as 2008. For all I know, this ability may have existed before then. It appears to me that very few people have done in-depth research regarding tactile holograms at this point. Surprisingly, the imagination regarding how tactile holograms may help the blind is barely present on the internet in written form.

From searching with Google, the idea of tactile holograms seems to have never been widely discussed or promoted on the internet through writing. Rather, the vast majority of the written content pertaining to this topic appears to have been published between 2008 and 2016. Barely any of this content appears to have been published in 2016. The internet is indeed a much more manufactured and curated arena now than it was in the past. But I ll give Google the benefit of the doubt throughout this e-mail. I am thrilled that some individuals have already done incredible research regarding tactile holograms. But it seems clear to me that much more awareness and participation is still necessary. As stated, the available written information on the internet regarding tactile holograms often does not include content regarding blind individuals. When the blind are mentioned, there is almost no deep discussion or imagination regarding how tactile holograms may be helpful in assistive technology.

Between this paragraph and the next, I have pasted 5 URL s, which qualitatively and topically seem to represent nearly all the written information on tactile holograms that is available to the public free-of-charge. I also put the title of each webpage above its URL. I will admit that to the best of my memory, I did not yet listen to the YouTube videos on this topic. I will probably do this rather soon. If much more information is available in the videos than in the text of the below URL s, I will not resist, but will be glad. I am not trying to go on an extended rant. But based on the minimal written information on tactile holograms, I do not expect YouTube videos to have superior information.

Scientists develop incredible holograms you can touch | Alphr

Five Futuristic Interfaces on Display at SIGGRAPH - MIT Technology Review

How Haptics Make Holograms You Can Touch - Motherboard

3D virtual objects that can be touched and felt

Mohamad Eid: The Touchable Holograms of the Future | The Gazelle

One of the most comprehensive webpages I have found on the topic of tactile holograms, whose URL is immediately above, is titled Mohamad Eid: The Touchable Holograms of the Future . The blind are briefly mentioned there, but do not receive much focus. Even in this article, the blind are not discussed or mentioned whatsoever after the author uses the word hologram for the first time. I intend to aid in the serious promotion of tactile holograms as an active research path. Above all, I desire that at least one portable and affordable tool, based on tactile holograms, be developed for the blind.

Tactile hologram technology may potentially exist in many products and be used for many applications. For example, it may allow the blind to read Braille on a desk, on the lap, or in mid-air. It could aid in all STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) subjects. Touchable holograms may even let many blind people drive bicycles if the required hardware becomes portable, and if bicycles are modified to allow steering and braking with the use of one hand.

At least some of the existing tactile hologram technology allows human manipulation of the projection. One example, also from one of the above URL s, involves a light switch (https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/78xa5x/how-haptics-make-holograms-you-can-touch). Therefore, many different kinds of multimodal systems could be developed. For example, a blind person could potentially feel a representation of a cow s ear, and then ask a voice assistant on a computer or mobile phone What color is this? . Then, the text-to-speech from the voice assistant could answer the above question. This is only one of many possibilities. Of course, we could include screen readers, Braille displays, magnification, and nearly every other assistive technology as well, as appropriate.

By using portable tactile hologram technology, the blind can potentially feel a real-time 3-dimensional representation of what a wearable video camera captures. Furthermore, if this tactile holographic representation can update many times per second, then this could radically increase the available information that can be used for independent travel. Also, this may make independent travel much easier and more spontaneous for the Deafblind. This would at the minimum require a video camera, a way to mount or carry this camera, a powerful and portable computer, a wearable projector that projects the tactile hologram to an area that is ergonomically reachable by one s hand or hands, and wires or a wireless protocol that can quickly transmit large amounts of data.

I am neither a hardware nor software developer. However, I use assistive technology on a daily basis. I believe that my imagination is one of my strongest assets. I am totally blind. I am an orientation and mobility specialist with Rehabilitation Services for the Blind of Missouri.

I desire to see serious and immediate research into tactile holograms for the blind, whether or not I profit financially. If tactile holograms can benefit the blind, I would like to soon see several portable and affordable solutions incorporating this technology. I desire that tactile holograms become a topic of discussion again, and that this discussion be much richer than last time, especially regarding potential use by the blind. There is no doubt that disability education must play a significant part in this process. Otherwise, the average technology enthusiast, who shares much in common with the average human being in general, will be unable to imagine why blind people would desire access to tactile hologram technology. Hopefully, the practical applications of this technology will become understandable to the average person, and people will no longer think that tactile holograms are only useful for gamers, entertainment, hygiene and medical professionals.

Thank you for hearing my perspective on this topic.

Sincerely,

Ben"

That was incredible research Ben. We'll reach out to a few in our rolodex to see if we can add more to what you have found out. If anyone reading has more to add, send it along to feedback@blindbargains.com please.

Last Word:

As a follow up to last week's story about those two spindled boxes of joy...
A Global Shortage of Magnetic Tape Leaves Cassette Fans Reeling

And this week we thought we would point out one particular iPhone X launch tale.
Fake Apple Store Improv Everywhere

We're getting closer to the Black Friday episode. If you, or your business, would like to be a part of it... contact us feedback@blindbargains.com

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Blind Bargains Qast 121: Palindromes

Nov 7, 2017 72:23

Description:

The news is always the portion of the program we can never predict from week to week. Surprises are always welcome and this time is no exception. It is a good thing that Brian Fischler dropped by to give us a few chuckles and a primer on "Laugh For Sight" because it definitely adds some levity to the proceedings. We also have a tip, a brief "Sound Off" and a BBQ first in the "Last Word".

Program Note:

A beloved member of just about every part of the Blindness Community passed away recently. Chris @toonhead Skarstad was one of those unique people you rarely encounter in life. He had the uncanny ability to provide a supportive comment, a kind message or a well thought out constructive remark for just about any situation. We will miss you greatly and so will others as demonstrated by this moving thread over at Apple Vis. RIP Toony...
Sad news to report

In The News:

Breaking: Germany's BAUM Retec AG Files for Bankruptcy Protection as it Restructures, BAUM USA Still Open

The next three news links cover a few sides of the Firefox and Screen Reader support conversation that erupted this past week. We touched on this some back when ZoomText covered it in their 11.6 update. However, more took notice when the dedicated Screen Reader blogs made their support announcements.

n-Process Halloween 2017: Firefox 57, Windows Fall Creaters Update, Australian NDIS and more

Important information for users of Mozilla Firefox

Rethinking Web Accessibility On Windows

As stated in this episode, and to give greater context to why Mozilla is making changes, these four mainstream articles may shed light on the uphill battle Firefox faces in the near future.

The Web began dying in 2014, here's how

Inside Mozilla's Fight To Make Firefox Relevant Again

Firefox takes a bite out of the canvas super cookie

Firefox to get a better password manager

Firefox 57 Will Hide Search Bar and Use a Uni-Bar Approach, Like Chrome

Remember, to avoid any issues, follow the steps outlined in the Screen Reader blogs before November 13th. Or, do it now while you are listening to the show. We'll understand.

SuperNova 16.06 Fixes more than a Dozen Bugs

Dolphin releases Easy Reader for Android

TalkBack 6.1 Beta Adds Quick Language Switching, Enhanced Navigation in Native Apps

Apple Releases iOS 11.1; Bringing a Number of Fixes and Enhancements for Blind and Low vision users

Apple Releases Software Updates for the Mac, Apple Watch and Apple TV

Shout out to Dean Martineau for compiling the Windows Screen Reader Keystroke Compendium: You can find it at National Braille Press' site.

One International Airline Now Offers Boarding Passes in Braille

Interview: Brian Fishler And "Laugh For Sight!

Brian Fischler, who you might know as one of the hosts from "That Blind Tech Show", is hard at work in putting together the finishing touch on this year's Laugh For Sight" event. For more than a decade, with the assistance of the Gotham Comedy Club, "Laugh For Sight" has brought together Comedians for a gala night of jokes to raise funds for vision loss research. This year's outing is going to have a silent auction, some amazing sponsorships and of course wall to wall humor. If you are in the New York area, grab your tickets now. Or, if you are interested in the $20 deal Brian mentioned on the show, email him at info@laughforsight.com
Be sure to add "Laugh For Sight" to your bookmarks to stay up to date on the latest from this funny organization.

Tip: Start Your Holiday Tech Support Prep

Fans of this show probably end up being popular during the holidays as their families just might wrangle them into providing free tech support. Well, if you are lucky, they'll feed you first and then ask you to fix stuff. At any rate, you may find yourself having to troubleshoot the new Windows 10 Fall Creators Update. To verify if the computer in front of you has the latest version of Windows 10, venture to Settings then System and move to the About section. This panel will let you know the version of Windows 10 installed. You are hoping it says 1709 as that means you are looking at the Fall Creators Update rather than an older version. Also, don't forget to journey to the Windows Store and make sure those apps are up to date as well. This by no means will solve all your problems, however, it may provide you with the needed progress bars for the consumption of dessert.

Sound Off:

Mary Emerson left this insight for us in the episode 119 Comments Section;

Hi, You were talking about grocery delivery services. I've been using Safeway since March 2002; they've been wonderful! Sometimes I get items I didn't order, and sometimes other people get my stuff, but I've accepted that as part of the process; nobody's perfect, and we all make mistakes occasionally. I get reimbursed for missing items. Sometimes there are some good deals if you shop online. Thanks for a great show! from Mary Emerson

Joe notes that the recent updates to the Harris Teeter app for iOS broke VO support in all sorts of ways. The chain recently dropped out of the Instacart list and this leaves the website as the only means for browsing and ordering things for delivery. He has already contacted HT and provided some resources, however, all this meant was that he and Ricky will use other stores over HT while they work back in Voiceover support.

If you have a local grocery chain app, either iOS or Android based, that you find easy to use... let us know via social media, in the comments below or drop us a line feedback@blindbargains.com and we will share that information on an upcoming episode.

Last Word:

Great minds think alike? J.J. and Joe picked the same story for the very first time!
Google CEO says he will drop everything to address burger emoji scandal
Here's How You Should Assemble Your Hamburger, Emoji Be Damned

So, meat on the bottom bun? Cheese in the middle? What is the proper way to dress up a burger? let us know as we want to hear the wisdom of the crowds on this one.

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Blind Bargains Qast 120: The Doughnut On The Desk

Oct 29, 2017 82:29

Description:

This is one of those times where we get to talk about actual new hardware with said hardware actually on hand. Joe has the new Google Home mini in the office and J.J. asks him questions about the little round Google Assistant. Jay Forry also returns to talk about the 5 films that turned out not to be good from the summer movie season. And then we get into the spirit of "All Hallow's Eve" in the "Last Word". So get that bowl of trick or treat candy, you know the good stuff you aren't giving out to the neighbors, as we will commune with the week's ghostly news and ghoulish access technology.

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In The News:

Microsoft is indicating that the free Windows 10 upgrade, for Assistive Technology users, will be ending on December 31st 2017

JAWS and the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update

Also, as we speculated during the recording earlier in the week, JAWS 2018, not JAWS 19 Now Released

Hartgen Consultancy has been preparing for the Fall Creators update and the latest version of JAWS. Visit this link to learn more.

Memphis International Airport joins the Aira Airport Network, offers new service for blind and low vision passengers

Envision AI app released for iOS

EnVision America releases database v6.5 for Win Dixie, Schwan's and other national retailers

The Bitcoin Whitepaper in Braille Can be Yours for Free Thanks to A Crowdfunding Effort

APH Blasts Through Textbook Barriers with Free Advanced Transcription Tool

iAccessibility, Amazon Element Unboxing

Demonstration: Google Home Mini

The new $49 Google Home Mini arrived in stores this week with 3 colors to choose from. Coral, chalk or charcoal make up the initial line up for this smaller version of the Google Home. J.J. asks Joe if his purchase of the charcoal model was on par with his original Google Home or was it relegated to being just a backup device in this initial look at the Mini. Much of Joe's thoughts can be summed up in this Wired review.

Interview: Jay Forry's Summer Misses

Jay Forry is back with us to talk about his pics for the 2017 summer movie season. This week we focus on the five films that didn't live up to jay's expectations. Joe mentions the yearly totals for each of the films in this look back at the summer. You can see these totals, and many more statistics, at Box Office Mojo.
The cool thing is that iTunes has many of the movies on this list with audio description support. "Wonder Woman", "Guardians of the Galaxy, Volume 2", "Spider-man Homecoming" and "Baby Driver" are available now from Jay's summer hits list. "Dunkirk" is not available on home video at the time of this recording, however, it did have audio description during the film's theatrical run. Now if you are the type who enjoys a bad movie, or a fan of mega franchises, then these movies from Jay's misses list might satisfy you. "King Arthur, Legend of the Sword", "Baywatch", "Snatched", "Transformers, The Last Knight" all sport audio description. "Rough Night" appears to be Closed Captioned only. We'd like to thank Jay again for dropping by and talking movies. We can't wait to hear about his thoughts on the Winter Movie season and his Oscar speculation next year.

Tip: Get A Google Home Mini For Practically Half Price

Just sign up to Google Express, purchase from WalMart, then wait for the device to arrive. Here is a link that outlines this process in a little more detail.

Sound Off:

Juan, a long time listener of the podcast, sent in his thoughts on the terrible California wildfires we spoke about in episode 119.

"Hello team,

First of all Thank you for sharing the updates on enchanted Hills Camp EHC. This camp has some of my greatest memories. I attended camp only for a short while, when I was 17-19 years old. Twice actually I went. It was and will always be the Home away from home; for the blind people in California, and the world. It was a much talked about place by teachers, students, parents, and everyone. It was like A Caribbean vacation resort in the middle of rwed woods, on a mountain, and with everything nature had to offer, along with a friendly community that made everyone feel welcome. I wish I could have visited a few more summers.
Hearing about the devastating fires makes me feel like rebuilding the sight and hoping it will be alright. I plan to donate some money, and encourage everyone to donate as well. Blind Bargains please keep informing us.

Sincerely,

Juan Manuel Avila "

From Rebecca Skipper comes this question regarding Windows 10 Fall Creators Update...

"Hi,

So far, I like the fact that it is easier to see storage options under settings and notification alerts in the system tray.
So, does OneDrive stop automatically synching everything to the device when you turn on another computer?
Does it synch only when you copy a specific file or folder?
If so, this would be great for smaller SSD drives."

Windows 10 can sync a lot of files and settings, including those with "Ease of Access", if you explore the options under Settings and then venture off into the Accounts area. However, One Drive does require a Microsoft Account and it can be a bit fickle at times when it comes to storing and backing up files. It is a great option for free storage and Microsoft Office tends to remind you of that often as it sometimes ends up being the default saved location for some file types. Joe even noted that it can act as a file manager of sorts for the Xbox one. But to answer Rebecca's question, yes but you need to be sure you are signed into your account and you want to also be sure that OneDrive is on by default at Startup.

Last Word:

It is our last show before Halloween. So we thought we would provide some levity in regards to this event.
Inside the World of a Halloween Sound-Effects Artist

Google Assistant gets playful with new Halloween-themed Easter eggs

Have a fun and safe Halloween weekend everyone!

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Blind Bargains Qast 119: The Nighttime, Sniffling, Sneezing, Stuffy-Head, Fever, so you can Rest Qast

Oct 21, 2017 67:00

Description:

J.J. reports from a remote location and Joe is on autopilot due to the first school year based family sickness. But that didn't stop either of them from bringing along some topical news, "Sound Off" and a few "Last Words". Jay Forry returns as well to talk about summer movies. Which it just so happens to be a great idea for our two hosts since J.J. is traveling and Joe can barely manage to find the remote option on his Apple Watch.

In The News:

Portion of Enchanted Hills Camp Destroyed by California Wildfires, Lighthouse Pledges to Rebuild

Main Menu for October 13th 2017 features talk on Windows 10 Fall Creator's Update changes

The Fall Creators Update Brings Us Closer to a Windows for Everyone

Windows 10 Fall Creators Update: Lots of small changes and maybe the revolution

Apple Releases iOS 11.0.3; Fixing Problems with Audio and Haptic Feedback on some iPhones

Texie is a new iOS app that aims to binally bring us handwriting OCR
Michael Doise gives us his take on the app from his blog

Twitterific, after an amazing croud sourced fueled development cycle, comes to the Mac with many Voiceover friendly features

The Survey Of The Week" focuses on replacing traditional A.T. with mainstream phones and tablets. Up for grabs, if you complete the survey, is a drawing of a $100 iTunes or Google Play gift card

Madden 2018, through the efforts of karen Stevens and the EA Access Team, is the first game to score a touchdown for Blind players on Playstation and Xbox. Read more about the current features at this link

Interview: Jay Forry "Blind Film Critic"'s Top 5 For Summer 2017

Jay Forry is back with us to talk about his pics for the 2017 summer movie season. Hear what he got right with the top five films from his list in episode 98.
Joe mentions the yearly totals for each of the films in this look back at the summer. You can see these totals, and many more statistics, at Box Office Mojo.
You can check out his webiste for more movie goodness.

Tip: Movies Anywhere

J.J. punted the tip over to Joe who tells us of the transformation of Disney Movies Anywhere to just Movies Anywhere an app which can leverage your home movie collection and let you watch movies, well anywhere. We mention it here especially because many audio description tracks are available.

Sound Off:

Phil Koster writes in;

"My wife has the LCA variant of RP so she has some vision. She has been using Windows phones for a couple years now as WinMo 8 was actually decent. So this might have to wait for after the Windows event but: is Windows mobile going away completely? Will the OS be there for 3rd parties and it's just the MS/Nokia phones going away? If WinMo is going away, should we go Android or iPhone? We can't afford a premium phone so it would end up being a used iPhone or a mid-low end Android phone. If it matters, we already have an Amazon echo, Roku, and Fire Stick. We purchase most of our digital content from Amazon. Does that put us in the android camp for ecosystem already? If you do recommend android for us, can you mention a couple recommended mid-range phones that are T-Mobile/unlocked?

Thank you very much. LOVE the podcast. Keep up the great work.

We're sad to report to you Phill that Microsoft did confirm that Windows Phone is no more.
There are many low cost Android phones out there with larger screens. And your wife could use the new microsoft Launcher as a means to porting over any services from MS that she may have gotten accustomed to using on WP.

From Twitter, and our discussion of Girl Scout Thin Mint Cereal, Thanks to Trenton Matthews for turning us on to Reese's Peanut Butter International Delights Coffee Creamer.

Last Word:

Netflix Unveils Top Binge Raced Shows
Epic Deli

Next week, Joe has the Google Home mini and J.J. wants to know if it is the $49 gateway tool Google hopes it to be this holiday season.

We leave you with this Epic menu, courtesy of Liam:

This weeks offerings at epic deli (10/16-10/22)
THE GORDON BOMBAY- two quarter pound certified angus beef patties, american cheese, jalape o's, pulled pork, house made "Hockey Mom" bbq sauce that we make with Only Child Brewing's "Hockey Mom" K lsch style beer!! then we take a toasted pretzel bun and spread Merkt's cheddar cheese on both sides and then crust the insides of the bun with crushed tortilla chips!!!
THE STANLEY- bbq pulled pork, bacon, bbq rib patties, cheddar cheese, spicy cheese curds, ghost pepper ranch, and bbq potato chips!! Served on a sub roll!!! LET'S GO BLACKHAWKS!!!
THE BURRITO-WICH- shredded pork, refried beans, avocado, chipotle sour cream, pico de gallo, pepperjack cheese, taco flavored doritos and lettuce!! Served on a toasted sub roll!!
THE JOE MENTALINO- a fried chicken breast tossed in ghost pepper buffalo sauce, ghost pepper ranch cream cheese, habanero pickles, and ghost pepper slaw!! served on a toasted brioche bun!!
THIS WEEKS APPETIZER SPECIAL!! CHICKEN POT POUTINE- waffle fries smothered in chicken pot pie b chamel sauce with chicken and mixed vegetables and topped with white cheddar cheese curds and fried onion straws!!
ADULT BUTTER-BEER SHAKE- we mix together vanilla ice cream, butterscotch, and 7%ABV Not Your Father's Vanilla Creme Ale! topped with whipped cream and butterscotch! served in a 16oz frosty mug!! (21+)
SALTED CARAMEL 100 GRAND SHAKE- we mix together vanilla ice cream, salted caramel, milk, and a 100 grand candy bar!! topped with whipped cream and a drizzle of chocolate and caramel!!
PISTACHIO PUDDING POP SHAKE- we mix together vanilla ice cream, pistachio flavored pudding mix, and milk!! topped with whipped cream and chopped pistachios!!
NUTELLA BUTTERFINGER SHAKE- we mix together vanilla ice cream, nutella, milk, and a butterfinger candy bar!! topped with whipped cream, chocolate, and crushed butterfingers!!

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Blind Bargains Qast 118: Thin Mint TV

Oct 14, 2017 70:47

Description:

The fun of the hardware announcements has died down, for now, with J.J. and Joe finding themselves back with a full slate of news and a demonstration of YouTube TV. We also have a tip, "Sound Off" and a triumphant return of a long-time favorite subject to the "Last Word".

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Braille sense Polaris is shipping! The future is now. Check out the first Google certified futureproof notetaker with no touchscreen required. Visit us on the web at https://hims-inc.com to learn more.

In The News:

Free Nearby Explorer Online Comes to the iPhone with Lots of Navigational Goodness

Seeing AI v1.3 brings 3d Touch support and save original document enhancements

ZoomText 11.6 released for Fusion and ZoomText Magnifier/Reader

Small JAWS 18 Update Fixes Outlook 365, Edge Bug

JAWS 2018 Public Beta 2 Fixes Bugs in Many Areas, See the Complete Changelog

JAWS Wide Open

The U.S. is not the Only Country with Inaccessible Currency

Court: Movie Theaters Must Accommodate Deaf-Blind Patrons

Demonstration: YouTube TV

More and more Americans are cutting the cord. Yet not all of the options available are speech or magnification friendly. And in some cases your particular television market may not be able to view any local network channels. In this demonstration of YouTube TV, on Android and Windows, J.J. shows us what the service has to offer and gives us an idea on the pros and pitfalls of using access technology to view all those wonderful channels. After that, Joe asks J.J. some questions about the experience and the pair discuss some aspects of the cord cutting alternative on the iOS platform. If you find that you want to try YouTube TV out for yourself, there is a free trial, head over to the official website to learn more.

Tip: Share WiFi Passwords In iOS 11

The new version of Apple's mobile operating system allows you to easily share a WiFi password with a guest in just a few simple steps. This article outlines how to do this but beware that both devices need to be on iOS11 for this tip to work.

Sound Off:

From Duyahn Walker, a bit of Amazon news that eluded our grasp last week.

"Hello:

I noticed that in the Amazon music app that there's a new feature. This feature is now Alexa. When swiping to the right on the app, you will find an unlabeled button for Alexa. You have to get VoiceOver to see it. Once you do, you double tap this button and Alexa is ready to listen. However, you've got two voices fighting for attention. One is the Alexa voice, and the other is VoiceOver. When you double tap this option, VoiceOver is telling you that it is listening to you. But when you try to speak to Alexa, VoiceOver is getting in the way, and you can not issue your commands. This is a major problem. You don't want to shut VoiceOver off if you are totally blind because you need to be able to hear what your doing. Even if your low vision, your dealing with the same problem if you can't see the screen very well. I've tried to speak to the accessibility department about this issue and they don't want to file tickets to the developer's. In my personal opinion, this bothers me quite a bit."

We had a number of people write in to tell us the real identity of the Math Flash voice. For example, this guess from Beth.

Hey, listening to BBQ116 and that voice is Bob Boots. Beth

Good guess, but no. We actually had APH confirm this to us on Twitter, the true identity of the Math Flash voice is Lou Harpenau.

Last Word:

Dipping sauce and cookies are the things that we found most interesting this week.
Girl Scout Thin Mint Cereal

This DIY Recipe for That McDonald's Szechuan Sauce From "Rick and Morty" Is Pretty Damn Good

It feels strange not to have a big company telling us that they have new hardware to sell. However, we'll take the quiet time to focus on other matters next week. Remember, backup all your data as the next version of Windows 10 is on the way come midmonth!

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Blind Bargains Qast 117: Another Brick In The Walled Garden

Oct 10, 2017 73:45

Description:

We bring balance to the Force this week with a look at the recent Google Hardware Event. However, Apple Fans, that isn't all we talk about as some of the hardware discussed can connect to iOS as well. We also have "Sound Off", a tip and the craziness that is the "Last Word".

In The News:

If You Only Take One Survey This Year, Make it WebAIM's Screen Reader Survey

Hitting Refresh on Accessibility

Rethinking Web Accessibility On Windows

No Need to Wait Around, Be My Eyes for Android has been Posted

Playstation firmware v5.0 adds more minor changes to TTS access

No Need to Wait Around, Be My Eyes for Android has been Posted

National Federation of the Blind Applauds Introduction of AV START Act

Google Docs Magnification

Amazon s new Fire TV will ship with Fire OS 6.0 (based on Android Nougat)

Roku unveils faster media players, universal remote and a new OS

Discussion Topic: Google Event 2017

Seven product announcements, nine videos and all under 120 minutes. Google sure packed in a lot of information during their event and we unpack some of that during our deep dive at what we thought mattered from mountain View. Here is just some of the articles we refer to during this portion of the program.

Sundar Pichai says the future of Google is AI

$49 Google Home Mini announced to compete with Amazon s Echo Dot

Google's Home Max Goes After HomePod With a Big Ass Sonos Clone

Google now lets you send messages through the Google Home to unsuspecting roommates

Everything you need to know about Google Home Max

Pixel 2: What You Need to Know About Google's New Top Android Phones

Google Pixel 2 vs. Pixel 2 XL: What's the difference?

The Google Pixel 2 XL vs. the competition: Cameras rule

Pixel 2 comes with a free Google Home Mini

Google guarantees three years of Android software updates for the Pixel 2

Pixelbook hands-on: stunning hardware for Chrome OS afficionados

Made for Google program goes official, denotes approved accessories

Google wants to sell you this USB-C to 3.5mm/USB-C adapter for $44.95

Google's Pixel Buds are $159 wireless headphones with real-time

Realtime Translation Demo

Google s Pixel Buds use Assistant to auto-pair to your phone, just like Apple s AirPods

Google reveals new Daydream View VR headset for $99

Google unveils a $249 smart camera that decides what s worth photographing

The Pixel's missing headphone jack proves Apple was right

Google is using its biggest advantage as a weapon to totally embarrass Apple

Spotify voice commands now work on any Google Assistant-supported device

Original Google Pixel gets a new lower price

Google Assistant now has a male voice option

Google follows Amazon with multi-step smart home routines and kid-friendly accounts

Google Just Invented... Lifelogging?

Inside Google s massive hardware ambitions

Tip: Easier Reading In Word 2016

J.J. reminds us that you can read documents in Microsoft Word 2016 easier if you view them from the "Draft" area. To do this, press Alt plus W to jump focus to the "View" tab. From there navigate to "Draft View". Joe notes that Screen magnifier users who rely on speech for some tasks would also like this tip for long reading sessions, rather than shrinking a document down a few sizes, as speech can encounter problems when viewing pages in modified views.

Sound Off:

Charlie Smith provides us an update to a previous story in the News Feed...

"Hi everyone:

I am currently testing Asana, and as stated in the subject line, it is accessible beyond explanation.
All the buttons are labeled correctly, tabs work beyond well, and all is good with VoiceOver.
I am not working in a team, I just love to assist anyone developing apps."

Jim writes in with his take on iOS 11's shortcomings.

"Hello, I really enjoyed your Blind Bargains podcast regarding iOS 11.
One significant bug that no one seems to discuss often is this horrible rendering of PDF files, for example in Ibooks.
Epub files are fine, but PDF'S jump around all over the place, so that the experience is ruined, completely ruined.
Many user guides and class materials are distributed in PDF format, so I am highly disappointed with this bug.
I should try importing PDF files into another app, I do not know if that might yield better results.
At any rate, I always enjoy the podcast.
Thanks.
Sent from my jPhone"

Last Word:

Music and dogs are this week's subjects at the center of the Last Word.
Another Taylor Swift cover song for J.J.

Got it licked! St Bernard dog Mo breaks Guinness World Record for longest tongue

Four weeks of mainstream tech sure can wear a team out. So that means there will be another apple Event, looking at you Home Pod, to come before December. And we already know Microsoft has a few things in the pipeline past the Windows Fall Creators Update. Oh, yeah, there is that new Victor Reader Trek too. It seems there is no sleep until we are eating turkey at Thanksgiving. Tune in to 118 to hear what's next.

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Blind Bargains Qast 116: Pancake Complications Thingy

Oct 1, 2017 96:26

Description:

Apple released new hardware this month with the glass-backed iPhone 8 models and the spiffy Series 3 Apple Watches. BBQ Regular Shelly Brisbin drops by to talk about those objects and give her take on iOS 11. We also have a tip, "Sound Off" and the Last Word" in a very laid back long-form conversational edition of the Blind Bargains Qast.

Sponsor: HIMS

Braille sense Polaris is shipping! The future is now. Check out the first Google certified futureproof notetaker with no touchscreen required. Visit us on the web at https://hims-inc.com to learn more.

In The News:

Amazon Fire Braille Support: New, Improved, and Still Improving

JAWS 18 September update Supports Edge Browser, Brailliant 14

Optelec Now Shipping Compact 6 HD Speech, a Tiny Magnifier with OCR

Practice your Math in a Flash with a New APH Action for Google Home

Just One Week Left to Submit Papers for #CSUNATC18 in San Diego

Watch Liam Erven's Presentation at the Gamer Grace Video Gaming Convention

Discussion Topic: Apple Watch, iPhone 8 And iOS11 redux

Be prepared to hear the debate between Joe and Shelly as to which Apple product they like the most in the current line of shipping Apple products. The answer, as they say, might surprise you. below are some articles mentioned during the discussion. Note that we ran out of time and a few products might need a return visit to the spotlight.

Apple s iOS 11.0.1 update addresses Exchange e-mail server issue

How to use Apple s terrific document scanner in iOS 11

How to switch your video format to shoot in 4K/60FPS and 1080P/240FPS

How to record your screen with iOS 11 for iPhone and iPad

Apple Watch Series 3 review: A dash of iPod and a bit of iPhone for your wrist

iMore Watch OS4 review

Review: watchOS 4 breathes new life into fitness side of the Apple Watch

Apple Watch Series 3 teardown finds a bigger battery and few surprises

iPhone 8 and 8 Plus review: The curious case of the time-traveling phone

iPhone 8 review: The status quo upgrade

iPhone 8 Teardowns Reveal Advanced Modems Likely Selected for Power Improvements

iPhone 8 Component Costs Estimated to Start at $247.51

Glass-Bodied iPhone 8 Shatters Repeatedly in Drop Tests

Apple's iPhone X to boast 2,716mAh battery, 3GB of RAM, Chinese regulatory filing shows

The iPhone X Portends a More Accessible Future

macOS 10.13 High Sierra: The Ars Technica review

MacOS High Sierra is well worth the upgrade

7 things to know before upgrading to MacOS High Sierra 10.13

Apple s Safari update secretly mines data to protect your privacy

Apple s new file system will eventually support Fusion Drive machines

How to downgrade from macOS High Sierra back to macOS Sierra

Apple TV 4K Teardown Reveals 3GB of RAM and Larger Venting System With Replaceable Fan

Apple just received a fast lane for developing health features that require FDA approval

Efest LUC Blu6 Bluetooth Battery Charger

An accessible battery charger? We're talking traditional AA or AAA batteries, not phone powerbanks. Patrick tries out the Efest LUC Blu6 LCD Intelligent Charger with Bluetooth available for about 36 bucks from Amazon. Listen to see if this might be an accessible solution to charge those old batteries.

Tip: Add the Apple TV Remote app to Control Center

Joe has mentioned a few dozen times that he is not a fan of the Siri Remote for the 4th Gen Apple TV. The new iOS 11 allows for the Apple TV Remote app to be added to the Control Center. Check out these steps to customize and reorder the new Control Center.

Sound Off:

Rebecca Skipper gives her opinion of iOS 11 and wonders about the form factors of iPhones.

"Hi,

I m running IOS11 on an iPhone SE.

I m not experiencing any problems deleting messages in mail yet.

However, I prefer IOS10 methods for moving files.

Apple s notification sheet reminds me of Windows notification center because both OS will let you clear notifications.

Would you care to speculate on the future of the iPhone SE?

The move to larger phones isn t for me, and I hope Apple will continue to support their smaller phone line.

Only time will tell, however, even the smaller iPod units disappeared when their sales slowed. Apple likes money but it is still primarily a hardware-based sales company. We'll have to see what happens with 8 models of iPhone in the channel before we begin to speculate which ones get voted out of Apple Park. Next, we're reminded of an old friend of the show. Ali Moosa writes...

"Hello Joe and J.J,
When you guys did shows in other places, I remember you guys had Alena Roberts on hosting one of the shows.
Have you guys looked at having her on the Blind Bargains show?
Hope to hear from you guys soon,
Thank you,
Ali Moosa "

Ms. Roberts is alive and well on the West Coast. Her schedule is crazy and we have not been able to book her for an appearance. We'd like to have her and Pete Bossley on at some point down the road. It is really fun to get the band back together when schedules permit.

Last Word:

Don't Say Velcro

Student outwits teacher's 3x5 cheat sheet

Next week, to J.J.'s relief, we probably will talk Google and Microsoft. Both companies, along with Amazon, are releasing new tech objects. Grab the wallets, it is totally the beginning of the holiday spending season for us geeks!

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Blind Bargains Qast 115: Thoughts Of Seeing AI Dog

Sep 23, 2017 68:32

Description:

The new iOS 11 is live and ready to download. Jamie Pauls
and Scott Davert
return to talk about the perils and pitfalls for those who want to install that shiny new OS on their IDevices. We'll also catch up on the news, check in with "Sound Off" and enjoy some Dog Feelings in the "Last Word".

Sponsor: Humanware

This episode is brought to you by Humanware. Last year Humanware partnered with Google to launch the BrailleNote Touch, the world's first and only Google Certified braille tablet.
The BrailleNote Touch combines the simplicity and efficiency of the well-known KeySoft user experience, with the power and openness of a mainstream tablet.
Use the familiar KeySoft apps to accomplish your daily tasks of document creation, email, or internet browsing, while downloading any accessible app from the Google PlayStore. Once downloaded, KeySoft ensures those apps are efficient to use with braille. If you don't want to type on the Touch's included physical keyboard, you can type completely scilently on its touch screen using the innovative TouchBraille typing system. With school starting back up, use KeyMath in your math classes, the all in one system which allows braille math to be converted to perfect looking print math in real time. And if you have not updated your Touch to version 4, it is live and waiting for you in the KeyUpdater app.
The BrailleNote Touch, The future is so close, you can touch it.
Learn more about the BrailleNote Touch or any of Humanware's products by visiting http://www.humanware.com or by calling 800.722.3393.
You can also watch any of the several BrailleNote Touch Snapshot videos done by Humanware by visiting their YouTube channel at http://www.humanware.com/touchvideos.

In The News:

California Joins New York in Offering Free Bookshare Memberships for Qualified Residents

Catching Up: Try Out the JAWS 19, ur 2018 Public Beta

Freedom Scientific adds another jewel to the collection with the release of another 7 inch Ruby Handheld Video Magnifier

Redbox Kiosks May Become More Accessible after Prolonged Legal Battle

Project Management App Asana Gains VoiceOver Support with Latest Update

From Inclusive Android, Poll On Audio Experience and Talkback

Paid Racing Game Accessibility Research from Columbia University in New York

Discussion Topic: iOS 11

Jamie and Scott are back to talk about the good, the bad and the ugly of iOS 11. To learn more about the new update, and decide if you should jump in the deep end or just hang out in the pool side lounge chairs, read the links below for more information.

To update or not to Update to iOS 11; Braille Users May Want to Wait According to AppleVis

Apple Releases iOS 11; Bringing a Range of Enhancements and New Features

What's New in iOS 11 Accessibility for Blind, Low Vision and Deaf-Blind Users

The Accessibility Bugs in iOS 11 for Blind and Low Vision Users; From Serious To Minor

Here s Why You Should Wait to Download iOS 11

Apple Releases New iPad Pro Tutorial Videos Covering iOS 11 Features

iOS 11 on the iPhone 5S: Slower, but not quite slow

Some iOS 11 issues show early adoption pitfalls, others are just growing pains

Older 32-Bit Apps Will Not Work With iOS 11

Can t send email on iOS 11? Apple working on fix for Outlook.com and Exchange mail accounts

Turning Off Wi-Fi and Bluetooth in iOS 11's Control Center Doesn t Actually Turn Off Wi-Fi or Bluetooth

iOS 11, thoroughly reviewed

Picture This, or Maybe Not: a Review of the New Image Description Feature in iOS 11

iOS 11: The MacStories Review

iOS 11 review: 99 hits, 1 miss

Is Apple Still Detail Oriented?

How to downgrade your iPhone or iPad from iOS 11

Sound Off:

We start with an email from Juan...

"Hello blind bargains,

I continue to enjoy your podcast, and your honest opinions. Of what technology has in store for us blind individuals. I too am not too impressed with the changes of the iPhone, but let's face it, Apple is going after the market for people who use android phones, as there are so many that use them. It started with the 6+ phones with their bigger screen, and now the screen with no buttons. I still don't like the no regular head phone feature. Also, you guys mentioned that you wouldn't like the phone charging on a table, but many students at Sac State regularly. Leave their phones on tables while they are eating or studying. In addition, Scott mentioned that he uses his phone with a braille display, but I'd like to know how that experience is for him, as I too have a braille display but find myself listening to the speech, because the braille doesn't keep up, and also, find myself touching the screen to navigate around like tapping the bottom for the doc icons, and the top for my essages. Scott, how do you do it?
Also, with the new Braille note takers that run on android I'd like to know if they are considerable substitutes for heavy laptops; on those long days . I mean does the internet work on university wifi networks, and can you actually go on the school websites? Also, when writing on these note takers, can you format documents correctly? Anyway, could either Jamie or Scott, or anyone do reviews on the Humanware Braille Note Touch, and the Hims Polaris?

Thank you

Sincerely,

Juan Manuel Avila "

Several of our CSUN17 and Summer Convention interviews speak about Notetakers and how they operate in the classroom. It is a major priority for most of the AT Industry at the moment as Education is seen as the new battlefield for winning over students and Education Staff alike. But remember, a web portal can be awful for any device if it is coded badly or if it requires a visual click on a box to enter its network. That means you don't know until you encounter it. As Joe noted this happened in Reno at ACB for a lot of convention goers.

Next, from Josh, an aspect of gaming we didn't cover a few weeks ago.

"You forgot to mention flight simulator games such as euroFly and microsoft flight simulator x."

This is true, but unlike Pokemon, we can't catch them all. We'll see if we can wrangle up a few pilots for a talk about this when we come back to another round of gaming talk.

Last Word:

Optimism shines in this week's look at the wild world of the web.
Thoughts Of Dog On Twitter
Processing (Seeing AI remix) by Ghorthalon

Shelly returns in BBQ 116 to talk about iPhones, Apple TVs and Apple Watches. Tune in to hear our thoughts on the new hardware releases.

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Blind Bargains Qast 114: A 4K Face ID Adventure

Sep 17, 2017 93:38

Description:

Big news requires a big discussion group. That's why we asked Jamie Pauls and Scott Davert to return to the BBQ to talk all things Apple. X, 8, TVs and other acronyms will be mentioned. Also, you won't believe which Qast host defends one particular Apple device or why.

Sponsor: HIMS

Braille sense Polaris is shipping! The future is now. Check out the first Google certified futureproof notetaker with no touchscreen required. Visit us on the web at https://hims-inc.com to learn more.

Hurricane Assistance

The recent Hurricanes have brought untold devastation to millions of people. ACB and the NFB have both mounted efforts to assist those in the Blind and Low Vision Communities that have been impacted by these storms. If you can do so, please click on either link and provide whatever support you can.
ACB Disaster Relief Fund

National Federation of the Blind Hurricane Harvey Relief Project

Discussion Topic: Apple iPhone Event 2017

Here is just some of the news and links we covered during our Apple conversation.

All the XCiting News from Apple's September 12 Event

Mac Break Weekly 575

A look inside the new Steve Jobs Theater at Apple s spaceship campus

24 Things You Can Do in iOS 11 That You Couldn't Do Before

Apple's New iPhone Lineup: SE for $349, 6s for $449, 7 for $549, 8 for $699, X for $999

iPhone 8 FAQ: Everything you need to know!

iPhone 8 and 8 Plus Have Smaller Batteries Than iPhone 7 Models, But Similar Battery Life

Hands on with the iPhone X: OLED and HDR outshine the other features

iPhone X, iPhone 8, and iPhone 8 Plus: All the specs, compared

iPhones Compared: How the iPhone X Stacks Up Against iPhone 8 and 8 Plus
Apple is Defying History With Its Pricey iPhone X

How Much Will the Expensive Ass iPhone X Cost on Apple's Upgrade Plan?

Apple is turning a design quirk into the iPhone X s defining feature

How the Home 'button' works on iPhone X

Apple explains what exactly happened when Face ID failed during iPhone X demo

U.S. Senator Raises Questions About Security and Privacy of Face

What you should know about privacy and Apple s FaceID on iOS 11

Face ID Raises Some Scary Questions Here Are Some Answers

I m worried that FaceID is going to suck and here s why

Apple officially announces new Apple Watch Series 3 with LTE connectivity

Apple Watch Series 3 Battery Lasts Up to 18 Hours, But Varies Based on Activity

What's the difference between Apple Watch Series 0, Series 1, Series 2, and Series 3?

Apple TV & iTunes Get 4K Upgrades

Apple has begun rolling out HDR 4K content on iTunes and upgrading old purchases

Disney Is the Only Major Hollywood Studio Not Backing Apple's Plan to Sell 4K Films at $20

tvOS 11 FAQ: Everything you need to know!

Some iPad Pros cost $50 more today as Apple quietly ups prices

Apple Now Offering 32GB Variant of the iPhone 7 in Jet Black

macOS High Sierra preview

iTunes 12.7: How to cope with the abrupt changes

Soundoff

We asked for reactions on the news of the week and boy did you deliver. Here's just a sampling of the tweets we received:

GStilson: The part that is being overlooked right now is what they did with the watch. That could potentially be a wearable industry changer.
ed_edwardson: Apple must have used up their supply of courage last year. Bringing back the headphone jack would have been truly courageous.
cristoferdeo: I'm inclined to buy the $800 256 GB iPhone model and sell my SE to mitigate my out of pocket cost.
douglas2005: I wish Afple had addressed improving Siri. Not sold yet, but leaning to iPhone 8 or maybe Android.
daiverd: I wonder if it will be possible to replace my phone with the new watch completely. I miss tiny phones
jaybird110127: I personally don't see any reason for a blind person to buy the iPhone X. Save $300.
LeftBollocks: by its very nature apple has proven that changing tec will spike abuse for a while. Then people wonder how they did with out
slannon97: They didn't introduce any new Macs or a new iPhone SE. I'll wait until next year.
alyssa6595: I'm looking forward to the new watch. To me, that was the highlight, along with the tribute to Steve Jobs
maldonado0767: I'm a proponent of change and glad Apple has decided to upgrade to modern times by bringing wireless charging.
turtlecatpurrz: I'm thrilled they are still selling the SE and 6S. It gives me hope that I can get another year out of my 6S
missanonymous94: I wonder what the solution is for people who can't open or control their eyes, or have no eyes. I have nostagnus and can't look directly.

The big tech events show no sign of stopping with Google and Microsoft both set to display their holiday lines in October. And there wasn't any sign of the Home Pod. So it isn't unrealistic to think we'll have another Apple event since it isn't like they have to book their Steve Jobs Theater in advance. Next week, however, we'll catch up on news and talk iOS11's big rollout with Jamie and Scott.

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Blind Bargains Qast 113: Steam Immersive Fruit Ninja

Sep 9, 2017 83:27

Description:

We've talked a bit already about how J.J. has used NVDA with OCR to play some games. And Joe has spoken about Xbox accessibility with Narrator. But that barely touches the surface of the types of games that are now available. Michael Feir and Jessie Anderson are on hand to talk about other forms of games access in this long-form discussion episode. The group also talks about the rise of crowd funding in the games sphere, how 3d printing is helping board gaming and how the future of games is going to involve lots of Augmented Reality.

Sponsor: HumanWare

This episode is brought to you by HumanWare.
Are you an iPhone user?
Do you get frustrated trying to type text messages or emails on the on-screen virtual keyboard?
HumanWare just announced their new Brailliant 14 braille display.
In addition to having the standard Bluetooth connection available,
this display has a second Bluetooth Low Energy module which ensures you never lose the pairing with your iPhone or other devices.
In addition you can actually use the Brailliant without any connection to an iPhone to take notes in contracted or uncontracted braille.
The innovative Brailliant Sync app, available on the app store now, allows for those notes to immediately sync to your iPhone or any other devices connected to your email account,
as soon as you pair with your phone again.
Take notes with your Brailliant 14 in a meeting, go back to your office and text someone with your phone. You will notice those notes will be magically synced with your iPhone and other devices within seconds.
The Brailliant 14. It s not just a small display. Learn more at http://www.humanware.com or by calling 800.722.3393.

Resources

The list of places where someone can learn about games access is growing rapidly. This list is just the tip of a very large iceberg on the subject.
The Unity Accessibility Plug In Project
GA Con, the Games Accessiblity event at the Game developer Confrence
Follow Ian Hamilton on Twitter for a wide array of game access news
The Able gamers Charity provides demonstrations, talks and more about games access in the mainstream game event space
Game Accessibility Guidelines
Designing Games For Everyone News Center

Here are some of the places the group goes to find all types of games
Good Old Games
Steam
Humble Bundle

@@Consoles:
The Xbox 1 and the Playstation 4 now talk with the aid of on board TTS. There is a blind player out there competing in Street Fighter tournaments.
And there are games out there with loyal Blind followings like Skullgirls and Killer instinct.
However, Joe notes that the true power of a talking video game console is more access for the parent than the player. Now you can track, limit and stay involved in the games played in the house. Both consoles, and their respective websites, allow for the purchase of content in ways not seen five years ago.

Video games on other platforms:

The iOS platform is probably the most friendly OS for audio games ever. This list contains some games for iOS, Android and the PC as our talk about electronic diversions wandered from device to device.
Villains from Beyond
A hero's Call
Crafting Kingdom
Blindfold Games
Blac Box Puzzle
The Inquisitor audio games
Six Ages, sequel of King of Dragon Pass
A Dark Room/The Ensign
Dice tray
A Blind Legend

Table Top Games

The group also discussed games that don't involve a video screen. Joe mentions he cut his teeth on problem-solving with the exploits he performed in "Dungeons And Dragons". Michael chimed in during this potion portion as well. many of the suggestions below come from his comments on table top gaming.
64oz Games
Sushi Go
Nemesis Factor
Aloniverse
Dreamchaser
Open Legend RPG

Virtual Reality

Joe asked Jesse to come on board as he uses an Oculus Rift to play VR games. This style of gaming is on another upswing in the public consciousness and jesse gives us some idea of how accessible these experiences are for Blind and Low Vision players. Some of the games can be viewed on YouTube and that might be the best way to get an idea of how they play, as VR can be a costly experience otherwise.
Batman VR
Ric And Morty VR
Star Trek Bridge Crew
Job Simulator
International Space Station
Dread Halls
Resident Evil 7

Disabled Characters In Games:

Sometimes the way people view the Disabled Community can be shaped by the media consumed. Here is a list of games mentioned that feature a Disabled character in their narrative.
Beyond Eyes
[Perception](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Perception_(video_game)
The Surge
Final Fantasy XV
Life Is Strange

Next week, Apple brings us the iPhone and Apple T