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The biggest names, the latest news, and leading insights from the field. Weekly Podcasts, interviews, technology demonstrations, and commentary from industry experts. Get more at blindbargains.com.

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The biggest names, the latest news, and leading insights from the field. Weekly Podcasts, interviews, technology demonstrations, and commentary from industry experts. Get more at blindbargains.com.

iTunes Ratings

35 Ratings
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tech talk with humor

By KBrodecki - Oct 05 2018
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I really like that these guys use humor well there podcasting about technology. It’s very enjoyable way to spend maybe an hour or less good job.

Great Pdocast

By mrgushi - Feb 23 2015
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Great Podcast. Need some album art FYI.

iTunes Ratings

35 Ratings
Average Ratings
29
2
2
1
1

tech talk with humor

By KBrodecki - Oct 05 2018
Read more
I really like that these guys use humor well there podcasting about technology. It’s very enjoyable way to spend maybe an hour or less good job.

Great Pdocast

By mrgushi - Feb 23 2015
Read more
Great Podcast. Need some album art FYI.

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Rank #1: Blind Bargains Qast 198: Unfun Pizza Shell

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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

Nov 04 2019

1hr 14mins

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Rank #2: Blind Bargains Qast 197: The Haunted Pitch Black Audio Hub Show

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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!

Oct 27 2019

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Rank #3: #CSUNATC20 Audio: This Is The Way weWalk With Smart Cane Technology

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We've interviewed makers of Smart Cane tech before on Blind Bargains, however, not many of those previous interviewees were featured in Time Magazine for tech innovation. That's why Shelly caught up with Kursat Ceylan, Cofounder of WeWalk, to discuss what sets this approach apart from others. Tune in, or read below, to find out more about the companion app and features for this mobility aid. Have you ever needed a light for night travel or a "find my cane" option? This just might be the ideal travel item for you. To learn more, or purchase the cane, visit the company's website

CSUN 2020 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.

Mar 23 2020

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Rank #4: #CSUNATC20 Audio: A Mixture Of Technology And Humans Are At The Center Of Note Taking Express

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Visual Interpreter services are one way to gain access to meetings and notes. But the ability to work with a service that might better understand your specific field of study might just give you the edge over a broader all-purpose option. J.J. spoke with Daniel Goerz, CEO of Note Taking Express, about their notetaking platform and service in order to learn more about what sets this solution apart from others we ve covered on the BBQ podcast. Read below, or tune into the audio from the CSUN Exhibit Hall floor, for a description of the service and how it can take audio/video from recorded media into a service beyond basic transcription. If you would like to know more about the platform, visit the Note Taking Express website

CSUN 2020 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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Rank #5: #CSUNATC20 Audio: Master Your Modes With vispero's Optelec Compact 10 HD

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The Optelec Compact brand has come a long way from its flip out handle days of a decade ago or its original touch screen display option. Shelly got a chance to view the newest iteration and get a guided tour of the units features with vispero's Educational Specialist Michael Wood. The pair cover the differences between Easy and Advanced Modes, they discuss the Speech features as well as the OCR functionality of the new 10 inch display model. To learn more about this specific unit, and the two configurations offered, visit the Optelec Compact 10 HD website

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Mar 28 2020

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Rank #6: #CSUNATC20 Audio: A Hallside Chat With Troy Otillio Of AIRA

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The team at AIRA started off 2020 with the recent news surrounding a change in ownership and the sunsetting of the Horizon product. J.J. caught up with Troy Otillio, CEO of AIRA, outside the Exhibit Hall floor to discuss several topics regarding the service. Listen in, or read the transcript below, as the pair talk about the future of AIRA and answer some of the questions sent into us by our Twitter followers. To stay up to date with the goings on at AIRA, or to sign up for the service, visit the company's website

CSUN 2020 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.

Apr 04 2020

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Rank #7: #CSUNATC20 Audio: Hey Google Read My DAISY Books With pratsam

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There sure are a lot of ways you can read your DAISY formatted materials these days. However, for some, many common options may be too complicated to learn or use effectively. That's why the ability to use a Digital Assistant could aid many when it comes to reading books and newspapers. J.J. spoke with Daniel Ainasoja, Sales Manager for pratsam, about their new Smart Speaker Service being shown publicly for the first time at CSUN. The interview contains a demo using a Google Home, but the new service is also available on Android, iOS, Windows and the web. Ideally this technology is good for those schools and libraries that are looking to provide their content to others without having to develop their own distribution apps. Moreover, some private companies may find the delivery system a good fit for their content as well. To learn more about the Smart Speaker Service, visit the pratsam website

CSUN 2020 coverage is Brought to you by AFB AccessWorld.

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Mar 31 2020

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Rank #8: #CSUNATC20 Audio: A Field Of Clovers For Irie-AT

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Shelly found the Golden Chorale buffet booth of Video Magnifiers in the CSUN Exhibit Hall. And Jeff Gardner, CEO of Irie-AT, goes through the serving line with her pointing out all the good stuff from their new friends at Clover. There is a myriad of display sizes for that finicky reader in your life. But don't fill up on reading devices as the company has many more categories of Assistive Technology available on their website

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Apr 02 2020

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Rank #9: #CSUNATC20 Audio: Magnifying Materials With LVI America's Apple Friendly MacViewer

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In July 2019, Joe caught up with Kimberly Cline at her LVI America debut In Las Vegas to talk about her excitement for future Video Magnifier products. And that enthusiasm is echoed by Charlie Collins, Director of Sales, when he speaks to Shelly about the new MacViewer device. The pair talk about the specs of the unit, discuss the new improved toolbar experience before noting that the Video Magnifier is also available for Chrome OS and Pcs as well. If you would like to know more about the products mentioned in this interview, visit the LVI America website

CSUN 2020 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.

Apr 09 2020

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Rank #10: #CSUNATC20 Audio: Harpo Updates Some Nostalgic Braille Products For A Modern Age

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J.J. becomes the Keymaster in this interview. Okay, "Ghostbusters" movie references aside, J.J. did find that some retro names in A.T. have been updated in some cool new ways. He spoke to Jarek Urbanski, CEO of Harpo, about the soon to be released Mountbatten Tutor and gets an overview of the device's menus and feature set. And if that wasn't old school enough, the duo discuss the return of the Jot a Dot. For those listening to the audio, and not reading the transcript below, J.J. did capture the sounds of both on the quieter than normal CSUN Exhibit Hall floor. To learn more about these products, including the BraillePen Slim, visit the Harpo website

CSUN 2020 coverage is Brought to you by AFB AccessWorld.

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Mar 26 2020

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Rank #11: #CSUNATC20 Audio: A New Wearable Arrives On The Scene For Zoomax

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Last month David Bradburn, President of Zoomax USA, shared at ATIA a sneak peek of a new product that would make its debut in Anaheim. Shelly caught up with David on the CSUN Exhibit Hall floor to learn more about the new member of the Acesight family and gets a tour of the controls, the specs and who might best find the VR approach most helpful for accomplishing common reading tasks. To learn more about the Acesight family of products, or to find your nearest Dealer, visit the Zoomax website

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Mar 18 2020

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Rank #12: Blind Bargains Qast 209: The 4 Day Week

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usually our first "In Studio" episode after convention coverage is the traditional wrap up show where we dissect and discuss a particular event 20 minutes longer than we really should. But, as you already know, these are strange times and we find ourselves amongst the BBQ Crew reflecting on life after CSUN instead of our normal post con conversation. J.J. and Shelly talk about their return travel adventures while Joe remarks what it was like to watch the goings on from home. We do talk some tech this week, however, it is scattered throughout the run time of the show in between tips and musings about what has to be considered for future gatherings within the Blind and Low Vision communities. Sound Off and the Last Word find their way in towards the end of the program. So, we did not deviate too far from the norm. Or at least our version of that.

Links To Information Mentioned

COVID 19: Mask Sewing Instructions
5 Considerations for Running a Virtual National Convention during COVID-19
Aira updates policies after Corona Virus outbreak
Tyler Littlefield creates accessible Covid-19 statistics tracker
Free Basic Scripts for the Zoom Conferencing Platform
Mosen Consulting Offers Free Audiobook about the Zoom Meeting Platform
Hadley Presents: COVID-19 and Vision Loss - Hadley Institute ...
COVID-19 and Vision Loss Part 2
Apple Launches New $399 iPhone SE With 4.7-Inch LCD Display, A13 Chip, and Touch ID
Star Trek Discovery, and Picard, now have Audio Description and are perfect for lockdown binge watching
Zoom Call - SNL

Tip: Our Suggestions For Online Shopping

Depending on the service you utilize locally, build your cart ahead of time that way you can jump on any available delivery times. Joe notes that Instacart tends to be better at finding open slots in the morning, as shoppers log in that day, while J.J. has better luck with Shipt the night before he makes an order.

Think about making an order that will last at least a week with ingredients that can make more than a single meal. Some on the panel talk about how they became spoiled with 2 hour delivery and "in the moment" menu making decisions. You do not have to buy in bulk, unless you want to, if you plan out your food choices in advance and consume your most perishable edibles first.

If using contactless delivery, the more detail you can give a delivery person the better. You can avoid mix ups by describing your apartment complex, home and outside markings in the optional areas in the check out or delivery note sections of the app. For example, "Street numbers are on the curb and our mailbox is missing a door". Remember that the person bringing your stuff needs this information and if your area has bad lighting, a large dip at the end of the driveway or some other hazard, it could impact their ability to provide you with good service.

Loyalty cards can save you money! Sam s Wholesale adjusts their prices if you have a membership number entered in Instacart. And Shipt does the same if you have entered your Costco account info. Local grocery chains may have some benefit as well, but you will need to check which ones are on offer in your app of choice.

Subscribing to the Express, Membership or Delivery Pass yearly membership thing does save money. You can avoid many fees, skip some delivery costs and possibly gain other perks by having a Door Dash, Postmates, Shipt or Instacart subscription. If you plan on using these services more often, beyond say twice a month, you really should break down and join up with that service because it is way more expensive to try and get by with an "as needs dictate" approach.

Tip your shoppers and delivery people. Some services are rating you in the same way you rate their delivery experiences. Just like Uber, you can get a bad reputation and this may cause you to wait longer for an order. Recently Instacart had to address a situation regarding people removing large tips after a delivery was completed so they could jump the line in the customer pool. Shoppers and food delivery drivers do not make much and not tipping them for their time and effort is wrong. Besides, it is way cheaper to tip than take a Rideshare back and forth to the same store.

We discussed these tips on Twitter recently. Some out there feel strongly that announcing that you are Blind can result in better service or a more detailed description of a replacement product for a missing item. Others who do not wish to disclose their vision status state that they can get the same level of interaction if they tell their shopper that they are using a device that doesn't show pictures, like an Apple Watch, when in the same scenario. many of these apps do not have a share sheet option for exporting a picture to Seeing AI or Visual Interpreter services. Go for what seems to be the more comfortable option when it comes to interacting whit your shopper.

Lastly, due to higher demand, these apps are updating constantly to scale up to meet the needs of their growing customer bases. Providing helpful feedback about the app's access, process and experience is really important as you could be helping others out there who could run into the same bottleneck you encountered. For the most part these services work well on PC, iOS and Android. But that does not mean they work well all the time every time.

Sound Off:

Reginald George left these remarks in the Comment Section of ep 206

"Why does no one comment on these great podcasts? And if they are, why don't you post them? I have seen Blind Love, and listened to the interview here. He was very lucky to be able to pull them altogether to be on the show. The movie is absolutely fantastic, and this podcast gives good incite into how five strangers can become friends after working together on a project like this. It was quite a refreshing departure from the typical technology fare, and I commend you for making it happen. Reginald George CATIS Washington Services for the Blind"

We really appreciate the kind words. We were already starting to gear our little podcast to cover topics beyond our original scope pre Pandemic. And now we think we can talk a bit more than tech around here in future. That is not to say we are going to abandon the horse that got us here, we just like to ride a few others out of the stable from time to time.

Last Word:

yeah, what a surprise, its food related.
Polar Pizza Ice Cream Treats | Baskin-Robbins
MY COOKIES ARE POPPING! Trolls OREO Cookies REVIEW
Oreo Tiramisu - 12.2oz : Target
And go back to BBQ 176 for more snack suggestions that J.J. still finds palatable today

We are not sure what, or when, 210 is or will be at the time of this writing. We have a few ideas. In the meantime, may we suggest that you reread your copy of the most infamous book in the galaxy and take some comfort from those friendly letters on the cover by saying to yourself... "Don't Panic"

May 22 2020

1hr 11mins

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Rank #13: #CSUNATC20 Audio: Expanding VR And AR Into XR With The Smith-Kettlewell | Eye Research Institute

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As J.J. says early on during his interview with Brandon Biggs, Engineer with the Smith-Kettlewell | Eye Research Institute, "There's a lot to unpack here". The pair even commandeered an entire Platinum Ballroom, okay CSUN wasn't using it honest, to talk about indoor navigation and mapping techniques. Tune in, or read the transcript below, to hear how audio games like "A Hero's Call" can pioneer a tested user experience for providing and effective way to perform indoor navigation tasks. Also, hear a demo and learn how the term XR came about for describing hybrid reality experiences. To learn more about this technology, visit the Smith-Kettlewell | Eye Research Institute website

CSUN 2020 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.

May 08 2020

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Rank #14: #CSUNATC20 Audio: Patriot Vision Industries Speaks Through Their New Voice EZ

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A running theme throughout our CSUN 2020 coverage has been how strange the event has been due to restrictions on travel that were falling into place at the time of these recordings. Some Exhibitors were unable to attend and props to John Palmer, President of Patriot Vision Industries for showing some , of TrySight's products at their table as a friendly gesture. In this interview Shelly gets her hands on the Patriot Pro, mentioned during our ATIA 2020 coverage last month, and she gets a product overview of the newly announced Patriot Voice EZ. To learn more about the products mentioned in this interview, visit the Patriot Vision Industries website

CSUN 2020 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.

May 06 2020

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Rank #15: #CSUNATC20 Audio: Practical Design Powers Blindspot Consulting's Accessible Photo Booth

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If you do these convention coverage events long enough, well, you end up having some compromising audio and photos being taken of you as a result. Somewhere out there are pictures of Joe with his interview microphone near an odd place on eBot the Robot's chassis. And now the BBQ Crew has a few funny pictures of J.J. thanks to Blindspot Consulting, Inc. and their Accessible Photo Booth. Leah Shaull and Scott Tate walk J.J. through the process of taking the photos while they chat about the company's web remediation, kiosk access design and other services that they provide. Currently the Podcast Team is working out the demands of J.J.'s blackmail and what it would take not to release these photos. But in the meantime, you can find out more on the subject of Blindspot Consulting, by visiting their website

CSUN 2020 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.

May 02 2020

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Rank #16: #CSUNATC20 Audio: Smart Glasses Are The Next Step For Envision AI

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It has been almost a year since we had Karthik Kannan, Cofounder and Chief Engineer of Envision AI, on the program to talk about pricing plans and the release of the Android version of the app. So, with a new product announcement and pre-order campaign underway, Shelly swung by the booth at the emptier than normal CSUN Exhibit Hall floor to test out the new Envision AI Glasses. The interview covers topics such as why Google Glass v2 was chosen as the first delivery system outside of smartphones, how the company is taking a platform agnostic approach to future versions of the app and the drive to work with others in the A.T. space to adopt more wearable tech approaches. And don't miss Shelly's real time demo using the glasses to read nearby objects and text. To learn more about the Glasses, or the app for iOS and Android, visit the Envision AI website

CSUN 2020 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.

Apr 24 2020

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Rank #17: #CSUNATC20 Audio: Be My Eyes Sees Into The Future

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We've been lucky enough to capture the success of the Be My Eyes team on our microphones for years. And while the BBQ doesn't have 6 million volunteers, and 200,000 Blind or Low Vision users, we are happy to record another fantastic milestone in their amazing story. J.J. had Will Butler, VP Community, and Alexander Hauerslev Jensen, CCO, by the scaled down Blind Bargains Suite/Room/Alcove to chat on what's happened since our July 2019 interview in Las Vegas. The trio cover topics such as the new funding announcement from last month, where they believe the Specialized Help Platform can grow in the future and the launch of their secondary "13 Letters" podcast. And keep your ears open, or scan the transcript below, to catch a Blind Bargains Qast exclusive bit of news. You can keep up with all the latest information, or join the community, by visiting the Be My Eyes website

CSUN 2020 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.

Apr 18 2020

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Rank #18: #CSUNATC20 Audio: Reading And Writing Graphiti With Orbit Research

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Last summer Lisa spoke to Venkatesh Chari, CEO and President of Orbit Research, during our ACB interview coverage. That interview noted some welcome changes that had come to the Orbit Reader 20 regarding upgrading the unit from the SD card slot. In November, Orbit Research released a chat app for the deaf-blind. And this month, as the doors opened to the CSUN Exhibit Hall floor, the company announced several new products and an update to the original Orbit Reader. J.J. snuck into that same Exhibit Hall before the crowds arrived in order to talk to Venkatesh about the new products, their pricing and more details about the status of the Graphiti display. To learn more about Orbit Research, or purchase any of the products mentioned in this interview, visit the company's website

CSUN 2020 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.

Mar 17 2020

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Rank #19: Blind Bargains Qast 208: Deep Purple ColorStar

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We first teased our intent to take a look at the ColorStar during BBQ 188 during our summer convention wrap up show. now, a scant half a year later, the deep dive into the color identifier has arrive. Join Ricky Enger as she demonstrates the color, light and pattern detection modes of the device. Hear the speech of the unit in both the Universal and Artistic settings while Ricky tests them against an actual human's perception under various lighting conditions. And listen in as Ricky discovers what colors her holiday tree is... because that was the time in which this particular portion of the show was recorded. Visit the manual page for the ColorStar to learn more about the specs and more detailed aspects of operation. Or, journey over to the APH page for the ColorStar if you would like to purchase one yourself.

Mar 11 2020

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Rank #20: Blind Bargains Qast 207: Some Video Desktop Access

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This is going to sound weird, but its our first news show of 2020. And wow do we have some news to talk about. So much news that we needed Scott Davert to sit in with us. He also hangs out with us while we go over the biggest stories that came from our ATIA 2020 coverage last month. Get ready for tech, talk and even a baseball story towards the end.

In The News:

Breaking: Aira Tech Corp Acquired by Southern California Investment Group
RT @airaio We re excited to welcome all @Target locations to the Aira Access Family! Shop @OnYourTerms.
Be My Eyes announces funding to grow community and expand Specialized Help service
Be My Eyes closes $2.8M Series A funding to connect blind people with normal sighted volunteers via live video calls
Announcing the 2020 Touch of Genius Prize Winners
NLS bard for iOS introduces new features including simultaneous downloads, airplay, braille display autoscroll
Leasey Pricing and What's Coming in Version 5!
Nvda Version 2019.3.1 released, bringing support for new braille displays, screen curtain, more
In-Process 19th February 2020
Updated Eloquence and Vocalizer Expressive Add-on for NVDA
NVDA Remote Updates For Python Changes
The Feb 2020 Update Has Been Released For JAWS/ZoomText/Fusion
Thanks to Top Tech Tid Bits for mentioning the 300+ hour archive of the classic A.T. Playback Magazine
Hindsight Is #CSUNATC20: Or, How The Top Stories Of The Past Can Shape The Future

Discussion Topic: ATIA Wrap Up

The trio talk about the stories that peeked the most interest from our ATIA 2020 coverage.

ATIA 2020 Wrap-Up: What's New and Noteworthy at the Assistive Technology Industry Association
#ATIA20 Audio: A Menagerie Of Braille For Humanware And APH
#ATIA20 Audio: Q Is For Qwerty But That's Not All For HIMS
#ATIA20 Audio: Orcam Expands Into Assisted Reading And Hearing Devices
#ATIA20 Audio: Bookshare Balances The Equation With Accessible Math
#ATIA20 Audio: Speaking To The Power Of Braille Literacy With Objective Ed
#ATIA20 Audio: Absorbing Audio Information Into Meaningful Ways With Glean

Last Word:

Oddly enough, in more than 200 shows, this particular story has kind of come up before.
Students assist with 'super flush' at Texas Rangers' new stadium

Next week, no kidding, it is that long awaited often mentioned deep dive into the Color Star... we think. No really, it's happening in BBQ 208!

Mar 02 2020

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