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Blind Bargains Qast 14: Apple Watches Time and Relative Dimension in Space
Joe Steinkamp Wednesday, 29-Apr-2015 8:07 PM ET
Did you hear that Apple has a new product shipping around the world? Something about a watch we think. Yeah, we are pretty sure it's a timepiece of some kind. So we flipped open our contacts apps and found someone we knew who had one on the way. Lo and behold, Michael Doise will stop by to talk about his new Apple Watch and tell us what he enjoys about the new accessory to your Apple driven life. We also have a tip, your feedback and what J.J. calls "pocket lint" in this week's "Last Word".
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In The News:
As a follow up to stories from BBQ13, and from Joe's mention during this week's recording, this is Sarah Outwater's post on her troubles with Uber
Discussion Topic: Michael Doise Shows Off His New Apple Watch
It's here and we have a guy who has one. Yes, the newest star in Apple's product lineup fits right on your arm and works with Voiceover and your iPhone. We'll discuss the unboxing, the setup and what it was like using the device during the initial launch weekend. Michael has offered to come back and give us updates on his experiences with the watch, however, you can follow him on Twitter and read his website to stay up to date in real time when it comes to his thoughts on his stainless steel wrist companion.
Our friends on Twitter ask the hard questions and pass along the greatest resources. For example, looks like there may be a solution to the Apple Watch demo units not being accessible after all.
We'd love to see it happen as much as you.
In regards to the Baum VarioUltra, Rich tweets
turning to the latest in Android phones
And some other general comments
Two comments arrived recently on our article about the new Talkback beta.
The Eyes Free list is probably one of the best ways to keep up and offer your feedback. Join the conversation by subscribing to the list.
Christine felt some nostalgia after hearing our A.T. History discussions and sent this along in an email.
Joe emptied out the pockets on his news-gathering sweatpants, and really more for his amusement than J.J.'s, here are some of the links that fell out.
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Displaying 1 comment.Russ Thursday, 30-Apr-2015 3:03 PM ET:
Here are some things to be aware of about the Blaze. internet radio and downloading podcasts work very much like the bookport plus and plextalk pocket. The Stream has a much better implementation of internet radio and podcasts. I feel that the Stream has a better way of organizing it's content. For me, the biggest drawback to the Blaze EZ, it has no telephone style keypad. The Blaze ET will have a keypad. Here's what Jenny posted about this on the HIMS list: As for entering text, there won't be as much text entry available in this model. To enter Wi-Fi keys, etc, you will use the arrows to choose your letters/numbers from lists, and you will use the select key to enter it. As you might guess, this isn't a quick method of entry, thus, the lack of entry intensive functionality. This model is focusing on providing access to a variety of content while remaining very simple to operate. Thus, the simplified keyboard and different interface. jenny Here's what Jenny said about Audible: Regarding Audible, it's not quite so simple. audible has absolutely NO development tools for Android. That's not to say they do not have Apps, but they can create apps without releaseing development tools to the public. Thus, we're exploring possibilities as to how to integrate this support. Thanks, Jenny A follow up message on Audible Hello, You are not wrong. However, Audible refuses to create any new plugins to make any new devices work with the old Audible Manager through which such authorizations were installed. We did contact them. But, we cannot force them to do this. I am sorry. I wish I had a better answer for you. But, they generally no longer wish to support that type of platform. In fact, someone recently contacted their tech support about a BookSense, and they were told Audible didn’t support it. I mean, even for players already in place to work via this method, there is not technical support available through audible any more. Again, I am sorry for this news, but I don’t know that we can do anything about it but to wait for the streaming platform they tell us they’re developing. Thanks, Jenny Here's what Jenny said about brf and brl: Hello, I am very sorry, that was a misrepresentation. There is no Braille support on the ET. It supports the same file types as does the EZ. It is for the same reason of not having a translator as I described before. I have listened to the techtalk presentation and I know what Dave said, but he misspoke. I am sorry. Jenny The blaze has 2.4 GHZ 802.11a/b/g/n WiFi instead of dual-channel 802.11a/b/g/n WiFi. The Blaze has bluetooth 3.0 instead of Bluetooth 4.0.
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Joe Steinkamp is no stranger to the world of technology, having been a user of video magnification and blindness related electronic devices since 1979. Joe has worked in radio, retail management and Vocational Rehabilitation for blind and low vision individuals in Texas. He has been writing about the A.T. Industry for10 years and podcasting about it for nearly 5 years.
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