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Blind Bargains Qast 35: Bug Fixes at 88.8 MPH
Joe Steinkamp Thursday, 08-Oct-2015 1:23 PM ET
In order to celebrate our 35th episode, and at the cost of $35 no less, J.J. takes us on a path of audio bliss with his demo of the new Chromecast Audio device from Google. Joe talks about a low vision friendly time waster that returns "Back From The Future". Also there is the matter of the news, a tip, "Sound Off' and the infamous "Last Word" sporting a cameo from Mr. Patrick Perdue!
We'd like to thank this week's sponsor, BlindAlive for providing us the motivation and support needed to create this episode. No matter your level of health or fitness, there is an exercise program out there for you. To learn more about these fitness products, and subscribe to BlindAlive's podcasts, visit their website. And remember "Don't just live, be alive"!
In The News:
Review: Chromecast Audio
Google introduced a new device into the Chromecast family with the release of the amazingly affordable Chromecast Audio. J.J. demonstrates just how easy it is to use from both iOS and Android versions of the Chromecast app. he also explains why some may want to have this device over the new, or original, Chromecast players. Also, if you want to know more about these little round bits of audio goodness, check out this Ars Technica article on the teardown of a Chromecast Audio.
Review: Low vision friendly, Jetpack Joyride and the Back To The Future promotion
There have been at least a dozen video games over the past 30 years that will let you pretend to be Marty McFly from the "Back To The Future" series. But none of them are as easy to pick up and play as the endless side scrolling runner from Halfbrick Studios update to their classic game "jetpack joyride". Tap the screen to raise Marty higher to gain coins, dodge obstacles, gain the powers of the Hoverboard and even drive the DeLorian! Can you collect the 1.21 jigawatts before time runs out? This game is available on iOS, Android, Windows and probably a few dead platforms as well. in that way, it's just like Huey Lewis and the news.
Joe shows you another reason for using Google now for hands free" calling on Android
Here is the first of two emails we feature this week.
Low Vision, like beauty, is in the eye of the beholder. Joe gives several examples of this when answering this question on air. However, the short version, learning about eye conditions can only help you to a small extent. Asking questions about preferred lighting, color [both foreground and background hues: with inquiries about daytime or nighttime fluctuations can also help you determine a better idea of how someone might view text or their surroundings.
next up, Kevin writes in to tell us that the BARD outage took down more than just books....
Good point Kevin. While there are still services you could use as a backup, say NFB Newsline, you might not have them set up on the device of choice that you would use for those nice long reading sessions. Some news sites also have their own podcast lines. This isn't the same as reading the articles of course, however, it may prove to be another way for you not to miss out on the critical news of the week.
We close out the week with music and Talk Boxing.
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Displaying 3 comments.vigal Sunday, 11-Oct-2015 01:45 AM ET:
Hi JJ and joe, I sent a seperate email at feedback but, thought I'd also mention how I felt here. I am very upset and deeply disturbed by the woman who decided to become blind by damaging her eyes. I lost my remaining vision four years ago to nuro vascular glaucoma. I was born with rentinalopathy of premeturity. There isn't anything I wouldn't do to have my vision back. I miss beingable to see things with ease. please understand, I am a well adjusted blind person and have a great support of friends and family. I am a visual person and therefore continue to struggle on some level with my vision loss. Though, this is contravercial thanks for posting about it. I had no idea there was such a thing. Randee Boerboom
ccwiner Sunday, 11-Oct-2015 1:45 PM ET:
Question. I use apple's iDevices. I am interested in the audio version of the chromecast. I enjoy using apple's airplay because voiceOver is not played on the speakers and I hate using blueTooth speakers because I find voice Over highly annoying through my speakers. What iOS apps have you found that support the audio version of the Chrome cast besides Spotify. I don't use Spotify. Also, I wasn't clear from the podcast if voiceOver from your iPad played through the speakers or not. I was clear that Talk Back did not play on the speakers. One more question, if your speakers have a remote to skip songs does that work through the audio Chromcast? Thanks!
Bargain Hound Thursday, 15-Oct-2015 1:36 PM ET:
I agree with the other opinion regarding the lady who dreamed of being blind and then made that dream come true. Just like any other sense, sight is a gift to be treasured and enjoyed. No self-respecting person would take away a sense in such fashion.
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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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