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Blind Bargains Qast 55: Words Have meanings
Joe Steinkamp Friday, 11-Mar-2016 6:11 PM ET
So much for that pre-CSUN news drought. Seems we have a whole mess of news to talk about before we get to our feature interview on Dictation Bridge with Lucy Greco. Liam, our Gadget Guy, is back to answer some questions our listeners sent in about the Amazon Echo. Plus, learn about an accessible March madness promotion we have going which might net you an A T Guys prize. And somewhere in there is our "Last Word" and "Sound Off". it is an action-packed episode of the Blind Bargains Qast!
In The News:
Interview: Lucy Greco and Dictation Bridge
Typing using your voice has been possible in Windows for many years, but existing solutions have either been cumbersome, unreliable, or downright expensive. Dictation Bridge seeks to change this with a completely free and open-source project which will allow users to dictate using their voice using Microsoft's built-in Windows tools or a variety of Dragon products. We're joined by Lucy Greco, a member of the Dictation Bridge team, who explains what the forthcoming software will do and how it differs from current solutions. The project seeks to raise their money through crowdfunding and will soon launch a campaign to raise $20,000 to fund development costs. And the lead developer? A smart programmer you may have heard of by the name of Matt Campbell. In addition to the website linked above, you can learn more about Dictation Bridge by following @freedbsocial on Twitter.
After Echo With Liam The Gadget Guy
Check out last week's Qast for our extended look at the Amazon Echo. If you have more Echo questions, be sure to send them in.
Tip: Siri and the The Friendly Skies
What flights are above me? J.J. demonstrates a Siri feature that has been around for a long time but is still fun to play with.
Play Accessible March Madness and Win!
It's time for March Madness at Blind bargains and the BB Qast. Yahoo! has recently made their iOS Tourney Pick'em March Madness app accessible, so we thought it'd be a great time to run our own pool. Plus, one lucky person may win a $64 gift certificate to A T Guys. That is, if you can beat Joe and J.J. with your picks.
The show was full to the brim with info this week. Therefore, we only covered a few remarks. First up, from the treaty story in the news section, Dark nexus chimed in with two reflections.
MattFromFlorida let us know his thoughts on the episode 54 comments section.
Food and funny phone lines. Yep, it's just another trip down memory lane with the "Last Word".
One last show before we begin the deluge of mp3 files that is our CSUN 2016 coverage. Will next week be a slow news day or a jam-packed free-for-all? We won't know until you hear, and we produce, episode 56. At this point it could go either way.
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Displaying 1 comment.melkeys Wednesday, 16-Mar-2016 9:15 PM ET:
I am attempting to enter the March Madness contest, and have signed in to Yahoo and downloaded the necessary appp on ios. I see a ton of unlabeled buttons when I try to make my picks. I am not finding an easy way to use the website either. I am sure I am missing something obvious, so those of you who have managed to choose your brackets, how did you do it? Thanks for any words of wisdom.
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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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