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Dell Inspiron 15.6 Inch Laptop for $269.99 [Shipped]


by Michael McCarty

Amazon offers the 6-lb. Dell Inspiron Intel Pentium 1.7GHz 15.6" Laptop, model no. i3542-1666BK, for $269.99 with free shipping. That's the lowest total price we could find by $63. Features include an Intel Pentium 3558U 1.7GHz dual-core processor, 15.6 inch 1366x768 LED-backlit LCD, 4GB RAM, 500GB hard drive, DVD burner, 802.11n wireless, Bluetooth
4.0, HDMI, 4-cell battery, and Windows 8.1 64-bit.

Posted Wednesday, 08-Oct-2014 5:47 PM ET in Laptops/Netbooks     Post a comment

Bose AE2 Over-the-Ear Headphones for $69.99 [Shipped]


by Michael McCarty

Best Buy offers the Bose AE2 Over-the-Ear Headphones in White for the in-cart price of $69.99 with free shipping. That's the lowest total price we could find by $54. These headphones feature fold-flat earcups, detachable cable, and adjustable headband.

Posted Wednesday, 08-Oct-2014 5:45 PM ET in Accessories     Post a comment

Seagate 4TB Expansion USB 3.0 External Hard Drive for $116.99 [Shipped via Visa] (expired)


by Michael McCarty

Newegg offers the Seagate 4TB Expansion USB 3.0 External Hard Drive, model no. STBV4000100, for $129.99. Apply coupon code VISACHECKOUT and pay via Visa Checkout to drop it to $116.99. With free shipping, that's the lowest total price we could find by $13. Deal ends October 31.

Posted Wednesday, 08-Oct-2014 5:34 PM ET in Hard Drives     Post a comment

Hype Pyramid 10-watt Portable Wireless Bluetooth Speaker for $80.74 [Shipped]


by Michael McCarty

Brand Sale USA via Amazon offers the Hype Pyramid 10-watt Portable Wireless Bluetooth Speaker for $94.99. Coupon code DEALNEWZ cuts it to $80.74. With free shipping, that's the lowest total price we could find by $9. It features an aluminum housing, 10 hours of playback, Bluetooth 4.0, and a 2,200mAh rechargeable battery.

Posted Tuesday, 07-Oct-2014 6:19 PM ET in Accessories     Post a comment

Refurbished Toshiba Satellite 15.6 Inch LED-Backlit Widescreen Laptop for $237.26 [Shipped]


by Michael McCarty

Toshiba via eBay offers the factory-refurbished 5.3-lb. Toshiba Satellite C55D-A5170 AMD 1GHz 15.6 Inch LED-Backlit Widescreen Laptop, model no. PSCFWU-029005B, for $237.26 with free shipping. That's the best price we've seen for any Toshiba Satellite C55D laptop. (It's currently $57 under the cost of a new one.) Features include an AMD E1-2100 1GHz dual-core processor, 15.6 inch 1366x768 widescreen LCD, 4GB RAM, 500GB hard drive, DVD burner, 802.11n wireless, webcam, media card reader, HDMI, USB 3.0, 6-cell battery, and Windows 8.1. A 90-day Toshiba warranty applies.

Posted Tuesday, 07-Oct-2014 6:03 PM ET in Laptops/Netbooks     Post a comment

Seagate 2TB Portable Hard Drive with 32GB Flash Card for $99.99 [Shipped]


by Michael McCarty

Newegg offers the Seagate 2TB Backup Plus USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive in Black, model no. STDR2000100, bundled with an ADATA DashDrive UV128 32GB Flash Drive, model no. AUV128-32G-RBE, for $99.99 with free shipping. That's the lowest total price we could find for these items by $18. This drive is compatible with Windows and Mac and features an 18 inch USB cable and pre-loaded backup software.

Posted Tuesday, 07-Oct-2014 5:35 PM ET in Hard Drives     Post a comment

Save 50 Percent Off 1st-Time Subscribe & Save Orders with This Amazon Prime Members coupon


by Michael McCarty

Amazon offers its Prime members 50% off first-time Subscribe & Save orders via coupon code PRIMESNS. (You must not have used Subscribe & Save since April 1, 2014; the discount is reflected during checkout for one item only.) That's the best Subscribe & Save discount we've seen from Amazon. The coupon only applies to products sold and shipped by Amazon and excludes diapers and wipes.

Posted Tuesday, 07-Oct-2014 5:30 PM ET in Miscellaneous     Post a comment

Blue Microphones Icicle XLR-to-USB Microphone Converter / Preamp for $9.95 [Shipped]


by Michael McCarty

Now here's a cool audio gadget! Plus Gadgets via Amazon offers the Blue Microphones Icicle XLR-to-USB Microphone Converter / Preamp for $9.95 with free shipping. That's the lowest total price we could find by $21. It converts any XLR microphone into a USB microphone and provides 48V of phantom power.

Posted Tuesday, 07-Oct-2014 5:24 PM ET in Miscellaneous     Post a comment

Unlocked Samsung Galaxy S5 16GB Quad-Core Android Smartphone for $449.99 [Shipped] (expired)


by Michael McCarty

BuyDig via eBay offers the Unlocked Samsung Galaxy S5 16GB Quad-Core Android Smartphone, model no. SM-G900H, in White (pictured) or Black for $449.99 with free shipping. That's the lowest total price we've seen. (It's a current price low by $88.) It features a 5.1 inch 1920x1080 AMOLED touchscreen display, 2GB RAM, 16GB internal storage, 802.11ac dual-band wireless, 16-megapixel rear-facing camera, 2-megapixel front facing camera, microSD card slot, Bluetooth 4.0, and Android 4.4.2 (KitKat). Deal ends October 9.

Posted Tuesday, 07-Oct-2014 01:38 AM ET in Cell Phones     Post a comment

Dylan COCOON Portable Bluetooth Speaker for $45.99 [Shipped]


by Michael McCarty

Dylan Direct via Amazon offers the Dylan COCOON Portable Bluetooth Speaker in Silver, Black, or Orange for $45.99 with free shipping. That's $84 off and the lowest total price we could find. This 10-watt speaker features a built-in mic, NFC technology, bass booster, and up to 33-foot wireless range.

Posted Monday, 06-Oct-2014 5:33 PM ET in Accessories     Post a comment

Today Only: Lexar 32GB JumpDrive TwistTurn USB 2.0 Flash Drive for $9.99 [Shipped via Prime] (expired)


by Michael McCarty

As one of its daily deals, Amazon offers Prime members the Lexar 32GB JumpDrive TwistTurn USB 2.0 Flash Drive, model no. LJDTT32GASBNA, for $9.99 with free shipping. (Non-members can spend $35 to qualify for free shipping; otherwise it adds $8.02.) That's the lowest total price we've ever seen. (It's also a current low by $15.) It features an LED activity light and hinged jacket. Deal ends today.

Posted Monday, 06-Oct-2014 06:35 AM ET in Flash Drives     Post a comment

Today Only: Lexar 64GB JumpDrive TwistTurn USB 2.0 Flash Drive for $19.99 [Shipped via Prime] (expired)


by Michael McCarty

As one of its daily deals, Amazon offers Prime members the Lexar 64GB JumpDrive TwistTurn USB 2.0 Flash Drive, model no. LJDTT64GASBNA, for $19.99 with free shipping. (Non-members can spend $35 to qualify for free shipping; otherwise it adds $8.02.) That's the lowest total price we could find by $20. It features an LED activity light and hinged jacket. Deal ends today.

Posted Monday, 06-Oct-2014 06:30 AM ET in Flash Drives     Post a comment

Seagate 2TB Backup Plus USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive for $80.99 [Shipped via Visa] (expired)


by Michael McCarty

Newegg offers the Seagate 2TB Backup Plus USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive in Silver, model no. STDR2000101, for $89.99. Apply coupon code VISACHECKOUT and pay through Visa Checkout to cut it to $80.99. With free shipping, that's $4 under our mention from a month ago and the lowest total price we've seen. (It's a current low by $19.) This drive is compatible with Windows and Mac and features an 18" USB cable and pre-loaded backup software. Deal ends October 31.

Posted Sunday, 05-Oct-2014 5:23 PM ET in Hard Drives     Post a comment

Unlocked Samsung Galaxy S5 16GB Quad-Core Android Smartphone for $449.99 [Shipped] (expired)


by Michael McCarty

BuyDig via eBay offers the Unlocked Samsung Galaxy S5 16GB Quad-Core Android Smartphone, model no. SM-G900H, in White (pictured) or Black for $449.99 with free shipping. That's the lowest total price we've seen. (It's a current price low by $88.) It features a 5.1 inch 1920x1080 AMOLED touchscreen display, 2GB RAM, 16GB internal storage, 802.11ac dual-band wireless, 16-megapixel rear-facing camera, 2-megapixel front facing camera, microSD card slot, Bluetooth 4.0, and Android 4.4.2 (KitKat). Deal ends October 9.

Posted Saturday, 04-Oct-2014 6:34 PM ET in Cell Phones     Post a comment

Arctic Supra-Aural Folding Bluetooth Stereo Headset for $14.99 [Shipped] (expired)


by Michael McCarty

Newegg offers the Arctic Supra-Aural Folding Bluetooth Stereo Headset in Black, model no. P253BT, for $19.99. Coupon code CEWK2321 cuts it to $14.99. With free shipping, that's the lowest total price we could find by $5. This foldable headset features up to 30 hours of listening/talk time, a microphone, and a frequency response of 18Hz to 22kHz. Deal ends October 4.

Posted Friday, 03-Oct-2014 5:43 PM ET in Accessories     Post a comment

Refurbished Dell Latitude 14.1 Laptop for $134.99 [Shipped via Visa] (expired)


by Michael McCarty

Newegg offers the refurbished Dell Latitude D620 Intel Core 2 Duo 1.66GHz 14.1 Inch Laptop for $149.99. Apply coupon code VISACHECKOUT and pay via Visa Checkout to drop it to $134.99. With free shipping, that's the lowest total price we've seen. Features include an Intel Core 2 Duo 1.66GHz dual-core processor, 14 Inch LCD display, 2GB RAM, 120GB hard drive, DVD/CD-RW combo drive, 802.11n wireless, USB, and Windows 7 Home Premium. Deal ends October 31.

Posted Friday, 03-Oct-2014 5:32 PM ET in Laptops/Netbooks     Post a comment

Refurbished Dell Latitude 14.1 Inch Laptop for $264.99 [Shipped via Visa] (expired)


by Michael McCarty

Newegg offers the refurbished 4.7-lb. Dell Latitude E5410 Intel Core i5 2.6GHz 14.1 Inch Laptop for $284.99. Apply coupon code VISACHECKOUT and pay via Visa Checkout to drop it to $264.99. With free shipping, that's the lowest total price we've seen for a 14 inch Latitude laptop with this CPU. It features an Intel Core i5-2540M 2.6GHz Sandy Bridge dual-core processor, 14.1 inch LCD, 4GB RAM, 160GB hard drive, DVD-ROM, 802.11n wireless, webcam, and Windows 7 Professional 64-bit. Deal ends October 31.

Posted Thursday, 02-Oct-2014 5:28 PM ET in Laptops/Netbooks     Post a comment

Overstocktober Sale


by Michael McCarty

Overstock takes up to 55% off a large selection of home items as part of its Overstocktober Sale. Plus, get an extra 15% off select items when you add one to your cart, yielding prices as low as $3.82. Shipping adds $2.95, or get free shipping with orders of $50 or more. Choose from rugs, pet items, curtains, featherbeds, sheets, towels, and lighting.

Posted Wednesday, 01-Oct-2014 5:59 PM ET in Miscellaneous     Post a comment

Newegg Coupon: 10 Percent Off Entire Purchase Via Visa Checkout (expired)


by Michael McCarty

Newegg takes 10% off your entire purchase when you apply coupon code VISACHECKOUT and checkout with Visa Checkout. (A maximum discount of $20 applies.) Plus, most orders receive free shipping. Some exclusions may apply. Coupon expires October 31. Click the provided link to start adding items to your cart!

Posted Wednesday, 01-Oct-2014 5:33 PM ET in Miscellaneous     Post a comment

Up to 93 Percent Off electronics During The eBay Deal Frenzy


by Michael McCarty

eBay takes up to 93% off hundreds of items during its Deal Frenzy Sale. Plus, most orders qualify for free shipping. Choose from laptops, HDTVs, smartphones, cameras, watches, and more. Click the provided link to start shopping!

Posted Wednesday, 01-Oct-2014 5:31 PM ET in Miscellaneous     Post a comment

Refurbished Toshiba Satellite 15.6 Inch Touchscreen Laptop for $299.58 [Shipped]


by Michael McCarty

Toshiba via eBay offers the factory-refurbished, 5.3-lb. Toshiba Satellite C55DT-A5307 AMD A6 2GHz 15.6 Inch Touchscreen Laptop in Satin Black, model no. PSCFWU-02000DB, for $299.58 with free shipping. That's the lowest total price we could find. It features an AMD A6-5200M 2GHz quad-core processor, 15.6 inch 1366x768 LED-backlit touchscreen display, 4GB RAM, 500GB hard drive, DVD burner, 802.11n wireless, webcam, media card reader, USB 3.0, HDMI, 6-cell battery, and Windows 8. A 90-day Toshiba warranty applies.

Posted Wednesday, 01-Oct-2014 5:26 PM ET in Laptops/Netbooks     Post a comment

Big Bang Theory items On Sale at ThinkGeek


by Michael McCarty

ThinkGeek takes $10 off Big Bang Theory orders of $40 or more via coupon code MEEMAw. Alternatively, cut 20% off $50 or more, 25% off $100 or more or 30% off $150 or more via code BAMBAM. Shipping starts at around $6, or spend over $75 to bag free shipping. There are some great Christmas items here!

Posted Tuesday, 30-Sep-2014 8:43 PM ET in Miscellaneous     Post a comment

Sennheiser HD 280 PRO Over-the-Ear Headphones for $71.95 [Shipped via Visa]


by Michael McCarty

Newegg offers the Sennheiser HD 280 PRO Over-the-Ear Headphones for $79.95. Apply coupon code VISACHECKOUT and pay with Visa Checkout to drop it to $71.95. With free shipping, that's the lowest total price we've seen. (It's also $8 under the best price we could find for a used one; this one's new.) They feature a frequency response of 8Hz to 25kHz, 64 ohms impedance, and up to 32dB of ambient noise attenuation.

Posted Tuesday, 30-Sep-2014 8:17 PM ET in Accessories     Post a comment

Refurbished Dell Latitude 14.1 Inch Laptop for $264.99 [Shipped via Visa] (expired)


by Michael McCarty

Newegg offers the refurbished 4.7-lb. Dell Latitude E5410 Intel Core i5 2.6GHz 14.1 Inch Laptop for $284.99. Apply coupon code VISACHECKOUT and pay via Visa Checkout to drop it to $264.99. With free shipping, that's the lowest total price we've seen for a 14 inch Latitude laptop with this CPU. It features an Intel Core i5-2540M 2.6GHz Sandy Bridge dual-core processor, 14.1 inch LCD, 4GB RAM, 160GB hard drive, DVD-ROM, 802.11n wireless, webcam, and Windows 7 Professional 64-bit. Deal ends October 31.

Posted Tuesday, 30-Sep-2014 6:14 PM ET in Laptops/Netbooks     Post a comment

Up to 60 Percent Off musical instruments at Amazon


by Michael McCarty

Amazon cuts up to 60% off a selection of musical instruments as part of its Fall Outlet Event. Plus, Prime members receive free shipping. (Non-members can spend $35 or more to qualify for free shipping; otherwise, it starts at around $5.) Click the provided to shop all items currently on sale.

Posted Tuesday, 30-Sep-2014 6:10 PM ET in Miscellaneous     Post a comment

Apple iPad Air 32GB WiFi Tablet with Retina Display for $489.99 [Shipped]


by Michael McCarty

Blutek via eBay offers the Apple iPad Air 32GB WiFi Tablet with Retina Display in Space Gray, model no. MD786LL/A, or White, model no. MD789LL/A, for $489.99 with free shipping. That's the lowest total price we could find by $60.

Posted Tuesday, 30-Sep-2014 6:04 PM ET in Portable Devices     Post a comment

Up to 70 Percent Off Headphones at Amazon


by Michael McCarty

Amazon takes up to 70% off a selection of headphones during its Fall Outlet Event. Plus, Prime members receive free shipping. (Non-members can spend $35 or more to qualify for free shipping; otherwise, it starts at around $5.) Click the provided link to see all headphones currently on sale.

Posted Tuesday, 30-Sep-2014 5:51 PM ET in Accessories     Post a comment

Refurbished Toshiba Satellite 15.6 Inch Laptop for $357.75 [Shipped]


by Michael McCarty

Toshiba via eBay continues to offer its factory-refurbished 4.85-lb. Toshiba Satellite C55T-B5109 Intel Haswell Core i3 15.6 Inch Laptop, model no. PSCLYU-008002B, for $357.75 with free shipping. That's the lowest total price we could find by $12. Features include an Intel Haswell i3-4005U dual-core processor, 15.6 inch 1366x768 LED-backlit touchscreen display, 4GB RAM, 750GB 5400 rpm hard drive, 802.11n wireless, Bluetooth 4.0, 4-cell battery, and Windows 8.1. A 90-day Toshiba warranty applies.

Posted Tuesday, 30-Sep-2014 5:44 PM ET in Laptops/Netbooks     Post a comment

Big Savings During The Fall Outlet Event At Amazon


by Michael McCarty

Amazon cuts up to 70% off a wide selection of items during its Fall Outlet Event. Plus, Prime members receive free shipping. (Non-members can spend $35 or more to qualify for free shipping; otherwise, it starts at around $5.) Click the provided link to shop all items in this sale.

Posted Tuesday, 30-Sep-2014 5:36 PM ET in Miscellaneous     Post a comment

Blue Microphones Yeti USB Microphone for $86 [Shipped]


by Michael McCarty

Musician's Friend offers the Blue Microphones Yeti USB Microphone in Silver for $106. Coupon code EXCLUSIVE cuts it to $86. With free shipping, that's $4 under our mention of a different color from six days ago and the lowest total price we could find by $19. It features three condenser capsules, four patterns, gain control, a mute button, and headphone output. It's compatible with PC and Mac.

Posted Tuesday, 30-Sep-2014 5:22 PM ET in Accessories     Post a comment

2-Pack ADATA Premier 32GB UHS-I Class 10 microSDHC Memory Cards for $24.99 [Shipped]


by Michael McCarty

Newegg offers a 2-Pack of ADATA Premier 32GB UHS-I Class 10 microSDHC Memory Cards, model no. AUSDH32GUICL10-RA1, for $24.99 with free shipping. That's the lowest total price we could find for this quantity by $13. Each includes an SD adapter.

Posted Monday, 29-Sep-2014 7:49 PM ET in Memory Cards     Post a comment

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by Michael McCarty

Satisfaction Assured via eBay offers the iRulu 7 Inch 8GB WiFi Android Tablet in nine colors for $42.99 with free shipping. That's the lowest total price we could find by $4. (It's also a very low price for a new 7 inch 8GB Android tablet in general.) Features include a 7 inch 800x400 touchscreen LCD, Allwinner A23 Dual Core 1.5GHz processor, 512MB RAM, 8GB flash storage, microSD card slot, micro USB, 802.11g wireless, 2,800mAh battery, and Android 4.2 OS (Jelly Bean).

Posted Monday, 29-Sep-2014 6:02 PM ET in *Site News     Post a comment

Sennheiser PMX95 Supra-Aural Behind-the-Neck Headphones for $29.99 [Shipped] (expired)


by Michael McCarty

Newegg offers the Sennheiser PMX95 Supra-Aural Behind-the-Neck Headphones in Black for $69.99. Coupon code EMCPAHA522 cuts the price to $29.99. With free shipping, that's the lowest total price we could find by $40. They feature rotating ear cups and a 3.5mm jack. Deal ends September 30.

Posted Monday, 29-Sep-2014 5:35 PM ET in Accessories     Post a comment

Seagate Backup 4TB USB 3.0 External Hard Drive for $116.99 [Shipped via Visa] (expired)


by Michael McCarty

Newegg offers the Seagate Backup 4TB USB 3.0 External Hard Drive, model no. STDT4000100, for $129.99. (This price will appear at checkout.) Apply coupon code VISACHECKOUT and checkout with Visa Checkout to drop the price to $116.99. With free shipping, that's the lowest total price we've ever seen. (It's also a current low by $12.) It features mobile backup via an app for both iOS and Android devices. Deal ends September 30.

Posted Monday, 29-Sep-2014 5:31 PM ET in Hard Drives     Post a comment

Blue Microphones Yeti USB Microphone for $89.99 [Shipped] (expired)


by Michael McCarty

The Digital Pavilion via eBay offers the Blue Microphones Yeti USB Microphone in Black for $89.99 with free shipping. That's the lowest total price we could find for this microphone in any color by $15. It features three condenser capsules, four patterns, gain control, mute button, and headphone output. It's compatible with PC and Mac. Deal ends September 29 at 11 am ET.

Posted Saturday, 27-Sep-2014 5:28 PM ET in Accessories     Post a comment

Some Notes About VoiceOver Fixes and Bugs in iOS 8


by Bryan Smart

With the release of iOS 8 comes a new version of the included VoiceOver screen reader. The new VoiceOver includes many fixes for several long-standing bugs, but, sadly, also includes many new bugs.

Quickly after the release of iOS 8, Apple released iOS 8.0.2. This version included fixes for several issues that were discovered after the initial release of iOS 8, but few VoiceOver bugs were included in the update.

For users of the oldest devices capable of running iOS 8, including the iPhone 4S, iPad 2, and iPad 3, frequent VoiceOver crashes have been reported. On these older devices, switching to the compact version of the VoiceOver voices eliminates most all of these crashes. However, if you have one of these older devices, and haven't yet upgraded, you will likely be better served by staying with the faster VoiceOver performance of iOS 7. Feature and bug lists courtesy AppleVis

Posted Saturday, 27-Sep-2014 11:21 AM ET in News     1 comment

KNFB Reader Brings Premium OCR to iOS Devices


by Bryan Smart

The highly anticipated KNFB Reader app for iOS converts printed text into high quality speech to provide accurate, fast, and efficient access to both single and multiple page documents with the tap of a button on iPhone 5, 5C, and 5S.

The app includes many features that make it possible for blind users to obtain better reading results than other low-cost reading apps. A Field of View Report function helps to insure that you have positioned the phone's camera so that the entire document is visible. Vibration cues from the phone help you to be certain that the phone is completely level before scanning a document. Analysis functions automatically correct for many situations where documents are scanned at angles, such as signs.

Scanned documents can be read aloud with synthetic speech, including voices from Acapella, or read on your Braille display. Individuals with print disabilities will benefit from the synchronized speech and text highlighting capabilities.

As of this writing, owners of the app are reporting great recognition results, though some iPhone 6 Plus and iPad users are reporting sluggish behavior. The developers say that the problems are related to iOS 8, and will be fixed soon. The iPad, like the iPhone 4S, will run the app, but is not officially supported, and recognition results are inferior.

For a demonstration of the app, including video of it being used, look here.

Another demonstration (audio only) is here.

Another audio demonstration is available in two parts: part 1 and part 2.

Posted Friday, 26-Sep-2014 10:46 PM ET in News     Post a comment

Fred Gissoni 1930-2014, The Loss of a Legend


by Michael McCarty

Blind Bargains extends its sympathy to the family and friends of Fred Gissoni, who retired from the American Printing House for the Blind in 2011 after 23 years of service.

Fred L. Gissoni was 84 years old and lived in the Crescent Hill area of Louisville, Kentucky. Fred contributed 60 years of service to people who are blind and visually impaired. Fred was known across the United States and around the world for his brilliant intellect, inventiveness, and impish sense of humor. He was born in New Jersey. Blind since birth, he did not, as he told it, go to one of the five widely renowned schools for the blind in that area, but rather, to a resource room in a public school, first in Garfield, NJ, and later in Hackensack. He was interested in amateur radio at age six or seven, and that marked the beginning of a lifelong passion for all things technical. He passed away Sunday, September 21, 2014.

In 1956, Fred took a job with a subsection of Kentucky's Department of Education. His boss was the legendary Tim Cranmer. Gissoni and Cranmer learned the abacus together, and Gissoni wrote detailed instructions for its use. That book, Using the Cranmer Abacus, is still available from the American Printing House, as is the abacus itself. Fred also wrote and taught a course on use of the abacus for the Hadley School for the Blind.

In terms of the technology blind people are using today, what stands out most notably in the work of Fred Gissoni would probably be the development of the Pocketbraille and Portabraille, collaborations of Fred Gissoni and Wayne Thompson, while the two were colleagues at the Kentucky Department for the Blind.

The Pocketbraille was built to be housed in a videocassette box (one for a VHS cassette, which was state-of-the-art in the mid 1980s.) One could enter data from a Perkins-style keyboard and hear it spoken through speech. When Fred learned of a braille display manufacturer in Italy, the project grew into a refreshable braille device called Portabraille. The Kentucky Department made only 12 Portabraille units -- two of which enabled blind people to retain their jobs. Rather than making a profit from the machines themselves, Gissoni and Thompson sold the detailed instructions for building the device for $5. Deane Blazie's interest in those plans, led to the birth of the Braille 'n Speak.

Fred was particularly proud of the Janus Slate, the double-sided interline braille slate that holds a three-by-five index card for brailling on both sides. When asked about the name of this product, he said, Well, Janus was the Roman God of portals. But I like to tell people that he was the Roman God of braille, and since we didn't actually have braille for several hundred more years, he didn't have much to do. That is vintage Fred Gissoni banter.

Other inventions he developed for APH were also small items including a pocket braille calendar and a gadget he called FoldRite, which simplified folding an 8-1/2 by 11 sheet of paper into thirds. When asked about his accomplishments, one of the things he mentioned his introducing Larry Skutchan to APH.

Fred always used an abacus and was never without a slate and stylus. Batteries die and chips fail, he said simply. On the Fred's Head web site, APH refers to him as a legend. He shared his tips, techniques, knowledge, genius, and generous spirit with blind people everywhere for more than 80 years. Fred's world of knowledge eventually became what is now the Fred's Head from APH blog.

Chec out a 2009 interview with Fred from Deborah Kendrick in AFB's AccessWorld.

Chec out a 2009 interview with Fred from Deborah Kendrick in AFB's AccessWorld.

A memorial service is being planned for the near future. In lieu of flowers, contributions are requested to American Printing House for the Blind, UCHM for food, or the Crescent Hill United Methodist Church. See more and sign his guest book at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/louisville/obituary.aspx?n=fred-l-gissoni&pid=172536773&fhid=10680#sthash.DC1xF6rC.dpuf.

Posted Thursday, 25-Sep-2014 8:00 PM ET in Articles     Post a comment

Bose QuietComfort 15 Acoustic Noise-Cancelling Headphones for $249.96 [Shipped]


by Michael McCarty

Amazon offers the Bose QuietComfort 15 Acoustic Noise-Cancelling Headphones, model no. 370509-0010, for $249.96 with free shipping. That's the lowest total price we could find by $19. They feature a tri-port acoustic headphone structure, detachable audio cable, in-line remote and microphone, and fold-flat ear cups for storage.

Posted Thursday, 25-Sep-2014 6:32 PM ET in Accessories     Post a comment

Unlocked Samsung Galaxy S4 Active Android Smartphone for $299.99 [Shipped]


by Michael McCarty

Qualitycellz via eBay offers the Unlocked Samsung Galaxy S4 Active Android Smartphone in Gray, model no. I537, for $299.99 with free shipping. That's the lowest total price we've seen for a new model. (It's also a current low by $65. In addition to being able to survive in three feet of water for up to 30 minutes, it features a 5 inch 1920x1080 Gorilla Glass touchscreen, Snapdragon 1.9GHz quad-core processor, 2GB RAM, 16GB memory, 8-megapixel rear camera (with an "Aqua Mode" for underwater pictures), 2-megapixel front camera, 1080p video capture, GPS, Bluetooth 4.0, 802.11n wireless, and Google Android 4.2.2 OS (Jelly Bean).

Posted Thursday, 25-Sep-2014 6:16 PM ET in Cell Phones     Post a comment

80 Android apps for Free at Amazon (expired)


by Michael McCarty

If you're feeling a bit adventurous, the Amazon Appstore has cut
80 Android apps
to free. The selection includes games, office software, and photography apps. We have not tested any of these apps for accessibility, there will be some that are not accessible. You might find a hidden gem in this free offer! Sale ends September 27.

Posted Thursday, 25-Sep-2014 5:39 PM ET in Miscellaneous     Post a comment

Vera Bradley at eBay: Up to 77% off (expired)


by Michael McCarty

Vera Bradley via eBay cuts up to 77% off select handbags, totes, wallets, and more, with prices from $3.99. Shipping adds $8, or spend $65 or more to bag free shipping. (Select items may also be eligible for free shipping.) Deal ends September 27 at 9 pm ET.

Posted Thursday, 25-Sep-2014 5:28 PM ET in Apparel     Post a comment

Refurbished Toshiba Satellite 15.6 Inch Laptop for $357.75 [Shipped]


by Michael McCarty

Toshiba via eBay continues to offer its factory-refurbished 4.85-lb. Toshiba Satellite C55T-B5109 Intel Haswell Core i3 15.6 Inch Laptop, model no. PSCLYU-008002B, for $357.75 with free shipping. That's $178 off list, and the lowest total price we could find. Features include an Intel Haswell i3-4005U dual-core processor, 15.6 inch 1366x768 LED-backlit touchscreen display, 4GB RAM, 750GB 5400 rpm hard drive, 802.11n wireless, Bluetooth 4.0, 4-cell battery, and Windows 8.1. A 90-day Toshiba warranty applies.

Posted Thursday, 25-Sep-2014 5:28 PM ET in Laptops/Netbooks     Post a comment

Kingston 64GB DataTraveler microDuo USB 3.0 On-The-Go Flash Drive for $29.99


by Michael McCarty

Newegg offers the Kingston 64GB DataTraveler microDuo USB 3.0 On-The-Go Flash Drive, model no. DTDUO3, for $35.99. Coupon code EMCPAHG229 cuts it to $29.99. With 99 cents shipping, that's the lowest total price we could find by $2. It features up to 70MB/s read speeds and up to 15MB/s write speeds.

Posted Wednesday, 24-Sep-2014 6:37 PM ET in Flash Drives     Post a comment

Laptop Cases and Bags On Sale at Newegg


by Michael McCarty

Newegg takes 20% off select laptop cases and bags via coupon code EMCPAHG97. Plus, most of these items bag free shipping. Click the provided link to start shopping this sale.

Posted Wednesday, 24-Sep-2014 5:52 PM ET in Apparel     Post a comment

Refurbished Dell Latitude D620 14.1 Inch Laptop for $149.99 [Shipped]


by Michael McCarty

Newegg offers the refurbished Dell Latitude D620 Intel Core 2 Duo 1.66GHz 14.1 Inch Laptop for $149.99 with free shipping. That's the lowest total price we could find. Features include an Intel Core 2 Duo 1.66GHz dual-core processor, 14 inch LCD display, 2GB RAM, 120GB hard drive, DVD/CD-RW combo drive, 802.11n wireless, USB, and Windows 7 Home Premium.

Posted Wednesday, 24-Sep-2014 5:47 PM ET in Laptops/Netbooks     Post a comment

Today Only: Samsung Galaxy Prevail 2 No-Contract Android Smartphone for Boost Mobile for $69.99 [Shi (expired)


by Michael McCarty

As one of its daily deals, Best Buy offers the Samsung Galaxy Prevail 2 No-Contract Android Smartphone for Boost Mobile in White, model no. M840, for $69.99 with free shipping. That's the lowest total price we could find by $10. It features a 4 inch 480x800 touchscreen, Qualcomm MSM8655 Snapdragon S2 1.46GHz processor, 4GB memory, 5-megapixel rear camera, 1.3-megapixel front camera, Bluetooth 4.0, 802.11n wireless, and Android 4.1 OS (Jelly Bean). Deal ends today.

Posted Wednesday, 24-Sep-2014 5:20 PM ET in Cell Phones     Post a comment

iPhone 6 Accessories On Sale at eBay (expired)


by Michael McCarty

Several third-party sellers via eBay are cutting up to 60% off a selection of Apple iPhone 6 accessories, with deals starting from 90 cents. Plus, coupon code CELLSAVE5 takes an extra $5 off orders of $20 or more when you checkout via Paypal. Plus, all items bag free shipping.Deal ends September 25 at 3 am ET.

Posted Wednesday, 24-Sep-2014 01:40 AM ET in Cell Phones     Post a comment

Unlocked Sony Xperia ZL Lte C6506 GSM Android Smartphone for $309 [Shipped]


by Michael McCarty

imobilePhonex via eBay offers the Unlocked Sony Xperia ZL Lte C6506 GSM Android Smartphone in Black, model no. 1270-6439, for $309 with free shipping. That's the lowest total price we've seen for this phone in any color. (It's also a current price low in any color by $21.) This GSM smartphone features a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 1.5GHz quad core processor, 5 inch 1080x1920 touchscreen, 2GB RAM, 16GB internal storage, 13-megapixel rear-facing camera, 1080p video recording, and Android 4.1 OS (Jelly Bean).

Posted Tuesday, 23-Sep-2014 6:30 PM ET in Cell Phones     Post a comment

Refurbished Unlocked Apple iPhone 5 16GB GSM Smartphone for $410 [Shipped]


by Michael McCarty

Factory Certified via eBay offers the factory-refurbished Unlocked Apple iPhone 5 16GB GSM Smartphone in Black, model no. MD293LL/A, or White, model no. MD294LL/A, for $410 with free shipping. That's the lowest total price we've seen for this model. (It's also $94 under the price of a new unit.) Each is covered by a 1-year Apple warranty.

Posted Tuesday, 23-Sep-2014 5:41 PM ET in Cell Phones     Post a comment

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