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Breaking: NFB Revokes AccessiBe Convention Sponsorship



The National Federation of the Blind has revoked the convention sponsorship an benefits from AccessiBee, due to questionable business practices by the company.

Accessible game Serania: path of the Scion Available for Android and iOS



Read on to find out about a new accessible rpg, Serania: Path of the Scion, available now for both iOS and Android

Uber and Lyft offering free or discounted vaccination transportation between now and July 4



In partnership with the White House's initiative to vaccinate 70% of Americans by July 4, Uber and Lyft will offer free or discounted transportation to vaccination sites nationwide between now and then. Read on to find out the particulars of each company's offer and how to access them.

#GAAD: Apple's Image Recognition is About to Get Much More Descriptive



Apple has announced improvements to VoiceOver's image recognition features among other forthcoming updates, as a part of a Global Accessibility Awareness Day press release.

New #GAAD Foundation Seeks to Amplify the Importance of Universal Accessibility



On the 10th anniversary of Global Accessibility awareness Day, a new nonprofit seeks to take accessibility awareness to the next level and further embed it within organizational culture.

#GAAD: GoodMaps Goes More Global with UK Expansion



GoodMaps has brought their free outdoor and indoor navigation app to the United Kingdom and Ireland. The successor to Nearby Explorer has been available in North America since last fall.

Accessible applications to manage your screen time with cold Turkey



I've reviewed your options for managing screen time with iOS, but until recently, did not believe there was an accessible way to do this on windows.

Windows does have solutions to measure screen time built in. However, these are mostly geared towards family screen time management. Options for an individual user to manage their onscreen time are sorely lacking natively. There is no option to set specific apps as active, choose how long you spent in each app, or temporarily blocked distracting apps and web sites.

Recommended by Zapier on this list of The 7 best apps to help you focus and block distractions, The suite of apps by cold Turkey software attempts to change this. Fortunately, unlike other apps of its kind, these are also accessible.

Cold Turkey offers three different apps that tackle the problem in slightly different ways. First, cold Turkey blocker lets you designate apps and web sites as off - limits either for a particular interval of time, until the computer is restarted, or until a password is entered. Cold Turkey Micromanager takes the opposite approach, instead allowing you to choose the apps you want to be able to access at any given time and blocking everything else. Finally, Cold Turkey Writer is a minimalist text editor which forces you to focus on the active document.

Read on for a walkthrough of using all three apps, features, pricing, and of course, accessibility.

Attend the Free Virtual Coding Symposium Sponsored by APH



APH will be sponsoring a free symposium for educators, students, and coating professionals Tuesday, May 11 through Friday, May 14. It is free to attend, features panels and talks from blind and visually impaired coders throughout the industry, and will provide resources for blind and visually impaired students and educators. There will be opportunities to win cash prizes and Amazon gift cards as well.


Deals

2 Pack Tile Pro 2020, Echo Dot 4th Generation, and a Smart Lightbulb for $69.99 w/ Free Shipping



Best Buy has the Tile Pro 2020 2-pack item tracker in Black/White, and Amazon Echo Dot 4th Generation Smart speaker in Twilight Blue and a Sengled Smart Bluetooth Mesh LED Multicolor A19 Bulb for $69.99. The bulb will show once adding the Tile/Dot to your cart. Shipping is free, or select free in-store pickup.
A free 3 month subscription to SiriusXM is also included with the purchase of the Dot FOR NEW SUBSCRIBERS. The items would cost nearly $123 if purchased separately, not counting the subscription. Tiles are a great way to find luggage, keys, or other valuables. Deal likely ends July 24.

Score some Tech Deals with the Summer of Tech Auction



An iPad, 2 smart televisions, a Victor Reader Trek, and a smart air fryer are among the items you could win by bidding in the Summer of Tech Auction.

6.6 Foot USB Type C to Type C Cables for $3 with Free Shipping



Monoprice has the Monoprice Essentials USB Type-C to Type-C 3.1 Gen 1 Cable for $3. Shipping is free. USB Type C is used on many modern laptops and Android devices. Note this particular cable has a Type C plug on both ends. The cable length is 6.6feet.

Sennheiser AMBEO Smart 3D Sound Recording Headset for $99.99 & Free Shipping



alwayz-on-sale via Amazon has the Sennheiser AMBEO Smart Headset for $99.99. This wired headset, which allows you to record in 3D audio and works with iOS, originally sold for nearly $300.
Joe reviewed this pair earlier this summer, where you can hear the types of recordings that are possible.

New Customers: Up to $28 off Snacks and Convenience Items from goPuff



New customers can get up to $28 off their first 4 orders ($7 per order) from goPuff by using this referral link.


Podcasts

Blind Bargains Virtual Exhibit Hall Audio: 2021 An Audio Description Oddessy With Judy Dixon



So, the title of this interview infers that there will be some discussion of audio description within this conversation. And there is, we promise. But can you really blame J.J. for being nostalgic when talking to the author of more than 14 NBP
books, and soon to be a retiree, Judy Dixon? UEB and Web Braille are some of the topics covered before the pair move on to her latest book Audio Description: What It Is, Where to Find It, and How to Use It"". Listen in, or read below, as Judy talks about the "independence of Braille" and how it impacted her journey with technology throughout her career. To purchase the book, visit the National Braille Press Bookstore page And to reach Judy directly, send an email along to judy@judydixon.net

Blind Bargains Virtual Exhibit Hall 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>.

Blind Bargains Virtual Exhibit Hall Audio: Feeling Magnetic With Creative Arts And TouchPad Pro



The Etch A Sketch and Spirograph are some of the most successful toys available for introducing young people to the world of art. However, there are not many touch friendly equivalents for those searching for a tactile based option that would offer a similar experience to those classic toys. Daniel Seth Lubiner, Founder and CEO, and Brian K. Edwards, President and Chief Operating Officer, of TouchPad Pro Assistive Technology are out to change that by creating new products like the Braille Doodle and the TouchPad Pro. Hear the pair tell J.J. how these products were inspired by Braille students, transformed into an Indi Gogo project and how that process is leading to eventual product distribution. To learn more about the TouchPad Pro, visit this link to hear an audio described video of the introductory model. Additionally, to learn more about the company, visit the TouchPad Pro Assistive Technology website

Blind Bargains Virtual Exhibit Hall 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>.

Blind Bargains Virtual Exhibit Hall Audio: 9 + 1 Questions = Steven Scott Talking Tech



Steven Scott proudly proclaims to J.J. that he is indeed a "serial podcaster" during this interview. And it is hard to disagree with that statement when you consider the circumstances that led him to the place he finds himself with his career so far. Hear, or read the transcript below, as Steven regales J.J. with highlights from his more than 20 years of speaking into a microphone. Plus learn what is next for the RNIB, Double Tap and all-around Blind guy who talks tech. To keep up with Steven, and to get more information on his new podcast, follow him on Twitter @TechTalkerSteve

Blind Bargains Virtual Exhibit Hall 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>.

Blind Bargains Virtual Exhibit Hall Audio: Jobs For Humanity Are Building Bridges To Employment



Blind and Visually Impaired job seekers often must play a guessing game when it comes to the determination if a possible employment avenue will fit within their specific needs for access. That is why J.J. was eager to sit down with Roy Baladi, Founder at Jobs for Humanity, to explore how his organization is looking to build healthy bridges between employers and those interested in employment. Tune in, or read the transcript below, to learn where the drive to assist others came from and where the trajectory may lead to in the future. To know more about Jobs For Humanity, or to browse their postings, visit the Blind.Jobs website

Blind Bargains Virtual Exhibit Hall 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>.

Blind Bargains Virtual Exhibit Hall Audio: Fable Gives Product Testing Power to the People



J.J. notes at the top of this interview that the BBQast rarely interviews people within the Remediation and Testing sector of A.T. unless the subject of the interview stands out in a very crowded field. That is why he sat down with Samuel Proulx, Accessibility Evangelist for Fable, to discuss their unique approach to commercially available User Centric testing. In this chat you can hear how A.T. users of varying degrees of knowledge can embark on a pathway towards obtaining testing experience through resources provided by Fable. Additionally, those who are seeking something beyond automated testing can find a talent base curated by Fable from their growing community. To learn more about services offered by Fable, visit the company website or Follow them on Twitter @Makeitfable

Blind Bargains Virtual Exhibit Hall 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>.

Blind Bargains Virtual Exhibit Hall Audio: Increase Your Productivity With Vispero's Updated Background Reader



There are products on the market that are so well recognized for what they do that they truly need no introduction to fans of this podcast. But even long-time users of a phentermine for sale product might not be aware some aspects of their favorite Assistive Technology can undergo a slight change during a yearly release cycle. Shelly sat down with Matt Ater, Vice President of Corporate Business Development at Vispero, to talk about some of the recent changes that are coming in an update to ZoomText 2021. The pair discuss the importance of the new Zoomy digital assistant, how user settings now migrate between updated versions of ZT and Matt then demos the functionality of Background Reader. To learn more about ZoomText, Fusion or any of Freedom Scientific's Low Vision products, visit the FS website. Also, be sure to check out the Freedom Scientific Training channel on YouTube as it has tons of great resources on various Vispero products.

Blind Bargains Virtual Exhibit Hall 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>.

Blind Bargains Virtual Exhibit Hall Audio: Brailliant BI X Marks The Spot For Humanware



Our virtual convention coverage is in full swing, with a deep dive into the happenings at Humanware. Joining J.J. in the simulated Exhibit Hall is Peter Tucic, Blindness Products Brand Ambassador, for his first interview in front of the BBQast microphones. The pair discuss all the features in the new Brailliant BI 20X and 40x units along with how they differ from the APH models. They then turn their attention to the Victor Reader Trek and its most recent GPS update. But that is just the tip of the iceberg as they cover more ground, including the recent service outage. To learn more, join the BI-X mailing list at brailliant-bi-x-users+subscribe@groups.io or visit the Humanware website

Blind Bargains Virtual Exhibit Hall coverage is Brought to you by AFB AccessWorld.

For the latest news and accessibility information on mainstream and access technology, Apple, Google, Microsoft, and Amoxil 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.

Blind Bargains #Sponsored Audio: Maps with a Mission with the Free GoodMaps App



As we lead up to our exhibit hall coverage for 2021, we start with an extended interview and deep dive into GoodMaps. Thanks for listening.

Sponsor; Goodmaps, Maps with a Mission

J.J. interviews GoodMaps’ CEO, Jose Gaztambide to learn about the evolution and
exciting developments at GoodMaps. Tune in to learn more about GoodMaps’ indoor
positioning technology, the philosophy behind developments, and their vision for
the next five years.

J.J. also gives listeners a detailed demonstration of GoodMaps’ free iOS and
Android app, called GoodMaps Explore, with both outdoor and indoor
functionality, by going through pieces of the audio
tutorial
that
he and Mike May created. You can experience various features first-hand, to name
a couple, location description, getting warmer, and customization settings.

To learn more:


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Wanting to sell a Lenovo Thinkpad-P50 for $400, shipping included.


Hey everyone, I have a fully functional Lenovo Thinkpad-P50 that I'm wanting to sell for $400. The specs are: Intel Core I7 6700HQ processor at 2.6GHZ. 4 cores, 8 threads. Turbo boost to 3.5GHZ. 8GB of DDR4 ram, upgradable to 64GB. 1TB SSD with Windows 10 pro installed. Will come with the original charger. I accept PayPal and Apple Cash. Thanks, have a great day!

Enabling Juliet Pro 60 Embosser


Enabling Juliet Pro 60 Embosser. Machine has barely been used and is in great condition. This embosser supports interpoint (double-sided) embossing, and USB, parallel, and ethernet connectivity. Shipping cost is dependent on location, roughly $120. Make me an offer!

handmade jewelry starting at just $5


I handcraft and sell jewelry that isfashionable yet suitable for every budget. I make stretch bracelets, charm dangle earrings, stretch anklets, and over the head stretch necklaces. The beads I use are a wide variety of materials and colors. No two pieces will be exactly alike. Bead materials include wood, acrylic, and glass. I can also include charms in a variety of themes such as animals, religion, nature, and music. I also offer disc charms on which I can include up to three Braille characters of your choosing. Bracelets and earrings are $5. Anklets cost $7, and necklaces cost $10. Shipping is $8.50 with tracking. I will provide discounts for the purchase of four or more items.

get your weekend off to a great start with "The Little Radio Station that Could!"


From the Little Radio Station that Could! The fun starts Thursdays 6 pm Pacific with Global Beat (Live) with Ann Sylvia as she plays Great world and jazz with pop thrown in. Dan Kysor presents "Anything Goes!" 6 pm offering a cool mix of varied music genres plus radio dramas, skits, comedy and a relaxing style. Expect the unexpected on this show. Fridays feature: 3 p.m. Aloha Friday playing the best of Hawaiian and tropical music. 4:00 P.M. The History of Rock "N" Roll - Serial documentary depicting the history of the birth and development of a musical revolution, Rock and Roll 5 p.m. The Saturday Cruisin Show (Replay) with Ann Sylvia - Music of the 60's, 70's 80's and beyond are featured here. Ann plays some very rare recordings. 7 P.M. Out of Site Oldies (Replay) with Kevin Shields presents a broad array of obscure and rare oldies covering several decades. This show is unlike any you will or have ever heard. 9 P.M. Super Mix - Spanning three decades- the 90s, 2000 and 2010s! Our Saturday Offers include: 6 a.m. Spinning the 70's! the decade covered in its entirety. Hear it to believe this great representation. 8 a.m. The Sounds of the 60's Playing over 10,000 in our 60s database, we will also focus on various year in that decade. 10 A.M. AHA! The 80s! All music of the decade played randomly featuring over 13,000 songs 1 p.m. The Saturday Cruisin Show (Live) with Ann Sylvia - Music of the 60's, 70's 80's and beyond are featured here. Ann plays some very rare recordings. 3 P.M. Out of Site Oldies with Kevin Shields presents a broad array of obscure and rare oldies covering several decades. This show is unlike any you will or have ever heard. 5 P.M. The History of Rock "N" Roll - Serial documentary depicting the history of the birth and development of a musical revolution, Rock and Roll 6:00 P.M. Anything Goes! (live) - Dan Kysor offers a cool mix of varied music genres plus radio dramas, skits, comedy and a relaxing style. Expect the unexpected on this show. FUBAR Saturday Night - 9:00 PM to 12 AM - A mixture of all kinds of music tastefully put forward by our station librarian and our station manager, enjoy the show along with Ann and Dan. For more information on our programming, DJ"s, DJ opportunities, our various streams and much more, go to www.thegridfm.com

BI14 and Actilino: $600 and $1000 Respectively


Good day: I am offering a BI14 which I purchased only months ago and have barely used, with Braille documentation, case, and charger. Also offering an Actilino 1.6 purchased in 2017; gently used; missing the magnetic piece on the charger but can be charged with a USB cable. $600 for BI14, $1000 for Actilino. $1400 if purchased together. Venmo or Apple Pay greatly preferred. For more info about the products, see links below: Actilino info: https://helptech.de/en/products/braille-displays-and-note-takers/braille-displays/actilino Brailliant (BI() 14 info: https://store.humanware.com/hus/brailliant-bi14-braille-display.html

New Programming Discord Server


Have you ever wanted to learn programming but you are stuck? Join the programming for everyone discord server where you may ask questions and interact with others. In addition, events and other discussions will happen from time to time. Joining is easy, you may visit the following link. https://discord.gg/ActaKX8GDV In addition, if you want to learn to program, I have put together a post of my favorite and accessible resources you may use to get started. https://taylorstechtalks.com/resources-for-learning-programming/


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