Microsoft has recently partnered with the Shepherd Center to recruit and pay users for research on their products and services.
The March update for JAWS 2018 has been posted, and the promised drivers for the Orbit Redaer 20 are now included along with a pile of additional changes.
Zoomax USA is the latest low-vision company to jump into the wearable device game, and is teasing a new product on their Twitter feed to be released at CSUN.
The next time you visit your local airport, grocery store, or university, you may be able to call an AIRA agent for free to receive help.
Video game maker EA has launched a new website to centralize accessibility resources for its games and provide a place for users to share feedback.
Just ahead of CSUN, HumanWare has released version 5.0 of the KeySoft software for the BrailleNote Touch.
Terrill Thompson has once again posted a completely accessible NCAA March Madness bracket which you can fill out and monitor.
Shipments of the Orbit Reader 20 refreshable braille display have been delayed until summer according to the latest news update from The American Printing House for the Blind.
eVitamins says Happy St. Patrick's Day by offering 17percent off the most expensive item in your cart. Use coupon code "SAINT17" to get the deal that ends March 19.
M_B_McCarty via eBay has the Handcrafted, wooden Stool Sample from Roger Schaf for $10.00 with free shipping. Roger Schaf is a visually impaired woodworker from Louisville, Kentucky. Imagine the reaction of your friends and coworkers when you hand them a spesamine bottle with your stool sample included. Inside, they will find a small, wooden stool! This novelty gift is great for anyone in the medical field, or for someone who just enjoys a good laugh.
Amazon offers Prime members the LEGO Holiday Easter Egg Hunt Building Kit for $14.59 with free shipping. That's the lowest price we could find by $4. It includes two minifigures and over 140 pieces.
Walmart offers the Fisher Price Laugh & Learn Toolbox Gift Set for $17.99. If possible, opt for in-store pickup to dodge the $5.99 shipping fee. That's the lowest price we could find by $16. It includes the toolbox, remote, and smart phone.
Amazon offers 8 Boxes Of Lindt Classic Assorted Dark Chocolates Gift Box (Chof-K Dairy) For $41.42 with free shipping. This was selling for $60.28 before the price started to drop. This gold gif box contains Dark Caramel Chews, Dark Pecan Caramel Classics and assorted dark chocolate Gourmet Truffles. Perfect for gifting and as an individual gourmet indulgence. Lindt. Chocolate beyond compare. Made in the USA.
Exclusively for Prime members, Amazon offers this Dog Food and Treats Sample Box bundled with an $11.99 Amazon Credit for $11.99 with free shipping. (The credit must be used towards purchases of similar dog food and treats.) Assuming you'll use the credit, that makes the sample box essentially free. Each box contains six or more samples from brands like Blue, Wellness, Hill's, and Canidae. Note: It's expected to ship in five to seven days.
Walmart offers the Pen+Gear 6-Sheet Cross Shredder for $24.88. If possible, opt for in-store pickup to avoid the $5.99 shipping fee. That's $15 off list and the lowest price we could find. It features ShredSafe easy feeding entry and four shredding modes.
Sweety Life via Amazon offers the Sweetylife Knee Pillow for Back Pain for $24.80. Coupon code "DFMLVHTG" cuts it to $12.65. Plus, Prime members receive free shipping. That's $12 off, and the lowest price we've seen. It features a memory foam design and zippered cover. Deal ends March 31.
The last show before we start our pilgrimage to the West coast has us thinking about long flights. J.J. in the spirit of the season, not Spirit Airlines mind you, takes us on a brief tour of an In Flight Entertainment System in this episode. Our Legal Correspondent is back for a listener email in "Sound Off" and we'll check in on one of the subjects from last week's "Last Word". Fold your tray tables and place your seats in the upright position... BBQ 137 is heading towards the runway.
Buddy Brannan is back and he is here to show off the new addition to his ever-growing Braille Display collection. We'll then delve into how non Google made Google Home units work. The tip will give you the need for speed, "Sound Off" has a request for Buddy and the "Last Word" will make you forget all about those Furbies from a few weeks ago.
It happened to be Pancake Day at the time of recording. We aren't sure if having some form of a pancake would be a good accompaniment for the show, however, expect to hear a lot more about pancakes the closer we get to CSUN. That's because Richard Walker's Pancake House is a "must find" in San Diego. Enough about food. This week we finish up our ATIA coverage with an interview with John Taylor from IRIE_AT about a new smartphone option, discuss Video Magnifiers in "Sound Off" and talk about pancakes in the "Last Word". Hey wait, how did that get there? Oh well, grab a pad of butter and slather on the syrup for episode 135 of the delicious BBQ.
This week we bring you a timely interview with David Bradburn, a person who is involved in one of the biggest stories of the year so far. We also have some great comments in the Sound Off" section, a tip and Joe finally talks about those iPhone chargers. The "Last Word" is Furby free. So relax and get ready for an amazing episode.
J.J. is once again transmitting from a location somewhere in New jersey. Hear his harrowing tale of food delivery throughout this episode. unrelatedly, but still involving hotel travel oddly enough, hear J.J. take a trip around the ATIA host hotel with Larry from APH and Indoor Explorer. News is back, so is "Sound Off" and a very timely tip rounds out the show.
It is always a treat when we can get someone to come on the show and talk about services and new hardware. This week Buddy Brannan joins Joe and Patrick to discuss not only a new Braille Display, a new Braille Embosser and even a new Android phone. He also provides some good insight into the news surrounding service animals and the airline industry. Then, Patrick talks about a new recorder that Joe will probably end up buying before CSUN. It is a jam packed episode of insighful comments and hardware reviews. And we think this will come as a shock to J.J. for sure that his absence from the show this week did not result in a gab fest about videogames or Microsoft.
Here we go, another year, another top 10 list. Join J.J., Joe, Shelly and Chancey as they roll through some of the bigger news that shook the Low Vision and Blindness technology field in the year that was 2017.
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Happy New Year and welcome to the first show of 2018. Traditionally, if you are a long time fan, you know the first show has been reserved for a glance back at the previous year's AT news. However, due to crazy schedules on everyone's part here at BBQ, we'll delay that look over our shoulder and talk about it as the focus for episode 131. This week we will assume the Discussion Topic" format as we cover J.J.'s recent trip to Vegas for the 2018 Consumer Electronic Show and Joe's review of the 12 pound Google Home Smart Speaker. We also have a tip, some quick thoughts in "Sound Off" and our first "Last Word of the year. This one is a little longer than usual because there was just so much to talk about.
I am selling a barely-used ElBraille 14 for $2,000, or best reasonable offer.
The unit comes with the docking station, and Focus 14 Blue display. Upon receipt, it will be running JAWS 2018 in 40-minute mode. The purchaser would need to authorize JAWS with their personal key.
The ElBraille is running the latest version of Windows 10, as well as the Microsoft Office suite. This machine is meant more for web browsing, checking email, using social media, media consumption, etc., as opposed to heavy multitasking. It offers the functionality of a Windows computer as well as the ability to jot quick text notes, or record quick audio notes with the press of a key. The battery life is quite impressive. I can easily get a few days out of this before needing to charge it.
It should be noted that the Focus 14 Blue can also be paired with a mobile device. It is possible to switch between the ElBraille and any second pairing without needing to separate the Focus. Should you need to use the display completely separate from the ElBraille, though, it can be done.
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New Magnetic USB Cables, etc!
In celebration of St. Patrick's Day we bring you some fine deals. Follow the rainbow to our special deals below:
Our latest exciting item for sale! This is great for those of you who have either a 2nd gen Victor Reader Stream or Trek. As some of you know the part of these players which fails the easiest is the charging port which can cost over $200 for humanware to fix! Well, we now have a great solution to keep this from happening to your 2nd gen Stream or Trek... It's a magnetic microUSB cable! Think of a regular USB cable, one end is the one you plug into your computer's USB port or into a wall charger. The other end has the part that goes into the device's charging port. That end which goes into the device connects to the rest of the USB cable magnetically so when done charging one just detaches the cable part of it and the magnetic tip stays plugged in the device. You never have to unplug it or plug it in again as it's already plugged in. If you didn't know it was there you wouldn't know about it as it sticks out just a tiny little bit. No strain is put on that very fragile seeming charging port ever again. This will also work with Sansa Clip Zip Talking Mp3 Players, Fire Tablets, any Android Phone/tablet, Samsung Haven/Gusto 3 or any other device with a microUSB charging port! We have them in three feet $13.99 and five feet $15.99 so choose the size you want in the combo box: http://www.talkingmp3players.com/Cables-and-Charging-Accessories_c_13.html
We have Victor Reader Treks and Streams ready to go just awaiting your order, we have the Fire tablets, Talking MP3 Players and Book readers, Plus lots of other devices such as Bluetooth transmitters and receivers and many other accessories for use with them.
First for our Daily Deal: Order now and get a free 16GB microSD card with your order of a Talking Book Reader! Just $229.99! http://www.talkingmp3players.com/Daily-Deals_ep_49-1.html
Our feature-packed new Talking Book Reader 2nd Edition which comes with the high quality Ivona voices built in and plays all sorts of unprotected files including Daisy books, eBooks, music, audio books, and even video files is a great choice for listening to audio content! Listen on its built-in speaker or on headphones! Connect it to your wifi for listening to internet radio stations and podcasts! Record from its built-in mic, external mic/line-in, FM stereo radio, and internet radio! All this and 14 hours of battery life for just $229.99! http://www.talkingmp3players.com/Talking-Daisy-Book-Media-Player-Newest-Edition_p_111.html
Get the introduction to the Talking Book Reader 2nd Edition at the below link. Press enter on the link then search for the word download and save the file normally.
We have the 7-inch, HD 8, and HD 10 Fire tablets with the screen reader turned on and Google Play Store installed at some very good prices! These tablets are as functional as any other tablet with the ability to do email, browse the internet, play music and audio books, etc, plus these tablets take advantage of the Amazon services such as Kindle books and Audible.com and more!
The 7-inch Fire tablet comes with 8GB of internal memory plus you can add up to an additional 200GB of storage with a microSD card. It has a mono speaker and you can use Alexa on it. The price is just $59.99! http://www.talkingmp3players.com/-Kindle-Fire-Tablet-with-Google-Play-Store-VoiceView_p_92.html
The HD 8 Kindle Fire Tablet is larger of course, as opposed to a monospeaker it plays in Dolby Stereo. It has a 12 hour battery and 16 GB of internal storage with a microSD slot that takes up to 200 GB. The display is HD if you're purchasing for a sighted person and of course it has Alexa as well. http://www.talkingmp3players.com/-HD-8-Kindle-Fire-Tablet-with-Google-Play-Store-VoiceView_p_94.html
The ten inch Fire tablet has even more to offer with a larger screen plus Hands-free Alexa for just $149.99: http://www.talkingmp3players.com/-HD-10-Kindle-Fire-Tablet-with-VoiceView-with-free-OTG-Cable-_p_122.html
Protect your Kindle Fire tablet with one of these awesome cases which doubles as a stand! The cases have a sleep/wake feature when you open and close it. Available from the above pages or from here: http://www.talkingmp3players.com/Cases_c_37.html
Save $2 off the case when you order it in the combo box on the tablet's page when you purchase a Fire Tablet from our site!
Don't forget you can use either a Bluetooth keyboard or connect a regular USB keyboard to these tablets with the use of an OTG cable to make typing easier or for those who haven't fully mastered the use of a touch screen yet. http://www.talkingmp3players.com/OTG-On-The-Go-cable_p_96.html
Order your Victor Reader Trek and get at least $120 off Humanware's price and get them delivered to you very swiftly! Get yours now at the lower $579.99 price! Humanware has raised their price to $699.99 plus shipping and tax! http://www.talkingmp3players.com/Victor-Reader-Trek-Talking-Book-Reader-GPS_p_116.html
Get the new Victor Stream 2nd gen on sale for just $349.99! It comes with a free 8GB SD card, Long and short cables, protective silicone covering, earphones, and wall charger in the box. You can read about and order it from: http://www.talkingmp3players.com/Victor-Stream-2nd-Generation_p_78.html
Get a brand new 4GB Sansa Clip Zip Talking MP3 Player for just $109.99! Yes, these are brand new players all set up with Rockbox so even a totally blind person like myself can use them! http://www.talkingmp3players.com/Sansa-Clip-Zip-Talking-MP3-Player-4GB_p_12.html
Get the introduction to the Talking MP3 Players at the below link. Press enter on the link then search for the word download and save the file normally.
Get 6 months to pay with No Interest on orders over $99 when you check out with PayPal and choose PayPal Credit. (subject to credit approval)
Enjoy savings on any accessories when you order them along with any MP3 player, book reader, or tablet so pick up some of the new Bluetooth devices, memory cards, charging accessories, etc by choosing them in the combo boxes located below the player, reader, or tablet on its own page.
Our new exciting portable MP3 player AM/FM radio with built in front-facing mono speaker plays MP3 and WAV files from either a thumb drive or a microSD card! It's totally accessible for the blind as it's all button operated. It does have a display but it's not menu driven. One can listen to AM or FM stations or to MP3 or WAV files on the microSD card or thumb drive! Jump to specific tracks or radio stations by entering the track number or the frequency! It has a user replaceable rechargeable lithium battery! For those who have some sight it also has an LED flashlight! It has a line-in jack so you can play your other devices through its speaker! It includes a wrist lanyard and detachable belt clip. I've been playing with it and am totally impressed with its features and the volume you can get out of it! One can also listen in stereo with headphones if preferred. Perfect for listening to music and audio books in MP3 or WAV; it remembers where you left off listening! It's just a bit larger than a Victor Reader Stream or Trek but packs a much stronger punch! Affordably priced at just $29.99! http://www.talkingmp3players.com/MP3-AMFM-radio-player_p_39.html
Don't miss the deals we have on all of our Bluetooth and other accessories! Find out more below...
MicroSD and SD cards at special discounts for your MP3 players, book readers, phones, tablets and other devices. Get large capacity memory cards ready for use on your favorite devices and for your enjoyment we also include some OTR shows on the cards higher than 32GB! New item 200GB microSD cardfor $89.99, 128GB microSD & SD card for just $59.99, 64GB card for only $35.99, 32GB for $19.99 & 16GB for $10.99 and other deals you can check out here: http://www.talkingmp3players.com/Micro-SD-cards_c_14.html
Check out the newest Bluetooth Headset on our site, the Miccus SR-71 Stealth Bluetooth Headphones with microphone. This is a very nice headset which works wirelessly with either Bluetooth or use the included cable to connect it to a headphone jack. It's a very comfortable headset with padding in the right places. It goes over your head and cups around your ears so you don't disturb anyone when you decide to turn it up! Works with smart devices such as phones and tablets or paired with one of the Miccus Bluetooth transmitters. Very low latency headset with great sound and long battery life. The price is just $59.99! http://www.talkingmp3players.com/Miccus-SR-71-Stealth-Bluetooth-Headphones-with-microphone_p_15.html
As usual on our Bluetooth accessories, instructions are included from a blind perspective at no charge at all!
Did you know you can enable just about any device with a headphone jack including your book readers and MP3 players to use Bluetooth
You can use the Miccus Mini-jack TX4-Bluetooth 4.0 Transmitter to enable your audio playing devices with headphone jacks to use Bluetooth for just $39.99! http://www.talkingmp3players.com/Miccus-Mini-jack-TX4-Bluetooth-40-Transmitter_p_18.html
You can also use the Miccus Mini-jack RX-Bluetooth Receiver to enable any powered speakers, stereo systems, even headphones to use Bluetooth! Just $35.99! http://www.talkingmp3players.com/Miccus-Mini-jack-RX-Bluetooth-Receiver_p_20.html
We have other Miccus Bluetooth transmitters and receivers to cover just about any Bluetooth need you may have for your particular situation. Whether you require a basic solution or a more extensive solution we can fill your need. We have several portable solutions and some non-portable ones, with ranges from about 30 feet to over 160 feet as well as some low latency options when combined with the above Bluetooth headset! Don't forget my offer of assistance in helping you figure out what you need and don't need. You can check them out here: http://www.talkingmp3players.com/Bluetooth-Transmitters-Receivers_c_7.html
We still have the Miccus long range Home RTX Bluetooth Transmitter/Receiver, one of my favorites and which I use to stream from my office to the rest of the house, on sale for $49.99! http://www.talkingmp3players.com/Miccus-Home-RTX-Bluetooth-TransmitterReceiver_p_16.html
And it's successor the Miccus Home RTX 2.0 Long Range Bluetooth Transmitter/Receiver for just $59.99! http://www.talkingmp3players.com/Miccus-Home-RTX-20-Long-Range-Bluetooth-TransmitterReceiver-_p_120.html
We have the Portable Water Resistant Bluetooth Mini Shower mono speaker this week for just $19.99. http://www.talkingmp3players.com/Water-Resistant-Mono-Bluetooth-Mini-Shower-Speaker_p_22.html
We have all of our cables and charging accessories at 20% off: http://www.talkingmp3players.com/Cables-and-Charging-Accessories_c_13.html
This special lasts through Thursday March 22nd so hurry and take advantage of these special deals!
All prices are in US dollars. We accept major credit cards and PayPal on line, or you can call 727-498-0121 or Skype lazmesa to place your credit card order or have a PaypalMe link sent by email.
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It has been brought to our attention that some of you who listen to the Mystic Access podcast using a second generation Victor Reader Stream may not be receiving our latest podcast episodes. We release episodes every two weeks, so if you haven't gotten any new episodes from us or from other podcasts you enjoy lately, we have the solution.
For those who are running Stream version 4.8.6 or below, there is an issue with the Stream's firmware that may be preventing you from downloading some podcast episodes or subscribing to some podcasts. The Mystic Access podcast is one of these.
Humanware is aware of this issue, and can provide you with a pre-release version of firmware for your Stream that will resolve the problem. To receive this firmware version, please contact Humanware directly. In the US, their number is: (800) 722-3393. Please use this url to find the Humanware contact info for your country.http://www.humanware.com/en-usa/contact
If you run into problems, please call or email us and we'll be happy to help.
If you know people who listen to our podcast and who may not be receiving episodes, we'd be very grateful if you would share this information with them. Also, if you know anyone who has tried to subscribe to our podcast and received a service error, please share this information with them, as well.
We appreciate you spreading the word. We love our thriving community of podcast listeners, and want to make sure that everyone receives our fun and informative episodes.
Thanks for reading... and listening.
Kim, Chris and Lisa
The Mystic Access Team
I have 2 Pac Mates that I am selling. One has a Braille Display that still works very well, wi-fi card, and an Executive Products Case that I would like to sell for $600. I also have a Pac Mate BX400 with no display that I am asking for $300 or best offer on. Both units need their batteries replaced but when plugged in work very well.
Selling a bunch of gear... Mint Martin dreadnought acoustic/electric guitar with new hard case, mint MusicMan Sterling John Petrucci signature electric guitar with Gator tsa ata flight case, Apple Imac desktop computer with solid state hard drive, I7 quad core processor, and 16 gigs of ddr3 ram etc great for Mac OSX and windows seven or ten! Apple iPhone SE 64gb with Lifeproof case, Lauten Audio ld condenser microphone, art stereo tube microphone and instrument preamp, focusrite saffire pro 40 firewire/thunderbolt 24 bit audio/midi interface, gk bass combo amp with 1x15 speaker, piezo tweeter, two channels, active and passive inputs, and di out etc. and Fender Acoustisonic 150w stereo personal pa system and acoustic guitar amplifier. I will ship with tracking and full insurance via USPS 2 day priority delivery. E-mail for more info.
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