Amazon is the latest company to offer audio description for many of their available movies and original series. Currently, 133 titles are available with audio description, both for Prime members and for purchase.
Sendero has released version 3.0 of their GPS apps for iOS devices, and the beginnings of indoor navigation support are among the list of changes.
Apple introduced the next version of iOS, a new speaker, and new Macs and iPads at WWDC. But there were some accessibility features that gained a brief visual mention that were not covered.
Convention registration season is in full force with both ACB and NFB forms now available.
The release candidate for the 2nd major update for NVDA of 2017 has been posted and includes a laundry list of changes.
Google Demonstrates Android O Accesibility Features Including Accessibility Volume, Language Switching
Google's IO conference, the place where developers go to learn about what's coming up next in Android, has spilled the beans on some forthcoming TalkBack improvements in Android O.
Free Amazon Prime Video access is one of the best perks of being an Amazon Prime member. With it, you can watch tons of movies and shows for free, including Amazon originals you can't watch anywhere else.
Buzzfeed reports that Apple is planning to announce Amazon Prime Video's arrival on the Apple TV during the company's annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) on June 5 and the app is expected to go live as soon as this summer.
Even though the Amazon fire TV is somewhat accessible, Apple has done a much better job and have more accessible apps. Will this one be accessible with Voiceover? We'll just have to wait and see.
In a move that is unsurprising to most, VFO/Freedom Scientific, makers of the JAWS for Windows screen reader, has discontinued sales and support for former competitor Window-Eyes, previously made by GW Micro and then AI Squared. Current Window-Eyes users are entitled to a copy of JAWS 18 free of charge.
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.
It's really not too early! Home Depot offers the Home Accents 6.5-Foot Pre-Lit Artificial Christmas Tree for $29.75 with free shipping. That's $90 off, and the lowest price we've seen. (It's also a great deal for a pre-lit tree of this size in general.) It features a 45" diameter at the base, 400 clear incandescent lights, and 985 branch tips. Deal ends August 1.
Amazon offers the Haribo Gummi Candy Gold-Bears 5-lb. Bag for $9.99. Add it to your cart via Subscribe & Save to cut the price to $9.49 and bag free shipping. That's at least a buck less than what you'd pay at a local retail store. It includes pineapple, strawberry, lemon, orange, and raspberry flavors. Be sure to cancel Subscribe & Save after your order ships to avoid being billed for subsequent purchases.
Walmart offers the 9 by Novogratz Vintage Tufted Sofa Sleeper II in Taupe Velour for $229 with free shipping. That's the lowest price we've seen. (It's the best deal by $62.) It features a wood frame and holds up to 600 lbs.
Bose via eBay offers the refurbished Bose SoundLink Color Bluetooth Speaker in Black for $69.95 with free shipping. That's $24 under the lowest price we could find for a new unit. It's compatible with most Bluetooth-enabled devices and features support for up to two devices at once, voice prompts, and up to eight hours of play time.
For Prime members only, Amazon offers the Tropicana 10-oz. Orange Juice Bottle 24-Pack for $10.99. Check out via Subscribe & Save to drop it to $10.44. With free shipping, that's the lowest price we've seen. (It's also about $4 less than you'd pay at a local warehouse club.) Be sure to cancel Subscribe & Save after your item ships to avoid being billed for future shipments.
Bose via eBay offers the refurbished Bose SoundLink Mini Bluetooth Speaker for $129.95 with free shipping. That's the lowest price we've seen for a new or refurbished unit. (It's also $49 under the best deal we could find for a new one). It features a 7-hour run time and charging cradle.
Amazon offers Prime members its AmazonBasics AAA Rechargeable Batteries 8-Pack for $9.99 with free shipping. That's $2 off list and the lowest price we could find. They come pre-charged and last through a purported 1,000 recharge cycles.
We're beginning to gear up for summer conventions and A T Guys will be at both Exhibit Halls with the new micro-Speak Digital Voice Recorder. You can pre-order yours or other products with codes ACB17 and NFB17 and pick up your products at the booth. Whether you're attending or not, we've got a demonstration of the new Micro-Speak which will give you a feel for this product before you arrive. Stay tuned for more A T Guys product announcements soon.
Speakers and dictation are just some of the ground we cover this week. Joe catches up with Brian Hartgen to talk new products, J.J. tosses in a Bose speaker review and a tip plus we throw out a curve ball in the "Last Word". Be sure to limber up in the "on Deck Circle" before you enter the Batter's Box that is BBQ 105.
J.J., Joe and Scott (who came up with the episode title during our live tweeting of this event) sit down to discuss what was shown in Apple's 2017 WWDC Keynote. New hardware and some insights into what is in store for iOS 11 takes center stage in our conversation. However, we widen our scope to talk about Apple Watch and that "one more thing" everyone knew was coming. So stick your Air Pods in... it is an Applecentric BBQ.
Reading and food might just be two of the things we excel at the most here on BBQ. Reading about food is also a fun thing we do from time to time. This week we'll feature segments on reading, food and some painful audio in the "Last Word". We'll speak with Alex Tavares and Cory Kadlik about the Read Read, a device which can help blind students learn braille. We take a visit back to the Blind Bargains test kitchen for another appliance. But rest assured that there are no cats mentioned in this episode. Okay, one cat does make an appearance. We're just not saying where.
As the title suggests,
we have conversations about music and Google i/o this week. 2C Music's Sean Creaven stops by to discuss his project's crowd funded initiative for learning the guitar. Joe provides us with a tip and the Last Word will have you thinking about outdoor cafes in a whole new way. And that is just some of what's in store for you in episode 102.
Dave Williams, host of the Braillecast podcast, joins J.J. and Joe to talk a whole lot about Braille Displays this week. We also talk about how Site City is unique when compared to similar shows in the U.S. and the big news from VFO. We have a tip and some Amazon related "Last Word" as well. So limber up your Braille reading fingers and dive into episode 101 of the blind bargains Qast.
Dave Williams is back with us to provide some insight on the newly announced Humanware Braille Display in an interview from Sight City with Humanware's Greg Stilson. Joe takes some steps in the kitchen with his Google Home and J.J. brings along a unique link to share in this week's "Last Word". So quiet your smart assistants, it is episode 100 of the BBQ.
You might think that May would be a slow month for news. Well, for the second year in a row, that doesn't seem to be true. We have new hardware news, merger talk and Microsoft held an Education event this past week. Toss in a tip, "Sound Off" and the "Last Word" in the mix for even more audio goodness. Who knew that 99 meant the number of minutes rather than an episode number!
Submit a classified ad