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Try All the Things: Get Free Rides, Food, and More at #NFB17 using this Handy Guide

If you're headed to the NFB convention in Orlando, there are a growing number of services which can help make your busy convention just a bit less busy. From rides and food to groceries and massages, one or many of the below services may help you.

Help University Students by Chatting with your Alexa

Here's a super cool way to help students create bots that can talk about various topics. From Amazon:

"Get an inside peek at the Alexa Prize, Amazon's university competition to advance AI. This year s inaugural competition focuses on the grand challenge of building a socialbot that can converse coherently and engagingly with humans on popular topics such as entertainment, politics, and sports for 20 minutes. The socialbots are works in progress, and your conversations and feedback will help students develop a more engaging AI. To try one, say: Alexa, let s chat."

To learn more about the Alexa Prize, click the provided link.

Amazon Brings Over 130 Audio-described Titles to Prime Members, Others

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's GPS Apps Updated with Indoor Beacon, Uber Support in Version 3.0

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.

The Accessibility Features Mentioned On-Screen in the Apple Keynote That Were Not Talked About

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.

ACB Convention Registration Starting Now, NFB Ending May 31

Convention registration season is in full force with both ACB and NFB forms now available.

NVDA 2017.2 Release Candidate Brings Back Audio Ducking, Adds More Edge Support

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.


KeyEntre 5-Port USB Charging Station for $23.39 [Shipped]

KeyEntre via Amazon offers its KeyEntre 5-Port USB Charging Station for $38.99. Coupon code "FOZX7YAL" cuts that to $23.39. With free shipping, that's the lowest price we could find by $25. It features detachable device separators, two 2.4-amp ports, and three 1-amp ports. Deal ends August 31.

Hand Crafted Wooden Shutbox Game for $29.95 [Shipped]

M_B_McCarty via eBay has the Hand Crafted Wooden Shutbox Game, with 9 Numbers, Dice Included for $29.95 with free shipping. This is the classic Shut The Box game, hand crafted by Roger Schaf of Louisville, Kentucky. Made of all natural wood with a felt playing area, this game will bring hours of fun to your entire family. See link for full description. A braille option is available, email seller for more information. Roger is a visually impaired woodworker and has sold his products at many conventions.

Papa John's coupon: 50% off full-price pizzas

Papa John's cuts 50% off regular-price pizzas via coupon code "SUMMERHEAT". That's tied with our mention from last month as the best percent-off discount we've seen from Papa John's. Availability varies by location; some exclusions apply.

Sterline Sonic Rechargeable Toothbrush for $32.24 [Shipped]

BetterBasics via Amazon offers the Sterline Sonic Electric Rechargeable Toothbrush for $42.99. Coupon code "25TOOTHB" drops it to $32.24. With free shipping, that's the lowest price we could find by $28. It features a sanitizer, 2-minute timer, four brushing modes, and 12 replacement heads. Deal ends July 31.

Taco Bell Mild Sauce 7.5-oz. Bottle for $1.59 [Shipped]

Amazon offers the Taco Bell Mild Sauce 7.5-oz. Bottle for $1.59 with free shipping. That's the lowest price we could find by $6.

Stephanie Lisa Tara's I'll Follow The Moon: Tenth Anniversary Collector's Edition Kindle eBook for Free

Amazon offers downloads of Stephanie Lisa Tara's I'll Follow The Moon: Tenth Anniversary Collector's Edition Kindle eBook for free. That's $5 off list and the lowest price we could find.

$100 iTunes Gift Card for $85

PayPal Digital Gifts via eBay again offers a $100 iTunes Gift Card for $85. (It will be delivered via email.) That's the lowest price we could find by $8.

Home Accents Prelit 6.5-Foot Christmas Tree for $29.75 [Shipped]

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.


#ACB17 Audio: HIMS Launches Through The Atmosphere With Polaris

We were there when the newest member of the Braille Sense family was announced back in march. Dave Wilkinson, manager for both the Polaris and the National Education division, returns to our microphones to commemerate the recent launch of the braille notetaker. Dave will outline some of the features, layout and aspects of the polaris that have changed since the debut announcement. He'll also provide some audience Q&A throughout the recording. The Braille Sense Polaris is shipping now and you can learn even more about it by visiting the product page at the HIMS website.

Sponsor: HIMS, Inc.
Braille sense Polaris is shipping! The future is now. Check out the first Google certified futureproof notetaker with no touchscreen required. Visit us on the web at to learn more.

#ACB17 Audio: Humanware Hits The Highlights In Braille And Video Magnification

Mike Tindell was one of the busiest people in Sparks. Product demonstrations, mini tutorials on new devices and he may have even dealt a few hands of Blackjack down in the casino for all we know. Joe found Mike drinking a cup of coffee and decided that he might be able to coax a few words about what was new at Humanware out of him between sips. hear Mike talk about upcoming changes to the Braille note Touch, launch information about the Brailiant 14 and what's new with the recently released Connect Video Magnifier. Also, if you haven't heard it already, you can hear Joe and Greg Stilson discuss the new Victor Reader Trek in depth in our latest BB Qast Special. Remember you can order many of these products by contacting Humanware directly or by direct purchase from their website.

Sponsor: HIMS, Inc.
Braille sense Polaris is shipping! The future is now. Check out the first Google certified futureproof notetaker with no touchscreen required. Visit us on the web at to learn more.

#ACB17 Audio: Distance Viewing and OCR in The Palm of Your Hand with the Optelec Compact 6

The Optelec US Twitter account suggested that attendees should visit the VFO booth to see the newly announced Compact 6, so Joe thought he should do just that. hear Joe Chung, Director of Sales and Professional Products - Western United States for VFO, take us on a tour of the feature set of the new portable Video Magnifier now debuting in the Compact line. A physical description, a discussion of the touch interface and some good use cases for the unit are sprinkled throughout this interview. The Compact 6 is in the pre-production portion of its life cycle with a launch of the product coming very soon. To learn more about this magnifier, and other brands within VFO, visit the company's website.

Sponsor: HIMS, Inc.
Braille sense Polaris is shipping! The future is now. Check out the first Google certified futureproof notetaker with no touchscreen required. Visit us on the web at to learn more.

#ACB17 Audio: Stay In Style With The Products At Braille Design

Meka White takes some time to see what Alice Woodside Lynch brought to convention. What she found was that you needed to see Alice early, as many of her cane charms, bracelets and other fantastic jewelry was incredibly popular -- especially if you wanted matching tokens of Labs, Sheppards and other Service Animals to wear as earrings, necklaces or other adornments. Check out the interview to hear what other products were a hit at ACB. And don't forget you can pick up items by visiting Alice on the web.

Sponsor: HIMS, Inc.
Braille sense Polaris is shipping! The future is now. Check out the first Google certified futureproof notetaker with no touchscreen required. Visit us on the web at to learn more.

#ACB17 Audio: Let Me Hear Your Money Talk With The Help Of The Bureau Of Engraving And Printing

Meka White spoke with Lydia Washington about the continuing work that the U.S. Treasury Bureau of Engraving and Printing is doing to aid in the access of currency. Apps such as the iPhone based iNote and the Android based Ideal Currency Identifier are great for those who rely on smartphones for their primary forms of access. However, thanks to Orbit Research, you can obtain a free easy to use iBill MoneyReader that will identify currency without having to use a smartphone. Visit the BEP website to download the application needed to qualify you for this free service in order to obtain an iBill. It is also a good site to gain more information about currency accessibility in general.

Sponsor: HIMS, Inc.
Braille sense Polaris is shipping! The future is now. Check out the first Google certified futureproof notetaker with no touchscreen required. Visit us on the web at to learn more.

#ACB17 Audio: Guide Lights And Gadgets Top 5

Barry barely had a voice left by the time Joe caught up with him at his booth on the Exhibit Hall floor. That's because his products were very popular with the convention crowds. Barry takes us on a tour of the 5 products that moved the most out of his hands and into those of eager customers. From speakers to unique battery charge options, Guide Lights and Gadgets has something for every price point. To order any of the products mentioned in this interview, head over to the company's website for contact information.

Sponsor: HIMS, Inc.
Braille sense Polaris is shipping! The future is now. Check out the first Google certified futureproof notetaker with no touchscreen required. Visit us on the web at to learn more.

#ACB17 Audio: Love Is Still The Loudest For Ginny Owens

Joe caught up with the fabulous Ginny Owens to find out how her tour was going since her last appearances on the BB Qast. Ginny talks life on the road and how prep is going for her forthcoming book. Ginny is also making plans to begin her own podcast soon. The show will focus on compelling inspirational stories she has amassed through her travels. Ginny brought her recently released merchandise, including a beautiful T-Shirt, to convention. Visit her website to snag one of your very own. You can hear clips of "Love Be The Loudest" in our multi episode celebration of the album's launch last year. Part one can be found in episode 79 with the second portion in BBQ 81.

Sponsor: HIMS, Inc.
Braille sense Polaris is shipping! The future is now. Check out the first Google certified futureproof notetaker with no touchscreen required. Visit us on the web at to learn more.

#ACB17 Audio: Be Seen And Be Heard With Elegant Insights Jewelry

Laura Legendary, co-founder of the Fashionability Channel and podcast, is no stranger to those who have heard our summer convention coverage before. This year Laura truly broadens her product lines by adding items for the celebration of those in Pride communities. She also has some "jingly jangly" charms that are perfect for the sun worshiper, the butterfly fan and the nature lover in all of us. Her jewelry is very tactile and stylish. To learn more, and visit with the woman herself, travel to the Elegant Insights website.

Sponsor: HIMS, Inc.
Braille sense Polaris is shipping! The future is now. Check out the first Google certified futureproof notetaker with no touchscreen required. Visit us on the web at to learn more.


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Sharp EL-640 Calculators, Classco 9500CW Talking Caller ID's, 15k Accessible Power Banks

Hi all. We have many rare and hard to find items for sale. We have different condition Sharp EL-640 talking calculators which are the ones that everyone wants that includes the alarm clock, timer, clock, calendar, hourly chime, 5 minute chime, and of course the calculator. We have these in many different conditions ranging from brand new to good condition. We also have a few left of the very hard to find brand new in box Classco talking caller ID's that support call waiting. These store and can recall up to 64 numbers and record up to 20 names. These have call waiting support which you cannot get or find any longer. We also have brand new in the box Tissot Silen-T vibrating watches which are the best quality and greatest watch ever made for the blind or visually impaired. These are the most beautiful time pieces you will ever see or feel. We also have the brand new to the market 15,000 accessible power bank designed specifically for the blind or visually impaired. You have to see how awesome these are to believe it. Giving you audible and vibration feedback to know everything that is going on with the portable battery makes this a must have for the visually impaired. There is nothing like it on the market and we have them! Check out our demo with blind abilities here: You can see all the Sharp calculators and Classco talking caller ID's Tissot Silen-T vibrating watches, and our accessible power banks here: You can check out our complete web site of awesome items for sale at: or you can contact us via email at or by phone at 405-633-2572. We accept all credit cards and paypal and we even offer a layaway plan.

Deals! Imac desktop, iPads, instruments, portable vocal booth, pro tools and much more!

I have a lot of stuff for sale so read the whole post! fully loaded quad core Apple imac desktop computer that runs OSX and windows ten flawlessly, iPad Air 32 gig tablet with Lifeproof case, iPad mini 32 gig tablet with Lifeproof case, pro tools 12, Omnisphere, Ivory 2 grand pianos, portable vocal booth, Musicman Sterling JohnPetrucci signature electric guitar with case, G and L hss strat with gig bag, Yamaha digital piano, Fender Mustang 150w 2x12 guitar amp with footswitch, Fender Acoustasonic 150w stereo personal pa and acoustic guitar amplifier, Sheckter bass guitar with case, gk bass combo amp, Lauten Audio la220 ld condenser microphone, and an Art mp stereo pro tube instrument and microphone preamp. E mail for details! I'll give you a great deal if you buy two or more items...

Sale on Talking Kindle Fire Tablets with Google Playstore installed, Free OTG Cable &...

other Deals on Accessories! At Accessible Electronics we specialize in Talking Mp3 Players: and Talking Book Players:, please visit our site to find out more about these products. This week we have very special deals on Talking Tablets, the Kindle Fire 8HD and 7 inch tablets with ability to use Google Playstore added. Take advantage of this special Daily Deal on a Talking Kindle Fire Tablet with Google Play Store & VoiceView + Free OTG Cable for just $59.99! The brand new accessible Fire 7 inch Tablet. We've turned on the screen reader and additionally installed Google Play Store so you have the choice Of Amazon or Google Apps. We also have the HD 8 Talking Kindle Fire Tablet, it has an 8 inch screen of course, the display is HD and it plays in Dolby Stereo. It has a 12 hour battery, 16GB of storage with a microSD card slot that takes up to 200 GB. It comes with the screen reader turned on and we've installed the Google Play Store so you can use Amazon and also regular Google Android apps on your new tablet. Just $95.99. You can use either a Bluetooth keyboard or connect a regular USB keyboard to the tablet 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. $2.00 off when you purchase this with your tablet: Protect your 7 or 8 inch Fire tablet with one of these awesome cases which doubles as a stand! The 8-inch tablet's case has a sleep/wake feature when you open and close the case. Available in the combo boxes found below the tablet on its own page or from here: We have deals on Micro SD and SD cards to greatly increase the capacity of this and your other devices: Bluetooth accessories to use with these tablets & other devices: When you order any Bluetooth device from us you'll get the description and instructions from a totally blind perspective emailed to you at no charge! I describe the device so you won't have any trouble figuring out what controls are where and following my directions you'll be able to set up and use them without any assistance from anyone else! 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. 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. Get it now for just $59.99! We have the Portable Water Resistant Bluetooth Mini Shower mono speaker this week for just $19.99. On sale this week the latest Bluetooth 4.0 Miccus TX4 Transmitter which is only $45.99 to enable your book readers/players to use Bluetooth plus the Talking Miccus AX4 Reciever which is only $35.99 which speaks when turned on, off, and in pairing mode to enable any powered speakers, stereo systems, even headphones to use Bluetooth. To cover your wireless audio listening needs, we have several portable solutions and some non-portable ones, with ranges from about 30 feet up to 150 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 to fill your Bluetooth wireless listening needs. Don't forget we have USB data/charging cables for your players/book readers and phones, OTG cables, Stereo Audio Auxiliary 3.5 mm Male to Male cables, Samsung Haven charging cradles, and wall chargers: Special offer on a new brand new talking phone: We now have Brand New Packaged Talking Samsung Gusto 3 Phones on sale for just $59.99 These are great easy to use accessible push button flip phones. The Samsung Gusto 3 works like the Samsung Haven with improvements such as ability to change the speed of the voice, Bluetooth capability, longer battery, and more, use it in the US on Verizon, Page Plus, Tracfone or Selectel Wireless: Check out the Selectel phone plans for use with the above phone, they're now providing much better plans for the money than Page Plus: This special lasts through Thursday July 27th, except of course the daily deal so hurry and take advantage of these special deals! Get 6 months to pay with No Interest on orders over $99 when you choose PayPal Credit at Checkout. (subject to credit approval) 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 Paypal payment request sent. Your questions are always welcome.

For Sale: Xerox, Reading Edge with floppy disc drives $1,400

Hello, I am selling a Xerox, reading Edge machine. This was the last unit produced with a book edge scanner. The florescent light is white, meaning this device can process letters in all colors. It is in very good operating condition and comes with the advanced cartridge and 3 row key pad which features: avbility to change reading voices, navigate by paragraph, sentence, word and letter. Itt also comes with the plug-in card and simplified key pad for easy operation: to scan reading materials in either landscape or portrait modes automatically. Also provided are several floppy disc drives and floppy discs that enable recording books, magazines, mail, etc. for playback using the high quality Dec Talk voices found in the reading Edge. The volume and voice speed knobs are located on the right side of this attractive, one piece unit. All functions talk, but the printed instructions are included for your convenience. Be the first to snap up this piece of blindness technology history. I am selling it because I really need the room on my desk. The price is: $1,400, including professional packing and U P S shippment. This device must be carefully wrapped to prevent damage during transit.

15k mAh Portable Power Banks Specifically for the Blind With Audible Tones and Vibrations

New to the market and only one like it in the world and we are the only ones who have them for sale. This totally accessible 15,000 mAh Dual USB Portable Power bank is specifically designed for the blind and visually impaired and provides tones and vibrations to indicate how much juice is left in the battery, when you are charging an external device, when you are charging the battery itself, when the battery is running low and needs to be charged, and includes reversible USB ports that you have to see to believe. These are new to the market and only available at the Harbolt Company. This is the only battery you will ever need again. Easily pocketable and rechargeable, this battery will charge anything you can throw at it that uses a USB cable to charge. Even higher amp devices like tablets and iPads. You will never want, or need, another portable power bank after you see what this can do and how accessible it is. Check out the interview that blind abilities currently did with us as we demo this awesome new product to the market. You can do so here: You can see more details, the price, and how to order right here on our web site: This has been one of the most needed products on the market for the visually impaired and now it is a reality. Grab one today. If you have any questions or would like to order over the phone, feel free to email us at or call us at 405-633-2572. We accept all credit cards and paypal.

Want to Buy: Original Humanware Brailliant 80

I am interested in purchasing a Brailliant 80, the one that was marketed by Humanware some years ago, not the newer Brailliant b80 model. A device in any condition would be considered.

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