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Blue Apron accessibility review



Recently, I have started using Blue Apron, a meal kit service which aims to help people get more experience cooking. Each week, a box of ingredients arrives, and we use the recipes found in the app to create new and exciting meals. Read more about the process below.

Let's Go Shopping Holiday Addition, is Tuesday and Wednesday



Let's Go Shopping started as an event to help shoppers and business owners connect during Covid-19. And, the biggest event yet is scheduled for this week, full of holiday deals.

BBQ In Review: September, more like FOMOmber



BBQ In Review is our ongoing series of posts that attempts to capture some of the news that falls outside of our podcasts. Think of it as a raw feed of information which undergoes a miniaturization process for what topics that best suit our podcast format. In the past we have left the stories that did not make the cut part of Joe s endless scroll of tweets. But to save time, sanity and Doomscrolling social media for those who wish to avoid that kind of thing, welcome aboard and enjoy the pile of stuff below. Hopefully the reading of these articles will lessen the feeling of FOMO, Fear Of Missing Out, on all the new hardware coming to stores this holiday season.

Breaking: American Council of the Blind Convention going Virtual for 2021



Events in 2021 continue to switch to virtual formats due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The American Council of the Blind convention, originally scheduled for Phoenix, now joins this list.

The following was sent out today from convention coordinator Janet Dickelman:

Breaking: Settlement Brings Audio-described Content to HBO max



HBO Max is at long last joining the ranks of streaming services which will include audio description, thanks to a settlement announced today.

Google Enjoys A Launch Night In With New Product Announcements



Google has rarely repeated themselves when it comes to doing the big reveal for their product or developer presentations. Yet today s 30 minute Launch Night In event was definitely as far as one could go on the opposite side of the energy spectrum of previous Blimp filled performances. And perhaps that was for the best as many of the products were confirmed, thanks to leaks and retailers breaking street dates, rather than announced. An update to the Chromecast line, an original Google Home replacement and two new phones were the stars of the program. While a few services did get a brief mention amongst the various staff driven vignettes.

Below you will find links to Google s own blog with the official details of today s announcements. Additionally, under those links, there is a collection of hands on information about the new products. Plus, a whole lot of Google related news that transpired earlier in the month looms further down the page.

Be My Eyes makes accessible voting information available through its app



Voting is important, in 2020 perhaps more so than ever. However, the ongoing COVID19 changes mean that this process looks different than it has in years past. Be My Eyes is making accessible voting information available by state in its app. See the text of the Be My Eyes email, and find out about some patriotic items available from the National Braille Press, below.

Amazon has a ball announcing new generations of Echo, Fire and more



September seems to have gone a little crazy with hardware events. There was the typical Apple one, a soon to be had Google one, there was the PlayStation 5 And the Microsoft Series X Event. Not to be out done, or it is just multi-billion-dollar peer pressure at work, Amazon held a live event Of their own this week. Revisions to Echo, Fire and Alexa debuted alongside a few new Drones and services. Below are a collection of links summarizing all the recent announcements. Additionally, below that pile of news, you will find a secondary pile that covers more Alexa related information that surfaced prior to the rolling out of new devices.


Deals

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.

Get Voice Dream Apps Now In a Huge Holiday Sale



From now to December 28, buy all Voice Dream apps, reader, writer, and scanner, for 50 percent off or more.

Purchase AIRA Minutes and Credits for Yourself or someone else this holiday season with Aira



From now until January 3, Aira credit can now be purchased for yourself or someone else.


Podcasts

Blind Bargains Qast 218: Socially Distanced Kitchen



It's been awhile since we did a full-on cooking show, and many of our regulars have acquired a growing amount of cooking gadgets and essentials. So we decided to do our biggest cooking show yet, with Shelly Brisbin, Ricky Enger, J.J., and the podcast debut of regular contributor Tangela Mahaffey.

Blind Bargains Qast 217: Buttery Smooth Bingo Cards



In order to be more environmentally friendly, we at the BBQ decided to combine our October and November Apple event wrap up shows. It is the podcasting equivalent of removing the charger plug from the box. Okay, seriously, we changed things up a bit and invited Greg Stilson on to talk about the new Macs and iPhones. Greg has launched a few products over the years, and we thought he could speak at longer length about what it takes to do that than J.J. and Joe could. Plus, he brings along the bonus of saying a bunch of new stuff that you have not heard from us on the many hours of wrap up shows we have done in the past. And to borrow an Apple turn of phrase, we think you re going to love it .

Blind Bargains Qast 216: Nura Cats From Beyond The Vale



October is a time for ghouls, ghosts, and game demos. Yep, keeping with a long-standing tradition that happened somewhat organically without us realizing it, we give you another reason to break out the earbuds in order for you to experience life beyond The Vale . And speaking of new experiences, Ricky dropped by the office of beeping and talking to discuss the Nuraloop earbuds with Joe. Lastly, but technically in the middle of the show, we hear from the new voice of the Amazon Echo. Listen in to hear the first ever F bomb hiding somewhere within the minutes of BBQ 216.

Blind Bargains Qast 215: Tiny Pilot Seals



Summertime is the perfect season for going to the beach, camping, and of course buying computers. Okay, that last one is more geared towards the tech sector who aren t necessarily going to readily engage in the first two activities mentioned. Join Patrick, Joe and first timer Alex Hall As they discuss how each one of them navigated the computer buying process. Listen in as the trio breakdown what access issues they encountered and what tips they recommend for those about to consider the addition of their own shiny new laptop or desktop.

Blind Bargains Qast 214: Touch The Power Button... For Science!



The ninth month on the calendar brings along Pumpkin Spice and another Apple event. Refreshingly the event focused on things that were not the iPhone For a change. Somehow, despite 2020 being well 2020, the event was full of interesting news. Join the BBQ Crew as J.J., Joe and Shelly Brisbin Break down the staggering number of iPads and Apple Watch editions in this mandated by Tech Podcast Law required Apple event wrap up show.

Blind Bargains Qast 213: Since We've Been Gone



It finally happened! Enough stuff has transpired for us to do a proper old school news filled episode. Or as we now call it during the After Times , a retro inspired BBQ show. Join J.J., Joe and Patrick as they learn how to do a thing again that they have spent 10 years already doing prior to the release of this particular audio program. Breaking news talk of Audio Description, a tip, a bunch of Sound Off and the return of the Last Word will give you that nostalgic feeling for sure!

Blind Bargains Qast 212: Virtual Summer 2000



The summer brings the heat and the box fans out from their hiding places from within the closet. We have been laying low to stay cool. And there is nothing like lying under the ceiling fan on a lazy summer day with a big pile of Braille to keep you company. In this episode, courtesy of J.J., you will find two demos and an interview with Jared Rimer discussing Braille Translation. Grab a cool beverage and relax in your best outdoor lawn furniture while you enjoy BBQ 212.

Blind Bargains Qast 211: WWDC Goes 2 11



Apple filmed their annual keynote for WWDC in Apple Park, not in front of a live studio audience, where many upcoming changes were announced for software and hardware. J.J., taking time out from gathering requests for Orbit Writer Braille Keyboard Smartphone Companion Preorders, and Joe, trying to steal back the PS4 controller from Ricky so he can play the Blind friendly The Last Of Us 2 , asked Jamie Pauls, who was editing a new episode of the Eyes Free Sports Podcast , to join them in this summary of the event s big news. Expect there to be info dumps a plenty as this is a wrap up show after all. And be sure to learn more about what was discussed in the copious pile of links down below.


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Introducing Accessidroid.com your premier 1 stop shop for Android Accessibility


Gone are the days of running aimlessly in the hopes of finding current and accurate information about Android. At long last, this fast-growing mobile platform now has the central accessibility information hub it deserves! With App and Hardware reviews from a blindness perspective, forums, an email list and so much more! Brought to you by Commtech USA. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Vrsdfy-_So Go check it out. We welcome and appreciate your content submissions! www.accessidroid.com

Commtech USA Wants to Thank you for Thanks giving Download our Android App today


For only 24 hours Commtech USA is having its biggest sale of the year! right now if you go download our Android app in the google play store at https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=net.commtech.CommtechUSA&fbclid=IwAR17XtYj4UgiBlTgDQ6rJmuO3dKs4qvPes8tiX_bVUuJQxGI6nYmCIaBtHQ we will discount you the month of service of our Assistive Technology training and support to only 39.99. and 1 year for only 399.99. you read correctly. for only 24 hours, you can get an entire month, of unlimited tech training and support for only 39.99 or 399.99 for the year. with no quanity limits, buy 1 month, 3 months 6 months, how ever many you want and the price is still only 39.99 per month. you want to get in on great year prices, pay only 399.99 per year, and buy as many years as you wish. Boasting a nationwide staff with a vast range of experties from office, to university to personal technology skills and know how, let the certified staff of Commtech USA provide you with Vocation Rehab quality training for only pennies on the dollar. Don't have a Android phone? thats ok, we will discount you as well, in celebration of our new Android app release. just go to https://commtechusa.net/store and get your discounted service there. and if you want to download our iphone, ipad and mac apps go to https://commtechusa.net/app today!

Hi looking for an actilino Braille display. I can pay 50 a month.


Hi there I need an actilino for school. I’m willing to pay 50 dollars a month. I need this for school. I’m also looking for a MacBook with 16 gigs of ram, and 512 gigs of hard drive space. I can pay 50 a month for that as well. If someone has both I’d greatly appreciate it. Please text with all offers to 678-576-7717, thanks.

Holiday gifts made of clay: ornaments, bowls, baskets, soap-dishes, pendants/keychains


I am totally blind and make things out of clay. There are ornaments in the shape of flowers, a couple angels, several bells, a few stars, some butterflies, a couple hearts and maybe 1 or 2 birds. Also baskets with handles, bowls, soap-dishes, ashtrays, trays for rings, earrings, keys or coins, candy dishes, pendants or keychains. Every item $5. So sorry I do not have pictures or even dimension sizes and won't know what color something is. All items have shapes or designs pressed into them, such as hearts, flowers, butterflies, angels, birds or lace. All items are extremely tactile as I couldn't make anything that isn't, yet sighted people tell me they are lovely to look at, functional and will make lovely holiday/birthday/thinking of you/just because gifts. Let me know what you would want to have pressed into something you might want and if I have it, I will let you know. If I do not, I will supply some possible alternates and let you have the final choice if you want anything and if so, what. Due to this horrendous virus, the pottery studio where I make things has been closed for months, so once I run out of a specific ornament or piece, I won’t be able to make more. Also, because things will need to be carefully packaged up, I will have to include in your cost some additional money to cover shipping. I’m thinking of asking for $5 to $8 depending on how many items you purchase and where you live.

MAGNIFICATION TRAVELLER HD PORTABLE + STAND


FOR SALE : CTECH MAGNIFICATION TRAVELLER HD PORTABLE CCTV WITH STAND - LIGHT WEIGHT PORTABLE VIDEO MAGNIFIER DEVELOPED BY OPTELEC UNUSED/BRANDNEW - ORIGINAL PRICE : $1995 - ASKING PRICE : $1500

Black Friday Starts Now, Give-Aways & Discounts You Can't Miss Talking Players, Tablets...


Phones & Accessories! Announcing Black Friday through Cyber Monday Week at TalkingMp3Players.com: We're having our Black Friday Specials early so that you don't miss out on any deals in case you may be visiting family for the Holiday. Check out our deals on your favorite products for the best prices of the year! Don't forget to tell your friends and family so Santa knows what's on your Holiday wish list. For those who don't already know, we sell a variety of affordably priced Talking and Accessible Players and Tablets! With each of those players this week we have special deals including free accessories with your purchases. Not only that you get $10 off all Micro SD or SD cards over 32 GB and $5 off all other accessories purchased with any new Player or Tablet! This is actually $10 off already discounted memory cards only in the combo box below the Player, Radio or Tablet til Monday Midnight Only! We have a compact media player that we have set up with Rockbox firmware so that the menus talk, The Benji T6 Talking Mp3 Player. During this special it comes with an extra special discount, a free stick on clip and the above discounts on accessories. We also have our Talking Daisy Book Player, it includes 16GB built in, FM & Internet Radio and Much more. It also comes with lots of Freebies this week. Both play many types of unprotected files. More details below. If you're looking for a simple stocking stuffer Accessible AM/FM Radio that plays music files we carry that as well. We're authorized Humanware dealers as well and sell the Victor Reader Stream Book Reader with many features as well as the Victor Reader Trek, Talking Book Reader and GPS combined, with Bluetooth Capability, the most updated versions, Brand New in the box at the lowest price around! This week with a free additional 16 GB SD card ($20 value) besides the 8GB card they already come with! Check out the Audio Demo links below some of our featured items. Don't forget we also sell Talking Kindle Fire Tablets which also come with the $5 off on accessories including $10 off micro SD cards this week plus a free OTG cable! On top of that special discounts on our stocking stuffing extras like memory cards, Bluetooth accessories and much more! These deals start right now November 24th & go through Black Friday weekend ending Cyber Monday November 30th at Midnight! We have a replacement clip for use on players like the Sansa Clip players on which the original clip has broken off or on players which never had a clip! Simple peel-off-and -stick installation. I have clips on my Clip Zip with a broken clip, Benjie T6, my Talking Book Reader, and on my Victor Reader Stream! Now I can just wear these players instead of holding them in my hand or sticking them in my pocket! Just $5.99! http://www.talkingmp3players.com/Stick-on-Clip-for-Portable-Players_p_144.html On the Daily Deal! Get a 7-inch Fire tablet for just $59.99 with a free case and OTG cable which allows you to connect either a flash drive or a USB keyboard to your tablet (a $10.99 value). Has Alexa hands-free and comes with the screen reader turned on and the Google Play Store set up so you can have access to way more apps than you'll ever need! When purchasing accessories in the combo box during our Black Friday special, get $10 off any microSD card 32GB or higher, plus $5 off additional accessories! http://www.talkingmp3players.com/Daily-Deals_ep_49-1.html Don't miss this one-ptime only Super Discount on Benji Talking Mp3 Players, get more memory for less! It normally starts at $95.99 for 16GB up to $145.99 for 256 GB, but this week only you can get our newest addition the Rockboxed Benji T-6 Lossless Hi Fi Talking Media Player starting at just $95.99 for 32GB, 64GB for only 105.99, 128GB only $115.99, and 256GB for just $139.99! Not only that but you'll also receive one of the above mentioned Stick-on clips absolutely free of charge! When purchasing accessories in the combo box during our Black Friday special, get $10 off any microSD card 32GB or higher, plus $5 off additional accessories! Place your order here: https://talkingmp3players-com.3dcartstores.com/Talking-Benji-T-6-Lossless-Hi-Fi-Media-Player-with-Rockbox-Free-Stick-on-Clip-_p_146.html Download the introduction to the Benji T-6 Talking Mp3 Player at the below link. https://od.lk/d/NTVfODkwNDI4OF8/Benjie%20T6%20Hi-Fi%20Talking%20MP3%20Player%20Introduction.mp3 Lots of freebies on this one! Get our feature-packed new 16GB Talking Book Reader which comes with the high quality Ivona voices built in and plays all sorts of unprotected files including Bookshare Daisy books, eBooks, music, audio books, and even video files! It has internet capability for internet radio stations and podcasts and a new searchable library for them! It records from its built-in mic, external mic/line-in, FM stereo radio, and internet radio! Gets 14 hours of play time on a full charge! Deeply discounted at only $235.99! For free with this player this week you get the above mentioned Stick-on clip, a 16GB SD card, and a free holster case! When purchasing accessories in the combo box during our Black Friday special, get $10 off any SD card 32GB or higher plus $5 off any other accessories! https://talkingmp3players-com.3dcartstores.com/Talking-Daisy-Book-Media-Player-16GB-Newest-Edition-with-free-case-16GB-SD-card_p_152.html Download the introduction to the Talking Book Reader 2nd Edition at the below link. https://od.lk/d/NTVfODkwNDI0Nl8/Introducing%20the%20Talking%20book%20Reader%202nd%20Edition.mp3 This week get the Newly Updated Victor Reader Trek Book Reader & GPS Combined with Bluetooth Capability and brand-new more accurate maps for only $624.99 (Sold by Humanware for $795) you get a free 16GB SD card, $5 off Magnetic cables and all other accessories, $10 off any SD card 32GB or higher when purchasing accessories in the combo box during our Black Friday special! To save you even more money no tax unless you live in Florida and get free priority mail in the US! http://www.talkingmp3players.com/Victor-Reader-Trek-Talking-Book-Reader-GPS-with-free-16GB-SD-card_p_118.html Get the New Victor Reader Stream with new built-in speaker on sale $20 off for only $374.99! For this sale only get a free 16GB SD card as well as getting $10 off any SD card 32GB or higher plus $5 off all other accessories when purchasing accessories in the combo box during our Black Friday special! To save you even more money no tax unless you live in Florida and no shipping fees in the US! You can read about and order it from: http://www.talkingmp3players.com/Humanware-Victor-Reader-Stream-2nd-Generation-with-free-16-GB-SD-Card_p_83.html Both brand new Stream and Trek also include in the box long and short USB cables, 8GB SD card, protective silicone case, earphones, and wall charger plus the Trek also comes with a lanyard and a much sturdier silicone case! See below for our Miccus Bluetooth transmitters/receivers to enable your Victor Reader Stream to use Bluetooth! Don't forget these also come with an extra $5 off when purchased with any player! Free OTG cable($10 value)this week so you can connect to a physical Keyboard or thumb drive when you purchase a brand new Talking Latest generation Fire Tablet; 7 inch, HD 8, and HD 10. They also come with the above mentioned $5 off electronic accessories and cables & $10 off micro SD cards. These have Ivona voices and we've turned on the Screen reader and installed the Google Playstore so you can use Amazon and Google Apps on your tablets. You can have Alexa Hands-Free on all three Fire tablets! Go to our Talking Tablets page: https://talkingmp3players-com.3dcartstores.com/Talking-Tablets_c_36.html to see our selection and order. Special Deal on New Phone Service with the new easy to use accessible push button candy bar style talking Blindshell Classic phone all set up for use! It was designed specifically for the blind. This is a good choice for those who can't or prefer not to use a touch screen phone! The phone is just $349 and to fully service you we'll even activate your phone with your choice of very affordable H2O phone plans with unlimited talk and text and high speed data on the AT&T towers and save you money! First month of new service deal is just $20 for a $60 completely unlimited plan! (After the first month plans are $20 for 2GB, $30 for 6GB, $40 for 15GB Data, $50 & $60 for unlimited data plans up to 30GB) http://www.talkingmp3players.com/Blindshell-Classic-Phone_p_156.html Get 6 months to pay with No Interest on orders over $99 when you choose PayPal Credit at Checkout. (subject to credit approval) Free wall charger plus all the above discounts on accessories & microSD cards with our very-affordable & accessible portable MP3 player AM/FM radio with built in front-facing mono speaker which plays MP3/WAV files from either a thumb drive or microSD card! Plays FM radio stations. Jump to specific tracks or radio stations by entering the track number or the frequency! Read more and order yours for just $25.99 from here: https://talkingmp3players-com.3dcartstores.com/MP3-AMFM-radio-player-with-Free-Wall-Charger-Black-Friday_p_159.html Download the introduction to the AM-FM MP3 player at the below link. https://od.lk/d/NTVfODkwNDQxM18/AM%20FM%20Mp3%20Player%20Presentation.mp3 Great Deals on all Bluetooth Transmitter/Receivers and Speakers when you purchase them with any of the above devices, get $5 off! We also have some discounts this week when purchased separately! Portable Miccus Swivel Jack RTX Bluetooth transmitter/receiver for just $44.99! Perfect for making your Victor Stream or any other device with a headphone jack, able to connect to your Bluetooth headphones or speaker! Connect it to your computer's USB port and have it come through your Bluetooth headset or speaker! The receiver side speaks everything from power on through power off! It boasts a range of 100 Feet and much more... http://www.talkingmp3players.com/Miccus-Swivel-Jack-RTX-Bluetooth-TransmitterReceiver_p_18.html Miccus Home RTX 2.0 is the home version not designed for portable use. It can transmit up to 160 feet or more in direct line of sight! Available for $5 off just $54.99! 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 $15.99. https://talkingmp3players-com.3dcartstores.com/Water-Resistant-Mono-Bluetooth-Mini-Shower-Speaker_p_22.html We're also offering discounts on separately purchased large capacity 64GB, 128GB, and 200GB SD and microSD cards ready for use on your favorite devices and including some OTR for your enjoyment starting at just $21.99 for a 64GB card, $39.99 for 128GB, and $55.99 for 200GB! We also have 16GB for $9.99, 32GB for only $15.99 and a limited supply of 256GB microSD Cards with SD card adapter for only $59.99! http://www.talkingmp3players.com/Micro-SD-SD-cards_c_14.html But don't miss getting them each for a whole $10 discount with any device starting at 32 GB. We have magnetic cables, regular usb cables, auxiliary cables and charging accessories that are also discounted as part of our special:http://www.talkingmp3players.com/Cables-and-Charging-Accessories_c_13.html And don't forget you get a full $5 off even on these already low priced items when you purchase with one of our players, radios or tablets! This special goes through Monday November 30th only, so hurry and take advantage of these spectacular Black Friday deals! All prices are in US dollars. We accept major credit cards, Amazon Pay, and PayPal on line or you can call 727-498-0121 to place your credit card order or email laz@talkingmp3players.com to have a PaypalMe link sent.


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