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A Message More Important than Technology



There are times that necessitate that this site reaches beyond the scope of blindness and technology because of issues that are greater than any accessibility challenge. This is one of those times.

Multi-Finger Gestures May Be Coming to Android's Accessibility Services



Android is poised to get a whole new set of accessibility commands, if the developer documentation for Android R is any indication. Over 20 new multi-tap gestures are listed, more than doubling the current offerings which largely involved one finger.

Making the most of your Zoom audio, How to sound  close and personal



Join Mike May and Kim Casey of Access Explorer, Erin Lauridsen of the San Francisco Lighthouse and J.J. Meddaugh of A. T. Guys on a Zoom session to compare various audio configurations among the participants. Have you heard others on calls and wondered why they sound so good? Let s find out by comparing audio online. We will edit the recording and provide it after this session so you can hear what you sound like. Kim will provide feedback to those who wish on your video presence.

Gameworld App Pirate Poker Gets standalone version, marking shift in app A11y's model



Pirate Poker, one of the apps in the iOS app Game world, has now been ported into its own app. App A11y, the company behind the original edition, has indicated that this is the first of several apps that are to receive standalone versions in the coming months.

5 Considerations for Running a Virtual National Convention during COVID-19



Today, the National Federation of the Blind announced that this year's national convention, originally held in Houston, will now be held in a virtual format. The American Council of the Blind made a similar decision last week. But what exactly will this mean?

Flattening the Accessibility Curve, a Large-scale Survey Seeking your Input



A coalition of blindness organizations and companies seek your feedback to determine the effects of COVID19 on people who are blind and visually impaired.

Timecrest version 2.9.1 introduces new soundtrack, VoiceOver fixes, new UI, and more



In preparation for Timecrest 3, Sneaky Crabs has released a new version of popular iOS game Timecrest.

GeeksModo: New blog for everything apple



Readers interested in learning more about their Apple devices should take note of GeeksModo an emerging blog covering all things apple.

Find out more about GeeksModo, and its founder Moses Gitari, below.


Deals

Google drive adds touch ID / Face ID to its iOS apps



Google's latest drive update adds the option to secure your files with touch ID or Face ID.

Google home implements device sensitivity



Tired of all your devices responding at once after saying the wake phrase? Google has implemented a new feature to help differentiate which devices in your home are most likely to respond.

Google has begun to roll out a feature to adjust the sensitivity of each device in your home to the wake phrase. This is useful both in noisy environments and in cases where multiple google devices are in the home, and you prefer for one to be more likely to respond.

The feature first began rolling out in late April, and should be available to most devices in the United States by this point.

The setting can be adjusted by ensuring that your google home iOS or Android app is up to date, clicking on the name of your device, going to settings, device settings, hey/okay google sensitivity, adjust the slider to your desired sensitivity (the higher the slider, the more sensitive your device), then back out and repeat for any other devices you wish to edit.

This is a much needed feature that should hopefully cut down on both unintended Google device responses and having to yell at your devices.

Have you tried this feature? How well does it work? Please let us know in the comments.

Audio Wizards goes on sale prior to forthcoming multiplayer update



Audio Wizards, from Finish developer My True Sound goes on sale until March 29.

Mosen Consulting Offers Free Audiobook about the Zoom Meeting Platform



Mosen Consulting is offering a free audiobook for those who use or are interested in the remote meeting capabilities of Zoom.

Six Ages: Ride Like the Wind goes on sale for the holidays



Six Ages, a popular iOS exploration, resource management, and strategy game set against a mythic backdrop of enegmatic gods and legends, is on sale in the iOS App Store.

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.

Rubik's Tactile Cube for $11.28



Amazon.com has the Rubik's Tactile Cube for $11.28. Shipping is free for Amazon prime members. This accessible version of the Rubik's Cube adds tactile shapes to each of the 6 sides, allowing you to solve the classic toy by touch.


Podcasts

Blind Bargains Qast 209: The 4 Day Week



usually our first "In Studio" episode after convention coverage is the traditional wrap up show where we dissect and discuss a particular event 20 minutes longer than we really should. But, as you already know, these are strange times and we find ourselves amongst the BBQ Crew reflecting on life after CSUN instead of our normal post con conversation. J.J. and Shelly talk about their return travel adventures while Joe remarks what it was like to watch the goings on from home. We do talk some tech this week, however, it is scattered throughout the run time of the show in between tips and musings about what has to be considered for future gatherings within the Blind and Low Vision communities. Sound Off and the Last Word find their way in towards the end of the program. So, we did not deviate too far from the norm. Or at least our version of that.

#CSUNATC20 Audio: Expanding VR And AR Into XR With The Smith-Kettlewell | Eye Research Institute



As J.J. says early on during his interview with Brandon Biggs, Engineer with the Smith-Kettlewell | Eye Research Institute, "There's a lot to unpack here". The pair even commandeered an entire Platinum Ballroom, okay CSUN wasn't using it honest, to talk about indoor navigation and mapping techniques. Tune in, or read the transcript below, to hear how audio games like "A Hero's Call" can pioneer a tested user experience for providing and effective way to perform indoor navigation tasks. Also, hear a demo and learn how the term XR came about for describing hybrid reality experiences. To learn more about this technology, visit the Smith-Kettlewell | Eye Research Institute website

CSUN 2020 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.

#CSUNATC20 Audio: Patriot Vision Industries Speaks Through Their New Voice EZ



A running theme throughout our CSUN 2020 coverage has been how strange the event has been due to restrictions on travel that were falling into place at the time of these recordings. Some Exhibitors were unable to attend and props to John Palmer, President of Patriot Vision Industries for showing some , of TrySight's products at their table as a friendly gesture. In this interview Shelly gets her hands on the Patriot Pro, mentioned during our ATIA 2020 coverage last month, and she gets a product overview of the newly announced Patriot Voice EZ. To learn more about the products mentioned in this interview, visit the Patriot Vision Industries website

CSUN 2020 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.

#CSUNATC20 Audio: Practical Design Powers Blindspot Consulting's Accessible Photo Booth



If you do these convention coverage events long enough, well, you end up having some compromising audio and photos being taken of you as a result. Somewhere out there are pictures of Joe with his interview microphone near an odd place on eBot the Robot's chassis. And now the BBQ Crew has a few funny pictures of J.J. thanks to Blindspot Consulting, Inc. and their Accessible Photo Booth. Leah Shaull and Scott Tate walk J.J. through the process of taking the photos while they chat about the company's web remediation, kiosk access design and other services that they provide. Currently the Podcast Team is working out the demands of J.J.'s blackmail and what it would take not to release these photos. But in the meantime, you can find out more on the subject of Blindspot Consulting, by visiting their website

CSUN 2020 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.

#CSUNATC20 Audio: Smart Glasses Are The Next Step For Envision AI



It has been almost a year since we had Karthik Kannan, Cofounder and Chief Engineer of Envision AI, on the program to talk about pricing plans and the release of the Android version of the app. So, with a new product announcement and pre-order campaign underway, Shelly swung by the booth at the emptier than normal CSUN Exhibit Hall floor to test out the new Envision AI Glasses. The interview covers topics such as why Google Glass v2 was chosen as the first delivery system outside of smartphones, how the company is taking a platform agnostic approach to future versions of the app and the drive to work with others in the A.T. space to adopt more wearable tech approaches. And don't miss Shelly's real time demo using the glasses to read nearby objects and text. To learn more about the Glasses, or the app for iOS and Android, visit the Envision AI website

CSUN 2020 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.

#CSUNATC20 Audio: Be My Eyes Sees Into The Future



We've been lucky enough to capture the success of the Be My Eyes team on our microphones for years. And while the BBQ doesn't have 6 million volunteers, and 200,000 Blind or Low Vision users, we are happy to record another fantastic milestone in their amazing story. J.J. had Will Butler, VP Community, and Alexander Hauerslev Jensen, CCO, by the scaled down Blind Bargains Suite/Room/Alcove to chat on what's happened since our July 2019 interview in Las Vegas. The trio cover topics such as the new funding announcement from last month, where they believe the Specialized Help Platform can grow in the future and the launch of their secondary "13 Letters" podcast. And keep your ears open, or scan the transcript below, to catch a Blind Bargains Qast exclusive bit of news. You can keep up with all the latest information, or join the community, by visiting the Be My Eyes website

CSUN 2020 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.

#CSUNATC20 Audio: Magnifying Materials With LVI America's Apple Friendly MacViewer



In July 2019, Joe caught up with Kimberly Cline at her LVI America debut In Las Vegas to talk about her excitement for future Video Magnifier products. And that enthusiasm is echoed by Charlie Collins, Director of Sales, when he speaks to Shelly about the new MacViewer device. The pair talk about the specs of the unit, discuss the new improved toolbar experience before noting that the Video Magnifier is also available for Chrome OS and Pcs as well. If you would like to know more about the products mentioned in this interview, visit the LVI America website

CSUN 2020 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.

#CSUNATC20 Audio: A Hallside Chat With Troy Otillio Of AIRA



The team at AIRA started off 2020 with the recent news surrounding a change in ownership and the sunsetting of the Horizon product. J.J. caught up with Troy Otillio, CEO of AIRA, outside the Exhibit Hall floor to discuss several topics regarding the service. Listen in, or read the transcript below, as the pair talk about the future of AIRA and answer some of the questions sent into us by our Twitter followers. To stay up to date with the goings on at AIRA, or to sign up for the service, visit the company's website

CSUN 2020 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.


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mint condition Baum Vario Ultra 40 - $3000 USD including shipping


I actually own a vario ultra 40 and a 20, but I never ended up taking the 40 out of my house more than 10 times for school: ended up using the 20 far more often and to this day. I've charged the 40's battery every few months and kept it in my cool dry basement pretty much since the day I bought it. Wanting to sell it now as I obtained a braille note touch and the 32 character display is the sweet spot for me.

Hi have a Romeo embosser for 1200 dollars.


Hi there, have a wonderful embosser, it has never been used, and I am selling because I want to buy myself a better note taker. So please contact me by text, or by email.

ViewPlus spotDot embosser, perfect condition! just $6000.


I am selling this almost brand-new ViewPlus SpotDot embosser which has the following features: 50 characters per second braille output, high-quality single-sided braille, Industry Leading Tactile Graphics, 300 DPI Color and Black Ink, sheet-fed paper, Translation and Graphics Editing Software, and more. I am selling this excellent machine because I no longer have a use for it in my home, and I would like to give it to somebody, whether it is an organization for the blind, or somebody who can put this beautiful desktop embosser to good use. According to ViewPlus's website, this embosser retails for $7995, but I am selling this barely-used embosser for $6000! This is a steal of a deal for anyone who needs industry-leading tactile graphics, simultaneous print/braille output, and speedy 50-character per second braille output, with high-quality single-sided braille. As a bonus, I am also including approximately 500 pieces of braille paper, which is both compatible with this embosser and other perkins braille writers.

PreOrder our new Talking Book Reader & start getting ready for Father's Day with free...


accessories and much more! It's time to start getting ready for June and don't forget Father's Day will be here shortly and we all know Dads like their electronics! So see if there's something for Dad below! Daily Deal: Introducing our new Talking Book Reader, now with 16GB of internal memory! That's right twice the internal memory for storing more of your media files! Plus get a free holster case! This is the feature-packed Talking Book Reader 2nd Edition which comes with the best sounding high quality Ivona voices built in and plays all sorts of unprotected files including Daisy books, eBooks, music, audio books, and even video files! It's 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! Get it in the next 72 hours for just $234.99!http://www.talkingmp3players.com/Talking-Daisy-Book-Media-Player-16GB-Newest-Edition-with-Free-Case_p_111.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 Special pre-Father's Day for audiophile Dad Special! Order our new Rockboxed Benji T-6 Lossless Hi Fi Talking Media Player with 64GB for just $110.99 and we'll include a $10 value wall charger and our new stick-on belt clip ($7.99 value for free!) It reproduces great sound from all your unprotected audio files and is the best sounding player we've ever offered including the Sansa Clip Zip! http://www.talkingmp3players.com/Talking-Benji-T-6-Lossless-Hi-Fi-Media-Player-64GB-with-Rockbox-plus-free-wall-charger-free-stick-on-Clip_p_154.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 Both the Victor Reader Trek and Stream come with an 8GB SD card, earphones, wall charger, long & short cables, and silicone protective case. The Trek also comes with a lanyard. We don't charge you for shipping in the US or tax unless you're in Florida, so the listed prices are your total! Get the Brand New latest Victor Reader Stream for just $374.99! You can read about and order it from: http://www.talkingmp3players.com/-Victor-Reader-Stream-Newest-Generation-_p_78.html Save big on a brand new Victor Reader Trek for $624.99! Get free priority mail shipping inside the US! http://www.talkingmp3players.com/Victor-Reader-Trek-Talking-Book-Reader-GPS-_p_148.html Get your new easy to use accessible push button candy bar style talking Blindshell Classic phone all set up for use from us! It was designed specifically for the blind and I have to say I'm impressed! They did a fabulous job on its design and its features! This is a great phone for those who can't or prefer not to use a touch screen phone! It also does a fine job with the music and book reader apps which of course I had to check out. (smiles) All the other apps were also well designed and work very well! 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 plus and high speed data starting at $20 per month for 1GB up to 30 GB for $60, so you can start using it once you receive it! http://www.talkingmp3players.com/Blindshell-Classic-Phone_p_156.html Latest Fire 7-inch, HD 8, and HD 10 tablets with the screen reader turned on and Google Play Store installed at great prices! These tablets are as feature packed 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 plus you get Alexa Hands Free! Don't miss the accessories found inside the combo boxes on each tablet's own page: http://www.talkingmp3players.com/Talking-Tablets_c_36.html 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) Our Portable MP3 player AM/FM radio has a built in front-facing speaker! Although it has no speech 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/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! It has a line-in jack so you can play your other devices through its speaker! It'll also serve as an external sound card when connected via USB to your computer! One can also listen with headphones if preferred. Perfect for listening to music and MP3 audio books; it remembers where you left off listening! Priced at just $29.99! http://www.talkingmp3players.com/MP3-AMFM-radio-player_p_39.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 With our Bluetooth items you get instructions from a blind perspective emailed to you! For those wishing to get Bluetooth capability on players like the Victor Stream, Bookport, etc, or those wishing to use Bluetooth with your stereo, PC, etc, any device with a headphone or Line-in/Line-out jack, you can get one of our below two transmitters/receivers, the portable one or the Home version. Both have dual pairing and offer true aptX Low Latency. Portable Miccus Swivel Jack RTX Bluetooth transmitter/receiver for just $49.99! 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 right now $5 off for just $54.99! http://www.talkingmp3players.com/Miccus-Home-RTX-20-Long-Range-Bluetooth-TransmitterReceiver-_p_120.html Miccus Stealth Earbuds for just $44.99! These are sweat proof and have speech feedback, up to 66 feet range, dual pairing, and 10-hour battery life! It has a mic and works with smart phones, tablets, and has very low latency when paired with one of the above Two Miccus Bluetooth transmitters/receivers. http://www.talkingmp3players.com/Miccus-Stealth-Earbuds-with-Voice-prompt_p_25.html We have the Portable Water Resistant Bluetooth Mini Shower mono speaker this week for just $16.99. http://www.talkingmp3players.com/Speakers_c_12.html Don't forget 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 Deals on our 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 and 32GB for only $15.99! http://www.talkingmp3players.com/Micro-SD-SD-cards_c_14.html This special goes through Monday June 1st so don't delay! 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. Your questions are always welcome.

Portable video/magnifier


Freedom Scientific Portable Video Magnifier-Onyx OCR “Top of the line” Paid $3,695.00 brand new in October 2017. My mom used it for 2 weeks and her life took a different turn. It has been sitting in a closet. Her loss will be your gain. Magnifies up to 131 times. Selected text reads to you. Auto focus. 2 cameras w/13 mgpxls, one for distance and one for closeness, full color TFT display, use w USB and/or aSD card, large icons/fonts, volume control, speed control, digital photo viewer, built in stereo speakers, and more. It is an incredible machine. Make an offer. Sue K.

celling a perkins brailler for 500 dollars.


Hello all, I am celling a perkins brailler, for 500 dollars. It's in great shape, still has the box and comes with a lot of braille papers. You guys can contact me using the information below.


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