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iOS 13.4 adds support for iCloud-based folder sharing



iOS 13.4, released earlier this week, introduces iCloud folder sharing to anyone with an Apple ID.

Freedom Scientific offers home licences for Jaws, ZoomText, and Fusion through June 2020; Dolphin Follows Suit



Freedom scientific is offering some of its blind and low vision products to households in the U.S. for free to help minimize the impact of work from home requirements on blind and visually impaired individuals.

It's Time to be Counted: How to Take the 2020 U.S. Census Now



The 2020 Census is happening now in the United States, and the forms can be filled out online with a screen reader or other tools. Here's what you need to do.

Voice Dream Scanner enters Android Beta, costs $5.99



Popular iOS scanning app Voice Dream Scanner is porting to Android, and is entering public beta.

Firefox version 73 introduces several low vision improvements



The latest version of Mazilla's Firefox browser introduces new global zoom options and a new backplate option for those using Windows high contrast mode.

Use Audio to Understand the Meaning of Flattening the Curve, Thanks to Desmos



You may have recently heard the phrase "Flattening the Curve" but the visual reference to controlling the spread of COVID-19 may make more sense when presented in audio form. Thanks to the Desmos Graphing Calculator, this is now possible.

#CSUNATC20: Orbit Research Announces a Trio of New Braille Products, Relaunches Graphiti



Orbit Research has several new products being added to their lineup in the coming weeks including new braille displays, a Bluetooth braille keyboard, and the release of the long-awaited Graphiti tactile graphics display.

#CSUNATC20: Over 130 Sessions Canceled, Many Major Sponsors Dropping Out while Organizers Deny Refunds



Over a quarter of sessions for the CSUN Assistive Technology Conference have now been canceled with more on the way, but organizers insist the event is still going on as planned and no refunds are being offered, according to some participants.


Deals

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.

#NFB19: Get a Shipt Grocery Delivery Membership for $49 a Year and Avoid Pesky Minibar Charges



We're big fans of Shipt, the grocery delivery service which is now available in most of the country. Now, you can get an annual membership for over half off, or just $49 by using this link.


Podcasts

#CSUNATC20 Audio: Master Your Modes With vispero's Optelec Compact 10 HD



The Optelec Compact brand has come a long way from its flip out handle days of a decade ago or its original touch screen display option. Shelly got a chance to view the newest iteration and get a guided tour of the units features with vispero's Educational Specialist Michael Wood. The pair cover the differences between Easy and Advanced Modes, they discuss the Speech features as well as the OCR functionality of the new 10 inch display model. To learn more about this specific unit, and the two configurations offered, visit the Optelec Compact 10 HD 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: Harpo Updates Some Nostalgic Braille Products For A Modern Age



J.J. becomes the Keymaster in this interview. Okay, "Ghostbusters" movie references aside, J.J. did find that some retro names in A.T. have been updated in some cool new ways. He spoke to Jarek Urbanski, CEO of Harpo, about the soon to be released Mountbatten Tutor and gets an overview of the device's menus and feature set. And if that wasn't old school enough, the duo discuss the return of the Jot a Dot. For those listening to the audio, and not reading the transcript below, J.J. did capture the sounds of both on the quieter than normal CSUN Exhibit Hall floor. To learn more about these products, including the BraillePen Slim, visit the Harpo 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: This Is The Way weWalk With Smart Cane Technology



We've interviewed makers of Smart Cane tech before on Blind Bargains, however, not many of those previous interviewees were featured in Time Magazine for tech innovation. That's why Shelly caught up with Kursat Ceylan, Cofounder of WeWalk, to discuss what sets this approach apart from others. Tune in, or read below, to find out more about the companion app and features for this mobility aid. Have you ever needed a light for night travel or a "find my cane" option? This just might be the ideal travel item for you. To learn more, or purchase the cane, 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.

#CSUNATC20 Audio: A Mixture Of Technology And Humans Are At The Center Of Note Taking Express



Visual Interpreter services are one way to gain access to meetings and notes. But the ability to work with a service that might better understand your specific field of study might just give you the edge over a broader all-purpose option. J.J. spoke with Daniel Goerz, CEO of Note Taking Express, about their notetaking platform and service in order to learn more about what sets this solution apart from others we ve covered on the BBQ podcast. Read below, or tune into the audio from the CSUN Exhibit Hall floor, for a description of the service and how it can take audio/video from recorded media into a service beyond basic transcription. If you would like to know more about the platform, visit the Note Taking Express 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 New Wearable Arrives On The Scene For Zoomax



Last month David Bradburn, President of Zoomax USA, shared at ATIA a sneak peek of a new product that would make its debut in Anaheim. Shelly caught up with David on the CSUN Exhibit Hall floor to learn more about the new member of the Acesight family and gets a tour of the controls, the specs and who might best find the VR approach most helpful for accomplishing common reading tasks. To learn more about the Acesight family of products, or to find your nearest Dealer, visit the Zoomax 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: Reading And Writing Graphiti With Orbit Research



Last summer Lisa spoke to Venkatesh Chari, CEO and President of Orbit Research, during our ACB interview coverage. That interview noted some welcome changes that had come to the Orbit Reader 20 regarding upgrading the unit from the SD card slot. In November, Orbit Research released a chat app for the deaf-blind. And this month, as the doors opened to the CSUN Exhibit Hall floor, the company announced several new products and an update to the original Orbit Reader. J.J. snuck into that same Exhibit Hall before the crowds arrived in order to talk to Venkatesh about the new products, their pricing and more details about the status of the Graphiti display. To learn more about Orbit Research, or purchase any of the products mentioned in this interview, 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.

Blind Bargains Qast 208: Deep Purple ColorStar



We first teased our intent to take a look at the ColorStar during BBQ 188 during our summer convention wrap up show. now, a scant half a year later, the deep dive into the color identifier has arrive. Join Ricky Enger as she demonstrates the color, light and pattern detection modes of the device. Hear the speech of the unit in both the Universal and Artistic settings while Ricky tests them against an actual human's perception under various lighting conditions. And listen in as Ricky discovers what colors her holiday tree is... because that was the time in which this particular portion of the show was recorded. Visit the manual page for the ColorStar to learn more about the specs and more detailed aspects of operation. Or, journey over to the APH page for the ColorStar if you would like to purchase one yourself.

Blind Bargains Qast 207: Some Video Desktop Access



This is going to sound weird, but its our first news show of 2020. And wow do we have some news to talk about. So much news that we needed Scott Davert to sit in with us. He also hangs out with us while we go over the biggest stories that came from our ATIA 2020 coverage last month. Get ready for tech, talk and even a baseball story towards the end.


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Affordable Assistive Technology Help


Are you and your child stuck at home? Is your school implementing new online learning platforms? Are you baffled by the specialised tech tools and alternative techniques your child needs? Would you like some assistive technology instruction for you and/or your child? I am happy to help! I am available for: * Training on PC, Mac, or iOS using JAWS, Voiceover, or NVDA screen readers. * Instruction on Note takers and braille displays such as the Braille Note Touch or Focus. * Making inaccessible charts, diagrams, drawings and other complex materials understandable for a blind student. * Braille instruction and support. I am a blind person certified in the JAWS and Nonvisual Desktop Access (NVDA) screen readers with A+ and Network+ IT certifications and over 30 years of professional technology experience. Please contact me for a free consultation. Flat $15 per hour rate if you decide we'll work together.

All About Office


Announcing: All About Office 365! Using Word, Outlook, Excel and PowerPoint with the JAWS screen reader The exciting new course series by Angela Fowler Learn to create and edit a document in Microsoft Word, Learn to format your document to meet the strictest professional standard, Learn to manage email in Outlook, Learn about Outlooks handy yet less used features, Learn to organize things in excel, Learn to keep a budget using formulas and functions, Learn to present effectively with PowerPoint, Learn to create accessible and visually striking presentations, And much, much more. There will be a course dedicated to each of the four main programs in Microsoft Office. Each course will be broken into two sections, with the first covering the features people use every day and the second covering the more advanced features. Each course comes with: Access to the live webinars, A recording of the webinars, Written procedures for common yet complex tasks, An hour of free one-on-one training with me, And 2 weeks of unlimited email tech support. The complete package comes with: Access to all live webinars, Webinar recordings, Written procedures for common yet complex tasks, 4 hours of free one-on-one training, 8 weeks of unlimited email tech support, My computer optimization service absolutely free, And a deep discount on any training beyond the 4 free hours. Each course can be purchased separately or as part of the complete package. Cost is $125 per course or $450 for the complete package. In light of the current situation, flexible payment plans can be arranged. For more information or to sign up, send an email to angelafowlertraining@gmail.com.

Introducing our latest accessible device, the Blindshell Classic Phone!


Most of us have been hearing great things about this new accessible talking phone the Blindshell Classic, and now you can order it from us! We just got them in and I have to say I'm impressed! They did a good 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 good job with the music and book reader applications which of course I had to check out. (smiles) All the other applications were also well designed and worked very well! The Blindshell Classic Talking GSM Phone works great and we go one step beyond by activating it for you so that when you receive it you can start using it right away! We can provide you with a new phone number or port your existing number over to it at no charge to you! Just select a plan option as you check out online or place a phone order. This phone works with any service in the GSM network as T Mobile, Simple Mobile, Net 10, TracFone and many more. We have great plans available with Simple Mobile which works on the T Mobile Network. Not only is it all button operated but it has voice control! With voice control you can give the phone voice commands without having to use the keypad! You can do the following, and more: • Call or send a message to a contact • Open any application in the phone • Get information about weather • Get your location. Address and GPS It also has voice dictation! Instead of using the keypad to input text, just simply say it. The phone will write it down as a text! You can use voice dictation for these actions: • SMS dictation • Email dictation • Take notes • Dictate your agenda It has a physical keyboard with Big, well spaced feelable buttons. Operating the phone is again as comfortable as it used to be before the smartphone era. The spacing between the keys makes orientation on the keypad very easy, so you will be able to distinguish between the keys right away. No need to fumble with your fingers around to find the right button. No need to be worried about pressing the wrong button either. Highlights: Object tagging. By using special stickers you can label objects around you. Teach your phone what objects are that labels are attached to, and easily recognize them later by using your phone. You can either record a short voice message, or enter a written description. One set of labels is supplied with the phone! Many useful applications: Object tagging isn’t the only amazing application you can use. Another is the Email client, with which you can write and receive emails from your friends and colleagues. With Internet radio you can listen to thousands of radio stations from around the world. Weather app will tell you the current weather and forecast for next three days. If you are unsure of where you are, use the Location app, which will tell you your current GPS location and a nearest address. SOS emergency button: If you find yourself in a situation in which some quick help from someone else is needed, you can use the SOS emergency button. Pressing the button for at least 3 seconds will call your emergency contact. (This contact can be set whenever you want). The outgoing emergency call has to be confirmed by you, so you don't need to worry about making the call accidentally. Applications and Features: It's packed with features! But you don't need to be afraid that you will be overwhelmed. It's only up to you which applications you'll use. You can just make calls and send messages, and nothing else. But, if you want to use the full potential of the phone, there is nothing stopping you from making the most of it. Main features: • Calls • Call log • SMS • SMS to multiple recipients • Contacts • Backing up and importing contacts • Alarm • Calendar • Minute timer • Notes • Voice recorder Advanced features:  • SOS emergency button • E-mail • Object tagging • FM radio • Internet radio • Audio player • Book Reader • Service menu • Weather forecast • GPS location • Color recognition On sale: $349.00 Available in black or red. Visit this link for more information: http://www.talkingmp3players.com/Blindshell-Classic-Phone_p_156.html 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.

6 core Apple MacBook pro, loaded iMac 5k, and USA MusicMan electric guitar with hard case!


Late 2018 Apple MacBook pro in mint condition with 2.2gHz Intel I7 six core processor, 256gb ssd, 16gb ram, touch bar, touch ID, glass trackpad, Thunderbolt 3 etc. Apple iMac with 27 inch retina 5k display, quad core I7 4.0gHz processor, 1 terabyte ssd, 32gb ram, Thunderbolt 2, USB 3.0 etc. Accessories included. Both of these machines are fantastic for audio and music work or just everyday computing. Mac OS and Windows 10 run great on both machines! Ernie Ball MusicMan Axis Sport electric guitar, made in california, features include custom DiMarzio hum buckers, vintage style trem, five way pickup selector, one tone, one volume, locking tuners, truss rod adjustment wheel etc. Includes whammy bar, hard case, and key. Excellent condition with no issues!

Focus 80 Blue Braille Display, 4th Gen - $1300


Selling a 4 year old Focus 80 braille display. 4th generation so it has Bluetooth connection option. Paid nearly $7,000 for it new. Selling for $1300

DM43 - Project management, Android, and back doors


DM43: Project management Android and back doors In This episode, we’re discussing a new podcast recording tool, Damashe’s using Edge, and Mike’s Android thoughts after a year of daily usage. We get right into it by discussing a new service, SquadCast, we’re trying out for recording the show. While it is pretty straight forward to record with, we still did our own local recordings as a backup. Flexibits has released Fantastical 3, with a lot of new features, among which are: proposed times direct account login Todoist integration zoom integration calendar sets on iOS and a host of other features. We discuss some of these features, as well as some rough accessibility bugs with the initial release. You can now use Fantastical’s basic features fre, with a subscription for more advanced functionality. Mike has put most of his tasks in Todoist, completing over 2300 tasks at the time of recording. And a side effect of the Fantastical update is Damashe is going back to Todoist. The fact it provides web integrations and shared projects make it a winner, fustrations aside. One year in with Android, Mike is pretty happy overall. The ability to heavily customize Talkback behavior is one of the most powerful features. There are still some fustrations with navigating the web. Mike has been trying different browsers, including Firefox and Edge. Overall, we’re happy with the focus on accessibility from both Apple and Google. We wrap up with a rant from Damashe on the increasing push from governments to create backdoors into software encryption. Links to things mentioned can be found at https://yourownpay.com/dm43


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