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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.

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BBQ In Review: A pile of Last Word items to smooth things over until our next podcast

In our previous BBQ in Review articles we covered news, Interviews and a whole lot of tips to make up for lost time. Yet no true BBQ traditional show would be complete without a Last Word . Or has it happened to be for this post several Last Word entries. It s all here. Cats, food and YouTube clips galore. Enjoy this journey into the oddities of the world wide web that you have come to expect from us at the end of an episode.

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BBQ In Review: A pile of interviews to smooth things over until our next podcast

The ACB And NFB National Conventions are in the books and the BBQ Crew begins their travel plans from the kitchen to the Broadcast Studio? This week we learned that CSUNATC21 Joins ATIA21 In their move to a virtual convention and Exhibit Hall. We are fascinated to learn more about how the largest U.S. A.T. conferences will navigate the realms of accessible learning platforms, after all that s been the focus of many a conference session for years, but until then we offer a glimpse into our previous 2020 convention coverage in the handy lists below.

BBQ In Review: A pile of helpful tips to smooth things over until our next podcast

The tip portion of the show can sometimes be the most difficult to record and that s because we have a hard time settling on one for each episode. And sometimes the one we have in mind won t translate well to audio. So, this post is a list of possible upcoming tips for the BBQ, or it is full of things we were not sure would sound good in the Tips block of the show. Either way, there are a ton of things to learn and try out on your various devices.

BBQ In Review: A pile of news to smooth things over until our next podcast

The summer is coming to a close and you probably have browsed NLS Bard s latest for the umpteenth time looking for the perfect book. Or you have dredged the depths of the audio description sections of Netflix, Hulu, Disney Plus or Amazon Prime in hopes of finding something interesting. You might also have read all the latest news at Access World, Top Tech Tidd Bits And the Apple Vis blog To keep up on various matters. But then you think Hey! What about the Blind Bargains Qast? . Only to realize that the weekly series has become somewhat not so weekly as of late. Well, even if you didn t know that, we have a whole lot of links that will make up for our absence from your podcast feed.


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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.

Blind Bargains Qast 210: AmbeBose

It is time for another BBQ Bite, or Byte as we have not really settled on that yet, as we keep delving back into our pile of holiday tech gifts to talk about on the show. In this episode Ricky will talk about what Joe gave her, Sennheiser Ambeoes, and Joe will converse with Ricky about the Bose Frames she provided him. There is a whole lot of moving in stereo in this virtual audio extravaganza. And you may want to listen in a good pair of headphones for the full effect of the cat and construction. Confused? Tune in and all will be revealed in 3d audio.

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

#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


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