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Software update for the BrailleNote Touch Plus adds pdf support, sign in with google, and more



A new software update is available for the BrailleNote Touch Plus. The new update adds the ability to open and read pdf's directly, sign in with google, user guide updates and more.

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.

Let's Go Shopping Again. Virtual Small Business Shopping is Back for Round 3 This Friday and Saturday



Let's Go Shopping, a virtual small business showcase which lets you browse and buy from your couch, is back for round 3. Here's more info.

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.

Breaking: With Nearly Seven Months Before the Event, #CSUNATC21 has Gone Virtual



This time, there will be no last-minute wondering. The CSUN Assistive Technology Conference is going virtual for 2021.

Breaking: AIRA Scales Back its Free Five Minute Call Offer



Calling the current system unsustainable, AIRA is modifying the terms of its free five minute call offer starting next week.

How to Use Google's Android Braille Keyboard for Typing



This past spring, Google released a braille keyboard which works much like that found on iOS, enabling people to enter text in braille on their android devices. Here's how to use it for yourself.

Making the most of your Zoom Audio: Presentation Recording now Posted



On May 31, Mike May and Kim Casey of Goodmaps, Erin Lauridsen of the San Francisco Lighthouse and J.J. Meddaugh of A. T. Guys joined over 40 people on a Zoom session to compare various audio configurations among the participants. We heard a range of headsets, microphones, and other setups at a variety of price points, and gave feedback on everyone's sound along with tips for using Zoom and other chat systems effectively.

#WWDC: VoiceOver Gains New Image Description Capabilities among other Changes



Like just about everything else these days, Apple's worldwide developers conference has switched to a virtual format for 2020. But a variety of new features have been announced across Apple's line of devices, including some new VoiceOver improvements.

Windows 10 2004 is Available; Narrator Gets Improved Web and Outlook Support, Even Firefox Compatibility



Windows 10 version 2004, the first major update for Windows this decade, is here, and while the updates are smaller, there are a variety of new features and bug fixes included.

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.

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.

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.

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