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Microsoft helps Blind/VI children to develop an interest in coding from a young age with Code jumper



Code Jumper, a new offering developed by Microsoft by Microsoft enables children to learn coding skills through Project Torino, a physical programming language. It will soon be available from the American Printing House for the Blind.

QRead Version 3.21 Released, including improved heading navigation, improved goodreads search, and more  



Last weekend, Accessible Apps released QRead version 3.21.
This release includes improved heading navigation, improved Goodreads support, improvements to the document progress slider, and more.

New Cane and Guide Dog Emojis Coming in 2019, We Asked Aira to Describe what They Look Like



Another set of new emoji is being added for you to use on your mobile devices, including some characters related to blind and visually impaired people.

#ATIA19: Humanware Refreshes the BrailleNote Touch with Faster Hardware, Android 8.1



Less than three years after its original release, the BrailleNote Touch is getting a makeover.

Resources for accessing and using Google Suite with a screen reader



Do you or your students struggle to use Google Suite with a screen reader? National Braille Press has recently released a beginner's guide to using all google products, mail, drive, docks, sheets, slides, Chrome, Hangouts, and Calendar, on a pc, along with some notes about Mac and iOS usage as well.

AppA11y is attempting to port dice world to Alexa, and they need your help



Dice World, the incredibly popular iOS and Android app containing 6 free dice games, is attempting to offer its players a hands-free experience by porting the app to Alexa.

NVDA user Survey attempts to find most pressing issues



NvAccess is offering a user survey to attempt to narrow down and locate the most pressing issues for the majority of NVDA users.

Heathrow airport becomes the first Aira access location outside the United States



Europe's largest airport now also has the distinction of being the first Aira access location outside the United States. Blind and visually impaired passengers traveling through Heathrow can now download the free aira app and receive real-time assistance from a trained agent to go through security, find gates, restaurants, rest rooms, and receive real-time updates on changes to their flights.

Accessible Reddit app Dystopia enters Beta, looking for testers



Dystopia, an accessible Reddit app created by a 17-year old high schooler from Colorado, has recently entered beta and is looking for testers.

Instagram adds AI image analysis and alt-text to its site



Instagram has recently become more accessible for the visually impaired with the addition of two new types of caption for its image service.

Google seeks accessibility developers for survey. Compensation included



Google is seeking feedback from accessibility developers regarding their workflow, experience with command line interfaces and browser-based developer tools.

Today Only: One Year of Dropbox Plus plus $50 Amazon Gift Card for $99 (expired)



Today only, Amazon offers a one year subscription to Dropbox Plus bundled with a $50 Amazon.com gift card for $99. Put another way, it's like getting the gift card for free after spending $99 on Dropbox Plus. Dropbox Plus gives you 1TB of storage and other enhanced sharing features. If you are already a subscriber, you can add the code to your existing account.

Seedlings Offers over 350 items in Online Auction to Raise Money for Braille Books



An online auction to raise money for the popular Seedlings Braille Books for Children is ending soon.

Seedlings Offers over 350 items in Online Auction to Raise Money for Braille Books (expired)



An online auction to raise money for the popular Seedlings Braille Books for Children is ending soon.

AIRA Killing Unlimited Plan, Raising Prices for Others, Adding $29 Intro Plan



AIRA is restructuring its plans including discontinuing its unlimited plan and adding a new option for under 30 bucks a month.

GE and Alexa Work Together to Create a Voice-Controlled Microwave with Scan to Cook Technology



AmazonBasics just released a 700 watt Alexa-enabled microwave with some cool features. It looks like GE is also getting in the voice-controlled microwaves with their GE JES1097SMSS Smart Countertop Microwave Oven.

This GE microwave features Alexa for voice control (Alexa devices sold separately). Speak directly to Alexa to achieve the ultimate in kitchen convenience to cook, defrost or reheat. Scan-to-cook technology takes the guesswork out of frozen food instructions. Cook with the right settings with the GE appliances kitchen app. Just scanthe barcode and the microwave is correctly programmed to the right power level and cooking time, making your food turn out just as the manufacturer intended. Seven pre-programmed sensor menu beverage, dinner plate, pizza, popcorn, potato, reheat and vegetable. Stainless Steel exterior. Unit measures 11 h x 19 w x 14 d (h x w x d) inchs. 900 watts with 10 power settings, clock and kitchen timer. the barcode and the microwave is correctly programmed to the right power level and cooking time, making your food turn out just as the manufacturer intended. Seven pre-programmed sensor menu beverage, dinner plate, pizza, popcorn, potato, reheat and vegetable. Stainless Steel exterior. Unit measures 11 h x 19 w x 14 d (h x w x d) inchs. 900 watts with 10 power settings, clock and kitchen timer.

Amazon now has the GE JES1097SMSS Smart Countertop Microwave Oven, Works with Alexa, for $139.99 with free shipping.

Microwave Cooking Just Got Easier with AmazonBasics and Alexa



Alexa is getting smarter, and now she can microwave. The AmazonBasics Microwave simplifies cooking by letting you microwave using your voice and an Echo device. Just say, Alexa, reheat one cup of coffee, and Alexa will start reheating with the appropriate power and time settings. Quick-cook presets mean there s no need to guess cook times or heat levels when you re defrosting peas or microwaving a potato. There's even an Ask Alexa button right on the microwave. When pressed, there s no need to say Alexa or microwave. To start cooking, use your voice or just press the Ask Alexa button and say your cook time.The button will instantly wake up your paired Echo, just like saying Alexa does. For example, press the Ask Alexa button and say, 2 minutes, or frozen vegetables. The button will instantly wake up your paired Echo, just like saying Alexa does. For example, press the Ask Alexa button and say, 2 minutes, or frozen vegetables.

Auto Popcorn Replenishment can automatically reorder popcorn when you run low, enabled by Amazon Dash Replenishment technology.

Additional features include: 700 Watts of power, 10 power levels, a kitchen timer, a child lock, and a turntable. Alexa is always getting smarter and adding new presets. The unit measures 17.3 x 14.1 x 10.1 (439 mm x 358 mm x 256 mm).

Amazon now offers the Alexa Enabled AmazonBasics Microwave for an introductory price of $59.99 with free shipping. A payment plan is offered for $12.00 a month. The item will ship on November 18.

NOTE: To use the voice control features and quick-cook presets, the AmazonBasics Microwave must be paired with an Echo device (not included).

The Apple Rundown: The Excess To The Max Edition



It has been almost two weeks since the BBQ Crew sat down to discuss the big reveals from Apple's September hardware event
And in that short amount of time we ve been given a bunch of updates to Macs, iPhones, Apple TVs, watches and that speaker that needs a coaster under it, so it doesn t harm your wooden table. Then for good measure, not the iOS 12 feature I promise, Apple let loose a duo of .1 updates for tvOS
And Watch OS

Breaking: Marrakesh Treaty Implementation Act Unanimously Passes House, heads to President for Signature



After nearly a decade of work and debate, people in the United States are on the brink of being able to obtain accessible books from international sources.

Second WebAIM Low Vision survey open for participants until September 30



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