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Blind Bargains Qast 59: Mystic Dream Fries

The news for the week might be a little lighter, however, that just allowed us to have more time to spend with our friends from mystic Access on all their various projects. A tip, "Sound Off" and the infamous "Last Word" round out this week's offerings. So sit back and relax while our BB Qast Team takes you on another A.T.journey of the mind. Oh, and don't forget you can do so using Google Play Music for Android or via the web.

In The News":

NVDA Con: It's Everywhere and Bigger than ever

NVDA Basic Training announced

Webvisum CAPTCHA Solver returns to Firefox

Review: Which is it: the iPhone SE or iPhone 6S?

The April 2016 edition of Access World features a few articles from some voices you may have heard on the BB Qast

Australia's ABC Seeks Feedback on their Audio Description Pilot

Interview: Mystic Access

Director of product Development Kim Loftis and Founder Chris Grabowski stop by to talk with J.J. about the Amazon Echo, VoiceDream Reader and a few other training products related to Assistive Technology.


J.J. demonstrates Google Play Music and how you can use it to listen to this very podcast.

Sound Off:

First some comments on Scott's iPhone SE article:


Great overview. I've also been tempted to go for the SE because of its smaller size.


I like the size but, after getting used to 3d touch, I don't want to give it up and I suspect the SE would be a massive downgrade in battery from my 6S Plus.

Here's an Email from Jan Brown:

I love the year of Braille.
I am glad to be confused about braille displays. I want a display but want to be able to write with it and even jot down a number or two.
I want something I can plug in to charge so my batteries won't die just at a point in a novel when something really exciting is happening, or if I am composing a document, I do not want to be forced to stop while I search for more rechargeable batteries.
I sometimes think I'm the only one who loves the baby iPad pro.
I ordered it, and have it and really like it. I got the 128 gig cellular model because I could. I would like to be able to write on glass and so far, iBrailler notes feels easier than iOS braille. I know this may change from day to day.
I hope braille displays do not continue to emphasize reading over writing.
Yes, we can write with any number of things, but as long as we have braille displays to read with, we may as well use the same product to write.
I don't know that the ability to write greatly increases the cost of the already expensive displays. I am thrilled to get a personal demonstration of the Vario Ultra next week.
So, braille

And from Twitter:

@LiliGh: we have an event for the blind in Copenhagen soon, do you have a contact?

We adore invites of all kinds. While those of us in the United States might not be able to make the event, we know others out there who just might be in the neighborhood. So send along those events because we enjoy promoting arenas of access for all.

Last Word:

3 new flavors of M&Ms are kind of nutty
McDonalds sets limits on the unlimited

Episode 60 sees us going back into space for another hardware review. This time it is another Galaxy. And no, there will not be any recordings in or near water. or at least we hope not.

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MattFromFlorida Tuesday, 26-Apr-2016 12:45 AM ET:

Well, I was one of them holding out for a smaller form factor of the iPhone. I had the iPhone5s which I really love. So when the iPhone SE came out I jumped on it. I have had my for several weeks known. I really like it. As for the battery life I have got an increase in battery life going from the iPhone5s to the iPhone SE. Now the differences: 3D touch is not there or could I care less, finger print reader is the old version well don’t know the difference since that is what I had on the iPhone5s, Now the front facing camera is not as good , but not a deal breaker with me!, the display resolution is not as good but here again not really deal breaker with me since I don’t use the screen to look at!, The size of the phone is a big deal as this is almost the perfect size for me, Also the back facing camera is much better I think in what I use it for, The processer power and memory increase is a big thing as this thing is much more responsive, Also storage I went from 32 to 64 GB which is huge, As well as this is my first unlock phone and it was affordable enough to buy it straight out as a unlock phone from Apple !, At only 536 bucks out the door for a 64 GB unlock iPhone is a very good deal I think! So this is some of my thoughts. Loving my iPhone SE BTW: for the most part this is a iPhone6s shrunk down to the iPhone5s size. I sure there will be great improvements on it next year! ! MattFromFlorida

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Joe Steinkamp is no stranger to the world of technology, having been a user of video magnification and blindness related electronic devices since 1979. Joe has worked in radio, retail management and Vocational Rehabilitation for blind and low vision individuals in Texas. He has been writing about the A.T. Industry for 15 years and podcasting about it for almost a decade.

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