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Blind Bargains Qast 70: The Bard On BARD

We're back from vacation. No really we are, with lots of news to catch up on from all that time away. J.J., Joe and Patrick might be a little rusty this week. However, that just allowed for some very interesting conversations in our Discussion Topic. Even with all this news, we managed to still find a way to fit in "Sound Off" and the "Last Word". And perhaps the first time we've ad-libbed a tip in the middle of a program.


2016 summer convention coverage is generously sponsored by HIMS, Inc., makers of the Blaze ET, BrailleSense U2, and the GoVision. Go make it happen with GoVision, the new transportable video magnifier with optical character recognition and the ability to enlarge and customize files, photos or videos from your cell phone, tablet or computer. For more information, visit
HIMS: Lifestyle innovation!

We made mention of two events at the top of the show. Here is more information about the memorial for the young dynamic student we lost from our community.

In memory of Harley Fetterman

Also, our hearts and prayers go out to those who have suffered from the massive flooding along the Gulf Coast. Please remember that you can help those in need by donating to the Red Cross for flood relief assistance.

In The News:

After Closing the Free Upgrade to Windows 10 for Mainstream Users, Microsoft Delivers on Promise to AT Users

Microsoft to block the open free Windows 10 Upgrade for users using Assistive Technologies

APH Announces new Full-page Tactile Graphics Display at AER Conference

Bill Passes in the Senate and House Opening up Greater Access to Braille Technology

LookTel Money Reader Gets a new Name and becomes Free

RS Games shuts the box on only computer playing, goes Apples to Apples with iOS

Bespecular Joins the List of Apps to Help People who are Blind get Sighted Assistance

VORail begins to roll out on Android

Humanware Rolls out First Update for BrailleNote Touch Customers Offering Access to More Video

KNFB Reader to be Released for Free, if You're a BrailleNote Touch customer

Baum Releases an Update to the VarioUltra With Several new Features and bug Fixes

HIMS Blazes Forward With new Firmware Update

HIMS Releases Firmware Patch for Braille Sense Notetakers: announces it will be the last for some

Despite Really Long Version Number, new TalkBack includes Variety of Updates for Android

Your Captchas can be Gone, For a Nominal fee

A Series of Free Tutorials is now Available for a Free Screen Reader

Romeo and Juliet Live again: at Least in the World of Braille Embossers

Canadians With Print disabilities Have yet Another Reason to Celebrate Canada day This Year

Discussion Topic: Windows 10 One year Later

Don't call it a Service Pack; August brought us an updated version of Windows 10 that could cause some confusion if you saw it listed by a crazy Twitter abbreviation named "Win10AE". Windows 10 Anniversary Edition, or some note it as Windows 10 Anniversary update, brings with it a speedier experience with a few new features. However, it also brought along a lot more opinions from the Blind and Low Vision community. In this portion of the program we'll talk about some of the stories listed below and give some Monday Morning Quarterbacking perspectives.

Ranking Screen Readers in Windows 10

Cool Blind Tech on Win 10 Follow Up

You, too can Live on the Edge With the Anniversary Update to Windows 10

Ranking Screen Readers In Windows10 Anniversary Update, Anything But Cool.

Main Menu featuring the Microsoft Team demonstrating Narrator

The articles listed below are just some additional stories about Windows 10 Joe was compiling for an article. That idea was shelved, but it seems a waste not to place them here as some information was relevant to this week's topic.

HTML5 with Edge

Microsoft is working on a fix for freezing issues with Windows 10 Anniversary Update

Appendix B: Narrator keyboard commands and touch gestures

Windows 10 Anniversary Update: the 10 best new features

Windows 10 upgrades will cost $119 after July 29

The Windows 10 Anniversary Update's best new features

The Windows 10 Anniversary Update Review

Windows Super Site coverage

Review: Windows 10 Gets Even Better with the Anniversary Update

You can't turn off Cortana in the Windows 10 Anniversary Update

Microsoft is adding a new Windows 10 variant to its Anniversary Update line-up and temporarily disabling Cortana in its new and existing Education SKUs. Here's why.

What's the best and worst browser for Windows 10?

Microsoft removes policies from Windows 10 Pro

Sound off:

We started off this week's feedback with our humble thanks to those of you who spoke to us at the Summer Conventions. The ideas mentioned to us can really shape how we approach each episode of the Blind Bargains Qast. And without your feedback on social media, email or in person... the show would probably be far less interesting for us to do or for you to hear.

Moreover, we couldn't do things like Summer Convention coverage without our sponsors and the kindness of those people you hear in each of our Convention Audios. many companies take time out of a busy day to speak with us and we so appreciate that as we know it can pose some problems at times. If you too appreciate our coverage, be sure to let that company we've interviewed know that you found their audio informative. You would be very surprised just how a simple mention of the blind bargains Qast to a company we have interviewed can impact our podcast.

And while we're mentioning impacts, we can't thank our amazing production Team enough for the behind the scenes work that is needed to bring you our various live offerings. Patrick, Ricky and Jamie you have heard us mention often. Chancey, Shelly, Dave and Scott are names you hear us say a lot more in recent times. All help bring this audio to your RSS feeds and we thank all of them for being a part of the Crew. oh, and an honorary mention to Byron for his audio capturing assistance on episode 68's live spectacular!

From feedback@blindbargains

I just listened to show number 68 and I think it was fabulous! You guys have to do more shows like that because it's not so structured it sounds like you're having so much fun. Keep up the good work and again I love the show.

Eva Bergara

The Last Word:

Sound and music together again in our first non-specialized format episode post Summer Convention.
How the loudest sound in the world can be fatal for you to hear

How To Steal Like A Panda

the news cycle should be picking up steam with a new version of Android about to be released, an Apple event in early September and so many new gadgets to arrive before Thanksgiving. Stay tuned, it's just six months until ATIA... wait did we say that? Wow, we'd better start thinking about "This Year In A.T. 2016" then.

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Displaying 2 comments.
Bargain Hound Monday, 22-Aug-2016 1:23 PM ET:

Regarding Braille displays: I would edit lots with one and I am not certain but I think the lack of cursor routing keys would lead me not to want the Orbit line. Beth

Bargain Hound Monday, 22-Aug-2016 2:44 PM ET:

Re screen readers: It was mentioned in podcast 70 that, if an API changes, accessibility could be impacted, my experience has been that it could either disappear or screen reader companies and note taker companies must scramble to make adjustments so A T products will continue to function, either with proprietary or mainstream software. I assume that, with Apple products, this is not true, since VoiceOver is in the OS meaning that, mostly at least, Apple software will play nice with VoiceOver, is this correct? Also, re loud noises: The loudest sounds I ever heard have been: Fighter jets, music at wedding receptions and that boom when an asteroid hit a part of Russia a few years ago, be careful if you look that up, yikes! Beth

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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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