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Blind Bargains Qast 127: How Can Santa Get here?


Joe has returned from vacation to join J.J. for one of the final episodes of 2017. The pair discuss some shipping and gift wrapping suggestions, Joe has a Gmail tip for iOS users and a festive treat awaits in the "Last Word". So leave the cookies and the milk out for Santa before you curl up for a long night's winter nap with episode 127.

In The News:

Seeing AI version 2.0 released with new features, including handwriting and currency recognition

That NVDA RC update isn't an RC anymore. Get the latest update by Visiting the NVDA site

JAWS 2018 updated twice while Joe was away. See the changelog at the Freedom Scientific site to learn more

ZoomText, And Fusion, moves to 11.7

Public outcry causes Google to rethink banning powerful accessibility apps

Chrome Apps are dead, as Google shuts down the Chrome Web Store section

VoiceView update adds new navigation gestures and more

iOS Review: MindNode 5, AN Accessible Mind Mapping Tool for Writers

Discussion Topic: Creative Shipping And Wrapping Of Those Holiday Gifts

J.J. and Joe pass along some ideas about how to ship your gifts, or how to place them in various containers if you aren't a gift-wrapping expert, for the holiday season. Amazon has lots of options to ship and wrap your gifts. And it may be the right way to send or even bring back the stocking stuffer in your life, if you have to travel a long way to see friends and family. Note that TSA, various airlines and other modes of travel have unique restrictions for carrying items. Therefore, doing some research might save you having to discard a box or bottle of holiday cheer when adventuring through the airport. Remember, you can always look up the nearest UPS Store if you want to avoid that kind of thing at TSA. You can easily track your bundle of joy via the Google Search app, if you use Gmail, to see if you will beat your packages home.

If you go the gift card route, J.J. suggests choosing an odd amount so that person won't easily forget your gift in a sea of certificates. Joe also says that you may want to pair those cards with a similar gift. I.E. a movie pass with a gift card to an ice cream shop. Omaha Steaks with a Jones Soda complement. It also doesn't hurt to have a few low amount iTunes cards to pass around for those you may have not gotten to, but needed to, on your naughty or nice lists. Tag your gifts with a stylus,, note cards are a big help here, so you remember what goes to whom and why.

Tip:

This came about a little late for those who had that nasty iOS11 mail issue, however, you can now add iCloud email accounts to Gmail. This is great for those who wish to switch from Apple to Android. Or, for those who wish to have a foot in either pool, you can now see your email on the rival device. Oh, you can also add Exchange and other Microsoft accounts to Gmail too. Here is an article that goes into the changes recently added to the iOS update for Gmail.

Sound Off:

Juan wrote into the show, on Ep 126, about Rich's passing. Nick and Bob, over at TBRN, put together a fitting tribute show, archive can be found at this link, and Joe was honored to be asked to speak at this event.

As a follow up to the Blindfold Game discussions, the link below shows Apple is cracking down on all sorts of apps and Developers.

Apple s widened ban on templated apps is wiping small businesses from the App Store

Here are a couple of tweets to the @blindbargains feed...

alimoosa191: Is the Matias keyboard similar to Apple s Magic Keyboard with numerik keypad?

In layout, yes. In features, no. The new Apple Magic Keyboard, which Joe covered on Ep 112, only connects to Apple devices. and one at a time at that. It is a great keyboard but it isn't nearly as feature-laden as the Matias. To hear more, pop back to our Black Friday show.

DiannaMuircast: This @blindbargains podcast is hilarious!

We agree and its always a great time when Shelly graces our MP3 streams!

Last Word:

From the cruise, Joe has a new song for the holidays
You may have heard of the Can'tenna, but maybe we'll have the Cane-tenna
IT STINKS! Onion Truck Ironically Catches Fire Near Frying Pan Road

One more to go before we say good-bye to the year that was 2017. Safe travels to everyone and Happy Holidays!

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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 for10 years and podcasting about it for nearly 5 years.


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