Blind Bargains

Digging Up The Dirt On News We May Have Missed

It is no secret that the BBQ Crew has been a bit scattered since the holidays. Some news has fallen behind the sofa, or been swept under a few floor rugs, so this large pile is our way of acknowledging some stories that have occurred while we've been occupied elsewhere.

Big shout out to Dean at Top Tech Tidbits and Access World for keeping the news torches burning. They are great resources for a little light reading when we aren't actively posting.

In The Later Than Usual News:

The Dot Watch is now available

AT&T Presents the First Real-Time Text (RTT) App for the Disabled

Microsoft is working on Hearing AI

Be My Eyes and Moovit are teaming up to pursue one common goal: to make public transit more accessible for blind and low vision transit users

Mozilla and Freedom Scientific working together on Firefox compatibility

The DAISY Consortium Releases Ace, the Free EPUB Accessibility Checking Tool

JSay 16 is now available

OrCam 2.0 was shown off at ATIA. Here is more information about it from the product page

From Facebook Access...
How do I use navigation assistant?

A Tale of Two Rooms: Understanding screen reader navigation

Andre Lewis did a great overview of the Samsung UE50MU6120 and it's VoiceGuide features

MiniGuide US: Haptic Feedback Device for the Blind

Our iOS version of YouDescribe for iPad and iPhone is now in public beta testing! We are looking for visually impaired, and sighted folks to send us your feedback. Help the only free app for adding #audiodescription be the very best!

The AppleVis Community Names the Apps and Developers that were its Golden Apples of 2017

Google adds Braille support to Sheets, magnifier tool to Slides and Drawings

Google has compiled a giant list of all the things the Google Home can do with Actions. For those reading who have an Echo, think of this like a giant pile of Skills. Android Police has more on the list in this article.

Google's Voice-Generating AI Is Now Indistinguishable From Humans

Here's that link to the improvements to the Amazon Fire that people were talking about in January

CSUN 2018 sessions list now online

AFB 2018 Leadership schedule has been set

ACB and the Currency Case Decision

2017 Website Accessibility Lawsuit Recaps A Tough Year for Business

How Does the Department of Justice's Withdrawal of Proposed Regulations Change How the ADA Applies to Websites?

New Design for Medicare Cards Raises Accessibility Questions for People Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired

Web Aim Screen Reader User Survey #7 Results


All work and no play. Yada, yada, yada. Here is some fun stuff to go with the news.

Super Egg Hunt v1.52 now released

From R.S. Games comes this tweet.
@rs_games It's that time of year again! We're excited to announce the release of two new games for our eighth anniversary: Roulette, and Go Fish (which many of you have asked for). Enjoy, and happy holidays!

From @AppA11y...
We are excited to announce the release of Huboodle! With multiple games and chat functionality Huboodle sets the bar for accessible social gaming! Download and play today!

From "Friend Of The Show" Ian Hamilton
@ianhamilton_ FCC grants games industry a final waiver, legal compliance date for in-game communication functionality (and means to navigate to & operate it) to be accessible to gamers with disabilities now set for one year's time: games released on or after January 1st 2019 #gamedev

Eurofly Enhanced Updated

And "A Hero's Call" has seen a few updates since the original release in late December.

Did we miss anything? If so, let us know by placing a remark in the Comments section below.

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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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