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Blind Bargains Qast 147: Got Milk?

Two interviews, news and a tip all under an hour. We aren t turning over a new leaf. We re just saving it all up for WWDC next week. We have Amit Pitaru And Nicole Bleuel from Google to talk about an awesome and accessible morse code keyboard. Joseph Lee joins us to talk about NVDACon which is happening this weekend. Hot summer air, without an air conditioner, can make for some quick podcasts by the way.

In The News:

Apple Releases iOS 11.4; With Messages on iCloud, AirPlay 2 and Stereo Pairing for the HomePod

Apple Releases watchOS 4.3.1 for the Apple Watch and tvOS 11.4 With AirPlay 2 Support for the Apple TV

Seeing AI update adds landscape support and additional currency options

HoloLens can now guide the blind through complicated buildings

Dolphin Supernova 17 supports Google Chrome and more

[U.S. Department of Transportation Seeks Comment on Amending Regulations Concerning Service Animals on Flights[(

Korean Company Makes Braille Socks for the Visually Impaired

Interview: GBoard And Morse Code With Amit Pitaru And Nicole Bleuel

Google i/o this year was a little short on the skydivers and blimps, however, what it did have was an early focus on accessibility during the keynote. Amit Pitaru and Nicole Bleuel bumped into J.J. and discuss how old technology provides vital communication for those who rely on switch access. Hear a short demo of the Morse Code feature, coming to GBoard and other products, working with TalkBack. To learn more about Morse Code, and how it is being implemented into Google products, visit the Hello Morese Google site.

Interview: Joseph Lee And NVDACon

Fans of the open source Screen Reader NVDA get a jump start on the summer conventions without having to even board a flight or reserve a hotel room as NVDACon is a virtual convention that one can attend via the internet. Joseph Lee , Founding Chair of NVDACon, spoke to J.J. shortly before the 2018 edition of the event took place. Hear what attendees can look forward to experiencing and what the future may hold for NVDA.

Tip: Travelear for iOS

This new app lets you visit places in 3d audio right from the comfort of your earbuds. Listen to the surf roll in on a beach, the wind blow through a far away forest or ride the London Tubes past RNIB in this free app. You must be running iOS 11.3, or higher, to climb aboard the Travelear app though.

Sound Off:

chris added this comment to our story about Baum from last week s show

Hello, I am from Germany and the slogan you've translated is correct. The new company is located in Jena. The company, which has manufactured the Baum Brailledisplays and magnifiers (PTS Jena), was located in the same town and same street as the new company. Perhaps one staff of the old manufacturing company has founded the new L + S company. Unfortunately I don't know more than you at this time. If I have more information, I will inform you here. Unfortunately my english is'nt so good, I'm sorry for this. Greetings from the north of Bavaria, you make a great job with this website and now you know, that people outside the USA read the sites and listen to your podcasts too. Christian

Rebecca Skipper gave us a quick note on the JAWS 2018 and Firefox front from her vantagepoint.


I installed the latest JAWS 2018 update and the new Firefox!
It works great and is faster than Chrome for me!
It was worth the wait!

Last Word:

Two links about food. Alright, it depends on what you determine that food actually is admittedly, but safe to say both may be considered food by someone that isn t us.
Dear God what have I done: Behold the KFC Skinwich
[Take a swig of cockroach milk, the next great food trend ](

Next week, we shall see what Apple brings to the party with their World Wide Developers Conference announcements.

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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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