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Blind Bargains Qast 167: Between Two Doughnuts


We re back in the studio proper and we even have some news on hand despite it being the last month of the year. Joe follows up last week s TV tips with a demo of his new sound bar. The Last Word is food-related and Sound Off asks a question about BBQ history. Hide your nose from old Jack Frost and settle down with us for a warm winter s episode of the Qast.

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In The News:

Instagram adds AI image analysis and alt-text to its site

Google seeks accessibility developers for survey. Compensation included

Accessible Reddit app Dystopia enters Beta, looking for testers

VoiceDream Reader Adds Apple Watch Support In The Latest Update

Heathrow airport becomes the first Aira access location outside the United States

Demonstration: Vizio SB3621 E8N

The model name might be hard to say but the SB3621-E8N
is a powerful 2.1 channel sound bar that throws out some big noise from music and movies. Joe describes the ease of setup, provides some tips for choosing a sound bar along with a demonstration of the Xbox One speech and Talkback from his Vizio TV.

Tip: 4k Video Formats Explained

Right after we released episode 166, where Joe talked about the many different flavors of 4k, the Linus Tech Tips YouTube channel did an amazing breakdown of what all these formats mean to potential buyers and ow to navigate through all the acronyms. Look at HDR Standards Explained - HDR10, Dolby Vision, HLG
To know more.

Sound Off:

Here is a timely tweet based question

alimoosa191: As you know, I listen to the shows when I get a chance, but are the very first four shows available on the site still? I would love to listen and see how the format as evolved.

They sure are. Hard to believe we started this show four years ago this month. You can find the first yet to be officially titled pre BBQ named This Year In A.T. For 2014 at this link(https://www.blindbargains.com/bargains.php?m=12149)
Episode One is rough
And Episode Two
even more so. The third show
is legendary due to the "never again" runtime and for its forward looking predictions. And the fourth show
was fun as Liam demonstrated the Comcast X1.

Last Word:

It s holiday time and that means we talk food. Okay, we admit it, we talk about food often in this section. But it is nice to frame that around the season as an excuse none the less.
What a blogger learned from a year of traveling to restaurants that used to be part of much larger chains before being forced to fend for themselves
J.J. highly recommends the Luther Burger with bacon and a melty cheese

Next week we have a special guest joining us from the Instagram team. Then we ll have one more show before we roll into the long winter s 2018 nap.

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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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