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BBQ In Review: September, more like FOMOmber


BBQ In Review is our ongoing series of posts that attempts to capture some of the news that falls outside of our podcasts. Think of it as a raw feed of information which undergoes a miniaturization process for what topics that best suit our podcast format. In the past we have left the stories that did not make the cut part of Joe s endless scroll of tweets. But to save time, sanity and Doomscrolling social media for those who wish to avoid that kind of thing, welcome aboard and enjoy the pile of stuff below. Hopefully the reading of these articles will lessen the feeling of FOMO, Fear Of Missing Out, on all the new hardware coming to stores this holiday season.

Also, be sure to keep up with Access World and Top Tech Tidbits as our resources can differ on various subjects.

Assistive Technology Related News

The LEGO Foundation expands Braille Bricks availability to aid visually impaired learning [News]
LEGO Launches Braille Bricks For Children With Vision Impairment
Stonehenge Lego scale model reveals the pagan monument s unique soundscape
OrCam Signs Soccer Superstar Leo Messi As Global Ambassador
World-first bionic vision system poised for human trials
Hailing a self-driving taxi when blind. Learn how Waymo answers that challenge at Sight Tech Global
Wearable tech helps this blind runner compete in ultramarathons
The UK wants to ban parking on pavements and improve accessibility
Winnebago Builds a More Accessible RV to Help Everyone Get Away
RadioShack Sued for Alleged ADA Website Accessibility Violation
Can I get my free credit report from AnnualCreditReport.com in Braille, large format, or audio format?
9 Ways You Can Make Your Website More Accessible
An Honest Chat About Accessible Design
A designer explains how we can make kitchens more accessible
Move speaker windows, add closed captioning: Zoom adds accessibility features for video meetings
Remote Learning With DCMP Accessible Videos
Principal Program Manager for Accessibility & Inclusive Design Announces Departure From Twitch
UbiForward Audio Description Trailers
How Do You Audio Transcribe an Entire Video Game?
There's A Better Way To 'Dub' Movie Audio For Visually Impaired Fans
Representation in the Media
From "Sesame Street" to "Madagascar: A Little Wild," children can learn to acknowledge disability as part of the world.
A Very Special Inspiration: When Disabled TV Characters Existed Only to Teach Empathy
Blind MasterChef winner Christine H on Gordon Ramsay, Hong Kong and navigating the kitchen without her sight
TikTok videos teaching people about being blind attract huge audience
Find Disability-Inclusive Dolls and Accessories at This Etsy Shop
Why spoiler season is difficult for blind Magic players
Blindfold chess and the untapped power of the brain
YouTube celebrates Deaf Awareness Week by killing crowd-sourced captions
Zoom catches up with new accessibility features for sign language interpretation
The battle over dyslexia
Seeing Is Believing: Could Eyeglasses Be The Key To Improving The Global Economy?
38 YEARS LATER, THE ATARI 2600 LEARNS TO SPEAK

Microsoft

Xbox Adaptive Controller Review Full Potential Comes at a Cost
Windows accessibility features by release
Basic tasks using a screen reader with email in Outlook
Outlook for iOS and Android is getting better voice controls
Updated Rewrite Suggestions in Microsoft Word sentence-level writing suggestions
New Microsoft Office on the way for people who don't want a subscription
Microsoft s new Transcribe in Word feature is designed for students, reporters, and more
How to Transcribe Audio in Microsoft Word
Microsoft lists new inclusive features in Microsoft Teams
Microsoft Teams gets breakout rooms, custom layouts and virtual commutes
Microsoft Ignite 2020: All the news from this week's Redmond's IT Pro conference
Windows 10 Setup Script has a new name and is now easier to use
Windows 10 command line tool gets much needed upgrade - and a few silly features too
Hands-on with Windows 10's new modern disk management tool
Keyboard Shortcuts for Using Virtual Desktops on Windows 10
Why a Microsoft-backed start-up pivoted to a fitness app after helping Fortune 500 firms to build machines that can 'see'
Long-hidden Windows 95 easter egg revealed
If you can believe it, millions of people are still using Windows XP
Microsoft had a secret Windows XP theme that made it look like a Mac
20 Years Ago Microsoft Released The Worst Windows Ever: Windows Me
Why I Loved Microsoft Bob, Microsoft s Strangest Creation
An innocent typo led to a giant 212-story obelisk in Microsoft Flight Simulator
MICROSOFT SAM - MICROSOFT MIKE In The End - Linkin Park TTS COVER

General Technology Stories

Google Enjoys A Launch Night In With New Product Announcements
Use These Apps to Transcribe Your Video Chats and Classes
Facebook s first smart glasses will be Ray-Bans, coming next year
Facebook lets users transfer photos and videos to Dropbox
Facebook will let people claim ownership of images and issue takedown requests
Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook have a plan to kill the iPhone
Facebook is pushing for Apple to open up default messaging app options
Companies can track your phone s movements to target ads
Uber Is Here To Remind You That Autonomous Vehicles Aren't Even Close
Peeking Into Postmates' Finances
Firefox PDF Viewer can now fill out forms
What happened to Mozilla? (Revised)
YouTube's Recommendation System is Criticized as Harmful. Mozilla Wants To Research It(cnet.com)77
1Password team-up with Privacy.com lets you create burner cards
Privacy settings to change in your browser ASAP: Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Edge and Brave
Your latest security headache? Ed from accounting using his kid as an unpaid helpdesk
The Downside of Conveniently Signing In With Google, Facebook, Twitter, or Apple
Exercise-tracking app Strava to give away data sweated out after four billion runs, rides and rambles
Overcast s latest beta update tells listeners which podcasts are tracking them
The Podfather launches a new, open podcast directory
MIT sleep monitor can track people's sleeping positions using radio signals
Tile will refund up to $1,000 in products if it can t find your lost item
How smartwatches could go from luxury accessory to ubiquitous necessity
Listen to Bluetooth s low power, high quality LC3 codec coming soon to headphones
Tested: How much does Bluetooth actually drain your phone battery?
How modern use cases are changing the way you use your earbuds
How to Fix the Most Annoying Bluetooth Headphone Problems
Bose announces Sleepbuds II with improved design and (hopefully) no more battery issues
Roku s big announcements today: A new Ultra player, soundbar, and AirPlay 2 support
Philips Unveils World s First IMAX Enhanced Soundbars
How to fix that annoying audio delay on your soundbar
Logitech s new MX Anywhere 3 mouse has buttons to control Zoom calls
Zoom is taking over your Alexa, Google Assistant and Portal displays next
Why Are VR Headsets So Bulky?
Meet the Star Witness: Your Smart Speaker

Amazon

Amazon has a ball announcing new generations of Echo, Fire and more
Amazon One lets you pay with your palm
Amazon details its low-bandwidth Sidewalk neighborhood network, coming to Echo and Tile devices soon
Amazon Sidewalk is coming to your neighborhood. Here's what you should know
You Can Now Pay for Gas Using Amazon Alexa, and Here's How it Works
Amazon launches Care Hub for family to monitor senior citizens
How Amazon s Luna cloud gaming service compares to Stadia, xCloud, and GeForce Now
Amazon Fire TV Stick, Stick Lite, and Stick 4K specs compared
Amazon i is introducing a personal shopping service for men s fashion. The service, now available
Amazon launches a virtual tours and experience platform, Amazon Explore
Alexa can bark at intruders from your Echo for $49 per year
Amazon Restricts How Rival Device Makers Buy Ads on Its Site(wsj.com)24
The 4 reasons Ring thinks you ll trust its flying camera
Ring Mailbox Sensor: Amazon quietly introduces mail surveillance
The Ring drone is just the latest Amazon privacy puzzle box
Alexa for rent: Why Amazon needs to stop selling us new Echos
Alexa s latest upgrades help it listen to multiple people and ask clarifying questions
Alexa is a better assistant when you turn off these 5 features
10 weirdest things Alexa can do on your Amazon Echo
11 Tips to Make the Most of Your Audible Subscription
15 channels you can add to your Amazon Prime Video account you never knew before

Apple

AppleVis Unlimited: What's New and Noteworthy for September 2020
Apple researching Apple Watch bands that can provide information in Braille
Apple Watch Series 6 Review: Still the best smartwatch, but tracking is lacking
Apple Watch Series 6 teardown reveals bigger battery and Taptic Engine, slimmer design
Apple Watch SE review: all the key smartwatch features for under $300
Apple will no longer make you return your whole Apple Watch if the Solo Loop doesn t fit
Recommended Reading: The new Apple Watch's blood oxygen feature
Family Setup turns off blood oxygen monitoring for family members
Masimo escalates Apple Watch lawsuit after Series 6 debuts with blood oxygen sensor
I tested Apple Watch sleep tracking to save you time and battery life
iPad 2020 review: here we go again, again
iOS and iPadOS 14 review: iPhone transformation, iPad iteration
iOS 14: Apple Is Building A Fundamentally Different Future For Software
Unboxing the Apple Mask
Apple CEO Impressed by Remote Work, Sees Permanent Changes
Apple Buys Startup That Creates Radio-Like Stations for Podcasts
Apple ends support for Beats Updater
App Store rejected 150,000 apps in 2020, seeing 100,000 submissions per week
Girl flags massive iOS ad scam campaign targeting kids
If Apple follows its own rules, you ll soon be able to stream your Xbox to your iPhone
Apple Fitness Plus biggest competitor isn t Peloton it s your gym
The big winner of Apple s new One subscription bundle is Apple TV Plus
Judge suggests Apple vs Epic should go to jury, trial expected in July 2021
Epic, Spotify, and others take on Apple with Coalition for App Fairness
Yes, Amazon Luna dodges Apple s cloud gaming rules when will Nvidia and Google?
Review: Quip s new Bluetooth toothbrush has its own iPhone app and integration with Apple Health
Roku is adding support for Apple s AirPlay 2 and HomeKit later this year
Aira grabs more patents as it tries to do what Apple couldn t with AirPower
Future HomeKit system could track users through rooms, authenticate via biometrics
Fantastical s new widgets look like the perfect use-case for the iOS 14 update
iHeartRadio debuts new standalone Apple Watch app with streaming support and more
Got a Mac with a SD Card slot? Don t rely on it as a storage upgrade
How to set up Sound Recognition alerts in iOS 14 and why you want to
iOS 14: What do the orange and green dots in the status bar mean?
How to clear iCloud storage and free up space on your iPhone, iPad, and other Apple devices
How to sync text messages to iCloud and view your messages on all of your devices
Custom App Icons Slow Down Your iPhone
How to automatically change Apple Watch faces at certain times or places
How to Check Which CPU Your Mac Uses
Apple @ Work: What is iOS device supervision, and why should it be used?
Why the Apple II Didn t Support Lowercase Letters
This unheard Steve Jobs tape is part of an amazing trove of tech history

Last Word:

Fender has sold more guitars in 2020 than any other year in its history
Vinyl outsold CDs for the first time since the '80s
What Is the Sound of Thought?
Picking Locks with Audio Technology
ML in WebRTC: The noise suppression gold rush
How to convert PDFs to audiobooks with machine learning
WILL I MELT MY BRAIN? FACTS ABOUT LISTENING TO AUDIOBOOKS IN YOUR SLEEP
Researchers found the manual for the world's oldest surviving computer
The Golden Age of computer user groups
What Was IBM s OS/2, and Why Did It Lose to Windows?
Your Teenage Email Account Is a Lost Time Capsule | One Zero
Carrie: The Musical - How Stephen King's Book Flopped on Broadway
All tech products should be designed like my toaster
Today I learned my baby s Fisher-Price gamepad accepts the Konami Code
A fond farewell to the weird and wonderful Nintendo DS
Man redesigns iPhone home screen in the style of MS Paint, with glorious results
Why Spotify Has So Many Bizarre, Generic Artists Like White Noise Baby Sleep
Lego to ditch plastic bags for paper ones in its boxed sets
Lego is making a Baby Yoda set, and I love him already
Miller Lite s Beer Can Antenna Will Help You Watch Football for Free No, Seriously
Broncos Fill Empty Stadium Seats With 'South Park' Cutouts
How America s Canned Tuna Industry Went Belly Up
We Tasted The Rick and Morty Pringles And You Can Probably Skip Them
Kit Kat Club, er, Kit Kat Flavor Club now accepting members
Reese's is putting pretzels in peanut butter cups, because 'the hell with it, it's 2020
Reese's made a breakfast cake so you can have dessert in the morning

October will bring another Apple event and probably at least two more iOS updates. Stay tuned to the Blind Bargains Qast to learn more on our eventual Apple wrap up episode.

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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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