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Build an Accessible Multimeter and Learn Arduino with a Series of Two Free Workshops

Arduino is a platform which enables people to create DIY projects that are both fun and useful, and now you can learn to build things yourself using Arduino.

Aira Horizon Registration Live for 24 Hours

If you want to be one of the first users of AIRA's new Horizon glasses, then it's time to register for your glasses.

Now there's an Amazon Echo Just for Kids

Amazon has launched the Echo Dot Kids Edition. Now Alexa is a kid-friendly DJ, comedian, and storyteller and she s always getting smarter. Just ask and Alexa will play music, answer questions, read stories, tell jokes, and more, all with younger ears in mind. It includes 1 year of Amazon FreeTime Unlimited, a kid-friendly case, plus a 2-year worry-free guarantee, if they break it, return it and Amazon will replace it for free. The included 1 year of FreeTime Unlimited gives your kids access to hundreds of hours of fun and educational content, including ad-free radio stations and playlists, Audible books, and a growing list of premium kids skills. After one year, your subscription will automatically renew antibiotics online every month starting at just $2.99/month plus applicable tax. Easy-to-use parental controls in the online Amazon Parent Dashboard let you set daily time limits, review activity, or pause Alexa on the device. You can automatically filter explicit songs from Amazon Music and even call kids to dinner or tell them it s bedtime from compatible Echo devices anywhere in the house. Click the provided link to learn more or to purchase a 2-pack of Echo Dot Kids Editions for $129.98 shipped. (Separately, two would normally cost around $160).

Be My Eyes, Audio Game Hub among Google Play Award Nominees for 2018

Google has released their 2018 Google Play award nominees, and once again there is a category which includes accessibility-related apps.

Free FlickType Keyboard App is Now Available on the App Store

After a very public beta, Kpaw has released version 1.0 of FlickType, their free alternative keyboard app for iOS devices.

Great Deals in the Seeing Eye's Online Auction

The 10th Seeing Eye online auction is currently taking place and offers a great way to support a cause while also scoring some potentially great deals on items.

Consumer Alert: Kidde Recalls Defected Smoke Detectors in the United States and Canada

Kidde has issued a recall of nearly 500,000 smoke detectors in the United States and Canada due to a failure to detect smoke. Affected models include PI2010 and PI9010 dual-sensor units purchased between September 2016 and January 2018 and are considered defective if a yellow cap is present on the side of the unit. Consumers should contact Kidde for a replacement and remove and discard the recalled alarm only after their replacement arrives. Click the provided link to learn more and if necessary, have someone examine your units to insure they are not part of the recall.

AIRA Coming Soon to the UK, Australia, New Zealand

Fresh off the heels of a large presence at CSUN, AIRA has announced they are expanding to new countries this spring.

Review: Identifying Currency Pays with Cash Commander (expired)

Do you love the ease and convenience of using your smartphone s camera to identify paper money, but hate the thought that your hard work doesn t pay? A team of researchers studying the topology of circulating currency has found a way to monetize the time you spend identifying paper money with a new app for iOS, Android and Echo Spot and Show.

#CSUNATC18: HIMS Releases a New Smaller Version of the BrailleSense Polaris Notetaker; Special Preorder Price

HIMS has just released a new smaller version of its BrailleSense Polaris notetaker.

#CSUNATC18: Blind Bargains for Android 2.0 App Released with Completely Redesigned Interface

Just in time for CSUN, we are pleased to announce the release of a completely redesigned Blind Bargains app for Android.

#CSUNATC18: attendees take advantage of new orientation options with maps and Nearby Explorer from APH

Attendees of the CSUN conference can take advantage of the Nearby Explorer android app from APH to discover and locate nearby points of interest in the first 3 floors of the hotel.

#CSUNATC18: Sendero Group updates GPS Products, Offers Deep Discounts on Upgrades and Apps

Sendero Group, creators of many well-known accessible wayfinding and GPS apps, have many new announcements for new and existing customers alike.

Try All the Things: Get Free Rides, Food, and More at #CSUNATC18 using this Handy Guide

If you're headed to the CSUN Assistive Technology Conference in San Diego, there are a growing number of services which can help make your busy conference just a bit less busy. From rides and food to groceries and massages, one or many of the below services may help you.

Real Research, Real Money from the Accessibility User Research Collective

Microsoft has recently partnered with the Shepherd Center to recruit and pay users for research on their products and services.

JAWS March Update Includes Orbit Reader 20 Driver, Edge and Spellchecker Improvements

The March update for JAWS 2018 has been posted, and the promised drivers for the Orbit Redaer 20 are now included along with a pile of additional changes.

Zoomax Joining the Wearable Device Crowd with RevoSight

Zoomax USA is the latest low-vision company to jump into the wearable device game, and is teasing a new product on their Twitter feed to be released at CSUN.

AIRA's Site Access Program Now Includes Several Airports, Grocery Stores, More; Free Trial at #CSUNATC18

The next time you visit your local airport, grocery store, or university, you may be able to call an AIRA agent for free to receive help.

EA Gets in the Accessibility Game with New Resource Website

Video game maker EA has launched a new website to centralize accessibility resources for its games and provide a place for users to share feedback.

HumanWare BrailleNote Touch Update Includes One-handed Mode, Full QWERTY Keyboard Support

Just ahead of CSUN, HumanWare has released version 5.0 of the KeySoft software for the BrailleNote Touch.

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