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Aira partners with VFO to fill in gaps of current screen readers

VFO, partners of the JAWS screen reading solution for blind and visually impaired individuals and Aira, the service which partners blind and visually impaired people to human agents and AI to complete tasks, are teaming up. Now, when using a VFO device or service, such as jaws, and sighted access is required to see the screen, users can access Aira free of charge to fill in some of the gaps to bring blind and VI users closer to parity with their sighted counterparts.

Microsoft news comes to iOS

If you want an alternative to Apple and Google news on iOS, you can now download Microsoft news for even more news updates.

NLS Bard app for iOS and Android updated to version 1.2

The BARD app created by the National Library Service has just received a major update for both iOS and android.

A New Settings Screen and More in Latest NVDA

The 2nd quarter of 2018 brings the second release of NVDA for the year, with a new settings dialog and much more.

AIRA Prepares for 24/7 Operation; Posts Job Listing for Overnight Agents

AIRA is preparing to launch 24/7 service as it expands internationally, according to a posting on their careers page.

Huge Sale on Voice Dream Apps through Saturday

Voice Dream LLC has their reading and writing apps on sale for huge discounts this week.

Breaking: Baum's Assets Potentially in New Hands in Germany; May Restart Operations

There may be a future for Baum's braille products after all.

May JAWS Update Gives Firefox 60, Office More Love

More improvements to Firefox support are among the inclusions for the May 2018 update to JAWS 2018.

Say Goodbye to Klango, a One-of-a-kind Audio Social Network

Another popular social network for the blind is closing its doors.

Blindfold Games Looking to Expand to Educational Content; Seeking Feedback with a Quick Survey

Marty's Blindfold Games is looking to bring their accessible games to the education arena and is seeking feedback from teachers and parents to help determine the direction for the company.

Accessible mindmapping application soon to enter beta, seeking testers

The makers of Hiarchy, a mindmapping app soon to enter beta in July, have made their app accessible to blind and visually impaired individuals and are seeking testers when the app officially enters beta in the next few months.

APH Color Star Color Identifier can Identify 1,000 Shades, Speak Colors of LED Lights, Identify Patterns

The American Printing House for the Blind has refreshed their talking color identifier with some modern features.

Alexa Can Now Protect Your Home

Amazon is now offering Alexa-centric home security packages to customers in select areas, complete with professional installation. Costs start at $575, with no monthly fees. Most include an Echo Dot smart speaker to control everything using voice commands, as well as Alexa-friendly gadgets like the Wink Hub 2 and the Ring Video Doorbell. There are currently five packages available to customers in select states. Some focus on security, while others focus on smart outdoor lighting or renter-friendly devices. Click the provided link to learn more or to see if this service is right for you!

Teach Access Offering $100K in Grants for Faculty to Include Accessibility Principles in their Courses

$100,000 in grants are available to faculty who wish to incorporate accessible design principles into their college courses.

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.

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