A very minor update for JAWS 18 has been released, on the heels of the bigger April update posted a couple of weeks ago.
The Google Play Awards, which recognize the best in Android apps, include an accessibility category and the nominees have been announced
one of the earliest methods for users to solve visual CAPTCHAs may now be obsolete once and for all. WebVisum, a Firefox add-on for solving the pesky visual puzzles, seems to no longer work with the latest version of the browser.
Netherlands-based Solutions Radio is debuting the 3rd version of its Webbox media solution. The device provides a simple interface to listen to newspapers, podcasts, books, Email, and other audio content and as of version 3, it's now portable
Version 2.7.3 of the KNFB Reader app for iOS has received one small but potentially very useful feature
A promised update to the Victor Stream 2nd Generation software has been released by Humanware which will be of most use to users of the Daisy Online service. Version 4.8 supports dynamic menus in Daisy Online, a service used by organizations to distribute books which is popular in many countries but not the U.S.
When Microsoft announced its plans for 2017, one of those plans was to implement support for braille displays through Narrator. With the release of the Creator's update, Microsoft has begun delivering on this promise. According to the December 2016 blog entry, "The (Windows Creators update) beta will support braille displays from more than 35 manufacturers, using more than 40 languages and multiple braille variants, including grade 2 contracted braille."." How well has that come to pass with the public release? Read on to find out my experiences from installing and running various devices on the new Windows 10 update.
VAUX is the first battery-powered speaker designed specifically to house the Amazon Echo Dot. Its cordless portability, enhanced audio quality and beautiful modern aesthetic lets you enjoy VAUX anywhere in your home environment. Plug, Play. Enjoy.
Amazon Warehouse Deals takes an extra 20% off a selection of used items. (After clicking an item, select "used from" to see these deals and starting prices; eligible items are marked on the "used from" page and the discount will apply at final checkout.) Plus, Prime members receive free shipping. That's the best extra discount we've seen from Amazon Warehouse Deals this year.
Riversong via Amazon offers its Riversong Wireless Bluetooth In-Ear Sport Headphones in Black or Gun Matt for $19.99. Coupon code "4E9QKO3K" drops that to $12.99. Plus, Prime members bag free shipping. That's $27 off list, and the lowest price we could find. These sweatproof headphones feature an inline microphone and controls, Bluetooth 4.1, and up to 8 hours of playback.
PayPal Digital Gifts via eBay offers a $100 Lowe's Gift Card for $90. (It'll arrive via email to the address associated with your PayPal account.) That's tied with our mention from last month and the lowest price we could find now by $8.
Amazon offers the Greenies Original Dental Treats for Large Dogs 24-Count 36-oz. Box for $16.92 with free shipping via the directions below. That's the lowest price we could find by $6. Intended for dogs weighing 50 to 100 lbs., these treats clean down to the gum line to fight plaque and tartar and freshen breath. To get this deal: 1. Click the provided link. 2. Clip the $2 off coupon on the product page. 3. Check out via Subscribe & Save for a final price of $16.92 with free shipping. Be sure to cancel Subscribe & Save after your order ships to avoid being billed for future shipments.
The One Tech via Amazon offers these SoundPal SonoBass Wireless Bluetooth Headphones for $59.99. Coupon code "IPTZAT9D" drops it to $24. With free shipping, that's the lowest price we could find by $61. They feature an HD microphone, Bluetooth 4.1, and up to 20 hours of playback.
Walmart offers the Coca-Cola Can Mini Fridge, model no. CC06-G, for $49 with free shipping. That's the lowest total price we've seen. (It's the best deal by $14.) It features 0.24-cubic feet of space and holds up to eight 12-oz. cans.
Amazon offers Prime members The Herschel Supply Co. Packable Daypack Backpack in Black for $22 with free shipping. That's the lowest price we could find by $8. It features internal and external pockets.
Amazon offers Prime members the SanDisk Ultra 32GB Class 10 UHS-I SDHC Memory Card for $9.99 with free shipping. That's the lowest price we could find by $4. It features transfer speeds of up to 80MB/s.
The Easter Bunny may have taken all his candy with him last weekend. However, he did leave behind some gems in all that fake grass that seems to never come out of the carpet no matter how many times you roll a vacuum over the blasted stuff. J.J. continues his typing lessons with David Pinto, Joe compares prices with his fave kitchen scanning device and we have Steven Clower on hand for a mac related tip. All of that plus the "Sound Off" and "Last Word" in one more episode that moves us ever closer to the triple digit mark.
Rest your fingers on that home row, and get ready for another Blind Bargains Qast with variety. David Pinto of YesAccessible joins J.J. for part 1 of a demo of TypeAbility, a typing tutor program for the PC. We also demo the NutriBullet blender, include a Windows 10 cleanup tip, and talk music and smartthings in our last word.
This week, we got a bit of something for everyone. John Taylor from Irie-AT demonstrates the new Index FanFold-D V5 braille embosser. Listener Aaron Spears demonstrates a Bluetooth bathroom scale, and we have just a bit of feedback from last week's podcast. All of that and a bit of technology and legos in last word for podcast 95.
J.J., Joe and Patrick are back in the studio to talk news post CSUN. And there tends to be a bit of a theme this go around as we talk about stories with numeric values. TalkBack 5.2, WCAG 2.1 and that brand new Apple File System in the iOS 10.3 update take center stage this week. We also have a tip and a quick look at "Sound Off". This episode is shorter than usual, however, you may find it memorable just the same.
Blind Bargains Qast 93: The 2017 #CSUNATC17 Wrap-up Show; Promises Promises
We may not be the fastest at publishing our CSUN wrap-up show (it takes some time to recover, ya know?), but we betcha it'll be one of the most informative. Now that things have begun to sink in, J.J., Joe, The Parallel's Shelly Brisbin, and Scott Davert discuss what they saw and heard while covering CSUN from San Diego and beyond.
The GoVision Transportable Video Magnifier from Hims has received some updates in recent months in both hardware and software. It's now available in 19 and 24-inch models and can be paired with a secondary full-page OCR camera. A recent firmware update supports .PDF among other features. Listen in as Paul Stevenson from Hims gives a tour of the current version of the GoVision and answers questions from session attendees. You can learn more from the Hims GoVision page.
We would like to thank Hims for sponsoring this content from CSUN 2017, and encourage you to look out for our CSUN wrap-up podcast coming soon.
Automated accessibility checking is a common tool used to help website owners make their sites more usable for disabled users, and now this same idea is available in the Google Suite of products. Shelly speaks with Jeff Mills, one of the cofounders of Grackle Docs, to learn about this add-on that can be installed into Google Docs to check for common accessibility errors. The company has several free and paid tools which integrate with a variety of Google services.
Blind Bargains audio coverage of CSUN 2017 is generously sponsored by the American Foundation for the Blind.
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The Actilino is a new 16-cell braille display which features HandyTech's signature Active Tactile Control which will scroll text based on the position of your fingers. It also includes basic notetaking functions, a microphone, and Bluetooth speaker and can be paired with up to 3 devices at once. TO learn more, Chancey speaks with Earle Harrison, President of Triumph Technology and Sigi Kipke, CEO and Owner of HandyTech who both talk about the display and the future of braille technology.
Blind Bargains audio coverage of CSUN 2017 is generously sponsored by the American Foundation for the Blind.
I have for sale a fully loaded and decked out Apple MacBook Pro. This is the 2012 body style where it's almost all aluminum. It is the 13 inch screen and is loaded with an Intel I7 2.9 GHZ processor, 16GB Ram, and a 1TB solid state hard drive. This was the last model that you could actually open it up and upgrade the Ram and hard drive and change the battery all yourself. After this model, everything is now soldered on board and you cannot upgrade the components yourself. This is the model that has the built in CD/DVD Super drive, Ethernet port, 2 USB ports, card reader, and a couple of other ports that I'm not sure what they do. I think one is a thunderbolt port and the other is a firewire port. This unit is only a year old and purchased brand new by me. I upgraded the Ram and the hard drive. This machine is super fast and probably maxed out to about the highest specs you can get. I guess you could put a larger drive in but this thing is smoking fast with a 1TB solid state Samsung Evo drive. The unit is perfect in every way. Condition and function. I am only selling because I have another one and this one hardly gets used. All software and O S has been updated to the latest. This will come with original box and all original packing as I got it from Apple. It comes with the charger cord as well as the extension cable for the charger. I am also including about three or four plastic protective shells of different colors to protect the aluminum finish. I am also including a nice laptop messenger bag. Finally, if someone wants it, I have an extended warranty that they can purchase separate that will cover this computer for the next two years and the warranty covers everything including accidents. The warranty is an extra $200 if you want it. I am asking $2199 for everything including shipping but would also entertain any offers. The computer will be reset back to factory settings and voice over will be turned on. You can listen to an audio description of the unit here: https://www.dropbox.com/s/aah3imvsusbs3g9/macbook%20pro.MP3?dl=0
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Announcement: We now have Brand New Packaged Talking Samsung Gusto 3 Phones available. These are great easy to use accessible push button flip phones. Works like the Samsung Haven with improvements such as ability to change the speed of the voice, Bluetooth capability and more, use it on Verizon, Page Plus, Tracfone or Selectel Wireless: http://www.talkingmp3players.com/Samsung-Gusto-3_p_80.html
Special Daily Deal: Get a Free OTG Cable ($9.99 value, allows you to connect your tablet to a USB keyboard), with the special edition of the brand new accessible Kindle Fire HD8 tablet that doesn't include Special Offers--this means there are no ads of any kind for $119.99. Ads appear on the lock screen of other Fire tablets which are very easily ignored, simply unlock the screen as usual, however this version contains no ads at all! The HD 8 Kindle Fire Tablet has a larger screen of course, as opposed to a single speaker it plays in Dolby Stereo. It has a 12 hour battery, faster processor, and 16GB of storage with a microSD card slot that takes up to 200 GB. The display is HD if you're purchasing for a sighted person. Comes with accessibility turned on and the Google Play Store installed: http://www.talkingmp3players.com/-HD-8-Kindle-Fire-Tablet-with-Google-Play-Store-VoiceView-without-Ads_p_108.html
We also have regular version Kindle Fire 7 inch Tablets available we've additionally installed Google Play Store so you have the choice Of Amazon or Google Apps.$62.99. http://www.talkingmp3players.com/-Kindle-Fire-Tablet-with-Google-Play-Store-VoiceView_p_92.html
Protect your Kindle 7 or 8 inch Fire tablet with one of these awesome cases which doubles as a stand! The 8-inch tablet's case has a sleep/wake feature when you open and close the case. Available in the combo boxes found below the tablet on its own page or from here: http://www.talkingmp3players.com/Cases_c_37.html
Don't forget you can either connect a regular USB keyboard to these tablets with the use of an OTG cable (see link below) or pair a Bluetooth keyboard with it to make typing easier or for those who haven't fully mastered the use of a touch screen yet. http://www.talkingmp3players.com/OTG-On-The-Go-cable_p_96.html
The Kindle Fire Tablet has been a very welcome addition to my collection of accessible touch screen devices. I was very impressed with it especially for being so inexpensive. Amazon took the Android operating system and screen reader and reworked them to be easier to use on their devices. The TTS voices are the very-high quality Ivona voices, Sally and Joey. One can use microSD cards for storing one's files so expansion isn't a problem. I've tested it with up to a 128GB microSD card with no issues. It comes with apps one can use to not just listen to one's music, eBooks, and Audible books but to also purchase and download them to the tablet. There are many other accessible apps available from the Amazon App store and the Google Play Store which enable one to use it for many purposes such as listening to radio, podscasts, all sorts of entertainment such as netFlix, and such. One even gets Alexa functionality so one can speak one's commands instead of using the touch screen for everything. Of course you can use it for email, surfing the net, etc, just like any tablet.
For a limited time only, we have Brand New Sansa Clip Zip Talking Mp3 Players in both 4 and 8GB, $109.99 and $119.99 respectively: http://www.talkingmp3players.com/Talking-Mp3-Players_c_1.html
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For sale I have a Mid 2014 MacBook Pro with original box/charger/charging extension cord.
The specs are as follows:
Intel Core i5 2.6 GHZ processor.
8 GB RAM.
128 GB SSD hard drive.
2 thunderbolt ports, 2 USB 3.0 ports, an HDMI port.
SD card slot.
Everything works perfectly well, however, the screen has some discoloration/distortion. I am unsure as to why, except that this is how I received it from
the previous owners who informed me of this aspect. If you need an external monitor, it will be best to connect it using the HDMI port to another display
supporting this standard. All other things are in excellent working order. the reason for selling it is I find the Mac platform to not be suitable for my needs any
further at this time.
I am asking $650 which will include shipping in the United States. IF you require international shipping, feel free to get in touch, and I would be happy
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In previous episodes Damashe and Michael talked about managing your inbox and managing your time… and the same tool was mentioned in both episodes.
So this week, we are focusing on that tool, and why it is a key piece of any business infrastructure. Yep… we are talking all about G Suite this week.
Damashe and Michael are both longtime G Suite users, from back when it was known as Google Apps for business.
Listen as we give you a quick intro to the G Suite services, including email, calendar, contacts, and cloud storage. Michael points out some of the main advantages of paying for G Suite services, one of which is your company branding.
Damashe talks about how great it is to have Google’s infrastructure working for you, customized to your preferences and needs.
Damashe and Michael also share some of the ways they are putting some additional features of G Suite to work for them in interesting ways. You have got to hear Michael’s plan for keeping key clients in the loop, and initiating client interaction.
Damashe explains how easy it is for a small business to now have the same type of corporate infrastructure without the associated cost and overhead once necessary.
The information shared in this episode will be a major key for any business owner or entrepreneur.
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PORTABLE DEVICE STAND: $29.99. IDEAL FOR VISUALLY IMPAIRED
This portable Device Stand was designed to hold a device with a camera over a written document, or item to magnify the item or text for reading or identifying purposes; and can even be use with video chat live streaming to view objects below the stand.
This stand can be used for devices that have a camera with reading applications, and magnification applications to read out loud, or magnify text or items below the device while the device is stable.
This stand can also be used by anyone, visually impaired or not, to photograph documents to send correspondence electronically and for digital record keeping on their device.
The design of this device will be custom fit for user, (i.e.), IPhone, Android, IPad, as there are many different sizes and models.
This stand is also portable; it can fit in a briefcase or computer bag for transporting purposes and can be set up easily as the legs fold with finger tightening wing nuts to secure the legs when open and standing.
This is made of light weight, sturdy plastic material approx. 12 inches long and about 12 inches high when standing, to hold your device steadily for accuracy for the reading program, or magnifier that you are using.
Let me know what make and model of device you have to determine the width of device and any protective cases, and I will custom build one for you.
Shipping and handling: $5.
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