It is no secret that the BBQ Crew has been a bit scattered since the holidays. Some news has fallen behind the sofa, or been swept under a few floor rugs, so this large pile is our way of acknowledging some stories that have occurred while we've been occupied elsewhere.
Baum USA, distributor of Baum braille displays and other products, is closing its doors as of the end of business today.
Apple has been slowly adding popular features found on Android phones for a few years now. yet the two biggest items on the Apple wish list would probably have to be that of wireless and rapid charging. With the release of the iPhone 8, 8+ and the X, apple fans finally saw their wishes become reality. Do these new power options really help you get through a day's worth of use more easily? The short answer is yes . Read on to learn more about my first month of using the official Apple USB C rapid charger and the Belkin Boost Up wireless pad.
Aira user Greg Stilson will be attending the Superbowl Sunday Feb 4th, and will be using Aira to get descriptions of the big event. Generously, he and aira will be streaming the event to all, even if you're not currently an Aira subscriber.
On January 23, Mozilla released Firefox version 58. The previous Firefox version, 57, known as Firefox Quantum, was a major Firefox release which changed how webpages were rendered, but unfortunately also [rendered Firefox much slower and less accessible to screen reader users including users of NVDA
Ever wished you could get more help with the accessibility of your google products? Now you can. After being in beta for several months, Google now offers a dedicated accessibility support team for all your accessibility questions.
Many VoiceOver and other audio game players on iOS have most likely heard of and have played the Blindfold series of games from Kid Friendly Software While these games have been accessible for speech users, they have not been useable by those who want or need to be able to play them with a braille display. Late last year, I posted a blog on AppleVis calling attention to this fact and pointing out that submited feedback prior to that point had not been taken into account. A discussion ensued, and in early January, I was happy to post that full braille display support was available with Blindfold Wildcard. This card game is very similar to the traditional Uno card game.
Last week, Kid Friendly Software released full braille display support for another game, Blindfold Travel Cards, a version of the popular game better known as One Thousand Miles. As someone who used to be able to play audio games, who later had that ability taken away due to a series of major hearing losses, it is great to now be able to play these games. It is my hope that Kid Friendly Software will continue to work to offer braille support on many of their titles which are text based.
APH has announced via it's mailing list for the Orbit Reader 20 that they will start taking orders tomorrow for the much anticipated braille display/notetaker.
Hoover via eBay offers its refurbished Hoover WindTunnel 2 Rewind Bagless Upright Vacuum Cleaner for $32.99. Coupon code "PRESDAY" knocks that to $26.39. With free shipping, that's the lowest price we've seen for this model in any condition. (It's also $64 less than you'd pay for a new one.) It features a dual cyclonic air system, HEPA filter, bottom-release dirt cup, 5-position height adjustment, and 25-foot cord. Deal ends February 20.
Bissell Homecare via eBay offers its refurbished Bissell SpotClean ProHeat Portable Spot Carpet Cleaner for $49.99 with free shipping. That's the lowest price we've seen for this item in any condition. It's also $31 less than you'd pay for a new one, although most retailers charge $98 or more.) Features include Heatwave technology (which helps maintain a consistent water temperature), a removable water tank, 3" stain tool, and extendable hose. It comes with an 8-oz. bottle of Spot and Stain Formula.
Amazon offers the Winix Ultimate Pet PlasmaWave True HEPA Air Cleaner for $208.42 with free shipping. That's the lowest price we could find by $46. It features three smart sensors, four fan settings, and PlasmaWave technology.
Amazon offers the Kellogg's Cereal 42-oz. Cup 24-Count Assortment Pack for $24. Check out via Subscribe & Save and the price drops to $22.80. With free shipping via Prime, that's a buck less than what you'd expect to pay in local stores. Be sure to cancel your subscription once your order ships to avoid being billed for further shipments.
Amazon offers the Kellogg's Rice Krispies Treats 32-oz. Super Sheet for $6.28 with free shipping via the steps below. That's the lowest price we could find by $22. To get this deal: 1. Click the provided link. 2. Clip the 25% off coupon on the product page. 3. Add it to your cart via Subscribe & Save for a final checkout price of $6.28 with free shipping. Be sure to cancel Subscribe & Save once your order ships or you'll be billed for subsequent shipments.
Tekreplay via eBay offers the refurbished Unlocked Apple iPhone 6 Plus 16GB 4G LTE GSM Smartphone in several colors for $199.99 with free shipping. That's the lowest price we've seen. (It's the best deal for a refurb by $40.)
Bidallies via eBay offers the refurbished Unlocked Apple iPhone 6s 16GB GSM Smartphone in several colors for $189.95 with free shipping. That's the lowest price we've seen. (It's a low today by $45 for a refurb.)
All Better via Amazon offers the QQCute Twins Wireless Bluetooth 4.1 Headphones in Black for $59.99. Coupon code "OT5BDRIR" cuts that to $31.19. With free shipping, that's $29 off and the best price we could find. They come with a 300mAh charging base station. Deal ends March 31.
J.J. is once again transmitting from a location somewhere in New jersey. Hear his harrowing tale of food delivery throughout this episode. unrelatedly, but still involving hotel travel oddly enough, hear J.J. take a trip around the ATIA host hotel with Larry from APH and Indoor Explorer. News is back, so is "Sound Off" and a very timely tip rounds out the show.
It is always a treat when we can get someone to come on the show and talk about services and new hardware. This week Buddy Brannan joins Joe and Patrick to discuss not only a new Braille Display, a new Braille Embosser and even a new Android phone. He also provides some good insight into the news surrounding service animals and the airline industry. Then, Patrick talks about a new recorder that Joe will probably end up buying before CSUN. It is a jam packed episode of insighful comments and hardware reviews. And we think this will come as a shock to J.J. for sure that his absence from the show this week did not result in a gab fest about videogames or Microsoft.
Here we go, another year, another top 10 list. Join J.J., Joe, Shelly and Chancey as they roll through some of the bigger news that shook the Low Vision and Blindness technology field in the year that was 2017.
Happy New Year and welcome to the first show of 2018. Traditionally, if you are a long time fan, you know the first show has been reserved for a glance back at the previous year's AT news. However, due to crazy schedules on everyone's part here at BBQ, we'll delay that look over our shoulder and talk about it as the focus for episode 131. This week we will assume the Discussion Topic" format as we cover J.J.'s recent trip to Vegas for the 2018 Consumer Electronic Show and Joe's review of the 12 pound Google Home Smart Speaker. We also have a tip, some quick thoughts in "Sound Off" and our first "Last Word of the year. This one is a little longer than usual because there was just so much to talk about.
You know that holiday song that has the line: "It's the most wonderful time of the year?". yeah, well, Patrick tends to hum it a lot in December because this is the dedicated show where he has free rein to post all the things that would make us sound silly if left in for an episode's original broadcast.
The month of December used to be a slow month in podcasting circles. That doesn't seem to be the case again with 2017 rolling right along with timely news and events still arriving like they were UPS holiday packages on the BBQ doorstep. Good thing we asked Amanda Rush to come by and talk about Word Press as we shall need a sister site up to contain all these analogies and metaphors we've made about boxes and packages on the show over the last 60 days. J.J. takes some time out to play a game on Echo, Joe has one rejected idea in the "Last Word" and Patrick lets his guard down in a most interesting way. Grab that cup of coffee, cocoa or just a glass of milk... it is BBQ 128.
Joe has returned from vacation to join J.J. for one of the final episodes of 2017. The pair discuss some shipping and gift wrapping suggestions, Joe has a Gmail tip for iOS users and a festive treat awaits in the "Last Word". So leave the cookies and the milk out for Santa before you curl up for a long night's winter nap with episode 127.
Joe is cruising far away from civilization, so Shelly Brisbin stopped by to hold down the fort. Shelly and J.J. talk Sonos speakers, Apple updates, and smart gadgets amongst other things, and find many parallels between all of them. Emails, a tip, and One More Thing round out this lively episode, so strap on in.
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