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News

Submissions for the 2018 Holman Prize now open



One of the biggest prizes for blind or visually impaired people is back for its second year and the application period is now open.

Sendero Group begins testing indoor wayfinding app, seeking local field testers in Chicago and Baltimore



Sendero group, recent recipient of a grant from National Institute of Disability, Independent Living and Rehabilitation Research, is prototyping an app to aid with the often hectic navigation in large in door spaces such as malls or airports. If you are a visually impaired resident of Chicago or Baltimore or can travel to one of these cities, Sendero Group is requesting your help to test and refine the effectiveness of this prototype on-site.

Plan stories with ease with Story Planner for writers on iOS



In my last writing article, I introduced MindNode, an accessible mind mapping app for iOS. Mind maps are a very flexible tool, allowing a lot of creative freedom in designing and organizing your outline or plans. Today's app, story planner for iOS by SCVisuais, continues the theme of planning, but offers a great deal more structure and prompting for writers who like their layout.

Bigger Than A Bread Box, Louder Than A Boombox, The Google Home Max Is The Smart Speaker For Your Bookshelf



Over the years I've joked with J.J. about him owning Google's first attempt at a music device with his Google i/o schwag bag Nexus Q collector's item. The unit was round like a Google Home Mini,dedicated to streaming playback and a mixture of touch controls that can be assisted by a smartphone for added functionality. Yes, the Nexus Q could be seen as the distant relative that doesn't get invited to family gatherings anymore during the holidays in Mountain View. Google's third entry in the Home series of smart speakers is positioned more as a Sonos killer than an Amazon rival.

Noticing device slowdown after updating iOS? Take advantage of apple's battery discounts now



As you may or may not be aware, it has recently come to light that older iPhones are often known to experience reduced performance due to how apple handles new features on devices with older batteries.

Out Of Sight Games Completes Their Quest Line With The Official Release Of A Hero's Call



Out Of Sight Games updated their Kickstarter page with news that the audio-driven PC version of their Role Playing Game is now available for purchase from the official site.

Popular website Eyes Free Fitness now has an iPhone App



BlindAlive has now released a companion to their Eyes Free Fitness website. According to the description from the App Store, the app offers a variety of workout types, all described freely, enabling visually impaired people of all fitness levels to set and achieve their personal fitness goals. The app also allows users to access content from across the BlindAlive blog and podcasts.

Seeing AI version 2.0 released with new features, including handwriting and currency recognition



Version 2.0 of Seeing Ai, the app which Microsoft released earlier this year and which has now been downloaded over 100000 times, was released today. In addition to now being available in 35 countries, version 2.0 of the app has introduced a number of new features likely to be of interest to blind and visually impaired users.


Deals

Aptoyu 20-watt Wireless Bluetooth Portable Speaker for $19.99 [Shipped]



Aptoyu via Amazon offers the Aptoyu 20-watt Wireless Bluetooth Portable Speaker for $29.99. Coupon code "NDKWHZ7C" cuts that to $19.99. With free shipping, that's $20 off list, and the lowest price we could find. It features a 33-foot range, microphone, and up to seven hours of playtime at 60% volume. Deal ends January 31.

Small Target X1 Wireless Bluetooth Headphones for $16 [Shipped]



Small Target via Amazon offers the Small Target X1 Wireless Bluetooth Headphones in Black for $39.99. Coupon code "HAMHXP83" cuts them to $16. With free shipping, that's $24 off, and the lowest price we could find. They feature Bluetooth 4.1 and EDR APT-X audio decode technology and are water-resistant. Deal ends January 25.

MokcaoLife 30-watt Bamboo Bluetooth Speaker for $44.99 [Shipped]



AomaisDirect via Amazon offers the Mokcao Life 30-watt Bamboo Bluetooth Speaker for $89.99. Coupon code "AOMAISM1" cuts it to $44.99. With free shipping, that's $155 off list and the lowest price we could find. It also functions as a 5,000mAh portable battery pack and features three EQ modes, a 3.5mm auxiliary input, and rechargeable Li-ion battery with up to 10 hours of music per charge. Deal ends February 28.

Refurbished Amazon Fire TV Stick 1080p Streaming Media Player with Alexa Voice Remote for $29.99 [Shipped]



Amazon offers the refurbished second-generation Amazon Fire TV Stick 1080p Streaming Media Player with Alexa Voice Remote for $29.99 with free shipping. That's $10 under the lowest price we could find for a new unit.

2-Pack TanTan WiFi Smart Plug Mini for $21.77 [Shipped]



TanTan Direct via Amazon offers the TanTan WiFi Smart Plug Mini 2-Pack for $32.99. Coupon code "SMARTTAN" knocks it to $21.77. With free shipping, that's $11 off and the lowest price we could find. They feature monitoring of power consumption via the TanTan Smart Life app, voice activation, and compatibility with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant. Deal ends January 31.

Nursal Foot Massager for $99.59 Shipped]



Nova Tech via Amazon offers the Nursal Foot Massager for $119.99. Coupon code "M4SRY7A4" cuts it to $99.59. With free shipping, that's $20 off and the lowest price we could find. It features three massage modes, three time modes, and a heat function. Deal ends February 28.

Nursal Shiatsu 3D Neck & Shoulder Deep Massager for $37.99 [Shipped]



Nova Tech US via Amazon offers the Nursal Shiatsu 3D Neck & Shoulder Deep Massager for $43.99. Coupon code "V5XREYRO" cuts it to $37.99. With free shipping, that's $6 off, and the lowest price we could find. It features four deep kneading massage balls, vibration controls, and heat therapy. Deal ends February 28.

2-Years of Applecare+ on iPad mini and iPad 5th Generation for $69



Best Buy offers 2 Years of Applecare+ on either an iPad mini or iPad 5th Generation for $69.. Click the provided link to get the deal that ends Fe bruary 4.


Podcasts

Blind Bargains Qast 129: Outtakes And The Wolverine



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.

Blind Bargains Qast 128: Merry Christmas Bill Cullen



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.

Blind Bargains Qast 127: How Can Santa Get here?



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.

Blind Bargains Qast 126: A Qast with Parallel Sprinkles



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.

Blind Bargains Qast 125: Fantastical Soylent People Flavor



The first show of the last month for 2017 just so happens to be the episode before Joe goes on vacation. It also contains a festive tip, a live taste test of a product by J.J. plus a demo from Stacie Hardy and Raul Gallegos. "Sound Off" continues the ongoing debates about what you eat after Thanksgiving dinner while the "Last Word" has a bit of travel related information.

Blind Bargains Qast 124: The 2017 Blind Bargains Holiday Shopping Guide



Welcome to our 3rd annual Blind Bargains Holiday Shopping Guide. This year, we've brought the deals straight to your audio feed. Sit back and relax as some of your favorite merchants, or perhaps some that are new to you, tell you about their latest products and services as well as some holiday deals. We'd like to sincerely thank all of the companies who were apart of this show. Below you'll find information about each company in the order they appear in the show.
Be sure to stay with Blind Bargains for lots of deals from Black Friday to Cyber Monday and beyond. We hope you have a safe and fulfilling Thanksgiving and we'll be back to our normal? format next week.

Blind Bargains Holiday Qast: Happy HIMS-tastic Holidays! Blind Friday Specials Begin Now!



BrailleSense Polaris made its first appearance on Blind Bargains with Joe Steincamp and Dave Wilkinson hidden (for security reasons) in a tiny bunker far below the surface of the Earth. But now there's no need for secrecy as Polaris has been shipping since the end of June so everyone already knows that Polaris is a wicked awesome dude. Joe and Dave review just how far the unit has come since its release. Dave discusses some of the features in the latest firmware upgrade, and the unit does some cool math until Dave and Joe remember they're not so good with numbers. To compensate, they use Polaris and Google Assistant to do the work for them so that you see just how much money you can save with the HIMS-tacular Blind Friday deals on not only Polaris but all other HIMS products, such as the Smart Beetle, GoVision and the U2 Mini But wait! The deals get even better if you ask a friend to bundle. So sit back, relax, and let Joe and Dave get your Blind Friday shopping started.

We thank Hims for sponsoring this holiday podcast.

Blind Bargains Qast 123: Ten Thousand Kerfuffles



App development may seem like a glamorous vocational choice, but as you will hear in this episode, it sure does have the occasional pitfall or two. Marty Schultz, of Kid Friendly Software and Blindfold Games fame, returns to the BBQ to talk about his wild week and his bright future. We'll finally broadcast that tip we've talked about since May, "Sound Off" will be X-citing and you might find the "Last Word" to be one of those things you won't be able to forget for a while once you have heard it for yourself.


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Exciting Original Rock Album from Rich DeSteno


Hi folks. I have been playing guitar and writing songs for much of my adult life. I have now issued my first album worldwide, entitled Cracking the Shell. It is an exciting blend of electric and acoustic rock, rich in lyrical content and unforgettable music. It is available at the below link as an MP3 download for $9.99, or as individual song downloads. Press Enter on Preview all songs to hear clips of the songs: http://cdbaby.com/cd/richdesteno It is also available on iTunes, Google Play, and Amazon, and for streaming on Spotify, Amazon Music, Deezer, and other services.

Gently Used Braille Note Touch 32 Cell Model for Just $2895.00 or Best Reasonable Offer


For sale, one gently used Braille Note Touch 32 cell model for just $2895.00 or best reasonable offer. This unit is in excellent condition, and it ships in its original box. Package includes: Braille Note touch 32 cell, carrying case with attached physical Perkins style keyboard, USB cable, and power supply. Visit: http://www.humanware.com For more information on the Braille note touch. My preferred payment method is PayPal, and my e-mail address for PayPal is jeff.young8806@gmail.com. For more info, and to purchase this product, please e-mail: jeff.young8806@gmail.com.

Early deals for upcoming Valentine's Day Talking Book Readers & Mp3 Players, Tablets and..


Phones With Valentine's Day approaching it's time to start thinking of what gift you could order for your sweetheart. Take a look at our below offerings for a great gift idea. Remember you don't want to put it off until it's too late. Humanware's price for the Victor Reader Trek is now $699.99 plus shipping and tax with a delay on shipping. We have a limited supply available right now with our $120 discount off, only $579.99 with free shipping inside the US and we only need to charge tax if you're in Florida, plus it ships right away! All the below items would make a great gift starting with our Talking Book Reader, simple to use Talking Mp3 Player and Book Reader! We also Have the Victor Reader Trek and Stream discounted, Fire tablets, and of course Sansa Talking Mp3 Players! Read about our new very affordable and accessible MP3 player with AM and FM radio! There's also a great discount on microSD cards and other accessories and more! Daily Deal 2 days only. Get a free OTG cable with your purchase of the 8-inch Fire tablet for just $89.99: http://www.talkingmp3players.com/Daily-Deals_ep_49-1.html Get $120 off the new Victor Reader Trek Book reader & GPS with Bluetooth capability! Because we've sold so many of these we have a small number of them left in stock so get yours now at the lower $579.99 price! Humanware has raised their price to $699.99 plus shipping and tax and once we run out of our diminishing stock we'll need to raise ours as well so act quickly! http://www.talkingmp3players.com/Victor-Reader-Trek-Talking-Book-Reader-GPS_p_116.html We have the Brand New 2nd generation Victor Reader Stream for just $339.99 with no additional taxes added(unless you live in Florida) + Free Shipping in the US. It also comes with an 8GB SD card, Long and short USB cables, protective silicone case, earphones, and wall charger in the box. You can read about and order it from: http://www.talkingmp3players.com/Victor-Stream-2nd-Generation_p_78.html If you don't need access to NLS/Bard or Audible.com books then it makes more sense to go with either of the below two more affordable players: Our feature-packed new Talking Book Reader 2nd Edition which comes with the high quality Ivona voices built in and plays all sorts of unprotected files including Daisy books, eBooks, music, audio books, and even video files is a great choice for listening to audio content! Listen on its built-in speaker or on headphones! Connect it to your wifi for listening to internet radio stations and podcasts! Record from its built-in mic, external mic/line-in, FM stereo radio, and internet radio! All this and 14 hours of battery life for just $229.99! http://www.talkingmp3players.com/Talking-Daisy-Book-Media-Player-Newest-Edition_p_111.html Get the introduction to the Talking Book Reader 2nd Edition at the below link. Press enter on the link then search for the word download and save the file normally. https://my.pcloud.com/publink/show?code=XZ3vzGZeSdSOCHGJ3kglro6lkt3n5BqUg0V We have the brand new 4GB Sansa Clip Zip Talking MP3 Players for just $109.99! Yes, these are brand new players all set up with Rockbox so even a totally blind person can use them! http://www.talkingmp3players.com/Sansa-Clip-Zip-Talking-MP3-Player-4GB_p_12.html Get the introduction to the Talking MP3 Players at the below link. Press enter on the link then search for the word download and save the file normally. https://my.pcloud.com/publink/show?code=XZcvzGZ5PHsEb5dec5rWatGSGVRpyffUooV New 2017 model Fire Tablets Available through us for a limited time only, we've installed Google Play so that you can use these tablets not only with Amazon Apps but with Android Apps as well. All 3 the 7 inch, HD8, and HD10, are set up with the screen reader turned on and Google Play installed. These full featured tablets also have Alexa and the HD 10 tablet uses Alexa hands-free! http://www.talkingmp3players.com/Talking-Tablets_c_36.html You can get the 7-inch fire tablet with VoiceView as the screen reader and using the very-high quality Ivona voices, Sally and Joey. Amazon took the Android operating system and screen reader and reworked them to be easier to use on their devices. This is a full featured tablet plus it's set up to work better with Amazon services as well as Kindle and Audible.com books. It can take up to a 200GB microSD card so storage is no problem. Priced at $54.99! http://www.talkingmp3players.com/-Kindle-Fire-Tablet-with-Google-Play-Store-VoiceView_p_92.html We have the latest HD 8 Fire tablet available as well, the difference is this one is larger of course, as opposed to a monospeaker it plays in Dolby Stereo. It has a 12 hour battery and 16 GB of storage with a microSD slot that takes up to 200 GB. The display is HD if you're purchasing for a sighted person. This one is $85.99: http://www.talkingmp3players.com/-HD-8-Kindle-Fire-Tablet-with-Google-Play-Store-VoiceView-_p_94.html We also have the latest Kindle Fire HD 10 inch Tablets available with all of the above extras plus you can use Alexa hands free with this model whereas with the 7 and 8 inch tablets you need to double tap and hold on the home button to use Alexa, for only $149.99. http://www.talkingmp3players.com/-HD-10-Kindle-Fire-Tablet-with-VoiceView-with-free-OTG-Cable-_p_122.html Get 6 months to pay with No Interest on orders over $99 when you check out with PayPal and choose PayPal Credit. (subject to credit approval) We've been getting a lot of interest and orders for our new exciting product which is a portable MP3 player AM/FM radio with built in front-facing mono speaker! It plays MP3 and WAV files from either a thumb drive or a microSD card! It's totally accessible for the blind as it's all button operated. It does have a display but it's not menu driven. One can listen to AM or FM stations or to MP3 or WAV files on the microSD card or thumb drive! Jump to specific tracks or radio stations by entering the track number or the frequency! It has a user replaceable rechargeable lithium battery! For those who have some sight it also has an LED flashlight! It has a line-in jack so you can play your other devices through its speaker! It includes a wrist lanyard and detachable belt clip. I've been playing with it and am totally impressed with its features and the volume you can get out of it! One can also listen in stereo with headphones if preferred. Perfect for listening to music and audio books in MP3 or WAV; it remembers where you left off listening! It's just a bit larger than a Victor Reader Stream or Trek but packs a much stronger punch! Affordably priced at just $29.99! http://www.talkingmp3players.com/MP3-AMFM-radio-player_p_39.html Accessories at special discounts to enhance your devices, add Bluetooth capability to Talking Players, add memory to your phone, tablet or player, get yourself a new headset or speaker and much more: MicroSD and SD cards at special discounts for your MP3 players, book readers, phones, tablets and other devices. Get large capacity memory cards ready for use on your favorite devices and for your enjoyment we also include some OTR shows on the cards higher than 32GB! New item 200GB microSD cardfor $89.99, 128GB microSD & SD card for just $59.99, 64GB card for only $35.99, 32GB for $19.99 & 16GB for $10.99 and other deals you can check out here: http://www.talkingmp3players.com/Micro-SD-cards_c_14.html We have all of our cables and charging accessories at 20% off: http://www.talkingmp3players.com/Cables-and-Charging-Accessories_c_13.html Bluetooth devices to enable your Book Players and other devices to use Bluetooth plus accessories on special! If you purchase these items when you place an order for any of our players or Tablets-these devices will be discounted even further-just use the combo box below the product: Check out the newest Bluetooth Headset on our site, the Miccus SR-71 Stealth Bluetooth Headphones with microphone. This is a very nice headset which works wirelessly with either Bluetooth or use the included cable to connect it to a headphone jack. It's a very comfortable headset. It goes over your head and cups around your ears so you don't disturb anyone when you decide to turn it up! Works with the new Victor Reader Trek, smart devices such as phones and tablets, or paired with one of the Miccus Bluetooth transmitters. Very low latency headset with great sound and long battery life. Get it now for just $59.99! http://www.talkingmp3players.com/Miccus-SR-71-Stealth-Bluetooth-Headphones-with-microphone_p_15.html On sale this week the latest Bluetooth 4.0 Miccus TX4 Transmitter to enable your book readers/players to use Bluetooth which is the one I recommend due to its features and sound quality. Get yours for just $39.99! http://www.talkingmp3players.com/Miccus-Mini-jack-TX4-Bluetooth-40-Transmitter_p_18.html On sale as well is the Talking Miccus AX4 Reciever which is only $35.99 which speaks when turned on, off, and in pairing mode to enable any powered speakers, stereo systems, even headphones to use Bluetooth. http://www.talkingmp3players.com/Miccus-Mini-jack-AX4_p_14.html We have the Portable Water Resistant Bluetooth Mini Shower mono speaker this week for just $19.99. http://www.talkingmp3players.com/Speakers_c_12.html To cover your wireless audio listening needs, we have several portable solutions and some non-portable ones, with ranges from about 30 feet up to 160 feet as well as some low latency options when combined with the above Bluetooth headset! Don't forget my offer of assistance in helping you figure out what you need to fill your Bluetooth wireless listening needs. http://www.talkingmp3players.com/Bluetooth-Transmitters-Receivers_c_7.html We have Talking brand-new Samsung Gusto 3 Phones on sale for just $59.99. These are great easy to use accessible push button flip phones. It works like the Samsung Haven with improvements such as ability to change the speed of the voice, Bluetooth capability, longer batterylife and more, use it in the US on Selectel Wireless (see the plans below): http://www.talkingmp3players.com/Samsung-Gusto-3_p_80.html Just $30 for unlimited talk and texts! Check out the Selectel phone plans for use with the above phone, they're now providing much better plans for the money than Page Plus: http://www.talkingmp3players.com/Selectel-Phone-Plans_ep_53-1.html If you want to use the Samsung Gusto 3 on Verizon get the Verizon Wireless Postpaid Version for just $65.99: http://www.talkingmp3players.com/Samsung-Gusto-3-for-Verizon-Wireless_p_121.html All prices are in US dollars. We accept major credit cards and PayPal on line, or you can call 727-498-0121 or Skype lazmesa to place your credit card order or have a Paypal payment request sent. This sale lasts through Thursday January 25th so don't wait to place your order. Your questions are always welcome.

Like New: Braille Sense Polaris for Sale - Asking $4,300 + Shipping or Best Offer


If bells and whistles are what you’re after, boy does the BrailleSense Polaris have everything you’re looking for and more. With the ability to install Android apps from the Google play Store and an HDMI output, this powerful notetaker blurs the line between mainstream and assistive technology. Unfortunately, or fortunately, depending on who you are, I’ve decided that all the bells and whistles simply aren’t for me. This isn’t anything against the device; I think it’s one of the best on the market. I just figure I can get by with a much more minimal setup. I guess I’m a simpler man than I thought. I know there are plenty of folks who would love such a cutting edge piece of tech, though, which is why I’m putting my hardly used Polaris up for sale. When I say hardly used, I mean it. I took it out of the box and used it maybe 4 times max. The device is like new and will ship with its original charger unit. Asking price is $4,300 or best offer + shipping via PayPal. I’m sorry but I’m not able to entertain payment plans at this time. Specs: Android OS 5.1.1 (Lollipop) 2.1GHz Octa-core (CPU) 3GB (RAM) Flash Memory 64GB Video Display HDMI output built in LCD Interface USB 3.0 micro OTG, USB 2.0, HDMI, SD Card slot Touch-enabled Multi-Function Buttons Network Ethernet, WLAN (802.11 b/g/n/ac), Wi-Fi Dual-ba 32 braille cells Ability to download and run apps from the Google play store Familiar traditional braille note taker functions such as wordprocessor, calculator schedule manager, etc. To learn more about the Polaris, check out this podcast from Blind Bargains: https://www.blindbargains.com/bargains.php?m=16785

Like New iPhone 7 With 128 Gigabytes Memory! Screen Cover, Smart Charging Case & SPeaker


Be fully equippped with this like new iPhone 7 with the latest software. Never been damaged or repaired. Always in a case with a screen protector. The Apple smart case charges the phone up to one additional full charge. The case is 2 months old! I will throw in a miniature Bluetooth speaker the size of a die. It is one of my top sellers with Kustom Cane(a $30 value)!!!!! I am asking now $525 for everything. This will go quick. Get it while you can. I accept Pay Pal or Venmo. Call me with any questions at 901-483-1515.

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