Published: Mon, 24 Apr 2017 13:10:01 -0400Copyright: 2006-2017 A T Guys
Sun, 23 Apr 2017 21:18:26 -0400
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.
Indeed, the recent history of WebVisum can be described as murky at best. Once the gold standard for solving a CAPTCHA on a website, changes in Firefox threatened its existence a year ago. Firefox added a new security feature which required that all extensions be signed by version 43. This rendered the ad-don unusable until James Scholes stepped forward with a quick fix which made the solver work again.
Firefox introduced new add-on requirements for Firefox 53 and this version became the default for Windows users as of April 18. The makers of WebVisum have seemingly not shown much interest in maintaining the add-on, and it will take someone to revitalize the code if there is to be any future for the add-on. We do not advise you to remain with an older version of Firefox just to retain the use of WebVisum, as doing so will leave you vulnerable to other security concerns.
Accessible Apps offers Captcha be Gone as a service which is available for a few dollars a month. It supports Firefox, Chrome, and Internet Explorer with plans to expand to other browsers.
Rumola offers Firefox, Chrome, and Safari extensions and works on a credit system, where you can spend a small amount of money to solve a number of CAPTCHA challenges. The Firefox add-on has not been updated since 2014 and we have not tested its functionality on Firefox 53, but other add-ons are available in case one stops functioning.
What are you using to solve that CAPTCHA these days? Are you experiences different than ours? Sound off in the comments.
Thanks to Steve Pattison for the tip.
Sat, 22 Apr 2017 15:36:10 -0400The 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. Sponsor: HIMS Inc. Go make it happen with GoVision, the new transportable video magnifier from HIMS. With goVision you get all you'd expect from a transportable read, write and distance video magnifier with optical character recognition, plus the ability to enlarge and customize files, photos or videos from your cell phone, tablet or computer. Look at a slideshow of pictures from your vacation right from your thumb drive. Bring the world into focus with GoVision. For more information, call us at 888-520-4467, or visit us on the web at http://www.hims-inc.com. HIMS. Lifestyle Innovation. In The News: Getting Creative With Braille On Windows: a Look At Beta Braille Support With the Windows 10 Update APH Brings Talking Typer and Hurry Scurry Game to iOS ZoomText Now Speaks in Four New Languages with Free 11.3 Update I.D. Mate North American Database moves to version 6.3.0 for Galaxy, Quest and Omni. Brings along improved information for Home Depot, Walmart and some regional grocery stores. ATIA 2018 Call for Presentations Now Open AFB CSUN Coverage From Some Familiar Voices In The April 2017 Issue One Box to Read it All: Solutions Radio Promoting the Webbox3 Preorder Vaux, The Speaker That Turns Your Echo Dot in to a Portable Battery Powered Device Interview: TypeAbility with David Pinto Part 2 David Pinto, from YesAccessible. , is back to see if J.J. truly knows his number row from his home row. Hear the second portion of our TypeAbility demo recorded from the CTEBVI event in San Francisco. If you know someone who needs to brush up on their typing, or if you are that person who needs to brush up on their typing, be sure to check out this program. Demonstration: I.D. Mate Galaxy's New price check feature In March, as you may have heard from CSUN, the I.D. Mate Galaxy gained a new Price check feature. This new mode allows you to scan a product and compare prices from retailers like Amazon, Jet and Walmart. Joe gives us a brief look at how the feature works in this demo without scanning anything too fattening. Tip: Steven Clower drops in to show us how to quickly copy text from the Mac's terminal to the clipboard. Sound Off: Feedback this week comes from listener emails. First up, a request from Randee. "Hi BB cast, As always love the show. Just writing in because I d like to see a demo of the air fryer. I won t have a deep fryer in my apartment because of the smell and cleanup. Also, don t want the greesy food. Thanks for continuing to demo and talk about the many different food items out there." Oh, we are so about the food here at BBQ. Did we mention those pancakes from San Diego? Mmmm.... California pancakes. Ahem, next email is from Beth. "Hey, guys, enjoying the podcast and just had to respond to one point: I agree, I hate I.E. with a passion but I only am using Serotek's SA and Sero products and Firefox and Chrome do not work with Serotek products. We have asked for compatibility but so far no go." Tune in to hear J.J.'s thoughts on this and Joe's remarks about Beth's other email sent along to us this week. Kenny writes in to talk about Windows. "Hi I listened to episode 96 of the blindbargains podcast, and I loved the windows 10 cleanup tip. I used the update assistant to upgrade to the anniversary update last summer and forgot to run the disk cleanup tool to get rid of the previous installation that windows love to leave behind after an upgrade." Ron was looking for some clarification from comments[...]
Fri, 21 Apr 2017 20:55:00 -0400
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
According to a post on the Daisy Consortium the Webbox 3 will serve as a portable media player with up to 10 hours of battery life. It features larger and more tactile buttons, USB connectivity which will allow for 4G support, and a sleek modern design. It also will include more guidance tones and a white on black screen for better contrast. Here's a translated page with some more information on the device. Some of the features require a subscription, currently 5.95 or approximatley $6.38 in U.S> currency.
You can get an idea of how the unit functions by looking at the current Webbox2 page. The Webbox3 will be shown at Sight City on May 3-5 in Frankfort. The event is free to attend and is one of the world's largest technology exhibits.
Here's what's new in this version:
sleek modern design larger tactile buttons only five push buttons and one dial internal USB for 4G connection powerful battery (approximately 10 hrs)
advanced navigation on-demand IP radio player speech speed and rate are adjustable sleep timer remote control for all functions download station for portable players (Milestone, Victor Reader Stream, Plextalk Linio Pocket...) plays content from SD card or USB stick
Fri, 21 Apr 2017 20:08:10 -0400
Version 2.7.3 of the KNFB Reader app for iOS has received one small but potentially very useful feature
This release lets you take a picture by pressing the Volume Up button on your device. This would also work by pressing the Volume Up key on a Bluetooth keyboard or remote if you have one. The key command only works on the main Take a Picture screen. Similarly, users can press Volume Down to activate the Field of View report, which will tell you how much of the page is visible and if it is rotated.
In addition, support for the Czech language has been included along with some other bug fixes. We've included the changelog below.
New app icon and splash screen added;
Czech user interface language added;
Fixes a crash some users experienced when taking a picture;
The "volume up" button will now take a picture and the "volume down" button will execute field of view;
*Fixes some minor issues with voice-over accessibility.
Fri, 21 Apr 2017 13:46:57 -0400
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.
This version also includes improved Internet time synchronization, and a smattering of bug fixes including some for NFB-Newsline users.
This Version 4.8 software upgrade provides the following new features and enhancements:
Added support for dynamic menus in Daisy online services which support them.
Improved Internet time synchronization.
Added confirmation prompt before NFB unsubscribe .
Adding/Removing NFB publications no longer causes the Stream to crash during NFB book synchronization.
*Publication list for "Breaking News" group now returns consistent results instead of returning the list of publication from a random state (or crashing).
Bookshelf announcement for podcast is now correctly made on startup.
Added new multitap entry type: numeric.
Added support to consolidate audio notes.
Added support to Delete Folder for Daisy2, Niso, Music, Saved Podcast and Text books.
*Other bug fixes and performance improvements
Tue, 18 Apr 2017 21:15:58 -0400When 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. important! First, you will need the Windows 10 Creators Update to try out braille support. If you don't have this yet, you can check out our simple guide for upgrading to the Creators Update we recently posted. Microsoft has indicated that braille support is still in beta form, which usually means that there will be bugs and limitations. With the support of braille displays in Narrator, it's very important to note that you may lose braille support for your other Windows screen readers once you carry out the process of installing braille support for Narrator. This is documented in the Narrator manual in chapter 7. There is a set process of removing braille support, which is also documented in the manual, and you will need to do so to get access back for your other screen readers. I found that installation of the drivers was straight forward, but that indeed, I could no longer access my VarioUltra or Refreshabraille through JAWS 18 or NVDA 2017.1 once these drivers were installed. As such, I would recommend reading the manual to decide whether testing braille support will be worth your while. Further, for no explainable reason, Braille support just quit on a couple of occasions. Restarting the system solved the issue. Support At the time of the Creators update release, it's not possible to use your braille display as a plug and play device. You will need to follow the instructions in the linked manual to enable braille support for your device. It's also important to note that only serial and USB connections are supported--not Bluetooth. Microsoft is currently offering beta support from 27 different manufacturers. To verify that your device is one of those covered, you can consult Appendix B of the Narrator manual. Your display may also be listed under a different company than you would think, because that is the actual maker of the device. For example, APH is not listed as one of the manufacturers in the combo box of choices once the braille drivers are installed, but the Refreshabraille is covered as part of the Baum driver. The Refreshabraille is listed in the Appendix linked accordingly. Oh Enough! How Well Does It Work? I wish there was a simple answer to this question, but there does not appear to be one. Even when using braille devices which have the same driver, support varies for some reason. For example, I connected my VarioUltra 40, and then the Refreshabraille 18 to my PC while running Narrator. However, they did not behave in the same manor, even though they share the same driver. For example, I used the VarioUltra first, and was disappointed to find that I was not able to have the speech follow the Braille without hitting a key on the VarioUltra. When I connected the Refreshabraille, though, it followed the speech and any commands I carried out on the regular keyboard without any trouble. The Braille Edge and Smart Beetle, using a different driver, also do not seem to have this issue. Text input in contracted Braille is usable with a few caveats just like on any other mainstream device. For example, the translator is not smart enough to take context in to account when writing in contracted Braille. If you type the word work , which is dot 5 followed by W and then a space, but then decide to add an S, backspacin[...]
Mon, 17 Apr 2017 23:53:52 -0400
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.
Mon, 17 Apr 2017 23:42:07 -0400
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.
Compatible with 2nd Generation Amazon Echo Dot
Amazon Echo Dot drops in and nests securely into the top of VAUX
Two active 52mm drivers and one 90mm x 50mm passive radiator deliver impressive sound and bass
Rechargeable 5000 mAH Lithium-ion battery for an average of 6 hours of battery life between Micro USB charges
Premium fine knit acoustic fabric with anti-stain finish
3.5mm Aux Input provides a portable speaker for your mobile device or tablet
*Micro USB charging input. Use your existing Amazon Dot Power Adapter to charge VAUX
Power Button with status indicator light
Dimensions: Height 163mm / 6.4 , Diameter 106mm / 4.2
VAUX is expected to start shipping later this week. Click the provided link to learn more!
Mon, 17 Apr 2017 23:27:26 -0400
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.
Mon, 17 Apr 2017 22:49:18 -0400
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.
Mon, 17 Apr 2017 22:33:55 -0400
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.
Mon, 17 Apr 2017 22:27:54 -0400
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.
Mon, 17 Apr 2017 22:24:02 -0400
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.
Mon, 17 Apr 2017 22:19:31 -0400
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.
Mon, 17 Apr 2017 22:12:58 -0400
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.
Mon, 17 Apr 2017 22:06:57 -0400
The latest version of ZoomText includes only two listed changes, but may be very helpful for certain international users and those experiencing stability issues.
If you live in Italy, Russia, Romania, or Hungary or speak these languages, ZoomText now speaks and works in your native voice. A fix which may have affected stability when ZoomText is not running is also included.
It's a free upgrade, so there's no reason not to get it if you are a current user.
The short changelog is below, and the list of changes is posted on their website
Fix for performance/stability problem when ZoomText was not running
A defect that caused degraded performance and stability when ZoomText was not running has been identified and solved.
4 new localizations added to the ZoomText 11 user interface
The 11.3 update also adds 4 additional localizations to the ZoomText 11 user interface. These new localizations include Hungarian, Italian, Romanian and Russian.
Mon, 17 Apr 2017 22:06:30 -0400
Amazon offers the Hoover Sprint QuickVac Bagless Upright Vacuum for $41.99 with free shipping. That's the lowest price we could find by $13. It features a removable wand, rinsable primary filter, system check indicator, and 23-foot power cord.
Mon, 17 Apr 2017 21:59:29 -0400
Amazon offers the Apple AirPort Express 802.11n Wireless Base Station for $67 with free shipping. That's the lowest price we've seen for a new unit and the best deal we could find by $26. This device uses 802.11n to play iTunes over your wireless network to your home stereo, acts as a wireless router, and enables wireless USB printer sharing.
Mon, 17 Apr 2017 21:57:49 -0400
It's barely spring, but the Assistive Technology Industry Association (ATIA) wants you to think about submitting a paper for its 2018 conference. ATIA 2018 will be held January 30-February 3 in Orlando, and the Call for Presentations is now open.
Here's part of the EMail just sent:
We're looking for dynamic, innovative speakers for ATIA 2018 - presenters who teach proven practices and cutting-edge technology for children and adults with disabilities and who can motivate others.
Abstracts should cover the use of assistive technology from a practitioner or user perspective and may be in the form of a case study, demonstration, implementation study, panel discussion, poster session, research paper or a tips and techniques workshop.
Submissions can be made through June 16 by using this online form.
Mon, 17 Apr 2017 21:55:14 -0400
Amazon offers the Osprey Packs Exos 58 Medium Size Backpack in Basalt Black for $129.91 with free shipping. That's the lowest price we could find by $90. This ultralight backpack features a 6065 aluminum alloy frame, ExoForm padded harness and hipbelt, removable top pocket, removable sleeping-pad straps, integrated FlapJacket rain protection, and compression straps.
Mon, 17 Apr 2017 21:50:01 -0400
Amazon offers the Wrigley's Doublemint Chewing Gum 5-Piece Pack 40-Count Box for $6.99. Check out via Subscribe & Save to knock the price to $5.94 and bag free shipping. That's a buck under what you'd expect to pay in local stores. Be sure to cancel Subscribe & Save once your order ships to avoid being billed for subsequent purchases.
Mon, 17 Apr 2017 21:45:20 -0400
Amazon offers the SanDisk Ultra 128GB Class 10 microSDXC Memory Card for $32.99 with free shipping. That's $17 under the lowest price we could find for a comparable SanDisk memory card elsewhere. It's tested and certified to work with Amazon's Fire Tablet and Fire TV. Note that it's expected to ship in one to two months.
Mon, 17 Apr 2017 21:40:09 -0400
SVM Gift Cards via eBay offers a $100 CVS Gift Card for $90 with free shipping. That's the lowest price we could find by $10.
Mon, 17 Apr 2017 21:28:01 -0400
As Seen On TV via eBay offers the Gotham Steel 7-Piece Ceramic Pan Bundle in Copper for $74.99 with free shipping. That's the lowest price we could find by $5. It includes a deep square pan with tempered glass lid, steamer tray, frying basket, 12.5" pan, 9.5" pan, and a recipe book.
Mon, 17 Apr 2017 21:20:13 -0400
Amazon offers the Samsung Fit 64GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive for $18.99. That's the lowest price we could find. It's water-, shock-, magnet-, temperature-, and X-ray-proof and features data transfer speeds up to 130MB/s.
Mon, 17 Apr 2017 21:14:42 -0400
Best Buy offers the Apple iPhone SE 16GB 4G LTE Prepaid Smartphone for Simple Mobile in Rose Gold for $149.99 with free shipping. That's the lowest price we've seen for it in any condition, for any carrier.
Mon, 17 Apr 2017 21:10:45 -0400
Best Buy offers the 4.6-lb. Lenovo Flex 4 Intel Kaby Lake Core i3 2.4GHz 15.6" 1080p Touchscreen 2-in-1 Laptop bundled for $399.99 with free shipping. That's $200 off list price, and the lowest price we could find. It functions as a laptop and a tablet, and features an Intel Kaby Lake Core i3-7100U 2.4GHz dual-core processor, 15.6" 1920x1080 (1080p) IPS touchscreen LCD, 8GB RAM, 1TB hard drive, 802.11ac wireless, Bluetooth 4.0, USB 3.0, HDMI, 3-cell battery, and Windows 10 Home 64-bit. Note: It also includes a Kaspersky Internet Security 3-Device 6-Month Subscription for Windows/Mac/Android/iOS for free.
Mon, 17 Apr 2017 21:07:57 -0400
Rosewill via Walmart offers its Rosewill Double Wall Insulated Electric Kettle in White for $19.99 with free shipping. That's the lowest price we could find by $9. It features a concealed stainless steel heating element, cordless design, 360-degree power base, 1.3-quart capacity, and automatic shut-off.
Mon, 17 Apr 2017 21:01:52 -0400
This will save you some space on your ride from the grocery! For Prime members only, Amazon offers the Royal Basmati Rice 15-lb. Bag for $11.99 with free shipping. That's the lowest price we could find by $9.
Mon, 17 Apr 2017 20:56:43 -0400
Amazon offers the Beats Solo3 Wireless Bluetooth On-Ear Headphones in Black for $159.99 with free shipping. That's the lowest price we could find by $60. They feature cushioned ear cups, on-ear controls compatible with Siri, and a battery life of up to 40 hours, including three hours of playback with only a 5-minute charge.
Fri, 14 Apr 2017 18:37:06 -0400Rest 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. In the News: A Simple Guide to Accessibly Installing the Windows 10 Creators Update Jaws 18's April Update Includes Google Docs and Office Enhancements, New Alva Braille Driver South Korea First to Offer Braille Passports Learning Ally Adds Another Link, Bringing Mobile App to Android Devices Its over now... but keep an ear out for next year. Place your Bids; Over 500 Items in The Seeing Eye's Annual Auction Interview J.J. has more audio to share from the CTEBVI conference near San Francisco. This time, it's part 1 of a demonstration of TypeAbility from YesAccessible. David Pinto has put a lot of thought into making a typing program sound fun and interesting, as you'll hear in this demo. Check out the link above to learn more or purchase the program. Demo: NutriBullet blender J.J. reviews this 600-watt powerhouse for making smoothies and other delicious drinks. You can get this beast on Amazon for under 80 bucks or check out the more powerful pro model for under $100. Here are some recipes from Blendtec, many of which will work in less powerful blenders such as the NutriBullet. Tip: Stop Hogging my Space J.J. clears out over 18GB of space using a classic tool, Windows Disk Cleanup, much of which came from installing the Creators Update. Sound Off: Benjamin Moser starts us off: Hey Folks You asked about apps going away and replacements. Inote is the free currency recognition app from the US Bureau of Engraving. Here is a free replacement. NantMobile Money Reader by IPPLEX From Lydia Alverson: Dear BBQ team, I just finished listening to episode 95. When you mentioned using people's voice in blindness-related products, I had this thought. Wouldn't it fun to have your voice as one of the Voice Over voices, Joe? How about you, J.J.? Sorry, I'm just curious. Anyway, keep up the great work. P.S.. Hey, Patrick. I'd love to hear your voice on a talking watch someday. I don't think we could pay Patrick enough to be the voice of a clock, but Ricky will actually be in a forthcoming A T Guys product, so stay tuned. From the website, here's one from JEkis on our post office story from last week: Unfortunately, the scanned images of the mail don't OCR Very Well at all. It might have improved since I tried it last month though. Keep in mind, you get images of all the mail sent to your address, not just what's addressed to you personally. We'll definitely try this out once it's available in our area. Perhaps they need some accessibility love. Last Word: 10 Second Songs, RHCP addition The Everyday Smart Bra: Your Intuitive Wellness Coach We'll revisit TypeAbility in a forthcoming podcast as well as talk about movies, games, and much more. Keep those cards and letters coming folks, and thanks for listening. Post a comment Shopping is a breeze with our Blind Bargains Apps. Share: | Twitter or Facebook[...]
Fri, 14 Apr 2017 15:43:54 -0400
The American Printing House for the Blind has brought their popular Talking Typer program to the iPhone. The typing tutor and learning tool includes nearly 3 dozen lessons and is available now for $4.99.
Talking Typer works on iOS version 9.1 or later so will be compatible with any iPhone from the 4S to now as well as iPads and modern iPod Touches. While it can work with the on-screen keyboard, naturally it would be most useful when connected to an external keyboard, as the aim of the program is to teach typing speed and accuracy.
Individuals can purchase Talking Typer for $4.99 directly from the iOS App Store. It can also be obtained from Federal quota funds, most commonly used by educational institutions. We've included the list of features from the APH product page below and you can check the link on this post to learn more.
Talking Typer for iOS devices comes with 35 built-in lessons at beginner and advanced levels. Teachers and parents can create new lessons, edit lessons, and assign lessons to individual students or groups. The app saves the results of each drill allowing students, teachers, and parents to monitor improvement.
The app also includes the exciting game Hurry Scurry, where students earn points by typing letters before the ball drops. It's fun for all ages and skill levels!
The app is both self-voicing and accessible with Apple's VoiceOver. The onboard keyboard of your device can be used with Talking Typer, but an external keyboard is recommended.
The app can also be used with a refreshable braille display, like APH's Refreshabraille 18 Bluetooth ®-enabled device, making it accessible for students who are deafblind as well.
Thu, 13 Apr 2017 09:07:48 -0400
As we posted earlier The Seeing Eye's 9th annual auction is currently going on, and it ends tonight.
Since we first posted, dozens of additional items have been added including a $50 gift certificate from our sister site A T Guys. Use this link to view items or place a bid. All items end at 10 PM Eastern.
Wed, 12 Apr 2017 14:06:47 -0400
As promised, Learning Ally has brought their Link reading app to the Android platform. The new version joins counterparts for iOS, Chrome, Windows and Mac and allows members to read their over 80,000- available titles.
The app will play their selection of human-narrated books, mostly textbooks for students and also includes support for VOICEtext which will sync the text of book with the prerecorded narration. The app itself is free to download from Google Play.
Here's a list of features from the new app.
Listen to books online or offline even while device is locked
Together with your online account, track your student's or child ™s reading progress
Adjustable speed (requires Android 6.0 and up), text size, text and highlighting color
Go to page and chapter navigation
30 second rewind capability
Add notes to bookmarks
Table of contents and page numbers match that of the same print edition
Add books to bookshelf right from your mobile device ™s browser
Displayed book covers and audio format labels
*Compatible with TalkBack
Wed, 12 Apr 2017 13:32:01 -0400The Windows 10 Creators Update is here, and while some of you may be dreading the process of updating to Microsoft's latest operating system, I've completed the mission and lived to tell the tale. Below I'll explain the relatively simple process so you can be up and running in no time. Why Upgrade? A lot of the new features in Windows 10 are aimed at gamers and media consumers, and there is a lot of glitz and glamour that comes with the latest changes. But from an accessibility standpoint, Narrator continues to receive major attention including more responsive voices, experimental support for USB braille displays, and improved navigation. While we reckon that many of you won't be ready to switch to Narrator full-time, it's certainly becoming more than a serviceable backup and its usefulness has expanded dramatically. Check out the updated Narrator manual to learn about the latest updates and changes. Narrator aside, remaining on the latest version of Windows is a good idea for security, as hackers are always looking for new ways to cause nefarious harm to your computer, and protecting yourself with the latest security patches can help to protect against undesirable effects. Before You Begin The update should not wipe out your hard drive or sensitive data, but there's always a chance, so take care of your data by performing a backup of anything you wouldn't want to lose. I keep some of my data on Dropbox and Google Drive which also essentially serves as a backup in case something were to go wrong, since I can restore my files from these cloud services. Also, it's a good idea to update your screen reader to the latest version before updating Windows. Jaws users received a new update yesterday and other companies have received patches in recent months. To our knowledge, all of the major screen readers will work with the Creators update. Running the Update I performed the entire update process in under 20 minutes, though this will largely depend on how fast your Internet connection is. While there are several ways to start the update, perhaps one of the simplest is to download the Windows 10 Update Assistant by selecting the above link and activating the Update Now item. Once you download and run this program, it will download the Creators update. Preferably, do this on an unmetered connection as the update is about 3GB in size. You can continue to work while this is happening, and will retain your screen reader of choice. Once the update has downloaded, you can start it immediately or schedule it for later. It also starts a 30 minute clock which will install the update if you don't choose to do anything else. You can press the button to start the update immediately. During the Update This is the point where you will lose support for any screen reader not named Narrator but not to worry, recent improvements will actually make this a simple process. Once the update begins, your computer will restart and begin a process that will take several minutes. Narrator can be started by pressing Control+Windows+Enter and then will speak the progress bar updates. You may notice the new Narrator hotkey, which has changed as of[...]
Tue, 11 Apr 2017 21:31:45 -0400
Art of Deals via eBay offers the Hammer Anvil Men's Slim Leather RFID Anti-Theft Front Pocket Wallet in Black, Brown, or Gray for $7.99 with free shipping. That's the lowest total price we could find by $9. It features six card slots.
Tue, 11 Apr 2017 14:24:07 -0400
Passports are one of the most important travel documents, and one country is working to make them more accessible for blind travelers. According to the Yonhap News Agency, The South Korean Foreign Ministry will begin issuing the modified passports on April 20 at hundreds of locations
Information including the passport number and expiration date as well as the owner's name and date of issuance will be brailled on a sticker and attached to the passport. It's the first known instance where passports are being made available in braille. Check the source link for more information.
Tue, 11 Apr 2017 13:10:29 -0400Freedom Scientific has posted the April update to JAWS version 18 which includes a laundry list of changes with a heavy Google Docs and Microsoft Office focus. version 18.0.2738 adds several new hotkeys to present various pieces of information while using Google Docs. Improvements in Microsoft Office include support for the Office Activity pane and reading of notifications in Office 365. Windows 10 gains improvements in the settings app and other various fixes. An updated driver for the Alva BC640 and BC680 braille displays is also included. This update is free for owners of Jaws version 18. As always, you can get the latest list of Jaws features from their What's new page. JAWS A customer reported that Krzysztof was missing from the Vocalizer Expressive 2.2 Polish compact voices collection. This has been resolved and the updated voice collection can be downloaded from the Synthesizer Downloads web page. Resolved an issue where the Weather Research It lookup source was not displaying any results. The JAWS Audio Ducking feature, which lowers the volume of other apps while JAWS is speaking, is currently disabled in the Windows 10 Creators update due to issues with JAWS not ducking audio as expected in some situations. We are continuing to work with Microsoft and plan on having Audio Ducking available again in a future update of JAWS, as soon as the necessary changes happen in an update of Windows 10. When focused in the Book Page View of the Kindle for PC app, pressing INSERT+F1 now displays an appropriate help message. This update includes updated drivers for the Alva BC6 braille displays from Optelec. Resolved an issue in both WordPad and Word where JAWS was not reading the prompt to save changes when pressing ALT+F4 to close the app and the current document had not yet been saved. Addressed an issue where JAWS was not reading the results when searching from the Windows 8.1 Start screen. Google Docs Pressing the INSERT+F8 keystroke in Google Drive or Google Docs now displays a list of the controls on the toolbar. Use the UP or DOWN ARROWS to select the control you want to use and then press ENTER or choose OK to activate it. Choose the Move To button to move focus to the selected control on the page. Note that using this command in Internet Explorer may not display all available toolbar controls due to limitations with this browser. You can now use the JAWS Text Analyzer feature to locate errors in Google documents such as unmatched parentheses, unintentional format changes, extra whitespace, and stray or unspaced punctuation. When focused in the document area in Google Docs, press ALT+WINDOWS+I or ALT+WINDOWS+SHIFT+I to move to the next or previous inconsistency in the document. To have JAWS announce inconsistencies as you navigate with the ARROW keys or Say All (INSERT+DOWN ARROW), press INSERT+SPACEBAR, followed by A. Improved JAWS support for the Google Docs spell checker. When focused in the Spellcheck dialog box, pressing INSERT+F7 now speaks and spells the current suggestion, and also reads the spelling error in context. P[...]
Mon, 10 Apr 2017 23:00:57 -0400
A true television icon. ThinkGeek offers the Lost in Space B9 Electronic Robot for $49.99 plus shipping. Free Shipping on Orders of $75 or more. The Robot in Lost in Space never had a name. It was mainly just called "Robot," though his full designation is: B-9, Class M-3 General Utility Non-Theorizing Environmental Control Robot. He was NOT Robbie the Robot, though Robbie did guest star on Lost in Space and was designed by the same awesome dude: Robert Kinoshita. And now you can bring a little B9 into your own life with the Lost in Space B9 Electronic Robot!
This Lost in Space B9 Electronic Robot stands 10" tall and features lights and sounds taken straight from the classic sci-fi TV show. Lights on his head and chest blink constantly while B9 is on, and additional lights and dialogue are triggered with the push of a button, including: "I will accompany you, you may need protection," "Cannot compute, programming data insufficient," and his famous cries of "Danger!" You can also manually raise and lower the Lost in Space B9 Electronic Robot's head, open and close his claws, extend his arms, and turn his torso to the left and right. B9 even has wheels so you can roll him around!
Mon, 10 Apr 2017 22:55:12 -0400
Amazon offers the Ferrero Rocher 48-Count Hazelnut Chocolate Gift Box for $12.45. Add three boxes to cart and the price for all three drops to $28.01. With free shipping, that's $9.24 per box and about $19 less than you could expect to pay for this quantity in local stores.
Mon, 10 Apr 2017 22:48:36 -0400
Walmart offers the Acer Aspire XC-705 Intel Haswell Core i3 3.6GHz Desktop PC, model no. AXC705UR55, for $299 with free shipping. That's the lowest total price we could find by $96. It features an Intel Core i3-4160 3.6Ghz Haswell dual-core processor, 6GB RAM, 1TB hard drive, DVD burner, 802.11ac wireless, Gigabit Ethernet, Bluetooth 4.0, USB 3.0, HDMI, and Windows 10 Home 64-bit.
Mon, 10 Apr 2017 22:43:43 -0400
Amazon offers the Dirt Devil Power Duo Vacuum, model no. UD20125B, for $40.89 with free shipping. That's the lowest total price we could find by $10. It features a hard floor tool with washable microfiber dusting pad, 10-foot reach, on-demand cleaning wand, cyclonic filtration, and rinsable HEPA filter.
Mon, 10 Apr 2017 22:35:39 -0400
For Prime members only, Amazon offers the Tropicana Juice 10-oz. Bottle 24-Pack in Ruby Red Grapefruit or Cranberry Cocktail Juice for $10.70 with free shipping via the directions below. That's the lowest total price we could find for this quantity by $9. To get this price: 1. Click the provided link. 2. Clip the 10% off coupon on the product page. 3. Order via Subscribe & Save for a final price of $10.70.
Mon, 10 Apr 2017 22:28:03 -0400
Amazon offers the Airheads Mini Fruit Bar 8-lb. Case in Cherry for $16.75 with free shipping via the steps below. (It's available in Blue Raspberry for a few cents more.) That's about $8 less than you'd expect to pay for a similar quantity of any flavor in local stores. To get this deal: 1. Click the provided link. 2. Clip the 20% off coupon on the product page. 3. Check out via Subscribe & Save for a final price of $16.75 with free shipping. Be sure to cancel Subscribe & Save once your order ships to avoid being billed for subsequent shipments.
Mon, 10 Apr 2017 22:22:51 -0400
Walmart offers the Hamilton Beach 3-in-1 Grill/Griddle in Black, model no. 38546, for $37.70 with free shipping. That's the lowest price we could find by $8. It features two cooking areas with adjustable heat and double-sided, non-stick, dishwasher-safe grids.
Mon, 10 Apr 2017 22:15:33 -0400
Breed via eBay offers the refurbished Unlocked Apple iPhone 7 32GB Smartphone in four colors for $499.99 with free shipping. That's the best price we've seen for an unlocked iPhone 7 in any condition. (It's also $149 less than the lowest price we could find for a new unit.)
Mon, 10 Apr 2017 22:11:31 -0400
SoundPEATS Audio via Amazon offers the Soundpeats Bluetooth V4.1 Wireless Mini In-Ear Headset for $15.29. Coupon code "MRP9RUQT" cuts it to $11.01. Plus, Prime members bag free shipping. (Non-members can spend $35 or more to qualify for free shipping; otherwise, shipping costs $6.03.) That's $4 off list and the lowest price we could find. It can connect with two smartphones or tablets at the same time and features talk time of up to three hours.
Mon, 10 Apr 2017 22:06:29 -0400
Amazon offers the Altoids Mints 1.76-oz. Tin 12-Pack in Cinnamon for $10.37. Check out via Subscribe & Save to cut it to $9.85 and bag free shipping. That's the lowest total price we could find by $7. Be sure to cancel your subscription after your order arrives to avoid being billed for subsequent shipments.
Mon, 10 Apr 2017 22:00:33 -0400
Amazon offers Prime members the Izze Sparkling Juice 8.4-oz. Can 24-Pack in 3-Flavor Variety Pack for $10.99 with free shipping. (Non-members can spend $35 or more to qualify for free shipping; otherwise, shipping costs $14.14.) That's at least a buck less than you'd pay at a local retail store, but you're not lugging them around!
Mon, 10 Apr 2017 21:55:45 -0400
Refurb for Less via eBay offers the 2.6-lb. HP Spectre x2 12 12-a009nr Intel Skylake Core m5 1.1GHz 12" 2-in-1 Touchscreen Laptop, model no. N5S22UA, for $419.99 with free shipping. That's $87 under the lowest total price we could find for a refurb. It features an Intel Core m5-6Y54 1.1GHz Skylake dual-core processor, detachable 12" 1920x1280 IPS LED-backlit touchscreen LCD, 4GB RAM, 128GB SSD, 802.11ac wireless, Bluetooth 4.0, USB 3.1, media card reader, and Windows 10.