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Blind Bargains Qast 110: Audio Eclipses And Blast Processing

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 16:50:51 -0400

You might be wondering how Blind and Low Vision people can enjoy the upcoming solar eclipse on August 21st. In this episode we speak to Dr. Henry Winter, a real honest to goodness astrophysicist who tells us how we can participate in the big cosmic event. We also sync our Google Home calendars, talk more about the Orbit Reader and we strap on our red shoes for the "Last Word". Sponsor: HIMS Braille sense Polaris is shipping! The future is now. Check out the first Google certified futureproof notetaker with no touchscreen required. Visit us on the web at https://hims-inc.com to learn more. In The News: The Onkyo Braille Essay Contest Returns with $2,000 Top Prize for Braille Essays Humanware and APH release the Matt Connect video magnifier Here's a story we didn't get to last week when we were discussing news out of Orlando. Alexa, Open NFB-Newsline Our friend @AccessAna turned us onto the latest with Brailleback in this tweet: New beta of #BrailleBack for #Android, featuring contracted Braille input, grade switching on the Fly, and wordwrap. And, after we recorded this episode, it seems Android O is almost here according to this ArsTechnica article. How fast can you process words? Participate in a 10 minute Research Study to F Be sure to catch up on your summer reading with the July and August issues of Access World. Navigate the Playa Accessibly with Updated Burning Man Maps Interview: Eclipse Soundscapes Dr. Henry Trae Winter, an astrophysicist at the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory, sits down with J.J. to talk about Eclipse Soundscapes. Learn how you can use this free app for iOS and Android to experience the solar eclipse on Monday, and how you can participate as a citizen scientist by providing audio of the event. There's more coming up after the eclipse as well, so don't delete the app after Monday. Tip: Google Home Calendar The ability to add appointments to your calendar from your Google Home arrived during our time away at Summer Conventions. Joe walks us through the process. However, here is an article that outlines the steps as well. Sound Off: Here are three emails that touch upon some of our thoughts from episode 109. Firstly, from long time listener Rebecca Skipper, an email entitled "Welcome Back". "Hi, Episode 109 is one of my favorites from the BBQ. I share Joe s concerns about the potential loss of choice, but I m even more concerned about affordability if the government purchases Braille displays on bulk. Yes, I ve received AT from VR, but once I started working, I discovered just how empowering it can be if you, the consumer, purchase your own products. I bought my second Braille Notetaker after the first one crashed. I look forward to the opportunity to buy my own technology in the future. Please remember how the Orbit Reader 20 was launched from a group of nonprofit organizations who wanted to keep the price down so that more people have access to Braille. That major milestone should not be overlooked. What an amazing accomplishment! Get twelve organizations to agree to and stick with a goal! That is amazing! So, I would rather see the consumer become empowered like I did. Let's give the affordable Braille display market a chance to thrive in the consumer market. The government can do good things and try to improve access to AT, but prices seem to go up. Give vouchers to consumers if you have to. It would be nice if every library system had access to a 40 cell refreshable Braille display, but it would be used very little in some areas to the point where staff would forget how to connect the device. I wish the blind community truly understood how fortunate we are right now. Thanks." From Bonnie Lucas, "Loved your show on bridges and when J.J demoed the App, I was reminded that when I got it to read a can it said cranberry juice and we do not buy cranberry juice. The can was actually fire roasted tomatoes. Listening right now and I think there ought to be a way to have a game show at the NFB convention! Listened and loved it! And lastly fr[...]



Alexa, Open NFB-Newsline

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 16:45:41 -0400

NFB-Newsline subscribers soon will be able to use the service hands-free. Beta applications are now being accepted to use the new NFB-Newsline skill for Amazon's Echo, Echo Dot, and other voice-enabled hardware.

The feature was introduced during the 2017 Presidential Report given by Mark Riccobono at the NFB Convention in Orlando. Here's a small portion of that report.:
"We want NFB-NEWSLINE, like KNFB Reader, to be in all of the places where it is needed and to be as easy to access as possible. At this convention, we are widely rolling out beta testing on a device that you do not have to touch in order to get access to all of the rich NFB-NEWSLINE content "you need only ask for it. We are now seeking NFB-NEWSLINE users to beta test our NFB-NEWSLINE skill for the Amazon Echo. This is the first time the service interface is enabled through the spoken word. We will need to learn what works, what does not, and what innovations blind people will imagine through this new interface. Our future is only limited by our ability to imagine and build the solutions we seek."
To apply to become a beta tester, send a message to echofeedback@nfb.org

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Freedom Scientific Focuses on Ruggedness with Updated 40-cell Display

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 14:19:35 -0400

Freedom Scientific has introduced the latest generation of its Focus 40 Blue braille display with an emphasis on durability.

The new Blue takes a page out of the playbook of competitors by allowing users to connect to up to 6 devices at once (5 Bluetooth and 1 USB). But the focus (no pun intended) of their announcement is ruggedness and protection against drops.
"Thanks to an aluminum extrusion on a steel base, the housing of the Focus 40 Blue is stronger than ever before. This eliminates any torsion that could be transmitted to the Braille cells, or other internal components. The housing also incorporates bumpers that deform to absorb shock when the unit is dropped on its end or accidentally knocked against a wall or door," according to the press release.
It also uses the recently-released USBC 3.1 Micro cable for charging which can be used in either direction, similar to Lightning cables on iOS. Updated Focus 14 and Focus 80 models are also promised.
The new Focus 40 Blue is available now for $2,995. Check the source link to learn more.

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Latest NVDA Includes New Voices, Rapid OCR, Contracted Braille Input

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 12:42:00 -0400

The 3rd update for NVDA in 2017 is a big one, and you can test out the features now with the 1st release candidate. There is a huge list of features in this update, including a couple requested by many users. Contracted braille input is now supported, a big improvement for braille display users. These users can also now enter Unicode characters and will have a better experience while navigating many controls as more control abbreviations have been added and some verbose output streamlined. For Windows 10 users, the new built-in OCR feature is lightning fast and recognizes text in images in about a second. Press NVDA+R to activate the feature. Perhaps this may convince some readers to finally make the jump to the latest Windows version. Those looking for an alternative to the default eSpeak speech synthesizer may be happy to know that Windows OneCore voices are now supported. These voices made their appearance in Windows 10 and are more responsive and natural-sounding than other Microsoft speech engines. A huge list of additional features and changes follows, and you can download the release candidate now to try it out for yourself. What's New in NVDA 2017.3 Highlights of this release include input of contracted braille, support for new Windows OneCore voices available on Windows 10, in-built support for Windows 10 OCR, and many significant improvements regarding Braille and the web. New Features A Braille setting has been added to "show messages indefinitely". (#6669) In Microsoft Outlook message lists, NVDA now reports if a message is flagged. (#6374) In Microsoft PowerPoint, the exact type of a shape is now reported when editing a slide (such as triangle, circle, video or arrow), rather than just "shape". (#7111) Mathematical content (provided as MathML) is now supported in Google Chrome. (#7184) NVDA can now speak using the new Windows OneCore voices (also known as Microsoft Mobile voices) included in Windows 10. You access these by selecting Windows OneCore voices in NVDA's Synthesizer dialog. (#6159) NVDA user configuration files can now be stored in the user's local application data folder. This is enabled via a setting in the registry. See "System Wide Parameters" in the User Guide for more details. (#6812) In web browsers, NVDA now reports placeholder values for fields (specifically, aria-placeholder is now supported). (#7004) In Browse mode for Microsoft Word, it is now possible to navigate to spelling errors using quick navigation (w and shift+w). (#6942) Added support for the Date picker control found in Microsoft Outlook Appointment dialogs. (#7217) The currently selected suggestion is now reported in Windows 10 Mail to/cc fields and the Windows 10 Settings search field. (#6241) A sound is now playd to indicate the appearance of suggestions in certain search fields in Windows 10 (E.g. start screen, settings search, Windows 10 mail to/cc fields). (#6241) NVDA now automatically reports notifications in Skype for Business Desktop, such as when someone starts a conversation with you. (#7281) NVDA now automatically reports incoming chat messages while in a Skype for Business conversation. (#7286) NVDA now automatically reports notifications in Microsoft Edge, such as when a download starts. (#7281) You can now type in both contracted and uncontracted braille on a braille display with a braille keyboard. See the Braille Input section of the User Guide for details. (#2439) You can now enter Unicode braille characters from the braille keyboard on a braille display by selecting Unicode braille as the input table in Braille Settings. (#6449) Added support for the SuperBraille braille display used in Taiwan. (#7352) New braille translation tables: Danish 8 dot computer braille, Lithuanian, Persian 8 dot computer braille, Persian grade 1, Slovenian 8 dot computer braille. (#6188, #6550, #6773, #7367) Improved English (U.S.) 8 dot computer braille table, including support for bullets, the euro sign and accented letters. ([...]



Start Talking with the Free Dictationbridge Release Candidate for NVDA Out Now

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 16:39:23 -0400

Just over a year after completing a successful crowdfunding campaign, the team at Dictationbridge has a near-final release version of their software for NVDA available for your use. A release candidate of Dictationbridge is now available for NVDA, with a version for JAWS promised soon after. This is the most robust dictation solution available for NVDA and is also completely free and open-source. Here's a list of the major features taken from their announcement: Dictationbridge for NVDA (obviously) works with NVDA, the screen reader commonly used by more than 40%of Windows screen reader users worldwide. Prior to DictationBridge, NVDA users had no accessible way to control either Windows Speech Recognition or the Dragon line of products from Nuance and now they have access to both. DictationBridge for NVDA and its soon to be public JAWS sibling do not change your screen reader setup in any way unrelated to dictation. If you install an NVDA or JAWS update, it will not effect the version of DictationBridge designed for your screen reader and DictationBridge will in turn not change any plug-ins or scripts, including the defaults when you install it. With DictationBridge, there ™s no more waiting for your dictation support to catch up with the latest version of your screen reader and there ™s no potential for DictationBridge to accidentally insert bugs into the default behavior of your Screen Reader of choice. DictationBridge for both NVDA and JAWS provide all of the features a user would expect in a fully featured dictation plug-in or set of scripts and configurations. DictationBridge echoes back the text you ™ve dictated, it provides access to the user interface for both Windows Speech Recognition and the entire line of Dragon products and includes a full sweet of other cool features you can read about [in the DictationBridge documentation. DictationBridge for NVDA is the first ever dictation solution for screen readers to include an extensive collection of verbal commands that users can employ to control their screen reader and do various other tasks with the Dragon line of products from Nuance, as well as with Windows Speech Recognition. The DictationBridge team designed this part of the package to make it very easy to add new commands and to modify those that we provide. It even supports navigating the entire web with only speech! DictationBridge, NVDA and Windows Speech Recognition are all available at no cost to end-users, their educators, their employers, governments or anyone else. Care has been taken while developing DictationBridge to ensure that it can be easily translated into languages other than English. This affords DictationBridge the possibility to be translated into any of the 35 languages supported by Windows Speech Recognition, and any of the more than 43 languages supported by NVDA which correspond with those supported by Windows Speech Recognition. Whether you ™re dictating in a language other than English, or whether your entire Windows interface is in a language other than English, you ™ll be able to use DictationBridge in your preferred language once there is a translation available for it, without maintaining separate software licenses for your screen reader to cover non-English interfaces. We believe all blind people, no matter where they live or what language they speak natively should have access to the software they need and DictationBridge is a part of that overall goal. Because DictationBridge is free, libre open source software (FLOSS), it is not only available gratis to all who care to use it, DictationBridge affords the community the freedom to add to, modify, learn from, repurpose or do anything else they care to do with the software moving forward. People with programming skills can look at the source code as it currently stands at this GitHub repository. DictationBridge provides true freedom with a lower case f. Documentation i[...]



The Onkyo Braille Essay Contest Returns with $2,000 Top Prize for Braille Essays

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 16:31:01 -0400

If you are a good braille writer and have a story to tell, you may be able to win $2,000 from Onkyo.

The NFB is again collecting entries for North America for the annual Onkyo Braille Essay Contest. According to the source link, "Essays must be written by contest participants, in English or their native language, in Braille, and must be completely original in nature. Entries should be no fewer than 800 words and no more than 1,000 words in length."
Essay topics are more varied than in the past and include a variety of ideas around how braille has been a part of your life. Or perhaps you have a humorous story to tell about braille. Whatever your pleasure happens to be, follow the source link to download an application and to learn more information. The deadline for entries is August 28.

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Open-Box Philips Bluetooth NC Headphones for $24.99 (Shipped)

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 14:09:52 -0400

Big Deals via eBay offers the open-box Philips Bluetooth Noise-Canceling Headphones for $24.99 with free shipping. That's the lowest price we've seen. (It's also the best deal we could find today y $35.) They feature a frequency response of 10Hz to 22kHz, Bluetooth 4.0, and up to 16 hours of music playback per charge.

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SanDisk 32GB Cruzer USB 2.0 Flash Drive for $6.99

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 12:38:14 -0400

Best Buy offers the SanDisk 32GB Cruzer USB 2.0 Flash Drive for $6.99. If possible, opt for in-store pickup to avoid the $5.49 shipping fee. That's $3 under the best we could find for a similar flash drive.

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Akai Professional Project 50X Over-Ear Studio Monitor Headphones for $18.18 (Shipped via Prime:

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 11:56:14 -0400

Amazon offers Prime members the Akai Professional Project 50X Over-Ear Studio Monitor Headphones in Black for $18.18 with free shipping. That's the lowest price we could find by $72. These closed-back headphones feature a 50mm dynamic transducer, 10Hz to 30kHz frequency response, collapsible design, swiveling ear cups, straight and coiled 6-foot detachable cables, 1/8"-to-1/4" adapter, and leatherette travel pouch.

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Unlocked Apple iPad Pro 12.9 Inch 256GB WiFi plus 4G Tablet for $799.99 (Shipped)

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 11:41:09 -0400

BuySpry via eBay offers the 1st-generation Apple iPad Pro 12.9" 256GB WiFi + 4G LTE Tablet in several colors for $799.99 with free shipping. That's the best price we've seen. (It's also a current low by $299.) It features a 12.9" 2732x2048 LED-backlit Retina display, A9X 64-bit chip, 4GB RAM, 256GB internal storage, 8-megapixel rear iSight camera, 1.2-megapixel FaceTime camera, up to 1080p video recording at 30fps, 802.11ac wireless, Bluetooth 4.2, Smart Connector, Lightning Connector, four speakers, and iOS 9.

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Hammer Anvil Men's Slim Leather RFID Anti-Theft Front Pocket Wallet for $7.99 (Shipped)

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 11:23:42 -0400

Art of Deals via eBay offers the Hammer Anvil Men's Slim Leather RFID Anti-Theft Front Pocket Wallet in several colors for $7.99 with free shipping. That's the lowest total price we could find by $10. It features six card slots.

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Bluedio T4 Turbine Active Noise Cancelling Wireless Bluetooth Headphones for $33.11 (Shipped)

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 11:02:38 -0400

Bluedio via Amazon offers its Bluedio T4 Turbine Active Noise Cancelling Wireless Bluetooth Headphones in several colors for $45.99. Coupon code "XQCNRD3E" cuts that price to $33.11. With free shipping, that's $47 off and the lowest price we could find. They feature noise cancelling technology, 57mm drivers, detachable 3.5mm cable, and Bluetooth 4.2.

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Refurbished Jabra Sport Pace Wireless Earphones for $23.99 (Shipped)

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 10:50:43 -0400

Jabra via eBay offers its refurbished Jabra Sport Pace Wireless Bluetooth 4.0 Earbuds in Blue for $23.99 with free shipping. That's $46 under the lowest price we could find for a new pair. They feature a 5-hour battery life, in-line volume control, and rapid charge function.

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KeyEntre 5-Port USB Charging Station for $23.39 (Shipped)

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 10:23:32 -0400

KeyEntre via Amazon offers its KeyEntre 5-Port USB Charging Station for $38.99. Coupon code "FOZX7YAL" cuts that to $23.39. With free shipping, that's the lowest price we could find by $25. It features detachable device separators, two 2.4-amp ports, and three 1-amp ports. Deal ends August 31.

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9-Track Classical Music Sampler MP3 Album for free

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 10:18:40 -0400

Amazon offers the Classical Sampler 9-Track MP3 Album for free. That's the lowest price we could find. It features classical tracks from artists including Elmira Davarova, Andrew Kirkman, The Thirteen, and Kate Dillingham.

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Tupelo Wireless Bluetooth Sport Headphones for $17.88 (Shipped)

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 10:17:33 -0400

Quinox Deal via Amazon offers the Tupelo Wireless Bluetooth Sport Headphones in Black for $25.55. Coupon code "BSB7GYDT" cuts that to $17.88. With free shipping, that's $8 off and the lowest price we could find. They feature Bluetooth 4.1, noise reduction, up to eight hours of battery life per charge, inline mic and controls, and IPX 4 waterproofing. Deal ends August 31.

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Men's Grooming Sample Box with $9.99 Amazon Gift Card for $9.99 (Shipped via Prime)

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 10:12:01 -0400

Exclusively for Prime members, Amazon offers a Men's Grooming Sample Box bundled with a $9.99 Amazon Credit for $9.99 with free shipping. (The credit must be used toward purchases of similar men's grooming products.) Assuming you'll use the credit, that makes the sample box essentially free, which is the lowest price we've seen. The box includes a full-size Gillette Mach3 Turbo Razor and at least five sample-size products. It's limited to one box per customer. Although this item is currently out of stock, it has an estimated shipping date of August 19.

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George Foreman Quesadilla Maker for $14.42 (Shipped via Prime)

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 10:06:28 -0400

Amazon continues to offer Prime members the George Foreman Quesadilla Maker in Red for $14.42 with free shipping. That's the lowest price we could find by $3. It features a 10" plate with six deep-dish pockets.

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Audio-Technica SonicFuel Over-Ear Headphones for $18.64 (Shipped)

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 09:57:26 -0400

aSavings via Walmart offers the Audio-Technica SonicFuel Over-Ear Headphones in Gunmetal for $18.64 with free shipping. That's $29 off list price, and the best deal we could find. They feature a frequency response of 5Hz to 25kHz, 40mm drivers, 3.9-foot cable, and carry pouch.

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Mainstays Wesley Creek 2-Seat Sling Glider for $73.28 (Shipped)

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 09:52:03 -0400

Walmart offers the Mainstays Wesley Creek 2-Seat Sling Glider in Tan for $73.28 with free shipping. That's the best price we've seen, and a low by $18. This all-weather glider measures approximately 34" x 46" x 35".

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30-Pack Belvita Breakfast Biscuits for $10.64 (Shipped)

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 09:41:56 -0400

Amazon offers six Belvita Breakfast Biscuits 5-Packs (30 packs in total) in Cinnamon Brown Sugar for $10.64 with free shipping via the instructions below. That's the lowest price we could find by $7. Each serving includes 19g of whole grains. To get this deal: 1. Click the provided link. 2. Clip the 15% off off coupon on the page. 3. Order via Subscribe & Save for a final price of $10.64. Be sure to cancel Subscribe & Save after your order ships or you'll be billed for subsequent shipments.

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Panasonic Wet or Dry Nose and Ear Hair Trimmer for $6.99 (Shipped via Prime)

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 09:28:21 -0400

Amazon offers the Panasonic Wet/Dry Nose and Ear Hair Trimmer for $6.99. Plus, Prime members receive free shipping. That's the lowest price we could find by $7.
It features a dual-edge blade and Vortex water cleaning system. One AA battery is required, but not included.

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Targus City 16 Inch Laptop Backpack for $9.99

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 09:20:56 -0400

Best Buy offers the Targus City 15.6" Laptop Backpack in Black for $9.99. If possible, opt for in-store pickup to dodge the $5.99 shipping charge. That's $20 off and an extremely low price for a Targus backpack. It features a zippered front pocket and reflective accents.

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Blind Bargains Qast 109 : You're Own Personal Bridge To Access

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 20:13:49 -0400

Anyone know which end of a microphone you speak into to do a podcast? We've been a way for a while. However now that the summer shows have ended, we're back to recording shows in the studio and not in a hotel. And it seems like some big news was waiting for us to talk about. News so big that we thought Chancey Fleet should join us to discuss the week's events. There is a tip and an audio-based "Last Word" in there too. So kick up your heels and turn on the AC as we're saying good bye to the summer conventions on BBQ 109. Sponsor: Humanware This episode is brought to you by HumanWare. Last year HumanWare partnered with Google to launch the BrailleNote Touch, the world s first and only Google Certified braille tablet. The BrailleNote Touch combines the simplicity and efficiency of the well-known KeySoft user experience, with the power and openness of a mainstream tablet. Use the familiar KeySoft apps to accomplish your daily tasks of document creation, email, or internet browsing, while downloading any accessible app from the Google PlayStore. Once downloaded, KeySoft ensures those apps are efficient to use with braille. If you don t want to type on the Touch s included physical keyboard, you can type completely scilently on it s touch screen using the innovative TouchBraille typing system. With school starting back up, use KeyMath in your math classes, the all in one system which allows braille math to be converted to perfect looking print math in real time. And if you have not updated your Touch to version 4, it is live and waiting for you in the KeyUpdater app. The BrailleNote Touch, The future is so close, you can touch it. Learn more about the BrailleNote Touch or any of Humanware s products by visiting http://www.humanware.com or by calling 800.722.3393. You can also watch any of the several BrailleNote Touch Snapshot videos done by HumanWare by visiting their YouTube channel at http://www.humanware.com/touchvideos . In The News Breaking: NVDA's Jamie Teh Leaving for New Job with Mozilla Opinion: Shady Code Alert: Amazon iPhone App Detects Voiceover and Quietly Disables Alexa Hims Focuses on Camera, QWERTY Keyboards for First BrailleSense Polaris Update Accessible Apps updates Twitter Client Chicken Nugget to version 4.4 Discussion Topic: Big Stories From ACB/NFB Summer Conventions The subject list is shallow but the conversation delves deeply into the major highlights of the summer conventions. Chancey, J.J. and Joe have some opinions and we hope you send along yours as well because there were some bombshells dropped in the A.T. world between episodes 107 to 109. Need Vision on Demand? There s an App for That Microsoft releases the Seeing A.I. app to the iOS App Store Innovation, Blindness, and the Emerging Pattern of Thought Everyone is talking about the Orbit Reader Tip: Barcode Reading on Demand J.J. demonstrates some features of the Seeing AI app which can be used to identify products. Last Word: From our summer earworms to yours... You know you missed this section! The march to the winter announcements begins in a month or so. That leaves us a few shows to provide more "catch up" coverage before we start talking about phones and watches. Next week, we'll cover some of the other news that passed by while we were away. Post a comment Shopping is a breeze with our Blind Bargains Apps. Share: | Twitter or Facebook[...]



Navigate the Playa Accessibly with Updated Burning Man Maps

Wed, 09 Aug 2017 17:18:42 -0400

The San Francisco Lighthouse is once again offering maps for Burning Man, the one-of-a-kind event held each August in Black Rock City.

Burning Man is a week-long festival and social experiment which promotes radical inclusion and leaving no waste behind. The Lighthouse maps are available for free from several locations around the Playa at Burning Man, at the Lighthouse headquarters, or by phone. Check the source link for more information or to order a map.

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Hims Focuses on Camera, QWERTY Keyboards for First BrailleSense Polaris Update

Wed, 09 Aug 2017 17:10:15 -0400

Hims has released their first update for the BrailleSense Polaris. The free update activates the camera and adds support for USB and Bluetooth QWERTY keyboards among other functions. The update includes a variety of bug fixes and minor enhancements which we have listed below along with update instructions. HIMS is excited to announce our first BrailleSense Polaris upgrade. We will continue to provide frequent software releases throughout the next few months to address your feedback and concerns, and continue to tweak and improve the general operation of the BrailleSense Polaris. This upgrade features many fixes and enhancements, including the activation of the camera and enhanced support for QWERTY keyboards. Please find the complete list of fixes and improvements in the attached release note. *Note: the upgrade process for Polaris is very different from that of the former BrailleSense models. Please read the below instructions in their entirety before proceeding. You can update the Polaris either via an Internet connection or from external media containing the upgrade files. If you choose the "Online" method, be sure you have an active Internet connection before attempting the upgrade. When you update the Polaris, settings are usually maintained. However, if there are changes to setting values in the firmware, all settings will be initialized. Therefore, it is recommended that you back up your settings using the backup/restore utility in the "Polaris Settings" menu. Data in the flashdisk is protected. However, we recommend you backup your files before updating the Polaris Firmware as unexpected problems can occur. Note: You cannot cancel the update once it has started. You must not reset the unit during an upgrade. You must keep the unit connected to AC power throughout the upgrade process. We recommend you do not touch the Polaris while it is updating. It may take up to 60 minutes to update the Polaris, possibly even longer depending on the speed of your Internet connection. Also note: the upgrade files are temporarily stored on the flashdisk for installation. If you do not have enough memory available on the flashdisk, the Polaris is unable to update until you make room for the upgrade files. You can access the "Upgrade Firmware" option via the "Utilities" menu, or launch it from anywhere on the unit using "F3-U". When you have chosen your upgrade method, and the upgrade files are downloaded or detected, Polaris will extract all of the necessary program files. There are about 40 files to extract, and progress is announced every few seconds. Once done, the Polaris will reboot, and the system files will be upgraded. During this process, there is no speech, but the progress will be shown in Braille as a percentage. When the system files have been upgraded, the software will load and boot. During this process, the Polaris displays "Starting BrailleSense" in Braille, but no sound or speech is heard. This process can take many minutes; do not be surprised if nothing happens for 30 minutes or more. When the firmware boots, the unit will then proceed to upgrade any applications with updated programming, usually between 25 and 30 apps. Progress is spoken and displayed during this process. Finally, the system reboots again. If there are no new or changed setting values in the firmware, the Main Me[...]



Shiatsu 3D Neck & Shoulder Deep Massager for $35.99 (Shipped)

Wed, 09 Aug 2017 09:22:11 -0400

Nova Tech US via Amazon offers the Shiatsu 3D Neck & Shoulder Deep Massager for $49.99. Coupon code "V7A7MFXK" cuts that to $35.99. With free shipping, that's $64 off and the best price we could find. It features four deep kneading massage balls, vibration controls, and heat therapy.

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Zinus 12 Inch King Deluxe Wood Platform Bed for $127.67 (Shipped)

Wed, 09 Aug 2017 09:16:38 -0400

Amazon offers the Zinus 12" King Deluxe Wood Platform Bed in Antique Espresso for $127.67 with free shipping. That's the lowest price we could find by $78. It's designed for use with or without a box spring.

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Women's Intimates and Sleepwear On Sale at Walmart

Wed, 09 Aug 2017 09:12:47 -0400

Walmart discounts a selection of women's clearance and sale intimates, sleepwear, and socks, with prices starting from $1.50. If possible, choose in-store pickup to avoid the $5.99 shipping fee, or spend $35 or more to qualify for free shipping. Sizes and styles are limited.

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Berchirly Vintage PU Leather Briefcase for $17.99 (Shipped via Prime)

Wed, 09 Aug 2017 09:07:38 -0400

Berchirly Direct via Amazon offers its Berchirly Vintage PU Faux Leather Briefcase in Brown or Black for $17.99. Plus, Prime members bag free shipping. That's $80 off, and the lowest price we could find. It accomodates laptops up to 13" and features a cell phone and wallet holder, interior zippered pocket, and exterior back zip pocket.

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David McRaney's You Are Not So Smart Kindle eBook for $1.99

Wed, 09 Aug 2017 08:56:01 -0400

Penguin Group via Amazon offers David McRaney's You Are Not So Smart Kindle eBook for $1.99. That's $6 less than a paperback copy and the lowest price we could find.

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Dyson DC34 Handheld Vacuum for $99.99 (Shipped)

Wed, 09 Aug 2017 08:50:40 -0400

Walmart offers the Dyson DC34 Handheld Vacuum for $99.99 with free shipping. That's the lowest price we could find by $22. Features include a bagless container, washable filter, and dual power mode.

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Mainstays 20 Inch Box Fan for $9.88

Tue, 08 Aug 2017 11:27:38 -0400

Walmart offers the Mainstays 20" Box Fan in Purple or Blue for $9.88. If possible, choose in-store pickup to dodge the $5.99 shipping fee. That's the lowest price we could find for any 20" box fan by $5 and the best deal we've seen for such a fan. It features three speed settings.

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Gotham Deep 9.5 Inch Square Copper Frying Pan for $15.99 (Shipped)

Tue, 08 Aug 2017 11:08:39 -0400

My wife has one of these and loves it! With high sides, it makes cooking things like hamburger much easier. You don't have to worry about things going up the side, and out of the pan. As Seen on TV via eBay offers the Gotham Steel 2" Deep 9.5" Square Copper Frying Pan for $15.99 with free shipping. That's the lowest total price we could find by $5. It features a stainless steel induction base and nonstick interior and is dishwasher-safe.

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ProLounger Wall Hugger Montero Back Recliner for $187.75 (Shipped)

Tue, 08 Aug 2017 11:01:36 -0400

Walmart offers the ProLounger Wall Hugger Montero Back Recliner in Brown Renu for $187.75 with free shipping. That's the lowest price we could find by $161. It needs only 4" of wall clearance and features padded armrests, a "car door" lever, and full chaise pad between the chair and the leg rest.

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Proctor Silex Sandwich Maker for $10.88

Tue, 08 Aug 2017 10:57:39 -0400

Walmart offers the Proctor Silex Sandwich Maker for $10.88. If possible, opt for in-store pickup to dodge the $5.99 shipping charge. That's the lowest price we could find by $9. It features nonstick easy-clean grids, preheat light, and cord wrap.

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Hoover Air Lift Bagless Upright Vacuum for $99 (Shipped)

Tue, 08 Aug 2017 10:52:47 -0400

Walmart offers the Hoover Air Lift Bagless Upright Lift Away Vacuum for $99 with free shipping. That's the lowest price we could find by $26. It features WindTunnel 3 Technology, AllergenBlock Technology, crevice tool, turbo tool, pivoting dusting brush, and a telescoping wand.

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Candy Crate 1960s Sweets Decade Gift Box for $18.62

Tue, 08 Aug 2017 10:47:27 -0400

Walmart offers the Candy Crate Old Fashioned 1960s Sweets Decade Gift Box for $18.62. If possible, opt for in-store pickup to dodge the $5.99 shipping charge. That's the lowest price we could find by $9. It includes Chuckles, Candy Buttons, Red Hots, Chiclets, Boston Baked Beans, Neccos, and Choward's Scented Gum.

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Win Blevins' Journal of a Mountain Man: The Incredible Story of James Glyman Kindle eBook for Free

Tue, 08 Aug 2017 10:41:22 -0400

Amazon offers downloads of Win Blevins' Journal of a Mountain Man: The Incredible Story of James Glyman Kindle eBook for free. That's $14 under the lowest price we could find for a physical copy.

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MSI GL62M 15.6 Inch Gaming Laptop for $829.99 (Shipped)

Tue, 08 Aug 2017 10:36:31 -0400

Amazon offers the 5.3-lb. MSI GL62M Intel Kaby Lake Core i5 2.5GHz 15.6" 1080p Gaming Laptop for $829.99 with free shipping. That's $169 under list and the lowest price we could find. It features an Intel Core i5-7300HQ 2.5GHz Kaby Lake quad-core processor, 15.6" 1920x1080 (1080p) LED-backlit LCD, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD, Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050i 4GB video card, 802.11ac wireless, Bluetooth 4.0, USB 3.0, HDMI, 6-cell battery, and Windows 10 Home 64-bit.

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Mainstays Willow Valley 5-Piece Steel Dining Set for $164 (Shipped)

Tue, 08 Aug 2017 10:32:23 -0400

Walmart offers the Mainstays Willow Valley 4-Piece Steel Dining Set in Brown for $164 with free shipping. That's $85 off list and the lowest price we could find. It includes four chairs and a table with smoke glass top.

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KeyEntre 5-Port USB Charging Station for $23.39 (Shipped)

Tue, 08 Aug 2017 10:22:56 -0400

KeyEntre via Amazon offers its KeyEntre 5-Port USB Charging Station for $38.99. Coupon code "FOZX7YAL" cuts that to $23.39. With free shipping, that's the lowest price we could find by $25. It features detachable device separators, two 2.4-amp ports, and three 1-amp ports. Deal ends August 31.

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Tupelo Wireless Bluetooth Sport Headphones for $17.88 (Shipped)

Tue, 08 Aug 2017 10:15:22 -0400

Quinox Deal via Amazon offers the Tupelo Wireless Bluetooth Sport Headphones in Black for $25.55. Coupon code "BSB7GYDT" cuts that to $17.88. With free shipping, that's $8 off and the lowest price we could find. They feature Bluetooth 4.1, noise reduction, up to eight hours of battery life per charge, inline mic and controls, and IPX 4 waterproofing. Deal ends August 31.

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Breaking: NVDA's Jamie Teh Leaving for New Job with Mozilla

Mon, 07 Aug 2017 22:27:28 -0400

James Teh, one of the 2 original developres of the NVDA screen reader, is moving on after working with the free screen reader for the past decade.

As he writes in a blog post, "The opportunity to work at Mozilla, with its rare combination of devotion to public benefit and amazing resources, is a prospect that truly excites me. As the web continues to grow in complexity and scale and as browsers evolve accordingly, we re reaching a point where existing techniques in both browsers and assistive technology must also evolve in order to be sustainable into the future. Mozilla is a great place for me to explore and realise such possibilities."
Teh will remain on the NVAccess Board of Directors and will likely still contribute code, especially as it pertains to Firefox.
Check out his blog post to learn more about his decision.
For a view of NVDA from the early days, check out this classic podcast interview with Mick and Jamie from 2011.

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How fast can you process words? Participate in a 10 minute Research Study to Find Out

Mon, 07 Aug 2017 21:35:54 -0400

Here's a research study that may teach you something about how your mind works. It does not pay, but it may still be fun to take.

The survey is being administered by the Center for Computer Science & Engineering at the University of Washington. More information is below.

Some coleagues and I are doing a study to learn how people process
words at different speeds. We are interested in any adult completing
this study, so please do the study and share it with your blind and
sighted friends on social media!

It should take about 10 minutes and it requires a computer that can
output sound and a quiet environment. More information, including
contact information for a person should you have feedback or
questions, follows the below link that can take you to the study.

http://fastlistener.labinthewild.org/

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Blind Bargains Qast 108: Blind Bargains Game Show Live!

Mon, 07 Aug 2017 16:14:09 -0400

From a room somewhere within the Nugget Casino in Sparks Nevada comes the first ever BBQ Game Show. Recorded in front of a live studio audience, and thankfully edited for podcast presentation by Mr. Derrick Lane, our announcer Joe Steinkamp provides the info for our Master of Ceremonies J.J. Meddaugh. Join the BBQ Crew in a series of pricing games that bear little resemblance to those you might have heard on other popular nationally syndicated programs. Ahem, cough cough, hear members of the studio audience compete for valuable prizes. Also, for stuff we didn't want to pack up with us for the trip back home. Before we begin, we would like to thank immensely those who provided prizes to the event. Speed Dots and Ginny Owens are fine folks. So please check out their pages linked within our show notes to learn more about what they do and offer. Prize pricing was based on product pricing from A.T. Guys, Speed Dots and GinnyOwens.com. Food item pricing came from time of purchase prices at the local chain Smart And Final Food item links listed below do not match with prices mentioned during the show and are provided for those who wish to experience the possible deliciousness of them for themselves. 4 items below Our first contestant is Wendy. There are six items on display. Can she guess which ones are under $3.00? If she can, she will win up to $100 in A.T. Guys spendable cash. Air Heads Xtremes Sweetly Sour Candy Rainbow Berry Two Bite Watermelon Cupcakes Nabisco Oreo Chocolate Firework Limited Edition Sandwich Cookies Cheetos Flamin' Hot Chipotle Ranch Crunchy Cheese Flavored Snacks Barcel Corn Snack, Hot Chili Pepper & Lime, Takis First Street Black Cherry Sparkling Water The Human Clock Game Marco came down to the podium for our second game. He must guess the prices correctly within 30 seconds. If he can, he will win a bunch of musical swag, and a Bluetooth Remote First, a Ginny Owens prize pack This includes a Love be the Loudest T-Shirt, a USB drive loaded with music and videos, and a copy of her latest CD. Courtesy of Ginny Owens. Then, control this music with a Bluetooth Remote Control Play music, control the volume even activate Siri with this remote Connect to your mobile phone for wireless control of your tunes, BARD, and more. from A T Guys Pick a Number Cathy steps up for the third game of the day. She must guess numbers from 0 to 8. Each number represents a number in the price of a prize or the pig-shaped bank where we keep our change at the A.T. Guys booth. If Cathy guesses correctly she will win the following... first, a tumbler emblazoned with the hotel logo. It is tall with red lettering on a solid black background. Next, a SpeedDots prize package! This package includes: A 5 port rockwall USB charger This compact charger will charge and power 5 of your devices. Use it on your desk, or night stand[...]



Neil Gaiman's Neverwhere Kindle eBook for $1.99

Mon, 07 Aug 2017 15:47:21 -0400

Amazon offers downloads of Neil Gaiman's Neverwhere Kindle eBook for $1.99. That's $6 off and the lowest price we could find for this eBook.

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Cesar Millan's Guide to Bringing Home a Shelter Dog Audiobook for Free

Mon, 07 Aug 2017 15:25:23 -0400

Audible offers Cesar Millan's Guide to Bringing Home a Shelter Dog Audiobook for free. This new release features tips for housebreaking, managing misbehaviors, and assimilating your new dog into your home.

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Evenflo Position and Lock Baby Gate for $7.86 (Shipped via Prime)

Mon, 07 Aug 2017 15:21:32 -0400

Amazon offers Prime members the Evenflo Position and Lock Baby Gate in Blue for $7.86 with free shipping. That's the lowest price we could find by $5. It features non-marking rubber bumpers, locking bar, and measures 24" x 23" x 3".

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Refurbished Apple iPad 2 16GB WiFi Tablet for $101.97 (Shipped)

Mon, 07 Aug 2017 15:20:39 -0400

JemJem via Walmart offers the refurbished Apple iPad 2 16GB WiFi Tablet in Black for $101.97 with free shipping. That's the lowest price we could find for a refurb by $8.

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