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Published: Wed, 17 Jan 2018 17:46:01 -0500

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Plan stories with ease with Story Planner for writers on iOS

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 20:51:26 -0500

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. In a future article, I will be examining scrivener, which offers a middle of the road approach between the blank canvas and the structured story plan, but it is a much more complex app, allowing tools for all stages of the writing process, from planning to publication, and so will be included in the section on writing environments. Intended audience and limitations Right off the bat, I'd like to acknowledge some of the limitations of Story Planner and describe some of its general uses. Story Planner works best with a traditionally structured story, using the language of a traditional 3-5 act plot, with clearly delineated factions and character functions. This can be frustrating for people who do not always assign clear and consistent roles to characters, or who's stories don't necessarily follow the traditional paths or use the conventional language surrounding plot and characters. It is very structured, which can provide useful scaffolding for people who require guidance or those new to outlining. In particular, I could see this being very useful for fiction writing classes. This is not to say you couldn't use it to plan very high quality stories only that if you do not naturally think in the language of traditional literary academic analysis, you are likely to find story planner very limiting. Using the app Story planner is available from the iOS App Store for $3.99. It is available in a number of languages, including English, Spanish, Dutch, and Italian. When first opening the app, you will see the project list, which shows all your story projects in an alphabetical list. Below this, across the bottom of the screen, you will also see three buttons, settings, edit, and new, which bring up in-app settings, allow for batch moving, reordering, and deleting of projects, and enable creating new projects respectively. It is worth noting that, once the edit button is pressed, the label for that button changes to "acceptar", which confirms your editing changes and brings you back to the project screen. The label for that button will then henceforth be labeled as "compose", though the edit functions do not change. This is an odd behavior, but does not impact the performance of the app. For the purposes of looking at these screens in the most likely use order, we will be examining them in detail in reverse, starting with the new button and moving across. Unless otherwise noted, the items in the "new" screen will be the same elements in any story project scene opened on the home screen. The new project screen Upon first creating a new project, you will have the option to name the project (which can be changed later), cancel the new project, or accept the project's new name. The accept button is also labeled in Spanish, but its function is simply to confirm creating a story with the chosen name, which can also be done with the enter key on the keyboard. Somewhat counterintuitively, rather than creating the project and opening it, this only creates the project, at which point you are dropped back into the main stories screen, and can then double tap on the title to open it. You are then presented with the main screen for a project, which has a back button in the top left hand corner of the screen, a project title heading, a statistics button in the top right hand corner, which we will examine later, and 5 tabs across the middle/top of the screen. In order, these are Project characters Locations plots scenes The project screen The project screen is the management screen for a project. It allows you to set such characteristics as the title, storyline, topic, genre, plot, and notes for the project. All these are labeled [...]



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

Sat, 13 Jan 2018 15:50:34 -0500

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. The Max can be used by itself or combined with another to form a pair just like the Sonos Play:5. However, the Max slides in $100 cheaper per unit while offering six far-field microphones for smart room audio and more importantly for hearing your voice clearly for use with Google home services. And unlike the Max's cousins, music is at the heart of the system rather than audio taking a backseat to the Google assistant. The Play-5 and the Max both offer stereo playback from a single speaker if you don't happen to have a cool $800 to $1,000 to drop on a pair at the time of initial purchase. The advantage to having a second speaker is a wider stereo soundstage. yet that kind of defeats the purpose of either choice being a simple stereo bookshelf option at a midrange price. Setup: Unboxing the Max won't take very long. The unit resides in a box surrounded by an outer sleeve similar to that found with the original Google home. Once the sleeve is removed, the speaker sits atop a form-fitting cardboard dais. lifting the 12-pound bulk of the speaker may require an extra set of hands if you have any secondary physical disabilities, as the Max has some serious heft to it. Lying under the speaker is a small rubber circular pad that attaches to the Max via magnets. the pad can affix itself to the horizontal or vertical position of the speaker and it is used to minimize vibration noise. next, you will find a few little slips of paper that serve as the manual and a reminder for you to download the Google Home app for your specific mobile device and the power cord. Be aware that the power cord has a really thin plastic guard on the outlet prongs and I totally missed this little devil when first attempting to plug in my unit. If you face the max, in its horizontal position, you will find a direct-firing speaker that would easily fit on a solid window sill or a sturdy bookshelf. Just don't set it on a mantlepiece as the reviewer at The Verge indicates this is a bad idea. The Home Max has two of the three colors from the Home Mini line available. Charcoal and Chalk, black and white in non-marketing speak, can be chosen with Coral, (an orangish pinkish color), being exclusive to the Home mini. My Charcoal Max looks like an abandoned center speaker missing from a 5.1 home theater system actually. The front of the speaker has a rounded face with a more square design on the sides. That might sound like an odd choice for a design. However, the speaker is meant to blend into the room in either a horizontal or vertical position. Therefore, you couldn t easily have rounded sides because the speaker would not have a balanced perch without the use of a speaker stand. The front grill contains the classic Google Home indicator lights and it has a cloth material covering the woofer and tweeter housing. A touch-sensitive strip resides at the top of the unit that responds to swipes and taps. You can raise and lower the volume from this strip. Tapping in the center of the strip will pause playback of any media. I found that I m not near the Max enough to take advantage of this feature very often as I d rather rely on the Google Assistant for any volume changes needed. The rear of the device has a line in jack and a switch for turning off the microphones. A USB-C port can be used to charge a compatible device, however it is really there for use with a separately purchased USB-C To Ethernet adaptor for wired connection streaming. The power cor[...]



Nursal Foot Massager for $99.59 Shipped)

Tue, 09 Jan 2018 17:31:38 -0500

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.

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Nursal Shiatsu 3D Neck & Shoulder Deep Massager for $37.99 (Shipped)

Tue, 09 Jan 2018 17:30:44 -0500

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.

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

Tue, 09 Jan 2018 17:30:07 -0500

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.

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Shop Clearance on Kids and Baby clothing at Wal-Mart

Tue, 09 Jan 2018 17:29:29 -0500

Wal-Mart offers a Clearance sale on Kids and Baby clothing. No coupon code is needed, but supplies are limited. Click the provided link to shop this sale that ends February 1.

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New Year's Clearance at Musician's Friend

Tue, 09 Jan 2018 17:28:58 -0500

Musician's Friend is having a New Year's Clearance sale. This is the place to purchase audio mixers, microphones, speakers, headphones and more. Click the provided link and save money! Deal ends February 1.

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Save 20 percent off orders at CafePress

Tue, 09 Jan 2018 17:28:24 -0500

CafePress offers Savings of 20 percent off orders sitewide. Use coupon code "CPSAVE20" to get the deal. They feature -Custom T-Shirts, Unique Gifts, Posters and more. Deal ends February 1.

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Refurbished Apple iPhone 6s 16GB Phone for AT&T for $239.95 (Shipped)

Tue, 09 Jan 2018 17:23:21 -0500

Best Deal Today via eBay offers the refurbished Apple iPhone 6s 16GB Smartphone for AT&T (no contract) in several colors for $239.95 with free shipping. That's the lowest price we could find by $50 for a refurb today and the best price we've seen for this unit anywhere.

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Refurbished Unlocked Apple iPhone 7 Plus 32GB Smartphone for $509.99 (Shipped)

Tue, 09 Jan 2018 17:16:55 -0500

MyWitOutlet via eBay offers the refurbished Unlocked Apple iPhone 7 Plus 32GB Smartphone in several colors for $509.99 with free shipping. That's the lowest price we've seen for an unlocked iPhone 7 Plus. (It's also $159 under the best we could find for a new unit.)

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Refurbished Unlocked Apple iPhone 6 64GB Phone for $229.99 (Shipped)

Tue, 09 Jan 2018 17:08:33 -0500

BuySpry via eBay offers the refurbished Unlocked Apple iPhone 6 64GB GSM Smartphone in several colors for $229.99 with free shipping. That's the lowest price we could find by $10 for a refurb today.

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Rollbacks and Clearance at Walmart

Tue, 09 Jan 2018 16:55:00 -0500

Walmart discounts a selection of rollback and clearance electronics, toys, home items, apparel, and more. If possible, choose in-store pickup to dodge the $5.99 shipping fee, or spend $35 or more to qualify for free shipping. Click the provided link to see everything included in this sale.

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Pet Pillows On Sale at Wal-Mart

Tue, 09 Jan 2018 16:51:12 -0500

Walmart discounts a selection of Pet Pillows, with prices starting from $2. If possible, opt for in-store pickup where available to avoid the $5.99 shipping fee. That's a savings of up to $7 off list price.

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William Strunk's The Elements of Style Kindle eBook for Free

Tue, 09 Jan 2018 16:42:31 -0500

Amazon offers William Strunk's The Elements of Style Kindle eBook for free. That's $3 under the lowest price we could find for a digital copy.

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The Greatest Ghost and Horror Stories Ever Written Kindle eBook for Free

Tue, 09 Jan 2018 16:34:25 -0500

Amazon offers The Greatest Ghost and Horror Stories Ever Written Kindle eBook for free. That's the lowest price we could find. It includes 30 stories by renowned authors such as Edgar Allan Poe, H.P. Lovecraft, H.G. Wells, Franz Kafka, and Bram Stoker.

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Classic Kindle eBooks for Free

Tue, 09 Jan 2018 16:30:10 -0500

Amazon offers a selection of Classic Kindle eBooks for free. Save on titles like Charles Dickens' Great Expectations, Jack London's Call of the Wild, Sun Tzu's The Art of War, Bram Stoker's Dracula, Herman Melville's Moby Dick, and more.

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Cooking Kindle eBooks for Free

Tue, 09 Jan 2018 16:18:20 -0500

Amazon offers a selection of cooking Kindle eBooks for free. Each is at least a buck off list and the lowest price we could find. Discounted titles include Five Ingredient Cookbook: Easy Recipes in 5 Ingredients for Less, BBQ Party: 50 Essential Smoking Meat Recipes, and Cast Iron Cookbook: Ultimate Cast Iron Cooking Recipes.

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Men's Outerwear On Sale at Amazon

Tue, 09 Jan 2018 16:12:30 -0500

Amazon cuts at least 70% off a selection of men's jackets and vests. Plus, Prime members receive free shipping on all orders. Save on brands like Tommy Hilfiger, Perry Ellis, Hawke & Co., New Balance, and Nautica. Click the provided link to navigate directly to this sale.

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Save 50 percent or more during the Bargain Bin Closeout Sale at Amazon Warehouse Deals

Tue, 09 Jan 2018 16:07:49 -0500

Amazon Warehouse Deals cuts at least 50% off a vast selection of open-box, used, and closeout items during its Bargain Bin Closeout Sale. Plus, Prime members receive free shipping. It yields solid savings on a huge variety of items, like apparel, accessories, toys, electronics, and music.

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Double Donut Coffee 80-Count Keurig K-Cup Pack for $18.99 (Shipped)

Tue, 09 Jan 2018 16:00:45 -0500

Perfect Samplers via Amazon offers the Double Donut Coffee 80-Count Keurig K-Cup Pack in House Blend Roast or Decaf Glazed Donut for $19.99. Checkout via Subscribe & Save to drop it to $18.99 with free shipping. Note: Be sure to cancel your subscription after your order arrives to avoid being billed for subsequent shipments.

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K-Cup Coffee Sample Box with $7.99 Amazon Credit for $7.99 (Shipped via Prime)

Tue, 09 Jan 2018 15:54:44 -0500

For Prime members only, Amazon offers a K-Cup Coffee Sample Box bundled with a $7.99 Amazon Credit for $7.99 with free shipping. (The credit must be used towards purchases of similar coffee products.) Assuming you'll use the credit, that makes the sample box essentially free. It's the best such offer we've seen from Amazon this year. Each box contains seven or more samples from brands including Peet's Coffee, Caribou Coffee, Newman's Own, The Original Donut Shop, Brooklyn Bean Roastery, and Green Mountain Coffee. This item usually ships within one to two weeks.

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72 Keurig Eight O'Clock Coffee K-Cups for $26.99 (Shipped)

Tue, 09 Jan 2018 15:48:30 -0500

Amazon offers six Keurig Eight O'Clock Coffee K-Cup 12-Packs (72 K-Cups total) in Medium Roast for $26.99 with free shipping, via the directions below. That's 37 cents per K-Cup and the lowest price we could find by $11. It's made with 100% Arabica coffee. To get this deal: 1. Click the provided link. 2. Clip the 20% off coupon on the product page. 3. Checkout via Subscribe & Save for a final price of $26.99. Be sure to cancel Subscribe & Save after your order ships to avoid being billed for subsequent shipments.

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Keurig Krispy Kreme Doughnuts Single-Serve K-Cup Pods 72-Pack for $27.11 (Shipped)

Tue, 09 Jan 2018 15:43:06 -0500

Amazon offers the Keurig Krispy Kreme Doughnuts Single-Serve K-Cup Pods 72-Pack for $27.11 via the steps below. That's the lowest price we could find by $15. To get this deal: 1. Click the provided link. 2. Clip the 20% off coupon on the product page. 3. Order via Subscribe & Save to yield a final total of $27.11 and bag free shipping. Be sure to cancel Subscribe & Save after your order ships to avoid being charged for subsequent orders.

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McCafe French Roast Coffee 100 K-Cup Box for $27.18 (Shipped)

Tue, 09 Jan 2018 15:37:33 -0500

Amazon offers the McCafe French Roast Coffee 100 K-Cup Box for $27.18 with free shipping, via the steps below. That's the lowest price we could find by $11. To get this deal: 1. Click the provided link. 2. Clip the 15% off coupon on the product page. 3. Add it to your cart via Subscribe & Save for a final price of $27.18. Be sure to cancel your subscription to avoid being billed for subsequent shipments.

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Shop Clearance on Kids and Baby clothing at Wal-Mart

Mon, 08 Jan 2018 00:24:11 -0500

Wal-Mart offers a Clearance sale on Kids and Baby clothing. No coupon code is needed, but supplies are limited. Click the provided link to shop this sale that ends February 1.

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Shop Clearance on Kids and Baby clothing at Wal-Mart

Sun, 07 Jan 2018 07:27:07 -0500

Wal-Mart offers a Clearance sale on Kids and Baby clothing. No coupon code is needed, but supplies are limited. Click the provided link to shop this sale that ends February 1.

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New Year's Clearance at Musician's Friend

Sun, 07 Jan 2018 07:26:27 -0500

Musician's Friend is having a New Year's Clearance sale. This is the place to purchase audio mixers, microphones, speakers, headphones and more. Click the provided link and save money! Deal ends February 1.

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Save 20 percent off orders at CafePress

Sun, 07 Jan 2018 07:25:42 -0500

CafePress offers Savings of 20 percent off orders sitewide. Use coupon code "CPSAVE20" to get the deal. They feature -Custom T-Shirts, Unique Gifts, Posters and more. Deal ends February 1.

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New Year's Clearance at Musician's Friend

Sat, 06 Jan 2018 00:11:42 -0500

Musician's Friend is having a New Year's Clearance sale. This is the place to purchase audio mixers, microphones, speakers, headphones and more. Click the provided link and save money! Deal ends February 1.

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

Thu, 04 Jan 2018 22:09:50 -0500

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.

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Save 20 percent off orders at CafePress

Wed, 03 Jan 2018 02:59:59 -0500

CafePress offers Savings of 20 percent off orders sitewide. Use coupon code "CPSAVE20" to get the deal. They feature -Custom T-Shirts, Unique Gifts, Posters and more. Deal ends February 1.

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Save 50 percent or more during the Bargain Bin Closeout Sale at Amazon Warehouse Deals

Wed, 03 Jan 2018 01:20:20 -0500

Amazon Warehouse Deals cuts at least 50% off a vast selection of open-box, used, and closeout items during its Bargain Bin Closeout Sale. Plus, Prime members receive free shipping. It yields solid savings on a huge variety of items, like apparel, accessories, toys, electronics, and music.

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AmazonBasics 11.6 Inch Laptop and Tablet Bag for $9.47 (Shipped via Prime)

Wed, 03 Jan 2018 01:16:56 -0500

Amazon offers Prime members the AmazonBasics 11.6" Laptop and Tablet Bag for $9.47 with free shipping. That's $4 off and the lowest price we could find. It features three compartments and a padded shoulder strap.

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Blind Bargains Qast 129: Outtakes And The Wolverine

Tue, 02 Jan 2018 20:53:23 -0500

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.

Naturally you will hear several flubs from J.J. and Joe. And you might be surprised to hear a couple from Patrick that hit the cutting room floor. Yet as they say on TV, "but that's not all, as many of the BBQ Crew find their way into the Outtakes this year. Listen as Shelly, Scott, Dave, Meka, Chancey and Ricky create some humor with only BBQ Regular Jamie Pauls avoiding the microphone for like the first time... um, ever. So don't miss the train as we start the new year off right by celebrating what we got wrong in 2017.

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

Tue, 02 Jan 2018 20:53:17 -0500

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.

This is thought to be the source of the oft-touted rumor that updating the software of older iPhones results in a deliberate slow down of your device to incentivize buying the newest and shiniest hardware. While Apple officially denies this is the case, it acknowledges that disclosure of the reduced performance of the battery can create hardships for consumers and slow down older devices. In order to combat this, starting now, Apple has reduced the price of battery replacements from $79.00 to $29.00 for the next year. This new pricing is available to anyone with an iPhone 6 or later. This discount is available worldwide, until December of 2018. Apple has also announced that a 2018 iOS update will offer users more tools to monitor and make important decisions about the health of their device's batteries.

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

Sat, 30 Dec 2017 17:20:24 -0500

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. A registration process is required, with would-be Heroes needing to provide an email and a $19.95 PayPal transfer in order to be granted access with an email confirmation. The email will then prompt you to create a password that will be used with the email account registered, once the game has been downloaded and unzipped. The self-voicing game will then walk the Adventurer through the unlocking process for the game. NVDA can also be used if you don't like the self-voiceing options provided. However, low vision users should be aware that the game is fully audio-driven with a graphical version of the game to follow in 2018. "A Hero's Call" is a game that relies on a grid-based map for most of the navigation within the main town and dungeons. Combat utilizes a tried and true "Dungeons And Dragons" turn-based affair that is enhanced by skills and character modifiers that the player can customize throughout the game. During your quest you will have the opportunity to be noble in helping those in need. or, if you prefer being on the dark side, you can be rude and mouth off to many who you interact with as you plunder the town of its goods. Many of the character interactions are fully voiced and the game also sports an appropriate soundtrack with music and effects filling up a large stereo soundstage. The biggest challenge for many, especially those who might find themselves confused by the map coordinates or the way the game uses sounds as a radar warning of nearby objects, will be finding the best way to move about the land of Farhaven. BBQ Regular Liam Erven is posting a "Lets Play" demonstration of the game on YouTube for those who might want to hear more before they answer the call to adventure. Out Of Sight Games is also answering questions on Twitter and is working to clear up some issues with some of the Kickstarter perks for those who backed the project at higher levels. The game offers three difficulty levels and several classes such as Ranger, Mage, Warrior and the like. Early quests will open up three dungeon areas and several side quests. Menus help you keep track of all the things you need to do and a nifty beacon system will give you some guided navigation to reach quest-specific areas should you need the help. Depending on your play style, and the need to complete the game using the various choices and alignment options, you can easily sink several days into finishing a single playthrough of the main story. We'll have more on "A Hero's Call" in an upcoming Blind Bargains Qast. But for now, happy hunting! Post a comment Shopping is a breeze with our Blind Bargains Apps. Share: | Twitter or Facebook[...]



Save 20 percent off orders at CafePress

Fri, 29 Dec 2017 21:14:58 -0500

CafePress offers Savings of 20 percent off orders sitewide. Use coupon code "CPSAVE20" to get the deal. They feature -Custom T-Shirts, Unique Gifts, Posters and more. Deal ends February 1.

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

Wed, 27 Dec 2017 21:14:58 -0500

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.

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Nursal Foot Massager for $99.59 Shipped)

Wed, 27 Dec 2017 20:36:58 -0500

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.

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Nursal Shiatsu 3D Neck & Shoulder Deep Massager for $37.99 (Shipped)

Wed, 27 Dec 2017 20:36:16 -0500

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.

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New Year's Clearance at Musician's Friend

Wed, 27 Dec 2017 20:14:11 -0500

Musician's Friend is having a New Year's Clearance sale. This is the place to purchase audio mixers, microphones, speakers, headphones and more. Click the provided link and save money! Deal ends February 1.

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Shop Clearance on Kids and Baby clothing at Wal-Mart

Wed, 27 Dec 2017 19:52:19 -0500

Wal-Mart offers a Clearance sale on Kids and Baby clothing. No coupon code is needed, but supplies are limited. Click the provided link to shop this sale that ends February 1.

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New Year's Clearance at Musician's Friend

Wed, 27 Dec 2017 19:52:19 -0500

Musician's Friend is having a New Year's Clearance sale. This is the place to purchase audio mixers, microphones, speakers, headphones and more. Click the provided link and save money! Deal ends February 1.

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Blind Bargains Qast 128: Merry Christmas Bill Cullen

Fri, 22 Dec 2017 18:05:13 -0500

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. 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: NVDA remote 2.1 debuts with several requested key features @tspivey: NVDA Remote 2.1 released. Adds a keystroke to push the clipboard, adds braille input in browse mode, fixes reconnecting to the previous server when machine is being controlled. Access World for December looks at more gift ideas, the El Braille and some issues for Diabetes Management Popular website Eyes Free Fitness now has an iPhone App Facebook's Alt Text for Images is Expanding Magic v14 update arrives bringing with it support for the Win 10 Fall Creators Update and more Survey of the week! AFB is seeking feedback on the Career Connect service and one lucky participant could win an Amazon Echo Kickstarter of the week! The World's First Smart Screen Protector with Smart Buttons for the iPhone! Interview: Amanda Rush And Accessible Word Press Amanda rush, of Customer Servant Consultancy, chats with J.J. about the power of Word Press and why you should consider it as your next content platform if you utilize a screen reader. Building websites can get complex really quickly. Amanda has some resources that can lead you through that maze of code. To reach her directly, use her "Let's Talk" contact form, or contact her via Twitter @cswordpress . Tip: Match Game 2017 Fill in the blank during the holidays with your friends, family and old TV or movie stars from the 60s or 70s with this Amazon Echo skill that lets you play the classic game show "Match Game". There are free daily questions, however if you purchase question packs, you can keep playing until you win that year's supply of Rice-a-roni or a room full of ZBrick paneling. Sound Off: From our article about the Seeing A.I. update comes these two opinions; darknexus So basically, they've just allowed me to take my OCR folder and replace it with one app? Nice. So far it does seem to work, even the handwriting recognition which, while not perfect, does well enough and is a major door-opener for us. I wish everything coming out[...]



Popular website Eyes Free Fitness now has an iPhone App

Tue, 19 Dec 2017 19:05:16 -0500

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.

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The app also sinks with apple watch and health data, and has in-built support for both voiceOver and dynamic text. More information, including demos of their workouts, can be found at www.BlindAlive.com

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Blind Bargains Qast 127: How Can Santa Get here?

Mon, 18 Dec 2017 20:42:45 -0500

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. In The News: Seeing AI version 2.0 released with new features, including handwriting and currency recognition That NVDA RC update isn't an RC anymore. Get the latest update by Visiting the NVDA site JAWS 2018 updated twice while Joe was away. See the changelog at the Freedom Scientific site to learn more ZoomText, And Fusion, moves to 11.7 Public outcry causes Google to rethink banning powerful accessibility apps Chrome Apps are dead, as Google shuts down the Chrome Web Store section VoiceView update adds new navigation gestures and more iOS Review: MindNode 5, AN Accessible Mind Mapping Tool for Writers Discussion Topic: Creative Shipping And Wrapping Of Those Holiday Gifts J.J. and Joe pass along some ideas about how to ship your gifts, or how to place them in various containers if you aren't a gift-wrapping expert, for the holiday season. Amazon has lots of options to ship and wrap your gifts. And it may be the right way to send or even bring back the stocking stuffer in your life, if you have to travel a long way to see friends and family. Note that TSA, various airlines and other modes of travel have unique restrictions for carrying items. Therefore, doing some research might save you having to discard a box or bottle of holiday cheer when adventuring through the airport. Remember, you can always look up the nearest UPS Store if you want to avoid that kind of thing at TSA. You can easily track your bundle of joy via the Google Search app, if you use Gmail, to see if you will beat your packages home. If you go the gift card route, J.J. suggests choosing an odd amount so that person won't easily forget your gift in a sea of certificates. Joe also says that you may want to pair those cards with a similar gift. I.E. a movie pass with a gift card to an ice cream shop. Omaha Steaks with a Jones Soda complement. It also doesn't hurt to have a few low amount iTunes cards to pass around for those you may have not gotten to, but needed to, on your naughty or nice lists. Tag your gifts with a stylus,, note cards are a big help here, so you remember what goes to whom and why. Tip: This came about a little late for those who had that nasty iOS11 mail issue, however, you can now add iCloud email accounts to Gmail. This is great for those who wish to switch from Apple to Android. Or, for those who wish to have a foot in either pool, you can now see your email on the rival device. Oh, you can also add Exchange and other Microsoft accounts to Gmail too. Here is an article t[...]



Apple allows developers to list apps for Preorder

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 21:10:39 -0500

Preorders are nothing new in the landscapes of both physical and digital media. However, prior to n\this week, preorders were not possible for one of the most frequently bought commodities in the modern market. I speak, of course, of apps, and as of December 12, apple has now added preordering to the Apple AppStore for all devices.

After submitting apps to the AppStore, developers can now set a preorder page for their pending applications, with release dates between 2 and 90 days from the date the preorder goes live. Once a date is chosen and the app has been approved by apple, a page will be created on the AppStore where customers may preorder the app. After preordering, customers will be notified of the official release date of the app. Preorders are possible for both free and paid apps, however if a developer changes the price of the app between preorder and release, the customer will always pay the lower price. Customers will not be charged until they actually download the app.

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

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 21:10:31 -0500

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.

According to Microsoft, some of the new features include:

  • Color recognition: The app can now be used to determine the color of objects in its field of view, including clothing in a closet or fernature in the home.
  • Recognizing currency: Tired of having bills of indeterminet denomination floating around your wallet? Seeing Ai can now recognize US dollars, Canadian dollars, British Pounds and Euros.
  • Musical light detector: No more need to wonder whether you left the lights on. Pointing Seeing Ai at light now produces a musical tone which signifies the presence of lights around the house. It can apparently work on lights even as small as those found on a battery pack.
  • Handwriting recognition: In addition to being able to process and OCR printed documents, Seeing AI can now also read hand written text aloud. This is a particularly timely feature for anyone who's relatives still send printed holiday cards.
  • Document reading: Seeing AI can now read documents aloud even if VoiceOver is off. The built-in voice rate is easily adjustable. For low vision users, the spoken words will be highlighted, and text size is also configurable for best results.

Feel free to comment with your experience using this new update, and email any feedback to seeingai@microsoft.com

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Virgin Atlantic offers audio description on its in-flight entertainment

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 18:51:41 -0500

We all hate flying. Its crowded, its risky, and no telling what security is going to ask next. However, if you fly the international airline Virgin Atlantic, your flight has just gotten a little better. Following in the recent trend of adding audio description to mainstream content, Virgin Atlantic has just added audio description to their in-flight media.

Visually impaired passengers can request a tablet, at the time of this writing believed to be an IPad with VoiceOver, which comes pre-loaded with audio described movies and tv to help alleviate the boredom of a flight. If you try this, please feel free to sound off in the comments about how it works for you.

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SanDisk 128GB Connect WiFi USB Flash Drive for $52.99 (Shipped)

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 13:53:56 -0500

Amazon offers the SanDisk 128GB Connect Wireless USB 2.0 Flash Drive for $52.99 with free shipping. That's the lowest price we've seen. (It's also the best deal by $3.) It connects and streams files to up to three devices.

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