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HumanWare Quietly Ends BrailleNote mPower and PK Support; Software Keys No Longer Available


by J.J. Meddaugh

HumanWare has quietly endet most support for older BrailleNote units including the mPower and BrailleNote PK. As a side-effect of this change, BrailleNote mPower, Classic, and PK users who may have been eligible for updates are no longer able to download the software keys necessary to install these updates, meaning the updates are no longer available for installation. HumanWare has posted a disclaimer on the support pages for these older units, which we have reprinted below.

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Posted today 2:38 PM ET in News     Post a comment

Humanware Releases Previously-announced Trekker Breeze Plus


by J.J. Meddaugh

HumanWare has released the previously-announced update to the Trekker Breeze handheld GPS system. The Breeze+ uses the same housing as the original and includes a greatly-improved GPS chip which should lead to better accuracy and quicker satellite acquisition time. Put simply, the locations and directions given by the unit should be much more on target than the original. New users can get the Breeze+ for $799 while existing users can pay $199 to upgrade their unit with the new hardware. You can learn more from our CSUN interview with Greg Stilson which includes a demo of the unit. The complete press release is below.

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Posted today 12:10 PM ET in News     Post a comment

Breaking: You Can Now Binge Watch House of Cards on Netflix with Audio Description


by J.J. Meddaugh

Netflix continues to expand its library of content with audio description, which now includes all 3 seasons of the political drama House of Cards. This joins a growing roster of over 70 titles of both Netflix originals and programs from other networks which now includes described tracks. Marvel's Daredevil and Orange is the New Black are among the originals that were posted previously. In case you're new to Netflix and Audio Description, here's how to enable description on various platforms.

Posted yesterday 7:33 PM ET in News     Post a comment

BrailleNote KeySoft 9.5 Brings Exam Mode, Internet Radio, UEB Enhancements


by J.J. Meddaugh

HumanWare has anounced the release of KeySoft 9.5, the latest free upgrade for the BrailleNote and VoiceNote Apex. This version includes the previously-announced exam mode feature which lets teachers lock parts of the unit such as the spell checker while taking tests. Also included are an Internet radio feature similar to that of the Victor Stream, some tools for converting math in Unified English Braille to print, and a Quick Notes feature. We've included the complete anouncement below.

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Posted Friday, 22-May-2015 1:05 PM ET in News     Post a comment

Online Registration for ACB Convention in Dallas now Available


by J.J. Meddaugh

Registration is now open for the American Council of the Blind's 54th Annual Convention. This year's event will be held at the Sheraton Dallas from July 3-11. Online registration is available through June 25 and can be accessed from the link on this post.

Posted Friday, 22-May-2015 12:50 PM ET in News     Post a comment

Serotek Announces 3rd Generation of DocuScan Plus, Taking Upgrade Preorders for $149


by J.J. Meddaugh

Serotek has announced a major upgrade for its DocuScan Plus OCR product for Windows and Mac computers. The forthcoming third generation of the software will include a new scanning and OCR engine which will read documents in multiple languages, enhanced PDF support, enhanced integration with the iBlink Radio app, scanning of saved images, and Bookshare support among other improvements. Preorders for the upgrade are available now for $149 with an expected release in June. The complete Email release is below. Thanks to Prattik for the tip.

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Posted Tuesday, 19-May-2015 12:14 PM ET in News     2 comments

National Braille Press Updates Braille Spelling Dictionary for UEB


by J.J. Meddaugh

As preparation for the adoption of Unified English Braille continues, more resources are appearing to help people learn the new format. The new Braille Spelling Dictionary by Gregory Hurray includes 1,400 elementary level words in print, uncontracted braille, and contracted UEB braille all on the same page. it's a great tool for new braille users or those needing an introduction to UEB. It's available now for $15 from National Braille Press.

Posted Tuesday, 19-May-2015 11:42 AM ET in News     1 comment

Talkback v4.2 Officially Released with Suspend Shortcut, Customized Gestures, and No More Circle Menus


by Joe Steinkamp

Google i/o will soon descend upon us like a sky diver at the end of this month, however, the little company from Mountain View has already begun to give us good news with the official release of the 4.2 version of the Talkback screen reader for Android. This release contains two significant changes that are sure to make some long-time users happy, and some who were on the fence about Android even happier.

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Posted Monday, 18-May-2015 3:49 PM ET in News     Post a comment

Korean Company Aims to Revolutionize Navigation with a Backpack, Camera, and $7,000 Tactile Display


by J.J. Meddaugh

Imagine walking around with a backpack on your shoulder and a camera attached to your glasses. The resulting images would be transfered to a tactile display which would give you an idea of your surroundings. A South Korean company called Tactisplay is betting on this idea with a new product which will translate images from a USB camera or computer monitor to raised graphics. The 64 by 48 pin array includes over 3,000 pins and will last for up to 10 hours on a single charge. Pricing is expected to be around $7,000, much lower than the cost of some high-end single line braille displays. Few additional details are known, but you can get some contact info and additional info in the press release below. Thanks to Dave Williams for the tip.

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Posted Monday, 18-May-2015 1:29 PM ET in News     1 comment

Bob's Burgers, Bernie Mac, Orange is the New Black Described on Netflix, List of 24 Latest Titles


by J.J. Meddaugh

Netflix continues to add movies and TV shows with audio description, bringing the list now to 63 titles. Since our original list of 39 titles, Netflix has added popular TV shows including American Dad and Bob's Burgers, Netflix original Orange is the New Black, and some childrens shows including Monster Math Squad. The list of the 24 new titles is included below:

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Posted Monday, 18-May-2015 1:11 PM ET in News     Post a comment

ABC, the American Broadcasting Network, Adds Audio Described Content Available Via Apple TV


by Joe Steinkamp

Apple TV owners now have another outlet for their binge watching couch potato sessions in the ABC Network channel. While the full programming slate does not sport audio description, namely none of the hour-long dramas, many of the network s popular comedies now feature descriptive video tracks.

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Posted Thursday, 14-May-2015 09:05 AM ET in News     Post a comment

Sendero Seeing Eye GPS Adds Google Places Support


by J.J. Meddaugh

Version 1.5.3 of Sendero's Seeing Eye GPS for the iPhone is a notable update, despite its version number. This release includes Google Places as a source for Points of Interest. Google POIs are often some of the most up-to-date, thanks to its large community of active users, and will be ideal especially for locating businesses which have recently opened. The free update is available now in the iTunes App Store. The short changelog is below:

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Posted Monday, 11-May-2015 5:51 PM ET in News     Post a comment

Survey Seeks Accessibility Feedback on Recent UK Election


by J.J. Meddaugh

The Royal National Institute of Blind People is seeking feedback regarding the accessibility or lack thereof for the recent uK election in May. According to the survey page, "7 out of 10 blind and partially sighted people were prevented from voting during last May's European and local elections, because voting was not accessible."
If you voted in this year's election and are blind or partially sighted, you can offer your feedback using the survey linked from this post. The survey should take approximately 10-15 minutes.

Posted Monday, 11-May-2015 4:37 PM ET in News     Post a comment

NFB Announces 2015 Scholarship Class


by J.J. Meddaugh

The National Federation of the Blind has announced its 2015 scholarship class. This year's class of 30 will be recognized at the national convention in Orlando on July 10. Each winner is guaranteed at least $3,000 and may win as much as $12,000, in addition to a variety of other prizes which typically include more cash, a plaque, and assistive technology. Congratulations to this year's finalists, which are listed below.

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Posted Monday, 11-May-2015 2:39 PM ET in News     1 comment

No More ACB Conventions at the Riviera, Hotel Closing after 60 Years


by J.J. Meddaugh

The 2014 American Council of the Blind convention at The Riviera Hotel in Las Vegas will be its last at the location. The hotel closed for good this past Monday after a 60-year run. The 2,100 room hotel, which opened in 1955 is owned by the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, which plans to demolish it to build convention and meeting facilities. We've linked to a report from a guest on the final night.

Posted Thursday, 07-May-2015 12:33 PM ET in News     2 comments

RS Games Posts Short Feedback Survey


by J.J. Meddaugh

Online gaming platform RS Games has posted a one-page survey to gain feedback from its users. The survey asks users to rank the various games, solicits suggestions for new titles to ask, and also delves into whether people play the same games in other venues. Follow the link on this post to take the survey.

Posted Wednesday, 06-May-2015 2:49 PM ET in News     Post a comment

Google IO Schedule Released, Includes Streaming Accessibility Sessions


by J.J. Meddaugh

The schedule has just been released for this year's Google IO, Google's conference for developers and programmers which also includes a flurry of product updates and launches. While there's likely to be more sessions added, this year's conference appears to hint at a new Android version among other announcements. As for accessibility, two sessions are being presented, focusing on showing developers the simple ways to make their apps accessible. One of these will also be live-streamed. We've listed the accessibility-related sessions below. Here's a link to the complete schedule.

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Posted Wednesday, 06-May-2015 2:44 PM ET in News     Post a comment

KNFB Reader 1.5 Supports iPad Air 2


by J.J. Meddaugh

Version 1.5 of the KNFB Reader app for iOS devices has just been posted to the iTunes App Store. This minor free update includes support for the 2nd generation iPad Air as well as a couple of VoiceOver-specific fixes. We've included the version 1.5 changelog below.

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Posted Wednesday, 06-May-2015 1:56 PM ET in News     1 comment

Seeing Eye Posts Annual Online Auction


by J.J. Meddaugh

The Seeing Eye, a New Jersey-based guide dog school, is back with their popular annual auction. The 7th annual affair includes 425 items ranging from vacations to blindness products. Items are available to fit just about any budget, and proceeds benefit the school and its programs. Check the link on this post to view the auction, which ends May 8.

Posted Monday, 04-May-2015 1:53 PM ET in News     Post a comment

Quick Take: Apple Watch Guideline May Have Unintended Consequences for Deaf-blind


by J.J. Meddaugh

A simple sentence added to Apple's App Store Review Guidelines may have unintended consequences for deaf-blind users. The one sentence section 10.7 reads "Watch Apps whose primary function is telling time will be rejected". There's a fringe use case that Apple may not have thought of however.

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Posted Wednesday, 29-Apr-2015 3:07 PM ET in Articles     2 comments


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three $25 Staples eGift Cards for $65


by Michael McCarty

PayPal Digital Gifts via eBay offers three $25 Staples eGift Cards ($75 total) for $65. (Add three to your cart to see this price.) That's the lowest price we could find for this quantity by $8. Note: Allow up to 24 hours for email delivery.

Posted today 4:50 PM ET in Gifts     Post a comment

Asus Zenbook Signature Edition 13.3 Inch Laptop for $599 [Shipped]


by Michael McCarty

Microsoft Store offers 2.7-lb. Asus Zenbook Signature Edition Intel Broadwell Core M 800MHz 13.3 Inch Laptop in Obsidian Stone, model no. UX305FA-USM1, for $629.10. (Click "PC only" to see this price.) Coupon code PCGRAD15 cuts it to $599. With free shipping, that's the lowest total price we've seen for an Asus Zenbook with this configuration. (It's also a current low by $106.) Features include an Intel Core M-5Y10 800MHz Broadwell dual-core processor, 13.3 inch 1920x1080 (1080p) LED-backlit LCD, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD, 802.11n wireless, Bluetooth 4.0, 3-cell battery, and Windows 8.1 64-bit. Deal ends July 4.

Posted today 4:45 PM ET in Laptops/Netbooks     Post a comment

Up to 95 Percent Off and Free Shipping During The eBay Deal Frenzy Sale


by Michael McCarty

eBay takes up to 95% off a wide selection of laptops, tablets, cameras, watches, patio items, and more as part of its Deal Frenzy Sale. Plus, most items receive free shipping. Deal ends June 30.

Posted today 4:35 PM ET in Miscellaneous     Post a comment

Acer Aspire Switch 10.1 Inch Touchscreen Convertible Laptop for $299 [Shipped]


by Michael McCarty

Microsoft Store offers the 2.4-lb. Acer Aspire Switch 10 SW5-012-1327 Intel Atom 1.33GHz 10.1 Inch Touchscreen Convertible Laptop in Gray, model no. NT.L4TAA.017, with a Microsoft Office 365 Personal 1-Year Subscription for $299 with free shipping. That's $50 off list and the lowest total price we could find. Usable as a notebook or tablet, it features an Intel Atom Z3735F 1.33GHz quad-core processor, 10.1 inch 1280x800 touchscreen IPS LCD, 2GB RAM, 64GB eMMC, 802.11n wireless, Bluetooth 4.0, webcam, microHDMI and microUSB (located on the tablet), USB 2.0 (on the keyboard), 2-cell battery, and Windows 8.1 32-bit.

Posted today 4:30 PM ET in Laptops/Netbooks     Post a comment

Today Only: UE Mini Boom Wireless Bluetooth Speaker for $59.99 [Shipped]


by Michael McCarty

As one of its daily deals, Best Buy offers the UE Mini Boom Wireless Bluetooth Speaker in Black/Red, model no. 984-000315, for $59.99 with free shipping. That's the lowest total price we could find now by $20. It offers up to 10 hours of playback per charge. Deal ends today.

Posted today 4:20 PM ET in Accessories     Post a comment

Acer Aspire 13.3 Inch Laptop for $799 [Shipped]


by Michael McCarty

Microsoft Store offers the 3.3-lb. Acer Aspire R 13 Signature Edition Intel Haswell Core i7 2GHz 13.3 Inch Laptop, model no. R7-371T-76HR, for $899. (Choose the "PC only" option.) Coupon code PCGRAD15 cuts it to $799. With free shipping, that's the lowest total price we've seen. Features include an Intel Core i7-4510U 2GHz Haswell dual-core processor, 13.3 inch 2560x1440 LED-backlit touchscreen LCD, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD, 802.11ac wireless, Bluetooth, 4-cell battery, and Windows 8.1 64-bit.

Posted yesterday 10:13 PM ET in Laptops/Netbooks     Post a comment

Acer Aspire 15.6 Inch Touchscreen Signature Edition Laptop for $323 [Shipped]


by Michael McCarty

Microsoft Store offers the 5.6-lb. Acer Aspire V 15 V3-572P-326T Intel Broadwell Core i3 2GHz 15.6 Inch Touchscreen Signature Edition Laptop for $323 with free shipping. That's $276 off, and the lowest total price we've seen for an Acer 16" touchscreen laptop with a Core i3 processor. It features an Intel Core i3-5005U Broadwell 2GHz dual-core processor, 15.6 inch 1366x768 touchscreen LCD, 6GB RAM, 1TB hard drive, DVD burner, 802.11ac wireless, Bluetooth 4.0, 6-cell battery, and Windows 8.1 64-bit. Note that Microsoft Signature Edition devices feature a clean operating system without any third-party trialware.

Posted yesterday 8:09 PM ET in Laptops/Netbooks     Post a comment

Toshiba Satellite 15.6 Inch Touchscreen Laptop for $999 [Shipped]


by Michael McCarty

Microsoft Store offers the 5.2-lb. Toshiba Satellite P55T-B5262 Intel Haswell Core i7 2.5GHz 15.6 Inch Touchscreen Laptop, model no. PSPNVU-00U00W, for $1,099. Coupon code PCGRAD15 cuts it to $999. With free shipping, that's the lowest total price we've seen. (It's also a current low by $51.) It features an Intel Core i7-4710HQ 2.5GHz Haswell quad-core processor, 15.6 inch 3840x2160 (4K) LED-backlit touchscreen LCD, 12GB RAM, 1TB hard drive, Blu-ray reader / DVD burner combo drive, AMD Radeon R9 M265X 2GB graphics, 802.11ac dual-band wireless, Bluetooth 4.0, webcam, media card reader, USB 3.0, 4-cell battery, and Windows 8.1 64-bit.

Posted yesterday 7:15 PM ET in Laptops/Netbooks     Post a comment

Unlocked Apple iPhone 6 16GB Smartphone for $609.99 [Shipped]


by Michael McCarty

Monoprice via eBay offers the Unlocked Apple iPhone 6 16GB Smartphone in Space Gray, Gold, or Silver, model no. A1586, for $609.99 with free shipping. That's the lowest total price we've seen for a new unlocked unit. (It's also a current low by $39.) It's compatible with GSM and CDMA networks.

Posted yesterday 5:05 PM ET in Cell Phones     Post a comment

Toshiba Satellite Signature Edition 15.6 Touchscreen Laptop for $449 [Shipped]


by Michael McCarty

Microsoft Store offers the 4.5-lb. Toshiba Satellite S55t-B5152 Signature Edition Intel Broadwell Core i5 2.2GHz 15.6 inch 1080p Touchscreen Laptop in Satin Gold for $449 with free shipping. (Click "PC only" to see this price.) That's the lowest total price we've seen. (It's also a current low by $101.) It features an Intel Core i5-5200U 2.2GHz Broadwell dual-core processor, 15.6 inch 1920x1080 touchscreen LCD, 4GB RAM, 500GB hard drive, 802.11ac wireless, Bluetooth 4.0, 4-cell battery, and Windows 8.1 64-bit. Note that Microsoft Signature Edition devices feature a clean operating system without any third-party trialware.

Posted yesterday 4:50 PM ET in Laptops/Netbooks     Post a comment

Loftek 7-Port Powered USB 3.0 Hub for $19.99 [Shipped via Prime]


by Michael McCarty

Loftek Direct via Amazon offers the Loftek 7-Port Powered USB 3.0 Hub in Silver, model no. SV720, for $39.99. Coupon code ZJTIYDDK cuts it to $19.99. Plus, Prime members qualify for free shipping. (Non-members can spend $35 or more to qualify for free shipping; otherwise, shipping costs $8.80.) That's $5 under our February mention and the lowest total price we could find now by $35. This high-speed hub features two charging ports, seven USB 3.0 ports, a 4-amp power adapter, and USB 3.0 cord.

Posted yesterday 4:45 PM ET in Accessories     Post a comment

Unlocked Amazon Fire 32GB Smartphone and One Year of Prime for $179 [Shipped]


by Michael McCarty

Amazon offers its Unlocked Amazon Fire 32GB Smartphone bundled with a 1-Year Amazon Prime Membership for $179 with free shipping. That's $10 under our mention from two weeks ago (although that included a case), a savings of $369, and the lowest total price we've seen. This GSM phone features a 4.7 inch 1280x720 touchscreen LCD, Snapdragon 800 2.2GHz quad-core processor, 2GB RAM, 32GB internal storage, 802.11ac wireless, Bluetooth 3.0, 13-megapixel rear-facing camera, 2.1-megapixel front-facing camera, 1080p HD video recording at 30 fps, dual stereo speakers with Dolby Digital Plus audio processing, and Fire OS 3.6.8 (a heavily-modified, accessible version of Android OS).

Posted yesterday 4:35 PM ET in Cell Phones     Post a comment

Apple iPad mini 3 16GB WiFi Tablet for $299.99 [Shipped]


by Michael McCarty

Best Buy offers the Apple iPad mini 3 16GB WiFi Tablet in Space Gray, model no. MGNR2LL/A, or Silver, model no. MGNV2LL/A, for $299.99 with free shipping. That's the lowest total price we could find by $27, although most merchants charge $349 or more. It features an Apple A7 64-bit processor, 7.9 inch 2048x1536 IPS display, FaceTime HD front-side camera, 5-megapixel iSight camera, 802.11n wireless with MIMO, Lightning connector, and up to 10-hour battery life.

Posted yesterday 4:30 PM ET in Portable Devices     Post a comment

Microsoft Store Coupon: $100 Off Select PC Orders of $599 or More


by Michael McCarty

Microsoft Store Cuts $100 off select PC orders of $599 or more via coupon code PCGRAD15. Plus, all items qualify for free shipping. Eligible brands include Asus, Dell, HP, Lenovo, and Toshiba. Coupon ends July 4.

Posted yesterday 01:43 AM ET in Miscellaneous     Post a comment

Asus Zenbook Signature Edition 13.3 Inch Laptop for $599 [Shipped]


by Michael McCarty

Microsoft Store offers the 2.7-lb. Asus Zenbook Signature Edition Intel Broadwell Core M 800MHz 13.3 Inch Laptop in Obsidian Stone, model no. UX305FA-USM1, for $629.10. (Select the "PC only" option.) Coupon code PCGRAD15 drops it to $599. With free shipping, that's the lowest total price we've seen for an Asus Zenbook with this configuration. (It's a current low by $100.) Features include an Intel Core M-5Y10 800MHz Broadwell dual-core processor, 13.3 inch 1920x1080 (1080p) LED-backlit LCD, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD, 802.11n wireless, Bluetooth 4.0, 3-cell battery, and Windows 8.1 64-bit. Deal ends June 30. Note that Microsoft Signature Edition devices feature a clean operating system without any third-party trialware.

Posted Monday, 25-May-2015 01:51 AM ET in Laptops/Netbooks     Post a comment

Acer Aspire Switch 10.1 Inch Convertible Touchscreen Laptop for $199.99 [Shipped]


by Michael McCarty

Amazon offers the 2.6-lb. Acer Aspire Switch 10 Intel Atom 1.33GHz 10.1 Inch Convertible Touchscreen Laptop in White, model no. SW5-011-18R3, for $199.99 with free shipping. That's the lowest total price we could find by $41. Usable as a notebook or tablet, it features an Intel Atom Z3745 1.33GHz quad-core processor, 10.1
inch 1366x768 touchscreen IPS LCD, 2GB RAM, 32GB SSD, 802.11n wireless, Bluetooth 4.0, Micro HDMI and Micro USB (located on the tablet), USB (on the keyboard), 2-cell battery, and Windows 8.1. Deal ends May 30.

Posted Thursday, 21-May-2015 8:50 PM ET in Laptops/Netbooks     Post a comment

Up to $40 Off and Free Shipping On Philips Norelco shavers, trimmers, and body groomers at Amazon


by Michael McCarty

Just in time to start shopping for Father's Day. Amazon now takes $5 or $40 off a selection of Philips Norelco shavers, trimmers, and body groomers when you clip the coupon on the product page. Plus, Prime members receive free shipping. (Non-members can spend $35 or more to qualify for free shipping; otherwise, shipping starts around $5.) Deal ends June 28.

Posted Thursday, 21-May-2015 4:35 PM ET in Health/Personal Care     Post a comment

Open-Box Nokia Wireless Bluetooth Headset for $29.99 [Shipped]


by Michael McCarty

Bigdeals via eBay offers the open-box Nokia Wireless Stereo Bluetooth Headset in White, model no. BH-505, for $29.99 with free shipping. That's the lowest total price we could find by $40. It features a lightweight neckband, advanced digital signal processing, up to 12 hours of talk time, six earbud rubbers, and a travel charger. This item is new but may be missing its original packaging.

Posted Wednesday, 20-May-2015 4:35 PM ET in Accessories     Post a comment

Eureka RapidClean Pet PowerBrush Handheld Vacuum for $29.99 [Shipped]


by Michael McCarty

Eureka-Direct via eBay offers the Eureka RapidClean Pet PowerBrush Handheld Vacuum, model no. 80A, for $29.99 with free shipping. That's the lowest total price we could find by $28. This 14.4-volt vacuum features a powered pet brush, crevice tool, dusting brush, and charging stand.

Posted Wednesday, 20-May-2015 4:35 PM ET in Household     Post a comment

Unlocked Apple iPhone 6 Plus 128GB Smartphone for GSM and CDMA Networks for $859.99 [Shipped]


by Michael McCarty

RobertsDigital via eBay offers the Unlocked Apple iPhone 6 Plus 128GB Smartphone for GSM and CDMA Networks in Silver, Gold, or Space Grey, model no. A1524, for $909.99. Coupon code CDTECH10 cuts it to $859.99. With free shipping, that's the lowest total price we could find by $39. The eBay page states the final price should be lower after applying the coupon; however, there is a $50 maximum discount with the coupon.

Posted Tuesday, 19-May-2015 5:00 PM ET in Cell Phones     Post a comment


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Blind Bargains Qast 16: Purrfect Hot Donuts


by Joe Steinkamp

The "Justice League" can't hold a candle to the podcasting might of our BBQ team this week. J.J. and Joe are joined by Chancy, Shelly and Ricky to bring you news and fun conversation that spans not just one week... Oh no! Nearly half of the year so far are summed up in our Discussion topic section. We also managed to cram in a tip plus your feedback and a meme-driven "Last Word".

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Posted Wednesday, 20-May-2015 6:08 PM ET in Shows     Post a comment

Blind Bargains Qast 15: The Book Of Jenny's Buzzer Beaters


by Joe Steinkamp

We're excited to have Jenny Axler from HIMS International on the program this week. The Blaze ET is about to roll onto the launch pad. And we got some face time with Jenny to discuss that product in some detail. We also have news, Sound Off and the Last Word... but really... you came to hear about this new HIMS device right? Sure you did.

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Posted Wednesday, 13-May-2015 2:29 PM ET in Shows     1 comment

BBQ Special: CSUN AT 30


by Joe Steinkamp

Welcome to our first in a line of Assistive Technology history specials. J.J. and Joe believe that having a firm foothold on our collective adaptive past ensures a well-grounded perspective on what technology holds for us in the future. With that in mind, our duo traveled to San Diego in March to capture some thoughts of those in the industry at the celebration of the 30th CSUN conference.

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Posted Wednesday, 06-May-2015 1:47 PM ET in Shows     2 comments

Blind Bargains Qast 14: Apple Watches Time and Relative Dimension in Space


by Joe Steinkamp

Did you hear that Apple has a new product shipping around the world? Something about a watch we think. Yeah, we are pretty sure it's a timepiece of some kind. So we flipped open our contacts apps and found someone we knew who had one on the way. Lo and behold, Michael Doise will stop by to talk about his new Apple Watch and tell us what he enjoys about the new accessory to your Apple driven life. We also have a tip, your feedback and what J.J. calls "pocket lint" in this week's "Last Word".

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Posted Wednesday, 29-Apr-2015 8:07 PM ET in Shows     1 comment

Blind Bargains Qast 13: Super Uber Sensearound Kilt


by Joe Steinkamp

J.J. and Joe cover some of the past week's news and delve a bit more into Audio Description with "Daredevil". Mike May, from Sendero takes us along on a trip using the Uber ridesharring service. Plus we have a tip, your feedback in "Sound Off" and Easter leftovers? Oh, never mind, it is what J.J. calls this episode's "Last Word".

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Posted Thursday, 23-Apr-2015 9:34 PM ET in Shows     Post a comment

Blind Bargains Qast 12: Organic Audio Tours For Your Peers


by Joe Steinkamp

This week J.J. and Joe find themselves in a descriptive discussion, at a crossroads for the summer and JJ takes a tour of a technology landmark. All that, plus a tip and Sound Off, in Episode 12!

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Posted Thursday, 16-Apr-2015 8:00 PM ET in Shows     Post a comment

Blind Bargains Qast 11: Audio Gaming With Goat herds On Demand


by Joe Steinkamp

Our look at gaming continues, and who better to talk with JJ and Joe but Mr. Audyssey himself, Michael Feir.
Michael has been giving talks about games recently, he has started work on a book detailing the history of audio gaming and he is about to embark on the biggest adventure of them all with his impending marriage later this year. Since this is a Canadian wedding, poutine might be on the menu for the wedding reception. Or maybe not. However, Jenine Stanley shows us some of the best ways to cook potatoes in our demo segment. Plus we have a tip, your feedback and of course the odd story or two in the "Last Word" all coming up in episode 11!

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Posted Saturday, 11-Apr-2015 3:37 PM ET in Shows     Post a comment

Blind Bargains Qast 10: April Foolin' Around


by Joe Steinkamp

This week Jamie, Ricky and Joe meet up to banter about tech and stuff. Buddy Mays drops by, there are a few cameos along the way and the triumphant return of … “The Mailbag”!!!

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Posted Wednesday, 01-Apr-2015 09:25 AM ET in Shows     Post a comment

Blind Bargains Qast 9: Functional, Decorative And Inclusive BBQ


by Joe Steinkamp

What's in a name? Quite a lot, actually. For Superman and mild-mannered reporter Clark Kent, it can define who he is and what he does depending on which persona he has adopted at any given time.
For Clint Eastwood and the classic Speghetti Westerns, the man with no name" signified that the movie's protagonist was powerful beyond a simple label or surname. Thanks to our amazing listeners, and their helpful comments on a recent survey, our little series has a moniker that not only rolls off the tongue easily, and trust us that helps in podcasting a lot, but it can mean a great many things when you hear it spoken. With that said, and thanks to Alex Hall for the suggestion, we are delighted to bring you episode 9 of the Blind Bargains Qast ... or BBQ!

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Posted Thursday, 26-Mar-2015 5:27 PM ET in Articles     Post a comment

#CSUN15 Audio: Kurzweil 1000 Presentation With Steve Baum


by Joe Steinkamp

Kurzweil 1000, the venerable desktop OCR program, celebrates the recent release of version 14. In this audio, Steve Baum, Vice President of Engineering at Kurzweil Education, takes us on a brief tour of version 14 and even discusses what we might expect in the future for K1000.

We sincerely thank Mr. Baum for allowing us to capture this audio, and we encourage you to test drive the latest version of K1000 for yourself.

Find our conference coverage and weekly podcast on our audio page, and discover how to access our content from your mobile devices by visiting our apps page. Blind Bargains audio coverage of CSUN 2015 is generously sponsored by the American Foundation for the Blind. Do you like what you hear on our podcasts and conference coverage? You can help us out by taking this very short survey.

Posted Monday, 23-Mar-2015 12:03 PM ET in Software     Post a comment

#CSUN15 Audio: Read How You Want With The Latest Technology From HIMS


by Joe Steinkamp

In this special, join Dave Wilkinson, Business Development Manager, as he discusses a number of reading options from HIMS including the new Smart Beetle 14-cell Braille display supporting connections to multiple devices simultaneously. In addition, Dave discusses the Blaze EZ and ET portable DAISY players including OCR support. We thank HIMS for their generous sponsorship of our CSUN 2015 coverage. To learn more about the latest from HIMS, you can visit the HIMS website, and you can also follow HIMS on Twitter and check out their Facebook page.

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Posted Wednesday, 18-Mar-2015 2:41 PM ET in Portable Devices     Post a comment

#CSUN15 Audio: Meet The E-bot Portable Video Magnifier from HIMS


by Joe Steinkamp

In this special, join James McCarthy, President of HIMS Inc. as he discusses the E-Bot portable video magnifier. The unit allows for reading, writing, and near and distance viewing, and the advanced models have OCR support. The unit has a number of options for displaying materials, including a standard monitor, an iPad, and an Android tablet demonstrated here. We thank HIMS for their generous sponsorship of our CSUN 2015 coverage. To learn more about the latest from HIMS, you can visit the HIMS website, and you can also follow HIMS on Twitter and check out their Facebook page.

Find our conference coverage and weekly podcast on our audio page, and discover how to access our content from your mobile devices by visiting our apps page. Do you like what you hear on our podcasts and conference coverage? You can help us out by taking this very short survey.

Posted Tuesday, 17-Mar-2015 2:22 PM ET in Articles     Post a comment

Blind Bargains Podcast 8: #CSUN15, Apple and Taptic Burritos


by Joe Steinkamp

Jet lag, day light saving and then an Apple event on top of all that. It's been one wild week and a half for JJ, Joe and Jeff. It is a good thing that Jamie came along to keep everyone on task this go around as the group sits down to cover some of the highlights in the world of Assistive Technology. We'd like to thank our partners at AFB, Blindy.TV and HIMS Inc. for their support in bringing you audio and stories from sunny San Diego and CSUN 2015.

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Posted Thursday, 12-Mar-2015 5:30 PM ET in Articles     Post a comment

#CSUN15 Audio: Custom Accessible Phones From Claria for Blind and Low Vision users


by J.J. Meddaugh

In this interview, we speak with Marie Tranbahuy, Managing Director for the UK branch of Claria. Marie demonstrates a Nexus 5 phone modified with both a hardware overlay and customized software including basic functionality such as phone and email applications, as well as blindness-specific applications like GPS and a DAISY reader. A version is available for both blind and low vision users, and you can learn more from the Claria website, or from their U.S. distributor Odin Mobile.

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Posted Tuesday, 10-Mar-2015 7:21 PM ET in Cell Phones     Post a comment

#CSUN15 Audio: Accessibility Oz Provides Automated Accessibility Tools, Accessible Video Player and


by J.J. Meddaugh

In this interview, Gian Wild, CEO of Accessibility Oz, joins us to talk about a number of accessibility tools and testing procedures from her company. Accessibility Oz conducts both automated and user-based testing for its clients, and also provides them with tools and training which enable them to ensure accessibility independently. To learn more about Accessibility Oz, including the fully accessible Oz Player for videos, visit the Accessibility Oz website.

Find our conference coverage and weekly podcast on our audio page, and discover how to access our content from your mobile devices by visiting our apps page. Blind Bargains audio coverage of CSUN 2015 is generously sponsored by the American Foundation for the Blind. Do you like what you hear on our podcasts and conference coverage? You can help us out by taking this very short survey.

Posted Tuesday, 10-Mar-2015 7:07 PM ET in Resources     Post a comment

#CSUN15 Audio: Free Currency Reader from Bureau of Engraving and Printing


by J.J. Meddaugh

Sabra Pressman, Meaningful Access Specialist for the Bureau of Engraving and Printing, joins us to discuss the process for obtaining a free currency reader. On the BEP website, you'll find the online application for receiving the reader, as well as links to the iOS and Android currency identification apps. To learn more, visit http://www.bep.org

Be sure to check our audio page for more exhibit hall coverage, and check out our new weekly podcast for news and features about technology and beyond. Blind Bargains audio coverage of CSUN 2015 is generously sponsored by the American Foundation for the Blind. Enjoy our Podcasts? You can help us out by taking this very short survey.

Posted Tuesday, 10-Mar-2015 6:06 PM ET in Portable Devices     Post a comment

#CSUN15 Audio: Nemeth Braille Tutorial, TI-84 Plus and More With APH


by J.J. Meddaugh

Larry Skutchan, director of Technology Product Research, joins us to talk about a number of products of interest available from APH. Most recently, APH has released a free, cross-platform Nemeth tutorial for use by students and teachers interested in learning Nemeth code. Additionally, Larry talks a bit about other products such as the accessible TI-84 Plus calculator, Nearby Explorer and more. You can learn about these, plus a wealth of other technology and information on offer from APH by visiting the APH website.

Be sure to check our audio page for more exhibit hall coverage, and check out our new weekly podcast for news and features about technology and beyond. Blind Bargains audio coverage of CSUN 2015 is generously sponsored by the American Foundation for the Blind. Enjoy our Podcasts? You can help us out by taking this very short survey.

Posted Tuesday, 10-Mar-2015 5:25 PM ET in Resources     Post a comment

#CSUN15 Audio: Shh! Listen to The Mountbatten Whisper From Harpo


by J.J. Meddaugh

Jarek Wiazowski, International Sales and Support for Harpo, takes a few moments to talk about and demonstrate the new Mountbatten Whisper. The unit is built to be much quieter than a standard Brailler, and includes Bluetooth for interface with an app available for iOS, Android and Mac. The app allows for real-time print-to-Braille and Braille-to-print translation so students and teachers can interact effectively. Humanware is the exclusive distributor for the device in the U.S. and Canada, and you can also read more on the Harpo international website or visit the Harpo Facebook page.

Find our conference coverage and weekly podcast on our audio page, and discover how to access our content from your mobile devices by visiting our apps page. Blind Bargains audio coverage of CSUN 2015 is generously sponsored by the American Foundation for the Blind. Do you like what you hear on our podcasts and conference coverage? You can help us out by taking this very short survey.

Posted Tuesday, 10-Mar-2015 5:07 PM ET in Printers/Embossers     Post a comment

#CSUN15 Audio: The Updated Phoenix Gold Edition Braille Embosser from Enabling Technologies


by J.J. Meddaugh

Tony Schenk, President of Enabling Technologies, shows off the shiny new Phoenix embosser for Braille and tactile graphics. Turns out the unit isn't made of gold, which might be a bit heavy anyway, but it is packed with features and includes the Firebird software suite. The gold edition is priced the same as the silver edition, and you can learn more about it and other high quality Braille embossers by calling (800) 777-3687, or by visiting the Enabling Tehcnologies website.

Be sure to check our audio page for more exhibit hall coverage, and check out our new weekly podcast for news and features about technology and beyond. Blind Bargains audio coverage of CSUN 2015 is generously sponsored by the American Foundation for the Blind. Enjoy our Podcasts? You can help us out by taking this very short survey.

Posted Tuesday, 10-Mar-2015 5:05 PM ET in Printers/Embossers     Post a comment

#CSUN15 Audio: Join The Revolution With an All-in-one CCTV and Android Tablet from North State AT


by Joe Steinkamp

Cory Hanosh from North State AT tells us about a revolutionary new product, aptly named the Revolution. This device functions as a CCTV, with the unique addition of an Android tablet serving as a touch screen and providing access to the Google Play Store and more. A basic and professional version of the device exist, and the best way to learn more is to call the company toll free at (877) 682-0452. You can also visit the North State AT website but note that at the time of this recording it is still under construction.

Be sure to check our audio page for more exhibit hall coverage, and check out our new weekly podcast for news and features about technology and beyond. Blind Bargains audio coverage of CSUN 2015 is generously sponsored by the American Foundation for the Blind. Enjoy our Podcasts? You can help us out by taking this very short survey.

Posted Monday, 09-Mar-2015 4:51 PM ET in Computers/Hardware     Post a comment


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BrailleNote mPower BT 18-cell Notetaker with New Battery for $400

For sale is a BrailleNote mPower unit which includes a braille keyboard and 18-cell braille display. The battery has been replaced and rebuilt. Comes with case, power supply, and 512MB compact flash card. Asking $400 plus shipping. I accept credit cards, Paypal, or money orders.
Posted today 4:04 PM ET in Notetakers/PDAs     

Pearl Portable Document Reading Camera for $300

For sale is a Freedom Scientific Pearl Portable Document Camera. Works with the latest version of OpenBook (not included) and comes with a padded carrying case. Asking $300 plus shipping. I accept credit cards, Paypal, or money orders.
Posted today 2:09 PM ET in Peripherals     

Focus 40 Blue 1st Generation Braille Display wit Case for $1,100

For sale is a Focus 40 Blue 40-cell braille display from Freedom Scientific. This is the previous model sold until a couple of years ago and comes with case and USB cable. We do not have the AC adapter, though this unit also charges via USB including using a USB wall plug which we will include. Tested and works great. Asking $1,100 plus shipping.
Posted yesterday 2:19 PM ET in Peripherals     

Save 15 percent on the Mystic Access Victor Reader Stream New Gen Audio Tutorial

This tutorial is $89.00USD.  It is a fully navigable DAISY digital talking book that can be played on any mp3 capable device. Until June 6, use the coupon code blindbargains to instantly save 15 percent. Discover all that you can do with your New Generation Victor Reader stream This is a comprehensive audio tutorial on the Humanware New Generation Victor Reader Stream. At over eight hours and ten minutes in duration, it will support you in: Becoming thoroughly oriented with the Stream's interface, as well as getting familiar with the functions of each key Exploring and navigating each online and offline bookshelf in detail Authorizing, downloading and navigating Audible content on your Stream's Audible bookshelf Creating, using and deleting bookmarks Date, time and sleep features and settings Key describer mode Using the built-in user guide Using the multi-tap text entry method to conduct text searches Configuring and using wireless connections Take full advantage of the exciting online features available at your fingertips As part of the Online Bookshelves portion of this tutorial, each section thoroughly explores the specifics of an individual shelf. Discover all about how to navigate and enjoy using the following features directly on your Stream without the need for connecting to your computer: Internet radio NLS Bard service Bookshare NFB-NEWSLINE® Podcasts Wikipedia / Wiktionary Discover the ease and convenience of using the Humanware Companion software with your Stream Part Four of the tutorial is specifically devoted to the Humanware companion software. Whether you've always wanted to learn to use this program in conjunction with your Stream, or are just now discovering the Companion and how it may enhance your personal Stream experience, this section examines the many benefits and conveniences of this software tool. Still more to enjoy In addition to these benefits, you'll also learn: Two ways to reset your Stream if trouble arises How to use your Stream with Bluetooth devices and external speakers How to change the firmware in order to enjoy different text to speech voices on your stream How to use thumb drives and NLS cartridges with your Stream An easy way to conserve your stream's battery life much more When learning is not enough Mystic Access realizes that sometimes the act of learning your asistive technology is not enough. We know that you may also be in need of discovering self-empowerment for your journey. That's why we include our inspiring Encouragement Corner and Now It's Your Turn sections. These allow you to build self-confidence and self-motivation, and become more proactive in the use of your assistive technology. We want you to enjoy your learning adventure, and these portions of the tutorial will hopefully  make doing so easier and more fun.
Posted yesterday 1:22 PM ET in Accessories     

Introducing JJM Travel!

Whether you're ready to take that once-in-a-lifetime worldwide trip, planning a cruise for your family or organization, or need help with travel arrangements for a business trip... JJM Travel is a new travel agency that is ready to serve you! At JJM Travel, we know that while vacations are fun, planning one can be a rather daunting task... we're committed to making your trip as hassle-free as possible! No request is too great or too small! For your travel needs, contact JJM Travel... Where we're creating memories... Fulfilling dreams!
Posted Friday, 22-May-2015 3:51 PM ET in Services     

Lowered Price BrailleNote Apex BT 18for Sale $1500

For sale for $1500, is a perfect condition BrailleNote Apex BT 18. All cells work and the battery holds a charge. The unit will be shipped along with all cables charger and case. I accept pay pal as form of payment to Irma.hess17@gmail.com I am asking a lowered price of $1500 or best offer. No partial payments or trades accepted.
Posted Friday, 22-May-2015 11:23 AM ET in Notetakers/PDAs     

two phones for sale:one for $125 and another for $200

I have a brand new Odin-VI locked phone for $125 or best offer. Their phone usage rates are very good and the Odin-VI has speech capability so that one can manage contacts, texting etc. Reason for selling:I already have another phone on another carrier. iPhone 5 16gb in excellent shape:$200 or best offer. Reason for selling:I have a new 5s. This one was on AT&T but it would work with Verizon with a sim card exchange.
Posted Friday, 22-May-2015 11:23 AM ET in Cell Phones     

Double Deal on Talking Sansa Clip Plus! Buy 1 get 1 50% off Transmitters & Recievers!

This week we have a discount on all Talking Mp3 Players as low as $65.99 but with your purchase of a Talking Sansa Clip Plus this week you'll also receive a Free wall charger, a $10.99 value! http://www.talkingmp3players.com/Talking-Mp3-Players_c_1.html You also get 20% off Bluetooth items, 25% off all other accessories & 30% off microSD cards with your player purchase! Make your choices in the combo boxes found below the player you're ordering. We also have 20% off most of our accessories when purchased separately and 25% off microSD cards. Here's a list of category links so you can check out our Bluetooth & other accessories or Micro SD cards: http://www.talkingmp3players.com/category_index.asp Enable your Talking MP3 Player to use Bluetooth, or the Victor Stream, Plextalk Pocket, BookPort, NLS player etc. Basically any device with audio playback capability with a 3.5mm headphone jack! Check out this audio presentation in which I demonstrate using the Miccus Mini-jack Bluetooth Transmitter and receiver with my Talking MP3 Player: http://tinyurl.com/lfbzx9s This week buy a Miccus Mini-jack TX Bluetooth Transmitter & get the Bluetooth Mini-Jack RX Reciever Half Price! The 50% discount will occur automatically during checkout when you purchase the TX & RX together. You can also check out the New Miccus TX4 Transmitter & Talking Miccus AX4 Reciever: http://www.talkingmp3players.com/Bluetooth-Transmitters-Receivers_c_7.html Don't miss out! This special ends on Thursday May 28th! Get 6 months to pay with No Interest on orders over $99 when you check out with PayPal and choose PayPal Credit. (subject to credit approval) All prices are in US dollars. We accept major credit cards and PayPal on line, or you can call 727-498-0121 or Skype lazmesa to place your credit card order or have a Paypal payment request sent. Your questions are always welcome.
Posted Thursday, 21-May-2015 9:39 PM ET in Portable Devices     

Memorial Day Sale: Blaze EZ, $595, BookSense XT, $349; 2nd generation VR Stream, $339; BraillePen 12 Touch, $925 and new notebook PCS with screen reader, just $379!

Check out these great deals from AdaptiveWare: BookSense XT is a digital book player/recorder with alarm clock, calculator, FM radio and voice recognition, regularly $449, on sale for $339. 2nd Generation Victor Reader Stream is also a digital book player/recorder with wireless capability, just $339. The Blaze EZ is a pocket-sized digital book player/recorder with wireless capability AND OCR that provides near-instant audio playback of printed materials. Regularly $695, now just $595! With 12 cells, an 8-key braille keyboard, 2 function keys and a joystick, the BraillePen 12 Touch is the most compact braille display on the market. Connects wirelessly to virtually any device you have - smartphone, PC, Mac or iOS device. Regularly $995, on sale for just $925. New, ready to use right out of the box 15 inch notebook PCS with 4gb memory, 500gb hd, dvd-rw, numeric keypad and NVDA screen reader pre-installed, just $379! With MS Office suite and Window-Eyes, just $479! Payment plans may be possible. For more information or to place an order, contact AdaptiveWare via the contact information below.
Posted Wednesday, 20-May-2015 12:42 PM ET in Miscellaneous     

Brand New Book Port Plus

Brand new book port plus. Opened but never used. Everything stock is still there. Asking $250 shipped conus, or best offer.
Posted Wednesday, 20-May-2015 10:48 AM ET in Accessories     

IPHONE 5S 32G GOLD UNLOCKED$300.00

This is a one owner adult used Iphone. Unlocked to work on any GSM network or will work on Verizon's CDMA network. It includes original box with all documentation, charging block, lightning cable and brand new Apple earbuds. I will accept PayPal and will ship as soon as payment is received for free via USPS Priority Mail. $300.00
Posted Tuesday, 19-May-2015 10:45 PM ET in Miscellaneous     

Save $500 on a Brand New Brailliant 32

New from the manufacturer - The Brailliant BI 32 Braille Display providing the most Braille at the Lowest Cost. With its light weight aluminum casing, high quality braille, efficient thumb key navigation and ergonomic braille input keyboard, the Brailliant BI32 is not only more functional with other devices but delivers a better reading experience! Experience the advantages of having more braille cells for less Access your favorite content by connecting your Brailliant to a computer, iPad or mobile device Efficiently use the Brailliant’s thumb keys to navigate, read, and simply enter text with Brailliant’s braille input keys on an iOS or android device without needing to touch the screen
Posted Tuesday, 19-May-2015 12:01 PM ET in Portable Devices     

Perl Camera With Openbook 9.0, $900 plus shipping.

I have a barely used Pearl Camera with Openbook 9.0 for sale. Buyer is responsible for license transfer. The price may be negotiable. I accept Paypal. Please email me at: w5ojt@druesedow.com with questions.
Posted Sunday, 17-May-2015 6:51 PM ET in Software     

Galaxy Note 4 T-Mobile Variant (can be unlocked) Excellent Condition $350 OBO

For sale is a Galaxy Note 4. This device is in excellent condition and will come reset to factory condition with a holster and charger. I can enable accessibility for you if you need this, and I will work with you to help you set it up if necessary. I will answer any questions you might have on this device. I am selling as I have upgraded to the Galaxy S6 and am no longer in need of this device. Feel free to call or write with any inquiries. I will accept payments via Paypal or a cleared check and if needed, am willing to work with you on a payment arrangement.
Posted Sunday, 17-May-2015 6:51 PM ET in Phones     

Enable your book & music players to use Bluetooth! New Deal! Talking Mp3 Players $65.99!

There's some bad news and some good news this week, so let's go ahead and get the bad news out of the way. The 20% off the full price of the Miccus TX Mini-Jack Bluetooth Transmitter or the Miccus RX Mini-Jack Bluetooth Reciever when purchased separately deal is over. That's the bad news, however... The very-good news is that if you purchase the Miccus TX you get the Miccus RX for half price! No coupon codes or anything needed as this will automatically happen on the shopping cart when you place your order. http://www.talkingmp3players.com/Bluetooth-Transmitters-Receivers_c_7.html In order to accomplish wireless listening one would need two devices; one would transmit the audio signal, and the other would receive it. Some devices are already Bluetooth enabled and will transmit Bluetooth signals such as smartphones, tablets, some computers, and the occasional player, I can think of the BookSense XT off the top of my head. So with these particular devices one wouldn't need a Bluetooth transmitter but would need a Bluetooth device to receive the signal. Bluetooth recievers are such items as Bluetooth speakers, headsets, or a dedicated Bluetooth receiver that one would connect to stereo systems, computers, headsets, and powered speakers to enable them to receive the Bluetooth audio signal. To learn how you can listen to your audio devices wirelessly using Bluetooth, take a listen to this: http://tinyurl.com/lfbzx9s This offer does not include the new Miccus TX4 transmitter or the speaking Miccus AX4 receiver which remain at their introductory prices with built-in savings. Our Talking MP3 Players are priced as low as $65.99 this week and other Bluetooth Accessories are still discounted in the combo boxes with your player purchase as well as the other accessories and microSD cards! http://www.talkingmp3players.com/Talking-Mp3-Players_c_1.html This special ends on Thursday May 21st, so place your order ASAP and don't miss out! Get 6 months to pay with No Interest on orders over $99 when you check out with PayPal and choose PayPal Credit. (subject to credit approval) All prices are in US dollars. We accept major credit cards and PayPal on line, or you can call 727-498-0121 or Skype lazmesa to place your credit card order or have a Paypal payment request sent. Your questions are always welcome.
Posted Thursday, 14-May-2015 10:24 PM ET in Portable Devices     

Save $500 on the Brailliant BI 32 braille display - More braille cells for your money

For over 25 years, HumanWare has been at the forefront of Braille literacy. Today, we continue to show our support for braille literacy by announcing a revolutionary offer to significantly reduce the cost of refreshable braille. Smaller, pocket sized refreshable displays are useful for quick communication, but when a display is needed for use with either an iPad or laptop for web browsing, word processing or even reading books, more braille cells provide a more efficient reading experience. Buy online now and save $500 on the Braillaint BI 32 The Brailliant BI 32 provides 32 cells of braille at only $1,995 for a limited time*. More details on this offer at: http://www.humanware.ca/web/en/Newsletter/30o4151153.htm
Posted Wednesday, 13-May-2015 2:25 PM ET in Portable Devices     

Talking DosBox for windows7, with games, for free

Talking DosBox Version 2 is now available. I did not make this, I am simply spreading the word about it. Read about it and download it from: http://forum.audiogames.net/viewtopic.php?id=15928 This method of using your favorite old-time MS-dos applications is far easier than the previous way of setting up a ms-dos virtual machine with vmWare. And last I have a request or two to make. first, If there are any developers out there who could modify the braille n speak speech server to use Eloquence or DecTalk access32, I think Talking dos box would be more popular and easier for some folks to understand if the braille n speak server were made to use eloquence or DecTalk. and also If anyone has any old dos machines, containing any 20 some year old braille translators, wordperfect 5.1, Lotus 1-2-3, and if you could get those to me somehow I would appreciate it. Either that or old floppy disks of ms-dos programs that worked with a dos screen reader such as ASAP by MicroTalk. Got questions or just want to discuss ms-dos and talking dos-box? email joshknnd1982@gmail.com or call 717-827-1029.
Posted Wednesday, 13-May-2015 11:09 AM ET in Software     

New in box Braille Edge 40 and Focus 40 Braille Displays - $2000 each

I have a Braille Edge 40 and a Focus 40 refreshable Braille display for sale. Both of these units are brand new in the box. They were ordered for customers who did not end up purchasing them so they are now up at a discount. I am asking $2000 for each. They retail for about $2800. I am also open to offers. Purchase price includes shipping. I prefer payments via PayPal but credit card over the phone works as well. If you have any questions, please feel free to email me or request my phone number so we can chat over the phone.
Posted Tuesday, 12-May-2015 09:03 AM ET in Notetakers/PDAs     

Braillsense plus, book sense xt, romeo attache pro

Selling a braille sense plus in perfect condition including leather case and gps for 900 or best offer. Selling a book sense for 150 also in perfect condition or best offer. Finally, selling a romeo attache pro in perfect condition which has been used less then 5 times for 750 or best offer. If you are interested in any of these devices contact me at drowsy.mind@gmail.com with the name of the device your interested in the subject line. Pricing is negotiable and depending on your fianancial situation payment plans may be considered.
Posted Tuesday, 12-May-2015 09:01 AM ET in Accessories     

Braille Sense Unhand with Sense Navigation GPS for $2000 shipped

I have for sale a Braille Sense OnHand notetaker with the Sense Navigation GPS. This device was designed by Hims and includes 18 cells of refreshable Braille, a digital compass, and a GPS receiver. The item will come with all original packaging and accessories and is in excellent condition. Technical specifications for the Braille Sense OnHand is available at the following link. http://hims-inc.com/products/braille-sense-onhand/ Information on Sense navigation GPS is available here. https://www.senderogroup.com/products/shopvsnav.htm The asking price for this package is $2000 which includes shipping and insurance via UPS. This price is slightly negotiable. Preferred methods of payment include: Paypal, Square Cash, bank transfer, or paper check. If paying via paper check, payment will need to clear before UPS tracking information is provided. Please feel free to send inquiries via the contact information below.
Posted Monday, 11-May-2015 11:47 AM ET in Notetakers/PDAs     

Unlocked Space Gray 64GB iPhone 5s for $350 shipped

I have a 64GB Space Gray unlocked iPhone 5s in excellent condition ready for someone who is looking to upgrade their mobile technology without breaking the bank. The device will come with all original packaging, paperwork, and accessories. This iPhone was primarily used for app testing in an office environment and also lived in a Pelican case. The asking price is $350 including shipping which is slightly negotiable. Preferred payment methods include: Paypal, Square Cash, bank transfer or paper check. If payment is submitted via paper check, funds must clear before a UPS tracking number will be provided.
Posted Sunday, 10-May-2015 10:42 PM ET in Phones     

Replacement Battery for Trekker GPS, looking for one. Offering $20.00 for battery.

Trekker Breeze Battery, looking for a replacement.
Posted Saturday, 09-May-2015 2:35 PM ET in Accessories     

Mother's Day Specials Free month Phone service/Free Wall Charger w/ Talking Mp3 Players

We're continuing our Mother's Day specials for one more week ending Thursday May 14th! Take advantage of our Mother's Day special savings to get that special lady a nice gift she can enjoy! We'll throw in a travel charger for free ($10.99 value) when you order any MP3 Player! This is a very affordable way to play music, audiobooks, podcasts, described TV shows and movies. Give a listen to this audio introduction so you can experience just how accessible our Talking MP3 Players are: http://tinyurl.com/of3usq8 They're currently specially priced at $65.99 for the 4GB Talking Sansa Clip Plus and $85.99 for the 8GB or $89.99 for the 8GB Talking Sansa Clip Zip. Plus this week you'll get a free wall charger with your player purchase! http://www.talkingmp3players.com/Talking-Mp3-Players_c_1.html Here's what our customers had to say about our Talking MP3 Players and customer service: http://tinyurl.com/p89zlz3 All Talking MP3 Players come with earphones, USB cable, free friendly tech support, our audio tutorials, free shipping in the US, greatly discounted quality international shipping, and 1-year limited replacement warranty!http://www.talkingmp3players.com/Talking-Mp3-Players_c_1.html We also have a really basic and easy to use MP3 player that's priced at $19.99 which also comes with a free wall charger this week! You can read about and order it here: http://www.talkingmp3players.com/Pocket-MP3-player_p_39.html Plus, you can get 30% off the Stereo Speaker Case - only $16.99 with batteries included! This is a great sounding stereo speaker zipper case which will hold your player securely while you listen to your favorite jams in this portable carrying case! http://www.talkingmp3players.com/iLuv-Clip-on-Stereo-Case-Speakers_p_21.html Check out our new shopping cart and take advantage of the many savings you'll find there! http://www.talkingmp3players.com/ We have 2 great phone deals where you can have a free month of phone service with your purchase of a phone: 1. Buy a Samsung Haven or an iPhone 4S and get a free month of the $12 Talk n Text 250 Plan with 250 Minutes and 250 Messages from Page Plus which is a very economical prepaid phone service that uses the largest network in the US or $12 off any of the other monthly plans (described below). There is no contract and you may use this just as a chance to try out Page Plus. We will gladly do the activation process for you! After your first month, there's no obligation. These phones can also be used on Verizon Wireless, Verizon Prepaid or Tracfone. The Samsung Haven has built-in, digitally recorded human speech in a clear female voice that speaks everything on the phone's display, including caller ID, menu items, and it echoes keypad presses. The texting is accessible, and it also has the Voice Command feature. It's designed to be an easy-to-use phone. This model features a large display and keypad, digital TTY, maximum hearing aid compatibility, dedicated keys for both 911 and an emergency contact, speakerphone, and voice control. The Haven is ideal for those seeking an easy-to-operate phone, and also great for the blind and visually impaired. Other key features include SMS text messaging, and a language setting for English or Spanish. 2. We also have another incredible deal til the end of May, when you buy an iPhone 5 or 5S from our site, you receive a free SIM card and a free month of Simple Mobile which runs on the T-Mobile network. This is a free $40 plan with unlimited Talk, Text & Data with 2 GB of data at 4G LTE speeds! The iPhones we sell are Verizon unlocked phones which means they'll work with just about any carrier, Verizon, Page Plus, T-Mobile, AT&T, Simple Mobile, Net-10 & more. Next month you can either refill your Simple Mobile plan or switch to another SIM card and carrier. All phones are in excellent condition, lightly used , comes with the Charger, or if an iPhone charger & data cable You can order a phone from http://www.talkingmp3players.com/Accessible-Phones_c_22.html or give me a call at 727-498-0121 or Skype me at lazmesa for your credit card order or to have a PayPal payment request sent. You can read about Simple Mobile Unlimited Nationwide Plans here: http://www.talkingmp3players.com/Simple-Mobile-Dual-SIM-Card1-Month-of-Nationwide-Service-_p_42.html Unlimited International also available. Take a look at the Page Plus monthly plans or Pay as You Go minutes below they're very competitive in price while using the same towers as the number one service provider in the US, Verizon. Here are the Page Plus plans which are $12 less than the below prices this week only: $12.00 Talk n Text 250 Plan with 250 Minutes, 250 Messages & 10 mb of data $29.95 Talk n Text 1200 Plan with 1200 Minutes, 3000 Messages & 500 mb of data $39.95 Unlimited Talk n Text Plan with Unlimited Minutes/Messages & 1 GB of data $55.00 Unlimited Talk n Text Plan with Unlimited Minutes/Messages & Unlimited data with 3 GB of data at 4G speeds $69.95 Unlimited Minutes, Unlimited Messages with Unlimited data & 5 GB of data at 4G speeds Pay As You Go minutes: 10 Cents per Minute: $10.00 / 100 Minute Refill Card (Good for 120 Days) 6 Cents per Minute: $25.00 / 400 Minute Refill Card (Good for 120 Days) 5 Cents per Minute: $50.00 / 1000 Minute Refill Card (Good for 120 Days) 4 Cents per Minute: $80.00 / 2000 Minute Refill Card (Good for 1 YEAR/365 Days) If you already have a qualifying phone, which would be any Verizon phone give us a call to switch to a Page Plus plan. We have additional phones on our site for Page Plus and other services: http://www.talkingmp3players.com/Accessible-Phones_c_22.html Ends on Thursday May 14th, so order now. Your questions are always welcome. Happy Mother's Day!
Posted Thursday, 07-May-2015 11:16 PM ET in Portable Devices     

BrailleNote Apex BT32 for sale

I have a BrailleNote Apex BT32 for sale. Includes: Apex with keysoft 9.41 with braille keyboard and 32cells. Sendero GPS with GPS receiver. Concise oxford dictionary. Asking $2500 or nearest offer. I am willing to ship this week if I get someone who is extremely interested. My reason for selling is that I just don't use it and I want it to go to someone who will. PayPal only and payment in full before unit ships. Please contact me if you want more information or with questions. Thanks.
Posted Wednesday, 06-May-2015 12:04 PM ET in Notetakers/PDAs     

Free Podcasts And Free Technical Support!

Are you wanting to know more about blindness technology? Do you wish there was an awesome site that gave you nothing but information on blindness technology? Then this add is for you! My really great friend Kevin Andrews and I have been podcasters for over 6 years, and we would like to share our knowledge about assistive technology. We love to train people on blindness technology, so they then can become better at using their equipment. To accomplish this, we provide you with not only podcasts, (all files are in mp3 format), but also free technical support (where you can call us and ask us any technical support question/questions you may have.) We also have a comment line (where you can leave us your feedback), and we have a Zello Channel (where people can talk and give each other tips and tricks on how to become better users of their Assistive technology.) Check out our website for full details! Site link: http://tech-wizard.info/ Below is a little info to get you started. (smily) Once you are on our Home Page, click or press enter on the Podcasts link, and you will find all of our wonderful podcasts! We also have a feed that you can subscribe to! You will find the feed information on our podcasts page. Also play our podcasts on the iBlink Radio app! We hope you find these podcasts enjoyable, as well as very resourceful! Would you like free technicalh support? Do you want to leave us feedback? If so, please call the Technology Wizard Help Desk/Comment Line. We can assist you with Getting started with your Android device. Helping you out with IOS Products, (Including the All New Apple Watch!) is our specialty! We can also assist you if you require assistance with Synking Braille Displays with mobile devices. We also offer assistance with Jaws, with the Mac, and the list goes on and on! Anything we aren't able to help you with, we promise, we will try our best to either find out your answer for you, or we will point you to some helpful resource/resources that can hopefully answer your question. Please note: we are in the Eastern time zone. If you would like to take us up on this wonderful offer, the free technical support/Comment Line number is: 575-742-8613 Thank you very much, and we hope to see you soon!
Posted Monday, 04-May-2015 3:06 PM ET in Services     

Want to read a newsletter by the blind for the blind that is informative and entertaining?

The Blind Perspective newsletter is conducting a Father’s Day contest. You could win one of three Amazon gift cards. For complete details visit our website at http://www.theblindperspective.com While you’re visiting the site you can follow the instructions to subscribe to receive the monthly newsletter for free. Also you can read the current newsletter as well as back issues. Remember to tell all your friends about The Blind Perspective. It truely pays to Be plugged into The BLIND PERSPECTIVE where we aim to keep you entertained and informed!
Posted Monday, 04-May-2015 3:06 PM ET in News     

Mother's Day weekend special free Wall Charger with MP3 player purchase & other specials

Take advantage of our Mother's Day weekend special savings to get that special lady a nice gift she can enjoy! We'll throw in a travel charger for free ($10.99 value) when you order any MP3 Player! This is a very affordable way to play music, audiobooks, podcasts, described TV shows and movies. Give a listen to this audio introduction so you can experience just how accessible our Talking MP3 Players are: http://tinyurl.com/of3usq8 They're currently specially priced at $65.99 for the 4GB Talking Sansa Clip Plus and $85.99 for the 8GB or $89.99 for the 8GB Talking Sansa Clip Zip. Plus this week you'll get a free wall charger with your player purchase! http://www.talkingmp3players.com/Talking-Mp3-Players_c_1.html Here's what our customers had to say about our Talking MP3 Players and customer service: http://tinyurl.com/p89zlz3 All Talking MP3 Players come with earphones, USB cable, free friendly tech support, our audio tutorials, free shipping in the US, greatly discounted quality international shipping, and 1-year limited replacement warranty!http://www.talkingmp3players.com/Talking-Mp3-Players_c_1.html We also have a really basic and easy to use MP3 player that's priced at $19.99 which also comes with a free wall charger this week! You can read about and order it here: http://www.talkingmp3players.com/Pocket-MP3-player_p_39.html Plus, you can get 30% off the Stereo Speaker Case - only $16.99 with batteries included! This is a great sounding stereo speaker zipper case which will hold your player securely while you listen to your favorite jams in this portable carrying case! http://www.talkingmp3players.com/iLuv-Clip-on-Stereo-Case-Speakers_p_21.html Check out our new shopping cart and take advantage of the many savings you'll find there! http://www.talkingmp3players.com/ This special runs through Monday May 4th, so hurry and save big for Mother's Day! Get 6 months to pay with No Interest on orders over $99 when you check out with PayPal and choose PayPal Credit. (subject to credit approval) All prices are in US dollars. We accept major credit cards and PayPal on line, or you can call 727-498-0121 or Skype lazmesa to place your credit card order or have a Paypal payment request sent. Your questions are always welcome.
Posted Thursday, 30-Apr-2015 10:03 PM ET in Portable Devices     

Kustom Cane! Colored Handles-Bluetooth SPeaker Charm-Unique Canes!

^^^New canes and Charms! ^ Coordinate your cane design or sports team themed cane with our colored handles! Colors include: Standard black, pink, orange, and blue! ^ New charms! Standard speaker charm.Smaller than a small egg! Use for listening to music, reading books, talking to friends, or use as a speakerphone for teleconferences! Price: $20 Colors such as pink, red, blue , and green available… ^ Deluxe Bluetooth Speaker Charm! The smallest bluetooth charm you can get! The size of a game dice! Powerful punch for its size! Use to listen to music, talk to friends, read your emails, or as a speakerphone for meetings. Price:$30 Colors available are yellow,blue, and green! Why be plain? Go Kustom Cane! Do you or someone you know use a mobility cane? Do you enjoy style an coordination in your dress? Who doesn’t like to show their team spirit and pride and display their teams logo and colors? Don’t be plain, Go Kustom Cane. How about an inexpensive way to advertise your business or support for a cause? Their is no better conversation starter with your very own one of a kind cane from Kustom cane. Kustom Cane has been in the restyling and customizing industry for over 18 years.Our focus has gone from automotive restyling to cane and mobility products. Our long time experience and commitment to customer satisfaction ensures that you will receive a quality product reasonably priced, customized to your desire.Our vinyl is a high performance 3M grade providing you the best quality on the market.Don’t Go plain! Embrace your cane with your personality-whether it is a folding aluminum, graphite, or telescoping- we got it! What a perfect gift for a friend or family member. Need a cane for church, formals, or special occasions? Check out our other products- The Mobility Bell and Cane Shield Protection for your cane. Do you like charms? Charms- charms- and more charms! From sterling silver accent cane charms to customized and personalized braille charms of all shapes and sizes-you will indeed have a one of a kind cane! Don’t forget about our personalized braille charms for your guide dog AKA furry friend’’s collar or harness! Remember.. Don’t be plain! Go Kustom Cane! See our website at www.Kustomcane.com , That’s k for Kustom and C for Cane.Current promotion is a free charm with all cane purchases! -New cane designs! We call it - The Camo Cane! Camouflauge at it’s finest! Another new Cane! design!!! !! The Chameleon Cane- Changes colors depending on the angle the cane is viewed and the way light reflects off of it!!! Choose from two designs *From green to blue to purple or * from gold to copper to purple Kustom Cane is your one stop cane shop- So don’t be plain! Go Kustom cane! Call us to acquire gift certificates! for friends or family members! What a unique gift! Contact us today at 901-483-1515 or at our website, www.kustomcane.com.”Like” us on Facebook!
Posted Tuesday, 28-Apr-2015 9:53 PM ET in Accessories     

Coming soon - KeySoft 9.5! New Quick Notes feature to quickly write something down

This is the second in a series of weekly introductory videos leading up to the launch of KeySoft 9.5 for the BrailleNote Apex family of products. This Snapshot video demonstrates KeySoft’s new Quick Notes feature, the most effective method to quickly write something down. Read more: http://www.humanware.ca/web/en/Newsletter/2705151450.htm
Posted Tuesday, 28-Apr-2015 5:53 PM ET in Notetakers/PDAs     

Memorial Day Giveaway - free

MEMORIAL DAY GIVE AWAY We at Blind Yoga have decided to give away 5 sets of our popular yoga program, “Beginning Yoga for the Blind and visually Impaired.” All you have to do to enter the free drawing is go to www.blindyoga.net and register with your email, mailing address and phone number. The winners will be chosen at random from the first 50 people who register. We will email the 5 winners on May 26, the day after Memorial Day to let each one know that theirBlind Yoga CD packages are in the mail. Good luck and good YOGA.
Posted Monday, 27-Apr-2015 12:10 PM ET in Health/Personal Care     


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