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Blind Bargains Qast 13: Super Uber Sensearound Kilt
Joe Steinkamp Thursday, 23-Apr-2015 9:34 PM ET
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".
This episode is brought to you by HIMS, who would like to remind you that "Your needs are our solutions". Check out the E-Bot Video Magnifier, the Blaze EZ reading solution, the new Smart Beetle Braille Display and more by visiting the HIMS website. Or, follow them on Twitter.
In The News:
Audio Demonstration: Mike May and Uber
As we mentioned in the news roundup above, Uber is undergoing some legal scrutiny over Service Animals and ridesharring. The service, however, is very valuable to some Blind and Low Vision users who rely on it for daily commutes to work or to their favored shopping spots. Mike May provides us an overview of what the service is, how the app works with Voiceover and he even gives us a sample ride in this demonstration. We would sincerely like to thank Mike for passing along this audio and we hope that this look into ridesharring services gives those who have never used one some context as to why they are important to our community. Uber's competitor, Lyft, has been used by several of the BBQ team and is very competitive in pricing. Please be aware that Uber and Lyft update their apps often and the audio tour of the app in this portion of our show may not reflect the current experience if you are listening a few weeks after this episode's release.
In a previous episode Joe asked for feedback on how technology has changed people's lives. This email touched our team deeply and we wanted to share it with our listeners.
Thank you very much Aaron for sending that along. And on an iPhone to boot! Pam Francis also sent along some resources on AT History. You can follow her on Twitter Joe notes that Pam is his go to person for info on Google Fiber services by the way.
Lewis sent in his thoughts about Netflix's Daredevil".
Awesome Louis, you and Joe have convinced J.J. to check out the series.
From Twitter, and the @blindbargains account, here are some of our fave tweets.
And from Alex,
That was Karl from the IBTC, who brought his guide dog along for the tour. There is nothing like that sound of a sleepy doggie doing the after nap shake!
This week's pet name for this section, thanks to J.J., is "Easter Leftovers". Like those sales at the store the day after the Bunny has visited your home, Joe thinks these links are pretty sweet.
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Joe Steinkamp is no stranger to the world of technology, having been a user of video magnification and blindness related electronic devices since 1979. Joe has worked in radio, retail management and Vocational Rehabilitation for blind and low vision individuals in Texas. He has been writing about the A.T. Industry for10 years and podcasting about it for nearly 5 years.
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