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Blind Bargains Qast 32: This One Goes to Eleven
Joe Steinkamp Wednesday, 16-Sep-2015 3:07 PM ET
Somewhere between the post Apple Event aftermath and the pre Google Event hype lies episode 32. We get back to basics this week with a Listener Submission, a low vision game recommendation and a catchy bit of fluff in the "Last Word". Plus J.J. and Joe have a tip and some Twitter talk in "Sound Off".
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:
And if you didn't catch it last week, we spoke about Apple on the BBQ in episode 31
Thanks to Victor for pointing this one out, Klatt's Last Tapes - History of Speech Synthesis
Demo: Talking Infrared Thermometer Model IRT-1
We love it when we receive audio submissions from listeners. Aaron Spears sent us this informative audio demo of an accessible infrared thermometer. It's available from Brooks Technology
App Recommendation: Doctor Who Legacy
Is it yet another excuse for Joe to shoehorn a Time Lord remark before the show debuts the first episode of Series 9 this Saturday September 19th? probably. However, this low vision friendly app for iOS and Android has two new in app expansions that are worth a look. At the core, Doctor Who Legacy is a "Match 3" puzzle game with a generous helping of TARDIS-covered nostalgia. Below all the mentions of previous Companions, the Doctor's Rogues Gallery and free 100 hours of story driven gameplay lies a deep Puzzler that sports easy-to-see graphics and text. Most menus contain white text on dark backgrounds. Moreover, you can adjust the color-matching gems to be colorblind favorable. The two new additions to DWL are the new "Kids mode" for $3.99 and the more advanced "Sonic Adventures" for $9.99. The new mode for children allows younger players to enjoy a challenge level more suited to their play style. The "Sonic Adventures" opens a whole new chapter in the game's storyline and allows you to equip the Doctor's iconic Sonic Screwdriver to your gem-matching powers. The latest update also allows you to take existing characters to Rank 6 without having to purchase anything. So there is something for those long term players who choose not to purchase the expansions. To learn more about "Doctor Who legacy", visit the game's official site at http://www.tinyrebelgames.com/
Tip: Track that Package
Here are a couple of Listener Comments sent to Joe via Twitter direct message. First up is Wes;
Next is an update on TuneIn from Frank Brown.
We bring this week's show to a close with a line from Siri, a follow up to something J.J. wants to visit and a toe-tapping tweet Joe recently posted.
Has Siri chimed in with something funny for you? Is there a YouTube cover or mash up in your playlist you want to share with us? let us know either in the Comments Section below or email us firstname.lastname@example.org
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Displaying 2 comments.Bargain Hound Saturday, 19-Sep-2015 11:43 AM ET:
This has nothing specifically to do with this show but it is important. I use Cox and now, if you are using your home landline, you no longer have to use your PIN to get your voicemail messages. Thankfully, you do have a choice to go into Settings and turn off this blighted feature. Why wouldn't I want to use my PIN? Are people becoming so lazy that they don't want to remember their PINs and/or don't want to put it into their landlines? Good grief, this is a security issue! Beth
DebeeArmstrong Sunday, 27-Sep-2015 6:27 PM ET:
So yeah, lots of good info you'all provided for Win10, but I want to know; any advantage for a blind guy to upgrade to it?
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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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