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Blind Bargains Qast 51: Waterfalls And Accessible Apps
Joe Steinkamp Friday, 12-Feb-2016 6:03 PM ET
This week J.J. and Joe bring you two interviews in one information-filled podcast. First up Joe sits down with BBQ Regulars Shelly and Jamie to talk ATIA. Next, J.J. has a chat with the man behind "CAPTCHA Be Gone", Christopher Toth, who gives us a demo of the new service from Accessible Apps. And if that wasn't enough... we have a tip, "Sound Off" and the odd news with the "Last Word".
Breaking News: Dan Weirich Retires
Before our ATIA coverage, we give a nod to Dan Weirich, who announced his retirement from AI Squared on Thursday. Check that link to learn a bit more about his career and listen to some past interviews we have done with him.
Interview: ATIA 2016 With Shelly Brizbin And Jamie Pauls
BB Qast Regulars, Jamie and Shelly, have returned from their Winter adventures in Orlando where they attended the annual ATIA confrence. Joe sat down with them to discuss what the event was like, what technology they saw and if they found any trends that might provide an AT inspired theme for 2016.
Interview: Christopher Toth of Accessible Apps
Accessible Apps, makers of the Chicken Nugget Twitter client and QRead among othres, is expanding their line of Windows Software with Captcha Be Gone, a subscription service designed to solve those inaccessible image tests that often block blind people from accessing websites. Chris joins J.J. to give a demo of the service and talk about what sets Captcha Be Gone apart from other solutions. Also, he lets us know how one lucky person can win a year of the service. IN addition to the websites, you can find Accessible Apps on Twitter at @accessibleapps.
TIP: Cortana Searches Google
Yes, Bing is Microsoft's search baby, but you can use the Windows 10 built-in voice assistant to search Google. J.J. explains how its done in this week's tip.
This week the comments came directly from emails sent to email@example.com. Here are a few questions from Greg.
We did touch on the money identifier program early on in BBQ's initial run with our debut episode that featured our Top Ten of 2014.
If anyone has an answer to Nathan's questions, send it along to us via Twitter, email or drop it in the comments section below these very show notes. Finally, Carol writes in with an auditory opinion.
Hmm, both J.J. and Joe whish they were as talented as those guys. Sadly, they missed out on that and their looks. Although joe has seen David Bowie in concert twice and remarks that the Starman was taller than his cohost. Unfortunetly, joe saw Don Henley in the 80s and he wasn't sure about his height in order to verify if he could see the singer eye to eye.
Speed, money and food make up the bulk of this week's offerings.
We have a little more than a month to go before the team sets off to the West Coast for CSUN. However we have a bunch of stuff on tap before we head out to San Diego. Over the next few weeks we'll briefly revisit the Xbox One, talk to the Amazon Echo and possibly a surprise or two along the way. Stay tuned!
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Displaying 3 comments.MattFromFlorida Sunday, 14-Feb-2016 11:02 AM ET:
Well. I will commend him for what he is doing to help us have an option for solving captures! This being said: I have to disagree with him on what he is saying is setting him apart from Rumola! To start with Rumola is just as fast and it is cross platform and in fact you can use it on any browser with an internet connection using the bookmark feature. So this makes it easy to use without it being a add on. Also Rumola can be use as add on with certain browsers if you choose to go that way! I prefer the bookmark feature myself. Also the cost ! the cost of his service for the average blind user is out the top of the roof! The cost of 3 bucks month and maybe more is just so un realistic . Yes if you have a business where you could do a tax write off on it possible this might be something to look at! But when you have something like Rumola out there at 99 cent for 50 to 100 captures and it is good for a year. This just makes this not a very good option for most blind users his program CAPTCHA! Especially with most blind users on a very tight budget and possible no job! Now you can still use fire fox and Web Visum with older version of fire fox from version 44 and below as well as the portable version and just stop the updates for Firefox. Especially if all you are doing it for is for solving captures only. It would be different if Fire fox was your main Browser! So while I have to commend him I have to totally disagree with him! JMO! Matt Matt.firstname.lastname@example.org
certdoctor Tuesday, 16-Feb-2016 10:15 AM ET:
Nice job guys as always. Rock on!
Bargain Hound Sunday, 21-Feb-2016 2:34 PM ET:
Hi, guys, great job, as always. Not only have I never had a problem explaining TTS or the screen reader concept to a sighted person, there are also quite a few TV ads featuring Siri or the android equivalent. Here is one hilarious Siri ad. Beth https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2aID6ZRxPjo
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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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