Europe's largest airport now also has the distinction of being the first Aira access location outside the United States. Blind and visually impaired passengers traveling through Heathrow can now download the free aira app and receive real-time assistance from a trained agent to go through security, find gates, restaurants, rest rooms, and receive real-time updates on changes to their flights.
Dystopia, an accessible Reddit app created by a 17-year old high schooler from Colorado, has recently entered beta and is looking for testers.
Instagram has recently become more accessible for the visually impaired with the addition of two new types of caption for its image service.
Google is seeking feedback from accessibility developers regarding their workflow, experience with command line interfaces and browser-based developer tools.
An online auction to raise money for the popular Seedlings Braille Books for Children is ending soon.
AIRA is restructuring its plans including discontinuing its unlimited plan and adding a new option for under 30 bucks a month.
AmazonBasics just released a 700 watt Alexa-enabled microwave with some cool features. It looks like GE is also getting in the voice-controlled microwaves with their GE JES1097SMSS Smart Countertop Microwave Oven.
This GE microwave features Alexa for voice control (Alexa devices sold separately). Speak directly to Alexa to achieve the ultimate in kitchen convenience to cook, defrost or reheat. Scan-to-cook technology takes the guesswork out of frozen food instructions. Cook with the right settings with the GE appliances kitchen app. Just scanthe barcode and the microwave is correctly programmed to the right power level and cooking time, making your food turn out just as the manufacturer intended. Seven pre-programmed sensor menu beverage, dinner plate, pizza, popcorn, potato, reheat and vegetable. Stainless Steel exterior. Unit measures 11 h x 19 w x 14 d (h x w x d) inchs. 900 watts with 10 power settings, clock and kitchen timer. the barcode and the microwave is correctly programmed to the right power level and cooking time, making your food turn out just as the manufacturer intended. Seven pre-programmed sensor menu beverage, dinner plate, pizza, popcorn, potato, reheat and vegetable. Stainless Steel exterior. Unit measures 11 h x 19 w x 14 d (h x w x d) inchs. 900 watts with 10 power settings, clock and kitchen timer.
Amazon now has the GE JES1097SMSS Smart Countertop Microwave Oven, Works with Alexa, for $139.99 with free shipping.
Alexa is getting smarter, and now she can microwave. The AmazonBasics Microwave simplifies cooking by letting you microwave using your voice and an Echo device. Just say, Alexa, reheat one cup of coffee, and Alexa will start reheating with the appropriate power and time settings. Quick-cook presets mean there s no need to guess cook times or heat levels when you re defrosting peas or microwaving a potato. There's even an Ask Alexa button right on the microwave. When pressed, there s no need to say Alexa or microwave. To start cooking, use your voice or just press the Ask Alexa button and say your cook time.The button will instantly wake up your paired Echo, just like saying Alexa does. For example, press the Ask Alexa button and say, 2 minutes, or frozen vegetables. The button will instantly wake up your paired Echo, just like saying Alexa does. For example, press the Ask Alexa button and say, 2 minutes, or frozen vegetables.
Auto Popcorn Replenishment can automatically reorder popcorn when you run low, enabled by Amazon Dash Replenishment technology.
Additional features include: 700 Watts of power, 10 power levels, a kitchen timer, a child lock, and a turntable. Alexa is always getting smarter and adding new presets. The unit measures 17.3 x 14.1 x 10.1 (439 mm x 358 mm x 256 mm).
Amazon now offers the Alexa Enabled AmazonBasics Microwave for an introductory price of $59.99 with free shipping. A payment plan is offered for $12.00 a month. The item will ship on November 18.
NOTE: To use the voice control features and quick-cook presets, the AmazonBasics Microwave must be paired with an Echo device (not included).
Amazon discounts a selection of items during its 12 Days of Deals Event. Plus, Prime members receive free shipping on all orders. (Non-members can spend $35 or more to qualify for free shipping.) Each day of the sale will feature a different theme, with new items being continuously added throughout the day. Deal ends December 14.
Domain HHH via Amazon offers the Zamkol Portable Bluetooth Speaker for $49.99. Clip the 10% off coupon and apply coupon code "P27SKESB" to cut the price to $24.99. With free shipping, that's the lowest price we could find by $35. It features two 12-watt drivers and a built-in mic. Deal ends December 12.
E-Bour via Amazon offers the Homfu 30-Liter Folding Backpack in Black or Purple for $22.99. Coupon code "BAGHOMFU" drops it to $13.79. With free shipping, that's $9 off and the lowest price we could find. This waterproof backpack features exterior pockets and adjustable shoulder straps. Deal ends December 31.
Kamal Store via Amazon offers the Kindaiyi Wireless Bluetooth Headset in Black for $19.89. Coupon code "QKMLDYVN" cuts that to $15.91. With free shipping, that's $4 off and the lowest price we could find. It features up to 20 hours of talk-time per charge, and includes three sizes of ear tip. Deal ends January 31.
ThinkGeek offers the Star Trek Captain's Tea Set for $59.99 plus shipping. The set includes a teapot and lid, creamer, sugar bowl and lid, 2 teacups, and 2 saucers so you can pick your favorite crew member to relax with. The teapot features the United Federation of Planets logo, and the cups, creamer, and sugar bowl all feature the Starfleet Command logo. It'll remind you to constantly search out the truth. And also the last of the supply of Earl Grey.
Amazon Warehouse Deals takes an extra 20% off select open-box, used, and closeout items. (Discount applies at final checkout.) Plus, Prime members receive free shipping. Items include office supplies, computer accessories, luggage, home security, phone accessories, baby items, and automotive parts.
Walmart offers the Apple iPhone 6 32GB Prepaid Smartphone for Straight Talk in Gold or Grey for $99 with free shipping. (Straight Talk match this price; it should appear on the home page but you can also search "iPhone 6 Gray 32GB".) That's the lowest price we've seen for an iPhone 6 in any condition. (It's the best deal now for any carrier by $41.)
BFull via Amazon offers its BFull Queen Air Mattress in Blue or Creamy White for $85.99. Coupon code "IW7A5YIC" cuts it to $49.86. With free shipping, that's a savings of $36 off list price. Features include: Built-in electric pump, inflates in 3-5 minutes and inflated dimensions of 80" x 60" x 18".
We re back in the studio proper and we even have some news on hand despite it being the last month of the year. Joe follows up last week s TV tips with a demo of his new sound bar. The Last Word is food-related and Sound Off asks a question about BBQ history. Hide your nose from old Jack Frost and settle down with us for a warm winter s episode of the Qast.
We re a little light on news this week and we decided to pivot over to doing some demos of stuff we have on hand. Hear Joe talk about talking TVs, and J.J. jumps in with a look at an entertainment device. Don t worry as both have speech on board and there are several wild audio clips to keep things interesting.
Welcome to our 4th annual Blind Bargains Holiday Shopping Guide. This year, we've brought the deals straight to your audio feed. Sit back and relax as some of your favorite merchants, or perhaps some that are new to you, tell you about their latest products and services as well as some holiday deals. We'd like to sincerely thank all of the companies who were apart of this show. Below you'll find information about each company in the order they appear in the show.
Be sure to stay with Blind Bargains for lots of deals from Black Friday to Cyber Monday and beyond. We hope you have a safe and fulfilling Thanksgiving and we'll be back to our normal? format next week.
Greg Stilson Returns but not as a co-host. No, he s here to answer questions about AIRA and its newly announced plans. We also have a timely musical story in the Last Word , a seasonal shopping tip and more in episode 164. The one before Black Friday .
It used to be that the latter part of the year meant a slower news cycle for a little program like ours. That trend seemed to disappear in 2016 and it looks like it has no sign of stopping as this week's news section makes up the bulk of this episode's runtime. A great interview with Sam Latif of Procter & Gamble, a listener-submitted tip and the stylish "Last Word" help round out a show where all three of us were under the weather to some extent.
Those rumors of Apple holding another hardware event were true as the company pulled back the curtain on new iPads, a Mac mini refresh and a beefier MacBook Air. BBQ Crew Regular Shelly Brisbin
Is back to discuss the latest in MacLand. She joins J.J and Joe in deciphering what features stand out the most amongst the now multiple offerings in the Apple product catalog. Joe and Shelly even get a chance to give their takes on newly purchased Apple hardware featured from the previously covered September event
Autumn brings about a change in the weather, the leaves find their seasonal colors and the smell of nutmeg is everywhere thanks to the craze that has Pumpkin Spice in all things from coffee to breakfast cereals. With J.J. traveling this week, Joe ran his fingers across the BBQ Rolodex for a guest host and landed on a familiar voice that just so happened to have some big news to discuss. A listener-submitted tip a musical Last Word and Sound Off round out this episode in what we self-mockingly call a "traditionally formatted" show.
The Google hardware event is now over, and the BBQ Crew takes almost as long as the event itself to discuss the important bits. Access Ana
Aids J.J. and Joe in the unpacking of all the news from the event. She also provides her thoughts on the new Voice Access app
And the Tick Watch
Running Ware OS. We additionally want to thank all 156 of our listeners who took our short survey. Congratulations to Ron McEwen for being the lucky person to win the Google Home Mini giveaway.
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