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Be My Eyes, Audio Game Hub among Google Play Award Nominees for 2018



Google has released their 2018 Google Play award nominees, and once again there is a category which includes accessibility-related apps.

Free FlickType Keyboard App is Now Available on the App Store



After a very public beta, Kpaw has released version 1.0 of FlickType, their free alternative keyboard app for iOS devices.

Great Deals in the Seeing Eye's Online Auction



The 10th Seeing Eye online auction is currently taking place and offers a great way to support a cause while also scoring some potentially great deals on items.

Consumer Alert: Kidde Recalls Defected Smoke Detectors in the United States and Canada



Kidde has issued a recall of nearly 500,000 smoke detectors in the United States and Canada due to a failure to detect smoke. Affected models include PI2010 and PI9010 dual-sensor units purchased between September 2016 and January 2018 and are considered defective if a yellow cap is present on the side of the unit. Consumers should contact Kidde for a replacement and remove and discard the recalled alarm only after their replacement arrives. Click the provided link to learn more and if necessary, have someone examine your units to insure they are not part of the recall.

Review: Your Writer's toolbox - Scrivener for iOS



You've planned your story, you know who all the characters are, what they're going to do, and how that works out for them. Or maybe you've never been down for all this pre-planning stuff, and just want to get right to the business of actually writing your story. Either way, it's time to explore the best accessible apps for writing, beginning with Scrivener for iOS.

AIRA Coming Soon to the UK, Australia, New Zealand



Fresh off the heels of a large presence at CSUN, AIRA has announced they are expanding to new countries this spring.

#CSUNATC18: HIMS Releases a New Smaller Version of the BrailleSense Polaris Notetaker; Special Preorder Price



HIMS has just released a new smaller version of its BrailleSense Polaris notetaker.

#CSUNATC18: Blind Bargains for Android 2.0 App Released with Completely Redesigned Interface



Just in time for CSUN, we are pleased to announce the release of a completely redesigned Blind Bargains app for Android.


Deals

Get $10 Off Purchases $50 or More Sitewide with Code at Rakuten



Rakuten.com offers $10 Off Purchases $50 or More Sitewide with coupon code "GET10". Deal ends April 26. Some Exclusions apply.

Moodowell Bubble Bath Bomb Gift Set for $9.49 [Shipped]



Suyeeson via Amazon offers Prime members the Moodowell Bubble Bath Bomb Gift Set for $18.99. Coupon code "ZVNSBCCN" cuts it to $9.49. With free shipping, that's a savings of $10 off list price. It includes six 3.5-oz bombs. Deal ends April 25.

Spring Black Friday! Up to 70percent off Thousands of Amazing Products at Overstock



Overstock.com offers a Spring Black Friday event! Up to 70percent off Thousands of Amazing Products. No coupon codes are needed, just click the provided link and start saving. Deal ends May 4.

Shop the greatest guitar sale on earth! It's a Guitar-A-Thon at Guitar Center



Guitar Center offers the greatest guitar sale on earth. Their Guitar-A-Thon is now in progress! Several items on sale and supplies are limited. Click the provided link to get started. Deal ends May 10.

Better Homes and Gardens Azalea Ridge Porch Rocking Chair for $99.99 [Shipped]



Walmart offers the Better Homes and Gardens Azalea Ridge Porch Rocking Chair in several colors for $99.99 with free shipping. That's the lowest price we could find by $21.

Moodowell Bubble Bath Bomb Gift Set for $9.49 [Shipped]



Suyeeson via Amazon offers Prime members the Moodowell Bubble Bath Bomb Gift Set for $18.99. Coupon code "ZVNSBCCN" cuts it to $9.49. With free shipping, that's a savings of $10 off list price. It includes six 3.5-oz bombs. Deal ends April 25.

Refurbished, Unlocked Apple iPhone 6s 128GB 4G LTE GSM Smartphone for $229.99 [Shipped]



Buy Spry via eBay offers the refurbished Unlocked Apple iPhone 6s 128GB 4G LTE GSM Smartphone in several colors for $229.99 with free shipping. That's the best price we've seen. (It's a current low for a refurb by $25.)

Student Deal: Apple MacBook Air 13 Inch Laptop for $649.99 [Shipped]



For qualifying college students only, Best Buy offers the 3-lb. Apple MacBook Air Intel Broadwell Core i5 1.8GHz 13.3" Laptop
for $699.99. Click the provided link and enter a valid .edu email address to receive a unique coupon code that cuts the price to $649.99. With free shipping, that's the lowest price we've seen. (It's the best deal by $212.) Features include: Intel Core i5-5350U 1.8GHz Broadwell dual-core processor, 13.3" 1440x900 LED-backlit LCD, 8GB RAM, 128GB SSD, 720p FaceTime camera, Thunderbolt 2 and Mac OS 10.12 Sierra.


Podcasts

Blind Bargains Qast 141: 14 Taps And 2 Tips



Episode 140 contained an interview about math. so, it seemed only fair that BBQ 141 balanced the scales with a discussion about words. Okay, typing words with FlickType. There are also not one, but two, handy tips this week. "Last Word" features one of the normal subjects you have become accustomed to expecting at the end of the show.

Blind Bargains Qast 140: Perky Duck Marble Slides



Our first show back in the various studios around the U.S. and we even have a guest joining us for the whole episode. Steve Clower of Desmos joins us to talk about Screen Reader friendly math, equations, graphs and more. He even throws in a tip as well. "Sound Off" and the "Last Word" are back after a long absence during our CSUN audio adventures. So plot the X and the Y as the BBQ Crew has returned.

Blind Bargains Qast 139: The Almost Live #CSUNATC18 Wrap-up Show, the Devil's Triangle



And now the podcast you've been waiting for. For the first time ever, we recorded our CSUN wrap-up show live from the Blind Bargains suite in San Diego. Join Shelly Brisbin, Ricky Enger, Chancey Fleet, Joe Steinkamp, and J.J. Meddaugh as they discuss the conference happenings in rapid-fire. We cover it all in just more than an hour, no really we move fast. Braille, wearables, entertainment, and much more.

#CSUNATC18 Audio: A New NVDA Add-on Can Describe Website Images, Plus Accessible Approaching Buses



DescribeIt is an NVDA add-on which uses Microsoft's Computer Vision API to identify graphics on web pages. J.J. speaks with Manshul Belani, Project Associate for the Indian Institute of Technology who explains how the add-on works as well as a system for identifying busses being tested in India.
Blind Bargains audio coverage of CSUN 2018 is generously sponsored by the American Foundation for the Blind.

#CSUNATC18 Audio: A New ViewPoint in Wearables from Patriot Vision



The Patriot ViewPoint is a new wearable that is ideal for people with macular degeneration. To learn more, Shelly speaks with John Palmer, CEO of Patriot Vision in this podcast.
Blind Bargains audio coverage of CSUN 2018 is generously sponsored by the American Foundation for the Blind.

#CSUNATC18 Audio: The Brailliant 14 from Humanware is Now Available



It's been a long road to get to this point, but Humanware is ready to ship their new and powerful 14-cell braille display. Joe speaks with Humanware's Andrew Flatters to learn about the 14-cell Brailliant BI along with the latest updates to the BrailleNote Touch in this podcast.
Blind Bargains audio coverage of CSUN 2018 is generously sponsored by the American Foundation for the Blind.

#CSUNATC18 Audio: A new Gesture-based Keyboard for your iPhone from Qwertyfree



5-key Shift is a gesture-based keyboard for iOS which can be used to type letters, numbers, and even emojis using simple swipe gestures. Joe speaks with Peter Tooch, CEO of Qwertyfree to learn how this keyboard works and why he thinks it could be a useful tool for blind users.
Blind Bargains audio coverage of CSUN 2018 is generously sponsored by the American Foundation for the Blind.

#CSUNATC18 Audio: OCR Comes to the Small Screen on the Optelec Compact 6



The Compact 6 from Optelec is a 6-inch video magnifier which also includes full-page reading and OCR capabilities. Shelly speaks with VFO's Northeast Sales Director Bill Kilroy to learn more about this and other recent magnifiers from the company in this podcast.
Blind Bargains audio coverage of CSUN 2018 is generously sponsored by the American Foundation for the Blind.


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Focus blue 40 cell $1300 and 80 cell $5000


Hello, Thanks for stopping by to look at my ad. I have for cell 2 new devices. 1. Focus blue 40 cell 4th gen. with execuative products case and soft case. The braille cells and input key board is in prestine condition. This can be used with Jaws, nvda, apple products and android products. It does have Bluetooth capabilities. It will come with all cables and braille manual. The focus blue 80 cell comes with the soft case and all cables and manual in braille. This also has all same functionality that the 40 cell has above. No wheels has the rocket bars. I am asking $5000 for this item. All shipping would be added to the cost. I will accept pay pal an cell payments. You can reach me at the contact info below.

Braille displays and notetakers for sale!


I have several braille displays/notetakers for sale. All of these units are in perfect working and cosmetic condition. First, I have a braille edge40 for $1000. Second, I have a braille sense u2 with perkins keyboard for $1000. Third, I have a focus40 4th generation for $1000.

Braille Edge for $1000, Braille Note Apex 32 for $1200, or best offer, both negotiable.


I have these two devices in excellent condition. the Apex comes with an Executive Products case and three small SD cards. the Braille Edge comes with a protective case, but one which does not allow for use over the shoulders while the unit is inside. I would like to sell these units, so make offers.

Daily deal:HD8 Talking Fire tablet + free OTG Cable, Talking Book readers, GPS, Mp3 Player


Tablets, Phones & More! The savings continue as well as our great fast and friendly service! Save money while receiving top-notch customer service. Special Daily Deal: Get a Free OTG Cable ($10 value) which allows you to connect a USB keyboard or thumb drive to your tablet, with your order of the brand new 2017 accessible Fire HD8 tablet for $85.99! It plays in Dolby Stereo. It has a 12 hour battery, and 16GB of storage with a microSD card slot that takes up to 200 GB. The display is HD if you're purchasing for a sighted person. We turn the screen reader on and install the Google Play Store so you have many more apps available for use: http://www.talkingmp3players.com/Daily-Deals_ep_49-1.html We also have the brand new 2017 7-inch and 10 inch Fire Tablets available on which we've turned the screen reader on and installed the Google Play Store as well so you have the choice Of Amazon or Android apps! http://www.talkingmp3players.com/Talking-Tablets_c_36.html Protect your Fire tablet with one of these awesome cases which doubles as a stand and have a sleep/wake feature when you open and close the case. Available in the combo boxes found below the tablet on its own page or from here: http://www.talkingmp3players.com/Cases_c_37.html Note: You can connect a regular USB keyboard or a thumb drive to these tablets with the use of an OTG cable (see link below) or pair a Bluetooth keyboard with it to make typing easier or for those who haven't fully mastered the use of a touch screen yet. http://www.talkingmp3players.com/OTG-On-The-Go-cable_p_96.html For a limited time only, we have Brand New Sansa Clip Zip 4GB Talking Mp3 Players for only $109.99: http://www.talkingmp3players.com/Talking-Mp3-Players_c_1.html Get the introduction to the Talking MP3 Players at the below link. Press enter on the link then search for the word download and save the file normally. https://my.pcloud.com/publink/show?code=XZcvzGZ5PHsEb5dec5rWatGSGVRpyffUooV Both the 2nd gen Victor Reader Stream and Trek come with 8GB SD cards, earphones, wall chargers, long & short cables, and silicone protective cases. The Trek also comes with a lanyard. We don't charge you for shipping in the uS and we only have to charge tax in the state of Florida! Your order will go out the very next business day! Save over $120 off the new Victor Reader Trek Book reader & GPS with Bluetooth capability! A limited number of Victor Reader Treks are now in stock so get yours now at the lower $579.99 price! Humanware has now raised the price to $699.99 plus shipping and tax so order it from us instead and save big! http://www.talkingmp3players.com/Victor-Reader-Trek-Talking-Book-Reader-GPS_p_116.html We have the Brand New 2nd generation Victor Reader Stream for just $349.99! Save on the shipping and tax when you order from us! You can read about and order it from: http://www.talkingmp3players.com/Victor-Stream-2nd-Generation_p_78.html 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) Protect your electronic devices such as the above mentioned ones with one of these new magnetic cables! As some of you are aware one of the weakest parts of electronic devices which is most susceptible to damage is the charging port. Well, we now have a great solution to keep this from happening! It's a magnetic microUSB cable! Think of a regular USB cable, on one end is the plug you connect to your computer's USB port or into a wall charger. The other end has the microUSB plug that goes into the device's charging port. That plug which goes into the device connects to the rest of the USB cable magnetically so when done charging one just removes the cable part while leaving the small plug inserted inside your electronic device. No more stress put on that charging port as you never have to remove it or reinsert it ever again! If you didn't know it was there you wouldn't know about it as it sticks out just a tiny little bit. It can be used with any electronic device using a microUSB connection such as the 2nd gen Stream, Trek, Clip zip, tablets, Android smart phones, Samsung Haven/Gusto 3 or any other device with a microUSB charging port! We have them in three feet $13.99 and five feet $15.99 so choose the size you want in the combo box: http://www.talkingmp3players.com/Cables-and-Charging-Accessories_c_13.html Our new portable MP3 player AM/FM radio with built in front-facing mono speaker plays MP3/WAV files from either a thumb drive or a microSD card! It's totally accessible for the blind as it's all button operated. It does have a display but it's not menu driven. One can listen to AM or FM stations or to MP3/WAV files! Jump to specific tracks or radio stations by entering the track number or the frequency! It has a user replaceable rechargeable lithium battery! For those who have some sight it also has an LED flashlight! It has a line-in jack so you can play your other devices through its speaker! It includes a wrist lanyard and detachable belt clip. I've been playing with it and am totally impressed with its features and the volume you can get out of it! One can also listen in stereo with headphones if preferred. Perfect for listening to music and audio books in MP3 or WAV; it remembers where you left off listening! It's just a bit larger than a Victor Reader Stream or Trek but packs a much stronger punch! Affordably priced at just $29.99! http://www.talkingmp3players.com/MP3-AMFM-radio-player_p_39.html MicroSD and SD cards at special discounts for your MP3 players, book readers, phones, tablets and other devices. Get large capacity microSD cards ready for use on your favorite devices and for your enjoyment we also include some OTR shows on the cards higher than 32GB! New item 200GB microSD cardfor $89.99, 128GB microSD & SD card for just $59.99, 64GB card for only $35.99, 32GB for $19.99 & 16GB for $10.99 and other deals you can check out here: http://www.talkingmp3players.com/Micro-SD-cards_c_14.html We have all of our cables and charging accessories at 20% off: http://www.talkingmp3players.com/Cables-and-Charging-Accessories_c_13.html Bluetooth devices to enable your Book Players and other devices to use Bluetooth plus accessories on special! If you purchase these items when you place an order for any of our players or Tablets-these devices will be discounted even further-just use the combo box below the product! Plus with all our Bluetooth items you get instructions from a blind perspective emailed to you directly! This one is being phased out shortly. We have the Miccus long range Home RTX Bluetooth Transmitter/Receiver, up to 150 feet, one of my favorites and which I use to stream from my office to the rest of the house, on sale for $49.99! http://www.talkingmp3players.com/Miccus-Home-RTX-Bluetooth-TransmitterReceiver_p_16.html And it's successor the Miccus Home RTX 2.0 Long Range Bluetooth Transmitter/Receiver, up to 160 feet, for just $59.99! http://www.talkingmp3players.com/Miccus-Home-RTX-20-Long-Range-Bluetooth-TransmitterReceiver-_p_120.html We have the Portable Water Resistant Bluetooth Mini Shower mono speaker this week for just $19.99. http://www.talkingmp3players.com/Water-Resistant-Mono-Bluetooth-Mini-Shower-Speaker_p_22.html We have Talking brand-new Samsung Gusto 3 Phones on sale for just $59.99. These are great easy to use accessible push button flip phones. It works like the Samsung Haven with improvements such as ability to change the speed of the voice, Bluetooth capability, longer batterylife and more, For use in the US on Selectel Wireless only (see the plans below): http://www.talkingmp3players.com/Samsung-Gusto-3_p_80.html Just $30 for unlimited talk and texts! Check out the Selectel phone plans for use with the above phone: http://www.talkingmp3players.com/Selectel-Phone-Plans_ep_53-1.html If you want to use the Samsung Gusto 3 on Verizon get the Verizon Wireless Postpaid Version for just $65.99: http://www.talkingmp3players.com/Samsung-Gusto-3-for-Verizon-Wireless_p_121.html 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 PaypalMe link sent. This sale lasts through Thursday April 26th so don't wait to place your order. Your questions are always welcome.

Discovering Terrific TV Content for Less — Cutting The cord with Blindness or Low vision


Are you tired of paying exorbitant prices for cable channels that you never use? Do you desire an easier, more accessible way to enjoy your favorite shows and movies? Or perhaps you aren’t a big TV watcher, but are curious about how you can experience great content affordably and accessibly? Mystic Access is excited to offer our three-week virtual event, Discovering Terrific TV Content for Less — Cutting the Cord with Blindness or Low Vision. If you’re ready to kill the cable bill once and for all, or are just eager to know what options are available, this teleconference series may be just what you’ve been waiting for. In the last few years, many new and exciting options have emerged to help everyone enjoy their favorite content more easily and affordably than ever. The best news? Most of these options are highly accessible for blind and low vision users, too. In this event series, we’ll be sharing a number of options to fit your lifestyle and budget and putting them through their paces so that you can discover how they may work for you. What will be covered in this event? Here’s a basic outline of what we’ll be discussing. Week One • Blindness and TV watching. How does that work? • What is cord cutting? • Available options for cutting the cord. • What is over the top, anyway? • How accessible is all this stuff? • Apps for streaming favorite shows and movies. Week Two • Overview of set top boxes and how they work. • They’re not just for TV / movie watching… we’ll demonstrate this. • Apple TV • Amazon Fire Stick or Fire TV • Roku Week Three • Over the top services. We’ll demo and share our experiences using these on various platforms, including apps and set top boxes. • Directv Now • Hulu Live • Play Station VU • Sling TV • Youtube TV When is the event? The event will be conducted on three consecutive Tuesday evenings beginning April 24, 2018. The second session of the event is on May 1, and the final session is on May 8. All event sessions begin at 8:30 PM eastern time. You may attend the event via the Zoom client for PC or Mac, or using the Zoom app for iOS, Fire OS or android. You may also call in via phone. Each session will run approximately ninety minutes, and we will leave plenty of time for your questions. What if I have to miss a session of the event? All sessions will be recorded and sent to participants. If you can’t attend one or more event sessions live, or the time or day doesn’t work for you, you’ll receive the session recordings shortly after each session. Who teaches the event? Chris Grabowski and Kim Loftis will be your primary event presenters. Each is a totally blind assistive technology user, and they both love sharing tips and tricks to make enjoying your favorite content a fun and efficient experience. Oh, and both are happily living without traditional cable.

Selling ElBraille 14 for $2,000, or best reasonable offer


I am selling a barely-used ElBraille 14 for $2,000, or best reasonable offer. The unit comes with the docking station, and Focus 14 Blue display. Upon receipt, it will be running JAWS 2018 in 40-minute mode. The purchaser would need to authorize JAWS with their personal key. The ElBraille is running the latest version of Windows 10, as well as the Microsoft Office suite. This machine is meant more for web browsing, checking email, using social media, media consumption, etc., as opposed to heavy multitasking. It offers the functionality of a Windows computer as well as the ability to jot quick text notes, or record quick audio notes with the press of a buttinn. battery life is quite impressive. I can easily get a few days out of this before needing to charge it. It should be noted that the Focus 14 Blue can also be paired with a mobile device. It is possible to switch between the ElBraille and any second pairing without needing to separate the Focus. Should you need to use the display completely separate from the ElBraille, though, it can be done. PayPal is accepted at: Shanda604@gmail.com. Thanks very much!


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