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Multi-Finger Gestures May Be Coming to Android's Accessibility Services



Android is poised to get a whole new set of accessibility commands, if the developer documentation for Android R is any indication. Over 20 new multi-tap gestures are listed, more than doubling the current offerings which largely involved one finger.

Making the most of your Zoom audio, How to sound  close and personal



Join Mike May and Kim Casey of Access Explorer, Erin Lauridsen of the San Francisco Lighthouse and J.J. Meddaugh of A. T. Guys on a Zoom session to compare various audio configurations among the participants. Have you heard others on calls and wondered why they sound so good? Let s find out by comparing audio online. We will edit the recording and provide it after this session so you can hear what you sound like. Kim will provide feedback to those who wish on your video presence.

Gameworld App Pirate Poker Gets standalone version, marking shift in app A11y's model



Pirate Poker, one of the apps in the iOS app Game world, has now been ported into its own app. App A11y, the company behind the original edition, has indicated that this is the first of several apps that are to receive standalone versions in the coming months.

5 Considerations for Running a Virtual National Convention during COVID-19



Today, the National Federation of the Blind announced that this year's national convention, originally held in Houston, will now be held in a virtual format. The American Council of the Blind made a similar decision last week. But what exactly will this mean?

Flattening the Accessibility Curve, a Large-scale Survey Seeking your Input



A coalition of blindness organizations and companies seek your feedback to determine the effects of COVID19 on people who are blind and visually impaired.

Timecrest version 2.9.1 introduces new soundtrack, VoiceOver fixes, new UI, and more



In preparation for Timecrest 3, Sneaky Crabs has released a new version of popular iOS game Timecrest.

GeeksModo: New blog for everything apple



Readers interested in learning more about their Apple devices should take note of GeeksModo an emerging blog covering all things apple.

Find out more about GeeksModo, and its founder Moses Gitari, below.

Aira updates policies after Corona Virus outbreak



Due to the recent physical isolation orders across various countries, Aira has detailed its new policies in the wake of COVID-19.


Deals

Google drive adds touch ID / Face ID to its iOS apps



Google's latest drive update adds the option to secure your files with touch ID or Face ID.

Google home implements device sensitivity



Tired of all your devices responding at once after saying the wake phrase? Google has implemented a new feature to help differentiate which devices in your home are most likely to respond.

Google has begun to roll out a feature to adjust the sensitivity of each device in your home to the wake phrase. This is useful both in noisy environments and in cases where multiple google devices are in the home, and you prefer for one to be more likely to respond.

The feature first began rolling out in late April, and should be available to most devices in the United States by this point.

The setting can be adjusted by ensuring that your google home iOS or Android app is up to date, clicking on the name of your device, going to settings, device settings, hey/okay google sensitivity, adjust the slider to your desired sensitivity (the higher the slider, the more sensitive your device), then back out and repeat for any other devices you wish to edit.

This is a much needed feature that should hopefully cut down on both unintended Google device responses and having to yell at your devices.

Have you tried this feature? How well does it work? Please let us know in the comments.

Audio Wizards goes on sale prior to forthcoming multiplayer update



Audio Wizards, from Finish developer My True Sound goes on sale until March 29.

Mosen Consulting Offers Free Audiobook about the Zoom Meeting Platform



Mosen Consulting is offering a free audiobook for those who use or are interested in the remote meeting capabilities of Zoom.

Six Ages: Ride Like the Wind goes on sale for the holidays



Six Ages, a popular iOS exploration, resource management, and strategy game set against a mythic backdrop of enegmatic gods and legends, is on sale in the iOS App Store.

Get Voice Dream Apps Now In a Huge Holiday Sale



From now to December 28, buy all Voice Dream apps, reader, writer, and scanner, for 50 percent off or more.

Purchase AIRA Minutes and Credits for Yourself or someone else this holiday season with Aira



From now until January 3, Aira credit can now be purchased for yourself or someone else.

Rubik's Tactile Cube for $11.28



Amazon.com has the Rubik's Tactile Cube for $11.28. Shipping is free for Amazon prime members. This accessible version of the Rubik's Cube adds tactile shapes to each of the 6 sides, allowing you to solve the classic toy by touch.


Podcasts

Blind Bargains Qast 209: The 4 Day Week



usually our first "In Studio" episode after convention coverage is the traditional wrap up show where we dissect and discuss a particular event 20 minutes longer than we really should. But, as you already know, these are strange times and we find ourselves amongst the BBQ Crew reflecting on life after CSUN instead of our normal post con conversation. J.J. and Shelly talk about their return travel adventures while Joe remarks what it was like to watch the goings on from home. We do talk some tech this week, however, it is scattered throughout the run time of the show in between tips and musings about what has to be considered for future gatherings within the Blind and Low Vision communities. Sound Off and the Last Word find their way in towards the end of the program. So, we did not deviate too far from the norm. Or at least our version of that.

#CSUNATC20 Audio: Expanding VR And AR Into XR With The Smith-Kettlewell | Eye Research Institute



As J.J. says early on during his interview with Brandon Biggs, Engineer with the Smith-Kettlewell | Eye Research Institute, "There's a lot to unpack here". The pair even commandeered an entire Platinum Ballroom, okay CSUN wasn't using it honest, to talk about indoor navigation and mapping techniques. Tune in, or read the transcript below, to hear how audio games like "A Hero's Call" can pioneer a tested user experience for providing and effective way to perform indoor navigation tasks. Also, hear a demo and learn how the term XR came about for describing hybrid reality experiences. To learn more about this technology, visit the Smith-Kettlewell | Eye Research Institute website

CSUN 2020 coverage is Brought to you by AFB AccessWorld.

For the latest news and accessibility information on mainstream and access technology, Apple, Google, Microsoft, and Amazon offerings, access technology book reviews, and mobile apps, and how they can enhance entertainment, education and employment, log on to AccessWorld, the American Foundation for the Blind's free, monthly, online technology magazine. Visit www.afb.org/aw.

#CSUNATC20 Audio: Patriot Vision Industries Speaks Through Their New Voice EZ



A running theme throughout our CSUN 2020 coverage has been how strange the event has been due to restrictions on travel that were falling into place at the time of these recordings. Some Exhibitors were unable to attend and props to John Palmer, President of Patriot Vision Industries for showing some , of TrySight's products at their table as a friendly gesture. In this interview Shelly gets her hands on the Patriot Pro, mentioned during our ATIA 2020 coverage last month, and she gets a product overview of the newly announced Patriot Voice EZ. To learn more about the products mentioned in this interview, visit the Patriot Vision Industries website

CSUN 2020 coverage is Brought to you by AFB AccessWorld.

For the latest news and accessibility information on mainstream and access technology, Apple, Google, Microsoft, and Amazon offerings, access technology book reviews, and mobile apps, and how they can enhance entertainment, education and employment, log on to AccessWorld, the American Foundation for the Blind's free, monthly, online technology magazine. Visit www.afb.org/aw.

#CSUNATC20 Audio: Practical Design Powers Blindspot Consulting's Accessible Photo Booth



If you do these convention coverage events long enough, well, you end up having some compromising audio and photos being taken of you as a result. Somewhere out there are pictures of Joe with his interview microphone near an odd place on eBot the Robot's chassis. And now the BBQ Crew has a few funny pictures of J.J. thanks to Blindspot Consulting, Inc. and their Accessible Photo Booth. Leah Shaull and Scott Tate walk J.J. through the process of taking the photos while they chat about the company's web remediation, kiosk access design and other services that they provide. Currently the Podcast Team is working out the demands of J.J.'s blackmail and what it would take not to release these photos. But in the meantime, you can find out more on the subject of Blindspot Consulting, by visiting their website

CSUN 2020 coverage is Brought to you by AFB AccessWorld.

For the latest news and accessibility information on mainstream and access technology, Apple, Google, Microsoft, and Amazon offerings, access technology book reviews, and mobile apps, and how they can enhance entertainment, education and employment, log on to AccessWorld, the American Foundation for the Blind's free, monthly, online technology magazine. Visit www.afb.org/aw.

#CSUNATC20 Audio: Smart Glasses Are The Next Step For Envision AI



It has been almost a year since we had Karthik Kannan, Cofounder and Chief Engineer of Envision AI, on the program to talk about pricing plans and the release of the Android version of the app. So, with a new product announcement and pre-order campaign underway, Shelly swung by the booth at the emptier than normal CSUN Exhibit Hall floor to test out the new Envision AI Glasses. The interview covers topics such as why Google Glass v2 was chosen as the first delivery system outside of smartphones, how the company is taking a platform agnostic approach to future versions of the app and the drive to work with others in the A.T. space to adopt more wearable tech approaches. And don't miss Shelly's real time demo using the glasses to read nearby objects and text. To learn more about the Glasses, or the app for iOS and Android, visit the Envision AI website

CSUN 2020 coverage is Brought to you by AFB AccessWorld.

For the latest news and accessibility information on mainstream and access technology, Apple, Google, Microsoft, and Amazon offerings, access technology book reviews, and mobile apps, and how they can enhance entertainment, education and employment, log on to AccessWorld, the American Foundation for the Blind's free, monthly, online technology magazine. Visit www.afb.org/aw.

#CSUNATC20 Audio: Be My Eyes Sees Into The Future



We've been lucky enough to capture the success of the Be My Eyes team on our microphones for years. And while the BBQ doesn't have 6 million volunteers, and 200,000 Blind or Low Vision users, we are happy to record another fantastic milestone in their amazing story. J.J. had Will Butler, VP Community, and Alexander Hauerslev Jensen, CCO, by the scaled down Blind Bargains Suite/Room/Alcove to chat on what's happened since our July 2019 interview in Las Vegas. The trio cover topics such as the new funding announcement from last month, where they believe the Specialized Help Platform can grow in the future and the launch of their secondary "13 Letters" podcast. And keep your ears open, or scan the transcript below, to catch a Blind Bargains Qast exclusive bit of news. You can keep up with all the latest information, or join the community, by visiting the Be My Eyes website

CSUN 2020 coverage is Brought to you by AFB AccessWorld.

For the latest news and accessibility information on mainstream and access technology, Apple, Google, Microsoft, and Amazon offerings, access technology book reviews, and mobile apps, and how they can enhance entertainment, education and employment, log on to AccessWorld, the American Foundation for the Blind's free, monthly, online technology magazine. Visit www.afb.org/aw.

#CSUNATC20 Audio: Magnifying Materials With LVI America's Apple Friendly MacViewer



In July 2019, Joe caught up with Kimberly Cline at her LVI America debut In Las Vegas to talk about her excitement for future Video Magnifier products. And that enthusiasm is echoed by Charlie Collins, Director of Sales, when he speaks to Shelly about the new MacViewer device. The pair talk about the specs of the unit, discuss the new improved toolbar experience before noting that the Video Magnifier is also available for Chrome OS and Pcs as well. If you would like to know more about the products mentioned in this interview, visit the LVI America website

CSUN 2020 coverage is Brought to you by AFB AccessWorld.

For the latest news and accessibility information on mainstream and access technology, Apple, Google, Microsoft, and Amazon offerings, access technology book reviews, and mobile apps, and how they can enhance entertainment, education and employment, log on to AccessWorld, the American Foundation for the Blind's free, monthly, online technology magazine. Visit www.afb.org/aw.

#CSUNATC20 Audio: A Hallside Chat With Troy Otillio Of AIRA



The team at AIRA started off 2020 with the recent news surrounding a change in ownership and the sunsetting of the Horizon product. J.J. caught up with Troy Otillio, CEO of AIRA, outside the Exhibit Hall floor to discuss several topics regarding the service. Listen in, or read the transcript below, as the pair talk about the future of AIRA and answer some of the questions sent into us by our Twitter followers. To stay up to date with the goings on at AIRA, or to sign up for the service, visit the company's website

CSUN 2020 coverage is Brought to you by AFB AccessWorld.

For the latest news and accessibility information on mainstream and access technology, Apple, Google, Microsoft, and Amazon offerings, access technology book reviews, and mobile apps, and how they can enhance entertainment, education and employment, log on to AccessWorld, the American Foundation for the Blind's free, monthly, online technology magazine. Visit www.afb.org/aw.


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Hims BrailleSense Polaris mini W/original box and accessories ($3300)


Unit is in near perfect condition, barely 6 months old, hardly used. Comes with an Australian/NZ AC adapter, however is easily powered from a standard USB wall charger, running at 10 watts (5 vaults at 2 amps). Asking $3300 USD ($5130 AUD)

Portable video/magnifier


Freedom Scientific Portable Video Magnifier-Onyx OCR “Top of the line” Paid $3,695.00 brand new in October 2017. My mom used it for 2 weeks and her life took a different turn. It has been sitting in a closet. Her loss will be your gain. Magnifies up to 131 times. Selected text reads to you. Auto focus. 2 cameras w/13 mgpxls, one for distance and one for closeness, full color TFT display, use w USB and/or aSD card, large icons/fonts, volume control, speed control, digital photo viewer, built in stereo speakers, and more. It is an incredible machine. Make an offer. Sue K.

Hi victor reader trek for 300 dollars.


Hi willing to sell my victor reader. I’ll include case, and charger. I’ve had it for 2 years, and works great. Any questions you can call me or email me. thanks.

celling a perkins brailler for 500 dollars.


Hello all, I am celling a perkins brailler, for 500 dollars. It's in great shape, still has the box and comes with a lot of braille papers. You guys can contact me using the information below.

Sound design and mixing


Hello there. I'm Tyler, a sound designer and mixing engineer. Because of covid19 I haven't been able to score clients. As a result of my failure to do so, I've become extremely bored. I have also thought that it's about time I start working in the blind community as I've only worked with people in my community as far as mixing. As far as sound design, I've worked on a few games that if they hadn't been abandoned would have become popular in the blind community. Unfortunately, they were abandoned for reasons not having to do with me. I can design sounds for games and other programs, as well as sound design for, say an audio drama or podcast. As for music mixing, I'm comfortable in most genres. I can also supply drums if anyone needs that. You can contact me at my email below.

Hi looking for a refreshabraille18 Braille display, or something small.


Hi I’m looking for a small Braille display for my phone. I’m deaf/blind. Thanks.


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