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It's Back: WebAIM's Screen Reader Survey Number 8 Can Help Shape Industry Best Practices



Perhaps the most important access technology survey is back for another round, allowing screen reader users from across the world to sound off.

Google Pixel Users can Now Toggle TalkBack by Voice



Google has added an additional way to turn on TalkBack, at least for Pixel devices.

Two August JAWS Updates Fix Slack, Skype, Windows 10 Start Menu Bugs



Two JAWS updates have been released this month by Freedom Scientific, fixing a variety of bugs with Skype, Slack, Outlook and other applications.

Lego Providing Accessible Instructions for Some of its Sets



A new pilot experience has been launched to offer accessible versions of instructions for Lego bricks and sets.

Breaking: AIRA now free for calls of Five Minutes or Less



AIRA has announced that calls of five minutes or less on its service will now be free.

The Updated Guide to Getting Free Food, Rides, Groceries, and More at #NFB19



If you're headed to the NFB convention in Las Vegas, there are a growing number of services which can help make your busy convention just a bit less busy and more affordable. From rides and food to groceries and massages, one or many of the below services may help you.

TapTapSee Creators Announce Next Generation of On-device Image Recognition; Detailed Descriptions in a Quarter



A new image recognition service from the Makers of TapTapSee may be coming to your smartphone soon, but this one is a bit different.

Ready to roll Version 2.0 released, bringing app redesign, new sound customisation options, fate dice



Ready to Roll, an app by Blind Sparrow Interactive, which allows blind and visually impaired people to roll dice quickly and ifficiently, has just received its first major update.


Deals

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.

#NFB19: Get a Shipt Grocery Delivery Membership for $49 a Year and Avoid Pesky Minibar Charges



We're big fans of Shipt, the grocery delivery service which is now available in most of the country. Now, you can get an annual membership for over half off, or just $49 by using this link.

Buy 1 Month of the Aira Intro Plan for $29, Get 3 Months Free; New Users Only



Remote assistance app Aira is offering 3 months of service for free on the Intro plan when purchasing the first month.

Planters nuts On Sale at Amazon



Amazon takes 20% off select Planters nuts via this clippable coupon. Even better, get an extra 5% off when you order via Subscribe & Save. Plus, these orders receive free shipping.

Papa John's Large 1-Topping Pizza for Free for Sprint customers



For Sprint customers only, Sprint offers a Papa John's Large 1-Topping Pizza for free when you download the My Sprint Rewards app for iOS or Android. (It's free to download and join. A promo code for the pizza will appear as a reward after you have downloaded and verified the app.) That's a savings of around $17 and a rare freebie from Papa John's.

20-Sachet Package Zest Tea High Caffeine Blend for $9.71 [Shipped]



Amazon offers the Zest Tea High Caffeine Blend 20-Sachet Package in several flavors for $9.71 with free shipping via the steps below. That's the lowest price we could find by $4. It purports to have as much caffeine as coffee. To get this deal: 1. Click the provided link. 2. Clip the 20% off coupon on the product page. 3. Order via Subscribe & Save for a final price of $9.71. Note: Be sure to cancel Subscribe & Save after your item arrives to avoid being billed for future shipments.

24-Pack RXBar Real Food 1.83-oz. Protein Bars for $31 [Shipped]



Amazon offers the RXBar Real Food 1.83-oz. Protein Bar 24-Pack in Peanut Butter for $41.34. Clip the on-page coupon and check out via Subscribe & Save to cut the price to $31. With free shipping, that's $10 less than you'd pay in local stores. Each bar contains 12g of protein. Note: Be sure to cancel your subscription after your order arrives to avoid being billed for subsequent shipments.

20-Pack Schick Xtreme3 Disposable Razors for $12.99 [Shipped]



Closeout Center via eBay offers the Schick Xtreme3 Disposables Razors 20-Pack in Refresh Scent for $12.99 with free shipping. That's the lowest price we could find by $11. Each razor features dual comfort strips, a rubber handle, and lubrication for a burn-free shave.


Podcasts

Blind Bargains Qast 191: Slofies Access For All



Everyone knows the drill by now. Apple does a big event in September, new iPhones are announced, and tech podcasters gather together to talk about what the company did or didn't do with their new shiny iThings. Do three little letters mean a better iPhone? Is it time to upgrade or buy an Apple Watch? The Shelly Brisbin joins the BBQ Crew who goes over the event in their own way that you have come to expect some five years running.

Blind Bargains Qast 190: Alexa's Glass Cube



We're gearing up for the big Apple event on September 10th which undoubtedly will contain lots of hardware, software and TV announcements.
The need for greater focus on all things Apple park has placed the BBQ Crew into "Research Mode" as a result of this impending Innovation presentation. It also means it provides us a great opportunity to trot out the "Features" format for this episode. Join us as J.J. deep dives into Voice View, David Ward returns with a look at the Guard Mode for Echo and Joe missed the memo about Amazon things but shows off his spiffy new USB C dock. Fire, Echoes and a cube await you on BBQ 190.

Blind Bargains Qast 189: Cracked And Sliced



The BBQ Crew returns with news, an interview and that gut-wrenching "Last Word" just like the good 'ol' days of yore. In other words, we've run out of summer convention coverage and now it is back to work. Tune in to hear Greg Stilson speak about the free AIRA plan and we think this week's tip will help you live your life online to the max. Fire up the grill and BBQ with BBQ 189.

Blind Bargains Qast 188: Use The Stylus



You could probably tell that we have been enjoying our summer break a little too well with this being a convention wrap up show in August instead of July. You may even detect a little podcast rust coming off J.J., Joe and Lisa Salinger during this recording. And you might even think that you have heard all we had to say about the NFB and ACB conventions from the coverage we have already uploaded. Yet, believe it or not, this isn't a typical rundown of our earlier interview s kind of episode. Tune in to hear stories and information not covered from the exhibit hall floors in this "better late than never" convention wrap up show.

#Sponsored Convention Audio: APH Creates A Fun Pathway To STEM With Code Jumper



In March, at CSUN19, APH was noted as being one of our big stories in our wrap up of the event. Code Jumper leaped into the spotlight at that show and people noticed the device's unique way of making the process of learning STEM subjects more enjoyable to different skill levels and age groups. Joe Strechay, Consultant, and Michelle Cundiff, Education and Outreach Specialist for APH, sat down with our own Joe to discuss the exciting news that has emerged since March. Tune in to hear how the Microsoft Education Community will aid in the creation of plans, achievements and goals related to Code Jumper. Michelle also previews some ideas for modules, materials and possible STEM Camps that Educators can use alongside Code Jumper. If you would like to know more about Code Jumper and the importance of coding in education, and To hear the units in action, listen in to our CSUN demonstration with J.J. and Dave Wilkinson. Also, check out our interview about how partnerships will play a role in APH's future moving forward. And you can always find the latest news about products and services from APH by visiting their website

Sponsor: American Printing House For The Blind

APH designs innovative learning solutions for people who are blind or visually impaired. They believe in the power of breaking down barriers and creating a future that belongs to everyone. Visit APH on the web to learn more about their products and services.

#NFB19 Audio: Humanware Flips The Card To Reveal Updates For Keysoft And Victor Reader Trek



The beginning of 2019 found Humanware launching the newest member of the Braille Note family in the form of the upgraded Braille Note Touch Plus. Joe caught up with Andrew Flatres, Braille Product Manager, on the NFB Exhibit Hall floor to talk about customer feedback and how that was impacting the upcoming firmware update for the new notetaker. The duo also discuss a few features rolling out for Braille Displays, deciding which product might fit someone best and how both are avoiding the Las Vegas Casinos.

As noted in the interview, there was some additional news coming from the Victor Reader Trek talks held later that day. Here is Robert Panetta , Product Manager for the Victor Readers, who sent along this information via email to us.

"Much of the focus this year has been on the navigation component of the VR Trek. Earlier in the year we introduced an update that reduces the time it takes the Trek to lock onto a satellite signal to a matter of seconds. The next piece we have upcoming on the Trek, and we're very excited about, is an updated navigation engine due out by the end of the year. Users can expect more accurate addresses, richer points of interest, and a better overall navigation performance. We'll also try to bring in a number of other feature requests people have made, but still too early to comment on those changes yet."

To learn more about the Victor Reader Trek, the Braille Note Touch Plus and so much more, visit the Humanware website

#ACB19 Audio: There Is Always Something New Over At Guidelights And Gadgets



We'll let you in on a little bBQ Crew 2019 secret Joe, J.J. and Shelly all lost a recorded convention interview this year. Therefore, it seems strangely fitting that Lisa caught this curse too with her time in Rochester. But it is all good because Barry Scheur, Owner of Guidelights and Gadgets, was able to speak about his wears away from the noise of the Exhibit Hall floor as a result of the unfortunate workings of digital recording technology. Listen in as Barry tells Lisa about what was popular this year. The two talk about Bluetooth headsets, leather goods and a talking power bank. There are also descriptions of Guide Dog accessories, powerful speakers and much more. Barry notes that there is always a revolving inventory, so contact him directly, by visiting the Guidelights and Gadgets website

#NFB19 Audio: Seeing The World Wirelessly With OrCam



News about the latest with OrCam sped by us At CSUN19. Joe managed to flag down Anat Nulman, of OrCam, to hear about changes that have come to the product since March. A new iOS app, voice control and on device security features are discussed. Also, for those considering an upgrade from the previous model, learn how the wireless model differs from the original wired edition. To read more about the upgrade path, or to find out more regarding the NFB partnership mentioned during this interview, visit the OrCam website


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Braille N Speak 2000 wanted in working condition


Braille and Speak 2000 wanted in working condition.

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BrailleSense U2 QWERTY in Very Good Condition for $1,400 or Best Offer


I am selling a BrailleSense U2 QWERTY in Very Good Condition for $1,400 or best offer. This unit is gently used and comes in its original box with all contents. I am asking an additional $10 for shipping inside the U.S., and shipping outside the U.S. will be discussed on a case-by-case basis.

Apple iTouch 64 and Apple Airpods.


Apple iTouch 64 gig 6th gen, and Apple airpods for sale. Both items are in absolutely pristine condition and are in their original packaging. I am also including a defender case for the iTouch and a pair of earskinz for the apple airpods. $250 Includes shipping and insurance. PayPal desired.

You can win money on the MCBVI Radio 50/50 raffle


This raffle is to raise money for MCBVI Radio. Start date: Monday, September 9 End date: Monday, October 7 The winning number will be drawn on The No Name Show on Tuesday, October 8, it airs at 6:00 PM eastern on MCBVI Radio, www.mcbviradio.com. Prices: $1 per ticket, or 6 tickets for $5, or 15 tickets for $10, or 50 tickets for $25 Payment methods: PayPal, please use the donation link on www.mcbviradio.com or check/money order, please email requests@mcbviradio.com to get the address. How to receive purchased tickets; 1 The physical tickets can be snail mailed to you, or 2 An email can be sent with the ticket numbers listed

Take a look into the future on The No Name Show on MCBVI Radio tonight at 6:00 eastern


If you could look into the future, could you imagine any of the following? An indoor navigation system that uses Bluetooth beacons and an iPhone app. Or, how about a system designed to give the blind user feedback for crossing streets? It could alert the user when the light has changed to cross a particular street, and provide a countdown timer so you will know how long you have to cross the street. Would you enjoy a pedestrian/object avoidance device? If you were walking in a corridor, you would pull the suitcase beside you. When it spotted objects or people, it would alert you through bone conduction headphones. Or, better yet, a robot GPS travel guide. With this device, you would have a starting point and planned routes. You would program your route in to the suitcase robot and then hang on for the ride. You would wear bone conduction headphones and receive audio alerts. The device would slow down and take you around people and objects in your path. Do these things sound far-fetched to you? The reality is technology for all of these devices, and much more, are already being tested, and their release to blind and visually impaired users may be just around the corner. The guest this week on The No Name Show, Doug Hunsinger, has tested these devices, among others. You will not want to miss the opportunity to talk with Doug and take a sneak peek into the future. The winner, or winners, of last week’s Name Those Tunes will be announced. The regularly scheduled Name That Tune returns this week. Also, Thad will be along with Word Of The Week. All of this, plus much more. To chat live with Doug, Dave and Becky, call 616-818-0312. To make a song request, leave a comment, or make your Name That Tune guess, send an email to requests@mcbviradio.com. Be sure to tune into The No Name Show With Him & Her this Tuesday at 6:00 PM Eastern on MCBVI Radio. If you cannot make it for the live show, you can catch the replay at its new time, 11:00 AM every Thursday. To listen to The No Name Show and other programming on MCBVI Radio, go to: http://www.mcbviradio.com/listen.php. There is a list of listening options provided on this page. Dave & Becky


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