Blind Bargains

News

New Aira for Android version brings improvements and bug fixes



Aira has released a new version of their Android app, bringing new bug fixes and improvements. Read on to find out what's new in the update.

Falling Squirrel presents the Vale: Shadow of the Crown, an action RPG for PC and x-Box



From their website,

The Vale is a story driven, action-adventure that utilizes the full potential of 3D audio and haptic controller feedback to deliver visceral gameplay that shatters the barrier between player and character.
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As an audio based game, The Vale sets out to breathe new life into medieval combat and provide a truly novel experience for visually impaired and sighted gamers alike.

Read more about the game below.

An overview of Microsoft OneNote for Windows 10



OneNote is one of the best ways to organize and connect different types of content, from notes to audio files and webpages. It also sinks between iOS, windows, and android, meaning that you will have access to your content on any device.

This is the write-up of a talk I did on Clubhouse several weeks back, demonstrating and going over some use cases. For those who have never used it, OneNote is probably the closest app to Scrivener on iOS that we have available on windows.

Introducing Comics for All, Seeking Kickstarter Funding



Many people who are blind or have low vision do not have independent access to comic books due to their visual nature, the Comics for All project intends to change that. The idea sprang from the concept of audio description because if people can do that for movies, why not graphic novels and comics as well.

Breaking: NFB Revokes AccessiBe Convention Sponsorship



The National Federation of the Blind has revoked the convention sponsorship an benefits from AccessiBee, due to questionable business practices by the company.

Accessible game Serania: path of the Scion Available for Android and iOS



Read on to find out about a new accessible rpg, Serania: Path of the Scion, available now for both iOS and Android

Uber and Lyft offering free or discounted vaccination transportation between now and July 4



In partnership with the White House's initiative to vaccinate 70% of Americans by July 4, Uber and Lyft will offer free or discounted transportation to vaccination sites nationwide between now and then. Read on to find out the particulars of each company's offer and how to access them.

#GAAD: Apple's Image Recognition is About to Get Much More Descriptive



Apple has announced improvements to VoiceOver's image recognition features among other forthcoming updates, as a part of a Global Accessibility Awareness Day press release.


Deals

2 Pack Tile Pro 2020, Echo Dot 4th Generation, and a Smart Lightbulb for $69.99 w/ Free Shipping



Best Buy has the Tile Pro 2020 2-pack item tracker in Black/White, and Amazon Echo Dot 4th Generation Smart speaker in Twilight Blue and a Sengled Smart Bluetooth Mesh LED Multicolor A19 Bulb for $69.99. The bulb will show once adding the Tile/Dot to your cart. Shipping is free, or select free in-store pickup.
A free 3 month subscription to SiriusXM is also included with the purchase of the Dot FOR NEW SUBSCRIBERS. The items would cost nearly $123 if purchased separately, not counting the subscription. Tiles are a great way to find luggage, keys, or other valuables. Deal likely ends July 24.

Score some Tech Deals with the Summer of Tech Auction



An iPad, 2 smart televisions, a Victor Reader Trek, and a smart air fryer are among the items you could win by bidding in the Summer of Tech Auction.

6.6 Foot USB Type C to Type C Cables for $3 with Free Shipping



Monoprice has the Monoprice Essentials USB Type-C to Type-C 3.1 Gen 1 Cable for $3. Shipping is free. USB Type C is used on many modern laptops and Android devices. Note this particular cable has a Type C plug on both ends. The cable length is 6.6feet.

Sennheiser AMBEO Smart 3D Sound Recording Headset for $99.99 & Free Shipping



alwayz-on-sale via Amazon has the Sennheiser AMBEO Smart Headset for $99.99. This wired headset, which allows you to record in 3D audio and works with iOS, originally sold for nearly $300.
Joe reviewed this pair earlier this summer, where you can hear the types of recordings that are possible.

New Customers: Up to $28 off Snacks and Convenience Items from goPuff



New customers can get up to $28 off their first 4 orders ($7 per order) from goPuff by using this referral link.


Podcasts

Blind Bargains Virtual Exhibit Hall Audio: Empathy And Education Are Core Values For Accessibility at AudioEye



We last caught up with AudioEye on the CSUNATC19 Exhibit Hall floor with news of their advancement into the kiosk access space. The internet has evolved a lot in the 2+ years since that interview and that is where J.J. starts with Dominic Varacalli, President, of AudioEye. The pair discuss the hot button topic of overlays, user testing and how the company is educating their customers to understand that access is a journey rather than a one and done service environment. If you are interested in joining the user testing program, visit this page for more information. Also, to obtain services, travel to the AudioEye website for more details.

Blind Bargains Virtual Exhibit Hall 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>.

Blind Bargains Virtual Exhibit Hall Audio: A Return To Form For Earl Harrison And The HIMS BrailleSense 6



It has been a long time since we ve welcomed back Earl Harrison, and HIMS, to our BBQ convention coverage microphones. A lot has happened since ATIA20, and a lot has happened to Earl specifically. JJ chats with Earl Harrison, National Account Manager for HIMS, about his return to the company after a scary bout with the virus in November of 2020. The pair then move along to a deep dive of the newly announced BrailleSense 6 notetaker. Topics discussed cover a wide range of questions that were sent in by our fans on Twitter. Tune in, or read below, to learn a physical description of the product and some of the general menu structure. Earl provides some insight into the new approach with the BS6, how this device differs from the Polaris, and he addresses the Android update elephant in the room directly. To learn more about the new BrailleSense 6, including transplant and trade-in options, visit the BS6 product page. Additionally, check out the HIMS YouTube channel as well for up-to-date information about the various lines of HIMS products.

Blind Bargains Virtual Exhibit Hall 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>.

Blind Bargains Virtual Exhibit Hall Audio: Feel The Things That Are Too Small Or Tall To Touch With See3d



The most articulate person in the world probably could not accurately describe a Despicable Me Minion character in great detail. Or at least not at a level that could be discerned at a quality that rivals the act of holding one in your hands. Caroline Karbowski, CEO and Founder of See3d, and Ian Matty, Manager Mountain Lakes Public Library Makerspace, sit down with J.J. to talk about how their organization lets people 3d print cartoon characters and so much more. See3d, with assistance from the OSU Innovation Center and the Mountain Lakes Public Library Makerspace, have created over 1400 3d models ranging from anatomy to astronomy and even famous geographical locations. Hear how the process works, or read the transcript below, for making a request for a design. And learn how others are working hard to make the tools involved with 3d printing better with access technologies. To make a request, or join the See3d community, visit their homepage

Blind Bargains Virtual Exhibit Hall 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>.

Blind Bargains Virtual Exhibit Hall Audio: 2021 An Audio Description Oddessy With Judy Dixon



So, the title of this interview infers that there will be some discussion of audio description within this conversation. And there is, we promise. But can you really blame J.J. for being nostalgic when talking to the author of more than 14 NBP
books, and soon to be a retiree, Judy Dixon? UEB and Web Braille are some of the topics covered before the pair move on to her latest book Audio Description: What It Is, Where to Find It, and How to Use It"". Listen in, or read below, as Judy talks about the "independence of Braille" and how it impacted her journey with technology throughout her career. To purchase the book, visit the National Braille Press Bookstore page And to reach Judy directly, send an email along to judy@judydixon.net

Blind Bargains Virtual Exhibit Hall 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>.

Blind Bargains Virtual Exhibit Hall Audio: Feeling Magnetic With Creative Arts And TouchPad Pro



The Etch A Sketch and Spirograph are some of the most successful toys available for introducing young people to the world of art. However, there are not many touch friendly equivalents for those searching for a tactile based option that would offer a similar experience to those classic toys. Daniel Seth Lubiner, Founder and CEO, and Brian K. Edwards, President and Chief Operating Officer, of TouchPad Pro Assistive Technology are out to change that by creating new products like the Braille Doodle and the TouchPad Pro. Hear the pair tell J.J. how these products were inspired by Braille students, transformed into an Indi Gogo project and how that process is leading to eventual product distribution. To learn more about the TouchPad Pro, visit this link to hear an audio described video of the introductory model. Additionally, to learn more about the company, visit the TouchPad Pro Assistive Technology website

Blind Bargains Virtual Exhibit Hall 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>.

Blind Bargains Virtual Exhibit Hall Audio: 9 + 1 Questions = Steven Scott Talking Tech



Steven Scott proudly proclaims to J.J. that he is indeed a "serial podcaster" during this interview. And it is hard to disagree with that statement when you consider the circumstances that led him to the place he finds himself with his career so far. Hear, or read the transcript below, as Steven regales J.J. with highlights from his more than 20 years of speaking into a microphone. Plus learn what is next for the RNIB, Double Tap and all-around Blind guy who talks tech. To keep up with Steven, and to get more information on his new podcast, follow him on Twitter @TechTalkerSteve

Blind Bargains Virtual Exhibit Hall 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>.

Blind Bargains Virtual Exhibit Hall Audio: Jobs For Humanity Are Building Bridges To Employment



Blind and Visually Impaired job seekers often must play a guessing game when it comes to the determination if a possible employment avenue will fit within their specific needs for access. That is why J.J. was eager to sit down with Roy Baladi, Founder at Jobs for Humanity, to explore how his organization is looking to build healthy bridges between employers and those interested in employment. Tune in, or read the transcript below, to learn where the drive to assist others came from and where the trajectory may lead to in the future. To know more about Jobs For Humanity, or to browse their postings, visit the Blind.Jobs website

Blind Bargains Virtual Exhibit Hall 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>.

Blind Bargains Virtual Exhibit Hall Audio: Fable Gives Product Testing Power to the People



J.J. notes at the top of this interview that the BBQast rarely interviews people within the Remediation and Testing sector of A.T. unless the subject of the interview stands out in a very crowded field. That is why he sat down with Samuel Proulx, Accessibility Evangelist for Fable, to discuss their unique approach to commercially available User Centric testing. In this chat you can hear how A.T. users of varying degrees of knowledge can embark on a pathway towards obtaining testing experience through resources provided by Fable. Additionally, those who are seeking something beyond automated testing can find a talent base curated by Fable from their growing community. To learn more about services offered by Fable, visit the company website or Follow them on Twitter @Makeitfable

Blind Bargains Virtual Exhibit Hall 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>.


Classifieds

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Top-spec 2019 16" MacBook Pro (2.4 i9/32GB/2TB) for $2,800 or best offer


Hello. I am selling a decked-out 2019 16-inch MacBook Pro in perfect working condition with performance and specifications that were the best money could buy at the time. This computer features a 16-inch Retina display, a 2.4 GHz 8-core Intel Core i9 processor, 32 GB RAM, 2 TB of fast storage, the seriously-powerful AMD Radeon Pro 5500M discrete graphics card with 8 GB of dedicated video memory, and a new battery that promises up to 11 hours of power-on time between charges. I will also be including the original packaging and power adapter. This machine shows normal signs of wear but does not have any dents or other significant defects. Everything works as it should and the computer will come factory-reset to the latest version of macOS. I wish to sell the machine so that I can upgrade to the new M1 MacBook Pro that Apple announced on October 18th The asking price is $2,800 or your best offer. Considering I paid almost twice this much when I originally purchased the computer in 2019, and it's still in great condition today, I believe this price is quite reasonable but as I said I am willing to accept other offers as well. Shipping fees will be determined at time of purchase, and I'll ship to anywhere in the contiguous United States. If you have any questions or are interested in making a purchase, please contact me using the information on this page. For additional information about the MacBook Pro, please visit www.apple.com/mac.

Save $100 on the BlindShell Classic 2 with our new Upgrade Program Unread Jason


Many of you have asked, and A. T. Guys is pleased to now be offering a discount program for current BlindShell Classic users who wish to upgrade to the BlindShell Classic 2. Here's how it works.


Anyone who purchased a BlindShell Classic is eligible.
You do not need to have purchased the phone from A. T. Guys
Plus, you won't even need to send us your old phone

Here's what to do:

1. Locate your IMEI number from your current BlindShell Classic. The easiest way to get this is to dial star pound 06 pound and then press send. You can also locate the number from the Settings menu under About Phone. if you need help finding it, just let us know.

2. Send the IMEI Number, along with your name and phone number, to support@atguys.com.

3. We will submit this information to verify your status. This may take 1-2 business days.

4. We will then issue you a $100 credit off the cost of a new BlindShell Classic 2, making the cost $389. Plus, the offer of a free BlindShell Beep and extra charging cable still applies. This offer will be available until December 31, 2021. If you have already purchased a new phone from us, we will contact you shortly about the credit.

If you wish to learn more about the features of the BlindShell Classic 2, or check out an audio demo, here's the link https://www.atguys.com/blindshell

For questions, please write support@atguys.com or call us at (269) 216-4798.


Join us for the 6th Let's Go Shopping virtual event!


Let's Go Shopping is back, and better than ever! Save the date! The holiday gift shopping extravaganza is set for Friday, November 5th and Saturday, November 6th, from 9AM Pacific to 5PM Pacific, noon to 8PM ET. Shop 'til you drop for fashion, food, tech gadgets, jewelry, accessories, presents for pets, artisan crafts, and great gifts for everyone on your list! Get your invitation to the Zoom virtual shopping mall by adding your name to our announce-only email list, linked below. Support a small business and get all of your holiday gift shopping done, all in one place. Ready for a little retail therapy? Let's Go Shopping!

BlindShell Classic 2 Available Now for Preorder from A. T. Guys; Louder Speaker, More Apps


Hello. We're excited to share that A. T. Guys is now taking preorders for the BlindShell Classic 2, the latest phone blending both simplicity and smart features. Below I'll answer some of the questions that I'm sure you'll have, as well as include a link to an audio demo I just recorded which talks more about the phone. If you have questions, you can always write us at support@atguys.com or call (269) 216-4798. We also have a special offer fore preorder customers.

The BlindShell Classic 2 takes the best features of the BlindShell and makes them better. Among the first things I noticed with this phone is the speaker, which is much louder than the original. The buttons are also more tactile, including a well-defined dot on the number 5 key. The volume buttons are now on the side of the phone, with a new button for favorite apps and voice dictation on the other side. The phone still has a headphone jack (remember those?), and is upgraded to support USB C charging, the newer style of charger which lets you plug in the charging cable both ways.

One of the big new features is the ability to install additional apps. This is done through the BlindShell app catalog, a curated list of apps which have been tested to work well with the phone and screen reader. Currently, this includes apps like FaceBook Messenger and Telegram, as well as game apps like a dice roller. More apps will be added over time, and your suggestions will be taken into account.

If you prefer your phone to just be, well, a phone, that's totally fine as well. The Call, Messaging, and Contacts menus work just like they did before. Everything on the phone is menu-driven, with simple prompts to guide you all the way. Plus you can control the speed of the voice or change it to a new one, and also change the text size and other display features if you need those.

The other big question we know you'll have is about what carriers the phone supports. Currently, the BlindShell Classic 2 works with numerous carriers under the T-Mobile branding.

This includes popular and low-cost brands such as Metro, Straight Talk, Tello, Ting, Mint Mobile, and more. We have a complete list linked from our product page.

In the box, you'll find your new BlindShell Classic 2 phone, a charging cable and wall plug, a charging cradle which you can optionally use to power your phone, earbuds, and a lanyard among other things. If you order before October 31, we'll also include a BlindShell Beep, a small device you can attach to your belongings and then page from your phone. We'll have extra beeps available for purchase, but you get one for free if you order now. We're also including an extra 6-foot, nylon braided USB C cable which can be used for charging. Both the beep and extra cable are available for a limited time. Plus we throw in free shipping within the U.S. The BlindShell Classic 2 is available for $489.

As for cases, we have flip cases which open from the side and also include a small storage pocket. These are available for $35. We also have a TPU case which will clasp itself to the phone for $18.

Here's the simple link to learn about the phone and also find that audio demo:

https://www.atguys.com/blindshell

We look forward to your questions, and are excited to share this new phone with you.


FOCUS 40 BLUE (5th Gen.) $2375


This FOCUS 40 BLUE was gifted to a newly blind individual. It was removed from the box, charged, the time programed, tested and demonstrated by the individuals (envious) Tech Instructor and never used again. Black leather carry case w/adjustable strap, charger, and instruction booklet included.

Braille Sense Polaris Mini for sale


I have a Braille Sense Polaris Mini for sale, purchased July 2018. Includes original box and all accessories. Charger, cables, latest firmware, etc. In perfect condition. Asking $1500 plus shipping. PayPal only accepted and all payment in full. No part payments please.


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