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Attend Another Major Conference for Free This Weekend; CTEBVI is Virtual and Free



Another major conference is happening both virtually and free this weekend. The 61th Annual California Transcribers and Educators for the Blind and Visually Impaired Conference is happening through Saturday and includes 80 professional workshops and a virtual exhibit hall.

New aira news and monthly Aira agent Promos



Starting this month, users will receive a random promo each month on a topic voted on by Aira agents. Read on to find out more about the first promo and how to find out about new monthly promos.

Breaking: Hims Announces BrailleSense 6 Notetaker at #CSUNATC21



As reported ffirst on Blind Bargains, Hims has announced the BrailleSense 6, a new braille keyboard notetaker with 32 cells.

The I.D. Mate Is Being Discontinued



It's the end of the line for the I.D. Mate bar code scanners. The email message below was sent out to I.D. Mate customers subscribed to an EnVision America list on January 15th.

Humanware introduces new line of Brailliant BI ex Braille displays



Humanware has refreshed their lineup of braille displays, with two models which are much more feature-rich. Read on to find out all about the new Brailliant BI 20X and 40X series displays.

Survey from Microsoft accessibility team seeks to understand the voices you use with your screen reader



In an effort to understand how screen reader users choose different voices, the Microsoft accessibility team has released a survey. The survey asks questions about how and why users choose a voice, if different voices are used for different tasks, your level of experience with a screen reader, and more. This is a very comprehensive survey, with both selective response and short answer components, that thoroughly investigates the preferences of screen reader users.

Take the survey here

It's Back! Accessible Apps releases Chicken Nugget version 4.71, bringing AI image descriptions, new sounds, and More



Accessible Apps has released Chicken Nugget version 4.71, bringing AI image descriptions, new sounds, keyboard discovery mode, more
Popular Twitter client Chicken Nugget recently received a major update, bringing improved image descriptions, new sounds, and other improvements. Read on for an in-depth look at what's new, and information about how to use the latest features.

You can Listen to the Presidential Inauguration Events with Audio Description



The presidential inauguration ceremony and related events will be offered with audio description and other accessibility accommodations. Events start today at approximately 11:30 AM, with streaming links available from this page.


Deals

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: Brailliant BI X Marks The Spot For Humanware



Our virtual convention coverage is in full swing, with a deep dive into the happenings at Humanware. Joining J.J. in the simulated Exhibit Hall is Peter Tucic, Blindness Products Brand Ambassador, for his first interview in front of the BBQast microphones. The pair discuss all the features in the new Brailliant BI 20X and 40x units along with how they differ from the APH models. They then turn their attention to the Victor Reader Trek and its most recent GPS update. But that is just the tip of the iceberg as they cover more ground, including the recent service outage. To learn more, join the BI-X mailing list at brailliant-bi-x-users+subscribe@groups.io or visit the Humanware 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 #Sponsored Audio: Maps with a Mission with the Free GoodMaps App



As we lead up to our exhibit hall coverage for 2021, we start with an extended interview and deep dive into GoodMaps. Thanks for listening.

Sponsor; Goodmaps, Maps with a Mission

J.J. interviews GoodMaps’ CEO, Jose Gaztambide to learn about the evolution and
exciting developments at GoodMaps. Tune in to learn more about GoodMaps’ indoor
positioning technology, the philosophy behind developments, and their vision for
the next five years.

J.J. also gives listeners a detailed demonstration of GoodMaps’ free iOS and
Android app, called GoodMaps Explore, with both outdoor and indoor
functionality, by going through pieces of the audio
tutorial
that
he and Mike May created. You can experience various features first-hand, to name
a couple, location description, getting warmer, and customization settings.

To learn more:

Blind Bargains Qast 222: Described Jazz Hands



Over the past decade, audio description has become much more prevalent for TV shows, movies, and streaming content. But often, current events, especially those that unfold live, don't get that same treatment. This is just one of the areas which is covered by Talk Description to Me, an informative, dynamic, and casual podcast from Christine Malec and JJ Hunt.

As the hosts put it, the podcast is "Where the visuals of current events and the world around us get hashed-out in description-rich conversations." Listen to episode 222 to learn much more about the podcast, their background, and some of the amazing episodes that have been produced. From breaking political and social issues to descriptions of various dance styles, there's sure to be something you ll find interesting.

To learn more, visit the Talk Description to Me website.

You can also follow them on Twitter: @TalkDescription
or find them on Facebook
or Email feedback to TalkDescriptionToMe@gmail.com

support the podcast on Patreon

Christine also has a personal Patreon for her projects.

Blind Bargains now has a club on the Clubhouse app. Be sure to follow us for engaging conversations about technology and much more. And be sure to stay tuned for much more coming veryy soon.

Blind Bargains Qast 221: The Other Oppisitte Of That



This is kind of funny. Our last show, episode 220 from December, was in 2020. And now BBQ 221 starts off 2021. Okay, it was funnier when we said it out loud during this show than in print. It s a good thing we have a couple of demonstrations of a new speaker and the Chromecast with Google TV to fall back on instead of us relying on calendar-based humor. There is even an actual honest to goodness real news section for the show this go around. Plus, there is a bit of Sound Off and we ignore all food based New Year s Resolutions in the Last Word . So, charge up those Bluetooth remotes and join us for a new installment of the BB Qast.

Blind Bargains Qast 220: Born Accessible



Behold, our 800th piece of audio content on the site. We originally planned this outlandish over the top celebration thingy, but 2020 being what it is, we have opted out of that and we shall just strike our best couch potato poses while binging out on some audio described content instead. Good thing John Sweet and Petr Kucheryavyy, Senior Managers of Accessibility at Charter Communications, are on hand this episode to tell us how we can start our A.D. feast with the free Spectrum Access app. Tune in to hear about the app, the Born Accessible approach the team is taking towards their services and hear demos of Spectrum Access and Spectrum News.

Blind Bargains Qast 219: The 2020 Blind Bargains Holiday Shopping Guide



Welcome to our 6th annual Blind Bargains Holiday Shopping Guide. Once again, 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.
We hope you have a socially-distanced, safe and fulfilling Thanksgiving weekend.

Blind Bargains Qast 218: Socially Distanced Kitchen



It's been awhile since we did a full-on cooking show, and many of our regulars have acquired a growing amount of cooking gadgets and essentials. So we decided to do our biggest cooking show yet, with Shelly Brisbin, Ricky Enger, J.J., and the podcast debut of regular contributor Tangela Mahaffey.

Blind Bargains Qast 217: Buttery Smooth Bingo Cards



In order to be more environmentally friendly, we at the BBQ decided to combine our October and November Apple event wrap up shows. It is the podcasting equivalent of removing the charger plug from the box. Okay, seriously, we changed things up a bit and invited Greg Stilson on to talk about the new Macs and iPhones. Greg has launched a few products over the years, and we thought he could speak at longer length about what it takes to do that than J.J. and Joe could. Plus, he brings along the bonus of saying a bunch of new stuff that you have not heard from us on the many hours of wrap up shows we have done in the past. And to borrow an Apple turn of phrase, we think you re going to love it .


Classifieds

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Professional audio services starts as low as $20.00 per hour


I'm an audio engineer and sound deskigner with about 8 years of professional experience/. I can mix and master music, edit and restore audio, design sounds fofr games, podcasts, apps, etc. I can also play session drum tracks over your music in several styles, Jazz, Funk, Pop, Rock, and RNB. We can discuss pricing for each individual project/job.

Hi I’m wondering about a Braille sense u2 mini, and selling brailler for 250.


Hi I need a Braille sense u2 mini for reading book share books. I’m selling my Perkins Braille writer, because I never use it. Please contact me by text at 6785767717. Thanks.

Hi have a Perkins Braille writer for 300 dollars.


Perkins Brailler good condition. Please text all offers, 6785767717, thanks.

Perkins Brailler for $300.


Hello, I have a Perkins Brailler for sale. I've had it since I was a kid, but just recently got an Orbit Reader, so really don't plan on, or have any desire to continue using the Brailler any more. It does stick in a few spots, but not so bad that it can't be used. I was using it every day up until about three weeks ago when my Orbit Reader arrived. I will even throw in a pretty good size stack of Braille paper, as I won't be needing it any more. I am asking for $300, but price is negotiable. Please call or text me at (918) 907-2171.

Viewplus Embosser for 2000 obo


5 year old Viewplus Max embosser. It works perfectly with no issues. It is capable of single sided braille embossing and tactile graphics. It comes with the original box, USB cord and power cord. $2000 or best offer.

Homemade Jewelry starting at just $5


I am a blind jewelry maker. I make beaded necklaces and bracelets. My bracelets are $5 and my necklaces are $10. They're made with wooden beads that match all colors of clothing. I can also include charms for no additional charge. Charm themes include religion, pets, nature, music, and I can even put Braille letters on round flat discs one letter per disc. I am willing to make deals for purchases of multiple items and shipping with tracking per package which can include multiple items costs $8.50. Email me with any questions or to place an order.


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