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News

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.

Complete WebAim’s ebook survey and receive a free ebook



WebAim, popularly known for collecting and distributing data on screen reader trends over time, has recently released a new survey seeking to collect information on eBooks as used by those with visual impairments. Participants are also optionally eligible to receive a free eBook by providing their email address at the end of the survey.

Short NVDA Customer Satisfaction Survey 2019



NVAccess is attempting to gather information about the satisfaction of current NVDA users. To this end, they have created a short survey attempting to determine whether current NVDA users would recommend the screen reader and their primary use cases when using NVDA.

You can Take the survey here.

Receive Apple Support help right in the messages app



Apple has recently added a new feature to their Apple Support App enabling customers in the United States to receive expert assistance directly from the messages app.

The Windows 10 Spring update is Here; Check Out All of the Accessibility Improvements



The Windows 10 Spring 2019 update is now available for general use, and it once again brings a host of accessibility and other improvements. Read on to learn what's new or how to get it now.


Deals

#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.

Panasonic Wet/Dry Nose and Ear Hair Trimmer for $10.99 [Shipped]



Circuit City via eBay offers the Panasonic Wet/Dry Nose and Ear Hair Trimmer for $10.99 with free shipping. That's the lowest price we could find by $4. It features a micro-vacuum system and stainless steel blades and runs up to 90 minutes on one AA battery (not included).


Podcasts

#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

#ACB19 Audio: Grace Your Dinner Table With Hand Painted Glassware From Loving Touch Connections



Kathy Keck, Owner of Loving Touch Connections, has been producing hand painted tactile glassware since 2001. She offers a wide range of styles of product that can be customized with Braille or script. Tune in to hear Kathy describe her colorful assortment of crafts to Lisa. And to learn more about the items talked about in this interview, visit the Loving Touch Connections website

#ACB19 Audio: The Magic Is In Learning With Mystic Access



You might have heard Lisa's voice on our ACB coverage and thought you might have downloaded a different podcast by mistake. That s understandable since Lisa has been affiliated with the team over at mystic Access for a few years. In this interview Lisa reunites with Chris Grabowski, President, and Kim Loftis, Director of Product Development, To talk about their unique brand of audio instruction. From the almost 15 hours of tutorials on the Braille Note Touch/Touch Plus, the ongoing podcasts or the free monthly tele classes, Mystic Access has materials available on an array of technology. To learn more about them, and sample there more than 50 free offerings, visit the Mystic Access website

#NFB19 Audio: Making A Quantifiable And Accessible World For STEM With Independence Science Tools



Tools for observing the wonders of our world are evolving all the time. Ashley Neybert, Curriculum Specialist and Sales Consultant for Independence Science spoke to Joe about the Talking LabQuest equipment and how the company s approaches to STEM can assist in the capturing of data for experiments. The company, who is staffed with Blind scientists themselves, have designed devices that can aid Low Vision and Blind individuals monitor and record information in a variety of ways. To learn more about the products mentioned in this interview, and to inquire about their partnership with View Plus Embossers, visit the Independence Science website

#NFB19 Audio: What To Expect When You’re Expecting News From Be My Eyes



The Be My Eyes team sure have been keeping busy since their last appearance on BBQ 179 back in April. Will Butler, VP Community, Alexander Hauerslev Jensen, CCO, and Christian Erfurt, CEO of Be My Eyes, Sat down with Joe to cover some amazing news announced for the summer convention season. Namely the new partnership with Clear Blue for identifying the results of pregnancy tests. Also, the trio lay out plans for a peer support program and what topics will be discussed on a soon to be launched Be My Eyes podcast series. To learn more about the goings on, because there seems to be more all the time for the company, visit the official Be My Eyes website


Classifieds

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Mackie Onyx 820i 8-channel Premium FireWire Audio Interface & Live Mixer


Dancing Dots has a very gently used Mackie model 820I to sell. Includes a text file of a detailed description of all controls composed expressly for blind users. This audio interface connects via firewire and doubles as a mixer you can use for live sound. Accepting best offer. Pay $199 and it's yours immediately with free shipping anywhere in the continental U.S. PayPal, major credit cards & bank transfers accepted.

Braille displays for sale best offer


I have a 20 cell vario ultra for sale 2,000 or best offer I have a 40 cell focus display 2nd gen for sale for 2,000 or best offer For sale a 14 cell focus display for 1,000 or best offer

Braille Sense Polaris Mini in Very Good Condition for $2,200 or Best Offer


I am selling a lightly used Braille Sense Polaris Mini for $2,200 or best offer. It is in very good condition and is lightly used. Shipping is free within the United States and will be discussed on a case by case basis if outside the U.S. It comes with all original package contents. I prefer payments by PayPal and my PayPal e-mail address is benvercellone@gmail.com.

Selling Braille Edge, 40-Cell VarioUltra, and 32-cell BrailleSense Polaris


For the Polaris, I've got the original box, USB cable, AC adapter, and protective cover for the display.  I also have the braille quick reference command summary. Carrying case and carrying strap are included. I'm asking $2,700, including shipping. All dots, buttons, and keys are in fantastic condition.  So is the battery. I'm also selling a Braille Edge, which has a 40-cell display. All of its dots, keys, and buttons are in great shape, along with the battery. Includes Executive Products carrying case, carrying strap, USB cable, braille command summary, and the original carrying case. I'm asking $1,100 U.S., which includes shipping. Finally, I have a 40-cell VarioUltra braille display for sale with leatherette carrying case, carrying strap, USB cable, and USB adaptor.  All buttons, switches, keys and braille cells are in excellent condition. Asking $1,200 U.S., including shipping. I accept payment via PayPal.

BrailleSense U2 QWERTY 32 Cells for $2700


Lightly used BrailleSense U2 QWERTY for sale, $2700. Battery has been replaced since original. Comes with all accessories except for original carrying strap (in my experience this has not been an issue and I could easily use another strap). Works well, in great condition, although there is one scratch (purely cosmetic) that is reflected in the price. Will be sent securely packaged and within a day of full payment. Not open to trades.

Barely Used Freedom Scientific Pearl Camera - $180


The Pearl Camera is a folding scanner that combines with Freedom Scientific software to provide easy text recognition. Now compatible with JAWS 2018 and later as well as OpenBook, the site claims it can scan a page every three seconds and automatically detect the motion of pages turning. When folded, the camera is small (14 by 3 by 2.1 inches) and zips into a protective case (included). Shipping will be free (matter for the blind) anywhere in the United .


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