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American Printing House for the Blind announces new 2020 line of products



Aph is announcing a new line of braille displays, embossers and tactile graphics designers for the productivity and education markets.

NLS bard for iOS introduces new features including simultaneous downloads, airplay, braille display autoscroll



On Feb 13, The National Library Service released a new iOS version of Bard, its popular braille and talking books app. The new version introduces many new features for users of the service.

Hindsight Is #CSUNATC20: Or, How The Top Stories Of The Past Can Shape The Future



Long time readers, and listeners of the podcast, know that the staff are now deep in the process of planning out our event and convention coverage for the year. CSUN, Google i/o, WWDC and the summer Blindness conventions are some of the annual happenings that capture our attention as we follow the yearly migratory pattern of possible A.T. related topics on their unpredictable flight plans. While a Farmer s Almanac for tech would help, we do consult our articles and interviews from the past to help us guess what might make good content during these planning stages.

Accessible calendar app Fantastical switches to a subscription model



Fantastical has long been a popular alternative to Apple's native Calendar app for many users. Its accessibility also made it very popular for blind and visually impaired people. Now, it has shifted from a one-time purchase model to one based on a monthly or yearly subscription.

Nvda Version 2019.3.1 released, bringing support for new braille displays, screen curtain, more



Version 2019.3 of the popular free screen reader Nvda has been released, bringing built in screen curtain, highlighting, and support for new braille displays.

Breaking: Aira Tech Corp Acquired by Southern California Investment Group



A majority stake of Aira Tech Corp has been acquired by the Blue Diego Investment Group in a deal announced Friday. Terms of the deal between the two privately-held companies were not disclosed.

5 things that aren't writing apps that are still useful for productivity



I've talked a lot about the best writing apps for iOS. Whether you're writing a blog, a novel, or just some notes for class, iOS offers a wide range of apps that can make writing--and organizing-- your work a lot easier.

But writing is more than just finding the right app. Its also finding a routine that works for you, tools that you enjoy using, and, possibly, doing a lot more self reflection than you ever expected. Today's article is all about those little things that help you write, before, and after, you start putting words on the page.

Department of Transportation Outlines New regulations for Service Animals



The department of Transportation is attempting to formalise the conditions under which passengers may fly with service animals. The rules outlined below are under review, and open to comment.

2020 Holman Prize now taking applications



The Holman Prize is accepting applications for its 4th year until March 2020.

Breaking: Flicktype Keyboard for iOS Changes Pricing, Pivots from Subscription Model



As of January 11, Flicktype is no longer a subscription-based app. The app can now be purchased in the App Store for $2.99

Join Us Monday for a Canute Multiline E-Reader Live Demo and Q&A



This Monday, join J.J. from A. T. Guys for an informal demonstration and Q&A with the Canute, the world's first multiline E-reader and 360 cell braille display. We will discuss the features of the unit, let you hear how it sounds, and leave plenty of time for questions. The Canute is coming to the U.S. and will be shipping to customers within weeks.

Little Known Features of VoiceOver: remapping your gestures



As a follow-up to my review of screen time, I will be looking at another little known feature of voiceover: remapping your gestures.

The Year In A.T. 2019: APH FTW



The holiday season brings along gifts, good tidings and of course awards shows. Before we phase out the year that was, and observe the tradition of the MoonPie dropping over Mobile As we do every December, we collected the highlights of the year s Blindness and Low Vision Assistive Technology news and pressed it into a giant scrapbook. BBQ Crew members J.J., Joe, Shelly Brisbin, Scott Davert And Lisa Salinger have some thoughts about what transpired in 2019? And they were silly enough to make wild guesses about what 2020 may hold as well. Check out the show notes for BBQ 204 to read more about what news made our list of emerging trends and big stories.

The Year In A.T. 2019: Mainstream Mayhem



The holiday season brings along gifts, good tidings and of course awards shows. Before we phase out the year that was, and observe the tradition of the MoonPie dropping over Mobile As we do every December, we collected the highlights of the year s Blindness and Low Vision Assistive Technology news and pressed it into a giant scrapbook. BBQ Crew members J.J., Joe, Shelly Brisbin, Scott Davert And Lisa Salinger have some thoughts about what transpired in 2019. And they were silly enough to make wild guesses about what 2020 may hold as well. Check out the show notes for BBQ 204 to read more about what news made our list of emerging trends and big stories.

The Year In A.T. 2019: Audio Describe All The Things



The holiday season brings along gifts, good tidings and of course awards shows. Before we phase out the year that was, and observe the tradition of the MoonPie dropping over Mobile As we do every December, we collected the highlights of the year s Blindness and Low Vision Assistive Technology news and pressed it into a giant scrapbook. BBQ Crew members J.J., Joe, Shelly Brisbin, Scott Davert And Lisa Salinger have some thoughts about what transpired in 2019? And they were silly enough to make wild guesses about what 2020 may hold as well. Check out the show notes for BBQ 204 to read more about what news made our list of emerging trends and big stories.

The Year In A.T. 2019: The Definition Of OCR Changed To Our Cameras Recording



The holiday season brings along gifts, good tidings and of course awards shows. Before we phase out the year that was, and observe the tradition of the MoonPie dropping over Mobile As we do every December, we collected the highlights of the year s Blindness and Low Vision Assistive Technology news and pressed it into a giant scrapbook. BBQ Crew members J.J., Joe, Shelly Brisbin, Scott Davert And Lisa Salinger have some thoughts about what transpired in 2019? And they were silly enough to make wild guesses about what 2020 may hold as well. Check out the show notes for BBQ 204 to read more about what news made our list of emerging trends and big stories.

Choose the perfect gift, find the best food, or get help finding the perfect holiday decorations with Aira



Shopping this holiday season just got even easier, thanks to Aira.
From now until January 10th, customers calling Aira for assistance with any shopping task, in stores or online, can get up to 30 minutes per task free.

A Blueprint for Time Management: A Dozen Suggestions for Improving Apple's Screen Time Feature



I am one of those rare creatures who lives on my phone. Let me clarify. This is a common criticism leveled at people my age or younger. It can be an especially pointed complaint from parents. But I think for blind people, this can be even more pronounced. It certainly is in my case.

Microsoft updates Seeing AI,bringing new languages,currencies, and support for Siri shortcuts



On December 2, Microsoft released version 3.3 of popular camera and ocr app Seeing AI. The latest few versions have introduced many new features.

Register now for the 2020 AFB leadership conference



Registration for the American Foundation of the Blind's 2020 leadership Conference is now open. The conference will be held March 26th and 27 at the Crystal Gateway Marriot.

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