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#CSUNATC18: attendees take advantage of new orientation options with maps and Nearby Explorer from APH

Attendees of the CSUN conference can take advantage of the Nearby Explorer android app from APH to discover and locate nearby points of interest in the first 3 floors of the hotel.

#CSUNATC18: Sendero Group updates GPS Products, Offers Deep Discounts on Upgrades and Apps

Sendero Group, creators of many well-known accessible wayfinding and GPS apps, have many new announcements for new and existing customers alike.

Try All the Things: Get Free Rides, Food, and More at #CSUNATC18 using this Handy Guide

If you're headed to the CSUN Assistive Technology Conference in San Diego, there are a growing number of services which can help make your busy conference just a bit less busy. From rides and food to groceries and massages, one or many of the below services may help you.

Real Research, Real Money from the Accessibility User Research Collective

Microsoft has recently partnered with the Shepherd Center to recruit and pay users for research on their products and services.

JAWS March Update Includes Orbit Reader 20 Driver, Edge and Spellchecker Improvements

The March update for JAWS 2018 has been posted, and the promised drivers for the Orbit Redaer 20 are now included along with a pile of additional changes.

Zoomax Joining the Wearable Device Crowd with RevoSight

Zoomax USA is the latest low-vision company to jump into the wearable device game, and is teasing a new product on their Twitter feed to be released at CSUN.

AIRA's Site Access Program Now Includes Several Airports, Grocery Stores, More; Free Trial at #CSUNATC18

The next time you visit your local airport, grocery store, or university, you may be able to call an AIRA agent for free to receive help.

EA Gets in the Accessibility Game with New Resource Website

Video game maker EA has launched a new website to centralize accessibility resources for its games and provide a place for users to share feedback.

HumanWare BrailleNote Touch Update Includes One-handed Mode, Full QWERTY Keyboard Support

Just ahead of CSUN, HumanWare has released version 5.0 of the KeySoft software for the BrailleNote Touch.

Fill out your Accessible NCAA Tournament Bracket

Terrill Thompson has once again posted a completely accessible NCAA March Madness bracket which you can fill out and monitor.

Further Orbit Reader 20 Shipments Delayed until Summer

Shipments of the Orbit Reader 20 refreshable braille display have been delayed until summer according to the latest news update from The American Printing House for the Blind.

NVDA's First Release of 2018 Improves Firefox 58 Support, Adds More Braille Displays

NVDA's first release of 2018 is now available and Firefox and braille users will be among those who will love the new features.

JAWS February Update Simplifies OCR from PDF's, Fixes Numerous Bugs

Freedom scientific has recently released an update to their popular screen reading solution JAWS which adds new functionality and simplifies some interactions.

Be my eyes partners with Microsoft to offer free tech support for Blind and Visually Impaired individuals

Microsoft's Disability Help Desk has partnered with Be My Eyes, a smart phone application to connect blind and visually impaired individuals with technical support representatives from Microsoft in over 12 countries.

Orbet Reader 20 Drivers Now Available for JAWS Screen Reader

Users of the Orbit 20 braille display and the JAWS screen reader will no longer need to use an emulation mode to enjoy all 20 cells of their displays, thanks to the release of new drivers for the display.

Get Job Help and a Ride with the Aira employment program

It is no secret in the blind and visually impaired community that unemployment is one of our biggest group challenges. To help combat the high rate of unemployment in the blind and visually impaired community, Aira has recently introduced the Aira employment program.

Digging Up The Dirt On News We May Have Missed

It is no secret that the BBQ Crew has been a bit scattered since the holidays. Some news has fallen behind the sofa, or been swept under a few floor rugs, so this large pile is our way of acknowledging some stories that have occurred while we've been occupied elsewhere.

Big shout out to Dean at Top Tech Tidbits and Access World for keeping the news torches burning. They are great resources for a little light reading when we aren't actively posting.

Breaking: Baum USA Closing their Doors, Suspending U.S. Repairs of Braille Displays

Baum USA, distributor of Baum braille displays and other products, is closing its doors as of the end of business today.

Review: A Tale Of Two iPhone Chargers

Apple has been slowly adding popular features found on Android phones for a few years now. yet the two biggest items on the Apple wish list would probably have to be that of wireless and rapid charging. With the release of the iPhone 8, 8+ and the X, apple fans finally saw their wishes become reality. Do these new power options really help you get through a day's worth of use more easily? The short answer is yes . Read on to learn more about my first month of using the official Apple USB C rapid charger and the Belkin Boost Up wireless pad.

Aira streaming superbowl descriptions, including comercials and halftime show

Aira user Greg Stilson will be attending the Superbowl Sunday Feb 4th, and will be using Aira to get descriptions of the big event. Generously, he and aira will be streaming the event to all, even if you're not currently an Aira subscriber.

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