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Blind Bargains Podcast 8: #CSUN15, Apple and Taptic Burritos

Jet lag, day light saving and then an Apple event on top of all that. It's been one wild week and a half for JJ, Joe and Jeff. It is a good thing that Jamie came along to keep everyone on task this go around as the group sits down to cover some of the highlights in the world of Assistive Technology. We'd like to thank our partners at AFB, Blindy.TV and HIMS Inc. for their support in bringing you audio and stories from sunny San Diego and CSUN 2015.

In the CSUN News:

Custom Accessible Phones From Claria for Blind and Low Vision users

Accessibility Oz Provides Automated Accessibility Tools, Accessible Video Player

Free Currency Reader from Bureau of Engraving and Printing

Nemeth Braille Tutorial, TI-84 Plus and More With APH

Shh! Listen to The Mountbatten Whisper From Harpo

The Updated Phoenix Gold Edition Braille Embosser from Enabling Technologies

Join The Revolution With an All-in-one CCTV and Android Tablet from North State AT

Latest News and Upcoming Conference for IAAP

The Latest on The KNFB Reader

Real-time iOS OCR from Amedia

What's New With The Ace Plus from ABiSee?

Accessible Prescription Lables from AccessaMed

Researching Technology for Indoor Mapping and More With Cavu

Listen to Your Favorite Internet Content on The Webbox2

What's New With Site Cues?

Travel in Style and Safety With Ambutech Canes

Color Gradient Makes Reading Text Easier with Beeline Reader

The Redesigned 6dot Braille Label Maker

AT Prime Brings a New Level of Accessibility to Windows Applications

Music At Your Fingertips With the Handy Tech Active Star

Humanware Introduces the Trekker Breeze Plus

A Deeper Look at NV Access

In Other non-related CSUN News:

While we were Busy, Window-Eyes 9.1 Released with Browse Mode Fixes, Chrome Support

New Version of Talkback Readies for Android 5.1, Includes Host of Changes

Google officially announces Android 5.1

Updates to Uber, iAssociate and Trivia Crak released.]

Discussion Topic: Apple TV, Macs and just a few Watches

March 9th brought us a few surprises and a few more details on when and, gulp, how much the Apple Watch will cost. The group summarizes and speculates on what Tim Cook's "Spring Forward" event held, or held back, for the run up to WWCD this June.

HBO Now Comes to Apple TV for now

Apple TV gets a new price

Research Kit announced

Hands on with the new Macbook

Apple updates other units in Macbook lines

iOS 8.2 Released with Watch App, Healthkit Improvements, but Not Much VoiceOver Love

iOS 8.2 uses your home screen as an Apple Watch advertisement

Apple watch starts at $349 and launches April 24th

Apple watch lasts 18 hours on a charge

Sound off:

Thanks to everyone who has written in, walked up to us in San Diego or told your friends about our show. Your feedback has been amazing and it bolsters us to do even more in the coming months. This week we want to focus on Twitter as it was the social media tool that inspired us the most during CSUN. If you aren't following us on Twitter, you really should. Not only do we do the shout outs, the funny one line tweets and the like... but the Blind Bargains feed is the place to keep up on daily deals and classified ads from our community. Be sure to peruse the feed for the last two weeks to see the tons of old technology requests we got from our listeners to go and interview. Artic, alas we remember you!

Here's just a few tweets from the past couple of weeks.

@JimPortillo: Great NVDA interview! I'm going to have to really check NVDA out, especially if it does well with GoogleDrive.

@GWocher: Great interview. I really like what I heard about NVDA's future plans. Keep up the good work.

@mfeir: Meanwhile, I'm profoundly grateful for the @blindbargains audio coverage.

@lcheechau: thank you very much sir for the hard work. really enjoying those audio.

Thanks for tuning in and catching up with us. Next week we will bring you reflections of CSUN at 30 by many voices who are new to the experience or just plain experienced at coming to the show. Be sure to keep an ear to our feed over the next week as we also have some great session audios still to share with everyone.

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Joe Steinkamp is no stranger to the world of technology, having been a user of video magnification and blindness related electronic devices since 1979. Joe has worked in radio, retail management and Vocational Rehabilitation for blind and low vision individuals in Texas. He has been writing about the A.T. Industry for 15 years and podcasting about it for almost a decade.

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