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Blind Bargains Qast 9: Functional, Decorative And Inclusive BBQ

What's in a name? Quite a lot, actually. For Superman and mild-mannered reporter Clark Kent, it can define who he is and what he does depending on which persona he has adopted at any given time.
For Clint Eastwood and the classic Speghetti Westerns, the man with no name" signified that the movie's protagonist was powerful beyond a simple label or surname. Thanks to our amazing listeners, and their helpful comments on a recent survey, our little series has a moniker that not only rolls off the tongue easily, and trust us that helps in podcasting a lot, but it can mean a great many things when you hear it spoken. With that said, and thanks to Alex Hall for the suggestion, we are delighted to bring you episode 9 of the Blind Bargains Qast ... or BBQ!


This episode is brought to you by HIMS, who would like to remind you that "Your needs are our solutions". Check out the E-Bot Video Magnifier, the Blaze EZ reading solution, the new Smart Beetle Braille Display and more by visiting the HIMS website. Or, follow them on Twitter.

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Federal Court Denies Scribd’s Motion to Dismiss Lawsuit

Video-on-Demand Children’s TV Programming Now Accessible for Thousands of Students with Visual or Hearing Disabilities

top 60 TV Markets Getting Audio Description in July; See if Yours is on the List

NFB Connect App Brings Federation News and Info to your iPhone

Our good friend Jamie Pauls, as well as JJ of course, are featured in this month's edition of "Access World".

JAWS for Windows 20th Anniversary Video now online

LoganTech Taking 6dot Braille Labeler Preorders for 499

No more cat food for dinner: Visus Labels Help you to Open the Right Can without Knowing Braille

RayGo - Never be blind to the road

Michael Curran's keynote presentation, from NVDA Con 2015, has been archived and is worth a listen

Anarchy, Leadership and NVDA

University of Colorado Survey Seeks Feedback on Tactile Comics

CSUN15 Audio: Kurzweil 1000 Presentation With Steve Baum

CSUN15 Audio: Meet The E-bot Portable Video Magnifier from HIMS

CSUN15 Audio: Read How You Want With The Latest Technology From HIMS

Discussion Topic: Inclusive Android with Jeff Stark

Android 5.1, the update to the original release of Lollypop, is now beginning to arrive for various types of Nexus devices. The update supports a dual sim configuration, changes to the Quick Notifications area, the ability to pin screens and a general increase of responsiveness with a few memory leaks now plugged.

Inclusive Android, a great resource for keeping up with the many flavors and devices running the operating system, already has some information on hand to assist you with the new update. Jeff Stark, one of the founders of the site, stopped by to talk about the successful launch of the site and how the power of the community keeps it up to date.
These articles fueled our discussions:
Walk Through Of Inclusive Android Site
Google Drive Gets OCR Scanning, File Downloads, and More on Android
Enabling Talkback On Samsung A3
How to contact samsung for accessibility related enquiries

Interview: Accessible Media Incorporated

Continuing this week's Canadian Invasion, and as a follow-up to a few conversations we've had on audio description, Accessibility Officer Robert Pearson took some time to talk about the new offerings coming to AMI. Cooking series, travel shows and sports programming are just some of the varieties of described video you can find on AMI's site. Moreover, some fantastic articles on hot button issues can also be found there, as well as the resources distributed via Twitter. While much of the content is region locked to Canadians, there is still a lot to see and hear with the information provided by Accessible Media Inc.

Sound Off

As noted at the top of the show, our winner of the naming survey is Alex Hall. Alex will be getting a copy of Shelly Brizbin's amazing book "iOS Access For All" in appreciation for the assistance in helping us land a tasty brand for our weekly series. Our thanks to both Alex and Shelly for helping us, and now you know who to blame for inspiring many food-based metaphors for months to come.

We were gone for a pretty long time, we miss sunny California already, and the deluge of emails inspired JJ to write this article based upon so many emails you all sent in during the month.
4 Strategies for Managing the Clutter in your Email Inbox
Two comments on that article's page are worth a mention, First up, nimer's suggestion...

I have lately began to use the Inbox client by Google...this has saved me lots of work as Google automatically sorts my messages into meaningful categories. Inbox has really saved me lots of time. I agree with your above points. Thank you for this article.

Bhavya Shah also had a thought on emails...

I heavily use GMail filters to categorize e-mails from the many mailing lists and e-groups I've joined. I have also asked Facebook not to send me notifications all the time. The article summarizes all possible techniques very well."

The Last Word:

Here are three stories that reflect the past, present and future of sound. Enjoy!
DNA-based prediction of Nietzsche’s voice
AES Announces 3D Audio Standard
7 of the Most Horrible Technology Sounds

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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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