Somewhere between the post Apple Event aftermath and the pre Google Event hype lies episode 32. We get back to basics this week with a Listener Submission, a low vision game recommendation and a catchy bit of fluff in the "Last Word". Plus J.J. and Joe have a tip and some Twitter talk in "Sound Off".
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And if you didn't catch it last week, we spoke about Apple on the BBQ in episode 31
Thanks to Victor for pointing this one out, Klatt's Last Tapes - History of Speech Synthesis
Demo: Talking Infrared Thermometer Model IRT-1
We love it when we receive audio submissions from listeners. Aaron Spears sent us this informative audio demo of an accessible infrared thermometer. It's available from Brooks Technology
If you wish to contact Aaron, he is on Twitter @valiant8086, and also [has a website.][http://valiant8086.com)
Finally, check out his audio game work at Valiant Galaxy Associates.
App Recommendation: Doctor Who Legacy
Is it yet another excuse for Joe to shoehorn a Time Lord remark before the show debuts the first episode of Series 9 this Saturday September 19th? probably. However, this low vision friendly app for iOS and Android has two new in app expansions that are worth a look. At the core, Doctor Who Legacy is a "Match 3" puzzle game with a generous helping of TARDIS-covered nostalgia. Below all the mentions of previous Companions, the Doctor's Rogues Gallery and free 100 hours of story driven gameplay lies a deep Puzzler that sports easy-to-see graphics and text. Most menus contain white text on dark backgrounds. Moreover, you can adjust the color-matching gems to be colorblind favorable. The two new additions to DWL are the new "Kids mode" for $3.99 and the more advanced "Sonic Adventures" for $9.99. The new mode for children allows younger players to enjoy a challenge level more suited to their play style. The "Sonic Adventures" opens a whole new chapter in the game's storyline and allows you to equip the Doctor's iconic Sonic Screwdriver to your gem-matching powers. The latest update also allows you to take existing characters to Rank 6 without having to purchase anything. So there is something for those long term players who choose not to purchase the expansions. To learn more about "Doctor Who legacy", visit the game's official site at http://www.tinyrebelgames.com/
Tip: Track that Package
Here are a couple of Listener Comments sent to Joe via Twitter direct message. First up is Wes;
"Finally caught up on the BBQ over Labor Day and found it interesting that people are running with guide dogs. At a recent visit to the eye doctor she noticed I had a fitness tracker and asked about my exercise routine and when I said I ran around 15 miles a week she asked if I ever considered getting a guide dog. I understand why they train using specific routes, the faster you run the more it hurts when you run into something or trip :)
Next is an update on TuneIn from Frank Brown.
"In one of your previous BBQ casts you mentioned that Tune-in was difficult to use with IOS. With version 8.3 this has changed. You can now flick back and forth through items. Before you had to explore by touch. The scrub gesture now works to go back one screen. Thought this might be of interest to some listeners. Thank you."
We bring this week's show to a close with a line from Siri, a follow up to something J.J. wants to visit and a toe-tapping tweet Joe recently posted.
Siri Answers Question at White House Press Confrence
Feel The Burn: We Made a Tactile Map of Black Rock City for #Blind Burning Man Attendees
Taylor Swift - Bad Blood ft. Kendrick Lamar (In the Style of DISTURBED)
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This has nothing specifically to do with this show but it is important. I use Cox and now, if you are using your home landline, you no longer have to use your PIN to get your voicemail messages. Thankfully, you do have a choice to go into Settings and turn off this blighted feature. Why wouldn't I want to use my PIN? Are people becoming so lazy that they don't want to remember their PINs and/or don't want to put it into their landlines? Good grief, this is a security issue! Beth
DebeeArmstrong Sunday, 27-Sep-2015 6:27 PM ET:
So yeah, lots of good info you'all provided for Win10, but I want to know; any advantage for a blind guy to upgrade to it?
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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.