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Blind Bargains Qast 53: Megabus School For The Gifted

News, a demo from Scott Davert and a nice assortment of your feedback in "Sound Off" make up the bulk of this week's program. The "Last Word" focuses on music and travel. And we have a tip in there somewhere. So sit back and relax while J.J. and Joe talk about the goings on in our community.

In The News:

AMC Theatres Sued for Discriminating Against the Blind

Every Pixar Film Is Now Accessible with Mobile Audio Description from Disney

The Hadley School for the Blind is the Latest Organization to Change their Name

Popular TeamTalk Voice Chat Client Comes to iOS

From Hartgen Consultancy, You Asked, We Listened! Two Stunning New Offerings now Available from LeaseyGames!
Feel free to listen to the podcast describing My Country Place!

Solara to be dealt fatal blow by its creators

Tap Tap See goes free and open source
We discussed their business model and more in a 2014 podcast

NVDA 2016.1 Now Available

Accessibility in Office 365 progress in 2015 and plans for 2016

When WE are the Problem

What I'll Say the Next Time Someone Asks If I Know Stevie Wonder Because I m Blind

Stop The ADA Trolls

Demonstration: Terminal Clipboard

Contributor Scott Davert explains how various Hims braille displays such as the BrailleSense or Smart Beetle can be used to easily enter text on an iphone or another mobile device and avoid those pesky translation errors.

Tip: The Mute Button

This week's tip is one of the simplest web shortcuts ever and will come in handy the next time you hear an annoying video while you're trying to browse a web page. Thanks to Tuukka Ojala @tuukkao for the tip.

Sound Off:

Bargain Hound: wrote in with a comment about episode 51.

"Hi, guys, great job, as always. Not only have I never had a problem explaining TTS or the screen reader concept to a sighted person, there are also quite a few TV ads featuring Siri or the android equivalent. Here is one hilarious Siri ad.

True, however, awareness can only provide a surface knowledge of how technology like TTS works. Also, a screen reader is a bit more complicated than a virtual assistant. We aren't disagreeing here, we are just noting that it's a good conversation starter for possibly more about the trials and tribulations that come with the technology we use to access computers.

Jake4252 writes in with a great observation regarding the new Google voices;

"Google still has no US male voice. All they did, was make the female voice deep so she sounds like a male."

@KyleBorah sent along a tweet to us on Twitter via @blindbargains in response to episode 52's tip.

"loved the tip about dropbox. just had that issue a fewdays ago and couldn't figure out what was going on."

lastly, from the feedback Email:

"Hi Guys,
My name is Juan. I really enjoy the show. I've been listening since serotalk and android show. Joe you sound a lot like the actor Seth Rogen. I've watched a couple of movies of him like: the Interview, Neighbors, and The End; and Seth and Joe sound alike. Even the other day my little brother came and heard the podcast for a little and asked me: "why are you listening to Seth Rogen"?
Would be cool if you cut out a clip from one of the movies and did a voice over. You could be Seth and JJ could be James Franco. Keep doing the show. "

Thank you,
Juan Manuel Avila

Joe has heard this ... a lot. At Best Buy, while standing in line at the movies and last week an Uber driver told him this very thing. Joe's response, "Seth is younger than me. he's richer too. but since I'm the elder, Seth sounds like me".

Last Word:

Music for those long trips. yep, that was the thought behind this week's venture into the unknown.
5 Inappropriate Children's Versions of Famous Hit Songs
Kids Bop attempts "Thrift Shop"
Kids Rappin The Hits on iTunes
Reserve couple renovates Greyhound bus into 'Home away from home'

next week we hope to have Liam, our Gadget Guy, on the show. health permitting and get well soon. Or stop playing BK3 so you can rest and talk on BBQ next week already!

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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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