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Blind Bargains Qast 74: CSON17

Our devices aren't bricked by iOS 10. So we are left to our own devices to bring you this week's news and an interesting viewpoint in our Discussion Topic. We also have the returns of the "Last Word" and "Sound Off". Plus, as he promised, Scott has an iOS 10 tip.

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In the news:

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Call for papers and presentations opens for #CSUN17

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Shelly concludes her look at low vision video magnifiers in the September edition of Access World

Take the NV Access Survey for a Chance to win new Features

NVDA Tutorial for Microsoft Word Released

Buddy Brannon, Budcast, Samsung Talking TV

Discussion Topic: Screen Reader Detection

The topic of Screen Reader Detection isn't a new thing. However, since CSUN earlier this year, it has come back as a possible means for making some services and websites more Screen Reader friendly. Then, the gang over at Comics Empower, talked about a version of their site that could only be read with a Screen Reader.

And Joe, thanks to @bgfh on Twitter, found that he could only enable Twitter's new Night Mode on iOS if he turned Voiceover off before he launched the app. by doing so, and turning VO back on, he could see options in Settings that he would not have been able to access if he launched the app with VO active. Those examples, and the links below, fuel our conversation on the benefits and issues that could come about if Screen Reader detection becomes a best practice in web and app design.

Finally, There's a Comic Book Store for the Blind

On Screen Reader Detection

On Detecting Assistive Technology

Why screen reader detection on the web is a bad thing


You have upgraded to iOS 10 and now just about every app on the Home Screen says "Actions Available". wonder why that is? Well, Scott shows you the new ability to move apps around in iOS 10. Tame those folders today with this fantastic tip.

Sound off:

Emails are our focus for feedback this week with Jan Brown responding to Joe's comments about gilded cages" in episode 73.

I am one of those folks you probably roll your eyes at.
I am an unabashed Apple fan and it's all about that braille
Bout that braille
No Print.
I believe IOS braille is about the best thing for me since I got my first Guide Dog back before the wheel probably before some of you were even a gleam in your daddy's eye.
Braille displays are great but for me, nothing beats writing on glass with no other thing to cary around.Yes, if at a meeting, I use head phones which will be less pleasant when I finally upgrade next gearDon't get me started on byebye head phone jack.
My goal is to do everything on my IOS devices.
I have an older slow windows ten computer but rarely use it.
I can't write on glass with it and it is always updating which makes the screen reader silent for undetermined periods of time.
Face book is easier on the phone as is reading.
I have no intention of hauling my heavy Acer 15 inch laptop???to a coffee shop when I can put my phone or i-Pad baby pro in a bag with ubiquitous head phones and read/listen to the newspaper, a book or this podcast.
So, as usual, it truly is about my version of braille which is delightful on the i-Pad. I think one not to distant upgrade will allow tactile braille which will mean we can read the braille on the screen.
Byebye display, hello i-Pad pro the huge.."

Rebecca Skipper sends in her thoughts on why offering an olive branch can be a better way to provide criticism than the internet's default setting of snark and negativity.


I am sure you have heard about the negative review of Amazon s Kindle.
I appreciate anyone who critiques a product because it may benefit the entire community and help Amazon improve the Kindle s accessibility.
However, I feel that a good review should contain perspectives from multiple users.

In fact, I find the Kindle more useful as a multimedia device since you can download home movies and watch them on the device from Windows Explorer.
Since I can t get Braille back to work, I would prefer to use the IOS App to read books.
Amazon should be commended for its progress in accessibility since 2012.
A negative review from one user should not be taken out of context.
The blindness community should realize that negative reviews may make a product better.
However, when a company does make an effort to make their product more accessible, they should be commended and encouraged to continue their efforts to make the product even better so that their customer base can expand."

Jeffrey Stark notes that Canada is working towards the adoption of a Canadians with Disabillities Act. We thank him greatly for passing along this information.

"I think it is pretty noteworthy that the government of Canada has started a move towards drafting a Canadians with disabilities act
Last year s announcement from our prime minister -
The minister who is drafting the law is blind herself -
It is also pretty fantastic that they are holding a whole slew of public consultations this fall - >>

Starting in September, Canadians across Canada will be able to participate in the in-person consultation engagement process. In-person public consultations are planned to take place in the following cities:
St. John s, Newfoundland and Labrador / November 3, 2016
Halifax, Nova Scotia / December 9, 2016
Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island / December 8, 2016
Moncton, New Brunswick / October 20, 2016
Qu bec, Quebec / November 10, 2016
Montr al, Quebec / November 16, 2016
Ottawa, Ontario / November 30, 2016
Toronto, Ontario / February 8, 2017
Thunder Bay, Ontario / October 12, 2016
Winnipeg, Manitoba / October 3, 2016
Regina, Saskatchewan / September 28, 2016
Calgary, Alberta / October 13, 2016
Edmonton, Alberta / October 7, 2016
Vancouver, British Columbia / November 26, 2016
Victoria, British Columbia / November 7, 2016
Iqaluit, Nunavut / September 24, 2016
Yellowknife, Northwest Territories / September 26, 2016
Whitehorse, Yukon / September 22, 2016.
For the most up-to-date information on in-person venues and dates, and to participate online, please visit"

Last Word:

"We don't need no education' could apply to this week's look at the weird wide web.
Teacher 1st Day Cringe / Teacher's Amazing First Day Presentation
Down With Homework: Teacher's Viral Note Tells Of Growing Attitude

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Bargain Hound Tuesday, 04-Oct-2016 6:29 PM ET:

I liked the sound of the iPhone in that new case, bright. Thanks again for a great podcast!

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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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