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Blind Bargains Qast 102: Guitar Talk, Love And Droids

As the title suggests,
we have conversations about music and Google i/o this week. 2C Music's Sean Creaven stops by to discuss his project's crowd funded initiative for learning the guitar. Joe provides us with a tip and the Last Word will have you thinking about outdoor cafes in a whole new way. And that is just some of what's in store for you in episode 102.

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In The News:

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Windows 10 S: no command line apps, free Pro upgrades for assistive tech users

Windows Accessibility: What to Expect Later This Year

Microsoft's new Surface Pro has 13.5 hours of battery life and LTE option

Orbit Reader's price has been announced at a cool $449 with a probable summer release date. Follow APH on Twitter to keep up with the very latest on the new display and more...

ZoomText 10.11.8 update with support for Windows 10 Creators Update now available at

JAWS 18 also sees an update

Nintendo's Response To Blind Rhythm Heaven Fan Will Warm Even The Coldest Of Hearts

Related, this year's GA Confrence has posted their videos of talks on game access

Interview: Guitar Talk, love and drums

There are guitar courses for the blind, but most current offerings focus on learning by ear, which is not well-suited for everyone. Sean Creaven from 2C Music joins us to discuss a new course they are developing to teach basic guitar to the blind. You can pledge $15 now through their crowdfunding page to get the course when it is completed.
They're also on Facebook and on Twitter

Google i/o

We'll be honest here about the keynote. It felt like an infomercial more than what we have seen in the past from a tech company's big ticket event. perhaps that is for the better, as this was a conference for Developers after all. Still, there were some pretty heavy announcements to be discussed. And discuss we did from stories listed below.

Watch the Google I/O 2017 keynote in 10 minutes

Everything that's been announced at Google I/O 2017 so far (continuously updated)

Google Demonstrates Android O Accesibility Features Including Accessibility Volume, Language Switching

Google's VPS indoor navigation is a game-changer for the visually impaired

Google s speech recognition technology now has a 4.9% word error rate

The Google Assistant comes to iOS

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Google simplifies sharing notes, calendars and photos with family

Google will soon be able to remove objects from photos

The 6 big updates coming to Google Home

Here's How To Add Events To Your Calendar With Google Home

Google Announces Standalone VR Headsets From HTC and Lenovo


Keep up to date from key sources like Apple Vis, MSFT Accessibility, Facebook Access, Inclusive Android and feeds from Easter Seals Crossroads for information beyond blindness, and non blindness, related technology.

Facebook Access

Microsoft Accessibility

Apple Vis

Inclusive Android

InDataEaster Seals Crossroads podcast

Sound Off;

Fred Wurtzel sends in this comment about last week's show...


I really enjoyed David s presence on episode 101. I liked hearing about how he views blindness topics from Europe. I think a regular appearance would give BBQ a unique identity.

Russ Kiehne echoes what many have said on social media in his email to us;

"The VFO group won the battle. They now own zoomtext and stopped development of Window Eyes. As a friend of mine said: Several screen readers battled for supremacy in North America at the end of the last century and the beginning of this one, and now JAWS is the only one still standing."

Last Word:

Three letters is all it takes for the spotlight this week. TED and Rat.
TED All Star

San Francisco is opening a rat caf

Every time we think there isn't anything to talk about in a BBQ, something comes out of nowhere and "Blam!". So, nothing pithy because we don't want to tempt fate. Next week, in episode 103, we'll hopefully talk about run of the mill stuff. No really, hope springs eternal you know? Fingers crossed and see you next episode.

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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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