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Blind Bargains Qast 169: Wham!

It is the last regular format show of the year and wow is it filled with a lot of tech. Longtime friend of the show Steve Nutt
Slid down the chimney to discuss a wide range of electronic goodness. We also managed to fit in a Last Word and some amazing holiday cheer. Be sure to listen to the end as we go out on a high note!

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In The News:

NuEyes begins pre-orders for the E2

OrCam successfully funds their new product on Kickstarter

Apple Vis announces the winners of the 2018 Golden Apples

Google Assistant adds two new accents to their U s English voice options

As we thought, the latest edition of NVDA was released shortly after we mentioned the Release Candidate in episode 168

J-Dictate supports JAWS 2019 and so much more

Interview: Steve Nutt Computer Room Services

Imagine two guys sitting in a room enthusiastically talking about portable technology, smart speakers and screen readers. Well, our pal Steve Nutt of Computer Room Services
Stepped in front of our microphones and made that a reality for us this week. Together Steve and J.J. covered a lot of ground, however, here are just some of the products mentioned in their discussion.

The Bluesound family of products

Rivo 2 Keyboard

NavTrace One

Happy Day Talking Bathroom Scale


Milestone 312

Kapsys Smartvision products

Sunu Band

Sonic USB Memory Stick Player

Tip: Still Triple Clicking that Home Button

Joe expands on a tip from last week and shows how you can enable VoiceOver using the Home button even if you have added multiple items to the Triple Click Home menu.

Last Word:

Parrot Uses Alexa to Order Watermelon, Lightbulbs While Owner Is Out

Our sincerest thanks go out to the gang at Snyder Hall at University of Illinois
For their fantastic Dial A Carol service. We appreciated their holiday spirit and we were thrilled to have them on the show this week.

That will do it for our active weekly recorded shows for 2018. Episode 170 will be our look back at the A.T. trends of the year and 171 will feature Patrick s revenge with the traditional bloopers show. Happy holidays everyone

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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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