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Blind Bargains Qast 196: Nest Home Pixel Max


This show marks the 750th piece of audio content to arrive on the site. It also so happens to be the 9th year for J.J. and Joe to discuss Blindness related Google accessibility. That s why we thought it wild that this episode features our 2019 Made By Google event wrap up coverage. Trains, another grocery order and J.J. taking us out for a walk are some additional points of interest to notice along the route that is BBQ 196.

Discussion Topic: Made By Google 2019 Event

Here is some more background information on what Google is about to unleash upon the world.

Accessibility for the digital world and beyond
Action Blocks: one tap to make technology more accessible
Voice guidance in Maps, built for people with impaired vision
Using AI to give people who are blind the full picture
If it has audio, now it can have captions
Google rolls out real-time captioning starting with Pixel 4
Google announces Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL
Pixel 4 and 4 XL hands-on: Google ditches fingerprint scanner for face unlock
Pixel 4: Sorry, you're not actually using radar to unlock the phone with your face
Pixel 4 hands-on Thumbs up for 90Hz, thumbs down for Project Soli
The Pixel 4's Gestures Might Be a Gimmick But At Least They Actually Work
Pixel 4's 'Face Unlock' works even if you're asleep or dead -- and that's a problem
With the Pixel 4, Google's smartphones have to grow up
Pixel 4's Live Caption feature coming to Pixel 3 and 3a in December
Google is bringing the Pixel 4's improved Night Sight to the Pixel 3 and 3a
Google is fleecing previous Pixel owners on trade-ins
Google Nest Mini hands-on: Barely new in all the best ways
The new true wireless Pixel Buds are always listening
New Pixel Buds: The complete lowdown on Google's 'floating' wireless earbuds
Google announces the Pixelbook Go in Just Black and Not Pink, starting at $649
Google announces the Pixelbook Go, a premium, MacBook-style Chrome OS laptop
Google takes another stab at headphones with new, totally wireless Pixel Buds
Google announces Pixelbook Go, a cheaper Pixelbook
The Pixelbook Go is the back-to-basics Chromebook you've been waiting for
Nest Wifi announced at Made by Google 2019
Google unveils Nest Wifi Router and Point with built-in Assistant speaker'
The Nest Wifi is a boring product with some brilliant ideas
Google defends its use of Wi-Fi 5 in Nest Wifi
New Nest Aware can use your smart speakers and displays to listen for smoke and CO alarms
Google Home app is getting a new event feed for Nest Aware subscribers
The new Google Assistant will be U.S. only, English only at launch
Google s Stadia cloud gaming service will launch on November 19th
Google's Daydream VR experiment is over
Google s AI explains how image classifiers made their decisions
Better privacy and more flexibility with Nest devices
Report: Home builders ditch Nest products after Google takeover
How to Use Google Maps' New Detailed Walking Directions
Why I WASTED my time at Google's Android TV event
The next Big Tech battleground is your ears

Sound Off:

Thanks to these fine folks for sending in tweets about the Made By Google event.

cyclops_22Has anyone tried the nest hub with any kind of screen reader? Is TAlkBack even their?
@ChangelingMx: I personally felt it was the most boring keynote I've ever watched. Also, extremely disorganized.
@ed_edwardson: For the last few years they really keep trying to push Chromebooks on the general populous. Yet I've not seen them take hold outside of education. Do consumers use these things?

The Hub line does have screen reader support. You can always check the Google Accessibility page, or the device's specific online manuals, if you want to learn more.

Last Word:

A blast from the Internet's past pings into the final segment this week.
A series of mysterious bleeps and bloops defined the early days of the internet
Yahoo is deleting all content ever posted to Yahoo Groups
Understand what's changing in Yahoo Groups

If we are lucky, that was the last big hardware event for the show. If we are not so lucky, and the rumors are true, we may have one more from Apple before we can hang up the wrapup format for the year. Stay tuned and keep your fingers crossed.

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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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