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Record Phone Calls with Your iPhone Case? Now You Can



Have you ever wanted to record a phone call? If you've ever thought that recording a call on an iPhone is something that could be of benefit to you, then you might want to check out this new iPhone case.

Available for $29 as part of an Indiegogo campaign that s hoping to raise $30,000 in order to get started, the Just In Case call recording iPhone case is actually a self-contained device that doesn t connect to your iPhone at all, and that s what makes it so useful.

While obviously providing somewhere to keep your iPhone, the Just In Case iPhone case has a well-placed microphone that is capable of capturing both your voice and that of the other caller and then saving the call as an MP3 to the included 2GB SD card. Buyers can, of course, put their own, larger card in there, but given the fact this is audio, we expect 2GB to be plenty for most.

The case not only records audio but also timestamps it for later retrieval, and the JIC only has two buttons, making it super easy to use. One button is the start/stop recording button, while the other is to initiate playback through a speaker on the back of the case. There s a rechargeable battery included that is said to be good for 8 hours of use. That $29 is early-bird pricing, so if you think this is something that you may want, now would be a good time to get your order in before the price goes up. JIC is available in red, black, blue, white, yellow, and green. It's designed for iPhone 5 and above, and will start shipping in May 2016.

NBP Offers 2016 Braille Valentines that Include a Hint of Popcorn



Valentine's Day is right around the corner and thanks to the National Braille Press, blind children can join in the fun with braille valentines. The 2016 series says "Just POPPING through with a VALENTINE for you!" and includes a hint of popcorn when scratched. Get 32 with envelopes for $14 or 20 for $10 by following the link on this post.

HumanWare Launches Explore Series of Portable Video Magnifiers



HumanWare is overhauling their lineup of portable video magnifiers by releasing three new models. The Explore series comes in 3, 5, and 7 inch models and is advertised as some of the lightest units in its class. The $249 Explore 3 is ultraportable and includes a built-in stand. The 5-inch Explore 5 comes in at $749 and includes 16 color contrast modes and magnification up to 22X. The larger Explore 7 is available for $1,099 and features a rugged stand and is more ideal for reading Books. They're all available now from the HumanWare website. Follow the link for the full press release.

The Hims Braille Edge Joins the UEB Party with Free Update



The latest update to the Hims Braille Edge adds native Unified English Braille support. While UEB had worked with screen readers in the past, it now can be used for the Braille Edge's on-board notetaking and other functions. Other minor improvements are also included in the free update. Check the link on this post to get the latest firmware for the Braille Edge, or read on for the complete changelog.

AFB's FamilyConnect Seeks Parents of Blind Children for Paid UEB Focus Group



FamilyConnect, a program of the American Foundation for the Blind, is looking for parents of blind or visually impaired children to participate in a focus group about transitioning to Unified English Braille (UEB). "There have numerous been focus group and interview studies in which consumers and vision professionals have been asked about their concerns, expectations and experiences with UEB. A big gap in our research involves the voices of the parents and families of children who are blind and transitioning to the UEB. We want to learn more about what families expect from UEB and what is happening to support them."
Two focus group times are available on either Tuesday, January 19 or Thursday, January 21 and participants will be compensated $50 for their time. Follow the link on this post for more info.

Get a Sneak Peak at the Next Service from Accessible Apps, Captcha Be Gone



Accessible Apps is working on the latest in their growing list of apps and services and set up a website to tease the upcoming offering. CAPTCHA Be Gone will be a browser extension that aims to solve visual CAPTCHAs, often used to prevent automated bots from hacking into websites. According to the website, "CAPTCHA Be Gone is a powerful but simple solution to solve CAPTCHAs for you nearly instantly. Press a single keystroke, and the CAPTCHA is automatically detected, extracted from the page, sent off, and solved in seconds. As soon as it is solved, an audio cue is played, and the solution is copied to your clipboard so you can paste it and keep going about your day."
The popular Web Visum service for Firefox has not been updated in some time and is now unavailable by default in the latest versions of the browser for security reasons. Rumola is another pay service that is currently available for Chrome and Firefox. Captcha Be Gone will be available as a service for $3.50/month and initially work with Firefox and Chrome with additional support planned. Check out the page for more info or to be added to a mailing list to receive updates. Would you pay for a CAPTCHA service that works with a variety of browsers? Post your thoughts in the comments.

Blind Bargains Top 10 Stories of 2015: 4. A Perfect 10?



The ballots are in and the votes have been tallied. It's time to count down the top 10 biggest and most influential stories of 2015. This year's panel included Jeff Bishop, Shelly Brisbin, Ricky Enger, Chancey Fleet, J.J. Meddaugh, Jamie Pauls, and Joe Steinkamp.
Each panelist gave us their opinions on the biggest stories in assistive technology and we've compiled their votes to create our annual list. We'll reveal a new story each day on the way to number one and announce the winner on the next Blind Bargains Qast. The 4th biggest story of the year may not impact you just yet, however, its footprint could be felt for years.

Blind Bargains Top 10 Stories of 2015: 5. The Year of the Helpful Cloud



We're about halfway through the Blind Bargains annual look at the top 10 biggest and most influential stories of 2015. This year's panel included Jeff Bishop, Shelly Brisbin, Ricky Enger, Chancey Fleet, J.J. Meddaugh, Jamie Pauls, and Joe Steinkamp. You can go here for our previous stories
Let's go to panelist Chancey Fleet for our number 5 story.

Blind Bargains Top 10 Stories of 2015: 6. These Are The Droid Apps You Are Looking For



The ballots are in and the votes have been tallied. It's time to count down the top 10 biggest and most influential stories of 2015. This year's panel included Jeff Bishop, Shelly Brisbin, Ricky Enger, Chancey Fleet, J.J. Meddaugh, Jamie Pauls, and Joe Steinkamp. You can go here for our previous stories
Each panelist gave us their opinions on the biggest stories in assistive technology and we've compiled their votes to create our annual list. We'll reveal a new story each day on the way to number one and announce the winner on the next Blind Bargains Qast. Our 6th story of the year may prove to be more relevant than some might initially think when the word "Android" is mentioned.

Updated! The Unofficial Guide to Changing Braille Displays and other Adaptive Technology into UEB



As the time has come to begin transitioning to Unified English Braille (UEB) in the US, I thought it would be a good idea to briefly discuss how to change various adaptive technologies to UEB from US English braille. Many pieces of assistive technology already support the UEB code, it s simply a matter of enabling them. Below is a list of the more common devices and how to make these changes. note that stand alone braille displays such as the Focus, Smart Beetle, Brailliant BI, etc, do not have specific settings for UEB, as these devices only receive input/output from the device they are connected to. Also note that these instructions apply to the latest version of the hardware/software listed, your results may vary on older models or versions of software. It is also assumed you know how to navigate and select various options for the hardware/software listed. A comprehensive guide to each device is beyond the scope of an article. Please consult user documentation for further support as needed.

Survey Seeks Feedback on Google Docs, Sheets, Slides, and Drive



Inclusive Android has posted a survey to gain user feedback on the accessibility of Google's office products including Docs, Sheets, Slides, and Drive. The survey applies to versions of these programs both on mobile operating systems such as iOS and Android as well as personal computers. Results will be shared with Google's accessibility team. Follow the link on this post to take the survey. Note: this survey was not created or endorsed by Google.

Blind Bargains Top 10 Stories of 2015: 7. The Time for Repentance is Now



We're almost halfway through the Blind Bargains annual look at the top 10 biggest and most influential stories of 2015. This year's panel included Jeff Bishop, Shelly Brisbin, Ricky Enger, Chancey Fleet, J.J. Meddaugh, Jamie Pauls, and Joe Steinkamp. You can go here for our previous stories
You can go here for our previous stories Number 7 involves an unexpected screen reader surprise.

Blind Bargains Top 10 Stories of 2015: 8. Apple Watches iOS 9 Like a TV Pro



The ballots are in and the votes have been tallied. It's time to count down the top 10 biggest and most influential stories of 2015. This year's panel included Jeff Bishop, Shelly Brisbin, Ricky Enger, Chancey Fleet, J.J. Meddaugh, Jamie Pauls, Joe Steinkamp.
Each panelist gave us their opinions on the biggest stories in assistive technology and we've compiled their votes to create our annual list. We'll reveal a new story each day on the way to number one and announce the winner on the next Blind Bargains Qast. You can go here for our previous storiesWe continue on with our 8th big story of 2015.

Blind Bargains Top 10 Stories of 2015: 9. NVDA Gets a New Voice, and More



We've started counting down the top 10 biggest and most influential stories of 2015. This year's panel included Jeff Bishop, Shelly Brisbin, Ricky Enger, Chancey Fleet, J.J. Meddaugh, Jamie Pauls, and Joe Steinkamp. You can go here for our previous stories For number 9, NVDA gets a new voice and much more.

Blind Bargains Top 10 Stories of 2015: 10. A Fusion of Screen Access Flavor



The ballots are in and the votes have been tallied. It's time to count down the top 10 biggest and most influential stories of 2015. This year's panel included Jeff Bishop, Shelly Brisbin, Ricky Enger, Chancey Fleet, J.J. Meddaugh, Jamie Pauls, and Joe Steinkamp.
Each panelist gave us their opinions on the biggest stories in assistive technology and we've compiled their votes to create our annual list. We'll reveal a new story each day on the way to number one and announce the winner on the next Blind Bargains Qast. Let's start out with number 10.

Backgammon, Slots among new free games from QuentinC, RS Games



Thanks to two popular online gaming sites, you can enjoy some new games with your friends near or afar this holiday season.
Over at QuentinC's Game Room, Backgammon has been added as their 25th game title. The classic dice and strategy game can be played with two humans or one person and a bot. Meanwhile, RS Games has added a basic slot machine game as well as a version of the number game 99. Both gaming sites can be played on a variety of platforms and are free to use.

Take a Break with Target's Accessible Holiday Storybook, Narrated by Neil Patrick Harris



The Holiday Odyssey - Three kids, a dog and an epic quest to light a ridiculously giant tree. This is the premise of Target's Holiday Story book, a completely accessible experience on their website. Narration, sounds, captions, and alt text are included for both English and Spanish users as they read the 49-page story, narrated by Neil Patrick Harris. It's accessible both on your computer or mobile device. Take a break from your day, and check the link on this post to read the story. When you arrive at this page, use the Settings button to set up the story to your liking before you begin Thanks to Steve for the tip..

Window-Eyes 9.3 Includes Built-in OCR, Read to End Improvements, More



AI Squared has released Window-Eyes 9.3, a free upgrade for the screen reader. This version includes much-improved read to end feature, OCR support for a variety of file types and the screen, support for additional braille displays, and an overhauled spell checker experience for Microsoft Word. It's a free upgrade for users of Window-Eyes 9.2. Follow the link on this post to learn more or to download an upgrade or demo, or read on to read more from AI Squared.

You Will Soon be Able to Print to Index Braille Embossers from your Phone



Braille embossers don't often see major changes, but a new feature from Index is believed to be a first for modern braille printing. The forthcoming V5 line of their Basic, Everest, and Braille Box models will support printing directly from mobile phones and tablets. No details are included on which devices will be supported. V5 models will begin to ship in early 2016 starting with the production Braille Box model followed by the consumer oriented Basic and Everest models. Owners of current V4 embossers will also receive some of the new mobile functionality with a 2.0 firmware update scheduled for early 2016.

A New Wearable May Help Blind People More Easily Find Door Handles



Researchers are developing a glove that they say will help the blind sense and grasp objects. According to a press release, "The technology will combine vision, tactile, force, temperature and audio sensors and actuators to help the wearer pre-sense an object - telling its location, feeling its shape and size - and then grasp it."

It can potentially be used to help in navigation, or for finding door handles or picking up a glass. Ambitions seem to run further than helping the blind, however. "Not only will this device help blind and visually impaired people, the methods and technology we develop will have great potential in advancing small and wearable robot autonomy with many potential applications in space exploration, military surveillance, law enforcement and search and rescue," Yantao Shen, an assistant professor at the University of Nevada Reno. We've linked to the press release from this post.

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