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Now you can Play the Popular Game Wordle with a Screen Reader



You may have seen friends posting their daily results from Wordle, the hot new word game craze. Now, there's an easy way to play the game with a screen reader.

Breaking: NFB Nearly Doubles Scholarship Program, Offering $240,000 in Awards in 2022



The National Federation of the Blind is nearly doubling the value of it's scholarship program and guaranteeing all winners an $8,000 prize. Applications are available now.

Let's Go Shopping, the Virtual Mall Crawl, is Back this Weekend



Back just in time for the holidays, Let's Go Shopping is a two-day, virtual mall crawl featuring businesses owned by blind and low vision individuals. We are excited to once again join this dynamic event, November 5 and 6.

J.J. will be presenting two sessions:
Friday, 2 PM Eastern, The Blindshell Classic 2 and Other Cool Stuff
Saturday, 6:30 PM, Tech and Gadgets for the Holidays

There are many amazing small businesses represented at this event, which starts at noon Eastern each day. Go here to read the complete schedule or the Vendor Directory.

For security links, we aren't posting the Zoom link on this website, but there's an easy way to get it. To get more information about Let's Go Shopping events, subscribe to their Email list by sending a blank message to lgs+subscribe@groups.io

New Aira for Android version brings improvements and bug fixes



Aira has released a new version of their Android app, bringing new bug fixes and improvements. Read on to find out what's new in the update.

Falling Squirrel presents the Vale: Shadow of the Crown, an action RPG for PC and x-Box



From their website,

The Vale is a story driven, action-adventure that utilizes the full potential of 3D audio and haptic controller feedback to deliver visceral gameplay that shatters the barrier between player and character.
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As an audio based game, The Vale sets out to breathe new life into medieval combat and provide a truly novel experience for visually impaired and sighted gamers alike.

Read more about the game below.

An overview of Microsoft OneNote for Windows 10



OneNote is one of the best ways to organize and connect different types of content, from notes to audio files and webpages. It also sinks between iOS, windows, and android, meaning that you will have access to your content on any device.

This is the write-up of a talk I did on Clubhouse several weeks back, demonstrating and going over some use cases. For those who have never used it, OneNote is probably the closest app to Scrivener on iOS that we have available on windows.

Introducing Comics for All, Seeking Kickstarter Funding



Many people who are blind or have low vision do not have independent access to comic books due to their visual nature, the Comics for All project intends to change that. The idea sprang from the concept of audio description because if people can do that for movies, why not graphic novels and comics as well.

Breaking: NFB Revokes AccessiBe Convention Sponsorship



The National Federation of the Blind has revoked the convention sponsorship an benefits from AccessiBee, due to questionable business practices by the company.


Deals

2 Pack Tile Pro 2020, Echo Dot 4th Generation, and a Smart Lightbulb for $69.99 w/ Free Shipping



Best Buy has the Tile Pro 2020 2-pack item tracker in Black/White, and Amazon Echo Dot 4th Generation Smart speaker in Twilight Blue and a Sengled Smart Bluetooth Mesh LED Multicolor A19 Bulb for $69.99. The bulb will show once adding the Tile/Dot to your cart. Shipping is free, or select free in-store pickup.
A free 3 month subscription to SiriusXM is also included with the purchase of the Dot FOR NEW SUBSCRIBERS. The items would cost nearly $123 if purchased separately, not counting the subscription. Tiles are a great way to find luggage, keys, or other valuables. Deal likely ends July 24.

Score some Tech Deals with the Summer of Tech Auction



An iPad, 2 smart televisions, a Victor Reader Trek, and a smart air fryer are among the items you could win by bidding in the Summer of Tech Auction.

6.6 Foot USB Type C to Type C Cables for $3 with Free Shipping



Monoprice has the Monoprice Essentials USB Type-C to Type-C 3.1 Gen 1 Cable for $3. Shipping is free. USB Type C is used on many modern laptops and Android devices. Note this particular cable has a Type C plug on both ends. The cable length is 6.6feet.


Podcasts

Blind Bargains Virtual Exhibit Hall Audio: Empathy And Education Are Core Values For Accessibility at AudioEye



We last caught up with AudioEye on the CSUNATC19 Exhibit Hall floor with news of their advancement into the kiosk access space. The internet has evolved a lot in the 2+ years since that interview and that is where J.J. starts with Dominic Varacalli, President, of AudioEye. The pair discuss the hot button topic of overlays, user testing and how the company is educating their customers to understand that access is a journey rather than a one and done service environment. If you are interested in joining the user testing program, visit this page for more information. Also, to obtain services, travel to the AudioEye website for more details.

Blind Bargains Virtual Exhibit Hall coverage is Brought to you by AFB AccessWorld.

For the latest news and accessibility information on mainstream and access technology, Apple, Google, Microsoft, and Amazon offerings, access technology book reviews, and mobile apps, and how they can enhance entertainment, education and employment, log on to AccessWorld, the American Foundation for the Blind's free, monthly, online technology magazine. Visit <www.afb.org/aw>.

Blind Bargains Virtual Exhibit Hall Audio: A Return To Form For Earl Harrison And The HIMS BrailleSense 6



It has been a long time since we ve welcomed back Earl Harrison, and HIMS, to our BBQ convention coverage microphones. A lot has happened since ATIA20, and a lot has happened to Earl specifically. JJ chats with Earl Harrison, National Account Manager for HIMS, about his return to the company after a scary bout with the virus in November of 2020. The pair then move along to a deep dive of the newly announced BrailleSense 6 notetaker. Topics discussed cover a wide range of questions that were sent in by our fans on Twitter. Tune in, or read below, to learn a physical description of the product and some of the general menu structure. Earl provides some insight into the new approach with the BS6, how this device differs from the Polaris, and he addresses the Android update elephant in the room directly. To learn more about the new BrailleSense 6, including transplant and trade-in options, visit the BS6 product page. Additionally, check out the HIMS YouTube channel as well for up-to-date information about the various lines of HIMS products.

Blind Bargains Virtual Exhibit Hall coverage is Brought to you by AFB AccessWorld.

For the latest news and accessibility information on mainstream and access technology, Apple, Google, Microsoft, and Amazon offerings, access technology book reviews, and mobile apps, and how they can enhance entertainment, education and employment, log on to AccessWorld, the American Foundation for the Blind's free, monthly, online technology magazine. Visit <www.afb.org/aw>.

Blind Bargains Virtual Exhibit Hall Audio: Feel The Things That Are Too Small Or Tall To Touch With See3d



The most articulate person in the world probably could not accurately describe a Despicable Me Minion character in great detail. Or at least not at a level that could be discerned at a quality that rivals the act of holding one in your hands. Caroline Karbowski, CEO and Founder of See3d, and Ian Matty, Manager Mountain Lakes Public Library Makerspace, sit down with J.J. to talk about how their organization lets people 3d print cartoon characters and so much more. See3d, with assistance from the OSU Innovation Center and the Mountain Lakes Public Library Makerspace, have created over 1400 3d models ranging from anatomy to astronomy and even famous geographical locations. Hear how the process works, or read the transcript below, for making a request for a design. And learn how others are working hard to make the tools involved with 3d printing better with access technologies. To make a request, or join the See3d community, visit their homepage

Blind Bargains Virtual Exhibit Hall coverage is Brought to you by AFB AccessWorld.

For the latest news and accessibility information on mainstream and access technology, Apple, Google, Microsoft, and Amazon offerings, access technology book reviews, and mobile apps, and how they can enhance entertainment, education and employment, log on to AccessWorld, the American Foundation for the Blind's free, monthly, online technology magazine. Visit <www.afb.org/aw>.

Blind Bargains Virtual Exhibit Hall Audio: 2021 An Audio Description Oddessy With Judy Dixon



So, the title of this interview infers that there will be some discussion of audio description within this conversation. And there is, we promise. But can you really blame J.J. for being nostalgic when talking to the author of more than 14 NBP
books, and soon to be a retiree, Judy Dixon? UEB and Web Braille are some of the topics covered before the pair move on to her latest book Audio Description: What It Is, Where to Find It, and How to Use It"". Listen in, or read below, as Judy talks about the "independence of Braille" and how it impacted her journey with technology throughout her career. To purchase the book, visit the National Braille Press Bookstore page And to reach Judy directly, send an email along to judy@judydixon.net

Blind Bargains Virtual Exhibit Hall coverage is Brought to you by AFB AccessWorld.

For the latest news and accessibility information on mainstream and access technology, Apple, Google, Microsoft, and Amazon offerings, access technology book reviews, and mobile apps, and how they can enhance entertainment, education and employment, log on to AccessWorld, the American Foundation for the Blind's free, monthly, online technology magazine. Visit <www.afb.org/aw>.

Blind Bargains Virtual Exhibit Hall Audio: Feeling Magnetic With Creative Arts And TouchPad Pro



The Etch A Sketch and Spirograph are some of the most successful toys available for introducing young people to the world of art. However, there are not many touch friendly equivalents for those searching for a tactile based option that would offer a similar experience to those classic toys. Daniel Seth Lubiner, Founder and CEO, and Brian K. Edwards, President and Chief Operating Officer, of TouchPad Pro Assistive Technology are out to change that by creating new products like the Braille Doodle and the TouchPad Pro. Hear the pair tell J.J. how these products were inspired by Braille students, transformed into an Indi Gogo project and how that process is leading to eventual product distribution. To learn more about the TouchPad Pro, visit this link to hear an audio described video of the introductory model. Additionally, to learn more about the company, visit the TouchPad Pro Assistive Technology website

Blind Bargains Virtual Exhibit Hall coverage is Brought to you by AFB AccessWorld.

For the latest news and accessibility information on mainstream and access technology, Apple, Google, Microsoft, and Amazon offerings, access technology book reviews, and mobile apps, and how they can enhance entertainment, education and employment, log on to AccessWorld, the American Foundation for the Blind's free, monthly, online technology magazine. Visit <www.afb.org/aw>.

Blind Bargains Virtual Exhibit Hall Audio: 9 + 1 Questions = Steven Scott Talking Tech



Steven Scott proudly proclaims to J.J. that he is indeed a "serial podcaster" during this interview. And it is hard to disagree with that statement when you consider the circumstances that led him to the place he finds himself with his career so far. Hear, or read the transcript below, as Steven regales J.J. with highlights from his more than 20 years of speaking into a microphone. Plus learn what is next for the RNIB, Double Tap and all-around Blind guy who talks tech. To keep up with Steven, and to get more information on his new podcast, follow him on Twitter @TechTalkerSteve

Blind Bargains Virtual Exhibit Hall coverage is Brought to you by AFB AccessWorld.

For the latest news and accessibility information on mainstream and access technology, Apple, Google, Microsoft, and Amazon offerings, access technology book reviews, and mobile apps, and how they can enhance entertainment, education and employment, log on to AccessWorld, the American Foundation for the Blind's free, monthly, online technology magazine. Visit <www.afb.org/aw>.

Blind Bargains Virtual Exhibit Hall Audio: Jobs For Humanity Are Building Bridges To Employment



Blind and Visually Impaired job seekers often must play a guessing game when it comes to the determination if a possible employment avenue will fit within their specific needs for access. That is why J.J. was eager to sit down with Roy Baladi, Founder at Jobs for Humanity, to explore how his organization is looking to build healthy bridges between employers and those interested in employment. Tune in, or read the transcript below, to learn where the drive to assist others came from and where the trajectory may lead to in the future. To know more about Jobs For Humanity, or to browse their postings, visit the Blind.Jobs website

Blind Bargains Virtual Exhibit Hall coverage is Brought to you by AFB AccessWorld.

For the latest news and accessibility information on mainstream and access technology, Apple, Google, Microsoft, and Amazon offerings, access technology book reviews, and mobile apps, and how they can enhance entertainment, education and employment, log on to AccessWorld, the American Foundation for the Blind's free, monthly, online technology magazine. Visit <www.afb.org/aw>.

Blind Bargains Virtual Exhibit Hall Audio: Fable Gives Product Testing Power to the People



J.J. notes at the top of this interview that the BBQast rarely interviews people within the Remediation and Testing sector of A.T. unless the subject of the interview stands out in a very crowded field. That is why he sat down with Samuel Proulx, Accessibility Evangelist for Fable, to discuss their unique approach to commercially available User Centric testing. In this chat you can hear how A.T. users of varying degrees of knowledge can embark on a pathway towards obtaining testing experience through resources provided by Fable. Additionally, those who are seeking something beyond automated testing can find a talent base curated by Fable from their growing community. To learn more about services offered by Fable, visit the company website or Follow them on Twitter @Makeitfable

Blind Bargains Virtual Exhibit Hall coverage is Brought to you by AFB AccessWorld.

For the latest news and accessibility information on mainstream and access technology, Apple, Google, Microsoft, and Amazon offerings, access technology book reviews, and mobile apps, and how they can enhance entertainment, education and employment, log on to AccessWorld, the American Foundation for the Blind's free, monthly, online technology magazine. Visit <www.afb.org/aw>.


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Hi have 2 devices for sell. A blaze ET 400 dollars and iPhone 8 Plus 300.


Hi blaze is in perfect condition. I have the unit, and charger. The phone is 256 gigabytes, and will have the latest iOS. Thanks.

Versa Paperless Braille Slates in Stock from A. T. Guys; More Case Colors Available


I heard that there was a rumor going around that the Versa Slate was out of stock. Certainly not true. In fact, we have brought back more case colors and are ready to ship your order right away. The Versa Slate is a braille slate that is paperless and erasable. It works just like a regular slate and stylus, but without paper. It features 4 rows of 20 cells each, and a magnetic stylus that is built into the side of the unit for easy storage. There are two models available. The full-size Versa is 4 lines and 20 cells per line. The mini is 2 lines of 12 cells and could easily fit in a small pocket or purse. The Versa functions like any other braille slate, but without the need for paper. Simply use the included stylus to make braille, and flip over the slate to read it. When you want to clear all or part of the slate, press one of the buttons. The slate has 2 sets of 4 buttons along the top and bottom of the reading side of the unit. There is a button above and below each group of 5 cells. Press the top and bottom buttons together to erase the dots from section of the slate. You can also gently push single pins down to erase a specific dot. We recommend doing this with a finger, not the stylus. As I mentioned, we now have more colors of cases in stock for the full-size slate. Our flip cases are available in gray, navy, and pink. I only have a few pink available BTW. To place your order online for a Versa Slate, power bank, or anything else we sell visit https://www.atguys.com/versa Or call 269-216-4798. You can also email questions to support@atguys.com.

Braille Note Touch


Im selling Braille note Touch from Humanware for $1200 or best offer. Also willing to trade Victor Reader GPS in new or almost new condition. Braille touch has only been used 2 or 3 times. Charger and card included. Email: maria.gutierrez7321@gmail I have Apple Pay and Paypal. Thanks

2MB Games releases Haunted House, an audiogame!


2MB Games has released Haunted House, and Haunted House expansion pack 1! High quality, enjoyable audiogames for blind or sighted. These are challenging audiogames with endless hours of fun. You can buy Haunted House base at https://2mb.games/product/haunted-house and expansion pack 1 at https://2mb.games/product/haunted-house-pack1. Remember, people who subscribe to 2MB Patron get haunted house packs for free! Sign up here! https://2mb.games/product/2mb-patron. -- Michael and Billy, 2MB Games.

Accessible Power Banks Now Available from A. T. Guys


We are pleased to introduce a brand new accessible power bank for all of your charging needs, in fact, two of them. Read on to learn more or to get a link to an audio demo. Our new 10,000 and 20,000 mAh power banks can be used to charge basically anything that can be charged via USB, including iPhones, Android devices, the BlindShell 2, most Bluetooth products, the Orbit braille displays, and much more. Plus with modern, fast charging, you wil be back in business much quicker compared with our older power banks. And because it's accessible, you can easily check the remaining power of the power bank by just pressing a button on the side. The unit will vibrate or beep from 1 to 4 times to indicate how much charge is available in the power bank. Hold down the button to switch between vibration, beeps, or both. The smaller of the two power banks is about the size of your cell phone, with the larger model about twice as thick. ON one end, you will find three ports. * USB Type A is the full-size rectangular USB port that's been around for many years. You can plug in any cable to this port to charge a device. * USB Type C is a newer port found on many modern devices and is also rectangular. You can also charge devices from this port, or also use it to charge the power bank. * Micro USB is the small plug that typically has two bumps on one side. You can also use this port to charge the power bank. Simply take your existing cable and plug it into the power bank to charge your device. The power bank will vibrate or beep to indicate the device is connected. We have two models available: 10,000 mAh charges a typical iPhone about three times from a single charge of the power bank. Available for $75 plus shipping. 20,000 mAh charges a typical iPhone about six times from a single charge of the power bank. Available for $99 plus shipping. We include a USB Type C cable in the box which you can use for charging. If you have a newer iPhone, you can plug this into your wall plug to charge. It will also charge from modern laptops. Alternatively, you can use any Micro USB cable and connect it from the power bank to an outlet for charging. We have a variety of cables and plugs available if you need a spare, and of course, you can call us if you need assistance figuring out the best solution for your needs. Power banks are in stock now and ship same business day if you order by noon. To order, or to hear an audio demo please visit https://www.atguys.com/power You can also write us at support@atguys.com or call 269-216-4798.

Traditional Braille Woman's Wrist watch


I'm selling a traditional braille woman's wrist watch. It runs on a battery. It now has a leather band but can also take a metal expansion band. It is in good condition.


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