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The biggest names, the latest news, and leading insights from the field. Podcasts, interviews, technology demonstrations, and commentary from industry experts. Get more at




Blind Bargains Qast 167: Between Two Doughnuts

We re back in the studio proper and we even have some news on hand despite it being the last month of the year. Joe follows up last week s TV tips with a demo of his new sound bar. The Last Word is food-related and Sound Off asks a question about BBQ history. Hide your nose from old Jack Frost and settle down with us for a warm winter s episode of the Qast. Sponsor: Google Our friends at Google are working hard to create great technology products for everyone. They're inviting you to...


Blind Bargains Qast 166: Talking Shields

We re a little light on news this week and we decided to pivot over to doing some demos of stuff we have on hand. Hear Joe talk about talking TVs, and J.J. jumps in with a look at an entertainment device. Don t worry as both have speech on board and there are several wild audio clips to keep things interesting. Sponsor: EnVision AI Envision AI is a mobile app that speaks out the visual information in front of you. It can read text from any surface, recognise faces, describe scenes, scan...


Blind Bargains Qast 165: The 2018 Blind Bargains Holiday Shopping Guide

Welcome to our 4th annual Blind Bargains Holiday Shopping Guide. This year, we've brought the deals straight to your audio feed. Sit back and relax as some of your favorite merchants, or perhaps some that are new to you, tell you about their latest products and services as well as some holiday deals. We'd like to sincerely thank all of the companies who were apart of this show. Below you'll find information about each company in the order they appear in the show. Be sure to stay with...


Blind Bargains Qast 164: Naked A.T. Twister

Greg Stilson Returns but not as a co-host. No, he s here to answer questions about AIRA and its newly announced plans. We also have a timely musical story in the Last Word , a seasonal shopping tip and more in episode 164. The one before Black Friday . In The News: IRIE A.T. invites you to meet your new Braille Buddy with the Buddy Braille Embosser Alibaba made a smart screen to help blind people shop and it costs next to nothing Hartgen Consultancy releases J-Say 17 November s Access...


Blind Bargains Qast 163: Smart city jacket

It used to be that the latter part of the year meant a slower news cycle for a little program like ours. That trend seemed to disappear in 2016 and it looks like it has no sign of stopping as this week's news section makes up the bulk of this episode's runtime. A great interview with Sam Latif of Procter & Gamble, a listener-submitted tip and the stylish "Last Word" help round out a show where all three of us were under the weather to some extent. In The News: AIRA Killing Unlimited...


Blind Bargains Qast 162: MacBook AirRoboros

Those rumors of Apple holding another hardware event were true as the company pulled back the curtain on new iPads, a Mac mini refresh and a beefier MacBook Air. BBQ Crew Regular Shelly Brisbin Is back to discuss the latest in MacLand. She joins J.J and Joe in deciphering what features stand out the most amongst the now multiple offerings in the Apple product catalog. Joe and Shelly even get a chance to give their takes on newly purchased Apple hardware featured from the previously...


Blind Bargains Qast 161: What You Braille Is What You Get

Autumn brings about a change in the weather, the leaves find their seasonal colors and the smell of nutmeg is everywhere thanks to the craze that has Pumpkin Spice in all things from coffee to breakfast cereals. With J.J. traveling this week, Joe ran his fingers across the BBQ Rolodex for a guest host and landed on a familiar voice that just so happened to have some big news to discuss. A listener-submitted tip a musical Last Word and Sound Off round out this episode in what we...


Blind Bargains Qast 160: Not Pink Squeezey Phones

The Google hardware event is now over, and the BBQ Crew takes almost as long as the event itself to discuss the important bits. Access Ana Aids J.J. and Joe in the unpacking of all the news from the event. She also provides her thoughts on the new Voice Access app And the Tick Watch Running Ware OS. We additionally want to thank all 156 of our listeners who took our short survey. Congratulations to Ron McEwen for being the lucky person to win the Google Home Mini giveaway. Discussion...


Blind Bargains Qast 159: Lamas Whip The Windows Enthusiast

Free updates are the best updates. Last month Apple handed out several with iOS, Watch OS, and of course Mac OS. This month Microsoft sends down the information superhighway the second of the big Windows 10 mega updates for 2018. J.J. and Joe discuss some of the highlights of this Windows refresh and J.J. even has a tip that is Windows related to boot. Sponsor: Google Our friends at Google are working hard to create great technology products for everyone. They re inviting you to...


Blind Bargains Qast 158: When the Visperos Go Back To Capistrano

It has been a long time since the week s A.T. news monopolized an episode s runtime. Yet that is what we have with information rolling in like a story-laden freight train heading towards the news section at breakneck speed. That means that our demo and tip sections are a bit shorter. And we still have Sound Off plus the week s weirdness with the Last Word . But first Remember you can take a short survey about our podcast by heading to this link Filling out the survey will put you in the...


Blind Bargains Qast 157: Liquid Retina Vapor Faces

It takes 5 of us to talk about 3 phones. Yep, the Apple event is over, and we break down the highlights of the hardware. Shelly Brisbin and Scott Davert join J.J., Joe and Patrick to talk about the new Apple gear in this special wrap-up show edition of the BBQ. Programming Note: This podcast was recorded shortly after the Apple event on September 12th. At that time, we did not know where Hurricane Florence would make landfall. However, we knew it would and we wanted to mention some...


Blind Bargains Qast 156: State Fair Guide Dogs

A few months ago, we mentioned that many of the US airlines were examining changes to their policies about air travel for service animal customers. We asked Jenine Stanley to come on the show and provide us with the status of these changes at the time of our recording. We also have a tip, a few suggestions and the trusty food-related content for the "Last Word". Sponsor: Google Our friends at Google are working hard to create great technology products for everyone. They re inviting you...

Blind Bargains Qast 155: Crock Noir

The week s news is usually light before an upcoming Apple event, now set for Sept. 12th by the way, so J.J. and Joe decided to put their feet up with a few games to pass the time. We have a listener submitted tip, a fashion statement in "Sound Off" and an odd combo for "Last Word". In the News: Freedom Scientific releases their August 2018 update for JAWS, Fusion and ZoomText Dolphin 17 update adds more browser support beyond Internet Explorer The August issue of Access World looks at...


Blind Bargains Qast 154: The A-Lady

For many years we ve held back about talking sports. Well, thanks to Brian Fischler And Yahoo, we found a way to cover sports and Assistive Technology at the same time. But it isn t all gridiron action this week. We have news, a tip and many audio clips in the Last Word . Get your draft on, its game time! In The News: Rice Krispies introduces Braille stickers for blind, visually-impaired kids just in time for back to school Envision AI version 1.5.0 released, introducing several new...


Blind Bargains Qast 153: Allstar Duck Triathlon

J.J. is out communing with nature at his annual summer camp retreat. So, Joe asked Jamie Pauls to hop into the studio to discuss the matters of the week. David Bradburn, longtime friend of the show, returns to talk about Video Magnifiers and his recent international travel exploits. Jamie has a tip; a fellow podcaster sends in a letter for "Sound Off" and a bit of audio Tom Foolery rounds out things in the "Last Word". Program Note: Huge shout outs, and big congrats, to members of the...


Blind Bargains Qast 152: 55 Gallon Braille Signage

The annual migration from the convention floor back to the studio has once again come to our merry band of podcasters. J.J., Joe and Patrick take a moment to discuss some of the highlights from our 2018 Summer Convention Coverage and even slip in some of the news from the last month as well. The "Last Word" and "Sound Off" round out this week s offerings. Pack, unpack or just relish the idea that you don't have to do either. Fight over that lone electrical outlet, It s an episode for that...


#ACB18 Audio: Friendly Phone Options For All At Irie-AT

Touch screens on phones and tablets can be very daunting to master for those who are new to vision loss. Cody Mitchell, Sales Manager for Irie-AT, and J.J. talk about some options that are out there for those looking to adopt a more guided focus driven experience on Android. The Synaptic software can be loaded on any device with Android Kit-Katt, on up, and contains features like a built in Video Magnifier and OCR. To check out the accessible phone options mentioned in this interview, head...


#NFB18 Audio: Detect The World Around You With Sunu

We aren t sure if Chancy likes Spiderman or not, but she sure could be Spiderwoman if she wanted to have comic book-like Spider Senses while wearing the Sunu Band. Fernando Albertorio, of Sunu, provides an overview, and outdoor demonstration, of the mobility travel aid. He discusses how the product has evolved and gives some insight into the increased capabilities of the device through its optional smartphone companion app. To learn more about the band, visit the Sunu Website. Our 2018...


#ACB18 Audio: Know More About Where You Are With WayAround

NFC, or Near Field Communications, is great for paying for things with a phone or watch. But wouldn't it be great if you could apply that same technology to a sign and learn more about where you are or what is around you? Jessica Hipp, Marketing Director for WayAround, explains the company's vision for doing just that. She also shows J.J. how using tags can be used to label shirts, objects, food and so many other items around the home. To learn more about the company, and download their free...


#ACB18 Audio: Welcome to Accessible Voting With Votec

There are a lot of rules and laws at play when it comes to the process of voting. Douglas Towne, of Votec Corperation, discusses some of the ins and outs of that process in this interview from the ACB Exhibit Hall floor. Find out about pollbooks and hear an overview of the Welcome Voter Kiosk. To learn more about accessible voting, visit the Votec w ebsite. Our 2018 summer convention coverage is sponsored by Google. This week we're teaming up with our friends on the Google Accessibility...