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#CSUN14 Audio: Indoor Navigation using iBeacons
iBeacons are one of the new methods for conveying information to consumers especially while indoors, and Apple's recent support for the technology has helped to expand their usage over the past year. Gordon Fuller, CEO of Accessible Help, talks about his vision for the future of indoor navigation and what his company is doing to see it through in this podcast. Blind Bargains audio coverage of CSUN 2014 is generously sponsored by the American Foundation for the Blind.
Posted Monday, 24-Mar-2014 10:30 AM ET

#CSUN14 Audio: The Sound of Eloquence on Android
Code Factory surprised many at CSUN by announcing the development of a version of the ETI Eloquence speech synthesizer for Android. We checked in with Code Factory Sales Director Melanie Endres for a live demo and to learn of what else the company is up to in this podcast. Blind Bargains audio coverage of CSUN 2014 is generously sponsored by the American Foundation for the Blind.
Posted Monday, 24-Mar-2014 03:28 AM ET

#CSUN14: Eloquence Speech Synthesizer Coming to Android
Code Factory has announced that they have formed a partnership with Nuance to bring the popular ETI Eloquence voice to the Android platform. THis is the voice most commonly associated with Windows screen reader such as Jaws and Window-Eyes. Code Factory will be showing a beta version of the software at the CSUN conference in San Diego. No pricing information has been made available.
Posted Tuesday, 18-Mar-2014 5:48 PM ET

Samsung Enhances the Power of the Galaxy Core Advanced with Three New Accessories
According to Samsung Mobile Press, Samsung is releasing three new accessories for the Galaxy Core Advanced. The goal of all of these accessories is to make the phone a more powerful tool for people with visual impairments. The ultrasonic case provides audible and tactile feedback to alert the user about objects that are within 2 meters of them. The optical stand scan provides the user with an optimal angle and distance to capture text and have it read aloud. Finally, the voice label tool allows users to label objects and addd a voice tag.
Posted Friday, 14-Mar-2014 4:53 PM ET

iOS 7.1 Brings New Voices, Visual Tweaks for Low-vision, More
iOS 7.1 has been released, providing several tweaks and bug fixes for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. Among the list of improvements are new voices for several countries including British and Australian English. Users can now subscribe to iTunes Match directly from the device; formerly you needed to do this from a computer. This enables you to listen to iTunes Radio without ads. If dictating long messages with Siri, keep your finger on the home button until you are done speaking with a new tweak. Visually speaking, the new bold font now has been expanded to more areas including the keyboard and calculator. More of the visual flare can also now be turned off, If you're still using an old iPhone 4, some optomizations have been made for your device to run faster, though we'll see how this is in practice. IN addition, the new fingerprint censor is now a bit more forgiving and should recognize you more easily. Also, random phone resets which have been reported by some users have been fixed in this update. This post from AppleVis outlines some more VoiceOver bugs that were fixed in this release as well as issues that are still outstanding.
Posted Monday, 10-Mar-2014 12:20 PM ET

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Posted Wednesday, 05-Feb-2014 3:08 PM ET

Refurbished No-Contract Apple iPhone 5s 16GB Smartphone for AT&T for $499.99 [Shipped]
QualityCellz via eBay offers the refurbished No-Contract Apple iPhone 5s 16GB Smartphone for AT&T in Space Gray, Silver, or Gold for $499.99 with free shipping. That's $149 under the lowest total price we could find for a new prepaid iPhone 5s with almost any carrier. It sports an Apple A7 processor, 4 inch 1136x640 Retina display, 8-megapixel iSight camera with 5-element lens with f/2.2 aperture, True Tone flash, and 1080p video capture with 30 fps video shooting (120 fps shooting at 720p slow motion playback), 1.2-megapixel FaceTime HD camera, Touch ID fingerprint reader built into the home button, M7 motion coprocessor, 802.11n wireless, Bluetooth 4.0, and dual microphones.
Posted Tuesday, 28-Jan-2014 11:46 AM ET

Refurbished Apple iPhone 4 16GB for Verizon Wireless for $143.99 [Shipped]
Deals Fisher via eBay offers the refurbished Apple iPhone 4 16GB for Verizon Wireless in Black, model no. MC676LL/A, for $143.99 with free shipping. That's the lowest total price we've seen. (It's also a price low for a refurb by $36.) It features an Apple A4 processor, 326-ppi (pixel per inch) Retina 3.5" display running at 960x640, gyroscope, front- and rear-facing cameras, 5-megapixel camera with LED flash, 720p video capture at 30 fps, 802.11n wireless networking.
Posted Tuesday, 14-Jan-2014 10:19 AM ET

Samsung is Adding to Their Galaxy Line With The Blind In Mind
Since being visually impaired means something different for each person, it's great that there are multiple smart phone options for the blind community. In particular, one option that Android users have that iOS users don't, is multiple handset options. For instance, Android users can still get phones that have tactile buttons. This particular option will soon be available on a new addition to the Galaxy line from Samsung. The new Galaxy Core Advanced has built in options that are designed to appeal to the visually impaired. The phone comes with Android 4.2, a 5 megapixel camera, and apps that will assist the visually impaired user. The apps include: optical scan for text recognition, a light sensor app to detect light direction and brightness, and technology built into the camera app that will announce number of faces and their location. This new phone is expected to come out early next year. Pricing has not been announced.
Posted Thursday, 19-Dec-2013 3:57 PM ET

The Fleksy Keyboard May Be Coming to An App Near You
Many Fleksy users were hoping that third party keyboards would be integrated into iOS 7. Sadly this didn't happen, but Fleksy has found a way to bring their keyboard to apps anyway. They have just opened their Software Development Kit (SDK) to app developers, and with their permission, the keyboard can be included in their apps. There are already four apps that have decided to integrate Fleksy. These include: BlindSquare, a very poplar GPS app for the blind, WordBox, a text editor, GV Connect, an app for using Google Voice, and Launch Center Pro, an app that let's you create a speed dial for doing different tasks on your device.
Posted Thursday, 19-Dec-2013 3:53 PM ET

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