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Dive into this podcast to learn about the Qwerky Writer Mechanical Keyboard, a keyboard dedicated to those who want the greatest typewriter feeling under their fingertips at all times. Thanks to arrangements done by Qwerkytoys, what's reviewed here is of the latest QwerkyWriter S model. As you can hear, I could not be more than pleased with the design, build, and overall retro feel of this product. As you also hear, there are some some negatives, such as the right-shift key, but these to me...
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In this session, Google covers ways to make Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality more accessible to more users.
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Learn about the latest feature additions to Android P, get an update on accessibility testing and best practices, and hear about new APIs that developers can use to create more accessible app experiences. This session will also offer a unique look into how Google conducts UX research for users with disabilities.
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Mar 18, 2018 CBT
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CBT checks out these true wireless headphones with no cords and no tangles — just great audio. Charge/Storage case allows convenient recharging — charge up to three times while on-the- go. Features: * The iQ Podz provide superb sound quality with deep bass and noise cancellation. * Built-in microphone for taking calls on-the-go. * IPX4 water resistance protects against splashing water such as rain and sweat. * Includes charging/storage case, Micro USB cable and three sizes of ear tips. *...
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Feb 22, 2018 CBT
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In this weeks Spotlight CBT features Mr. Gilles Pepin, the CEO of HumanWare. With more than 25 years experience, Mr. Pepin has built a solid worldwide reputation in the field of assistive technology and in the arena of visual impairment. In 1988, Mr. Pepin founded VisuAide, a successful company specialized in high technology for people who are blind or visually impaired. VisuAide merged with PDI in 2005 to form HumanWare. For over 25 years, HumanWare's inspirational vision has resulted in a...
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The next generation of Amazon's best-selling Fire tablet ever - now thinner, lighter, and with longer battery life and an improved display. According to Amazon, it is more durable than the latest iPad. CBT initializes VoiceView and goes through the setup of Amazon's newest Fire 7 Tablet. The accessibility features allows you to magnify the screen and increase the size of text in menus on your Fire tablet. You can also navigate your device using VoiceView gestures and hear spoken feedback about...
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The CBT Team kicks off its new Braille Mail Show, with James and Nelson as your hosts. Keep sending us your emails and messages from social media and we will read or play your feedback on our show. You can contact us via email to cbt@coolblindtech.com or call our new toll free number at 1-855-330-2665 anytime night or day. From: Kevin Barry James, A while back, in one of the regular CBT podcasts, you recommended Google's new $160 wireless ear buds. I recall being surprised at your...
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Dec 30, 2017 CBT
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CBT takes a look at the Google Home Mini with updated touch controls. Shortly after launching the Mini, Google disabled all touch controls due to an issue with the touch control on the top of the device constantly being triggered even when not touched. Google recently added some touch controls back to it’s Mini speaker. Here's what you can do: * To play, pause, stop music playback or end a phone call, long-press on either side of the Home Mini. * Stop a timer or alarm with a tap on either...
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Dec 26, 2017 CBT
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CBT gives you our first impressions of the Google Pixel 2 XL. Find out how this maybe the best of 2017. Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL The Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL both use Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processors with 4GB RAM. (You can also choose between 64GB and 128GB options.) They have the same camera, processor, and speaker specs. They have 12.2-megapixel rear cameras that have an autofocus with laser and dual-pixel phase detection, and optical and electronic image stabilization. In the front, the Pixels...
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Dec 19, 2017 CBT
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In this week’s VIP, Nelson and James discuss the top stories from assistive tech and give you some Cool Picks to think about. News Flash: Apple Support Now Has A Dedicated YouTube Channel! Virgin Atlantic Launches In-Flight Entertainment For Blind Travelers Top Stories The New iPhone X Unboxing And First Impressions Smart TV App Helps The Color Blind See Better Developer Making The First Bitcoin Wallet For The Blind Cool Picks Talking Tuner for iOS HotPaw Talking Tuner is a hands-off,...
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CBT takes a dip in the water with the Ultimate Ears roll 2. Will this portable bluetooth speaker sink or swim? No speaker has the same versatility or unique portability that ROLL 2 does. Strap it to your backpack, and it’ll still be there. Wirelessly Double Up with a second Ultimate Ears ROLL 2 speaker and take your sound to a whole new level. every ROLL 2 comes with a free inflatable floatie. Now while you're lounging on your giant inflatable swan, your ROLL 2 can float right beside you....
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Dec 10, 2017 CBT
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In this episode we get into the basics of doing some midi recording. You’ll hear the lovely Steinway Grand Piano on a childhood classic while learning some  concepts of how GarageBand handles recording. Grab a copy of GarageBand and lets dive in! Keyboard Commands Covered in this Episode: * K = Toggle Metronome on/off * Shift K = toggle Count In on/off * R = Start recording * SpaceBar = Start/Stop Playback (technically play/pause), Stop Recording * Return = Go to beginning of the project *...
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Dec 10, 2017 CBT
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This time out we take a look at recording audio. This covers everything from setting up the computer to know which device/microphone to record from to telling GarageBand which track to record onto. Especially useful in projects with more than one tracks.So warm up those vocal pipes or playing fingers and lets continue our dive into recording with GarageBand. Keyboard Commands Covered in this Episode: * K = Toggle Metronome on/off * Shift K = toggle Count In on/off * R = Start recording *...
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Dec 9, 2017 CBT
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Packed with the greatest hits of sounds from its big brother Logic, GarageBand frees you up to be creative without any of the overwhelming sensation of option paralysis that can confront a new comer in more “Pro” apps. In this introduction we cover acquiring GarageBand, setting up the app, and getting familiar with its interface. Also showing off one of its cool features to get you playing with just your Mac. Grab a copy of GarageBand and lets dive in!
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Dec 7, 2017 CBT
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We put the Monster Bluetooth speaker to a sound and drop test, guess what happens? Your life is an adventure, and you need to have CBT wherever your adventure takes you. With an “everything proof” exterior (weatherproof, rust-proof, dust-proof), the Monster® Adventurer can follow you into the fray and survive the most harsh climates and environment. Be prepared! Charging your devices is easy with Adventurer's battery reserve. As you rise to meet any challenge, the Monster Adventurer's...
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Dec 6, 2017 CBT
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The Victor Reader Stream is ubiquitous in the blindness community with over 36000 units in circulation. Imagine having the latest novels, magazines, your favorite music, audio-described films, texts and your own voice recordings, all in the palm of your hand. With its new lightweight and compact design, Victor Reader Stream delivers hours of listening pleasure ANYWHERE! The new Victor Reader Stream is 28% smaller than its predecessor. Its new sleek design is thinner and features rounded shapes,...
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CBT gives you the first impressions of the new Essential Phone. The Essential Phone’ has a stunning edge-to-edge Full Display and is a large-screen device that fits comfortably in the palm of your hand. Essential PH-1 features Materials * Titanium body * Ceramic back * Corning Gorilla Glass 5 cover glass Dimensions * Height: 141.5mm * Width: 71.1mm * Thickness: 7.8mm * Weight: 1000:1 (typical) * Technology: CGS / LTPS Human Input + Sensors * 10 finger multitouch; palm and water-error...
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Nov 27, 2017 CBT
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The CBT Team is back again with another Fanmail show? Keep sending us your emails and messages from social media and we will read or play your feedback on our show. You can contact us via email to cbt@coolblindtech.com or call our new toll free number at 1-855-330-2665 anytime night or day. From: Kelley Armstrong Hi everyone, I just want to say thank you for putting all of this educational information out there! I have been a long time listener for years! This is my weigh in on the iPhone ten...
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Nov 24, 2017 CBT
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In this week’s VIP, Nelson and James are joined by Jackie Brown from the British Computer Association of the Blind. They discuss the top stories from Cool Blind Tech and give you some of their favorite Cool Picks. Established in 1969, BCAB is the oldest association of blind and partially sighted technology users in the world. Members include people of all skill levels, ages and interests. Top Stories RUDY The Robot Is Now Available To Care For Seniors Engineering Students Develop Pulse, An...
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Nelson Régo demonstrates the new gestures and button controls for the iPhone X! Oh yeah, just one more thing… Nelson shows a hidden trick for a virtual Home button.
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Nov 20, 2017 CBT
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CBT is back setting up the new iPhone X!
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Nov 15, 2017 CBT
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CBT is back with the unveiling of the new iPhone X! Is this iPhone for you? Find out by listening in as we give our impressions and show what happens when you call emergency services! From Apple: Our vision has always been to create an iPhone that is entirely screen. One so immersive the device itself disappears into the experience. And so intelligent it can respond to a tap, your voice, and even a glance. With iPhone X, that vision is now a reality. Say hello to the future. iPhone X Features:...
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Nov 8, 2017 CBT
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In this week’s VIP, Nelson and James are joined by Carlos Alvarez. They discuss the top stories from Cool Blind Tech and give you some Cool Picks to think about. Top Stories Airport Announces New Service For Blind and Low Vision Passengers Reviewing the Windows 10 Fall Creators update, Microsofts revision to a vision: Part 1 Reviewing the Windows 10 Fall Creators update, Microsofts revision to a vision: Part 2 LG Electronics Releasing Voice-Command Washers to Visually Impaired This Year Cool...
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Nov 1, 2017 CBT
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CBT shows some creative uses for Bubble Level for iPhone and iPad. The 5 in 1 app could be the handiest utility app and it is FREE! Grab it now! New and UNIQUE features and functionalities: * Object alignment. * Angle measurement. * Surface flatness. * Metal detection - detect wire inside the wall before drilling it. * Inclinometer - Also known as a tilt – meter; will help drivers during off-road journeys, to control and minimize the risk of roll-over. With all the new features of this app,...
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Oct 25, 2017 CBT
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The CBT Team is back again with another Fanmail show? Keep sending us your emails and messages from social media and we will read or play your feedback on our show. Win a chance to get a $50 Amazon gift card by helping us renaming the Fanmail show. Keep sending us your suggestions and we will pick the best one. Eligible entries must have an Amazon.com or Amazon.ca account. You have until November 15, 2017. You can contact us via email to cbt@coolblindtech.com or call our new toll free number at...
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Oct 17, 2017 CBT
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The CBT Team cranks it up with this test! According to Apple the latest iPhones are 25 percent louder than last years version, can you tell the difference? We compare the loudness between the iPhone 7 Plus and the new iPhone 8 Plus.
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Oct 16, 2017 CBT
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In this week’s VIP, Nelson and James are back talking about the top stories from the world of assistive tech and give you their Cool Picks. News Flash Say Goodbye to Groove Music and Hello to Spotify Be My Eyes is Now Available for Android You Can Now Change Your Google Assistant in to a Male Amazon Echo Can Now Call Canada, US and Mexico for Free More Accessibility Features Come To Forza Motorsport 7 Pornhub Gives Blind and Visually Impaired Users More Accessibility Top Stories Google’s...
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Oct 14, 2017 CBT
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The CBT Team compares 2 of the top wireless chargers recommended for the new iPhone 8 Plus. The Mophie wireless charging base uses the Qi wireless charging standard and is optimized to charge iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X making charging easier than ever. Experience a new and effortless way to charge your iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X — wirelessly. Simply set your iPhone down on the Boost Up Wireless Charging Pad and get fast wireless charging performance.
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Oct 13, 2017 CBT
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The CBT Team puts the new iPhone 8 Plus to the test by comparing it to the iPhone 7 Plus. Find out if it is worth the upgrade.
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A few months ago, I reviewed a label maker by Logan Tech which really raised the bar on how labels are created in terms of both ease of creation and the resulting crispness. While perhaps out of the price range for some, I still considered it a worthwhile investment which would enrich your life, well, for a lifetime of Braille. That's both important and powerful to me. But what if you don't yet know Braille? Label makers become useless for this target of the population, unless, of course, you...
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Oct 9, 2017 CBT
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The CBT Team checks out some of the new Siri voices and how to make it your default voice for the new iPhone 8 Plus.
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Oct 6, 2017 CBT
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The CBT Team is back again with another Fanmail show, with James and Nelson as your hosts. Keep sending us your emails and messages from social media and we will read or play your feedback on our show. You can contact us via email to cbt@coolblindtech.com or call our new toll free number at 1-855-330-2665 anytime night or day. From: Alden Can you make a podcast how to downgrade to iOS 10 from iOS 11? From: LeDon What do you guys use to back up your files off site?   Is it easily accessible?...
In this Spotlight Interview, James Oates sits down with Kirk Adams, the president and CEO of the American Foundation for the Blind to discuss the mission of the AFB and the most pressing issues that blind people face in the 21st century. Helpful Resources AFB Website AFB’s Career Connect Page AFB’s Access World Publication AFB Press AFB’s Family Connect Page AFB’s Vision Aware Page AFB’s Publication, “College Bound” Learning Ally Cogswell Macy Act The American Council of the Blind...
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Sep 30, 2017 CBT
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In this week’s VIP, Nelson and James are joined by Allison Sheridan from Podfeet. They discuss the top stories from Cool Blind Tech and give you some Cool Picks to think about. Top Stories Amazon Introduces New Accessibility Features for Blind and Visually Impaired Customers Brain Implant Launching Clinical Trial to Restore Vision to Patients Court Finds That Accessibility Rules Apply to Retail Websites Show links * Interview with Second Sight at CSUN * Tutorial of Recording Skype with Audio...
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Sep 25, 2017 CBT
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The CBT Team gets their hands on the new iPhone 8 Plus and gives their first impressions of the familiar design with some new features. The iPhone 8 Plus introduces an all‑new glass design. The world's most popular camera, now even better. The smartest, most powerful chip ever in a smartphone. And augmented reality experiences never before possible. With no charging cable required, iPhone 8 Plus is truly designed for the future of wireless. Charge with wireless charging stations and mats in...
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Sep 25, 2017 CBT
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CBT is back with another unboxing of a wireless charger, this time from Belkin. Experience a new and effortless way to charge your iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X — wirelessly. Simply set your iPhone down on the Boost Up Wireless Charging Pad and get fast wireless charging performance. Experience wireless charging using the Qi wireless standard, which delivers up to 7.5W to your iPhone. A subtle LED indicator allows you to know as soon as your device is placed on the pad and charging. It...
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Sep 25, 2017 CBT
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The CBT Team unboxes the Mophie wireless charging base for the new iPhones . The charging base is optimized to charge your iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X quickly and easily. Simply set your iPhone on the wireless base and charging begins immediately. The non-slip housing ensures perfect placement and the included wall adapter means you have everything you need to get charging right in the box. The Mophie wireless charging base uses the Qi wireless charging standard and is optimized to...
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Sep 23, 2017 CBT
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In this show Nelson Régo Unboxes the New Apple Watch Series 3 with LTE. The series 3 38MM Apple Watch will have a Wi-Fi version priced at $329 and a LTE version priced at $399. The 42MM model costs an additional $30. The cellular version can take and receive calls and use apps without having to have an iPhone nearby. The watch’s phone number must be the same as the phone number already assigned to an iPhone 6 or later. The watch has 16GB of memory and has a distinctive red crown that...
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Sep 22, 2017 CBT
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In this week’s VIP, Nelson and James are joined by Jeff Thompson from Blind Abilities and Randy Rusnak from ACB Radio. They discuss the top stories from Apple’s Keynote Event and give you some Cool Picks and tips. Top Stories Accessibility Changes Coming On The iPhone X The new iPhone X has an edge-to-edge screen and no Home Button, but will be using the Sleep/Wake button on the upper right hand side instead for functions such as the triple click feature for accessibility users and...
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Sep 19, 2017 CBT
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In this week’s Cool Picks, the CBT Team are joined by Rob Minault from the AT Banter podcast. They discuss some of their favourite Cool Picks. You can contact us via email to cbt@coolblindtech.com or call our new toll free number at 1-855-330-2665 anytime night or day. Cool Picks YouTube Kids by Google, Inc. Nelson has a great recommendation for parents who want their kids to have a safe place to play on the internet. Marty's Blindfold Games Rob is blown away by the number of audio-games a...
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Sep 17, 2017 CBT
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In this week’s VIP, Nelson and James are joined by Rob Minault from the AT Banter podcast. They discuss the top stories from Cool Blind Tech and give you some Cool Picks to think about. News Flash Google launches disability answer desk. Apple and Microsoft already have dedicated staff who are made available to help customers with accessibility related questions. Now Google will do the same in a limited capacity. The disability support team is available Monday through Friday, from 8:00AM to...
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Sep 16, 2017 CBT
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The CBT Team is back again with another Fanmail show? Keep sending us your emails and messages from social media and we will read or play your feedback on our show. You can contact us via email to cbt@coolblindtech.com or call our new toll free number at 1-855-330-2665 anytime night or day. From: Harry Brown Hi there, Just wanted to let you all know that cool blind tech is now on Alexa!!! Just enable the Anypod skill, then, just say, "Alexa, ask Anypod to play cool blind tech", and...
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Sep 12, 2017 CBT
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In this week’s Cool Picks, The CBT Team bring you their top picks from the assistive tech world. Cool Picks Ring Chime Pro, Indoor Chime and Wi-Fi Extender ONLY for Ring Network Devices Nelson is extending the range of his Ring devices. Now he will never miss any of his many visitors. Instacart James has decided that having his groceries delivered with the help of the Instacart app is easier than dealing with the crowds at the store.
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Sep 9, 2017 CBT
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In this week’s VIP, Nelson and James bring you the top stories from Cool Blind Tech along with some really Cool Picks. Top Stories MoviePass Subscribers Can See Unlimited Movies for $9.95 per Month In a move that has angered many movie theatres, MoviePass has offered its customers a Netflix like subscription service to see unlimited movies in theatres for only $9.95 per month. AMC in particular has express that they will attempt to block this program, but there isn’t a lot that they can do,...
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Sep 7, 2017 CBT
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The CBT Team returns with another Fanmail show? Tell us if we should stay with the show title or if all of you can come up with a better name. Keep sending us your emails and messages from social media and we will read or play your feedback on our show. You can contact us via email to cbt@coolblindtech.com or call our new toll free number at 1-855-330-2665 anytime night or day. From Daniel Hawkins: Hello Cool Blind Tech, I enjoy listing to your podcasts and all the news you put on your site. My...
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Sep 5, 2017 CBT
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In this week’s Cool Picks, Nelson and James bring you their top gadgets and gizmos and everything in between. Cool Picks Ring Video Doorbell Pro (Wiring Required), Works with Amazon Alexa With the Ring Video Doorbell Pro, Nelson always knows when his deliveries have arrived. Dropbox Plus Now that he has Dropbox Plus, James has more cloud storage than he knows what to do with.
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Sep 1, 2017 CBT
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In this week’s VIP, Nelson and James bring you the top stories from Cool Blind Tech. And of course, it wouldn’t be a VIP without their Cool Picks. Top Stories APH and HumanWare team up to create a new intelligent magnifier HumanWare has announced a partnership with The American Printing House to provide a new powerful tool for visually impaired students combining a high-performance digital magnifier with the versatility of an Android tablet, the MATT Connect. This Fashionable Tech Helps...
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Aug 29, 2017 CBT
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Join the CBT Team this week as they bring to you some of their latest Cool Picks. Cool Picks: Swarm Simulator FitStar Ability on the Google Home speaker Littlebook - for Facebook on Apple Watch
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Aug 25, 2017 CBT
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Join the CBT Team as they enter into the exciting world of Braille technology. Both mainstream and assistive technologies have experienced revolutionary developments over the last year, and it's no surprise that Braille displays and note takers have also experienced these changes. * Luxury Braille Displays, will they make it? Our team compare the VarioUltra by Baum, The Elbraille by Vision Freedom Optelec, and the Braille Sense Polaris by Hims. * How about for those who don't want to break the...
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Aug 23, 2017 CBT
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https://Www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/traffic.libsyn.com/coolblindtech/Cool_Picks-_August_22_2017.mp3 In this week’s Cool Picks, Nelson and James are joined by Christopher McMillan. Listen in as they discuss their favourite tech on Cool Blind Tech. Cool Picks Ring Floodlight Camera Motion-Activated HD Security Cam Two-Way Talk and Siren Alarm Watch your step! Nelson is keeping an eye on you with this incredible home security camera system. Unboxing and Setting up the Aira Glasses for the...
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Aug 18, 2017 CBT
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In this week’s VIP, Nelson and James are joined by Christopher McMillan. Listen in as they discuss the top stories on Cool Blind Tech, and as always, they will bring you some great Cool Picks. Top Stories ACB Radio Offers a Live Audio-Described Broadcast of the Upcoming Solar Eclipse On August 21, much of the United States will experience total darkness in the middle of the day as a full Solar eclipse of the Sun sweeps across the country. A Solar eclipse is always an exciting event, and...
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Aug 15, 2017 CBT
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In this week’s show, the CBT Team discuss their top Cool Picks on Cool Blind Tech. Cool Picks The Home Depot for iOS With the help of the Home Depot app on iOS, Nelson will hammer in the morning and Hammer in the evening. Ambutech Canes With his new cane from Ambutech, James can get around a lot more quickly, and that is extremely important when Nelson is swinging his hammer.
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Aug 14, 2017 CBT
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In this Spotlight Interview, James Oates sits down with James Teh, prior to his departure from NVAccess, to discuss the following subjects: * The history of NVDA * NVDA’s business model * Keeping up with an ever evolving Windows environment * NVDA in a corporate environment * Add-ons for NVDA * Voices available for NVDA * The user guide and tutorials for NVDA * Getting certified as a NVDA expert * Telephone support for NVDA * OSARA extension for Reaper Editor's note: James Teh will still be a...
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Aug 12, 2017 CBT
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In this week’s VIP, Nelson and James discuss the top stories on Cool Blind Tech, and as always, they announce their Cool Picks for the week. Top Stories Amazon’s Alexa May Be Your Next Teacher On July 27, Canvas by Instructure announced that its teaming up with Amazon Alexa to help students, teachers, advisors, and parents ask questions, carry out quick tasks, and get information from Canvas on Alexa-enabled devices. The new feature was announced by InstructureCon and marks an ongoing...
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Aug 8, 2017 CBT
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In this week’s Cool Picks, Nelson and James discuss their top acquisitions in assistive tech. You can show your support for Cool Blind Tech by giving us a 5 star rating on iTunes. Cool Picks Shout Color Catchers James wants to keep your whites whiter and your colors brighter with this handy laundry product. Pocket Juice 2-in-1 Portable Charger 12,000 mAh Charges Phones and Tablets Nelson is on the Pocket Juice! He is pumped up for you to get this portable charger!
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Aug 4, 2017 CBT
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In this week’s VIP, Nelson and James discuss the top stories on Cool Blind Tech. They also delve into the subject of housekeeping. Top Stories Talking Laundry Module Makes GE Washers and Dryers Accessible for the Blind. The Talking Laundry Module is a box that plugs into existing and many new General Electric washers and dryers. The device mounts on the side of the washer or dryer by way of magnets that are on the back of the box. One module can work with both the washer and dryer. The Sunu...
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Aug 2, 2017 CBT
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The CBT Team dedicates this show to our listeners because we know that you are responsible for our success. Keep sending us your emails and messages from social media and we will read or play your feedback on our show. You can contact us via email to cbt@coolblindtech.com or call our new toll free number at 1-855-330-2665 anytime night or day. 1. From Dalton Lane: What do you think about the new braille note touch? I have played around with it some but I'm still currently using an apex. My cool...
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Jul 30, 2017 CBT
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CBT has gathered everyone from the past and present that was responsible for reaching this incredible milestone. This show is a thank you to all of our supporters who have been there with us these past four years. So from all of us here at CBT to all of you where ever you may be thank you for helping us reach 1 million downloads!
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Join Jessica for an exclusive interview with Glen Dobbs, President and Founder of LoganTech. Learn about their incredible journey from a small, parent-founded company with a singular purpose, to a growing distributor of Assistive Technology providing communication solutions and braille products. Learn how LoganTech is providing a way for everyone to communicate, regardless of ability, and how they are opening up doors to braille literacy through the Braille Coach and 6Dot Braille Label Maker....
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Jul 27, 2017 CBT
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This week the CBT Team returns with special guest host from the AT Banter podcast Ryan Fleury to discuss their Cool Picks. Make sure to check out their site and download this week's VIP for all the fun CBT Banter. Cool Picks this Week Include: Old Time Radio Player Ryan tells us about an app he uses on his Android device to listen to some great radio dramas from the golden years of radio. Seeing AI for iOS This app is definitely going to be a Cool Pick for many over the next few weeks. However,...
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Jul 21, 2017 CBT
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This week Joel, Leo and special guest host from the AT Banter podcast Ryan Fleury get together to discuss the latest happenings in the world of accessible tech. Make sure to check out their site and download this week's VIP for all the fun CBT Banter. Articles This week Include the Following: Artificial Intelligence And Text Recognition Unite In Microsoft’s Latest IPhone App, For Free Everyone is talking about the new app from Microsoft called Seeing AI. Is it a revolutionary game changer for...
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Jul 20, 2017 CBT
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The Cool Blind Tech team has some great fun discussing their Cool Picks. Make sure to download this latest episode or press play to listen along! Cool Picks This Week Include: Alexa can notify you when your Amazon packages are out for delivery Leo is hoping to use his Amazon Echo to inform him of the purchases he plans to make. This new skill will make a sound notification and will respond when you ask "Alexa, what did I miss?" JBL Charge 3 Nelson tells us about the latest acquisition...
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Jul 19, 2017 CBT
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Join Jessica Rickards for an exciting Spotlight with Ronit Williams, Head of Global Sales and Marketing for Embro, makers of the Walk Pro, WalkX, and the Keller Sight. Ronit explains how this company is developing products for a variety of abilities, from vision impairment to hearing and speech disabilities. A more in-depth discussion is explored about the virtual cane technology that was developed in the Walk products and what sets it apart from other products currently available, and the...
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Jul 17, 2017 CBT
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In this interview, Rachel Feinberg speaks with Dave Wilkinson from HIMS about the brand-new BrailleSensePolaris. this product was just launched, and Dave takes us through some of the spectacular features this Braille and Android tablet has to offer. However, he throws in a bonus at the end and shows us some of his own hidden talents. So stick around for the entirety of this one! Grab the popcorn and you will enjoy! Guaranteed!
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Jul 14, 2017 CBT
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This week Joel is joined by Leo and Nelson to discuss the latest happenings in Accessible Tech. The Cool Blind Tech team has some great fun discussing the news and how to keep cool in this summer heat. Make sure to download this latest episode or press play to listen along! Support Actiview! Discussed in this week's show is a great app for iOS that has the potential to change how the blind enjoy the movie-going experience. You can find out more by reading this article or download the app to...
Not a month has gone by since We posted an article on Narrator including AI-driven image tags and Microsoft is back at it yet again, though with an older project which finally has made public fruition. Introduced at Build 2016, this project had a goal of bringing powerful image recognition technology which could be used to augment every day life, especially when combined with the power of the cloud. Today, The app is available in the iOS app store in the United States, Canada, India, Hong Kong,...
Rachel chats with Dan Gardner, CEO of ViewPlus Technologies. For the past 18 years ViewPlus have been giving people access to information through innovative products that change lives every day. Innovations such as color and black ink with Braille, talking tactile graphics, fully accessible math, powerful graphics editing and translation software have provided access to information for their customers.
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Join Jessica Rickards for an exclusive spotlight interview with Idan Meir, co-founder and CEO of Right-Hear, an Israel-based company focused on providing an auditory indoor navigation solution to the blind and visually impaired. Right-Hear is a free iOS app and is also available free on the Google Play Store. Users are able to obtain information about an area through Accessible Spots installed by the individual businesses. For a full demonstration of how the app works, please watch the Youtube...
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Jul 12, 2017 CBT
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In this weeks Cool Picks, James, Jessica, and Nelson bring us some of the top technology from the AT world. Cool Picks Alexa Dungeon Adventure Skill Jessica goes old-school gaming with the latest tech. Listen as she demos a Dungeon and Dragons style game on an Amazon Echo device. MXL 770 Condenser Microphone As a veteran podcaster, Nelson has always sounded great on the air. Just ask him. He will tell you it is true. But even he can’t believe how good he sounds with this new microphone. Hulu...
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Rachel is live at ACB 17 interviewing Ruby Russell and Louie Scheel, co-founders of Distinctive Beddings. Listen in as they give us advice on what to do in the bed. Get intimate with Distinctive Beddings on FaceBook here.
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Jul 10, 2017 CBT
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Rachel talks with Cody Mitchell, from Irie-AT. Irie-AT could possibly be the Amazon for the blind and low-vision with a long list of products such as: * Braille and Tactile Graphics Magnifiers and Readers Computer Access Daily Living Aids Video Magnifiers Index Braille embossers Braille Embossers Braille Notetakers SuperNova Magnifier and Screen Reader Tactile Graphics Document Conversion Optics Daily Living Aids and much more… For more information check out the Irie-AT website.
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Jul 7, 2017 CBT
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In this informative VIP, James, Jessica, and Nelson bring us some of the top stories from the CBT website. They also give us their Cool Picks for the week, and answer some fan feedback. Top Stories Portable Speaker is the First Speaker That Turns Your iPhone Into a Conference System Rayz Rally is a pocket-sized speaker, together with the Rayz App it makes calling easier & clearer anytime, anywhere. The clarity of a conference system, in a palm sized portable speaker that’s powered by your...
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Jul 5, 2017 CBT
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Join the CBT Team as they explore this week's latest Cool Picks. Cool Picks * Actiview App * Dolphin EasyReader for iOS * Plantronics BackBeat Fit Bluetooth Headphones
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In this episode, James Oates takes us through an unboxing of the Aira glasses. He describes everything that come with the glasses. He also shows us how to set them up and make a call using the Aira app on an iPhone.
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Join Jessica Rickards for an exclusive spotlight with David Jeppson, executive director of Computers for the blind, a Texas-based organization providing computers to blind and visually impaired individuals across the United States regardless of circumstance. computers for the blind accepts refurbished windows computers and is run by volunteers. This organization is open to volunteer opportunities across the country; from those who wish to give time in their local Texas refurbishment center, to...