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Advanced Task Killer

Productivity
free
Accessibility: 5 out of 5
*Uninstall and reinstall can fix most issue* *Go to menu and send bug report to us if you have any issues* Advanced Task Killer is also known as ATK.

FOX News

News & Magazines
free
Accessibility: 3 out of 5
Get the day’s top news stories from FOX News – Fair & Balanced®!

Introducing the first and only news application for Android from the #1 name in news, the FOX News Channel.

UpSoundDown

Tools
free
Accessibility: 4.5 out of 5
Speakerphone tool! Select one of 3 modes to turn on the speakerphone: 1.

ShakeCall

Tools
free
Accessibility: 5 out of 5
Can easily take the call!
ShakeCall!

※If you update 1.

Zello PTT Walkie Talkie

Social
free
Accessibility: 4 out of 5
Turn your phone or tablet into a walkie talkie with this lightning fast free PTT (Push To Talk) radio app, which works between Android, iPhone, BlackBerry, and PC.

Ethereal Dialpad (synthesizer)

Music & Audio
free
Accessibility: 4.5 out of 5
Drag your finger around the screen to create flowing music with this expressive touch synthesizer.

K-LOVE Positive & Encouraging

Entertainment
free
Accessibility: 4 out of 5
Listen to Positive Encouraging K-LOVE. You'll not only hear the best commercial-free line-up of contemporary Christian music, but you'll step into a welcoming community that helps you keep focused on what really matters, every day ********** For any EVO users with the Sprint update.

Chase Mobile

Finance
free
Accessibility: 5 out of 5
Free* Chase Mobile(R) App – Customized for Android(TM) users.

Dropbox

Productivity
free
Accessibility: 5 out of 5
Dropbox is a free service that lets you bring all your photos, docs, and videos anywhere.

AroundMe

Lifestyle
free
Accessibility: 5 out of 5
AroundMe quickly identifies your position and allows you to choose the nearest Bank, Bar, Gas Station, Hospital, Hotel, Movie Theatre, Restaurant, Supermarket, Theatre and Taxi.

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Latest News from Blind Bargains

Unlocked ZTE 8 Inch 16GB GSM Android Tablet for $48 [Shipped]
Qualitycellz via eBay offers the Unlocked ZTE Trek 2 8" 16GB GSM Android Tablet in Dark Grey, model no. K88, for $59.99. Apply coupon code "C20SPRING" and checkout with PayPal to cut it to $48. With free shipping, that's the lowest total price we could find by $34. Features include a Qualcomm MSM8952 1.5GHz octo-core processor, 8" 1200x800 LCD with Gorilla Glass 3, 2GB RAM, 16GB storage, 802.11ac wireless, and Android 6.0 OS (Marshmallow). Coupon ends today. Note: The coupon can only be used once per account.
Posted Monday, 27-Mar-2017 5:11 PM ET in Portable Devices     Post a comment

Unlocked ZTE 8 Inch 16GB GSM Android Tablet for $59.99 [Shipped]
Qualitycellz via eBay offers the Unlocked ZTE Trek 2 8" 16GB GSM Android Tablet in Dark Grey, model no. K88, for $59.99 with free shipping. That's the lowest total price we could find by $20. Features include a Qualcomm MSM8952 1.5GHz octo-core processor, 8" 1200x800 LCD with Gorilla Glass 3, 2GB RAM, 16GB storage, 802.11ac wireless, and Android 6.0 OS (Marshmallow).
Posted Wednesday, 22-Mar-2017 02:32 AM ET in Portable Devices     Post a comment

Unlocked ZTE 8 Inch 16GB GSM Android Tablet for $61.99 [Shipped]
Qualitycellz via eBay offers the Unlocked ZTE Trek 2 8" 16GB GSM Android Tablet in Dark Grey, model no. K88, for $61.99 with free shipping. That's the lowest total price we could find by $14. Features include a Qualcomm MSM8952 1.5GHz octo-core processor, 8" 1200x800 LCD with Gorilla Glass 3, 2GB RAM, 16GB storage, 802.11ac wireless, and Android 6.0 OS (Marshmallow).
Posted Tuesday, 14-Mar-2017 02:35 AM ET in Portable Devices     Post a comment

#CSUNATC17: Google Demonstrates Features of TalkBack 5.2 for Android; Teases Contracted Braille Input for BrailleBack
Google had a full slate of sessions at this year's CSUN conference and showed off some of the features for the next version of the TalkBack screen reader for Android devices. Google's Victor Tsaran highlighted several changes for version 5.2, which is set to enter public beta in a couple weeks.$$$ Perhaps the biggest crowd reaction came from the demonstration of new earcons, the sounds that are played when swiping, tapping, or otherwise interacting with the screen. TalkBack 5.2 replaces the much maligned musical theme with a new set of sounds which features much more succinct blips and pops, for lack of a better description. The sounds did not linger like their older counterparts and gelled nicely with the rest of the audio. Tinkerers will love the new verbosity settings, which let you turn on and off messages such as "in list", or "3 of 15". Three levels will be available including High which will speak everything, Low which will be much less verbose, and Custom which will let you toggle individual items on and off. In a related move, users will be able to determine the speaking order for element information such as role, state, and name. For example, if you had a checkbox with the title of "Keep me logged in", the role would be checkbox, the state is checked or not checked, and the name is "Keep me logged in." So you could have TalkBack say "Keep me logged in checkbox checked", "Checked Keep me logged in Checkbox", or any other combination of the above. It's the type of feature that advanced users may love to play with. A brief but important BrailleBack mention was given which hinted at support for contracted braille input and word wrap along with compatibility with the VarioUltra and other newer displays. No release date was given for this update, however.
Posted Monday, 06-Mar-2017 09:19 AM ET in News     2 comments

#CSUNATC17: Hims and Android, It Just Makes Braille Sense
Today at CSUN, HIMS is officially unveiling its latest product in the line of Braille Sense notetakers known as the Braille Sense Polaris. The Polaris, unlike previous Braille Sense models which have run on Windows CE, will run on Android 5 Lollypop. It will contain many of the Sense suite of applications and also retain much of the menu structure found on all previous models. Features like the Bookshare Downloader, Bard app, YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, and others which can be downloaded and are usable from the Google Play store are not included. $$$ According to Dave Wilkinson from HIMS, the new device will weigh 1.67 pounds, which is less than the Braille Sense u2. ON the back side of the device, from left to right, you will find an option to secure your Braille Sense Polaris with a lock to prevent people from stealing it, an HDMI port, and a port for plugging in an AC adapter. Moving along the right panel from back to front, there is an SDXC card slot, and a Micro USB port which can also serve to charge the device as well as using it as a braille terminal. Along the front, you will find the standard 5 media buttons found on all Braille Sense products, a switch for changing what the media buttons do, and a lock switch. Along the left side, the user will find 2 volume buttons, a headphone jack, microphone jack, and a USB 2.0 port for connecting flash drives, keyboards, or other peripherals. On the surface of the device from back to front, you will find stereo speakers with an LCD display in the middle, in front of that the is the Perkins style keyboard. There are also 2 more buttons next to the spacebar, located underneath the dots, which are the control and alt keys. These are used for Android specific functions. You also still have the function 1-4 keys, which perform specific actions in the same manor they have done for years with the Braille sense products. Below these function keys you will find the cursor routing buttons, a small space which contains sensors for doing touch screen gestures, and finally the 32 cell braille display with the diamond shaped scrolling buttons at each end. The Braille Sense Polaris will run on a 2.1 GHZ Octacore processor, 64 GB of internal memory, 2 GB of RAM, and will support wireless charging. It will support all modern wireless networks, have an internal GPS receiver and compass, have an NFC chip for mobile payments and other functions, Bluetooth 4.2,, a 12 megapixel camera, and will support Android Pay. Speaking from a software perspective, the Braille Sense Polaris will use the Vocalizer Expressive Samantha TTS while connected to the Braille Sense side of things, and whatever Android TTS the user desires for the Android side. While the Word Processor has the same look and feel that it always has, it's running a fairly popular office suite for Android called [Polaris Office,](https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.infraware.office.link&hl=en) which includes Polaris Word. Wilkinson also reported that there will be full support for Google classroom, Google Docs, Sheets, Slides, Drive and the Google Play Store. The Polaris will use Chrome as the web browser, and will also have a media player which supports many audio types. Finally, the Polaris will support BRL and BRF formats similar to previous models, and will also have support for both UEB and Nemith Math. The initial release will also support Terminal for Screen Reader for PC and iOS, and the author assumes, the Mac. According to Wilkinson, they expect to ship the product in May. They also plan to release a smaller version, but are not committed to creating a QWERTY model at this time. The 32 cell version is expected to cost $5795 with an early adopter price of $5295. A trade in program will be offered as well, with $1800 for trading in of either a Braille Sense u2 or BrailleNote Touch. A BrailleNote Touch 18 will get you $800. Other details will be forthcoming. Check out [our podcast with Dave Wilkinson]( http://www.blindbargains.com/b/16785) to learn more about the Polaris.
Posted Wednesday, 01-Mar-2017 6:02 PM ET in News     4 comments

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