Serina, Raqi, Jeff and Angie gather around to talk tech and have a conversation about Blindness, Service flying service animals and giving Guide Dogs Angel wings. Yup, you heard it here first.
From the latest gems from Apple to the Mantis from APH, the crew digs in about news, releases and experience not just tech experience, life experience as well.
How do you use the word Blind? Do you use Person-First? The topic heats up and guard went down as the team brings it on with the use of the word Blind as the popular Twitch site changed Blind Play Through to First Play Through. Why? Hmm. Good or just the right thing to do, today.
Comfort dogs get grounded and service dogs fly!
$$$549$$$, no, that is not a mis-print, the New Air Pod Max Headphones are released and sold out till March! Headphones, $549? Yup, The Apple Air Pod Max are being purchase without any trial, try on, listen, just the Apple Brand and vote of confidence is selling the promise of a great listening experience. Now that’s marketing and consumer loyalty at it’s best. Buying sight unseen and audio unheard of. Bet they do sound good.
Here are some notes and links from the show:
AirPods Max feature incredible high-fidelity audio, Adaptive EQ, Active Noise Cancellation, and spatial audio
Apple Fitness Plus Link will be available starting Monday Link and will offer guided workouts using the workout metrics from an Apple Watch Link .
At launch, Fitness Plus will have guided HIIT Link , yoga Link , cycling Link , dance, treadmill Link walking, treadmill running Link , strength, core Link and rowing workouts. There are also mindful cool-down Link videos to use after any workout. The service is similar to Peloton Digital and other fitness streaming services Link out there, but is built explicitly for Apple devices.
To that end, Apple’s online store has started listing select exercise gear on its online store for the first time. Apple has kicked off its exercise equipment offering with yoga accessories, including a Manduka eKOlite Yoga Mat Link ($77.95), a Manduka 6 mm Performance Yoga Mat Link ($119.95), and a Cork Yoga Block Link ($19.95).
The streaming site’s director of community and creator marketing Erin ‘Aureylian’ Wayne tweeted the news, saying Twitch had removed the ‘blind playthrough’ tag.
The term was often used by streamers to denote they would be playing a game for the first time, unaware of the controls, mechanics, story and premise.
But following feedback from viewers, Twitch has changed this to “encourage more inclusive language for our community.”
“You can still use the ‘first playthrough’ or opt to use it in combination with ‘no spoilers’ for the same sentiment,” Wayne tweeted.
“Just as we used to say ‘gay’ when something was bad, using disability terms as an alternative word for a negative situation or feeling is common in today’s language,” he wrote.
Apple device users may not necessarily have to state “Hey Siri” to invoke the digital assistant, with Apple looking into ways to use gaze detection to automatically trigger verbal control of a device, without needing a vocal prompt.
Contact Your State Services
If you reside in Minnesota, and you would like to know more about Transition Services from State Services contact Transition Coordinator Sheila Koenig by email or contact her via phone at 651-539-2361.
Check out the Blind Abilities Communityon Facebook, the Blind Abilities Page, and the Career Resources for the Blind and Visually Impaired group