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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

Google Demonstrates Android O Accesibility Features Including Accessibility Volume, Language Switching
[Google's IO conference,](https://events.google.com/io/) the place where developers go to learn about what's coming up next in Android, has spilled the beans on some forthcoming TalkBack improvements in Android O.$$$ The Wednesday session highlighted several improvements coming in the next version of Android, which will likely be released this fall. First, a separate Accessibility Volume slider will be available which will allow users to adjust the volume of TalkBack separately from other sounds on the device. Currently, the TalkBack volume follows the media volume, making it sometimes difficult to manage speech when loud videos or music are playing. Accessibility Volume will join other sliders such as media, ringtones, notifications, and alarms. A global shortcut which is currently used by TalkBack will now be available system-wide, even when TalkBack is not enabled. Users can hold down the Volume Up and Volume Down features to turn on TalkBack from anywhere on the device. In contrast with many previous versions, the feature will be on by default, making it theoretically possible to walk up to an Android O device in a store and try out accessibility features, just as one might do with a Windows or Mac computer currently. Swipe gestures will now be supported using the fingerprint censor, allowing for directional swipes to control TalkBack. These will likely be assignable like other gestures. Google's text-to-speech engine will now autospeak in multiple languages when they are present on the screen. For instance, Google's Victor Tsaran demonstrated an Email written inm four languages, and Google switched between them to read the message. Android O also features a redesigned accessibility settings screen, allowing for a more cohesive and straight-forward presentation of available options and services. Most of these features will likely be exclusive to Android O, which is [available today as a beta](https://www.google.com/android/beta) and wil be released later this year. We'll post more information as we receive it. What do you think of these new accessibility changes? Be sure to sound off below.
Posted Wednesday, 17-May-2017 8:38 PM ET in News     1 comment

RCA 16GB 7.1 Inch Quad-Core Android Tablet for $39.98
Walmart offers the RCA 16GB 7.1" Quad-Core Android Tablet in Purple for $39.98. If possible, opt for in-store pickup to dodge the $5.99 shipping charge. That's $20 off and a very low price for a 16GB 7.1" quad-core Android tablet. It features a 7.1" 1024x600 touch display, 1.3GHz quad-core processor, 1GB RAM, 16GB storage, 1-megapixel front-facing camera, WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, microSD slot, and Android 5.0 OS (Lollipop).
Posted Wednesday, 10-May-2017 11:40 PM ET in Portable Devices     Post a comment

TalkBack 5.2 for Android, with Verbosity Controls and New Earcons, is Official
Android's latest version of TalkBack is out of beta and now ready for your consumption. Version 5.2 includes new speech verbosity settings, new audio earcons, and other minor improvements$$$ These are changes which were announced during [Google's session at the CSUN conference.](http://www.blindbargains.com/b/16627) As is customary, [public betas of TalkBack](https://www.blindbargains.com/bargains.php?m=16939) were released a few weeks ago which can be installed by any current user. Most of these are available with Android 5.0 and newer, though a few will require newer versions of the operating system. To review, here's the list of changes: ##What's New in TalkBack 5.2 ##Speech Verbosity The new Speech Verbosity setting lets you control how much spoken feedback you hear. Go to Talkback Settings > Speech Verbosity. and choose Custom, High, or Low. Custom (the default setting) lets you adjust all your speech preferences. Choose High to quickly turn on speech preferences, or choose Low to quickly turn off speech preferences. ##New spoken feedback: Hear spoken feedback when you turn magnification on or off by triple-tapping, or when you zoom in or out by pinching (only on Android 7.0). Hear the number of characters when you enter passwords in Chrome web views, starting in Chrome 56. The word "dismissable" is no longer spoken on dismissable elements, such as notifications in the notification shade. Instead, the usage hint informs you when elements are dismissable. "Custom actions" are now simply called "Actions." ##Other improvements: Shorter delay before usage hints. Updated earcons. Other minor fixes. ##Introducing Select to Speak Select to Speak is a new accessibility service designed for people with print disabilities. With Select to Speak, you can tap items on your screen to hear them read or described aloud. When you upgrade to TalkBack 5.2, Select to Speak is included automatically. To try Select to Speak after upgrading to TalkBack 5.2, go to Accessibility > Select To Speak.
Posted Monday, 01-May-2017 7:35 PM ET in News     Post a comment

Learning Ally Adds Another Link, Bringing Mobile App to Android Devices
As promised, Learning Ally has brought their Link reading app to the Android platform. The new version joins counterparts for [iOS, Chrome, Windows and Mac](http://www.blindbargains.com/b/16017) and allows members to read their over 80,000- available titles.$$$ The app will play their selection of human-narrated books, mostly textbooks for students and also includes support for [VOICEtext](https://go.learningally.org/voicetext-when-learning-ally-audio-syncs-with-text-onscreen/) which will sync the text of book with the prerecorded narration. The app itself is [free to download from Google Play.](https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.learningally.LinkMobile&hl=en) Here's a list of features from the new app. ##Features: *Listen to books online or offline even while device is locked *Together with your online account, track your student's or child’s reading progress *Adjustable speed (requires Android 6.0 and up), text size, text and highlighting color *Go to page and chapter navigation *30 second rewind capability *Add notes to bookmarks *Table of contents and page numbers match that of the same print edition *Add books to bookshelf right from your mobile device’s browser *Displayed book covers and audio format labels *Searchable bookshelf *Compatible with TalkBack
Posted Wednesday, 12-Apr-2017 2:06 PM ET in News     1 comment

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

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