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Mystic Access Podcast
30 minutes | Aug 9, 2022
Off To Pack
In this episode Chris and Kim discuss why they had to track their own flight to NC. We also discuss StarPlayrX an accessible app to stream satellite radio. We Demo accessibility of the Philo app on iOS. Sorry Android users, it isn't accessible. Please know because of our vacation we didn't seperate this episode into chapters.
55 minutes | Jul 26, 2022
One Way Ticket
In this episode Chris and Kim have a conversation with Kesel Wilson, National Braille Press's editorial director, about the publisher's summer picks. Whether you want to increase your skills with technology, snuggle up with your kids to read a fun book, or find a helpful cheat sheet for learning more about nutrition, there's something here for you. Visit National Braille Press to check out their wide selection of braille books, magnets, and much more. We also discuss our two newest products, both featured specials through the month of August. Both our deep dive into the Hable One mobile device braille input keyboard, and our detailed walkthrough of the many methods to have delicious eats delivered directly to your door, are on sale now. Order them via the site anytime, but if you would rather call us to order, please do so no later than Monday, August 1, as we'll be away for a few weeks after that date. Hope you enjoy this episode.
55 minutes | Jul 12, 2022
We share a lot in this episode. We start by announcing our July free event. This is going to be one of our famus open houses. The event takes place on Friday July 29 from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM Eastern time. Anyone can drop in but we are making you register just to keep the bots out. Please register here. Next we talk about a situation where we were glad to have our outside cameras. We received a visit from people claming to be from our electric company. On June 30 we had an event discussing the Envision glasses. We wanted to give a short demo of the glasses on the podcast for those that are interested. If you'd like what the glasses can do and want to take advantage of the lowered price, please activate this link to purchase . Please note this is an affiliate link. Purchasing from this link we may receive a small comission. Chris and Kim then unbox and discuss the KVidio Bluetooth headphones with fifty-five hours of battery life. They are quite happy with them. Both have been using them for about a week and haven't had the need to charge them. Note: The above link is an Amazon affiliate link. If you purchase from this link we may receive a small commission. Finally Chris and Kim let listeners know about their upcoming vacation where they will be out of commuincations. Enjoy the podcast. they
44 minutes | Jun 28, 2022
Your tapping On Your Temple
In this episode we start by discussing our free event for June. We first want to apologize for taking this long to announce our free June event, but we were waiting for a package in the mail! This month, we're discussing and demoing the Envision glasses and companion app, which is available for iOS and Android. We'll discuss the glasses themselves, how to wear, charge and use them, the features available, and the accuracy of those features. Plus, we'll share any tips or issues we come across while using the Envision glasses. We'll also take a look at the app. The event takes place on Thursday, June 30 at 8:30 PM ET. This is a public event, and you can register your seat by visiting this link. The event will be recorded, so if you already know you can't attend live, please don't register for a live spot, as we have a limited number of seats. Rather, please wait to download the recording after we place it on our downloads page. Thanks for your consideration. We're extremely excited to share about this innovative tool with all of you! Next we discuss our upcoming convention sales. Our summer convention sales begin on this Friday, July 1, and run through end of day Monday, July 11. There are no codes to remember, as everything is done behind the scenes automatically. You'll save thirty percent on all digital audio documentation. If you want physical media shipped to your door, you'll pay regular prices for the media itself (between 15-20 dollars). If there's a product you've been wanting for a while, or you're eager to introduce some friends to the helpful audio products we provide, now's a great time. Please note that hardware and training are not part of this sale. The sale starts on the morning of Friday, July 1, so get that wish list ready! And if you'd rather call to order, you're welcome to do so, at: (716) 543-3323. And as always, thanks for shopping with us! We remind listeners about our upcoming Hable One Documentation that is currently on pre-order. You can download May's free event on the Hable One. The other product we want to remind you of is our Delicious Eats and More, Direct to Your Door. This covers food delivery services including Instacart's new Family account feature. We next discuss and demostrate the passwordless login feature at MysticAccess.com. This gives you the ability to access your account even if you forgot your password. We discuss some Alexa related features and skills that could help you relax and have fun during the summer months. Finally, we wanted to let you know well in advance that we're taking a vacation ourselves beginning Wednesday, August 3. We're returning to Nc for a bit of time off, and to celebrate our year anniversary. We know, we can't believe it either! we'll be away for at least two weeks, but will have email access when and if needed. You can always place website orders while we're away, or leave us voicemails and we'll return calls when we're home later in August. We don't know our actual return date yet, but we'll definitely let you know when were back in the NY home office. If you're vacationing yourself this summer, we hope you have a lovely time! Enjoy this episode.
61 minutes | Jun 14, 2022
Mobilize Without Compromise
In this episode Chris and Kim start out with announcements. Next we discuss and demonstrate a service that assists in keeping your inbox sane. It is called SaneBox. It uses AI to sort your emails into different folders. If you'd like to sign up, please use this link. In a recent podcast Chris and Kim demonstrate some of the features of the WeWALK smart cane. Chris finds himself in the Mystic Access magic castle joined by Joe and John Markof the WeWALK team where we have a lively discussion.
38 minutes | May 31, 2022
This is Not Braille Stickers
This episode of the podcast is devoted to all things Braille. First, we unbox and describe a Braille keyboard from Logickeyboard. Then we talk with Alan and Michelle Malkin (a father and daughter team) all about Logickeyboard and the assistive line of keyboards they offer. Want to purchase a Braille keyboard of your own? We're delighted to be resellers for Logickeyboard, so several of their fantastic products are now available from our site. Activate this link to purchase either a Braille keyboard with regular print, or a Braille keyboard with large print. Use the radio buttons on the page to select and learn more about the keyboards.
56 minutes | May 17, 2022
Like DAISY for Podcasts
In this podcast we welcome the arrival of podcast chapters. This will allow players that support them the ability to skip around, like a DAISY book. Next we discuss our latest paid product Delicious Eats and More, Direct to Your Door This product discusses food delivery services. Chris and Kim than announce May's class about the HableOne. This is a small device used to control your iOS and Android devices while they are in a pocket or otherwise not available. This month we are requiring registration so activate this link to register as we think it will be a popular event. Next we have a discussion about reading Braille, how can one learn to read faster? Looking for listener feedback. We than jump into the Magic Castle and talk to Barry from GuideLights and Gadgets about the new Evo 12. Finally we do a short description and demonstration of the Evo 12. We describe button locations, navigate the menus and show off the voices. Thanks for being a listener, we hope you enjoy the new chapter support.
50 minutes | May 3, 2022
Don’t Let Go
We start by discussing our LyriQ event that was held on the 28th. It was so popular we decided to hold it again on May 5, 2022. For more information activate this link to register. Chris next discusses and demonstrates features of the WeWALK cane. Kim discusses her new cane she purchased from Ambutech. Here is an interesting YouTube video all about Ambutech canes. Finally we announce the audio contest from the last episode. Thanks for being a listener.
52 minutes | Apr 19, 2022
People Tick Away
today's episode focuses on comparisons. More on that in a moment. First, we share that our April free monthly event will be a public event, and will concentrate on the LyriQ reading device. Our recent podcast unboxing generated a lot of interest in this little device, so we wanted to delve deeper. The event will require registration this time, and will take place on Thursday, April 28, at 8:30 PM ET. Check our News page, or, if your a subscriber to our Events newsletter, look for an email in a day or two with more information about registration. Or, should you prefer, click this link to register right away. Our main topic this time around is a comparison of the Invision AI and Seeing AI visual assistant apps. Seeing AI is only available for iOS, while Invision AI has iOS and Android versions. All opinions expressed in the demo are our own, and you may get different results than we did. However, we hope it provides assistance as you find tools for greater independence and convenience in your life. We close with a related discussion about time, money, and discovering which matters most in your world. Finally, be sure to listen until the end to hear about our new contest. If you're one of the first three to give us the correct answer, you get $10 off your next Mystic Access order. As always, thank you for listening and spreading the word about our work and resources. We appreciate you!
45 minutes | Apr 5, 2022
Please Place Your Document
In this episode Chris and Kim discuss their new Ring Alarm Pro system.This is an Amazon affiliate link. If you purchase this product we may receive a small commission. They discuss the benefits of the second generation wireless keypad for the alarm system. This is an Amazon affiliate link. If you purchase this product we may receive a small commission. Finally, they unbox the LyriQ Assistive Reader and orient you to the device and demonstrate how it works. Note that we receive a small affiliate commission if you order a Lyriq via the above link. You'll be purchasing from North State Assistive Technology, the same company where we purchased our own device. Enjoy the podcast.
40 minutes | Mar 22, 2022
From New York To California
In this episode Chris and Kim announce March's free virtual event. It is all about travel, particularly regarding things they discovered on their recent cross-country trip to the CSUN conference. Next, they discuss some of the products they saw while attending the CSUN conference last week. These include the new Actilino 3.0 notetaker, Hable One device to support you in using your smart phone, and the innovative line of products for low vision and blind technology users created by Logickeyboard. We also learned about the just released Braille Sense 6 mini from HIMS, the LyriQ Assistive Reader, and the WeWALK Smart Cane. Finally, Lisa gives us a demo of her new Aeropress coffee maker. This is an Amazon affiliate link. If you purchase this product we may receive a small commission.
40 minutes | Mar 8, 2022
Big Red Quotes
In this episode we update listeners on the fate of our magic beans. They had to be discontinued but will return in the future. Kim shares with listeners what may happen when not paying attention when online, it wasn't fun. Next Kim demonstrates her new sonic electric toothbrush for travel. This is an Amazon affiliate link. If you purchase this product we may receive a small commission. Finally, Chris demonstrates Parcel an iOS app for tracking packages.
42 minutes | Feb 22, 2022
Two Bad Apples
We begin this episode by sharing February's event topic. We'll be discussing the world of Android, comparing and contrasting it with iOS, and sharing where it shines brightest, especially when put up against Apple products. The event takes place on Thursday, February 24, at 8:30 PM ET. For all the infor you need to join us, make sure you're subscribed to the Mystic Access Events mailing list. It's a free, one-way list just for free and paid event announcements. Subscribe on any page of Mysticaccess.com. Chris gives an overview of the very cool clipboard Windows application ClipCache. It's made by the same company who created LinkStash, which we discuss thoroughly in this episode. It offers a ton of creativity and options for managing links you wish to copy, cut, and paste, including sorting them in folders. Chris demos several features of this paid software program to help you decide whether it may be right for you. Do any of you remember the days when there were an array of options for getting news, weather and other important info directly from your touch tone phone? We look back on Tell Me Networks, remember the days of long distance, and discuss ways for those without smart phones to access vital information independently today. Finally, we return to the topic of tracking, discussed extensively in the last episode, and tell you about an app called Life 360, which you can use to follow the movements of those with whom you choose to share that privilege. It's yet another way to monitor the safety of those you love. We hope you enjoy this episode.
39 minutes | Feb 8, 2022
In this episode we start by announcing our free event for February on Android. Next Chris and Kim discuss their recent experience tracking each other. using the Lyft and TripIt apps. If interested, here is an old podcast Chris recorded on TripIT. Thanks and enjoy this episode.
29 minutes | Jan 25, 2022
Between Eyeballs and Snow
Today’s episode begins with a very important announcement about audio documentation for the BlindShell Classic 2 phone. Many BlindShell customers have asked us about documentation, and we know how much you value audio instruction as part of your learning process. We’re truly sorry, and know many of you will be disappointed that isn’t available. Please note that we aren’t having a free event for January. The month just got away from us as our calendar gradually filled with more and more projects, and we don’t want to offer you all a half-baked event. Stay tuned, however, as something fun is coming for February which we’ll announce in the next episode. Our main topic for this time will either fascinate or gross you out. Chris discusses the SonicBrite Artificial Eye-Cleaning System. We demo how it sounds, and have a discussion about prosthetic eyes. This is an Amazon affiliate link. If you purchase this product we may receive a small commission. Since we’ve been having some significant Winter weather up here in Western NY lately, Chris got something warm to cover his head while out in the snow. He describes his new toasty headgear. We definitely recommend this for anyone enduring a lot of snow. This is an Amazon affiliate link. If you purchase this product we may receive a small commission. Speaking of snow, we end with a demo of our awesome new Snow Joe snow thrower which we first discussed in the previous episode. We recommend stereo headphones for the best listening experience. Kim thought Chris would enjoy using this gadget to clear snow, but she didn’t necessarily think we’d get 20 inches in one night within a couple weeks of buying it! Thanks for listening!
46 minutes | Jan 11, 2022
Never Say Never
Because it’s a bran new year we wanted to focus on ways to renew yourself in today’s episode. But first, we have some special announcements. The Mystic Access shop now has the ability to tell you whether you’ve purchased a product in the past, so you won’t accidentally buy it again unless you intend to. Just read carefully when you’re adding products to your cart to make sure you’re not re-purchasing something by mistake. More details are shared in the episode. Our podcast site now has its very own tip jar. If you aren’t really interested in our audio documentation or other products, but enjoy the podcast and wish to tip us to support all the hard work that goes into producing each episode you may now do so here. Finally, we also have a new event that many of you are already super excited about. Learn to successfully connect and interact with others, discover those who share your interest, and protect yourself while using Facebook. Kim discusses how the event works, more about what you’ll learn, and how you can get an even more incredible price on this already affordable event if you act quickly. Next, Chris discusses the highly-accessible food and exercise tracking app MyPlate, which you can learn more about on this page. While he shows the iOS version, a version is available for Android, too. We talk about why we like it, its many benefits, and, of course, its layout using VoiceOver. Speaking of exercise, Kim gives a brief overview and tour of the Walk At Home system and app. This app offers a wealth of material and a fairly pleasant user experience on iOS, except in one key area which Kim demonstrates. The app is also available for Android. Learn more and sign up for a plan at the link above. Finally, we discuss our new Winter purchase, a Snow Joe® snow thrower. Why do we think it’s so great? Listen to find out. As always, thanks so much for listening! Happy 2022!
1 minutes | Jan 1, 2022
This is just a short audio message to welcome everyone to 2022. May it be a great one.
71 minutes | Dec 28, 2021
The Woodturner’s Waltz
This episode introduces the new, hopefully much-simplified, Mystic Access multi-step checkout process. Chris shows you what it’s like to check out as both a new and existing customer. We hope this makes your shopping experience with us easier and more pleasant. If you’d still rather call to order, we understand, and you always have that option should you prefer. We also end the year with a castle interview with Ray Wright, a totally blind woodturner. We hope you enjoy our fascinating conversation with Ray as much as we did. Visit his website here to learn more, and contact him via the info on his site or in the podcast to purchase your very own handmade pieces. As always, Mystic Access wouldn’t be able to survive without your support, and we thank you from the bottom of our hearts for being loyal listeners, customers and community members this year. May the end of your 2021 be smooth, and we wish you a beautiful, safe, happy, and wonderful 2022.
55 minutes | Dec 14, 2021
In this episode we first provide you with a few important announcements, including items about holiday shipping deadlines and Mystic Access closing dates. We also share our featured product of the month for December, which is our comprehensive Android audio documentation. It’s twenty percent off through the end of the year. Our main event this time around is a magic castle discussion with National Braille Press’s editor and programs manager Kesel Wilson, and customer service representative Luis Barrios. We talk about all the great new holiday releases that are available now,as well as a sneak peak of Mystic Access’s latest book coming out in mid February, 2022. Now’s the time to get in those last-minute holiday orders. Enjoy! Thanks, as always, for listening.
36 minutes | Nov 30, 2021
The Wonders Of Duct Tape
This episode contains our annual recipe / gratitude edition of the podcast. Kim shares this yummy holiday fruit salad, while Lisa joins us to share this simple and tasty pumpkin pie which was a big hit with her family at Thanksgiving dinner. We also share about something unfortunate that occurred at our day-after-Thanksgiving open house, and the steps we’re taking as a result. We discuss some site changes, as well, which we hope will make using Mystic Access a simpler and more enjoyable experience. We end with some heart-felt gratitude for all that has happened in our lives this year, and, of course, we’re super grateful for you and your participation in our community. We wouldn’t be here without you. Thank you!!!
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