Serotek is undergoing some changes to better meet your needs as a digital consumer. The assistive technology industry has been shifting for a while now, and it would be foolish to believe yesterday’s formula will continue to work in today’s age of wearable technology, smart homes, and interconnected media. Understandably, there may be questions about the longevity of the products and services you have come to rely on. For years Serotek has thought outside the box to deliver the most affordable solutions with the best customer and product support, and there are no plans to reverse this pattern of innovation to meet you where you need us. You may also be wondering about the future of the SeroTalk Podcast Network, arguably one of the leading content providers on all things technology. There is a time to cover headlines, and there is a time to create them. As long as the community remains interested, SPN will evolve alongside its parent company. For now, we have to deal with the reality of blunt, but truthful, comments such as that left by one loyal customer who wondered if we were finally going to stop socializing on the podcasts and finally get back to product development. Given the … [Read more...] about Revving Up for the Road Ahead
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Apple’s highly anticipated press event, where new products are expected to be announced, begins at 1 PM Eastern today and iBlink Radio will be bringing you full coverage, no matter what platform you’re using. There’s lots of coverage to choose from. Apple will be streaming the event live for those using an iDevice with Safari, and you can tune in to that event here. If you’d like to hear the event with live commentary, you’re in luck. iBlink Radio will carry mainstream coverage from Leo LaPorte and the TWiT team, as well as a couple of streams with commentary from an assistive technology perspective. During the Apple event, catch commentary from community leaders including Jessie Lorenz, executive director of the Independent Living Resource Center in San Francisco, Mike Calvo, co-founder of Serotek, and Derek Zarda, assistive technology educator. When the Apple event is concluded, tune in to coverage from the Maccessibility RoundTable, featuring Josh DeLioncourt, Holly Anderson, Darcy Bernard and others. You’ll find all this and more on the iBlink Radio app, Serotek’s cross-platform solution providing access to global radio stations, podcasts and local and national reading … [Read more...] about Serotek and iBlink Radio bring You Coverage from today’s Apple event
Earlier this summer, the "accessibility anywhere" people brought you exciting updates to our iBlink Radio app across multiple mobile devices, including iOS, Android and Amazon's Kindle Fire product line. Our commitment to providing cross-platform access continues with the release of iBlink Radio, with the SAMNet Connect feature, for the Mac. Now you can access all your favorite blindness-related radio stations, podcasts, and local and national radio reading services either from your mobile device or your Mac computer. Additionally, if you're a SAMNet subscriber, you can access all your news, entertainment, SAMNet forums, notes, media library and much more right from within the iBlink Radio app. The best part is that if you use iBlink Radio from multiple devices, your activity is synced across each device so you never lose your place. What is iBlink Radio? iBlink Radio is a free app providing access to global radio stations, podcasts and local and national reading services of special interest to the blind and visually impaired. The app was inducted into the highly acclaimed AppleVis iOS App Hall of Fame in December 2011, and and is often promoted as a must-have app for consumers … [Read more...] about Serotek Announces iBlink Radio for the Mac
Serotek is proud to announce an updated version of iBlink Radio for iOS, Android, and now the all new Amazon Fire OS! The latest version of the software that many have called "The Pulse of the Blind Community" is taking Serotek's mission of "Accessibility Anywhere" to an entirely new level to include "accessibility On Any Mobile Device." That's right! You can now enjoy all of your favorite iBlink and SAMNet content across all of your mobile devices on IOS, Android, and now Amazon's Fire OS. Enjoy enhanced access to your SAMNet account and community through the all new SAMNet Connect feature. Download content so you can play it while you're on the plane or in an area with spotty connectivity. Switch from device to device and never lose your place in your favorite podcast, audio-described movie, or other content. A SAMNet subscription is required for some features. What in the World is SAMNet? System Access Mobile Network (SAMNet) is the world’s largest consolidation of entertainment and social networking for the blind community. Unlike other online social networks, the system is completely accessible. Your monthly or annual subscription unlocks thousands of Internet radio stations, … [Read more...] about Exciting Update to iBlink Radio!
There’s a lot to be excited for at this year’s NFB and ACB summer conventions, and whether you’re jetting off to Orlando or Vegas to enjoy them in person or you’re experiencing them from the comfort of your own home, Serotek and SPN have got you covered. First, we’re proud to announce updates to iBlink Radio for Android and iOS devices. We’ve been hard at work on an API (Application Programming Interface) which will make it easier than ever for third-party vendors to access your favorite Serotek services from other devices. Our Android update, which will be found in both the Google Play and Amazon stores once approved, is the first app to use the Serotek API, and we’ll have more partnerships to announce in the coming months. This release supports SAMNet Connect, allowing you to enjoy your favorite SAMNet content from your Android device, and even download it for offline listening. iBlink Radio for iOS will also see an update, available in the app store once approved, which adds improved performance and the ability to download content to your iDevice for offline listening. Whether you’re listening from iBlink Radio or elsewhere, The SeroTalk Podcast Network will bring you the most … [Read more...] about Serotek And SPN at this year’s Summer conventions
Partnership and collaboration are terms more commonly associated with social causes. Two nonprofit organizations get together, combine their efforts, and deliver better services for their beneficiaries, but at Serotek, a for-profit venture, we’re in the business of working with partners inside and outside of the assistive technology industry to provide you with awesome opportunities. You may have heard of our In It to Win It promotion. The short version is that SAMNet and Accessibility Anywhere subscribers are randomly selected to win a prize just for being subscribers. Each month we will feature a different vendor. In February the lucky winners were: Jim Fettgather Wendy David Christine Shade Each received their choice of a charm for their cane or a dog bone charm from Laura Legendary’s Elegant Insights Jewelry shop. If you’re interested in being the featured business for an upcoming month, drop us a note. It’s a great way to spread word of your products to one of the fastest growing consumers bases on the web. Also, we recently partnered with BillSparks.org to expand our radio content. If you’ve never heard of it, BillSparks.org is a large online database of radio streams … [Read more...] about Working in Partnerships to Better Serve You
Join our very own Ricky Enger and Joe Steinkamp at this year’s CSUN! In addition to the thorough coverage you have come to love and expect, Ricky and Joe will be making two presentations you will not want to miss. Crowd-sourcing as an Effective Development Strategy in Assistive Technology Wednesday March 19 - 1:50 PM Presenting: Joe Steinkamp and Ricky Enger Location: Torrey Hills AB, 3rd Floor Seaport Tower Learn about how we’ve tapped our community to assist in software development. Socializer and DocuScan Plus are just two examples of end user involvement that paved the road in software development and set the overall direction of the projects. Maximizing Potential with Mainstream and Assistive Technology Thursday, March 20 - 9:20 AM Presenting: Ricky Enger, Dave Wilkinson, and Joe Steinkamp Location: Golden Hill AB, 3rd Floor Seaport Tower Join Serotek and HIMS, Inc. to discuss the intersection of mainstream and assistive technology. HIMS displays, iOS devices, and DocuScan Plus are a few examples of the way technology has overlapped to create a more accessible digital lifestyle. And, speaking of accessible digital lifestyles, if you can’t make the conference, we … [Read more...] about Will We See You at CSUN?
If you haven’t signed up for our Serotek Ambassador’s Club, what’s the holdup? It’s the perfect way to sell the products you already use and love and earn cash while you’re at it. Call us crazy, but that sounds eerily like a win/win for everyone involved. Click on over to the S A C page for all the detes. If you’ve already jumped in, our very own Lisa Salinger from the SeroTalk Podcast Network has produced a tutorial to help maximize your experience. Learn what to avoid, keeping records, and other concrete tips to make your time in the Club that much more enjoyable. Download the presentation and then head on over to the exclusive S A C forum to swap ideas on winning strategies. While we’re on the subject of tutorials, don’t forget about our growing repository of frequently asked questions. We’re also adding more audio to our support page, and the user forums on SAMNet are always hopping with tips and tricks. In other words, you have a growing range of tools and resources to be a star Ambassador. Questions? Hit us up in the comments, drop us a line, or give us a ring: 1-866-202-0520. Don't miss a post from the Serotek Blog. You never know when a promotion might be headed your way! … [Read more...] about A Word to Ambassadors
Serotek raises a glass in celebration of GW Micro’s latest achievement. The recently announced partnership between gW Micro and Microsoft marks the beginning of a new chapter in assistive technology history, and the team at Serotek applauds a huge step forward that can only bring positive benefits to the blind consumer. Speaking about the recent announcement, Serotek’s CEO, Michael Fox, had this to say. “There is a misconception that in an industry with very few players, there must surely be a great deal of animosity between companies. In reality, nothing is further from the truth. While I’ve only been CEO at Serotek since August of 2013, I’ve had the pleasure of interacting with representatives of numerous companies within the assistive technology industry for the past 11 years. Without a doubt, the folks at GW Micro stand out for their class, their sincerity, and their dedication to serving the needs of the blind community. Maybe it seems strange that Serotek would so enthusiastically applaud the success of a competitor, but it shouldn’t seem strange at all. Serotek was founded by a blind person, is staffed predominately by blind people, and is dedicated to creating a better … [Read more...] about A Toast to GW Micro
If you’re a current SAMNet or Accessibility Anywhere subscriber, you surely already feel like a winner. But what if your membership in the SAMNet community could be made even better, with a chance to win free stuff? We’re not going to make you write a limerick about accessibility to enter the drawing which will take place each month, though we’d no doubt find it entertaining if you did. We won’t make you write a five-paragraph essay on the merits of SAMNet voice chat, though you’re welcome to do that too. Instead, we’re making it surprisingly easy. All you have to do is be a current subscriber to a SAMNet or Accessibility Anywhere package, opt in to be eligible for promotions and giveaways, and you’ll be automatically entered for a chance to win fantastic prizes from members of our own community. To do this: Access the “my account” section of your software. Choose the link to edit contact information. Check the box to be eligible for promotions and giveaways. While you’re there, be sure all your contact information is accurate so we’ll have no problems getting in touch with you when you win. The talent in our community is nothing short of amazing, and we are delighted to … [Read more...] about In it to Win it: The Easiest Contest you’ll ever enter!