New Wow Token Will Allow Real Life and In Game Currency Exchanges

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Hello Ability Powered gamers!  Today Blizzard announced the introduction of a new way to trade in game currency for game time and vice versa.  It’s called a WoW token.  If you would like to sell game time for gold you can buy a token from the in game store and list it in a special section of the auction house for a set price depending on the market value which will change due to supply and demand.  There will be no listing price or auction house cut.  If you would like to buy game time you just by the token off the auction house and it will appear in your bag.  The tokens can only be traded via the auction house to ensure a safe transaction.

The possibilities of this system are huge!  Citizens of Azeroth now have a safe way to get extra gold for real world many without using third party sites which often stem from hacked accounts.  This would be great for gamers who need extra currency but have little time to farm gold and due to real life responsibilities.  It’s also a great way to get gold on a realm you may be new to.  This will also be a way for members of the community to help someone out if they are in need of game time because of real life hardships that seem to come up from time to time.  While you cannot trade to tokens, you could give a friend some gold to buy the game time if needed.

This is also great news for anyone on a fixed income.  Now you will have an option to play the game you love without it being a burden on your monthly expenses.  Between playing the auction house, farming old content, questing and making the most out of your professions, you can now earn enough gold to purchase a token for a month of game time.

apgwheelchairgifI think it’s a great addition no matter which side of the transaction you are on.  Whether you just need a little gold boost with real life money or if you need pay for your game with in game currency this will provide a very safe way to do it!  But don’t take my word for it, check out Blizzard’s WoW Token F.A.Q.  about this feature coming to a future patch.  What do you guys think about the new WoW token?  Do you think you will use it?  If so, in what way?  Leave me a comment below and let me know what you think!

Sesame Enabled Touch Free Smartphone Funded

Sesame_logoHello Ability Powered gamers!  Do you have limited movement in your hands and arms?  Do you wish smartphones were smart enough to not need to be touched all the time?  Then this story is for you.

There’s a new smartphone coming soon from Sesame Enable founders Giora Livne, a quadriplegic, and Oded Ben Dov, an app and game developer.  Thanks to funding from a campaign on indiegogo, Sesame Enable has the funds to continue development of a smartphone that is changing the lives of disabled people who have previously been unable to operate their phone.  The two founders created software that can be used on the android platform and is currently being operated on the Google Nexus 5.

The software, called Sesame, uses the phone’s camera to allow users to control a cursor using voice commands and slight head movements.  The software added lets users send text messages and emails, make phone calls, download apps, and play some games such as angry birds.

Their website sesameenable.com has videos showing how easy it is to use the phone right out of the box.  Simply saying “open sesame” powers up the phone allowing users to begin using sesame software with only minor movements of their head.  With users able to control apps hands free, the possibilities are endless.  There are apps already available in smart homes for controlling TV, air conditioning, Ect and now people with disabilities can access them without the need to touch their phone.  This is huge for people with a long list of varying disabilities including spinal cord injuries, muscular dystrophy, and many others.

apgwheelchairgifPersonally I’m really excited to see this technology becoming available and hope to see it on the market quickly.  With so many game developers making mobile games, I’m excited to try out a whole new genre of games.  But don’t take my word for it, check out the links below two learn more about sesame enabled and their touch free smartphone and let us know what you think!

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IRL Shortcut: Protect Your Straws

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Hello Ability Powered Gamers!  Disability confession: I have to drink using a straw.  For those of you who need straws also, you’ll understand fully the perils I am about to discuss.  Everyone else sit back and listen to a tale…  A tale of untimely demise!


If you need straws, they are something you’d never leave home without.  You run to town, get thirsty, see a Coke machine (I’m from Tennessee, everything here is referred to as a Coke), and drop your money into it.  The machine just gave you cold refreshing drink…  But no straw.


Now say you can’t lift this drink, you have two choices…  You can either wait until you get home to put a straw in it, which if you’re thirsty defeats the point in buying it, or ask someone to tilt your head back and slowly pour some into your mouth.  If you choose the latter, be very careful or it could turn into soda water boarding in the blink of an eye!  Coincidentally that is precisely why I now never leave home without my straws.


The water boarding however is not the untimely demise I spoke of earlier.  That comes to our poor friends the straws once they start traveling.  Guys, meet the wheelchair backpack… A.K.A straw graveyard.

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At first I started buying straws in an plastic bag.  At the time I was in school. The bag would go into a backpack nice and neat, my textbooks would go into and out of my backpack all day, and before I knew it the poor package of straws would come out looking like this:

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The top would be completely ripped across, straws would be bent and mangled…  It was pretty terrifying!  So I thought “Hey!  I bet a box would be a lot more sturdy!” So I switched to buying the boxes of straws instead.  Again what came out was pretty horrifying.

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That’s right friends, the poor box met its untimely demise also.  It was squished!  Not only that but the top and bottom were busted open.

I’m out of school now and the days of textbooks are long gone but the backpack has never been kind to our hero the straw.  Boxes to this day still meet uncertain death anytime they enter the backpack.  Later, you clean out the backup and always get this pile of remains. *plays Taps*

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One day I was mourning the loss of another handful of mangled straws when I decided the backpack would no longer be the bane up of our friend the straw.  I needed a way to protect them not only in my backpack but in my purse.  Something that was small enough to be convenient but big enough to last all day.  And then it hit me!  The solution is in the travel section of your local Wal-Mart or Target store!  So friends, are you ready to save a small fortune by protecting your straws?  I thought so.

Here’s what you do.  Go to your local department store, Wal-Mart or Target or any store that has a section for travel supplies.  Ignore all those little bottles of soap and lotion that are so cute you think really need to buy one and focus on the end of the aisle with the plastic bottles and boxes.  Now there should be this nifty little tube.

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Now I know what you’re thinking, but this is not a toothbrush holder for your upcoming vacation.  This, my friends, is the solution to all the straw problems we talked about!  That’s right, protection for your straws.

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These toothbrush holders come in a variety of colors.  They slide open easily yet are secure enough that I have never had one come open in my bag on its own.  Now straws come in different sizes so I make no promises on exactly how many your straw holder will hold but if you use the average gauge straws such as the Brands shown in these pictures you should be able to fill up the tube with around 10 straws.  Depending on how thirsty you are and how long your day is, this should be enough to last you all day.  The best part of all is your straws will not be mashed and mangled in the bottom of your backpack.

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apgwheelchairgifSo now you guys know the secret.  Be a responsible straw owner and protect them from the dark depths of a your wheelchair backpacks or purses.  Putting your straws in a toothbrush holder saves them from being mashed, mangled or meeting their untimely demises!  But don’t take my word for it, get you a toothbrush holder to day and let me know how it works for you!

2015 Starts with a BANG!

curseHello Ability Powered Gamers!  2014 was an amazing year here at Ability Powered.  We participated in many of the new beta tests, were featured in Blizzard’s World of Warcraft 10 year anniversary documentary, and also raised a lot of money in our Extra Life gaming marathon last November.  We also implemented some new features to our Youtube.  Ability powered gaming now has a tip jar on our channels the main page allowing us to accept donations to continue growing the channel by purchasing new games, equipment, and helping with expenses here at abilitypowered.com.  We also set up an account at Patreon.com.
2015 is already bringing in exciting news and milestones.  We started out the year with over 500 subscribers.  It is certainly a milestone that we’re very proud to have reached!  This year we are also excited to have teamed up with give kids the world village in Orlando and are hosting a gaming marathon fundraiser this spring.
Perhaps the biggest announcement that have for the new year is that we have partnered with the curse gaming network.  You know curse as the amazing web site hosting some of your favorite warcraft add ons!  Ability powered looked at a lot of different options, but the partnership with curse felt like the perfect fit for us!
apgwheelchairgifWhile we are still in the process of getting back into a scheduled broadcasting calendar, we will be back in the swing of things very soon!  But don’t take my word for it, keep up to date on our videos and news here at ability powered.com or on our Youtube channel!

Short IRL gets Big Thumbs Ups!

apgwheelchairgif This is Short.  Here at Ability Powered she’s definitely the Hero of Azeroth.  She absolutely loves sharing her tricks and tips for gaming.  She believes video game worlds can and should be enjoyed by everyone.  She wants to help anyone struggling with a boss mechanic or quest find an alternate method to complete their task.  She loves the rush she gets from overcoming a hard task in game and hopes to help others feel it too.  Gaming gives you freedom in so many ways and she always wants to keep gaming worlds a positive experience for everyone who logs in.april

 

My name is April and I am merely a sidekick here at Ability Powered.  Me and Short are a lot alike because we are both focused on video games every day.  I get that rush from overcoming obstacle by looking at the problem and trying to outsmart my disability.  While Short is 100% gaming 24-7, I live in the real world too which means sometimes my obstacles aren’t just making a jump in a game… it’s things in real life causing problems and making me waste valuable time that I could be using to game with Short.  I generally try to outsmart my disability and sometimes I succeed and come up with an alternative to solving the problem I’m having.  This is where the question I asked you guys comes into play.

WoWScrnShot_042313_123713I asked you guys what should I do when I have a good life hack I’ve come up with or tip I have for real life.  Should I add it to a different blog?  Do I put it here?  Do I get stingy & not share it at all?  After all, this IS a gaming site.  It’s kind of our thing.  You guys wasted no time giving your thoughts though.  So, after popular reader demand, IRL Shortcuts was born.  Real Life Posts will always be filed under articles with IRL somewhere in the menu category.

Keep in mind, me and Short aren’t straying away from gaming guides, tips, and tricks.  IRL posts will be rare compared to gaming content we produce, but it will be on this site and not spread out to a new site.  I hope readers get some use out of them and we can’t wait to share more with you.  But don’t take my word for it, keep an eye on abilitypowered.com for upcoming posts and let us know what YOU think!

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