GTT New Westminster Meeting Agenda, Microsoft Soundscape Presentation in Person and by Zoom Conference, August 28, 2019

Get Together with Technology (GTT) New Westminster)

Sponsored by the Canadian Council of the Blind

in partnership with

Blind Beginnings

Canadian Assistive Technologies

And

Vancouver Community College

 

Note: This face-to-face GTT New Westminster meeting will also be broadcast as a Zoom Conference for attendees from across Canada!

 

August 2019 Theme: Microsoft Sound Scape with Microsoft app developers Jarnail Chudge and Amos Miller

 

Date & Time: Wednesday, August 28, 2019 from 10 AM until 12 Noon

Where: Blind Beginnings Office, 227 6th Street, New Westminster, or by Zoom Conference (See dial-in info below)

 

Hour one:

Ryan Fleury and Kim Kilpatrick will facilitate a presentation by two of the Microsoft Garage App Developers who work on the SoundScape App.  Following the presentation, the floor will be opened for questions.

Hour two:

The second half of the meeting will include an opportunity to seek tech advice from those with more knowledge.  Please bring the device you want assistance with, or the questions you haven’t yet found an answer for.

 

Join Zoom Meeting

https://zoom.us/j/557436949

 

Canada Direct dial:

+1647-558-0588

Passcode:

557 436 949

 

Canada One Click Mobile:

+1647-558-0588,,557436949

 

For more information, contact either Shawn Marsolais or Albert Ruel:

shawn@blindbeginnings.ca or 604-434-7243.

Albert.GTT@CCBNational.net or 250-240-2343

 

What is GTT?

 

An opportunity for individuals who are blind or partially sighted to get together and

  • Share how they are using assistive technology for work, school, and in their daily lives
  • Learn from others who are using different assistive technology
  • Request information on new technology
  • Mentor and support each other

 

You’re invited, and encouraged to circulate this invitation widely to your circle of friends, colleagues and family who have an interest in peer support in the area of assistive technology.

 

For more information about GTT contact:

Shawn Marsolais         Albert Ruel

Shawn@BlindBeginnings.ca         Albert.GTT@CCBNational.net

604-434-7243                       1-877-304-0968 Ext. 550

 

CCB Tech Articles, Donna’s Low Tech Tips, A scam alert, August 19, 2019

August 19, 2019

Hi there!  It’s Donna and thank you for allowing me to come into your inbox.

Today, I’d like to introduce you to my scam alert.

 

A scam alert You owe money to the Inland revenue services!

 

This type of scam comes in the form of a phone call and this call can occur at any time of the day.  As early as 7 am and as late as 8 pm.

 

Your name is usually not announced by the caller but be prepared to hear your name announced by the caller.  You are given a file number and a phone number to call and you are told that if you doo not call in a few days and a deadline is given for you to call, You will be arrested.

 

The give away here is that the voice at the other end is a synthesized voice!  Just simply hang up and go about your business.  This is nothing but a hoax and a laughable one at that.

 

That’s it from me for this week.

If you would like to become a member of  my CCB Mysteries chapter you can do so for the price of $10 annually and in return you will receive unlimited access to either of the following libraries.

Recipes –

http://www.donnajodhan.com/library-recipes.html

Audio mysteries for all ages –

http://www.donnajodhan.com/library-audio-mysteries.html

Or you can subscribe to both for the price of $20 annually.

Now you  can subscribe to “‘Let’s Talk Tips”‘ which is my monthly resource for the most current and reliable informational tips available in the areas of Technology, Nutrition, Media, Business, and Advocacy.

http://bit.ly/ADJSubscribe

 

To contact me, send me an email at info@sterlingcreations.ca and I’ll be happy to respond.

Have yourselves a great day and see you next week.

Donna

 

 

GTT meeting invitation: Next Ottawa GTT in person meeting Monday August 19 6-8 Pm CCB national office 20 james street. General Q and A.

You are invited to the next Ottawa GTT in person meeting.

When: Monday August 19 2019.

Where: CCB national office 20 james Street

Time: 6-8 PM

Topic: General Q and A.

Come and bring your questions, your knowledge, your new technology to our next Ottawa GTT in person meeting.

We will be discussing the new exciting offer from AIRA, upcoming LRT, new software updates.

This is also a great time to bring your questions, your challenges, your successes and share them with the group.

For more information, contact Kim Kilpatrick at

(613) 567-0311

Or

Gttprogram@gmail.com

Reminder: GTT National Conference Call Agenda, WayAround Tags for Independent Living, August 14, 2019

Join us tonight for this interesting system of identifying stuff at home, work or play.

Get Together with Technology (GTT)

National Teleconference Call

 

Sponsored by the Canadian Council of the Blind

 

You’re invited to the CCB’s August 14, 2019 GTT National conference call meeting:

Theme: WayAround Tags for Independence at home, work and play

 

Hour One:

WayAround® is the smart assistant that makes the world more natural and welcoming for people with vision loss.

Jessica Hipp, Chief Operating Officer, jessica.hipp@wayaround.com will present the many uses of this means of identifying items in your home, office and/or play area.  She will give you some ideas for getting better information, faster about everyday items in your home and office with WayAround. There are lots of ways you can use WayAround to make life with vision loss a little simpler, and sometimes the hardest part is deciding where to begin.

Hour Two:

If time allows we will discuss anything else technology related that participants may wish to raise, so bring your ideas, concerns and nuggets of brilliance to share with us.

 

You can participate by phone or internet from wherever you are:

 

Date: August 14, 2019

Time: 4:00–5:30 PM Pacific Time, 7:00-8:30 PM Eastern Time

 

The call-in info is:

 

Join the GTT National Conference Call Zoom Meeting from computer or smart phone:

https://zoom.us/j/9839595688

 

One tap mobile, Toronto Local:

+16475580588,,9839595688# Canada

 

Toronto Local:

+1 647 558 0588

Meeting ID: 983 959 5688

 

For more information contact:

Kim Kilpatrick, GTT East Coordinator

GTTProgram@Gmail.com

1-877-304-0968 Ext 513

 

Albert Ruel, GTT West Coordinator

albert.GTT@CCBNational.net

1-877-304-0968 Ext 550

 

CCB Backgrounder:

 

The CCB was founded in 1944 by a coalition of blind war veterans, schools of the blind and local chapters to create a national self-governing organization. The CCB was incorporated by Letters Patent on May 10, 1950 and is a registered charity under the provisions of the Income Tax Act (Canada).

The purpose of the CCB is to give people with vision loss a distinctive and unique perspective before governments.  CCB deals with the ongoing effects of vision loss by encouraging active living and rehabilitation through peer support and social and recreational activities.

CCB promotes measures to conserve sight, create a close relationship with the sighted community and provide employment opportunities.

 

The CCB recognizes that vision loss has no boundaries with respect to gender, income, ethnicity, culture, other disabilities or age.

The CCB understands in many instances vision loss is preventable and sometimes is symptomatic of other health issues.  For the 21st century, the CCB is committed to an integrated proactive health approach for early detection to improve the quality of life for all Canadians.

As the largest membership organization of the blind and partially sighted in Canada the CCB is the “Voice of the Blind™”.

 

 

CCB National Office

100-20 James Street Ottawa ON  K2P 0T6

Toll Free: 1-877-304-0968 Email: info@ccbnational.net URL: http://www.ccbnational.neta

 

 

This blind woman says self-checkouts lower the bar(code) for accessibility | CBC News

If you have a visual impairment, the self-checkout phenomenon can make shopping a difficult and frustrating process.
— Read on www.cbc.ca/news/canada/newfoundland-labrador/self-checkouts-accessibility-concerns-1.5243720

CCB Tech Articles, Donna’s Low Tech Tips, Privacy Protection, August 12, 2019

August 12, 2019

Privacy protection

 

Hi there!  It’s Donna and thank you for allowing me to come into your inbox.

Today, I’d like to introduce you to my tip on privacy protection.

 

Privacy protection

We are constantly striving to protect ourselves from scams and scammers, but most of all we need to ensure that our privacy, confidentiality, and independence are kept safe from prying eyes and those who thrive on destroying our right to these precious commodities.

 

Applying for a credit card

once you have made up your mind which credit card you would like to apply for; next you need to find which bank issues said card.  Then you should go to said bank and ask for assistance to complete the application form.  It is always best for you to do it this way so that you do not need to depend on someone else to assist you with the hard copy form.

 

If you choose to do it the online way, then chances are that you would run into challenges with websites that are not very user friendly.

 

You could also apply for your card using the phone banking way.  However, you need to take the necessary precautions to ensure your privacy when your credit card confirmation letter arrives in the mail.

 

This letter will contain your credit card number and your 3 digit security code along with your expiry date.  Take this letter to your closest bank and ask staff to read this to you and copy it down in a format that you can read.  Keep this letter safe and do not forget to sign your credit card.  Sign it in front of a bank staff member to be safe.

 

That’s it from me for this week!

If you would like to become a member of  my CCB Mysteries chapter you can do so for the price of $10 annually and in return you will receive unlimited access to any of the following libraries.

Recipes – A collection of hard to find recipes

Audio mysteries for all ages – Comfort listening any time of the day

Home and garden – A collection of great articles for around the home and garden

Or you can subscribe to all 3 for the price of $30 annually.

Visit

http://www.donnajodhan.com/subscription-libraries.html

 

To contact me, send me an email at info@sterlingcreations.ca and I’ll be happy to respond.

Have yourselves a great day and see you next week.

Donna

 

 

 

GTT Northern Ontario and Rural Conference Call, Q and A, Bring Us Your Tech Questions, August 15, 2019

Get Together with Technology (GTT)

Northern Ontario and Rural Conference call

Sponsored by the Canadian Council of the Blind

 

You’re invited to the CCB’s August 15, 2019 GTT Northern and Rural conference call meeting:

 

Theme: Q and A, bring us your tech Questions.

 

You can participate by phone or internet from wherever you are:

 

Date: August 15, 2019

Time: 4:00–5:30 PM Pacific Time, 7:00-8:30 PM Eastern Time

 

The call-in info is:

 

Join the GTT National Conference Call Zoom Meeting from computer or smart phone:

https://zoom.us/j/9839595688

 

Just keep in mind that the below numbers are Toronto base.

 

One tap mobile, Toronto Local:

+16475580588,,9839595688

 

Toronto Local:

+1 647 558 0588

Meeting ID: 983 959 5688

 

For more information contact:

Kim Kilpatrick, GTT East Coordinator

GTTProgram@Gmail.com

1-877-304-0968 Ext 513

 

Albert Ruel, GTT West Coordinator

albert.GTT@CCBNational.net

1-877-304-0968 Ext 550

 

CCB Backgrounder:

 

The CCB was founded in 1944 by a coalition of blind war veterans, schools of the blind and local chapters to create a national self-governing organization. The CCB was incorporated by Letters Patent on May 10, 1950 and is a registered charity under the provisions of the Income Tax Act (Canada).

The purpose of the CCB is to give people with vision loss a distinctive and unique perspective before governments.  CCB deals with the ongoing effects of vision loss by encouraging active living and rehabilitation through peer support and social and recreational activities.

CCB promotes measures to conserve sight, create a close relationship with the sighted community and provide employment opportunities.

 

The CCB recognizes that vision loss has no boundaries with respect to gender, income, ethnicity, culture, other disabilities or age.

The CCB understands in many instances vision loss is preventable and sometimes is symptomatic of other health issues.  For the 21st century, the CCB is committed to an integrated proactive health approach for early detection to improve the quality of life for all Canadians.

As the largest membership organization of the blind and partially sighted in Canada the CCB is the “Voice of the Blind™”.

 

 

CCB National Office

100-20 James Street Ottawa ON  K2P 0T6

Toll Free: 1-877-304-0968 Email: info@ccbnational.net URL: www.ccbnational.neta

 

 

CCB Tech Articles, Donna’s Low Tech Tips, Apps Round Up, August 5, 2019

August 5, 2019

Apps round up

 

Hi there!  It’s Donna and thank you for allowing me to come into your inbox.

Today, I’d like to introduce you to my apps roundup.

Enjoy!

 

  1. Ebates Rakuten: Get Cash Back (iOS, Free)

 

Get Cash Back rewards at your favorite stores! Get unbeatable shopping deals and save with promo codes & coupons from Ebates.

 

Save money and sign up for a FREE account – it’s easy! Explore deals, shop at 2,500+ stores AND earn Cash Back when you buy. You’ll also get a $10 Welcome Bonus!

 

3 reasons you’ll love the Ebates app:

 

* Shop & save: Earn up to 40% Cash Back

* 2,500+ stores: eBay, Walmart, Amazon, Macy’s, Sephora, Lyft rides,    Grubhub, DoorDash & many more!

* Buy best brands: Access offers on best-selling brands

 

Rakuten savings help you buy the things you want & save at the same time.  Earn money with your vacation, find the best discount deals at your favorite stores and shop clothes from top brands.

 

Current Version: 5.7.0 (April 19, 2019)

 

Read? Ebates Rakuten: Get Cash Back’s AppleVis App Directory entry for more information [6]?

https://www.applevis.com/apps/ios/shopping/ebates-rakuten-get-cash-back

Visit? Ebates Rakuten: Get Cash Back’s App Store page [7]?

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/ebates-rakuten-get-cash-back/id723134859?mt=8

 

  1. Rocket (macOS, Free With In-App Purchases)

 

Mind-blowing emoji on your Mac.

 

Rocket is now the world’s first emoji picker for blind people!

 

The fastest, smoothest Slack-style emoji picker for your Mac

 

* Access to every emoji through the shortcut window

* Pick your favourite skin tone

* Light and dark themes

 

We’ll never nag you to upgrade, but if you want to step up your emoji game…

 

Pro

 

* Scroll and search your way through every emoji in the Search & Browse    window

* Use Rocket to send and store gifs, images, and memes

* Set custom emoji shortcuts and add your own emoji

 

Current Version: 1.5 (March 28, 2019)

 

Read? Rocket’s AppleVis App Directory entry for more information [8]?

https://www.applevis.com/apps/mac/utilities/rocket

Visit? Rocket’s website [9]?

https://matthewpalmer.net/rocket/emoji-for-blind-people.html

 

All recent app entries posted to AppleVis can be found at:

 

iOS [14]

https://www.applevis.com/apps/latest?type=ios_app_directory

Mac [15]

https://www.applevis.com/apps/latest?type=mac_app_directory

Apple Watch [16]

https://www.applevis.com/apps/latest?type=apple_watch_app_directory

Apple TV [17]

https://www.applevis.com/apps/latest?type=apple_tv_app_directory

 

That’s it from me for this week.

If you would like to become a member of  my CCB Mysteries chapter you can do so for the price of $10 annually and in return you will receive unlimited access to either of the following libraries.

Recipes –

http://www.donnajodhan.com/library-recipes.html

Audio mysteries for all ages –

http://www.donnajodhan.com/library-audio-mysteries.html

Or you can subscribe to both for the price of $20 annually.

Now you  can subscribe to “‘Let’s Talk Tips”‘ which is my monthly resource for the most

current and reliable informational tips available in the areas of Technology, Nutrition, Media, Business, and Advocacy.

http://bit.ly/ADJSubscribe

 

To contact me, send me an email at info@sterlingcreations.ca and I’ll be happy to respond.

Have yourselves a great day and see you next week.

Donna

 

AppleVis Unlimited: What’s New and Noteworthy for July 2019 | AppleVis

Welcome to the July 2019 edition of AppleVis Unlimited, our monthly series which aims to highlight what’s new and noteworthy on the AppleVis website. Below, you’ll find a selection of the best content posted to AppleVis by members of the community – from new app entries, to app updates, to the latest news and podcasts. For easier navigation, the major sections of this post are
— Read on www.applevis.com/newsletters/applevis-unlimited-whats-new-and-noteworthy-july-2019

CCB Tech Articles, Donna’s Low Tech Tips, Voice Dream Reader, July 29, 2019

July 29, 2019

Meet the Voice Dream Reader, a text to speech app

 

Hi there!  It’s Donna and thank you for allowing me to come into your inbox.

Today, I’d like to talk about the Voice Dream text to speech app.

Let’s meet this product.

 

Meet the Voice dream text to speech app

 

Well, I think you should take a long hard look at the article below and see what you think.  I have this app on my iPhone and I find it extremely helpful.  Enjoy!

 

Voice Dream Reader: Text To Speech iOS App – Release 2.8: Create Your Own Reading Experience

 

http://www.voicedream.com/?p=3271

 

I’m delighted to introduce Voice Dream Reader version 2.8. The new release brings capabilities more advanced than any voice reader on any platform or at any price. The result is a whole new level of flexibility to create your own reading experience.

 

 

http://www.voicedream.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/PronunciationDictionary.png

 

Pronunciation Dictionary

 

Personal Pronunciation Dictionary

 

Don’t like how a voice pronounces a word? Want to skip repeating header text in a PDF document? Release 2.8 introduces a powerful personal pronunciation dictionary. You can tell the speech engine to pronounce a word as if it’s a different word. For example, “lol” can be pronounced as “laughing out loud,” or “MAD” as “M.A.D”, spelling out the acronym rather than saying it as a word. And you can skip any text so they’re not spoken at all.

 

For technically sophisticated users, I offer you Regular Expression or RegEx, a way to express any pattern in text. For example, to skip the chapter-verse numbers in the Bible, you would define a rule to skip RegEx “[0-9]+:[0-9]+”. What you can do with RegEx is limitless.

 

Each language has its own dictionary, and the pronunciation rules work regardless which voice you use, whether the voice is from Acapela or NeoSpeech. If you use TTS more than a few minutes a day, you’ll be very glad to have this feature.

 

Configurable Navigation

 

The other major feature is Configurable Navigation. Version 2.8 introduces a concept called “Navigation Unit,” which can be set to Sentence, Paragraph, Page, Chapter, Bookmark, Highlight, 15, 30, or 60 seconds – basically all important markers in text. In the previous version, the rewind and fast forward buttons go backward or forward by 30 seconds. In the new version, they move the speech cursor backward or forward by any Navigation Unit you set. For example, you can go to the next page in a PDF document or DAISY eBook. Or, go through all your highlighted text one by one. And you can set Navigation Unit on the fly by tapping on the rewind or fast forward button and hold.

 

If you assign rewind and fast forward to the remote control buttons on your headset, you can move around the text without touching your device. Or, you can swipe left or right with two finger and they’re the same as rewind and fast forward. How cool is that!

 

Speaking of gestures, I added a gesture that VoiceOver users have long enjoyed: Double-finger double tap, which is the same as the Play-Pause button. Now you can Play or Pause without exiting full screen.

 

Customers asked to be able to customize their reading experience by setting different speech rates easily: You might want to listen to a book in your native language faster than in a foreign language, and a scientific paper should be read more slowly than a popular novel. In the new release, you can set a default speech rate for each voice, and you can override defaults by setting a speech rate for each article or book. You can adjust the pitch and volume for each voice, too!

 

Better Support for Visual Reading

 

Voice Dream Reader has always supported both visual reading and voice reading and mixing them in a natural and fluid way. The features I mentioned thus far help create a better voice reading experience, but I haven’t forgotten about visual readers. I added a Scroll by Page mode (as opposed to free scrolling), increased the maximum font size to 80, added the option to turn off Word or Line highlighting. And it’ll remember the visual location where you left off in addition to the speech location, so when you open it next time it’ll go right to the text you were looking at before.

 

Here’re the rest of the new features in this release:

 

*        Footer to indicate and set page, percent, chapter, and Navigation Unit.

*        Sort by Date, Title, Author and Size for each folder.

*        New Chinese and Japanese voices from NeoSpeech.

 

And as always, existing customers get these new features for free.

 

In a little more than a year, Voice Dream Reader has come a long way from the early days of being a simple text “player” with one voice. With your support and encouragement, Voice Dream Reader will continue to get better.  Please email me with your comments and ideas for improvements. I love to hear from you.

 

Contact Us:

Support:  support@voicedream.com

General:  winston@voicedream.com

Twitter:  http://twitter.com/VoiceDreamApp

 

Press Contact:

Email:  media@voicedream.com

 

That’s it from me for this week.

If you would like to become a member of  my CCB Mysteries chapter you can do so for the price of $10 annually and in return you will receive unlimited access to either of the following libraries.

Recipes –

http://www.donnajodhan.com/library-recipes.html

Audio mysteries for all ages –

http://www.donnajodhan.com/library-audio-mysteries.html

Or you can subscribe to both for the price of $20 annually.

Now you  can subscribe to “‘Let’s Talk Tips”‘ which is my monthly resource for the most current and reliable informational tips available in the areas of Technology, Nutrition, Media, Business, and Advocacy.

http://bit.ly/ADJSubscribe

 

To contact me, send me an email at info@sterlingcreations.ca and I’ll be happy to respond.

Have yourselves a great day and see you next week.

Donna