CCB Tech Articles, Donna’s Low Tech Tips, Apps Round-up, January 7, 2019

January 07 2019

Apps round up

 

Happy New Year everyone!

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 round up.

 

  1. Blindfold Doggy (iOS, Free With In-App Purchases)

 

Blindfold Doggy is a fully accessible dog ownership simulation game, for both sighted and visually impaired people, designed for rapid audio play. The object of the game is care for your dog: the better you care for your dog, the more points you’ll score.

 

After learning the sounds your dog makes when he needs something, you must take care of your dog: feed him, walk him, give him water, brush him and play with him.

 

For example, to walk your dog, put on his collar and leash, open the door and start walking: swipe down with one finger. Each down swipe takes you one step further from home. Each up swipe takes you one step closer to home. When you leave the house for a walk, the front door automatically closes behind you. To go back inside, walk back to the door and open it. Make sure you close the door, or your dog may run away.

 

Once you’ve mastered taking care of one dog, try taking care of two. It’s much harder!

 

Then try the adventure game – go shopping for new toys and food, and take your dog to the veterinarian for routine checkups.

 

The game comes with limited play before you run out of food. To get unlimited play, or other options, use the in-app upgrades.

 

Current Version: 1.5.5 (October 26, 2018)

Read Blindfold Doggy’s AppleVis App Directory entry for more information

https://www.applevis.com/apps/ios/games/blindfold-doggy

Visit Blindfold Doggy’s App Store page

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/blindfold-doggy/id1435160109?mt=8&at=11l4LS

 

  1. Out Of Tune – Live Music Game (iOS, Free)

 

Out Of Tune is a live music game where you compete to win a cash prize. All you need to do is correctly guess 10 songs. The game is played every weekday at 8PM Eastern Time / 5PM Pacific Time and 11PM Eastern Time / 8PM Pacific Time.

 

Current Version: 1.0.14 (October 28, 2018)

Read Out Of Tune – Live Music Game’s AppleVis App Directory entry for more information

https://www.applevis.com/apps/ios/games/out-tune-live-music-game

Visit Out Of Tune – Live Music Game’s App Store page

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/out-of-tune-live-music-game/id1361857195?mt=8&ign-mpt=uo%3D8&at=11l4LS

 

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’d be happy to respond.

Have yourselves a great day and see you next week.

Donna

 

CCB Tech Articles, Donna’s Low Tech Tips, Scams and Scammers, December 31, 2018

December 31 2018

 

Happy holidays everyone!

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

Today, I am going to do something a bit different and as we get ready to welcome in 2019 I am going to give you some great pointers for avoiding scams and scammers.

I have gathered these through investigations, hard core experiences, and input from others.

 

Here goes.

You need to remember that scams come in the following formats:

As emails, as phone calls both recorded and via a live caller, and o yes!  It can even show up at your door and in your mailbox.

And now they are targeting us through texts being sent to our cell phones.

 

Do not respond to emails that look strange to you.

Do not download attachments from unknown senders.

Do not share your username and password to your online banking and any other online payments facilities with anyone.

Do not give out any banking or personal details on the phone to unknown callers.

Do not pay any attention to threats from automated phone recordings or from live persons with regard to your credit card or that you owe money to any revenue agency.

Do not entertain any offers either via email or by phone from senders and callers offering incredible service packages as they may pertain to cable and tv services, prizes that you have won, or any sort of any type of service package.

Do not answer the door to unknown callers.

Take extra caution to make sure that the details of your credit cards and debit cards are fully protected when you make payments at restaurants or at stores, pharmacies, and elsewhere.

Do not enter your password for Facebook or Twitter in response to a text request on your cell phone.

The same if you are asked for your Apple ID.

Do not fall prey to a text message telling you that your banking details have been compromised online.

 

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’d be happy to respond.

Have yourselves a great day and see you next week.

Donna

 

 

 

 

CCB Tech Articles, Donna’s Low Tech Tips, Raised Line Drawing Board, December 24, 2018

December 24 2018

Meet the raised line drawing board

 

Happy holidays everyone!

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

Today, I’d like to talk about the raised line drawing board.

 

Meet the raised line drawing board

 

I got introduced to this gem a few months ago and it is a perfect goodie for those kids who are interested in drawing their very own pictures.  It is a perfect way for anyone who is blind to use their imagination to put pen to paper so to speak.

 

How does this goodie work?  Well, it is just an 8 and a half by 11 board.  Place your sheet of paper on this board and then use any ball point pen to do the rest.  When you draw you can then feel how it comes out on the sheet of paper.  It comes out in raised format for you to feel.

 

Quite a very interesting goodie; good for all ages.  So go out there and make friends with the raised line drawing board.

 

 

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’d be happy to respond.

Have yourselves a great day and see you next week.

Donna

 

 

 

 

CCB Tech Articles, Donna’s Low Tech Tips, A scam alert, December 17, 20187

December 17 2018

A scam alert

 

Happy holidays everyone!

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

Better not to answer your door to the unknown person

 

These types of scammers come in all age groups and with limitless types of requests.  Now it is up to you to use your judgement and go with your gut instinct.

 

They could be anyone from the youngest to the oldest.

They could be selling small appliances and electronics.

They could be insurance sales persons.

They could be someone offering to do your taxes.

 

Just remember!  These types of scammers do not have a specific age.  Adults often use children to help them carry out their unhealthy deeds.

 

What’s the risk of opening your door to an unknown caller?

You take your future and your life into your hands.

 

Until next week then!

 

 

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’d be happy to respond.

Have yourselves a great day and see you next week.

Donna

 

 

 

CCB Tech Articles, Donna’s Low Tech Tips, Privacy protection, December 10, 2018

December 10 2018

Privacy protection

 

Happy holidays everyone!

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

You are planning to open banking accounts

The safest way for you to ensure that your personal banking details are kept private and confidential is for you to visit your bank and enlist the help of bank staff.

They will help you and you need not worry about your privacy being compromised.

You may want to see if they could provide you with electronic documentation but this should not be counted on.

 

The safest piece of advice that I can offer is for you to be stubborn and demand electronic documentation.  This is what I had to do several times.

 

 

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’d be happy to respond.

Have yourselves a great day and see you next week.

Donna

CCB Tech Articles, Donna’s Low Tech Tips, Apps Round Up, December 3, 2018

December 03 2018

Apps round up

 

Happy holidays everyone!

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 round up.

 

  1. Battery Monitor App (iOS, Free)

 

Battery Monitor, the most accurate battery life monitoring app on the App

Store. With its simple battery life calibration, you can get estimations

with down-to-the-minute accuracy (±1min)! It also have a handy widget to

access estimations anywhere!

 

This app contains calibration for battery usage, battery charging time and

much more, making it the most accurate on the App Store! Don’t download

those clones you find everywhere, download this FREE app now!

 

Features:

* ±1 min battery life accuracy*

* ±1 min charging time accuracy*

* Simple interface, easy to use

* iOS Widget for easy access

* One time battery calibration

 

Current Version: 1.1 (November 21, 2017)

Read Battery Monitor App’s AppleVis App Directory entry for more information

https://www.applevis.com/apps/ios/utilities/battery-monitor-app

Visit Battery Monitor App’s App Store page

https://itunes.apple.com/app/battery-monitor-simple-accurate/id1182374760

 

  1. Shortcuts (iOS, Free)

 

Siri Shortcuts deliver a quick way to get things done with your apps with

just a tap or by asking Siri. The Shortcuts app enables you to create

personal shortcuts with multiple steps from your favorite apps. Start from

hundreds of examples in the Gallery or drag and drop to create your own.

 

Shortcuts includes over 300 built-in actions and works with many of your

favorite apps including Contacts, Calendar, Maps, Music, Photos, Camera,

Reminders, Safari, Health as well as any app that supports Siri Shortcuts.

 

Use the Shortcuts app to:

 

* Get directions home, send your ETA and start listening to the news, just

by asking Siri

* Add a home screen icon that calls a loved one

* Make animated GIFs

* Make PDFs from Safari or any app with a share sheet

* Get directions to the nearest coffee shop in one tap

* Tweet the song you’re listening to

* Get all of the images on a web page

* Send a message including the last screenshot you took

* And so much more…

 

Shortcuts can be launched from the Today widget, from Search or by asking

Siri. You can even add an app icon to your home screen for your favorite

Shortcuts.

 

Shortcuts opens up incredible possibilities to automate things you do

regularly on your iPhone and iPad.

 

Current Version: 2.0 (September 17, 2018)

Read Shortcuts’ AppleVis App Directory entry for more information

https://www.applevis.com/apps/ios/productivity/shortcuts

Visit Shortcuts’ App Store page

https://itunes.apple.com/app/workflow-powerful-automation/id915249334?ign-mpt=uo%3D8&at=11l4LS

 

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’d be happy to respond.

Have yourselves a great day and see you next week.

Donna

 

CCB Tech Articles, Donna’s Low Tech Tips, Light Detectors, November 26, 2018

November 26 2018

Meet the light detector

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

Today, I’d like to talk about the light detector.

 

Meet the light detector

 

Well, here is a very nifty little gadget that I happened upon some time ago.  It is extremely simple to use.  All you do is flick a switch and voila!

 

The lower the pitch of the buzz the less light there is and the higher the pitch the more light there is.  So how do you use this?  Very easy!

 

All you do is to flick the switch and then aim the light detector towards the spot where you would like to know if there is light.  This little gadget works by battery.

 

Now, I will also tell you that there is now an app for your IPhone or IPad that also works in the same way.  Just install the light detector app, then go to it and do the double tap.  It works in exactly the same way as my little gadget.

 

Enjoy and just go out there and make friends with the light detector.

 

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’d be happy to respond.

Have yourselves a great day and see you next week.

Donna

 

 

CCB Tech Articles, Donna’s Low Tech Tips, A scam alert, November 19, 2018

November 19 2018

A scam alert

 

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

The one who shows up at your door advertising their cleaning services

 

What these scammers are counting on is that you are probably very desperate to find someone to provide you with cleaning services because you are just a bit too busy to clean for yourself.  You are a busy person at home and at work and this is what these types of scammers are counting on when you open the door to them.

 

They come with flyers in hand.

They tell you how they can clean your home for a reasonable  rate.

They offer all kinds of great services to clean your home from top to bottom.

 

Anything from floors to carpets, and from windows to ceiling, and every room in the house.  They even clean cabinets and cupboards.

 

They even often to do it at any hour of day, at your convenience, and they promise fast and thorough services.

 

Ignore them and shut the door on them.

 

What happens if you do not ignore them choosing instead to allow them to come into your home?

Well!  Sooner than later you may experience some sort of burglary or some sort of break in.  It is their chance to case your home as they say and to plan how to break in when you are probably not around.

They are probably not even afraid to confront you face to face when they are ready.

 

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’d be happy to respond.

Have yourselves a great day and see you next week.

Donna

 

CCB Tech Articles, Donna’s Low Tech Tips, Privacy protection, November 12, 2018

November 12 2018

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.

 

You have mortgage papers to complete

Yes!  At the best of times, these papers are extremely tedious for anyone to complete let alone a vision impaired person.

So many personal details are required and yes!  Your date of birth is required.

Additionally, other personal details such as banking info.

Warning!  If your date of birth falls into the wrong hands then just imagine what the one who stumbles on it can do with it!

They can use your date of birth to help themselves to your personal details and there goes your privacy and independence.

 

You could ask your real estate agent to provide you with the necessary papers in an electronic format so that you could at least read it for yourself but when it comes to the completion of the necessary forms then here is where you would most likely need sighted assistance.

 

The safest thing to do would be for you to ask your real estate agent to read them to you and if not, you need to find a trusted person; friend or family member or neighbour.

 

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’d be happy to respond.

Have yourselves a great day and see you next week.

Donna

pletion of an application for CPP or Old Age

Sure!  You are told that you can do this online but as of now the website is not user friendly enough for you to do this.

So what do you do?

 

You need to go to your nearest Service Canada office.

Take a trusted friend, family member, or neighbour with you.

Upon arrival, let the agent know that you wish them to assist you complete your forms.

They may ask the one accompanying you to assist but be firm and let them know that you wish them to help you.

Take your Social Insurance Number card so that you can show it to them and any other photo ID in case you are asked for this.

Take your cheque book along with you so that they can take the info from your cheque to complete the form.

You would need to provide a void cheque and ask them to assist you with this.

They are usually very good at rendering assistance.

 

As of now, the website may not be completely usable for those who are vision impaired and the forms may still  not be in electronic format.

 

Call 1-800-277-9914

CALL 1 800 O-Canada (1-800-622-6232), from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

 

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’d be happy to respond.

Have yourselves a great day and see you next week.

Donna

CCB Tech Articles, Donna’s Low Tech Tips, Apps Round Up, November 5, 2018

November 05 2018

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 round up.

 

  1. Dusk (iOS, Free)

Dusk is an all-new gaming experience, designed for the blind but playable by everyone.

Use your phone in ways you’ve never imagined and challenge yourself with a series of

mini-games that do not require the use of sight, or play with a friend to find out who’s

the best!

*          Each game uses a combination of movement sensors, vibration, sound and

other technologies for a totally immersive experience.

*          Full leaderboards and achievements support for singleplayer games.

*          Play your favorite games with a friend and another iPhone, thanks to the

multiplayer mode.

*          Fully compatible with VoiceOver.

*          Simple and minimalist high-contrast design to improve legibility.

(Please note that some games might not be available on older devices due to technical

limitations.)

 

Current Version: 1.0.1 (July 17, 2018)

 

Read Dusk’s AppleVis App Directory entry for more information

https://www.applevis.com/apps/ios/games/dusk

Visit Dusk’s App Store page

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/dusk/id1391020357?mt=8

 

***

  1. WakeUp Alarm, Guaranteed (Simple SleepCycle Alarm

(iOS, Free)

 

WakeUp Alarm, Guaranteed. Get it? This alarm clock app guarantees that you’ll wake up

rested every morning, with many methods such as auto sleep cycle calculation & shake

to stop alarm.

*This app is created by my 13 year old son, Wern Jie.

What is this?

*          This is a Guaranteed WakeUp Alarm.

*          Its a gesture-based UI alarm app.

How do I use it with gestures?

*          Drag left or right to set alarm time.

*          Drag up to activate alarm.

*          Drag down to deactivate alarm.

*          Shake to stop alarm.

Features:

*          Easy to use… to the point where anyone can use it!

*          Calculates sleep cycle stages to wake you up at light sleep.

*          NO NEED to place the phone near the bed… It calculates the sleep cycles

through the mean average of most humans’ sleep cycle patterns.

*          Only wakes you up at just the right time so you feel refreshed.

*          Records estimate sleep into Health app.

*          Sleep music: plays your favourite music to fall asleep.

*          No Ads! 🙂 .

*          The most lightweight alarm app ever! (8 MB in size).

*          VoiceOver fully supported.

Current Version: 1.0.1 (April 25, 2017)

 

Read WakeUp Alarm, Guaranteed (Simple SleepCycle Alarm’s AppleVis App Directory entry for more

information

https://www.applevis.com/apps/ios/utilities/wakeup-alarm-guaranteed-simple-sleepcycle-alarm

Visit WakeUp Alarm, Guaranteed (Simple SleepCycle Alarm’s App Store page

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/wakeup-alarm-guaranteed-simple-sleepcycle-alarm/id1225015791?mt=8&ign-mpt=uo%3D8

 

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’d be happy to respond.

Have yourselves a great day and see you next week.

Donna