CCB Tech Articles, Donna’s Low Tech Tips, A scam alert, September 16, 2019

September 16, 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 are being offered a terrific package by your cable and tv provider

 

Believe it or not; they are out there and they are only waiting to pounce on those unsuspecting victims who only want to be able to have access to some great cable tv watching.  All you want to do is to be able to find ways to bundle all of your cable and Internet services into one cost effective package and all that these scammers want to do is to take advantage of your vulnerability.

 

So how does this all take place?

  • You receive a phone call with a terrific offer.
  • You are being offered a bundle that includes tv, cable, and internet and cell phone as an add on.
  • Rates are really enticing.
  • Bundles are flexible and for a good period of time.

 

  • Do not encourage this phone call.
  • Do not give out any info about the present services you receive, your name, or anything else.
  • Just ignore all of this.
  • Hang up and go about your business.

 

What happens if you choose to take this offer?  Well!  Your information will be used to help these hackers to start generating bills charging you for services that are non existent.  They will look real and soon you won’t be able to tell the real bills from the fake ones.

 

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

 

CCB Tech Articles, Donna’s Low Tech Tips, Privacy Protection, 2019Sep09

September 9, 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 insurance policies

It does not matter what type of insurance policy you are applying for; life, accidental, house, or anything else.  It is probably best to do this with a reputable insurance company.

 

If you choose to go with an independent insurance agent, then you need to ensure that you know this person well enough to trust them with your private details such as date of birth, Social Insurance number and more.

 

Whichever alternative you choose, ask for an electronic copy to be sent to you so that you can read for yourself what you are about to sign.  When you are about to sign, best to take along someone that you trust so that they can read the hard copy to you so that you can ensure that your electronic copy matches what is being read.

 

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

CCB Tech Articles, Donna’s Low Tech Tips, Apps Round-up, September 2, 2019

September 2, 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. App Wish List & Price Tracker (iOS, Free)

 

App Wish List lets you keep track of all the apps you’d like to get at a later time. Here’s how it works:

 

1) Apps are added to your wish list directly from within the App Store Using      the share extension.

2) Notifications are shown when there is a price drop or update of an app  > on      your wishlist.

3) You save money by waiting until the app you are interested in reaches The      perfect price.

4) Share the app discounts you’ve found with your friends and help them      save money too!

 

With App Wish List you can track an unlimited number of apps, there are no ads, and the app is completely free to use. Enjoy!

 

Current Version: 1.2.2 (November 8, 2018)

 

Read? App Wish List & Price Tracker’s AppleVis App Directory entry for more information [8]?

 

Visit? App Wish List & Price Tracker’s App Store page [9]?

https://www.applevis.com/apps/ios/shopping/app-wish-list-price-tracker

 

2. Bedr alarm clock radio (iOS, Free With In-App Purchases)

 

Wake up every day to your favourite radio station! Download this free app now and turn your iPhone into an alarm clock with radio streaming. With over 7,000 radio stations from all over the world, we deliver you the local news, sports, your favorite music and any radio station from any place in the world straight to your home.

 

with the free bedr radio app:

 

* wake up to radio stations from all over the world

* alarm clock with smooth alarm, snooze-timer, vibration and auto-stop

* snooze by simply tapping into the screen, tap twice to stop the alarm

* shake to stop the alarm but to continue the radio streaming (e.g. to Listen in the bathroom)

* artist and title of the current song

* use the night mode feature and turn your phone into a night clock

* adjustable brightness for the night clock

 

Current Version: 2.5.3 (November 15, 2018)

 

Read? Bedr alarm clock radio’s AppleVis App Directory entry for more information [10]?

https://www.applevis.com/apps/ios/music/bedr-alarm-clock-radio

Visit? Bedr alarm clock radio’s App Store page [11]?

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/bedr-alarm-clock-

adio/id1053241118?mt=8

 

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_directo

y

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

 

 

CCB Tech Articles, Donna’s Low Tech Tips, Large Print Telephone, August 26, 2019

August 26, 2019

Meet the large print telephone

 

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

Today, I’d like to talk about the large print telephone.

Let’s meet this product.

 

Meet the large print telephone

When I had enough vision to see the large print, I found this product to be enormously helpful to me and now that I can no longer see the large print I still continue to appreciate the large keys.

 

Many of you have probably met this product already but I’d like to familiarize those of you who have not yet done so.  This is an excellent product for many of those who have difficulty seeing and navigating the normal keypad and screen of a regular telephone.

 

The keys are larger, and the print on the keys is also larger.  In addition, the screen is also larger thus making the display larger as well.  It is easier to use this phone and many of those who have difficulty seeing the keys and screen on a regular phone can certainly benefit from this great product.

 

The large print telephone is available at most stores that sell products for blind and partially sighted consumers and may even be available at some of the larger regular stores.

 

So go out there and make friends with the large print telephone.

 

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

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

 

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

 

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

 

CCB Tech Articles, Donna’s Low Tech Tips, tactile screen protector, July 22, 2019

Sorry, this tip is a little late.

July 22, 2019

Meet the tactile screen protector

 

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

Today, I’d like to talk about the tactile screen protector.

Let’s meet this product.

 

Meet the tactile screen protector

 

I met this very interesting product a few years ago and I am so happy that I have managed to make friends with it.  I am not disappointed as this product helps me to be more agile on my iPhone’s screen and makes things faster and easier for me.

What is this product all about?  Well, please read on.

 

This is one of the simplest but most useful products that I have come across in a very long time.  Here is how it works.  Just take the card of dots and paste it on the screen of your I device.  There is a separate screen protector for each device.  The dots enable a blind person to successfully and easily navigate the screen.  The dots are strategically positioned so that with a wee bit of learning a blind person can easily navigate to where they need to go without too much difficulty.

 

Once a blind person gets the hang of where to go and how to navigate using these precious little dots, then the rest is so very easy.  It is not too difficult to get used to and you can access whatever you want with just one move and it saves you the frustration of having to navigate all over the place.

 

This is a terrific invention and whoever thought of this concept should be heartily congratulated.  I bought my tactile screen protectors for my iPhone and Ipad from the AT Guys in Michigan.

 

Just go out there and make friends with the tactile screen protector.

 

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