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

 

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

 

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

 

 

CCB Tech Articles, Donna’s Low Tech Tips, A scam alert, July 15, 2019

Sorry, this tip is a little late.

July 15, 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

Be ware of the insurance sales person

 

They could show up at your door or they could call you.  On the phone they may call you by your first or last name and they would have gotten this from any source.  The phone book is usually the primary source of research for these types of scammers be it online or print or even in the comfort of a public library.

 

Here are some of the promises that they may try to reel you in with.  They promise to give you super rates for fantastic packages.  Anything ranging from house insurance to disability insurance.  Medical insurance to life insurance.

 

Now comes the crunch!  They can either claim to represent a reputable firm or more disasterous they tell you that they  are an independent agent.

 

If they say they’re independent; simply ignore and turn away. If they claim to represent a reputable firm, Then check out their credentials before you do anything.

 

You need to insist on meeting them face to face if they call you on the phone.  Additionally and most important; and at their company’s offices.  If they refuse, simply ignore them and hang up.

 

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’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, July 8, 2019

July 8, 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 health cards

This time, and if you do not have a trusted person to help you, give a call to your provincial MPP’s office.

If you do not know their number, then follow these steps.

Phone 1800 622 6232 and ask for the number of your Federal MP.

Upon obtaining this number call it and ask for the number of your provincial MPP.

Then call this number and explain what you are attempting to do.

Tell them that you are vision impaired and that you need assistance to obtain your health card.

Tell them exactly what you need; you need to know what documentation you need to take, where to go, and if possible to find someone who can go with you if you do not have a trusted person to go with you.

 

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

 

 

 

Guest Post: BlindShell, Simple, intuitive and accessible phones for visually impaired

BlindShell, Simple, intuitive and accessible phones for visually impaired
Date Saved: 7/5/19, 1:50 PM
Source: https://www.blindshell.com/
Note: Check above and below links for videos about this device.

New BlindShell Classic
Over the past few years, we have sold phones for the visually impaired to thousands of customers across 20 countries. We have worked to create a phone that would be durable, stylish, and most importantly, easy to use for the blind and visually impaired. Based on the feedback and input from our users, we introduced the BlindShell Classic last year. This phone encompasses the best of what the world of mobile phones for the blind offers.
• Carefully designed keypad with comfortable buttons.
• Voice Control or tactile keypad for the simplest to use phone yet.
• Optimized shape, which perfectly fits your hand.
• Lifetime updates and fantastic support.

Blindshell Classic
• Single button quick dial
• SOS emergency button
• Quick menu navigation by shortcuts
• FM radio
• Calendar
• E-mail
• Voice control
• Text dictation
• Object tagging

BLINDSHELL 2 BAROQU
• Voice control
• Text dictation
• Object tagging
• Color recognition
• Mp3 and audio-book player
• GPS position
• Games
• WhatsApp
• Facebook Messenger

WHAT SEPARATES BLINDSHELL FROM THE REST?
First and foremost, it’s been designed to be helpful. No frills. We’ve listened to our customers and honed its features to be simple. The BlindShell Classic caters to the actual needs of visually impaired users. The physical keypad and large assortment of applications are designed and chosen specifically for the blind user’s needs.
It is truly intuitive to use. You can either use the keypad or control your phone by voice. And yes, you’ll figure out how to operate it in less than 30 minutes.
Lastly, we wanted to develop a phone which will last. That’s why we carefully chose the BlindShell Classic design to be practical, sturdy, and easy to use. The lifelong free updates give peace of mind that you will be happy with your purchase for years to come.

Demonstration Video Re-posted from Carrie Morales, Live Accessible:
Hey Everyone,
The BlindShell Classic Phone is coming out to the US and it’s a phone that’s specifically designed for the blind and visually impaired. It’s a great option for someone looking for a phone that has physical buttons, very easy to use, and totally accessible. Here’s a review I did of the phone if anyone is interested! https://youtu.be/XSE8grhy_8g

Carrie Morales
Website: LiveAccessible.Com
YouTube: Live Accessible
Instagram: @LiveAccessible
Twitter: @LiveAccessible
Email: carrie@liveaccessible.com

*Picture Description: Text reads Live accessible: blindness or Low Vision does not define or limit you on a blue background