GTT Edmonton Summary Notes, General Tech, September 9, 2019

            Summary Notes

GTT Edmonton Meeting September 9, 2019

 

The most recent meeting of the Get Together with Technology (GTT) Edmonton Chapter was held September9 at 7pm at Ascension Lutheran Church 8405 83 Street in Edmonton.

14 people attended.

Reading Tip: These summary notes apply HTML headings to help navigate the document. With screen readers, you may press the H key to jump forward or Shift H to jump backward from heading to heading. Also, read the last section of this document for information on GTT resources including the National monthly teleconference, support email list, and telephone support.

 

September Topic –General Tech

 

2020 Membership Dues

Thank you to those who paid their CCB 2020 membership. 9 members renewed and we had 3 new members. Membership of $10 will continue to be collected in the October and November meetings. We would appreciate if new or existing members can pay in the next 2 meetings.

 

General Tech Discussion

We had several subgroups discussing general technology issues.

  • One small group discussed how to upgrade to a new computer including what hardware configuration should be considered and what are the steps to set it up and transfer data from the old computer to the new computer. Often the computer store especially the smaller non chain stores may be willing to do some of the set up for you. This may be worth it even for a small fee. For example, the store could set up your email, set up an Office 365 Home subscription, and even install JAWS or Zoomtext. Also, it was stressed that purchasing an Office 365 subscription instead of purchasing the Office program is the more viable and economical way to use Office today. You should subscribe to Office 365 Home edition not the business edition. An Office 365 subscription does not mean you have to use the cloud. The Office programs (Word, Excel, Outlook, Power Point) can still be installed on your computer and your documents can reside on your computer. With an Office 365 subscription, your Office programs will always be updated automatically with the current versions of those programs.
  • Another group discussed how to listen to podcasts on an iPhone.
  • There were others discussing iPhone edit mode which allows you to move and group icons on your home screen.

Another person was curious about how to move from an older DAISY CD player to Victor Reader Stream and convert their CELA service from CD books to Direct to Player books.

 

Next Meeting (Thursday October 17 at 7pm)

Because the second Monday of October is Thanksgiving , we will meet the second Thursday October 17.

  • Topic is TBA.
  • As always, for help with technology bring your devices and/or questions to the meeting.

 

Meeting Location and Logistics

  • Ascension Lutheran Church 8405 – 83 Street NW, Edmonton.
  • We meet in the basement hall. There is elevator access.
  • Enter the church from the back door. There is parking at the back and drop off space for taxis, DATS.
  • Meetings are every second Monday of the month at 7pm.
  • If you have someone helping you your assistant is welcome to remain for the meeting.

 

GTT Edmonton Overview

  • GTT Edmonton is a chapter of the Canadian Council of the Blind (CCB).
  • GTT Edmonton promotes a self-help learning experience by holding monthly meetings to assist participants with assistive technology.
  • Each meeting consists of a feature technology topic, questions and answers about technology, and one-on-one training where possible.
  • Participants are encouraged to come to each meeting even if they are not interested in the feature topic because questions on any technology are welcome. The more participants the better able we will be equipped with the talent and experience to help each other.

 

National Teleconference, Email Support List, Telephone Support

  • GTT sponsors a national GTT monthly teleconference. You may subscribe to the National GTT blog to get email notices of teleconferences and notes from other GTT chapters. Visit:

http://www.gttprogram.wordpress.com/

There is a form at the bottom of that web page to enter your email.

  • CCB also sponsors a GTT email support list to provide help and support with technology for blind and low vision Canadians.  To subscribe to the email list, send an empty email to:

GTTsupport+subscribe@groups.io

Telephone Support: Contact our GTT coordinators, Kim Kilpatrick in the East or Albert Ruel in the West to book one on one telephone support.

Kim: 877-304-0968 Ext. 513

Email: GTTProgram@Gmail.com

Albert: 877-304-0968 Ext. 550

Email: albert.GTT@CCBNational.net

 

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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, Apps Round-up, July 1, 2019

July 1, 2019

Apps round up

 

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

A belated happy Canada Day to everyone!

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

Enjoy!

 

1. Cardhop (iOS, US$3.99)

Until now, managing and interacting with your contacts has been a real frustration. Cardhop’s magical parsing engine is incredibly intuitive, letting you search, add, edit, and interact with your contacts using a simple sentence!

 

Just type in “John G” and John’s card will instantly appear. Or enter “Sarah Smith sarah@cardhopapp.com” and Cardhop will add a new contact to Sarah’s card. Or type in “call Michael S” and Cardhop will instantly start a phone call.

 

SEARCH, ADD, EDIT, AND INTERACT WITH YOUR CONTACTS LIKE NEVER BEFORE

 

* Tap on the Cardhop search field

* Type in the details for your contact

* That’s it!

 

FEATURES

* A beautiful and simple contacts app, designed exclusively for your iPhone    and iPad

* Instantly works with your existing iOS contacts, there’s nothing to    configure

* Groups: quickly toggle contact groups with a tap

* Notes: a convenient and powerful way to add notes to your contacts,    helping you to strengthen your relationships

* Recents: quickly interact with your recent contacts

* Birthdays: receive birthday notifications, instantly see upcoming    birthdays, and easily send a wish on their special day

* iOS widget to quickly access your favorite contacts

* Siri Shortcuts

* Full accessibility and VoiceOver support

* Dark and light themes

* And much, much more!

 

POWERFUL ACTIONS

* Quickly interact with your contacts with the following actions: Call,    Copy, Directions, Email, FaceTime, FaceTime Audio, Facebook Messenger,    Large Type, Message, Skype, Telegram, Twitter, URL, Viber, and VoIP

* Simply enter an action or abbreviation (which you’ll find in the Help    Book by entering “?” or “help”) followed by your contact’s name and    Cardhop will handle the rest

* Even better, some actions are flexible. For example, you can add a    subject to an email by entering “email Kent Lunch tomorrow?” and the    email including the subject will instantly appear, ready to go!

* Customizable quick actions are also available per contact, allowing for    single-tap actions

 

Cardhop — the contacts app you’ll actually want to use.

Current Version: 1.0.1 (March 30, 2019)

Read Cardhop’s AppleVis App Directory entry for more information

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

Visit Cardhop’s App Store page

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/cardhop/id1448744070?mt=8&at=11l4LS

Read about the Mac version of Cardhop on AppleVis.

https://www.applevis.com/apps/mac/productivity/cardhop

 

2. WaterMinder® (iOS, US$4.99)

 

Get help with WaterMinder®, an easy, intuitive app to track your water intake. Based on your body weight (or your personal goal), WaterMinder will remind you to drink water to reach your daily goals. By seeing current water fill visually and in percents you will instantly know how well you are hydrated!

 

Keeping track of your daily water intake needs and making sure your body is well hydrated is not an easy task in todays busy world. Let WaterMinder help you!

 

Main Features

* Apple Watch app

* Today Widget

* iMessage Stickers

* Clean visual view of your current water fill

* Simple, quick and easy to use interface (just tap on 1 icon and a menu    opens with your options to log/track your water intake)

* Pre-defined cups for quick tracking

* Create custom cups (size, icon, color, drink type)

* Create unlimited custom reminders

* History and Graph, see your progress

* US oz, UK oz, L and ML units

* Earn and Share your Achievements

* Free guide to drinking water

 

Stay healthy, and drink more water – hydrate yourself!

 

Current Version: 3.7.8 (January 28, 2019)

Read WaterMinder®’s AppleVis App Directory entry for more information

https://www.applevis.com/apps/ios/health-and-fitness/waterminder

Visit WaterMinder®’s App Store page

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/waterminder/id653031147?mt=8&at=11l4LS

 

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

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

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

Apple Watch http://www.applevis.com/apps/latest?type=apple_watch_app_directory

Apple TV http://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’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, June 3, 2019

June 03, 2019

xApps 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. Clew (iOS, Free)

 

Clew is an AR indoor navigation app designed for visually impaired users to help them retrace their steps in unfamiliar environments.

Current Version: 1.0.4 (February 17, 2019)

Read Clew’s AppleVis App Directory entry for more information

https://www.applevis.com/apps/ios/navigation/clew

 

  1. MiniWiki (watchOS, Free With In-App Purchases)

 

MiniWiki is the best way to browse Wikipedia™ on your Apple Watch with ease.

 

From searching across 40 million articles, to downloading articles for offline reading, MiniWiki has you covered!

 

MiniWiki was designed from the ground up to compliment the Apple Watch’s unique screen size, resulting in a smooth and intutive Wikipedia experience.

 

Read  MiniWiki’s AppleVis App Directory entry for more information

https://www.applevis.com/apps/apple-watch/reference/miniwiki

 

Visit MiniWiki’s App Store page

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/miniwiki/id1448143759?mt=8&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

 

 

NaviLens for iOS and Android: The cutting edge technology for the visually impaired

NaviLens for iOS and Android: The cutting edge technology for the visually impaired

Date Saved: 5/13/19, 10:44 AM

Source: http://www.navilens.com/

 

Maximum autonomy for the visually impaired

 

Unlike other markers, such as the well-known QR codes, NaviLens has a powerful algorithm based on Computer Vision capable of detecting multiple markers at great distances in milliseconds, even in full motion without the need of focusing. It is a cost-effective solution with minimum maintenance required.

 

The application is based on a novel system of artificial markers, which combines high density (multitude of combinations) with long range (a 20cm wide marker is detected up to 12 meters away).

In addition, the detection algorithm could read multiple markers at the same time, at high speed and even in full motion.

Discover the interface

100% user friendly interface for the visually impaired

 

See for yourself, YouTube testimonials!

This is how NaviLens can help the visually impaired. Below discover the testimonials of the first users

 

Underground

Ticket machine

Signs

Bus stop

Press

Awards

 

Subscribe to our Newsletter

You will receive the latest updates. We won’t spam you, we promise 🙂 NaviLens is a new integral system of artificial markers based on Computer Vision. It allows the user to read a special tag, displayed in their environment, from a great distance; it also assists in orienting the user toward the tag as well as obtains detailed information associated with that tag in particular in the same way that traditional signs would be read by a person with full visual capacity. To do this, the marker recognition algorithm is complemented by a novel 3D sound system that, without the need for headphones, informs the user of the position, distance, and orientation of the marker. It allows a visually impaired person to navigate in unfamiliar territory with complete autonomy in the same manner a person without a visual impairment could.

 

How to use NaviLens from YouTube:

Published on Dec 28, 2018

NaviLens, an app that makes it easier for visual impaired people to access information through QR codes of colors, has a new functionality available for users to download tags for their own personal use. Until now these tags were available in public spaces such as train stations. In this new functionality, the codes provided are blank for users to record any information about the objects in their environment. The developers have created tags of different sizes that can be adjusted to the needs of remote reading. In addition, they are printable and easily separated.

 

Category

Science & Technology

 

New app just released called voicedream writer.

Posted by Kim Kilpatrick

When looking through my app updates, I noticed that one of my favourite apps: voicedream reader had an update.

They said they have released a new app called voicedream writer.

It is a paid app like voicedream reader.

It allows you to write and edit.

It is new but has anyone tried it?

Maybe we will try to get a promo code to try it or maybe I’ll just buy it because I love voicedream reader so much.

If anyone has tried it, please let me know at 

gttprogram@gmail.com

Voicedream reader could be a topic for a future national conference call if people would like that.