A review of Via Rail

Welcome to our newest monthly feature! We are pleased to be starting up a
feature on reviews where each month we will be reviewing anything from
restaurants, hotels, and companies. We hope that our reviews will help you
to find some of the best and finest locations to visit and return again.
Enjoy!
The Sterling Creations team
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A review of Via Rail

Early in February 2017 I traveled from Toronto to Ottawa and back via Via
Rail and I have to say that this was indeed a most enjoyable experience. I
left early in the morning and returned on the afternoon of the next day.

So how would I rate their services? With 1 being the lowest and 5 being the
highest, here are my ratings.

On board services – 5
Assistance for passengers with special needs – 5
Accessibility to washrooms – 5
Assistance on and off the train – 5
Additional help – 5

So you can see that I was thoroughly satisfied. Staff were extremely well
trained to help passengers with disabilities. Announcements were easy to
understand and I look forward to my next trip with Via Rail.

We hope that

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Top articles of the week

Hello there and welcome to our weekly feature titled top articles of the
week.
Especially chosen for you, these articles will help you to keep up to date
with current trends plus a lot more.
Enjoy!

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Taken from the e access bulletin monthly online newsletter
Inaccessible websites dent business profits, as online shoppers
‘click away’.
UK businesses are losing out on huge sums of money – potentially
totalling billions of pounds – by failing to make their websites
accessible to users with access needs, new research claims.
Published by disability consultancy Freeney Williams, the Click-Away Pound
(CAP) Survey assessed the “online shopping experience of customers with
disabilities, and the costs to business of ignoring them.”
The report revealed that 71% of disabled customers with access needs will
‘click away’ from a website that they find difficult to use. A key
finding from the survey was that the spending power of these online
shoppers who click away is £11.75 billion – money which is then spent
elsewhere by those same shoppers, on sites that they can access.
Launching the survey results at an event in London to coincide with the
International Day of Persons with Disabilities, Rick Williams – co-author
of the survey and managing director of Freeney Williams – said: “As a
business, why would you design a website that people can’t use? That £12
billion is displaced spending. It’s astonishing – the sheer size of
that number surprised us. Businesses are losing opportunities for that
money.”
The CAP Survey also notes that, “Businesses need to bear in mind that if
a disabled shopper clicks away from their site to one of their competitors,
they show little inclination to return.”
The CAP Survey was initially launched in January (as reported in e-Access
Bulletin issue 176:
http://eab.li/48
) and closed in July, collecting
results from 362 participants. Some estimates from the report are based
around applying trends found in the results to national level, using data
from the Office of National Statistics, among other sources.
While the key messages behind the research will be familiar to many
e-Access Bulletin readers, the findings will likely come as a surprise to
many businesses. The CAP Survey claims that, “Most businesses will be
unaware that they are losing income, because more than 90% of customers who
have difficulty using a site will not contact them.”
In fact, the survey found that over 80% of online shoppers with access
needs will choose to spend their money on websites with the fewest barriers
in place for them, as opposed to the cheapest.
The five most common website problems identified by survey respondents
were: crowded pages; poor link information; filling in forms; moving images
or graphics; and poor legibility, including colour contrast and text
layout.
Screen-readers were found to be the most common type of assistive
technology (AT) used by respondents, with 53% of all respondents using some
form of AT. As the CAP Survey points out, “No matter how sophisticated or
efficient AT might be or how competent its user, unless a website is
designed and developed to take access needs into account, the capacity of
AT to overcome access barriers will always be limited.”
The report finishes by explaining that while the 2016 CAP Survey has
“established a point of departure,” a follow-up survey is also planned
for next year. The 2017 CAP Survey will examine the subject in relation to
specific business sectors, and beyond the UK.
Read the Click-Away Pound Report in full, as a PDF or Word document, at the
CAP website:
http://eab.li/49

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sony unveils sd cards so fast, they’ve bumped up against interface speed
limits
by joel hruska
february 23 20177

Sony unveils SD cards so fast, they’ve bumped up against interface speed limits


sony has announced a new line of sd cards that aren’t just fast — they’re
capable of hitting the fundamental performance limits of the ultra high
speed ii (abbreviated uhs-ii) specification. that standard offers up to
312mb/s of
performance, while sony is claiming 300mb read/write speeds for its new
line of sf-g sd cards.
the uhs-ii standard specifies a 156mb/s data rate when in half-duplex mode
(reading and writing simultaneously) and a 312mb/s rate when only reading
or writing. sony’s published claim of 300mb/s reads and 299mb/s writes
assumes half-duplex operation, though that’s probably a reasonable
assumption since most people aren’t writing 4k video while simultaneously
attempting to read it.
these new cards aren’t available in very high capacities, with 32gb, 64gb,
and 128gb options available. other manufacturers have ramped
sd cards
with 256gb and 512gb capabilities, but sony is clearly going for performance
over capacity with this product family. the 300mb read speed isn’t
particularly impressive, but 300mb/s writes is something altogether
different.
panasonic sdxc
sdxc cards that support uhs-ii, like the panasonic pictured above, have
additional pins that other cards lack.
sd card reviews suggest that a 299mb/s write speed would put the sony sf-g
in a class of its own. havecamerawilltravel
reviewed
a number of sd cards and found only one microsd card capable of maintaining
a >200mb/s
write speed — the lexar 1800x. that write performance appears to have come
at the expense of read performance, with the 1800x only turning 70.4mb/s of
sequential read performance.
according to sony, its increased performance is the result of firmware
tuning and an on-board buffer. here’s how the company describes it.
” sf-g series uhs-ii sd cards offer unprecedented write speeds of up to
299mb/s, optimal for hi-speed continuous shooting and 4k video shooting park
ridge, n.j., february 22, 2017 – sony is increasing the speed and efficiency
of their sd card lineup with
the new sf-g series. as performance demands and file sizes continue to
increase, the sf-g series of sd cards offer enhanced features optimized for
professional photographers, dslr and mirrorless camera users and
videographers.
with a write speed of up to 299 mb/s, enabled by sony’s unique firmware, the
sf-g series will be the world’s fastest sd cards. the quick write speed
supports maximum performance of digital imaging devices, contributing to
longer continuous shooting of
high-resolution images with uhs-ii supporting cameras. it also contributes
to a shorter buffer clearing time so users never miss a critical moment.
using sony’s algorithm, the cards prevent the decrease of data-writing
speeds and contribute to the camera’s ability of successive high speed
shooting.
the cards also feature a read speed of up to 300mb/s. paired with a memory
card reader, the cards can transfer large volumes and file sizes to a
computer very quickly, contributing to a more efficient workflow for
professionals.
“available in 32gb, 64gb and 128gb capacities, the sf-g series offers
options that ensure high-performance, high speed and reliable shooting,”
said viviano cantu, vice president, product marketing, sony americas media
and energy group. “as the
continuous shooting of higher-resolution images and adoption of 4k video
with dslr and mirrorless cameras increases, the inherent need for larger,
faster and more dependable cards becomes apparent. a longtime leader at the
forefront of professional
media, sony has met these growing demands with the debut of the sf-g series,
which offers industry leading performance.”
sony’s sd cards are extremely reliable and durable, with water proof and
anti-static capabilities to keep your precious content safe. additionally,
sony’s free downloadable file rescue software allows for the recovery of
photos and videos, including raw
images and 4k xavc-s video files, that may have been accidentally damaged or
deleted.”
with a write speed of up to 299 mb/s, enabled by sony’s unique firmware, the
sf-g series will be the world’s fastest sd cards… it also contributes to a
shorter buffer clearing time so users never miss a critical moment. using
sony’s algorithm, the cards prevent the decrease of data-writing speeds and
contribute to the camera’s ability of successive high speed shooting.
with that said, sony is glossing over one critically important issue. the
performance you’ll get from a camera, 4k or otherwise, isn’t just a function
of the speed of the sd card. it’s also a function of the camera’s sd card
controller.
imagine plugging a usb 3.0 stick into a usb 1.1 port and you’ll see the
problem. a usb 3.0 drive might reach marginally higher performance than its
usb 1.1 counterpart, but it won’t come anywhere close to what the interface
can
actually achieve. according to
tested.com
, this is a known problem even on some high-end cameras. while that article
dates back to 2013, it captures the issue well. canon’s 5d mark iii is a
$3500 camera with an extremely fast
compactflash slot and a very slow sd card slot. that camera supports the
udma7 protocol (167mb/s theoretical transfer rate) for its cf slot, yet
failed to support either uhs-i or uhs-ii. the sd card was therefore limited
to just
25mb/s of maximum performance — vastly slower than its compactflash slot.
the new sony cards should be available for purchase starting this spring.
check back at the link for updates.
https://blog.sony.com/press/sony-introduces-the-worlds-fastest-sd-card/

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Taken from the E access bulletin monthly online newsletter
Video games without the visuals for blind gamers.
A series of five new audio-based video games for blind and visually
impaired users are being designed, after a crowdfunding campaign to support
the project achieved over 150% of its target funding.
The games, including versions of classic arcade title ‘Frogger’ and a
cricket game, will be available on mobile devices, tablet computers and
desktop computers, through the iOS and Andriod operating systems, as well
as Windows PC.
In April 2016, the Audio Game Hub project released a free package of eight
“experimental arcade videogames” that relied on audio, rather than
visuals. Designed primarily for people with sight loss, the games were
fully playable without the need to look at a screen, featuring an option to
turn off the visuals completely. The games – including ‘Archery’,
‘Samurai Tournament’ and ‘Slot Machines’ – proved incredibly
popular with both non-sighted and sighted users, receiving over 33,000
downloads.
Audio Game Hub founder Jarek Beksa told e-Access Bulletin that the idea
came several years ago, when testing equipment at a telecoms company:
“During one of the tests we spoke with a blind user. He told us ‘Nobody
makes games for us.’ Since then, we started thinking about the idea of
creating accessible games, Beksa said.
The team behind Audio Game Hub – based in Auckland, New Zealand – were
soon inundated with requests for more games, so they launched a Kickstarter
crowdfunding campaign in November. People who backed the campaign also
voted on which games the team should develop, chosen from a list of 14.
In just ten days, the campaign had exceeded its goal of 6,000 New Zealand
Dollars (approximately £3,370) by 150%. Most of the money will be spent on
sound production and voice recording for the games, Beksa said.
The five games chosen by people who donated to the campaign were:
‘Frogger’, a version of a 1981 arcade game where the user has to guide
a frog safely across a busy road; ‘Cricket’; ‘Simon + Super Simon’,
a memory game where users remember commands and sequences; ‘Blackjack –
21’, a popular casino card game; and ‘Runner’, where users control a
character running through different terrains.
The new games will be available as in-app purchases through the existing
Audio Game Hub collection, which is free to download.
In addition to the five chosen titles, another game, ‘Whispering
Tunnels’, will be released as a standalone purchasable app. According to
the Kickstarter campaign page, ‘Whispering Tunnels’ is “an audio
role-playing game specially tailored for the visually impaired”. Players
must solve puzzles, avoid traps, battle monsters and engage in dialogues to
escape from a tunnel.
Audio Game Hub was created in collaboration with the Gamification Lab of
the Leuphana University of Lüneburg, Germany, and the School of Computer
and Mathematical Sciences of Auckland University of Technology, New
Zealand. The project is also sponsored by Auckland University and the
AbleGamers Charity.
Read more about the project and download the original eight games for free
at the Audio Game Hub website:
http://eab.li/45

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How accessible is the hiring process

How accessible is the hiring process?

This is one of the questions that many employers continue to grapple with
and one that many job seekers continue to ask. The landscape of hiring has
drastically changed over the last few years and has become even more marked
with the evolution of the Internet along with such things as:
Social media, employers using their websites to advertise job openings, and
everyone using outlets such as Facebook, Linkedin, and Twitter to advertise
their profiles.

All well and good and there is nothing that we can do to stop technology
from driving these trends but for blind job seekers, it poses a whole new
set of challenges. What are these? In a nutshell, inaccessible and
unusable websites.

If websites are not accessible or usable, blind persons seeking jobs are
again shut out from the mainstream world. If blind persons are unable to
access forms that they need in order to complete online job applications,
they are again shut out and then need to turn to sighted assistance. If
websites ask job seekers to upload their resumes and these upload facilities
are not accessible or usable to blind persons then there is yet another
barrier.

The snapshot of this all is that once again; blind persons have to depend on
sighted assistance to help them access, navigate, and complete relevant
information and in just the blink of an eye! There goes their right to
privacy, confidentiality, and above all independence.

This is a real barrier and everyone needs to be very aware of this. We need
to work together to find ways to eliminate this barrier. With less and less
access to a live person, this needs to be addressed as soon as possible.

I’m Donna J. Jodhan your free lance writer and roving reporter wishing you a
terrific day.
For more of my blogs, please visit:
http://www.sterlingcreations.ca/blog,
http://www.sterlingcreations.com/businessdesk.htm and
www.donnajodhan.blogspot.com.

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Top articles of the week

Hello there and welcome to our weekly feature titled top articles of the
week.
Especially chosen for you, these articles will help you to keep up to date
with current trends plus a lot more.
Enjoy!

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A Dan Thompson contribution
Brain Pump – learn something new

Brain Pump is a site full of random, short, educational videos you can view
one after another, no clicking required. You can watch the endless stream of
videos, or you can choose from their list of categories that include topics
such as
psychology, technology, food, history, physics, space, business, math, and a
catch all category of do it yourself videos called artisan. Got a few
minutes? Learn something new.
http://brainpump.net/
My experience on a quest to learn something new:
Once arriving at the above site, I pressed the letter h and was taken to the
first heading entitled, ” Learn
something new. and feed your curiosity.”
Arrowing down once brought me to “watch your first video” which I did by
pressing enter.
http://brainpump.net/
This covered a complete exploration of our universe.
I experience some challenge going back one page. None of my usual ways of
backing up one page would work.
As a result of many situations where such a page kidnapping has taken place,
I found adding the maine site’s home page to favorites allowed easy
returning to the original page. This became very useful with the “learn
something
new” site.
The second heading on “learn something new” is
” Popular Topics”
Links to the following topics were available.
Upon arriving at each link shown below, the amount of avilable videos is
shown or spoken by your screenreading software.
Psychology
Psychology
85 videos
http://brainpump.net/topic/psychology
Chemistry
Chemistry
77 videos
http://brainpump.net/topic/chemistry
Space
Space
67 videos
http://brainpump.net/topic/space
Physics
Physics
71 videos
http://brainpump.net/topic/physics
History
History
46 videos
http://brainpump.net/topic/history
Business
Business
40 fideos
http://brainpump.net/topic/business
Technology
Technology
81 videos
http://brainpump.net/topic/technology
Maths
Maths
55 videos
http://brainpump.net/topic/math
View all
http://brainpump.net/topics
The third heading on the home page of “Learn Something New” is
Trending Videos
Here you can submit a video or browse through the many selections. There is
much much more than I have shared. So check it out and Learn Something New.

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A Dan Thompson contribution
Rita’s iDevice Advice for January 9, 2017:
Deleting a contact on the IPhone

Note: These instructions were written for sighted persons, who are not
using voiceOver. If you are using VoiceOver: when the instructions say
“Tap on an item”, perform a
one finger double tap.
1. Open the offending contact
2. tap Edit
3. the Delete button is right at the bottom.
4. confirm on second Delete prompt.
Here is another set of instructions:
1. Open the Contacts app in iOS, tap the contact to delete, then choose
the “Edit” button in the corner.
2. Scroll down and tap on the large red “Delete Contact” button, confirm
the deletion of the contact when asked
Need to delete some contacts from your iPhone. Whether you’re deleting one
or one hundred, there are several ways to go about it. You can quickly
delete individual contacts
from your Contacts app, or you can connect your iPhone to your computer and
manage your contacts through iTunes.
Method 1
Using Your Contacts App
1. Delete Contacts on an iPhone1. Open the Contacts app. This is located
on your iPhone’s Home Screen. This method will work with any version of iOS.
2. Locate the contact you want to delete. Scroll through your list to find
the contact that you want to delete. You can use the search bar at the top
of the screen for quick
navigation. You can only delete one contact at a time. 3. Tap the contact
to open the details. This will show any additional information you have
entered for the contact.
3. Tap “Edit” in the upper-right corner. This will change the contact to
Edit mode.
4. Scroll to the bottom of the contact page and tap “Delete Contact”. Tap
“Delete Contact” again to confirm. The contact will be deleted from your
iPhone.
· If your iPhone is connected to your iCloud account , the contact will be deleted on all your connected devices.
Method 2
Deleting All iCloud Contacts
1. Open the Settings app. You can turn off iCloud contact syncing, which
will prompt you to delete all of the iCloud contacts stored on your iPhone.
2. Select “iCloud”. This will open the iCloud syncing menu.
3. Toggle “Contacts” off. You will be prompted to delete all of the iCloud
contacts stored locally on your iPhone.
4. Select “Delete from My iPhone”. All of the contacts that you had synced
with your iCloud account will be deleted from your iPhone.
Check other email accounts. This method can also be used to delete contacts
synced from other email addresses.
· Return to the Settings menu and select “Mail, Contacts, and
Calendars”.
· Check each of the accounts listed.
· Toggle off contact syncing for any of the accounts that you no
longer want contacts from.
Method 3
Using Your Address Book and iTunes
1. Open your address book. If you are syncing your contacts with your Mac
or Outlook on a PC, you can delete them through your address book on the
computer. Locate the names
of the people you want to delete, and select them. ? Command-click (Mac) or
Ctrl-click (PC) to select multiple contacts that are not next to each other.
Shift-click to select
contacts that are next to each other.
2. Delete the contacts. On Address Book for the Mac, click the “Edit” menu,
then select “Delete Cards,” or simply press the Delete key. On a PC, in your
Contacts list, click
“Actions,” then click “Menu,” then select “Delete Contact.
3. Connect your iPhone to your computer. If you’re not syncing wirelessly,
plug your iPhone into your computer, open iTunes, and select your iPhone at
the top right of the
iTunes window.
4. Sync your iPhone. Click on the Info tab at the top, enable “Sync
Contacts,” and in the window below that, “All contacts.”
· Click “Apply” at the bottom right of the window to sync your
iPhone with iTunes, and remove the contacts you deleted in your address book
from your Contacts app on
your iPhone.[2]
Method 4
Using Groups
Separate your contacts into groups. You can create groups for your family,
your business associates, your friends from the gym, etc. That way, you can
hide entire categories
of contacts from the list without having to remove them completely. To
manage groups, tap the Groups button at the top left of the Contacts screen.
Tap the groups you want to hide. When they are checked, they are visible.
When they’re unchecked, they’ll be hidden from your contact list.
Tap “Done” when finished. Your contact list will now only display the groups
you have chosen.
*4) Raise or Lower volume for SIRI
*not sure if it works on older iPhones*
hold down home button and press up or down buttons to raise or lower Siri?
volume, independent of VoiceOversound level

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Contributed by Dan Thompson
Helpful tips on useful programs for fixing PCs

Below are some proven tips for fixing some computer issues contributed by
long time tech specialist Mike.

In my spare time, I fix people’s PC issues. Here are some of my gotos. For
spyware I use AdwCleaner at

https://www.malwarebytes.com/adwcleaner_welcome/?x-source=adw-prod

This was recommended by the Microsoft Disability Answer Desk, and I have
used it to detect and remove spyware.

For more extensive malware intrusions, I use Malwarebytes at

https://buy.malwarebytes.com/bundle/us/?ht=malware&lz_c=g-bx01-us&lz_s=058e.
g21&lz_t=malware%20bytes&t=kwd-5799829241&pos=1t1&url=https://buy.malwarebyt
es.com&gclid=CjwKEAiAg5_CBRDo4o6e4o3NtG0SJAB-IatY_XqBghRtoz489fitBco6wFT55rC
gJOPaPjacucFRvBoCYwbw_wcB It has been invaluable in detecting and removing
rootkit viruses and other malware. The scan is much slower and the scan
feature in AdwCleaner, but it is very thorough.

For discovering file and registry clutter, I use CCCleaner at
http://www.piriform.com/ this software can remove
unnecessary keys from the Windows registry, and can remove Windows and
third-pary application file clutter.

All of these are free, but also have premium versions that can be purchased
for extra features. These utilities can make your PC startup and run faster.
These are all part of my PC repair toolbox.

The Malwarebytes program is not as screen reader accessible as the others.

Happy teching,
Contributed by Mike

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Top google headlines

Good day! It’s your Sterling Creations business desk team and we are
delighted to share the following Google headlines with you.
Enjoy and have a great day!

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Top Google headlines of the week

Five top cyber-security tips for SMBs
NZ Business
It doesn’t matter how big or small your business – if the data and … of
Aura Information Security, offers the following top tips to help businesses
stay …
https://nzbusiness.co.nz/article/five-top-cyber-security-tips-smbs

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How to make bus tours more accessible

Hello everyone:
Each month I will be responding to a question; chosen from a pool of some of
the most commonly asked ones that I have been asked over the years and
continue to be asked.
This month, I’d like to answer the following question:
How to make bus tours more accessible

When thinking about making bus tours more accessible, the objective would be
to ensure that everyone is given an equal opportunity to enjoy it all. So
how could this be accomplished? Here are some hints to get you started.

1. You need to think of as many different types of consumers; from the
youngest to the oldest, male and female, and consumers with special needs.

2. Special needs consumers would range from the senior to the mom with
strollers and young kids. Consumers with physical and mobility
disabilities. Consumers with hearing and vision disabilities. Consumers
with various types of learning disabilities. Consumers whose first language
may not be the one in which you are offering your service.

3. Buses should be made to accommodate wheelchairs. The seats should be
comfy and spaces between them should be wide enough to accommodate persons
with mobility disabilities.

4. Entrances to buses should be wide enough to accommodate wheelchairs and
those with walkers and canes.

5. Passageways on buses should be wide enough to accommodate the same.

6. Your staff should be trained in the rudiments of rendering assistance to
persons with a disability.

7. If you provide running commentaries of sites as the bus is traveling,
make sure that audio is clear and that descriptions are easy to follow.

This should be enough to get you started on the right track.

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Top articles of the week

Hello there and welcome to our weekly feature titled top articles of the
week.
Especially chosen for you, these articles will help you to keep up to date
with current trends plus a lot more.
Enjoy!

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Contributed by Dan Thompson
Why I Can’t Bring Myself to Buy Salad Greens in a Bag
I don’t buy bagged double- or triple-wash or any other variety of prepared
salad greens that come in a plastic clamshell or bag. But not be for the
reasons you might assume.
It’s not because I’m overly concerned that bacteria might make it through
all that pre-washing in a chlorinated bath (although tests conducted by
Consumer Reports
did find bacteria that are common indicators of poor sanitation and fecal
contamination, when they tested 4,000 samples of all kinds of packaged
greens from baby greens to
spinach, traditional and organic). As creepy as that is to think about, the
report assures that the contamination falls within the FDA’s acceptable
levels.
It’s not even my concerns about just how long ago these greens were cut and
washed. Granted, I am not a fan of limp, tired-appearing romaine, iceberg
lettuce or cabbage. And
even though I am a believer that once you wash, cut and prepare any kind of
fresh produce—be it fruit or vegetables—the flavor and quality begin to
degrade, that’s not it
either.
Nope, it’s not any of those things that cause me to just walk on by that
prepackaged section in my supermarket produce department.
The reason I don’t buy salad in a bag is the cost. I can’t bring myself to
pay at least three times more to get my salad greens cut up, pre-washed and
then sealed in a plastic
bag or box.
At my local supermarket, Fresh Selections/10-ounce romaine lettuce mix in a
bag is $2.99. A head of romaine lettuce is $.99/each, or $.62 for a 10-ounce
equivalent.
As I’ve queried readers and friends on the bag versus bulk question, the
overarching reason so many people go for the prepackaged, triple-washed,
salad greens in a bag, is down to one thing: time. Bagged salads are
convenient and so easy to just
grab and go. (Ironically, nearly everyone I’ve chatted with admits to
rewashing those bagged salad greens, just to be on the safe side. So where’s
all the convenience in
that?)
Last weekend I did my own test. I shredded an entire head of green cabbage
using a sharp knife. I was done start to finish in 7 minutes. I ended up
with a bowl of beautiful,
bright green, crunchy, fresh cabbage for our favorite coleslaw. It took
another 5 minutes to make the awesome dressing. And the cost? About $1.30,
complete. Yum.
Sweet Restaurant Slaw
1 head green cabbage, shredded
2 tablespoons diced onion
2/3 cup mayonnaise
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
1/2 cup white sugar
1 tablespoon white vinegar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black ground pepper
Combine shredded cabbage and onion in a large bowl. In a smaller bowl, whisk
together the remaining ingredients. Pour dressing over cabbage mix and toss
to coat. Chill for 2
hours before serving. Servings: 6.
TIPS: If you still prefer to purchase prewashed salad greens, follow these
tips:
Buy packages as far from their use-by date as you can find.
Even if the bag says “prewashed” or “triple-washed,” wash the greens
yourself. Rinsing won’t remove all bacteria but may remove residual soil.
Prevent cross contamination by keeping greens away from raw meat.
Question: Do you buy pre-packaged greens that come in a bag or box? If so,
do you rewash?
www.everydaycheapskate.com

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A Dan Thompson contribution
Choosing a security camera: A roundup of options from ExtremeTech
If you are willing to go generic you can get a 5MP 1920p camera like this
GW5061IP for under 150
If you are willing to go generic you can get a 5MP 1920p camera like this
GW5061IP for under $150
Amcrest also makes some very-impressive and reasonably-priced cameras.
Somehow they even manage to get motorized panning into a sub-$100 model with
full
1080p HD support. I have been evaluating a couple of these as part of
looking at
DIY Home video monitoring
and have been impressed by both the video quality
and the two-way audio.
If you are interested in setting up your own video monitoring,
Read, “How to set up DIY video monitoring for home or office – subscription
free” found here
https://www.extremetech.com/computing/240302-diy-setting-video-monitoring-home-office-
subscription-free
However, I found the vendor’s own software pretty lame, so you’ll be much
better off using it with your own monitoring software, either running on
your NAS or
your PC. I’ve been using them with Synology’s Surveillance Station.
3. Plug’n’Play options: Nest, Ring, Skybell, iSmartAlarm
For those who don’t want to set up their own system, there are some very
popular options. Keep in mind that these devices typically require monthly
subscriptions
to look back at your recorded video. For general use, Google’s Nest Cam is
by far the best-selling. It has taken a step back in user approval since the
original
Dropcam version was acquired by Google, but has been improving over time.
The newest versions include an outdoor-ready model and
sophisticated-cloud-based
object detection.
The Pro version of Ring features full 1080p video better features but
requires hard-wired power
If you want a camera to see who is coming to your front door, the Ring is
both best-selling and very popular with its users. Some
report that setup can be painful, but nearly everyone loves the result. The
same is not true of its security camera product, which isn’t as popular with
users. Skybell
is a less-well-known company that provides an even-more-fully-featured
alternative to Ring’s doorbell, and is also well-liked by users. Ring is
working to set itself
apart with cloud-based software features like its new neighborhood sharing
capability. Users can share video of suspicious events with other Ring users
who live
within in a specified radius of their home. Ring’s new Pro model is smaller
than the original and has full 1080p. However, it requires constant power,
so you’ll need
to use it to replace a wired doorbell, not just as a replacement for the
peephole in your door. Battery-powered cameras in general wind up being
fairly limited,
unfortunately. I wanted to review Netgear’s new Arlo Pro for this article,
but they couldn’t provide a review unit in time, so that will have to wait.
While iSmartAlarm primarily sells a DIY home alarm system, they also have a
slick, stand-alone, camera offering, the Spot. It doesn’t have all the
features of some
of its competitors, but it is easy to use, streams to the company’s app, and
automatically records 10-second videos whenever motion (or optionally sound)
is
detected. What sets the Spot apart is the video service is free, with no
monthly subscription. I’ve been using one since they first launched as a
Kickstarter, and it
has worked well. The base is even magnetic, so it is easy to attach. It does
require external power, but that is typical of most units that have
night-vision capabilities.
4. EZVIZ: A hybrid option of commercial cameras with consumer software
Typical product shots like of this EZVIZ Mini Plus often leave out the
inconvenient power cord
The success of consumer-targeted solutions (and their relatively-high profit
margins) hasn’t escaped the attention of
commercial camera vendors. Chinese industrial giant Hikvision has created
EZVIZ to offer its cameras with an integrated online subscription service.
The cameras
are full-featured, and well-constructed. Their motion detection and IFTTT
integration worked well in my testing. However, the EZVIZ cloud service is
still fairly
rudimentary, and current pricing seems somewhat high ($5-$10/month/camera) —
but the first year of 7-day cloud storage is free. Fortunately, even though
direct
LAN access isn’t officially supported, I found I could (like with the
Samsung models) simply login and grab their video stream off port 554, and
use them with my
choice of software.
The EZVIZ Husky is a well-designed outdoor model with 1080p active IR and a
microSD slot
EZVIZ makes three models, including both indoor and outdoor versions, so
consumers can use them to create a
full system. The Mini Plus is a particularly-impressive combination of
features in a tiny package. It has 1080p, 2-way audio, a microSD card, and
motion detection,
in a package about the size of a deck of cards. My only complaint about it
is that the ball joint you use to swivel the camera on the base has
very-limited travel, and
the charging cable is routed out the front of the camera instead of the
back. The less-expensive mini has a similar form factor — although with
better rotation — but
only supports 720p. Their Husky model is a very-well-built outdoor camera
that produces an excellent 1080p image. Here too my only complaint relates
to
mounting. The camera can be run over PoE, but the Ethernet connector is not
removable, and is quite large, so you need a hole nearly 3/4-inch through
your
outdoor wall (or a sealed connection to your Ethernet cable). You can also
use it with the included charger, but the connector for that also needs to
go through the
wall. Note that EZVIZ is part of a company (Hikvision — one of the world’s
largest supplier of video surveillance gear) that is partially-owned by the
Chinese
government, which may concern some buyers.
5. Working around a lack of static IP address
For any camera you want to monitor, it is simplest if you can give it a
static IP address. However, some consumer cameras that assume you want a
plug-n-play
install with cloud-only access, don’t provide a way to set a static IP —
EZVIZ, for example. They rely on DHCP. That’s normally fine, but if you want
to make
them part of a video monitoring network by streaming them to a server, it
needs a stable IP address to work with. If you can’t set it on the camera,
you can usually
log in to your router and create a DHCP Reservation for the camera using its
MAC address — so that it always receives the same IP address when it asks
for one.
6. Ultra-wide lenses mean plenty of distortion
This GW camera has excellent resolution and good radial rendering, but you
can see the large barrel distortion by looking at the edge of the deck
If you’re used to the carefully-controlled image outputs from high-end video
cameras, or even the corrected ones
that come out of your smartphone, you won’t get that from typical security
cameras. Their relatively-inexpensive wide-angle lenses do a good job with
resolution,
but they also have plenty of barrel distortion. For the most part, that
shouldn’t matter if you are using them for security, but if you are hoping
to get some other type
of footage from them, you may find yourself needing to do some heavy
post-processing.
7. Some personal choices about privacy
Looking at the various cloud-based solutions, there is more-or-less a choice
of Samsung, Google, Chinese-owned companies, or little-known startups. Even
if you
choose a startup like Ring, it is quite likely that it will be part of
Google or some other large corporation before long — as happened with
Dropcam. Personally, at
least for interior security, it makes me happy that I have my own LAN-based
solution, and the video doesn’t have to leave the premises unless I need to
look at it
remotely.
The good news is that there are now dozens of models of cameras suitable for
video monitoring and home security, with just about any combination of
features you
need. We’ve only had room to cover a few of them here, so if you have a
favorite we missed please let us know about it in the comments. At this
link.

Choosing a security camera: A roundup of options


Visuals – screen shot links to all of the cameras mentioned in this article
are available for viewing at this link.

Choosing a security camera: A roundup of options


Author: David Cardinal from “Extreme Tech” December 29 2016

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Contributed by Dan Thompson
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Top Google headlines of the week

Good day! It’s your Sterling Creations business desk team and we are
delighted to share the following Google headlines with you.
Enjoy and have a great day!

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Top Google headlines of the week

10 Important Cyber Security Tips For Small Business Owners
TG Daily (blog)
Though only large companies find their way to the headlines, small
businesses are not free from several cyber security threats. The horrible
fact …
http://www.tgdaily.com/security-brief/10-important-cyber-security-tips-for-small-business-owners

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From our yum yum corner

Hello there and welcome to our yum yum corner and for this week it is all
about us taking some quality time to share a few great recipes with you.
We hope you enjoy these!
The Sterling Creations team

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5 Ingredient Family Favorites:
Sensible Soups And Stews
Slow Cooker Smoked Sausage Stew
4 to 5 potatoes, peeled and cubed
2 (16 ounce) cans green beans, undrained
1 pound package smoked sausage, sliced
1 onion, chopped
2 tablespoons butter, sliced
Layer potatoes, green beans, sausage and onion in a slow cooker; dot with
butter. Cover; cook on low for 4 to 5 hours.
Makes 4 servings.
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Crock-Pot – Slow Cooker Recipes:
Dude Food
Barbecue Ribs
Canola oil or vegetable oil
2 small red onions, finely chopped
3 to 4 cloves garlic, finely minced
1 cup packed brown sugar
1 cup ketchup
1/2 cup cider vinegar
Juice of 1 lemon
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon hot pepper sauce or to taste
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
2 racks pork baby back ribs, cut into 3 to 4 rib sections
Heat oil in large skillet over medium heat. Add onions and garlic; cook and
stir until softened and lightly browned. Stir in brown sugar, ketchup,
vinegar, lemon juice,
Worcestershire sauce, hot pepper sauce and chili powder. Simmer gently about
5 minutes. Remove half of sauce and reserve. Transfer remaining sauce to
Crock-Pot.
Add ribs, stirring to coat. Cover; cook on low 7 to 9 hours, or on high 4 to
6 hours. Before serving, cut ribs between bones. Serve with reserved sauce.
Makes 6 servings.

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Crock-Pot – Slow Cooker Recipes:
Dude Food
Honey Glazed Chicken Wings
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
3 pounds chicken wings
1 cup honey
1/2 cup soy sauce
1 clove garlic, minced
2 tablespoons tomato paste
2 teaspoons water
1 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon black pepper
Heat 1 1/2 tablespoons oil in skillet over medium heat. Brown wings in
batches about 1 to 2 minutes on each side. Transfer with slotted spoon to
Crock-Pot. Combine
honey, soy sauce, remaining 1 1/2 tablespoons oil and garlic in medium bowl.
Whisk in tomato paste, water, sugar and pepper. Pour sauce over wings.
Cover; cook on
low 6 to 8 hours. or on high 3 to 4 hours.
Makes 6 to 8 servings.

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5 Ingredient Family Favorites:
Everyday Salads And Sandwiches
Cranberry Spinach Salad
2 bunches spinach leaves, torn
1/4 cup feta cheese, crumbled
1/4 cup sweetened, dried cranberries
3/4 cup raspberry vinaigrette salad dressing
1/4 cup slivered almonds
Combine all ingredients in a large serving bowl; toss gently.
Makes 6 to 8 servings.
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5 Ingredient Family Favorites:
Everyday Salads And Sandwiches
Lemony Caesar Dressing
1/2 cup olive oil
3 tablespoons lemon juice
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
Salt and pepper to taste
Blend all ingredients until smooth. Keep refrigerated.
Makes about 3/4 cup.
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Crock-Pot – Slow Cooker Recipes:
Dude Food
Beans With Smoky Canadian Bacon
2 cans (about 14 ounces each) diced fire-roasted tomatoes
1 can (about 15 ounces) pinto beans, rinsed and drained
1 package (8 ounces) Canadian bacon, cut into 1/2 inch cubes
1/2 cup Texas-style barbecue sauce
1 small onion, finely chopped
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon red pepper flakes, optional
Black pepper
Combine all ingredients in Crock-Pot. Cover; cook on low 5 to 7 hours. Serve
in bowls.
Note:
Look for barbecue sauce with liquid smoke as an ingredient.
Makes 4 servings.

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Brandied Fruit Balls
2 1/2 cups vanilla wafer crumbs
1 teaspoon brandy
1 package (9 ounces) condensed mince meat
1 cup chopped nuts
1/3 cup chopped candied cherries
2 tablespoons cocoa
1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk
Powdered sugar or coconut flakes
In large bowl, stir together all ingredients, except powdered sugar; mix
until well blended. Using about 1 teaspoonful of dough, roll into balls.
Coat with powdered sugar
or flaked coconut. Place on waxed paper-lined baking sheets. Refrigerate 2
hours.
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5 Ingredient Family Favorites:
Everyday Salads And Sandwiches
Grilled Ham Panini
2 slices sourdough bread
1 tablespoon mayonnaise
6 slices deli smoked ham
2 slices tomato
1 slice American cheese
Spread both slices of bread with mayonnaise on one side. Top 1 slice with
ham, tomato, cheese and remaining bread slice. Spray a griddle or skillet
with nonstick
vegetable cooking spray. Place sandwich on griddle; set a bacon press or
other weight on top. Cook sandwich, turning once, over medium heat for about
5 minutes, or
until lightly golden on both sides.
Makes 1 sandwich.
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Crock-Pot – Slow Cooker Recipes:
Soups
Creamy Sweet Potato And Butternut Squash Soup
1 pound butternut squash, diced into 1 inch cubes (about 3 1/2 cups total)
1 pound sweet potatoes, cut into 1 inch cubes (about 3 cups total)
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 can (about 14 ounces) chicken broth, divided
1 stick butter, cubed
1 can (13 1/2 ounces) unsweetened coconut milk
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon ground red pepper
3 to 4 green onions, finely chopped, optional
Combine squash, sweet potatoes, onion, half of broth and butter in
Crock-Pot. Cover; cook on high 4 hours, or until vegetables are tender.
Process mixture in blender, 1
cup at a time, until smooth, returning batches to Crock-Pot as they are
processed. Stir in remaining broth, coconut milk, salt, cumin and ground red
pepper. Cover; cook
until heated through. To serve, ladle into bowls; sprinkle with chopped
green onions, if desired.
Makes 4 to 6 servings.

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Top articles of the week

Hello there and welcome to our weekly feature titled top articles of the
week.
Especially chosen for you, these articles will help you to keep up to date
with current trends plus a lot more.
Enjoy!

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Contributed by Dan Thompson
8 Wedding Gift Hacks
Wedding season is in full bloom and while tying the knot is getting more
expensive for the bride and groom, attending a wedding is becoming costlier,
too. In fact, a survey from American Express reveals that it now costs on
average $539
to attend a single celebration.
Gifts take a big bite out of every guest’s budget with average spending
ranging from $75 to $175 per person, according to The Knot Registry Survey.
Relieve the financial
pressure by saving on the gift with these eight tips.
1. Compare prices on registry items. It’s wise to reference a registry to
see what the couple wants, but it’s even smarter to compare prices among
stores. Online retailers
like Amazon and Overstock sell popular registry brands for less than most
high-end stores.
2. Use discount gift cards. If you’re planning to give a gift card or you’re
buying an item off a couple’s registry, save money by purchasing discount
gift cards from
GiftCardGranny.com. The site offers gift cards for less than face value,
like a $100
Macy’s gift card for less than $80.
3. Know where to find coupon codes. Most stores offer coupons these days,
you just have to know where to look to find one. For example, by signing up
to receive an e-
newsletter from Pottery Barn or Williams-Sonoma, you’ll get a coupon code
for 10 percent off a future order. If you want a coupon for a specific
retailer, do a Google search
using that retailer name plus the words, “coupon code.”
4. Head to a warehouse store. Big box stores like Costco and Sam’s Club
sell popular registry items like blenders, food processors and other
household goods for roughly 30
percent less.
5. Go in on a big g5. ift. If the couple registered for an expensive item
that is out of range for one person to afford, find a group of friends or
relatives to split the
cost.
6. Gift wrap and cards at the dollar store. While the cost of wrapping the
gift and signing a greeting card seems insignificant, you may be tacking on
another $20 to an
already pricey present and every dollar counts! Duck into the dollar store
to get
the items for a buck each.
7. Offer your services. If money is really tight, offer your services in
lieu of a physical gift. Whether it’s doing hair and makeup for the bride
and her maids, putting your
photography skills to work at the ceremony or dog-sitting while the couple’s
away on their honeymoon, your gift is sure to please.
8. Spread out purchases. If you recently bought a gift for the bridal shower
or booked airfare and hotel for the wedding, don’t feel pressured to
purchase a gift right away,
especially if funds are limited. The bride and groom would never want you to
go into debt to attend their nuptials, so space out your expenses. Simply
follow the traditional
wedding etiquette rule and send a gift within one year from the
event date. Just don’t forget!
www.everydaycheapskate.com
Our mailing address is:
Everyday Cheapskate
12340 Seal Beach Blvd.
#B-416
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Contributed by Dan Thompson
How smartphones help a blind person navigate
RNIB
http://www.rnib.org.uk/nb-online/robins-blog-part-one
In the first of two blogs on the topic of mobility tech, Robin
Christopherson, Head of Digital Inclusion at
AbilityNet
, and a technology enthusiast, talks
about the options available to blind and partially sighted people on today’s
market.
We live in exciting times for accessible mobility and as a blind person
myself, I couldn’t be more thrilled about the technology that exists today
that
helps with mobility assistance for people with vision impairment.
How can a smartphone help people with sight loss navigate a journey when out
and about?
What is GPS Positioning and why is it important?
Navigation apps on smartphones use the Global Positioning System (GPS) to
locate a person’s position anywhere on Earth where there is an
unobstructed line of sight to three or more GPS satellites.
Apps that use GPS are hugely helpful for general mobility, such as knowing
which street you’re on, however, GPS won’t always necessarily get you to
a specific location like a particular doorway – or often even to the right
building or side-street. This is because at best, the satellites that power
GPS
can recognise your position up to five metres off of your actual location
and at worst, can often be quite inaccurate. I’ll cover strategies for
dealing with
this later in the blog.
Mobility apps
Maps app
Built into every iPhone and iPad is a navigation app, imaginatively named
Maps. Don’t discount the app as being too visual because with
VoiceOver
functionality switched on, it can be wonderfully helpful.
Street navigation
Open the app with VoiceOver running (the built-in advanced screen reader
that works by tapping the Home button three times) and explore the streets
in your vicinity. By moving your finger around the screen, whatever you
touch will be spoken allowed but your position on the map won’t change so
you
can understand what’s around you before you start moving.
On an iPad’s much bigger screen, you could thoroughly research a
neighbourhood in advance of travelling. You can get an accurate picture of
the area
and also the various points of interest (POIs) like pharmacies or cinemas so
you can plan your day too.
When you first touch a road
VoiceOver
will announce the name of the street and its orientation for example,
“London Road, North-South road”, which is
a really useful tip for people relying on the speech alone. VoiceOver will
also announce when you are approaching a junction, “approaching Bridge
Street, East-West road”.
A double-tap with one finger over a POI will give you more information about
the place including providing a link to the POI’s website and contact
details. For example, if you double-tap over a Post Office, you’ll be
immediately taken to a webpage with a link to the Post Office website and
the
telephone number.
If you want to know how far away the POI is or the street name you’re
interested in going to, simply tap on the screen once with three fingers and
VoiceOver will announce the distance.
The Maps app also has a hugely useful function that allows spoken
turn-by-turn directions.
VoiceOver
will periodically announce the street you are on,
its orientation, junctions you are approaching and how many metres (or
yards) to go before the next turn. It even tells you POIs you are passing
too.
This is completely different to what a sighted person usually gets after
entering a route and pulling away to start driving, where only the
occasional
announcement to “turn left in half a mile” etc is given.
Simply open the app, tap on the ‘Tracking’ button to take the focus of
VoiceOver to that button, then double-tap with a single finger to change the
way
Maps tracks your progress. Do this three times and you’ll hear “Tracking
with headings” and just start walking.
LookAround app
This free app is also available for iDevice users only. Without much of the
sophistication of Apple’s Maps, the LookAround app has a very simple way
of getting spoken navigational information about what is around you. Open
the app and the first two items; ‘Look Around’ and ‘Nearest Cross Street’
give you vital spoken information about your surroundings such as which
intersections are coming up, their orientation and distance and POIs in your
vicinity. Alternatively, simply shake the phone to hear what’s around you.
Many may prefer the friendly menu and obvious functions of this app over
other more fully-functional alternatives.
BlindSquare – now with added beacons. In my last article “The Power of
Technology” posted August 15 2016, I discribe the Blindsquare
app. which is another extremely useful mobility app.
The article can be found here:
http://www.rnib.org.uk/nb-online/blog-the-power-of-technology
Currently, it is only available for iDevices, but the Blindsquare Site says
that it is soon to be coming to Android.
BlindSquare has recently been given the added capability to detect beacons.
These are small coin-sized devices that are permanently fixed to
strategic places both indoors and out and which shout their existence and
position to your smartphone via a Bluetooth signal. They also broadcast a
small amount of data about the thing they are attached too. This gives
pinpoint accuracy not available with GPS alone and which is so important
for
blind and partially sighted people. Of course this relies on the presence
of beacons, but here is a short video of how BlindSquare automatically
announces Public Transit information where each stop has been fitted with
one of these devices.
You can view a demonstration at this link:
http://www.rnib.org.uk/nb-online/robins-blog-part-one
If that sounds like the sort of thing you’d like to do in your location then
visit the next link to find out how to best attach beacons.
http://www.rnib.org.uk/nb-online/robins-blog-part-one
Orientation apps
Strategies for pin-point mobility
As I’ve already mentioned, finding a doorway using GPS accuracy alone can be
challenging and inside a building the chances are that you’ll have no
GPS reception whatsoever. The accuracy of GPS can also be affected if you’re
near tall buildings or trees in leaf.
In the absence of apps that use beacons there are still several strategies
you can employ to help pinpoint your destination. Here’s a comprehensive
round-up.
Adding clarity to mobility
This article wouldn’t be complete without a mention of the new Magnifier
built into the latest iOS software (version10). If you have some useful
vision
and an iPhone or iPad with the latest software downloaded, then your world
is about to get much clearer.
“How to use the Magnifier in iOS 10”
http://www.imore.com/how-use-magnifier-iphone-and-ipad
on the new iOS Magnifier feature, you can now point your iDevice’s camera at
something and choose exactly how it appears on the screen. It
includes changing brightness, colour and contrast filters, zoom and
focus-lock (to help keep what you are looking at from becoming blurry if it
happens
to move out of the centre of the screen) which can combine together to
radically alter how you see the world and optimise it exactly to suit your
particular requirements.
With a clearer view of a street sign, or knowing exactly where that stripy
zebra-crossing pole is, people with sight loss can stride out with
considerably
more confidence. Watch the film below to see how the various filters can
clarify and enhance what you see and make items stand out. In the case of
people for whom too much contrast or brightness can make mobility difficult,
apply a nice, subdued and easy on the eye filter.
View this in action here:
http://www.rnib.org.uk/nb-online/robins-blog-part-one
Phone a friend – or stranger
If you need help identifying an object or reading a TV guide, why not video
call a friend to ask them your query? If you have an iPhone, use the
Facetime
app to call other iPhones for free.
Read more in this article:
“Use FaceTime with your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch”
https://support.apple.com/en-gb/HT204380
Why not use Siri to start a
Skype
audio or video call”
Learn more here;
“Skype | Free calls to friends and familySiri is the intelligent built-in
personal assistant on the”
https://www.skype.com/en/
Siri is the intelligent built-in personal assistant on the iPhone that
answers your questions by responding to your voice. To use Siri, hold down
the
Home button and speak to your phone. Rather than tapping on the screen to
open the Facetime app, simply ask Siri, “Make a Skype video call to John
Smith” and when you’ve finished, hang up using the button on the screen or
with the remote on your headphones as you would with a regular call.
Duo app
Lastly, let me introduce Duo. This free video calling app by Google allows
you to video call people and they will see a live picture of you even before
picking up. This feature is called ‘Knock, knock’ and may help the person
you are calling get an idea of your situation even before they answer the
call.
Those extra few seconds where they can see where you are help a lot if you’re
on a limited data plan. Duo is available on both Android and Apple
devices. Thus, just like Skype, it won’t matter what make of phone the
person you are calling has.
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.apps.tachyon&hl=en
In the second part of his blog which will be available later in November,
Robin will look at what mobility gadgets are en route to arrive in the near
future.
AbilityNet
is the UK charity that helps disabled people including those with sight loss
to use computers and the internet by adapting and adjusting
their devices.
You can find more information about all the apps mentioned in Robin’s blog
by visiting
Applevis.com
. This website is packed full of useful resources
on iOS apps recommended by the vision impaired community.

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Contributed by Dan Thompson
21 shortcuts for Safari you need to know
https://www.cnet.com/how-to/shortcuts-for-safari-
you-need-to-know/
If you use Apple’s own browser on your Mac, then I’ve
got some shortcuts to share with you. With just a
handful of these keyboard shortcuts, you can become a
superior Safari surfer.
Tab and window management
1. Open link in new tab
Some links are coded to open in the current tab while
others open in a new tab. To take control of this
behavior, press Command when you click a link to stay
on your current page while opening the link in a new
tab in the background. Likewise, use Command-Shift-
click to open link in new tab and switch to it.
2. Jump to next or previous tab
Use Command-Shift-right arrow to jump one tab to the
right and use Command-Shift-left arrow to jump one tab
to the left. Alternatively, you can use Control-Tab to
move to the right and Control-Shift-Tab to move to the
left
3. Jump to specific tab
To jump to a specific tab of the many you have open,
press Command and any number key between 1 and 9.
Command-1 jumps you to your first (left-most) tab.
Command-5, for example, jumps you to the fifth tab
from the left.
4. Bring back closed tab
You probably use Command-T to open a new tab, but did
you know that Command-Z opens your previously
closed tab. Undo that last tab closure! Unlike Chrome
and Firefox that remember your last 10 closed tabs,
Safari brings back only your last closed tab with this
shortcut. For other closed tabs, you’ll need to find them
in Safari’s History.
5. Drag tabs
Safari is quite flexible when it comes to moving your
tabs around. You can click and drag a tab to move it to
another spot among your row open tabs in the current
window. You can also drag a tab out of the current
window and start a new window or drag it from one
window to another window.
6. M for minimize
Hit Command-M to minimize your current window.
7. Close current tab or window
This shortcut saves you from needing to click the little X
to close a tab. Instead, use Command-W to close your
current tab. To close your current Safari window, use
Command-Shift-W.
8. Close all tabs but current tab
After an explosion of tabs, you can close all tabs but the
current tab (and any pinned tabs) by hitting Command-
Option-W.
9. Enter Reading Mode
Hit Command-Shift-R to enable Safari’s reading mode to
get a clean, clutter-free version of the page you are
viewing.
10. Add to Reading List
Hit Command-Shift-D to add the current page to your
Reading List so you can return to it later.
11. Open the Sidebar
Hit Command-Shift-L to open Safari’s Sidebar to see your
Bookmarks, Reading List, Shared links. Hit the keyboard
shortcut again to close the Sidebar.
12. Go fullscreen
Hit Command-Control-F to move in and out of fullscreen
mode.
13. Private, keep out
Hit Command-Shift-N to open a Private Browsing
window.
14. Mute noisy tab
Like Chrome, Safari displays a speaker icon on any tab
that is playing audio. Unlike with Chrome, with Safari
you can click on the speaker icon to mute the tab. You
can also click the blue speaker icon in the URL bar to
mute all tabs.
Page navigation
15. Forward and back
You can go back a page on your current tab by hitting
Command-left arrow. To move forward a page, use
Command-right arrow.
16. Page up and down
When you are viewing a page (and not filling out a form,
using Google Docs or otherwise engaging your cursor in
Safari), hit the spacebar to page down on a page and
Shift-spacebar to page up.
17. Top or bottom
Hit Command-up arrow to return to the top of
the web page you are viewing and Command-
down arrow to go to the very bottom of the page.
18. Stop a page from loading
If a page is taking too long to load, hit the Escape
key to stop it from loading. To reload the page, hit
Command-R.
19. Zoom controls
If you have trouble reading a small font on a page,
hit Command-Shift-[equals sign] to zoom in. To
zoom out, use Command-Shift-[minus sign] to
zoom out. To return to the default zoom level, hit
Command-Shift-0 (zero).
20. URL bar
Hit Command-L to take control of URL bar.
21. Find bar
Use Command-F to open the Find bar to search for
text on the current page. When searching for text
with the Find bar, hit Return to go to the next
instance of your search term on the page and use
Shift-Return to go to the previous instance.

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