How to make keypads 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 keypads more accessible

Before you say no or turn thumbs down on these suggestions; consider these
thoughts.
You can definitely increase your revenue and reduce both your internal and
external costs and here’s how.

Take it from me! I have been an accessibility awareness consultant and
advisor since 1998 and I continue to help companies to increase their
revenues, reduce their costs, and reach hidden consumer markets!

There are definite ways to make your keypad more user friendly and
accessible and my advice to you is that when you think of this you need to
keep in mind that there are certain segments of our market that will
definitely buy keypads that are easier to handle, that are more portable,
and size of the keypad definitely matters.

So here are some tips to help you gain more customers and increase your
revenues.

1. Make your keypad a size that is easy to handle.
2. Make your keypad as portable as you can.
3. Make your keys easy to handle; a comfortable size.
4. Make the keys easy to work with. That is, enough of a bounce when
pressed.
5. Make it so that the keypad is easy to read.
6. Make it so that there is just enough space between each key and each row.
7. Build your keypad so that it is solid enough and not too flimsy.

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This month in Let’s Talk Tips:

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#Technology
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1.) The iOS 13 Privacy and Security Features You Should Know About
Your iPhone just got a major security upgrade. Here are all the ins and
outs. If you own a relatively new iPhone, last week you should have received
a notification that the latest iOS 13 update is ready to download. Besides
the more obvious additions, like the introduction of dark mode, and the
unexpected joys of Apple Arcade, it also features a raft of security and
privacy enhancements.
http://bit.ly/2nbhbUI

2.) Facebook Acquires Neural Interface Startup CTRL-Labs For Its
Mind-Reading Wristband
In a deal reportedly worth around $1 billion Facebook announced last week
that it will acquire neural interface startup CTRL-Labs, a company that
makes a wristband capable of transmitting electrical signals from the brain
into computer input. The deal is the most substantial acquisition Facebook
has made in the last half decade, since it paid $2 billion to acquire
virtual reality company Oculus VR in 2014. It also marks a substantial
increase in investment in Facebook’s growing hardware ambitions, as the
CTRL-Labs tech will be put to use in future augmented and virtual reality
projects at the social network.
http://bit.ly/2nbhNtu

3.) From 10,000 Years to 200 Seconds. Why Google’s Quantum Victory Is Both A
Huge Deal — And A Letdown
Last month news leaked that researchers at Google and other institutions had
solved a problem on a quantum computer 1 billion times faster than a
classical computer. Google did not respond to a request for comment, but
according to a draft manuscript describing the experiment, they have
realized “quantum supremacy,” an achievement that “heralds the advent of a
much-anticipated computing paradigm.” The reactions from the rest of the
quantum community, however, have been downright contradictory.
http://bit.ly/2ng8MPW

4.) Boston Dynamics’ Atlas Robot Can Now Do An Impressive Gymnastics Routine
(Video)
The company has released a new video of Atlas, its spectacular bipedal robot
that’s previously been seen doing everything from parkour to backflips. In
this latest video, Atlas does a small gymnastics routine, consisting of a
number of somersaults, a short handstand, a 360-degree spinning jump, and
even a balletic split leap. What’s most impressive is seeing Atlas tie all
these moves together into one pretty cohesive routine. In the video’s
description, Boston Dynamics says that it’s using a “model predictive
controller” to blend from one maneuver to the next.
http://bit.ly/2nQT3qH

5.) Apple’s AR Glasses Are Hiding in Plain Sight
The company’s iOS 13.1 contains new glimpses of smart glasses currently in
progress. With all the phone and watch and TV and game and chip and other
chip news coming out of Apple’s big event last month, it was easy to forget
the company’s longest-running background process: an augmented-reality
wearable. That’s by design. Silicon Valley’s advent calendar clearly marks
September as the traditional time for Apple to talk finished hardware, not
secretive projects. But those secretive projects have a weird habit of
poking their heads into the light. A slew of features and language
discovered recently inside iOS 13 and 13.1 seem to explicitly confirm the
very thing Apple executives have steadfastly refused to acknowledge — an
honest-to-Jobs AR headset.
http://bit.ly/2nMAMuw

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#Nutrition
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1.) 5 Ways to Run Strong for Life, From the 90-Year-Old Who Just Crushed a
Sub-40:00 5K
Nathaniel Finestone started running at age 60 and hasn’t stopped. Here’s
what keeps him going.
http://bit.ly/2nd431n

2.) Sara Sampaio Reveals Meal DeliveryServices Helped Her Get In Amazing
Shape & More Diet Tips
It’s no secret that Sara Sampaio has an amazing figure & the Victoria’s
Secret Angel revealed to HollywoodLife EXCLUSIVELY, how meal delivery
services helped her stay fit because of their portion control!
http://bit.ly/2mlEhaT

3.) This One Trick Can Help Triple Your Weight Loss. And it’s Not Exercise.
Weight loss is no joke. And for some, it’s more difficult than you can
imagine. Consuming a healthy diet along with regular exercise can be more
than a task. But what if we tell you that you can maximise the results
without even increasing more trips to the gym or eating more healthy? Yes,
there is a way.
http://bit.ly/2nbjh72

4.) How to Follow a Cutting Diet for Weight Loss
Cutting is an increasingly popular workout technique. It’s a fat-loss phase
that bodybuilders and fitness enthusiasts use to get as lean as possible.
Typically started a few months before a major workout regimen, it involves a
weight loss diet that’s meant to maintain as much muscle as possible. This
article explains how to follow a cutting diet for weight loss.
http://bit.ly/2mmYZaz

5.) How to Finally Beat Post-Workout Muscle Soreness
We asked a few experts about the tricks they use to fight post-exercise
muscle soreness and get back into gym – or run – or spin-ready shape as soon
as possible. You’ve probably heard some of these tips before. Others are a
little more unconventional. But on days when every movement is accompanied
by a wince, they all might be worth a shot.
http://bit.ly/2m9PmvX

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#Media
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1.) Why It Matters That YouTube Changed Its Verification System
For creators, the move is just another example of a giant corporation
forcing its whims and experiments on their work. Imagine a cafe. It’s
popular, with a large group of regulars who linger in front of the door each
morning, all awaiting their next piping hot gulp. Because of the cafe’s
popularity, there’s a neon sign in the window: “Great Coffee.” The sign is a
landmark for customers, who expect to see it as they’re walking down the
street. Then, after several years of caffeinating their customers, the cafe
owner gets an email from the city. Unfortunately, the cafe doesn’t meet the
city’s new coffee standards, so they will be sending over some contractors
to take the “Great Coffee” sign down. Weird, right? That’s kinda what
happened to most verified YouTubers on September 19, 2019.
http://bit.ly/2lC62f2

2.) How Apple Arcade Will Reshape Mobile Gaming
Even in a vacuum, Apple Arcade impresses. Five dollars a month will
eventually net you access to more than 100 new games; several dozen will be
available at launch, if the version that dropped in the iOS 13 beta is a
reliable indicator. And these games are no cast-offs. But it’s what Apple
Arcade is missing that’s downright revolutionary: ads and in-app purchases,
the lifeblood of the gaming app economy. By making a hard pivot toward one
subscription to play them all, Apple has a chance to nudge an entire
industry toward something a little more salutary than constant cash draws.
http://bit.ly/2mmZvW3

3.) Facebook Publishes New Research into the Growth of Messaging for
Commerce
Messaging use is on the rise, with the top four messaging apps now serving
more active users than the big four social networks. And as such, it makes
sense for brands to also be considering how they can tap into those trends,
and utilize messaging within their broader digital marketing efforts. To
help with this, and to provide more context on the messaging shift, Facebook
recently commissioned Boston Consulting Group to conduct focus groups,
in-depth interviews and an online survey of 8,864 people across nine markets
in regards to their messaging use. Their findings highlight some of the key
benefits, and expectations, of consumer-business messaging – here’s a look
at the highlights of the data.
http://bit.ly/2mjdAUg

4.) Snapchat Launches New 3D Snaps, Which Display Depth as You Move Your
Phone
Snapchat has added a new creative option, with 3D effects that will simulate
depth within your captured images. As explained by Snap: “Today we’re
excited to introduce a 3D Camera Mode that adds depth to your Snaps. Use it
to create Snaps that capture spatial detail, changing in perspective and
appearance based on how you move your phone when you view them. These new
Snaps look different, act different, and feel different.”
http://bit.ly/2mjqim3

5.) Twitter Launches Lists as Alternate, Swipeable Timelines on iOS
After first announcing its experiment with adding lists as alternate,
swipeable tweet feeds back in June, Twitter is now rolling the option out to
all users on iOS. Users will now be able to pin up to five selected lists
from their ‘Lists’ settings and have them appear as swipeable feeds from the
home timeline. This will give users more ways to access specific discussions
on the platform, which may make it a more engaging, interactive experience.
http://bit.ly/2nM7mN3

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#Business
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1.) How Does Medicare Work With Employer Coverage?
Today many Baby Boomers are aging into Medicare. However, aging into
Medicare doesn’t mean retirement ready. How does Medicare work with
employers if employees aren’t ready to retire? Depending on your employer’s
size Medicare and employer coverage could work well together.
http://bit.ly/2nhzVSc

2.) Online To Offline (O2o) Local Services Market: 2019 Worldwide
Opportunities, Market Share, Key Players And Competitive Landscape
Prediction To 2024
The Global Online To Offline O2o Local Services Market report is a
systematic research of the global Online To Offline O2o Local Services
market portraying the current state of affairs in the market. The report
evaluates various aspects of the market influencing its expansions as well
as the volume of the global Online To Offline O2o Local Services industry.
The report highlights the determined vendor overview of the market along
with the summary of the leading market players.
http://bit.ly/2nblijC

3.) Social and Productive: Green Valley Recreation Volunteers Keep Things
Going
From governance to recreation, volunteers at Green Valley Recreation are
getting in quality socialization time while helping the organization move
forward. Volunteering may be big in Green Valley, but the dynamics are
changing and it has lead to a shift with some areas falling shorter than
others.
http://bit.ly/2lIUIhq

4.) Data Shows Baby Boomers Are Dangerously Short on Retirement Savings
When you’re in your 20s or early 30s, recognizing that you don’t have much
in the way of retirement savings can most certainly be a wake-up call, but
it’s not necessarily cause for panic. After all, at those ages, you can
expect to have multiple decades ahead of you in the workforce during which
you can catch up and boost your savings to a healthy level. But when you’re
only a few years away from retirement, being short on assets is far more
problematic. Unfortunately, that’s the reality many of today’s baby boomers
are facing. In fact, the average boomer only has $136,779 in retirement
savings, according to a new survey by real estate company Clever.
http://bit.ly/2nJS7UT

5.) Bank of America Merchant Services’ Third Annual Small Business Payments
Spotlight Offers Small Business Owners Tips to Gain Customer Loyalty and a
Competitive Edge
Bank of America Merchant Services, a leader in payments, eCommerce and
security solutions, has released its Third Annual Small Business Payments
Spotlight. The report is tailored to help small businesses navigate the
complex world of payments through a wealth of timely, actionable
information.
http://bit.ly/2ngvZ4c

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#Advocacy
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1.) The End of Wine as We Know It? How Climate Change Is Disrupting Our
Winemaking Traditions
While farmers have always been at the mercy of the weather, the past few
decades have unleashed unrelenting climatic assaults with devastating
effects on some of the most famous vineyards in the world. Some are
predicting the end of wine as we know it. Others are banking on science to
come to the rescue. Others aren’t that concerned. Still others feel that
adaptation is part of life, and wine will have to adapt as well. One thing
is certain: the world of wine is changing.
http://bit.ly/2mn1LfZ

2.) The Experiences of Blind Canadians in the Federal Public Service
Income inequality and unemployment continue to be key issues brought forward
by the blind community in Canada. More specifically, within the workplace,
blind Canadians have discussed their disappointments with the Employment
Equity Act (EEA), the lack of accessible procurement, prejudice,
stereotyping and discrimination, and technological barriers.
http://bit.ly/2NMfNkD

3.) Three Simple Questions: Digital Accessibility in 21st Century Canada
The following three-part article touches upon the personal impact of digital
accessibility in the public, private, and nonprofit sector’s in Canada as we
move into 2019.
http://bit.ly/2UmcPFT

4.) Why Your Next Hire Should Be A Person With Disabilities
At Wanda’s Pie in the Sky bakery and cafe in Toronto’s Kensington Market,
owners Wanda and David Beaver work to create a sense of comfort and
belonging for their customers — and staff. It’s why the owners have a policy
to hire workers with disabilities, incorporating both hospitality and
inclusion into the business.
https://tgam.ca/2nQlNQq

5.) Why Do We Fix AI Bias But Ignore Accessibility Bias?
Silicon Valley has become obsessed with addressing AI bias. As deep learning
algorithms have graduated from the academic research lab into the real
world, there has become a growing awareness of the implications of their
innate biases as their limited Western training data has collided
spectacularly with a globalized digital world.
http://bit.ly/2nRS35H

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Helpful tips for October 2019

Helpful tips for October 2019

In this issue:

General tips
Articles of the day
From the pages of Donna’s travel diary

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General tips
Courtesy of the research team at http://www.sterlingcreations.ca

Scams of the month:
If you receive an eronious email telling you that you need to pay some sort
of court fine or that you need to appear in court to pay one;
simply ignore this email.
Delete it and do not be tempted to download the attachment.
If you make the mistake to download said attachment, then you run the risk
of allowing a hacker to do damage to your system.

If you receive an email from the Royal Bank of Canada telling you that
changes have been made to your business account, simply delete it.
This is a scam and as stated above if you make the mistake to download! You
have just given the keys away to your system to an unknown hacker.

If you receive an email telling you that you need to renew your Paypal
account because it will expire in 30 days!
Another scam to simply ignore.

Here is a useful tip about honey:
Do not refidgerate.
This would lead to your honey crystalizing.

An interesting tip as to how to determine the number of pups your dog is
carrying?
It is fairly simple to do this!
Just count the number of nipples that she has hanging down close to when she
is expected to give birth.
There is 1 nipple for each pup.
Dogs usually have a maternity period of about nine weeks.

A very healthy meat to eat?
Why! It is lamb and why?
Because on the whole sheep graze off of grass!

Wet hair or dry hair?
It is easier to cut dry hair!
Because it does not stick to your scissors as much as wet hair does.

How to keep the shells to your boiling eggs hard!
Here is a great tip for you.
Boil your eggs in water and tip in a tiny amount of vinigar into the water.
This will help to harden your egg shells and make it easier for you when you
go to crack your eggs.

Tails of birds?
If a bird loses its tail then not to worry;
A bird’s tail can always grow back.

About musquitoes?
They are attracted to those wearing dar coloured clothes!

About frogs?
If you see one and want to chase it away then do this.
Throw a bit of salt on it.
This causes the frog to run away because its skin will start to burn from
the salt.
Did you also know that frogs love to eat bees?

About drinking tea or coffee before bedtime:
Probably best to do this about four hours before you retire for the night.

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Articles of the day
Chosen by the Business Desk team

A Dan Thompson contribution
Unclog a Drain Yourself Without Chemicals
a. A plugged up sink, shower or tub drain sends most people running for
either a bottle of caustic drain cleaner, or a plumber’s
phone number. But wait. This could well be a job you can do yourself
without chemicals or a big bill.
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Assess the situation. Turn on taps to allow water down other drains in the
house. If everything else is flowing freely, you can be
fairly certain you have a localized clog—and probably near that clogged
drain’s opening. If this is involving other drains, you could
have a bigger problem that may well require a professional. Assuming it’s
only the one drain, let’s move on.
Boiling water. Get a large pot and boil up as much water as it will hold.
Now carefully pour boiling water down the drain slowly, in
two to three stages so that the hot water can work for a few minutes in
between each pour. This is the easiest and quickest way to
unclog a drain if it works, which usually it does with a satisfying swoosh.
Reach in. Remove the strainer that is part of the drain plug, then reach
into the drain with your fingers (latex gloves would be a
good idea here) and pull out any solids. As gross as this might be, it is
often all that’s needed to clear a slow-moving or clogged
drain.
b. Zip it. If you cannot reach the clog with your fingers, your next best
friend is this cheap plastic tool,
Zip It
, available at home
improvement centers or online at
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B000BO9204/everydaycheapskate-20
This simple tool is flexible enough to allow you to push it down into the
turns of the drain. It has teeth along each side that once
you’re in and you twist it, you’ll be able to pull out all manner of drain
offenders. Keep working at it, until you pull out as much as
you can. Now run the hot water and that should clear things up nicely.
A reader introduced me to
Zip It
years ago. At under five bucks, this handy dandy tool is worth its weight in
gold. It’s great to clear
drains, but also works well to
c. maintain drains before they get clogged.
Try this Wet dry vacuum.
ArmorAll AA255 Utility Wet/Dry Vacuum, 2.5 gallon,
If you have
one of these
, it just might help you to clear the drain without having to get your hands
dirty. First, set it to “wet” so it
vacuums liquids. Cover or close the drain’s vent. Make the tightest seal you
can with the hose end of the vacuum over the drain.
Get creative with duct tape or the like. With the vacuum set to its most
powerful setting, it can be powerful enough to pull that clog
right out of the drain. No guarantees here, but it’s worth a shot.
Baking soda and vinegar. Measure out 1/3 cup baking soda and get as much of
it down the drain as you can. Follow with 1/3 cup
white vinegar. It will fizz up and make quite a show. Allow it to sit for at
least an hour, or overnight if at all possible. In the morning
following with a quart or two of boiling water.
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*30 Ways to Green Your Home (and keep some greenbacks in your pocket)
1. Switch to Energy Star-rated CFL bulbs, like GHRI fave Satco’s Mini Spiral
S6202; they use 75 percent less energy and last 10
times longer than standard bulbs. You’ll knock $30 off your electric bill
for each bulb over its lifetime.
2. Plant trees around the house strategically (on the south and west sides;
shading the air-conditioning unit, if possible) to save up
to about $250 a year on cooling and heating.
3. Install dimmer switches in the living and dining rooms and three bedrooms
to dial down electricity fees about $37 a year.
4. Since 1992 legislation, all new showerheads must have a flow rate of 2.5
gallons per minute or lower. Replace your old
showerhead and save up to $45 a month for a family of four.
5. Wrap an insulation blanket around your water heater and lower its running
cost as much as 9 percent.
6. Run a full dishwasher whenever possible — it uses half or less of the
water and energy of washing the same dishes by hand.
And don’t waste water by rinsing before loading (today’s machines are
designed to power off the mess).
7. Invest in a faucet-mounted water filter for a low $30, and use refillable
bottles like our top-rated GHRI pick, the Nalgene OTG
Everyday 24-ounce bottle. By giving up bottled water, a family of four can
save about $1,250 a year.
Double-Duty Ideas
The goal is “reduce, reuse, recycle.”
8. Magazines. Roll up a couple of these and stick one into each of your
calf- or knee-high boots so the footwear will keep its
shape.
9. Empty paper-towel roll. Flatten,and use it to sheathe a knife kept in a
drawer.
10. Small glass food jars. These make perfect see-through storage vessels
for nails, screws, nuts, and bolts.
11. Old shower curtain. Stash one in your car’s trunk to line it when
carting potentially messy paints or picnic and beach gear.
12. Used coffee grounds. Spread them over flower beds of acid-craving plants
such as azaleas or rhododendrons.
13. Plastic tub. Get the largest-size container of yogurt, sour cream, or
margarine. When done with the tub, rinse and reuse it as a
travel dish for pets or for craft-supply storage.
14. Plastic gallon milk jug. Cut off top with a utility knife just above the
handle and use as a scoop for kitty litter, birdseed, etc.
15. Foam packing peanuts. Put some in the bases of potted plants to help
drainage.
16. Plastic mesh produce bag. Turn it into a no-scratch scrubber for a gunky
pot or pan. Ball up the bag, scour, then throw the
whole mess away.
Good (Enough) Ways to Go Green
GOOD WAY
VS.
GOOD ENOUGH
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Switch to a front-loading washer from a top loader. In a
recent GHRI test of front loaders, they used less than half
the water traditionally used by a top loader for a full load.
Pocket up to 25 cents for every laundry load you wash in
cold water (versus hot). Cold-wash three loads a week, and
save up to $40 a year.
18
Install a programmable thermostat, which can save an
estimated $150 yearly if preset to cool your home’s air or
pump up the heat (such as before you get home from
work).
Lower your heater’s temp by 2 degrees to potentially lower
your bill about $40 a year. In warm months, set the AC at
78 degrees (at 73 degrees, you’ll pay 40 percent more!).
19
Upgrade two toilets made before 1992 to low-flow ones,
and turn down water costs nearly $200 a year in a two-
bathroom, four-person home.
Not in the budget to replace your toilets? Try Brondell
Perfect Flush ($79), which will convert your toilet into a
dual-flush — saving about half the water and $100 per year
per toilet.
20
Always look for the ‘organic’ label on veggies and fruit,
which means that they were produced without the use of
synthetic pesticides and fertilizers.
If buying only organic is a strain on your finances, opt for
organic versions of the items known to have the highest
pesticide levels: peaches, apples, and bell peppers.
21
Open windows and doors or operate window or attic fans
when the weather permits. Most heating and cooling
systems do not bring fresh air into the house.
Bring home superhero plants. Certain easy-care greens
(English ivy, mums, and peace lilies) naturally help remove
indoor air pollutants like formaldehyde and benzene.
22. Do: Recycle paper with staples, clips, or spirals intact — the metal
will be filtered out by machines later. Don’t: Include any
paper with food stains (think pizza boxes), as they can contaminate a load.
23. Don’t: Forget to remove bottle caps. They’re made of a different type of
plastic and can mess up a whole batch. Do: Return
plastic bags to stores. Find a local spot at
plasticbagrecycling.org
.
FOR GLASS & METAL
24. Do: Rinse out bottles, jars, and cans; throw away (or recycle) caps.
Don’t: Worry about labels — they’ll burn off at the plant.
Do: Include washed pie tins and foil, metal bottle caps, wire coat hangers,
scrap metal.
FOR FURNITURE
25. Permanently place a recycling box an arm’s length from your mail bin so
you can toss any remaining junk mail pronto.
27. Pay bills online, or set up automatic check paying from your bank
account. No envelopes, no
28. Buy refillable containers Spray bottles, for example, can be refilled
from larger jugs or concentrate. Over time, you’ll buy —
and dispose of — fewer containers.
29. Choose concentrated or “ultra” cleaning products, which use 50 to 60
percent less packaging than traditional formulas while
cleaning just as thoroughly.
30. Don’t use more product than the directions indicate Pouring in extra
laundry detergent or fabric softener won’t get your clothes
any cleaner or cuddlier. Instead, follow the markings as directed on the
label.
Source page:
http://www.goodhousekeeping.com/home/a18573/ways-to-go-green/

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From the pages of donna’s diary
Three important insurance policies before you travel

Trust me when I tell you that it is of vital importance for you to have
these three insurance policies up to date before you travel abroad. If you
leave any of these out then you are very easily leaving yourself open to
heartache if anything goes wrong.
So here we go.

Cancellation insurance –
This is very important to have if you need to cancel your flight in case of
an emergency.

Travel insurance –
You need this in case of having to deal with any unforeseen incidents along
the way. Example, if you need to cancel your trip for any unforeseen
reason.

Medical insurance –
O yes! This one you definitely need in case you fall ill in a foreign
country and you need some medical help.
Hospitalization in a foreign country could be very expensive without
insurance coverage.

There is a visitor’s insurance policy available that you may also wish to
investigate and this type of insurance may contain a combination of
cancellation, travel, and medical insurance policies.

I’m Donna J. Jodhan enjoying my travels.

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Meet SSleep Watch

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Now you can track your sleep habits with your Apple watch.
Read on!

Meet SSleep Watch
(iOS, US$2.99)

Track sleep with your Apple Watch automatically. No buttons to press. Just
wear your Watch to bed and wake to insightful sleep analysis and
personalized feedback. Automatically log your data. Follow your sleep trends
with powerful charting tools. Don’t have an Apple Watch? Sleep Watch can be
used without a Watch by logging your sleep manually.

How it works

1) Wear your Apple Watch to bed (do not enable Power Reserve)
2) Upon waking, check the Watch or iPhone app to see your auto-detected
sleep details; that’s it!
3) Opt to confirm or adjust your auto-detected sleep times in the iPhone
app to help us build you a smarter sleep detection algorithm

We recommend scheduling ‘Do Not Disturb’ to turn on automatically during
your typical sleeping hours to prevent any Watch notifications from
disturbing your sleep. This can be done in the iPhone Watch App > My Watch >
General > ‘Do Not Disturb’ section. We also recommend enabling ‘Theatre
Mode’ while asleep to keep your Watch screen dark until waking.

Features

* Auto Sleep: Automatically log your estimated total sleep time, total
restful sleep time, avg. sleeping heart rate, sleeping heart rate dip,
sleep rhythm, and sleep activity levels for each day by simply wearing
your Apple Watch to bed
* Discover: Take control of your sleep habits with AI-powered, personalized
insights. Every body is unique. Using artificial intelligence, Discover
uncovers the lifestyle choices you make that appear to help you achieve a
better night’s rest. The more data you track with Sleep Watch, the more
you can Discover.
* Sleeping Heart Rate Dip Tracking: Studies among particular populations
suggest that the more heart rate slows—or “dips”—during sleep
compared to waking may be better for both overall and cardiovascular
health in years to come. Get motivated to build a healthier lifestyle and
start tracking your sleeping heart rate dip today.
* Sleep Rhythm Tracking: track an estimate of how consistently you sleep at
the same time each day
* Sleep Charge Tracking: a fun new way to help you track and recover from
recently missed sleep
* Easy Editing: Manually adjust your detected sleep times to your desired
accuracy
* Daily Sleep Goal: See daily progress towards your custom sleep goal
* Daily Briefings: Effortlessly get daily notifications about how you slept
* Powerful Trending: Track daily, weekly, or monthly changes in sleep stats
* Auto sync sleep data to Health app
* Share each day’s sleep
* Create an account and access your data cross-devices
* See last night’s sleep details on your Watch
* Watch Complications

Current Version: 3.7.3 (April 28, 2018)

Read Sleep Watch’s AppleVis App Directory entry for more information
https://www.applevis.com/apps/ios/health-and-fitness/sleep-watch
Visit Sleep Watch’s App Store page
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/sleep-watch-by-bodymatter/id1138066420?mt=8&at=11l4LS

All recent app entries posted to AppleVis can be found at:
iOS
https://www.applevis.com/apps/latest?type=ios_app_directory
Mac
https://www.applevis.com/apps/latest?type=mac_app_directory
Apple Watch
https://www.applevis.com/apps/latest?type=mac_app_directory
Apple TV
https://www.applevis.com/apps/latest?type=apple_tv_app_directory

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A review of the David Duncan restaurant – a great dining spot for a special occasion

A review of the David Duncan restaurant
By Donna J. Jodhan

Introduction:
If you are ever looking for that restaurant with more than just a bit of
character then look no further than the David Duncan Restaurant.
A restaurant with a unique blend of fine dining, easy going ambiance,
welcoming waiters, and great decor.

So how would I rate their services? With 1 being the lowest and 5 being the
highest, here are my ratings.
Service desk assistance – 5
Assistance for guests with special needs – 5
Assistance at restaurant – 5

Remarks :
It is quite difficult for someone with a disability to access this lovely
restaurant due to the lack of a ramp. There are too many steps for persons
to negotiate and it is also very difficult for seniors to access.

About restaurant staff:
They are extremely friendly and cheerful.

My meals:
Excellent, tasty, and yummy.
Portions are more than adequate.

Any suggestions?
the owners of this restaurant may want to seriously consider finding an
alternative to those daunting steps.

Contact info:
The David Duncan restaurant is located in North York Toronto.
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Meet Eyes-Free Fitness

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Enjoy!
The Sterling Creations team

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A perfect app to help you with your health and fitness.
Meet Eyes-Free Fitness
(iOS, Free With In-App Purchases)

Eyes-Free Fitness is the first app designed to help people who are blind and
visually impaired reach their health and fitness goals. The cornerstone of
the app is the variety of workout types for people of all levels and
aspirations of health. All workouts are described fully, so they can be done
‘Eyes-Free’. Additionally, access blog and podcast content from
BlindAlive, and expand your health knowledge and horizons. The app
interfaces with Apple Watch health data, and offers complete support for
VoiceOver and dynamic text. For more information about BlindAlive and
Eyes-Free Fitness, please visit our website. www.BlindAlive.com

Current Version: 1.1.3 (April 26, 2018)

Read Eyes-Free Fitness’ AppleVis App Directory entry for more information
https://www.applevis.com/apps/ios/health-and-fitness/eyes-free-fitness
Visit Eyes-Free Fitness’ App Store page
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/eyes-free-fitness/id966686576?ls=1&mt=8&at=11l4LS

All recent app entries posted to AppleVis can be found at:
iOS
https://www.applevis.com/apps/latest?type=ios_app_directory
Mac
https://www.applevis.com/apps/latest?type=mac_app_directory
Apple Watch
https://www.applevis.com/apps/latest?type=mac_app_directory
Apple TV
https://www.applevis.com/apps/latest?type=apple_tv_app_directory

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How to make webinars 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 webinars more accessible
By Donna J. Jodhan

Before you say no or turn thumbs down on these suggestions; consider these
thoughts.
You can definitely increase your revenue and reduce both your internal and
external costs and here’s how.

The trick here is for you to make it easy enough for what I call the
technically shy and those with technological challenges to be able to access
your webinars. These consumers make up niche and untapped markets for the
most part and who exactly are they?

Well, they are retirees, seniors, those who did not grow up in the era of
technology and consumers with a disability.
In short, they are for the most part your bread and butter consumers.

1. Make your webinar easy to access. That is, make your computer entry
screens easy to navigate and understand.

2. Create webinars that are not too long, attention grabbing, and ones that
use language that is easy to understand and remember.

3. Make sure that your audience connects with you and that they are
comfortable enough to want to contact you.

4. Affective webinars increase revenues when you are able to grab their
interest and then they are galvanized into wanting to buy from you.

5. Use your webinars to show others how to reduce both external and internal
costs.

Take it from me! I have been an accessibility awareness consultant and
advisor since 1998 and I continue to help companies to increase their
revenues, reduce their costs, and reach hidden consumer markets!

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Meet Eye-D

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Enjoy!
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Now, just another app for you to discover. One to help you when you travel.

Meet Eye-D
(iOS, Free)

Eye-D is here to assist the visually impaired in independent living by
helping them evaluate the world around them with help of their smartphone.

It will work as your companion when you travel, help you explore places,
tell you about the objects in front of you and read text whenever you need.

This is what we have built for you:

* Where Am I: Be it the busiest suburbs of Mumbai or the loneliest roads of
Siberia, whether you are a common man or zombie, Eye-D will make sure
that you are never lost. Tap on “Where Am I” and let the magic
happen. You get to know your location with a list of landmarks nearby.
Found any of the landmark interesting? Then why wait tap the preferred
landmark and Eye-D guides you to it with directions (currently by opening
Apple/ Google maps for navigation).
* Around Me: Stuck in an alien town? Calm down, fire the Eye-D app and
select “Around Me”. Bingo!! You can now find ATM’s, Banks, Bus
stops, Cinemas, Restaurants, Hospitals, Stores and even the Religious
places nearby. Select the desired category and navigate to the preferred
place. To ensure that you never miss out a place we have provided a
search radius controller. So the next time you don’t find a relevant
place nearby try adjusting the search radius to anything in the range of
500 to 5500 meters. What? Still in that alien town? Come-on find the
nearest bus stop and head out.
* See Object: I’m facing the gate… No the lemon tree…. No the bike,
Easy pal!! Use the See Object mode in the Eye-D app to evaluate your
surroundings. Click on this mode, take a picture and Eye-D app will tell
you what’s in front. So the next time you are standing at the window
use the See Object mode to check what’s happening on the other side. In
case you missed the description the first time simply swipe right to hear
again.
* Read Text: We designed this feature so that next time your visit a
restaurant or want to get a novel for you friend you won’t have to ask
anyone for help. Open read text mode, click a picture and Eye-D app will
read the text in front you. You can swipe right to hear the text again in
case you missed it the first time.

Current Version: 1.1.1 (April 1, 2018)

Read Eye-D’s AppleVis App Directory entry for more information
https://www.applevis.com/apps/ios/productivity/eye-d
Visit Eye-D’s App Store page
https://itunes.apple.com/my/app/eye-d/id1354363634?mt=8&at=11l4LS

All recent app entries posted to AppleVis can be found at:
iOS
https://www.applevis.com/apps/latest?type=ios_app_directory
Mac
https://www.applevis.com/apps/latest?type=mac_app_directory
Apple Watch
https://www.applevis.com/apps/latest?type=mac_app_directory
Apple TV
https://www.applevis.com/apps/latest?type=apple_tv_app_directory

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Helpful tips for September 2019

Helpful tips for September 2019

In this issue:

General tips
Articles of the day
From the pages of Donna’s travel diary

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General tips
Courtesy of the research team at http://www.sterlingcreations.ca

Scams of the month:
This scam continues.
If you receive an email from an unknown sender telling you that they know
your password but you notice that they are only giving you a portion of your
password; then please read on.
This is a scam and simply ignore their threats.
Do not respond to their demands for payment in return for them not taking
further action.

An email telling you that your product has been shipped and that you need to
download the attached.
If you do not recognize the sender then please delete this email and do not
even think of downloading the attached.
If you make the mistake to download it then you have just given away free
access to your system to a hacker.

Now, here is a way to rid your home of those bothersome flies!
Fill transparent bottles with water and place in positions where they can
receive light.
Presto! The flies will be scared off by their own reflections!
Or do the same with plastic bags.
Fill them with water and place in positions where the light can shine on
them!
This should scare off those bothersome buzzing flies!

Some interesting facts about lizards:
They live in dark cupboards and behind furniture and appliances.
They jump from spot to spot.
If you are scared of them then best to spray behind furniture, appliances,
and the interior of your cupboards.

If you are seeking to minimize paint smells then try this:
Place containers of water close to where the painting has been carried out.
Add a dash of vinigar to the water.

Okay, something useful to know when weighing yourself the next time:
How you place your feet on your bathroom scale will determine your weight.
In other words; be sure to position your feet correctly on your bathroom
scale before you weigh yourself.

About crabs:
They normally live in holes on beaches or on grassy patches located close to
beaches.
They defend themselves with their pinchers and they rase said pinchers when
preparing to engage a perceived enemy.

About dogs:
You can cause them much pain if you tug at their tails.
Their noses are usually cool to the touch but if their noses are warm then
they may be suffering from a fever.
They would normally suck at their paws or lick the floor if they are bored.

A tip when staying at a hotel:
If you wish to have the cleaning staff change your towels, sheets, and clean
your room, then remember to place the sign with the side that says service
on the knob or handle on the outside of the door to your room.

A tip about planes:
Here is where most of us often catch flu bugs or colds.
Yes, while traveling on planes.

A tip on clogged ears:
If you find yourself losing your hearing while traveling on an aircraft then
chew some gum to unclog your air passages.
This helps.

Removing bangles or bracelets from your hands:
Rub a gob of hand lotion or hand cream starting from your fingers and
reaching to where your bangle or bracelet is.
Then start sliding your bangle or bracelet towards your wrist.
Continue on until the bangle or bracelet has been removed.

When cutting or clipping your nails:
Make it easier on yourself by soaking your nails in some warm water before
starting off.

When contemplating becoming a blood donor:
Remember the if you are under 110 pounds you are unable to donate.
Ditto for if you are on medication.
Finally, if you have been the recipient of an organ.

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Articles of the day
Chosen by the Business Desk team

A Dan Thompson contribution

nontoxic ways to keep mice out of your house or apartment
* Help! A Non-Toxic and Humane Way To Get Rid of Mice …
Q: A mouse just crawled over our houseguest’s foot when she was sitting at
the desk in the guest room. Coincidentally (?) I heard something that I’m
now realizing had to have been mice in the walls in the kitchen yesterday.
Obviously
we have a problem. I’m so horrified. We rent but the landlord is very
hands-off. She’ll just want us to fix it and send her the bill. Who do I
call or what do I do that won’t be super toxic for us or the environment?
Help!
1. All rodents are allergic to real peppermint oil (the imitation stuff
won’t work). Just put some on cotton balls and leave them in the mouse’s
favorite hiding places, and near their nest (if you know where it is).
They’ll vacate the area
asap!
2. ultrasonic pest repellers that plug into a standard electrical socket.
These have proven quite useful and can be found at hardware stores, Wal-mart
etc. It is suggested to move these every few months so the unwanted
visitors don’t get use to the sound.
3. A RatZapper will get rid of rodents humanely and without a mess.
It works really well, and the rodents die instantly.
http://www.ratzapper.com
4. Snap traps and rat zappers are effective and will (usually) kill the
mouse instantly.
If you’re squeamish about actually killing the mice, you can rig up a trap
with a paper towel roll, some peanut butter, and an empty trash can l.
http://members.aceweb.com/patrussell/mousetrap/Mousetra
Here is a link to a page with many more Q&A.
http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/help-a-non-toxic-and-humane-wa-158960
* 5 Ways to Get Rid of Mice Naturally
1. Creating barriers
Block up holes in interior and exterior walls. Start with the interior
walls;
it’s best to leave a way out for the mice. They may leave your home or
apartment for easier pickings elsewhere. If trapped within the walls they
may
chew new holes. Find the places the mice are using. Sometimes there will
be greasy stains, and there will almost always be faeces near an entryway.
There is also a characteristic odor. Mark the holes with chalk and clean
the area.
Seal the entryways with scouring pads. The usual recommendation is steel
wool. Unfortunately, steel wool rusts and is not a permanent solution.
Instead, use green kitchen
pads (those used for cleaning pans and such) cut to the right size, or
copper scouring pads. The pads must be secured to the sides of the hole or
the mice will eventually pull
them out. Large holes will need to be repaired.
After a couple of days, look for evidence of continuing mouse activity.
If
there is any, check the holes that you sealed, and look for more holes.
Seal as needed.
Once you are sure that the interior walls are secure, seal any holes on
the exterior of your building. You may use plastic scouring pads, but in
some cases walls may need
tuck-pointing or other repairs.
2. Deterring mice
Keep your home clean. If there is nothing to eat, they will be less likely
to stay. Keep all food stored properly in airtight containers and in places
that are safe from
mouse attack.
Put your trash cans as far away as possible from your home. Mice smell it
and get attracted to your house.
3. Repelling mice
a. As mentioned earlier in this document, try peppermint oil. Peppermint
oil is a natural deterrent. The smell is simply
too intense for rodents and they will not try to go near it. It also helps
to mask the scent of any tasty morsels that have been missed when cleaning.
You can get peppermint
oil in most health food stores and even some major grocery stores. Place a
drop or two on a cotton ball.
Place the cotton balls in areas where mice are likely to enter your
house, by doorways or heat vents, etc.
b. Another helpful deterrent is to grow peppermint plants near the
entryways.
You can use the mint in cooking as well as it serving a deterrent
purpose.
c. Place tubs of used kitty litter around entrances of the house. The
mice will sniff the smell of cat urine and clear off in a jiffy.
d. Use dried snake poo. Visit a local reptile center, zoo, or pet store
and ask for some dried snake poo. Place near entrances and in places where
mice seem to go. Keep
out of the reach of children and pets. mi
e. Zap with beeps. There are electronic units that emits an ultrasonic
beeping sound that rodents hate. These work only on a line of sight basis
and only for a short time
until the mice become used to them.
f. Use a mixture of organic solutions. Companies that specialize in
organic solutions can make large solutions of organic pesticides or
repellents that might not otherwise
be cost effective if you were to try and apply it to a large area. Do an
online search.[1]
4. Trapping Mice
a. Don’t kill trapped mice. Killing rodents won’t keep mice gone for long
(when animals are killed, more will move in to use available resources) and
can actually result in
a temporary spike in the food supply, causing remaining
rodents to breed. This creates a vicious killing cycle in which many animals
will suffer and die needlessly. There are various traps that you might like
to try using, all of
which allow you to set the mouse free, as explained in this
b. Try a humane trap. There are traps that catch the mouse in a box. The
mouse can get in but not out. This can be a humane way to catch mice, once
you catch them; you will
need to release them at least 1 mile (1.6 km) from your home,
perhaps a heavily wooded area to give them somewhere else to go.
c. Throw a towel over the mouse. It will stay under the towel for a short
time. Put an inverted waste-paper basket over the towel. Tuck the exposed
bits of towel under the
basket so it is in contact with the ground. Slide an LP record
, or large piece of cardboard under the basket and towel. Carefully turn
up the right way. Take outside and walk (or run!) the basket, mouse, and
towel as far from your home
as possible; once you’re at least 200 feet (61.0 m) from your home, release
the mouse.
d. Use a glass bowl and a coin. Invert a large glass bowl with some
chocolate stuck up inside it, on a tray. Balance the bowl at an angle with a
50 cent piece or other
large coin on the edge, edge to edge. Place it where you know the mouse is
about.
Leave it. The mouse will enter under bowl and reach up for chocolate
upsetting balance, bowl will fall and trap mouse underneath on tray.
Remove the mouse and place it well away from the house.
e. Set up a 10 gallon (37.9 L) aquarium with food in it. Put the aquarium
in a spot that the mice travel in a way that blocks the mouse’s usual path.
Check it frequently.
Put a top on the aquarium if you find a mouse in there. Release the mouse
well away from the house.
5. Pets and mice
a. Let the cat do what comes naturally. A house cat can also take care of
the problem, especially if you have an outdoor/indoor cat, as they are used
to hunting to find
their own food and may track down that mouse. Just beware, not all cats have
enough energy or self-desire to hunt mice and well-food indoor kitties might
just see the mouse as
a toy, and grow quickly bored of it after scaring it half witless.
b. Get rid of mice quickly if you have dogs. Dogs have different immune
systems than cats and therefore may not be able to handle the possible
diseases that mice carry; it’s
best to put up mice repellents rather than traps inside your home. Wouldn’t
you rather keep the mice outside in the first place rather than deal with
them in your home?
c. Cultivate birds of prey to nest in your yard. A barn owl is the best. A
family of barn owls can eat 15 mice a night! Build a shelter box in your
garden to attract some
onto your property, but make sure the shelter box has no nails or safety
hazards; some types of owls are endangered, and you might attract other
types of owls than barn owls
(if they are hurt, you could be charged a fine
and you will be needing to pay the vet bill for the owl)
Below is the source link to the “5 Ways to Get Rid of Mice Naturally”
http://www.wikihow.com/Get-Rid-of-Mice-Naturally
Here is a google search with many more ideas.
https://www.google.com/?gws_rd=ssl#q=nontoxic+ways+to+keep+mice+out+of+your+house+or+appartment

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Contributed by Dan Thompson
home improvement money-saving secrets
a. If you’ve been putting off updating or sprucing up your home because of
the high cost of home improvements, today’s readers
are sure to inspire you to do those projects yourself, for less!
HARDWOOD FLOORING. My husband and I wanted a hardwood floor but the estimate
of more than $3,000 (which worked out to
more than $7 per square foot) was out of our budget. We decided to try
4-foot by 8-foot
sheets of veneer plywood
at less than $45
a sheet, or about $1.40 per square foot. We installed the plywood and
sealed it with two gallons of
polyurethane
. The floor is
beautiful and cost about $675 total.
b. SHOWER CURTAIN RESCUE. In a house full of boys who don’t know their own
strength I frequently find the shower curtain
torn away from the hooks. To fix this I use clear packaging tape to cover
the hole, punch a new hole, replace the shower ring and
its good as new. Double the tape and it lasts twice as long.
c. VERTICAL BLIND RENEW. Do not throw away your old, faded, cloth verticals
blinds. I didn’t want to pay for new ones, so I
painted them with the same off-white paint I was using in another part of
the house. Any color latex paint will work. Just allow a
couple of days for them to dry. I discovered that with the extra weight of
the paint, they hang more beautifully than ever.
d. OUTLET COVER RE-DO. We recently painted the inside of our house a
lighter color. Suddenly the almond-color light switch
and outlet covers stuck out with their darker dated color. Instead of
replacing all of the outlet plugs and light switches from almond
color to white, we made a cardboard template to go around the plugs and
switches and sprayed them white with an epoxy spray
paint (must be epoxy to adhere to plastic). We bought the epoxy spray pain
at the local hardware store and chose a nice white
color. This saved an enormous amount of time and money and it looks really
great.
e. REFINISH FORMICA. We bought an older house that had old, outdated
Formica countertops in the bathroom and kitchen.
Instead of replacing it we very successfully painted it. We used a product
called
Kilz
found at at this link:
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00447TNR6/everydaycheapskate-20
to prime the Formica, then the color paint we wanted in semi-gloss finish
followed by three thick coats of
Crystal Clear Top Coat
,
like the product by Krylon, to seal it and protect it from the water. For
over a year now it has held up against the toughest of tests—
two little boys. It looks beautiful and all for under $100. Check
this tutorial
for specific directions.
http://www.wikihow.com/Paint-Formica-Countertops

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From the pages of Donna’s diary
Protecting yourself at the airport

Believe it or not, one always needs to protect one’s self when at an airport
and here are some hints and tips that I have developed over the years. As a
regular traveler, I have had to learn by trial and error and I am happy to
share these.

1. Always keep your passport and credit cards closest to your chest. Never
leave them for a moment lying around on the surface at the check in counter
or on a table in a lounge.

2. The same for your keys; car, house, or any other type of key.

3. When labelling your luggage tags, never put your phone number on the tag
as this is one way for scammers to seize on this and use it to try and hack
your info.

4. Pay very close attention when using those unsecured wi-fis at the
airport. Just remember, scammers love to lurk on these and are only waiting
to pounce if you do not take your precautions.

5. Do not for one second leave your i device or your computer unattended.
Make this mistake and guess what? You have just given an unknown person
carte blanch to your data.

I’m Donna J. Jodhan enjoying my travels.

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Meet Microsoft Soundscape – an app to check out

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for you or a family
member or friend? Or maybe you are looking for a story to help motivate a
family member or friend who is struggling to deal with their loss of vision?
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If you are seeking an app that will help you stay familiar with your
surroundings then this one is for you.
Please read on!

Meet Microsoft Soundscape
(iOS, Free)
Microsoft Soundscape uses 3D audio technology to enhance your awareness of
what is around you, and thereby help you get around and explore your
surroundings.
Soundscape will place audio cues and labels in 3D space such that they sound
like they are coming from the direction of the points of interest, parks,
roads and other features in your
surroundings.
You will need a pair of stereo headsets that you feel comfortable wearing
outdoors. For example, bone conduction headsets, Apple AirPods and in-ear
open headphones have proven to work
well.
Soundscape is designed to live in the background and provide you with
effortless ambient awareness. Therefore, feel free to use it in conjunction
with other apps such as podcasts, audio books,
email and even GPS navigation.
Key features:
As you walk, Soundscape will automatically call out the key points of
interest, roads and intersections that you pass. These can be adjusted and
turned on and off.
An audio beacon can be placed on a point of interest, and you will hear it
as you move around. You can place an audio beacon on a point of interest
that you would like to track such as your
destination, a point to return to or a landmark you are familiar with.
“My location” describes your current location and the direction you are
facing
“Around me” describes nearby points of interest in each of the four cardinal
directions, helping with orientation. Try this out when getting off a bus or
leaving a train station.
“Ahead of me” describes points of interest in front of you, for example when
walking down the street.

Current Version: 1.1 (March 19, 2018)
Read Microsoft Soundscape’s AppleVis App Directory entry for more
information
https://www.applevis.com/apps/ios/lifestyle/microsoft-soundscape
Visit Microsoft Soundscape’s App Store page
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/microsoft-soundscape/id1240320677?mt=8&ign-mpt=uo%3D8

All recent app entries posted to AppleVis can be found at:
iOS
https://www.applevis.com/apps/latest?type=ios_app_directory
Mac
https://www.applevis.com/apps/latest?type=mac_app_directory
Apple Watch
https://www.applevis.com/apps/latest?type=mac_app_directory
Apple TV
https://www.applevis.com/apps/latest?type=apple_tv_app_directory

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