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

1. As region ages, service demands expected to rise
http://www.bdtonline.com/news/as-region-ages-service-demands-expected-to-ris
e/article_c4937084-7fbd-11e7-bdb2-af0fd4f058d7.html

2. Applied technology, health, ag degrees boom at Northeast
http://norfolkdailynews.com/news/applied-technology-health-ag-degrees-boom-a
t-northeast/article_9c106ae4-188a-11e7-9eb2-03c17fa48279.html

3. Aichi’s mobile supermarkets keeps seniors stocked with groceries, checks
in on
https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2017/08/14/national/aichis-mobile-supermar
kets-keeps-seniors-stocked-groceries-checks-aging-customers/#.WZLbzEkkuUk

4. Center for Healthy Aging actively works to improve senior care
http://www.nnbw.com/news/center-for-healthy-aging-actively-works-to-improve-
senior-care/

5. Fed study finds wages adjusted for baby boomers rising just fine
http://www.businesstimes.com.sg/government-economy/fed-study-finds-wages-adj
usted-for-baby-boomers-rising-just-fine

6. What Baby Boomers Need to Know to Realize Their Retirement Dreams
http://markets.businessinsider.com/searchresults?_search=

7. The 3 best and worst states to retire
http://www.foxbusiness.com/features/2017/08/16/3-best-and-worst-states-to-re
tire.html

8. Is Your Digital Information Safe?
http://jewishlinknj.com/schools/20195-is-your-digital-information-safe

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The at home workplace

The at home workplace
By Donna J. Jodhan

The at home workplace is becoming more of a common situation rather than an
extreme or a difference. For this reason, it is important for companies to
be aware that in order for a Blind employee to work from home, there needs
to be certain things to be kept in mind.

Firstly, to ensure that the employee’s software can affectively communicate
with the company’s communication packages and protocols.
Secondly, to ensure that the employee can have equal access to company’s
intranets and online documents from home.
Thirdly, that the employee can still have access to their fellow employees
at the office.
Fourthly, that the employee can have equal access to all tele conferences
and online conferences.

A blind employee’s home office or workplace should be set up in the same way
that it is done for a mainstream person and one of the major challenges is
probably that of ensuring that the employee’s software does indeed work
affectively with communication packages and protocols. In this case, the
company needs to ensure that the appropriate technical support staff is
available to the employee at all times.

I’m Donna J. Jodhan your free lance writer and roving reporter wishing you a
terrific day.
You can follow me on twitter @accessibleworld and @author_jodhan
and chat with me on Skype at habsfan0526.
For more of my blogs, please visit:
http://www.sterlingcreations.ca/blog,
http://www.sterlingcreations.com/businessdesk.htm and
www.donnajodhan.blogspot.com.
For my audio mysteries: Visit http://www.donnajodhan.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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two free encrypted email services you might want to use | gizmo’s freeware
most popular email services don’t offer a high level of security. these two
free email providers offer secure email with built-in encryption.
an encrypted, secure email service isn’t for everyone – they don’t mesh with
services like google or zoho that let you do multiple tasks across
platforms. they do one thing well, and that’s send and receive secure,
encrypted
email. there are many good reasons you might want to use an encrypted email
service:
you enjoy your privacy
no personal information is required to use these services
no isp does not have access to your email
it’s difficult for email accounts to be compromised
there’s (presumably) no governmental access to your email
while there are several good, low cost encrypted email services available,
these are two have all the basic services you need for free, with
additional paid or premium features. i’ve used both services for some
months now and
haven’t had any issues with either of them. they are both good, and i’ve
outlined the basics of each service below.
protonmail
https://protonmail.com/
location: switzerland
free plan: 150 messages per day, 500 mb storage
availability: webmail access, ios, android. currently, mobile apps are paid
apps. log in: user name plus two passwords – one for signing in and a
different one that decrypts the mailbox languages: multiple, see site
what’s encrypted: contacts and all mails including subject, content and
attachments what’s visible to protonmail: zero access – your data is
encrypted in a way that makes it inaccessible to the company sending email
to other
providers: if sending an encrypted message to a non-protonmail user, they
receive a link which loads the encrypted message onto their browser, which
they can decrypt using a passphrase that you have shared with them. you
can also send unencrypted messages to gmail, yahoo, outlook and others,
just like regular email. note that unencrypted email can be viewed by anyone
who has access to that email service. for example, if you send an
unencrypted email to someone at a gmail address, anyone who has access to
that gmail account can see any email you’ve sent to that account. notable
feature: self destructing messages
tutanota
https://tutanota.com/
location: germany
free plan: tutanota webmail offers 1 gb of free storage for private users.
availability: webmail access, ios, android, and amazon.com . currently,
mobile and amazon apps are free
log in: tutanota email address and password
languages: multiple, see site
what’s encrypted: contacts and all mails including subject, content and
attachments what’s visible to tutanota: metadata of email sender, recipient,
and date of email sending email to other providers: a notification is sent
with
a link to a temporary tutanota account. after entering a previously
exchanged password, the recipient can read the message and reply end-to-end
encrypted. notable feature: spam filters
tutanota
one thing to be aware of is that neither of these services will import
existing email from any other email program or service. protonmail will
upload and download contacts, while tutanota doesn’t have that option right
now.
tutanota does have an excellent faq and how-to section, while protonmail
has good but not as extensive information. both sites are easy to navigate.
either of these services should work for anyone looking for a secure email
service. both offer a wide variety of customization options and settings,
though they do differ in some features. look around at both and see which
one suits you best.
source: gizmo’s freeware
http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/two-free-encrypted-email-services-yo
u-might-want-use.htm
*6) a tour of apple’s ios and tvos tv app plus remote options for the
apple tv
in late 2016, apple released its long awaited tv app, which lets users
access both movies and television shows from a range of content providers.
instead of having to go to different apps to access different programs,
just go into
the tv app. (not all content can be accessed through the tv app. for
example, netflix, amazon, and natgeo wild are not available. as of this
writing, the tv app is only available in the united states.)
the tv app does not need to be downloaded, but will come pre-installed on
new phones and will replace the videos app on older phones as of ios 10.2.
therefore, your iphone, ipad, or ipod touch must be running ios 10.2 or
later and your apple tv must be 4th generation using tvos 10.1 or later. it
is assumed for this article that you are familiar with basic voiceover
commands for selecting items, moving around the screen, and using the
rotor.
furthermore, if using the tv app on the apple tv, you must be familiar with
navigating around the tv screen and making selections.
using the tv app on an ios device
the first time the app is opened, there will be a welcome screen. the next
time, the app will open with four tabs at the bottom of the screen:
library, watch now, store, and search.
library
the library tab contains a list of movies and television shows already
purchased from itunes. there are buttons labeled “tv shows” and “movies.”
activating either of these buttons will display a list of what’s in that
category.
using heading navigation quickly brings you to recently purchased shows and
recently purchased movies. directly under each heading is a button labeled
“see all.”
once you select a tv show or movie, a new screen will load with information
about it. there will be an option to download that selection. this will
allow you to watch without an internet connection and without using data.
once any content is downloaded, a “downloaded” button will appear below the
movies button. activating this button brings up a list of titles downloaded
to your device.
watch now
the watch now tab has two major headings, up next and browse by genre. the
up next section lets you pick up where you left off in a movie or tv show.
for example, i like the program “dr. jeff: rocky mountain vet” on
animal planet. if i don’t watch the most recent episode when it airs, it
appears the next day in the watch now section. all i have to do is double
tap on it and in a few seconds, the episode starts playing in the animal
planet go
app. (if i didn’t have the animal planet go app on my phone, the tv app
would send me to the app store to get it.) if i did not have animal planet
as part of my cable subscription, i would not have access to it. since i do,
i can
watch it for free. if i wanted to watch the show and i didn’t have the
animal planet go app, i could still purchase the episode from the itunes
store for $2.99. which apps you can get depends on your cable or satellite
subscription plan. see the section on the store tab for more details.
also in this section are movies and tv shows that i haven’t finished
watching, listed from newest to oldest.
the browse by genre section contains recommendations from apple based on
your apps and content history. categories include comedy, documentary, and
action. activating any of these genres brings up a list of suggested
content. double tapping on a suggestion will load information about the
selected movie or show along with a “play” button. if you’ve selected a tv
program, you may be given a selection of seasons.
store
the store tab is another way to get apps and content. this is where you
select individual apps to link with the tv app. not all apps are free. some
have both a free and paid version or require in-app purchases. if you
select a free
trial such as with hbo now, make sure you read the trial terms carefully
before getting the app.
at the top of the store screen are some recommendations. selecting a
recommendation will load a page in the itunes store for getting the
associated app. if you already have the associated app, the content will
start playing.
the first heading on the store page is “start watching now.” directly under
this section is another heading called “get instant access to hit tv shows
and movies.” under this heading are some subscription apps including hulu,
hbo now, and cbs. the basic cbs app is free, but an “all access” option
gives subscribers access to more content.
the next heading is “watch with your tv provider.” the next heading is “sign
in to find tv shows and movies you’ll love.” apps in this section include
abc, nbc, id go, history and food network. a limited number of tv providers

support apple’s single sign-on feature. if your provider does not support
this feature, you will need to sign into each app that you download.
below the app listing is a list of new releases on itunes. access this area
quickly with headings navigation.
search
the final tab is search. at the top of the page is an edit box for entering
search criteria. you can also search with siri. also in this tab are
headings for trending movies and trending tv shows.
using the tv app on apple tv
with a few exceptions, the tv app works similarly on an apple tv.
with tvos 10.1, the tv app has automatically been added to the apple tv 3rd
and 4th generation. by default, it is placed at the top left of all your
apps. you can set the home button on the siri remote to open the tv app
instead
of the home screen. by default, the button is set to the app. you can
change this by going to settings > remotes > devices > home button.
tabs on the tv app have a slightly different layout than in the ios version.
the watch now tab is first, followed by the library, store, and search
tabs.
watch now
the watch now tab contains the same information regarding shows or movies
you haven’t finished watching. if you want to play content from an app that
is on your ios device but not on your apple tv, you will need to
download the tv version of the app from the app store. for example, i have
had the ios version of animal planet go on my phone, but i needed to get
the apple tv version in order to watch their shows. as soon as i selected
the program on my apple tv, i was brought to the page to get the app.
if your content is from itunes, there is nothing else you need to do before
playing. activate the “play” button and within a few seconds, content
should begin playing.
library
all purchased content from itunes will be in your itunes library. once you
find content to play, activate the “play” button.
control your apple tv with an ios device or apple watch
if you are tired of keeping track of the apple tv remote or just want other
options, try controlling the tv with your iphone, ipad, ipod touch, or
apple watch.
using an ios device
the apple tv remote requires ios 9.3.2 or later. download the remote app
here . it might take practice
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/apple-tv-remote/id1096834193?mt=8
to get the feel of how ios and apple watch react when used as remotes.
review the app’s information to learn about using the app with older apple
tvs.
the first time you launch the remote app, you will be prompted to pair your
ios device with an apple tv. use the remote app to do this. both the tv and
the ios device must be on the same wi-fi network. you can use the ios
remote and the remote that comes with the tv interchangeably.
once the iphone, ipad, or ipod touch is paired, the main screen will load.
at the top left of the screen is the devices button. choosing it brings you
back to the pairing screen.
at the top part of the screen, flicking right from the devices button brings
you to the gesture area, where gestures are performed. the bottom part of
the screen has controls for menu, play/pause, home, and siri.
just above the device’s “home” button is the remote’s “home” button. above
that is the “menu” button. the “play/pause” button is to the left and the
“siri” button is to the right.
the “siri” button, which is near the bottom right of the screen, works a
little differently with the remote app. double tap and hold the button.
after hearing siri’s double chime, remove your finger and start speaking.
when content is playing, media controls are accessible. rewind is to the
left of the “menu” button and forward is to the right.
using an apple watch as a remote
the remote app is pre-installed on your watch. open it and select “add
device.”
pairing your apple watch is more complicated than pairing your ios device.
your watch and tv must be on the same wi-fi network. how you pair the watch
depends on which generation of apple tv you have:
fourth generation: settings > remotes and devices > remote app, then select
your apple watch
second or third generation: settings > general > remotes, then select your
apple watch
on your apple tv, with either the tv remote or your iphone remote, enter the
four-digit code that appears on the watch.
use the watch as a remote by first opening the remote app. once the watch is
connected, flicking right brings you to the gesture area. activate the
gesture area by double tapping the button. voiceover will start speaking
commands; double-tap to start using the gesture area. tap once to make a
selection and swipe to move. each time you want to use the gesture area
after using either the “menu” or “play/pause” buttons, you will need to
double
tap on the gesture area button.
flicking right past the gesture area brings you to the “menu” button.
flicking right again brings you to the “play/pause” button.
the bottom line
the tv app is an easy way to organize and have quick access to your movies
and tv shows. the ios device remote app and the apple watch remote app
provide good options if you don’t like the tv’s included remote. it is not
an
either/or decision. any combination of remotes can be used at the same
time.
author: janet ingber
access world magazine from american foundation for the blind

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The Difference Between MP3, AAC, FLAC and Other Audio Formats
https://www.maketecheasier.com/terms-of-service/
Author: Alexander Fox
23rd May 2017
With the “death” of MP3 greatly exaggerated, many folks have been wondering
what the apparently superior format, AAC, is all about. But AAC isn’t the
only format out there; there are plenty of other audio compression
formats that are widely available.
Is MP3 Dead?
MP3 is the most popular audio format in the world. It’s hard to nail down
exact statistics, but there’s a good chance that more devices support MP3
than any other audio format. The standard is far from dead. Rather, the
patent
on the technology has recently expired. Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated
Circuits , the firm that managed licensing the patent for MP3, recently
announced it would discontinue its patent licensing program and recommended

users move to AAC. Some outlets took that to mean the MP3 was “dead.” In
fact, the opposite is true: the MP3 format is now freely available to all.
How Does MP3 Work?
mp3_logo
MP3, or MPEG-2 Audio Layer III, is a compression standard for encoding
digital audio . It uses lossy data compression techniques that discard
non-essential data to shrink the size of an audio file. When compared to
audio files
taken from a CD, an MP3 can shrink file sizes by as much as 95% , which is
important for both bandwidth cost and storage considerations. The standard
focuses on removing audio that’s outside the range of human hearing and
implements principles of human sound perception, or ” psychoacoustics ,” to
identify and discard sounds that the human ear won’t miss.
What About AAC?
mp3-aac-flac-audio-aac
AAC stands for Advanced Audio Coding. It’s a proprietary audio compression
scheme with a lot in common with MP3. In fact, it was specifically designed
to be the successor to the MP3 format, offering better sound quality than
MP3 at the same bit rate. This means that AAC results in smaller file
sizes while maintaining the same audio quality. It uses the same principles
as MP3 for compression, discarding inaudible sounds and eliminating audio
based
on the psychoacoustic model.
Today, AACs are found as the audio component of the popular MPEG-4 video
container. It’s also the default audio format for services like YouTube and
widely supported by Apple and Sony. In contrast to MP3, however, the
format is under patent and must be licensed to use legally.
How Do Lossless and Uncompressed Formats Fit In?
audio-compression-hero
MP3 and AAC are both lossy formats, throwing away non-essential data to help
reduce file size. Not all formats follow this principle, however. Lossless
formats like FLAC or Windows Media Audio (WMA) compress audio using
fully-reversible compression techniques shared with the ZIP algorithm. This
shrinks file size while maintaining maximum quality. However, these formats
are not as widely supported as lossy formats.
Audio doesn’t have to be compressed, however. Uncompressed formats like WAV
and AIFF use pulse code modulation (PCM) to store data without alteration.
Files encoded this way are larger but offer perfect reproduction and
the greatest flexibility.
Are There Other Lossy Formats?
mp3-aac-flac-audio-comparision
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A wide variety of different lossy formats exist, with varying degrees of
popularity. Open-source formats like “Opus” use specialized techniques to
offer superior quality when compared to AAC, but support is comparatively
limited. Televisions and DVD players frequently use the Dolby AC-3
format for their audio. A wide variety of highly-compressed telephony
formats like BroadVoice exist to support digital phone calls and
voice-over-IP (VoIP)
communications. A few dozen other formats exist to fullfill specific niche
uses. But MP3 is more common than all these other formats combined.
Conclusion
AAC offers a better quality-to-compression ratio than MP3, but a lack of
ubiquitous support has held it back. And now that MP3 is free for public
use, it’s likely to maintain its position as the dominant lossy audio
format in the
years to come. I started reading about the “death” of the MP3 file format a
few weeks ago. I don’t believe it will die anytime soon, but if you’re
curious about the other audio file formats, as I was, here’s a good
overview that’s
not a very long read.

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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

1. After years of stagnation, low-income jobs join the recovery
https://www.csmonitor.com/USA/2017/0804/After-years-of-stagnation-low-income
-jobs-join-the-recovery

2. Retirement balances are up – a sign that Americans are saving more
http://www.hrdive.com/news/retirement-balances-are-up-a-sign-that-americans-
are-saving-more/448628/

3. Wyoming grapples with nursing shortage as boomers begin to retire
http://trib.com/news/state-and-regional/wyoming-grapples-with-nursing-shorta
ge-as-boomers-begin-to-retire/article_2b047ba4-21fc-5b8a-882a-663bb173bc72.h
tml

4. Era of aging baby boomers to ignite explosion in jobs in health care,
housing for
http://www.duluthnewstribune.com/news/4308011-era-aging-baby-boomers-ignite-
explosion-jobs-health-care-housing-seniors

5. Charter College Offers Paths to Rewarding Healthcare Careers
https://www.thurstontalk.com/2017/08/08/charter-college-offers-paths-rewardi
ng-healthcare-careers/

6. Greater Asian Region Posed for Massive Digital Advertising Growth –
Interview
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/greater-asian-region-posed-for-massive-d
igital-advertising_us_5989c545e4b030f0e267c776

7. Baby boomers receive huge pension windfall but retirement inequality
widens,
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/news/baby-boomers-huge-pension-wi
ndfall-retirement-inequality-widens-official-figures-final-salary-scheme-a78
82426.html

8. Cyber security tips for SMEs
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/connect/small-business/business-solutions/cyber-s
ecurity-tips-for-smes-web-chat/

9. Women of Excellence Need POWER!
http://markets.businessinsider.com/news/stocks/Women-of-Excellence-Need-P-O-
W-E-R-1002244796

10. Wenatchee one of nation’s best places to retire, Forbes says
http://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/wenatchee-one-of-nations-best-place
s-to-retire-forbes-says/

11. Workers needed
http://www.waupacanow.com/2017/08/09/workers-needed/#valet_ad

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How to help pottery teachers become more aware

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 help pottery teachers become more aware
By Donna J. Jodhan

There are several suggestions when it comes to giving pottery teachers some
hints on how to become more aware with regard to the needs of students with
disabilities.
Here are some hints to get you started.

1. Never assume that a pottery teacher will automatically know how to teach
someone with a disability. It is one of the greatest errors to be made.

2. Encourage communication and interaction between the teacher and the
student.

3. Encourage the student to describe their needs to the teacher.

4. Encourage the teacher to ask as many questions as possible and the
student to be open and honest with their responses.

5. A tour of the pottery area is always a great beginning.

6. Encourage the student and the teacher to explore projects that are easy
to work on and ones that the student would enjoy.

These are just some hints to get you started and they are extremely easy to
build on.

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Top articles of the week

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week.
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with current trends plus a lot more.
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Accessible Textbook Options for Students Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired
Jamie Pauls
For anyone reading this article, the phrase “back to school” is likely to be
rich in associations–going to a new school, taking new classes, finding
the right classroom on the first day of the new school year. For blind
students, making sure they have textbooks available in an accessible format
is definitely part of the challenge of starting a new year. As I reflect on
my own back-to-school experiences spanning many years, I can’t help
thinking about how much the landscape has changed with regard to textbook
accessibility. Technology has made more textbooks available to the blind
than at any other time, and in a variety of formats. Today, it is easy to
transport reading material without needing to carry a heavy backpack full of
braille volumes–yes, I did that as a high school student. Today, braille,
electronic, and audio material can coexist with ease, often in the same
electronic file.
In this article, we will take a brief look at the various options available
to blind students, and provide some resources for locating these materials.
1. Learning Ally:
http://www.learningally.org/

Having Someone On Your Side When You Need Accessible Textbooks
For 70 years, the non-profit organization known today as Learning Ally has
provided recorded textbooks for thousands of students who have a print
disability. Back in the late 70s, I actually remember receiving textbooks
from what was then known as RFB (Recording for the Blind, and later RFB&D,
Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic) on reel-to-reel tape. All of the
young people reading this may want to Google that phrase later. When I was
in college during the 80s, I vividly recall boxes of cassettes containing
many hours of recorded audio and, in some cases, volunteers playing musical
excerpts on a piano in order to get the material across to me in an
accessible manner. All descriptions were vividly–sometimes
painstakingly–described, as was the case for charts and graphs. There is
probably no way to know how many thousands of hours have been put in by
volunteers all across the United States, reading everything from literature
to complex scientific reference books aloud.
Eventually, books were moved to electronic formats, and it is now possible
to download content to a specialized player or app that can handle DAISY
content, or via the mobile apps provided by Learning Ally. Along with
recorded audio,
Read more about Daisy content here:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DAISY_Digital_Talking_Book

it is sometimes possible to read the text of the book as well, and all
Learning Ally books are marked up in such a way that students can navigate
by page, section, and subsection within a book. This is most helpful when
needing to quickly look up material. Gone are the days of switching out
cassettes and fast-forwarding to the desired content within a textbook.
Membership in Learning Ally costs $135 per year, but it may be possible to
receive assistance if you are unable to pay the cost of membership.
Accessible Textbooks in PDF Format
For the past 20 years or so, I have taught a Music Appreciation class at a
local community college. While some of the textbooks I have used over that
time have been available from Learning Ally, others have not been. Also, if
a textbook is available, it is often not the latest edition of the book.
This may work for a student, although it is not ideal, since page references
change from edition to edition, and material is updated, added, and deleted
over the years. For me as an instructor, it was necessary for me to always
use the latest edition of the textbook I was teaching from, so I reached
out to the publishers, and requested an electronic copy of the text. Almost
always, I was provided with PDF (Portable Document Format) files of the
text. PDF files are commonly used because the format makes it possible
possible to package text and images in files that are not terribly large.
While this is great for the sighted community, PDF files can be challenging
for people with visual impairments.
In a best-case situation, the blind student will receive PDF files that have
been marked up in such a way that text does not appear out of
place–columns being run together, or picture captions inserted in odd
places–and material hyperlinked to other parts of the text, or the
Internet. Often, however, PDF files will not be properly formatted for the
best reading experience with a screen reader. In this case, the student
will have to make the best of the situation. If the text is clear, and if
pictures are properly captioned, then the lack of hyperlinks may be only an
inconvenience. If text is out of order, and certain parts of the text such
as the buttons on a diagram of a piece of electronic equipment are not
labeled, things can get a bit more complicated.
Sometimes, a PDF file will contain an image of the text in a book, but not
the actual text itself. Think of taking a picture of a grocery list, rather
than typing the list into the notes application of your phone. In this
case, OCR (optical character recognition) software may be required to
convert the image in the PDF file into text that can be read by a screen
reader. Today’s OCR software, whether specialized for the blind or
mainstream, is increasingly able to produce quality results from an image
such as that found in a PDF file.
I have found book publishers to be quite willing to assist me in obtaining
electronic copies of their text, when they became aware that I was blind,
and why I needed the textbook in electronic format. Often, publishers offer
their books in a format that must be read by software they provide. This
software is often not accessible to screen readers, and the publishers must
be made to understand the problem. This sometimes takes time and patience.
Remember to be clear, concise, and courteous when talking to textbook
publishers. You may be the first blind person with whom the representative
on the other end of the line has ever spoken.
2. Obtaining Textbooks From Bookshare
https://www.bookshare.org/cms/

For years, Bookshare has been a place where blind people have been able to
obtain books of all types, including textbooks for students. In the
beginning, Bookshare received books from volunteers who scanned and
proofread books that were then placed on the website. Today, although
volunteer scanners and proofreaders are still a vital part of the service,
many works are now obtained directly from the publisher. It is also
possible to request books that can be scanned, proofread, and placed on
Bookshare to be enjoyed by all.
It costs $75 to join Bookshare for the first time, and $50 per year
thereafter, but students can use the service for free as long as they are
in school.
Bookshare provides ebooks in a variety of formats including DAISY,
electronic braille files, and EPUB , which allows for easy reading of books
on any number of mobile devices,
Read more about EPUB format here:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/EPUB

both mainstream and blindness-specific. Bookshare books are text only, and
do not contain an audio option.
Other Resources for Obtaining Accessible Textbooks for People Who Are Blind

3. BARD:
https://nlsbard.loc.gov/login/NLS

Although not primarily intended for this purpose, the National Library
Service’s BARD (braille audio reading and download) site sometimes
contains books that are used in the school setting. Books on music,
psychology, and computers are just a few possible topics. It is likely that
the latest edition of a textbook might not be available, but there might be
enough useful material available to get a student started in the right
direction.
It is sometimes possible to find books in hard-copy braille from places such
as BARD. When I was in college, I found an agency that produced braille
volumes for me at a nominal cost. The problem I found was that the books
took up a lot of room, and became out-of-date in just a few years. I
personally would not spend a lot of money having books produced in braille
today, unless it was a topic such as math that I really wanted to be able
to explore in a way that only hard-copy braille would allow.

4. VitalSource
https://www.vitalsource.com/

One of the textbooks I used when teaching my music appreciation class used
VitalSource , a provider of eTextbook content to distribute their book to
me. I eventually obtained the book in PDF format, so I didn’t use the site
for long. My brief experience was quite pleasant, however. I was able to
move around the book with no problem, and content was hyperlinked in a way
that provided easy access to the Internet and other parts of the text.
Amazon, Google, and Apple are all actively providing electronic texts on a
daily basis, and each of those companies is showing an increased commitment
to, and understanding of, the needs of those who have a print disability.
It would definitely be worth checking out any or all of these options when
looking for an accessible electronic textbook.

How to Find Accessible Electronic Textbooks
With so many accessible textbook options available these days, it is
important to have a resource that will pull all of this information
together in one place, making it possible to find out whether a textbook is
available in an accessible format, and where the book can be obtained.

1. The Louis database from the American Printing House for the Blind is
one such resource.
http://louis.aph.org/catalog/CategoryInfo.aspx?cid=152

It is possible to easily search the database for a desired textbook.
Detailed search results are provided, ensuring that you are in fact looking
at information related to the book you are interested in. You can view the
book’s table of contents, see what formats are available–sound, braille,
etc.–and know where to go in order to obtain the title.
The Bottom Line
Although it is still possible to come across a needed textbook that is not
available in an accessible format, it is less likely today than at any
other time. Publishers, content providers, and the blind community are all
working together to make as many titles accessible to the blind as
possible. If I were to go back to school today, I would be less stressed
about trying to find available accessible textbooks than I would have been
a few years ago. If the professional staff who work at schools across the
country and the students with visual impairments who attend those schools
are willing to work together, they should be able to work out the necessary
accommodations to access required printed material. When those materials
are not available, publishers will hopefully be willing to do their part to
meet the needs of the visually impaired student.
Here’s hoping that any future updates to this article are able to provide
even more resources for obtaining accessible textbooks for students with
visual impairments.
Source for article:
http://www.afb.org/afbpress/pubnew.asp?DocID=aw180702

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Coffee

During World War II the U.S. government used 260 million pounds of instant
coffee.

Flavored coffees are created after the roasting process by applying flavored
oils specially created to use on coffee beans.

In 1670, Dorothy Jones of Boston was granted a license to sell coffee, and
so became the first American coffee trader.

In 1727, as a result of seedlings smuggled from Paris, coffee plants first
were cultivated in Brazil.

Milk as an additive to coffee became popular in the 1680’s, when a French
physician recommended that cafe au lait be used for medicinal purposes.

Roasted coffee beans start to lose small amounts of flavor within two weeks.
Ground coffee begins to lose its flavor in one hour. Brewed coffee and
espresso begins to lose flavor within minutes.

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Top Google headlines of the week

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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

1. How to sell IT security effectively
http://www.channelpro.co.uk/opinion/10514/how-to-sell-it-security-effectivel
y

2. Small Businesses and Entrepreneurs on Amazon Sold More than 2 Billion
Items
http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20170731005398/en/Small-Businesses-Ent
repreneurs-Amazon-Sold-2-Billion

3. Every Generation Wants Meaningful Work – but Thinks Other Age Groups Are
in It for the Money
https://hbr.org/2017/07/every-generation-wants-meaningful-work-but-thinks-ot
her-age-groups-are-in-it-for-the-money

4. The Best Defense: Cyber security for small businesses and entrepreneurs
https://www.utahbusiness.com/best-defense-cyber-security-small-businesses-en
trepreneurs/

5. Data from ManpowerGroup suggests the demographic weight of Baby Boomers
and Gen Y is transforming
the employment landscape.
http://www.theglobalrecruiter.com/news/demand-for-flexi-work-leaves-other-to
-take-full-time-posts/8787

6. Retirement not an option for millions of Brits – and employers just
aren’t ready to
deal with it
http://www.mirror.co.uk/money/retirement-not-option-millions-brits-10918842

7. Mastercard and PayPal Expand Partnership in Asia Pacific to Spur Mobile
and
Digital Commerce
http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20170802006566/en/Mastercard-PayPal-Ex
pand-Partnership-Asia-Pacific-Spur

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Helpful tips for August 2017

Hello there and welcome to our monthly feature of all kinds of tips.
We at the business desk are pleased to bring you our monthly feature of a
plethora of tips that cover a wide range of topics.
All of our tips are designed to help you save time, cut down on your
research, and help you get ahead.
So go ahead and read on.
This week we bring you our monthly tips.
It’s what we do for a living! We help you to help yourself!
Enjoy!
From the business desk team at http://www.sterlingcreations.com.
Follow us on Twitter @accessibleworld

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Helpful tips for August 2017

In this issue:

General tips
From the pages of Donna’s travel diary
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General tips
Courtesy of the research team at http://www.sterlingcreations.ca

If you are having difficulty keeping your frying pans clean then here is a
suggestion for you:
First, wipe your frying pan with a paper towel in order to remove all grease
and other remnants.
Then wash in warm water with a bit of dish soap.

Using used tea bags:
Throw cool water over your used tea bag.
Let it stay for a few minutes.
Remove tea bag and then use water to pour over your plants.
This helps to keep insects away from your plants.

Okay, some safety tips for using car seats for your babies and toddlers:
If your baby is under six months – the car seat must be placed in your car
facing backwards.
If your toddler is over six months and under the age of four years – the car
seat can be placed either facing backwards or forwards.
Over four years but under five years – then the car seat must be placed
facing forwards.

A tip for being able to get better Facetime or Skype reception:
You should try to get as close as possible to a window when engaging in
these activities.

All right then, how to get more juice out of a lemon?
First, cut off the end of the lemon.
Next, cut down the middle of the lemon and presto!
Here comes your juice!

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From the pages of Donna’s travel diary
Things to consider before you leave home

Well as I say, it all depends on what kind of trip you are going on but no
matter what; never leave home without either your wallet or your credit
card. If you are going on an air or sea trip then naturally You’ll need to
pack your passport along with your travel itinerary.

I always carry a printed copy of my travel itinerary and as well either an
electronic copy that I can easily access from my Braille Sense or from my i
device. Sometimes, I may jot down the relevant info in braille and take it
along on easy to pack sized paper. That is, on cue cards if I have the time
to prepare this.

The one thing that I do not do is to store any personal info on my i device
in case that I may lose it. Such things would include my address book and
any banking details. Of course, my contacts list is on my i device so there
is not much that I can do to protect its existence except to ensure that my
i device is always by my side.

So what else would I recommend that you do not leave home without? Well,
here is my short list.
Pills for dealing with such ailments as upset stomachs, diarrhoea, and air
sickness. Aspirins, and something for headaches. Band-aids are also a good
idea to take along.

Don’t forget to pack the all important body lotions, facial products, and
shampoo. Then you’ll also need your tooth brush and your toothpaste. Some
ear drops would not hurt and ah yes! The usual mints and gum while you’re
at it. The comb and brush are also things not to forget.

Then there are the pins and a small sewing kit with self threading needles,
and some thread. You can’t take all of the colors with you but spools of
black, white, and brown thread are a good start.

Finally, a small pair of scissors, nail file, nail clipper, and a small pen
knife with the different implements; cork screw, bottle opener, etc.
Of course, there are other things to consider but this is a good start.

I’m Donna J. Jodhan enjoying my travels.

To learn more about me, visit
http://www.donnajodhan.com
On your next trip you could enrich your down time with some of my audio
mysteries. Take them with you wherever you go!
In the car, on the plane, on the bus or train, at the beach, anywhere!
Affordable, portable, (computer or i device) and you could either purchase
or Subscribe for unlimited access to my library at
www.donnajodhan.com/store.html
and you can now take advantage of our free downloads here.

If you enjoy podcasts then check out my weekly one called take another 5!
From recipes to apps, and from mystery moment to tips for entrepreneur and
scam alerts!
Available for download at www.donnajodhan.com/takeanother5.html

Follow me on Twitter @accessibleworld and at author_jodhan
And like me on Facebook at
www.facebook.com/donnajodhan and at www.facebook.com/authordonnajodhan

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Top Google headlines of the day

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 day

1. Reap in the lifestyle rewards of working from home
http://www.dailyliberal.com.au/story/4787995/reap-in-rewards-of-working-from
-home/

2. How retirees are changing Sydney’s economic power balance
http://www.smh.com.au/comment/how-retirees-are-changing-sydneys-economic-pow
er-balance-20170714-gxbd2m.html

3. Women, high on qualification but confined to homes
http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/economy/women-high-on-qualification-but-
confined-to-homes/article9771026.ece

4. The underserved and targeted: The shifting landscape of hacks and
cyberattacks
http://thehill.com/blogs/pundits-blog/technology/342348-the-underserved-and-
targeted-the-shifting-landscape-of-hacks

5. More Minnesota factories convincing employees to work past 65
http://www.startribune.com/more-minnesota-factories-convincing-employees-to-
work-past-65/434862753/

6. What do older generations want from customer service?
https://customerthink.com/what-do-older-generations-want-from-customer-servi
ce/

7. Older workers facing new reality, retiring later
http://www.newsherald.com/news/20170719/older-workers-facing-new-reality-ret
iring-later

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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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Your Phone Can Take Dictation.
If you have ideas or if things you want to remember come to you at the most
inopportune times: you can dictate voice memos on your iPhone. Third-party
apps and services that convert spoken words into
text files on iOS devices are plentiful in Apple’s online store, but
depending on when you need the transcribing to happen, you may not need to
download anything extra. For example, the Siri assistant
software built onto iOS can open the iPhone’s Notes app and transcribe your
words as you speak them. Hold down the iPhone’s Home button (or say ‘Hey
Siri’ to wake up the software), say ‘Make a new
note,’ and then speak your thoughts: reciting the punctuation like ‘period’
or ‘comma’ aloud. The resulting note can be emailed, copied, pasted or
shared with a compatible text app. Siri may be the
quickest way to dictate a quick set of thoughts without fumbling with other
apps, but if you do not use the Siri assistant, you can turn on the
Dictation tool in the iPhone’s Settings app. In Settings, go to
General and then to keyboard to find the Dictation option buried at the
bottom of the screen. When the setting is enabled, a small microphone
appears on the keyboard of text-entering apps like Notes,
Google Docs, Microsoft Word for iOS, or Apple’s own Pages word processor.
Free or inexpensive apps like the $3 Voice Assistant, Dragon Anywhere ($15 a
month) or the older (but free) Dragon
Dictation also convert speech to text. Keep in mind that with many
dictation apps, a recording of your voice is uploaded to the company’s
servers for software-based transcription. Converting live speech is
one thing, but if you have a collection of previously recorded memos you
want to translate into text, look for an app or service that allows you to
upload audio files for transcription. The Rev Voice Recorder,
SpeakWrite and TranscribeMe for iOS are among the free apps that can do
this, but you need to pay for the transcription; fees typically range from
about 79 cents to $1 per minute of audio.
Another source for dictation app reviews can be found at
www.AppleVis.com
Some suggestions to improve your dictation skills:
Here’s the biggest challenge for dictation: when you dictate your thoughts
into a computer or mobile application, you have to think about what you are
going to say before you
say it. Dictating text doesn’t necessarily improve your writing skills, it
just alleviates the task of manual typing.
Using the dictation option also does better when you speak entire phrases
and sentences at a time, instead of single words. To add punctuation, you
can use commands like
“period,” “comma,” “new paragraph,” and “new line.” Like any word processor,
and it will start a new line for you as you dictate.
Dictation Commands for iOS & OS X
These are to be spoken when Dictation is active:
* “All Caps” to capitalize all of only the next word (e.g. START)
* “Caps” to capitalize the next word (e.g. Start)
* “Upper Case [letter]” for making a spelling out acronyms (e.g.
SAT)
* “Caps On” to turn on caps lock
* “Caps Off” to turn off caps lock
* “No Caps” to use no capitals with the word
* “Numeral [number]” to type the number rather than word
* “New Paragraph” to create a new paragraph
* “New Line” to insert and start a new line
Adding things like periods and commas can be done automatically by pausing
in speech, or, usually more accurately, by just simply saying aloud the
punctuation needed.

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End of the MP3 Music Format
“End of an era as mp3 music format popularised by the iPod is officially
discontinued [Update] |
reports that what Fraunhofer IIS fails to mention is that the last of the
patents expired, and this is the reason that it is no longer licensing the
format.]
More than 25 years after it was first developed , the mp3 format for
digital music has been officially discontinued. The Fraunhofer Institute,
the main organization responsible for licensing the encoders and decoders,
has today
announced that it ceased doing so late last month.
Apple was of course in large part responsible for popularizing the format,
but also played a role in its demise .
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It was Apple’s iPod which transformed digital music players from a niche
product used mostly by techies to a mainstream device when it launched in
2001. But it wasn’t long before Apple moved on, offering support for the
superior AAC format in 2003.
Fraunhofer IIS says that AAC has effectively now superceded mp3.
Most state-of-the-art media services such as streaming or TV and radio
broadcasting use modern ISO-MPEG codecs such as the AAC family or in the
future MPEG-H. Those can deliver more features and a higher audio quality
at
much lower bitrates compared to mp3.
Apple came under fire for embedding FairPlay digital rights management (DRM)
into its own version of AAC, with several antitrust lawsuits alleging that
Apple was illegally preventing iTunes customers from switching to
competitor devices. The lawsuits were eventually combined, and Apple won.
There was also a cat-and-mouse game between Apple and third-party apps
designed to removed the protection.
In 2007, Apple discontinued the use of DRM, instead embedding a purchase
receipt into the AAC file so that the origin could be traced if it was
shared on peer-to-peer networks.
The format itself is likely to be around for a number of years yet as it’s
used by many existing devices, and new ones will now be possible without
licenses.”
Author: Ben Lovejoy
– May. 15th 2017
Article Source link:
https://9to5mac.com/2017/05/15/mp3-licensing-discontinued/

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