Straight from the March Apple Vis newsletter

Welcome to the March 2021 edition of AppleVis Unlimited, our monthly
newsletter which highlights what’s new and noteworthy
on the AppleVis website. Below, you’ll find a selection of the best content
posted to AppleVis by members of the community –
from new app entries, to app updates, to the latest news and podcasts.
We are pleased to highlight the newest apps.
…. New and Noteworthy App Entries

1. Blind Drive (iOS/iPadOS, US$3.99)
This game is like nothing you’ve played before.

Did you ever drive blindfolded? Now’s your chance!

Blind Drive is a unique one-of a kind experience: an audio-based, black
comedy arcade action game.

The entire game is experienced through your ears. You’re blindfolded and
going against traffic. Cars rushing past, angry drivers yelling at you. Cops
on your tail. And you can’t see a thing. Listen carefully now – do your
ears have what it takes?

Current Version: 1.0.01 (March 15, 2021)
Read Blind Drive’s AppleVis App Directory entry for more information
https://www.applevis.com/apps/ios/games/blind-drive
Visit Blind Drive’s App Store page
https://apps.apple.com/us/app/blind-drive/id964294239

2. iCanSee world (iOS/iPadOS, Free With In-App Purchases)

The software “I can see” – intended for use by blind or visually
impaired people to help them navigate in space and help them find the right
objects.

The software product «I can see» uses artificial neural networks, in such
a way as to recognize different objects in a house, objects on the street,
clothing, food, animals, plants, mushrooms and more.

1) This application intended for use by blind or visually impaired people
to help them navigate in space, find the right objects, and also explore
our world in more detail.
2) One of the big pluses is the ability to recognize different objects in
real time.
3) Identification of objects using a trained artificial neural network.
4) All recognizable objects will be called voice, it allows the blind
person to understand what object is in front of him.
5) Function of current time.
6) Function of suspension of objects recognition.
7) Night mode. Even at night this program can recognize the objects.
8) Function of searching the object: say the object name, and after a
couple of seconds the program will searching object. As soon as the
object is detected, the program will report this.
9) Thematic filters adapt the program for your environment.
10) To recognize objects, you don’t need an internet connection!

Current Version: 3.2.11 (April 25, 2018)
Read iCanSee world’s AppleVis App Directory entry for more information
https://www.applevis.com/apps/ios/utilities/icansee-world
Visit iCanSee world’s App Store page
https://apps.apple.com/us/app/icansee-world/id1302090656

3. NetNewsWire (macOS, Free)
NetNewsWire is the best way to keep up with the sites and authors you read
most regularly. Let NetNewsWire pull down the latest articles, and read them
in a distraction-free and Mac-like way.

* Native Interface… NetNewsWire looks right at home in OS X 10.8
* Find Later… Bookmark individual articles, mark sites as your favorites,
and search everything.
* Sharing… Send articles to Instapaper, Twitter, or Facebook.
* Popular Feeds… If you’re just getting started, NetNewsWire can
suggest some great reading material.
* Distraction-free… Reading articles in a browser means putting up with
ads and sidebars. NetNewsWire focuses on content.
* Tabs… For the true reading lover, NetNewsWire easily keeps track of
multiple articles open at the same time.

Current Version: 6.0 (March 28, 2021)
Read NetNewsWire’s AppleVis App Directory entry for more information
https://www.applevis.com/apps/mac/news/netnewswire
Visit NetNewsWire’s website https://netnewswire.com/

4. Newsbite (iOS/iPadOS, Free With In-App Purchases)

A modern RSS newsreader for iPhone and iPad, with features to help you find
the news you are interested in, and no creepy tracking or advertising:

* Add Home Screen widgets showing articles from your folders, feeds,
topics, tags or searches.
* Discover feeds published by your favourite news website or blog using the
built-in browser.
* Setup notifications to alert you when new articles appear in your feeds.
* Create rules to automatically like, read, tag, or hide certain articles.
* Filter articles by unread, today only, tag, or media type.
* Add articles to the Reading List for later.
* Use the built-in reading list or external services, supports Pocket,
Instapaper, and Safari Reading List.
* Automatically find the most written about topics from your feeds during
the last day, week or month.
* Load the full article content for feeds that don’t include the full
text in the feed.
* Multiple image, audio, and video attachment playback.
* 3 column layout on iPad with new sidebar, redesigned for iPadOS 14.
* Pointer support from iPadOS 13.4 onwards.
* Sync your feeds and topics, plus article reads and likes using iCloud, no
additional account or login needed.
* If you have more than one device synced to the same iCloud account you
can nominate one of them to be the ‘Primary Device’. The primary
device is responsible for downloading new articles from your feeds, other
devices will sync via iCloud. This can help preserve battery life on
other devices, and improve sync reliability.
* Keep articles indefinitely, even when removed from the feed.
* Organise your feeds into folders using drag and drop.
* Choose custom font, size, spacing, alignment, and theme for reading
articles.
* Supports RSS, Atom, and JSON feed formats.
* Updates feeds in the background.

Current Version: 2.1.7 (March 4, 2021)
Read Newsbite’s AppleVis App Directory entry for more information
https://www.applevis.com/apps/ios/news/newsbite
Visit Newsbite’s App Store page
https://apps.apple.com/us/app/newsbite/id1478566472

5. Steps – Activity Tracker (iOS/iPadOS, Free With In-App Purchases)

Track how far you walk and how many steps you take. Always on, works on all
iPhones.

Steps is a pedometer and activity tracker. It shows you just how much
you’re moving in a simple, elegant way. Set a goal. As you walk, the colors
change to show your progress like a sunrise. No noise, no extra gadget to
wear and nothing to distract you.

Everyone should walk 10,000 steps every day for their health, but many of us
don’t go that far. With Steps, you can easily track how far you go every
day, set a goal, and get moving!

WHY STEPS

* Clear, uncluttered design and changing color tells you at a glance how
far you’ve gone today
* Easily set and adjust goals
* Calorie tracking, customized for your body and activity
* Track and share your full activity history
* Customize to match your style with themes
* Check in quickly from your Apple Watch or Notification Center on your
iPhone
* Integrates with Apple Health to combine data from your Apple Watch or
other connected devices

Current Version: 1.7.13 (March 19, 2021)
Read Steps – Activity Tracker’s AppleVis App Directory entry for more
information
https://www.applevis.com/apps/ios/health-and-fitness/steps-activity-tracker
Visit Steps – Activity Tracker’s App Store page
https://apps.apple.com/us/app/steps-activity-tracker/id708359518

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

iOS/iPadOS 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=watch_directory
Apple TV https://www.applevis.com/apps/latest?type=tv_directory

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Helpful tips for April – keep up with the latest

Helpful tips for April 2021

In this issue:

General tips
Articles of the day
* Twelve Nontoxic Cleaning Product Recipes for Kitchen Use
* house rules for cleaning silver in the dishwasher
From the pages of Donna’s travel diary
* a review of the Rex hotel in ST. Lucia

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

Scams of the month:
Before giving you our scam tips of the month, here are some very valueable
tips.
You need to remember that scams come in the following formats:
As emails, as phone calls both recorded and via a live caller, and o yes!
It can even show up at your door and in your mailbox.
And now they are targeting us through texts being sent to our cell phones.

Before giving you the latest scams making the rounds; we have some do nots
to share with you.
Do not respond to emails that look strange to you.
Do not download attachments from unknown senders.
Do not share your username and password to your online banking and any other
online payments facilities with anyone.
Do not give out any banking or personal details on the phone to unknown
callers.
Do not pay any attention to threats from automated phone recordings or from
live persons with regard to your credit card or that you owe money to any
revenue agency.
Do not entertain any offers either via email or by phone from senders and
callers offering incredible service packages as they may pertain to cable
and tv services, prizes that you have won, or any sort of any type of
service package.
Do not answer the door to unknown callers.
Take extra caution to make sure that the details of your credit cards and
debit cards are fully protected when you make payments at restaurants or at
stores, pharmacies, and elsewhere.
Do not enter your password for Facebook or Twitter in response to a text
request on your cell phone.
The same if you are asked for your Apple ID.
Do not fall prey to a text message telling you that your banking details
have been compromised online.

Well, that nagging and irritatingscam is still with us!
I am referring to the automated phone call telling us that our Visa card has
been compromised with eronious transactions.
Just hang up the minute you hear this message.
Nothing else to do.

Some interesting info about todlers!
They never over eat!
They only eat as much as they want!

An important tip about diverticulitis!
It occurs whenever bits of nuts and popcorn kernels get stuck in the folds
of your left bowel.
The pain is severe and if not treated quickly can cause damage to the
stomach and you would need to be hospitalized and placed on antibiotics.
It can even become life threatening.

About fresh water turtles!
They do not survive in cold water.
They need to be rescued the minute the water temp gets too cold.
This is what happened to them recently during the emergency in Texas in
February.

The top four countries with the happiest people?
1. Iceland.
2. Finland.
3. Denmark.
4. Switzerland.

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Articles of the day
Chosen by the Business Desk team

Contributed by Dan Thompson
Twelve Nontoxic Cleaning Product Recipes for Kitchen Use

1, For a simple,
all-purpose counter cleaner
, mix together equal parts vinegar and water in a spray bottle. If your
countertop is made from marble, granite, or stone, skip the vinegar (its
acidity is no good for these
surfaces) and
use rubbing alcohol
or the wondrous
power of vodka
instead.
2. Cutting Boards
Talk about non-toxic: All that’s needed to
clean and sanitize cutting boards
(wood or plastic) is… a lemon! Cut it in half, run it over the surfaces, let
sit for ten minutes, and then rinse away. If you need some serious
scrubbing power, sprinkle some coarse or Kosher salt over the board, and
then rub with ½ a lemon.
3. Oven
To
clean stubborn, caked-on food out of the oven
, just heat the over to 125 degrees and grab your spray bottle of vinegar
(see “countertops” above). Once the oven is warm, spray the caked-on stuff
until it’s lightly
damp and then pour salt directly onto the affected areas. Turn off the oven,
let it cool, and then use a wet towel to scrub away at the mess. If that
doesn’t cut it, follow the same instructions but try use baking soda
in place of salt (just let it sit for a few minutes before scrubbing).
4. Garbage Disposal
This one is
so cool
. Pour 1 cup of vinegar into an ice cube tray and top off the slots with
water. Once they’re frozen, toss a few down the disposal and let it
run—doing so should remove any food that was stuck to
the blades.
5. Microwave
It’s easy to overlook the microwave while cleaning, but man can it get gross
in there. To
combat the gunk
, pour some vinegar into a small cup and mix in a little lemon juice (exact
amounts don’t really matter). Put
the cup in the microwave, let the microwave run for 2 minutes, and leave the
door closed for several more minutes. Finally, open the door and simply wipe
down all the sides with a warm cloth or sponge—no
scrubbing required!
6. Sink Drain
To
unclog a stuffed-up drain
, start by boiling about 2 cups of water. Pour ½ cup of baking soda into the
drain, and then add the water while it’s still nice and hot. If that doesn’t
do the trick, follow the baking soda
with ½ cup of vinegar, cover it up tightly (a pot lid should work nicely),
wait until the fizzing slows down (when baking soda and vinegar come in
contact, they’ll react by fizzing) and then add one gallon of boiling
water.
7. Pan De-Greaser
To
cut through the grime on frying pans
, simply apply some salt (no water necessary) and scrub vigorously.
8. Cast-Iron Pans
Kitchen professionals are pretty against using soap, steel wool, or
dishwashers to clean cast-iron pans. Luckily, there’s an alternative way to
tackle cast-iron grossness
: combine olive oil and a teaspoon of coarse
salt in the pan. Scrub with a stiff brush, rinse with hot water, and you’re
done!
9. Dishwasher Detergent
If you’re lucky enough to have a dishwasher,
simply mix together
1 cup of liquid castile soap and 1 cup of water (2 teaspoons of lemon juice
optional) in a quart-size glass jar. Add some of this mixture to one
detergent compartment of the dishwasher, and fill the other compartment with
white vinegar.
10. Dish Soap
If
washing dishes by hand
, simply combine 1 cup of liquid castile soap and 3 tablespoons water (a few
drops of essential oil optional) in a bottle of your choice. Shake well and
use like you would any other dish
soap.
111. Refrigerator Cleaner
To clean what is perhaps the toughest of all kitchen “gross spots,”
reach for the baking soda
. Add about ½ cup of the white stuff to a bucket of hot water. Dip a clean
rag in the mixture and use it to wipe down the
fridge’s insides.
12. Bleach
For
serious disinfectant power
, mix ½ cup baking soda, 1 teaspoon castile soap, and ½ teaspoon hydrogen
peroxide. Use a cloth to apply the mixture to a wet surface, scrub, and then
rinse thoroughly.
Source: ” Being healthy doesn’t have to suck, right?”
http://greatist.com/health/27-chemical-free-products-diy-spring-cleaning

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house rules for cleaning silver in the dishwasher
i grew up being fearful of the oddest things. i wasn’t bold enough to
question why, so i just did as i was told. here’s one: never, ever put good
dishes or silver flatware in
the dishwasher. ever! i didn’t know what would happen if i did, but you can
be sure that my fear of the unknown made certain i didn’t come close to
finding out. until my
rebellious years.
once i had my own china and my own silver, i was reckless enough to believe
i wouldn’t go to jail if i violated this particular “thou shalt not!” i was
reminded of what i’ve
learned about putting silver in the dishwasher when the following question
showed up in my inbox:
dear mary: i have a set of silver flatware that i use daily. i notice that
after a few times through a normal cycle, the pieces become very tarnished.
it is not a particularly
good set, just a nice set of flatware for daily use. do you think that the
dishwashing detergent is tarnishing the silver? annedear anne: your silver
plate or sterling silver
pieces can go in the dishwasher and come out beautiful as long as you follow
a few specific guidelines. case in point:
my small pie server is one of my favorite things. i love it for its
size and just the way it feels in my hand. i use it daily and it goes in the
dishwasher every evening—by itself in its own little compartment so that it
is not touching any
other type of metal. since i inherited it many years ago i have done nothing
to it but use it, clean it and enjoy it.
as for your flatware, i’m going to guess that what you see is not tarnish
but rather a reaction that occurs when silver comes in contact with other
types of metal in the
dishwashing process (see rule 3 below).
first, it’s important to know that when it comes to silver, cleaning and
polishing are not the same thing. polishing should be a very occasional
activity while cleaning is
something you do to your silver after every meal. the dishwasher is an
excellent way to take of cleaning.
tarnish is the result when sulphur in the air reacts with silver. if you
have silver pieces that are very tarnished, you need to give them a good
polish (simichrome
polish and hagerty silversmith’s spray polish are both highly regarded for
fine silver care). once polished, frequent use is the best way to prevent
tarnish build-
up.
here are good house rules for how to clean silver in the dishwasher (care of
silverplate is the same as for sterling):
rule 1. only solid flatware and pieces in the dishwasher. that means no
pearl handles, items with glue joints or weighted/reinforced items.
rule 2. rinse off immediately after use. don’t let food sit on silver as it
may cause corrosion or pitting.
rule 3. don’t let the silver pieces touch any other type of metal, including
stainless, which will leave marks on your silver that are very difficult to
remove. (it will
require a good silver polish like those mentioned above and a lot of elbow
grease.) you can put silver in the same dishwasher load as stainless, just
in a
different flatware compartments. never allow the two materials to come into
direct contact.
rule 4. when washing silver in the dishwasher, stick with the normal or
delicate cycle, not heavy-duty scrubber or high-temp sanitizing type
options.
rule 5. do not use automatic dishwasher detergent that contains lemon,
citrus or phosphates when washing silver.
now that the silver is clean, use it and enjoy it!
by mary hunt on 11/03/16
ww.everydaycheapskate.com

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Special note from Donna Jodhan:
The Covid choke hold is not going to last for ever and when it does finally
subside we will be ready to embrace favourite haunts and to visit favourite
places.
The world will be a new place in which to live but it will be a better one.
So let’s get ready to welcome and embrace travel once more.

From the pages of Donna’s diary
A review of the Rex hotel in St. Lucia

Introduction:
Since 2011 my mom and I have been spending our summer getaway at the Rex
Hotel in St. Lucia. We have made this an annual event and we both enjoy it
greatly and it is why we continue to travel to this wondrous spot in the
Caribbean.

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 :
Access to the restaurant could be described as a bit of a mixed bag. It is
a bit of a walk to get to the restaurant but thank goodness there are not
very many steps to make it difficult for those with mobility challenges.

The tables are well spaced so getting in and out of one’s chair is easy.
Sea bathing is simply marvellous with the beach so close at hand and it is
one of the best beaches that St. Lucia has to offer.
You can swim to your heart’s content; either in the wide open sea or in the
hotel’s swimming pool.

About Hotel staff:
Staff are extremely well trained not just in the rudiments of customer
service but how to go out of their way to be accommodating to those of us
with special needs.

My meals:
The cuisine at this hotel is simply out of this world; a true combination of
French Caribbean cuisine.

Any suggestions?
I have none! Just keep it up.

Contact info:
St. Lucian by Rex Resorts
REDUIT BEACH , Castries
Tel : 7584528351 Fax : 7584528351
Email : RES.MRIUSA@REXRESORTS.COM
Website :
www.rexresorts.com

I’m Donna J. Jodhan enjoying my travels.

To learn more about me as a sight loss coach and more, 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 http://www.donnajodhan.com/takeanother5.html

Follow me on Twitter @accessibleworld and at author_jodhan
And like me on Facebook at
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A review of the Pride of America cruise ship

A review of the Pride of America cruise ship

Special note from Donna Jodhan
No one knows when the Covid choke hold will be gone so we are going to hope
and stay positive and continue to remember and look forward to resuming
great traveling.

Introduction:
In February 2020 I had the pleasure of enjoying a wonderful cruise of the
Hawaiian Islands aboard the Pride of America cruise ship.
On the whole I was extremely pleased with the warm and welcoming atmosphere
and good thing that I took my trip before the Covid virus struck.

Now with the travel world waiting anxiously for Covid to loosen its
chokehold; it would be interesting to see how this cruise ship does moving
forward.

So how would I rate their services? With 1 being the lowest and 5 being the
highest, here are my ratings.
Service desk assistance – 4.5
Assistance for guests with special needs – 4.5
Assistance at restaurant – 4.5

Remarks :
Access to the restaurants was extremely user friendly for a vision impaired
person and navigating among the tables was not very difficult.
There was lots of space between eating stations.

About ship staff:
From restaurant staff to cabin cleaning staff; they were all very
accommodating, friendly and eager to assist.
The service desk staff was also extremely helpful and there was enough staff
around the ship so that one did not get lost.
Folks were just so friendly.

My meals:
Excellent, sumptuous, plentiful, and very enjoyable.

Any suggestions?
I can only wish this cruise ship the very best when it finally returns from
the Covid lock down.

To learn more about me as a sight loss coach visit www.donnajodhan.com

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How to make a class on gardening accessible – helping to cope with Covid

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 a class on gardening accessible

This could be a very good way for you to help others deal with the present
Covid challenges.

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!

You would be absolutely amazed to learn how the offering of a class on
gardening could or would have the potential of creating some new revenue for
you.
And who could be some of the potential students?

Retirees, seniors, and even professionals. What you need to do is to
develop a course that is easy to follow; relatively accessible to your
potential students. This would be the perfect time of the year to nip it in
the bud so to speak.
Here are some tips.

1. Early spring is the best time to remind potential students about the
wonders of learning how to garden.
2. Make your classes easy to follow and simple to implement.
3. Make your gardening classes rich in basic content.
4. Start from the very beginning.
5. Provide content in electronic formats, audio formats and don’t leave out
the descriptive brochures as well.
6. Include both indoor and outdoor gardening tips.

This should be a good start for you.

To contact me please send an email to info@sterlingcreations.ca
I’m Donna J. Jodhan (sight loss coach)

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Straight from the Apple Vis online newsletter

Welcome to the February 2021 edition of AppleVis Unlimited, our monthly
newsletter which highlights what’s new and noteworthy
on the AppleVis website. Below, you’ll find a selection of the best content
posted to AppleVis by members of the community –
from new app entries, to app updates, to the latest news and podcasts.
We are pleased to highlight the newest apps.
…. New and Noteworthy App Entries

1. Blinded Chef (iOS/iPadOS, US$0.99)

Audio game fully accessible to blind and visually impaired people.

Blinded Chef doesn’t use Voice Over, so you should turn it off.

Take control of a chef and lead him from a street hot dog vendor to a head
chef in a restaurant. Test your hearing, reaction and memory! Play, cook,
find new dishes and earn achievements. For those who find the game too easy,
there is a hardcore mode inside.

Inside you will find:

* 5 dishes
* normal and hardcore modes
* random trial
* achievements
* leaderboard

Rules:

* Listen and remember which ingredients you need to make a dish, swipe in
the appropriate direction to select the required ingredient and confirm
your choice with a swipe up.
* All ingredients are in different groups and the more complex the dish,
the more groups and ingredients.

Current Version: 1.0 (February 27, 2021)
Read Blinded Chef’s AppleVis App Directory entry for more information
https://www.applevis.com/apps/ios/games/blinded-chef
Visit Blinded Chef’s App Store page
https://apps.apple.com/us/app/blinded-chef/id1554898308

2. DeyesFree (watchOS, Free)

>What is DeyesFree?
>
>DeyesFree is a simple dice roller app, designed for allowing users to play
>simple dice games with nothing but the Apple Watch.
>
>What makes DeyesFree different?
>
> * The app announces dice rolls in clear, human speech. No more looking at
> the app display while trying to play your game. Focus your eyes on the
> game instead.
> * Change the desired number of dice faces or number of dice with a swipe.
> The app will announce your new dice configuration.
> * This app has been designed from the ground up to be accessible by
> everyone. A certified Accessibility specialist has vetted this app to
> ensure usability and compliance with all applicable standards.
>
>Using DeyesFree
>
>Simply swipe left and right to choose the number of faces for your dice,
>swipe up and down to choose the number of dice you wish to roll. Tap
>anywhere on the screen with one finger or shake your watch to roll the
>dice.
>It’s that simple!
>
Current Version: 1.2 (February 23, 2021)

Read DeyesFree’s AppleVis App Directory entry for more information
https://www.applevis.com/deyesfree
Visit DeyesFree’s App Store page
https://apps.apple.com/us/app/deyesfree/id1551470604

3. Mp3tag (macOS, US$19.99)
Mp3tag is a powerful and easy-to-use tool to edit metadata of audio files.
Musicians, DJs, podcasters, and audio-enthusiasts use it for many different
aspects of handling audio files.

It supports batch tag-editing for multiple files at once, covering many
audio formats from MP3, over MP4, and M4V (yes, that’s video!) to FLAC,
OGG, OPUS, AIF, DSF, MPC, and WAV.

Furthermore, it supports online database lookups from Discogs and
MusicBrainz, allowing to gather proper tags and download cover art for music
libraries.

It offers renaming files based on the tag information, replacing characters
or words in tags and filenames, importing tag information, and adjusting the
size and image format of embedded cover art.

Since some of the tasks in managing a digital library are repetitive, Mp3tag
allows for combining tasks into action groups, which serve as workflows for
keeping consistency and order. Examples are formatting tag fields,
performing case conversion, removing unwanted fields, or adjusting embedded
cover art to match required sizes.

Current Version: 1.0.1 (February 26, 2021)
Read Mp3tag’s AppleVis App Directory entry for more information
https://www.applevis.com/apps/mac/music/mp3tag
Visit Mp3tag’s App Store page
https://apps.apple.com/app/mp3tag/id1532597159?mt=12

4. Palabra Cadabra: The Anagram Game (iOS/iPadOS, US$2.99)
>Palabra Cadabra, the Anagram Game is the new multilanguage game in which
your mind will be put to the test. Can you discover the words inside other
words to score points and increase the tension of the music?

* The clock is ticking! Tick tack… You have 60 seconds to discover the
anagrams inside a word, and earn more time when you discover each one;
* The music and rhythm complexity change as your score increases;
* Listen to sound effects which inform you of your score, mistakes and time
remaining;
* Are you learning Spanish or Catalan? Change the language of the words
right from within the app without changing your device language (more
languages soon!;
* brag about your highest scores with your friends;
* Use your Bluetooth keyboard or the big onscreen keyboard provided;
* Fully accessible to voiceover users and persons with and without
disabilities.

Current Version: 2.0.1 (February 15, 2021)
Read Palabra Cadabra: The Anagram Game’s AppleVis App Directory entry for
more information
https://www.applevis.com/apps/ios/games/palabra-cadabra-anagram-game
Visit Palabra Cadabra: The Anagram Game’s App Store page
https://apps.apple.com/us/app/palabra-cadabra/id1552837928

5. Serania (iOS/iPadOS, Free With In-App Purchases)

Escape the Blackblades and search for answers about your mysterious past in
this new, fresh take on the text-based role playing genre.

You can play the first 1/4 of the game for free. If the game is for you, you
can buy access to the full story.

Experience the adventure in a flow that never gets too heavy. You are free
to explore the world of the story and build your character.

Meet other characters, manage your inventory, go on missions and fight
deadly battles. Follow the clues and find out the truth about your ancestry.

Current Version: 1.1.8 (February 24, 2021)
Read Serania’s AppleVis App Directory entry for more information
https://www.applevis.com/apps/ios/games/serani
Visit Serania’s App Store page
https://apps.apple.com/us/app/id1379112478

6. Space Wave Race (iOS/iPadOS, US$2.99)
Only the true heroes of space can become champions of Space Wave Race: the
intergalactic championship that will take you to challenge the best pilots
in the galaxy!

LISTEN, MOVE AND SHOOT TO BEAT YOUR ENEMIES IN THE GREAT SPACE RACE

Fly through a myriad solar systems, space ruins, unknown engineering
structures, asteroids and incandescent stars to win the battle. Be the first
in this intrepid running race fighting your enemies. Prove what galactic
material you are made of!

Enjoy the experience playing with different spaceships designed for battle.
Unlock more spaceships by playing the game.

Includes several game modes with different complexities and gameplay:
Championship Mode, Single Race Mode, Endless Galactic Mode.

Space Wave Race has been developed to be fully accessible, including modes
for players with reduced mobility, visual and/or hearing impairment and
dyslexia. Expressly created to enjoy the experience without losing a single
detail in all conditions.

Current Version: 1.5 (February 3, 2021)
Read Space Wave Race’s AppleVis App Directory entry for more information
https://www.applevis.com/apps/ios/games/space-wave-race
Visit Space Wave Race’s App Store page
https://apps.apple.com/us/app/space-wave-race/id1508525481

All recent app entries posted to AppleVis can be found at:
iOS/iPadOS 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=watch_directory
Apple TV https://www.applevis.com/apps/latest?type=tv_directory

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Helpful tips for March 2021 – there’s something for you

Helpful tips for March 2021

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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In this issue:

General tips
Articles of the day
* Fabric Softener Products are the Problem Not the solution
* Seven of the Most Common (and most useful) non-toxic cleaning products
From the pages of Donna’s travel diary
* a review of the INN on the Forkes hotel

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

Scams of the month:
Before giving you our scam tips of the month, here are some very valueable
tips.
You need to remember that scams come in the following formats:
As emails, as phone calls both recorded and via a live caller, and o yes!
It can even show up at your door and in your mailbox.
And now they are targeting us through texts being sent to our cell phones.

Before giving you the latest scams making the rounds; we have some do nots
to share with you.
Do not respond to emails that look strange to you.
Do not download attachments from unknown senders.
Do not share your username and password to your online banking and any other
online payments facilities with anyone.
Do not give out any banking or personal details on the phone to unknown
callers.
Do not pay any attention to threats from automated phone recordings or from
live persons with regard to your credit card or that you owe money to any
revenue agency.
Do not entertain any offers either via email or by phone from senders and
callers offering incredible service packages as they may pertain to cable
and tv services, prizes that you have won, or any sort of any type of
service package.
Do not answer the door to unknown callers.
Take extra caution to make sure that the details of your credit cards and
debit cards are fully protected when you make payments at restaurants or at
stores, pharmacies, and elsewhere.
Do not enter your password for Facebook or Twitter in response to a text
request on your cell phone.
The same if you are asked for your Apple ID.
Do not fall prey to a text message telling you that your banking details
have been compromised online.

The Visa scam is still around!
If you receive an automated phone call telling you that eronious charges
have been made to your credit card, just ignore and hang up!

The cab meter scam?
Do not fall prey when a cab pulls up next to you on the sidewalk asking you
if you could help out as follows.
The customer in the car tells you that they do not have their bank card.
They offer you cash in return for you to pay the equivalent of their bill
with your bank card.
They take your bank card, make a copy of it, and hand you back a false bank
card looking just like yours.
Then voila! They now have your bank card and start using it!

About those Coyotes?
Their favourite victims are cats and small dogs.

About stem cell matches:
Only about 25% of stem cell matches come from family members.

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Articles of the day
Chosen by the Business Desk team

A Dan Thompson contribution
Fabric Softener Products are the Problem Not the Solution

In the laundry room, most of us are prone to overkill. We want beautifully

clean, brilliantly white, soft and fluffy laundry results. And we don’t
measure. We

pour stuff out of jugs, straight into the washer, often adding a second big
glug just

to make sure.

We use liquid fabric softener by the gallon and dryer sheets by the hundreds

because there’s no such thing as too soft when it comes to towels and
sheets. And

when things come out looking gray and feeling stiff and crunchy, what do we
do?

More detergent, more softener and even more dryer sheets!

The problem is product build-up that never gets rinsed out. Every time you
do the

laundry, more and more product gets left behind. This build-up of detergent
and

softeners can make appliances stink, colors look dingy, whites gray and
linens feel

stiff and scratchy. But that’s not the worst.

The medical website, WebMD.com, reports that the perfumes and additives in
laundry products may cause skin problems. Fabric softeners are very
allergenic and can cause eczema, which appears as dry, itchy skin.

Dryer sheets contain volatile organic compounds like acetaldehyde and
butane, which can cause respiratory irritation. Fabric softener chemicals
known as quaternary ammonium compounds, have been linked to asthma. Acetone,
also

used in dryer sheets, can cause nervous system effects like headaches or

dizziness.

Ironically, commercial fabric softeners-liquid softener you put into the
washing machine and sheets that go into the dryer-are not the way to turn
out beautifully

soft, fluffy clothes, sheets and towels. They are, in the fact, the problem!
The more

you use, the less satisfactory and healthy your results will be.

MEASURE DETERGENT. Check the owner manual to discover the right amount

of detergent for your particular washer. If yours is a HE machine, it uses
very little

water. This is the reason you do not want to add more than you know will be

adequately rinsed away.

NO COMMERCIAL SOFTENERS. Stop using liquid softeners and dryer sheets.

Enjoy the savings.

DOUBLE RINSE WITH VINEGAR. If you’re coming off a laundry-product high, you

may need to double rinse for awhile to coax all of the detergent and product
build- up out of your laundry. Adding 1/2 to 1 cup white vinegar-depending
on the load

size-to the rinse (fill the liquid softener dispenser and it will release
automatically)

does wonders to rinse out detergent and other product build-up. Don’t worry.
You

only notice the vinegar smell when clothes are wet and not when dry, even if
dried

on a clothesline.

DRYER BALLS. They don’t contain toxic chemicals, they last for thousands of

loads, get rid of static cling and wrinkles, soften clothes, and they
actually save time and energy by cutting down on drying time. Dryer balls
are the solution!

Dryer balls of 100% wool are the best dryer balls of all. They mechanically
soften

your laundry without any of the harmful chemicals you find in fabric
softener or

dryer sheets. They lift up and separate laundry while drying, reducing both
the

drying time and wrinkling. Wool dryer balls also retain the heat which it
then

transfers to your clothes as they tumble, this further speeds up the drying
process

saving energy and money.

We have many choices in dryer balls, however I have determined that the very

best inexpensive dryer balls are Wool Dryer Balls by Smart Sheep (about
$17.)

This set of dryer balls will last for years and years without deteriorating,
falling

apart or losing the ability to turn out beautifully soft clothes and linens.
These come

in a 6-pack and are extra large at 9-inches in circumference, each. As dryer
balls

go, these are perfect in every way.

Everyday Cheapskate

www.everydaycheapskate.com

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Contributed by Dan Thompson
Seven of the Most Common (and most useful) non-toxic cleaning products

1. Baking Soda
Baking soda is a pantry staple with proven virus-killing abilities that also
effectively cleans, deodorizes
, brightens, and cuts through grease and grime .
2. Castile Soap
Castile soap is a style of soap that’s made from
100 percent plant oils
(meaning it uses no animal products or chemical detergents). Popularized by
the
Dr. Bronner’s
line of products, castile cuts through
grease and cleans.
3. Vinegar
Thanks to its acidity, vinegar is nothing short of a —it effectively (and
gently!) eliminates grease, soap scum, and grime.
4. Lemon Juice
Natural lemon juice , cuts through grease, and shines hard surfaces (It also
smells awesome.).
5. Olive Oil
This good-for-you cooking oil also works as a cleaner and polisher.
6. Essential Oils
Essential oils have gained popularity thanks to
aromatherapy
, but these naturally occurring plant compounds also make great scent
additions to homemade cleaning products (particularly if you’re not into the
smell of vinegar).
Essential oils are
generally considered safe
, but these extracts can
trigger allergies
—so keep this in mind when choosing scents.
7. Borax
Many DIY cleaners tout Borax (a boron mineral and salt) as a non-toxic
alternative to mainstream cleaning products; however, the issue is pretty
hotly debated.
Some research
suggests Borax can act as a skin and eye
irritant and that it disrupts hormones. For this list, we’ve chosen to avoid
products that use Borax.

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Special note from Donna Jodhan:
The Covid choke hold is not going to last for ever and when it does finally
subside we will be ready to embrace favourite haunts and to visit favourite
places.
The world will be a new place in which to live but it will be a better one.
So let’s get ready to welcome and embrace travel once more.

From the pages of Donna’s diary
A review of the Inn at the Forks Hotel

Introduction:
I had the pleasure of staying at this nice little hotel in March 2017 and
for the most part, I found them to be extremely accommodating and
accessible. They sure knew how to accommodate customers with a disability.

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 :
Access to the restaurant was extremely user friendly for a vision impaired
person and navigating among the tables was not very difficult.

About Hotel staff:
They went above the call of duty to ensure that my needs were met and they
even made very useful and valueable suggestions.

My meal:
On the Friday evening I shared a huge plata of various delicacies known to
be the treats of Winnipeg.
They were very tasty, yummy, and the servings were huge.
I thoroughly enjoyed my meal and the waiters and waitresses were the best.

Any suggestions?
Not really!

Contact info:

Inn at the Forks
located at 75 Forks Market Road
Winnipeg
PHONE: 204-942-6555
To reserve a room, please contact the hotel directly at:
1 (877) 377-4100.

I’m Donna J. Jodhan enjoying my travels.

To learn more about me as a sight loss coach and more, 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 http://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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A review of the honolulu Airport

A review of the Honolulu airport

Special note from Donna Jodhan
No one knows when the Covid choke hold will be gone so we are going to hope
and stay positive and continue to remember and look forward to resuming
great traveling.

Introduction:
In early February 2020 I traveled through Vancouver to the Honolulu Airport
on my way to board a Hawaii cruise on the Pride of America cruise ship.
Despite it being so late at night or should I say early in the morning when
I landed, it did not stop me from observing some wonderful things about this
airport.
I also had the opportunity to enjoy this airport’s hospitality and
accessibility on my return trip which was an evening flight.
Now with the travel world waiting anxiously for Covid to loosen its
chokehold; it would be interesting to see how this airport does moving
forward.

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 :
This airport was friendly and welcoming and its staff was very aware of
accessibility requirements.

Any suggestions?
Just keep up your wonderful work.

To learn more about me as a sight loss coach visit www.donnajodhan.com

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Making a cooking class accessible – a Covid creation

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:
Making a cooking class accessible
You can provide cooking classes to those being challenged by the Covid choke
hold to stay at home and prepare meals for the family.

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 is something that many of those who offer cooking classes may want to
bear in mind and it is this.

There is a growing group of customers who are in dire need of being able to
take cooking classes and these customers include:
Seniors, retirees, persons with disabilities, and yes! Young professionals!

For this month we are going to focus on seniors and persons with
disabilities because they are probably the ones who need to be able to have
greater access to these types of courses.

So here are some tips to get you started.
1. Make sure that your physical facilities are well outfitted to accommodate
such things as wheelchairs and walkers, and are equipped with adequate
lighting and counters and dressers that are easy to find and reach.

2. Provide spots for the storage of walkers, canes, wheelchairs, and other
types of mobility devices.

3. Make sure that teachers and instructors receive appropriate awareness
training as to how to communicate with and interact with seniors and persons
with disabilities.

4. Teachers and instructors would need to understand their potential
customers and these would include; seniors, persons who are blind and vision
impaired, those with hearing problems, those with cognitive disabilities,
and those with other types of disabilities.

5. Make sure that your facilities are appropriately color contrasted so that
it is easy to differentiate between counters and dressers from cupboards,
and floors from doors.

6. Be sure to offer a location that is easily accessible. The least number
of steps, ramps, and close to public transit and easy to find.

There is a lot more to consider but this should be a good start.

To learn more about me as a sight loss coach visit www.donnajodhan.com

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New apps from the January Apple Vis online newsletter

Welcome to the January 2021 edition of AppleVis Unlimited, our monthly
newsletter which highlights what’s new and noteworthy
on the AppleVis website. Below, you’ll find a selection of the best content
posted to AppleVis by members of the community –
from new app entries, to app updates, to the latest news and podcasts.
We are pleased to highlight the newest apps.
…. New and Noteworthy App Entries

1. GoodMaps Explore (iOS/iPadOS, Free)
Discover the world with GoodMaps Explore.
Accurate indoor and outdoor† information and navigation for people who are
blind or visually impaired.
LOCATION AWARE: On-demand and automatic updates about your immediate
surroundings. Shake your phone to hear a
snapshot of your current location, including current direction, nearest
room, street, or points of interest (POI).
INDOOR DIRECTIONS: Accurate indoor routing for independent travel. Follow a
route to a destination in mapped indoor
venues.
LOOKAROUND: Direction-based discovery at your fingertips. Discover the POIs
in the direction you point the phone. You will
hear the POIs in order of proximity.
VIRTUAL MODE: Before you go. Set your position outdoors to a POI and explore
its surroundings. Search indoor POIs and
follow routes to them virtually.
OTHER FEATURES
Get started quickly with help from easy, accessible tutorials.
Select a Favorite POI or address to quickly set as a destination.
Search for POIs indoors or outdoors.
Locate nearby intersections.
Integration with Be My Eyes to provide live visual assistance.

Current Version: 1.3 (November 5, 2020)
Read GoodMaps Explore’s AppleVis App Directory entry for more information
https://www.applevis.com/apps/ios/navigation/goodmaps-explore
Visit GoodMaps Explore’s App Store page
https://apps.apple.com/us/app/goodmaps-explore/id1524698552

2. GoodRx: Prescription Coupons (iOS/iPadOS, Free)
GoodRx has helped millions of Americans save on prescription medication!
Stop overpaying for your prescriptions! Compare prescription drug prices and
find coupons to save up to 80% on your Rx.
GoodRx makes comparing prescription drug prices and finding discounts easy.
Find Rx sale prices, manufacturer coupons,
pharmacy discounts and valuable savings tips for thousands of prescriptions
at pharmacies near you!

Current Version: 6.0.14 (January 25, 2021)
Read GoodRx: Prescription Coupons’ AppleVis App Directory entry for more
information
https://www.applevis.com/apps/ios/medical/goodrx-prescription-coupons
Visit GoodRx: Prescription Coupons’ App Store page
https://apps.apple.com/us/app/goodrx-prescription-coupons/id485357017

3. Google Classroom (iOS/iPadOS, Free)
Classroom is a free service for schools, non-profits, and anyone with a
personal Google account. Classroom makes it easy for
learners and instructors to connect—inside and outside of schools. Classroom
saves time and paper, and makes it easy to create
classes, distribute assignments, communicate, and stay organized.
Classroom is designed to help teachers create, collect, and grade
assignments paperlessly, including time-saving features like the
ability to automatically make a copy of a Google Document for each student.
It also creates Drive folders for each assignment and for
each student to help keep everyone organized.
Students can keep track of what’s due on the Assignments page and begin
working with just a click. Teachers can quickly see who
has or hasn’t completed the work, and provide direct, real-time feedback and
grades right in Classroom.
With the mobile app for iOS, students and teachers can view their classes
and communicate with their classmates in real time.
Students can open their assignments and work on them right from their iPhone
or iPad. Teachers can keep track of who has turned
in work and grade the assignment – at school or on the go. Students and
teachers receive notifications when they have new content
in Classroom, so they are always up to date.

Current Version: 2.2020.46203 (November 30, 2020)
Read Google Classroom’s AppleVis App Directory entry for more information
https://www.applevis.com/apps/ios/education/google-classroom
Visit Google Classroom’s App Store page
https://apps.apple.com/us/app/google-classroom/id924620788

4. Google Meet (iOS/iPadOS, Free)
Securely connect, collaborate and celebrate from anywhere. With Google Meet,
everyone can safely create and join high-quality video
meetings up to 250 people.
Key features include:
Host unlimited high-definition video meetings
Meet safely – video meetings are encrypted in transit and proactive
anti-abuse measures help keep your meetings safe
Easy access – just share a link and invited guests can join with one click
across devices
Share your screen to present documents, slides and more
Follow along with real-time captions powered by Google speech-to-text
technology

Current Version: 51.5.0 (December 7, 2020)
Read Google Meet’s AppleVis App Directory entry for more information
https://www.applevis.com/apps/ios/business/google-meet
Visit Google Meet’s App Store page
https://apps.apple.com/us/app/google-meet/id1013231476

5. Hush for Safari (iOS/iPadOS, Free)
Browse the web like it should be – free of nags to accept cookies or privacy
invasive tracking. It’s tiny, fast, free, open, secure and without any
access to your data.
Hush doesn’t have any third party dependencies, behavioral tracking nor
crash reporting – no data is collected and nothing
leaves your device.
The blocking is done by Safari itself with instructions from Hush, so the
app has no access to your browser habits nor does it
want to. Don’t take our word for it – we play with open cards and publish
the source code for anyone to inspect.
Using Hush is as easy as installing it and enabling it in Preferences ->
Extensions. No settings, no maintenance – just
thousands of rules doing the hard work for you in the background.
It works like magic – you will not notice Hush until you disable it.
The app is primarily a host of rules that integrates with Safari in a native
lightweight way, making the blocking efficient, fast
and easy on your disk space.
Hush is both free of charge and Open Source with a permissive MIT license.
No in-app purchases, no nonsense.
Hush is available for iPhone, iPad, and Mac.

Current Version: 1.0.1 (January 25, 2021)
Read Hush for Safari’s AppleVis App Directory entry for more information
https://www.applevis.com/apps/ios/utilities/hush-safari
Visit Hush for Safari’s App Store page
https://apps.apple.com/gb/app/hush-for-safari/id1544743900

6. IINA (macOS, Free)
IINA is the modern video player for macOS.
Features
For and only for modern macOS – IINA is born to be a modern macOS
application, from its framework to its user interface. It
adopts the post-Yosemite design language, and keeps up the pace of new
technologies such as Force Touch and Touch
Bar.
Revolutionary user experience – IINA simplifies a lot of user interactions.
In addition to traditional cascaded menus, it
provides interactive UI components and gestures to give you intuitive,
flexible, powerful control of the playback.
Powerful functionality – Based on MPV, one of the most powerful media player
projects ever, IINA supports almost all
common media types (even GIF) and stably outputs high-quality video that is
optimized for Retina screen. MPV’s config file
and script system are also integrated.
You are the target-user – IINA is made by a user like you, who (may be) also
having been expected for a powerful and elegant
media player on macOS for years. Whether you just got your first Mac or are
already a professional MPV user, IINA will satisfy
you for its customizability and expandability.

Current Version: 1.1.2 (November 20, 2020)
Read IINA’s AppleVis App Directory entry for more information
https://www.applevis.com/apps/mac/video/iina
Visit IINA’s website
https://iina.io/

7. iReal Pro (iOS/iPadOS, US$13.99)
Practice makes perfect. iReal Pro offers an easy-to-use tool to help
musicians of all levels master their art. It simulates a real-
sounding band that can accompany you as you practice. The app also lets you
create and collect chord charts of your favorite songs
for reference.
One of Time Magazine’s 50 Best Inventions of 2010
Used by thousands of music students, teachers and some of the world’s top
music schools such as Berklee College of Music and
Musicians Institute.
“It’s the perfect technology for a practicing musician: high-quality digital
audio, mixable, transposable into any key and completely
mobile. Now every aspiring musician has a backup band in their pocket.” –
Tim Westergren, Pandora Founder

Current Version: 2021.1 (January 18, 2021)
Read iReal Pro’s AppleVis App Directory entry for more information
https://www.applevis.com/apps/ios/music/ireal-pro-0
Visit iReal Pro’s App Store page
https://apps.apple.com/us/app/ireal-pro/id298206806

8. ReadKit (iOS/iPadOS, US$3.99)
ReadKit is a full-featured read later and RSS client that supports all major
provider and it has a built in RSS engine too.
FEATURES:
All your reading in one place, multiple account support.
Sync with all major RSS aggregator and read later provider or use it with
built-in RSS engine.
Feed and folder management for RSS services.
Folder and tag management for Instapaper, Pocket, Wallabag and Pinboard.
Offline reading and image caching.
Background syncing.
Built-in reader mode to extract full content of articles.
Automatic reader mode.
Customizable user interface.
Save content for offline viewing.
In-app browser for viewing links and other references.
Preference to display unread items on the app badge.
Search for articles by content, title or author.
Full support for hardware keyboard.
Import and export of feed subscriptions via OPML.
Support for light and dark mode.
Mark articles as read on scroll or mark them all by a tap of a button.
Mark as read above or below from context menu.
Filter articles by read or starred status.
Send articles in email.
Share sheet support.

Current Version: 1.0.3 (January 27, 2021)
Read ReadKit’s AppleVis App Directory entry for more information
https://www.applevis.com/apps/ios/news/readkit
Visit ReadKit’s App Store page
https://apps.apple.com/us/app/readkit/id1544603988

9. Recorder Plus (iOS/iPadOS, Free With In-App Purchases)
Recorder Plus is the most powerful voice recorder: Easy to record, Easy to
review, Easy to edit, Easy to share!
Your ultimate solution for audio recording on iPhone/iPad because of the
following key features:
Easy to Record:
Support input with Bluetooth headset, external mic, linein, usb audio
Real-time display of recording waveform
Sound activated recording: Recorder will pause automatically when no sound
is around and start automatically when sound
is coming.
Adjust Input Gain: Maybe the sound is too low for recording, adjust input
gain can make your recording better.
Add markers when recording
The recording time length only depends on the disk space and battery power!
Auto resume recording after interrupted by incoming call or alarm clock!
Pause/Resume when recording
Easy to Review:
Use markers to quickly select a specific audio position
Support playback with AirPlay.
Support 0.5, 1.5, 2 playback speed
FF, Rewind, Loop control
Easy to Manage:
Manage recordings with categories.
Attach picture and text title to each recording.
Auto backup original recordings to Google Drive.

Current Version: 3.1.3 (January 22, 2021)
Read Recorder Plus’s AppleVis App Directory entry for more information
https://www.applevis.com/apps/ios/utilities/recorder-plus
Visit Recorder Plus’s App Store page
https://apps.apple.com/us/app/recorder-plus/id502271511

10. Super Lidar – Lidar for Blind (iOS/iPadOS, Free)
Super Lidar helps the blind and visually impaired users to locate objects
and people around them and understand their
surroundings’ layout.
With the power of AI and the Lidar sensors, Super Lidar parses the depth of
the physical space you are in and finds the objects and
people in front of you. Lidar is a type of depth sensor that enhances the
capabilities of augmented reality apps and serves as the
eyes of self-driving cars which is now available on iPhone 12 Pro.
Super Lidar has been specifically designed for the blind and the visually
impaired users who want to make sure they maintain social
distance and know whether people around them are wearing masks.
Full features of SuperLidar:
Depth Description: Scans and maps the 3D layout of your environment to
determine the distances of your surroundings and
gives sound feedback to avoid obstacles. Higher pitch sound corresponds to
longer distances. A low pitch sound indicates
an obstacle nearby. Additionally, on iPhones, haptic feedback is provided to
indicate an immediate obstacle visible to the
camera. Strength of the vibration increases with the size of the obstacle.
People Detector: Detects people that appears on your camera and let you know
about their distances to ensure maintaining
social distance
Mask Detector: Checks whether the people around are wearing any type of face
covering or not
Most features work without an internet connection so that users can use it
in any situation (without having to have an active
connection). The app has full VoiceOver accessibility support and is
available in multiple languages. Whenever you get stuck about
how to use the app, you can always Request a Call or check the Help screen
under the Menu.

Current Version: 1.0 (January 22, 2021)
Read Super Lidar – Lidar for Blind’s AppleVis App Directory entry for more
information
https://www.applevis.com/apps/ios/productivity/super-lidar-lidar-blind
Visit Super Lidar – Lidar for Blind’s App Store page
https://apps.apple.com/us/app/super-lidar-lidar-for-blind/id1543706309

All recent app entries posted to applevis can be found at:
iOS/iPadOS
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=apple_watch_app_directory
Apple TV
https://www.applevis.com/apps/latest?type=apple_tv_app_directory

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Helpful tips for February 2021 -get a headstart

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 February 2020

In this issue:

General tips
Articles of the day
* The Wonders of Hydrogen Peroxide
* preparing your garden for winter and feeding winter backyard birds
From the pages of Donna’s travel diary
* a review of the Hilton Lacleamy hotel

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

Scams of the month:
Before giving you our scam tips of the month, here are some very valueable
tips.
You need to remember that scams come in the following formats:
As emails, as phone calls both recorded and via a live caller, and o yes!
It can even show up at your door and in your mailbox.
And now they are targeting us through texts being sent to our cell phones.

Before giving you the latest scams making the rounds; we have some do nots
to share with you.
Do not respond to emails that look strange to you.
Do not download attachments from unknown senders.
Do not share your username and password to your online banking and any other
online payments facilities with anyone.
Do not give out any banking or personal details on the phone to unknown
callers.
Do not pay any attention to threats from automated phone recordings or from
live persons with regard to your credit card or that you owe money to any
revenue agency.
Do not entertain any offers either via email or by phone from senders and
callers offering incredible service packages as they may pertain to cable
and tv services, prizes that you have won, or any sort of any type of
service package.
Do not answer the door to unknown callers.
Take extra caution to make sure that the details of your credit cards and
debit cards are fully protected when you make payments at restaurants or at
stores, pharmacies, and elsewhere.
Do not enter your password for Facebook or Twitter in response to a text
request on your cell phone.
The same if you are asked for your Apple ID.
Do not fall prey to a text message telling you that your banking details
have been compromised online.

Well! The visa card phone continues to plague our ears!
If you receive an automated phone call telling you that you have eronious
charges on your Visa card; just ignore and hang up.

The faxes from foreigh sources continu to be a pain to our phones.
Just ignore!

Some foods that can help to keep your digestive system healthy and in good
working condition!
Mushrooms, chocolate, tomatoes, salmon.

What’s this about rice?
Well, you can use raw rice grains to help absorb moisture in storage
containers and food cupboards.

Some of the best meat cuts for your review?
Shanks, sides, and shoulder.

2 most effective ways to make new friends?
Your infant and toddler kids and your pets!

What’s this about mixing the colours red and blue?
What do you get when you mix these two colours?
Purple!

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Articles of the day
Chosen by the Business Desk team

* The Wonders of Hydrogen Peroxide
A few days ago I got a message, which reminded me about wonders of an
ordinary product most people have somewhere in the house.
“I had a cut on my hand that opened up while I was putting my expensive
duvet cover (recent wedding gift!) on my comforter, now I have blood stains
where I touched it. Is there any hope to getting these stains out
completely? I tried using a carpet cleaning solution and washing it but,
those stains
remain. I’m worried these
stains will be there permanently. Thanks so much for your help! Georgia
I responded immediately, directing Georgia to soak the stains with
full-strength hydrogen peroxide, In hopes that she’d not set those stains
forever. I
heard back quickly. The hydrogen peroxide lightened the stains almost
immediately, and within hours they disappeared completely. See what I mean?
The stuff is downright wonderful.
Hydrogen peroxide is as harmless as it is powerful both as a household
cleaner
and all around remedy. It is non-toxic, safe, really cheap and available in
any grocery or drug store in a food grade 3% dilution. It’s a wonderful
cleaning
product and reliable sanitizer.
But there’s one thing you need to keep it mind to avoid disappointment:
Hydrogen peroxide has a limited shelf life of about one year when not
opened,
and only six months once opened—provided you store it in a dark place.
Sunlight dissipates it quickly turning it from H2O2 to plain water and
oxygen.
Just remember it needs to be fresh to be effective.
VEGETABLE WASH. You can stop paying $7 or more for “veggie wash.” Make
your own by adding 1/4 cup hydrogen peroxide to a sink of cold water. Wash
your fruit and vegetables in the solution then rinse thoroughly with cool
water.
DISHWASHER. To disinfect your dishwasher, add 1/4 cup 3% hydrogen peroxide
before you close the door to run a load.
CUTTING BOARD SANITIZER. Spray your cutting board with undiluted hydrogen
peroxide. Allow to sit for a minute or two, then rinse clean.
WHITE TEETH. Make a paste of table salt, baking soda and hydrogen peroxide
for the best whitening toothpaste.
T-SHIRT ARMPIT STAINS. Those yellow stains in white t-shirts are quite
annoying. To get them out soak the stains in 3% hydrogen peroxide, which
acts as a natural alternative to bleach, and allow to sit for a few hours.
Lauder as usual.
SANITIZE TOYS AND LUNCH BOXES. Because hydrogen peroxide is a non-toxic
sanitizer, it’s perfect for cleaning plastic toys and lunch boxes.
HUMIDIFIER CLEANSE. Add 2 cups 3% hydrogen peroxide to one gallon water.
Run this through your humidifier or steamer to clean and sanitize the
appliance.
STINKY TOWELS. Can’t get rid of that annoying odor? Try this: Add 1/2 cup
hydrogen peroxide, 1/2 cup white vinegar and those stinky towels to the
washing machine. Fill with hot water and your regular detergent and allow to
soak for 15 minutes Continue the cycle as normal. That should get rid of the
smell.
AQUARIUM MAINTENANCE. Use hydrogen peroxide sparingly to control fungi
and other pests in fish aquariums. Provided you do use it sparingly, it will
not harm the fish.
CUTS AND INFECTIONS. Soak any infection or cut in 3% hydrogen peroxide for
ten minutes several times a day.
I could go on and on with so many more ways to use hydrogen peroxide, and
perhaps I will sometime in the future. In the meantime, make sure you keep a
good supply of hydrogen peroxide on hand.
(Mary Hunt’s Everyday Cheapskate)
www.everydaycheapskate.com

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A Dan Thompson contribution
preparing your garden for winter and feeding winter backyard birds

I guess today’s tip gives away a few of my hobbies. These are gardening and
feeding God’s beautiful creations of the sky and land.

I have inserted the links after checking if they are still active.

Fall Garden Checklist

Use this timely guide to prepare your garden for winter.

There is also a video full of tips on preparing your garden for winter at
this page:

http://www.bhg.com/gardening/yard/garden-care/fall-garden-checklist/

1. Water:

Give all of your plants a good drink, especially your trees. Their roots
need plenty of moisture to make it through the upcoming months.

2. Shop for Bulbs

Order from catalogs or visit garden stores early for best selection.

If deer or rabbits are a problem in your area, select pest-resistant bulbs
such as daffodils, Siberian squill, and fritillaria.

Take time to learn about the best spring flowering bulbs. Visit the link
below for ideas.

“The best fragrant flowering bulbs”

http://www.bhg.com/gardening/flowers/bulbs/editors-picks-best-spring-bloomin
g-bulbs/

3. Plant Shrubs and Evergreens

Early fall planting gives new plants enough time to get their roots
established before winter.

4. Clear Debris from the Base of Roses

Fallen rose foliage can give diseases a safe place to overwinter and create
problems in your garden next year.

Learn more about getting your roses ready for winter here:

http://www.bhg.com/gardening/flowers/roses/winter-protection-for-roses/

5. Amend Your Soil

Get the ground ready for next year’s beds and your fall bulbs by tilling the
soil and adding home-made compost.

6. Plant Fall Annuals

Once your summer blooms fade, add color to your garden with fall annuals,
such as mums, pansies, and ornamental kale.

7. Lower the Height on Your Lawn Mower

Grass grows more slowly in fall, but it still needs to be cut to prepare for
winter. A lower cutting height helps the soil dry out more quickly in
spring.

8. Feed the Birds

Don’t forget your feathered friends; their food supply grows scarce in
autumn.

Learn more about bird feeding here:

Such as how to attrack songs birds to your winter garden, creating a bird
friendly garden and more at the link below.

http://www.bhg.com/gardening/design/nature-lovers/bird-feeding/

9. Divide and Cut Back Perennials

While you’re digging them up to divide them, try rearranging plants if they
haven’t been working in their current location.

Test Garden Tip: Hold off dividing asters, chrysanthemums, and other
fall-blooming perennials. It’s best to split them in spring.

Tips on dividing perennials can be found at the link below.

http://www.bhg.com/gardening/flowers/perennials/dividing-perennials/

10. Dig Summer Bulbs

Love the way your favorite summer bulbs performed this year? Save them for a
repeat show next year! It’s easy: Dig and store dahlias, cannas, caladiums,
callas, and other tender bulbs in peat moss or sand in a cool (around 50
degrees F is best), frost-free spot for the winter.

Get more tips on Storing Tender Flower Garden Bulbs at this link.

http://www.bhg.com/gardening/flowers/bulbs/storing-tender-flower-garden-bulb
s/

11. Rake and Mulch

Left unattended, fallen tree leaves may suffocate your lawn. Shred them and
they make great mulch.

Find the The Best Mulches for your garden here:

http://www.bhg.com/gardening/yard/mulch/the-best-mulches/

12. Get Bulbs in the Ground

Plant your favorite bulbs now for colorful springtime blooms.

You can usually get away with planting bulbs late, up until the soil freezes
solid enough you can’t get a shovel

in the ground.

Don’t miss these bulb planting tips here:

Tips for Planting Your Favorite Bulbs

http://www.bhg.com/gardening/flowers/bulbs/planting-tips/

13. Force Bulbs Indoors for Winter Color

Get an early touch of spring by planting bulbs now to bloom indoors in
January or February. Bulbs such as narcissus and hyacinth work well if you
plant them now and keep them cool until you’re ready to enjoy the blooms.

14. Feed Your Lawn.

Don’t let your lawn go into winter without the nutrients it needs to battle
the long sleep. Know how much lawn food to use with our fertilizer
calculator. Found here:

http://www.bhg.com/gardening/yard/lawn-care/lawn-fertilizer-calculator/

15. Bring Tender Container Plants Indoors

Remove dead foliage and break up any hardened soil before hauling your
cherished tropical plants (such as mandevilla, passionflower, and citrus)
indoors for the winter.

Tip: Keep an eye out for pests, too. Before bringing plants indoors, spray
them, if necessary, to keep aphids, mealybugs, or other harmful insects out
of your house.

16. Empty Hoses, Fountains, and Drip-Irrigation Systems

Ensure any standing water is removed from your watering equipment; store
items in a dry place.

17. Clean up the Vegetable Garden

Remove weeds and debris so pests won’t make your garden their winter home.

18. Dig Up Annuals

Spent and dead, your summer annuals can now nourish the compost heap.

19. Protect Cold-Sensitive Plants

Shrubs, roses, and perennials that might succumb to blasts of cold should be
protected with mulch or another protective covering. Place these frost
barriers after the first freeze.

Source: Fall Garden Checklist from Home and Garden

http://www.bhg.com/gardening/yard/garden-care/fall-garden-checklist/

Links inserted by Dan after checking if they still were ctive.

* Winter Birds You Can See in the Backyard – Birding and Wild Birds

Updated June 29, 2016.

http://birding.about.com/od/birdprofiles/a/North-American-Winter-Backyard-Bi
rds.htm

Novice backyard birders often assume that there are no birds around to enjoy
during the coldest months. In fact, there are many beautiful winter birds
that may normally be found only in far northern habitats but that readily
visit backyards when the snow flies. Backyards can be essential for winter
birds and provide necessary food and water when natural resources are at
their scarcest.

Why Backyards Matter to Winter Birds

In winter, deep snow and ice can bury foods just when birds need more
calories to keep warm through bitter cold. At the same time, water is locked
into frozen ice so birds cannot easily drink. Dropping temperatures can make
birds slower and more vulnerable to illness or predators, and fallen leaves
offer less protection to keep winter birds safe. Fortunately, a
bird-friendly backyard can provide for all of a bird’s needs even during the
coldest months.

* Food: When insects are dead or inaccessible to feeding birds,
nectar-producing flowers
are long gone and seed supplies are exhausted, winter backyards can be a
vital food source. Higher calorie foods such as suet, peanut butter
and
nuts are ideal for feeding winter birds and will attract more species to the
backyard.
* Water: While snow and ice are both water, frozen water is less
helpful to birds because they must expend energy to melt it to drink. Even
if birds eat snow directly, their bodies must generate more heat to
metabolize that snow and overcome the chill. A heated bird bath
can be
critical, and birds will quickly find and flock to such an easy, convenient,
liquid water source in winter.

* Shelter: Evergreen trees provide great shelter for winter birds
,
but in areas where deciduous trees have lost their leaves, not as much
shelter may be available. Birds can take refuge in hollow trees, but those
hideaways may be few and far between. Backyards that offer winter bird
shelters
such as dense brush piles, roost boxes or year-round bird houses will
attract more visitors.

* Nesting Sites: Birds do not breed in winter, but year-round
residents remain in the same territories and will quickly revisit their
favorite nesting sites when spring arrives. Ensuring that those sites,
including bird houses or bird nesting shelves
,
remain safe and suitable can help keep even more backyard birds around all
winter.

Top 40 Winter Backyard Birds (U.S. and Canada)

The exact species of winter backyard birds will vary depending on range,
geography and habitat. These 40 species are those most likely to be found in
snowy backyards throughout the United States and Canada. Some are common
backyard birds year-round and others are only winter visitors. Still other
species have regular irruptions
and may be
common one year and absent the next.

When visiting the webpage below, you can click on any species for more
information including identification clues, diet, general range, preferred
habitat, distinct behavior and tips for attracting the species to your
backyard.

The species found at the webpage blow are not the only backyard birds that
might appear in winter, but they are quite common within their respective
ranges. If a backyard meets their needs, they are likely to be winter
visitors.

Below is the list of 40 winter backyard birds. Immediately folloing the
list is a link to where you can get more information on each species.

Where Other Birds Go

For many backyard birders, their favorite species – such as tanagers,
hummingbirds, warblers or orioles – are conspicuously absent in winter.
These and many other birds are migratory, and in winter they travel hundreds
or even thousands of miles to milder climates or rich tropical regions that
can support many birds with ease. While the journey can be difficult and
migrating birds face many threats

along the way, these birds will return in the spring to revisit their
breeding grounds and raise their next generation. We may miss them in
winter, but even when the snow flies, many great birds are still flying
around the backyard!

Top 10 Foods for Winter Bird Feeding > Bird Watcher’s Digest

http://www.birdwatchersdigest.com/bwdsite/learn/top10/winter-bird-feeding.ph
p

Winter: ’tis the season for feeding birds all across North America,
especially in those regions where it gets mighty cold and snowy. If you are
a veteran bird feeder, you’ve probably gained lots of insight into the
foods your backyard birds prefer. Perhaps you’ve learned through trial and
error, or perhaps you did your homework and read up on the subject.

If you are just getting started in bird feeding, or if you are frustrated by
a lack of success in attracting winter birds to your feeders, the first
thing you need to determine is whether you are feeding the right foods. If
you are not giving the birds what they want, you might not have many birds.

The following 10 foods are extremely popular with backyard birds all across
North America.

If your favorite bird food is not on this list, please let me know. After
all, I am not omniscient. I’m just a guy living in Ohio who likes to feed
birds.

10. Black-oil sunflower seed. This seed is the hamburger of the bird world.
Almost any bird that will visit a bird feeder will eat black-oil sunflower.
Birds that can’t crack the seeds themselves will scour the ground under the
feeders, picking up bits and pieces. Bird feeding in North America took a
major leap forward when black-oil sunflower became widely available in the
early 1980s. Why do birds prefer it? The outer shell of a black-oil
sunflower seed is thinner and easier to crack. The kernel inside the shell
is larger than the kernel inside a white-or gray-striped sunflower seed, so
birds get more food per seed from black-oil. This last fact also makes
black-oil a better value for you, the seed buyer. Striped sunflower is
still fine (evening grosbeaks may even prefer it slightly), but black-oil
is better.

9. Peanuts. Peanuts-de-shelled, dry-roasted, and unsalted-are a fairly
recent trend in bird feeding, at least in North America. In Europe, feeding
peanuts has been popular for a long time. Peanut manufacturers and
processors have now identified the bird-feeding market as a good place to
get rid of the peanuts that are broken or otherwise unfit for human
consumption. Ask your feed/seed retailer about peanut bits or rejects.
Several major feeder manufacturers now produce sturdy, efficient
tube-shaped peanut feeders. Woodpeckers, jays, nuthatches, chickadees, and
titmice will readily visit a feeder for this high-protein, high-energy
food. Even cardinals and finches will eat peanuts.

8. Suet. Most humans don’t want a lot of fat in their diet, but for birds in
winter, fat is an excellent source of energy. Ask at your grocery store
butcher counter if you don’t see packages of suet on display. No suet
feeder? No problem-just use an old mesh onion bag. If you want to get fancy
with your suet, you can render it. That is, melt it down to liquid, remove
the unmeltable bits, and then allow it to harden; this is best accomplished
in a microwave oven. Rendered suet lasts longer in hot weather, and while
it’s melted, you can add other ingredients to it (see “bird treats,” #1,
below).

7. Good mixed seed. Is there such a thing as BAD mixed seed? You bet! Bad
mixed seed has lots of filler in it-junk seeds that most birds won’t eat.
Bad mixed seed can include dyed seed meant for pet birds, wheat, and some
forms of red milo that only birds in the Desert Southwest seem to eat. Good
mixed seed has a large amount of sunflower seed, cracked corn, white proso
millet, and perhaps some peanut hearts. The really cheap bags of mixed seed
sold at grocery stores can contain the least useful seeds. Smart feeder
operators buy mixed seed from a specialty bird store or a hardware/feed
store operation. You can even buy the ingredients separately and create your
own specialty mix.

6. Nyjer/thistle seed. Although it can be expensive, Nyjer, or thistle, seed
is eagerly consumed by all the small finches-goldfinches, house, purple,
and Cassin’s finches, pine siskins, and redpolls. You need to feed thistle
in a thistle feeder of some kind-the two most commonly used types of
thistle feeder are a tube feeder with small thistle-seed-sized holes, and a
thistle sock. A thistle sock is a sock-shaped, fine-mesh, synthetic bag
that is filled with thistle seed. Small finches can cling to this bag and
pull seeds out through the bag’s mesh. Two potential problems with thistle:
it can go rancid or moldy quickly in wet weather and uneaten seeds can
germinate in your yard, creating a patch of thistle (Guizotia abyssinica)
plants that you may not want. Fortunately, this problem does not seem to be
widespread. All thistle seed is imported to North America, and it is all
supposed to be sterilized prior to entry into the United States and Canada.

5. Safflower. This white, thin-shelled, conical seed is eaten by many birds
and has the reputation for being the favorite food of the northern
cardinal. Some feeder operators claim that safflower seed is not as readily
eaten by squirrels and blackbirds (caveat: your results may vary). Feed
safflower in any feeder that can accommodate sunflower seed. Avoid feeding
safflower on the ground in wet weather; it can quickly become soggy and
inedible. You can buy safflower in bulk at seed and feed stores.

4. Cracked corn. Sparrows, blackbirds, jays, doves, quail, and squirrels are
just a few of the creatures you can expect at your feeders if you feed
cracked corn. Depending on where you live you may also get turkeys, deer,
elk, moose, and caribou. Fed in moderation, cracked corn will attract
almost any feeder species. Some feeder operators only use this food to lure
the squirrels away from the bird feeders. Squirrels love corn-cracked or
otherwise-best of all. Whole corn that is still on the cob is not a good
bird food because the kernels are too big and hard for most small birds to
digest. Cracked corn is broken up into smaller, more manageable bits.

3. Mealworms. We fed mealworms to a pair of nesting bluebirds all this past
summer. They rewarded us with four healthy broods of young bluebirds.
Eighteen fledglings in one summer should land our bluebirds in the Guinness
Book of World Records. Most feeder birds, except goldfinches, will eat
mealworms if you offer them. Mealworms are available in bait stores, or by
mail order. Don’t worry, they aren’t slimy and gross. In fact, they aren’t
even worms; they are larval stage of a beetle (Tenebrio molitor), if that
makes you feel better. We keep 1,000 mealworms in a tub of old-fashioned
rolled oats and feed them to the birds in a shallow ceramic dish. The dish
has slippery sides so the worms can’t crawl out.

2. Fruit. Humans are supposed to eat at least three servings of fruit every
day. Fruit is also an important dietary element for birds, but it can be
hard to find in many areas in midwinter. Set out grapes, slices of citrus
fruits, apple or banana slices, and even melon rinds, and watch your birds
chow down. If you want to feed raisins, chop them up and soak them in warm
water first to soften them up a bit. Offering fruit to tanagers and orioles
is a traditional spring and summer feeding strategy, but many winter feeder
birds will eat fruit, too.

1. Homemade bird treats. You can come up with your own recipes for winter
bird treats. Smear peanut butter on a tree trunk, and poke some peanut bits
into it. Melt suet in your microwave, and pour it into an ice-cube tray to
harden. Before it solidifies, add peanut bits, raisins, apple bits, or
other bird foods. Put the tray in your freezer to harden. Once it does,
you’ve got cubed bird treats-easy to make and easy to use!

Below is the list of winter backyard birds. Immediately folling the list is
a link where you can find more information about each one.

* American crows

* American goldfinches

* American robins

* American tree sparrows

* Anna’s hummingbirds

* Black-capped chickadees

* Bohemian waxwings

* Carolina chickadees

* Cedar waxwings

* Common redpolls

* Cooper’s hawks

* Dark-eyed juncos

* Downy woodpeckers

* European starlings

* Evening grosbeaks

* Golden-crowned kinglets

* Hairy woodpeckers

* Hoary redpolls

* House finches

* House sparrows

* Mourning doves

* Northern cardinals

* Northern mockingbirds

* Pine grosbeaks

* Pine siskins

* Purple finches

* Red-bellied woodpeckers

* Red-breasted nuthatches

* Red crossbills

* Rock pigeons

* Sharp-shinned hawks

* Snow buntings

* Song sparrows

* Tufted titmice

* White-breasted nuthatches

* White-crowned sparrows

* White-throated sparrows

* White-winged crossbills

* Wild turkeys

Yellow-rumped warblers

http://birding.about.com/od/birdprofiles/a/North-American-Winter-Backyard-Bi
rds.htm

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From the pages of Donna’s diary
A review of the Hilton Lac Leamy Hotel

Introduction:
Since 2012 I have made several visits to the Hilton LacLamy Hotel and on
each occasion I have thoroughly enjoyed my visit. Not only are the rooms so
very large and comfortable but their service desk staff is top notch and the
restaurant in the hotel is second to none when it comes to the preparation
of food and its staff is simply top notch.

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 :
Access to the restaurant was extremely user friendly for a vision impaired
person and navigating among the tables was not very difficult.

About staff:
For the most part they were very friendly and went above the call of duty
when asked for assistance.

My meals:
Absolutely divine is all that I can say.
The French cuisine absolutely stood out!

Any suggestions?
On your next visit to Ottawa, why not make the Hilton Lac Leamy your hotel
of stay!

Contact info:
Hilton Lac Leamy in Gatineau
3 Boulevard de Casino
Gatineau
J8Y 6X4
Tel 819 790 6444

I’m Donna J. Jodhan enjoying my travels.

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