Making a home more accessible – how to reach some very important clients

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 home office more accessible
By Donna J. Jodhan

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

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!

My tips are primarily aimed at those who are new entrepreneurs or who are
thinking of becoming entrepreneurs.

Too many folks often get caught up in just slapping a home office together
without even thinking of how to arrange things so that you do not spend too
much time looking for something or just trying to navigate through mounds of
clutter.

Here are some tips to get you started.

1. Use file folders and label them with appropriate names that mean
something to you.
2. Place them in sturdy file cabinets.
3. Place the more important file folders; your personal info in the drawer
of your working desk.
4. Carefully label these so that they mean something to you.
5. Examples of personal files could include mortgage and insurance papers,
banking papers, your wills, and so on.
6. Make your desktop as uncluttered as you can. Don’t use your desktop to
store scattered papers.
7. Dont use the surfaces of your computers to store papers.

This should be a good start for now.

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From the Apple Viz August newsletter the latest and greatest

Welcome to the August 2020 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.

1. Commtech USA (iOS/iPadOS, Free)
Commtech USA is everything we offer online via our website in the palm of
your hands! The latest news, reviews, tech tips and
tutorials. Audio and Video training samples, access to the Support Staff
Podcast, and quick access to our staff via phone, iMessage,
email and more! When we release a podcast, training video or audio or
announce something big, you’ll be the first to know via alerts
straight to your device. (Requires enabling of Notifications).

Read Commtech USA’s AppleVis App Directory entry for more information
https://www.applevis.com/apps/ios/education/commtech-usa
Visit Commtech USA’s App Store page
https://apps.apple.com/us/app/commtech-usa/id1513755325

2. Doing It Right (iOS/iPadOS, US$1.99)
Audio game fully accessible to blind and visually impaired people.
Doing it Right is an audio puzzle with brain-busting challenge. Test your
hearing and logic.
Follow the sound instructions and win the game. With each chapter and level
instructions will become more difficult and mental
discomfort stronger. Try to test yourself. It is harder than it seems at
first sight.

Current Version: 1.2.0 (August 4, 2020)
Read Doing It Right’s AppleVis App Directory entry for more information
https://www.applevis.com/apps/ios/games/doing-it-right
Visit Doing It Right’s App Store page
https://apps.apple.com/us/app/doing-it-right/id1517307980?ls=1

3. GitHub (iOS/iPadOS, Free With In-App Purchases)
There’s a lot you can do on GitHub that doesn’t require a complex
development environment – like sharing feedback on a design
discussion, or reviewing a few lines of code. GitHub for iOS lets you move
work forward wherever you are. Stay in touch with your
team, triage issues, and even merge, right from the app. We’re making these
tasks easy for you to perform, no matter where you
work, with a beautifully native experience.
You can use GitHub for iOS to:
Browse your latest notifications
Read, react, and reply to Issues and Pull Requests
Review and merge Pull Requests
Organize Issues with labels, assignees, projects, and more
Browse your files and code

Current Version: 1,2,4 (August 11, 2020)
Read GitHub’s AppleVis App Directory entry for more information
https://www.applevis.com/apps/ios/developer-tools/github
Visit GitHub’s App Store page
https://apps.apple.com/us/app/github/id1477376905

4. Laundry Lens (iOS/iPadOS, Free)
Laundry Lens is the perfect companion for doing the laundry. Just point your
camera at a care label and you will be presented to the
proper instructions on how to take care of your clothes and garments. By
swiping up, you can also look up the laundry symbols
manually and discover many others. Laundry Lens includes a full list of
symbols, from washing to ironing, and even professional
ones, so you know exactly what type of care your laundry requires.

Current Version: 1.0.3 (July 29, 2020)
Read Laundry Lens’ AppleVis App Directory entry for more information
https://www.applevis.com/apps/ios/utilities/laundry-lens
Visit Laundry Lens’ App Store page
https://apps.apple.com/us/app/laundry-lens/id1513767864

5. Mercury for Mastodon (iOS/iPadOS, Free With In-App Purchases)
Introducing Mercury, a customisable client for the Mastodon social network!
Notable features of Mercury:
Customise swipe gestures to shortcut actions you perform often
Choose a custom theme to personalise the app to your tastes with automatic
dark mode switching
Listen to audio uploaded to the Fediverse
Save a list of hashtags that you would like to follow
Add descriptions to images and GIFs that you upload
Support for custom emoji when posting a status
Open Twitter and Reddit links in popular native apps
Create custom timeline filters
Translate status text
Bookmark statuses
Schedule statuses
Manage lists
Multiple account support
All without ads

Current Version: 1.3.2 (August 20, 2020)
Read Mercury for Mastodon’s AppleVis App Directory entry for more
information
https://www.applevis.com/apps/ios/social-networking/mercury-mastodon
Visit Mercury for Mastodon’s App Store page
https://apps.apple.com/us/app/mercury-for-mastodon/id1486749200

6. Sounds Of Eden (iOS/iPadOS, US$1.99)
Sounds of Eden is a meditative, audio experience. Designed to inspire a
sense of peace and calm within the listener. Walk through
an endlessly generated garden where the only things that grow are blissful
sounds. Each time you enter your garden, you’ll find a
unique array of plants that grow around you as you explore.
This is an audio only experience, there are no visuals.

Read Sounds Of Eden’s AppleVis App Directory entry for more information
https://www.applevis.com/apps/ios/entertainment/sounds-eden
Visit Sounds Of Eden’s App Store page
https://apps.apple.com/us/app/sounds-of-eden/id1525196057

7. Untold RPG (iOS/iPadOS, Free With In-App Purchases)
UNTOLD is an immersive text-based RPG where you create your own adventure.
You wake up on a beach, confused and vengeful
and soon encounter a nomad. Like you, she suffers from memory loss and
wishes nothing but vengeance upon those responsible.
”Even in its early stage, it is a delightful game – the eloquent writing,
amount of surprise elements and uncertainty paint a wonderful
experience unique to every play-through!” – Player
Choose your own UNTOLD story by making decisions that impact your adventure.
Some of these choices will pave way for survival,
others will condemn you to the realm of the dead. As you venture through the
world, you gain experience, gather equipment and build
your character. Keep in mind though, that strength is not everything you
need to survive the cruel continent that is Tem Khiris.

Current Version: 1.3.1 (August 27, 2020)
Read Untold RPG’s AppleVis App Directory entry for more information
https://www.applevis.com/apps/ios/games/untold-rpg
Visit Untold RPG’s App Store page
https://apps.apple.com/us/app/untold-rpg/id1486667077

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 September – tips to keep you updated

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 september 2020

In this issue:

General tips
Articles of the day
* Salt. It’s mandatory in a human diet. But salt can be as destructive as it
is needful due to its ability to eat holes through metal and leave ugly
stains on footwear.
* My Top Five Favorite Homemade Cleaning Solutions

From the pages of Donna’s travel diary
* Protecting yourself before traveling abroad

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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.

For those living in Canada:
Simply ignore those calls from callers pretending to be calling from Service
Canada.
They are absolutely fake!

Here is one that could catch you off guard.
If you are awaiting the delivery of a package; you will probably receive
notification from the courrier company with a tracking number.
However, you will probably also receive another email from a scammer with
another tracking number for you to use.
The best thing to do is to call the courrier company directly and check out
this tracking number with them.
Please be very cautious here.

Be very ware of this scam!
An email pretending to be from MR and MRS Gates on behalf of the Gates
Foundation!
It asks you to contact the send of the email.
It is a scam!

For those RBC customers in Canada:
Please ignore any email sent to you that says that changes are going to be
made to your business accounts.
This email has an attachment which makes this email even more dangerous.
Do not download the attachment; simply delete this email.

Okay: If you receive an unsolicited small package from China and you
believe it to be containing seeds,
please do not bother opening it.
Just throw it away.

Having problems with keys sticking in your door?
Just use a healthy dose of DW40.
Spray it into the key hole.
Voila! Matter solved!

What’s a great source of snack for diabetics?
Why; pop corn of course!

Best time to water your plants and flowers?
Early in the morning according to the plant experts.

Watering your lawn at night?
Prevents those night crawling insects from envading your lawn.

Some helpful info about hurricanes!
Hurricane season starts towards the end of June and usually lasts until end
of November.
Hurricanes thrive in warm waters of the ocean in that they are able to grow.

Some very important info for your consideration:
Swimming in a pool is very different to swimming in a lake.
Lakes have currents.
If you encounter a current, best to back out of its grasp if you can; do not
panic, swim against it.
The bottoms of lakes are not level at the best of times and very often you
could easily find yourself going from a level bottom to a drop that could
throw you off and cause you to run into huge problems.

About those vitamin Bs?
Vitamin B12 is good for dealing with stress.
Vitamins B3, B5, and B6 are good for healthy skin and hair.

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Articles of the day
Chosen by the Business Desk team

Salt. It’s mandatory in a human diet. But salt can be as destructive as it
is needful due to its ability to eat holes through metal and leave ugly
stains on footwear.

We should be thankful for sidewalk salt in the wintertime, because it’s
effective at helping us avoid injuries from slipping on icy surfaces. Of
course, the downside is, these chunky salt particles get on boots and shoes
causing damage and ugly stains.

Cleaning these stains from your leather and suede footwear regularly
throughout the winter will help them last and looking good for many years to
come.Leather: Pour 1/2 cup white vinegar and 1/2 cup warm water into a small
bowl and mix well. Dip a clean cloth into the mixture, then wring it out so
it is not dripping.

Dab the this wet cloth into the salt stains, wiping at them gently to remove
the white residue. Following with a second cloth you’ve dipped into the
clean water

and wrung near dry, rubbing gently to rinse away the vinegar solution, then
dry with a clean, soft rag. Repeat the process of dabbing with vinegar
solution, rinsing with a wet rag and drying until all of the salt stains are
gone.

If stubborn stains remain despite having followed the steps above, moisten a
clean damp sponge with a good saddle soap like Fiebing’s Yellow Saddle Soap.
Rub it onto the spots in a circular motion. Following the instructions on
the label, buff the leather with a dry rag to remove any residue that
remains.

Suede: Brush the stained areas of the boots or shoes with a soft toothbrush
to loosen any surface salt or other debris from the suede.

Mix 1 teaspoon blue Dawn liquid dishwashing detergent into 2 cups of warm
water

and stir. Dip a corner of a soft clean white rag into the soapy water and
squeeze it gently to release excess water. Dab the stained areas of the
suede gently. Don’t

rub or press hard on the suede. Leave the boot or shoe to air dry. If the
salt stains remain after the boots dry, repeat the process. When the salt
stains are finally gone, brush the dried area with a soft toothbrush or shoe
brush until those boots look brand new.

Avoid future stains: Once your boots are back to their beautiful selves,
treat them with a good water and stain protector like Meltonian Water &
Stain Protector for Leather & Suede. Once treated your boots will repel
future water and salt stains.

You’ll save the time of having to remove stains later and you’ll save money
too

because your boots will last for more seasons to come.
By Mary Hunt

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My Top Five Favorite Homemade Cleaning Solutions

If there’s one place in your household spending that you can really cut the
cost, it’s household cleaners. The cost of most home cleaning products is
getting outrageous. While I don’t advocate throwing out what you may have
accumulated, I do recommend that in the future you consider making your own
cleaning products from ingredients that are downright cheap.

While I have many recipes, tricks and strategies, today these are my top
five favorites!

*TUB AND SHOWER CLEANER.

Materials: Blue Dawn, 32 or 16 ounce spray bottle, and plain white
vinegar.

Instructions:

1. Pour one cup blue Dawn into a 32-ounce spray bottle (1/2 cup Dawn if
you are using a 16-ounce bottle; 1/3 cup for a 12-ounce

bottle).

2. Fill the bottle the rest of the way with plain white vinegar. Apply
sprayer top.

3. shake gently to mix.

4. Label bottle.

5. To use: Spray liberally on the areas to be cleaned-tub or shower walls,
doors, floor, fixtures.

6. Allow to sit from 30 minutes up

to overnight, depending on the amount of soap and scum build-up. All of the
offensive gunk and grime will break down and become soft and gooey. 7.
Simply rinse it away.

8. For especially challenging situations (or if this is the initial
treatment) use a sponge or brush to gently scrub the surfaces before
rinsing. To maintain: Spray down the walls and floor of the tub/shower once
a week. Rinse. Admire.

*TOILET CLEANER:

materials: One cup baking soda, 1 cup white vinegar. To

Instructions:

1. First remove the water from the toilet bowl by reaching down behind the
toilet and turning off the water input valve. This is easy. Just turn the
handle clockwise until it will no longer

turn. Now flush the toilet once or twice or until all of the water
disappears.

(Because you turned the input off, no water will fill the tank.) ‘2.
Sprinkle the baking

soda all around the inside of the toilet bowl.

3. Next pour or spray the plain white distilled vinegar into the bowl.
You’ll get a little bubbling show and even a popping

sound. Great! That’s the reaction you want.

4. Using a good toilet brush, scrub it

down including under the rim.

5. Last, turn the inlet valve back on by turning it

counterclockwise until it stops turning. The toilet tank will fill. Flush to
rinse. Repeat

as necessary. You’ve just cleaned, scoured, deodorized that toilet and also
removed mildew and odors.

*GRANITE CLEANER:

Materials: 1/4 cup rubbing alcohol (vodka, or gin are good

Substitutes), 16-oz. spray bottle, 3 drops blue Dawn, and finally 5 drops
essential oil

Instructions:

1. Pour 1/4 cup rubbing alcohol (vodka, or gin are good

substitutes) into a 16-oz. spray bottle.

2. Add 3 drops blue Dawn dishwashing liquid

and 5 drops essential oil (optional, but makes it smell great).

3. Add 2 cups water to

4. fill the bottle.

5. Label and keep out of reach of children.

6. Shake to mix. Label the

bottle.

7. From now on, use this cleaner to keep your granite countertops
beautifully clean and shiny without wrecking the sealant or causing any harm
to the granite.

Note: Any size spray bottle will work. Simply adjust the proportions to

accommodate.

*BATHROOM CLEANER.

Materials: This is heavy-duty and will sanitize as well as clean

bathroom counters, floors, sink, glass and mirrors.

Items needed include: one clean spray bottle, rubbing alcohol, white
vinegar

Instructions:

1. Get a clean spray bottle. Fill it

halfway with rubbing alcohol;

2. Fill the rest of the way to the top with white vinegar.

3. Label the bottle. The ratio is 50/50 rubbing alcohol to white vinegar no
matter the size of the container. The great thing about this cleaner-no
rinsing required.

4. Simply spray, scrub with a sponge or cloth and wipe clean.

*WOOD AND LAMINATE FLOOR CLEANER.

Materials needed: One part alcohol (rubbing alcohol is

cheap and available in any supermarket or drug store), distilled water, plus
a few drops blue Dawn dishwashing liquid, a spray bottle and finally a
microfiber cleaning pad.

Optional, a large surface mop with even bigger detachable microfiber
cleaning pad.

Instructions:

1. Mix One part alcohol to four parts distilled water

plus a few drops blue Dawn dishwashing liquid.

2. Mix this up in a spray bottle each

time you clean the floors. Or if you make it up ahead, be sure to label it
well and keep it out of the reach of children. To use: Sweep or vacuum the
floor.

3. spray the cleaner in a small area, and scrub well with a cloth or sponge
and immediately wipe the

area dry with a microfiber cloth.

4. The secret is to spray, scrub and wipe dry

immediately. If you do not want to do this on your hands and knees, I
recommend this Hardwood Floor Spray Mop for both wood and laminate floors.
It sprays the

cleaner from its removable bottle that lets you make your own cleaner; a
large surface mop with even bigger detachable microfiber cleaning pad that
swivels for really easy handling. This mop makes scrubbing wood and laminate
floors a breeze.

—From Mary Hunt’s Everyday Cheapskate blog, comment!

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From the pages of Donna’s diary
Protecting yourself before traveling abroad

It never hurts to ensure that all of your ducks are in a row so to speak
before you travel abroad and if you want someone to double check your list
then why not give your friendly Federal MP a call to verify?
Here are some suggestions.

1. Make sure that your passport is up to date. You need to have a passport
that is valid for at least six months before you travel.

2. Make sure that you need to be vaccinated if the country that you are
traveling to requires you to be so.

3. Make sure that if you require a visa to travel to your destination that
you obtain said visa.

4. Make sure that if you require foreign currency that you have enough to
travel with.

5. Travel insurance is a great way to protect yourself in case of illness or
accidents.

6. Check out your destination thoroughly to satisfy yourself that it is a
safe one.

7. It is always a great idea to take out travel insurance and flight
cancellation insurance.

8. Finally, make sure that your luggage is easy to identify and pay specific
attention to your luggage tags.

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 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 Halifax airport

A review of the Halifax airport
By Donna J. Jodhan

Introduction:
There are airports and then there are airports and what distinguishes the
outstanding ones from the medioca ones are to a large extent the layout of
the facilities and services.
For me, the Halifax airport stands well ahead of many others in the
outstanding category and this is all due to the accessibility of this
airport for travelers with disabilities.

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 passengers with special needs – 5

Remarks :
The authorities of the Halifax airport have put a lot of thought into how to
accommodate the needs and requirements of passengers with special needs and
many other airports can take pattern after the facilities here.

About service desk staff:
Friendly, welcoming, and very helpful going beyond the call of duty.

Any suggestions?
Keep up your excellent work!

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Making a back deck more accessible

Hello everyone:
Each month I will be responding to a question; chosen from a pool of some of
the most commonly asked ones that I have been asked over the years and
continue to be asked.
This month, I’d like to answer the following question:
Making a back deck more accessible
By Donna J. Jodhan

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

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

There are back decks and then there are back decks and the difference
between the good ones and the bad ones is that the good ones can be accessed
by everyone. Not just the person without a disability but those who depend
on wheelchairs, walkers, canes, service dogs, and others to help them access
the deck.

There is nothing more enjoyable than being able to appreciate one’s back
deck in the non winter season and with a rapidly aging population it is so
very important for contractors to bear this in mind whenever they are called
upon to build or upgrade back decks. So with this in mind, here are just a
few pointers.

1. Make sure that your back deck is easily accessible. With as little steps
as possible and if this is unavoidable then a viable alternative.

2. That there is enough space for persons with mobility devices to maneuver.

3. That there are adequate guard rales.

4. That there is enough colour contrast between floor surface, rales, and
walls.

5. That there is enough space between chairs and tables.

6. That chairs are easy to sit in and that tables are at a comfortable
height for persons to access.

This should be enough to get you started.

Now you can subscribe to my monthly newsletter.
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informational tips available in the areas of Technology, Nutrition, Media,
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Welcome to the Apple Viz newsletter for July 2020

Welcome to the July 2020 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.

1. Bright Guide – messenger (iOS/iPadOS, Free With In-App Purchases)
Bright Guide is a convenient messenger designed specifically for blind
people and working with the Voice Over screen access
program. The Bright Guide application allows you to send text and voice
messages, images and documents, as well as subscribe
to popular channels in Telegram.
In the interface of the Bright Guide application, all the buttons are
conveniently located, there are no extra headers and not always
necessary notifications, which are often found when using Voice Over.
We also thought out and added some convenient features that can please
users:
In order not to return to the “Back” button every time, you can double-click
on the screen of the phone with two fingers. This
activates the “Back” button in all places of the application
By sending a voice message, you can always listen to it before sending it,
overwrite it or simply delete it
Being in the chat with a user, scrolling up or down, you can select the
function you need for further action
We also developed a special search system “Alphabetical Index”. It allows
you to search quickly through your contacts by the
first letter of the name or surname with Voice Over. For example, choosing
the letter “B”, you activate the search for users
whose first or last name begins with the letter “B”

Current Version: 1.1.2 (May 31, 2020)
Read Bright Guide – messenger’s AppleVis App Directory entry for more
information
https://www.applevis.com/apps/ios/social-networking/bright-guide-messenger
Visit Bright Guide – messenger’s App Store page
https://apps.apple.com/us/app/bright-guide-messenger/id1458917846

2. Nicolas Eymerich – The Demon (iOS/iPadOS, US$5.99)
Dear brothers and sisters! The wait is finally over… The Inquisitor is BACK!
Immerse yourself in this roguelike-inspired RPG and
follow the last adventure of Nicolas Eymerich.
An exciting game mechanics in 8 different scenarios: haunted woods, caves
invaded by monstrous creatures, crypts full of secrets
and the Final Clash with the Evil One.
An innovative audio-navigational system to explore maps in the most remote
corners. From the village of Calcares to the dungeons
of the Abbey.
A brand-new combat mechanics in which you will control both Eymerich and
Jacinto Corona. You will use the strength, the spirit, and
the power of the Faith, to banish the Evil!
Dialogues in which to discover precious clues or the demonstration of the
Lie of the Heresy.
Enigmas to solve with the ingenuity of divine intuition.
An accessible audio game for the visually impaired, enhanced with hand-drawn
graphics and also playable in video mode.

Current Version: 1.3 (July 14, 2020)
Read Nicolas Eymerich – The Demon’s AppleVis App Directory entry for more
information
https://www.applevis.com/apps/ios/games/nicolas-eymerich-demon
Visit Nicolas Eymerich – The Demon’s App Store page
https://apps.apple.com/us/app/nicolas-eymerich-the-demon/id1506739998

All recent app entries posted to applevis can be found at:
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Helpful tips for August 2020

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.
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Helpful tips for August 2020

In this issue:

General tips
Articles of the day
* Replacing Faulty Light Switches and Wall Outlets
* When the Lights Go Out, Replacing Fuses and Resetting Circuit Breakers

From the pages of Donna’s travel diary
* Protecting yourself at a 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.

For this month:
We see that those phone scams continue to be an annoyance.
Be ware of the number that calls you, does not leave a message or hangs up,
and then they hope that you call them back.
Calls from India and China continue to make their presence felt.
These are scams looking to encourage you to disclose your personal or
banking details.
Don’t take calls from those research companies whose names you do not
recognize.
Ignore fax numbers that you do not recognize.

An interesting bit of info about the aging of dogs?
A dog’s first year is the equivalent of 30 years of adult life.
By the time your dog reaches 4 years, it is the equivalent of 52 years of
adult life.

And here is another tip on dogs:
If you notice that they are either rubbing against the wall excessively or
licking themselves in the same way or even scratching, then your poor dog
may be suffering from a skin problem or even an allergy.
Check with your vet as soon as possible.

Squirrels?
They can destroy your flowers but they also love those bird seeds that you
may leave in your outdoor bird feeders.

Want to make your own hand sanitizer?
Use 3 parts water and one part rubbing alcahol.
Also, any hand soap is also quite good.

One way to ensure that your plants survive the summer heat?
Do not over water, just make sure that soil is damp.
It is always easier to revive an overly dry plant than an over soaked one.

About those pesky musquitoes?
They usually fade away during very hot temps.

Want to give your room the appearance of being larger than its physical
size?
Then you need to paint it in a very light colour.

Ways to measure your waste and hips?
Your waste is 3 fingers down from right under your breast bone.
Your hips is is 3 fingers further down.
This is a good way for you to locate your waste and hips.

All about the benefits of dry shampoo?
There have been great strides when it comes to the use of dry shampoo.
There was a time when it came in a powder form but alas!
It now comes in the form of a spray, there are several very refreshing
fragrances, and it does a great job keeping your hair looking fresh and easy
on the eyes.

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Articles of the day
Chosen by the Business Desk team

Replacing Faulty Light Switches and Wall Outlets
These directions are intended for both the general population as well as
blind and/or low vision home repair enthusiast.
Light switches and electrical wall outlets can occasionally become
defective, working only sometimes or not at all. In addition to
this making the light or appliance unreliably usable, it can be unsafe. Many
people are afraid to tackle electrical projects fearing
that they will be shocked or injured. Any person, with or without vision can
safely and successfully replace electrical switches and
outlets by making sure the electricity to that switch or outlet is turned
off and following the five steps described below.
If you do not have enough vision to identify the colors of the electrical
wires and the color of the terminals, you will most likely need
assistance from a sighted person to identify the color of the wires and to
be sure you know which terminals are brass and which
are nickel so that you can safely install them.
Tools that you may need:
·
Straight or philips screw drivers
·
Pliers that incorporate a wire cutter, sometimes referred to as
linemen’s pliers
·
Needle-nose pliers
·
Wire stripper or sharp knife for stripping insulation from the
electrical wire
Parts you may need:
·
Replacement switch or outlet of the same amperage capacity and
color of the one you are replacing
·
Replacement switch or outlet covers if the one you remove is
marred, dirty, or cracked
·
Electrician’s tape
·
A selection of wire connecters, also referred to as wire nuts, used
to connect two or more electrical wires together or to cap off an
unused wire
Switches are, or should be, mounted in a plastic or metal junction box
inside a wall. Most often, light fixtures are controlled by only
one switch, sometimes called a single-pole switch. It has a lever which when
moved into the “on” position allows electricity to flow
to the lights or other device and when moved into the “off” position, breaks
the circuit thus stopping the flow of electricity. Usually,
the switch is installed so that when the lever is up, the light is on, and
when the lever is down, the light is off. Sometimes two
switches are installed in the same junction box with two separate switches
that are side by side or two switches incorporated into
the same housing. These switches have two screws or terminals usually
located on one side of the switch where the incoming and
outgoing black supply wire is connected. A third terminal is located on the
end of the switch where a “grounding” wire is
connected. The grounding wire which may be red or some other color than
black or white will be grounded to a water line or
grounding rod somewhere near where the electrical wires enter the building.
A dimmer switch works in a similar manner. It will have a sliding lever
which, when moved up or down, increases or reduces the
amount of current thus raising or lowering the illumination. Some light
fixtures such as fluorescent lights can not operate on a
dimmer switch. The dimmer switch may have three wires to connect the power
and ground rather than terminal screws. These can
be connected to the wires in the junction box by twisting the uninsulated
end of the wire from the switch to the incoming and
outgoing wire using wire nuts.
Light fixtures can also be controlled from more than one location with a
two-way (double-pole), or three-way (triple-pole) switch.
The three-way switch will have three terminals and the four-way switch will
have four terminals. The least complicated to install is a
light switch that operates from only one location although multiple location
switches are not much more difficult to replace.
Replacing switches that operate lights from two or three locations is
similar to the following steps except that there are more wires
to connect. When removing a two-way or three-way switch, pay attention to
which color wire is connected to which terminal on the
switch and try to install the new switch following that pattern.
Electrical wall outlets also should be mounted in a plastic or metal
junction box inside the wall. Sometimes outlets are connected
to a switch in another location. This is usually done so that lamps can be
turned on near an entrance to the room.
Electrical outlets that power appliances with 120 volts of electricity have
two screws or terminals on each side, one set being brass
colored and the other set a shiny nickel color. The incoming black supply
wire is connected to either one of the brass terminals and
the outgoing white wire should be connected to one of the nickel colored
terminals. If another outlet is connected through the
outlet, an outgoing black wire may be connected to the second brass terminal
and the white outgoing wire should be connected to
the other nickel colored terminal. You may not be able to tell which wires
feed the outlet and which go on to another outlet, but it
really doesn’t matter so long as the black and white wires are connected as
described above.
Tip:It is helpful to put a small piece of electricians tape on the black
wire to tactually identify it. You can also use the orientation of
the light switch or the outlet to help remember where the brass terminals
are located.
Almost all outlets have two places where an appliance can be plugged in. In
older installations, the outlet will have two slots into
which the plug can be inserted. Newer outlets have a third opening where the
third prong of a plug can go in. As with the light
switch, there is a grounding terminal located on the end of the outlet which
connects the third prong of the plug to the grounding
circuit. Outlets that are installed in a bathroom, above kitchen counter
tops, or outside should be equipped with a ground fault
interrupter circuit (GFI). The outlet has a circuit breaker incorporated
into the outlet which trips if too much current is drawn or if a
short occurs because of moisture. The GFI outlets connect in the same way as
described above.
Appliances such as kitchen stoves and clothes dryers which operate on 220
volts of electricity have only one place to plug in the
appliance instead of two like the 110 outlets. It is usually controlled by
one circuit breaker that is distinguishable from the 110
circuit breakers because it is much larger and is located in a separate
circuit breaker box. A 220 outlet is replaced in much the
same way as a 110 outlet but is connected to 3 wires of a much heavier gauge
inside the junction box.
Steps to Replace Electrical Switches or Outlets
Step One: Turn off the circuit breaker
You must first turn off the circuit breaker or remove the fuse governing the
circuit to which the switch or outlet is connected. Older
homes and apartments often have one or more fuse boxes with anywhere from
two to eight fuses. The fuse box is metal and may
be located in a stairwell, closet, basement, or garage. The surface of the
box may be flush with the surrounding wall or it may stick
out a couple of inches. The box will have a metal door which must be opened
to expose the fuses. Fuses lay flat on the outward-
facing surface. They are round and screw into a socket in the box very much
like the socket for a light bulb. The fuse can be
unscrewed by turning it counter-clockwise. Circuit breakers are standard for
all newly constructed and remodeled homes. They
serve the same function as older model fuse boxes, and are generally found
in the same areas of the home. Circuit breakers look
like small light switches and are generally organized in rows of two to
eight or more that can run horizontally or vertically. To trip a
breaker, the switch-shaped button is moved down, up, or side-to-side
depending on the position in which it was installed.
When electrical circuits were installed, the installer should have provided
a list that tells which outlets and lights are on each
circuit. If no additional outlets or lights have been added since
installation, you can quickly tell from this list which fuse or breaker
governs the switch or outlet you need to replace. If the circuit list is not
available or has not been kept up-to-date, it may be difficult
to determine which fuse or breaker governs that particular switch or outlet.
You may wonder how you can tell which fuse or breaker
governs a non working light or outlet. If you are not certain you have found
the correct fuse or breaker, you can turn the power off
to the entire house or get a circuit tester to determine if there is
electrical current in the wire by the switch or outlet.
Tip: If there are two switches mounted side by side in the junction box or
two switches on one unit, be sure that the circuit
governing both switches are turned off.
Step Two: Remove the switch or outlet plate cover
Once you are certain that the electricity is turned off to that circuit,
remove the plate which covers the switch. There are usually two
screws holding the plate in place. Wall outlet covers are anchored with one
screw in the middle of the cover between the two
electrical outlet.
Tip: If the plate has been painted over, the slot in the screw may be
covered with paint. You can expose the screw slot by scraping
away the paint with a screw driver or point of a knife. If the wall and
outlet cover have been painted or covered with wall paper you
might carefully cut the wall paper with a knife just at the edge of the
cover before removing it. This will help avoid damaging the
finish on the surrounding wall. You can get a slightly larger plate cover
than the one you removed which will cover the edges.
Step Three: Remove the switch or outlet
The switch or outlet is anchored in place with a screw at either end. These
screws may also have paint in the screw slot which
should be removed as described above. Once these screws have been removed,
you should be able to grasp the switch or outlet
and pull it out of the junction box.
Step Four: Disconnect the old switch or outlet and connect the new one
In older installations, the switch may only be connected with two wires, the
incoming and outgoing black supply wire, and there
may not be much slack wire in the junction box. The white wire may be
connected somewhere in the circuitry or it may be found at
the back of the junction box. In older installations, a grounding wire may
not have been installed. To remove the defective switch,
disconnect the two wires from the terminals by loosening the screws in a
counter-clockwise direction. The screws can be removed
entirely but the last turn or two may require a bit of force because of the
way in which the threads holding the terminal are made. If
you do not remove the screw, you should find that the wire is curled around
the screw terminals in the same direction that the
screw is tightened. By using the point of a knife you can straighten the
wire enough to lift it off the screw. If the wire is not
connected to the screw terminals, it may be connected by being inserted into
a spring loaded slot on the back side of the switch or
outlet. You may be able to release the spring and withdraw the wire by using
a straight screw driver or the point of a knife in an
access slot that is provided. If the spring doesn’t release, you may have to
cut the wire with a wire cutter. If you do, make the cut as
near to the switch as possible thereby leaving as much slack wire in the
junction box as possible.
Tip: If, for some reason, you cannot finish connecting the switch or outlet
and have to complete it at another time, you can place
wire nuts over the ends of the unconnected wires and turn the electricity
back on until you have the time to finish the job. If the
wire nuts are snugly fitted to the end of the wires, there should be no
danger so long as no one moves the wires around or loosens
the wire nuts.
Connect the new switch or outlet by connecting the wires to the screw
terminals as described above. Be sure to make a loop using
the needle-nose pliers and placing this behind the head of the terminal
screw head. Be sure that the loop curls in the direction that
the screw tightens. You can close the loop before tightening the screw by
using the needle-nose pliers so that the wire doesn’t slip
out from under the screw head as you tighten it. Tighten the screw by
turning it in a clockwise direction until it is snugly tight. Be
careful not to over-tighten the screw. If you had to cut the wire to remove
the switch, remove ½ to ¾ inches of insulation from the
wire with the wire stripper or by carefully cutting it away with the knife.
Be careful not to nick or scratch the wire if you strip it
thereby weakening the wire and possibly causing it to break when you bend it
to go under the terminal. If you prefer, you can
insert the stripped end of the wire into the spring-loaded slot. If there is
no grounding wire, there is not much you can do about
grounding it unless you want to install a grounding circuit which can be
difficult because of accessing the outlet junction box inside
the wall. The switch or outlet will function without the grounding wire but
electrical code usually requires that the switch or outlet is
connected to a grounding wire.
Tip: It is a good idea to place a strip of electrical tape over the
terminals thereby helping to assure that the terminals will not make
contact with the junction box.
Step Five: Finish the job
Anchor the switch or outlet back into the junction box with the new screws
that are supplied.
Tip: If the junction box is recessed a bit below the surface of the wall,
you can put plastic spacers which look like thick washers on
the mounting screws between the outlet or switch and the box. This will
allow the switch or outlet to be mounted flush with the wall
which will make it easier to use.
Tip: Bend the connecting wires before pushing the switch or outlet into the
junction box so that they fold in behind the switch or
outlet and then insert the mounting screws to secure it in place. This makes
a much neater job and helps eliminate excessive force
on the connection at the terminal screws.
Tip: Remember to orient the lever on the light switch so that when it is in
the down position, the light will be off. If the light is
operated from two or three locations, the lever may be up or down depending
on which switch was last activated.
Lastly, replace the cover. Turn the electricity back on and if it was the
switch or outlet that was faulty, your light and outlet should
work properly.
By Gil Johnson from VisionAware
http://www.visionaware.org/info/everyday-living/home-repairs/gils-guide-to-home-repairs/replacing-faulty-light-switches-and-wall-
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When the Lights Go Out, Replacing Fuses and Resetting Circuit Breakers
A sudden loss of electrical power—it’s one of those experiences that every
homeowner is either familiar with or soon will be. The summer months are an
especially vulnerable time as air conditioners are going full blast
for hours at a stretch, pushing electrical circuits to their limits. Even if
you replaced burnt fuses or reset the circuit breaker many times as a fully
sighted person, you may feel reluctant to fiddle with wiring if you have
lost
some or all of your vision.
Don’t be discouraged, however. In most instances, you should be able to turn
the power back on by devoting just a bit more care and attention to the task
at hand.
Understanding the Problem
Occasionally, a neighborhood—or even an entire city or region—will
experience a large-scale power outage. There’s little you can do about this
from your home, of course, so it’s important to keep fresh batteries, a
flashlight or two and a battery-operated radio on hand at all times.
More typically, power failures are confined to the home. The cause could be
an electrical short. Circuit breakers and fuses will audibly “pop” almost
immediately if there’s a short or loose wire. These can be quite
dangerous, so it’s best to have a licensed electrician fix it for you. More
often, the issue is a blown fuse or tripped circuit caused by excessive
electrical current flowing through the wires. The fuse or breaker will
automatically cut off the current to prevent the wires from overheating and
causing a fire.
The best way to prevent such outages is to make sure not to use too many
appliances on one circuit at the same time. It’s one thing to multitask, but
it’s best not to pop the English muffins in the toaster until after the
ironing is done. If several high voltage appliances are rigged to one
breaker or fuse in your home, you may want to have a licensed electrician
migrate one or more appliances to another breaker/box.
Fuse Boxes vs. Circuit Breakers
Older homes and apartments often have one or more fuse boxes with anywhere
from two to eight fuses. The fuse box is metal and may be located in a
stairwell, closet, basement, or garage. The surface of the box
may be flush with the surrounding wall or it may stick out a couple of
inches. The box will have a metal door which must be opened to expose the
fuses.
Fuses lay flat on the outward-facing surface. They are round and screw into
a socket in the box very much like the socket for a light bulb. The fuse can
be unscrewed by turning it counter-clockwise.
Fuses are rated at 15, 20, or 30 amps depending on the size of the
electrical wire they protect. You should replace a fuse with the same, or
lower, ampier rating than the one you are replacing.
Circuit breakers are standard for all newly constructed and remodeled homes.
They serve the same function as older model fuse boxes, and are generally
found in the same areas of the home, but are easier to reset.
Circuit breakers looks like small light switches and are generally organized
in rows of two to eight or more that can run horizontally or vertically.
When a breaker is tripped, the switch-shaped button is forced down or up
depending on the position in which it was installed. You can easily locate
the affected breaker by running your hand along the row of breakers and
locating the one that is out of line with the rest. To reset the breaker,
simply press the switch to bring it in alignment with the others.
For the “off” breaker to engage in the “on” position, you may have to push
the breaker that has tripped to the “off” position then back “on” again. The
circuit may immediately break again if the cause of the initial
overloaded circuit was not corrected.
Kitchen ranges, dryers, and other large appliances typically connect to
large-sized breakers that require 220 volts of electricity. These are easily
distinguished from the common 110 volt breakers for lights and outlets.
Power Off/Power On: Replacing Fuses and Resetting Breakers
Replacing fuses or resetting breakers is not a frequent occurrence, but when
it is necessary, there are steps you can take to complete the task safely
and with minimum aggravation.
· Check the circuit list. When electrical circuits were last
installed, the installer should have provided a list that tells you which
outlets and lights are on each circuit. If no additional outlets or lights
have been added since
installation, you can quickly tell from this list which fuse or breaker
might have been tripped by the overload. It is a good idea to keep this list
handy in case replacement or resetting the breaker is needed.
· If the circuit list is not available or has not been kept up to
date, you may have to experiment by removing one fuse at a time until you
find the one that has burned out. If you remove a fuse and no other circuits
are
affected, you most likely have found the culprit.
· Fuses can be changed while the power is still on but take care. It
would be like removing a light bulb without first turning off the switch.
Exercise extreme caution when removing fuses.
· Do not stick anything in an empty fuse socket as this can trigger
an electrical short, which could cause a serious injury or fatality.
—-author: Gil Johnson
http://www.visionaware.org/info/everyday-living/home-repairs/gils-guide-to-home-repairs/fuses-and-circuit-breakers/1235

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From the pages of Donna’s travel diary
Protecting yourself at a hotel

As soon as you enter a hotel there are some things that you need to protect
at all times.
If you have pre booked, then you need to take along your passport and credit
card and when asked for them at the service desk, be sure that only you and
the service desk rep are the ones to see them.

Next, keep your key card very close to you.
If this falls into the wrong hands then someone will be able to enter your
room and have free reign to everything you own.
Do not leave your passport and credit card lying around in your hotel room.
Either keep them on you whenever you leave your room or lock them in your
suitcase.
Do the same for your bank card.

I’m Donna J. Jodhan enjoying my travels.

To learn more about me, visit
http://www.donnajodhan.com

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A review of the Ottawa airport

A review of the Ottawa Airport
By Donna J. Jodhan

Introduction:
In comparison to several other airports in Canada, the airport is small but
it continues to grow and and its importance remains absolute.

I ahve found this airport to be extremely friendly and the airport staff is
wonderfully helpful and always willing to go the extra mile. Especially so
when it comes to assisting passengers with special needs.

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 travelers with special needs – 5
Assistance at airport restaurants – 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 airport staff:
Friendly and welcoming.

Any suggestions?
Just keep up the good work!

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Making a garden more accessible

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

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

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!

Believe it or not, making your garden accessible to not just yourself but to
others as well is not as difficult as you may think. The trick here is to
ensure that it can be reached easily, is easy to navigate, and can be
enjoyed by everyone.

Here are a few suggestions for you.
1. Make sure that your garden is easy to access. That is, it is easy to
reach and enter.

2. That your flower beds are well laid out in a way that they are easy to
see and to walk among.

3. That there is enough space between each flower bed.

4. That flower beds are not too close to the entrance of your garden.

5. If your garden includes seats and benches, that they are not too high or
too low and that they are in colours that are easy to see.

6. That they are in locations that are accessible and easy to reach.

7. That shrubbery is kept properly manicured so that they do not pose any
challenges to those walking by. That is, that they are not too bushy.

This should be a good start.

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Welcome to the Apple newsletter for June

Welcome to the June 2020 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.

1. BBC iPlayer (iOS/iPadOS, Free)
BBC iPlayer brings you the latest and greatest TV series and box sets from
the BBC. Watch live, on-demand or download to take away with you – all in
one app!
Enjoy watching live TV in the palm of your hand, from live news coverage,
music and big sport events to great comedies, gripping documentaries and
nail-biting dramas. Looking for a little
entertainment for the children? Create an account for a more child-friendly
experience and your little ones can watch all of their favourite shows from
CBBC and CBeebies!

Current Version: 4.87.1 (June 25, 2020)
Read BBC iPlayer’s AppleVis App Directory entry for more information
https://www.applevis.com/apps/ios/entertainment/bbc-iplayer-0
Visit BBC iPlayer’s App Store page
https://apps.apple.com/gb/app/bbc-iplayer/id416580485

2. Braille Translator (macOS, US$1.99)
Braille Translator translates text into braille, as you type.
It features support for contracted and uncontracted translation for many
languages.
The result can be exported as ASCII Braille, Unicode Braille, PNG and SVG.
Supported Languages:
English Unified (Grade 1)
English Unified (Grade 2)
English U.S. (Grade 1)
English U.S. (Grade 2)
English U.K. (Grade 1)
English U.K. (Grade 2)
French (Grade 1)
French Unified (Grade 2)
German (Grade 1)
German (Grade 2)
Spanish (Grade 1)
Czech (Grade 1)

Read Braille Translator’s AppleVis App Directory entry for more information
https://www.applevis.com/apps/mac/utilities/braille-translator
Visit Braille Translator’s App Store page
https://apps.apple.com/us/app/braille-translator/id1349481300?mt=12

3. Folx (macOS, Free With In-App Purchases)
Folx is a free download manager for macOS with a true Mac-style interface.
It offers convenient downloads managing, flexible settings, etc. Folx has a
unique system of sorting and keeping the
downloaded content.
Folx can split the downloads in 2 threads for faster downloading; can
automatically resume interrupted downloads; offers multiple ways of adding
download tasks.
PRO version of Folx is an excellent torrent finder – you don’t need to open
multiple torrent trackers in a web browser to find what you need.
It is easily the best torrent search app because without you leaving its
interface, Folx will search through the extensive list of torrent trackers
at once.

Read Folx’s AppleVis App Directory entry for more information
https://www.applevis.com/apps/mac/utilities/folx-5
Visit Folx’s website
https://mac.eltima.com/download-manager.html

4. Home Quest – Idle Adventure (iOS/iPadOS, Free With In-App Purchases)
Build your Town: You find yourself in an unknown place. Unsure of what these
lands might hold, you decide it’s best to grow your settlement. Provide
housing and farms for your people. Create
workplaces, military facilities, and more.
Recruit an Army: Once settled in, eliminate threats, fight your enemies,
conquer the lands, and expand your reach. Choose between different units and
army compositions.

Current Version: 1.0.1 (June 28, 2020)
Read Home Quest – Idle Adventure’s AppleVis App Directory entry for more
information
https://www.applevis.com/apps/ios/games/home-quest-idle-adventure
Visit Home Quest – Idle Adventure’s App Store page
https://apps.apple.com/us/app/id1503150114

5. loud typer (macOS, Free With In-App Purchases)
The Loud Typer application loads into the system menu bar and makes sounds
when you press any key. This works system-wide and in all applications.
Although the Loud Typer app has a wide range of built-in sound themes to
choose from, you can also use your own sounds. (Note: in the free version,
the choice of sound themes is limited to the
default theme.)
Loud Typer allows you to customize keyboard sounds individually for each
application.
Loud Typer loads the icon into the system menu bar to access application
settings. The main program window is opened using: System menu bar > “Loud
Typer” icon > “Settings …” menu item.

Current Version: 6.4 (June 26, 2020)
Read loud typer’s AppleVis App Directory entry for more information
https://www.applevis.com/apps/mac/lifestyle/loud-typer
Visit loud typer’s App Store page
https://apps.apple.com/us/app/loud-typer/id1493508558?mt=12

6. pulsepoint respond (iOS/iPadOS, Free)
PulsePoint Respond is a 911-connected app that can immediately inform you of
emergencies occurring in your community and can request your help when CPR
is needed nearby.
PulsePoint helps create an informed and engaged community that drives a
“Culture of Action,” a key strategy in strengthening the Chain of Survival
for cardiac arrest victims. In addition to nearby
“CPR-needed” notifications, you can choose to be notified of significant
events that may impact you and your family. These informational
notifications provide an early heads-up to local threats
such as wildland fires, flooding and utility emergencies. You can even
monitor live dispatch radio traffic for most PulsePoint-connected
communities with a simple tap on the speaker icon.

Current Version: 4.28 (May 28, 2020)
Read pulsepoint respond’s AppleVis App Directory entry for more information
https://www.applevis.com/apps/ios/medical/pulsepoint-respond
Visit pulsepoint respond’s App Store page
https://apps.apple.com/us/app/pulsepoint-respond/id500772134

7. SirenGPS (iOS/iPadOS, Free)
Walking somewhere and don’t feel safe? Whether you’re walking to your car in
a dark parking lot or going for a jog in an unfamiliar place SirenGPS helps
keep you safe with a panic button on
your phone. With just the touch of a button connect immediately to 911 – or
its equivalent – almost anywhere in the world.
More than 75% of 911 calls are made from cell phones. Most people think that
when you call 911 from your cell phone, the 911 dispatcher automatically
knows where you are. Surprisingly, for
virtually every 911 call the dispatcher needs your help to effectively send
an ambulance, fire service or law enforcement. You need to be able to
explain your location.
If your community subscribes to Siren 911, when you make an emergency call
from the SirenGPS app local first responders will receive your location and
profile in real-time enabling a faster,
more efficient emergency response.

Current Version: 2.26.0 (December 31, 2019)
Read SirenGPS’ AppleVis App Directory entry for more information
https://www.applevis.com/apps/ios/lifestyle/sirengps
Visit SirenGPS’ App Store page
https://apps.apple.com/us/app/sirengps/id771924564

8. SkySafari 6 Pro (iOS/iPadOS, US$19.99)
SkySafari 6 Pro will revolutionize your astronomical viewing experience. It
has the largest database of any astronomy app, includes every solar system
object ever discovered, offers unparalleled
accuracy, flawless telescope control, Augmented Reality (AR) mode, and
provides the very best experience under the stars when you depend on it.
Discover why SkySafari 6 Pro is the #1
recommended astronomy app for serious amateur astronomers since 2009.

Current Version: 6.7.2 (June 11, 2020)
Read SkySafari 6 Pro’s AppleVis App Directory entry for more information
https://www.applevis.com/apps/ios/reference/skysafari-6-pro
Visit SkySafari 6 Pro’s App Store page
https://apps.apple.com/us/app/skysafari-6-pro/id1306165506

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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