Top articles of the week

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


A Dan Thompson contribution
Brain Pump – learn something new

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


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

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


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

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

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

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

For more extensive malware intrusions, I use Malwarebytes at
gJOPaPjacucFRvBoCYwbw_wcB It has been invaluable in detecting and removing
rootkit viruses and other malware. The scan is much slower and the scan
feature in AdwCleaner, but it is very thorough.

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

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

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

Happy teching,
Contributed by Mike

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