Let’s talk tips for November 01 2019

Let’s Talk Tips for Friday, November 1st 2019 – Volume 14
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This month in Let’s Talk Tips:

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#Technology
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1.) Your Bloomin’ Onion Now Comes With a Side of Big Brother
At an Outback Steakhouse Franchise, Surveillance Blooms. As casual dining
chains have declined in popularity, many have experimented with surveillance
technology designed to maximize employee efficiency and performance. Last
week, one Outback Steakhouse franchise announced it would begin testing such
a tool, a computer vision program called Presto Vision, at a single outpost
in the Portland, Oregon area.
http://bit.ly/2NE4RWB

2.) U.S. Opens National Security Investigation Into TikTok
The U.S. government has launched a national security review of TikTok owner
Beijing ByteDance Technology Co’s $1 billion acquisition of U.S. social
media app Musical.ly, according to three people familiar with the matter.
https://reut.rs/32fu2nI

3.) Deep Listening. A Gadget Lab Podcast.
This podcast talks about Apple’s new AirPods, why they cost so much, and how
they are impacting our culture.
http://bit.ly/2NgxqKJ

4.) AI May Not Kill Your Job — Just Change It
Don’t fear the robots, according to a report from MIT and IBM. Worry about
algorithms replacing any task that can be automated.
http://bit.ly/2POoFsQ

5.) A Secret Space Plane Just Landed After a Record Stay in Orbit
The plane spent 780 continuous days in orbit conducting classified
experiments for the US Air Force before autonomously landing itself.
http://bit.ly/2oS69oA

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#Nutrition
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1.) How to Eat Healthy When You’re Tired, Sick, or Just Lazy
Chronic health conditions, mental illness, or just plain lack of energy can
sap your ability or willingness to take care of your health; here’s how to
help yourself.
http://bit.ly/2PMDyfj

2.) Postpartum Weight Loss: Diets And Plans
Some women wish to lose weight after pregnancy. It is possible to achieve
postpartum weight loss safely by breastfeeding, eating a healthful diet, and
exercising. According to the authors of a 2019 study, weight changes during
and after pregnancy can have significant ongoing health effects for many
women. Postpartum weight loss may reduce the risk of long term weight gain
and obesity.
http://bit.ly/2WHxLJv

3.) Gym At Trucking Company About More Than Physical Fitness
A Charlottetown transportation company has included a gym in its new
building for its truckers, and is finding the benefits go beyond keeping its
employees healthy.
https://yhoo.it/32e41Vx

4.) Annual Fitness Fest Teaches Kid Exercise, Healthy Eating Tips
The event first started in 2013 as a way to teach kids how to be healthy and
moving, said Parents and Kids Magazine North Mississippi publisher Gretchen
Cook. The free event is sponsored by Children’s of Mississippi and is also
done in Jackson and Hattiesburg. Several of the activities were things
parents can do at home, Cook said, which was done to show parents they can
keep kids active without spending a lot of money. Activities for the day
included hoola hoops, cornhole, stepping stone, limbo, twister, trampolines
and other health-based activities. There was also a Freeform Martial Arts
demonstration.
http://bit.ly/2POxgMa

5.) Weight Loss Tips: Eat Alone To Eat Less, Says Study – Other Helpful Tips
For Weight Loss You Must Follow
Researchers have found strong evidence that people eat more food when dining
with friends and family than when alone. Read here to know more about how
eating alone can help you lose weight and other tips for weight loss that
you must follow.
http://bit.ly/2WHj7lo

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#Media
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1.) How to Control the Privacy of Your Social Media Posts
Whether it’s Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or Snapchat, lock down who can
see what you’re up to.
http://bit.ly/2WHlip6

2.) On TikTok, There Is No Time
The popular app doesn’t tell users when a video was posted. Creators say
that makes it easier to steal content—but there are also upsides to
forgetting what day it is. TikTok, the wildly popular social media app that
revolves round 15-second video clips, has become a major cultural force. It
has birthed chart-topping hits like “Old Town Road” by Lil Nas X, incubated
new subcultures like VSCO girls, and become the default way to goof off at
work. But there’s a simple facet of the app—which has been downloaded over
1.4 billion times globally—that has received far less attention: It exists
outside of time.
http://bit.ly/2Njhkjr

3.) Facebook News Tab Won’t Include Ads, But Publishers Can Still Monetize
Content
Facebook is launching Facebook News, a dedicated space on the platform that
will highlight top news stories from national and local publications.
Content featured in the dedicated news section may have Instant Article ads.
https://mklnd.com/2WIzfmz

4.) 25 Twitter Stats All Marketers Need to Know in 2020
https://blog.hootsuite.com/twitter-statistics/
http://bit.ly/34ycq7M

5.) How to Create a Successful Blog Strategy: A Step-by-Step Guide
Did you know that 55% of marketers say blogging is their top inbound
marketing priority? Did you also know that these marketers are 13x more
likely to see positive ROI than marketers who don’t invest in blogging?
http://bit.ly/2JQJfVF

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#Business
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1.) eMazzanti Technologies One of World’s Best Managed Services Providers
“With the accelerating pace of business, companies are finding that
security, cloud and revenue-enhancing managed services make them more
competitive,” said Jennifer Mazzanti, CEO, eMazzanti Technologies.
“eMazzanti’s ranking on the MSP 501 reflects our strong commitment to our
customers’ success.”
http://bit.ly/32fuqCG

2.) MVP Health Care Announces Innovative Support Programs For Seniors
MVP Health Care has announced that beginning on January 1, 2020, its
Medicare Advantage members in New York and Vermont will be eligible for
unique support programs that will work to improve their overall health and
well-being.
http://bit.ly/2oN6SHz

3.) Navigating The New Realities Of Work And Retirement
Every day around 10,000 baby boomers hit retirement age, but not all of them
are retiring. People age 65 and up are the fastest growing group of workers
in the country. About a quarter of them are still in the workforce. But not
all of them are working just because they want to, and many retirees were
forced to leave work before they were ready. NPR’s Ina Jaffe covers aging,
and all this week she’s bringing us a series of stories about how older
Americans are navigating the new realities of work and retirement.
https://n.pr/2WKeE1o

4.) Older Americans Are Increasingly Unwilling — Or Unable — To Retire
About 1 in 4 adults age 65 and older is now in the workforce, and that
number is expected to increase, making it the fastest-growing group of
workers in the country.
https://n.pr/2r6zk7U

5.) Top Cybersecurity Threats For Small Businesses And Tips To Stay
Protected
As cyberattacks become more sophisticated than ever, small business owners
need to take action or face some potentially devastating consequences.
Contrary to popular belief, an estimated 43% of all data breaches involve
small businesses, not large corporations. Even more alarming, another study
found that 60% of small businesses who fell victim to cyberattacks closed
their doors within six months. From these two statistics alone, it’s clear
the stakes couldn’t be higher.
http://bit.ly/2r6sMGn

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#Advocacy
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1.) Access To Justice: Legal Aid Critically Important Part Of Justice System
By Beverley Mclachlin
This spring, the Ontario government announced drastic cuts to legal aid in
Ontario. The Legal Aid Ontario budget was cut by almost 30 per cent and
funding was eliminated for refugee and immigration cases. This meant deep
cuts to clinics and services, striking hard at the province’s most
vulnerable inhabitants. These cuts were felt especially strongly in the
larger centres, including Toronto.
http://bit.ly/2NHs75P

2.) Blind Man With Guide Dog Denied Service, Arrested At Kamloops Gas
Station
A man who’s blind was told his guide dog wasn’t allowed inside a Kamloops
gas station, and when RCMP arrived, he thought they would defend his rights,
but instead, the officers put him in handcuffs.
http://bit.ly/2WK9HFC

3.) The Internet Thinks You’re A Robot, And Other ‘Dark Patterns’ People
With Disabilities Face Online
CAPTCHA security tests, or the “Completely Automated Public Turing Test, to
Tell Computers and Humans Apart”, are not always accessible to people with
disabilities — sometimes putting them, ridiculously, in the “robot”
category. These moments of friction or “encoded inhospitality”, as
accessibility advocate Chancey Fleet has put it, block non-visual access to
everyday digital interactions. She also calls them “dark patterns” — a term
popularised by British user-experience consultant Harry Brignull, which
describes online techniques that manipulate users. A completely fake online
countdown, for example.
https://ab.co/2oN72i9

4.) Made-In-Manitoba Technology Aims To Help Visually Impaired Navigate
Indoors
A pair of graduates from Brandon’s Assiniboine Community College have
developed a system to help the visually impaired navigate inside large
buildings, including schools.
http://bit.ly/34pZ7Gy

5.) Advocates Slam Ontario Plan To Rate Accessibility Of Buildings
A group that advocates for better accessibility standards in Ontario is
voicing concerns about the province’s new assessment plan. The Accessibility
for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) Alliance says the plan to conduct
accessibility assessments of public and private buildings will remove few
barriers and is bound to be marred by conflicts of interest.
http://bit.ly/33tKRMM

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From the Apple Viz newsletter for October 2019

Welcome to the October 2019 edition of AppleVis Unlimited, our monthly
series
which aims to highlight 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. For easier navigation, the major sections of this post
are
at
heading level 3, and each individual item is at heading level 4.
…. New and Noteworthy App Entries

1. Decision Fiction (iOS/iPadOS, Free With In-App Purchases)
Is it a book or a game? It’s neither, it’s Decision Fiction! This app
allows you the ability to enjoy branching story games with multiple endings.
These interactive fiction game books allow you to decide your own adventure
and explore hundreds of choices and endings. With missions, levels,
artefacts,
you’ll have endless hours of reading fun.

Current Version: 1.7 (October 7, 2019)
Read? Decision Fiction’s AppleVis App Directory entry for more information
https://www.applevis.com/apps/ios/games/decision-fiction
Visit? Decision Fiction’s App Store page [3]?
https://apps.apple.com/vn/app/decision-fiction/id1468700571

2. Dolby On: Record Audio & Video (iOS/iPadOS, Free)
Dolby On is the only free recording app for audio and video with AMAZING
Dolby
sound. With one tap, record songs and videos with advanced audio processing
technology so that you can sound your best wherever you are, and when it
matters most – in the moment.

RECORD AUDIO AND VIDEO – SHARE EASILY

Effortlessly record live sound and videos with a suite of automatic studio
effects. When you’re ready, share your creations with your fans on your
favorite social channels, send to collaborators via text message or email,
upload directly to SoundCloud, export lossless audio, or even livestream
right
to Facebook; all with spectacular sound in a simple audio recorder

Creativity doesn’t happen on a schedule. With Dolby On, you won’t need to
choose between recording quickly or with quality ever again.

WHERE THERE’S MUSIC TO MAKE, THERE’S DOLBY ON

* Capture ideas and demo recordings for yourself or to share with your
collaborators. Record your voice memos and music memos with amazing sound
in a simple recording app!
* Document rehearsals or the gig for your archive with audio and video
recordings.
* Grab great sounds and inspirations in the field to sample in your next
music creation. Select lossless audio for even better sound quality.
* Record high quality shareable audio video content for your fans.

ONE RECORD BUTTON, 50 YEARS OF DOLBY INNOVATION

Current Version: 1.2.1 (October 29, 2019)

Read? Dolby On: Record Audio & Video’s AppleVis App Directory entry for more
information
https://www.applevis.com/apps/ios/music/dolby-record-audio-video
Visit? Dolby On: Record Audio & Video’s App Store page [5]?
https://apps.apple.com/us/app/dolby-on-record-audio-video/id1443964192

3. iA Writer (iOS/iPadOS, US$8.99)
“iA Writer creates a clean, simple and distraction-free writing environment
for when you really need to focus on your words.” ***** The New York Times

“iA Writer is an example of how powerful simplicity and accessibility can
be.” ***** The Guardian

“iA Writer is all about textual production—writing this phrase, this
sentence, this word at this moment.” ***** WIRED

iA Writer removes distractions. Giving you a calm, focused, writing space,
so
you can express yourself clearly.

Current Version: 5.3.2 (October 24, 2019)
Read? iA Writer’s AppleVis App Directory entry for more information [6]?
https://www.applevis.com/apps/ios/productivity/ia-writer
Visit? iA Writer’s App Store page
https://apps.apple.com/us/app/ia-writer/id775737172

4. ?MCT Money Reader (iOS/iPadOS, Free With In-App Purchases)
CT Money Reader instantly identifies some currencies and transfers the
result
to the user via text to speech. This application complies with accessibility
standards for visually impaired or blinded persons who can quickly and
easily
identify and count the banknotes. No internet connection is required for
this
use, the application is working offline. The recognition takes place in less
than 1 second under normal conditions. The phone flash works to allow it to
be used in dark surroundings.

The recognized banknotes are: US dollar, Euro, Turkish lira, Russian ruble,
Japanese yen, Chinese yuan, Indonesian rupee, Pakistan rupee, Mexican pesos,
Colombian peso, Philippines pesos, South Korean won, Egyptian pound,
Azerbaijan manat, Polish zloty, Swedish krona, Iranian rial , Vietnamese
dong,
Ukrainian hryvnia, Saudi Arabia riyali, Thai baht

The app will redirect you with a tone of audible tone when you search for
the
banknote. There is also a counter to collect the amount of money you
introduce
in practice. Because of the surfaces of some banknotes are very similar to
each other, it is useful to display the other surface of the banknote as
long
as the application’s banknote recognition period is extended. In general,
the introduction of both surfaces of the banknote will be the most healthy
way.

MCT Money Reader supports various languages such as English, Spanish,
Polish,
Russian, Korean, Swedish, Japanese, Chinese, Indonesian, Urdu, Arabic,
Persian, Filipino, Thai, Ukrainian, Vietnamese, Azerbaijani and Turkish.

Current Version: 1.4 (September 13, 2018)
Read? ?MCT Money Reader’s AppleVis App Directory entry for more information
https://www.applevis.com/apps/ios/productivity/mct-money-reader
Visit? ?MCT Money Reader’s App Store page [9]?
https://apps.apple.com/us/app/mct-money-reader/id1328297230

5. ScripTalk Mobile (iOS/iPadOS, Free)
ScripTalk Mobile by En-Vision America, Inc., allows iOS devices with Near
Field Communication (NFC) capability to read ScripTalk Talking Labels. These
special labels are adhesive RFID tags attached to medication containers by
pharmacies participating in the ScriptAbility accessibility program. The
patented ScripTalk system uses text-to-speech technology to provide the
visually and reading-impaired with audible prescription information.
Currently, there are many people that have difficulty reading or
understanding
the contents and instructions of their prescription medications. The small
print and look-alike packaging of medicine vials can lead to confusion,
non-compliance, and mistakes. En-Vision America has created a solution to
this
serious issue with ScripTalk Mobile.

Current Version: 1.0.5 (October 11, 2019)
Read? ScripTalk Mobile’s AppleVis App Directory entry for more information
https://www.applevis.com/apps/ios/medical/scriptalk-mobile
Visit? ScripTalk Mobile’s App Store page [11]?
https://apps.apple.com/us/app/scriptalk-mobile/id1317698388

6. Spotify Stations (iOS/iPadOS, Free)
Easily create stations for all the music you love, all for free.

With the world’s music at your fingertips, finding the right thing to play
can feel like a challenge. Stations gets you to music instantly—no
searching
or typing needed. As Stations learns more about what you like, it creates
stations packed with the music you love, made just for you.

Stations is an experiment by Spotify, and we’re always looking for ways to
make it better.

Current Version: 1.16.1 (September 23, 2019)
Read? Spotify Stations’ AppleVis App Directory entry for more information
https://www.applevis.com/apps/ios/music/spotify-stations
Visit? Spotify Stations’ App Store page [13]?
https://apps.apple.com/us/app/spotify-stations/id1453043471

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

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Lego Is Making Braille Bricks_ They May Give Blind Literacy a Needed Lift

Making Braille Bricks.
They May Give Blind Literacy a Needed Lift. –

Sarah Mervosh

The New York Times, Apr. 27, 2019

Parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles and others who have children on your
gift-giving list, look what you can give them next year!

When Carlton Cook Walker’s young daughter developed health problems that led
to near-total blindness, she knew she wanted her to learn Braille. But the
family’s school, in rural central Pennsylvania, was resistant. A teacher
pointed out that the girl, then in preschool, could still read print — as
long as it was in 72-point type and held inches from her face.

“I said, ‘What about when she is in high school? How will she read Dickens
like this?’” recalled Ms. Cook Walker, whose daughter, Anna, is now 18. “The
teacher’s response was chilling: ‘Oh, she’ll just use audio.”

So Ms. Cook Walker took matters into her own hands. In addition to
successfully advocating Braille in her daughter’s school, she bought used
children’s books, embossed Braille dots alongside the text and rebound them,
teaching Anna to read through the stories of “The Berenstain Bears” and
“Clifford the Big Red Dog.”

Now, a new effort is underway to ease challenges like these and help blind
and visually impaired children more naturally learn to read Braille, a
system based on different configurations of six small, raised dots that
blind people read with their fingertips. And it is coming in the form of a
favorite childhood toy: Lego bricks.

This week, the Lego Foundation, which is funded by the Lego Group, the
Danish toy company that makes the blocks, announced a new project that will
repurpose the usual knobs atop the bricks as Braille dots. And because the
blocks will also be stamped with the corresponding written letter, number or
punctuation symbol, they can be played with by blind and sighted children
alike. The project, called
Lego Braille Bricks, is in a pilot phase and is expected to be released in
partnership with schools and associations for the blind in 2020.

“When they get Lego in their hands, it’s intuitive for them,” said Diana
Ringe Krogh, who is overseeing the project for the Lego Foundation. “They
learn Braille almost without noticing that they are learning. It is really a
learning-through-play approach.”

Advocates say the product could transform reading for blind and visually
impaired children, making the experience of learning Braille more inclusive
and helping to combat what has been called a “Braille literacy crisis.”
Though the research is limited,

some estimates suggest that just 10 percent of blind children in the United
States learn to read Braille, even though Braille literacy is associated
with
better job outcomes for adults. In 2017, less than half of American adults
with visual impairments were employed,

according to a disability report by Cornell University.

Braille, once widely taught in schools for the blind, has fallen by the
wayside since the 1970s, when the law began requiring public schools to
offer equal education to children with disabilities. Blind students were
able to join their sighted peers in the classroom, but traditional schools,
biased toward sight and facing a lack of specialized teachers, often pushed
children with any sight at all to rely on magnified print. And an explosion
of accessible technologies, including audiobooks, apps and screen readers,
has strengthened reliance on audio, which advocates say cannot effectively
teach critical skills like spelling and grammar, let alone complicated math.

“Audio can give you information, but it can’t give you literacy,” said Chris
Danielsen, a spokesman for the National Federation of the Blind, which
offers summer programs
to teach Braille through hands-on activities.

Paul Parravano, who went blind from retinal cancer as a toddler, said
Braille was critical to his job working in government relations at M.I.T. He
uses it to write and give speeches, keep track of his calendar and take
notes in meetings.

“If I’m sitting in a meeting and my boss asks me a question about a piece of
information, I can’t go stick an earphone in my ear and look it up if I’m in
a meeting with a senator or member of Congress,” Mr. Parravano said.

He even uses Braille to get dressed for work; a labeling system helps him
match clothes that he cannot see. For example, if “a suit is No. 50,” he
said, “my file system says that will go with tie No. 46 and shirt No. 32.”

But many children don’t learn Braille, not only because teachers and parents
often lack the technical skills to teach it, but also because the experience
can be isolating for young children, who must rely on separate books and
machines from those used by their classmates.

Mr. Parravano learned Braille on his own in the 1950s. His mother taught him
at home, he said, using a homemade block of wood and six marbles, which
represented the six dots in the code.

Today, children often learn to write on a heavy machine that looks like a
typewriter, but it feels clunky and can differentiate them from their
friends in day care and school, according to Thorkild Olesen, president of
the Danish Association of the Blind. His organization first pitched the idea
of Braille building blocks to Lego in 2011, followed by the Dorina Nowill
Foundation for the Blind in Brazil, which separately proposed the idea in
2017.

“Many blind children give up learning Braille or will not be introduced to
Braille in the first place,” Mr. Olesen said in a statement.

There have been other attempts to make learning Braille more appealing,
including

alphabet blocks and

UNO playing cards. But the Lego bricks, which have built-in mainstream
appeal and offer the chance to play around with words, or even play a
makeshift game of Scrabble, seem to have a unique appeal.

“I don’t know of any other efforts that combine learning and play as
thoroughly as Lego Braille bricks,” Mr. Olesen said.

The Braille bricks have been tested in schools and community centers in
Brazil, Denmark, Norway, and Britain. And, in the fall, the pilot program
will expand to Germany, France, Mexico and the United States, according to
the Lego Foundation.

After taking in feedback, Lego will roll out the Braille bricks next year,
the foundation said. The Lego sets will be free for children through
associations for the blind and schools.

Ms. Cook Walker’s daughter, Anna, is a senior in high school now. But both
mother and daughter said having Braille Lego bricks during childhood could
have made a huge difference.

Anna recalled an embarrassing episode in kindergarten, when she had her own
special bucket of Braille books. “When my classmates wanted to feel them,
the teacher ran across the room and said: ‘You can’t touch that. Those are
Anna’s,” she said.

Including both Braille and the written alphabet on the bricks would remove
the notion of “otherness,” her mother said. And they could also help include
sighted siblings and parents, who are often intimidated by the process of
learning, said Ms. Cook Walker, who works with other families

as part of a national organization for parents of blind children.

“This would be the bridge they need,” she said.

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/04/27/health/lego-braille-bricks.html?action=click

&module=Discovery&pgtype=Homepage

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Helpful tips for November 2019

In this issue:

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

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

Scams of the month:
Be ware of those automated phone calls telling you that a strange payment
was charged to your credit card and that you need to press 1 to learn more.
The automated voice asks you to press 1 in order to connect to a live agent.
If you do so you can simply save yourself by hanging up as soon as the live
customer service rep comes on the line.
Chances are that this call originated from somewhere in India.

Another phone scam that offers you life insurance and they are claiming to
represent the Royal Bank of Canada.
Do not fall prey to this call.
This is not an automated person but rather a live caller seeking to garner
your personal invitation.
Simply hang up!

Then there is this one!
You receive a phone call from the fraud department of the Visa credit card
company telling you that your credit card has been compromised.
The give away here is that the caller is outside of Canada.
Their origin is probably from India.
Just hang up and go about your business.

With the holiday season now upon us, here are some tips for casseroles and
we Thank Melanie Mama Peach for sharing these with us.
Casserole Tips
Here are a few great tips to help make your casserole making endeavors
as simple as can be.
* Because generally a casserole takes anywhere from 20 minutes to 2
hours to bake, you ought to consider using dried herbs in dishes which
require longer cooking (more than an hour) rather than delicate fresh herbs
which tend to lose their flavor when exposed to extended periods of high
heat.
* When reheating casseroles, it’s best to defrost them in the refrigerator
overnight. If that isn’t possible, cover and reheat in a 350 degree oven,
allowing almost double the baking time. To test for doneness, insert a knife
or a wooden skewer in the center of the food, if it’s hot to the touch when
removed trust that it’s hot throughout.
* To freeze an unbaked or fully baked casserole: begin by lining a
casserole with heavy-duty aluminum foil, leaving enough of an overhang on
all sides to cover and seal the food later. Assemble the casserole, laying
it
in the lined pan and either freeze the ingredients until solid or bake and
cool to room temperature then freeze (it’s not necessary to seal it up for
this short freezing time). Once the casserole is frozen, use the excess foil
overhang and seal airtight. Double wrap the foil wrapped casserole in
freezer proof plastic bags, label, date it, then freeze until ready to use.
(Meanwhile, you can use the casserole dish for other purposes.) To thaw,
remove the wrapping and place the frozen food back into the dish in which
it was assembled or baked. Defrost and reheat or bake as recipe instructs.

A useful tip to know about when deciding to give treats to your dog.
Chocolate is not good for your dog neither is peanut butter.

Okay, if you want to make sure that your pots and pans are free of grease
after being washed then try this tip.
before washing take a dry paper towel and wipe the inside of your pot or
pan.
This would help to get rid of most of the grease before you put said pot or
pan into the water.

How to avoid having lingering smells in your home after you have cooked any
type of seafood?
You need to cook with a bit of vermouth which can definitely help to stiffle
those lingering odours.

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Articles of the day
Chosen by the Business Desk team

Contributed by Dan Thompson

The positive power of plants
02/06/2015
http://www.thrive.org.uk/Files/Images/lily%20of%20the%20valley.jpg?width=350&height=246
Lily of the Valley named the nation’s happiest plant at RHS Chelsea exhibit
with our garden ambassador and TV gardener
David Domoney.
Experts came up with a simple online test that revealed how your favourite
plants can reflect your personality.
The quiz then formed part of a unique experiment at this year’s RHS Chelsea
Flower Show.
In the months leading up to the show, thousands of social media submissions
from gardening-loving Britons created a distinctive
shortlist of the UK’s 100 top ‘happy plants’.
David Domoney
then asked people to choose the 20 that make them the happiest – and learn
what they say about their personality
in the process. Five categories reflect each individual’s choices, telling
them whether their ‘plant personality’ is classic; romantic;
relaxed; bold or cheerful – and what that means.
http://www.thrive.org.uk/Files/Images/top%2020%20plants.jpg?width=600&height=430
The top-20 ‘happy plants’ then featured on plasma TVs at an exhibit (which
won a Bronze medal) in the Science and Discovery
zone the The Great Pavilion at RHS Chelsea.
On top of each TV was a facial recognition camera which scanned the faces of
visitors as they look at each plant, recording eye
movement, expression and engagement. This software used these and other
measures to calculate which plants are the most
popular.
David added: “It’s amazing how much sense of well-being and happiness the
sight of a simple plant can bring.”
http://www.thrive.org.uk/Files/Images/IMG_3843.JPG?width=350&height=262
The objective of the public experiment, sponsored by the Horticultural
Trades Association’s National Garden Gift Vouchers Scheme
in conjunction with David Domoney and gardening charity Thrive, is to raise
awareness of the positive impact plants can have on
people’s lives. #PosPowerofPlants
Experts have long acknowledged the power of gardening to improve people’s
lives and health, be they recuperating from illness or
struggling with long-term issues.
http://www.thrive.org.uk/Files/Images/David%20D%2018%20web.jpg?width=350&height=233
Sir Richard Thompson, (pictured right at the exhibit) ex- President of the
Royal College of Physicians and Patron of Thrive said:
“Just looking at a garden is scientifically proven to improve recovery time.
Patients do much better after surgery if they look at
‘green things’ and they get out of hospital quicker.
“If everyone was encouraged to do a bit more gardening, you can well imagine
how that would affect obesity rates and reduce the
stress of the NHS.”
The good news is that health professionals have an appetite to find out more
about alternative treatments like ecotherapy, of which
gardening forms part of, and many would be prepared to refer patients to
social and therapeutic horticulture programmes like the
ones offered by Thrive.
visit the link below and then click or press enter on the link labled as
“Take the quiz now!” to find your ‘plant personality’.
http://www.daviddomoney.com/plant-personality/
I attempted to insert the quiz below. However, when visiting the link for
takin the quiz, my screenreading software would read the
choices. All I could get read were “bullet graffic.” So sighted assistance
is needed for taking the quiz.

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Contributed by Dan Thompson
National Coffee Day, September 29 2016

Belowis lots of information about National Coffee day, facts about tea and a
place to get free coffee only today if you call or order via email.

What’s the one thing you always do right after you get up in the morning?

If you’re anything like me, probably one of two things:

1. Drink coffee.

2. Drink tea.

And you and I are not alone. More than half of Americans drink tea, and more
than

three quarters drink coffee.

Don’t worry. I’m not going to tell you to stop drinking coffee or tea. I
believe both can be

quite healthy, in fact…

Coffee has been shown time and again to boost metabolism.

Many teas are rich in antioxidants, among other things.

Plus, both drinks just taste so good…

What I am going to tell you is how to make your coffee or tea better. Much
better.

You see, thanks to some unfortunate industry practices, there are currently
some

serious pitfalls to both of these beverages…

And you’re about to find out how to get around these pitfalls… in the most
delicious way

possible.

Let’s start with coffee.

(NOTE: If you only drink tea, you can scroll straight down to the tea
section below.)

With coffee being one of the most widely consumed beverages in the world,
one

question has come up time and again:

Is it healthy?

And a sky-high pile of research answers this question with a resounding
“YES.”

Studies published in medical journals like Neuropsychobiology and

Psychopharmacology have shown coffee to increase energy and improve
cognitive

function.

Studies such as one published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition
in January of

2004 have shown coffee to increase fat metabolism.

So, the consensus is in: if you love coffee…keep enjoying it!

But there is one big danger with mass-produced coffee: what you put IN it.

For example, just 3 spoonfuls of Coffee Mate French Vanilla liquid creamer —
one of

the most popular on the market — adds over 100 calories to your mug of
coffee in the

morning…

And ALL of those calories come from refined sugar and trans fat — generally

considered the most unhealthy fat in existence.

So, if you’re going to cream your coffee, real cream is a better option —
organic if

possible. And if you must sweeten it, try real maple syrup or raw sugar.

But the better option is just to drink better coffee and skip the fattening
additions… or at

least make it so you don’t have to add as much of them!

Did you know the coffee you get in stores has often been sitting in bags for
weeks or

sometimes months? Not only that… It’s often poorly roasted (read: burnt to a
crisp).

And the resulting brew is a bitter, harsh beverage that needs additions like
sugar and

cream to be drinkable… and like I said before, THAT’S where you run into
serious

trouble.

Coffee is supposed to taste sweet on its own, and it does… if you get
truly fresh, high-

quality coffee.

And it’s actually pretty easy (and inexpensive) to get it. You have a couple
of options:

1. Get your coffee from a local coffee shop run by people that get
their beans in

fresh and roast them in-house… and know what they’re doing.

2. Order your coffee online from a company of passionate coffee
experts that

specialize in fresh, precisely roasted coffee.

The first option can be fun adventure. Get some friends together, and go
explore the

coffee shops in the area!

As for the second option, I can certainly help you there…

In my quest for the perfect cup of coffee, these are some of the best online
companies

I’ve found:

Coffee Fool is my personal favorite. Reasonably priced, super-skilled
roasters… Plus,

every Friday, they do storewide sales!

Blue Bottle, one of the fastest-rising coffee companies in the country.
Found in many

gourmet restaurants, they’re a bit pricier than Coffee Fool, but absolutely
outstanding.

Olympia Coffee. Meticulous about every aspect of coffee-making, pretty much
anything

Olympia rolls out is delicious. That’s why it’s the priciest of the bunch.

There are plenty more, such as Stumptown, Intelligentsia, and PT’s Coffee…
so if you

want to taste the good stuff, it’s definitely available to you.

And no… I’m not affiliated with any of these coffee companies. They don’t
even know

who I am!

I just enjoy their coffee, and I wanted to show you some of the options out
there that

blow store-bought coffee out of the water!

Now let’s talk about tea for a minute…

Some of the problems with tea, unfortunately, are more dangerous than with
coffee.

Two main factors can make certain teas a minefield for your health:

1. Tea is often heavily sprayed with pesticides.

2. Most of the time, tea leaves aren’t washed before they’re put in
tea bags.

The resulting pesticide residue leaches straight out into your hot water
when you brew

these teas and drink them.

And we’re not just talking about trace amounts here…

Several independent studies have found pesticide levels in mass-produced
teas to be in

excess of both U.S. and European Union safety limits.

Two such tea studies were recently done by Greenpeace in cooperation with an

international DAkks-certified testing laboratory. One of the studies was in
India, and the

other in China.

The India Study found pesticides on 94% of the teas tested… 60% of them
having

levels OVER the European Union safety limit.

The China study, meanwhile, not only found pesticides on ALL the teas
tested…

66% percent of the teas contained at least one of three globally banned
pesticides:

methomyl, fenvalerate, and endosulfan… all considered unfit for human
consumption.

India and China are the two biggest producers of tea on Earth, folks. They’re
where we

get most of our tea!

And yes, much of that heavily sprayed tea makes it over here.

Celestial Seasonings, one of the biggest tea brands in the U.S., was
recently

independently tested by consumer watchdog groups.

When the results came back, 91% of their teas were found to have pesticide
levels over

the U.S. limits!

In fact, Celestial Seasonings has reportedly already received two warning
letters from

the FDA about quality control.

And what about higher-end teas?

Well, Teavana teas were also tested by the same groups, and 100% of their
teas

contained pesticides.

Not only that… 77% of their teas had pesticide levels in excess of European
Union

safety limits… and 62% contained endosulfate — one of those 3 globally
banned

pesticides I mentioned earlier.

The sad fact is… many of the popular brands of tea you see at the store have
been

similarly called out for pesticide content.

That’s why most of them are also loaded with added flavoring to cover up the
inferior

quality of the tea.

So, given the shocking state of the tea industry, if there were ever
something I’d advise

you to go organic on, tea is it.

After all, organic standards take the guesswork out by prohibiting the use
of pesticides

altogether.

Personally, when I found out the startling truth about tea, I scoured the
market for

organic brands I could trust.

Here are the three I’ve found that I trust the most:

Numi Tea, my personal favorite. CEO Ahmed Rahim is very outspokenly critical
of the

state of the tea industry. Numi is all-organic, with strict quality
standards across the

board. Plus, their Aged Earl Grey is the best I’ve ever tasted, hands down.
I could drink

it all day!

Rishi Tea, another outstanding, all-organic company. They’re very open about
where

they source each tea from. Plus, their traditional Masala Chai Tea Blend
probably my

favorite chai. And I’ve tried a lot of them.

Traditional Medicinals. Focused in green and herbal teas, this all-organic
brand is

zeroed in on medicinal qualities of tea, such as clearing sinuses, aiding
digestion, and

just plain relaxation. On that note, their chamomile lavender tea is
outstanding.

Same as with the coffees, I am NOT even remotely affiliated with any of
these tea

companies.

I just happen to like them… and I wanted to share with you a few brands I
personally

trust after doing quite a bit of research.

All these teas, by the way, are readily available for order on their company
websites and

on Amazon if you don’t see them at your local store.

Not to mention, if you order them online, they’re generally not much more
expensive

than regular teas are at the store!

And as to taste…

These organic teas are nuanced, beautiful, and delicious.

So…whether you’re drinking fresh, perfectly roasted coffee or beautifully
aromatic

organic tea… your mornings hopefully just got a whole lot better!

Source: Food Truth Letters series,

http://nucific.com/blog/category/food-truth-letters/

National Coffee Day:

WASHINGTON – Java lovers, rejoice! September 29 is National Coffee Day–
though some of you might be surprised to learn that not EVERY DAY is
National Coffee Day. Local coffee shops and chains around the DC area are
offering FREEBIES or coffee deals to celebrate the roasted bean, and as you
might imagine, we’ve got a list of where to find it.

Here are a few places offering free coffee for on Thursday, September 28:

Peet’s Coffee & Tea

The return of the deal! Score a free medium cup of drip coffee with any
fresh food purchase.

Click here to find a location

http://www.peets.com/

Celebrate National Coffee Day. Free Ship Sitewide*. Thurs. 9/29 ONLY! (800)
999-2132

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Common and perhaps little-known facts on two of our most treasured
beverages: Coffee and Tea.

Coffee and Tea Facts from Belly Bytes

Intro to Tantalizing Tea

A beverage prepared by infusion of the young leaves, leaf buds and
internodes of varieties of Camellia sinensis and C. assamica, originating
from China. Green tea is dried without further treatment. Black tea is
fermented (actually an oxidation) before drying; Oolong tea is lightly
fermented.

Among the black teas, flowering Pekoe is made from the top leaf buds, orange
Pekoe from first opened leaf, Pekoe from third leaves, and Souchong from
next leaves. Earl Grey is flavored with bergamot; lapsang souchong was
originally produced by burning tarry ropes near the tea during processing.
Up to 30 percent of the dry weight may be various polyphenols that have been
associated with protection against cardiovascular disease.

*Tea Facts

Cup of Tea with Lemon

?Tea was originated in China and then was introduced to Japan.

?Mexican tea is called Epazote.

?Teaseed oil is oil from the seed of Thea sasangua, cultivated in China;
used as salad oil and for frying.

?Iced tea and coffee can be greatly improved if the ice cubes are made of
coffee or tea instead of water.

?You can avoid cloudiness in iced tea by letting freshly brewed tea cool to
room temperature before refrigerating it. If the tea does become cloudy,
pour a little boiling water into it until it becomes clear.

?For a new taste in tea, add a small bit of dried orange peel to the teapot.

?The Island of Celon is the world’s leading producer of tea.

?An experienced picker can pluck about 40 pounds of tea leaves a day.

?Salada Tea and Bigelow English Tea time are two of the highest caffeine
content teas. They average about 60 mg. of caffeine per 8 ounce cup.

When drinking tea, never use polystyrene cups with lemon.

?When drinking tea, never use polystyrene cups with lemon. The combination
of the hot tea and the lemon will corrode the cup away releasing carcinogens
into your drink. It will actually eat right through the cup.

?Tannin, found in tea and red wine may interfere with the body’s use of
iron, thiamin, and vitamin B12.

?At present there is no risk factor related to drinking tea and heart
disease.

?Black teas are the most popular in the U.S., importing 130 million pounds
per year. The yearly consumption is 35 billion servings.

?Iced tea was first created at the 1904 Louisiana Purchase Exposition in St.
Louis.

?One pound of tea will brew approximately 200 cups (200 teabags).

?The U.S. imports approximately 72 percent of its tea from India.

*Classifications of Tea

Black Tea: Turns black due to oxidation. This is the best quality tea.
Includes Organic Assam Tea, Ceylon, Darjeeling, English Breakfast, Keemun,
Lapsang and Lapsang Souchong Tea.

Green Tea: Oxidation is omitted. The natural color is green. Two main
types: Basket Fired and Gunpowder Tea.

Oolong Tea: Semi-processed, makes the leaves partly green and brown. Two
types: Formosa Style Oolong Tea and Organic Tea Jasmine.

*Outdoor Tea Facts and Tips

1.Tea bags, new or used, can be placed on the soil around plants in garden
beds and planters to fertilize. Cover the tea bags with mulch. Every time
you water the plants, the nutrients from the decomposing tea leaves work
their way into the soil. You could also use instant iced tea. Mix up a quart
according to directions. Don’t add sugar or ice. Use the solution to
fertilize your plants. Or, sprinkle the powdered mix directly on the soil.
As the tea decomposes, the nutrients work their way into the soil.

2.Water azaleas with cold, strongly brewed tea to increase nitrogen content
in the soil for healthy leaf growth. You can also split open tea bags and
sprinkle the leaves on the soil. If preferred, you could use instant iced
tea mix in place of the brewed tea.

Coffee

Cups of coffee

?Coffee manufacturers do not have to disclose their method of
decaffeination.

?Brazil has experienced two major frosts in 1994 that destroyed over 1
billion pounds of coffee, approximately 10 percent of supply in the entire
world. The result was an increase in the price of coffee worldwide.

?The United States consumes about one-third of all coffee worldwide,
approximately 400 million cups per day.

?The only coffee grown in the United States is Kona coffee, which is grown
on the island of Hawaii. The coffee is grown in volcanic soil and has the
richest coffee flavor in the world.

?Black salsify is a hardy perennial sometimes used roasted as coffee
substitute.

? If you give up coffee and are drinking two cups a day or more, you will
probably have withdrawal symptoms, such as headaches, nausea and possibly
depression.

?The safest way to prepare coffee is to boil it in water instead of
filtering it. This is the way it is prepared in the Scandinavian countries.

?Mocca is a mixture of coffee and cocoa used in bakery and confectionery
products.

?Mocha means a few things: 1.A variety of arabica coffee

2.Flavored with coffee

3.In the USA, a combination of coffee and chocolate flavorings.

?Fresh roasted coffee beans are usually packed in non-airtight bags to allow
the carbon monoxide formed during the roasting process to escape. If the
carbon monoxide does not escape, the coffee may have a poor taste.

?The Swiss Water decaffeinated process is the safest. Check decaf labels.
Other water processed methods are not as good.

?The freshness of a cup of coffee only survives 10 to 30 minutes in a coffee
warmer.

?Coffee will taste better if you start with quality cold water, not hot tap
water.

?Purchase only unbleached brown coffee filters. The chemical digoxin is used
to bleach filters white and may leave a residue.

?Dripped coffee has almost twice the caffeine as instants.

?Beverages that contain caffeine may cause your skin to become dehydrated
and promotes premature aging.

?The polyphenols in coffee and the tannins in tea may reduce the amount of
iron available for the body to use. One cup of coffee consumed with a
hamburger reduces the amount of iron

?The polyphenols in coffee and the tannins in tea may reduce the amount of
iron available for the body to use. One cup of coffee consumed with a
hamburger reduces the amount of iron absorbed by approximately 40 percent
tea by 90 percent.

?Caffeine takes approximately 30 minutes to affect your brain and lasts for
two to six hours.

?Two cups of coffee will cause an increase in hydrochloric acid in the
stomach for at least an hour.

?Coffee reduces the healing time of ulcers.

?One cup of coffee or one cigarette will cause a rise pressure in blood.

?Caffeine may affect zinc ?Caffeine may affect zinc absorption which may
adversely affect the prostate gland and possibly reduce sexual urges in some
people.

?Withdrawal symptoms will appear if caffeine is discontinued. These usually
start with headaches but only last for three to five days. The cells become
dependent on the caffeine.

?If you consume more than 300mg of caffeine a day, it can over stimulate the
central nervous system and may cause insomnia, nervousness, diarrhea and
increase your heart rate.

?Coffee drinkers have a higher incidence of heart disease; however, there is
no positive proof of a connection. It could just be that the percentage of
coffee drinkers is so much higher than non-coffee drinkers, this is the way
the statistics play out.

?Caffeine causes chemical changes in cells that cause excess triglycerides
to be released into the blood stream.

?Caffeine reduces the ability of the body to handle stress.

?A dash of salt added to coffee that has been over cooked or re-heated will
freshen the taste.

?Coffee trees originally came from Africa.

?The first people known to actually drink the beverage known today as coffee
were the Arabs who would not allow the beans to be exported. They were
finally smuggled to Holland in 1660 and then to Brazil in 1727.

?Opened coffee cans should be stored in the refrigerator upside down. The
coffee will retain its freshness and flavor longer.

?Leftover coffee and tea can be frozen in ice cube trays then used to cool
hot coffee or in tea or other beverages.

?Tiramisu is an Italian dessert made from coffee flavored sponge or biscuit
filled with sweetened cream cheese (mascarpone) and cream, doused with
syrup.

?For a fast cup of coffee, have a cup of fresh coffee in a sealed container
in the refrigerator. Coffee will warm up and have an excellent taste.

?Hills Brothers Coffee was the first commercial company to sell vacuum
packed coffee in 1900.

?Coffee trees require 70 inches of rainfall per year.

?Ground coffee oxidizes very fast and coffee is best purchased in vacuum
cans.

?Americans consume 4,848 cups of coffee per second, 24 hours a day.

?A coffee tree produces approximately one to twelve pounds of coffee
cherries from a six year old tree.

?Approximately 2000 coffee cherries are required to produce one pound of
coffee, the crop of one tree.

?The U.S. is the largest consumer of coffee. About three billion pounds are
used annually.

?When reheating coffee, never boil, as this will cause an undesirable
flavor.

?Coffee is a significant source of niacin.

?Viennese coffee: Ground coffee containing dried figs.

Source for Common Coffee and tea Tea Facts

Coffee and Tea Facts from Belly Bytes

http://www.bellybytes.com/foodfacts/coffee_tea_facts.html#.V-0PwMtTFkc

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From the pages of Donna’s diary
Paying at a restaurant

Today I’d like to focus on paying at a restaurant after you have just
enjoyed a marvellous meal. Too often, we fail to take the necessary
precautions in order to protect ourselves from having our credit card and
debit card numbers stolen from right under our noses.

As blind and vision impaired persons we need to take that extra precaution
in order to do this and I have some tips for you. I just want to make sure
that you stay safe after your meal.

Okay, you have just enjoyed a sumptuous and delicious meal and now it is
time to pay.
You can pay either by cash and if so just make sure that you keep your
wallet out of sight as you remove your cash.
or you can use the good old Credit card or debit card.

For either of these two methods be sure to enter the pin number for yourself
if the keypad is user friendly for you.
If not, and if you are presented with a touch screen, you need to request
assistance at the service desk to ensure that your info is protected.

Chances are that the waiter may be very trust worthy but one never knows who
is watching from another table.

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It’s a very accessible hotel that accommodates persons with special needs

A review of the Albert at Bay Suite hotel
By Donna J. Jodhan

Introduction:
This is a very utilitarian and solid hotel. With staff who definitely know
how to accommodate the needs of guests with special needs and who are not
afraid to assist and go out of their way.

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

Remarks :
The rooms at this hotel are large, spacious, and very easy to navigate.
It contains all the comforts away from home.

About hotel staff:
Second to none; very willing to help at any given time.

Any suggestions?
None for now.

Contact info:
the Albert at Bay Suite Hotel, located at 435 Albert Street, Ottawa ON K1R
7X4.
The phone number for the hotel is (613) 238-8858.

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How to make keypads more accessible

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

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

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

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

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

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

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This month in Let’s Talk Tips:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Helpful tips for October 2019

Helpful tips for October 2019

In this issue:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Articles of the day
Chosen by the Business Desk team

A Dan Thompson contribution
Unclog a Drain Yourself Without Chemicals
a. A plugged up sink, shower or tub drain sends most people running for
either a bottle of caustic drain cleaner, or a plumber’s
phone number. But wait. This could well be a job you can do yourself
without chemicals or a big bill.
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Assess the situation. Turn on taps to allow water down other drains in the
house. If everything else is flowing freely, you can be
fairly certain you have a localized clog—and probably near that clogged
drain’s opening. If this is involving other drains, you could
have a bigger problem that may well require a professional. Assuming it’s
only the one drain, let’s move on.
Boiling water. Get a large pot and boil up as much water as it will hold.
Now carefully pour boiling water down the drain slowly, in
two to three stages so that the hot water can work for a few minutes in
between each pour. This is the easiest and quickest way to
unclog a drain if it works, which usually it does with a satisfying swoosh.
Reach in. Remove the strainer that is part of the drain plug, then reach
into the drain with your fingers (latex gloves would be a
good idea here) and pull out any solids. As gross as this might be, it is
often all that’s needed to clear a slow-moving or clogged
drain.
b. Zip it. If you cannot reach the clog with your fingers, your next best
friend is this cheap plastic tool,
Zip It
, available at home
improvement centers or online at
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B000BO9204/everydaycheapskate-20
This simple tool is flexible enough to allow you to push it down into the
turns of the drain. It has teeth along each side that once
you’re in and you twist it, you’ll be able to pull out all manner of drain
offenders. Keep working at it, until you pull out as much as
you can. Now run the hot water and that should clear things up nicely.
A reader introduced me to
Zip It
years ago. At under five bucks, this handy dandy tool is worth its weight in
gold. It’s great to clear
drains, but also works well to
c. maintain drains before they get clogged.
Try this Wet dry vacuum.
ArmorAll AA255 Utility Wet/Dry Vacuum, 2.5 gallon,
If you have
one of these
, it just might help you to clear the drain without having to get your hands
dirty. First, set it to “wet” so it
vacuums liquids. Cover or close the drain’s vent. Make the tightest seal you
can with the hose end of the vacuum over the drain.
Get creative with duct tape or the like. With the vacuum set to its most
powerful setting, it can be powerful enough to pull that clog
right out of the drain. No guarantees here, but it’s worth a shot.
Baking soda and vinegar. Measure out 1/3 cup baking soda and get as much of
it down the drain as you can. Follow with 1/3 cup
white vinegar. It will fizz up and make quite a show. Allow it to sit for at
least an hour, or overnight if at all possible. In the morning
following with a quart or two of boiling water.
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*30 Ways to Green Your Home (and keep some greenbacks in your pocket)
1. Switch to Energy Star-rated CFL bulbs, like GHRI fave Satco’s Mini Spiral
S6202; they use 75 percent less energy and last 10
times longer than standard bulbs. You’ll knock $30 off your electric bill
for each bulb over its lifetime.
2. Plant trees around the house strategically (on the south and west sides;
shading the air-conditioning unit, if possible) to save up
to about $250 a year on cooling and heating.
3. Install dimmer switches in the living and dining rooms and three bedrooms
to dial down electricity fees about $37 a year.
4. Since 1992 legislation, all new showerheads must have a flow rate of 2.5
gallons per minute or lower. Replace your old
showerhead and save up to $45 a month for a family of four.
5. Wrap an insulation blanket around your water heater and lower its running
cost as much as 9 percent.
6. Run a full dishwasher whenever possible — it uses half or less of the
water and energy of washing the same dishes by hand.
And don’t waste water by rinsing before loading (today’s machines are
designed to power off the mess).
7. Invest in a faucet-mounted water filter for a low $30, and use refillable
bottles like our top-rated GHRI pick, the Nalgene OTG
Everyday 24-ounce bottle. By giving up bottled water, a family of four can
save about $1,250 a year.
Double-Duty Ideas
The goal is “reduce, reuse, recycle.”
8. Magazines. Roll up a couple of these and stick one into each of your
calf- or knee-high boots so the footwear will keep its
shape.
9. Empty paper-towel roll. Flatten,and use it to sheathe a knife kept in a
drawer.
10. Small glass food jars. These make perfect see-through storage vessels
for nails, screws, nuts, and bolts.
11. Old shower curtain. Stash one in your car’s trunk to line it when
carting potentially messy paints or picnic and beach gear.
12. Used coffee grounds. Spread them over flower beds of acid-craving plants
such as azaleas or rhododendrons.
13. Plastic tub. Get the largest-size container of yogurt, sour cream, or
margarine. When done with the tub, rinse and reuse it as a
travel dish for pets or for craft-supply storage.
14. Plastic gallon milk jug. Cut off top with a utility knife just above the
handle and use as a scoop for kitty litter, birdseed, etc.
15. Foam packing peanuts. Put some in the bases of potted plants to help
drainage.
16. Plastic mesh produce bag. Turn it into a no-scratch scrubber for a gunky
pot or pan. Ball up the bag, scour, then throw the
whole mess away.
Good (Enough) Ways to Go Green
GOOD WAY
VS.
GOOD ENOUGH
17
Switch to a front-loading washer from a top loader. In a
recent GHRI test of front loaders, they used less than half
the water traditionally used by a top loader for a full load.
Pocket up to 25 cents for every laundry load you wash in
cold water (versus hot). Cold-wash three loads a week, and
save up to $40 a year.
18
Install a programmable thermostat, which can save an
estimated $150 yearly if preset to cool your home’s air or
pump up the heat (such as before you get home from
work).
Lower your heater’s temp by 2 degrees to potentially lower
your bill about $40 a year. In warm months, set the AC at
78 degrees (at 73 degrees, you’ll pay 40 percent more!).
19
Upgrade two toilets made before 1992 to low-flow ones,
and turn down water costs nearly $200 a year in a two-
bathroom, four-person home.
Not in the budget to replace your toilets? Try Brondell
Perfect Flush ($79), which will convert your toilet into a
dual-flush — saving about half the water and $100 per year
per toilet.
20
Always look for the ‘organic’ label on veggies and fruit,
which means that they were produced without the use of
synthetic pesticides and fertilizers.
If buying only organic is a strain on your finances, opt for
organic versions of the items known to have the highest
pesticide levels: peaches, apples, and bell peppers.
21
Open windows and doors or operate window or attic fans
when the weather permits. Most heating and cooling
systems do not bring fresh air into the house.
Bring home superhero plants. Certain easy-care greens
(English ivy, mums, and peace lilies) naturally help remove
indoor air pollutants like formaldehyde and benzene.
22. Do: Recycle paper with staples, clips, or spirals intact — the metal
will be filtered out by machines later. Don’t: Include any
paper with food stains (think pizza boxes), as they can contaminate a load.
23. Don’t: Forget to remove bottle caps. They’re made of a different type of
plastic and can mess up a whole batch. Do: Return
plastic bags to stores. Find a local spot at
plasticbagrecycling.org
.
FOR GLASS & METAL
24. Do: Rinse out bottles, jars, and cans; throw away (or recycle) caps.
Don’t: Worry about labels — they’ll burn off at the plant.
Do: Include washed pie tins and foil, metal bottle caps, wire coat hangers,
scrap metal.
FOR FURNITURE
25. Permanently place a recycling box an arm’s length from your mail bin so
you can toss any remaining junk mail pronto.
27. Pay bills online, or set up automatic check paying from your bank
account. No envelopes, no
28. Buy refillable containers Spray bottles, for example, can be refilled
from larger jugs or concentrate. Over time, you’ll buy —
and dispose of — fewer containers.
29. Choose concentrated or “ultra” cleaning products, which use 50 to 60
percent less packaging than traditional formulas while
cleaning just as thoroughly.
30. Don’t use more product than the directions indicate Pouring in extra
laundry detergent or fabric softener won’t get your clothes
any cleaner or cuddlier. Instead, follow the markings as directed on the
label.
Source page:
http://www.goodhousekeeping.com/home/a18573/ways-to-go-green/

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

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

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

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

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

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

I’m Donna J. Jodhan enjoying my travels.

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Meet SSleep Watch

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

Meet SSleep Watch
(iOS, US$2.99)

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

How it works

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

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

Features

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

Current Version: 3.7.3 (April 28, 2018)

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

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

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