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Want to Know Which Apps You have that will Not work with iOS 11
Here’s how to find out.
Submitted by Scott Davert on 7 July, 2017 – 17:15

With iOS 11 abandoning all support for 32 bit devices and apps, people may
be wondering what apps will and will not be supported. The official Apple
article linked to above states: “As a reminder, new iOS apps and updates
submitted to the App Store must support 64-bit. Support for 32-bit apps is
not available in iOS 11 and all 32-bit apps previously installed on a user’s
device will not launch.” To that end, here’s a quick way to determine what
apps you have on your device that you will have to leave behind along with
iOS 10 itself. This information is available with iOS 10.3 and later.
1. Go to Settings.
2. Go to General.
3. Double Tap the About button.
4. Scrol down/flick to the Applications button and double tap it.
5. At the top of this page will be a heading called “compatibility”
followed by a list of apps which contain a 64-bit update, and below that, a
list of those apps you may have to let go if the developer doesn’t update
At this time, there are a total of 22 apps on my phone which do not have
64-bit support. If you have apps in this category which you hope to be able
to use with iOS 11, I highly encourage you to contact the developer of those


Resources to Help Make Your Apple iOS Knowledge Grow
This excellent article was written By Darrin Cheney
Also, I have also included some other resources that are helpful in using
your iDevice.
Here is a start for using a keyboard to control your iPhone.

iTunes Keyboard Shortcuts

Apple now has a dedicated line for accessibility issues – you can reach them
at 877-204-3930. The number is also listed on the general contact
page .
AppleVis Accessible iOS apps, news & guides for blind and vision-impaired
VoiceOver users
Mosen Consulting Blindness technology eBooks, tutorials and training
tutorial based website for both new and existing VoiceOver users, sighted or

APPetizers: Byte size tidbits to help master your iDevice
By Darrin Cheney
Places to Go to Help Make Your iOS Knowledge Grow
It’s finally summer and a good time to rest, relax, and explore your
iDevice. I want to share some of my favorite places to Learn more about iOS.
As you find helpful articles, remember to add them to your Safari Reading
List. Select this option under the “share” button.
Hadley Institute Instructional Videos:
The Hadley Institute for the Blind and Visually Impaired has developed
iFocus, a series of instructional videos that teaches you how to use your
iDevice. Douglas Walker does a super job taking you through each step. I
found the “Placing and Receiving Phone Calls” video very helpful. It helps
to practice while listening to the video.
Another helpful video is searching for an item in the iOS Settings app.
Normally, you’d have to go through each menu. What a time saver! Each
instructional video comes with a link to download the .MP3 file or a text
( is one of my favorite resources to learn more about my iDevice
and Mac. Get started by entering a topic in the search box. Or choose from
Apps to Blogs to Podcasts to Guides and much more! I found the BARD mobile
app podcast very helpful. Scott Davert did a great job guiding me through
the app and saving me a ton of time trying to learn it on my own.
I just found a podcast that describes a free app that will tell me when
sunrise and sunset are each day. You can register and sign-up for the free
monthly newsletter.
National Braille Press:
The National Braille Press is a great place to buy books about technology,
braille, and much, much more! You can buy books in braille, DAISY download,
eBraille, or in Word format. I’m reading “iOS 10 Without the Eye” by
Jonathan Mosen ( Jonathan does a
great job highlighting the changes in iOS 10.
I just heard about an interesting book, “Go Where You Wanna Go: Using GPS on
the iPhone” by Judy Dixon. Judy explains how to explore and create routes
using GPS apps on the iPhone. NBP has a robust list of other technology
FlyingBlind, LLC:
Flying Blind, LLC is an assistive technology company that sells technology
and provides training solutions. I’ve talked with Larry Lewis, the founder,
and he is most kind and is very knowledgeable about braille and assistive
technology. Larry shares their weekly eNewsletter called “TopTech Tidbits”,
which is a great resource to help keep up with current trends, issues, and
solutions for blind users.
Click on the link on the FlyingBlind, LLC website to subscribe or click on
the archives button to read back issues.
You can also check out their EyePod TechnoCast Archive.
Final Thoughts:
Pick one of the websites above and explore. Begin reading, learning, and
playing with the app. Create reminders on notecards or on your iDevice.
Finally, consider teaching or sharing what you learn with a friend. One of
my summer projects is to learn more about using “Spotlight” on my iPhone and
how I can customize the searches based upon the apps I use and the places I
go the most.
Happy Learning!

*5) Swimming as an organized activity goes back as far as 2500 B.C. in
ancient Egypt and later in ancient Greece, Rome, and Assyria. In

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Top Google headlines of the week

1. Have older people stolen their children’s future?

2. 3 Ways to Prep Your Business for Holiday Weekends

3. FTC Labels This Online Business Opportunity a Scam

FTC Labels This Online Business Opportunity a Scam

4. Baby boomers’ drink and drug misuse needs urgent action, warn experts

5. People start to hate their jobs at 35: Increased stress and feeling

6. Ireland home to 35000 new entrepreneurs as Brexit draws talent across
Irish Sea

7. Thornton Academy internships introduce kids to manufacturing

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Good day! It’s your Sterling Creations business desk team and we are
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These headlines have been especially gathered for you to help you get a
snapshot of various important topics and subjects vying for our attention
Enjoy and have a great day!


Top Google headlines of the week

1. Have older people stolen their children’s future?

2. 3 Ways to Prep Your Business for Holiday Weekends

3. FTC Labels This Online Business Opportunity a Scam

FTC Labels This Online Business Opportunity a Scam

4. Baby boomers’ drink and drug misuse needs urgent action, warn experts

5. People start to hate their jobs at 35: Increased stress and feeling

6. Ireland home to 35000 new entrepreneurs as Brexit draws talent across
Irish Sea

7. Thornton Academy internships introduce kids to manufacturing

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A review of the Eggs Frutti restaurant

A review of the Eggs Frutti restaurant
By Donna J. Jodhan

At the end of February 2017 I dined with my friends Char and Jennifer at a
wonderful restaurant in Montreal where we had a sumptuous and delicious
This was the Eggs Frutti restaurant.

So how would I rate their services? With 1 being the lowest and 5 being the
highest, here are my ratings.

Service desk assistance – 5
Assistance for guests with special needs – 5
Assistance at restaurant – 5

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

The waitress went out of her way to ensure that I knew what was on the menu
and her manner was friendly and very accommodating.
So you can see that I was thoroughly satisfied. Both with the customer
service and with the food!
I had the eggs Bennie and it was probably the best eggs bennie that I have
ever had!
A huge plate of eggs bennie garnished with fresh fruit, hash browns, and I
added 2 large mugs of hot chocolate to my sumptuous breakfast.

Any suggestions?
Maybe there could be a wee bit more space between tables and how about
making the restaurant a big bigger if possible?

So in case you would like to check out this restaurant they are located at:
Eggs Frutti restaurant
Breakfast & Brunch
6710 rue St Jacques W
Montreal, QC H3C 0E9

On my next visit to Montreal I’ll be looking forward to my next visit to
Eggs Frutti restaurant.

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Why 15 Cents Matters
I used to think that small amounts of money didn’t matter. What difference
could $5 here or $10 there make when we were more than $100,000 in debt (not
counting the house and cars)?
So what if I increased our debt by such a small amount-it wouldn’t really
matter because we already owed so much. I used the same argument for not
paying anything more than the minimum monthly payments on our credit cards
because that too would make no difference.

Boy, did I have a lot to learn. The truth is that we five-and-10-dollared
ourselves to death. It was the little things that added up to create a huge
monster. Thinking that the little things didn’t matter freed us to think $2,
$5 or $20 didn’t matter . then
$50 didn’t matter, and on and on it went.
Ironically, it was the little things that turned us around, too. Sending an
extra $2, $5 or $20 every month to rapidly repay the debt we were targeting
helped us find a way to make the payment $22, then $35 and soon a $100
payment became standard.
I’ve had people look at me like I was a little weird when I suggested they
should not use a first-class stamp on a postcard. I mean, does 15 cents
really matter? I think it does, not so much for the dime and nickel, but for
the attitude. You see, if you casually throw 15 cents away when it comes to
a postage stamp, it’s much easier to begin thinking slightly larger sums
don’t matter, either. And soon you’ll be on
your way to thinking $20 is not a big deal. Then you’ll be headed for
Yes, my friends, 15 cents does matter. If you understand that, then $1.50
matters and $15 will matter even more, and on and on right up to $15,000.
Some wise person once said, “Watch the pennies, and the dollars will take
care of themselves.” I have proven that to be true and I hope you can, too.
Here are three easy ways to stash cash:
1. Coins. Don’t spend them. Save them, instead. Every evening, empty your
pockets, purse and wallet of all coins. Even if the bill comes to $4.05,
hand the clerk a $5 bill
and stash the difference. When you accumulate $25 or so, roll, wrap and send
them off to your savings account.
2. Windfalls. No matter how small, make it a habit to bank all coupon
savings, rebate checks, refunds and other “found money.”
3. Save an extra 10 percent. Stash 10 percent of your pocket money, grocery
money and any other “walk around” funds you control in your secret savings
Chances are you won’t even miss it. But soon you’ll discover that $2 here
and $4 there really adds up.
author: Mary Hunt on 06/26/17


Former Apple Inc. CEO Steve Jobs shows off the first generation iPhone on
January 9, 2007. (Kimberly White/Reuters)

The iPhone’s secret history: How Steve Jobs went from rejecting to embracing
the future

Riffed from the Headlines, June 24, 2017.
by Brent Bambury

In the hours before Apple released its first iteration of the iPhone on June
29, 2007, fans were already lining up to buy one.

They’d not yet held an iPhone, but they’d seen the commercials. They loved
the blank slate of the touch screen and the uncluttered interface.

Many of them already owned an iPod and that had changed the way they
consumed music.

They sensed the iPhone was transformative.

They liked the style and ergonomics of Apple’s stuff, and they’d listened to
Steve Jobs who, six months earlier, boasted to the world, “we’re going to
reinvent the phone.”

Apple employees greet the first customers in line at the Apple Store for the
launch and sale of the new iPhone 6 on Friday, Sept 19, 2014, in Palo Alto,
Calif. (Tony Avelar/The Associated Press)

Today, a billion iPhones have made their way into the world and those
devices transformed people’s relationship with data, communications, music
and navigation.

The iPhone changed Apple too.

In 2007, the company was sitting on $6.39 billion in cash. By 2016, that
number was $237.59 billion.

The iPhone is arguably the most popular product of all time, and one of the
most successful. But Apple engineers had to work hard to make it successful,
and they had to convince a lot of sceptics that it was a good move.

One of the most sceptical was Steve Jobs.

Steve Jobs didn’t want to make a phone

“The One Device: The Secret History of the iPhone” by Brian Merchant was
released June 2017. (Hachette Book Group)

Jobs never wanted his company to be a phone maker. “Jobs was really, really
against the idea of trying to bring Apple into this market,” Brian Merchant
told me on Day 6.

Merchant is an editor at Motherboard and the author of the new book The One
Device: The Secret History of the iPhone. He says Jobs was scornful of the
regulatory obligations attached to making mobile phones.

“It’s notoriously difficult to work with companies like Verizon,” Merchant
says. “At the time, they had an immense amount of control over the handsets
that manufacturers could make. They would deliver these giant manuals that
said, ‘you have to have this, you have to have that.'”

“And it was totally anathema to the style that Jobs had adopted designing
products at Apple, where every single thing had to fit his window and cater
to his ideas.”

“Jobs said ‘Meh!” And just kind of, you know, wrote it off.”
– Brian Merchant

Courting Steve Jobs

Introducing Steve Jobs to new ideas, and getting him to buy into initiatives
that weren’t his own, required careful management and timing.

He was exacting and mercurial and prone to being dismissive.

But a group of Apple engineers working independently were prototyping a
technology they thought may be useful enough to eventually present to Jobs.

It was a form of direct manipulation: touchscreens.

“They had hacked together this rig to make this sort of prototype of
touchscreen technology work,” Merchant says. “It was really the size of a
table. They were just really kind of trying to experiment with this whole
brand new paradigm.”

“And the fear was that if Jobs stumbled into it too early before it looked
like something Apple could physically do, he would say, ‘What the heck are
you guys doing?’ and shut the whole thing down.”

“They knew there was a right way to approach Jobs with this stuff and there
was a wrong way, and you had to, sort of very strategically roll it out and
give it to the right person to give it to him on the right day when he was
in the right mood.”

An Apple iPhone 7 and the company logo are seen in this illustration
picture. (Regis Duvignau/Reuters)

They found their intermediary in Apple’s design chief, Jonathan Ive.

Ive loved the touchscreen technology.

“He thought it was the future,” says Merchant.

“And he said, ‘Let me bring it to Jobs when he is in a good mood, when, you
know, the time is right.'”

Ive was one of Jobs’ closest collaborators and the two were intimate
But when he unveiled the project, Jobs wasn’t impressed.

“Jobs said ‘Meh!” And just kind of, you know, wrote it off,” Merchant says.

Ive was surprised and disappointed. But Jobs kept thinking about what he’d
seen until he wheeled back, embraced the technology and put his mark on the

“Sure enough, Jobs came around,” says Merchant “He thought about it some
more. He asked to see the demo again and he said, ‘OK, this is pretty cool.’
And then fast forward a couple weeks, couple months and he loves it. And now
he is like, ‘Oh, you know what? Multi-touch? Yeah, I invented that.'”

The touch screen team didn’t know it yet, but they’d begun the work that
would be a key component to the device that changed the course of

Protecting the iPod

By 2004, some of the regulatory issues around mobile phones that had earlier
vexed Jobs were easing. The other huge incentive for Apple to produce a
phone was the threat that other companies might offer a mobile phone that
played music, cutting into the sales of the iPod.

“Once you could put music on a cell phone, even if the cell phone was lame,
consumers would start thinking, ‘Well do I really want to have two things in
my pocket?'”

“The iPod was, at the time, Apple’s biggest marquee product. It was their
cash cow,” says Merchant.

That brought urgency to the project.

An Apple employee grabs an iPhone 6 for a customer at the Apple Store during
the launch and sale of the new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus smartphones, in Palo
Alto, Calif. (Tony Avelar/The Associated Press)

Engineers were recruited from other parts of the company to find ways to
shrink and fine-tune the touchscreen technology, meld it with an operating
system and gild it onto a sleek device.

It was an expensive, paranoid and secretive project, and no one who was
approached to work on it was completely sure what they were being asked to

“They knew almost nothing,” says Merchant. “Their boss was knocking on
their door and saying, ‘Excuse me, do you have a second? I have an exciting
opportunity for you.'”

“‘This project is going to demand all of your time. You’re going to have to
work around the clock, you’re going to work harder than you’ve ever worked
And I cannot tell you what it is and you have to tell me whether or not
you’re on board today.'”

A brilliant, anonymous team

It took two-and-a-half years and an enormous toll on the team.

“[Those years] were brutal,” says Merchant.

“They were really stressful times and people were working around the clock,
sometimes sleeping in this so-called purple dorm. Dirty laundry was piling
up, trash was piling up. It stunk.”

“Tensions were running high. People were missing holidays, missing their
children’s birthdays. And it got so intense that I’ve had some of these
engineers tell me that the iPhone is the reason that I’m divorced.”

“So it really created this sort of vortex; ‘a soup of misery’ is how one of
the engineers described it, just non-stop craziness.”

Jobs was the face of Apple Inc. especially during product launches. In this
2008 photo, he’s unveiling the iPhone 3G. (Kimberly White/Reuters)

In the end, hundreds of designers and engineers navigated the emotional
stress and corporate pressure to help produce the device that revolutionized
the smartphone.

Fans loved it. Not all the reviews were raves, and the full potential of the

iPhone, the billions of possibilities unleashed when Apple launched the App
Store, was yet to be seen. But the iPhone was an instant success.

When Apple was awarded a patent for the original device, there were only 14
people listed as designers. How did the others feel about their anonymity
given the demands of the project?

“I think they were OK with it at the time,” says Merchant.

“Now, 10 years later, I think a lot of people are coming around to the idea
that maybe it would be nice if this achievement could be recognized as sort
of the fuller, more complex undertaking that it was, if only because that’s
just the truth about how innovation and invention happens. It takes teams,
it takes cooperation, it takes a lot of people, more people than we can even
perhaps comprehend.”

But Merchant says most were aware of what they were getting into. They
understood Steve Jobs.

“You knew, by signing on to work there, that that was a possibility, that
you would just, sort of, be working under Jobs’ shadow, and [that] he wasn’t
going to divulge any of the details or the names or the teams that really
made this possible.”

“It was just his nature.”

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Top Google headlines of the week

1. As region ages, service demands expected to rise

2. Applied technology, health, ag degrees boom at Northeast

3. Aichi’s mobile supermarkets keeps seniors stocked with groceries, checks
in on

4. Center for Healthy Aging actively works to improve senior care

5. Fed study finds wages adjusted for baby boomers rising just fine

6. What Baby Boomers Need to Know to Realize Their Retirement Dreams

7. The 3 best and worst states to retire

8. Is Your Digital Information Safe?

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The at home workplace

The at home workplace
By Donna J. Jodhan

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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Top Google headlines of the week

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Top Google headlines of the week

1. After years of stagnation, low-income jobs join the recovery

2. Retirement balances are up – a sign that Americans are saving more

3. Wyoming grapples with nursing shortage as boomers begin to retire

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How to help pottery teachers become more aware

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

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

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

2. Encourage communication and interaction between the teacher and the

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

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

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

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

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

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