From the Apple Viz newsletter December 2019

Welcome to the December 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. BabySitMe (iOS/iPadOS, US$1.99)
This Realistic Baby Simulation App will transform the way you play with your
Reborn
Baby Doll (or other Baby Dolls) forever!
Turn the app on when you are ready to take care of your baby and turn the
app off
when you are finished caring for your baby.
BabySitMe is designed to replicate an infant simulator when combined with
your
Reborn Baby. This app is perfect for anyone wanting to have a little extra
fun while role
playing with their Reborn Baby dolls. While Babysitme is running a schedule,
it tells the
user to Feed, Burp, Rock and all other necessary actions when really taking
care of an
infant. These actions are designed to be acted out in role play with the
user’s Reborn
Baby Doll.
When using the app you will be able to choose between Easy, Medium, Hard or
Play
mode simulations. The Easy, Medium & Hard simulations run on a 24-hour
schedule.
The Play mode is designed for people that are just wanting a fast-paced
version of the
app. It is a shortened version of the simulation modes where the care events
are very
close together and don’t last very long.

Read BabySitMe’s AppleVis App Directory entry for more information
https://www.applevis.com/apps/ios/education/babysitme
Visit BabySitMe’s App Store page
https://apps.apple.com/us/app/babysitme/id1475406264

2. Firefox Lockwise (iOS/iPadOS, Free)
PASSWORD ACCESS FOR YOU & ONLY YOU
Securely track your Firefox passwords and access them anywhere
Quickly open any website from the app to get into your accounts
TRUSTED SECURITY FOR YOUR PERSONAL CREDENTIALS
* Use Face ID or Touch ID to lock the app and keep your passwords private
* Secure your information with an automatic timer which locks the app
* Tap to copy your username and password to get into apps and websites
* Set the browser you want to open your website URLs
Created by Mozilla, voted the Most Trusted Internet Company for Privacy

Current Version: 1.7.1 (December 13, 2019)
Read Firefox Lockwise’s AppleVis App Directory entry for more information
https://www.applevis.com/apps/ios/productivity/firefox-lockwise
Visit Firefox Lockwise’s App Store page
https://apps.apple.com/us/app/firefox-lockwise/id1314000270

3. Heart’s Choice (iOS/iPadOS, Free With In-App Purchases)
How will you find your Happily Ever After? The choice is yours! Become the
main
character of a romance novel and choose your path to love.
Since 2009, the team behind Choice of Games has created high-quality
interactive
novels in all genres. Now, our new Heart’s Choice label puts romance at the
center of
the story, and you at the center of the romance.
There are no graphics or sound effects, so we can focus on the story. Every
game is filled
with vivid, fully-developed characters and complex narratives that respond
to your
choices.
Every path is always open to you; we never charge extra for the best options
or most
interesting storylines. Whatever gender or orientation you want to play,
there will be a
Heart’s Choice game for you in our catalogue! And whether you like your
romance
sweet, spicy, or smoking hot, you’ll be able to find a story that you love.
Here are some
of our first exciting titles:
* A Pirate’s Pleasure: When a pirate finds her heart caught between her
rival
captain and the noble governor, which man will she choose? What does she
value most: her love, her treasure, or her ship? Play as a straight female.
* Jazz Age: Sing your heart out in Roaring 20s New York! Will you find
love with
the owner of a Harlem nightclub, or with the dangerous G-man trying to
enforce
Prohibition? Play as male, female, or non-binary, gay or straight.
* Dawnfall: Find true love and family with a pirate crew at the ends of
the
universe! Aliens, ghosts, and portals open the space between worlds…and your
heart. Play as male, female, nonbinary, or agender; gay, straight, bisexual,
asexual, or aromantic.

Current Version: 1.0.3 (December 7, 2019)
Read Heart’s Choice’s AppleVis App Directory entry for more information
https://www.applevis.com/apps/ios/games/hearts-choice
Visit Heart’s Choice’s App Store page
https://apps.apple.com/za/app/hearts-choice/id1487052276

4. Multi Path Audio : Books (iOS/iPadOS, Free With In-App Purchases)
Multi Path Audio Books are multiple choice ‘books on tape’ with many
different paths to
pick, endings, titles to earn, and ways to win or lose! At it’s core it is
an entertaining text
based audiobook player for adults and kids. A hands free game for those long
road trips,
flights, or sleepless nights.
Created by David Levy of Hobjoblin, MPA allows you to choose your own
interactive
fiction audio adventure. The fun part is that you can play each audio book
again and
again. Only, which way will choose to go next time? The stories are written
by several
different authors and narrators, with genres including Vampires, Pirates,
Fantasy,
Children’s, and Sci Fi. More books are constantly in production, so expect
your library to
grow!
All stories are free to download and play through a couple times, so this
gives you lots of
free entertainment for zero moneys!
Start by downloading our first text based adventure titled The Purple Island
Glow-Grubs
written by Dave Strand and Kelly Levy with narration by Peter Hicks. It
contains over 2.5
hours of audio, with 9 ways to win and 21 ways to lose! Each story line
takes roughly
15–25 minutes, perfect for the drive to work.

Current Version: 1.4 (December 12, 2019)
Read Multi Path Audio : Books’ AppleVis App Directory entry for more
information
https://www.applevis.com/apps/ios/games/multi-path-audio-books
Visit Multi Path Audio : Books’ App Store page
https://apps.apple.com/us/app/multi-path-audio-books/id939328269

5. Smash the gangs (iOS/iPadOS, Free With In-App Purchases)
Gather your favorite cards and fight the outlaws in +75 missions!
Defeat the bandits and get Stars and Wollars to improve your team and buy
projectiles,
coffee and snake oil.
Fight against your friends in nearby devices and show them who’s the boss!
* 75 missions, +100 hero cards
* Strategy mode + Kick and Punch mode
* No network connection needed.
* Play on iPhone, iPad and iPod, both vertical and landscape.
* Nice music, sound effects and sportscaster comments.
* 100% VoiceOver accessible.
PLEASE NOTE! Despite been set in the far west and having a kick and punch
mode, this
game shows no blood spills nor gunshots.
Smash the Gangs is 100% free to play, however, some game items can also be
purchased for real money to speed up the progress. If you don’t want to use
this
feature, please disable in-app purchases in your device’s settings.

Current Version: 1.02 (December 24, 2019)
Read Smash the gangs’ AppleVis App Directory entry for more information
https://www.applevis.com/apps/ios/games/smash-gangs
Visit Smash the gangs’ App Store page
https://apps.apple.com/us/app/smash-the-gangs/id1480406018

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=apple_watch_app_directory
Apple TV
https://www.applevis.com/apps/latest?type=apple_tv_app_directory

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Helpful tips for January 2020

Hello there and welcome to our monthly feature of all kinds of tips.
We at the business desk are pleased to bring you our monthly feature of a
plethora of tips that cover a wide range of topics.
All of our tips are designed to help you save time, cut down on your
research, and help you get ahead.
So go ahead and read on.
This week we bring you our monthly tips.
It’s what we do for a living! We help you to help yourself!
Enjoy!
From the business desk team at http://www.sterlingcreations.com.
Follow us on Twitter @accessibleworld

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Helpful tips for January 2020

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:
Just remember this!
Phone scams and online scams are on the rise and seem to be increasing at
alarming rates.
For those phone scams; here are some hints to help protect you.
If it is an automated call then it is a scam.
If the person at the other end of the line has an accent and has difficulty
communicating in English, then it is a scam.
Most scam calls originate in India.
If you receive a fax from an unknown sender, then chances are that it is a
scam.
Emails asking you to pay unrecognized invoices are scams.

A tip on honey!
A teaspoon of honey in warm water and drink this before bedtime and you’ll
find that you can sleep better.

Another tip to sleep better:
A tip of brandy in a glass of warm milk!

About Witch Hazel:
A wonderful remedy for insect stings and for adding to water when washing
parts of the body.

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Articles of the day
Chosen by the Business Desk team

How to Make Ugly Soap Scum, Mildew and Water Marks Disappear Like Magic

Everyday Cheapskate
on behalf
of Everyday Cheapskate

We recently remodeled our kitchen with stainless appliances. We
have treated well water. The very first week we had a large water
stain in water dispenser area that I can’t get off. It looks terrible! Is
there anyway to remove it? Help! Pat

How do you remove hard water spots from shower doors? Diane

My shower mat has turned almost black. I have tried to clean it, but
unsuccessfully. Can you help me? Ronnie

Quite possibly one of the best tips to ever land my mailbox came from a guy
who is a professional property manager. He handles rental apartments, and
lots of them. As an apartment is vacated, his job is to see that it is
thoroughly cleaned and made ready for the next occupants.

He told me that the biggest challenge is always the bathroom, specifically
the tub and shower. He kindly left specific details up to my imagination but
let me know that “gross” is not strong enough to describe what he often
finds. And that’s when
he gave me his super magical potion-the only product he uses to return
showers, tubs, tile, enclosures, faucets and doors to their sparkling clean
and sanitized condition.

I gave his unbelievably simple recipe a try. In what has to be at least 20
years since I got that letter, I’ve used nothing else to clean tubs,
showers, sinks, toilets, patio furniture-just about anything that will stand
still long enough to get sprayed, and can be rinsed easily. This product
must be rinsed off.

To make your own Tub, Tile and Shower Cleaner you will need three things:
An empty spray bottle, Dawn dishwashing liquid (any variation as long as it
is Dawn and it is blue) and white vinegar.

TO MAKE: Pour one cup blue Dawn into a 32-ounce spray bottle (1/2 cup Dawn
if you are using a 16-ounce bottle). Fill the bottle to with white vinegar.
Apply sprayer top; shake gently to mix.

To Use: Spray liberally on the area to be cleaned. Allow to sit from 30
minutes up to overnight, depending on the severity of the problem. All ofthe
offensive gunk and grime will break down and become soft and gooey.
Simply rinse it away. For especially challenging situations-or if this is
the initial treatment-use a sponge or brush to gently scrub the surfaces
before rinsing.

TO TREAT MILDEW, MOLD. While the Tub, Tile and Shower Cleaner works to
loosen and remove most mildew, if you see a lot of black growth you will
want to pretreat with full strength liquid chlorine bleach before proceeding
as above.

CAUTION: Never, ever allow chlorine bleach to come in contact with other
products, especially vinegar. This could produce chlorine gas, which is
deadly.

Don’t panic. Simply make sure you rinse the chlorine bleach away completely
before proceeding to clean with the homemade tub and tile cleaner.

TO MAINTAIN: Here’s the best thing about this cleaner-if you use it weekly
you will never have to scrub again. Here’s what I do: Once a week as I
shower, I spray down the walls, doors, tracks, faucets, shampoo
caddy-everything within reach with this magical cleaner. Before I step out,
I use the handheld sprayer to rinse it all away. No scrubbing required. It
dries sparkling clean without using a squeegee,
or wiping down with a towel. And not a water mark to be seen. Simply
brilliant!

I use this stuff in the kitchen, too-on my appliances, stainless steel sink
and faucets (never on the granite counter tops), but only where it can be
rinsed away.

That means I don’t spray it on the floor or into the air. That would create
a slippery, soapy mess.

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How to make Shrimp Sauce
By Mary Hunt of Everyday Cheapskate

Dear Mary: Recently you gave us some fantastic recipes to make our own
sauces at home (It’s All About That Sauce!) But you missed one! How aboutthe
Shrimp
Sauce that only Japanese restaurants seem to have. Got a recipe for that?

Matthew

Dear Matthew: You’ve put me through my paces since receiving your message.
And I have good news! I found it-Shrimp Sauce just about as close as you can
get at home. When you try this, let me know how it rates as compared to the
sauce in your favorite restaurant.

Shrimp Sauce

2 cups mayonnaise

1/2 cup water

1 teaspoon granulated white sugar

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 tablespoon garlic juice

4 teaspoons ketchup

1 teaspoon ground ginger

1 teaspoon hot sauce

1 teaspoon dry mustard

1 teaspoon paprika

3/4 teaspoon ground white pepper

Place all ingredients in a small bowl. Whisk together. Allow to sit in
refrigerator for a few hours before serving.

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From the pages of Donna’s diary
Your airline ticket

For me it is always an exciting time whenever I go to book my airline ticket
but I also know that there are certain things that I need to be very mindful
of if I want to ensure that I do it safely and securely and that I am able
to protect my privacy and independence.

Things have changed drastically when it comes to how you now receive your
airline ticket.
For whereas in previous days you received it in hard copy you can now
receive it in an electronic format.

For the most part, your airline ticket is booked using a credit card number
and then the details of your trip are sent to you electronically.

At the airport you can now present your credit card and passport and these
are used to verify your flight details.

Just make sure to protect the electronic copy of your flight details. No,
it does not contain your credit card details but your flight number and
confirmation number are there.

Safest way to book your flight?
Maybe to find a trusted travel agent.
Many online travel websites are still not very usable or accessible.

I’m Donna J. Jodhan enjoying my travels.

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

On your next trip you could enrich your down time with some of my audio
mysteries. Take them with you wherever you go!
In the car, on the plane, on the bus or train, at the beach, anywhere!
Affordable, portable, (computer or i device) and you could either purchase
or Subscribe for unlimited access to my library at
www.donnajodhan.com/store.html
and you can now take advantage of our free downloads here.

Follow me on Twitter @accessibleworld and at author_jodhan
And like me on Facebook at
www.facebook.com/donnajodhan and at www.facebook.com/authordonnajodhan

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How to make indicators 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 indicators more accessible
By Donna J. Jodhan

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

The following suggestions can help you to make your indicators friendlier
and more condusive for the following types of persons:
Seniors, those with low vision, those who are blind and vision impaired, and
those who are hard of hearing and those looking for indicators that are easy
to understand.

1. Make sure that your indicators can emit some sort of sound that is easy
to hear and distinguish.

2. Make sure that they are easy to see.

3. Use colours that are easy to see and colours that are contrastable. That
is foreground against background.

4. Your indicator should be placed in spots that are easy to find.

5. If indicators need to be installed or set up, then provide instructions
that are easy to understand and written in simple language.

6. Your indicators should be large enough for persons to see.

7. If possible, have indicators that are tactile.

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!

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From the Apple Viz newsletter November 2019

Welcome to the November 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. Dawn Chorus (iOS/iPadOS, Free)

Wake up to nature’s chorus with a bird alarm clock developed by Carnegie
Museum of Natural History and The Innovation Studio. This artfully designed
app is a calming, nature-inspired alternative to your usual blaring alarm.
When the alarm goes off, birds begin to appear in trees to create a chorus
of
song. Choose from 20 birds to create a custom alarm. All of the birds are
native to the northeastern United States, and users can hear their calls and

learn more about them on bird cards developed with museum scientists.

Current Version: 1.1 (April 21, 2017)
Read? Dawn Chorus’ AppleVis App Directory entry for more information [2]?
https://www.applevis.com/apps/ios/utilities/dawn-chorus
Visit? Dawn Chorus’ App Store page [3]?
https://apps.apple.com/us/app/dawn-chorus/id1146931666

2. Disney+ (iOS/iPadOS, Free With In-App Purchases)
Only Disney+ gives you endless access to your favorite movies and TV series
from Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, National Geographic, and more.

From The Lion King, to all-new Originals like The Mandalorian, there’s
something exciting for everyone. You’ll also get access to new movies,
complete TV series, shorts, and documentaries.

Best of all, Disney+ is ad-free.

With Disney+, you get:

* Endless access to classic movies and past seasons of your favorite series
* Exclusive new Originals from master storytellers at Disney, Pixar, Marvel,

Star Wars, and Nat Geo
* Unlimited downloads on up to 10 devices, so you can take Disney+ with you
* Simultaneous streaming on up to 4 different devices
* View select titles in stunning 4K UHD and HDR
* Something for everyone, including dedicated Kids Profiles

Start your 7-day free trial now.

Current Version: 1.1.6 (November 14, 2019)
Read? Disney+’s AppleVis App Directory entry for more information [4]?
https://www.applevis.com/apps/ios/entertainment/disney-plus
Visit? Disney+’s App Store page [5]?
https://apps.apple.com/us/app/disney/id1446075923

3. Mr. Weather 2 (iOS/iPadOS, Free With In-App Purchases)
Introduce the brand new Mr. Weather 2, your uniquely personal weather app.
Leave weather to Mr. Weather, stay focused on your life.

* Mr.Weather 2 includes seven categories of cards, more than 50 number of
cards you can choose. Realtime precipitation or temperature variation
trend, you can always find one card which satisfies what you need. Check
what you care, in a brand new way.
* You can create custom weather conditions monitors in Mr. Weather. Mr.
weather will observe it and let you know when the conditions you set been
satisfied. What to see if you need to bring an umbrella today, or if
it’s
a poor air quality day? Just let Mr. Weather takes care of what you care
about.
mr. Weather combines a couple of world top weather forecast data
providers.
So you can add cities all over the world, and check the weather in
multiple
cities at one time in Mr. Weather Cities view.
* Mr. Weather app includes one widget so that you can access it from the
system home screen or lock screen. And you can customize it, select what
you most cared items to the widget.
* Mr. Weather supports cloud sync services. After you sign in to Mr.
Weather,
your cities, cards, monitors will be synced across all of your devices,
which signed into your Mr. Weather account.
* Mr. Weather has fully supported the Accessibility VoiceOver feature.
including cards, monitor contents, navigations, and more.
* And So Much More

Current Version: 2.1 (October 31, 2019)

Read? Mr. Weather 2’s AppleVis App Directory entry for more information [6]?

https://www.applevis.com/apps/ios/weather/mr-weather-2
Visit? Mr. Weather 2’s App Store page [7]?
https://apps.apple.com/us/app/mr-weather-2/id1453150372

4. Noted (iOS/iPadOS, Free With In-App Purchases)
Bring your notes and audio together with Noted
Noted is a fully-integrated audio recording and note-taking app. Perfect for

lectures, meetings, interviews and conferences, everything you type is
time-stamped to your audio recording – giving you an instant overview of
all
the important details.

By bringing them together, you never need to worry about trawling through
pages of notes or hours of audio ever again. Just add a #TimeTag, so you can

return to key moments instantly, and keep everything neat and tidy.

Streamline your note-taking with the effortless note and audio syncing app
for
IOS and macOS.

Take your lectures to the next level. By tagging specific moments in
lectures
and seminars, just quickly leave a tag and use it to fill in any blanks
later
– You’ll never miss any important point from your professor again. When
revising, there’s no need to listen back through hours of recordings. The
> tags will bring you to the right moment you need.

PERFECT FOR PROFESSIONALS

Boost your productivity with better, more efficient note-taking. Noted lets
you stay fully engaged during long business meetings and interviews, then
review and share specific points afterwards with colleagues. Intelligent
syncing lets you switch easily between smartphone and laptop, ideal for
moments when using your phone could appear unprofessional.

Current Version: 2.0.7 (November 24, 2019)

Read? Noted’s AppleVis App Directory entry for more information [8]?
https://www.applevis.com/apps/ios/education/noted
Visit? Noted’s App Store page [9]?
https://apps.apple.com/app/apple-store/id1149425482?ref=producthunt

5. Triode – Internet Radio (iOS/iPadOS, Free With In-App Purchases)

The best way to enjoy all of your favorite Internet radio stations wherever
you go.

Triode goes where you go with your iPhone and iPad. The elegant interface
keeps your favorite stations right at your fingertips.

Listen with our Apple TV app and use AirPlay 2 to listen anywhere in your
home
including HomePod.

road trip, anyone? Enjoy your favorite stations while driving. CarPlay and
Siri Shortcuts means no fumbling with controls.

Triode brings one intuitive experience to all your devices, including your
desktop computer.

Start with Our Picks – a curated roster of the best news and music from
around the world. Just a tap to discover new sounds from New Orleans to
London
and beyond.

You can also search thousands of broadcast stations by genre, name, city, or

call letters. Find your favorite iTunes Radio station or set up things
manually using a URL if that’s your thing.

iCloud syncs your favorite stations seamlessly across every device. Handoff
lets you move seamlessly between your iPhone & Mac so you won’t miss a beat
or the latest news.

Supports Apple Music and iTunes Store:

* Learn more about an artist
* Purchase a streaming song
* Update your playlists

Triode is completely free to use. We don’t put any ads in the interface or
add them to the audio. An inexpensive subscription improves your experience
with these options:

* Add Favorites – Your favorite stations are synced across all devices.
* High Quality Artwork – When available, album cover art is clean and crisp.

Read? Triode – Internet Radio’s AppleVis App Directory entry for more
information [10]?
https://www.applevis.com/apps/ios/music/triode-internet-radio
Visit? Triode – Internet Radio’s App Store page [11]?
https://apps.apple.com/us/app/triode/id1446513724?ign-mpt=uo%3D4&mt=12
All recent app entries posted to AppleVis can be found at:
iOS [12]
https://www.applevis.com/apps/latest?type=ios_app_directory
Mac [13]
https://www.applevis.com/apps/latest?type=mac_app_directory
Apple Watch [14]
https://www.applevis.com/apps/latest?type=apple_watch_app_directory
Apple TV [15]
https://www.applevis.com/apps/latest?type=apple_tv_app_directory

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Helpful tips for December 2019 – something for everyone

Hello there and welcome to our monthly feature of all kinds of tips.
We at the business desk are pleased to bring you our monthly feature of a
plethora of tips that cover a wide range of topics.
All of our tips are designed to help you save time, cut down on your
research, and help you get ahead.
So go ahead and read on.
This week we bring you our monthly tips.
It’s what we do for a living! We help you to help yourself!
Enjoy!
From the business desk team at http://www.sterlingcreations.com.
Follow us on Twitter @accessibleworld

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Helpful tips for December 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 very careful now that the holiday season is here and these are just some
of the scams floating around.
A phone scam!
You receive an automated recording telling you that because you attended a
recent Air Canada promotional event, you have qualified for a prize.
Never, never fall prey to any sort of automated recording calls.

An email scam!
You receive an email telling you that Fedex has a package for you and that
you need to use the code provided to retrieve your package.
And if you are not expecting a package then just simply delete.
If you are, make sure that it is indeed yours!
best to call Fedex with the code provided.
Do not use this email to respond.

An email scam!
You receive an email from an unknown sender telling you that your invoice
has been paid.
No; do not be tempted under any circumstance.
Delete this email.

With the holiday season upon us we are sure that these tips will be most
welcomed.
Tips on potatoes:
Keeping Your Potatoes Fresh
Here are some tips to make sure your potatoes are the freshest and most
delicious potatoes available:
* Store potatoes in a cool, dark place at about 50 degrees. Do not wash
potatoes before storing, because the moisture can cause sprouting.
* Do not refrigerate potatoes. Storage in temperatures cooler than 45
degrees converts the potato starch into sugar which changes the taste and
causes the potatoes to
darken prematurely when cooked.
* Protect potatoes from turning green and acquiring a bitter taste by
keeping them out of strong light. If a potato has any green spots, simply
pare these areas off before
cooking.

It’s turkey time and one thing to remember!
The eating of too much turkey at meal time can cause you to become very
sleepy.

If you are trying to either take heat out of a cup of hot liquid or even
coldness out of a cup of cold liquid:
Place a tea spoon in it and voila!
Time to enjoy!

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Articles of the day
Chosen by the Business Desk team

A dan Thompson contribution

Five Sounds You can Not Hear
Think you have perfect hearing? There are still plenty of sounds in the
world that you can’t detect. The low range of human hearing starts around 20
hertz, and tops out at about 20,000 [
By contrast, bats can hear ultrasonic sounds with frequencies up to 110,000
hertz . Other animals, like elephants, hear sounds many times lower
than those a human can perceive. And as people age, their hearing gets even
worse, eliminating even more sounds from the range of audible
noises. Here are just a few sounds most people are missing out on:
1. Sounds for young people
As humans age, their hearing changes. Age-related hearing loss, called
presbycusis, means that older people can’t hear some high-pitched
sounds they would have heard in their youth. Most people over the age of 18
cannot hear the 17,400 hertz tone in the video above.
2. Music designed for cats
In 2014, activists from Pussy Riot rigged an electric piano to play music
designed specifically for cats. Cats possess ultrasonic hearing, meaning
they can hear a much wider frequency of sounds than humans (or most
other mammals, for that matter) can Although people could hear portions of
the concerto
Pussy Riot
staged to protest Internet censorship,
http://mentalfloss.com/article/52633/why-these-11-bands-wear-masks
the melody is a whole lot more complex from the feline point of view. For
what it’s worth, the cats seemed to enjoy it. Research has shown that cats
are pretty into feline-specific tunes, in general. (We have some
video
evidence
) found at the next link,
http://mentalfloss.com/article/64572/5-sounds-you-probably-cant-hear
3. A dog-specific Beatles’ song
In the Beatles’ song “A Day in the Life,” the band included a whistling
noise at a frequency of 15,000 hertz right after the last chord of the song,
designed to be heard by canine Beatles fans. “We’d talk for hours about
these frequencies below the sub that you couldn’t really hear and the high
frequencies that only dogs could hear. We put a sound on Sgt. Pepper that
only dogs could hear,” Paul McCartney told the BBC in 2013. (The
sound starts just after the 5-minute mark.)
4. Ultrasonic finger friction
When you gently rub your thumb and index finger together, the friction
creates an ultrasonic signal
When you gently rub your thumb and index finger together, the friction
creates an ultrasonic signal The action is a useful way to test out the
function of a
bat detector
, which converts ultrasonic sound from bat
echolocation into noise humans can hear. In the book
Insects Through the Seasons
,
Find at this link to buy:
https://books.google.com/books?
id=UGjtXW4eoNkC&pg=PA131&lpg=PA131&dq=bat+echolocation+finger+rub&source=bl&ots=l8ltkkkVnP&sig=dspvQjHg4G4guXmCspHavXpJVt0&hl=en&sa=X&ei=6K5sVfD6F8e1sASL7oJQ&ved=0CEoQ6AEwBg#v=onepage&q=roeder&f=false
entomologist Gilbert Waldbauer writes that pet bats can be trained to
respond to the sound, and fly toward it.
5. Infrasonic elephant calls
distances of more than a mile.
Listen to an example of these elephant rumbles from the
Elephant Listening Project
.
http://www.birds.cornell.edu/brp/elephant/cyclotis/language/infrasound.html
See Also: “Nine strange sounds No One can Explain.”
http://mentalfloss.com/article/62731/9-strange-sounds-no-one-can-explain

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In a Pinch You Can Use This for That

Everyday Cheapskate

Have you ever discovered you’re all out of a certain ingredient just when
you’re in the middle of preparing a recipe? I hate when that happens. And I
know myself well enough that I don’t want to run to the store. For me an
unscheduled trip like that could easily cost $40, maybe more. That’s just
how impulsive I can be. I’ve learned that when I’m in a pinch- I need a
pinch-hitter!

NEED AN EGG: Combine two tablespoons of water, two tablespoons of flour and
1/2 teaspoon of baking powder.

Thicken gravy: If you’re out of flour, you can substitute pancake mix up to
three tablespoons. It works well, just don’t go over three tablespoons or
your guests will be looking for the maple syrup.

breadcrumbs: Crumble 1/2 slice of bread and mix 1/4 cup broken crackers to
substitute.

Baking powder: For each teaspoon of baking powder, substitute:
1/4 teaspoon baking soda, 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar, and 1/4 teaspoon
cornstarch

NO BUTTERMILK: Combine one cup of fresh milk and one tablespoon vinegar.

HEAVY CREAM; You can make the equivalent of 1 cup heavy cream by whisking
together 3/4 cup milk and 1/3 cup soft butter or margarine (for use in
cooking or baking).

HONEY: Mix 1 1/4 cup sugar and 1/4 cup liquid (use the same type of liquid
called for in the recipe).

PLAIN YOGURT: Cottage cheese blended until smooth makes an excellent cup-
for-cup substitute for plain yogurt.

SWEETENED CONDENSED MILK: To make the equivalent of a 14-ounce can,
pour 1/2 cup of boiling water into a blender; add 1 cup nonfat dry milk, 2/3
cup sugar, 3 tablespoons melted butter, and a few drops of vanilla extract.
Cover and blend on high speed for 30 seconds or until smooth. Use
immediately or store in the refrigerator in a covered container.

CHOCOLATE CHIPS: Semi-sweet chocolate chips can be substituted with nine
tablespoons cocoa, seven tablespoons of sugar and three tablespoons of
butter
(this makes the equivalent of six ounces chocolate chips.

BROWN SUGAR: Brown sugar can be replaced with one cup of white sugar and one
to two tablespoons of molasses, mixed. Hint: This is so much better than
commercial brown sugar, you’ll be tempted to make a permanent switch.

CHOCOLATE MOUSSE: I don’t know how often, if ever, you’ve discovered you are
fresh out of chocolate mousse. But you can never be too careful about this
kind of thing. So that you are prepared for an unscheduled chocolate fix,
learn this substitute: Stir sifted cocoa powder into any a tub of any
variety Cool Whip. Now taste. Unbelievable, huh?

WHITE COOKING WINE: 1/3 cup white grape juice plus 1 tablespoon rice
vinegar*

RED COOKING WINE: 1 cup grape juice, 1 tablespoon strong tea, 1 tablespoon
rice vinegar*
*Not rice wine vinegar

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From the pages of Donna’s diary
Applying for a passport

Well, I can tell you that when it comes to passports so many of us really do
not know how to go about doing it. The info below mainly pertains to
Canadians but there is absolutely no harm in others reading it as it would
give you an idea as to what you need to do. I’ll start with some important
points for everyone to take note of.

We need passports in order to travel to countries outside our borders.
Passports should be ideally renewed six months before the expiry date.
If it is not, you are likely to be turned away at the airport or border.

Now if you live in Canada and are a Canadian citizen; then please read on.
These are the following ways and it all depends on whether you are applying
for a new passport or applying for a passport renewal.
You can do it online but the relevant website is not user friendly for a
vision impaired person.
Or you can obtain the relevant forms at the nearest post office.
However, you will again need help to do this with the aid of a trusted
person.

You could get a head start by phoning your Federal MP’s office and asking
them to tell you which supporting documentation you would need and you could
also ask them to help provide you with a trusted person if you are unable to
find someone.
Chances are that they will help you all the way.
From completing the forms to accompanying you to the nearest Service Canada
office to present it to the agent.
However, you should be prepared that this may not be the case but it is
worth a try.

To obtain the name and phone number of your Federal MP, call the toll free
number 1 800 622 6232

Remember now: Make sure to store your passport in a very safe place as it
contains details of your date of birth and if your passport is ever lost, it
means that your details are probably now in the hands of unauthorized
persons.

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A review of the Metro supermarket at the Bridlewood mall – tops in accessibility

A review of the Metro supermarket at the Bridlewood mall
By Donna J. Jodhan

Introduction:
I have been shopping at this wonderful supermarket since 1984 and I can
honestly tell you that they are one of the very few supermarkets in
Scarborough Ontario that really knows how to render customer service to
persons with special needs.

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

Remarks :
I do not think that this supermarket needs any more acolades from me and
they are an example for others to follow!

About supermarket staff:
They listen, communicate, and help all the way.
They go way beyond the call of duty.

Any suggestions?
I hope that the Metro supermarket stays open for years to come!

Contact info:
Located on the ground floor of the Bridlewood Mall at 2900 Warden Avenue

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How to make street corners 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 street corners 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!

For this month, this topic is one where you can achieve the above by being
your very own consultant and helping others to follow you. So here are a
few tips to get you going.

The street corner should not be crowded and if you are lucky to have a
business place at a street corner then you need to make full use of your
location. Make sure that your facilities are easy to find and enter.

The necessary ramps, signs, and ease of entry.
Make sure that your door is easy to find; paint it in bright colors.
Make your signs easy to read and do your best to have a clear path to your
business place.

You need to remember that the consumers of tomorrow; your bread and butter
consumers, are going to be seniors and persons with disabilities and also
remember that when you accommodate these consumers you are also going to
bring benefits to such persons as mom with strollers, persons in a hurry to
buy what you are selling, and persons curious to see what you are offering.

So take these tips and help yourself to more revenue and lower costs.

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Let’s talk tips for November 01 2019

Let’s Talk Tips for Friday, November 1st 2019 – Volume 14
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Greetings,

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.

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