Let’s talk tips; time to catch up

Let’s Talk Tips For
Wednesday, May 1st 2019 – Volume 8
An Author Donna Jodhan Publication

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This month in Let’s Talk Tips:

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#Technology
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1.) Building Web Accessibility for 2019
In this highly informative article author and software engineer Alexander
Surkov posits that websites are built inaccessible not only because rich
media content is highly dynamic, which makes it not trivial to describe its
semantics, but also because there’s no proper technology on the web to
express such content semantics to the assistive technologies. (Thinking
ARIA? Read on.) You may wonder why, with all the technologies to create web
content out there, we do not have one to make it accessible? Here’s an
explanation.
http://bit.ly/2Uv4Wgv

2.) We’ve Been Warned About AI And Music For Years, But No One’s Prepared
AI is capable of making music, but does that make AI an artist? As AI begins
to reshape how music is made, our legal systems are going to be confronted
with some messy questions regarding authorship. Do AI algorithms create
their own work, or is it the humans behind them? What happens if AI software
trained solely on Beyoncé creates a track that sounds just like her? “I
won’t mince words,” says Jonathan Bailey, CTO of iZotope. “This is a total
legal cluster …”
http://bit.ly/2Zpo2ID

3.) Google’s AI Experts Attempt To Automate Themselves
Recent advances in AI have raised questions about the effect of smarter
machines on jobs for humans. They have mostly focused on relatively
low-status work such as driving trucks and checking out shoppers. An recent
experiment that played out on April 11, 2019 offered a look at how AI may
change other strata of the labor market, too. In AutoML, the high priests of
the technology — some of the world’s most highly valued employees — direct
the technology to disrupt their own work.
http://bit.ly/2L2aIGS

4.) Rethinking Physical Security. Watch A Homemade Robot Crack A Safe in
Just 15 Minutes
Last Christmas, Nathan Seidle’s wife gave him a second-hand safe she’d found
on Craigslist. It was, at first glance, a strange gift. The couple already
owned the same model, a $120 SentrySafe combination fire safe they’d bought
from Home Depot. But this one, his wife explained, had a particular feature:
The original owner had locked it and forgotten the combination. Her
challenge to Seidle: Open it.
http://bit.ly/2UMFecB

5.) Project Blue: A Smart, Networkable and Easy to Manipulate Robot Arm for
Just $5K
Automating many tasks will involve exploring the frontier of how robots
grasp, manipulate, and interact with all kinds of objects. “This robot is
designed for the assumption that in the future, robots will be controlled
much more intelligently by AI systems that use visual feedback, that use
force feedback, much like how humans control their own arms,” says UC
Berkeley’s Pieter Abbeel, a robotics researcher who’s overseeing the
project.
http://bit.ly/2PjgEKn

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#Nutrition
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1.) Healthy Diet Tips to Survive for Sweltering Summer This Year
Be summer ready guys! Restore and replenish your skin and physical health as
we suggest some amazing health and diet tips to survive the sweltering
summer this year.
http://bit.ly/2VdP6LL

2.) Diet Tips For Moms: 6 Surefire Ways To Lose Weight After Pregnancy
Pregnant moms are required to eat for two people in order for them to
properly sustain their young. After giving birth, some lose the extra weight
through breastfeeding. Others retain their eating habits making it harder
for them to lose the extra pounds. Here are seven diet tips for moms who are
eager to lose weight after pregnancy.
http://bit.ly/2Zqx7B2

3.) Mayor Kapszukiewicz Launches Weight Loss Challenge
With a mix of local celebrities, food and fitness tips, and the honor
system, Toledo Mayor Wade Kapszukiewicz is hoping to improve the health of
all Toledoans.
http://bit.ly/2Dk73hB

4.) 5 Tips for Living a Healthy Lifestyle
Everything from gym memberships or personal trainers to buying organic
produce comes at a cost. When you’re living on a fixed income as you plan
for retirement, you don’t want to be spending a lot of money on what could
be considered luxuries.
http://bit.ly/2GoHmNz

5.) 10 Fat-Loss Tips Straight From Beachbody Experts (So You Know They’ll
Work!)
Serious about losing fat but you don’t know where to begin? We asked three
Beachbody experts to share their top tips. You’ll read fitness tips from
Beachbody supertrainer and creator of LIIFT4 Joel Freeman. We also tapped
registered dietitian Ilana Muhlstein, MS, creator of Beachbody’s 2B Mindset
nutrition program, for her tips on what and how to eat. And of course, we
had to get insight from Beachbody supertrainer Autumn Calabrese, creator of
80 Day Obsession, for her tips on exercise and diet. Start incorporating
these tips today, so you can start seeing results.
http://bit.ly/2IwcP3L

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#Media
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1.) A Wild Plan To Crowdsource The Fight Against Misinformation
Claire Wardle fights zombies. Not the dead human kind, but rather the fake
“facts” that have been debunked and disproven but refuse to die online. You
know the kind. No need to reanimate them here. Wardle has taken to calling
them “zombie rumors,” and it’s her life work to eradicate them in their many
forms — misinformation posted by individuals in their personal Facebook
feeds; massive disinformation campaigns coordinated by nation-state-backed
propagandists; fake information perpetuated by persistent algorithms.
http://bit.ly/2UPtFkT

2.) Instagram Has Considered Hiding the Like Count on People’s Photos
Instagram has considered hiding the like count on photos, so audiences can’t
see how many people have liked an individual post. An unreleased feature
that would publicly hide like counts was spotted on April 18, 2019 by code
hunter Jane Wong, who says the test states that Instagram wants “your
followers to focus on what you share, not how many likes your posts get.”
Only the person who posted a photo will be able to see the number of likes
it’s received.
http://bit.ly/2KRaySG

3.) Helvetica, The World’s Most Popular Font, Gets A Face Lift
“Helvetica is like water,” says a recent video about the most popular
typeface in the world. The 62-year-old font family, with its sans-serif
shapes and clean corners, is ubiquitous. It is used on the signage in New
York’s subway system. It is the brand identity of American Airlines, as well
as American Apparel. It is on those unfortunate T-shirts that say things
like “John & Paul & Ringo & George.”
http://bit.ly/2PoqJ8Y

4.) Facebook Adds ‘Dark Mode’ to Regular Messenger Settings
After initially making ‘Dark Mode’ available via an Easter egg within
Messenger, which required users to send a moon emoji in a chat, Facebook has
now added the option to its regular Messenger settings. “After a month-long
Easter Egg activation with countless crescent moon emojis, we are excited to
announce that everyone around the world will be able to activate Dark Mode
in Messenger with a simple toggle switch from settings. The toggle is
rolling out globally today. (April 16, 2019)”
http://bit.ly/2IJOIOw

5.) Pinstagram? Instagram Code Reveals Public Collections Feature
Instagram is threatening to attack Pinterest just as it files to go public
the same way the Facebook-owned app did to Snapchat. Code buried in
Instagram for Android shows the company has prototyped an option to create
public “Collections” to which multiple users can contribute. Instagram
launched private Collections two years ago to let you Save and organize your
favorite feed posts. But by allowing users to make Collections public,
Instagram would become a direct competitor to Pinterest.
https://tcrn.ch/2URGew9

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#Business
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1.) Alert 360 Home Security Shares Home Improvement Steps to Help Prevent
Home Break-Ins
National statistics show that home burglaries and crime often increase with
warmer weather. Alert 360, the fifth largest provider of home security
systems and smart home services in the United States, suggests the following
springtime landscaping and home improvement tips for increasing your home’s
security and family’s safety.
http://bit.ly/2vcMdvV

2.) Taiwanese Craft Advances on Bangkok, Striving for New Southbound Market
Opportunities
National Taiwan Craft Research and Development Institute (NTCRI) signed a
memorandum of cooperation with The SUPPORT Arts and Crafts International
Centre of Thailand (SACICT) last year to open up a new southbound cultural
exchange and business opportunities.
http://bit.ly/2Uy0mOR

3.) 42% of Baby Boomers Are Putting Their Retirement at Risk With This
Mistake
Take a moment and think about where all your money is going each month. Do
you have an idea of the dollar amount you spend on necessities versus
nonnecessities? If not, you’re not alone — and it’s potentially hurting
your chances of enjoying a comfortable retirement.
http://bit.ly/2VZ3ZyK

4.) Best Antivirus Programs for Your Mac
Macs have a pretty solid reputation when it comes to avoiding security
breaches. Apple has mainly watched from the sidelines as criminals launch
volleys at Windows machines, which are a juicier target thanks to how many
of them are out there compared to Macs. But Macs aren’t bulletproof, which
is why installing an antivirus program is a smart move. “Antivirus”
protection is just one facet of a full security suite, but it has become a
shorthand way to refer to computer security software.
http://bit.ly/2KWokUe

5.) All Businesses Should Follow These 4 SIEM (Security Information and
Event Management) & Cybersecurity Tips!
Below, we offer a list of some of the most important SIEM tips we could
find. But why should your enterprise take them to heart? How can these SIEM
tips clarify and reinforce your cybersecurity policies?
http://bit.ly/2ZoKKAL

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#Advocacy
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1.) Smithsonian Visitors With Vision Loss Benefit From Innovative Technology
Starting This Spring
Starting this Spring, Smithsonian visitors who are blind or have low vision
can access a groundbreaking technology that uses their smartphone cameras or
special glasses to get free on-demand verbal descriptions of everything from
individual objects to entire exhibitions from sighted agents.
https://s.si.edu/2UwVFEG

2.) Onley’s Long Road to Accessibility. A Lesson for Us All
We all complain, habitually and self-pityingly, about punishing snowfalls.
Especially lately. But for David Onley, the snow banks and other barriers
never truly melt away.
http://bit.ly/2vf5zRp

3.) Ontario Nowhere Near Goal of Full Accessibility by 2025, Review Finds
The accessibility law that took effect in Ontario 14 years ago and has
served as a blueprint for similar legislation in other parts of Canada has
fallen well short of its goals and continues to leave disabled residents
facing daily, “soul-crushing” barriers, a former lieutenant governor has
found.
http://bit.ly/2UrAwvO

4.) Compass Slapped With Lawsuit Over Website Access for the Blind
Discrimination lawsuit highlights legal risk for brokerages that don’t
comply with Americans with Disabilities Act. Compass is being sued for
allegedly failing to make its website fully accessible to blind people,
raising the specter that real estate brokerages remain exposed to a legal
risk about which the National Association of Realtors had previously warned
members.
http://bit.ly/2ZmtRXi

5.) Tokyo Paralympics Aim to Leave Legacy of Accessibility
Japan hopes to use the 2020 Tokyo Paralympics as an opportunity to become a
more inclusive and accessible society, and in 2018 games organizers made
some strides towards making it a reality.
http://bit.ly/2GpTygV

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Top app of the week – Meet Huboodle

Trivia Trail
Pirate Poker
Barracks Blackjack
Word War
Battle Cats
Word Builder
New games added all the time!
Huboodle is 100% voiceover accessible and fun for all to play. Available in
English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Chinese, and Japanese to allow
you to test your skill against opponents all
over the world!

Current Version: 2.0 (January 31, 2018)
Read Huboodle’s AppleVis App Directory entry for more information
https://www.applevis.com/apps/ios/games/huboodle
Visit Huboodle’s App Store page
https://itunes.apple.com/app/id1281097173?mt=8

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

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A review of the Novotel Ottawa hotel

Check out this lovely hotel in Ottawa!
A review of the Novotel Ottawa hotel
By Donna J. Jodhan

Introduction:
If you’re looking for a hotel that is nice and close to many things in down
town Ottawa then this is the hotel for you.
A good place to call home while on business.

So how would I rate their services? With 1 being the lowest and 5 being the
highest, here are my ratings.
Service desk assistance – 4
Assistance for guests with special needs – 4
Assistance at restaurant – 4

Remarks :
Access to the restaurant was extremely user friendly for a vision impaired
person and navigating among the tables was not very difficult.
Help was easy to come by.

About hotel staff:
They were very helpful and had no problem explaining and answering
questions.

My meals:
Very tasty and were served quickly.

Any suggestions?
No.

Contact info:
33 Nicholas Street
Ottawa, ON K1N 9M7
Telephone: (613) 230-3033

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Top app of the week – Meet Geekbench 4

If you are in the market for something to help you save time while at the
same time pop a problem; then you have come to the right place.
Below, you will find something to help you just do that and if you would
like to learn more then visit us at www.donnajodhan.com/takeanother5.html
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Meet Geekbench 4
(iOS, S$0.99)

This app is for the one who really cares about the performances of processor
and memory.
Want to learn more? Then you need to read on.

Geekbench provides a comprehensive set of benchmarks engineered to quickly
and accurately measure processor and memory performance. Designed to make
benchmarks easy to run and
easy to understand, Geekbench takes the guesswork out of producing robust
and reliable benchmark results.

Current Version: 4.2.1 (January 3, 2018)
Read Geekbench’s AppleVis App Directory entry for more information
https://www.applevis.com/apps/ios/utilities/geekbench-4
Visit Geekbench’s App Store page
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/geekbench-4/id1130770356?mt=8

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

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How to make manuals 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 manuals 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.

Come to think of it, there is really not too much that anyone would need to
do in order to make their manual more accessible. True it is that you need
to first and foremost consider your audience but there are also important
things for you to consider and implement and here they are.

1. Make sure that your manual is written in language that is easy to
understand. You need to keep in mind that if your manual is written in the
English language, chances are that many of your readers are going to be
those whose first language is not English.

2. If you translate from English to another language, then make sure that
your translator’s first language is the language that the manual is being
translated to. Too many times translators are not properly used. This is a
common pitfall.

3. Make sure that your table of contents is very clear and concise and that
chapter headings are easy to find. Same for section headings.

4. Check your fonts to ensure that they are easy to read.

5. Make sure that fonts are bold and easy to distinguish.

6. Make your paragraphs short, your sections compact, and do not overcrowd
your pages with too many graphs, images, and writing.

7. Make headings easy to find and make sure that you provide introductions
for each chapter.

8. Make your manual available not just in print, but also electronically.

This should be a good start for you.

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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Top app of the week – Meet the Invisible Puzzle

If you are in the market for something to help you save time while at the
same time pop a problem; then you have come to the right place.
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Meet the Invisible Puzzle
(iOS, Free)

This app is for those who enjoy interacting with puzzles.
Please read on.

Are you ready to challenge your audio skills to their limits? In “The
Invisible Puzzle” you must recognise drawings relying only on sound!

Still, you don’t have to be an audio engineer; just touch the screen, move
your finger, and enjoy the game!

You will play through seven chapters filled with many different puzzles,
ranging from points to more complex drawings, such as objects and
characters.

Will you recognise them all?

”The Invisible Puzzle” has been designed to be played by everyone and is
fully accessible through VoiceOver.

Please be advised that “The Invisible Puzzle” collects anonymous usage data
in order to support research on Accessibility and Image Sonification.

Current Version: 1.2 (April 6, 2016)

Read The Invisible Puzzle’s AppleVis iOS App Directory entry for more
information http://www.applevis.com/apps/ios/games/invisible-puzzle
Visit The Invisible Puzzle’s App Store Page
https://itunes.apple.com/il/app/the-invisible-puzzle/id1051337548?mt=8&uo=8&at=11l4LS

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

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Helpful tips for April 2019

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 April 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

Here are our scam tips of the month and we have a few:
* Be ware of those menacing phone calls telling that you back taxes to the
Inland Revenue folks.
If you have nothing to worry about then simply hang up and go about your
business.
* Phone calls from West Jet telling you that you have won a free air ticket!
Not true, just hang up your phone or if you get an email to this effect then
just delete it.
* An email from American Express telling you that your online account has
been closed.
Whether or not you have such an account; just delete this email.

So what is the best country in the world in which to live?
Why, it is Spain and Italy, Iceland, Japan, and Switzerland round out the
top five.

About the benefits of rubarb?
It contains such things as calcium, potasium, fiber, and vitamin C.

Here is a very important tip for detecting if one is in the throws of a
stroke:
Check the person’s facial features to see if they look abnormal.
See if the person’s arms are drooping.
See if the person’s speech is slurred or not.
If any of these do not look normal then call 911.

Ever wondered why dogs have tails and what do them use them for?
Well, here goes.
Dogs use their tails to express their emotions.
They wag their tails when they are happy or excited.
Their tails go down when they are anxious.
Their tails go up when they sense danger.
They also use their tails to brush away flies.
One of the most painful things for a dog is if you tug at their tails.

Okay, there is a shortage of olive oil and why?
Because there was a very poor crop of olives in Italy this past year!

Some of the most popular smells when you wake up on a morning?
The smell of fresh cut grass,
coffee,
bacon.

Tea bags?
You can use them to stiffle odours in your fridge.

Orange peel?
You can use this to help stiffle odours in your garbage.

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Articles of the day
Chosen by the Business Desk team

Fantastic Uses for Baking Soda
Personal Care
Make Toothpaste
A paste made from baking soda and a 3 percent hydrogen peroxide solution can
be used as an alternative to commercial non-fluoride toothpastes. (Or here’s
a
formula for a minty version.) You can also just dip your toothbrush with
toothpaste into baking soda for an extra boost.
Freshen Your Mouth
Put one teaspoon baking soda in half a glass of water, swish, spit and
rinse.
Odors are neutralized, not just covered up.
Soak Oral Appliance
Soak oral appliances, like retainers, mouthpieces, and dentures in a
solution
of 2 teaspoons baking soda dissolved in a glass or small bowl of warm water.
The baking soda loosens food particles and neutralizes odors to keep
appliances fresh. You can also brush appliances clean using baking soda.
Use as a Facial Scrub and Body Exfoliant
Give yourself an invigorating facial and body scrub. Make a paste of 3 parts
baking soda to 1 part water. Rub in a gentle circular motion to exfoliate
the
skin. Rinse clean. This is gentle enough for daily use.
Skip Harsh Deodorant
Pat baking soda onto your underarms to neutralize body odor.
Use as an Antacid
Baking soda is a safe and effective antacid to relieve heartburn, sour
stomach
and/or acid indigestion. Refer to baking soda package for instructions.
Treat Insect Bites & Itchy Skin
For insect bites, make a paste out of baking soda and water, and apply as a
salve onto affected skin. To ease the itch, shake some baking soda into your
hand and rub it into damp skin after bath or shower.
Make a Hand Cleanser and Softener
Skip harsh soaps and gently scrub away ground-in dirt and neutralize odors
on
hands with a paste of 3 parts baking soda to 1 part water, or 3 parts baking
soda to gentle liquid hand soap. Then rinse clean.
Help Your Hair
Vinegar is amazing for your hair, but baking soda has its place in the
shower
too. Sprinkle a small amount of baking soda into your palm along with your
favorite shampoo. Shampoo as usual and rinse thoroughly-baking soda helps
remove the residue that styling products leave behind so your hair is
cleaner
and more manageable.
Clean Brushes and Combs
For lustrous hair with more shine, keep brushes and combs clean. Remove
natural oil build-up and hair product residue by soaking combs and brushes
in
a solution of 1 teaspoon of baking soda in a small basin of warm water.
Rinse
and allow to dry.
Make a Bath Soak
Add 1/2 cup of baking soda to your bath to neutralize acids on the skin and
help wash away oil and perspiration, and make your skin feel very soft.
Soothe Your Feet
Dissolve 3 tablespoons of baking soda in a tub of warm water and soak feet.
Gently scrub.
Cleaning
Make a Surface Soft Scrub
For safe, effective cleaning of bathroom tubs, tile and sinks, even
fiberglass
and glossy tiles, sprinkle baking soda lightly on a clean damp sponge and
scrub as usual. Rinse thoroughly and wipe dry. For extra tough stains, make
a
paste with baking soda, course salt and liquid dish soap, let it sit then
scour off.
Hand-wash Dishes and Pots & Pans
Add 2 heaping tablespoons baking soda (along with your regular dish
detergent)
to the dish water to help cut grease and foods left on dishes, pots and
pans.
For cooked-on foods, let them soak in the baking soda and detergent with
water
first, then use dry baking soda on a clean damp sponge or cloth as a
scratchless scouring powder.
Freshen Sponges
Soak stale-smelling sponges in a strong baking soda solution to get rid of
the
mess (4 tablespoons of baking soda dissolved in 1 quart of warm water).
Clean the Microwave
Baking soda on a clean damp sponge cleans gently inside and outside the
microwave and never leaves a harsh chemical smell. Rinse well with water.
Polish Silver Flatware
Use a baking soda paste made with 3 parts baking soda to 1 part water. Rub
onto the silver with a clean cloth or sponge. Rinse thoroughly and dry for
shining sterling and silver-plate serving pieces.
Clean Coffee and Tea Pots
Remove coffee and tea stains and eliminate bitter off-tastes by washing mugs
and coffee makers in a solution of 1/4 cup baking soda in 1 quart of warm
water. For stubborn stains, try soaking overnight in the baking soda
solution
and detergent or scrubbing with baking soda on a clean damp sponge.
Clean the Oven
Sprinkle baking soda onto the bottom of the oven. Spray with enough water
that
the baking soda is damp. Let set overnight, making sure the baking soda is
damp before you go to bed. In the morning, simply scoop the baking soda and
grime out with a sponge, or vacuum. Rinse.
Clean Floors
Remove dirt and grime (without unwanted scratch marks) from no wax and tile
floors using 1/2 cup baking soda in a bucket of warm water, mop and rinse
clean for a sparkling floor. For scuff marks, use baking soda on a clean
damp
sponge, then rinse.
Clean Furniture
You can make a homemade lemon furniture polish, or you can clean and remove
marks (even crayon) from walls and painted furniture by applying baking soda
to a damp sponge and rubbing lightly. Wipe off with a clean, dry cloth.
Clean Shower Curtains
Clean and deodorize your vinyl shower curtain by sprinkling baking soda
directly on a clean damp sponge or brush. Scrub the shower curtain and rinse
clean. Hang it up to dry.
Boost Your Liquid Laundry Detergent
Give your laundry a boost by adding ½ cup of baking soda to your laundry to
make liquid detergent work harder. A better balance of pH in the wash gets
clothes cleaner, fresher, and brighter.
Gently Clean Baby Clothes
Baby skin requires the most gentle of cleansers, which are increasingly
available, but odor and stain fighters are often harsh. For tough stains add
1/2 cup of baking soda to your liquid laundry detergent, or a 1/2 cup in the
rinse cycle for deodorization.
Clean Cloth Diapers
Dissolve ½ cup of baking soda in 2 quarts of water and soak diapers
thoroughly.
Clean and Freshen Sports Gear
Use a baking soda solution (4 tablespoons Baking soda in 1 quart warm water)
to clean and deodorize smelly sports equipment. Sprinkle baking soda into
golf
bags and gym bags to deodorize, clean golf irons (without scratching them!)
with a baking soda paste (3 parts Baking soda to 1 part water) and a brush.
Rinse thoroughly.
Remove Oil and Grease Stains
Use Baking soda to clean up light-duty oil and grease spills on your garage
floor or in your driveway. Sprinkle baking soda on the spot and scrub with a
wet brush.
Clean Batteries
Baking soda can be used to neutralize battery acid corrosion on cars,
mowers,
etc. because its a mild alkali. Be sure to disconnect the battery terminals
before cleaning. Make a paste of 3 parts baking soda to 1 part water, apply
with a damp cloth to scrub corrosion from the battery terminal. After
cleaning
and re-connecting the terminals, wipe them with petroleum jelly to prevent
future corrosion. Please be careful when working around a battery, they
contain a strong acid.
Clean Cars
Use baking soda to clean your car lights, chrome, windows, tires, vinyl
seats
and floor mats without worrying about unwanted scratch marks. Use a baking
soda solution of 1/4 cup baking soda in 1 quart of warm water. Apply with a
sponge or soft cloth to remove road grime, tree sap, bugs, and tar. For
stubborn stains use baking soda sprinkled on a damp sponge or soft brush.
Deodorizing
Deodorize Your Refrigerator
Place an open box in the back of the fridge to neutralize odors.
Deodorize the Cutting Board
Sprinkle the cutting board with baking soda, scrub, rinse.
Deodorize Trashcans
Sprinkle baking soda in the bottom of your trashcan to keep stinky trash
smells at bay.
Deodorize Recyclables
Sprinkle baking soda on top as you add to the container. Also, clean your
recyclable container periodically by sprinkling baking soda on a damp
sponge.
Wipe clean and rinse.
Deodorize Drains
To deodorize your sink and tub drains, and keep lingering odors from
resurfacing, pour 1/2 cup of baking soda down the drain while running warm
tap
water, it will neutralize both acid and basic odors for a fresh drain. (This
is a good way to dispose of baking soda that is being retired from your
refrigerator.
Deodorize and Clean Dishwashers
Use Baking soda to deodorize before you run the dishwasher and then as a
gentle cleanser in the wash cycle.
Deodorize Garbage Disposals
To deodorize your disposal, and keep lingering odors from resurfacing, pour
baking soda down the drain while running warm tap water. Baking Soda will
neutralize both acid and basic odors for a fresh drain.
Deodorize Lunch Boxes
Between uses, place a spill-proof box of baking soda in everyone’s lunch box
to absorb lingering odors.
Remove Odor From Carpets
Liberally sprinkle baking soda on the carpet. Let set overnight, or as long
as
possible (the longer it sets the better it works). Sweep up the larger
amounts
of baking soda, and vacuum up the rest. (Note that your vacuum cleaner bag
will get full and heavy.)
Remove Odor From Vacuum Cleaners
By using the method above for carpets, you will also deodorize your vacuum
cleaner.
Freshen Closets
Place a box on the shelf to keep the closet smelling fresh.
Deodorizing Cars
Odors settle into car upholstery and carpet, so each time you step in and
sit
down, they are released into the air all over again. Eliminate these odors
by
sprinkling baking soda directly on fabric car seats and carpets. Wait 15
minutes (or longer for strong odors) and vacuum up the baking soda.
Deodorize the Cat Box
Cover the bottom of the pan with baking soda, then fill as usual with
litter.
To freshen between changes, sprinkle baking soda on top of the litter after
a
thorough cleaning. You can also use green tea for this purpose!
Deodorize Pet Bedding
Eliminate odors from your pets bedding by sprinkling liberally with baking
soda, wait 15 minutes (or longer for stronger odors), then vacuum up.
Deodorize Sneakers
Keep odors from spreading in smelly sneakers by shaking baking soda into
them
when not in use. Shake out before wearing.
Freshen Linens
Add 1/2 cup of baking soda to the rinse cycle for fresher sheets and towels.
Deodorize Your Wash
Gym clothes of other odoriferous clothing can be neutralized with a ½ cup of
baking soda in the rinse cycle.
Freshen Stuffed Animals
Keep favorite cuddly toys fresh with a dry shower of baking soda. Sprinkle
baking soda on and let it sit for 15 minutes before brushing off.
Miscellaneous
Camping Cure-all
Baking soda is a must-have for your next camping trip. Its a dish washer,
pot
scrubber, hand cleanser, deodorant, toothpaste, fire extinguisher and many
other uses.
Extinguish Fires
Baking soda can help in the initial handling of minor grease or electrical
kitchen fires, because when baking soda is heated, it gives off carbon
dioxide, which helps to smother the flames. For small cooking fires (frying
pans, broilers, ovens, grills), turn off the gas or electricity if you can
safely do so. Stand back and throw handfuls of baking soda at the base of
the
flame to help put out the fire, and call the Fire Department just to be
safe.
Septic Care
Regular use of baking soda in your drains can help keep your septic system
flowing freely. 1 cup of baking soda per week will help maintain a
favorable
pH in your septic tank.
Fruit and Vegetable Scrub
Baking soda is the food safe way to clean dirt and residue off fresh fruit
and
vegetables. Just sprinkle a little on a clean damp sponge, scrub and rinse.

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How to Fix Every Common Zipper Problem

How
to Fix Every Common Zipper Problem

Life Hacker:

http://lifehacker.com/5975700/how-to-fix-every-common-zipper-problem

Zippers haven’t changed much since they were first invented, and neither
have the problems we all have with them. From stuck zippers to teeth that
just won’t clinch, here’s how to fix all the problems you’ll run into with
anything that zips.

1. The Zipper Is Stuck

When your zipper is stuck it feels like it’s getting caught on something.
The zipper might not come down at all, and until you fix it you’re stuck
inside your jacket.

The best way to fix this? Grab a graphite pencil and rub the pencil tip on
the teeth. Try it again and it should work. If that doesn’t work, it’s time
to move on to a lubricant. Windex is good because it’s not oil-based, but
you can also use bar soap, or lip balm. Start with the zipper all the way
up, and slowly apply the the lubricant to the teeth. Then inch the zipper
down some more, reapply, and continue doing that until the zipper comes all
the way down. This is especially handy to fix a zipper stuck in the fabric
itself .

2. The Teeth Don’t Close (or They Keep Popping Open)

One of the most annoying problems with a zipper is when the teeth won’t
close. The problem comes from a few different reasons. Sometimes the above
trick of using a pencil (or a bar of soap) will smooth out the teeth enough
so they’ll work again.

If that doesn’t work, the slider might not be working properly. First,
double-check to make sure a piece of cloth or thread isn’t stuck in the
zipper. Next, look at the individual teeth. If any of them are sticking out,
grab a pair of pliers and move them back into place so they’re all straight.

If the teeth are straight, and clean, take a look at the slider itself. Over
time, the slider starts to come apart, and when that happens it stops
clinching the zipper teeth together. Grab some pliers and try closing the
slider together until it catches the teeth again.

As for jeans, the solution is a little more complicated. If you can, you
need to remove the metal bumper at the bottom and replace it with a stitches
,
or just tie it off in the middle
if teeth are
missing at the bottom. Unfortunately, this only really works with pants
where you can actually get to the bottom bumper. If that fails, or you’re
working with pants where you can’t get to the entire zipper run, you might
need to replace the zipper completely
.
While you can do it yourself with some pliers, scissors, and thread,
replacing the zipper on a pair of pants is only around $5-$10 at most
tailors.

3. The Zipper Won’t Stay Up

A common problem with pants zippers is a zipper that won’t stay up. This can
lead to all types of embarrassing situations. Unfortunately, you can’t
really fix this problem permanently unless you completely replace the
zipper.

That said, you have two simple temporary fixes. The easiest is to slide a
key ring through the zipper pull and over your pants button
.
This keeps the zipper up in a simple way. If you’d prefer a little more
flexibility, you can also try a rubber band.

The Slider Broke Off

If the slider comes off completely, or if you need to replace the slider
because it’s not closing the teeth right, then you need to replace the
slider. To get the slider off, use some pliers
to cut it off. Once that’s
done, reattach the new zipper slider by sliding it back onto the teeth.
That’s it, you’re done.

Replacing the slider is usually pretty simple, and should take only a couple
minutes of time.

4. The Zipper Pull Broke Off

When the pull breaks off a zipper it makes it incredibly hard to zip the
zipper up. The good news is that this is pretty much the easiest fix out
there. You can turn a paperclip, a keyring, or even a telephone wire
connector
into a zipper pull. Just slide it through the tab on the
slider and you have a new zipper pull. Sure, it’s not exactly the most
stylish solution, but at least you’ll be able to get in and out of your
clothes.

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From the pages of Donna’s diary
Your important travel documents

When it comes to travel, there are always those documents that you should
never leave home without and as a seasoned traveler; I’d like to propose the
following for you to take along at all times.

Important documents to include:
Pass port if traveling abroad,
Visa if needed for your visit to a foreign country,
Credit card
personal identification,
health card and any other insurance card,
list of important numbers to call in case of emergency,
Always keep these in a very safe place and away from prying eyes.

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This month in Let’s Talk Tips:

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#Technology
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1.) People Want To Know About Algorithms. But Not Too Much.
In this article from Wired, Sarah Mazzetti helps to explain why harnessing
the power of transparency to induce greater trust in algorithms is more
difficult than one might assume.
http://bit.ly/2Og7zS0

2.) Virtual Reality Hardware Takes A Step Forward. Oculus Unveils The Rift
S. A Higher Resolution VR Headset With Built In Tracking.
Oculus VR recently unveiled its next-generation Rift headset, a
higher-resolution pair of virtual reality goggles that remove the need for
external cameras by incorporating built-in tracking. The name of the device,
as rumored by numerous reports over the last 12 months, is the Oculus Rift
S. In a surprise twist, it’s been developed in partnership with Lenovo.
Oculus says it struck a deal with the Chinese electronics giant to help it
speed up manufacturing and to improve upon the design of the original Rift.
http://bit.ly/2FmNLYT

3.) Myspace Deleted 12 Years’ Worth of Music in a Botched Server Migration.
News that the files may have been lost first surfaced a year ago when the
company said that it was experiencing an issue with any songs or videos that
were updated over three years ago. At the time, Myspace said that the issue
would be fixed, although it was unable to say when. Unfortunately, it now
seems that this fix wasn’t possible and “there is no way to recover the lost
data.”
http://bit.ly/2ULRK87

4.) Still Running Windows 7? You’ve Got Until January 14, 2020 To Upgrade.
In a patch rolled out on March 20, 2019 Microsoft warned users of the
impending deadline, January 14, 2020, when the software giant will no longer
roll out fixes for security flaws and vulnerabilities. The deadline comes
some 10 years after Windows 7 first debuted in 2009, more than half a decade
before Microsoft’s most recent operating system Windows 10 was introduced.
https://tcrn.ch/2UUJPFH

5.) Facial Recognition 101. Shoplifting May Get You Banned in Places You’ve
Never Been.
There are hundreds of stores using facial recognition — none that have any
rules or standards to prevent abuse. Stores are already using the technology
for security purposes and can share that data — meaning that if one store
considers you a threat, every business in that network could come to the
same conclusion. One mistake could mean never being able to shop again.
https://cnet.co/2YdRKzC

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#Nutrition
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1.) TV Chef Tom Kerridge’s Five Tips for a Healthier Lifestyle
Michelin-starred chef Tom Kerridge once weighed 30 stone. A few years ago,
when he was approaching 40, he decided he needed to dramatically change his
eating, drinking and exercise habits if he wanted to live for the next 40
years.
https://bbc.in/2YeTitx

2.) Weight Loss: 5 Tips Apart from Exercise and Healthy Diet to Lose Weight
Like Sonchiriya Actress Bhumi Pednekar
The otherwise bubbly and fun Bhumi Pednekar recently said that she was
‘disturbed’ when she read the script of the movie Sonchiriya.
http://bit.ly/2uh7Fj2

3.) Fit Kids Fest Provides Kids With Healthy Ideas and Live Demonstrations
A large crowd gathered on Saturday, March 2, 2019 at Savannah State
University for the Annual Fit Kids Fest. The free event is open to the
public each year. The event has been going on for seven years and many
people thinks it’s just for children, but it’s actually not. It’s also for
the parents.
http://bit.ly/2TmglPk

4.) Biggest Loser Contestants Share Their Fitness Advice
Ryan Nance: “The best tips I could give to someone starting to work out is
focus on your diet rather than your training. If your body does not have the
nutrition that will benefit you, the performance in the gym or where you
train will not be effective. If you put the right nutrition in your body,
and manage your eating, you can drop weight with little to no working out
involved.”
http://bit.ly/2U0Hnjy

5.) 9 Tips To Help A Beginner Start A Healthy Fitness Routine
Deciding you want to take that first step to start getting healthier is
great! But it can also be intimidating. No worries, here are some easy steps
for you!
http://bit.ly/2Og5SUw

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#Media
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1.) Dark Patterns: 12 Tricks You Should Never Use in Your Products
Making money is an essential part of any business. To create more profit,
many companies try to build a more customer-centric culture — they try to
deliver a personalized experience and create an excellent customer service
strategy. But other companies try a darker approach — they purposefully
trick users into converting, thus generating more sales. In the world of
product design, these manipulative techniques are known as dark patterns.
http://bit.ly/2Fl5H6d

2.) Insurance Agency Specializing in Medicare Advantage Plans Attracts
100,000+ Facebook Followers. How They Did It.
As an insurance agency that specializes in selling Medicare Advantage plans
to seniors, we aren’t the type of business that usually generates lots of
buzz on social media. But we figured out a way to engage our core audience
using social media — and now have over 100,000 Facebook followers.
http://bit.ly/2HzwkIn

3.) Trauma Floor. The Secret Lives of Facebook Moderators in America
Content warning: This story contains discussion of serious mental health
issues and racism. The panic attacks started after Chloe watched a man die.
She spent the past three and a half weeks in training, trying to harden
herself against the daily onslaught of disturbing posts: the hate speech,
the violent attacks, the graphic pornography. In a few more days, she will
become a full-time Facebook content moderator, or what the company she works
for, a professional services vendor named Cognizant, opaquely calls a
“process executive.”
http://bit.ly/2URkXi4

4.) Without Attention, The Crimes Are Meaningless To The People Who
Committed Them. How The Mass Shooting in New Zealand Was Designed to Spread
on Social Media. Killing In The Age of SEO.
The horrific shooting at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, was
designed from the start to get attention, leveraging social media to make
sure as many people as possible would hear about the deaths and the hate
underpinning them.
http://bit.ly/2WfvELy

5.) Instagram Launches ‘Checkout on Instagram’ to Facilitate In-App Shopping
It’s happening. After edging towards eCommerce for some time, and evolving
its various tools to better facilitate on-platform shopping, Instagram is
now taking the next step with the introduction of a new checkout option in
the app.
http://bit.ly/2Oj3gVZ

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#Business
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1.) How to Improve Website Resilience for DDoS Attacks
Part 1 of this 3 part series talks about the practices that will optimize
your site and increase your website’s resilience to DDoS attacks.
http://bit.ly/2CxOSVf

2.) Baby Boomers Upend the Workforce One Last Time
As older workers look to retire, companies reckon with how to replace
departing skill sets.
https://wapo.st/2ujEoUU

3.) 5 Global Events To Watch in 2019
Several events may adversely affect the world’s economy and businesses in
2019. According to the Frontier Strategy Group, a Washington, D.C.-based
firm that advises corporate executives focused on emerging markets,
potential risks to be on the lookout for include trade wars, domestic
fragility, geopolitical security threats and technological disruption.
http://bit.ly/2Toe1r9

4.) Make Senior Citizens a Priority as Pennsylvania Budget is Shaped |
Opinion
Pennsylvania has one of the country’s largest senior populations. In fact,
three-quarters of the state’s Medicaid budget pays for the care of just one
quarter of the population — seniors and individuals with disabilities.
http://bit.ly/2Tr7QSU

5.) Amplifying The Voices of Female Entrepreneurs
The celebration of the International Women’s Day was March 8, 2019. In honor
of this important event, we share salient information culled from the DAN
Female Foundry Accelerator initiative.
http://bit.ly/2uld34H

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#Advocacy
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1.) Gaming Industry Told That “Tiny Tweaks” Equal Huge Accessibility Boosts
Certain sectors of the videogame industry seem to be under a misconception
that “the graphics make the game”. However, I am of the opinion that sound
and game mechanics can, when combined correctly, create a gameplay
experience that everyone can enjoy, regardless of any disabilities.
http://bit.ly/2Fk4eNN

2.) What is the Lighthouse for the Blind?
Lighthouse for the Blind is a private, not-for-profit social enterprise
providing employment, support, and training opportunities for people who are
blind, DeafBlind, and blind with other disabilities. Learn more here.
http://bit.ly/2TS4DBb

3.) Involve Disabled People in Policy-Making, New Global Accessibility Index
Urges
Less than one quarter of countries in a large-scale global assessment
involve persons with disabilities in digital accessibility policy making.
G3ict — the Global Initiative for Inclusive Information and Communication
Technologies — is an advocacy initiative launched in December 2006 by the
United Nations Global Alliance for ICT and Development, in cooperation with
the Secretariat for the Convention on the Rights of Persons with
Disabilities at UN DESA. Learn more here.
http://bit.ly/2FtbqIo

4.) UK Shortbread Firm Introduces Braille to Cartons
UK shortbread manufacturer, Paterson Arran Limited, has introduced Braille
to its best-selling shortbread range, as part of its ongoing commitment to
meeting the needs of consumers.
http://bit.ly/2On3xra

5.) Airline Fined for Separate Disabled-Accessible Website
Offering a separate website for those with disabilities does not comply with
the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) website accessibility
requirements, the agency has made clear.
http://bit.ly/2Tr8j7M

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Welcome to the Apple Viz newsletter for March 2019

If you are in the market for something to help you save time while at the
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Welcome to the March 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. Actions by Moleskine (iOS, Free With In-App Purchases)

Keep on top of everything in your head, whether it’s movies to watch or
the details of your next big project. Designed for busy people who live by
making lists to stay on track at work and home, the digital card based
design is a clutter-free way to visualise everything that needs doing.

Collect your thoughts in a calm interface with simple natural language like
“Water the plants every Saturday” then let Actions take care of
reminding you automatically.

–––FEATURES–––

* Create Action Cards to note things you do not want to forget.
* Type naturally like “Post status report every second Friday” and
Actions takes care of the scheduling, reminders and notifications.
* Drag and drop your Action Cards into custom Lists to organise them
intuitively
* Colour code each list to further personalise your productivity system
* Use the Schedule to see all of the Actions coming up
* Swipe on Action Cards to complete them, delete them and set reminders.
* Add free-form notes to Action Cards for extra details like phone numbers
* Get push notifications, you can quickly choose reminders for the Morning,
Afternoon, Evening or custom times
* Create repeating actions with advanced rules like “Call Sam every
second Tuesday in June”
* Automatically and securely sync all of your Actions to the cloud
instantly
* To keep your lists manageable, Actions will automatically suggest Action
Cards that should be rescheduled or deleted
* Use the iOS Share extension to bring lists from other apps into Actions
easily
* Use Siri to manage your actions for hands-free productivity!

Actions is a sophisticated app for getting things done, but it’s even more
powerful if you have Timepage. With Timepage installed, your calendar events
will automatically appear in the Schedule screen in Actions so you can see
everything in context. In Timepage, you can see scheduled actions alongside
your events. Master your calendar events and your to-dos with the ultimate
productivity app duo!

Current Version: 1.5.4 (March 25, 2019)

Read Actions by Moleskine’s AppleVis App Directory entry for more
information
https://www.applevis.com/apps/ios/productivity/actions-moleskine

Visit Actions by Moleskine’s App Store page
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/actions-by-moleskine/id1227402276?mt=8&at=11l4LS

2. Cardhop (iOS, US$3.99)

Until now, managing and interacting with your contacts has been a real
frustration. Cardhop’s magical parsing engine is incredibly intuitive,
letting you search, add, edit, and interact with your contacts using a
simple sentence!

Just type in “John G” and John’s card will instantly appear. Or enter “Sarah
Smith sarah@cardhopapp.com” and Cardhop will add a new contact to Sarah’s
card. Or type in “call Michael S” and Cardhop will instantly start a phone
call.

SEARCH, ADD, EDIT, AND INTERACT WITH YOUR CONTACTS LIKE NEVER BEFORE

* Tap on the Cardhop search field
* Type in the details for your contact
* That’s it!

FEATURES

* A beautiful and simple contacts app, designed exclusively for your iPhone
and iPad
* Instantly works with your existing iOS contacts, there’s nothing to
configure
* Groups: quickly toggle contact groups with a tap
* Notes: a convenient and powerful way to add notes to your contacts,
helping you to strengthen your relationships
* Recents: quickly interact with your recent contacts
* Birthdays: receive birthday notifications, instantly see upcoming
birthdays, and easily send a wish on their special day
* iOS widget to quickly access your favorite contacts
* Siri Shortcuts
* Full accessibility and VoiceOver support
* Dark and light themes
* And much, much more!

POWERFUL ACTIONS

* Quickly interact with your contacts with the following actions: Call,
Copy, Directions, Email, FaceTime, FaceTime Audio, Facebook Messenger,
Large Type, Message, Skype, Telegram, Twitter, URL, Viber, and VoIP
* Simply enter an action or abbreviation (which you’ll find in the Help
Book by entering “?” or “help”) followed by your contact’s name and
Cardhop will handle the rest
* Even better, some actions are flexible. For example, you can add a
subject to an email by entering “email Kent Lunch tomorrow?” and the
email including the subject will instantly appear, ready to go!
* Customizable quick actions are also available per contact, allowing for
single-tap actions

Cardhop — the contacts app you’ll actually want to use.

Current Version: 1.0.1 (March 30, 2019)

Read Cardhop’s AppleVis App Directory entry for more information
https://www.applevis.com/apps/ios/productivity/cardhop

Visit Cardhop’s App Store page
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/cardhop/id1448744070?mt=8&at=11l4LS

Read about the Mac version of Cardhop on AppleVis.
https://www.applevis.com/apps/mac/productivity/cardhop

3. Sofa: Downtime Organizer (iOS, Free)

ORGANIZE YOUR DOWNTIME
Create lists of books, movies, tv shows, podcasts, music albums, and
video
games to enjoy later.

MORE ORGANIZED THAN YOUR NOTES APP
Keeping lists in a notes app can become an incoherent mess. Sofa’s
organization brings sanity and flexibility to how you spend your downtime.

LISTS
Keep your movies, books, podcasts, & more tidy

SECTIONS
Group your lists into sections for even more organization

ACTIVITY
A history of what you watched, read, & listened to

ADD THINGS FOR LATER
You can come across an interesting book or movie at random times. Sofa is
designed for these moments. Capture what interests you in seconds.

EASY ORGANIZATION
With Lists and Sections, organizing your downtime items is
straightforward. No more messy notes app to deal with.

TRACK YOUR PROGRESS
See a history of what you’ve watched, read, and listened to.

THE RIGHT AMOUNT OF DETAIL
Get the synopsis of a book or release date for a movie. The right amount
of detail, and nothing more.

IT’S OK TO TAKE A BREAK
It’s not uncommon for work to dominate your life. Unfortunately, this
happens at the expense of your personal life. There is a very real feeling
of guilt that comes along with taking breaks. You feel like you should be
working every chance you get. It doesn’t have to be this way.

It’s ok to take a break. It’s ok to work 8 hours or less per day. It’s
ok to read a book instead of emails. It’s ok to go for a hike instead of
working on Saturday. Work isn’t everything. Be serious about your
downtime.

Current Version: 2.7.1 (January 17, 2019)

Read Sofa: Downtime Organizer’s AppleVis App Directory entry for more
information
https://www.applevis.com/apps/ios/productivity/sofa-downtime-organizer

Visit Sofa: Downtime Organizer’s App Store page
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/sofa-downtime-organizer/id1276554886?mt=8&at=11l4LS

4. Speecap (iOS, Free)

Speecap is a high-quality voice recorder. Speecap automatically detects and
eliminates background hissing noise while recording. No need of expensive
professional microphone. Easily make clean speech recordings with any cheap
microphone.

Main features:

* Automatic hissing noise cancellation
* Sound monitoring while recording
* Recording and playback in the background

More features:

* Share your recordings using Airdrop or cloud apps
* iTunes file sharing
* Slide Over and Split View
* Dynamic Type

Current Version: 1.7 (August 12, 2018)

Read Speecap’s AppleVis App Directory entry for more information
https://www.applevis.com/apps/ios/utilities/speecap

Visit Speecap’s App Store page
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/speecap/id1213395589?mt=8&at=11l4LS

5. Voice Dream Scanner (iOS, US$5.99)

Scan paper documents with the camera and recognize text. Listen using
built-in text-to-speech. Save and export. Unlimited use: no subscriptions or
additional charges.

State-of-the-art A.I. for OCR and text recognition: Fast and accurate, even
in poor lighting conditions. Works entirely on device: No need for internet
and your data stays private.

Export scans as plain text or PDF with embedded text to another app, or save
them on your local device, iCloud, Dropbox, or Google Drive.

Works with Voice Dream Reader, our full-featured text-to-speech reader.
After downloading this app, you will be able access the scanner directly
from Reader and add scanned documents to your Reader library.

Additional Features:

* Automatic detection of document edges for stretching and cropping
* Automatic detection of document orientation and auto rotate
* Automatic language detection
* Automatic image enhancement
* Batch mode for scanning multiple pages quickly
* Spoken words are highlighted in the text or the image
* Select text-to-speech voice and change speed
* Uses premium voices purchased in Voice Dream Reader

Limitations:

* Only languages using Latin alphabets are supported. It works all language
supported by Voice Dream Reader except: Arabic, Bulgarian, Chinese,
Greek, Hebrew, Japanese, Korean and Russian.

Current Version: 1.0 (March 31, 2019)

Read Voice Dream Scanner’s AppleVis App Directory entry for more information
https://www.applevis.com/apps/ios/productivity/voice-dream-scanner

Visit Voice Dream Scanner’s App Store page
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/voice-dream-scanner/id1446737725?mt=8&at=11l4LS

6. WaterMinder® (iOS, US$4.99)

Get help with WaterMinder®, an easy, intuitive app to track your water
intake. Based on your body weight (or your personal goal), WaterMinder®
will remind you to drink water to reach your daily goals. By seeing current
water fill visually and in percents you will instantly know how well you are
hydrated!

Keeping track of your daily water intake needs and making sure your body is
well hydrated is not an easy task in todays busy world. Let WaterMinder®
help you!

Main Features

* Apple Watch app
* Today Widget
* iMessage Stickers
* Clean visual view of your current water fill
* Simple, quick and easy to use interface (just tap on 1 icon and a menu
opens with your options to log/track your water intake)
* Pre-defined cups for quick tracking
* Create custom cups (size, icon, color, drink type)
* Create unlimited custom reminders
* History and Graph, see your progress
* US oz, UK oz, L and ML units
* Earn and Share your Achievements
* Free guide to drinking water

Stay healthy, and drink more water – hydrate yourself!

Current Version: 3.7.8 (January 28, 2019)

Read WaterMinder®’s AppleVis App Directory entry for more information
https://www.applevis.com/apps/ios/health-and-fitness/waterminder

Visit WaterMinder®’s App Store page
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/waterminder/id653031147?mt=8&at=11l4LS

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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