Top tech tip of the week – Exploring and Using Apple AirPods Cordless Bluetooth Earbuds

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Exploring and Using Apple AirPods Cordless Bluetooth Earbuds
After much anticipation, Apple released their cordless Bluetooth earbuds,
called AirPods, in late 2016. Initial reviews were mixed: some said they
didn’t sound better than the standard corded earbuds that come with Apple
products. Others were extremely happy with the sound, ease of use, Siri
accessibility, and comfort level. I agree with these positive reviewers and,
apparently, so do many other people, since AirPods are selling very well
and there is usually a wait to get them.
Using Bluetooth to Cut the Cord
It has always been a hassle to use earbuds with their tangle-prone cords.
AirPods solve that problem by using radio waves instead of cables to
connect.
What’s in the Box
The box itself is approximately 4 inches square and the top lifts off. On
top is a tactile version of the AirPods in side profile. AirPods feel like
standard earbuds minus the connecting wire. Inside the box are two AirPods,
a charging case, and a Lightning to USB cable. Printed documentation is
included.
Charging Case
The charging case measures 1.74 by 0.84 by 2.11 inches, weighs 1.34 ounces,
and feels like a dental floss box. On the front side of the case, near the
top, is a lid that flips up. It is magnetic and closes easily. On the back
of the case is a small pairing button, used to pair the Apple TV and
non-Apple devices with the earbuds. On the bottom of the case is the
charging port.
AirPods arrive in the charging case. Inside the case are two magnetic holes
for the AirPods. There is only one way for them to fit. You use the case to
charge your AirPods.
AirPods
Each AirPod has a part that goes into your ear and a small stem that hangs
down.
Each AirPod is 0.65 by 0.71 by 1.59 inches and weighs 0.14 ounces. They
contain Apple’s proprietary W1 chip. Each AirPod contains Dual beamforming
microphones, dual optical sensors, and a speech-detecting accelerometer.
AirPods fit only one way in their case. In your ear, the hole in each AirPod
faces forward. Therefore, there is a designated right and left AirPod.
Lightning to USB Cable
The Lightning to USB cable arrives from Apple under the plastic insert in
the shipping box. If using one of the new MacBooks with USB-3 ports, you
will need an adaptor. An AC wall-charging cube is not included.
System Requirements
iOS 10 or later is required for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. Mac
computers require macOS Sierra or later. The Apple Watch requires watchOS 3
or later. AirPods can be used with the 4th generation Apple TV, but the
pairing process is a little different that it is for newer models. AirPods
also can be paired with non-Apple devices.
Battery Life
According to Apple, AirPods get up to five hours listening time or two hours
talk time. The AirPod case itself contains a battery that charges the
AirPods. With the case fully charged it is possible to get 24 hours
listening time and 11 hours talk time. After a 15-minute charge in the case,
you can get up to three hours listening time or one-hour talk time. When
the AirPods’ battery charge is low, you will hear a descending sound. It
will repeat just before the AirPods turn off due to lack of battery power.
There is no audio clue that the case charge is low; you have to check the
battery level manually.
Siri
Siri can be accessed on your AirPods if they are paired with an iOS device,
Mac, or Apple Watch. As of May 2017, Siri is not available with Apple TV.
How to use Siri will be discussed later in this article.
Pairing
Before using your AirPods, they need to be paired with a device. You need to
pair them only once. If you have devices in your iCloud account, the
AirPods will have access to all. You can use one AirPod at a time.
Pairing with the iPhone
Pair the AirPods with an iPhone by placing the charging case, with AirPods
inside, next to the phone. Make sure the AirPods are charged before doing
so. Open the lid on the case and keep it open. A dialogue box will come up
asking if you want to pair the AirPods with your phone. Make your
selection.
Once paired, when you put the AirPods in your ears, you will hear a one-note
tone and sound will be routed to them automatically. If listening to
content such as music or an audiobook, play will stop as soon as one AirPod
is removed from your ear. It will start again when the AirPod is replaced.
If you are wearing two AirPods and take one out, play will stop. If you are
wearing one AirPod and you take it out, play will stop.
Once your AirPods are paired with your iPhone, you can use VoiceOver to
check battery power. With the case near your phone, open the lid and a
dialogue will appear on the screen. It will show the charge for both the
AirPods and the charging case. Flicking around the screen to read the
dialogue does not always work. Slide your finger around the bottom half to
access the information. When the Lightning charging cable is in the case,
the dialogue will say that the case is charging. Close the dialogue by
closing the lid of the charging case.
Another way to check the charge is on the Today screen. Information is under
the Battery heading.
Settings
To access all Settings options, your AirPods must be either in their case
with the lid open or out of the case either in your ears or near the
iPhone. Settings for AirPods are found in the Bluetooth section of the
phone. Go to Settings > Bluetooth. Under the My Devices heading is a list of
all your Bluetooth devices. Find your AirPods in the list.
Flick right to the More Info button and select it. The first option is a
Disconnect button followed by a button labeled Forget This Device. The next
control is a button that is to the right of your AirPods’ name. Selecting
the button will open an edit box for a new name.
Next are three options for choosing what happens when you do a one-finger
double-tap near the top of an AirPod. They are: Siri, Play/Pause, and Off.
The next control is a toggle for automatic ear detection. When on, content
will be transferred automatically to the AirPods as soon as they are in
your ears.
Use the final control for choosing whether only one AirPod has the
microphone or whether both sides have it. The options are Automatically
Switch AirPods, Always Left AirPod, and Always Right AirPod. Since they are
beam microphones, it is not necessary to speak loudly.
Connecting your AirPods to other Apple Devices
If you want to switch between Apple devices, you will need to go into the
device’s Bluetooth settings. For example, I was using AirPods with my Mac
and disconnected them when I was done. When I used the AirPods again, they
automatically started working with my Mac. To use them with my iPhone, I
went into my Mac’s Bluetooth settings, disconnected them from the Mac, and
connected them to the iPhone.
AirPods and the Mac
Connect AirPods to your Mac by going to Menu Extras and selecting Bluetooth.
Look for the AirPods in the Devices list. From there, use the Right Arrow
or VO + Right Arrow to get to Connect and select it. You can check battery
level by going back into the Bluetooth menu and selecting the AirPods. This
time, Right Arrow to Disconnect but do not select it. VO + Down Arrow and
you will hear the battery level of your AirPods.
When listening to audio content such as iTunes, removing one AirPod or
pressing the Spacebar will stop the music. Putting the AirPod back in your
ear or pressing the Spacebar again will start the music. Taking both
AirPods out of your ears will cause sound to come from the computer’s
speakers. Putting the AirPods back into your ears will route sound back to
the AirPods.
AirPods and the Apple Watch
The Apple Watch also works with AirPods. Go to the Control Center on your
watch and select Air Play. Your watch is already automatically selected. If
not, select it from the Air Play list. Flick down and there will be a
button for selecting your AirPods. Select it and your Apple Watch’s sound
will come through your AirPods.
Using AirPods with Apple TV
Pairing AirPods with Apple TV is different than pairing with other Apple
devices. Start by selecting Settings/Bluetooth/Remotes & Devices/Bluetooth.
Find your AirPods in the list. On the back of the charging case is a small
button. Hold it down for a couple of seconds. Then, without letting go of
the button, select your AirPods with the remote. You can then release the
button. Siri does not work with AirPods paired with Apple TV, but you still
have access via the remote.
Find My AirPods
The Find My iPhone app can help you find your AirPods unless they are out of
range or in their case. Select your AirPods from the list of devices in
Find My AirPods. When the next screen loads, tap the Actions button, which
is located above the home button. On the next screen, select the Play Sound
button that is above the home button but slightly to the right. The AirPods
will play a sound for two minutes. When they are located, pick them up or
put them in their case, and in a few seconds the sound will stop. I found
that VoiceOver took a few seconds to start working after the sound stopped.
The Bottom Line
AirPods are well worth the investment; they are comfortable, convenient, and
provide very good sound. Once paired with one of your devices, they can
easily be connected to all the iOS and macOS devices on your same iCloud
account. You can buy one AirPod if you lose one. This is actually my second
pair of AirPods. My guide dog chewed one of my AirPods and I left the other
one in a hotel room when I attended a conference. For me, it was definitely
worth purchasing a second pair.
Product Information
Product: Apple AirPods
https://www.apple.com/airpods/
Cost: $159 per pair; $69 for a single replacement
Author: Janet Ingber

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Top scams of the week – stay updated

Hello everyone and we at the business desk are introducing a new feature to
help you become more aware of those nasty scams making the rounds.
This is going to be a weekly feature and we hope that you take advantage of
our info as it will help you to stay out of the way of scams and scammers!
It’s all about scam alerts!

You need to remember that scams come in the following formats:
As emails, as phone calls both recorded and via a live caller, and o yes!
It can even show up at your door and in your mailbox.
And now they are targeting us through texts being sent to our cell phones.

Before giving you the latest scams making the rounds; we have some do nots
to share with you.
Do not respond to emails that look strange to you.
Do not download attachments from unknown senders.
Do not share your username and password to your online banking and any other
online payments facilities with anyone.
Do not give out any banking or personal details on the phone to unknown
callers.
Do not pay any attention to threats from automated phone recordings or from
live persons with regard to your credit card or that you owe money to any
revenue agency.
Do not entertain any offers either via email or by phone from senders and
callers offering incredible service packages as they may pertain to cable
and tv services, prizes that you have won, or any sort of any type of
service package.
Do not answer the door to unknown callers.
Take extra caution to make sure that the details of your credit cards and
debit cards are fully protected when you make payments at restaurants or at
stores, pharmacies, and elsewhere.
Do not enter your password for Facebook or Twitter in response to a text
request on your cell phone.
The same if you are asked for your Apple ID.
Do not fall prey to a text message telling you that your banking details
have been compromised online.

Scams of the week –

1. Well, here comes a text message to your I device telling you that your
online account at the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce has been frozen.
You are asked to log in and re-enter your username and password.
No, do not do this.
Simply delete this text message and move on.
It is a scammer just trying to get you to do it and in the process to give
away your online credentials.

2. You are receiving funny emails from someone you know advertising some
weight loss promotions.
Goodness knows how the scammer managed to set this one up but it is a hoax!
Just delete it it and go about your business.

3. Eronious emails telling you that your email to a sender has bounced.
The thing is that you never even sent an email to this person.
So you know what to do.
Delete it.

Until next week.

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Reconnecting with Mother Nature

Greetings and ah yes! A gorgeous July weekend is in store for us.
Today, I am pleased to share our president’s weekly editorial with you and
for this week our president Donna J. Jodhan reconnects with nature.
Enjoy your weekend now.
I’m Scott Savoy

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Reconnecting with mother nature
By Donna J. Jodhan

It is always so refreshing and a pure delight whenever I get a rare
opportunity to reconnect with Mother Nature. I truly believe that this is
what is sorely missing from the lives of so many of us!

We spend so much of our time interacting with each other through computer
screens and through our i devices. We spend a lot of time on our phones and
then we are simply just too tired to go out there and interact with Mother
Nature and her plethora of goodies.

What a joy it is for me to listen to those songster birds each morning with
voices as pure as those of angels! To be able to walk in the sunshine, or
to stroll lazily on the sidewalks as those fat snowflakes race each other to
the ground. Or to walk briskly through the lush grass of fertile fields
inhaling the fragrances of ripening fruits and blooming flowers.

What a joy it is for me to listen to my feet crunch the dried fallen leaves
in the fall as I walk along or to listen to the rain coming down as silver
raindrops bang against my windows. Or how about those scintillating
sunrises and sunsets?

There is nothing better than just going out there and allowing the fresh
breezes to blow through my hair or to sit on a sandy beach and watch and
listen to the waves roll gently towards me. Or better yet! To listen as
the gulls call to each other while the sound of the horns of passing boats
echo across the wide expanse of a calm sea!

Then let us not forget those deep blue skies, the little white clouds and
those fat dark ones filled with rain just waiting to deposit them on the
rest of the world!

This is what we need more of! This is what we need to help us balance our
lives more effectively and to get a better perspective on life! To use our
communication with Mother Nature to help us cope better with all of the
white noise around us.

Just my two cents for today.

I’m Donna J. Jodhan wishing you a terrific weekend.
To reach me, please send an email to info@sterlingcreations.ca

Here is a complete list of where you can view Donna’s blogs and editorials.
Donna Jodhan! Advocating accessibility for all
http://www.donnajodhan.blogspot.com
Weekly features on how to increase your success with your business ventures
http://www.sterlingcreations.com/businessdesk.htm
Weekly articles and editorials on issues about accessibility
http://www.sterlingcreations.ca/blog
Learn more about Author Donna Jodhan and her campaign against bullying at
www.jodhanmysterybook.club
Now you can enjoy Donna’s detective DJ crime crushers Series by visiting
http://www.donnajodhan.com

And now her weekly podcast at www.donnajodhan.com/takeanother5.html
From recipes to apps, and from 5 minutes mysteries to tips for entrepreneurs
and alerts on the latest scams
Available for download from iTunes and Google music play.

You can follow me on twitter @accessibleworld
and chat with me on Skype at habsfan0526.
Like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/authordonnajodhan

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Top tech news of the week – Review of Microsoft OneNote for students with low vision and dysgraphia

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same time pop a problem; then you have come to the right place.
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Review of Microsoft OneNote for students with low vision and dysgraphia
I have used OneNote all through high school and college, and it seems like
every update brings more and more exciting features. I have low vision and
dysgraphia, which makes
traditional note taking difficult. However, OneNote provides many different
tools for students to take great notes in class. Here is my review of
Microsoft Office OneNote in
the classroom.
What is OneNote?
OneNote is a free Microsoft Office software that allows users to create
multimedia notebooks filled with text, images, videos, files, and more.
It’s much better than taking
notes in Microsoft Word because it’s easy to flip through pages and draw on
notes using a stylus. The app can be downloaded on Windows, Mac, iOS, and
Android, though a
(free) Microsoft account is required.
Interface
The OneNote interface is very similar to other Microsoft Office products.
One of the more unique features is that text can be added anywhere- just
click and type. It works
amazing with touch screens and the iPad app is compatible with the popular
Pencil by FiftyThree stylus, which I use most frequently in my math class.
Content
There are many types of content that can be added to OneNote notebooks. Of
course, users can input their own text, just like any word processing
software. However, users can
also add pictures and videos, audio recordings, graphs, links, files, PDF
printouts, and even OCR scans of whiteboards.
Accessibility
OneNote has lots of accessibility features, including large print and high
contrast displays, as well as the support of alt text and screen readers.
My favorite thing though
is the whiteboard camera setting, which allows users to take a picture of a
whiteboard, and the software automatically crops the image and turns it
into an OCR file, which
can be converted into searchable text that works well with screen readers.
It’s not perfect though- glare on the whiteboard can cause text to be
harder to see or it may not
read text correctly. I also use the audio function to record lectures, with
instructor permission.
Easy to access
OneNote notebooks sync across devices using a Microsoft account. I have the
app downloaded on my laptop, desktop, iPad, and Android phone. I use it on
my laptop and iPad the
most frequently, though I also review my notes on the other two devices.
Options
Default page settings can be edited in the Microsoft settings section- I set
my default text size to Arial, size 22. Users can also change the page
color, or choose to add
lines or grids to the display. In addition, I change the app color to dark
gray to decrease the blue light display.
Layout
Because of the point and type interface, it’s easy to create many types of
different pages. Normally, I type out all of the information first, and
take whiteboard scans while
I am in the classroom. I also write out data to convert into charts and add
links as need be. After class, I go back and convert data into media,
rearranging it so it fits
in a logical way, often using audio recordings for reference.
What I’ve used it for
I have used OneNote for many years, especially in college. Here are some
examples of notebooks and documents I have created:
Writing notes and adding symbols with a stylus in math class
Taking a picture of the whiteboard in programming class to understand a
diagram
Creating an outline with sources inserted for a project in global health
Taking notes from a website for English
Combining my notes and the teacher’s notes in one document for environmental
science
How my teachers have reacted
At my first high school, my teachers hated that I would use OneNote, because
it seemed so different to them. My second high school embraced technology
and I used OneNote in
all of my classes, even doing a presentation on the software with two
friends. My college professors don’t care what software students use, but I
did have one professor that
was fascinated with the whiteboard camera feature.
Verdict
I love using OneNote and it has helped me with keeping large amounts of
files organized for my classes, as well as making documents accessible.
Every student should be using
OneNote.
Source
https://veroniiiica.com/2017/09/06/microsoft-office-onenote/
September 6, 2017

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June 20 2018, a historic day

Greetings and welcome to July! I hope that everyone had a great holiday on
both sides of the border and now it’s time to enjoy July.
Today, I am pleased to share our president’s weekly editorial with you and
for this week, Donna J. Jodhan Shares a very special moment with her
readers.
Enjoy your weekend now!
I’m Christian Robicheau

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June 20 2018, a historic day
By Donna J. Jodhan

As I sit here writing this editorial; it is extremely difficult for me to
share my feelings with my readers. However, I will try and hopefully by the
time that I am finished writing, my thoughts will be a bit clearer.

Relief, yes! Anxious, yes! Hopeful, yes! Humbled, definitely so! Looking
forward to an exciting future for Canadians, definitely so!

On June 20 2018, Minister Duncan; Minister for sport and disability issues
kept her promise when she rose in the Canadian House of Commons to introduce
the accessible Canada Act. Previous to this, she had fervently promised to
all of those listening that she would do so and this she did. She did it
just before the House of Commons recessed for the summer thus giving many
onlookers some very heart wrenching moments and even some of us would say
today that we almost suffered mild heart attacks.

Never the less, she delivered and I was one of those who she had personally
promised that she would deliver the long awaited legislation to the House in
the late spring.

I was not personally on hand when Minister Duncan rose to introduce the
accessible Canada Act; I was sitting at my computer thousands of miles away
in the Caribbean waiting anxiously for my friends to tell me and this they
did. I got the news at around
3:40 pm and for one brief moment everything started to spin and then my
world stopped for that very split second.

Yes, it was true! I was reading correctly! First from Thomas and then from
Anthony! Then the tears started to come slowly but surely! We had done it!

As they often say, try once, try twice, and then the third try will succeed
and this is exactly what happened in this case.

As the late Richard Quan said when we won a court victory in November of
2010; “A landmark victory for all Canadians” and I am very sure that he
would have said it again. And I was just so humbled to be a part of this
once more as I was in 2010.

Now the real work begins and I along with many others will be working to
ensure that we make the most of this grand opportunity. Huge bouquets go
out to Ministers Duncan and Qualtrough, to Prime Minister Trudeau and his
Government, and to the thousands of Canadians; within the Government and
across the country for having helped to make this a reality.

My two cents worth for today.

I’m Donna J. Jodhan wishing you a terrific weekend.
To reach me, please send an email to info@sterlingcreations.ca

Here is a complete list of where you can view Donna’s blogs and editorials.
Donna Jodhan! Advocating accessibility for all
http://www.donnajodhan.blogspot.com
Weekly features on how to increase your success with your business ventures
http://www.sterlingcreations.com/businessdesk.htm
Weekly articles and editorials on issues about accessibility
http://www.sterlingcreations.ca/blog
Learn more about Author Donna Jodhan and her campaign against bullying at
www.jodhanmysterybook.club
Now you can enjoy Donna’s detective DJ crime crushers Series by visiting
http://www.donnajodhan.com

And now her weekly podcast at www.donnajodhan.com/takeanother5.html
From recipes to apps, and from 5 minutes mysteries to tips for entrepreneurs
and alerts on the latest scams
Available for download from iTunes and Google music play.

You can follow me on twitter @accessibleworld
and chat with me on Skype at habsfan0526.
Like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/authordonnajodhan

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Top apps of the week – from the Apple June newsletter

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
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Follow us on Twitter @accessibleworld and like us on facebook at
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Welcome to the June 2018 edition of AppleVis Unlimited, our monthly
newsletter 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 – 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. AirRead, listen to flying text (iOS, Free)
Would it be amazing if somebody reads aloud articles for you?
If your answer is “Yes”, AirRead is for you.
You can “read” web pages, news, and books while waiting, walking, driving,
exercising
…whatever!
AirRead reads aloud text for you.
Listen to web pages
* in-app browser for reading aloud web pages interactively
* skips advertisements and menus while playing
* one tap to play multiple linked articles inside a web page
* save web pages and read aloud later in offline mode
* select web pages first and later on play them all together
Listen to books
* create your own audio books (on iPhone/iPad or PC/MAC)
* convert ePub, PDF, text, rtf, doc files to audio books
Listen to news
* speak aloud news article one-by-one automatically
Listen to text
* type and speak
Copy and play
* Copy a web address or text onto pasteboard and speak it aloud
Other features
* designed for fragmented-time operations
* supports Apple Watch
* one tap to continue last reading

Current Version: 8.2.3 (June 24, 2018)
Read AirRead, listen to flying text’s AppleVis App Directory entry for more
information
https://www.applevis.com/apps/ios/reference/airread-read-aloud-text

Visit AirRead, listen to flying text’s App Store page
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/id1021049789?ign-mpt=uo%3D8%26amp%3Buo%3D8

2. Lazarillo – Accessible GPS (iOS, Free)
Lazarillo App: the GPS for blind and people with low vision, lets you
explore the world
around you and set up routes.
Lazarillo is a specialized GPS app that brings mobility tools for the blind
people. Using
audio messages, Lazarillo will tell you about nearby places, the street you
are walking
on, street intersections in your way and more! Like a radio, Lazarillo will
announce the
things around you while you are moving. This app was designed and
implemented with
active feedback from blind people.
The GPS resource is used even if the App is in the background. This allows
the user to
keep using the app without active usage of the screen, so they can still
enjoy the
features of Lazarillo even when their phone is in their pocket or when using
other
relevant apps.
This app allows you to use its accessibility functions for free, just
requires mobile data or
a Wi-Fi connection.

Current Version: 3.2.12 (March 8, 2018)
Read Lazarillo – Accessible GPS’ AppleVis App Directory entry for more
information
https://www.applevis.com/apps/ios/navigation/lazarillo-accesible-gps

Visit Lazarillo – Accessible GPS’ App Store page
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/lazarillo-accesible-gps/id1139331874?mt=8

3. Seconds Interval Timer HIIT (iOS, Free With In-App Purchases)
LOOK NO FURTHER, you have just found the most advanced interval training
timer on
the App Store. Seconds has been downloaded over 4 million times, and has
over 13,000
5-star reviews. Other interval timers don’t even come close when it comes to
quality,
features and ease of use.
BEFORE YOU DOWNLOAD:-
Seconds is a paid app that you can trial for free. Non-paying users may only
use the
timers they create one time. If you do not mind the inconvenience of
recreating your
timers each time you need them, you can use the app for free for as long as
you want.
Alternatively, by upgrading you can use your timers as often as you like,
and you will
also be supporting the continued development of the app.
SECONDS AT A GLANCE:-
* Apple Watch
* Large clear display
* Templates for HIIT, Tabata, Circuit Training and more
* Custom timers to create any intervals imaginable
* Bluetooth heart rate sensor support
* Speaks your interval names in your language
* Loud or soothing alerts
* Coordinate music with intervals
* Universal app, works on all devices
* External display and AirPlay Mirroring support
* Runs in the background
* Supports iOS 8 and above

Current Version: 3.7.3 (June 6, 2018)
Read Seconds Interval Timer HIIT’s AppleVis App Directory entry for more
information
https://www.applevis.com/apps/ios/health-and-fitness/seconds-interval-timer-
hiit

Visit Seconds Interval Timer HIIT’s App Store page
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/seconds-interval-timer-hiit/id475816966?mt=8

4. Six Ages: Ride Like the Wind (iOS, US$9.99)
Life between myths. Clans, cows, choices.
The spiritual successor to King of Dragon Pass, Six Ages combines
interactive stories and
turn-based strategy. Your small clan’s survival depends on its relations
with the warring
gods and their followers. Play involves actions such as improving pastures,
exploration,
trading with your neighbors, and raiding. You can even travel to the
Otherworld to visit
your gods. You also need to deal with crises ranging from marauding
dinosaurs to
diplomatic requests to illicit love. Your choices have a politico-economic
impact, but
some consequences might not be obvious for decades.
It’s set in Glorantha (the world of the games RuneQuest, HeroQuest, and 13th
Age),
where the laws of physics are subordinate to the whims of the gods and
spirits.
Six Ages is immensely replayable, thanks to over 400 interactive scenes with
multiple
outcomes. Short episodes and automatic saving mean you can play even when
you only
have a minute or two. The built-in saga writes down the story for you. And
advisors with
distinctive personalities help you track your cows.

Current Version: 1.0.1 (June 28, 2018)
Read Six Ages: Ride Like the Wind’s AppleVis App Directory entry for more
information
https://www.applevis.com/apps/ios/games/six-ages-ride-wind

Visit Six Ages: Ride Like the Wind’s App Store page
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/six-ages-ride-like-the-wind/id934012726?mt=8

5. Travelear: Listen to the World (iOS, Free)
Travelear promises to take your ears on an adventure like never before! You
can finally
go to a variety of destinations and environments with a pair of headphones
and the click
of a button. With Travelear you can hop across the pond and experience the
hustle and
bustle of London’s famous Flower Market or even take a trip down to New
Orleans jazz-
filled streets. If you’re not in the mood for a new city sound then you can
always get up
close and personal with forest wildlife or simply sit back and relax on your
porch as a
summer thunderstorm passes by. Let our sounds immerse you into an
environmental
narrative and make you feel like you are actually there.
Features:
* 3D experiences created exclusively for Travelear
* Organic recordings designed to tell a story
* Captured with the latest in 3D microphones
* Recorded and composed by Professional Audio Engineers
* HD sound quality
* HD images provide a visual for the experience
* Map View allows you to choose your destination
Take a break from your day, go somewhere fun. Sit back, relax, and choose
your
destination.

Current Version: 1.2.3 (May 25, 2018)
Read Travelear: Listen to the World’s AppleVis App Directory entry for more
information
https://www.applevis.com/apps/ios/health-and-fitness/travelear-listen-world

Visit Travelear: Listen to the World’s App Store page
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/travelear-listen-to-the-world/id1159408401?m
t=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=apple_watch_app_directory

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

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Just imagine the horror

Greetings everyone and happy holiday weekend to our friends in Canada and an
upcoming July 04 holiday to our American friends!
Today, and on this last day of June, I am pleased to share our president’s
editorial with you and for this week Donna J. Jodhan has a very unfortunate
experience to share with her readers.
This experience certainly smacks of the rights of someone who is vision
impaired being recklessly infringed upon.
I urge you to read on.
I’m Scott Savoy.

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Just imagine the horror
By Donna J. Jodhan

On June 07 2018, my neighbor Sandra and I walked to our polling station to
cast our votes in a Provincial Election. It was a beautiful day; warm sun,
mild winds, and a rich fragrance of floral spray in the air and as the
birds serenaded us on our walk over neither of us could have imagined what
lay in store for us.

Suffice it to say that at the end of it all my privacy and right to
independence were completely decimated and my humility was totally crushed.
For never in my life did I ever expect to be treated to such disrespect and
discourtesy especially so in Canada let alone in Ontario.

I never thought that in my wildest dreams I would be forced to endure such
unbearable belittling and it was probably one of the darkest days of
advocacy in my life. I am going to paste below an email minus the contact
info that my neighbor Sandra sent to Elections Ontario shortly after we
returned home from voting. Rest assured that this is far from over and I am
going to do everything in my power to encourage Elections Ontario to provide
answers as to why this deplorable incident was allowed to take place.

I seek answers and I demand transparency and accountability.
Just my two cents for today

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“I voted today at my polling station at 55 Huntingdale Blvd. With me was my
neighbour, Donna Jodhan, who is visually impaired. The returning officers at
first insisted that I or one of them go into the private
booth with her which is not correct. After searching the table they found
the Braille folder, however, they did not know how to use it so that the
numbers of the candidates matched up with what I thought were
the numbers on the Braille folder. I had to fold the ballot so that it would
fit. I then read to Donna the number of the various parties. Imagine my
surprise and her horror that what was printed in Braille beside
the open circles was not numbers or anything else she recognized. It was
only due to my reading out the numbers and fixing the ballot so that there
were 9 circles to match the ballot was she able to vote
privately.
We filled out a concerns sheet right after she voted and put it in the box.
I’m writing this because I cannot believe in this day and age voting is not
more accessible to all people. Educating the returning
officers, to the needs of all who might need assistance, for a start would
be very helpful. Secondly, who transcribed the Braille information on the
folder? The info wasn’t upside down, as Donna figured that
out herself, so what did the Braille script mean?
I would not mind being contacted to describe in full what transpired today.
Thank-you,
Sandra Gaskins”

I’m Donna J. Jodhan wishing you a terrific weekend.
To reach me, please send an email to info@sterlingcreations.ca

Here is a complete list of where you can view Donna’s blogs and editorials.
Donna Jodhan! Advocating accessibility for all
http://www.donnajodhan.blogspot.com
Weekly features on how to increase your success with your business ventures
http://www.sterlingcreations.com/businessdesk.htm
Weekly articles and editorials on issues about accessibility
http://www.sterlingcreations.ca/blog
Learn more about Author Donna Jodhan and her campaign against bullying at
www.jodhanmysterybook.club
Now you can enjoy Donna’s detective DJ crime crushers Series by visiting
http://www.donnajodhan.com

And now her weekly podcast at www.donnajodhan.com/takeanother5.html
From recipes to apps, and from 5 minutes mysteries to tips for entrepreneurs
and alerts on the latest scams
Available for download from iTunes and Google music play.

You can follow me on twitter @accessibleworld
and chat with me on Skype at habsfan0526.
Like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/authordonnajodhan

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Top tech news for the week- SEE3D Teenagers Expand the Visual World for People Who Are Blind

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
Follow us on Twitter @accessibleworld and like us on facebook at
www.facebook.com/donnajodhan

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SEE3D Teenagers Expand the Visual World for People Who Are Blind
Deborah Kendrick
As an adult, one of my favorite shopping venues has long been toy stores,
or, to be more precise, the section in toy stores where the plush and/or
plastic animals and
characters reside. Like most blind people, I see with my hands. While using
the tactile to translate the visual results in fabulous images delivered to
the brain, there are
definite limitations on the range of “sight” when touch is required.
I can’t touch a rat, a fox, or a crocodile. Nor would I want to touch them.
But three-dimensional replicas fill the void.
SEE3D at the Tech Olympics
Caroline Karbowski, a bright and talented senior at Summit Country Day
School in Cincinnati, Ohio, did not yet have any blind friends when she
started thinking about the
power of 3D printing to deliver visual images into the hands of people who
could not see in the conventional way. As a high school junior, she
attended a college open house
at Xavier University and happened to meet Casandra Jones, a disability
services professional who is blind.
She asked Cassandra the probing question, “What images would you like to
see?”
The answer, more delightful than profound, was “Mickey Mouse and a Disney
castle.”
Caroline found a 3D printer and an online image and the amazing palm-sized
model was soon in Cassandra’s hands.
People suggested to Caroline that she meet Haley Thurston, the daughter of
the Spanish teacher at Caroline’s school. The same age as Caroline, Haley
was immediately
enthusiastic. She was also ready with ideas of images she would like to
see.
Haley, it turned out, longed to see a map of the world, various geometric
shapes, and insects.
Caroline, with her 3D printing, was off and running.
Speaking of running, ideas seem to spark in Caroline’s imagination almost
faster than she can catch them, but one idea she caught and tackled was to
find some collaborators
with more tech experience than her own. She wanted to build a project
worthy of competition in the Tech Olympics.
She is not a techie herself, she says, just a person with an idea of how to
help blind people see the world. Her tech teacher at Summit and the school
Tech Club jumped on
board. A website was launched, a plan developed, and a project called SEE3D
won second place in Cincinnati’s Tech Olympics. That was February,
2017–history, you might say,
but Caroline and See3D have just begun.
Consulting the Experts
Caroline Karbowski has no shortage of intellect or creativity. She told me
that she learned the braille alphabet when she had an hour of boredom to
fill as a sixth grader,
accomplishing the task with a pencil point and encyclopedic image of the
six-dot code. She is wise enough, in other words, to realize that to make
See3D a truly successful
venture, she needs to gather information from experts. To that end, she has
traveled with her parents to sources in Ohio, Indiana, Chicago, and New
York, and is still
gathering information. She has shared information with teachers of the
visually impaired, and the information is clearly flowing in both
directions.
In Indiana, she was thrilled to see the project of a teacher there who is
assembling, piece by piece, a 3D replica of the Indiana School for the
Blind and Visually Impaired.
In Chicago, she delighted teacher and students alike with her models of
minions!
She gave them minions and butterflies and they gave her some clear plastic
labeling sheets, so she could begin making braille labels for all her
images.
While Caroline and the half dozen students working with her have created
plenty of images for fun, she sees the greatest future for the project in
making 3D images with a
purpose. In particular, she is focusing on STEM (science, technology,
engineering, and mathematics) images. Touring thingiverse.com
https://www.thingiverse.com/
, a website dedicated to sharing images created for 3D printing, she has
downloaded and produced 3D representations of DNA, molecules, myriad
shapes, topographical maps, a
chameleon, a cell, and more. Besides visiting schools for the blind and
talking to professors and teachers involved with the education of blind
children, she is contacting
blind people one by one as well.
Growing See3D
While Caroline maintains that using 3D printers is dramatically less
expensive than purchasing science-related kits designed for the blind,
producing images still costs
money. Her school has a half dozen 3D printers and she has enlisted
collaboration from students at other area high schools, but after the
success at the Tech Olympics, she
launched a GoFundMe page to help purchase supplies. So far, she has used
the money to buy filament and plastic labeling paper. Her hope is to
purchase a Perkins Brailler,
which her friend, Haley, has been teaching her to use.
See3D received a grant of $250 (the Jane Goodall Roots & Shoots grant), and
a 3D printing package through the GE Additive Education Program. The latter
includes two Polar
Cloud-enabled polymer printers, one Polar 3D printer and one XYZprinting
printer. It also includes Polar 3D’s STEAMtrax curriculum with a two year
license, six rolls of
filament for each printer and one of the STEAMtrax module kits, “Tinkering
with Turbines.”
Producing the Models
At this point, Caroline and her collaborators are not creating new images,
but searching for existing images that will work well for blind people. Her
primary source is the
Thingiverse website where she invites schools and individuals to browse and
request images of interest found there.
https://www.thingiverse.com/
The filament used to create the images comes in rolls that resemble dinner
plates, and is available in a variety of colors and textures. The filament
is threaded, something
like spaghetti, into the machine which, as Caroline describes it, functions
more like a hot glue gun than a printer.
At present, See3D students are not particular about the colors used for a
given model. Rather, to be economical, they are inclined to simply use a
color until the roll of
filament is used up.
The goal of See3D is to build a collaborative network of high school
students who can produce the 3D models for teachers of the visually
impaired and blind individuals
themselves who request them.
The Bottom Line
Caroline had been given my name by other blind people in Cincinnati and
contacted me to ask if I’d like to receive any of the 3D models. After our
first conversation, she
sent me a Cinderella castle and a butterfly.
The professional nature of the packaging surpassed that of some for-profit
companies shipping products to blind and low vision individuals.
On the outside of the package were braille labels, so that I immediately
knew it was the package sent by Caroline of See3D. Inside, the models were
protectively wrapped.
There was a braille letter (Caroline’s grade 2 braille was not perfect, but
absolutely clear) along with business cards that bore both print and
braille contact information.
The models themselves are delightful. There is something mesmerizing about
the butterfly in particular. Each time I pick it up, I find running my
fingers over its wings and
antennae somewhat irresistible.
If you are blind or have significant low vision, reflect for me on a few
questions: Can you confidently describe a Disney castle? A butterfly?
Shrek? Or a minion? How about
the inner layers of the earth? Or a particular constellation of stars? Do
you have a mental image of the face of Abraham Lincoln or Barack Obama?
The sense of touch (or, more precisely in this context, touch translating
for sight) can deliver powerful visual images to the brain, but there are
countless images all
around us that are well beyond the typical three-foot reach of a human
being’s arm.
If you would like to request a 3D model for yourself or your students, send
your request via email to:
info@see3d.org
Caroline is about to begin her senior year and she is involved in academics,
theater, music, golf, not to mention all of the rigorous planning involved
in choosing and
getting ready for college, but she is passionate about this project and is
recruiting more collaborators to help.
As the project grows, you can read more at the SEE3D website
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The two man horse race

Greetings and ah yes! The month of June has been nothing but absolutely
beautiful weather wise and I truly hope that everyone is having a good time
and getting ready to party for our upcoming holiday weekend.
Today, I am pleased to share our president’s weekly editorial with you and
for this week Donna J. Jodhan shines the light on some very troubling waters
so to speak. It is all about 2 runaway industries who continue to ignore
and disobey directives from Federal Government agencies.
I urge you to read on.
I’m Christian Robicheau.

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The two man horse race
By Donna J. Jodhan

In the normal scheme of things, the majority of readers may think that this
title would be referring to a horse race; but sadly enough, it is not. It
gives me no pleasure to write this editorial and I am going to apologize to
the millions of horses around the world!

For whereas we mostly think of horses as being handsome, smart, strong, and
true; this editorial refers to two specific runaway Canadian industries who
up until now have used their deep pockets along with nasty, unpleasant, and
downright dirty tactics to bully their victims. I am still trying to decide
which of these two is the worst offender and the winner of nothing good!

True it is that companies as a whole need to consider the whims and fancies
of their shareholders, there is probably one of the largest pieces of the
puzzles that both the legal fraternity and shareholders are still choosing
to ignore. What am I referring to? It is very simple!

Shareholders want to make exotic returns on their investments and lawyers
want to please their firms by billing for endless hours of work but here is
where the logic ends. You see, when this formidable army decides to quash
the every day complainant and to employ bullying tactics in order to get
their way, what they are failing to see is that the majority of complainants
are either persons with disabilities and/or seniors and retirees and then
there are the mainstream folks who simply are unable to afford to stand up
for their rights and themselves.

For let’s face it! We will not have a choice when it comes to dealing with
the needs and requirements of a rapidly aging population and in addition,
they are fast becoming our bread and butter consumers.

This is no new news and yet we have unscrupulous lawyers who continue to
stop at nothing in order to please clients who can only be described as
spoiled brats, are greedy, and who throw temper tantrums whenever they find
themselves in tight spots.

There is absolutely nothing in wanting to realize positive returns on
investments but at the same time it is time for us to take a long hard look
at how we do it. In essence these two specific industries continue and are
being allowed to do as they please and it does not appear that the respected
Federal Government agencies can do anything to stop them and why not?
Because they do not have the mandate to do so and o yes! They are afraid to
do anything! In short, they are paper tigers with plastic teeth who do not
want to step on toes of these industries!

So now just before I close, I must remember to tell you who these two big,
nasty, and bullying industries are! They are the transportation industry
and the tele communications industry! They are big and they are bad! They
are nasty and they are unpleasant! They will absolutely not do anything
unless they are mandated to do so! They are bullies with deep pockets who
use their unscrupulous lawyers to do their dirty work!

For the most part their online complaint systems are riddled with forms that
are almost impossible to complete, Not much success when you attempt to
speak to a live person, and they will wear you down with everything in their
arsenal!

I could only plead for the transportation and the tele communications
industries to take a long hard look at how they communicate and interact
with the public at large. I could only hope that with the promised
Canadians with disabilities Act at hand that agencies such as the CTA, CRTC,
and CHRC are given the powers to deal with these two runaway industries and
I could only hope and pray that these agencies have the guts to stand up for
justice and fairness.

Just my two cents for today.

I’m Donna J. Jodhan wishing you a terrific weekend.
To reach me, please send an email to info@sterlingcreations.ca

Here is a complete list of where you can view Donna’s blogs and editorials.
Donna Jodhan! Advocating accessibility for all
http://www.donnajodhan.blogspot.com
Weekly features on how to increase your success with your business ventures
http://www.sterlingcreations.com/businessdesk.htm
Weekly articles and editorials on issues about accessibility
http://www.sterlingcreations.ca/blog
Learn more about Author Donna Jodhan and her campaign against bullying at
www.jodhanmysterybook.club
Now you can enjoy Donna’s detective DJ crime crushers Series by visiting
http://www.donnajodhan.com

And now her weekly podcast at www.donnajodhan.com/takeanother5.html
From recipes to apps, and from 5 minutes mysteries to tips for entrepreneurs
and alerts on the latest scams
Available for download from iTunes and Google music play.

You can follow me on twitter @accessibleworld
and chat with me on Skype at habsfan0526.
Like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/authordonnajodhan

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New Music for the Blind Website

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
Follow us on Twitter @accessibleworld and like us on facebook at
www.facebook.com/donnajodhan

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New Music for the Blind Website

Ever want to start lessons on the piano, guitar, ukulele, banjo, bass
guitar, or another instrument? Check out
www.MusicForTheBlind.com.
Their courses and song lessons are taught completely by ear, so there is no
print, video or braille to mess with. Lessons and songs can be purchased in
either CD or MP3 format, which makes them easy to use and travel with.

If you’re looking for a specific instrument that isn’t listed, contact Bill
and Debra Brown at (229) 249-0628, or via email,billdebb@bellsouth.net.

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