News – July 2019 – Let’s Talk Tips, Volume 10

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Monday, July 1st 2019 – Volume 10
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This month in Let’s Talk Tips:


1.) Comcast Now Lets You Control Your TV With Your Eyes
Seven years ago, telecommunications heavyweight Comcast recruited Tom Wlodkowski to make the company’s services more accessible to people with disabilities. Wlodkowski came with an impressive list of accomplishments: He’d run AOL’s efforts to make the internet more functional for people with visual and physical impairments, and launched a number of services like AIM Relay, which let people who are deaf or speech-disabled place phone calls. He’s also blind, which meant he knew firsthand some of the challenges that people faced when trying to control a television with a standard remote control.

2.) Hearing Aids Get A Tech Minded Upgrade
Spurred by regulations that will allow over-the-counter sales, hearing-aid companies are pushing the limits of what their products can be.

3.) Apple’s Global Accessibility Head on the Company’s New Features for iOS 13 and macOS Catalina
From dark mode in iOS 13 to a redesigned user interface in tvOS to the dismantling of iTunes to the coming of iPadOS, Apple made a slew of announcements at its Worldwide Developers Conference keynote at the beginning of June. And accessibility was there in full force.

4.) See How Futuristic Home of a Wounded Warrior Has Life-Changing Effects
Rob Jones’ legs were amputated after an attack in Afghanistan in 2010. Now, his home is giving him an assist to live more independently.

5.) How One Man Made Google Home More Accessible For Anyone
Google engineer, Lorenzo Caggioni, was inspired by his brother with Down syndrome to make Google Home better for people who don’t speak.


1.) Here’s How to Stay Motivated When You Hit The Gym
Many people hit the gym thinking their body will transform instantly, but as one fitness trainer points out, it’s more of a long-term commitment. Body transformation can take months depending on each person’s body type, according to Jerome Harold, trainer at LA Fitness in Mississauga, Ontario.

2.) Fitness Tips from a Mother and Personal Trainer
In 2014, with a newborn baby in her arms, Brianna Bernard set out to lose some weight and get her fitness back. Little did she know that just a year later she’d have lost 107 pounds and changed her life forever. Her newfound love of fitness and nutrition led the former stay-at-home mom to become a personal trainer, eventually founding her own online diet and exercise consultancy.

3.) Eid-ul-Fitr 2019: Tips to Have a Happy and Healthy Feasting
With the Holy month of Ramadan coming towards an end, Eid-ul-Fitr, the most celebrated festival of Muslims is just around the corner. The festival is celebrated to end the long fasting month of Ramadan and welcome the month of Shawwal. With a huge variety of scrumptious varieties laid on the table to feast, the festival is celebrated with great enthusiasm.

4.) Fitness Column: Summer Offers Ideal Time to Embrace Healthy Habits
Finally, summer. Enough said. There’s no better time of year to establish inroads to better health. Fresh, local produce and warm evening walks are exactly what the doctor ordered. After enjoying a few balmy evenings take some time to set the stage for new healthy behaviors.

5.) 5 Women Who Dropped Over 100 Lbs. Share Their Top Tips for Losing Weight
Succinct tips from 5 women who each lost over 100 Lbs.


1.) 3 Social Media Trends That Just Aren’t True (And Why Believing Them Is Bad)
For marketers, it’s important to understand apparent shifts in social behavior. After all, if you base your marketing strategy on incorrect assumptions, you’ll have a hard time meeting your goals. Unfortunately, the headlines don’t always get it right when it comes to analyzing social trends.

2.) Facebook Will Remove Certain Business Page Info Sections as of August 1st 2019
The only constant in Facebook marketing is change, and The Social Network has outlined a new business Page update which will see the removal of certain Page information sections as of August 1st 2019, with prompts urging Page admins to integrate those fields into other sections.

3.) How to Set Up and Use Twitter Lists: 9 Great Ideas
There’s a simple way to organize your Twitter feed into targeted topics, so you can always keep up with the most important conversations in your industry: Twitter lists. No matter how many people you’re following on Twitter, lists offer sanity-saving organization and targeting. They also allow you to engage more effectively and keep secret tabs on the competition. Here’s a quick primer on how to set up Twitter lists.

4.) How the Instagram Algorithm Works in 2019 (And How to Work With It)
Here’s the thing to remember: Instagram’s primary goal is to maximize the time users spend on the platform. Because the longer users linger, the more ads they see. So directly or indirectly, accounts that help Instagram achieve that goal are rewarded. But that’s a pretty broad statement. And it’s easy to misinterpret. To help clear up misconceptions, in June 2018 Instagram invited journalists to a press briefing in San Francisco, where their product team explained how the algorithm works.

5.) LinkedIn Officially Launches Photo Tagging, Adds Video Within Messaging
LinkedIn has been adding a heap of new features of late, including Reactions, live-streaming, even its own, initial iteration of Stories (for higher education users only). And now, finally, we have the official launch of photo tagging.


1.) Tigers versus Dragons — Asia’s Booming E-Commerce Market and the Challenge to China’s Regional Dominance
Driven by an emerging middle class, movements toward deregulation of cross-border trade and improvements in technology such as more affordable mobile internet access, the Asia market represents a huge opportunity for businesses who want to be a part of the e-commerce success story. But before choosing which country within Asia to target first, there are a few aspects to consider as part of an e-commerce route to market.

2.) ‘They Have You in a Cultish Grip’: The Women Losing Thousands to Online Beauty Schemes
“The main distinction between MLMs and pyramid schemes is MLMs actually have a product,” says Daryl Koehn, a professor of business ethics at DePaul University in Chicago. “In pyramid schemes, you’re just selling the opportunity to make money.” Yet Koehn argues that even when MLMs have products, they become pyramid schemes if there is a high cost of entry or if presenters build up inventory they can’t sell.

3.) More Than Half Of Baby-Boomer Job Seekers Say They’ve Faced Age Discrimination, And It’s Costing Them Work
Baby boomers say age discrimination is holding them back from getting a job. Around 53% of surveyed, self-described baby boomers say they have felt discriminated against by an employer due to their age, according to the job-listing site iHire. The survey is part of a larger report on the state of hiring for baby boomers.

4.) Asia’s AI Talent Pool Broadens, Except In Japan
Asia is evolving into a popular home of artificial intelligence experts with China leading the way, but Japan has proved to be an outlier as its talent pool falls behind the world’s smaller economies in both size and quality.

5.) Kentucky Lags In Quality Of Life For Seniors
Kentucky as a whole doesn’t look so great for seniors in the newest America’s Health Rankings Report for seniors. The Bluegrass State is ranked second-last in the nation for senior health, ahead of only Mississippi.


1.) How A Little Wooden Ramp Reshaped An Ontario City
The small city of Kenora has a picturesque harbourfront and a shopping district lined with turn-of-the-last-century frontier buildings. It’s pretty as a postcard — but it had a problem. As is the case in many of Ontario’s smaller communities, the downtown was not accessible for people with physical disabilities.

2.) ‘I’m The Happiest Person On Earth’: Blind Japanese Sailor Completes Nonstop Pacific Crossing
A blind Japanese sailor has successfully completed a near two-month, nonstop voyage from San Diego to Fukushima Prefecture, making him the first person to make a blind sailing across the Pacific Ocean.

3.) Airlines Vow To Improve Bag Tracking And Ease Travel For People With Disabilities
At the International Air Transport Association’s recent annual meeting, the industry trade group passed a handful of resolutions aimed at making the passenger experience better for everyone. Two of the resolutions that might make a noticeable difference on your next flight, and on flights into the future, address bag tracking and accessibility for people with disabilities.

4.) The Blind Lead The Blind At The Pacific Training Centre
Centre specializes in teaching visually impaired people everyday skills to live an independent life.

5.) New Strategy For A More Accessible And Inclusive Public Service
Canadians expect innovative, efficient and productive programs and services from an inclusive federal public service that reflects the true diversity of Canada. On the occasion of National AccessAbility Week, the Government of Canada today launched its first ever accessibility strategy for the public service of Canada, setting the conditions to identify, prevent, and remove barriers in the workplace to persons with disabilities.


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