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Author Donna Jodhan Publications - Tuesday, April 1, 2014 - Issue 7

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1) Top Dot is collaborating with a small group which may be able to provide a very small number of Braille devices to competent blind people. If you might be interested in learning about this, grab the document below and follow the instructions it contains:

2) A lot of information is available on happenings and announcements at the recent CSUN conference. Some of these links may contain duplicate information. A good place to start investigating the Conference might be The 2014 Great Big List of Resources from the CSUN Disabilities and Technology Conference:

3A) Two organizations conducted many interviews of CSUN conference exhibitors and others. Four packages of interviews, a few specials, and a pre-conference package can all be found at Serotalk:

3B) While many interviews can also be found on the BlindBargains audio page:

4) Presentations, slides, and resource sheet for a presentation on 3D printing here:

5) And finally, lots of videos of conference presentations and interviews with presenters and exhibitors here:

6) You can download demos of the upcoming versions of Dolphin Guide and SuperNova:

7) Tthis blog post from WebAim is called "Accessibility Lipstick on a Usability Pig":

8) TurboTax offers Tax Tips for the Blind:

9) Updates to the JAWS Skype scripts have been posted, providing faster Alt + Arrows / Numbers for reading chats, and several other changes:

10) NVDA version 2014.1 has passed through its testing phase whose releases we announced earlier, and has now been released:

11) Learn Tips for Using Outlook 2010 with JAWS for Windows on Tek Talk on GMT Tuesday, 1 April at 00:00:

12) 7-128 Software has released the 2014 edition of Top Web Sites for Gamers Who Are Blind:

13) Samsung is releasing three adaptive products to work with the Galaxy Core Advance: A ScanStand for automatically reading print, an Ultrasonic Cover for detecting objects, and a labeling system. The press release says the add-ons for the Android phone are now available:

14) And we'll end with two weeks worth of audio to make up for last week:

Eyes on Success Brings Us:

A) 1411 Using Band-in-a-Box with JAWS (March 12, 2014)

B) Talking Information Center Radio Reading Service (March 19, 2014)

C) And GW SocialEyes for FaceBook Users (March 26, 2014)

BGZ Makes Available:

D) A Demonstration of the Cuisinart SS-700 Single Serve Brewing System:

E) TI84 Plus Talking Graphing Calculator:

F) Airport Travel Tips:

G) And Gaming Glimpse: Grand Theft Auto V Accessibility Review:

The Big List From AppleVis Starts With:

H) Free Up Hard Drive Space on your Mac with Disk Cleaner Pro:

I) Accessible Movie Editing on Your iOS Device With Apple's iMovie App:

J) ECHO - Hear to Play: Navigate this iOS Game With Just Your Hearing and the Accelerometer:

K) Exploring Some of the Advanced Features of Apple's iMovie App for iOS:

L) FlightView Elite: Real-Time Flight Tracking on your iOS Device:

M) A Quick Look at Some of What's New and Changed for Blind and Low Vision Users in iOS 7.1:

N) Quick Tip: A Workaround for the Bluetooth Keyboard Problem Introduced in iOS 7.1:

O) Quick Tip: Apple TV 6.1 Makes it Easy to Hide Unwanted Channels:

P) AppleVis Extra #20: Umano:

Q) And Quick Tip: How To Activate Siri Without Using The Home Button:

R) The new Tech Doctor Podcast is about CSUN 2014:

S) And finally, A Top Tech Tidbit from BlindPodcaster on the Native Music Play App from Google:

Section: Practical Tips To Enhance Your Daily Life:

Welcome to our varied collection of links for your reading pleasure. They are meant to help you keep up with improvements and enhancements to various products and services that are a part of your daily life. Enjoy!

1.) Well, you need to have a serious look at this link! It's for those who are looking for that one stop tech shop for serious technological needs! Give this one a try!

2.) Here is a really great link for those of you who are interested in learning who is really behind the making of malware. It really does not hurt for us to know a bit more:

3.) This link is for the one who really wants to become their own boss and set the tone for themself without having to be at the beck and call of someone else. All about the benefits of owning your own home business:

4.) This one is for those seniors who are looking for ways to make their meals more nutritious! Have a look at this:

5.) Are you an iOS Ssecurity Consultant? Maybe you are thinking of becoming one? Or maybe you would like to learn more?

6.) This is for the one who is always wondering why most diets fail despite the best of intentions! Have a look at this:

7.) Are you a woman who is presently looking into home business opportunities for women? Well, here is a link to give you a good start!

8.) This next URL is for those of you who are hesitating when it comes to whether or not to buy a GPS device. Check out this link; it could save you lots of money and make the decision for you:

9.) Another link for you to check out if you are having difficulty balancing work with exercise and good eating habits!

10.) This next link is for those of you who are concerned about security for your small business when using social media. You can never be too careful:

11.) If you are looking for some fitness tips to help you get started then this link is for you. With spring finally here you may want to take a close look:

Section: Mystery of the Month:

This month, I'd like to whet your appetite with a brief description of one of my episodes titled "The Chocolate Chip Cookie". Here is a brief description:

Judge Brent Devrise had his dog to thank for having saved his life.
He was lucky to remain alive!
Someone totally unexpected saved him from certain death. Luck was definitely on his side and he lived to tell the very unlikely story. How he managed to deprive death of his life is simply a miracle!

Who could have done it?
Or should we say who could have tried to do it?
A hit man of someone that the judge had previously sent to prison?

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Section: From the Desk of Author Donna Jodhan:

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Donna also produces various other useful posts every Saturday such as:

Helpful monthly tips.
Where to find your best American cities.
How to make your products and services more accessible.
Editorials on creating an accessible workplace.
Technology related articles each Wednesday and Thursday.

You can follow Author Donna Jodhan on Twitter @author_jodhan or @accessibleworld. You can also chat with her on Skype @habsfan0526.

With very best wishes,
Donna J. Jodhan AKA Detective DJ

Section: Some Friendly Advice From Author Donna Jodhan:

April 2014
Using Colors and Shapes to Create

For this month, I'd like to zoom in on how you can use colors and shapes to help you create. It probably sounds like what kids do and in actuality it probably is not that much different. You can definitely use colors and shapes to help you create and it is a great way to help stimulate your imagination and thought process. You can use this technique to help develop scenes in your mind.

Here is an example. Think of the color yellow and next pick a shape. I'll start with a circle and then we'll go from there. Yellow, and a circle. This may first seem to you as being a bit abstract or maybe a bit strange but allow me to go on.

Yellow happens to be my favorite color so when I think of yellow I think of things such as bright yellow curtains, bright yellow shirts, and bright yellow cups and saucers. Next for the circle and I'll think of a yellow circle in the sky; maybe the sun? A bright yellow circle, maybe a piece of beach land? A bright yellow circle, the light of a candle in a dark room?

If you find it difficult to combine the two then take one at a time and after generating images in your head you are now ready to start developing a scene in your mind. Here is an example.

A room with yellow curtains. A carpet with yellow circles for patterns. A circular lawn with yellow flowers adorning it. Circles on a sidewalk. These are all bits and pieces for you to use to develop scenes.

There you have it and happy shaping and coloring!

Donna J. Jodhan AKA Detective DJ

Section: The Mysterious World of Detective DJ:

Last month I promised to share some of the techniques that I use to tell the rest of the world about Detective DJ and it's all about using social media in addition to my website.

I use Twitter and Facebook to spread the word about my character. I use tweets to direct followers to my website and then my tweets are redirected to Facebook. I tweet daily and tweet more than once. I do my best to come up with interesting tweets. There is no fast and hard way to success here; simply persistence!

For next month, I'll tell you what detective DJ does in order to relax and recharge.

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Section: Help Stop The Spread of Crime Against Innocent Victims:

Are you tired of being bombarded with scenes of violence? Or are you simply sick of hearing about the world of crime? Or are you fed-up with all of the foul language being used around you and now you are just ready to pack it in and not listen anymore? Do you feel totally helpless when it comes to not being able to protect your kids from such things as bullying and abuse?

If your answer to any of the above questions is "yes" then please read on! There is something that we can all do to stop the spread of crime and there is no need for you to throw up your hands in desperation and surrender anymore! No, there is a simple solution just waiting for you to become a part of it and it has to do with how we listen and what we listen to!

The time has come to change the way we listen, and what we allow and encourage our kids to listen to. Yes! The time has come for us to use the spoken word to help change how our kids think, act, and react. It's all about using the power of the spoken word to reshape our mindset to become problem solvers through logic and fact rather than through violence and crime.

Donna Jodhan has developed a very unique and potent recipe for helping to fight crime and it all begins with exposing kids and their parents to clean listening through her audio mysteries. In short! A delicious salad bowl of simple ingredients that include warm heartedness, fiction, drama, suspense, intrigue, mystery, all combined with occurrences of daily life! Donna Jodhan's audio mysteries are filled with clean content that truly depicts the essence of true mystery as opposed to the use of distasteful language while at the same time it perpetuates enjoyment and pleasure through the use of real life conflict and drama.

For literally pennies you can purchase, sit, and enjoy and you know what? You can download these mysteries to your computer and to any of your i devices! No more having to worry about what your kids are listening to!

Help author Donna Jodhan stop the spread of crime by supporting her efforts to promote clean and healthy listening! Help her to stop the contamination of what our kids listen to and replace it with content that is positive and uplifting!

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Above all! Help our kids to grow up in a world where crime is not allowed to take up precious time!

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With very best wishes for a magnificent month of March,
Donna J. Jodhan AKA Detective DJ

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