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Author Donna Jodhan Publications - Tuesday, May 6, 2014 - Issue 8

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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, May 1, 2014 - Volume 455
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1) A step forward has been made in accessibility to free Office suites with the release of OpenOffice 4.1 with built-in iAccessible2 support. Screen readers with this support should, in theory, be able to work with OO out of the box, without the need to install Java Access Bridge. Reportedly, support is best with NVDA, with the most recent update for JAWS, which works in most places and forthcoming versions of Window-Eyes may also have support:

2) GW Micro has announced that it has expanded its services beyond software and hardware for people who are blind or visually impaired. It will now be offering services to organizations who are required to develop, procure, maintain and use electronic and information technology (EIT) that is accessible to people with disabilities. GW Micro's accessibility services will also be available to any person or organization who is interested in making their websites, documents or software accessible and compliant with Section 508 standards, the Americans with Disability Act (ADA), or the internationally recognized Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0.

3) Accessibility has largely been returned to the mainstream version of the Fleksy iOS keyboard app, which many people find to be an effective tool for writing on iDevices:

4) The Australian Communications Consumer Action Network along with other organizations there have embarked on a campaign to rid the world of CAPTCHA's, the inaccessible boxes that contain squiggly characters that many web sites require for security. So if you run into one of those and can't fill it out, send the Kill CAPTCHA letter:

5) Another article casting doubts on the fitness of Android for the generality of users is "Why Android Is Not Accessible. And What Is Accessibility Anyway?"

6) Jonathan Mosen has written "Words and Disability - The Delicate Balance"

7) HIMS will offer a webinar, "Aker: Math Made Easy with Advanced Nemeth Capabilities on the Braille Sense!," on Wednesday, 13 May at 19:00 GMT. Register even if you can't attend in person and they'll send you a recording:

8) We have ceded to the request from Sight Enhancement Systems to include this link to a YouTube video about Flick, purported to be the world's first robotic camera for students who are visually impaired:

9) Barrier-free Information Technology EASI (Equal Access to Software and Information) is a month-long course designed to guide an institution in making both its computer and information technology systems fully accessible to its users with disabilities. The course starts May 5:

10) Many of our more than 6,000 readers live outside the United States or speak primary languages other than English, so we are always happy to mention websites that will assist speakers of those languages as well. This is a Spanish-language website regarding assistive technology:

11) This new AppleVis guide post is called "How to Partition a Drive in OS X":

12) Read this NFB AT blog post on an intriguing navigation device under development:

Moving on to the week's audio material:

13A) From the aforementioned Spanish-language site, where you can find a regular podcast and its archive, comes a review of Window-Eyes:

From the SPN Network:

13B) Serotalk podcast 196 has been out for a week, so #197 may well come soon:

13C) They also give us High Contrast Issue 20:

13D) Episode 1 of the Blindpodcaster's latest series, Blind We Are, is out:

13E) From RNIB's Insight Radio comes "Music Event Provides Opportunities For Blind Musicians":

13F) Eyes on Success 1418 features the NFT Newsline Service:

The three podcasts from BGZ this week are:

13G) Olympus DM620 Demonstration:

13H) Classic Shell:

13I) And TalkingFlix, Coming Soon To Speakers Near You by Cool Blind Tech:

AppleVis' two offerings are:

13J) Quick Tip: How to Add and Edit Contacts on your iOS Device:

13K) And Add Something Different to your Social Networking With Melt for iOS:

13L) AccessTalk Podcast 24 covers Windows Phone 8.1, Office 365 Personal, Samsung smartphone peripherals and the Blaze EZ:

13M) Episode 384 of Our Place Podcast is the second part of a discussion of the Telorion Phone:

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.) With tornado season fast creeping up on us, we'dlike to kick things off with a very useful link for you to check out. It never hurts for you to be ready ahead of the game:

2.) This next link is for those of you who have a small business and are looking for tips on how to choose a secure point of sale system. Check this one out:

3.) Are you concerned about the intake of daily fluids? Are you looking for ways to meet your daily fluid needs? Check this out:

4.) This next link is for those of you who are looking to gain weight and bulk up on muscle:

5.) Want to avoid those mobile security problems when using mobile apps? Well here is a really great article to check out:

6.) For those of you who enjoy the scent of sweet smells, check this out. Scentsy flameless candles and warmers:

7.) Are you a person who is constantly on the go? And having trouble finding those healthy foods while you are so? Then this is for you:

8.) And for those of you constantly in search of random keyboard shortcuts. There are some very interesting tricks here for you to discover:

9.) And finally, if you are seeking some great and nutritious pre and post workout snacks, check this out:

Section: Mystery of the Month:

This month, I'd like to whet your appetite with a brief description of one of my audio mysteries that I have chosen for you. This one is called "Bad Luck in Leafy Lane" and here is a brief description:

She was young, beautiful, and very smart.
She had lots of friends but with all of this, someone wanted her dead.
It all came down to jealousy, obsession, and revenge.
Why was Carie Christiansen killed?
Who could have done it?

Was it Stefan who was very angry after his break up with Carie?
Was it Mitchel who had promised his ice skating girlfriend to help destroy Carie?
Was it Bruno who had been hired to kidnap Carie?
Was it Andrew who had had a huge crush on Carie?

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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:

May 2014
Using Music to Generate

For this month, I'd like to focus on how one can use music to help generate ideas and get into the right mood. You would be really surprised to know how music can help you to generate ideas as well as help to put you in the right type of mood.

I often use music to help me get started. Music is so very flexible and fascinating when it comes to being a great tool for generating. Sometimes, it takes me a bit of time before I can find just the right piece of music or song to do the trick. If I am having difficulty concentrating and focusing then I go to my favorites folders and start working through my collection.

There is not really any specific type of music that I use. It can be anything from classic to easy listening, or anything from easy rock to soft disco. It could even be anything from a Christmas carol or song to a popular ballad. Sometimes I may even go to my keyboard and compose something to help me get a kick start.

I invite you to give this strategy a try. And happy generating with music.

Donna J. Jodhan AKA Detective DJ

Section: The Mysterious World of Detective DJ:

Last month I promised to tell you what Detective DJ does in order to recharge and relax. It is really very simple!

This hard working detective is extremely organized and each day she puts aside specific times for doing such things as exercising on her stationary bike, taking time to inhale the fresh air, and spending time just meditating for a few minutes. If there is any spare time left she plays chess and composes on her electronic keyboard. She loves the beach, ice skating, and enjoys healthy and stimulating conversation.

For next month, I'll tell you how the good detective went about creating her fictional team.

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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!

Section: Closing:

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

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