About autocreate740

I am a senior citizen retired after working for 50 years in various professions. I find social media intriguing, blogging uplifting, and technology in general a welcomed challenge. My newest interests are Aromatherapy and Essential Oils. I have recently acquired an Aromatherapist Certification from the New York Institute of Aromatics. I write about all of these interests as topics on my various blogs. I am hopeful that the posts I create bring information that is useful and moves my readers to explore more.

Expert Advice: How to Build an Accessible Education Website on WordPress.com — The WordPress.com Blog

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This post caught my attention. If you are a teacher, or part of the school administration that are figuring out how to give an education to a diverse audience, look at what WordPress has to offer.

SAVE THE DATEAugust 27, 2020.  Take a Zoom Lesson at a time, which is convenient for you.

Learn best practices to create an education website that’s accessible to diverse audiences.

via Expert Advice: How to Build an Accessible Education Website on WordPress.com — The WordPress.com Blog

COVID19 & Back to School 2020 Support

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During this period of Tech4boomers has several times searched the web looking for the  “Back-to-School equipment deals”.  However, this year we are not in a ‘normal’ mode of preparations, due to the Coronavirus constraints and concerns on us and our young children, college students, and family members. We wonder how this all affects our schooling programs and learning environments.

The stress factors Coronavirus has placed on our considerations for returning loved ones to school (and work) require a different kind of support.  I am certain the conversation(s) about what we should/can do about school attendance in a pandemic period in our society is something we could all use help with.
If you would like to hear a conversation about these concerns, please click the link below and listen to a podcast, which gives you information on what Dr. Tyler Black has to say about how to navigate decisions for your children and family. The interview is conducted on  The Big Story podcast website.
https://thebigstorypodcast.ca/2020/08/13/what-if-back-to-school-isnt-the-best-option-for-kids/
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Mobile APPs for Hearing Aid Help

 I am so excited to share this information with you and hope that you will share it with people who may benefit from this type of assistance.

Every so often the Tech4Boomers blog undeniably points out the reason why we continue to provide “Boomers” with technology tips we think will help them and their families.

In this post we introduce the Mobile Apps for hearing assistance.  These Apps, are designed to support seniors and other groups who suffer from hearing loss.  Did you know that the National Institute of Aging (NIH) reports one in three people between the ages of 65 and 74 has hearing loss? In addition,  research shows that hearing loss can also lead to dementia. Hearing issues can also affect our balance.

These ‘Tech Tools’ can assist people who require hearing help when using a smartphone. The mobile apps are available for Android and iPhones and they provide smartphone captioning.

https://www.healthyhearing.com/report/47850-The-best-phone-captioning-apps-for-the-hearing-impaired

https://www.healthyhearing.com/report/52548-New-research-links-hearing-loss-to-an-increased-risk-of-falls

Read more about hearing loss on my Living Senior blog. https://livingsenior.me/2020/06/30/hearing-aids-do-you-need-them-how-do-you-know/

 

 

 

 

 

Tech Health Tips in 2020

Tech4Boomers is working on how to give you more useful info and provide you with Tech Health, Tech Social Tips, and general technology advice from diverse resources.

In this time of CoronaVirus, and with the onslaught of various ideas for the well-being of our society, we are increasingly confronted with stressful situations arising from our connections with technology devices: computers, cellphones, tablets, etc. We are turning to these devices perhaps more than we want to, but we “have to”. Stress levels are running high.

  • What can we do to ‘detach’ from this onslaught of discomfort, or at least soften, allay the feelings?
    Before I retired,   I worked for about 30 years as a ‘tech person’, i.e., Help Desk, System Administration. My days were ‘filled’ with problem solving resulting from computer issues. In those times, computer stress was a considerable concern for me and the team I worked with.
  • Flash forward to the complicated and extensively increased use of computers for our daily connection to the world. That stress is magnified in numerous ways.For the sense of smell, almost more than any other, has the power to recall memories and it is a pity that we use it so little“. Rachel Carson

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Best SmartPhones 2019

 

This year’s best smartphones are one of the things on my list to learn what are the best and new features, along  with a  reasonable price.  It looks like the Pixel 4 is a contender.
Here are some links to what people are saying.

♦ thestreet.com

Tom’s Guide has a listing of the 10 best smartphones and the features that make them good choices.
https://www.tomsguide.com/us/best-smartphones,review-2223.html

♥ And don’t forget that Black Friday will be here before we know it.

November 29, 2019 — Read more here: https://blackfriday.com/news/when-is-black-friday-2019

Cyber Monday is December 2, 2019 — Read more here: https://www.techradar.com/cyber-monday/cyber-monday-2019

https://www.calendardate.com/cyber_monday_2019.htm

 

Archiving E Mail

Managing email is quite an undertaking these days.  If your email box gets as full – as mine does – I am sure you are looking for ways to get it under control.

Gmail users can use their ‘archive’ feature.  If you’re a Gmail user and want to understand how that tool works better, take a look at these two links.  If you’re not a Gmail user, you may want to change what you’re currently using, and switch to Gmail.

https://www.techrepublic.com/blog/google-in-the-enterprise/quick-tip-archive-old-email-in-your-gmail-inbox-the-easy-way/

 

 

Tips To Save Your Smartphone Battery

How many times have you been in a moment where your smartphone battery is very low, but you need to use it, and you don’t have time to charge it?

We’ve all been there right?  So here are some guidelines for your Android or iPhone that will help save you from losing that power momentarily until you can get it charged.

Android Phone Users

You can have your phone turn on automatically when it’s at a low charging point.  Click the link below.

https://support.google.com/android/answer/9079240


iPhone Users:

You can use Siri to turn on low battery mode. Click the link below.

https://www.iphonelife.com/content/use-siri-turn-low-power-mode-and

 

 

 

 

 

 

Phone Charger Recommendations

Recently, I have been challenged with the phone chargers I use.  They are either not working, or they need charging before I can charge my phone! Yikes! So I looked for some suggestions about which chargers are the best.  I found this article on Lifewire.com, a website I use for tech product information.  I thought I would share it with you as well.  Click on the link below.  Enjoy your summer!

https://www.lifewire.com/best-wireless-phone-chargers-4138571

 

Road Trip – APPS Fun for the Kids

It’s that time of year again when many families pile into the car with the kids for their yearly road trip.  It may be that some of the kids, coming from a ‘computer savvy’ generation, are not interested in remembering the license plate numbers/states while they are traveling.  So what are the parents/grandparents to do?  We are in luck.  There are a few APPs that may be of interest to the entire family.  Check out the Insect App available for free on iTunes.  Learn about how the game works at the link below.

https://www.spokesman.com/stories/2019/apr/23/for-summer-road-trips-a-new-app-turns-insect-splat/

Then load the APP onto your iPhone at this link:  https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/that-gunk-on-your-car/id1352752191

Here are some more ideas for APPS that may entertain your kids while they are in the car at the link below.

https://www.geekswithjuniors.com/best-apps-for-traveling-with-kids

 

 

Safe travels!

Budgetwise Smart Phone – Pixel 3A

Those of you who are looking for a new phone will want to read Brian X. Chen’s article about Google’s Pixel 3A, which apparently is the latest and greatest ‘reasonably priced’ smartphone.  Yes!  According to Brian X. Chen, Tech Fix, New York Times article, this is a phone worth looking at. Cost $400.00 – half the price of Google’s other phones. It is being introduced for those of us not wanting to pay $1,000 – $2,000 for a phone.  Here are some of the features Chen is impressed with.

♦ Camera features from the Pixel phone are also available in the Pixel 3A.  For example, Night Sight – where photos taken in low light look normal without the use of a flash.

♦ Pixel 3A shoots images with portrait mode – This puts the main subject in sharp focus while blurring the background.

♦ Includes a headphone jack.

There are trade-offs:  missing support for wireless charging, lack of waterproofing.  Slightly slower, less accurate colors.

Brian Chen’s article is much more thorough.  You can read the full review by clicking the link below.
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/07/technology/personaltech/pixel-3a.html