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/

 

 

 

 

 

Digital Olympics …

Just when you think you have seen the best and  latest computer Apps, Laptops, Games, etcetera, you learn there is something better! How are we supposed to keep up?  How do we know if we are purchasing the latest, greatest computer thing? The answer is . .  . You probably do not know:)! Today’s computer technology creative surge appears to be endlessly … NEW ...!

This week’s post will feature a few of the most interesting things we’ve recently read about. For starters, it turns out (as we all may have guessed), Apple still has “sparkling” surprises for Apple “Groupies”.

The New Mac Book  is reported to be Super!  Fast, thin, light weight, long battery life, great memory.  The list is very long.  You may want to check out the article to get the full details.  Click on this link  DAVID POGUE’s review published June 12, 2012. via Apple’s MacBook Pro Is Just One Point Short of Perfection – State of the Art – NYTimes.com.

When you are not sure what Apple product you should buy, you may want to check out the Buyer’s Guide for Apple models. Although they do not guarantee that the rumors are totally aaccurate, it’s a good place to start doing your research before you buy an Apple product.  And we all know, rumors often are very accurate  :).  Click the link to get there. via Mac Buyer’s Guide: Know When to Buy Your Mac, iPod or iPhone.

Health APPS –We all can use support when we learn that we may have to undergo a serious medical surgery procedure. drawMD looks like it may be useful for just this type of situation.   There are various types of drawMD APPs which discuss specific procedures (e.g. anethesia, critical care).   Check out what they have to say about their product, and the APPS are Free!

Are you a patient scheduled to undergo a procedure? Bring your iPad with drawMD to your appointment and get visual answers to your questions. Clear images of procedures will help you break down the medical-speak and get a deeper understanding of your treatment options. via drawMD Sampler for iPad on the iTunes App Store.

Have you Android users been feeling a little jealous of your iPhone4S friends and their ‘personal assistant’ ?  Well you might be interested to know that there are APPS for Android that do some of the same things, and you can find and use them for  Free!  Check out the 5 Best Siri Alternatives … link below and see for yourself.

iPhone 4S … the thing that received most of the attention was the new personal voice assistant called Siri. It is an awesome feature that has the ability of converting your speech into action and you can use it to perform most of the tasks on your iPhone 4S. But what to do if you are using an Android phone and want to get the Siri like personal voice assistant? via 5 Best Siri Alternatives for Android.

 FBI DEADLINE FOR DNS CHANGER IS JULY 9, 2012

Here's the link→    https://forms.fbi.gov/check-to-see-if-your-computer-is-using-rogue-DNS

I hope this is helpful 🙂


Tech News Overload….

It’s almost impossible to keep up with all the great and useful things to know that are happening on the technology front.  That’s why in upcoming Posts the format for tech4boomers will change to short burst of information with links to the web pages, or apps, or guidelines  etc., which will give you quick access to the things that interest you most. You will also want to visit DIGITWIRL, which has great suggestions and tips for organizing your technology world. A link to the website (Great Technology Tips) is available under BLOGS I LIKE.

The topics covered in this Post are : Health Apps, Healthful Computing, and How to Buy a Router.

HEALTH APPS

appear to be everywhere, and there seems to be one for everything.  I don’t know why I was surprised to read about these weight loss apps in a Nutrition Newsletter that I received in the ‘snail mail‘, but there they were prominently placed on a page all by themselves as the latest way to keep track of what you are eating by using an app on your smartphone, or computer.  Below are some of the APPS that were suggested, along with the links to them. I’ve read that free apps are just as good as any of the ones which charge a fee in this category.  Why don’t you check them out for yourself using the links below which goes with your device.

Name of APPMyFitnessPal – FREE

  • ANDROID USERS – Lose weight with MyFitnessPal, the fastest and easiest to use calorie counter for Android. With the largest food database of any Android calorie counter (over 1,700,000 foods), and amazingly fast food and exercise entry, we’ll help you take those extra pounds off! There is no better diet app – period.via Calorie Counter – MyFitnessPal – Android Apps on Google Play.

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Name of APPLose It! FREE

  • iPhone Users: Succeed at weight loss with Lose It! Set goals and establish a daily calorie budget that enables you to meet them. Stay on track each day by recording your food and exercise and staying within your budget. The average active Lose It! user has lost more than 12lbs and more than 85% of our active users have lost weight. Lose It! is completely free via App Store – Lose It!.
  • ANDROID USERS – https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.fitnow.loseit

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HEALTHFUL COMPUTING!

tech4boomers  has often written about the importance of being careful to protect your eyes when you are at the computer. Check out the tips at this site:
http://office-ergo.com/eyestrain-neck-pain/

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DO YOU NEED AN EQUIPMENT UPDATE?

When was the last time you updated your computer equipment?  I know many of us are trying to save those dollars, but it could be possible that by not evaluating whether your current computer equipment is serving your best interests both economically and aesthetically, and you could be paying more than you need to.  Take a look at the article, which appeared in PC World Magazine recently about Routers.  It will help you to check what steps you should take in deciding what is best for your technology purposes.

How to Buy a Router, By Armando Rodriguez, PCWorld May 3, 2012

Buying a router may not be at the top of everyone’s to-do list, but a new model can mean the difference between enjoying Netflix in HD and seeing a grainy mess of substandard video.

  •  Are you still using the router that your Internet service provider gave you? If so, you might not be getting the best results possible. Routers that ISPs provide tend to be older models running custom firmware, and the download and upload speeds from these routers may not match the speeds you pay for.via How to Buy a Router | PCWorld.

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See you at the next Post.  I hope this is helpful 🙂

The Facts Are In… From The FLA

The Fair Labor Association (FLA)  has completed, and made public, their report about labor conditions at Foxconn.  Below is a summary of what I found at their site. As always you can click on the link to read the full disclosure at  the FLA website.

FLA’s investigation found that within the last 12 months, all three factories exceeded both the FLA Code standard of 60 hours per week (regular plus overtime) and the Chinese legal limits of 40 hours per week and 36 hours maximum overtime per month.

During peak production periods, the average number of hours worked per week exceeded 60 hours per worker.

There were periods in which some employees worked more than seven days in a row without the required 24 hours off.

Full worker survey data is available at http://www.fairlabor.org/affiliate/apple.via Fair Labor Association Secures Commitment to Limit Workers’ Hours, Protect Pay at Apple’s Largest Supplier | Fair Labor Association.

I was wondering how many people still  felt that Mike Daisey’s way of  getting this information out still should be judged so harshly.  Before he presented this information in his show,  I don’t believe many of Apple’s customers (myself included) knew much about  how the Apple products are made in China.  Here is an excerpt of an article by Mark Radcliffe that I found  in my readings about Mike Daisey I would like to share with you. As always click the link to read the entire article.

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Mark Radcliffe notes that discoveries of more violations at Apple’s Foxconn manufacturing plant in China prove that Mike Daisey wasn’t as wrong as once thought…

I wrote about this controversy last week, so I’ll try not to repeat too much of my argument. But my point is that the level of condemnation employed by most journalists against Daisey strikes me as misplaced. I find it troubling that there was such a frenzy to tear him down, when at the end of the day, it was still his show (and the general truth behind it) that is largely responsible for shining the light of scrutiny on the labor practices of the world’s richest company. There was an OCD-esque desire to throw out the baby with the bathwater as soon as a few smaller details were in contention.

But almost no one simply acknowledged that he did go to China. He did visit factories. He did talk to workers, all in an effort to know the truth. The headlines imply he made it all up while sitting on his couch at home. We should have two different levels of scorn for someone who lies about everything sheerly for fame, and someone who merely stretches the truth to help raise awareness about a labor rights issues. via Mike Daisey’s Lies Appear To Be Mostly True @MarkRadcliffe — The Good Men Project.

It’s certainly worth thinking about what Mark Radcliffe has to say on this topic.  I would also like to share a quote with you that I found before I close this Post>

Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’” Martin Luther King, Jr. quote

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT

I cannot write my post today before I acknowledge the recent reports about the manufacturing of Apple products in China.  Even more to the point,  I do not think that any one of the many Apple customers in the United States was not troubled by the report of how these products, we’ve come to love and use, are being made for our use and entertainment.

Human cost does matter.  In this country where we live to enjoy all sorts of labor laws to protect the human cost value from capitalism, we cannot close our minds and eyes to this recent, startling revelation.  We should further evaluate and listen, but we cannot ignore what is alleged.

In 1904 the National Child Labor Committee began its mission of advocating for child labor laws in the United States.  That was one hundred eight years ago. That’s only one issue.

Surely, as citizens, parents and ultimately as consumers of the products, which Apple and other companies either manufacture, or contract with others to manufacture, we will be vigilantly watching for what plans and solutions to this multi-headed hydra are proposed and implemented.  The news is disturbing; the answer is probably not simple.

There is clearly more to come on this subject.