May we pay our rent please?

Hey, The Crossing at Barry Road, if you want us to, you know, pay our rent on time, you might actually consider updating the website. I mean…I can wait until you get to the office today, but can you? My lack of payment isn’t for lack of trying. But my balance has shown as zero since I paid last month. I wouldn’t mind a free month of rent, but I doubt that’s really your intent. I do wonder why this process isn’t automated. Just seems so antiquated to wait through a weekend and a holiday for someone to come into the office and push a button so I can pay you.

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Question About Android Tablets

A friend asked me the other day about Android Tablets and wanted to know which one would be the best to ask for as a Christmas present later this year.
I haven’t used a tablet since I got my Chromebook. The Chromebook is my favorite thing to use other than my phone and laptop, but that doesn’t have to mean that is best for everyone.
Thankfully I’m a weekly listener to the All About Android show from twit.tv. In the most recent show they talked about news of new Android Tablets from Lenovo. One thing that really got my interest is they will be running Android Oreo and hopefully for my friend, will be available this fall / Christmas.
The two best tablets from the recent news I suggested are the Lenovo P10 & the Lenovo M10.
If you are interested in a tablet possibly this fall, here is the article from The Verge that I sent to my friend. I have also found a reference that the Lenovo P10 & M10 will be available from Amazon.
https://www.theverge.com/circuitbreaker/2018/8/23/17770158/lenovo-tab-p10-m10-e10-e8-e7-android-tablet-oreo-go

If you are an Android user & fan like me, you might enjoy listening to All About Android. It is recorded live every Tuesday starting around 7 PM central time. You can listen to the live feed at https://twit.tv/live
If you can’t catch the show live, you can subscribe to the podcast in just about any client or go to the show’s site at https://twit.tv/shows/all-about-android

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September 2018 Accessible Android App List

Below is a list of Android apps that I am currently using on my LG G6 from Sprint which is running Android 8.0
I use an external bluetooth keyboard (Logitech K380) along with touch to do things I want and need to do on my phone. Its with this combination that I consider these apps accessible. While the term accessible means different things based on what each person may need, you might find your mileage may vary.
I love Talkback and also use its great list of keyboard shortcuts. Here is a link to my blog with a list of Talkback Keyboard Shortcuts. https://blindbites.wordpress.com/2017/06/03/talkback-keyboard-shortcuts/

I’m fairly certain my next phone will be the OnePlus 6T later this or early next year. That depends on the Sprint / T-Mobile merger and my current lease with Sprint. I’m liking what I’ve read about the T-Mobile version of the OnePlus 6T as it will be customized to use the 600 MHZ. frequency that T-Mobile has available.
I like that the OnePlus 6T has a system wide dark theme. This is an accessibility need for some such as my Wife, who is low vision. I wish Google would get the clue that it isn’t just a customization choice and make it a regular part of Android.

I love making accessible labels with NFC tags. The ones I buy have a small section that is punched out and I loop a rubber band through to attach the tag to bottles of syrup, bags of coffee, laundry detergent and so much more. I buy them directly from Go To Tags. Here is a link to the tags I use along with NFC Labeler which is further down in this list.

https://goo.gl/vapmhq

I do try other apps and modify my list as I find ones that I like, so check back often.

Amazon Alexa
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.amazon.dee.app

Android Messages
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.apps.messaging&hl=en_US

Be My Eyes
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.bemyeyes.bemyeyes

Calendar
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.calendar

Clipper+
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=fi.rojekti.clipper

DoorDash
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.dd.doordash

Envision AI
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.letsenvision.envisionai

Express (Google Express)
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.apps.shopping.express

Freemotion change
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.visionandroid.apps.motionsensor

Gmail
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.gm&hl=en_US

Grocery (Walmart Grocery)
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.walmart.grocery

Home (Google Home)
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.apps.chromecast.app

KNFB Reader
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.sensotec.knfbreader

LastPass
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.lastpass.lpandroid

Lyft
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=me.lyft.android

MacroDroid
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.arlosoft.macrodroid

Music Folder Player Full
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=de.zorillasoft.musicfolderplayer.donate

My App List
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.projectsexception.myapplist

Netflix
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.netflix.mediaclient

NFC Labeler
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=hu.gersoft.nfclabeler

Nova Launcher
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.teslacoilsw.launcher

Nova Launcher Prime
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.teslacoilsw.launcher.prime

Pocket Casts
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=au.com.shiftyjelly.pocketcasts

SensorPush
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.cousins_sears.beaconthermometer

Shouter
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.bhkapps.proshouter

Skype Lite
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.skype.m2

Spotify
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.spotify.music

TapTapSee
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.msearcher.taptapsee.android

The Weather Channel
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.weather.Weather

Trusted Contacts
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.apps.emergencyassist

Tubi TV
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tubitv

TuneIn Radio Pro
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=radiotime.player

Tweetings
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.dwdesign.tweetings

Uber
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.ubercab

Uber Eats
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.ubercab.eats

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New Coffee Maker & Info On How I Make Coffee

I got a new coffee maker a few weeks ago and thought I’d share the info and give a few tips on using it as a guy who is blind.

Hamilton-Proctor 46896 10-Cup Thermal Coffee Maker

This makes very yummy coffee and its pretty easy to use. One of the things I like about it is the insulated carafe keeps the coffee hot, and not a heating element on the coffee maker. Once its done brewing, unplug the coffee maker, as it serves no other purpose.

There is a small display on the front, but its not a touch screen as some really fancy coffee makers have. There is a button on the left side of the display and a button on the right side. They are both large buttons and are easy to feel.
There are three small buttons under the display but those are only needed for setting the time on the display. The left button sets the brew mode and the button on the right starts brewing.
There are two covers on top of the coffee maker. The one closest to the front covers the filter basket and the one in back covers where you will add water.

So here’s my routine for making coffee.

I buy whole bean coffee & grind it with an inexpensive KitchenAid coffee grinder.

KitchenAid Blade Coffee Grinder BCG111OB – Onyx Black
$29.99
https://goo.gl/ZcDt3V
While the shortened link is to Google Express, I’ve seen it as low as $20 from time to time on Amazon. The link is just to make things easier, I get nothing in return, so shop around.

The metal grinding cup will lock into position by placing it into the groove and turning the cup clockwise to lock or counterclockwise to unlock. You turn the grinder on or off by pressing down on the lid or lifting up from pressing the lid.
It may take a couple times of inserting & removing the grinding cup to get the feel of the right position to lock the cup into the rest of the grinder.

Using a 1/4 measuring cup I place 3/4 of a cup of coffee beans into the grinder. I prefer a more coarse grind, so once I place the lid on the grinder & plug it in, its just three or four quick presses on the lid to grind the beans. Its one of those things it will take a few times to get the grinding to your liking. Buy a bag or two of some really cheap coffee at the grocery store to play around with. Unplug the grinder, as its job is done, and slide it to the side.

The coffee maker uses a #4 cone coffee filter that you can buy in any grocery or department store, there are about six that come with the coffee maker.

Place the cone coffee filter into the brew basket with its handle facing you. Open up the filter and gently spread it open as you lower the filter into the basket.
Take the lid off of the grinder if you haven’t already. Grab the metal grinding cup, and twist it counter clockwise to unlock. Lift it off of the grinder’s base and set it on the counter.
Take the brewing basket with filter inserted and place it upside down on the top of the grinder cup.
Flip it upside down, dumping the ground coffee from the grinding cup into the filter.
Place the basket with filter & ground coffee into its place on the coffee maker, handle side of the basket towards you and close its lid.

One of the things I like about the insulated carafe is it has a place on top of its handle where one would press down to pour the coffee into a mug, if you don’t press down on this small lever, nothing comes out of the carafe.
You can take the lid with lever off of the carafe by turning it in a counter clockwise motion. This is how you will put water into the carafe so you can pour it into the coffee maker.
Fill it up almost to the top of the carafe, leaving a little extra space, no need to totally fill the carafe.
Place the lid & lever part back onto the carafe so that the lever part is near the carafe’s handle and turn it clockwise. It doesn’t turn far and will be in the right place so you can pour the coffee later.
Play around with that step a few times of filling it up, replacing the lid and then press down on the lever and pour the water back into the sink if that helps you figure out the right levels and what it all feels like before making coffee.

Open the back cover on top of the coffee maker. Feel the opening on the left side. I place a finger there to help guide the carafe in my other hand and after feeling the small lip on the carafe, I line it all up with where the opening is on the coffee maker. Gently press down on the button near the carafe’s handle and water will come out. Slowly pour the water into the coffee maker. If you feel that you don’t have things lined up just right and you are spilling water, just take your finger off of that dispensing button and it will stop.
When the carafe is empty close the lid on the back of the coffee maker. In case any water dripped onto where the carafe goes, just wipe that area dry with a paper towel. Place the carafe into its place on the coffee maker. It may take a few times of inserting and removing the carafe to get it into place.
Plug in the coffee maker and move it around to a safe place on your counter where it won’t get bumped or knocked over.

One of the benefits of unplugging the coffee maker when its done making coffee is you get to start out with the default settings each time you make coffee and don’t have to wonder what it is set to.
By default it is on the regular brew setting. If you press the large button to the left of the display once it will be on the bold setting. Pressing that button twice puts it on the robust setting.
If you press the button too many times, just unplug the coffee maker for about 45 seconds and plug it in again.

The three modes, normal, bold, and robust control how fast water is placed into the brew basket. Normal is fastest and robust is slowest. This is something you will have to find your preference and maybe adjust it when making coffee for others.
I prefer the robust setting. You’ll hear the coffee maker dispense some water into the basket, take a break for a little bit and repeating this process until brewing is done. The three settings will control the fullness or strength of the coffee.
After selecting the brew strength, press the button on the right side of the display and brewing will begin.

You can get coffee before the maker is totally done by removing the carafe, pouring coffee into a mug, and returning the carafe back to the coffee maker. I choose not to do this as you only have about 20 seconds of time to have the carafe removed before the coffee maker will overflow and make a big hot mess. I choose to just play it safe and wait until its done.

You’ll know its done when you don’t hear the sounds of water being put into the basket and that common gurgling sound of a coffee maker as it gets near the end. One very minor thing I’d like to have as with my other coffee makers, a beep when its done but its not a deal breaker for me. A typical estimate of about 14 – 15 minutes on the slowest setting, robust might help you get an idea of how long it takes.

I bought it on Google Express. I’m providing a shortened link to make it easier to find. I don’t get anything in return for you buying it from Google Express. While I was on their site getting links and info before writing this, I did notice a 20% off special on your first order with Google Express. that info is below along with the code you’ll need to enter at checkout. Note that that special is only for a limited time.

Hamilton-Proctor 46896 10-Cup Thermal Coffee Maker
https://goo.gl/pDkhcx

20% off your first order, up to $20 with code SUMMERSAVE20. Expires Sep 15 2018.

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Accessible Android Apps June 2018 & Update For NFC Labels

This is the list of apps I’m currently using on my LG G6 which is now running Oreo.
I use a combination of a bluetooth keyboard and touch. It just depends on what I am doing in each app, its just a matter of what works easiest for me. That is why I consider them to be accessible. They may not be for you as we all have our own needs, abilities, & ways of doing things.

I’ve listed the app for our tempature & humidity sensor, thought I’d include some info for the sensor.
It is a little clunky in the first setup but once its setup and paired, its quick & easy to open the app, hear the average then a current reading. It uses bluetooth low energy. In pairing with the app, move the sensor over & around the screen. The sensor is a small square device you can put on a counter, on a desk, or anywhere out of the way. Talkback speaks the average and current readings just fine.

SensorPush Wireless Thermometer / Hygrometer for iPhone / Android – Humidity & Temperature Smart Sensor with Alerts
$49.99
https://goo.gl/56ZD2N

Here is a drop box link to my collection of .m3u files I use in the VLC app below. I keep them in a folder called AAA so its at the top of wherever I choose to copy the folder, internal or external storage on my phone.
Again, its a matter of how I do things for me, rename it or put the files in a place that works for you. You can also use these with a media player on your computer. AAA6-2018.zip
https://www.dropbox.com/s/4csihmplqepxmf9/AAA6-2018.zip?dl=1

I’ve used different email apps such as Aqua Mail which worked great & I loved, I’ve just taken a more simple approach to things lately with using the Gmail app & others that are from Google instead. Just something I felt like doing for now.

One last update…
I was going to share a link to the NFC Tags I use with both the NFCLabeler app and the MacroDroid app but noticed Amazon, the place I bought them from is out of stock.
I contacted the company that makes the tags and they replied to me within about two minutes. You can buy the tags directly from their store by going to:
http://store.gototags.com/nfc-pvc-badge-ntag213/

If I can be of any help, feel free to contact me on twitter (@blindbites) or you can email me (steve@blindbites.com).

Calendar
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.calendar

Clipper Sync Plugin
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.clippersync.android.plugin

Clipper+
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=fi.rojekti.clipper

DoorDash
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.dd.doordash

Express
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.apps.shopping.express

Freemotion change
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.visionandroid.apps.motionsensor

Gmail
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.gm&hl=en_US

Home
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.apps.chromecast.app

KNFB Reader
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.sensotec.knfbreader

LastPass
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.lastpass.lpandroid

Lens
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.ar.lens

Lyft
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=me.lyft.android

MacroDroid
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.arlosoft.macrodroid

Music Folder Player Full
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=de.zorillasoft.musicfolderplayer.donate

My App List
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.projectsexception.myapplist

Netflix
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.netflix.mediaclient

NFC Labeler
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=hu.gersoft.nfclabeler

Nova Launcher
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.teslacoilsw.launcher

Nova Launcher Prime
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.teslacoilsw.launcher.prime

Pocket Casts
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=au.com.shiftyjelly.pocketcasts

SensorPush
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.cousins_sears.beaconthermometer

Shouter
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.bhkapps.proshouter

Skype Lite
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.skype.m2

Spotify
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.spotify.music

TapTapSee
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.msearcher.taptapsee.android

The Weather Channel
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.weather.Weather

Trusted Contacts
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.apps.emergencyassist

TuneIn Radio Pro
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=radiotime.player

Tweetings
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.dwdesign.tweetings

Uber
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.ubercab

Uber Eats
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.ubercab.eats

VLC
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.videolan.vlc

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Accessible Android Apps May 2018

This is a list of the Android apps I’m currently using on my LG G6, which is still running Android 7.0.

The list does change from time to time as I try new apps for awhile. I’ve learned that sometimes an app which might not have worked well for you six months ago has had some changes and now works great. If you know of an app like that, don’t forget to install it again and see if anything has changed. My experience with that was the Gmail app.

I use a combination of an external keyboard (Logitech K380) and touch. It just depends on the app & what I am doing. This combination makes these apps accessible to me. We all have different accessibility needs, so your mileage may vary.

AccuWeather
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.accuweather.android

Amazon Alexa
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.amazon.dee.app

LastPass Authenticator
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.lastpass.authenticator

Be My Eyes
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.bemyeyes.bemyeyes

Calendar
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.calendar

Clipper Sync Plugin
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.clippersync.android.plugin

Clipper+
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=fi.rojekti.clipper

DoorDash
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.dd.doordash

Google Express
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.apps.shopping.express

Files Go
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.apps.nbu.files

Find My Device
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.apps.adm

Freemotion change
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.visionandroid.apps.motionsensor

Google Play Books
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.apps.books

Google Home
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.apps.chromecast.app

Gmail
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.gm&hl=en_US

iHeartRadio
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.clearchannel.iheartradio.controller

Keep
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.keep

KNFB Reader
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.sensotec.knfbreader

LastPass
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.lastpass.lpandroid

Lyft
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=me.lyft.android

MacroDroid
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.arlosoft.macrodroid

Music Folder Player Full
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=de.zorillasoft.musicfolderplayer.donate

My App List
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.projectsexception.myapplist

Netflix
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.netflix.mediaclient

NFC Labeler
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=hu.gersoft.nfclabeler

Nova Launcher
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.teslacoilsw.launcher

Nova Launcher Prime
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.teslacoilsw.launcher.prime

OneDrive
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.microsoft.skydrive

ParcelTrack
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.uberblic.parceltrack

Pocket Casts
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=au.com.shiftyjelly.pocketcasts

Reply
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.area120.reply

SensorPush
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.cousins_sears.beaconthermometer

Shouter
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.bhkapps.proshouter

Spotify
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.spotify.music

TapTapSee
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.msearcher.taptapsee.android

Trusted Contacts
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.apps.emergencyassist

Tweetings
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.dwdesign.tweetings

Uber
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.ubercab

Uber Eats
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.ubercab.eats

VLC
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.videolan.vlc

Voice
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.apps.googlevoice

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Adding A Shortcut For Chrome

Here’s a feature of the Google Chrome browser you may not know about that can save you time.

When you are on a web page in Chrome, you can add a shortcut to your desktop in Windows. When you press enter on that shortcut, Chrome will open to that page you made a shortcut for.
If you use Gmail on the web, doing this can make things super easy and fast to go to the gmail site.

First, open Google Chrome and go to the page you want to make a shortcut for.
Once you are there and everything is loaded, press alt f to open the menu in Chrome. Use the cursor or arrow keys to move to More Tools and press enter. Move to Add To Desktop and press enter.
You will now be in a dialog asking you to name the shortcut. Chrome will have a suggested name but enter whatever you want to call it. Tab to add and press enter.

A new shortcut will now be on your desktop.
Next time you want to go directly to that site, just go to your desktop and press enter on the shortcut.

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