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Free Caption Phone Helps People with Hearing Loss Stay in Touch

Phone conversation is displayed in text on a large screen

Because using the telephone can become difficult (if not impossible) for people with hearing difficulties, many tend to avoid phone conversations. Not only does this diminish their social and business interactions, but it also robs them of a valuable lifeline if they need help.

The CaptionCall® captioned telephone works like a regular telephone—just dial and answer calls as usual. Speak and listen using the phone handset. The caption phone displays the live phone conversation in easy-to-read text on a large screen.

Provided by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for those who have professionally certified hearing loss, the phone and caption service are free of charge for those who qualify. Simply complete a form on the CaptionCall website and have a doctor in one of the approved areas of practice sign the form.

If you’re unable to get a doctor’s signature, you can pay a one-time $75 fee to self-certify the phone user’s medically recognized hearing loss. There are no extra charges for delivery, installation, or customer support.

 Before you order, make sure the phone user has the following:

  • Medically recognized hearing loss
  • High-speed Internet connection
  • Standard home phone connection
  • Standard electrical outlet

 For hearing-impaired iPad users, a free mobile app enables CaptionCall customers to make and receive calls directly on their iPad.

After you order the phone, a local trainer helps install the device in the house. The trainer then shows the user (and his or her family) how it works. The trainer also helps complete the paperwork required by the FCC.

It’s Cybersecurity Month

This October enjoy all that fall has to offer. There are the changing leaves, delicious fall recipes and the warmth and comfort of a cozy home.  After all, October is a month when we retrench back into our homes as the days grow shorter, and the temperatures get colder.  While spending more time indoors, many of us will also be spending more time on our computers searching out the latest deals, connecting with friends and family and getting the latest news. And while we like the convenience of doing such activities in the luxury of our favorite chair, there are some precautions to consider to make using our computer is a safe place.

In fact October is Cybersecurity Month.  In order to help make individuals and businesses more informed the National Cyber Security Alliance offers many tips to help us all stay more protected.

Protect Yourself with these STOP. THINK. CONNECT. Tips:

  • Keep a clean machine: Having the latest security software, web browser, and operating system are the best defenses against viruses, malware, and other online threats.
  • Automate software updates: Many software programs will automatically connect and update to defend against known risks. Turn on automatic updates if that’s an available option.
  • Protect all devices that connect to the Internet: Along with computers, smart phones, gaming systems, and other web-enabled devices also need protection from viruses and malware.
  • Plug & scan: “USBs” and other external devices can be infected by viruses and malware. Use your security software to scan them.
  • Protect your $$: When banking and shopping, check to be sure the sites is security enabled. Look for web addresses with “https://” or “shttp://”, which means the site takes extra measures to help secure your information. “Http://” is not secure.
  • Back it up: Protect your valuable work, music, photos, and other digital information by making an electronic copy and storing it safely.

For more great tips and information visit http://www.staysafeonline.org.

Siri will Make Your Life Easier

Apple Assistant Helps Senior’s

Siri is not only a teenager’s best friend but now seniors are catching on to her! Siri is Apple’s personal assistant and it allows you to use your voice to set reminders, send messages, read email, search for information and much, much, more. Siri is a voice assistant feature found in the iPhone 4s, iPhone 5, iPad (IOS 5 and higher), iPad mini, and the iPod Touch.

How Siri Works It’s actually really simple:

  1. Press and hold the iPhone’s physical “Home” button to open Siri. (Or hold it up to your ear if you have enabled the ‘Raise to Speak’ option).
  2. You will hear two quick beeps to tell you that Siri has woken up and is waiting to do your bidding.
  3. Once Siri has opened, ask a question or ask Siri to perform a task such as emailing or texting. Siri will automatically detect when you have stopped speaking, but you can optionally press the microphone icon to show you have finished speaking.
  4. If you requested Siri to do something such as send an email or text, Siri will show you a draft of the proposed message before it is sent.  To send the message, say “send” or touch the “send” button.

You can generally speak in a natural way when asking for help from Siri.

Now fun begins —
Siri can Set Alarms and Reminders, Add to Your Calendar and More

  • “Set the timer for 15 minutes”
  • “Stop the timer”
  • “What time is it?”
  • “What is today’s date?”
  • “Wake me in an hour”
  • “Set an alarm for 8am tomorrow morning”
  • “Turn off all alarms”
  • “Remind me to take my medication at 8pm”
  • “Remind me to send a birthday card to Ella on March 25”
  • “Doctor’s appointment next Wednesday at 2:00 pm”

Tell Siri to Read and Send Emails 

  • “Send an email to my daughter Joan“
  • “Send a message to my grandson Keith on his mobile and tell him I’ll be here soon”
  • “Read my most recent email message”
  • “Read my new text messages”
  • “Reply to Cheryl’s text message”

Tell Siri to Create and Find Notes  

  • “Note: the car is parked in Row 5, Level 3 at the airport”
  • “Create a grocery list note”  (substitute the desired name of your list)
  • “Add bananas, milk, and bread to the grocery list note”
  • “Find the grocery list note”

Tell Siri to Play Music and the Radio, and Find Apps
For music and apps, substitute the name of a song, artist or app that’s located on your iPad.

  • “Play sports radio”
  • “Play some Frank Sinatra”
  • “Play Solitaire“
  • “Open Magnifying Glass“
  • “Launch App Store“


Other Things You Can Ask Siri

  • “What is the temperature outside?”
  • “How hot will it be weekend?”
  • “Search for images of cute kittens”
  • “What movies are playing near me?”
  • “Who starred in the movie, Gone With the Wind?”
  • “Show me NFL scores from Sunday ”

For more information check out the Siri Guide at http://www.siriuserguide.com/how-to-use-siri/