The "Public Eye"

Noun. public eyepublic eye - a focus of public attention; "he enjoyed being in the limelight"; "when Congress investigates it brings the full glare of publicity to the agency".

Say what you will, the news is what counts when it is information you need.



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Author Donna Jodhan Publications - Tuesday, December 2, 2014 - Issue 15

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1) Window-Eyes 9 Beta 1 is now available for installation on top of a working copy of Version 8, which of course everybody can get for free if you own Microsoft Office. The program has a rewritten, snappier and more powerful web interface, bulit-in QuickBooks support, and more:
http://www.gwmicro.com/Window-Eyes/Beta/

2) AFB offers a free webinar, "An Introduction to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau," available any time:
http://www.afb.org/store/pages/ShoppingCart/ProductDetails.aspx?ProductId=eIntroCFPB&ruling=Yes

3) This YouTube video is called "Accessibility Matters: User Experience [UX] Technologies at Goldman Sachs"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ck0Q0tlHgKY

4) And this YouTube Quick Tip from APH demonstrates Graphing a Line on the Orion TI-84 Plus Talking Graphing Calculator
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q5HhMBhvJNc&feature=youtu.be

5) With yours truly (Dean Martineau) as moderator, Tek Talk will offer a Compendium of Networking and Learning Resources for Computer Users with Vision loss, covering some twelve local, national and international resources, some of which I, as Tidbits Editor, hadn't even run into before. This will air on GMT Tuesday, 2 December at 01:00:
http://conference321.com/masteradmin/room.asp?id=rsc9613dc89eb2

6) We have received reports that version 2.0 of MalwareBytes is now much more accessible to screen reader users:
https://www.malwarebytes.org

7A) If you have experienced Google Instant, the feature of Google that fills in search results as you type and which isn't terribly friendly to screen readers, and have tried to turn it off without success, you might want to try using these links for Google. In the US, try:
https://www.google.com/webhp?complete=0&hl=en

7B) And in the UK, use this one:
https://www.google.co.uk/webhp?complete=0&hl=en

8) On Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 November, starting at 20:00 GMT, Blindy.TV will air a marathon of audio-described epidoses of South Park. Each day, they will give away a set of SoundPods Speakers:
http://blindy.tv/node/34

9) The forces of materialism assert them with great vengeance during this time of year, with many sales, and if you want to find the best ones, "The How-To Geek Guide to Black Friday and Cyber Monday Sales" is at your disposal:
http://www.howtogeek.com/176453/the-how-to-geek-guide-to-black-friday-and-cyber-monday-sales/

10) Spotlight Text is a $29.95 iPad app well-designed for low-vision users of Bookshare. The app has different reading modes, intended for people with different types of vision loss, as well as an audio-only mode. The linked article gives slightly inaccurate prices for Bookshare:
http://www.blindness.org/blog/index.php/a-new-app-for-book-readers-with-low-vision/

11) This post from the TED Blog, along with the discussion, is instructive: "10 Tesearch Tips for Finding Online Answers"
http://blog.ted.com/2014/10/02/10-research-tips-for-finding-answers-that-elude-you/

12) From Access News Daily comes "Everything You Need to Know About Using iCloud Drive and iCloud Photo Library":
http://accessnewsdaily.com/everything-you-need-to-know-about-using-icloud-drive-and-icloud-photo-library/

13) The final upgrade to NVDA for the calendar year, 2014.4, is in the Release Candidate Stage. Learn more about it and get it from here:
http://community.nvda-project.org/blog/NVDA2014.4rc1Released

Turning to a varied collection of audio material this week:

14A) If you want to hear about what's coming in NVDA 1014.4, you can listen to this:
http://www.nvda-kr.org/en

14B) Would you like to use BlindSquare with Google Maps but don't know how? This podcast will help you get started:
https://audioboom.com/boos/2672672-how-to-use-google-maps-with-blindsquare

14C) The Accessible Devices podcast is back after a leave of absence, talking about widgets and more:
http://www.accessible-devices.com/feed.xml

14D) Eyes on Success discusses Tablet Comparisons for Low Vision Users:
http://eyesonsuccess.net

14E) Jonathan Mosen is the guest on the Delivering Access Podcast:
http://www.fedoraoutlier.com/dap-season-2-jonathan-mosen/

14F) Here is an Audio Comparison: Siri Versus Google Voice Search
https://audioboom.com/boos/2684908-audio-comparison-siri-versus-google-voice-search

And finally, AppleVis offers us:

14G) Beats Studio Wireless Over-Ear Headphones: Unboxing And Description:
http://www.applevis.com/podcast/episodes/beats-studio-wireless-over-ear-headphones-unboxing-and-description

14H) Say Play For iOS: Say The Title Of Any Song And Hear It Playing A Few Seconds Later:
http://www.applevis.com/podcast/episodes/say-play-ios-say-title-any-song-and-hear-it-playing-few-seconds-later

14I) Exploring The Accessibility Of The Apple TV:
http://www.applevis.com/podcast/episodes/exploring-accessibility-apple-tv

14J) New In iOS 8: The Speak Screen Feature Adds Something Extra For Low Vision Users:
http://www.applevis.com/podcast/episodes/new-ios-8-speak-screen-feature-adds-something-extra-low-vision-users


Section: Tips To Enhance Your Daily Life:

This collection of tips is intended to assist you in keeping up with improvements and enhancements to various products and services that help you to live a better life. Enjoy!

1.) Okay, more often than not you need to see a list of files that you have opened in Windows so check out this one:
http://www.howtogeek.com/200165/how-to-see-a-list-of-your-recently-opened-files-in-windows/

2.) Are you in the market for a scanner? Portable and easy to use? Not sure where to look? Then check this out:
http://www.giraffe-reader.com/

3.) No, this next reference is not out of a book of dreams! You need to check this one out for yourself! Yes, a headset that talks!
http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-28133155

4.) This next one is for those of you who are looking for ways to search the Internet using Google and there are 35 tips for you to check out:
http://www.digitaltrends.com/computing/the-35-best-google-search-tips-and-tricks/

5.) Now, here is a great idea for a holiday gift for anyone from 2 to 92; a musical system that has lots of potential to bring great fun and joy to you and your family. A must check out at:
http://www.afb.org/aw/main.asp

6.) For all of you who own a small or medium sized business, you can never be too careful when it comes to protecting yourself against cyber hackers. Read on here:
http://www.techgoondu.com/2014/11/15/five-it-security-tips-for-smbs/#.VGiUFGeEi2w

7.) Check out what Americans are doing after retiring. They are certainly not sitting around at home. They are finding ways to boost their incomes:
http://www.nasdaq.com/article/the-post-retirement-career-how-americans-are-not-really-retiring-cm414350

8.) Did you know? Small businesses provide 55% of all jobs and 66% of all new jobs. Here is something for you to check out if you are in the market for growing and branding your business:
http://www.sys-con.com/node/3230268

9.) If you are a vendor selling adaptive technology then you may want to check out this next link:
https://nfb.org/images/nfb/publications/bm/bm14/bm1410/bm141006.htm

10.) Something for you to check out if you want to be more comfortable the next time you travel. 24 apps that have been tried and proven for your enjoyment:
http://www.nbp.org/ic/nbp/APPSOUT.html

11.) Want to make Dropbox on your iOS device more accessible? Then check out this one:
http://bit.ly/1udwWAw

12.) Are you worried about a cyber security breach? Not sure where to turn? Then check this one out:
http://www.bizjournals.com/bizjournals/how-to/technology/2014/11/how-to-reduce-your-risk-of-a-cyber-security-breach.html

13.) Now then, just a suggestion for you to follow up on if you are seeking some weight loss tips:
http://www.thehealthsite.com/news/how-to-lose-weight/

14.) Maybe you are looking for a new and exciting career path. Then how about taking a look at this next one? Who knows, you may just hit the jack pot here:
http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/xinhua-news-agency/141120/japan-establish-council-translation-app-development-toward-o

15.) If you are a small business thinking of going global then here is something that you should take a look at before embarking on your venture. Top IT tips for small businesses going global:
http://enterpriseinnovation.net/article/top-5-it-tips-small-businesses-going-global-804625682


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 "Santa's Super Secret" and here is a brief description:

Alex Terrasco had a secret that only two people knew of. He had a desire to fulfill a dream and he used his secret to do just that.

Alex was no different from most of us. He grew up in a normal family environment but at age 13, something unexpected happened to change his life forever. He did not allow this event to stop him from dreaming but alas! He had to put his dream on hold for many years while he took care of business.

Then one day something else happened and Alex was again reminded that he had still not fulfilled his dream. This time however, he made sure that his precious dream was realized!

Santa's Super Secret! A tale of fiction that includes hopes, misadventures, and sadness turned into joy!
 
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Section: Some Friendly Advice From Author Donna Jodhan:

December 2014
Time of Year

I always find that the time of the year is another way to spark one's imagination and motivation. Especially so at this particular time of the year; at Christmas time.

I have to admit that December is usually the time when I get a lot of my inspiration. Not just to write Christmas stories but almost anything else as well. This particular time of the year often puts me in the mood to think, create, and write. I am not sure why; it could be any reason. Anything from the spreading of joy and good cheer to wanting to share. Whatever it is, I do think that many of us could use this time of the year to increase our writing.

A very Merry Christmas to you!

Donna J. Jodhan, AKA Detective DJ


Section: News Flash From Author Donna Jodhan:

Just in time for the holiday season!

Author Donna Jodhan announces the release of her 12 Days of Christmas box set!

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Donna's main character Detective DJ narrates 12 fabulous Christmas episodes and there is more to this ficticious character than you could ever imagine! She not only writes and records Christmas episodes, she also solves crimes in a unique way and is an active participant in campaigns against bullying!

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There is no room in this world for bullying and each day we fail to take action against bullying it is another day that we allow others to bully us and our kids. Our heros and role models are the ones who have made us proud; those brave young men and women who gave their lives for us in past wars and those who continue to do so. They are not the ones who choose to be racists and those who believe that their bad behaviour in public is acceptable.

I write and record audio mysteries that are being used at such events as murder mystery evenings as well as at public awareness and team building events. I promote understanding, tolerance, and problem solving and my audio mysteries continue to be broadcasted around the world and you can listen to them anywhere! On the plane or train! In the car or right there in your home! On your i-device or computer!

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Section: Closing:

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


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