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, May 5, 2015 - Issue 20

An Author Donna Jodhan Publication
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1) Marco gives us an informative "Update on Office Solutions in the Browser and on Mobile:"
https://www.marcozehe.de/2015/04/28/an-update-on-office-solutions-in-the-browser-and-on-mobile/

2) A while back we reported on the campaign to generate funds for NVDA Remote Access. The project is moving along. Here is an update:
http://www.blindbargains.com/bargains.php?m=12751

3A) Upcoming free webinar trainings from Freedom Scientific include a two-part series on using JAWS with Facebook and sessions on using JAWS with the Target and Amazon sites:
http://www.freedomscientific.com/Services/TrainingAndCertification

3B) Also from FS, FSCast #107 helps us learn about new keyboard support for Facebook in JFW 16, as well as features available to users of the Leasey package that enhances JAWS:
http://freedomscientific.com/About/FSCast

3C) And our intrepid blogger Chris Hofstader asks probing questions about the JAWS End-User License Agreement, with lots of spirited discussion resulting:
http://chrishofstader.com/what-did-i-just-agree-to/

4) AFB offers a new $49.00 webinar, "iPad for Babies and Toddlers: Early Intervention for Children with Visual Impairments:"
http://www.afb.org/store/Pages/ShoppingCart/ProductDetails.aspx?ProductId=eiPadforBabies&ruling=Yes

5A) People have begun to receive their Apple Watches, and are discussing their experiences. An example is "A skeptic's Apple Watch Diary: Day 4, The Halfway Point:"
http://9to5mac.com/2015/04/27/a-skeptics-apple-watch-diary/

5B) Huffpost Technology suggests, "Not Sure What An Apple Watch Is For? Try These 12 Apps:"
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/04/24/apple-watch-apps_n_7127394.html

5C) Eric Alba tells us "Some Things I've Done With Apple Watch in the Last 11 Hours"
http://log.ericalba.org/post/117307478867/some-things-ive-done-with-apple-watch-in-the-last

5D) This week's edition of the Blind Bargains Apple rundown is aptly titled "The Apple Watch Edition:"
http://blindbargains.com/bargains.php?m=12758

5E) Finally, the AppleVis Podcasts page contains a growing number of demonstration podcasts:
http://www.applevis.com/podcasts

6A) This site doubtless has lots of interesting content in its own right:
http://www.appleworld.today/

6B) And also has an Accessible Apple page:
http://www.appleworld.today/blog/?category=Accessible+Apple

7) Learn what's going to be offered in the new Keysoft 9.5 for the Apex product line on Tek Talk on GMT Tuesday, 5 May at 00:00:
http://conference321.com/masteradmin/room.asp?id=rsc9613dc89eb2

8A) A podcast comparing how app layouts differ from mobile phone to tablet, directed mostly to speech users, is available at:
http://www.22point.com.au/podcasts/PhoneVSTabletPodcast.mp3

8B) And a blog post on the same subject, directed to users with low vision, is available at:
https://22point.wordpress.com/2015/04/28/comparison-of-tablet-vs-phone-for-large-print/

9) Netflix has begun adding audio-described programming fairly rapidly. Here is a link that includes a listing of what was available at the time of writing:
http://www.blindbargains.com/b/12753

10) Check out this short video on YouTube of Larry Lewis of Flying Blind, LLC paying a visit to the FAVI last week, Aruba's Association for the Blind and Vision Impaired:
http://youtu.be/Yw1CJHU8kCo

11A) Some of our regular podcast purveyors are right on schedule. Our two weekly discussion / information casts, Serotalk at:
http://serotalk.com/2015/04/27/serotalk-228-go-freeze-yourself/

11B) And Blind Bargains at:
http://www.blindbargains.com/b/12722

Blind Bargains will probably have another shortly after we publish.

11C) Cool Blind Tech has several Apple Watch podcasts as well as others:
http://www.coolblindtech.com/

11D) And Eyes on Success follows up last week's interview with Jim Fruchterman with more about Bookshare's global reach and various initiatives:
http://eyesonsuccess.net

12) National Industries for the Blind is awarding a $2,500 scholarship to an individual who is blind and pursuing an education in computer science, information systems, or a related field. For information, email:
kgallagher@nib.org

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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.) Want to know more about the PlayStation's Text-to-Speech feature? Read more at:
http://www.brandoncole.net/?p=218

2.) Now you can read and stay in touch with what's going on in the world of Apple's most important posts, updates, apps and podcasts at the beginning of each month:
http://www.applevis.com/blog/applevis-assistive-technology-braille-gaming-ios-apps-news/applevis-unlimited-whats-new

3.) VisionAware brings us "Insights about using an iPhone; Pros and Cons for a Blind Person:"
http://www.visionaware.org/blog/visually-impaired-now-what/insights-about-using-an-iphone-pros-and-cons-for-blind-and-visually-impaired-users/12

4.) If you're looking for some videos to help you learn how to use VoiceOver on the iPhone, the Hadley Instructional Videos Page has around 40 iFocus videos for learning to use VoiceOver on the iPhone:
http://www.hadley.edu/InstructionalVideos.asp

Below we offer some very informative articles regarding the new Apple Watch:

5A.) An In-Depth Look at Apple Watch Accessibility Features:
http://www.applevis.com/blog/apple-watch-assistive-technology-news/depth-look-apple-watch-accessibility-features

5B.) 13 Reasons Why I Want an Apple Watch:
http://www.applevis.com/blog/apple-watch-opinion/13-reasons-why-i-want-apple-watch

5C.) Hands-On with the Apple Watch:
http://www.applevis.com/blog/apple-watch-assistive-technology-news-opinion-reviews/hands-apple-watch

5D.) Inconvenient Truths About The Apple Watch:
https://medium.com/@flyosity/inconvenient-truths-about-the-apple-watch-11bafa44551b

5E.) The Apple Watch Official Accessibility Page:
http://www.apple.com/accessibility/watch/

6.) Finally, we have some really neat Go Green cleaning tips:
http://www.goodhousekeeping.com/home/a18573/ways-to-go-green/


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 "The Ice Skater's Last Invitation" and here is a brief description:

He was young, handsome, and a brilliant ice skater. He had everything going for him including all the adoring fans that he could ever have hoped for. Yet, Kyle Willowby had been found murdered in his dressing room. He was about to retire from the spotlight so what could have gone wrong? Why? Who?

Which one of the following suspects could have been the real murderer!
Was it Benny, a body guard that had been hired by Kyle Willowby?
Was it Max Fenucci, an associate of his manager Jake?
Or was it someone in his wife Melissa's company?

This is a must read with lots of twists and turns and the real murderer is not identified until the very end!

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Helpful monthly tips.
Where to find your best American cities.
How to make your products and services more accessible.
Editorials on creating an accessible workplace.
Technology related articles each Wednesday and Thursday.
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You can follow Author Donna Jodhan on Twitter @author_jodhan or @accessibleworld. You can also chat with her on Skype @habsfan0526.

With very best wishes,
Donna J. Jodhan AKA Detective DJ


Section: Some Friendly Advice From Author Donna Jodhan:

May 2015
Triggering Thoughts

In the normal scheme of things it is our thoughts that almost always lead us to create, design, develop, and test our inventions. Call it what you may; inventions, creations, imaginations, products, and so on. At the end of the day it is our thoughts that help us to scale the wall and go out there and be free to create, design, develop, test, and complete.

If you were to follow this theory then the next step would be to ask the logical question; how does one trigger thoughts? How does one get those illusive thoughts to come dancing and prancing into our minds? How does one capture these sparkling flashes and put them into action? I believe that the first thing is to find ways to trigger them and here is my response for what it is worth.

You can use your senses to do this. Each of your five senses can play an important role; from the sense of hearing to the sense of smell, the sense of sight, the sense of taste, and finally the sense of touch. No one sense is more important than the other. For some it may be the sense of sight and for another it may be the sense of hearing. Maybe the sight of blue skies? Or maybe the sound of running water? Or even maybe a song, the taste of a juicy ripe peach, the smell of baking bread, or the touch of a feather on the back of your hand. Nothing is written in stone so why not go out there and experiment with what helps to trigger your thoughts?

Donna J. Jodhan, AKA Detective DJ


Section: News Flash From Author Donna Jodhan:

Author Donna Jodhan is preparing to diversify her authorship, and how is this?

In addition to writing audio mysteries she is hoping to unveil her feature writing some time in the very early fall. This is new ground for Author Donna Jodhan but not to worry; her audio mysteries will still be available and she also plans to write a second Christmas Box Set in the near future.

Stay tuned!


Section: Author Donna Jodhan's Picks of the Month:

1.) Some interesting info about our beloved turtles:
They need to come up every 15 minutes for air, so, if they get trapped in the net of a fisherman, it is vitally important to free them as soon as possible.

2.) So you're interested in finding those ever popular discount fares? Here's a tip for you:
The best time to find them is at around one minute past midnight on a Wednesday morning. And why is this? Well, here's the secret. Most travelers book discount fares on a Monday and if they do not follow through they let them go or have to do so before one minute to midnight on Tuesday. Accordingly, these fares come flooding back into the system at one minute past midnight on Wednesday morning. Give it a try!

3.) Want to know a bit more about the beautiful island of Barbados?
There are about 1500 Churches on this lovely island, and, at the same time, there are also about 1500 bars!

4.) Okay, there is definitely something called adult acne. What are the main causes?
Stress and hormonal changes.

5.) Did you know that browser cookies can undermine your privacy?
Yes, any snooper can use your browser cookies to build a profile on you! You need to be careful!

6.) So this is the latest about something interesting in France:
A law has been passed that employers are prohibited from asking their employees to do any work related task through email. What this means is that employers are prohibited from communicating with employees through emails or through any sort of mobile device for about 11 hours daily starting at 6:00 PM.

7.) Now for something interesting about cats!
These lovable pets sleep for about 16 hours per day!

8.) Which day of the week do we tend to nod off the most on?
Why, it is Wednesday!


Section: From Head Star Communications:

Compliments of our good friends over at Headstar Communications we give you the latest Volume of the E-Access Bulletin, Access To Technology For All, Regardless Of Ability, at: www.headstar.com/eablive. If you'd like to subscribe to this free monthly text-only publication directly, send an email to eab-subs@headstar.com with "Subscribe" in the subject line.


Section: Closing:

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