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, January 5, 2016 - Issue 28

An Author Donna Jodhan Publication

Hi! My name is Donna Jodhan; Author of audio mysteries, writer, blogger, and a life style specialist. I produce monthly newsletters for a wide audience and I'd like to welcome you to my newsletter for this month.

In my newsletter you will find the following:

  • Practical tips to enhance your daily life,
  • Mystery of the month,
  • From the desk of author Donna Jodhan,
  • A news flash from author Donna Jodhan,
  • Author Donna Jodhan's picks of the month.

To learn more about author Donna Jodhan and how you can access her audio mysteries visit and become a supporter of her anti-bullying campaign.

Section: Practical tips to enhance your daily life:

Welcome to our varied collection of links for your reading pleasure. They are meant to help you keep up with improvements and enhancements to various products and services that are a part of your daily life.


Tips reproduced from the Flying Blind, LLC Publication
and from "The AppleVis Editorial Team" <>

Re-posting from the AppleVis newsletter November 2015

  1. Adguard - Adblock and Privacy Protection for the Web (Free)
    Finally the most effective ad blocker is available! Remove everything that annoys you, accelerate the web and secure your privacy. Adguard supports more than 50 filter subscriptions optimized for Safari. Surf the web safe, fast and ad-free with Adguard!
    • Ad blocking. Blocks any kinds of ads; more than 50 (!) various filters are at your service. So say goodbye to annoying stuff like banners, video ads, popups and such.
    • Includes popular adblock filter subscriptions - EasyList, EasyPrivacy, Fanboys Annoyances, Malware Domains. Which means double protection both by these and Adguard own filters.
    • Regional and other filters. Adguard is the first ad blocker that allows you to use specific regional filters. Which means you can visit websites on different languages - they still will be filtered.
    • Blocking of trackers and social widgets. Special filters block all the counters and trackers to protect your privacy and remove excessive social media buttons.
    • Speed acceleration. Adguard removes tons of rubbish from the web. And clean pages open faster, you know.
    Current Version: 1.0.2 (November 13, 2015)
    Read Adguard's AppleVis iOS App Directory entry for more information
    Visit Adguard's page on the App Store
  2. Blindfold Games
    Kid Friendly Software, developers of the Blindfold series of accessible audio games, have released several new titles during November 2015. Below are links to each app in the App Store:
  3. CubeAlone (US$0.99)
    CubeAlone is a nice traditional puzzle app. It's made simple and it is totally accessible with VoiceOver.
    • sounds
    • hints for solving accessible with VoiceOver
    Current Version: 1.1 (November 7, 2015)
    Read CubeAlone's AppleVis iOS App Directory entry for more information
    Visit CubeAlone's App Store Page
  4. Direct to Player (Free)
    Direct to Player is a service for people with print disabilities in Canada who use their public library's CELA (Centre for Equitable Library Access) service or the CNIB Library. The accessible Direct to Player app connects directly to the library and loads DAISY audio books and magazines onto your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch. Just tap a title and start reading!
    Current Version: 1.0.5 (April 8, 2015)
    Read Direct to Player's AppleVis iOS App Directory entry for more information
    Visit Direct to Player's App Store Page
  5. my baby sim (free with in-app purchases)
    voiceover support is fixed in this version. should you have any questions or suggestions about this feature, please send them to
    this baby care app allows you to analyze how good you are as s parent, storing all data in a log. compare your progress with our recommendations to test yourself.
    there is also a great possibility to share your experience within the community and ask for advice both from baby care experts and from the community members.
    current version: 2.0.3 (july 24, 2015)
    read my baby sim's applevis ios app directory entry for more information
    visit my baby sim's page on the app store
  6. npr one (free)
    npr one is a whole new way to listen to stories, shows, and podcasts from npr and your local public radio station.
    it's public radio made personal.
    a handcrafted experience: npr one starts with the latest headlines then moves to a flow of stories that matter—stories narratives that increase your understanding, create connections, enrich your life and enliven your mind. all thoughtfully curated by hand, every day.
    always learning from you: just pop in your ear buds, tap your phone and npr one starts flowing. and npr one gets to know you. skip what you don't want, or tap the lightbulb to say a story is interesting. we'll turn npr one into your own personal radio station.
    current version: 1.5.3 (november 11, 2015)
    read npr one's applevis ios app directory entry for more information
    visit npr one's page on the app store
  7. VizSnap (Free)
    VizSnap - A Blind-Accessible iPhone App to Help Take and Organize Photos
    This app is targeted as a tool to help people who are blind manage a photo library and is intended to be used with VoiceOver. This app is intended to be navigated using sound and gestures, as opposed to visually. Because photo taking, organizing and sharing traditionally requires visual information, those with no or limited sight often have problems with these activities.
    The overarching needs that VizSnap aims to meet are the following:
    • Photo Taking: Aiming, focusing, positioning, and framing; Easy way to get sighted help; Accessible device; Improving photo quality.
    • Photo Organizing and Editing: Identifying what's in the picture; Labeling the pictures; Manipulating pictures
    • Photo Sharing: Easy way to get sighted help; Accessible photo sharing method.
    Current Version: 1.0 (June 16, 2015)
    Read VizSnap's AppleVis iOS App Directory entry for more information
    Visit VizSnap's App Store page
  8. Codex is a free, donation-ware e-book conversion tool. With Codex, you can take the books you've legally purchased from sites like Amazon, Smashwords, and popular eBook stores using Adobe Digital Editions or Barnes & Noble via NookStudy and convert them to a format of your choice, be it ePub for reading on the latest devices, plain text to read in Notepad, or any of the other supported output formats:
  9. Here is a professional paper, "A survey of assistive technologies and applications for blind users on mobile platforms: A review and foundation for research:"
  10. With the free upgrade to version 4.6 of the Victor Reader Stream, users can record internet audio streams. They can also search Wikipedia more effectively, benefit from some new voices, and use Online DAISY if their country's library service uses that protocol:
  11. Apple announces The Best Apps of 2015 for iPhone, iPad, Apple TV and Apple Watch:

Section: Mystery of the month:

This month, I'd like to whet your appetite with a brief description of one of my episodes of my audio mysteries that I have chosen for you.

This one is called "Supper at the Seaside" and here is a brief description.

Eight board members have been found dead at a posh hotel. They had all been there for an annual board meeting but! No one made it out alive and those responsible made very sure of that!
The question is: Who could have engineered such a heinous crime and why?

What could have driven anyone to do this? Could this have been an inside job?

Who could have done it?

Was it Matt McFaddon?
He had lost his life's savings and could not pay for his wife's cancer treatment and now she had passed on.

Was it Timothy Shoemaker?
He had lost all of his retirement savings and had been down sized and had been forced to find another job.
He had huge debts to pay.

Was it Erin Hennessee?
She was a single mom and had had to close down her business because she had lost her investments and now she had to mortgage her home.
She could not afford to send her kids to college and was forced to borrow heavily to stay afloat.

Was it Marianne Litzky?
She had lost all of her investments and her husband had recently passed on.
She had medical bills to pay for him, and had kids to look after.
She was a single mom who had lost her home due to delinquent mortgage payments.

This mystery is filled with conflict, emotion, and tinges of sadness for the various suspects. At the very end the true perpetrator is revealed in a gripping conclusion.

You can purchase this audio mystery for the very affordable price of $2.49 U.S. Each of my audio mysteries costs $2.49 U.S and you can purchase an entire season of 13 mysteries for the very low price of $24.99 U.S.

Visit to purchase your very own copies.

Section: From the Desk of Author Donna Jodhan:

If you would like to gain perspective on how a blind person goes about their daily activities, and how they interact with others then please go to

If you are looking for ways to make your products, services, and physical locations more accessible to those who are blind and partially sighted, please go to:

If you would like to learn more about Author Donna Jodhan through her editorials and more please visit

To read more about what Donna does through the activities of her company please visit

Donna also produces various other useful posts every Saturday:
Helpful monthly tips.
Where to find your best American cities.
How to make your products and services more accessible
And editorials on creating an accessible workplace.
Technology related articles each Wednesday and Thursday.

Section: A news flash from Author Donna Jodhan:

Author Donna Jodhan is pleased to announce that her campaign against bullying is getting a great boost! Through social media and a new way to encourage others to join and create their very own anti-bullying campaign.

Author Donna Jodhan will be doing this through the development and production of her very own podcasts.

Stay tuned for more!

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

So which parts of one's body gets cold the quickest?
According to the experts it is the feet followed by the head and then the hands.

What do most of us suffer from the most?
They say that it is indigestion.

One very good way to get rid of smelly shoes?
Place a dry tea bag in your shoe and presto!
It works like a charm!

What's the difference between made in Switzerland and Swiss made?
Well! Swiss made attached to any product means that the product has been made from scratch in Switzerland!
Made in Switzerland only means that the product parts have been assembled in Switzerland.

One more thing to add when you are about to purchase a leather good.
Make sure that the zippers are well fastened down and secure.
That it runs smoothly back and forth.

Some useful fruits for you to eat if you want to ensure a smooth daily bowel movement: Cranberries, rasins, apricots, and prunes.
Give it a try.

Well, having difficulty dealing with those greasy frying pans after you are finished cooking in them? Can't get rid of the unwanted grease?
First off; wipe your pan with a paper towel and this will help to get rid of the grease. Next, rinse in warm water with some dish soap.
Voila! It's all gone!

Another way to thicken your soup when making it?
You can also use a potato. You can try the old way of flour of course.

About chicken?
Thighs usually contain more juice than breasts.
Thighs are more flavorful than breasts.
The meat from a chicken hen is almost sweeter and fatter to the taste!

10 foods to help you sleep better?
Milk, cherries especially the tart ones, walnuts, almonds, lettuce, cheese, hummus, bananas, jasmin rice, honey.
Taken from

About eggs!
They taste better after having been bought a few days before.
To have a better yolk appear after boiling, turn eggs upside down the night before you boil or cook them.
Give it a try!

Having difficulty driving that stubborn nail into a piece of wood or a slab of board?
Well, first wet the nail and then give it a try!
It sure works!

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Or chat with her on Skype @habsfan0526.
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With very best wishes for a joyous month of January,
Donna J. Jodhan AKA Detective DJ