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, July 5, 2016 - Issue 34

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 AppleVis Editorial Team" <> and from Flying Blind, LLC Publication

1. AIM: Chat, Free Text, Photo Share, Voice Message (iOS, Free)

We've reinvented the AIM app to provide a cleaner, richer experience that is simpler to use and designed for the latest iPhone and iPad.

AIM is a great way to keep in touch with friends and family no matter where they are. Start or join a group chat, send voice messages, share images and your location, and continue conversations between devices seamlessly. Plus, you can also chat with friends on Google and compose Tweets.

Current Version: 7.3.0 (April 5 2016)

Read AIM's AppleVis iOS App Directory entry for more information

Visit AIM's page on the App Store

2. BBC Music (iOS, Free)

Enjoy a personalised slice of BBC Music on your iPhone or iPad.

Just tell the app what kind of music you're into, and it'll serve up a curated stream of exclusive live sessions, interviews and playlists from your favourite presenters, programmes and events.

The BBC Music app lets you…

  • Check out audio & video of live performances from BBC sessions.
  • Follow BBC Playlists from your favourite shows, presenters and events.
  • Save tracks for later and listen in full on Deezer, Spotify, and YouTube.
  • Find any track you've heard on BBC Radio in the last seven days.

Current Version: 1.2.0 (May 6 2016)

Read BBC Music's AppleVis iOS App Directory entry for more information

Visit BBC Music's page on the App Store

3. Big Finish Audiobook Player (iOS, Free)

official Big Finish - Audiobook and Audio Drama Player

The best way to listen to your Big Finish audio books on your iOS device.

Download and store your library of Big Finish audio files on your Apple device. Listen to great stories from the following ranges wherever your are: Doctor Who, Sherlock Holmes, Blake's 7, Dark Shadows, 2000 AD (Judge Dredd and Strontium Dog), Terrahawks, The Avengers, The Prisoner, Torchwood, Survivors, The Omega Factor and more.


  • Download audio files direct to your Apple device.
  • View a list of all your available audiobooks.
  • Play each chapter in an audiobook in sequence or choose your starting chapter.
  • Skip and scrub between chapters.
  • Listen to your audiobooks while using other apps.
  • Remembers playback position.
  • Filter your purchases by title, release date and purchase date.

Current Version: 2.0.5 (May 18 2016)

Read Big Finish Audiobook Player's AppleVis iOS App Directory entry for more information

Visit Big Finish Audiobook Player's page on the App Store

4. Blindfold Checkers (iOS, Free)

Blindfold Checkers is a fully accessible Checkers game for both sighted and visually impaired people, designed for rapid audio play.

Blindfold Checkers is played on an 8 by 8 checkerboard, where you and your opponent have 12 checkers, and you try eliminate all of your opponent's checkers by jumping over them.

You play against computer opponents whose skill varies from beginner to expert. There's a tutorial included with the game, and several different ways of getting hints.

Current Version: 1.2.2 (May 29 2016)

Read Blindfold Checkers' AppleVis iOS App Directory entry for more information

Visit Blindfold Checkers' page on the App Store

5. Calcbot — The Intelligent Calculator and Unit Converter (iOS, Free with In-App Purchases)

Calcbot is an intelligent calculator and unit converter for the rest of us. Featuring an easy-to- read history tape, expression view, intuitive conversion, and much more!

  • History Tape.
  • Expression View.
  • Apple Watch Extension.
  • Conversion.
  • Favorites.
  • Scientific Functions.
  • Constants.
  • Round for Currency.
  • iCloud Sync.
  • Sounds & Animations.

Current Version: 2.1.2 (August 6 2015)

Read Calcbot's AppleVis iOS App Directory entry for more information

Visit Calcbot's page on the App Store

6. iDB app (iOS, Free)

iDownloadBlog keeps you in touch with everything Apple!

Stay up to date with the latest Apple news, tips, apps, and accessory reviews, directly from your iPhone, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

BROWSE the latest headlines from your favorite Apple blog by swiping your finger right to left. If you see something you like, tap on it to read more.

BE NOTIFIED about every news story published on the site via push notification.

READ stories, including breaking news, must-have apps, cool new accessories and tutorials on how to get the most out of your iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, Apple TV, or Mac.

Current Version: 1.2.1 (May 25 2016)

Read iDB app's AppleVis iOS App Directory entry for more information

Visit iDB app's page on the App Store

7. Keeble - Accessible keyboard (iOS, US$19.99)

Keeble is an iOS keyboard that allows users with fine motor-challenges, switch users and users with vision impairments to type in any app. The keyboard offers word prediction, timing options, Select on Release, Select on Dwell, auditory feedback and other accessibility features. It also fully supports Switch Control and VoiceOver.

Keeble is currently localized in English, French, Spanish and Dutch, and offers optimized layouts for simplified, advanced and scanning keyboards.

Current Version: 3.0.2 (February 9 2016)

Read Keeble's AppleVis iOS App Directory entry for more information

Visit Keeble's page on the App Store

8. Phrase Madness (iOS, Free with In-App Purchases)

Phrase Madness is a fully accessible phrase guessing game for both sighted and visually impaired people, designed for rapid audio play.

Phrase Madness is a cross between concentration and wheel of fortune.

The objective of this game is to match the beginning of a common expression with the end of the expression.

For example, you would match "It's a beautiful day in the" with the ending "neighborhood".

You can play up to 26 phrases at a time.

After you play for a while, simply matching phrases can get boring, and that's where the madness kicks in. With over 300 phrases, you'll find new and interesting combinations pop-up when you accidentally, or intentionally, match the beginning of one phrase with the end of another phrase.

Current Version: 1.3.4 (May 22 2016)

Read Phrase Madness' AppleVis iOS App Directory entry for more information

Visit Phrase Madness' page on the App Store

9. Reminiscent (iOS, US$0.99)

Common and still life can come to the end at any time and only faint tails of fragmentary memories will throw some light on the dark ongoing events. Being in chill of fear the principle character of the game comes round after losing consciousness at the bottom of a deep mine. He has no idea who he is, where he is, how he has found himself to be here, how he can manage to get out of this place and what is going on in general. He will have to glean all this information with your help in order to remember everything and find answers to the above questions.

Current Version: 1.0 (May 18 2016)

Read Reminiscent's AppleVis iOS App Directory entry for more information

Visit Reminiscent's page on the App Store

10. ShapeTones (iOS, Free)

ShapeTones is an accessible audiovisual memory game for iPhone and iPad – it can be played by anyone, including players with hearing or visual impairments.

A sequence of 3 shapes and tones ("ShapeTones") is played, and the player tries to reproduce it. Tapping different areas of the screen trigger different ShapeTones. The game starts with 3 ShapeTones. As the game evolves, more ShapeTones become available. When a new ShapeTone is added, a trial screen is shown to demonstrate where each ShapeTone is triggered. Some surprises happen along the way. As a one player game, the sequence is created automatically.

As a two player game, one player creates the sequence, passes the device to the other player, who tries to repeat it. They then swap the roles.

ShapeTones is jointly developed by Nuno Correia from Goldsmiths, University of London (part of Enabling AVUIs research project, funded by Marie Curie EU fellowship) and Fiore Martin, Nick Bryan-Kinns, Oussama Metatla and Tony Stockman from Queen Mary, University of London (part of DePIC research project, funded by a EPSRC UK grant).

Current Version: 1.0 (February 17, 2016)

Read ShapeTones' AppleVis iOS App Directory entry for more information

Visit ShapeTones' App Store page

11. Smart Metronome -tempo moduration programmable (iOS, Free)

Simple, stylish, accurate and programmable metronome!

The application of the beautiful look with realistic motion of the pendulum. It is so easy to use, yet very practical. Setting the BPM, beats, sounds are just tapping on the screen.

You can even set one beat into two eighth notes, triplets, four sixteenth notes, you could use this feature as a compound time such as 6/8 or 12/8. Also, it has the large BMP number display and Italian tempo markings.

Current Version: 3.0 (April 17 2016)

Read Smart Metronome's AppleVis iOS App Directory entry for more information

Visit Smart Metronome's page on the App Store

12. TripAdvisor Hotels Flights Restaurants

Millions of traveler reviews, photos, and maps from TripAdvisor. Plan and book your perfect trip. With over 225 million reviews and opinions by travelers, TripAdvisor makes it easy to find the lowest airfare, best hotels, great restaurants, and fun things to do, wherever you go. And booking options for hotels, restaurants and flights are just a tap away.

The TripAdvisor mobile app is free and easy to use.

  • Browse millions of reviews, opinions and candid photos by travelers
  • Find the best hotel for you, including Travelers' Choice award winners
  • Explore restaurants and book tables online
  • Discover cool things to do in any destination
  • Compare airfares and find great deals
  • Use Near Me Now to discover places near your current location
  • Get answers to your specific travel questions in the forums
  • Add your own reviews and photos
  • Download maps, reviews, and your saves for over 300 cities worldwide onto your phone for free; avoid using expensive data roaming plans while you travel
  • Support for Apple Watch. The TripAdvisor Apple Watch app shows you the best places to eat, play and stay wherever you are. Want to visit the suggested places later? Just save it on your Apple Watch and view it later on your Apple Watch, iPhone, iPad or on

Current Version: 16.0.1 (May 31, 2016)

Read TripAdvisor's AppleVis iOS App Directory entry for more information

Visit TripAdvisor's page on the App Store

13. UZURV (iOS, Free)

UZURV is a Reservation Services App created to enhance the on-demand riding experience. The app works alongside existing on-demand services like Uber and Lyft to allow you to make advanced reservations with the on-demand driver of your choice.

Current Version: 1.5 (May 24, 2016)

Read UZURV's AppleVis iOS App Directory entry for more information

Visit UZURV's page on the App Store

All recent app entries posted to AppleVis can be found at:

  • iOS
  • Mac
  • Apple Watch

From the Flying Blind newsletter

  1. Here is a good article on using a Bluetooth keyboard with your iOS device:
  2. If you're interested in the Amazon Echo, a New website,, lets users play around with Alexa:
  3. Here are instructions on "Making images accessible for people on Twitter":
  4. These are "Top 17 Facebook Messenger Tips and Tricks for iPhone":

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 "The Riverfront Reunion" and here is a brief description.

He was arrogant but successful. He took what he wanted and did not care who he hurt in so doing. He was ruthless and hateful. Yet on this night he was being honoured for his good deeds but someone had the last say! Brutus Pascuas never knew what hit him! The murderer almost got away with murder!

Was it Kim Goodman?
She had wanted revenge so badly because Brutus had raped her at university.

Was it Aden Looge?
He had wanted payback because Brutus had sent his business into bankruptcy.

Or was it Milos Mangas?
He too had wanted payback because Brutus had robbed him of a football scholarship.

This mystery is all about a very cunning killer who almost gets away with the crime. Luck has a hand in helping them to almost escape but alas! At the very end everything comes to a head.

Mystery at its best and intrigue punctuate this particular story. It is a must listen.

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:

Finally! Author Donna Jodhan announces the launch of her weekly podcast! Take another 5; a bit of this and a bit of that! This is author Donna's newest venture and everyone here is tremendously excited.

Visit to start listening in.

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

About Coffee?
Coffee is most affective if consumed between 9:30 and 11:30 AM

A piece of trivia from the movies:
During childbirth scenes in movies and sitcoms, infant actors are smeared with cream cheese and red jam for an authentic "just born" look.

About extra virgin olive oil:
It is the highest class of olive oil.

An interesting piece of info: What is a micronation?
A micronation is an invented country not recognized by any other. One of the most interesting is the Principality of Sealand, located on an ocean platform off the coast of England. They've got their own currency, stamps, and passports. They have argued their right for sovereignty (and lost) several times in court.

About a piano:
The average piano has about 230 strings. Each string averages about 165 pounds of tension, with the combined pull of all strings equaling over eighteen tons.

About egg shells?
You can use crushed up egg shells to fertalize your plants.

How to get sand off of your body after a day at the beach?
Take a healthy handful of baking powder and spread lightly over your body. Presto! The sand is removed and now you can enter your car or home without having to worry about tracking sand into your car or home.

Okay, some best times of the day to do certain things:
Best to carry out your most arduous tasks between 8 am and 9 am in the morning.
Best time to ask the boss for a raise is between 11 am and noon.
Best time to buy shoes is in the afternoon.

About Navel oranges?
They are named so because they contain a navel.
They do not have any seeds.

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With very best wishes for an joyful month of July,
Donna J. Jodhan AKA Detective DJ