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, August 2, 2016 - Issue 35

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. A Sword Fight Warrior (iOS, Free)

For entertainment purposes only!

Take on your enemies and best friends in a full out sword fight! Just load this app onto both your devices and unleash your fury against friends and enemies. May the best warrior win!

Best experienced by holding firmly onto your device and shaking or swinging lightly as if you held a real sword. Think of it like a warfare reenactment or playing out the final scenes of your favorite sword fighting movie with your device as your sword.

Current Version: 1.4 (June 18, 2016)

Read A Sword Fight Warrior's AppleVis iOS App Directory entry for more information

Visit A Sword Fight Warrior's page on the App Store

2. Amazon Alexa (iOS, Free)

The free Amazon Alexa App is a companion to your Alexa device for setup, remote control, and enhanced features. Alexa is always ready to play your favorite music, provide weather and news updates, answer questions, create lists, and much more. Alexa's brain is in the cloud, so she continually learns and adds more functionality over time. The more you use Alexa, the more she adapts to your speech patterns, vocabulary, and personal preferences.

How It Works

Interactions with Alexa are automatically mirrored visually on your Amazon Alexa App, providing more information as you want it. The Amazon Alexa App lets you easily manage your alarms, music, shopping lists, and more -- wherever you are.

Current Version: 1.12.75 (June 13, 2016)

Read Amazon Alexa's AppleVis iOS App Directory entry for more information

Visit Amazon Alexa's page on the App Store

3. Amedia Live Reader (iOS, US$29.99)


  • Scans a live image captured by a camera and reads the texts in it in real-time.
  • Designed for visually impaired users.
  • Supported language: English, French, German, Indonesian, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), Japanese and Korean.
  • Employs an excellent OCR technology powered by ABBYY.

How to Use:

  1. Open the App with VoiceOver turned on.
  2. Tap the "Active" button to focus. The App starts beeping.
  3. Direct the camera to letters. The App detects and reads them in real-time.
  4. Hold the device flat (with the camera facing down) to take a still picture. This is useful when you're reading paper sheets on a desk.
  5. The previously read texts can be reached by left swiping.
  6. Copy the texts to the Clipboard in the Settings screen.

Current Version: 1.1 (April 11, 2016)

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

Visit Amedia's page on the App Store

4. Blindfold Bird Songs (iOS, Free with In-App Purchases)

Blindfold Bird Songs is a fully accessible tile game that is inspired by matching games and bird songs for both sighted and visually impaired people, designed for rapid audio play.

There are several types of games in Bird Songs.

  • Name That Bird improves your skill at matching a bird with its song.
  • Find That Bird is a matching game where you must remember the square where each bird song is located.

In both games, you start out matching 3 bird songs to complete the level. Each time you complete a level, the next level has the prior level's bird songs, along with two more bird songs randomly mixed up. In both games, you win points for good matches, lose points for bad matches, and can be played for dozens of levels.

Blindfold Bird Songs comes with 7 bird songs for free. You can get additional packs of bird songs; the full game has over 60 bird songs.

Current Version: 1.1.0 (June 6, 2016)

Read Blindfold Bird Songs' AppleVis iOS App Directory entry for more information

Visit Blindfold Bird Songs' page on the App Store

5. Diced - A Simple Puzzle Dice Game (iOS, US$0.99)

Diced is an annoyance free casual puzzle game for everyone! Only $0.99 with no in-app purchases or ads

  • Place dice on a grid to form combinations, clear the dice and score points!
  • Combinations can be five of a kind or five in a row (straights).
  • Wild cards, bombs and blocks add to the complexity.
  • Game ends when you run out of space!
  • Three game modes (Normal, Zen and Blitz) provide something every one!

Current Version: 1.1 (May 17, 2016)

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

Visit Diced's page on the App Store

6. Quick Record — Voice memos audio recorder with iCloud sync (iOS, US$1.99)

Quick Record is the fastest way to record audio with your device. It can record in one tap or even automatically, sync to multiple devices with iCloud, record in High/Medium/Low quality, share via email, and open in other apps. Record music, lectures, meetings, wildlife, interviews, ideas, and anything else using the device in your hands.


  • Record in one tap
  • Sync to multiple devices with iCloud
  • Use locally without iCloud if desired
  • Record automatically when the app opens
  • Record in the background while using other apps
  • Record in the background while device is asleep / locked
  • Record directly from Apple Watch microphone
  • Automatic pausing for incoming calls
  • Select quality from High (256kbps), Medium (96kbps), or Low (32kbps)
  • Share via email, iMessage, Airdrop, etc…
  • Open in other apps
  • Organize by naming / tagging / starring items
  • Search by name / tag
  • Choose your workflow (automatically Edit/Tag/Share/Open in… after recording)
  • Play recordings while using other apps
  • AAC / M4A format
  • No complicated instructions
  • Universal app for iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, and Apple Watch

Current Version: 1.1.4 (June 20, 2016)

Read Quick Record's AppleVis iOS App Directory entry for more information

Visit Quick Record's page on the App Store

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

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  • Mac
  • Apple Watch

From the Flying Blind newsletter

  1. Apple has released six free Education Starter Guides for the iPad:

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 Russian Romeo" and here is a brief description.

He was known as the Russian Romeo; everyone around him loved and adored him but does that mean that he killed his lover and well known socialite Natalie Pompay? Or did someone else want her dead? If he did, then why? If he did not, then who and why? Could this have been a crime of passion?

Who could have done it?

Was it Carlo Pompay?
He was the husband of Natalie Pompay.

Was it Oleg Koslov?
He was the lover of Natalie Pompay.

Was it Maria Ghintsberg?
She was Natalie's secretary.

Everything seems to center around Natalie Pompay and all three suspects seem to have something to gain by her death. The killer is very cunning; covers their tracs well, but not well enough!

This mystery has your head spinning and at the end? You are left simply gasping for air!

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:

In early July author Donna officially launched her podcast take another 5 and now you can access and download at This podcast contains a bit of this and a bit of that. Ranging from recipes, tips on technology (apps and lower level technology), mystery moment, in the end zone with the entrepreneur, and updates on latest scams and building awareness on bullying.

Check out this podcast and send us your feedback to

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

What is Pentheraphobia?
Pentheraphobia is the persistent fear of your mother-in-law.

A fact about the ostrich:
The ostrich doesn't stick its head underground to hide from predators. It bends its neck down low and flattens its head against the ground.

Something about dogs!
Dogs are sensitive to small variations of the Earth's magnetic field
Dogs Poop in Alignment with Earth's Magnetic Field.
Source: "36 facts about Dogs" -

Something interesting to know about sesame seeds:
75% of all sesame seeds grown in Mexico end up on McDonald's hamburger buns.

Something about commuting:
If your morning commute to work is 20 minutes or less, it's below the national average. New Yorkers have some of the longest commutes, averaging 40 minutes.

About African termites:
African termites actually cultivate a species of fungus, Termitomyces.

About Penicillin:
Penicillin is made growing the appropriate species of mold on nutrients; the active compound is then extracted from the culture fluid and purified.

Here's something interesting to know about why oil is deadly for birds!
When oil comes in contact with the feathers of birds it removes the water proofing from them.
This leaves them quite vulnerable and exposed to sure death.

About White chocolate:
So-called white chocolate isn't chocolate in the technical sense — it is comprised of cocoa butter, sugar, and milk, but no actual chocolate.

An interesting tip about carousels:
As a rule, European carousels rotate clockwise, while American merry-go-rounds spin counterclockwise.

About gum:
Despite your mother's dire warnings, chewing gum doesn't stay in your stomach for years if you swallow it. It gets digested and disposed of just as quickly as anything else you consume.

You can follow Author Donna Jodhan on Twitter @author_jodhan or @accessibleworld
Or chat with her on Skype @habsfan0526.
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With very best wishes for an awesome month of August,
Donna J. Jodhan AKA Detective DJ