The "Public Eye"

Noun. public 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, November 1, 2016 - Issue 38

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.

Check out her weekly podcast Take Another 5; a bit of this and a bit of that ranging from recipes to technology, mystery moment to in the end zone with the entrepreneur, and scam alerts to building awareness on bullying. Available for download from and from iTunes.

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

From the Apple newsletter

1. Amedia NaviRec (iOS, Free)

NaviRec is a guidance recording app for the visually impaired. The app is a combination of a voice recorder and GPS device.

It is capable to record audio and its locations during an entire travel and recreate its experience subsequently, helping the visually impaired to travel confidently.

NaviRec has three modes: Record Mode, Replay Mode and Guidance Mode. Record Mode and Replay Mode work just like a normal voice recorder. It records and replays the audio recorded during a guidance. When traveling, use Guidance Mode. It replays the recorded audio clip based on its location, helping the user to remember the guidance and navigate towards the destination.

Current Version: 1.0 (September 15, 2016)

Read Amedia NaviRec’s AppleVis iOS App Directory entry for more information

Visit Amedia NaviRec’s page on the App Store

2. Google Allo — smart messaging (iOS, Free)

Introducing Google Allo, a smart messaging app that helps you say more and do more. Express yourself better with stickers, Smart Reply, and HUGE emojis & text. Allo brings you the Google Assistant.

Smart Reply: Respond to messages without typing a single word. Smart Reply learns over time and suggests responses to text and photos, in your style.

Stickers: Say it all with the perfect sticker. Stickers in Google Allo are designed by independent artists and studios from around the world.

SHOUT or whisper: No more typing in ALL CAPS to get your point across. Say it louder or quieter by changing the size of your text with a quick swipe.

Meet your personal Google Assistant: Google Allo brings you the Google assistant. Find restaurants nearby, share videos to watch, and get answers, right in your conversation with friends. Add @google to your group conversation or chat one-on-one with your Assistant. It’s your own personal Google, always ready to help.

Incognito mode: Send messages with end-to-end encryption, use private notifications to help keep your chats more discreet, and control how long your messages stick around with expiring chats.

Current Version: 1.2 (September 22, 2016)

Read Google Allo’s AppleVis iOS App Directory entry for more information

Visit Google Allo’s page on the App Store

3. Millionaire Quiz Free! (iOS, Free)

The most popular game of general knowledge is now available for iOS.

Download the game, have fun, learn and show what you got!

  • A quiz game to have fun and learn with the whole family. Don’t miss it!
  • An addictive and fun quizup with questions updated to play at any time.
  • More than 20,000 questions to test your knowledge and general culture.
  • This trivia game is available in 6 languages: English, French, German, Spanish, Italian and Portuguese.
  • The perfect hobby to show that you still have a lot to learn!
  • A game of questions and answers for lovers of trivia.
  • Millionaire is a dynamic game to speed up your thinking and help you to be faster and faster.
  • Share in social networks (Facebook and Twitter) your achievements and show your friends you're the best!

Current Version: 4.0.3 (August 1, 2016)

Read Millionaire Quiz’s AppleVis iOS App Directory entry for more information

Visit Millionaire Quiz’s page on the App Store!/id723491117?mt=8&uo=8&at=11l4LS

4. Mutter - IRC Client (iOS, Free)

Mutter is a free an easy-to-use IRC client optimised for the iPhone and iPad. It allows you to connect to thousands of IRC networks all over the world, and chat to people about any topic you can think of.


  • Multiple servers with network presets
  • Auto-completion for nicknames and commands
  • Dark mode variant of the user interface
  • Touch ID and passcode protected access
  • Compatible with mIRC colours and formatting
  • Shows images inline
  • Built in commands with support for user-defined aliases
  • Notification overlay with tappable actions (e.g. connect, join channel, etc)
  • Highlight on specific keywords or phrases
  • Swipe gestures to easily traverse networks and chats
  • Ignore users (someone getting on your nerves?)
  • Manage channel modes and properties
  • Send Photo from Photo Library or Camera
  • iCloud synchronisation of settings
  • Execute commands on connection
  • Supports ZNC 1.6 or later
  • Supports Push Notifications via Mutter Push ZNC module
  • Simple Authentication and Security Layer (SASL)
  • Lag indicator and auto reconnect
  • German localisation
  • IRCv3 compliant

Current Version: 1.6.5 (September 27, 2016)

Read Mutter’s AppleVis iOS App Directory entry for more information

Visit Mutter’s page on the App Store

5. overTHERE (iOS, Free)

overTHERE is a unique accessibility app that helps blind individuals explore and interact with the surrounding environment by using virtual audible signs. overTHERE uses a unique line-of-sight algorithm that lets you point the phone in your hand in any direction to hear the nearest Places as Virtual Talking Signs. When pointing straight at a virtual sign the speech is loud and clear, but as you point away from it, the speech starts to get staticky, so you have quick audio feedback about the exact location of the virtual talking sign.

Holding the phone horizontally lets you explore your surroundings using the virtual talking signs interface, but when the phone is held vertically you can use the screen or VoiceOver to review the list of signs around you. By selecting a sign from the list you can access details about a location such as its address, phone number, or web site.

overTHERE even lets you create your own virtual talking signs, so you can mark special locations that might otherwise be difficult to find again.

Current Version: 1.2 (September 25, 2016)

Read overTHERE’s AppleVis iOS App Directory entry for more information

Visit overTHERE’s page on the App Store

6. Sero (formerly iBlink Radio) (Apple TV, Free)

The Sero application, formerly known as iBlink Radio, is the world's first application for the visually impaired for the iPhone, iPod touch, Apple TV, and iPad! Radio stations, podcasts and reading services of special interest to blind and visually impaired persons; as well as their friends, family, caregivers and those wanting to know what life is like without eyesight.

All stations under Community Radio are owned and/or operated by persons with limited or no eye sight. Genres include oldies, 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s, alternative, classic Rock, Old Time Radio and more.

Read Sero’s AppleVis iOS App Directory entry for more information

7. World Documentary (iOS, Free)

World Documentary - collection of famous, awakening & mind-boggling documentaries from all over the globe. Categorized in clear n simple manner for an easy use. Get enlightened with past and have thrilling vision about future with this vast collection documentaries.

  • Documentaries are streamed free of cost
  • Watch on iPhone or iPad or Apple TV (using AirPlay)
  • No login or account creation is required
  • Clearly categorized documentaries n easy to navigate
  • Regular updates on videos n categories
  • Easy to share on Facebook or Tweet or Email the videos links

WD is a mashup created on YouTube to filter full length documentaries, this app serves as a catalogue of all documentaries available to watch instantly(of course free of cost). Documentaries are added on availability basis.

Current Version: 1.3 (January 20, 2015)

Read World Documentary’s AppleVis iOS App Directory entry for more information

Visit World Documentary’s page on the App Store

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

From the Flying Blind newsletter

  1. First, a well-organized list of SIRI commands:
  2. 101 Google Now Voice Commands:

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 "Crime in the Casino" and here is a brief description.

High profile investigator Andrew Peatson has been killed at a very popular casino.
The murderer has managed to do the crime right under the noses of everyone before slipping away.
The murder was committed in a very unusual way!
Who could the killer be?
Someone who wanted to settle accounts? Someone jealous of Andrew?
Could it have been a hired killer?

Who did it?
Was it Carter Oakley?
Andrew had caught his son in a huge fraud ring at law school
Was it Stephen McKenzie?
He had lost his license to practice because of Andrew
Was it Jay Briden?
Because of a possible plot to take Andrew's lucrative business away from him.

This mystery is steeped in speculation and investigator Andrew has made several enemies due in part to his work as an investigator and also his successful business.
He has uncovered things which others would like to see hidden forever.
Andrew's murder has been committed right under the noses of everyone and now the murderer must be found.

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 perspectives from Donna Jodhan through her editorials plus more then 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
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:

It's time for author Donna Jodhan to start telling you about her infamous 12 Days of Christmas box set and for you to start thinking of purchasing this wonderful work of audios for the holiday season.

Author Donna's 12 Days of Christmas box set is made up of stories that truly appeal to happy ever after endings. They are all filled with not just mystery but hope, joy, drama, suspense, and above all! True holiday meaning! These are must listen for the entire family!

To hear a free sample of this you can go to Donna's online store and download Santa's super secret!

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

About avocados:
One of the best ways to get them to ripe nicely is to put them in a brown bag and then put them in a drawer in your fridge. Give it a try.

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.

Some history on the celery stick:
The celery stick garnish became a staple of the Bloody Mary only after an impatient patron at Chicago's Pump Room couldn't wait for his server to bring him a swizzle stick. He took matters into his own hands and snatched a celery stalk from a nearby relish tray.

About alcohol:
Did you know that alcohol can stay for up to 12 hours in your blood stream?

About cats:
Some cats are allergic to us humans!

About birds:
Studies in space have shown that birds cannot survive in weightless environments since they require gravity in order to swallow food.

About lobsters:
It is better to steam lobsters rather than boil them and why?
Because you keep more of the nutrients when they are steamed.
Before removing the rubber bands from their claws, cross their claws so that when you remove the rubber bands they cannot bite you.

Guess what?
According to the experts, August is one of the most popular months for babies to be born.

Here is something important to know if/when your Apple i device stops working:
Before you go off tinkering with it, it is best to take it to your nearest Apple store.
If you tinker with it before doing so, chances are that Apple won't even touch it let alone give you a refund.

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 extra ordinary month of November,
Donna J. Jodhan AKA Detective DJ