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, January 3, 2017 - Issue 40

An Author Donna Jodhan Publication
http://www.donnajodhan.com/

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 http://www.donnajodhan.com 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 http://www.takeanother5.com 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.

Enjoy!

Tips reproduced from "The AppleVis Editorial Team" <newsletter@applevis.com> and from Flying Blind, LLC Publication
http://www.flying-blind.com/

From the Apple newsletter

1. Blind Legend (Mac, US$4.99)

Blind Legend is the first-ever action-adventure game without video – where ears replace eyes! Discover the original, innovative sensory experience of binaural 3D sound.

HEADPHONES ARE COMPULSORY! AUDIO GAME FULLY ACCESSIBLE TO BLIND AND VISUALLY IMPAIRED PEOPLE

Your eyes will be of no help. So close them, sharpen your hearing and your blade... And embark on an epic, perilous rite of passage. Live the adventures of Edward Blake, the famous blind knight! Guided by your daughter Louise, you must find your way and avoid the many traps that lie in the High Castle Kingdom, while confronting dangerous enemies! This serious game is fully accessible to visually impaired people, and is aimed at anyone who’s eager for an original, immersive sensory experience through a ground-breaking video game.

And because the player is the character, it will help raise public awareness of this kind of disability. This hack-and-slash game, with a heroic-fantasy flavour, harnesses the innovative technology of binaural sound, which delivers a gripping 3D soundscape and brings characters and actions vividly to life around the player – as if they were actually in the game! A Blind Legend was co-created thanks to support from a community of fans who helped with the crowdfunding campaign (www.ulule.com/a-blind-legend) and in a co-production with France Culture, a Radio France station.

Read A Blind Legend's AppleVis iOS App Directory entry for more information
http://www.applevis.com/apps/mac/games/blind-legend

Visit A Blind Legend's page on the Steam website
http://store.steampowered.com/app/437530/

2. Blind Gladiator (iOS, US$14.99)

Become a gladiator, fight numerous opponents, get the public's favor with your deeds proving your value and conquer your freedom!

Welcome to Blind Gladiator, warrior! Are you ready to prove your strength and become the best gladiator of all time? Take on the best warriors that the Roman Empire has to offer, from every corner of the world! Choose your weapon and fight to the death! Can you win your freedom back?

  • Choose your favorite class and prepare to fight numerous enemies. Defeat champions from all cities to win your freedom in the arena of Rome before the Emperor! Visit specialized locksmiths to buy new, sensational equipment and become stronger and stronger! Meanwhile, recover from your wounds at the inn in between fights.
  • 5 tournaments
  • more than 40 sets of equipment
  • individual duels and much more await you on Blind Gladiator.

Current Version: 1.0 (November 25, 2016)

Read Blind Gladiator's AppleVis iOS App Directory entry for more information
http://www.applevis.com/apps/ios/games/blind-gladiator

Visit Blind Gladiator's page on the App Store
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/blind-gladiator/id1148929588?mt=8&uo=8&at=11l4LS

3. Braigo Companion (iOS, Free)

Ever wanted someone to read the text within an image for you? Start using “Braigo - Accessibility Companion” which is an easy-to-use app that reads the text from an image and narrates in the form of an audio. Yes, you heard it right! It is a translator to translate images or documents to textual audio using the accessibility features on your iOS devices.

“Braigo - Accessibility Companion” app is committed to making your life easy and hence, we are making technology accessible through design for all. As a community, we are working towards making our society inclusive. The image file or document in the Braigo App can be uploaded in multiple ways. In case of an image file, you will get the description of the visual elements as well. You can either upload an image using the camera of your iPhone or iPad or the gallery option.

Still thinking of situations when the Braigo app can be useful for you? Yes, it can be useful for visually impaired. Here are some other situations:

  • You are at a restaurant and the food menu is a readable printed copy. With the upload via camera option on the Braigo app, you can take the picture of the menu, extract the text and read out the same to you to help you decide the menu.
  • Your friend shares a picture on their social media timeline. You can use the Braigo app to extract the textual description of the image and find out what the image is about.
  • Braigo app can be useful for visually impaired to understand road signs and messages. They can also use it to read newspaper or other documents.

The Braigo app is also building a community where users can upload their documents and make it public so that other community members can access the same. In the same way, you can browse through documents shared by other community members.

Current Version: 1.3 (November 10, 2016)

Read Braigo Companion's AppleVis iOS App Directory entry for more information
http://www.applevis.com/apps/ios/utilities/braigo-companion

Visit Braigo Companion's page on the App Store
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/braigo-companion/id1143409603?mt=8&uo=8&at=11l4LS

4. Earplay (iOS, Free)

With Earplay, you can enjoy interactive audio stories you play with your voice, featuring voice acting and sound effects like in a radio drama. Experience this exciting new storytelling medium where you become part of the story, interacting with characters to affect how the events unfold.

More is on the way, and for right now we have four short experiences for you to try out for free: our Earplay Demo, Half, The Orpheus Device, and the Prologue chapter of Codename Cygnus. Email us at hello@ear-play.com to tell us what you think and let us know what you'd like to hear next.

  • EARPLAY DEMO
  • THE ORPHEUS DEVICE
  • HALF: A TWO-SIDED SURREALIST ADVENTURE
  • CODENAME CYGNUS REACTIVATED

Current Version: 1.0 (November 16, 2016)

Read Earplay's AppleVis iOS App Directory entry for more information
http://www.applevis.com/apps/ios/games/earplay

Visit Earplay's page on the App Store
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/earplay/id1059204292?mt=8&uo=8&at=11l4LS

5. iDentifi- Object Recognition for Visually Impaired (iOS, Free)

iDentifi is an app that empowers visually impaired individuals to gain more independence in daily tasks like grocery shopping, self-navigating in indoor environments, and reading. It uses artificial intelligence to enable a visually impaired user to click a photo of virtually any object or piece of text, and then speaks aloud a description of the object in an image or dictate any text in the image to the user. Furthermore, all of the app's functionality works in more than 25 languages. Finally, the app features an interface designed with visually impaired users in mind, while also giving users the option to choose from three different modes of object/text recognition as well as how fast they want the app to speak.

Current Version: 1.2.1 (October 17, 2016)

Read iDentifi's AppleVis iOS App Directory entry for more information
http://www.applevis.com/apps/ios/utilities/identifi-object-recognition-visually-impaired

Visit iDentifi's page on the App Store
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/identifi-object-recognition/id1135223189?mt=8&uo=8&at=11l4LS

6. Lifeline: Flatline (iOS, US$2.99)

The Lifeline series takes a terrifying turn in this interactive horror experience. Every decision you make could help Wynn to safety, or lead her to an untimely end.

Something has gone horribly wrong... Venture deep into a mysterious scientific facility, where a woman named Wynn has just woken up strapped to a hospital bed. She doesn't remember what happened to her - all she knows right now is that she has to get out of this place. And her only link to the outside world... is YOU!

Help Wynn navigate creepy darkened hallways as the shrieks of something inhuman get closer... In this thrilling interactive horror experience, your choices shape the story and ultimately decide Wynn's fate!

Current Version: 1.0.2 (November 4, 2016)

Read Lifeline: Flatline's AppleVis iOS App Directory entry for more information
http://www.applevis.com/apps/ios/games/lifeline-flatline

Visit Lifeline: Flatline's page on the App Store
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/lifeline-flatline/id1148119410?mt=8&uo=8&at=11l4LS

7. Timeglass Timer - Countdown & Interval Timers (iOS, Free With In-App Purchases)

Timeglass has everything you need to time exercise, cooking, and your daily routines. Timeglass gives you:

  • Many timers, side by side - Create reusable timers and run them side by side. Maybe you want to do a workout while timing a roast in the oven. No problem! Timeglass has you covered.
  • Multi-stepped timers - Timers can have multiple steps, where each step has its own duration. This is great for workout routines and cooking.
  • Spoken timers - Want to know what's up next without looking at your phone? Timeglass will talk you through your stepped timers so you can stay focused on whatever you're doing.
  • Timer widget - Start and view your timers from any widget screen, or from 3D Touching the app icon on iOS 10. You can even use this to see your timers while your phone is locked.
  • Pre-built timers - A library of forty timers to choose from, covering fitness, home & lifestyle, productivity, relaxation, and cooking.
  • Lots more awesome stuff - Like stopwatches, repeating alerts, beautiful tones & icons for your timers, plus five themes to choose from.

Current Version: 1.1.3 (October 23, 2016)

Read Timeglass Timer's AppleVis iOS App Directory entry for more information
http://www.applevis.com/apps/ios/utilities/timeglass-timer-countdown-interval-timers

Visit Timeglass Timer's page on the App Store
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/timeglass-timer-countdown/id1138584627?mt=8&uo=8&at=11l4LS

8. Weather Gods (iOS, US$3.99)

Meet the Gods: Fire, Ice, Water, Air & Moon delivering you the Weather as you have never experienced it before. Weather Gods redefines the weather app with painstakingly crafted data visualisations, procedural graphics and audio that enable you to literally see, hear and feel the weather. With no more weather icons to decode, the Weather Gods is simply the quickest, most engaging, most enjoyable way to get the accurate weather information you need.

The Weather Gods skilfully integrates premium weather data into an elegant, iOS Exclusive, easy-to-use interface that will delight casual users and weather enthusiasts alike.

With a wealth of rich weather data from the world’s most respected providers, the Weather Gods provide detailed site-based forecasts for over a million locations worldwide. Our advanced, next-generation notifications are easy to setup and bring you exactly the information you want right when you need it.

With 24 hour charts, observed weather, built in moon phase, widget, world clock and much, much more, the Weather Gods is a powerful personal time machine that lets you travel the world and visit the future. Please come join us on this exciting journey as we begin our mission to bring you the finest, most practical, most enjoyable weather app experience ever. We can't wait to hear what you think!

Current Version: 1.0.2 (November 22, 2016)

Read Weather Gods' AppleVis iOS App Directory entry for more information
http://www.applevis.com/apps/ios/weather/weather-gods

Visit Weather Gods' page on the App Store
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/weather-gods/id1041512978?l=en&mt=8&uo=8&at=11l4LS

9. Zombie Exodus: Safe Haven (iOS, Free)

Zombies rise again at the dawn of Apocalypse! In this companion to the smash-hit "Zombie Exodus," can you survive the first few days of the zombie outbreak as the dead rise, society collapses, and the living struggle to survive?

“Zombie Exodus: Safe Haven" is the first part of a series of thrilling interactive survival-horror novel by Jim Dattilo, where your choices control the story. It's entirely text-based--without animation or sound effects--and fueled by the vast, unstoppable power of your imagination.

Customize a character using a variety of professions, backgrounds, special challenges, and skills to survive in a brutal and chaotic city as the Zeta virus spreads. Will you be an honorable soldier, searching through neighborhoods to aid survivors? Or will you be a ruthless bandit who loots and robs others for needed supplies? How about a paranoid hacker, psychopathic con artist, pragmatic scientist, or idealistic teenager? Dozens of options allow you to play the character of your choice.

Set in the "Zombie Exodus" world, the first part of "Safe Haven" focuses on the first few days of a viral outbreak which changes the infected into mindless zombies. Explore the changes to society at the start of the pandemic. Board your house, gather supplies, meet over a dozen other characters, and survive encounters with the living dead and even other survivors. Scavenge numerous locations, craft items, and use a variety of skills to survive the many challenges of the apocalypse.

Current Version: 1.0.0 (October 28, 2016)

Read Zombie Exodus' AppleVis iOS App Directory entry for more information
http://www.applevis.com/apps/ios/games/zombie-exodus-safe-haven

Visit Zombie Exodus' page on the App Store
https://itunes.apple.com/za/app/zombie-exodus-safe-haven/id1162838852?mt=8&uo=8&at=11l4LS

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


From the Flying Blind newsletter
http://www.flying-blind.com

  1. Two new iOS Apps aim to solve different accessibility problems. 'City Lights' is a free iPhone App which will vibrate three times while someone is walking when they near an intersection with a traffic light. The app currently works in San Francisco, Oakland, Chula Vista, Boston, Manchester, Montreal, Victoria and Athens, and other cities are being added regularly. An Android version is also being explored:
    http://www.blindbargains.com/redirect.php?r=16236
  2. Here we have a thorough Review of the 2016 MacBook Pro with Touch Bar:
    http://www.applevis.com/blog/opinion-reviews/review-2016-macbook-pro-touch-bar
  3. Earlier in 2016, we told you about a survey designed to quantify the effect of inaccessible shopping sites. The results have been published now, with separate tallies for UK and overseas responders:
    http://www.clickawaypound.com
  4. WikipediaAudio is a website that lets you search for Wikipedia articles and then reads them out loud. It may require a Chrome browser::
    http://wikipediaaudio.com/

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 "Train sets for Tristan" and here is a brief description.

No one really knew how it happened or quite when it did!
One minute, the little boy was standing in front of a train set in the store playing with it and in a split second he was gone!
The problem is that all of his buddies were all dressed alike and examining similar train sets.
At first and second glance, they even all looked alike in many ways.
Who could have wanted to take young Tristan Drinkwater and why?

Was it Rick Drinkwater?
He had sued for sole custody of the young boy and he would have done anything to get his kids.
Was it Daniel Pommerand?
He had wanted to make a statement about wanting Tristan on his team.

This mystery is an enthralling story that involves conflict on the part of different persons. A father, a coach, and even the young boy himself.

When you think that you have figured it all out then no! This mystery has a very unexpected ending and is a must read.

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 http://www.donnajodhan.com/store.html 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
http://www.donnajodhan.blogspot.com

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:
http://www.sterlingcreations.ca/askanexpert.html

If you would like to learn more about perspectives from Donna Jodhan through her editorials plus more then please visit
http://www.sterlingcreations.ca/blog

To read more about what Donna does through the activities of her company please visit
http://www.sterlingcreations.ca/newsletter.html

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.
http://www.sterlingcreations.com/businessdesk.htm


Section: A news flash from Author Donna Jodhan:

Coming very soon! Author Donna Jodhan’s podcast "Take Another 5" is going to have something new and exciting for you! Thanks to feedback from our listeners she is planning a really exciting change and you need to stay tuned!


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

Here's something very interesting about beans!
They are filled with lots of fiber and protein.

About Jade?
Jade comes in a variety of colors; different shades of green, white, black, pink, and purple.
Jade is a very hardy stone.
You can tell the authenticity of jade through its cold feel.
Jade almost always feels cold to the touch.

About our body?
It is made up of 60 percent of water and we cannot go for more than three days without having water.

Some interesting info for you:
The depressed area of skin under your nose and above your upper lip is called your philtrum.

About sparkling wine:
Only sparkling white wine that comes from the Champagne region of France, in the northeastern part of the country, can be called champagne. And that’s not a suggestion: in Europe, it’s the law. In fact, France's ownership of the word was actually reaffirmed in 1919’s Treaty of Versailles. But here’s the loophole: Because the United States never ratified the Treaty of Versailles, it became perfectly legal to call American sparkling wine “champagne.”

Some info on fresh water sharks:
Lake Nicaragua is the only spot on Earth where freshwater sharks swim in their native habitat.

About those very important queen bees:
They can live up to five years if fed on Royal Jelly.

About Fingerling potatoes:
Yes, they do exist and they are as large as your finger hence the name.
They come in the colors of red and white.

About kid gloves?
Kid gloves get their name because they're made from the hides of young goats.

About coffee beans:
After coffee beans are decaffeinated, coffee manufacturers sell the caffeine to soft drink makers and pharmaceutical companies.


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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