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, February 7, 2017 - Issue 41

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. Blindfold Oppoly (iOS, Free With In-App Purchases)

Blindfold Oppoly is a fully accessible board game inspired by the game Monopoly.

The playing board has 40 spots consisting of land properties, railroads, luck cards and other spots. You spin the dice, and move your token to the spot, where you may buy the property or pay rent.

You can play with up to 3 computer opponents, and you can adjust their playing strategy and skill level. You can play either a full game, or a short game, and you can modify several of the rules of the game for more variety. Some of those features require in-app upgrades.

The game comes with coins for playing a bunch of games; you can purchase more coins with an in-app upgrade.

Current Version: 1.4.6 (December 22, 2016)

Read Blindfold Oppoly's AppleVis iOS App Directory entry for more information

Visit Blindfold Oppoly's App Store page

2. Blindfold Trivia Match (iOS, Free With In-App Purchases)

Blindfold Trivia Match is a fully accessible trivia game inspired by the TV Game Show "Jeopardy".

The game board is laid out as 6 columns of categories, with each column containing 5 clues. You first pick the clue you want, and guess for the correct answer. If your answer is correct, you win the amount of money for that clue. If your answer is wrong, you lose that amount of money.

Blindfold Trivia Match comes with coins to play for free, and then you can purchase packs of trivia questions to continue playing.

Current Version: 1.4.1 (December 12, 2016)

Read Blindfold Trivia Match’s AppleVis iOS App Directory entry for more information

Visit Blindfold Trivia Match’s page on the App Store

3. Fruitpot: Fantastic Free Fruit Machine (iOS, Free With In-App Purchases)

Forget slot machines, don't waste your money!

FruitPot adds the best features of fruit machines and puzzle games, resulting in the funniest game ever!

FruitPot has all strategy and fun of fruit machine games combined with original challenges and increasing levels of difficulty. With bonus games, prizes, and games of chance you’ll want to play for hours.

  • No real money is involved, play just for fun!
  • Test your skills on the highly entertaining fruit machine with its classic ‘nudge’, ‘hold’ and ‘bet’ buttons.
  • Fill the FruitPot, win the jackpot and watch your fortune grow.
  • Spend the chips you’ve earned on products in the stores.
  • Collect new symbols to add to the reels of the fruit machine, for bigger prizes and more difficult challenges.
  • NEW: Enjoy for free, now also on your Apple Watch!

Current Version: 1.40 (December 20, 2016)

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

Visit Fruitpot’s page on the App Store

4. Lifeline: Halfway to Infinity (iOS, US$2.99)

Taylor's journey continues! Deep in the isolated vacuum of space, trapped in orbit around a strange black hole, our intrepid astronaut must once again reach out for a lifeline - YOU! Inside the spaceship Veridian, Taylor thought it was time for some hard-earned quiet solitude and a little RR, but a very unexpected guest has other plans…

The story unfolds in real-time, and every decision you make shapes the course of the story. Taylor's life, the fate of humanity, and time itself are in your hands. No pressure!

Your decisions could change the course of humanity... and possibly time itself!

Current Version: 1.0 (December 14, 2016)

Read Lifeline: Halfway to Infinity's AppleVis iOS App Directory entry for more information

Visit Lifeline: Halfway to Infinity's page on the App Store

5. My Baby Sim 2 (iOS, Free With In-App Purchases)

Welcome to the virtual baby’s world!

My Baby Sim 2 is an incredible sequel to the best baby-care simulator of all times – MyBabySim.

Have a longer and more interactive game with new levels of the must-play app for everybody who wants to plunge into the exciting parenting adventure.

Season 2 has brought some significant changes to the gameplay. Now you can grow your baby up to seven months and enjoy all the benefits of a grown up baby’s behavior and development.

Current Version: 1.0 (December 15, 2016)

Read My Baby Sim 2's AppleVis iOS App Directory entry for more information

Visit My Baby Sim 2's App Store page

6. Personal Capital Budgeting & Investing (iOS, Free)

Personal Capital is the smart way to track and manage your financial life.

We combine award-winning online financial tools that provide unprecedented transparency into your finances with personal attention from licensed financial planners. The result is a complete transformation in the way you understand, manage and grow your net worth.

Our unique combination of people and technology makes Personal Capital the smart choice because you can see all of your accounts in one place. Our dashboard provides real-time data that uncovers trends and accurately reflects your cash flow. And as fiduciaries, our advisors are legally bound to act in your best interest so we will never put our personal financial gain above yours. Let Personal Capital help ensure that you’re always moving towards your financial goals – at significantly less cost than traditional financial advisors, and with no hidden fees.

Current Version: 5.8.2 (October 31, 2016)

Read Personal Capital's AppleVis iOS App Directory entry for more information

Visit Personal Capital's App Store page

7. Reader - Accessible Graphics for Visually Impaired (iOS, Free With In-App Purchases)

The Reader app makes graphics accessible to users who are blind or have a vision impairment.

This app is the result of a research project and was testing over several years with users who have vision impairments. The goal of the app is to give blind users access to graphics and let them gain a sense of how objects are spatially placed within the graphics.

Within the app you can purchase a subscription to the Raised Pixels online repository of accessible graphics Raised Pixels contains a growing collection of graphics specifically created for vision impaired users. You can browse accessible graphics such as maps, diagrams, infographics. mathematical graphs and more.

The Raised Pixels database of graphics is continuously updated and we do welcome requests from for new graphics from our users.

How does the app work?

  1. Browse our online collection of graphics.
  2. Select the graphic you want to read.
  3. Touch the screen and get both speech and sound feedback based on the graphic objects underneath your fingers.

Current Version: 1.1.2 (June 26, 2016)

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

Visit Reader's page on the App Store

Notable App Updates

1. Capti Voice Narrator (iOS, Free With In-App Purchases)

Listen to everything you want to read on the go and at your leisure!

You can listen to any content from Safari, Chrome, GoogleDrive, Dropbox, Bookshare, or Gutenberg. Whether you are a student, a language learner, a commuter, a busy professional, a retiree, or a person with dyslexia or other print disabilities, Capti will improve your productivity and make your reading more enjoyable. Synchronize your Playlist and switch seamlessly between your devices.

Current Version: 2.5 (December 11, 2016)

Changes in Version 2.5

With this major update, you can now:

  • Add photos and images to Playlist (OCR is available to organizations only)
  • Export your annotations from the tracks
  • Change speech rate directly in Playlist
  • Navigate text by bookmarks and time intervals
  • Hear earcons when Capti cannot navigate

Read Capti Voice Narrator's AppleVis iOS App Directory entry for more information

Visit Capti Voice Narrator's page on the App Store

2. Digit-Eyes (iOS, US$9.99)

Best. Barcode. Reader. Ever! Scan UPC / EAN codes and hear the names of over 37 million products! Make your own QR code labels on the Digit-Eyes website and print them on inexpensive address labels. These barcoded labels may contain text that VoiceOver reads aloud or they can be used to record audio on your iPhone or iPad that is played back whenever the bar code is scanned.

Blind? Dyslexic? Having problems reading? Digit-Eyes is for you! With Digit-Eyes, you can:

  • Record your own labels. Visit the Digit-Eyes web site to print specially coded quick-response (QR) digital code labels, apply one to your calendar or a box of leftovers, scan, and record a message. To listen to the recording, just rescan the label. This is how Nancy keeps track of her appointments; how Jeanette labels her canning and how Randy keeps the fridge clean.
  • Make text-based labels. Visit the Digit-Eyes web site to type up to 250 characters per label, print the specially coded quick-response (QR) barcodes on address labels on your local printer and apply them to your file folders or CDs. To listen to the text, scan it with the Digit-Eyes application on any iPhone or iPad. This is how Will’s secretary labels his folders and how Ana snoops through her friends’ CD collection.
  • Buy pre-printed washable labels. Sew them into your clothing and record whatever you want to about the garment: color, fabric care or what it should be worn with. Even when the labels have been washed, bleached, sent through the dryer or dry-cleaned, you’ll still be able to scan them with the Digit-Eyes app on your iPhone or iPad and hear what you recorded about the garment. This is how Davey makes sure he is wearing matching clothing and how Elizabeth can easily sort the laundry.
  • Use the manufacturer's product code to find out what the item is. Digit-Eyes includes a feature that enables you to identify many groceries, CDs, and other consumer goods by scanning the UPC and EAN codes on the products. Just point the camera of your iPhone, Pad or iPod Touch 5g at a package label, scan the code, and wait for Digit-Eyes to call our database and tell you what the item is. This is how Deborah picks out her yarn, how Kevin finds the beef stew, and how both get ready to record their audio labels.
  • Read standard inventory tags in code 39 or code 128 format. This is how Michael knows which printer is which at work and how Ben does the shelf stocking in his store.
  • Print labels directly from your iPhone on your Bluetooth-connected printer.
  • Create and read QR vCard format business card information and add the content to your contacts. This is how Digital Miracles gets information from customers at conferences and how we share our own contact information.
  • Create lists of code that you've scanned; edit them, type additional information and share them with others. This is how Robbie notes what items are getting used up and tells Gary what to buy at the store.
  • Use Digit-Eyes with any blue-tooth connected laser scanner, integrated as a single unit. This is how John is able to work at a grocery store reading the shelf tags to find where to stock the product.

Current Version: 2.3 (November 30, 2016)

Changes in Version 2.3

  • Support for iOS 10

Read Digit-Eyes’ AppleVis iOS App Directory entry for more information

Visit Digit-Eyes’ page on the App Store

3. Nearby Explorer (iOS, US$79.99)

Nearby Explorer is a full featured GPS app designed for use by people who are blind. Instead of just providing directions, it describes the environment in ways comparable to reading signage or observing road characteristics.

It uses onboard maps, so a data connection is not required, but if you have one, Nearby Explorer supplements the on board map data with crowd collected locations from Foursquare or Google Places. It includes complete maps for the United States and Canada which contain millions of points of interest.

The onboard maps are over 4GB in size, so be sure the device you plan to use has enough available space before purchasing.

Nearby Explorer works with any device running iOS version 9 or later, but if the device does not contain its own GPS receiver, like most iPads and iPods, you must use an external GPS receiver. All iPhones contain GPS receivers.

Nearby Explorer works by letting you select from several different location related options about what to announce as you move. These include both typical items like street name and address and specialized options like approaching streets, intersection configurations, and nearby places and the distance and direction to them. (All announcements are optional.) All of this information is shown on the home screen and is available at any time, but typical use is to adjust the level of announcements, then lock the screen and put the device away. This keeps both hands free and let's your preferred voice speak the characteristics of the environment as you move.

You may also use the devices position and orientation to obtain additional targeted details such as pointing the end of the device to scan for businesses, even in a moving vehicle, or tilting it vertically to function as a compass, including a listing of streets in the indicated direction.

This all works with the device locked, so one need not fuss with the touch screen while moving. You may even mark a point, then use the position of the device to get haptic feedback about that point's location.

Nearby Explorer includes a transit feature that provides detailed mass transit schedules for over 60 metropolitan areas in the U. S. and Canada. It treats transit stops just like favorites and points of interest by announcing their name and relative position as you move, but in addition, transit stops add next vehicle stop time, direction of travel, and route name to the announcements. You can use the transit schedules to look up times or even follow a route.

You may virtually move to any area in the U.S. or Canada and explore the road network, search, or use the transit maps for that area.

Current Version: 1.03.00 (December 21, 2016)

Changes in Version 1.03.00

  • Adds the Shake To Repeat feature. Shake the phone when at the Home screen, even when locked, to repeat the last nearby information. This feature may be turned off in Settings.
  • Adds the Transit Feed Manager to settings to allow one to delete unwanted ransit feeds, and to disable automatic transit feed updating at startup.
  • Adds the Frequent Updates option to the context menu for Approaching Streets. When Frequent Updates are turned off, at most two announcements are given; one after passing through the previous intersection, and another when very close to the next intersection.
  • Reduces the number of Guidance messages given when driving.
  • Clears the search results in the Search View when typing in the search field.
  • Adds the route type, Driving or Pedestrian, to the top of the Directions view.
  • Places the Streets, Search, Favorites, and Transit buttons under the navigation pad when using Virtual Navigation.
  • When saving a favorite on an unknown street, the favorite no longer contains the address, "0 Unknown."
  • When on an unknown street, the street number is now blank instead of 0.
  • Fixes the occasional running together of messages spoken by self voicing.
  • When in Canada, we now use "Province" as the title for the "State" field.
  • Fixes a rare crash that could happen when traveling in an area where search results have been saved as favorites.

Read Nearby Explorer's AppleVis iOS App Directory entry for more information

Visit Nearby Explorer's App Store page

4. NOAA Weather International (iOS, Free With In-App Purchases)

Retrieve real-time 7-day hyperlocal point weather forecasts and current weather conditions for worldwide locations from NOAA NWS and (creators of DarkSky) based on your current location or any location in the world.

Not only are NOAA forecasts the most accurate, they provide unique point forecasts for every square mile which take into consideration all the variables affecting the weather at that point, such as altitude. This is especially useful in locations with highly dynamic weather patterns and is a great tool for being outdoors.

  • View forecast & current conditions for your current location.
  • View forecast & current conditions for any location in the world by map.
  • Save favorite locations to quickly retrieve forecasts for them.
  • Hourly forecast.
  • Animated radar, cloud cover & wind imagery over Google Maps.
  • Map measuring tool to measure distance and elevation.
  • Hazardous weather alerts.
  • Notification Center widget.
  • Optimized for iPad.

Current Version: 1.5.4 (December 27, 2016)

Read NOAA Weather International’s AppleVis iOS App Directory entry for more information

Visit NOAA Weather International's page on the App Store

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From the Flying Blind newsletter

  1. Let's start with more "Best Of" Lists from 2016. Wired says it knows what the best gadgets of the year were: washing-machine-dryer-electrolux-617-series/
  2. I'm not sure how they surveyed this, but here are what are supposedly "The 10 Most Popular Recipes of 2016": collections-favorites/most-popular-recipes
  3. This writer's compilation of "The Best Journalism of 2016" stands to give you hours of poignant reading material:
  4. Narrowing in on the best of last month, the AppleVis team comes through with "What's New and Noteworthy for December 2016":
  5. "How to Stay Safe Online: CNET's Security Checklist" offers a good overview with links in case you want to dig into the different aspects of online security:
  6. As audio described movies and TV programs become more available, the Audio Description Project now offers "direct links from every page to listings of AudioDescription video on TV, DVD, Netflix, iTunes, and at movies":
  7. Learn about "5 Innovative Ways Art is Becoming More Accessible to the Blind Community":

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 Board Room Brawl" and here is a brief description.

No one was surprised to learn later that the board room meeting had turned into a brawl; one for all and all for one so to speak.
Most people however were quite surprised that the event had turned into a crime!
Tensions had been high before the meeting with board members accusing each other of various white collar crimes and misdeeds.
Then someone went just a bit too far in their accusations.
Things quickly got out of hand.
The chairman could not control the resulting events.
An attempted cover-up made matters even worse.
Now it was too late to prevent the police from intervening.

Who could have done it?
Was it Stan Cuttler?
A millionaire with rapidly expanding business empires in the far East?
Was it David Maddison?
A wealthy banker with banking contacts in Europe?
Was it Sheldon Haskins?
A wealthy mogul in lots of financial difficulty?
Or was it Reed Harrison?
In the midst of a multi million dollar divorce?

This as yet unreleased mystery is bound to catch your attention from the word go and hold it until the end. From white collar cover ups that all play out in the board room to a very unexpected ending that no one really expects; this mystery is one of the latest of author Donna's mysteries and will be released in coming months.

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 coming and it will soon be here! Yes! Our Take another 5 podcast will be entering its second season in early March and thanks to some terrific feedback and suggestions we will be centering on bringing you time savers, problem poppers, corner cutters and lots of bargains and offers for you to take advantage of!

Yes! We have listened to your input and we can assure you that the second season of Take Another 5 will help you to rid yourself of those horrific daily headaches and dilemmas! No more sleepless nights and stressful days!

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

For this month, we thought that we would bring you an interesting article. Winter may be more than half way over but you can certainly refer to this article for future reference.

Contributed by Gaston Bedard
Nutrition & Weight Loss Fridge Wisdom

Winter’s Best Superfoods: Boost your health and running performance with these nine types of produce.
By Liz Applegate, Ph.D. Friday, December 11, 2015.

One cup cooked supplies 276 percent of daily vitamin K needs. This may help regulate your body’s vitamin D levels— especially key during the winter, when circulating levels of vitamin D dip. Broccoli also provides phytochemicals called glucosinolates that research shows may ward off cancer.

How to eat it: Add to a chicken or beef stir-fry served over multigrain rice.

Brussels Sprouts:
These mini cabbages supply blood-cholesterol lowering fiber. One cup cooked also provides almost 100 percent of your daily vitamin C need and almost as much vitamin K as broccoli does.

How to eat it: Lightly steaming allows the fiber in Brussels sprouts to go to work regulating cholesterol levels.

Cabbage contains sinigrin, a phytonutrient that may help prevent cancer, while red cabbage offers anthocyanins, potentially helping lower the risk of chronic ailments.

How to eat it: Shred cabbage to health up taco night.

A member of the cruciferous vegetable family, cauliflower contains phytonutrients called indoles, which studies show may lower cancer risk. One cup cooked packs more than 90 percent of your daily vitamin C need. Try purple, orange, or green for a hit of antioxidants.

How to eat it: Steam, then mash, cauliflower for a mashed potato substitute.

Collard Greens:
Collards are high in fiber, calcium (more than 25 per cent of your DV in one cup cooked), magnesium, and potassium. The latter two are minerals crucial for healthy blood pressure. Studies also show that nitrates found in collard greens, spinach, and other “cooking greens” may improve bloodflow to exercising muscles.

How to eat it: Collard greens make for a tasty tortilla or wrap substitute.

It’s loaded with a compound called xeathanthin, which may help prevent age-related loss of vision. One cup cooked supplies more than 1,000 percent of your DV for vitamin K and more than 25 percent of your DV for manganese, which may help protect your body’s cells against aging.

How to eat it: Kale is best cooked by steaming, which helps activate its cholesterol-lowering fiber in your gut.

Red and yellow onions come loaded with a flavonoid called quercetin, which some research shows may combat inflammation resulting from heavy workouts.

How to eat it: Sauté or roast onions to bring out flavor while retaining the quercetin.

Sweet Potatoes:
Rich in carbs, they have a low glycemic index when boiled (not baked), helping keep blood-sugar levels steady. A medium sweet potato also contains about the same runner-friendly potassium as a banana.

How to eat it: Bake and drizzle with honey and cinnamon for a prerun snack.

Winter Squash:
From butternut and acorn to spaghetti and Delicata, squashes include a wealth of potassium and beta-carotene. Winter squashes also supply fiber, vitamin C, and various B vitamins.

How to eat it: Use spaghetti squash just like you would pasta.

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With very best wishes for a fabulous month of February,
Donna J. Jodhan AKA Detective DJ