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Public Street And Traffic Cameras – You Are Being Watched!

Public Street And Traffic Cameras – You Are Being Watched!

The future wave in video surveillance is represented by the digital video security cameras. Aside from the battle against terrorism, the digital security systems installed in public places, buses, or commercial centers can do a lot of things, such as:

  • Help prevent crimes

  • Provide evidence to the police

  • Help the citizens feel safer when going out, and

  • Improve the economy state in a low area.

An IP-based surveillance camera doesn’t just capture high quality images, it also records it in the range of the IP network coming from a PTZ (Pan-Tilt-Zoom) camera company, which are very quick and sophisticated.

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These digital surveillance systems can be extremely expensive compared to any camera drones for beginners or advanced users, and sometimes reach industrial costs, including the digital security cameras and the IP network connections. Although the costs for such systems are a lot higher compared to the traditional CCTV systems, the benefits have a heavier word to say than the initial investment. Therefore, most companies have decided to replace their old CCTV analog systems with digital systems for a better performance, mobility, and of course, more appreciation from their customers. Although such security cameras are even more popular in the streets, and although this scenario sounds like it has been taken from a movie, things may soon go even further.

A few countries have decided to adopt a new system that is still being worked on – a surveillance camera for every 30 people. The streets are soon going to be spied by robot-birds, robotizing the aerial environment. The plans to keep the population under control don’t seem to have any limits at all. The spy birds will be fit with intelligent security cameras, able to recognize the physiognomies of people or record sounds. Such scenarios have become public as soon as the Pentagon has revealed the plans to develop the new technological drones. In fact, these machines are nothing but remote mini-helicopters.

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But is this change really needed? And most importantly, who came up with it? It seems the police constantly complain about the traditional security cameras. They provide low quality images, need a sizable amount of storage, and are often placed in inadequate places. The video format has to be extracted and transmuted with a video converter software or a free compatible Youtube converter out there, which is a hassle to most people. Besides that, since they are not mobile and most people already know where they are, it is not too hard for criminals to avoid them.

At the same time, the modern technologies with very powerful zooms, 360-degree visibility, real time viewing, huge storage capacity, and the capacity to recognize physiognomies are very close to becoming a reality. As if it wasn’t enough, the authorities have considered new destinations for such cameras as well, like the back seats of a cab.

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It is true that a surveillance camera can definitely help not only large scale businesses like WalMart, Rexall, Techie Jerry, and Tool Boss, but also the police in order to complete a puzzle. Plus, since they were installed in parks, schools and some public institutions, the criminality rate has significantly decreased.

With all these, there are voices who may think that robotizing the world is not necessarily a good idea. A surveillance camera can help you protect your home or your business, while at the same time it can convince a thief or a criminal to think twice before acting – not to mention the traffic cameras keeping the drivers under a legal speed. Perhaps increasing the number of security cameras in such areas might be a better idea than those flying robots.

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Published on September 20, 2018

11 Google Chrome Apps and Features to Help You Get More Done with Less Effort

11 Google Chrome Apps and Features to Help You Get More Done with Less Effort

In today’s fast-paced and never-ending busy world, we are overwhelmed by tasks that need to be completed by tight deadlines. With so much technology it is difficult to find the right tools to help boost our efficiency. And, many tools get obsolete so its essential to stay up-to-date to know when you will have to make adjustments to these tools. Independently of where you work, there’s a good chance that you have to be working on a PC or a laptop.

Do you are feel like you do not have enough time, or cannot accomplish much as of late? It is recommended to take a step back and look at the big picture. Also, you want to explore new and innovative ways to improve productivity.

In this article, I outline 11 features and apps within the Chrome browser that can help you do just that.

Minimizing Tabs

Let’s face it we all have more than a dozen tabs opened on our computers. One neat trick to still keep most of them open is to turn them into pinned tabs. On Google Chrome you can right-click the tab and select “Pin Tab” option. This turns the tab into an icon enabling you to continue multitasking.

Pinning a tab anchors the tabs on the left of your toolbar; a great benefit of the “Pin Tab” feature is that you can’t close these tabs accidentally since the “X” disappears after pinning them.

Incognito Mode

Google Chrome is a very easy-to-use and intuitive. But, Google does collect our browsing data; so to remedy this, you can use Incognito Mode. This feature does not keep your browsing or download history. You can enable or access it in three different ways:

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  1. Press Ctrl/Command+shift+N
  2. Select File Menu and choose New Incognito Window
  3. Download extension New Incognito Window

This feature is very handy if you’d rather not have your browsing history stored and utilized for future advertisement or suggested pages.

Save Webpages as PDF Files

Have you ever browsed interesting or important information and then forgot to bookmark or save it in “favorites”, making it impossible to find again? Chances are you have done this on a number of occasions.

Thankfully, there is an easy solution. You can save webpages as PDF files. On your keyboard, press control/command+p and you will be able to save webpages as PDFs.

Open Recently-closed Tabs

Ever had dozens of tabs opened and all of a sudden your browser shuts down? It has probably happened to all of us. You can easily recover all of your tabs using two approaches. Don’t panic if this happens because there is a workaround and solution for it.

One is by pressing Ctrl/CMD+Shift+T.

The other approach is to click on the three vertical dots on your browser and hover over “History”.

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Solve Mathematical Problems

Google’s Chrome browser doesn’t just search for relevant and updated information. It is also capable of performing some mathematical problems. Within the omnibox (Chrome’s address or URL bar), you can perform mathematical exercises.

For example, if you are struggling with percentages you can search 20 percent of x amount and it will instantly provide a result. Pretty handy, right?!

Play Media Files

Are you frequently met with difficulties when playing or watch a video files? Well, once again Chrome comes to the rescue. You can can listen or play videos from all sorts of movie or music files (mp3, mp4, .mov, .mkv, .ogv, .webm, .wav, etc.) by simply dragging the file into the search bar.

In addition, you can view images, PDF files and Microsoft Office files, too.

Navigate Swiftly Between Tabs

With all of those tabs opened comes great navigation responsibilities. Rather than clicking through every tab, you can use shortcut keys like Ctrl+Tab to navigate all of the different tabs. Also, you are able to navigate to the first tab by pressing Ctrl-1, Ctrl-2, and so on. If you want to switch to the very last tab, press Ctrl-9.

Stay Focus(e)d

Computers nowadays have awesome capabilities.

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Sometimes we like to get work done, but let’s face it, we’re all human. We sometimes procrastinate by visiting a website we really like, or maybe take a break with watching a flick on Netflix, a video on YouTube or browsing Facebook.

With Chrome’s StayFocusd extension, you can truly stay focused and get more done in less time.

This extension naturally helps you stay more productive by limiting the amount of time you spend on websites. You can set the time and it will automatically block those sites after a certain period.

Grammarly for Editing

Grammarly is a must have, and it’s really a complete powerhouse. Grammarly helps you check your grammar and spelling for everything you write online.

You can use it professionally or as a student, which will make the editing process much easier and more efficient. Furthermore, it can automatically check for typos when you send an email, type a Tweet, or post a Facebook comment. It’s like having your own personal copyeditor!

Loom

There are times that words in an email or written text in a chat app will just not convey the right meaning.

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There is a saying that a picture is worth a thousand words. Well, the same is true of videos.

With Loom, you can capture, narrate and immediately share video recordings of your screen, which will help coworkers understand issues you are facing, or to easily convey an explanation on screen. Plus, with video you will be able to easily walk people through a process, and you can use it to create simple how-to videos.

Chrome Calendar Extension

No matter what your level of responsibility is at your job, Google Calendar is another essential resource to have at your fingertips.

Specifically, you can have this extension added as an icon in the toolbar of your browser, which I highly recommend. Once you add the extension to your browser, you can check for upcoming events with a single click without leaving your current page.

Final Thoughts

Google Chrome has definitely evolved from its inception. As you can see you have a very powerful tool that comes as a free installation and is loaded with dozens of capabilities. The above listed Chrome apps can resolve some of the most common obstacles to your time management and productivity.

Featured photo credit: Andrew Neel via unsplash.com

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