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Be My Eyes: Get This App And Help The Blind

Be My Eyes: Get This App And Help The Blind

If you can see, then you know how valuable your eyesight is to you. Used for many aspects of life such as reading, writing, drawing, navigating and seeing danger, your gift of sight can help someone who cannot see as well as you.

The blind have made many advancements in how they get around and virtually see the world. Most successfully work, can live independently and travel.

For those little moments when a braille-friendly label may have come off a can or carton, or in an unfamiliar neighborhood too many wrong turns later, or even as basic as choosing the best colour accessories to accompany an outfit – that is when a sighted friend can be of great assistance.

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    Created by visually impaired Hans Jørgen Wiberg in April of 2012, Be My Eyes is an app designed to help the blind in their daily lives to do all of the things which you do almost automatically. Through the app, you have a chance to help a blind person see in real-time via a live chat function and the user’s phone’s built-in camera.

    The app will give you the live camera view of what the visually impaired person may be having difficulty seeing. For instance, a label in braille may have slipped off a can or bottle, or they’ve just received a parcel and a standard blind-reader app can’t capture and speak who the parcel is from.

    Though the blind often use fingers as their eyes, some text doesn’t translate well into text to speech readers and making sure an errant parcel is for the right address before opening, can be important if the recipient is worried that the contents won’t match what was ordered, or want to know who to be able to call right away and thank for the gift.

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      Ever wanted to know the nutritional contents of something new that you are buying, or check for potential allergens in the ingredient list? Blind people want that too, and you can help them be sure the food does not contain unwanted items before they eat it.

      With the app, the blind person requests assistance and a volunteer such as yourself answers the call and provides information needed for the caller. Maybe the blind person wants to sign a check, birthday card, or credit card slip and would like to know that their signing card is lined up with the signature line.

      There are hundreds of helpful uses for Be My Eyes.

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        Volunteers obtain points by using the app on their own time, as much or little as they like. Over time, the points are displayed to show how many times a volunteer has helped someone, and provide a rating system of sorts to compare with other users.

        The app is free for now, but by September 2015, the Be My Eyes funding will be ended and there may be a subscription fee. To get more information about the Be My Eyes app click here.

        For now though, you can get the app on the iTunes store and the site can send you an email when the Android version is available.

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          Your iPhone must be 4s or newer. And how do blind people use this app with their iPhones?

          Be My Eyes explains, “The iPhone has a great feature called Talkover which enables people who are completely blind to use an iPhone with synthetic speech and touch-based interface.”

          Blind people are people just like us – and while they can usually get along just fine, with the help of today’s technology and friendly apps such as the Be My Eyes network, it is now even easier for them to live independent and stress free lives. Well, no more stressful than the life of a sighted person, that is!

          If you are sighted and wish to help or are visually impaired and curious to give it a try, you can download Be My Eyes here.

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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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