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Sunday, 18 August 2019

Text reader in Microsoft Edge browser, more like Humans

Text reader in Microsoft Edge browser, more like Humans


Microsoft is updating the "Read Aloud" feature embedded in the default browser of Windows 10, Microsoft Edge. As the name suggests, the Read Aloud feature can command the browser to read the site being opened in a loud voice.

The sound issued by the browser is an electronic voice, like a flat-pitched robot voice, a kind of template sound that is on Google Translate.

Well, now Microsoft is launching several updates to make a digital sound that is flat-tone become more natural, or more similar to the human voice.

The updated Read Aloud feature is being tested on the Chromium browser version or the beta version. You who have become a beta tester can try out this new feature. Not yet known when this natural language style choice will slide into the general version of Microsoft Edge.

There are two types of natural sounds offered by Microsoft. The first vote is Neural Voices. This voice utilizes machine learning technology that utilizes deep neural networks available on the Microsoft Cognitive Services cloud service.

Then the second vote is Standard Voices. In contrast to neural sound, this voice does not utilize machine learning technology, but rather utilizes a standard digital voice assistant database that is in the Microsoft Cognitive Services database. Illustration of Read Aloud feature on Microsoft Edge with various types of natural sounds (Windows Blog) To choose the type of sound, users can click the drop-down menu, as shown in the picture above, then click on the sound they want to hear.

This human-like voice can be chosen and has a template with the name "Microsoft ... (name of a digital assistant) Online - Language". Neural Voices type sounds with "Neural" frills while standard sound types come without that description.

Users can also choose the sound option with a bitrate of "24 kbps" to improve the quality of issued audio.

How to use the "Read Aloud" feature

Apart from these features, users can now use the Read Aloud feature on Microsoft Edge. To use these features just the easy way. Real users only need to right-click inside the Microsoft Edge browser window, on the site where the text is to be read.

However, it should be noted, if you want to read a specific set of texts or paragraphs, the user must block the writing you want to read earlier. If it's not blocked, the site reader will dictate readings starting from the text in the top-left corner of the site.

The browser will also read text non-stop. That is, users must click the "Pause" button to stop the "chatter" browser made by Microsoft.

Friday, 24 February 2017

3 Best Applications that Organize your Chat and Messaging Accounts

Vast of Instant Messaging (IM) platforms are made available on the internet nowadays. It helps every user to easily exchange messages, multimedia or even real-time virtual interaction with each other through computers and other portable devices. These mode of communication are somewhat important for everyone in this modern society and this application plays a very essential and effective role in our daily living. Some of us are just busy interacting with people in such a way of bringing everyone closer, business matters, family, friends, and others.


Facebook Messenger, WeChat, Skype, Google Hangouts and Slack are just a few to mention of this platforms, it offers similar services but with quite different features. One has to sign up with these IM applications to start communicating and most of this services are being offered free. As of these days, people do have multiple accounts on different platforms, interacting with people from different sides for different matters. As for me, I have a Facebook account which allows me to chat with family and friends using the Facebook Messenger, I also have a Google Hangouts for other business matters, WeChat for the same thing and slack for workgroup communication.

The Standard way of using this platforms is to log on to every application (web-based or to its official software) which is quite a usual process. Luckily, some developers have developed applications that help to organize these IM platforms into one place. It allows every user to interact with everyone using different platforms in a single application easily and accessibly without navigating into other browser or window.

There are 3 Best applications that integrate most of the popular instant messaging (IM) platforms that allow you to manage them in a single window.


1. FRANZ

Named after the former Emperor of Austria (Franz Joseph I), Franz is a free messaging app that combines chat and messaging services into one application. It currently supports 34 of the most known applications such as Slack, WhatsApp, WeChat, HipChat, Facebook Messenger, Telegram, Google Hangouts, GroupMe, Skype and many more. It has a very simple and user-friendly interface with no complex settings to configure.


Franz Franz offers One service, unlimited accounts. It allows you to add each service many times as you want. This makes Franz the perfect tool to manage multiple business and private accounts all at the same time. You could even use five different Facebook Messenger accounts at once if some inexplicable reason urges you to do so.



This software is available for Mac, Windows, and Linux for FREE.

DOWNLOAD FRANZ



2. RAMBOX

Is a Free and Open Source messaging and emailing app that combines common web applications into one. Rambox gives you the possibility to add common services many times you need, all in one place. It's perfect for people who work with many services for business and private accounts.


Like Franz, Rambox is a very simple application with an ideal user interface, settings are simple but have more features than Franz. It currently supports 78 services including the most known platforms for Instant Messaging such as such as SlackWhatsAppWeChatHipChatFacebook MessengerTelegramGoogle HangoutsGroupMeSkype and Mail Providers such as Gmail, Outlook, Zoho mail, iCloud Mail, Yahoo Mail, Yandex Mail and many more! Rambox offers the new way of organizing messaging and email services and there's more to discover out of it.

Rambox is a cross-platform application available for Windows, Mac, and Linux.

DOWNLOAD RAMBOX



3. ALL-IN-ONE MESSENGER CHROME EXTENSION

All-In-One Messenger is the lightest of them all. It is an application that integrates with Google Chrome (as chrome extension) and works the same way as Franz and Rambox, but by the name itself, it only supports Instant Messaging services alone. Its interface is more than user-friendly and too simple, no complicated settings and features. 



Currently, it supports 31 IM services. You can also use multiple instances of one service (e.g. Whatsapp, Slack or Facebook) which makes it the perfect lightest tool to manage multiple accounts all at the same time. This application can be download through Google Chrome's Web Store.




This useful application does not read anything you type, send or receive. No personal information will be saved. It does not store any of your login credentials anywhere, that's between you and your accounts only. Each service only lives on its own tab, which can not be accessed by other services. Everytime you open any of this applications, your sessions will keep alive until you remove the service. So these applications are safe to use as it provides a couple of advantages when it comes to security.

Wednesday, 25 May 2016

How to Record your Computer Screen with Youtube

There are plenty of reasons why you might want to record your computer screen, you might be making a video tutorial for your youtube channel, or you just want to record your game session and share it to your friends or anything else. Screen recording is useful and important not just for vloggers but for everyone else who might be interested in screencasting.

Screen recording is easy and there are many programs available on the internet to help you do it, some are free and some are not. All you have to do is acquire any of it, install and start recording, though this programs has different features with each other, its main purpose are the same, to give you the best quality output.

Speaking of "easy", do you know that you can record your screen without installing any programs? All you need to have is a browser and a youtube account. Yes, youtube has a live-streaming service feature that allows the user to have a real-time video recording on their channel and will also allow you to record your desktop screen with screenshare.

Here’s how to record your Computer Screen with YouTube.


Note: If its the first time you use the live-streaming feature, YouTube will require you to verify your phone number to enable the service.

1. Log on to your YouTube Account, click the Upload button in the upper left corner of the window and select Live Streaming and get started.



2. On the Events page. Select Events under the Live Streaming and create New Live Event



3. On the next window, you can now edit the basic settings and info of your event. Specify a name on it, add a description and tags if there's any, and select if its Public, Unlisted or Private then click the "Go live now" button to start recording.



4. You will now be prompted to open the Hangouts on Air page. You can click the camera icon to turn on/off webcam recording, same with the microphone icon, you can turn on/off the audio recording. On the top left side, select Screenshare button then you will be prompted another window where you choose what would you like to record in your screen, your entire desktop or any active window. Click the Start Screenshare button to share your screen and then click Start Broadcast to start recording.


Whenever you are done with the recording, click the Stop Broadcast button. YouTube will then automatically save the video in your account. You can now view, download or share your video.

Tuesday, 24 May 2016

How to download APK files from Google Play


Android Platform is definitely one of most widely used operating system in most mobile devices nowadays, alongside with this is the vast creation and development of applications used for this system. Android application package (APK) is the default package file format of the Android Apps and the biggest source of this file format is the Google Play Store (aka Android Market) which serves as the official application store for the Android operating system. This site allows users to browse and download any applications, either free of charge or at a cost.

Since all free of charge applications are available worldwide, users around the globe can easily install any applications directly in their mobile devices using the Google Play App. However, installing any applications using this app does not give the user the opportunity to download the actual APK file. For some reasons, having the actual APK file is important for the users as back up and for offline installations.

There are several methods of downloading APK files from Google Play, using third party softwares, web extensions or by any websites that provides download scripts.


METHOD 1: WEBSITE DOWNLOADING

There are 3 popular sites that helps you download APK files directly from Google Play. These are easy to use websites for secure direct APK Downloads, all you have to do is enter the Package name or the Google Play URL of a certain app you want to acquire. To prevent piracy, this sites only allows you to download FREE apps.
  1. EVOZI APK DOWNLOADER WEBSITE

    Navigate the website apps.evozi.com/apk-downloader/




    In the labelled box, enter the Package name or the Google Play URL of a certain app you want to download (e.g. https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.facebook.orca or simply com.facebook.orca). Click "Generate Download Link" and click the generated download button.





    As easy at it is, you can download the app in just several clicks. Currently this website is able to generate around 1400 new apk files per day. If you ever encounter an error downloading you can forcibly fetch the app by checking the Force refetch apk file option under the Request Update button.

  2. APK LEECHER WEBSITE

    This website also works just like Evozi APK Downloader, simply navigate apkleecher.com/ and enter the Package name or the Google Play URL of a certain app you want to download in the labelled search box  (e.g. https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.facebook.orca or simply com.facebook.orca).  Click "Generate Download Link" and click the generated download button.





  3. APK-DL WEBSITE

    Same function as the first two mentioned websites, apk-dl.com lets you download apk files by entering the Package name or the Google Play URL of a certain app and hit enter, you will be directed to download page page with much more detailed Information of the app you are downloading.


METHOD 2: USE IN-BROWSER EXTENSIONS

There are quite a few number of in-browser extensions developed for downloading APK Files from Google Play. In Mozilla Firefox Browser, there are two available extensions up to date:
  1. APK Downloader by CodeKiem 
  2. APKFtech APK Downloader by APKFetch.

The APK Downloader by CodeKiem requires your Gmail account, its password and an GSF ID in order to work (to simulate the request to Google Play Store). While APKFtech APK Downloader by APKFetch is said to be unstable based reported issues that the extension is not working sometimes.

In Google Chrome Browser, there are three available extensions:
  1. Direct APK Downloader by thuongtranvan
  2. APK Downloader Appsofto by Appsofto
  3. 1Mobile Downloader by 1mobile
The Direct APK Downloader by thuongtranvan also requires your Gmail account, its password and your mobile device ID in order to work (to simulate the request to Google Play Store). The APK Downloader Appsofto by Appsofto is providing a direct download link without asking any requirements to work just like the mentioned websites above you just have to enter the Package name or the Google Play URL of a certain app you want to download (e.g. https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.facebook.orca or simply com.facebook.orca). The 1Mobile Downloader by 1mobile works the same as well.

As per testing this in-browser extensions, I have come up to the most easiest way of acquiring APK files form the Google Play, it is by using the APK Downloader Appsofto by Appsofto on Google Chrome.  All you have to do is add the extension to your chrome browser:



After adding the extension, you can now download the APK files of any FREE apps on Google Play by entering the Package name or the Google Play URL of a certain app you want to download (e.g. https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.facebook.orca or simply com.facebook.orca).



The extension will automatically generate the Download button right after you key in the Package name or the Google Play URL.

The 1Mobile Downloader by 1mobile works the same as the APK Downloader Appsofto extension, it doesn't need any requirements to download, just paste  the Package name or the Google Play URL then click on the "Generate Download Link" then you're good to go.





METHOD 3: USE THIRD PARTY SOFTWARES

You can download software like APK Downloader from Cnet Download developed by Connectme. The interface of this software is simple, and the process of downloading the APK Files is just the same as shown above:









NOTE:
Considering this as a helpful and useful tips, you should also be aware that such methods are violating the Google Play Store's Terms of Service under rights and restrictions policy.

Thursday, 22 January 2015

How to Block Youtube Ads (The Simplest Way)

Since youtube has been used as one of the vast advertising site nowadays, some people find this ads annoying unless they have an interest on it. Me, myself, I found it annoying too especially when ads runs more than a minute that you still have to spend 10 seconds of your life to skip it. Well, we all know how important the ads is for the advertisers is, but for some youtube surfers (us), what more important to us is the video that we play right? so since some browser developers provided extensions that blocks ads, im gonna show you how to install it in the SIMPLEST WAY.

For Chrome Users,

First!
SIMPLY google search "how to block youtube ads"


Click on the https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/adblock-for-youtube/cmedhionkhpnakcndndgjdbohmhepckk?hl=en link "Adblock for Youtube"

Second!
SIMPLY click on the "Free" button shown in the figure to add the extension on your chrome browser

Afterwhich, Viola! you can now experience youtube without ads.
To note, this add on is one of the popular adblock in chrome, there still more around there, I only recommend this one based on the review itself for good feedbacks. This is not perfect since few users are complaining, but for me, ill give this 98% rate because I was using this add on and it works fine.


For the firefox users,

I recommend you to use

Adblock Plus 2.6.7  NO RESTART

by Wladimir Palant


Its all-in-one, blocking ads not just only youtube, but the ads on the other sites as well. According to its reviews, this is the best addblock with 5 star rate, 20 million users and 4,000+ user reviews.