Project Activate by Google

projectThis is an interesting app initiated by the Research Project of Google which can be  used by people who are unable to speak or use technology with their hands including those who have cerebral palsy. This app enables you to activate customized preset communications by making facial gestures, such as smiling or looking up.

With your face, you can

  • Play a text-to-speech phrase
  • Play audio to express yourself or control a smart speakerSend a text message
  • Make a phone call

    With direct access, a loved one or caretaker can

  • Customize communications
  • Adjust the face gesture sensitivity

This has to be done one-time by the caregiver, after which the challenged user can use the phone on his / her own.

Of course, this is for general communication only and not meant for emergencies. Also, since it is in development stage, the accuracy cannot be always guaranteed.

Android :


Checker Plus for GMail

plus-gmailThis is an interesting extension in Chrome, which allows us to check our Gmail account without even launching Gmail! Once it is installed in Chrome, you can get notifications, read, listen to or even delete mails without opening Gmail. You can even handle multiple Gmail accounts. If you get an email while you’re busy watching a movie or cooking dinner this extension can optionally read it out loud ie. “Amar says, dinner at my place”

There is even an option to have a Popup mail preview window to read, archive, mark as read or delete emails without leaving the current tab (or option to go directly to your Gmail tab)

Customisations include the ability to configure which inbox labels get shown, set up a Do Not Disturb window, alter the look and appearance of the add-on window, and more.

A very useful extension for Gmail, especially if you use multiple accounts!

Interpreter for Google Home

If you have a Google Home device or if you fire Google Home on your mobile phone, you can ask Google Assistant to translate your conversation with someone who does not speak your language. The languages you can use to start interpreter mode, depend on your device. Once you have started interpreter mode, you can ask Google Assistant to translate between more languages.

You can start the interpreter mode by saying “Ok Google, be my Hindi interpreter” or “Ok Google, turn on interpreter mode” and then select a language of your choice. Once you get started, you can speak in any one language and get an audio translation in the other language. So, if you started with English and Hindi, you could speak in any of the two languages and Google will respond in the other language. You can thus have a conversation with a person who cannot understand your language at all, using Google Interpreter as your middleman!

It’s very cool and once you try it out, you will be amazed with the flexibility and ease with which Interpreter works, with few mistakes, if any.

Free Video Email by CloudHQ

Free Video Email by CloudHQ

 This is a unique extension which allows you to record and send videos directly from Gmail. If you want to standout in your emails or you’re just too busy to type an email, you can send a Video Email by using this extension.

Video Email is 100% free, and allows you to record your video, overlay multiple filters on it, and end it directly through Gmail- all with 3 taps: record, upload, and send.

You can also upload your video privately to YouTube, Google Drive, or create video file (which then you can send as an attachment).

This is ideal for salespeople, realtors, lawyers, marketers, and anyone who’s looking to cut through the noise of boring text emails.

Gmail co-pilot by cloudHQ


Gmail co-pilot is a Chrome Extension which is a mini-CRM that lets you see a snapshot view of your email contact’s profile information, and any past email conversations you have had with that contact. This helps you to respond intelligently and helps you dramatically cut down your search time when you are looking for past email conversations with your email contact.

With this extension, you can immediately view the profile information of your email contact. You can even make private notes about the contact (follow up notes, support notes, etc.) and also setup reminder alarms for the same. Apart from the conversation history, you can also get a list of all documents and attachments related to that contact.

Install this extension and have a mini-CRM running right from your Gmail account! Extremely simple and powerful.

Zoom for Gmail

Zoom for Gmail

This is a Gmail extension which helps you hop-in to Zoom meetings very easily. Once installed, whenever you are reading or responding to a mail, you can click on the Zoom Camera Icon on the top bar. A window will pop-up with options to Start or Schedule a meeting instantly. The person with whom you are corresponding, will immediately be sent an invite with all the relevant information and the meeting will be added to your own Zoom meeting schedule.

The add-on also lets you view all meetings that you have scheduled, in the side panel. And, if you are using the Gmail mobile app on Android or iOS, the add-on will appear at the bottom of the screen and you can access all the functions of the add-on right from your phone.

A must have extension for all those who use Zoom frequently!

Google Meet

Google MeetGoogle meet is the new kid on the block for Virtual Meetings. And coming from the Google Suite of products – it is safe and reliable. You can Securely connect, collaborate, and celebrate from anywhere. With Google Meet, everyone can safely create and join high-quality video meetings for up to 250 people, free.

You can host unlimited high-definition video meetings with in-built safety – all video meetings are encrypted in transit and proactive anti-abuse measures help keep your meetings safe. Accessing the meeting is very easy – just share a link and invited guests can join with one click from a desktop web browser or the Google Meet mobile app. There are no downloads to manage and no software to install.

You may share your screen to present documents, slides, and more. And best of all, you can follow along with real-time captions powered by Google speech-to-text technology.

A great tool for virtual meetings. Android:



AutosyncWith services like OneDrive and Dropbox, you can sync all folders or none – it’s quite a task to sync selective folders and files from your phone to the cloud or vice versa.

Autosync addresses this limitation with style. This simple, smart app lets you sync documents from specific folders in your phone to a given cloud folder like Google Drive, Dropbox, OneDrive, among others. And the best part is that it lets you auto-sync a cloud folder to your device as well. That’s pretty neat!

The all-in-one app allows you to sync to multiple cloud services. They also have stripped down versions if you wish to sync to only one cloud service.

Interesting, smart and elegant for syncing selective folders!

Android :

Mercury Reader

Mercury ReaderThe Mercury Reader extension for Chrome removes ads and distractions, leaving only text and images for a clean and consistent reading view on every site. It just clears the clutter instantly.

Once installed and enabled, with just one click, you can read text on your webpages in a clear, uncluttered, ad-free environment. You can eliminate all the ads and the noise surrounding the text on your webpage. You can even adjust typeface and text size, and toggle between light or dark themes for ease of reading. Options to optimize printing are also available to print a webpage without ads and unnecessary clutter.

An interesting add-on to browse the web comfortably.

Black Menu for Google

Black Menu for GoogleThis is a very cool extension for Chrome. Once installed, this extension allows you to explore and search multiple stuff right from the page you are on. You do not need to leave the page.

So, you could Search Google, Gmail, Google Maps, News, Youtube, Calendar, Drive and Keep and a host of other spaces, without leaving your current webpage. You can do research on the fly with Google Search, Scholar, Patents and many more. Keep track of your Keep Notes, access your Google Drive and a host of other sites directly. Search your Calendar quickly and add / remove appointments, tasks and more, on the spot.

The extension is fully customizable and you can add / delete any of the options as per your convenience and usage. Access shortcuts to common (and obscure) Google websites like Google Contacts, Google Groups, Google Art Project, Google Follow Your World and 450+ more!

A must have for your browser for a quick and easy browsing experience