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 : https://bit.ly/3BKUxTz

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Microsoft Swiftkey Keyboard

SwiftkeyMicrosoft SwiftKey is the intelligent keyboard that learns your writing style, so you can type faster. You just need to install Swiftkey from the Play Store once and set it up as your default keyboard.

SwiftKey offers swipe, which is always learning and adapting to match your unique way of typing – including your slang, nicknames and emoji. It also provides helpful predictions, so you can get your point across fast, without errors. Type and text any way you like, with swipe-to-type, tap-to-type, predictive emoji and a GIF keyboard. You can even dictate using Swiftkey and it works like a breeze!

Recently, this app has introduced a very useful feature which lets you share your clipboard across devices. Of course, you need to be logged in to your same Microsoft Account on both devices. To enable sync, on your Windows computer, go to Settings – system – clipboard and turn on “Sync across devices”. On your Android phone, get into Swiftkey Settings and go for Rich Input option – here, just switch on “Sync Clipboard History”. Once done, if you copy or cut something on your Android device, you can immediately paste it on your computer and vice versa!

Try it out and instantly increase your productivity manifold!

Android : https://bit.ly/3ktpN3V

Shortcut Maker

Shortcut

This is an interesting app which allows you to make shortcuts of anything you want on your Android home screen. Simply select the feature and click on CREATE to shortcut. That’s it!
Create shortcut of just anything on your Android phone viz. installed apps and activities, folders and files from internal storage, quickly change your system settings, your favourite website, and much more.

If you use your Android device extensively through the day and need to reach your settings, folders, websites through multiple steps again and again, this is a must-have app for you. Loads of time-savings guaranteed!
Android : https://bit.ly/3t9NNej

Telegram – Chat Folders

Saved MessagesTelegram is gaining a lot of popularity these days, more so because it offers many more features than Whatsapp.

One of the interesting features of Telegram is that it allows you to create separate folders for various types of chat. Owing to the deluge in chats, this feature helps you segregate your chats and quickly find the ones you need. When you are subscribed to several public discussions and broadcasts, this could come in handy. You could have separate folders for home, work, social organizations, broadcasts, etc. You can then swipe between the tabs to quickly access any of your chats.

There is a “Folders” feature in the settings section, which lets you create tabs for Home, Work, or anything else. There you can Create Folder, and “Add Chats”. If your folder’s name is Home or Work or anything else, then you can add all your individual or group chats there. Once you are done with this, Telegram will show you the different tabs that you created. This way you can immediately find your loved ones as well as your favourite channels. You can also pin chats to find the important chats at the top of the screen.

A very efficient way to organize and quickly find your chats. Try it!

Are you Tokenized Yet?

Are you Tokenized Yet?

WHY?

When we shop online, say on Amazon / Flipkart, we make payments by using our Debit / Credit Card. We normally enter the card details, including card number, name, expiry date and the three-digit CVV. To make it more convenient for repeat purchases, the seller/merchant asks us for our one-time permission to store the card details on their server. If you give permission, the data is securely stored on their servers, with encryption and masking technology. Now, if their security measures are inadequate or broken-into by a hacker, your entire data, including Card numbers, CVV, etc. is vulnerable and susceptible to misuse, which could lead to a loss upto the value of your card limits.

Tokenization is primarily designed to prevent such online or digital breaches.

HOW?

At the Merchant end:

  • Since October 2022, RBI has mandated that the merchants will not save the customers’ card numbers on their servers. Instead, they will just store a generated Token Number for each Credit Card that they want to be used recurringly on their servers.
  • What it means is that a random Token Number will be generated by the system, which will be stored at the merchant end.
  • This Token Number will be a unique number which is a combination of the Credit Card Number and the Merchant. So, e.g. if you are shopping on Amazon, your Card will be tokenized and a unique Token Number will be generated.
  • This Token Number can only be used to make purchases with that Card on Amazon. It cannot be used on any other merchant website. Hence, a different, unique, Token Number will be generated each for Flipkart, Rediff or any other shopping site.
  • Your actual Card details will be held safe in a secure token vault.
  • This process will eliminate the possibility of hacking at the merchant end and even if the data is hacked, all that the hacker will receive will be a token number which will be unusable anywhere else and hence will be of no use to the hacker.
  • Thus, essentially, your card will have multiple tokens based on the number of Merchants you have tokenized your card with.

For the User:

  • As far as the user is concerned, the next time you pay online for something using your Debit or Credit Card, you will be asked if you wish to “Save Card as per RBI guidelines” or “Secure your Card”. If you respond positively, you will immediately get an OTP on your Mobile Number linked to your Card. Once you enter the OTP on the Merchant site, your card will be automatically Tokenized.  It is as simple as that! 
  • You will not have to remember your Token Number, nor will it be displayed to you.
  • However, you will still see the last 4 digits of your card at the merchant checkout page.
  • You can request tokenization of any number of cards at a merchant website.
  • Whenever your card is renewed, reissued or upgraded, you will have to visit the merchant page and create a fresh token by following the same instructions.
  • Each card that you have, including Add-on cards will need to be tokenized, since each card has a unique card number.
  • If you wish to delete the Token Number already generated at a merchant website, you just need to disable that card at the merchant’s website / app and your token number will be automatically deleted.
  • If your card has not been tokenized, it will be automatically removed from apps and websites and you will be required to fill in all your card details every time you transact on that merchant platform.

Security:

Tokenized transactions are more secure since the generated tokens are normally not reversible. In encrypted transactions, the process is reversible by decryption using a unique key and decryption is mostly necessary to complete each transaction. It is therefore felt that Tokenization is relatively more secure than encryption.

Thus, from now onwards, you can transact online confidently, with the assurance that your transactions are more secure than before.

Happy Shopping for this festive season!

Storage Sense Settings in Windows

If you find your hard disk getting full or your Windows computer getting sluggish, you might like to do some cleanup using Storage Settings in Windows.

Just head to Settings from the Start Button and look for Storage Settings. Once there, you may like to switch on Storage Sense. Having done this, you will be able to automate some cleanup options like:

  1. Uninstall unused or undesired apps and features
  2. Delete temporary files
  3. Manage large folders including videos and images
  4. Keep the clutter off your

PC You can select how often you want the cleanup process to run automatically and then leave it for your Windows Operating System to do the rest!

This relatively hidden feature, which is switched off by default, can go a long way to rid your PC of all unwanted and unnecessary files, and, in some cases, make it faster and more efficient. Do try it and feel the difference!

Numerical

NumericalNumerical presents the universe in numbers. It aspires to bring in an entirely different way for the world to consume, engage and interact with information. It does so by blending the 2 most powerful technologies of our generation – Data and Social Media.

From Agriculture, Art and Business to Science, Technology and Travel, everything in Numerical is expressed as a Number. They call it the ‘Numeron’  – a Number, text to describe the number, and optionally images, audio or video to further enrich the number.

Their basic philosophy is that numbers matter and bring objectivity in explaining and understanding time, space, proportion, value and impact.

The other distinguishing feature is the ability to engage and interact with each Numeron, through hooks called Actions – such as sharing emailing and comparing them with each other.

Numerical does not contain ads – and is free for now.  Future releases of the platform will support subscription models though. They still have a long way to go, but in my opinion, they have made a good start.

So, if you wish to analyse, compare, understand, and digest information in Numeric form, Numerical may just be the right prescription for you!

https://numerical.co.in

Android : https://bit.ly/3Ajqt1i

File-Converter

There are loads of file converters available online. Zamzar.com is one of the popular options which allows you to convert files from one format to the other. For using the online file-converter, you must upload your file to their servers and then specify to which format you wish to convert your file to. It takes a few seconds to perform the conversion and you can then download the file back to your computer when it is ready. Since this involves uploading your file to their server, many times users are worried about the privacy of their data.
Enter File-Converter – a very simple and light utility that will change the way you convert files on a day to day basis. Just head to https://file-converter.org and download and install the file converter. Don’t worry if you don’t see anything on your screen yet. Once installed, go to any folder, and right click on the file which you wish to convert. You will see the File Converter option in There are loads of file converters available online. Zamzar.com is one of the popular options which allows you to convert files from one format to the other. For using the online file-converter, you must upload your file to their servers and then specify to which format you wish to convert your file to. It takes a few seconds to perform the conversion and you can then download the file back to your computer when it is ready. Since this involves uploading your file to their server, many times users are worried about the privacy of their data.Enter File-Converter – a very simple and light utility that will change the way you convert files on a day to day basis. Just head to https://file-converter.org and download and install the file converter. Don’t worry if you don’t see anything on your screen yet. Once installed, go to any folder, and right click on the file which you wish to convert. You will see the File Converter option in There are loads of file converters available online. Zamzar.com is one of the popular options which allows you to convert files from one format to the other. For using the online file-converter, you must upload your file to their servers and then specify to which format you wish to convert your file to. It takes a few seconds to perform the conversion and you can then download the file back to your computer when it is ready. Since this involves uploading your file to their server, many times users are worried about the privacy of their data.Enter File-Converter – a very simple and light utility that will change the way you convert files on a day to day basis. Just head to https://file-converter.org and download and install the file converter. Don’t worry if you don’t see anything on your screen yet. Once installed, go to any folder, and right click on the file which you wish to convert. You will see the File Converter option in your context menu. When you hover over it, you will be able to see the types of files to which you can convert your original file. For example, if you right click on a pdf file, it will show you the option to convert it to a png file! Just click on your option and the conversion begins. It is as simple as that. No need to upload any files or install any more programs.
You also have the option to configure the presets and set your choices and the conversions are instant and free. You may choose to convert multiple files at once and either retain or delete the original files after conversion.
You may find some limitations in case of certain types of files or files which have very complex formatting, but for a major part of daily usage, this is a very sleek, swift and light utility.

So now, open up windows and let your productivity soar by using these tips on a daily basis. Good luck!

Everything

This is a very simple and extremely fast utility which allows you to search all areas on your computer in a jiffy.
Very often, we just remember the name of the file, but just can’t remember where it is buried in the plethora of folders and multiple sub-folders on our hard disk. For all you know, it may be lying on the external drive of our computer or even on a data card, inserted into our computer. Sometimes, we may not even remember the file name accurately, but we may just remember that it is a document file or an image file.
Windows 10 provides native search across the entire eco-system. But if you have ever tried it, it could get very tardy and time-consuming, especially if you have a large hard disk with multiple levels of folders.
This is where Everything steps in. Once you download and install Everything, just enter the name or part name of the file you are searching, and you will be amazed at the speed of the results. You can even search for part of the file name or for a type of file in combination with its name. The Advanced Search option allows you to specify matching case, any or all words in the file name and much more.
From the list of files displayed, you may double click any file to open it up.
You can download Everything from https://www.voidtools.com/ Try it once, you will never use Windows Search ever again.

Night Light Settings

All computer monitors emanate light which hits our eyes all the time. Prolonged usage could tire our eyes. Besides, after sunset, the blue light emanating from the monitor could even hurt our eyes adversely. Windows 10 allows us to change our display settings to reduce the strain on our eyes.
On any blank area of the desktop, right click with your mouse and then select Display Settings. In the Find a Setting box on the top left, just type Night Light and select the item displayed for Night Light. The Night Light Settings will be displayed. Here, you can turn Night Light on or off manually. You may also select the strength or intensity of the light when the Night Light is on, based on your comfort level.
If you wish to automate the process, you could set the time when Night Light comes on and when it would be turned off. Further, if you switch on your location settings for Windows, the system will automatically turn it on at Sunset Time and turn it off at Sunrise.
Pretty cool and comfy!