While the Microsoft Seeing AI has proven to be successful for assisting the blind by describing objects and text, the only issue has been that it’s only been available in English, so you’re crap-outta-luck if that’s not your first language. Thankfully, Microsoft recently updated the free (and currently) iOS-only app with five additional languages that it can support: Dutch, French, German, Japanese and Spanish. This means that Seeing can now process and describe things like signs or the facial expressions of other people to help the blind use the proper words in their (at least from the current six) home languages.Continue reading “Microsoft’s Seeing AI App adds Five More Languages to Assist the Blind”
Want (or need) to build a website or application but have now knowledge of coding and writing a web app from scratch? There are a huge variety of services available to use –from Blogger, to WordPress (**wink-wink**) to Squarespace — but a new, powerful challenger at entered, named Bubble. Bubble is a startup — generating $115,000 in monthly recurring revenue without raising any money — that many companies, big and small (ranging from Qoins, Dividend Finance, Plato and Meetaway), rely on for creating web applications without the whole “not knowing the first thing about coding”-thing stopping them. Plus, they take care of hosting your web app for you, and every time you resize your instance when your app gets bigger, you’ll pay more. Continue reading “Want to Create Web Apps but Have No Coding Experience? Try Bubble!”
I recall in my days in the world of architecture as an intern where I’d go to job sites to document existing features, take measurements, and make changes to exiting construction documents on paper and digitally in AutoCAD — or even searching and finding the original construction documents in the school district archives because the school claimed to have lost them; I’m looking at you Alamo Heights ISD. Anyway, more times than not you’d be on a project site and find a problem that needed immediate attention. The problem is that once the project heads to the Construction Administration phase is NOT the best time for big design changes, new field conditions, client changes, errors, etc., etc…. Thankfully, Morpholio has updated their TracePro iPhone app, allowing users to alter job sites by simply “importing key components of the design process into the Construction Administration phase.” Continue reading “The “Trace” App by Morpholio Lets You Update Construction Design Changes On The Fly!”
Between the rise of hybrid, electric and self-driving autonomous vehicles (among other automobile advancements), automakers around the world are seeing the next great frontier in the driving experience, which includes FINDING A DARN, AVAILABLE PARKING SPOT! It appears that the German car-maker BMW was thinking the same thing, as they have gone from being a minority stakeholder in Parkmobile — described as the largest mobile parking services provider in North America with a footprint over 1 million+ parking spaces — back in 2004 to going all-in by outright buying the app completely. It looks like BMW isn’t just content on profiting from car sales; they was to solve issues with, again, FINDING A DARN, AVAILABLE PARKING SPOT!
Google brand new upcoming app, Files Go, works similar to Apple’s AirDrop, as it will allow users to manage, clean up, and share files to nearby Android-based devices via Bluetooth. Files Go — what will likely be a less-than 10MB download, according to the closed beta — has a file-transfer feature doesn’t appear to operate EXACTLY how AirDrop works, as both people need to have the Files Go app open, while AirDrop lets you send files from any app to any nearby contact, regardless over the recipient having a similar app.
This is for my friends and family how hound me constantly about this annoyance in Facebook. After having the same problem myself over 5 years ago with Facebook — which I ended by no longer using my Facebook account to login to other sites & services; all hail LastPass, all praise to thee — some people enjoy that convenience. However, they they want to change how those apps are allowed to do with their account. On a separate settings page (because OF COURSE there’s one), you can block apps from posting to your wall while allowing them to stay connected to your Facebook profile. Continue reading “How to Stop Apps That Automatically Post to Facebook For You”
Our passwords need to be secure, complicated, while being easy-to-remember. However, with the number of services that we use that utilize passwords, it’s common that many people use the same password for each service and/or use “1234,” “abcd” or “password” as a password — which you SHOULD NEVER DO — and put ease of memory over security. That’s why I stopped keeping a grid of multiple unique and complex passwords for each service and started using LassPass. LassPass is a freemium password management service that aims to resolve the password fatigue problem I mentioned earlier by centralizing user password management using the cloud through a web interface, browser plugins and apps and bookmarklets. Continue reading “LastPass is FREAKING AWESOME (and you should be using it)!”
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This week, why architects should design with their ears, Evernote launches the Smart Notebook, why should you be watching “Hey Ash, Whatcha’ Playin,” and Jerry Lawler’s AWA-Memphis brawl in 1981. Plus, the QUESTION OF THE WEEK! Continue reading “Acoustics, The EverNoteBook, HAWP & Brawler Lawler – PractitioNERD WIRed #15”
This week’s episode of The PractitioNERD discusses a simple, vernacular Canadian Train Station (The Le Massif de Charlevoix Train Station), Bluetooth-operated light bulbs (Bluetooth Light Bulbs), Sonic the Hedgehog & Mega Man form a tag team against evil (Archie Comic’s Sonic / Mega Man Series to Crossover), and The Hitman vs. British Bulldog at SummerSlam ‘92! (Hart vs. Smith for the Intercontinental Championship at SummerSlam).
…also, THE QUESTION OF THE WEEK!! Continue reading “Train Stations, Bluetooth Lights, Sonic/Mega Man & Classic Hart Drama – WIRed #9”
With the influx of new and advanced technological gadgets, gizmos, and whosee-whatsits, some companies never forget that even mainstay and simple pieces of tech need a bit of a next-generation update. Take the light bulb; not quite thought of in the vein of gadgets like computers, phones, and tablets, but it has been getting updates in the last several years as well. This time around, how about adding Bluetooth 4.0 capabilities to them. Intrigued? Yes. Do you want to see videos of this in action. Click here –> Continue reading “Control the Bluetooth Bulb with Your Smartphone. THE FUTURE AWAITS!!”