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OrCam Launches Voice-Activated ‘Smart Reading’ Tech For Visually Impaired

When developers of the OrCam MyEye, a wearable artificial vision device that enables visually impaired people to understand text and identify objects through audio feedback, asked users for feedback on how to improve the assistive technology, they responded that voice-activation and an even more discreet size would be helpful.

At the end of July, the Jerusalem-based OrCam Technologies announced the US release of a new, voice-activated, interactive Smart Reading feature. It gives users who are blind, visually impaired, or have reading challenges, including dyslexia, the ability to use voice commands for a clearer reading experience. 

The Smart Reading feature integrates into the wearable OrCam MyEye device and the handheld OrCam Read gadget. It is available in the US and Canada only at the moment. 

“Our users wanted the device to be wireless and more discreet, so we packed all the tech into the tiny second generation OrCam MyEye, which is

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This Was the Tech My Dad Banned in Our House When I Was a Kid

Apple’s logo from 1977 to 1999.

Apple’s logo from 1977 to 1999.
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Where technology was concerned, my dad liked things that were cheap. He liked things that did what they supposed to do. And he didn’t like being hassled. Anything else, and he’d excommunicate an entire company it forever, even if the quality improved down the road. His victims were marked by derisive nicknames: Internet Exploder; Packard-Hell; America Offline. The man was fiercely stuck in his ways, and his frustrating quirks of consumption became the rule of law for our household growing up.

You see, my dad was a hardware engineer. He didn’t talk much about the work he did, which I think involved designing circuit boards and working on EMVs—those chips we all have in our debit and credit cards. But his real passion was computers: specifically, Windows-based computers. Gadgets have since become my passion, as well as the

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8 Back to school tech gadgets you need – WISH-TV | Indianapolis News | Indiana Weather

The student in your life will be back to school soon if they aren’t already. Here’s a lists of eight great gadgets from Steve Greenberg, Gadget Nation author, to help them make the most of this school year whether they’re studying at school or at home.

The Soluna Light Alarm Clock from La Crosse Technology — ensures there’s a glow for every day and every mood with a variety of light settings. Choose to illuminate your room with your favorite color or pick one of the vibrant color gradients. If you find it’s hard to choose you can set the clock to cycle through all the color options. This slim profile alarm clock offers all the features of a traditional alarm clock, but also with the added settings you can use Comfort Mode to achieve an ideal sleeping environment, if you are looking to unwind and relax use the Guided

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What tech you need when disaster strikes

This story originally published on August 4.

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When disaster looms, having the right tech tools can help you get critical information, keep in touch with rescue workers and loved ones – maybe even save your life.

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“I can’t imagine going through a giant storm without my gadgets,” says Kathy Zucker, author and founder of the Metro Moms Network.

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Zucker lives in Hoboken, New Jersey, and rode out a pair of hurricanes, Irene and Sandy, at home with her husband and young children. “Because I had my smartphone and laptop, and a giant, massive backup battery/power supply to keep them powered up, I never lost touch with the outside world during the entire storm. That was everything.”

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The Download: Tech News for 12/27


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    The MYX Fitness bike is more than just a commercial-grade, Wi-Fi-connected cardio spinning bike.The MYX Fitness bike is more than just a commercial-grade, Wi-Fi-connected cardio spinning bike.
    The MYX Fitness bike is more than just a commercial-grade, Wi-Fi-connected cardio spinning bike.The MYX Fitness bike is more than just a commercial-grade, Wi-Fi-connected cardio spinning bike.

    Here are some of the latest tech items featured in the News 12 series The Download.

    Here are some of the latest tech items featured in the News 12 series The Download.


  • The Download: The Opte

    The Download: The Opte

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    Using a digital camera, The Opte analyzes your skin looking for freckles, age spots or other imperfections, then it accurately sprays on a concealer.Using a digital camera, The Opte analyzes your skin looking for freckles, age spots or other imperfections, then it accurately sprays on a concealer.
    Using a digital camera, The Opte analyzes your skin looking for freckles, age spots or other imperfections, then it accurately sprays on a concealer.Using a digital camera, The Opte analyzes your skin looking for freckles, age spots or other imperfections, then it accurately sprays on a concealer.

    Using a digital camera, The Opte analyzes your skin looking for freckles, age spots or other imperfections,

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    Daily Deals: Use this Code to Save an Extra 15% on Tech, Gadgets, and Electronics

    You can actually find some of the best tech deals at eBay right now. There is an extra 15% off tech and electronic items such as laptops, graphics cards, monitors, and more when using code PACKUP15 at checkout. You can save up to £60 on whatever you choose, but this is a great deal and well worth considering as an alternative to the usual tech retailers.There are also some awesome gaming deals available at the moment online, with plenty of digital titles getting a significant discount right now. One of the best deals is on Star Wars Jedi Fallen Order for Xbox One, with the Deluxe Edition down to £19.79 from £69.99. You can also find the new Horizon Zero Dawn PC port for just £29.99, or Microsoft Flight Simulator for just £53.99.

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    Award-Winning Tech and Gadgets to Kick Off the School Year

    A new school year often means loading up on the latest and greatest tech products. However, considering the new reality of remote or in-person classes and study sessions, as well as the convoluted market (new products are dropping almost on a weekly basis), we figured you might need some help.



    a close up of a sign: After countless hours of research and testing, we present you our favorite tech products you need in your life for the upcoming school year. The award-winning gadgets range from feature-packed laptops and smartphones, all the way to affordably priced accessories for them.


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    After countless hours of research and testing, we present you our favorite tech products you need in your life for the upcoming school year. The award-winning gadgets range from feature-packed laptops and smartphones, all the way to affordably priced accessories for them.

    So we spent countless hours researching and testing today’s best back-to-school tech products in a number of categories, whittling down all that’s out there to a select few products that are certain to help you conquer what life throws at you, both in and out of the classroom.

    The award-winning products are divided into several

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    ‘Latest Computer Gadgets’ Makes Buying New Smart Watches, Drives and Tech Devices Easier with Insightful Reviews

    New York, NY – August 21, 2020 – A new tech and gadget review platform called “Latest Computer Gadgets” has just opened up for tech devotees, and it promises to be everything that tech enthusiasts wish for.

    Detailed information about the pros and cons of certain products make purchase decisions more satisfying. At Latest Computer Gadgets, prospective buyers will have access to a wide range of information on computers, gadgets, and other tech-related products. These include smartwatches, hard disks, cameras, and more. The online tech review site features user guides, product reviews, and a deep-dive into new and trending gadgets. 

    The team at Latest Computer Gadgets has published review articles about gadgets like cameras, smartwatches, audio devices, gaming equipment, drones, and smart home products. Some of the new articles recently published cover topics such as top VPN on device versus routers, best SMTP servers of 2020, how

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    20 Cool Gadgets For Students


    Learning From Home

    For the students in your life, back-to-school shopping in 2020 may be more about enabling learning from home than in the classroom. The COVID-19 pandemic means that millions of students will return to their studies this year via remote learning, creating plenty of challenges. One, no doubt, is around technology: distance learning is not an option for most students unless they have a laptop or tablet. Gadgets such as headphones, webcams, monitors, docks and printers are also going to be a must-have for many students returning to a home-based classroom. To help with the back-to-school tech shopping effort, we’ve pulled together a number of cool new tech gadgets for students that are worth considering for the coming school year–such as the Apple iPad, Bose noise-canceling headphones, Apple AirPods and Chromebooks from companies such as HP Inc., Dell and Google.

    What follows are our recommendations for back-to-school tech

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    Discounted Gadgets You Didn’t Know You Needed

    There are a lot of pros to Zoom meetings: You can wear pajama pants, you can mute yourself so no one hears your music in the background, and you can even turn your video off if you’re having a bad hair day. But there are also a lot of headaches. Whether your laptop video camera only works half the time or your microphone cuts out with every other word you say, the Zoom struggle is real.

    To make your WFH life easier—or to help you get by in a socially distant office—we’ve curated a list of products that will make your Zoom experiences a little more enjoyable. Zooms may not always be as easy as in-person meetings, but at least you’ll be able to (momentarily) forget that you’re not sitting in the same room as all of your favorite coworkers.

    1. Logitech C270 Webcam; $53

    This budget-friendly webcam from Logitech

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