Google Docs 'live edits' feature helps the visually impaired
Google has launched a number of accessibility features this year, designed to make its products useable by everyone. Sound Amplifier, for example, makes conversations in loud places easier to hear, while Live Transcribe gives deaf and hard of hearing users context about the environment around them. Its latest offering is for Live Edits in Google Docs, designed to help users keep tabs on real-time updates made by document collaborators. Designed to be used with screen readers or Braille displays, the Live Edits sidebar lists real-time updates made on a document by others, allowing these changes to be read aloud by a user's preferred voice device.
Google Maps can now help visually impaired people get to their walking destinations more easily — by continually reminding them that they’re on the right path, warning them when there’s a busy crosswalk ahead, telling them how far away their next turn is using voice navigation
a “smart cane” specially designed to help navigate visually impaired users, as “When we use our traditional canes in the streets and shake them left and right “But Google Maps provides information to sighted people . Now , in a more accessible way, visually impaired people can look at the city.
Google Maps can now help visually impaired people get to their walking destinations more easily — by continually reminding them that they’re on the right path, warning them when there’s a busy crosswalk ahead, telling them how far away their next turn is using voice navigation, and automatically pointing them back in the right direction if they have to stop.
Here’s ademonstrating the improved guidance in action:
Google’ssays the improved guidance is now available on iOS and Android, but only in English in the US and in Japanese in Japan, at the moment. If you want to use it, you can turn it on in Google Maps’ settings menu. The company says support for more languages and countries is “on the way.”
A Chinese student has managed to fool Google Maps and Apple by naming a street with his own name
A Chinese student managed to make the mapping services believe that a street bears his name. For four years.
Imagine living four years in a street that does not have the right name on Google Maps. This is what happened in China, where an artist managed to add a road named after him by the government and Google Maps.
Here's what happened: in 2013, Ge Yulu, an artist living in Beijing, came across a street that did not have any sign indicating his name. It was there that he decided to install his own, officially official sign, indicating his own name, "Ge Yulu". Thein Chaoyang District is about 460 meters long.
The panel that Ge Yulu installed in 2013.VCG VIA GETTY IMAGES
The street in question on Baidu Street View.Baidu
In an(the equivalent of Quora in China), Ge Yulu documents how his panel ended up, first in government documentation and finally on online maps such as Apple Maps, Google Maps, Baidu Maps and Autonavi.
Autonavi, mapping service of the Chinese giant Alibaba, renamed the street first in 2014. The service is mostly used in the country andmap data to Apple and Google. The city of Beijing has even started to install lampposts bearing the unofficial name of the street.
Ge Yu Street, "Ge Yu Lu" in Chinese, on Google Maps.GoogleArtistic Project
The panel was actually an art project led by Ge Yulu who is taking classes of the Central Academy of Fine Arts. The student wished to work on the double meaning of his last name, which contains the Chinese word "route". Indeed, "Lu" can mean road, so "Ge Yu Lu" can be translated as "Ge Yu Road". In an interview withacademic journal, Ge Yulu explains that he wanted to explore the meaning of his own identity and relate it to public space.
"When I arrived in Beijing, I realized that this metropolis had many nooks and crannies," he explains. "I wondered if 'Ge Yulu' could survive in one of those nooks ... a place that people usually ignore."
Government officials toldthat the panels had been removed. In China, as elsewhere, only government planners have the right to name roads. The student was aware that his artistic performance was probably illegal.
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As for the misidentification error of Autonavi, a representative of the company explained to the Beijing Youth Daily that street names are normally collected so standalone and that new streets are added thanks to users' geolocation data. According to Autonavi, the checks normally performed may not have been rigorous enough.
Who knows, in Paris, if the station Quai de la Rapée exists, it is perhaps because one day a gourmet (enthusiast of grated potatoes?) Has one day renamed without anyone realize it ...
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