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Talk Different: Autistic child’s mother develops world’s first ‘universal language’ app

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By NewsGram Staff Writer

The world’s first smartphone application which allows people speaking different languages and those incapable of speaking to communicate together, has been created by a French mother of an autistic child.

The app was made available for purchase and downloading on Google Play and Apple Store in nine international languages by Sogeti, an affiliate of French computing giant Capgemini.

Developed by Marie Spitz, the Talk Different app uses 700 images, colours, icons and sounds to create messages based on alternative communication techniques she practised to interact with her daughter Pauline, who suffers from speech depriving autism.

Speaking on the advantages her invention offers, Spitz said, “The key to Talk Different, is the ease and accessibility that allows lost travellers, the vocal-or hearing-impaired or other verbally isolated users to construct messages on smartphones or pads that virtually anyone else will understand.

I have worked for over three years on this project with the goal that Talk Different would be accessible to all, for less than a euro on smartphones, while being very easy to use. The application requires no special training”, she said.

What sets the 99 cent app apart from other language apps is its picture-book simplicity, an intentional contrast to the more complex and confounding tools she used while communicating with her daughter.

Patrick Marquet, project manager at Sogeti said, “Talk Different makes everyday communication easier via an intuitive and fun application. With her exceptional vision and drive, Marie Spitz has invented a new way of communicating for people who may not speak the same language or who suffer from a range of disabilities.”

Spitz founded her MPSLS software company to develop and perfect an application using her insights for medical, educational and tourism communication use after working around her daughter’s speech disability for over a decade.

The users can select drawings and photos of various figures, situations, emotions or ideas, and combine them with colour, sound, text and other evocative content to construct easily identifiable messages or questions.

Spitz is already on the way to develop a different version of the app for health workers and the handicapped.

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How to Build the Ultimate Ecommerce App with Builder.ai’s Studio Store

Businesses all over the globe have gone digital during the Coronavirus pandemic

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The world of e-commerce is growing fast and businesses need to catch up. Pixabay

Not too long ago, NASDAQ predicted that by the year 2040, as much as 95% of shopping will be facilitated by ecommerce. Similarly, Shopify Plus estimates that by the year 2021, worldwide retail ecommerce sales will reach $4.9 trillion – a number that will now be amplified as a result of the recent events. The world of e-commerce is growing fast and businesses need to catch up.

For good or for bad, the COVID-19 pandemic and the subsequent lockdowns have left businesses little choice but to go digital. Gone are the days when goliaths like Walmart would build ecommerce apps just to indulge a handful of customers. Today, it is either go digital or go home.  So, for all businesses looking for an ecommerce mobile app builder, Studio Store could be an interesting option.

Launched recently by Builder.ai with the goal of helping businesses directly impacted by COVID-19, Studio Store is a new range of pre-packaged apps – beginning with e-commerce and delivery – designed to bring businesses online faster and at a fraction of the cost of building from scratch. With Studio Store, Builder.ai is furthering its mission to democratize the software market by offering pre-built software for a fraction of the price, giving more companies than ever the opportunity to use technology to grow their business.

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Here’s how you can get an ecommerce website to flourish your website. Pixabay

So, if you’ve been wondering how to build an ecommerce app, then here are the key problems Studio Store solves with features that are most noteworthy:

  • Most apps take 6-9 months to develop, depending on the complexity. 

Unlike most ecommerce app builders, Studio Store ecommerce app by Builder.ai will serve the specific needs of businesses across e-commerce – such as flower shops, grocery stores and clothiers – and be delivered to customers in eight weeks.

  • Most app development journeys are complicated and take months of back and forth to just nail down basic feature sets. 

The Studio Store’s e-commerce app makes selling to an ever-mobile customer effortless, and retailers can showcase their goods with a scrollable carousel and offer a wide range of secure payment methods. The app includes features that will handle the soup to nuts of most e-commerce experiences.

  • For most ecommerce app builders, their job ends as soon as an app is handed over to the customer, with little to no customer service after. 

Studio Store by Builder.ai offers 3 months of free aftercare that keeps the app thriving and the cloud needed to run the app and scale the business.

  • App developers charge hefty down payments even before a project begins.

Studio Store is priced at a reasonable $500 per month and Builder.ai does not take any cut of sales or transaction fees (so you’ll only pay those charged directly by a payment gateway). Builder.ai only requires a one-month deposit at the beginning of the engagement.

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Studio Store is priced at a reasonable $500 per month and Builder.ai does not take any cut of sales or transaction fees. Pixabay

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  • With SaaS app builders, each customer gets complete ownership of their code.

The biggest drawback of SaaS applications is that the source code remains the same for all customers. In cases where new features are rolled out, they’re rolled out universally. But with Studio Store, the customer gets a copy of the code after 24 months.

All in all, if you are looking to build an ecommerce app online, then Builder.ai could be the best choice. You can check out the Studio Store for yourself by clicking here.

[Disclaimer: The article published above promotes links of commercial interests.]

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Walmart Launches Cheaper HD Models of Onn Tablets with Android 10

Now Walmart has launched cheaper version of their tablets, after Amazon

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Walmart has launched two cheaper models of Onn tablets, the 8-inch version costs $99 and the 10-inch model costs $129. Pixabay

After Amazon, retail giant Walmart has now launched two cheaper models of its Onn tablets, the 8-inch version for $99 and the 10-inch model for $129.

The new tablets feature Google Play, Android 10, USB-C port and an HD display.

According to The Verge, the 8-inch tablet includes an HD LCD display, 32GB of storage, 2GB of RAM, a 2.0GHz octa-core processor along with 5MP cameras located on the front and the back of the device.

Meanwhile, the 10.1-inch model comes with a 1080p display, 3GB of RAM, and a headphone jack but retains the same processor, storage, and cameras as the eight-inch model.

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The new tablets feature Google Play, Android 10, USB-C port and an HD display. (Representational Image). Pixabay

The company claims that both products have 10 hours of battery life.

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Both models have big, black bezels around their display and come with several Walmart apps preloaded, including the Walmart app, Vudu, Sam’s Club, and Walmart eBooks.

Walmart debuted the Onn Tablet line in 2019.

Recently, Amazon announced the next generation of its Fire HD 8 tablet lineup, designed with the entire family in mind – the all-new Fire HD 8, Fire HD 8 Plus, and Fire HD 8 Kids Edition at starting price of $90. (IANS)

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Build an App, Create a Website – Before you Start Your 1st Year of Engineering

Online learning can be very helpful for students while pursuing their careers

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One can opt for online learning to ensure that their career stays on the right track. (Representational Image). Pixabay

You have taken the first step towards building your career and choosing your profession but how to ensure that it yields the best result. What can assure you that Engineering was the right career option for you? What if we tell you that there is a way to ensure that your career stays on the right track and you are sure about what you would like to pursue. You could do so by opting for an online learning.

To begin with, what is online learning?

Unlike the conventional learning in a classroom, online learning makes the content available for students digitally. Students can learn online, anywhere and anytime. Instead of physical copies of books, e-learning uses visual content and gamification.

It is flexible and offers you the opportunity to create your own schedule and complete as per convenience even while pursuing other things. It is also affordable, and you could make the best use of your savings so far.

To help you understand better, we have listed a few projects you could work on along with the skills that you could attain through online learning.

  1. Build an Android app

With 2Bn+ users, Android is the most commonly used mobile OS. Apps are designed to let you access different information through it and the simplicity of it makes it unique and with wide-ranging functionalities.

You could opt for an Android App Development training. It would help you understand the various features of App Development and how it can be put to use.

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One could opt for an Android App Development training and build an app. Pixabay
  1. Create a website

Web development is the work involved in developing a website. It can range from developing a single page to the most complex websites. There are two kinds of web developer specialization: front-end developer and back-end developer. Front-end developers deal with the layout and visuals of a website, while back-end developers deal with the functionality of a website.

You could opt for a Web Development training. It would help you understand the intricacies and provide an in-depth knowledge of the subject.

  1. Build a game

Python has emerged as a shining star of the coding world while providing you with an opportunity to transform your imagination of creating cool characters in games into reality. It is an open source language and can easily be used by every programmer without any qualms. Being an Interpretive and Object-oriented Programming (OOP) language it adapts itself to the real world and works on debugging the codes without the hassle of a compiler thus saving time on refining the code lines.

You could opt for a Programming with Python Training. It would help you in understanding the building blocks of Python.

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One could opt for a Programming with Python Training and create a game of their own. Pixabay
  1. Develop system applications

It is derived from the C-language and since its inception, has been a top-performing language. Java is fast and efficient and because of which it is frequently used as an enterprise-level software or in complex business problems. It consists of Java Virtual Machine (JVM), which is responsible for converting the code and Java Runtime Environment (JRE), which is used for execution.

You could opt for a Core Java Training. It would help you understand the basic concepts of Java and Object-Oriented Programming such as arrays, methods, and

inheritance, polymorphism, classes etc.

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  1. Create an IOT project

Internet of Things (IoT) is a network of physical objects that are accessible through the internet. The objects are assigned an IP address and have the ability to collect and transfer data over a network without manual assistance or intervention. The connection thus formed helps in providing a flawless medium with each other to interact and yield the desired outcome.

You could opt for an Internet Of Things training. It would help you in building intelligent internet-connected devices and the intricacies of it.

With 60 Lac students graduating every year and only 8-10% getting employed, it is essential to start early towards gaining an in-depth knowledge and building your resume. So, what you be learning before you begin your engineering?

Courtesy: Internshala Trainings (trainings.internshala.com) an online training platform