March 16, 2019
The big, bad news happened yesterday in a peaceful country, NEW ZEALAND. As the news headline: New Zealand mosque attacks: what we know. With its description: Christchurch, New Zealand - The quiet New Zealand city of Christchurch was struck by two deadly attacks on Friday, with 49 people killed and another 20 seriously injured after gun assaults on mosques as Muslims worshipped.
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March 15, 2019
March 15, 2019
A look at the best news photos from around the world.
1The New Zealand national flag is flown at half-mast on a Parliament building in Wellington after attacks on two Christchurch mosques left at least 49 dead on March 15. One gunman was identified as an Australian extremist.
2Students take part in a 'youth strike to act on climate change' demonstration in Nice, France. Similar protests by young people took place across the world.
3A young man walks with an elderly one injured in his eye with others said to be members of the Islamic State (IS) group as they exit from the village of Baghouz in the eastern Syrian province of Deir Ezzor.
4People gather during a protest over President Abdelaziz Bouteflika's decision to delay elections and extend his fourth term in office, in Algiers, Algeria.
News Words: Talent
March 14, 2019
After winning an award for singing, Nelson Ebo left Angola and studied music in Spain. He lives in the United States and is famous all over the world for his talent. He would like to return to Angola to teach the “beautiful world of music.”
Google’s Lookout App Helps Blind People Experience the World
March 13, 2019
Google has launched a new app designed to help blind people explore their surroundings.
The free app, called Lookout, is currently available to users in the United States who own a Google Pixel device. The company says it hopes to bring Lookout to more devices and additional countries soon.
The app was first announced at Google’s I/O developer conference in May 2018. Since then, the company says it has been testing and working to improve the quality of its results.
The app uses technology similar to Google Lens. That product uses machine learning to recognize text and objects through a device’s camera. Users can then receive information about or take actions related to the text and recognized objects.
Lookout builds on this same technology, but aims to provide assistance to people who are blind or have low vision.
The app uses a device’s camera to recognize text and objects and then provide voice descriptions about what it sees.
Lookout is not designed to describe everything, but instead seeks to search out things that people would most likely care about. The app can learn to judge what things are most important to a person over time.
Google says the app operates best when the user wears a device around the neck or inside a pocket, with the camera lens pointed outward.
Lookout has three main settings for people to use.
The Explore setting is designed to provide assistance for people carrying out daily activities or for identifying things in new places. A Shopping setting can capture products and help users identify their money. The Quick Read setting can help users go through their mail, read signs or identify other printed materials.
Users can control parts of the app through a fingerprint sensor. For example, the sensor can be used to change operating settings or go through recent results captured by the camera. The app has three different detail levels that can be activated to provide more or less information about objects.
Google says the goal of the app is to provide more independence to the nearly 253 million people in the world who are blind or have severe vision difficulties.
There are other apps and devices designed to assist these people, too.
Microsoft’s free Seeing AI app works similarly to Google Lookout. Microsoft calls its system – launched for iPhone users in 2017 - a “talking camera for the blind.” Seeing AI can recognize text, objects and people and speaks results to users.
Microsoft says the system can provide audio sounds that relate to current light levels around the user. A recently released version also reportedly lets users put their fingers over a photo of something to get a sense of how the object feels. The app produces small vibrations and sounds to help this process.
Another free app, called Be My Eyes, connects blind or low-sight individuals with sighted volunteers through live video calls.
I’m Bryan Lynn.
Bryan Lynn wrote this story for VOA Learning English. Ashley Thompson was the editor.
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Words in This Story
app – n. program for a smartphone or other device that performs a special function
text – n. written words
vision – n. the ability to see
pocket – n. small bag fixed onto a piece of clothing to hold things
lens – n. curved piece of glass used by cameras to capture pictures
shopping – n. the activity of buying goods in a store
vibration – n. the act of shaking with small, quick movements
Unit 1: English In A Minute