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09 Mar 12 New Chrome Extension Helps the Blind Participate in Google+ Chat Hangouts


New Chrome Extension Helps the Blind Participate in Google+ Chat Hangouts

Software Engineer, Mohamed Mansour, developed a new Chrome extension called Accessible Hangouts for Google+ that makes chatting in hangouts more feasible for the blind. In the following video Mansour demonstrates his technology by holdong a chat in hangout with Ken Meadows, a veteran who lost his sight while stationed in Iraq.

Every time someone talks in chat their name is pronounced and what they are talking about is put in voice. It also identifies when they exit a hangout.

Mansuour wrote in a Google+ post Wednesday night that he hacked the extension together in a few hours after meeting a blind war veteran in a Google+ Hangout: “I was writing on the chat on the left, and it was really difficult for him to read the text. I am really into accessibility, and I worked on it a lot in Chromium in the past, and I really wanted to help him. So I told Tim, ‘what if the chat spoke to you?’ Tim said, ‘that would be awesome’. When I saw the big smile on his face, I had to do it!

The Accessible Hangouts extension is an open source project. Mansour hopes that the extension will become part of Hangouts in the near future but it must be download for now.

Twitter users applaud Mansour’s efforts:

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We need more cool people that help folks out like this. RT @gigaom: Google+ Hangouts become accessible to the blind http://t.co/rprcoKtP 1 hour ago via Qwitter 5 ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

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Doing one thing right. RT @tnawara Google+ Hangouts become accessible to the blind http://t.co/pUTOWGNr 1 hour ago via web ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

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Small tweaks can make big differences!
RT @jank0: Google+ Hangouts become accessible to the blind http://t.co/hZqJe9hQ (via @PRtips) 2 hours ago via web ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

Article source: http://www.webpronews.com/new-chrome-extension-helps-the-blind-participate-in-google-chat-hangouts-2012-03

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06 Nov 11 Google integrates YouTube, Chrome more deeply into Google+



In a bid to enhance sharing on its upcoming social network, Google has integrated its video-sharing site YouTube and its Chrome browser more deeply into Google+.

Vic Gundotra, Google’s senior vice president for engineering, said YouTube and Chrome are now more accessible from the Google+ network.

“It’s no secret that YouTube is filled with tons of great content (from inspiring speeches to music videos to honey badgers). We wanted to bring YouTube directly into Google+—as well as make it easier to watch and share your favorites – so we’re launching a YouTube ‘slider’ in the stream,” Gundotra said in a blog post.

A user can mouse over the new YouTube icon at the top right of Google+, and a message will slide out asking “What would you like to play?”

Based on the user’s input, YouTube will start playing a list of related videos in a new pop-up window.

Even if one moves the pop-up elsewhere, they can still navigate their playlist from the slider.

“Sharing YouTube videos with your circles also works (of course), but there’s a nice little twist: the people you share with can open a related playlist directly from your post! Last but not least, we’re starting to include YouTube playlists in Google+ search results,” Gundotra said.

On the other hand, Gundotra said Google is also rolling out two new Chrome extensions for Google+ – the +1 button and notifications.

“Of course, if you don’t use Chrome, then you can use Google Toolbar for Internet Explorer. The new version – also rolling out today – includes these same sharing and notification features, Gundotra said.

He added Google has “lots more” planned for Google+, after YouTube and Chrome.

A separate article on tech site Mashable said this was the latest in a series of enhancements to Google+.

Only last summer, it said Google incorporated the ability to play YouTube videos in Google+ Hangouts.

Article source: http://www.gmanews.tv/story/237647/technology/google-integrates-youtube-chrome-more-deeply-into-google

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