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Visually Impared Or An Auditory Learner? Install Read Aloud For Chrome

"Read Aloud: A Text to Speech Voice Readeris an extension for Google Chrome that brings website text to life by making the website speak. This is especially useful for those with visual impairment, have Dyslexia, or those who are auditory learners. If there's a long blog post you're reading or you simply don't have the eyesight to read on-screen for a long period of time, this extension reads the text aloud for you.

The feature-set for this extension is exemplary.

Follow The Reading

Want to follow the reading? Read Aloud shows you a small window and highlights the sentence as it reads!

Shortcuts Keys Available

You're able to use ALT-P, ALT-O, ALT-Comma, and ALT-Period to Play/Pause, Stop, Rewind, and Forward, respectively.

Change TTS Voice

Among being able to change the speaking voice, you're able to change speech speed rate, pitch, volume, and enable text highlighting.

Speaking as someone who has vision problems and can't read on-screen for a prolonged period of time, this extension is a life-saver. Functionally it works great and it allows me to absorb information easily, as I'm an auditory learner. When my eyes feel better, I can read along with the narration, which is the icing on the cake.

Read Aloud is an open-source project that the developer created in their spare time. You can view and contribute to the project by going to their Github page.

This extension is highly rated via the Chrome Web Store by over 1,000 users and currently has 2,000,000+ users. It's also available for Firefox, and you might be able to get this to work on mobile by using Kiwi Browser for Android and installing the Read Aloud extension through the Chrome Web store.

For those who are looking for a mobile application that offers text-to-speech, try @Voice Aloud Reader (TTS Reader) for Android.

Love Your Family - Prank Them!

I quite enjoyed installing Android x86 on my Dell Inspiron 15 a few years ago. After logging into Google and going into the Play Store, I realized how many apps I have accumulated over the years of being an Android user. One of those apps was called dSploit: "The most complete and advanced IT security professional toolkit on Android." That it was, and my favorite feature to toy with at the time was MITM. Performing Man-in-the-Middle attacks on my family was amusing to me.

Some of what I was able to accomplish was: 

  • Kill all network connections.
  • Listen for cookies on your network for potential highjacks.
  • Sniff passwords.
  • Redirect all HTTP traffic to another site.
  • Redirect targeted traffic through your device.
  • Replace text on webpages with specific ones.
  • Replace images with a specific one.
  • Replace all YouTube videos on web pages with a specific video.
  • Inject Javascript on every visited webpage.

Note that...

  • These only work on networks you're logged into.
  • This will not work on HTTPS.
  • This does work on open networks
  • Because you are the MITM, performing these tasks will slow your IP/users fetching and receiving of these pages.
  • You need ROOT access on your device for dSploit to work.

I once re-routed my uncle's traffic while he was watching a YouTube video. "I don't understand what's happening! What?" YouTube led him to a website I'd auto-redirected him to. I almost broke out laughing before confessing my nerdy secret. Hmm... if I was a kid in school remote learning, "I'm sorry, professor, my network kept redirecting me away from the school website, I couldn't finish my homework!" Wouldn't that have been smart?

I no longer have old screenshots of the app and from what I know, the development of dSploit has since ceased, but you can still use it. here are web images I found of the app.

Mobiwol: ET (Don't) Phone Home

Mobiwol is a Firewall program that allows you to prevent applications (or "ET") from calling home. This is needed for bug-fixing as well as to obtain stats on any given application. For example, has App X been paid for? How frequent is App X running in the background? In some cases, apps will relay periodical messages to their developers (or an unknown source) with your personal information. This is known as Malware. The developer or this "unknown source", in this scenario, will sell your information to scam artists, advertising firms, etc. The worst-case scenario is either identity theft or credit card information. This is why it's important to check the permissions of every app you install and make sure the app developer is searchable on Google and sounds reputable.

As seen in the image above, I selected Chrome as a test choice. Mobile and Wi-Fi are checked, which means that it can send and receive data when connected to either network. In this case, if you were to disable "Wi-Fi", Chrome would not load any webpages under your home internet because the firewall would block Chrome.

In theory, this is great because now you're able to use apps that are riddled with ads, ad-free. Just disable Mobile and Wi-Fi so that they can't connect to their ad services. The only trouble that may arise is with apps that require an active connection to function. So internet-connected games won't work if you uncheck the network access.

Once you turn on Mobiwol, the application asks to use your device's VPN (Virtual Private Network) package. Your device will detect this as a warning! This is good, so just hit allow and continue. The VPN that Mobiwol creates on your device is how it gets around needing root access, which is quite brilliant.

Unfortunately, Mobiwol is no longer in development and upon launching the app, you'll get a message warning you that the app was built for an older version of Android, so using it is fine, but it may not work properly. Nevertheless, I think it's an excellent application and it secures your device. I would use it and just turn off network access for apps that really shouldn't have that permission, to begin with.

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