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App for the color blind


By Raffy Paredes

Microsoft has come up with an app that enhances contrast for the color blind much like what expensive corrective glasses do. Color Binoculars, a free iOS app was originally created by Tom Overton (who is colorblind himself) and Tingting Zhu, as part of a company-wide hackathon that took place last year. They took their prototype app to Microsoft Garage, which helps employees bring apps to the market. As a result, it’s now available on the App Store.Color Binoculars can be set to compensate for three different types of colorblindness. In all cases, it uses digital filters to change problematic color combinations that are present in the camera’s live preview. The altered image is displayed to the user on the screen, in real time. There’s no word yet for an Android version. Interested Android users can check out the DanKam app which costs $3.99(

VLC’s popular open source media player can now play back 360-degree photos and videos. The company behind VLC,VideoLan, teamed up with 360-degree camera company to develop the new features. This makes VLC the first major video player app to play 360° videosout of the box. The feature will be merged on all platforms when the final releaseof VLC 3.0 is launched in the coming weeks. For now, the playback ability is offered through a download called VLC 360. The 360 content can be displayed in Zoom, Little Planet, and Reverse Little Planet modes. Users can interact with the photos and videos using the mouse or keyboard (PetaPixel).

  • The Man Inside the Wheel (Dan Reyes)

  • Sun, The Morning Star (Japol Oroña)

  • Help Us (Berndrick Alburo)

  • Grilling View (Jerry Manongsong Tengco)

  • Myriad (Alfredo Marasigan Jr.)

  • Skyway (Mandy N. Buenconsejo)

  • Cathedral of Holy Spirit (Alex Manalili)

  • Untitled (Robert Urbuda)

  • Untitled (Jomar Sabroso)

  • Remnants of Faith (Lino Jubilan), the free Metro Manila commuters’ app from By Implication has added Traincheck which predicts MRT congestion, and tells you when the trains will be crowded (or not). Other services of the app benefitting its users are: extensive commute routes, including jeepney, bus and train routes sourced from the DOTC; step-by-step transit directions; and easy comparison of routes on duration, number of jeepney/bus/train rides and stops, and cost.

    And now to our featured readers.

    Alfredo Marasigan Jr., a senior Bachelor in Secondary Education-Major in English student at  the Laguna State Polytechnic University-San Pablo City Campus shares “Myriad,” a photo of different faces in clay. His description reads: “The many-faced sculpture, displayed at University of Batangas, presents a sense of introspection and reflection of human emotions. Strange, yet at the same time, evoking a sense of beauty.”

    Seafarer Mandy Buenconsejo sent in the night photo, “Skyway,” taken from a hotel in Bicutan while on vacation.

    The photo titled “Cathedral of Holy Spirit” comes from Alekz Manalili, a freelance photographer in Turkey. He writes that this church is close to the heart of the Filipinos in Turkey “because this place is not only a worship place for us Filipinos, but also a place where we can meet Filipinos every Sunday.” The cathedral is located in Harbiye in the heart of Istanbul, Turkey. Alekz is a member of the Pinoy Istanbul Shooters Odyssey (PISO).

    From Lito Jubilan is “Remnants of Faith,” a photo of the famous Baroque church in his hometown of Miagao in Iloilo province. “This photo was taken during our photowalk with James Singlador, writes Lito. “He said, ‘the best time to take a picture of Miagao Church is during the sunrise,’ when the sunlight brings a glow direct to the façade of the church. So we woke up early and waited for the right time to take this picture.”

    Robert Urbuda submitted an untitled photo of sunflowers. “The beauty of nature created above all that symbolizes happiness is called a flower,” shares Robert. Every time I see flowers, I feel so happy. A flower is also the same as a human being who really gives us inspiration and hope.”

    Student Berndrick Alburo contributed the black-and-white photo, “Help Us” taken along Session Road in Baguio City. He writes: “Gusto ko silang tulungan at tanungin kung napano ang anak nya pero maiiwanan na ako ng mama ko. ‘Di ko pa naman alam pauwi sa aming tinuluyan.”

    “I want to share this image titled ‘The Man Inside the Wheel,’” writes Dan Reyes. “This is in my ongoing series of Human Portraits where I decided to capture the portraits of these amazing people in their most natural emotions. My series contains happiness, sadness, and other form of emotion and lastly all photos are taken in Pangasinan.” Interested readers can see more of Dan’s work at his instagram account: dan.a.reyes.

    Jomar Sabroso relates that his untitled low tide photo at sunset was taken last year at the Bacuit Bay, El Nido. “No need to ride a boat if you are staying at Poblacion, El Nido,” shares Jomar.“Just take a walk by the bay and if you will be lucky enough to have good weather, you will witness the stunning the sunset of El Nido.”

    Japol Oroña shares his photo titled “Sun, the Morning Star.” “Every time I wake up in the morning, I know that it is going to be an awesome day because I consider it as a blessing from God,” he declares. “I definitely believe that each morning is a new beginning and with the brand new day comes new strength and new thoughts.”

    And from certified caregiver Jerry Tengco is “Grilling View.” “When I saw the BBQ grill, the bulb lit up in my head,” shares Jerry. “I used the grill as my screen and frame in my sunset photography. That’s why this photo is entitled ‘Grilling View.’” I took this at Lover’s Island Beach Resort located in Anilao East, Mabini, Batangas. At last! It didn’t fail me. It gave me a satisfying outcome for a new photo without going far from my place. Being creative and resourceful are characteristics that a photographer must have and thank God for having me there at that time.”

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