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Google launches Portuguese version of Android voice control app



This Wednesday, 30, Google announced the launch of Voice Access in Portuguese, an application that allows users to control devices android using only voice. The new version will be released in the first week of December 2022 for Android 12. With this tool, you can use apps, move between screens, type messages, and even edit text with your voice.

This feature, launched in 2018, was designed to allow anyone to control a mobile phone in this way, which is especially useful for people with disabilities who find it difficult to manipulate the touch screen.

“O Brazil it’s a big market. Since July, we have a dedicated team that understands the needs of users. Brazileiros and hand them over to the global team,” said Isa Meirelles, Communications Manager at Google Brazil. The country ranks third in the number of Google Assistant users (android, iOS), which had 500 million people worldwide in 2020.

Voice Access has some basic navigation commands (“back”, “go home”, “open Gmail”), to control the screen (“tap next”, “scroll down”), or even to edit and dictate text (“type hi ”, “replace coffee with tea”). When the user says “help”, a list of commands is presented at any time.

The tool can be launched by the Google Assistant by saying “Ok Google Voice Access”. You can also tap the Android app notification or the blue voice access button and start talking.

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About Google Maps (android, iOS) launches a function to identify establishments with available entry. In this case, they are identified by a wheelchair icon in the company profile. If the location is not available, the icon looks like a dash above it. This function also allows you to find out if there are places for people with disabilities, toilets and parking in the hall.

The tool shows the accessibility features of the institution. (credit: advertising)

“A person can see the proposed accessibility solutions on the establishment’s page, such as ramps and elevators. It is already available in Google Maps settings as an opportunity to help people with reduced mobility better plan where they can go,” said Bernardo Barlach, accessibility partnerships manager for Latin America.

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This feature was launched in Australia, Japan, the UK and the US in 2020 to help people know if a given location is wheelchair accessible. It is now available worldwide, online as well as on the app. Over 120 million local experts, users, and merchants worldwide have provided over 1 billion accessibility information in object profiles.

To use it, you need to activate the “available places” setting in the Google Maps application. To enter accessibility information on Google Maps, simply find the establishment’s business profile, click “About” and then “Edit Resources”. Then just click on the availability information and add the details to your profile.

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Portuguese historical films will premiere on 29 December.



Portuguese historical films will premiere on 29 December.

Method Media Bermuda will present the documentary FABRIC: Portuguese History in Bermuda on Thursday, December 29 at the Underwater Research Institute of Bermuda.

A spokesperson said: “Method Media is proud to bring Bermuda Fabric: Portugal History to Bermuda for its 5th and 6th showing at the Bermuda Underwater Observatory. In November and December 2019, Cloth: A Portuguese Story in Bermuda had four sold-out screenings. Now that Bermuda has reopened after the pandemic, it’s time to bring the film back for at least two screenings.

“There are tickets For $ 20 – sessions at 15:30 and 18:00. Both screenings will be followed by a short Q&A session.

Director and producer Milton Raboso says, “FABRIC is a definitive account of the Portuguese community in Bermuda and its 151 years of history, but it also places Bermuda, Acors and Portugal in the world history and the events that have fueled those 151 years.

“It took more than 10 years to implement FABRIC. The film was supported by the Minister of Culture, the Government of the Azores and private donors.

Bermuda Media Method [MMB] Created in 2011 by producer Milton Raposo. MMB has created content for a wide range of clients: Bermuda’s new hospital renovation, reinsurance, travel campaigns, international sports and more. MMB pays special attention to artistic, cultural and historical content.

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Maestro de Braga is the first Portuguese in the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba.



Maestro de Braga is the first Portuguese in the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba.

Maestro Filipe Cunha, Artistic Director of the Philharmonic Orchestra of Braga, has been invited to conduct the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra, as announced today.

According to a statement sent by O MINHO, “he will be the first Portuguese conductor to conduct this orchestra in its entire history.”

In addition to this orchestra, the maestro will also work with the Lyceo Mozarteum de la Habana Symphony Orchestra.

The concerts will take place on 4 and 12 March 2023 at the National Theater of Cuba in Havana.

In the words of the maestro, quoted in the statement, “these will be very beautiful concerts with difficult but very complex pieces” and therefore he feels “very motivated”.

From the very beginning, Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 will be performed by an Italian pianist (Luigi Borzillo), whom the maestro wants to bring to Portugal later this year. In the same concert, Mendelshon’s First Symphony will be performed.

Then, at the second concert, in the company of the Mexican clarinetist Angel Zedillo, he will perform the Louis Sfora Concerto No. 2. In this concert, the maestro also conducts Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony.

“This is an international recognition of my work. An invitation that I accept with humility and great responsibility. I was surprised to learn that I would be the first Portuguese member of the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra. This is a very great honor,” the maestro said in a statement.

“I take with me the name of the city of Braga and Portugal with all the responsibility that goes with it, and I hope to do a good job there, leaving a good image and putting on great concerts. These will be very special concerts because, in addition to performing pieces that I love, especially Rachmaninov and Tchaikovsky, I will be directing two wonderful soloists who are also my friends. It will be very beautiful,” concludes Filipe Cunha.

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