How to Create a Free Travel Journal

“Traveling – it leaves you speechless then turns you into a storyteller” – said Ibn Battuta, the 14th century Moroccan traveler and explorer.  Battuta’s adventures and impressions were documented and recorded in the book called Rihla, which means The Journey. Thanks to this manuscript, Battuta’s travel stories are remembered and told even today, seven centuries later.

Traveling enriches people and creates many memorable moments. But memories are often elusive. In order to be remembered, all the great stories and happenings should be recorded as they happen or shortly after. Thanks to the advent of blogging, it is possible not only to create rich and interactive travel journals, but also share them instantly with friends and family.

Here are three great websites that allow you to create travel journals on the go:

 

1. Travellerspoint

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Travellerspoint allows you to create your own, free travel blog so you can show off your trips in style. Trevellerspoint blogs are highly customizable and include some powerful features. Some of the most notable features include your own subdomain, interactive travel mapping, unlimited video and photo uploads, professionally designed blog templates, password protection, and more. Continue reading >>

How to instantly translate text from images on Android

google translate appGoogle Translate is an Android application that seems to be constantly evolving and unveiling new updates. The latest update features an integration of Google Goggles’ OCR (optical character recognition) technology.

The integration of this technology enables people to input text for translation without actually having to type the text that they want to be translated. Instead of typing the text, you use the camera of your Android device.

For example, if you want to translate something from a restaurant menu that is in French, you don’t have to type in the phrases – all you have to do is to take a snapshot of the words, highlight the desired words, and the OCR technology will go to work in order to recognize the characters and have the text translated on your device’s screen. You can even listen to translation.

Here’s how you use this great and free Android app to translate image text on the fly and have it spoken to you.

1. First, take a picture of the text that you want translated. You should have previously designated what languages you are translating from and into.

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How to Create a Scanned Digital Signature for Signing Documents

scanned digital signatureIn today’s digital age more and more business transactions are taking place online. It seems that now more than ever, almost all documents are sent and received via the Internet and physical paper is being used less and less. Say you want to hire a graphic designer working overseas to create your website. How will you get this person to sign a contract when hiring him or her?

Instead of sending your new employee paperwork through the post office, why not look into a way to get the signature on the contract digitally? Creating a scanned digital signature for signing online and computer-based documents is now easier than ever. It is a fairly simple process. You will need a piece of paper, your favorite pen and a scanner.

1. The first thing to do is to simply write your signature on a piece of paper.

2. Scan it with your scanner.

3. Save the resulting image as one of the more commonly used graphic file formats, like GIF, PNG or JPG.

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7 Apps to Annotate Web Pages Free

add notes to websitesIt is practically unimaginable to conduct any kind of research without the Internet these days. No matter if you are a student, educator, professional researcher, or simply a curious person, when you want to explore a certain subject chances are you will start your research on the World Wide Web. As far as we know, the Web is the best source of information on a wide range of topics.  Actually, you will most likely come across tons of great resources and materials that you can use for your project, paper, presentation, report or anything else.

However great and awesome it is, you will need a way to mark up and annotate all these amazing web pages in order to properly manage and moderate your research. Thankfully, there are numerous web applications that will enable you to add notes to web pages and much, much more. Today we share with you seven great apps for annotating the web and managing information online.

 

1. ZOTEROzotero

Zotero is a free tool that can help you collect, organize and edit your research sources. As a personal research assistant, it allows you to share your research and add content with a single click, directly to your library. As the tool supports thousands of sites, you can easily add PDFs, audio, images, and video files, and basically anything else.

The tool also organizes your research into collections, something similar to playlists, where you can name, add numbers or organized them however you like.

If you wish to create footnotes, citations and more, Zotero will, in no time, help you do that so you can concentrate on more relevant work. It can also automatically synchronize your data across as many devices as you use so you are able to add to your research library on your home computer or organize your collections right within your mobile device.

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