Google Assistant UI is installed on Chrome: How to activate it

The integration of Google services with proprietary applications developed by the Mountain View giant continues to grow, and in this case we talk about the arrival of the Google Assistant UI for voice searches within Google Chrome on Android. Until now, in fact, a tap on the microphone icon inside the search Omnibox of Google Chrome involves the activation of the classic voice search UI now known to all, but from today you can activate the new Google Assistant search UI.

A flag is enough to activate the new UI
Available within version 87 of Google Chrome, currently the new voice search with Google Assistant can be activated through the following flag:

Once you enter the above code inside the Google Chrome URL box and choose the “Enable” option, you may notice the Google Assistant UI appearing as the one shown in the GIF below following a browser restart.

Basically, the search results don’t change, but the new interface makes the user experience more homogeneous between the use of Google Assistant at the operating system level and within the web browser. The feature was in the works since January, but only since today you can activate it via the appropriate flag.

If you haven’t already done so, we recommend updating Google Chrome to the latest version available via the Play Store badge below.


CHUWI 10.1-inch tablet with new “Jasper Lake” CPU

China’s CHUWI will release the Hi10 Go, a 10.1-inch Windows tablet with Celeron N5100, in April. The price has not been announced yet.

It is a 2-in-1 with detachable keyboard and uses 2.5D curved glass for the display. The display is made of 2.5D curved glass with a screen resolution of 1,920 x 1,200 pixels. It uses the Jasper Lake Celeron N5100, the latest architecture and 10nm process manufacturing, with a base clock speed of 1.1GHz and 2.8GHz in burst mode.

Other specifications include 6GB LPDDR4 memory, 128GB eMMC storage, stylus pen and keyboard dock support.

Interfaces include 2 x USB Type-C, HDMI port, 3.5mm mini jack, and microSD card slot. Wireless functions include Bluetooth 5.1 support. Body size is 243.9 x 162.6 x 8.5 mm (W x D x H). The battery capacity is 22Wh.


Crash when printing after applying the latest Windows 10 patch.

Microsoft is investigating an issue that causes a blue screen with the message “APC_INDEX_MISMATCH” when attempting to print from certain printers under OS Build 19042.867 with the latest patch for Windows 10, KB5000802, applied. We are investigating the issue.

KB5000802 fixes a privilege escalation vulnerability related to the Windows print spooler, but some printers are believed to be affected by this. The problem has been reported on overseas forums and Twitter in printers manufactured by Ricoh and Kyocera.

Microsoft is investigating the issue and will update the information as soon as there is progress.


Sanwa, Battery charger for iPhone/iPod

 Sanwa Supply has released the “ACA-BTSLIM” battery charger for iPhone/iPod.

It has a compact and lightweight body measuring 87 (W) x 8.3 (H) x 58 (D) mm and weighing about 50 g. It can be connected to an iPhone or iPod for charging. It comes with a dedicated storage pouch for easy carrying.

It also supports USB bus-powered operation, and can store power from a PC in as little as 4 hours. The cable for charging the main unit can be stored in the main unit. It has an LED indicator that shows the charging status at a glance, and the battery can be recharged approximately 500 times.

It also comes with three types of connectors: USB connector, mini-USB connector, and dock connector. It also comes with three types of connectors: a USB connector, a mini-USB connector, and a dock connector, so you can charge your cell phone or digital camera. When the battery is fully charged, it can charge a cell phone up to about 80%. The price is open.


Bill Gates reveals that he prefers Android to iPhone and explains why.

 So which mobile OS do you prefer, iOS or Android? Although it is not an official MS opinion, the company’s co-founder Bill Gates revealed that he prefers Android and explained why.

Mr. Gates participated in an interview hosted by CNBC and The New York Times journalist Andrew Ross Sorkin, answering a variety of questions. The venue was Clubhouse, an invitation-only chat service.

Sorkin asked Gates if he uses his iPhone regularly and if he prefers iOS over Android. This was an obvious question, given that the current Clubhouse app is only available for iOS and iPad OS.

Mr. Gates responded, “I actually use an Android smartphone,” and “I like to keep up with everything, so I use an iPhone every so often, but I usually carry an Android.

Sorkin added, “Android versus Apple. Is this a religious thing? Mr. Gates replied, “Some of the Android makers are using MS.

Some of the Android manufacturers pre-install MS software. So I’ve gotten used to it. Many of my friends have iPhones, so I’m not religious

Clubhouse co-founder Paul Davison was also present at the event. Davison told Gates and Sorkin that the Android app is a “top feature” the company is currently working on and that he is very excited about it.

Mr. Gates once recalled that the biggest mistake MS made was not taking the Android market. Steve Ballmer, who was the CEO of MS from 2000-2014 (Windows Mobile to Windows Phone in terms of mobile OS), said, “The iPhone was too expensive. Steve Ballmer, who was the CEO of MS from 2000 to 2014 (Windows Mobile to Windows Phone in terms of mobile OS), regretted his disregard for the iPhone, saying that it was too expensive and would never sell, and Gates may have watched his successor’s missteps with mixed feelings.

Anyway, the fact that Mr. Gates is known to be a fan of Android may hasten the release of the Clubhouse app for Android.


Android 12’s First Developer Preview Is Out!

Google has released the first developer preview of its latest mobile operating system, Android 12, on February 18. Check it out to get a glimpse of the upcoming software upgrade, which is scheduled for full release later this year.

Features added in this preview version

This build is not yet in its final form, and more features will be added in the spring and summer. The developer preview includes improved media transcoding, faster notifications, enhanced app testing, and improved security and privacy features.

Google has added media transcoding capabilities to Android 12 to support rich content. Apps that do not support HEVC, the next generation video compression standard, can now easily convert HEVC videos.

In addition, to improve the overall quality of image quality, the AV1 image file format (AVIF) has been introduced, which has a higher compression ratio and dramatically improves image quality compared to JPEG at the same file size. In addition, a new API has been added to allow apps to receive rich content from the clipboard and keyboard, making content easier to share.

Major improvements in notification-related features

One of the highlights of this year’s release is a major improvement in the user interface and functionality of notifications. Google wants to speed up the launch of apps from the notification shade and recommends developers to launch apps directly in Android 12 instead of relying on the “notification trampoline” when launching apps. Android 12 encourages developers to launch apps directly instead of relying on “notification trampolines” when launching apps.

In terms of app compatibility and stability, Google plans to expand support for Project Mainline to provide more tools to help developers optimize their apps for tablets, foldable devices, and Android TV. They are also working on a settings menu that can be switched for all types of debugging.

Finally, to better protect user privacy, Google is adding the ability to control the identifiers used for tracking, improved cookie behavior in WebView, and enhanced security for apps that export activity.

For more information, please visit Google’s Android 12 developer site here. The Android 12 preview is available for anyone with a Pixel smartphone (Pixel 3 or 5) to download and test, and can also be used with the Android Emulator in Android Studio. But please note that it’s not intended for the general public, but for developers and other power users!


HDMI Port And SD Card Slot To Return In New MacBook Pro – Analyst Prediction

As reported by MacRumors, Ming-Chi Kuo, a prominent Apple analyst, has predicted that the 2021 MacBook Pro will have an SD card slot and HDMI port. As reported by MacRumors, Ming-Chi Kuo, a well-known analyst who is familiar with Apple, has predicted that the MacBook Pro to be released in 2021 will also have an SD card slot and HDMI port.

 According to the article, Kuo expects the new MacBook Pro to be released in the second half of 2021. It has been rumored that the new MacBook Pro will come in two screen sizes, 14″ and 16″, that the “MagSafe” power cable for charging will make a comeback, and that the “Touch Bar” that has been on some MacBook Pro’s for several years will be removed. It was rumored that the “MagSafe” power cable for charging would return and that the Touch Bar, which has been on some MacBook Pro for several years, would be discontinued.

 There have been reports that some of the obsolete features are expected to return to the MacBook Pro. For example, Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman reported that Apple is planning to bring back SD card slot and MagSafe charging to the laptop. There were also rumors that the new laptops would be powered by Apple’s own “M” series processors.

 These rumors suggest that Apple is trying to make its computers port-friendly again; the last time a MacBook with an HDMI port, MagSafe charging, and an SD card slot was announced was in 2015.

The last time a MacBook with an HDMI port, MagSafe charging, and an SD card slot was announced was in 2015. This article was originally published by Red Ventures and edited by Asahi Interactive for the Japanese market.


Why Samsung Made a Rare Decision To “Downgrade” The Galaxy S21 Series

Samsung has launched its latest Galaxy S21 series of smartphones in the US and Europe. Under the slogan of “5G smartphones within reach,” the company has been working on reforming its flagship model, and as a result, it has decided to downgrade some of the specifications, which is a wise choice but also “uncharacteristic. What is the reason behind this?

Focus on sales expansion
Samsung wants to defend its position as the world’s top smartphone maker in terms of shipments, and in order to do so, the company seems to have made an unusually safe choice in terms of specifications. When I asked the person in charge about the January launch in the US and Europe, he replied that it was because the new coronavirus pandemic was expected to “expand the diversity of what consumers want in mobile products.

Impact of the lockdown
First of all, the price in the UK is £769 for the Galaxy S21 with a 6.2-inch display, £949 for the 6.7-inch Galaxy S21+, and £1,149 for the 6.8-inch Galaxy S21 Ultra. Compared to last year’s models and the iPhone 12 series, all of them are about 30-50 pounds cheaper. Note that there is no 4G option this time, all models are 5G smartphones.

The Galaxy S21 and Galaxy S21+ have a full HD screen resolution instead of WQHD to keep the price down. The Galaxy S21 Ultra uses a “Dynamic AMOLED 2X” display with HDR. maximum brightness of 1500 nits.

An obvious downgrade
Another important aspect of the display is the return to a flat display, a departure from the trademark edge display used in the Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S20 series. This is not a downgrade, but rather a result of incorporating feedback from the Internet (Samsung users may already be familiar with curved glass, but some of you may have been surprised when you showed your friends your smartphone).

In contrast, the obvious downgrade is that it no longer supports microSD cards; the Galaxy S20 series was able to expand storage up to 1TB, but the Galaxy S21 series will have a maximum capacity of 512GB. A Samsung spokesperson explained to tech news site The Verge that the price of the model with more storage is not that different and users can also use cloud storage.

However, consumers generally prefer to have more choices. Therefore, it is possible that microSD expandable storage will make a comeback in the future, just like when Google eliminated the earphone jack on the Pixel smartphone.


Concept: Smart MagSafe Battery For IPhone 12

Ever since Apple introduced MagSafe, the magnet system on the back of the iPhone 12 that holds accessories, there’s one idea we’ve been looking forward to: a MagSafe battery. Instead of buying a case with an integrated battery as Apple has offered for a few years with its Smart Battery Cases, it would be a battery pack that sits on the back of the iPhone only when you need it.

This is what Parker Ortolani conceptualized by creating a “MagSafe Battery”. This product is placed on the back of the iPhone and it works only by induction, without a physical connector. The battery would charge the smartphone by induction and above all it would be recharged itself by induction, thanks to the MagSafe charger.

On paper, this idea is obvious and we hope Apple works on it. However, there are still some technical questions, starting with the space required for the two coils, which should a priori be placed in the battery itself. There would be one for charging the iPhone, but a second would be needed for charging the battery itself, as the metal components of the battery normally act as a barrier to induction waves.

Two reels so close is technically a major difficulty and to our knowledge no one has done so before. The latest Smart Battery Cases can be charged inductively, but the iPhone is powered through their Lightning plug, not inductively. For his part, Mophie imagined a battery for MagSafe, but the battery recharges in Lightning, which also solves the problem, but in a less elegant way.

If Apple succeeds, would there be enough room for a sufficiently sized battery? And above all, could we then limit losses to maintain good efficiency and keep temperatures at a reasonable level? Knowing that the MagSafe charger already tends to heat the iPhone 12 a little too much, it is a real problem to imagine such a product today.


Samsung One UI 3.0 With Android 11 is Ready

Samsung One UI 3.0: the main news
With One UI 3.0 comes a new graphical interface for Quick Settings and notifications become more comfortable to read and browse. There is also a new widgeto that incorporates the media player (we can choose which one). The Dynamic Lock Screen feature now fetches wallpapers from up to 10 categories. Overall, therefore, thanks to One UI 3.0, Samsung smartphones become more comfortable to use and beautiful to look at.

Then there will be specific features for Samsung’s foldables, such as the Galaxy Fold, the Z Fold2 and the Z Flip, aimed at better managing multitasking on multiple screens, optimizing the space available. The external screen of the Galaxy Z Fold2, for example, can be used for the “Dual Preview”: the image taken by the main camera becomes visible even to the framed subject, who can then pose.

Which Samsung smartphones will receive One UI 3.0
The first Samsung smartphones that will receive the One UI 3.0 will be those of the Galaxy S20 series, followed by the Note 20. Then it will be the turn of the Galaxy Fold, Galaxy Tab S7 and Galaxy Z Fold 2. Subsequently, the update will also be gradually available for smartphones and tablets than ever lower.

The release of the new interface will start within this month and it is plausible that all Galaxy S20 and Note 20 will receive it before Christmas. The One UI 3.0 rollout is expected to be finished by spring.