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The Google News desktop website has finally been redesigned and now looks a lot cleaner and less cluttered. There’s now a new navigation column on the left side which you can customize by different topics of interest including Sports, Entertainment, Food, and more.
The website has adopted a card format and also features a new navigation bar on top for “Headlines,” “Local”, and “For You.” You have the option of personalizing the last two. In Local, you can stay up to speed with the news around your location or in any other part of the world you care about, while in For You, you can select the topics you’re interested in and create your own mini news feed. You can check out the before and after image of the websites’ design below.
There’s also the “Full Coverage” link at the bottom of each story that will show you additional articles written on the same topic by other journalists. Other things worth mentioning are the Fact Check box on the right that shows the top fact checked articles recently published (US only) and an improved algorithm for selecting videos.
Google said that the new design is rolling out globally and will be available to everyone in the next few days.
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A new Chromebook is reportedly in the works, and it’s said to be a high-end device with a fingerprint scanner and a dedicated button for Google Assistant.
Google Assistant has apparently been busy spawning copies of itself to live in so many different devices: first it was the Pixel phones and the Google Home, but it quickly expanded to virtually all Android devices. And now, rumor has it Google Assistant might find itself inside a Chromebook in the near future, not unlike Siri inside MacBooks and Cortana inside Windows 10 PCs.
According to 9to5Google, a new Chrome OS baseboard codenamed “Eve” has been discovered. Chrome OS baseboards, as the name might suggest, indicate an early stage in the development of Chrome OS devices like Chromebooks. In particular, Chrome Unboxed recently found a commit which points to an extra “Assistant” button in the keyboard mapping for “Eve.” It also reports that Duncan Laurie’s email address appears many times in the repositories, meaning “Eve” is likely to be a flagship device much like other products he’s been deeply involved in.
Whether the new Google Assistant button will replace any of the current ones or will simply be an additional button remains unclear. However, it’s expected to be similar to the one we have on Android devices, meaning it’ll be able to hear wake-up commands (i.e. OK, Google or Hey, Google) and respond to them accordingly.
Can “Eve” be a Surface Laptop killer?
In addition to the dedicated button for Google Assistant, it looks like “Eve” will bring other high-end features: Chrome Unboxed cites commit emails to claim that “Eve” will have a convertible form factor with support for a stylus. It’s expected to feature a fingerprint scanner, a high-resolution screen (2400 x 1600), Kaby Lake processors, and a newly-designed touchpad. It’s not yet known who will be making “Eve,” but one thing is for sure: Google wants to have its own version of the MacBook Air or the Surface Laptop. The question is “Will it be able to compete?”
Surface Laptop runs on Windows 10 S, Microsoft’s answer to Chrome OS, but users can upgrade to Windows 10 Pro for free. Indeed, that’s where “Eve” will differ.
MacBook Air offers decent specs and MacBook durability for an un-Apple-like price. Surface Laptop does everything that MacBook Air can do and more for the same price. Sure, it runs on Windows 10 S, Microsoft’s answer to Chrome OS, but users can upgrade to Windows 10 Pro for free, and the Surface Laptop has the hardware to support it. Indeed, that’s where “Eve” will differ. The alleged specs of the upcoming Chromebook seem to mirror those of Surface Laptop: a beautiful display with advanced stylus support, probably geared towards university students who are looking for versatile computing devices that won’t break the bank. However, even if “Eve” ends up getting access to the Play Store apps, it will never become the full computer that its rivals are.
Of course, pricing and design will also have an impact, but even with Google Assistant and its convertible form factor, “Eve” probably won’t be enough if your laptop usage depends on software, and Google will probably have a hard time convincing people why they should buy “Eve” over the Surface Laptop.
What do you think “Eve” will be like? Do you own a Chromebook, and do you think it can replace MacBooks and PCs right now? Let us know by leaving a comment below.
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Good news, enterprise users! If you’ve been waiting for the chance to sign up for Google’s Project Fi service, now you can. Today, Google has announced that Project Fi is now (finally!) compatible with G Suite accounts (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Previously, only users with normal Google accounts (@gmail.com) could sign up for Project Fi
Previously, only users with normal Google accounts (@gmail.com) could sign up for Project Fi. G Suite users have been requesting this change for a long time – pretty much since Project Fi was announced – so this is certainly welcome news for many users out there. It’s worth noting that G Suite account sign-ups are limited to U.S. users right now.
If you have a G Suite account and would like to sign up, your administrator needs to turn on Project Fi service in the Admin console first. After that’s done, you should be able to head on over to the Project Fi website (linked below), enter your email address, and sign up for the service just like you normally would. Of course, you’ll still have to own a Pixel, Pixel XL, Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X, or Nexus 6 in order to sign up.
Google does note that Project Fi’s group plans are still limited to just six users, so this may not be designed for use with large companies.
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As long as you have a Samsung smartphone running Android Marshmallow or higher, you can now unlock any Windows 10 PC using Samsung Flow.
Apple has had Continuity for years now. The idea is simple – Apple lets its devices communicate with one another so that you can start a task on your iPhone and pick up right where you left off on your MacBook. That’s something that a company like Apple can do relatively easily given its products – both hardware and software – are created and updated by one entity: Apple itself. Samsung unveiled its own version of Continuity called Samsung Flow a few years ago, but there was a big catch. Sadly, it only worked with the Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro S.
Well, in March, we reported that Samsung would officially update its app to support all Windows 10 computers, and although it’s taken a few months, it looks like the update has finally arrived. According to the company’s website, Samsung Flow should work with any Windows 10 PC as long as you have a Galaxy smartphone running Android Marshmallow or higher. A Galaxy tablet running Nougat or higher works as well.
With Samsung Flow, not only can you log in to your PC using the fingerprint scanner of your portable device, but you can also transfer content and tasks from one device to another, meaning you can even access text messages on your phone right on your PC. Another nifty feature Samsung has added is the ability to auto-enable hotspot on your mobile device so that you don’t have to rely on Wi-Fi availability all the time.
This cross-platform device-connecting app might offer just the right experience to retain current Windows and Android users and even attract those on the other side.
One of the biggest barriers for Apple users who are thinking about switching to Android is precisely this lack of seamless transition from one device to another. Consider iMessage, for instance, which is one of the most frequently cited reasons as to why Apple users say they will be sticking to Apple devices: not only do iPhones communicate with one another on it, but Apple offers effortless transition from your iPhone to your iPad to your MacBook.
However, with Samsung’s latest update to Samsung Flow, things might change a little. Yes, mirroring a default SMS app on a computer screen isn’t quite the same as iMessage, but Samsung happens to be the largest Android OEM in the world, and Windows happens to be the most popular operating system for desktop and laptop computers. Although it’ll largely depend on just how effective and pain-free Samsung’s software is, this cross-platform device-connecting app might offer just the right experience to retain current Windows and Android users and even attract those on the other side.
What are your thoughts on Samsung’s latest update for Samsung Flow? Do you think it could provide users with a similar experience to what Apple does with Continuity? Let us know by leaving a comment below!
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Everyone likes to customize their Android phones in different ways, and one of the easiest ways to do so is by changing your phone’s wallpaper. It’s actually pretty surprising how much changing the wallpaper can breathe new life into your phone.
I’ll be the first to admit that I have a problem with changing my phone’s wallpaper. Unless I stumble across one that’s just about perfect, I normally swap wallpapers every couple of days. I tend to stick to the Earth view category in Google Wallpapers, though I also use Muzei, Tapet, and some of the stock wallpapers on the HTC 10 and BlackBerry KEYone.
Where do you usually get your wallpapers for your phone? Zedge? Google Wallpapers? Cast your vote in the poll below, and speak up in the comments if you have anything else to add. We look forward to hearing what you have to say!
Note: You can select more than one option.
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