Bing Search has been bringing in innovative features lately and the latest one is the save search option. While it is indeed helpful to have the world at your tips with the Internet the ability to save/bookmark videos and other stuff for future usage is something that will go a long way in helping users.

Bing has done exactly that with its ‘My Saves’ search feature that will allow you to store video, images and shopping searches that you found on Bing and later let you view the same on a PC or Mobile device provided that you are logged on to the same account.

Bing My Save feature

Microsoft demoed the feature by taking the instance of a typical search that one would make on Thanksgiving holiday, ‘best ways to cook a turkey’ and while this turns up a ton of videos that you see.

By using My Saves searching feature you can actually hover on the video result and click ‘Save.’ The feature records your exact location and preference in the search and lets you head over to the same without the need to navigate further. All the items are archived in the ‘My Saves’ which is somewhat similar to the My Documents folder in Windows.

The same feature is extrapolated for image search if you like a certain image while searching for your exotic holiday destination, simply hover on it and save. Then you can go to the image source and also check the other details of the article. This is pretty as compared to opening up an image in a new tab or even Bookmarking the entire website.

The shopping results are yet another innovative feature that is mention worthy. So here is what Bing does, the search page displays a ‘See shopping results’ page and clicking on this will filter your results to the images of the products across the search and also lets you save the same. Once your decision is made feel free to delete the saved items.


Bing is coming up with new features regularly and hopefully, this new My Search feature will help the search engine combat with the likes of Google web search engine.

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Source:  http://news.thewindowsclub.com

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OS X El Capitan (version 10.11) is the twelfth release of OS X, of Apple Inc.‘s server and desktop operating system for Mac computers. It was released on September 30, 2015, for end users as a free upgrade through the Mac App Store. With the release of this version the major focus was put on Apple performance and user experience.


This edition has been introduced with some hidden features that users would surely want to explore in order to retrieve 100% out of it. Some of these remarkable features are:


1. Spotlight Search is Smarter


El Capitan helps to find stuff quicker with refinement in spotlight search. Let’s assume you want to invoke information regarding sports information, video search and stock quotes, all the results will come up with more or less details in the Spotlight box. And the size of the search box is not fixed anymore; you can drag it to the height you want.



You can invoke Spotlight search by clicking the magnifying glass in the right top corner of the menu bar. You can move the box of search results anywhere you want. Type in the search string and if the result set does not fit in the box then you can drag it down by placing the cursor on the bottom edge.


 2. Searching in common language


There is a chance that you have worked on a document last week but you forgot what you have named it. Never mind. Open the Documents and search document, assuming we have ordered the documents by date. Or type into the Spotlight search something like “Documents that I have worked on last week”, then results will appear in box. You can also speak the command, by pressing the Function button twice.



3. Simultaneous display of windows on the screen


We can open two programs at the same time parallely in the full-screen view to easily locate the track of live windows. Each running program is assigned half of the display, but you can adjust the relative portion of the windows.


We can minimize the running window by holding the green full-screen button, one of the three provided buttons (red, amber and green) which are on the top left hand side of each window. After holding, its shape will change showing that it’s ready to be snapped. Then drag it to top of the screen. Click on the other program and it will automatically fit into the other half of the screen. Thus both are accessible and live.



4. Wiggle to enlarge the cursor


Sometimes we can’t find the cursor; El Capitan provides the answer to this problem. Wiggle the mouse to find the cursor. Once the mouse is wiggled, it enlarges the cursor massively so you can find it. It remains large as long as you wiggle and returns to the normal size once you stop which saves time.


5. Mail Enhancement


Mails have a number of enhancements when used in full-screen mode. While composing a message in full screen, one can swap over to another conversation or click on their inbox which makes copying a text from another email or adding attachments from one message to another message by dragging them easier.



If a mail comes containing a phone number or an invitation to an event, there is a toolbar at the top of each message which can be used to add content to apps like Calendar and Contacts. A right swipe will mark mails as read or unread and a left swipe lets you delete messages.


6. Photos Enhancement


El Capitan comes with the addition of third-party editing tools within the Photos app. All the Photo editing apps in the Mac App Store will be sharing their tools with Photos, so it’s possible to edit images with these apps without actually leaving the Photos app. Thus in the Photos app when you tap on the “More” button, it will show up all third-party apps that it is supporting.



7. Safari


As a part of Safari’s improvement, there is now a Pinned Sites feature that shows frequently visited websites on the left side of the tab bar. So when a website is pinned, it keeps on updating in the background, thus when you are viewing it again it will always have recent info. Such a feature is good for sites like Facebook, Gmail, and Twitter, which you use often.


8. Maps


The Maps app has a new Transit view feature, which displays subway, walking, bus, train, and ferry routes, for planning a trip that involves mass transit routing in advance. Before, getting transit directions required using a third-party mapping service.



9. Disk Utility


The useful and widely used disk utility in EI Capitan has been overhauled and now looks prettier than ever. You’ll find multiple options and new additions in disk utility, like a repair permission feature.


Enter the password when asked. The disk will be checked and any error which persists will be reported and will be fixed if possible. Disk utility is indeed helpful to fix disk related errors. If the problems cannot be fixed using disk utility or if it’s crashing, it’s time to use a reliable third party tool like Mac Data Recovery Guru and move all your important data first. Mac Data Recovery Guru is especially helpful when a disk is about to fail or stopped responding and you don’t want to lose all your crucial files and folders..



10. Hiding Menu Bar


You can hide the Menu Bar that runs across the top of the screen as well as the bottom. Go to System Preferences, choose General in the options, and then select the box marked automatically hide. This means that you can opt for a screen that’s completely clean.


Undoubtedly, these features make the latest El Capitan more powerful and of course a must try version of the OS X. Once you start exploring these hidden treasures of the Mac OS X 10.11, you will definitely start admiring it.


Source:  lifehack.org

Categorized in Science & Tech

Mac OS X has several amazing features that are hidden from the user. If you have been using Mac for a couple of years then, we are sure you would have stumbled across a few Mac hidden features. Many users are unaware of these secret Mac functions even after several years of using the Mac OS X. In this article, we have gathered 15 useful, lesser known Mac features that are sure to surprise you.


Merge Folders


You can easily merge the contents of two identically named folders but dragging one folder onto another prompts a Replace dialog message. So, the trick to merge two folders is to use Option – Dragging the folder which prompts an additional choice to merge folders. One folder containing contents of both source and destination folders will be created.




Create a Signature in Preview



It is easy to add a signature to your document in Mac. Open the document in preview and open the Annotations toolbar. Click on the Signature button and choose the Create Signature from Built-in iSightoption. Follow the on-screen instructions to add a signature to your document. You can save your signature for future use as well.



Quick Dictionary Access



You can quickly access the dictionary in Mac systems with these shortcut options. In older version of Mac OS, use ⌘⌃to bring up the definition of the world while hovering over the word. You can find the definition of a word by double tapping with three fingers in Lion version. Quick access to dictionary helps users find meanings to obscure words immediately.



Restoring Scroll Bars

Scroll bars by default are hidden in Lion version and are visible only when a user begins to scroll the page. This could be confusing at times and hence many users prefer to have the scroll bars on. You can have the scroll bars visible always by changing the default setting. Go to System Preferences, under General Category; select Always under Show Scroll Bars option.



Built-in emoji Support



It is extremely easy to insert emoticons in Mac OS X. It comes with a built-in emoji which allows users to insert special characters. Press ctrl +⌘ + space to open the window. This window contains an exhaustive list of special characters. You can choose the special characters and emoticons that you need from this window.



Speech-to-Text Conversion



Dictation-typing in Mac OS works amazing well. You can convert your speech-to-text by pressing the function (fn) key twice and begin speaking. Your voice gets converted to text when you press function (fn) key one more time. The OS X types out as you speak.



 Easy Volume and Brightness Control

With this shortcut, volume and brightness control can be achieved quite easily. Hold ⇧ + ⌥ together to change the brightness in small increments. You can change your volume control without affecting the brightness control by just holding the ⇧ key.



Auto Complete of Words



Do you have trouble with spellings? This hidden feature will help you spell difficult words correctly as you type in iChat or TextEdit. Press F5 or Option + Escape to bring up an auto complete menu that provides a list of possible spellings to the word that you have started typing. This feature is extremely useful when you are typing official documents.



Quick Duplicate Open File

Many of the apps on Mac lack the option of “Save As” to duplicate an open file. There is a way to achieve duplication of an open file without opening the File menu. Click on the filename at the top. This drops down a menu of options. Click on the option Duplicate which allows you to replicate the file.



Hot Corners



This feature allows you to trigger certain events by touching the corner of your screen. You can enable hot corner setting by navigating to System Preferences -> Desktop & Screen Savers ->Screen Saver Tab -> Hot Corners. It is a very useful feature which allows you to disable screensaver, launch notification center and open applications.



Close Running Apps

Running apps take up a lot of RAM space and slow down your system. Here is a quick solution to close your running apps on Mac. Simply hold ⌘ + tab and continue holding ⌘ and tab through all open apps. When you reach the app that you want to quit, press Q. If you want to hide the app, press H.



Turn Off Notifications



Open your Notification Center and scroll down the side-loading bar until you find Do Not Disturb toggle feature. Turn it on and you will not receive any notifications for a day. It is a convenient way to focus on your work without being disturbed by notifications that pop-up quite often. You can also schedule Do Not Disturb feature to be turned on for a specific period of time or for a particular event. For example, you can have it turned off when display is mirrored to a projector output.



Delete Apps in Launchpad

Deleting apps using Launchpad is an easy way to cleanup old apps. Open Launchpad interface and hold down Option to launch the iOS –style wiggle mode. This will activate the close icons on apps installed through Mac App Store. You can click on the cross icon to delete unused old apps from the system.



Preview Files



Previewing files is really simple with this trick. Hold down the space bar when you select a file to preview the file. You can even preview image and video files with this option. You can switch between files while in preview by pressing the arrow keys.




Create a New Desktop


Mission Control is a cool new feature in Lion. In Mission Control, you can create a new desktop easily. A ‘+’ tab appears at the top right while you hover your mouse in Mission Control. If you want to move a window to a new desktop, you can drop them into the ‘+’ tab. You can have a dedicated desktop by simply dragging and dropping windows into this tab.




Source: lifehack.org

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The next version of Android -- Android Nougat -- is now available as a developer preview. Here's everything you need to know

Google is just about to launch its latest batch of phones on October 4, but they won't be Nexus phones, no sir, this will be the new Pixel brand, launching as the Pixel and Pixel XL. The duo will run Android 7.1 Nougat and as well as all the usual Nougat features seen on the updated Nexus phones will also likely have some bespoke, baked-in software capabilities not found on other devices produced by Android OEMs. A major leak has occured ahead of launch when several carrier networks in Canada and the UK revealed most of the spec line-up for the Pixel and Pixel XL, which will both be powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 821 SoC with 4GB of RAM. KYM will be in attendance at the London-facing launch, so stay tuned for the details!

After a long, LONG time of speculation on the official name of Android N, and after Google threw the doors wide open to the public to vote for their preferred name, the software's latest moniker for build 7.0 has finally been revealed. It is, as it turns out, none other than popular front-runner NOUGAT, the nutty confectionary often eaten on its own, but probably most commonly consumed covered in chocolate and other treats - just as you'd find it in a Mars bar. Seems like a sensible choice to us, although we can't read that word without hearing it in our heads in the dulcet tones of this man:

It's just a very Partridge-y word. And now we've ruined it for you too.

Below is a list of some of the best wannabe names that were put forward on social networks:

  • Naan 
  • New Mexico Chile 
  • Nectar 
  • Nut Brittle 
  • Nachos
  • Navel Orange 
  • Norwegian Smoked Salmon
  • Nun’s Puff
  • Neyyappam 
  • Nutballs

Google has been testing the software extensively for the last several months and took time to detail the platform fully at its recent I/O 2016 developer conference.

Android, like a fine wine, has developed beautifully over the past few years. Google has added in new features, improved performance and refined the look and feel of the platform via Material Design. Most Android users will not get to experience this, however, as most Android phones operate behind a custom skin like Sense.

Go stock, though, like you get on Nexus phones, and you’re in for a treat. Android N looks utterly stunning and is easily the best looking platform out there right now; it makes Apple’s iOS look practically remedial in comparison. The only downside to Android, and this has always been the case, is that the vast majority of Android phones will not get the latest and greatest software, such is Android’s fragmented nature.

Google has had MASSIVE success with its Android N beta programme thus far. Post Google I/O 2016, the Big G pushed out yet another update, the cleanest yet. And now it is back with another preview build aimed squarely at those looking to install Android N on their daily drivers.


The firm has put in a lot of man hours on Android N and the result of this latest build is the net result of all that work; the build is stable and designed for use on daily drivers. This means you can download and install Android N right now and, all being well, it should perform and function just like a gold-standard release.

In order to access and download Android N, simply go to Google’s Landing Page. Once downloaded and up and running, you can also deregister your device as well -- great, if things aren’t quite as rosy as you thought. Below are the current supported devices:

  • Nexus 6 
  • Nexus 9
  • Nexus 5X 
  • Nexus 6P
  • Nexus Player
  • Pixel C 
  • General Mobile 4G (Android One)

Android Nougat FINAL Public Release In August?

According to a info emerging on July 30, Android Nougat's final public build could arrive in August; the word comes via reliable tipster Evan Blass, aka @evleaks on Twitter, who said on the social network that "Android 7.0 releases next month with the 8/5 security patch." 

However, there is a sting in the tail, he goes on to say that the Nexus 5 will NOT be updated to Android Nougat.

"Sorry Nexus 5 owners, no Nougat for you," he added. The Nexus 5 is now three years old and the revelation perhaps means that some of Android Nougat's new advanced features have outpaced the handset's aging technology. That said, we're fairly sure you'll see third-party developed Nexus 5 Nougat ROMs online in very short order, if you're someone who doesn't mind flashing their handsets with modified software.

Android Nougat Developer Preview FINAL Build Released

Google has now officially released the final build of the Developer Preview for Android Nougat, which means that the next release will be the full public release - it'll likely debut on the new HTC Nexus (Marlin and Sailfish) phones at some point in the next few months with a rollout to existing Nexus hardware following imminently. Then of course there'll be the usual gradual rollout to other devices at whatever speed OEMs and carrier networks decide. The final build is loaded with bugfixes, as well as "the near-final system updates for all of the supported preview devices," and final APIs; all of which means apps tested in this version will be ready for the public release.


Android N: Nuclear Wipe Option Rumoured

Google is said to be prepping a new security feature for Android N that will have huge implications for security. The new feature, which is dubbed the Nuclear Wipe as of now, will allow users to brick their phone completely in the event that it is stolen or lost.

“It appeared in AOSP on Friday,” reports Android Police, “and it takes ‘wiping’ to a whole new level. Namely, the level of bricking. When initiated, the brick command can securely erase (write to zeroes) any partition on your Android device, including the recovery, boot, and bootloader themselves (at which point, recovering the device without dedicated JTAG hardware is often impossible). Manufacturers would be able to define just which partitions are included in the brick command, with the ability to add things like a partition for an external SD card, for example. Most likely, implementations would make the device unbootable while still providing the user the ability to recover the device without any special hardware once they have it back.”

There is no information about whether Google plans to bring this feature to its Android Device Manager. It’d obviously be very handy for enterprise handsets or those with sensitive materials stored on it, but Google would also need to have a recovery method sorted as well and it is likely both features will have to be sorted before any rollout.

Android N Seamless Updates

Google is constantly pushing what’s possible with its software, adding in new features and capabilities each year, but, as is often reported, there is one large elephant in the room: most handsets don’t get the newest build of Android right away. In fact, only about 7.5% of Android handsets are currently running the latest build of Android Marshmallow. And this is pretty pathetic.

Google has trialled a few initiatives over the years in order to speed up this process and get OEMs and carriers pushing updates out faster, but none have really worked. Android is still fragmented as hell and 90% of Android phones never see the latest updates in a timely fashion. Google announced its latest solution for Android fragmentation at I/O 2016 — it’s called Seamless updates — and the long term implications are very positive indeed.

Android N Seamless Updates: What Is It?

Seamless will only be available on Nexus handsets to begin with, but will likely come to OEM-built Android phones in the future. At present the scheme is still somewhat beta. How it works is similar to how ChromeOS updates; everything takes place in the back-ground and, once you restart your system, the new update is installed.

“Devices built on Android N will instead have two system images,” notes Android Pit. “This means that when an update is available, your phone will automatically download the newest image, but in the background. Then when you restart the device, it will automatically switch over to the new system image. Note: this feature will only be available to new Nexus devices, unless Google announces otherwise.”


The longer term implications of this are clear: should handset manufacturers adopt the process, their respective Android N phones will update silently in the background. This does cause certain issues, however, when you factor in things like OEM bloatware and custom skins. Certain brands stand to benefit more; Motorola uses a pretty much stock setup, so, in theory, it could implement Seamless with minimal fuss. Other brands like HTC, Huawei and Samsung would likely struggle though, as their custom skins are slightly more complex.

Either way, this is definitely a step forwards for Android.

Google I/O 2016 Reveals New Android N Features

Google I/O has kicked off as of May 18 and so far Google hasn't given Android N its confectionary name yet, but has commented that the response to the developer preview has been "overwhelming". Google has detailed the update's "late summer" release date as well as a few of other features it is now prepared to reveal. One of the BIG features Google was keen to reveal on day one is related to the platform's performance, with the big G saying it has improved this on two fronts; runtime and graphics.

Google also let slip that it is now building its own chipsets. Called the Tensor Processing Unit, the chipset is what’s powering The Big G’s Assistant AI platform. This is kind of a big deal because it puts Google in direct competition with the likes of NVIDIA, Qualcomm and Intel. Whether these chipsets will come to mobiles in the future remains to be seen, but starting to build your own SoC isn’t exactly cheap, nor is it an endeavour one takes on for just a single product.

Perhaps this is why Google only mentioned it in passing; maybe it didn’t want to upset its long-standing chip-making partners. Qualcomm invests billions in R&D every year and is involved in a fiercely competitive space with the likes of Samsung, Intel and NVIDIA. The addition to Google likely wouldn’t be seen as welcome news given the company’s financial size and influence.

The graphics and runtime side of things is down to the new Vulkan API, essentially offering an extensive series of optimisation tweaks so that devs can squeeze better graphics out of current and forthcoming hardware AND it'll run more efficiently too thanks to a new graphics compiler that is claimed to be 75% speedier than the previous architecture. Google also says these tweaks will mean applications will be smaller in terms of storage space than before, so you'll get more apps into your device!

The Vulkan API is also cross-platform and scalable, while the benefts are obivous to mobile, an Nvidia demo showcased the API running the new Doom game on a desktop machine.

Always a focal point of Android is the multitasking, and Google has tweaked things a little further for the new build - the multitasking hub will now show you only the last seven apps you've used rather than every single one, plus there's now a "clear all" option. As detailed previously, Android N features split-screen multitasking with application windows. We don't yet know the details for phones, but tablets will allow you to have two applications dividing the display in half, or run a smaller window in the corner of a larger full-screen application, say a YouTube video in the corner of your web browser, for example. Messages in your notifications menu will now allow a quick-reply option.

An of course VR is a BIG deal this year. Google announced its VR scheme called "Daydream" and Android will be involved with its own VR mode, and Google is providing OEMs with a required spec sheet if they want to be able to run Daydream - the "Daydream Ready" spec.

Android N: Release date

While the name might be harder to guess, the first preview of Android N is easier to surmise. The next Android OS will almost certainly be previewed at this year’s Google I/O, which takes place from May 18-20 2016. Google will also almost certainly release a developer preview that day.

As for a public release date, expect to be downloading it for certain phones come October. There’s a few reasons for this. First, Marshmallow appeared during the same timeframe last fall. Second, an OS update spurs sales of new devices—important for the holiday shopping season. Third, Apple will be releasing iOS 10 around the same time (probably in September), which will mean Android devices will need some new features to tout.

Android N: Which phones will be the first to get it?

Of course, just because Android N gets a public release in October doesn’t mean all phones will have access to it right away. It’s almost certain that Google will release a new Nexus flagship phone around the time that will ship with Android N preinstalled. Older Nexus phones should get an Android N downloadable update shortly after that. As for other major flagship phones from the likes of Samsung, LG, and HTC? Expect an Android N update for some of those devices before Christmas, with virtually all of them getting the new OS by early 2017.


Android N: Will it merge with Chrome OS?

Probably not. An Android/Chrome OS merger will instead probably happen the next year with Android O. For those of you who don’t know about this, back in October the Wall Street Journal revealed that Google is set to merge the two operating systems by 2017. As the WSJ reported: “Alphabet Inc. ’s Google plans to fold its Chrome operating system for personal computers into its Android mobile operating system, according to people familiar with the matter, a sign of the growing dominance of mobile computing. Google engineers have been working for roughly two years to combine the operating systems and have made progress recently, two of the people said. The company plans to unveil its new, single operating system in 2017, but expects to show off an early version next year, one of the people said.”

No one knows what a merged Android/Chrome OS will look like, but it will probably retain the look and feel of Android, while also being capable as being run as a full desktop OS on PCs. However, don’t expect that ability in Android N.

Android N Developer Preview: New Features & Tweaks

Android N is now available as a preview to developers, as well as those with compatible Nexus and Sony handsets. We’ve had a play around with the software on our Nexus. This isn’t the final software, however, and there will likely be a bunch of new features in the final build that didn’t make it into the developer preview — you want SOME surprises, after all.

So what’s new inside this developer preview? Quite a bit as it goes.



Folders have been completely redesigned. They look a lot smarter on the homescreen and also give a better indication of what’s contained inside them, especially if you limit the number of applications you put in there to four.

Google Camera App

This isn’t technically an Android N exclusive, as it is now freely available inside the Google Play store. Google has made a few visual design changes to the layout and moved a few of the buttons and/or features around. The slow-motion button, for example, is now available from a slide-in menu which you access on the camera app’s main screen.

You can now also capture images while filming video; again, not a new feature by any stretch of the imagination, but a useful one nevertheless.

Launcher Shortcuts

Android N will feature baked-in support for 3D Touch-like display technology, whereby you hard-press on an application icon for sub-menus and quick actions within it. This feature is already present on some Android phones in a proprietary implementation. Hardwired into Android’s source code though means all of Google’s hardware partners can implement in on their hardware, bringing support for all third party applications in time, not just bloatware ones placed on the phone by the manufacturer.

Nevertheless, ahead of this Google has made some other changes to Android N’s launcher — changes that ALL Android N handsets will experience. Inside the Android N preview you can assign shortcuts to applications, so, in messaging, for instance, you could assign “compose message” as one of the shortcuts in order to save you actually going into the app to compose a message.

Multi-Window Support

Like Samsung handsets before it, Android N will FINALLY support multi-window applications. Google has taken its time introducing this feature to Android. This is likely down to the fact that such a feature only really works on phones with displays of a certain size; it’d be pointless on a 4in phone, for instance.

Google’s implementation is very smooth as well; it works like a charm, even in this developer preview. Operating this new feature is easy as pie as well: hold the Overview (square button) to activate Multi-window mode with the primary app you want to have open. The screen splits in half and the other half displays a rotating carousel of recent apps. You then select the secondary app you want to use, which fills the remaining half of the screen.

Or — from the homescreen: tap the overview button to bring up the recent apps carousel as usual, then, tap and drag one of the cards over to the edge of the screen to put it into Multi-window mode. Simples.

Notifications & Quick Toggles

Google’s constantly tweaking and refining Android’s notifications menu — and always in a positive, forward-looking manner. This trend continues inside Android N, but it also applies to Quick Toggles as well now as the Big G has added in support to edit what settings appear in this secondary menu, so you can add in bespoke toggles for things like Hotspot, Data Saving or display settings.


With notifications in Android N, Google has made it so similar notifications can be bundled together — messages, for instance. These bundled notifications can be expanded with a two-finger swipe. The notifications themselves are richer also, with more details available at a glance — all good things.

Plus the ability to reply to messages and IM via notifications menu appears to have gone system wide and now includes support for ALL messaging and IM applications — WhatsApp included. How it works is simple too: reply option appears below the notification and tapping it turns it into a text field. That’s literally it.

Below is EVERYTHING else you need to know about Android N. 

Sony Xperia Z3 Gets Android N Developer Preview Update

Sony has now followed Google's example in making the Android N Developer Preview available on one of its handsets, specifically the Xperia Z3. Google already made the update available for the Nexus 6, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Nexus 9, Pixel C and Nexus Player, but now the Xperia Z3 is also getting in on the action. Xperia Z3 units designated as D6603 or D6653 models can now gain quick and easy access to all the in-development features, including split-screen applications, advanced Doze battery saving capabilities, and an enhanced interface. You can check the model number by going to Settings>About Phone, although to be brutally honest if you didn't at least know that already you probably shouldn't be flashing your smartphone and installing an incomplete developer preview! This is all at your own risk, as usual!

Bear in mind this will be Google's vanilla flavour of Android so the Xperia launcher interface will disappear (not that this is a bad thing, in our view). Here's the word straight from Sony on how to install the update:

  • Connect your compatible Z3 device to a computer with a USB cable.
  • Xperia Companion will open automatically
  • Make sure you have Xperia Companion version 1.1.24 or later. If not, download the latest version from here.
  • Hold down the ALT key on your computer and click on Software repair on the home screen, then follow the guide.
  • You’ll be asked to disconnect and turn off your device, then to reconnect whilst holding down the volume down key to start the software flashing.
  • You can return to factory settings at any time by connecting back to Xperia Companion and following the Software repair

Android N To Natively Support Pressure Sensitive "3D Touch"?

According to a report out of China, specifically from an alleged insider tipster commenting on the HTC-made Nexus 2016 handset, Android N will have built-in support for pressure sensitive touch displays similar to the iPhone 6s 3D Touch display.

If you're not familiar, the 3D Touch aboard the iPhone 6s can detect different types of pressure input and allow them to perform different functions on the phone, for example, a harder press can bring up a different menu from a quicker, lighter tap.


It seems, at least according to the tipster, that Google wants HTC to put this display tech aboard the next Nexus phone, but is also going as far as hardwiring it into the next Android build, meaning that just as with biometric security and battery saving features inside Android M, it'll be a feature other manufacturers building Android phones can tap into.

Google Prepping “Nexus VR” Headset 

The launch of Android N at this year’s Google I/O expo could be sweetened with the release of a more advanced version of Google Cardboard, the Big G’s first attempt at a cheap, VR headset. And by more advanced, we mean something similar to Oculus Rift or Sony’s PlayStation VR — so, an all in one unit capable of linking up with any Android phone. 

The news comes from The FT, which claims Google is working on a VR product similar to Samsung’s Gear VR headset. The device would be made of plastic apparently and support all types of Android phones, unlike Samsung’s. It will also feature “better sensors” and “lenses,” though the connected phone will deliver “most of its processing power.”

All in all it should be a very exciting expo. But for most people it will be Android N that is the star of the show. Here’s everything you can expect to see inside the next Android OS.

Source : knowyourmobile

Categorized in Science & Tech

Android is stacked with so many tools and configuration options, we often overlook some of its most useful features. Sometimes they’re hiding in plain sight. Other times, they’re buried so deep, you’d never discover them without spelunking deep into submenus, groping blindly in the dark.

But don’t let that one killer feature get away.Even if you consider yourself an Android power user, you’d do well to make sure you’re familiar with every single menu, toggle and utility on this list. We’ve done our best to identify the precise locations of the features listed below, but you may have to hunt around menus a bit if your device manufacturer has excessive interface customizations.

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Use Android Device Manager for remote security


The Google Play Services framework is used to manage all sorts of back-end services, and Google updates it frequently in the background. Most of the functionality packed away in this framework is of little user-facing consequence, but there’s a lot including account sync, malware scanning, and the Android Device Manager. This feature allows you track, ring, lock, and wipe your device if you lose track of it.

By default, you can only ring and locate a device with Android Device Manager, so if you want the full gamut of features, go into your main system settings and scroll down to Security. Find the Device Administrators option, and open it to see what apps have been granted admin privileges on your phone or tablet. Checking the box next to Android Device Manager allows you to wipe and lock the device in addition to the ring and locate features.

You can remotely access Android Device Manager in a number of useful ways. If you only have one Android device, you can use any web browser to go to the Android Device Manager page and log into your account. From there, you can see a map of where your phone is located, and issue commands to nuke it or just lock it.

Before resorting to extreme measures, you might want to start with locating and making it ring to ensure it didn’t just slip between the couch cushions. Should you have access to more than one Android device, you can use the Android Device Manager app, which you can keep on all your devices to locate and manage the others. 

Screen Recording 

A subset of Android users over the years have resorted to rooting their devices to get more advanced features. Android has slowly gained features over time that make root less of a necessity. As of Android 5.0 Lollipop, there’s less reason than ever to root now that Android supports screen recording. You just need an app to take proper advantage of it.

A screen recording is simply an MP4 video file of what’s happening on your screen for the duration of the capture. There is no native tool to do this on most Android devices for some reason, but there are a ton of them in the Play Store. My personal favorite is the aptly named Rec.

Whether you’re using Rec or another app with support for Lollipop screen recording, all you need to do is accept the screen capture request when it pops up. An icon in the status bar will appear to let you know the screen recording is ongoing. Some apps have support for different resolutions and bitrates for the recording as well, but the default will be the native screen resolution of your phone or tablet.

The way you end a recording varies by app, but there’s usually a notification or you can simply put the device to sleep. One of the reasons I prefer the aforementioned Rec is that it has support for both of those options as well as shake to stop a recording. 

Set your system animations to warp speed 

Android devices are faster than they used to be, but you can make your experience feel even zippier with one simple tweak. Android contains a hidden developer options menu that you can enable by going into your main system settings, then navigating to About > Software Information > More > Build number. Now tap on the build number—literally, tap on it numerous times—until a small message at the bottom of the screen confirms that you’re a developer.


Now, don’t worry: This doesn’t make any modifications to your system. It just turns on the Developer Options menu back in the main settings list—so head back there and open it up. Developer Options has a ton of interesting features to play around with, but you can also mess things up pretty badly, so it’s best not to change anything you haven’t thoroughly researched. You’ve been warned!

Now back to animations. Inside Developer options, scroll down to Drawing and find Window animation scale, Transition animation scale, and Animator duration scale. These are all set to 1x by default. These animations are the eye candy you see when apps open and close, menus drop down, and more. They help cover up lag as the system catches up, but you don’t really need slow settings on a fast device. You can set all of these to 0.5x for a more snappy interface experience.

Get into your phone faster with Smart Lock

Keeping your phone secure is important, but if you’re the one holding it, there’s no reason you have to deal with a strong lock screen every single time you drag it from your pocket. Luckily, Android 5.0 devices now have support for Smart Lock. This feature can display the easy swi

pe lock screen when it’s safe to do so. How does it know? Well, there are a variety of options, some more secure than others.Smart Lock is delivered to devices via Play Services, just like Android Device Manager. The locking options will vary by device, but Nexus phones and tablets have the most. There’s Trusted Face, Trusted Location, Trusted Devices, and on-body detection. At the bare minimum, all devices should have Trusted Devices and Trusted Location.

So for example, you can have your phone set to swipe unlock at home, but take a stroll down the block or hop in the car and it will start asking for the pattern, PIN, or password lock again. The same goes for Trusted Devices—if you’re connected to a Bluetooth or NFC device you have previously marked as “trusted,” (like your car or Android Wear watch) you’ll see no secure lock screen. With Trusted Face, the device will switch seamlessly transition to swipe unlock mode if it spots you with the front camera. On-body detection is a little weird—this option keeps your phone set to swipe unlock as long as it detects it is still in your hand or pocket. Set it down, and it locks again.

Keep in mind, some OEMs really bury the Smart Lock menu a few levels deep in advanced security or privacy settings. You may also need to enable Google Play Services as a “trust agent” in the settings of some device to access Smart Lock.

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The trick is to receive a warning before you trip your data limit.

In our age of draconian tiered data plans and ever-increasing carrier fees, you often need to watch your mobile data consumption closely. Android has a built-in tool that helps you do this, but most users don’t use it to its full potential. The Data Usage menu is usually near the top of your system settings list (though it may be buried under a “More” heading), and can also be accessed via the network signal strength icon in Quick Settings. You can use the sliders on the usage chart to set your data limits for your chosen billing cycle.

The default behavior is simply to warn you when you reach your data limit. However, by the time you get that warning, it’s often too late to adjust your behavior and avoid overage charges or automatic throttling. A better use of the data tracking feature is to set your warning a few hundred megabytes below your limit, then enable a data limit with the checkbox right above the chart. The red line on the chart lets you set a point at which your mobile data will be shut off.

Use Wi-Fi Direct for quick file transfers

killer android features 6wifiThe SuperBeam app facillitates device-to-device file transfers at warp speed—even 45 Mbps. Ah, the wonders of Wi-Fi.

Transferring files between devices has always been a little annoying, but features like Android Beam made it easier: Just hold together two NFC-enabled devices (Android 4.1 or later), and you can transfer files across a Bluetooth link. It’s a neat trick, but transfer speeds are capped by Bluetooth bandwidth, and file type support is limited. Luckily, however, most Android devices also support Wi-Fi Direct, even though Google’s stock apps don’t make use of it.

Wi-Fi Direct is exactly what it sounds like: a protocol that can create a direct connection between two devices via Wi-Fi. You just need an app to make use of it, and there are several in Google Play. SuperBeam is probably the most powerful, and it has a free version. To get a transfer going, you just share files to Super Beam (or whatever app you’ve chosen to use) and tap phones. Wi-Fi Direct allows you to queue up multiple files in a single operation and the transfer rate can easily exceed 30 Mbps. It’s fabulous for sharing large videos or images.

Restrict background data, app by app killer android features 7limits

Because Android allows apps to wake up in the background and perform activities, there’s always the possibility they’ll send and receive mobile data without your knowledge. When you’re on a low-capped data plan (or you’re just coming up on the cap) this can be an issue. Luckily, the Android Data Usage menu in your phone offers information on what’s using data in the background, and could save you from extra charges.

Below the graph of overall data usage mentioned above, you’ll find a list of all your apps organized by how much data they’ve used, starting with the most greedy offenders. Tap on any single app for details on the split between foreground and background data. If you find an app using a lot of bytes in the background, you can scroll down to the bottom of the details page and check the option to restrict background data. Note, however, that this option is only available on devices that hook into mobile data plans.

Also keep in mind that some apps won’t work as expected with this option enabled, so only use it for apps and services that aren’t respectful of your mobile data connection.

Use Owner Info to make it easier to reclaim a lost device

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Having a pattern or PIN lock on your phone or tablet is always a good idea, but what happens if you lose the device, and a good Samaritan finds it and wants to return it? How is he or she supposed to know who it belongs to? Well, hidden inside the Owner Info menu, there’s an easy way to provide your identity.


The Owner Info feature will be in the Security section of the main system settings, or under Personal > Lock screen and security on newer Samsung phones. You can add any info here you want, but an email and alternative phone number are safe bets. Just check the option above the text field to have the Owner Info displayed on the lock screen. Be aware, OEMs that heavily customize the lock screen (cough, cough—HTC) sometimes do away with this feature.

Start recognizing tethered phones as hotspots

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It’s time your phone start treating tethered handsets with the respect they deserve.

Android devices have long included native tethering support, and most carriers have finally gotten comfortable enough with tethering to allow users on capped data plans to use the feature without paying extra. That said, an Android device connected to a tethered hotspot doesn’t know it’s using mobile data. All it sees is a Wi-Fi access point, and that can pose problems.

If you’ve set your apps to auto-update or have files automatically backed up over Wi-Fi, you could accidentally blow through most of the hotspot’s data plan in a few minutes. To avoid this, you should be teaching your devices which Wi-Fi networks are actually mobile hotspots. This will apply system-wide settings for mobile data even though, for all intents and purposes, your phone thinks it’s connected to Wi-Fi.


In the Data Usage menu, use the overflow menu button to select Network restrictions. The screen that comes up will list all the Wi-Fi networks synced with your account data. Simply flip the toggle next to the ones that are hotspots, and your device won’t abuse the data. This feature dovetails nicely with the background data restriction mentioned above.

Priority Notifications

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Don’t let your phone boss you around with notifications when you don’t want them.

Android 5.0 Lollipop added notifications to the lock screen, but that’s not the only change to Android’s traditional great notification system. You can use the priority notification system to hide content from the lock screen and control which apps can bother you and when. While awesome and powerful, this system is complicated to set up.

Notifications modes (sometimes called interruptions) on most Lollipop devices are split into all, priority, and none. None means you get no notifications, not even alarms. Priority mode allows alarms as well as whatever apps you’ve deemed important. Then there’s all, which is standard notification mode. In your Sound and notification settings, you can edit which apps have priority status, and allow priority exceptions for calls or text from certain numbers. You can switch the three interruption modes by hitting the volume toggle and tapping the None, Priority, or All indicators.

Once you get the interruptions configured, you can set up recurring interruption mode in the notification menu. This is a way to have the device toggle on none or priority mode on a schedule, for example each day at bedtime. On most devices this is called “downtime,” but sometimes it’s labeled “do not disturb.” These are very useful features, so it’s worth a few minutes of your life to set things up.

Extend (or shorten) your lock timeout

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Is your lock screen timeout too aggresive? This screen provides relief.

Android offers a ton of security settings for locking your device. You can choose a PIN number, password, or pattern lock, or even opt for the esoteric face unlock option. Using a lock is essential for keeping unsavory characters from accessing your data if you lose your device, but it can be a pain to unlock your hardware every single time the screen shuts off. Luckily, virtually all Android devices have a feature to fix that.


In the Security menu of most devices (again, Samsung tucked it in the My Device menu) is an “Automatically Lock” option. Note, this item only shows up if you have some sort of screen security set up. Here you can designate the amount of time that triggers your device unlock—all the way from instantaneously to 30 minutes on some phones. A longer duration will allow you to wake your device instantly if it hasn’t been asleep for long. Also, the power button can often still be used to lock instantly, if you like—that’s a checkbox right under the timeout option (though it’s not on all phones).

Source : greenbot

Categorized in Science & Tech

As far as the most users are concerned, privacy on the web is an important consideration. Iridium is a free Chromium-based web browser which focuses more on the privacy and identity protection of the user and also provides all the features of Google Chrome. The modifications made here make sure that you always are protected and secure and there is no loop holes to your privacy while you browse the web.

Iridium browser for Windows PC


If you go deep down to settings, you will notice a CryptoTokenExtension. The details about that extension are not really specified but it seems to be something concerned with encrypting the information sent through the browser. You can view the permissions granted to this extension under the settings tab.

All the basic functionalities and support system remains the same as that of Google Chrome browser. You can sign in with your Google account and sync bookmarks and other settings easily over other instances of Google Chrome or Iridium.

There are several other policy changes and modifications that are privacy and security based. To view them all you need to access the Git repository.



Iridium changes the default search engine from Google to Qwant, which is again a privacy based search engine that lets you search the web without leaving out on privacy.

In short, Iridium is Google Chrome with privacy features. The entire project is open sourced and the public Git repository lets you view all the changes made to the code over time. If you are a geek and an enthusiast, you can check out the entire code of the project to clearly understand how the modifications have been made and how this alternative browser really works.

Source : http://www.thewindowsclub.com/iridium-browser-windows 

Categorized in Search Engine

Search giant Google has added a new feature on its Google Search where users would be notified with an alert every time their name is noted or seems on the Internet. The feature is said to be “Stay in the Loop” from which the users would get their names appeared on their Gmail IDs by the Google.

The new feature runs as long as a user stays connected with their official Google account. Also, they have to offer Google access to store their Web and App activity which can be activated through the Activity Controls menu.

The Activity Controls menu said, “Save your search activity on apps and in browsers to make searches faster and get customized experiences in Search, Maps, Now, and other Google products.”

To enable this feature, users have to make sure that they are logged into their registered Gmail account and have given all permission to Google to track their Web and App activity. This can be activated through the Activity Controls menu.

Once they have given all needed access to Google, the Stay in the loop widget adds at the bottom of the first page of the search results. Tapping on the widget moves users to a Google Alert form that already consist of username in quotation marks. Once they have managed the Settings, just tap on Create alert, and the user would be all set to get the alert.

From here on, users can adjust Google Alerts for their name references. Users can also have access to select from a number of suggestions to obtain alerts for like politics, music, sports, and automobiles. In addition to this, they can also manage settings like source types, languages, frequency, and region.


Google declared the feature in the previous month in a blog post, though it had not yet been updated. Now the search engine has officially brought the feature live to the users. Along with this feature, Google has also unveiled several changes and other features for My Account off-late. The company launched the ‘Find your Phone’ feature to allow users locate their smart devices in cases they are stolen or lost. It also brought a new feature where subscribers can use My Account through voice commands.

According to several reports, the feature is now made live in India too. But, The ‘Stay in the Loop’ doesn’t seem to locate at the bottom of the first page of search results yet, even after giving Google access to my Web and App activity through the Activity Controls menu.


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During the Google I/O on March 18, 2016, Google is expected to reveal its plan to access the Google Play Store from the chromebook. (Photo : YouTube/ CNET)

Google is finally rolling out the much needed Google Play Family Library feature that would allow families to share their paid apps, TV shows and movies inside their home for free.
Apple already has a Family Sharing feature for their iTunes app and content for several years now and the search engine giant has just recently unveiled a feature for their own Google Play Store. Members of a family can now share their content with each other without having to pay for it again or to give away their account details.

Google Play Family Library allows users to pay with their own credit card or from the main account provided they have access, The Verge has learned. It can work for up to six different accounts and across multiple devices as well.

The search engine giant is rolling out the new Google Play Family Library feature in the United Kingdom, New Zealand, Mexico, Japan, Italy, Ireland, Germany, France, Canada, Brazil and Australia. Users inside the Family Library can also choose whether they would like to share a content with a specific account or not.

For instance, an adult themed movie could be shared with other adults in the family but not with the kids' account. Parents inside the Google Play Family Library will also have the option to approve first the purchases of their children, Forbes reported.

It could then give parents the much needed control over app purchases as kids can sometimes buy as much as thousands of dollars even without the consent of adults. It was a glaring problem as parents often just gave their tablets and smartphones to their children without locking their account purchase capabilities first.


Apps and content that have been bought with the Google Play Family Library will be allowed to be used or consumed in other Android and ChromeOS devices. It can even allow the content to be used in other iPhones and iPads provided that a Google account is used.

Google is now rolling out the new Google Paly Family Library feature across the said countries and regions. It is unclear whether the search engine giant will still release the feature into more areas in the future.


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