All Google Pixel apps and goodies that you can get and how to get them

One of the biggest reasons to buy Google’s new Pixel devices is the slew of exclusive features that they have on board thanks to the newest version of Android, version 7.1 (Nougat). While some of the new features, such as Daydream VR support, rely on the Pixel hardware and will be difficult if not impossible to replicate, intrepid parties have already ported many of the new features out of the Pixel lineup and made them available to the masses. The Pixels are yet to reach many who pre-ordered but due to most of their code being available upstream for a while now, developers have had access to the new features long enough to get most of them backported. Continue reading “All Google Pixel apps and goodies that you can get and how to get them”

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Download and get the Google Pixel Dialer app to work on Android 6.0+ devices

At the event on October 4, Google showed off a lot of things, especially focusing on the Google Pixel’s camera  and the Google Assistant. But one thing they didn’t talk, albeit it is not big enough a deal, is the dialer app on the Pixel. It’s not the stock dialer that ships with Android and has a few changes mentioned below. Continue reading “Download and get the Google Pixel Dialer app to work on Android 6.0+ devices”

Simplest ways to get the Google Assistant on any Android Marshmallow device (Updated)

When Google released another messaging app, Allo, it opened to much hype and expectations and fell short as it came across a service in development. Google is trying hard and they are planning on adding chat themes to Allo as well but I don’t think anything is going to work until they bring in SMS support and a desktop/web client at least.

However, what almost everyone would agree on is that the integrated Google Assistant is pretty dope. Talking to Google Assistant on Allo almost made me wish I could use voice to talk to it. I’ve never been a fan of talking to my phone before this. Like Siri and Cortana, Google Assistant has a personality, unlike them, it develops over time the more you use it. Continue reading “Simplest ways to get the Google Assistant on any Android Marshmallow device (Updated)”

Enable fingerprint reader on Sony Xperia XZ and X Compact units in US

You may already know that unsurprisingly the Sony Xperia XZ and X Compact shipped to the US have disabled fingerprint scanners just like every other Sony Xperia before them. Sony reasons this as a “purely business decision,” whatever that means. But if the lack of a fingerprint reader was the one thing holding you back from buying the device, you might want to re-think.  Continue reading “Enable fingerprint reader on Sony Xperia XZ and X Compact units in US”

Some useful Windows 10 tricks

Windows 10, Microsoft’s back-to-basics re-embracing of the PC, is brimming with handy new features, and with all the new goodies come a legion of new tweaks and tricks—some of which unlock powerful functionality hidden to everyday users.

Others simply let you mold some of Windows 10’s new features into the shape you see fit. I’ve shared quite a few useful tips and tricks before, the most recent one being the things you can do with Cortana, like automatically finding discount coupons while you shop. So continuing along the same lines, here are some more useful Windows 10 tweaks, tricks, and tips I have found.

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Use OK Google voice command to have your notifications read out to you

Ok Google is a very popular and useful Android feature. It does a lot already,  from playing music to opening apps, saving notes, and so many other things and in March of this year, Google opened the API up to developers. Doing so means developers can integrate app functionality with the OK Google command. This means users can invoke the app function with the ‘Ok Google’ command. The best example of this came with Youtube, which now lets you control the app with voice commands.

And now, we have an app that can read out your notifications for you. Remember how cool it used to be? I remember my teacher showing such a feature on his QWERTY equipped expensive Nokia. It wasn’t activated with a voice based command though.

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How to install browser extensions for Microsoft Edge, Five extensions you should give a try

Microsoft Edge is a very fast loading web browser that has been included in Windows 10 but the lack of browser extensions for edge has been a major set back and in many cases has kept users from using Edge. However, the Windows 10 Anniversary Update brought this sought after feature to edge among other things.

Even though Edge doesn’t have a huge list of extensions, it comes with some very useful extensions which can be obtained from Windows Store. Here, we are going to talk about five Edge browser extensions that will let you do even more with Edge.

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Google Allo’s isn’t as private as promised, you will need incognito chat for privacy

When Google announced Allo, it’s smart messaging app with built in AI  at Google I/O 2016, it promised privacy and security features such as end-to-end encrypted messages, expiring chats and private notifications in a dedicated incognito mode.  Also mentioned by Google was the fact that Allo, instead of storing users’ messages on Google’s servers indefinitely, would only store messages transiently.

But with the release of the app today, Google is backing off on some of those features.

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Open individual settings using Desktop shortcuts

Want to see Windows 10’s log of your I/O usage — the Data Usage app in Settings — by simply clicking or tapping on the Desktop? Enable or disable your microphone with two clicks? Turn off your webcam? Manage your Wi-Fi settings? It’s easy.

If there are some Windows 10 settings that you access frequently, you would like an option to open them directly by clicking on a desktop shortcut or a right-click context menu item, right? Well in this post, we will see the URI for Settings apps, that open the particular Settings page directly.

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