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Tiny Palm Smartphone Baffles Gadget Fans

Tiny Palm Smartphone Baffles Gadget Fans

Palm: A Minimalist Phone

Palm is a minimalist phone which is tiny and comes with the word Palm printed on the back. This new phone is introduced by a start up in San Francisco and they have obtained the rights of the name, ‘Palm’ from TCL last year.

The tiny phone will come out in November and is supposed to be an add-on to a current line. If you have a Verizon plan, then the Palm can be an add-on, whereby your phone number can be shared. It runs the Android 8.1 version and all the apps from the Google Play Store.

About Palm

The tiny phone is basically a tiny phone at just 50 X 97 mm. You can say it is as big as a credit card but thicker at 7.4mm. It weighs 62.5 grams.

With the Palm you can do all the things your big phone can do. The main reason for introducing the Palm is to get you away from being totally obsessed with your phone. The cases for it have been designed by Steph Curry and it comes with a strap for your forearm so that you can use it even when you are working out.

It was designed mainly to make the phone feel comfortable in your hand.

It comes with Gorilla Glass 3 in the front and back and is water and dust resistant.

The only button on it which is the power button offers multiple functions. By long-pressing the power button, you can launch Google Assistant.

The 800mAh battery provides sufficient power for it.

Since the Palm is so small, it comes only with a single USB-C port. There is no scope for a headphone jack or wireless charging.

It has a 3.3-inch, 445-ppi LCD display. The display is not big enough to do much work on it but suitable to check information and type on it.

The Palm comes with an 8-megapixel selfie camera and a rear 12-megapixel camera. The photos you get are not really great but passable.

It comes with the Snapdragon 435 processor paired to 3GB RAM and 32GB storage.

There is a virtual button below. If you tap it once, you go back, twice you go home and on long-press, to the multi-tasking screen.For volume control, swipe down the quick settings panel.

It has a hexagonal grid of apps that can be vertically scrolled. By long-pressing any of the icons, a pop-up of the shortcuts for that app appears.

The  phone will go on sale next month for $350.

Is the Palm really worth it?

The Palm phone is not really worth it if it was not for its branding.

The new tiny Smartphone shares your number so that you spend less time on your primary smartphone and you need to pay $10 extra per month to use Verizon’s Number Share service for it to work.

There are better ways to get rid of your smartphone addictions.

You can even use a smartwatch for your workouts instead of taking your smartphone.

Instead of using a 3.3-inch screen with an unfamiliar user interface, it is better to use a real smartphone.

There does not seem to be any special feature the Palm has to offer.

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Project Strobe to Protect Your Data, improve Third-Party API

Project Strobe to Protect Your Data, improve Third-Party API

Project Strobe: Google’s Attempt at keeping your Data Private

Developer’s and various APIs are used on top of or in addition to Google’s own Google+ platform to make a user’s life easier and to make the overall Google platform more effective. But, what happens when those very apps or APIs make life hell or in other words use your personal data that you explicitly told them not to use? That’s when problems start not only for you but mainly for Google. Project Strobe is Google’s initiative at reviewing its Google+ platform to see if there are apps or APIs that have access to a user’s details which are not marked as “public”.

Project strobe looks at various controls implemented by Google on its Google+ platform, areas where customers were reluctant to interact with because of concerns over data privacy issues and areas where developers seem to have almost too much access to personal data.

Results of Project Strobe:

Google+ to be Shut down for consumers:

Users on any platform want their data to be secure. Period.

Their interaction with a particular website or app is all dependant on that one premise. Through project strobe, Google has found out that consumers do not interact much with Google+ and any of its associated apps.

While Google has put in a lot of effort with Google+ the interaction or consumer usage has been less than worth it and for this reason the tech giant has decided to call it a day with its Google+ for consumers.

Project Strobe Discovered a Bug:

Talking about personal data, Project strobe found a bug in Google+ which meant that data fields concerning age, occupation and gender, besides others, were made public even when this information was marked as- not- to- share- with- public.

While Google has kept this issue under wraps, until now, they did patch the bug up back in March of this year. While project strobe did not find evidence of personal details being misused, nearly 500,000 user’s accounts were affected and Google will have to also give an account to congress over this.

Project Strobe has resulted in more access permissions:

After the review with project strobe, Google has decided that apps will have to ask for express permissions to access various fields. It will now not be a blanket permission, but you can decide how many fields or data you would like to give access to. You can give access for one thing and not the other now, if you want to.

Access will be granted for only a limited number of functions after Project Strobe:

Through the review process of  Strobe, Google has identified only those functions that enhance productivity will be given access to data and that to with the user’s explicit permission. Google feels that by limiting functions that requires personal data, users will feel more secure when it comes to their data and using Google+.

Google plans on rolling out all these changes in the coming months after making a thorough review from their project strobe initiative.

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5 Must-Have Accessories for Your Apple Watch Series 4

5 Must-Have Accessories for Your Apple Watch Series 4

The Apple Watch Series 4 has a very sophisticated design and full of innovation. As we see in most of the Apple products, the Apple Watch Series 4 gives us a view of future wearable technology. The Apple Watch Series 4 is very sleek and slim. It comes with a larger display and sensors that are safe and sound.

The accessories for the Apple Watch Series 4 will enhance your style quotient and functionality to a whole new level.

We will take a look at 5 of the must have accessories of the Apple Watch Series 4.

PITAKA Wireless Charging Dock

Accessories for  Apple Watch Series 4

With the PITAKA MagDock All-in-One Magnetic Wireless Charging Dock, you can charge all your devices at the same time. It comes with a built-in portable power bank and an app that enables you to track your battery life. It has a wireless charging area for the smartphone, smartwatch and the wireless earbuds. The MagDock allows you to position your phone at an angle that enables you to watch videos while the phone is charging. The top of the MagDock twists in such a way whereby the viewing angle can be adjusted and the charger is used as a stand. The MagDock also comes with magnets so that your smartphone can be secured in one place. There is also a zip-&-go travel pouch where you can put in the MagDock and take it along with you. It can be used as a portable 7800mAh power bank. It costs $49.

Nomad Stand for Apple Watch Series 4

Apple Watch Series 4The Nomad’s Stand is used for charging and has high functionality due to its curved structure. It also adds to the aesthetic sense of Apple products. It is made from a piece of aircraft-grade aluminum and has a curved shape. The anodized finish gives it a luster and good texture. The base is infused with copper giving it extra support. You need to put the charging disc of the Apple Watch charging cable in the round cutout on the Nomad Stand. It is priced at $39.95-49.95

Juuk Watch Band

Accessories for Apple Watch Series 4

The Juuk Apple Watch Band comes as metal bracelets in solid red, silver and dark gray. It is selling at $119. You can also get the band with a stripe running down the middle which comes at a cost of $149. The bracelets are made of anodized aluminum and the buckle is of 316L stainless steel.

Casetify Floral Watch Band

Casetify Floral Watch Band

The Casetify Floral Apple Watch Band gives a decorative touch to your smartwatch. It is just 2.5mm thin which adds to the sleek look of your Apple Watch Series 4. This Watch Band is made from saffiano vegan leather with a wide range of floral designs on the strap. It is scratch-resistant and impact-resistant whereby the watch is protected from dust and scratches. The straps come in 38mm and 42mm sizes and there is a choice of Gold Aluminum, Rose Gold, Space Gray and Silver Aluminum. It is available at $52.

Wood Charger for Apple Watch and iPhone

The Combo Charging Dock allows you to charge your Apple Watch and iPhone at one and the same time. On one side you can charge your watch using the wireless charging pad and on the other side there is a dock to charge your iPhone without removing it from its case since it has an adjustable back. It costs $79, but is currently on sale at $62.

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Take control of your commute with Google Maps

Take control of your commute with Google Maps

Google Maps New Feature Helps Commuters Get To Work Much Easier:

Google maps is one of the most popular and widely used services on the internet. Although it provides awful results in some rare cases but the maximum time, it delivers the best possible results, and it is better than other navigational apps.

So, people always love to use this Google map app to check the routes and directions for their desired locations. As people are regularly using Google maps. Google has been continuously rolling updates and improving its map for better user experience.

You can see quite a lot of updates in the last couple of months as well. In fact, today this app has got an update, and it has rolled out a new feature that will ” help you to take control over your daily commute — which means this enables you to plan ahead and prepare for all the inevitable disruptions, and it can avoid them as well.”

Google Maps New features Commute:

By launching this feature, Google is trying to make their users live better by making their daily commute littler easier. Usually, commutes to work is a frustrating task when you struck with some inevitable disruptions. So, googles new update might help you.

With this update, Google maps will have a feature which shows the commute tab which provides one-tap access to the live traffic and also it gives all the information of the transit as per your daily commute.

According to the google, its new feature will now measure the daily commute and will help users to notify the heavy traffic and it also suggests the extra budget if needed. Along with that it also recommends you the best possible route to reach your destination on time.

For Android users, it also sends the notification about the constant delays on your route as they happen and also gives you the enroute details to reach quicker for your destination.

Google maps also offer support for the mixed mode commutes:

With the above commute tab, google maps will also show you the estimated time for travel. It also includes multiple transportation modes and other options in the time as well. It also gives public transit details and other route details in the commute tab.

Along with that, google maps will now able to see the ” where the bus or train is located in the real time on the map” in more than 80 regions worldwide.

We are not really sure about this update whether it will be rolled out in India or not. But in future, you can expect this feature to be rolled out in India.

Incorporate Music Streaming app in Google Maps:

Google maps can also be incorporated music streaming apps including google play music, Spotify, and apple music within the charts app and it just lets its users avoid toggling between the apps to pass their time on travel.

Last week, google maps rolled out a group of features which are useful to share the links of the restaurants for their friends. This shared link will quickly show the locations of restaurants you have selected for all your friends when you have shortlisted the list of your friends/

You can only vote the restaurants which are shortlisted and express their preference as well. A member of the group can also delete the place or restaurant from the list as well. The best part of this feature is it can even show the location for people who don’t have google maps installed on their phone as well.

Google helps you to plan your daily commute:

These features of Google are rolled out today on Android and ios devices. Here all you need to do is just update the google maps app and then click on the new feature ” Commute” Tab. With that, you can check out the new features details. Along with that, you can also see google maps help page which is specially designed to support all the commuters.

Conclusion:

If you like this new feature in Google Maps, then share your views on the new feature in the comments section below

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5 Hidden Features in Android Pie and How to Unlock Them

5 Hidden Features in Android Pie and How to Unlock Them

Since the Google has announced the “Go Edition” of its Android Pie you can see amid craze among the users through the world.

Now, finally, as the Android pie has arrived people are in a rush to try out this brand new Google latest Android OS.

Most of you might be using this android pie as it has rolled some days earlier but do you know it has some hidden features?

While most of you might not hear about these hidden features right?

If you are the one who wants to explore the full capabilities of Android, then go through this post.

In this article, I’ll cover five legally hidden features of Android Pie. Along with that, I’ll mention detail steps to unlock these features as well.

Generally, Google has a knack for hiding features in almost every android update. So, it has done the same with the latest Android pie as well.

Google usually hide all these options to prevent an unnecessary tinkering of general users because they don’t want to confuse ordinary users. Along with that Google often leaves some challenges to the advanced power users to find out the critical hidden features in its new version of  Android.

Usually, these secrete varies from silly to advanced options which are helpful in handling the phone correctly. Now, these hidden features are currently available in the Android Pie version as well.

Although the hidden features are useful but Google has kept it invisible, but it is easy to find out these options in Android Pie. You can quickly unlock all these features, and you can show your friends and family.

Now, let’s get into the article quickly,

Hidden Features of Android Pie and How to unlock them:

In this hidden feature of Android pie post, I have covered all the elements based on our experience on the Google’s latest Android 9.0 version.

  1. Feature Android Flags:

In this new version of Android Pie, you can find a secret option feature flags. It is a hidden menu option which is called as the ” Feature flags.”

These are similar to the google chrome’s feature flags. If you are an avid user of google chrome means you might have used this option. You might either enable or disable some features through the google’s feature flags.

Similarly, the android feature flags have come up with the same point. In this latest Android pie version it has android flags. This feature Android flag helps, users, to tweak specific design choice and revert to their Android Oreo version.

How to unlock Android Pie Hidden Feature:

  • Now, If you want to access this hidden feature, you have to enter the developer options.
  • To enter into the developer mode, you have to enable it.
  • Firstly, open your settings —- System— About phone.
  • Then just click on tap on Build number at the bottom part of the screen for seven times to enter.
  • Now, you have enabled developer option right.
  • Then just go to settings >>> system >>> Advanced .
  • After that scroll down the screen to find out options and select debugging option from that list.
  • Then finally select feature flags.

Now by following this process, you have successfully enabled Android flags.

Presently, the list of flags is limited but the “Settings_bluetooth_while_driving” is the exciting option. By enabling that option, the Bluetooth setting page has a capability to automatically turn on Bluetooth when your phone detects that you are driving your car.

This feature is presently helpful for all the people who use Bluetooth to connect to a car and prefer to off Bluetooth when it is off to save the battery of your phone.

  1. Emergency lockdown feature:

Emergency lockdown feature is another hidden feature of Android 9.0 pie. If you are wondering to remove fingerprint and facial recognition on your smart device means you can make use of emergency lockdown button can come handy.

How to unlock this feature:

  • To enable this feature to hover over to the settings.
  • Then visit security & location > lock screen preferences and switch next to the show lockdown option.

That’s it.

How to use this feature:

  • After setting up this feature, all you have to do to use this feature is hold on the power button until the power off or restart options prompt shows up.
  • There you can find the new lockdown button along with them.
  • Now, click on the new lockdown button it will automatically lock your device.
  • When you want to unlock the device you have to open it by using a PIN or by using pattern.
  • IN this emergency mode you will not get any notification on the lock screen.
  1. System UI tuner:

System UI is always crucial in Android phones, and Google has done a great job in UI, but it has kept a hidden feature in it as well. This isn’t the first time where Google has held the hidden feature in UI it is coming from Android version 6.0 Marshmallow itself. But, compared to those this hidden feature has more functionalities.

You can modify the status bar without any rooting option. However, it is quite difficult to unlock this feature in Android 9.0 Pie. So, follow these steps to enable the system UI tuner carefully.

The process to create widget:

  • Firstly, you have to create a widget using activity launcher.
  • Although there are tons of dedicated activity launcher apps, we’ve found most of them aren’t working correctly with Android 9.0 Pie.
  • So your best option and only successfully option is Nova Launcher this includes an activity launcher features.
  • Now open nova, and long press the home screen.
  • After that choose “widgets.”
  • Usually, there is a section for widgets created by nova launcher within the option “Activities.”
  • You have to select this option then you can scroll down and click on “System UI” then quickly choose ” System UI demo mode” right at the bottom of the screen.

The process to launch system UI tuner:

  • Firstly tap on the widget to Launch the menu.
  • Then you will be presented with two options, ” status bar” and ” Do not disturb” modes.
  • Then manage which icons appear on the status bar.
  • Now, to disable status bar option turn off the switch next to it.
  • In this process, battery and time are the only two options without a toggle.
  • The battery will open a popup menu with options on whether to display battery percentage or only during charging.
  • Time option will raise a popup menu where you can choose display not just hours and minutes but seconds also.
  • Now, Under “Do Not Disturb” select “volume buttons shortcut.”
  • When it is disabled, you can’t be able to enter Do Not Disturb Mode by lowering volume to Zero at that time press volume down one more time.
  1. Flappy Bird Game:

Are you interested in playing games? Then android has hidden a game for you in its new Android Pie. Usually, Android requires several touches of the version number on the About phone page to reveal some animations or game which are hidden.

Previously it used to be Easter egg game, now as the time is passing on android pie’s easter egg is getting annoying “P” Symbol, But the big old Easter egg is included in the same option. Now, Google has made it a little harder to find the game. The new flappy bird clone is known as flappy droid is a game which is first introduced in Android old version 5.0 lollipops.

At the start, it used to be an average game with different environment later it is updated in Marshmallow. Now, the marshmallow version of the game has several versions. So, let’s start unlocking the flappy bird game as well.

Unlock the Flappy Bird Game:

  • Firstly, to find this game you need Activity launcher to create a widget assigned to a shortcut.
  • Now, take a Nova launcher and long press on home screen and select widgets.
  • Then Select “Activities” scroll down and find ” System UI” from Drop down menu.
  • Then choose ” Marshmallow Land.”
  • After selecting, the widget will change to a “P” icon.
  • Click on this icon to launch the game.

That’s it starts playing your game but following the instructions.

  1. Quick Launch Clock App:

In this new version of Android 9.0 Pie, you can get a neat hidden feature of the clock. In the setting menu, you can tap on the time in the top left corner to launch the clock app.

If you have multiple clocks installed on your phone means you can quickly select which is the best one for you as well.

Conclusion:

Now, these are the Android Pie Hidden features.

What do you think about these hidden features?

Are these features useful or time waste?

What do you think about these features of Android Pie?

Let us know in the comments section right below the post. And also don’t forget to share this article with your friends.

 

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