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Chrome OS Notifications Will Support In-Line Message Replies Soon

Adnan Farooqui November 20, 2017


You know how you’re able to reply to a message notification on Android in-line? Soon, you’ll be able to do this on Chrome OS-powered devices as well. Google has made a lot of changes recently to its cloud-based OS for Android apps. In order to better suit those apps, it’s now making a change to how notifications can be interacted with in Chrome OS. Users will soon be able to reply to message notifications on Chrome OS in-line.

Those who have been using Android apps on a Chrome OS-powered device would have noticed that the notifications for those apps on Chrome OS look exactly the same as they do on an Android-powered device.

Some functionality isn’t the same, though. In-line replies happen to be that functionality. While the notification appears in a similar manner, it’s not possible to reply to the message notification in-line as yet.

It’s possible to tap the reply button to try and enter a reply but it doesn’t work after that. Google is developing a fix for this and it’s going to be released soon, possibly in the next update to the developer version.

It may be a while though before this feature makes it to the public version of the operating system.

Chrome OS Notifications Will Support In-Line Message Replies Soon , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Intel Legacy BIOS Support Ends By 2020

Adnan Farooqui November 20, 2017


Intel wants to remove the remaining barriers that prevent it from putting legacy BIOS into the ground. The company is now working on a plan to make that possible. Intel is looking to end support for legacy BIOS by 2020. It intends to do that by requiring UEFI Class 3 which doesn’t expose legacy BIOS interfaces.

For those who are unaware, BIOS was the firmware that older PCs rely upon to boot up after they’re powered on. It offered a runtime for the operating system and the software.

That’s no longer the case with modern computers as they feature UEFI or the Unified Extensible Firmware Interface. However, they continue to support legacy BIOS in case users want to run software that requires 16-bit BIOS. They can enable that through the Compatibility Support Module.

It was revealed in a recent presentation by Intel technical marketing engineer Brian Richardson that Intel will require UEFI Class 3 and above. It’s going to ditch legacy BIOS support from both its client and datacenter platforms by 2020.

Richardson added that Intel wants to “eliminate components with no UEFI support” so that drivers, utilities, and peripherals work without CSM.

A report points out that Intel hasn’t made Secure Boot mandatory so it’s not like users won’t be able to run unsigned Linux distributions on PCs with UEFI. However, they won’t be able to prevent compatibility issues by using CSM on Intel-powered PCs.

Intel Legacy BIOS Support Ends By 2020 , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Samsung Detachable Chromebook Reportedly Being Developed

Adnan Farooqui November 19, 2017


Samsung unveiled its Chromebook Pro and Chromebook Plus earlier this year and it’s about time that we started hearing reports about a new one from the company. With the new year just around the corner, it may not be long before Samsung comes out with another Chromebook. If a new report is to be believed, the company is actually working on a detachable Chromebook.

According to the report, this Chromebook has been in development at Samsung since late September. It’s also said to feature an Intel Kaby Lake processor.

A comparison can be drawn with the Samsung Galaxy Book. It’s a detachable 2-in-1 with Intel Kaby Lake chips, a keyboard that can be removed easily, and even Samsung’s S Pen stylus.

No further information is available at this point in time with regards to the specifications of this Chromebook.

Given that Samsung unveiled the Chromebook Pro and Chromebook Plus at CES 2017 earlier this year, one would expect that this particular Chromebook would be out at CES 2018 in January.

However, with development believed to have started out just a couple of months ago, the scribe feels that it’s unlikely Samsung will be unveiling this Chromebook at CES 2018. Perhaps this is something to look out for come MWC 2018? Only time will tell.

Samsung Detachable Chromebook Reportedly Being Developed , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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2013-2015 MacBook Pro Free Repair Program Extended

Tyler Lee November 18, 2017

Some of you might recall that a couple of years ago, several MacBook Pro owners were complaining about how the anti-reflective coating on their laptop displays were peeling. To remedy that and to appease customers, Apple then launched a program in which they would replace the display for free.

That was back in 2015 and the offer would allow users to claim it within 3 years of their laptop’s purchase, which means that come 2018 that program will come to an end. However the good news is that it looks like Apple will be extending that program. According to MacRumors, they have obtained an internal document distributed to Apple Authorized Service Providers which states that this program has been extended from three years to four years.

This means that instead of ended in 2018, it will now end in 2019 or even 2020, or at least for certain devices. This covers the 2015-2017 12-inch Retina MacBooks, as well as 2013-2015 MacBook Pros. It also appears to cover 2016-2017 MacBook Pros, although it seems that this is a problem more associated with the 2013-2015 models, but we suppose better safe than sorry.

MacRumors is also claiming that the internal document states that Authorized Service Providers can replace a damaged display free of charge, as long as the anti-reflective coating issues are present. This means that even if you sent it in for another display-related problem, it could be replaced for free if the coating issues are present.

2013-2015 MacBook Pro Free Repair Program Extended , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Apple Reportedly Pushing macOS High Sierra Onto Users

Tyler Lee November 16, 2017

As much as companies would love to have customers use their latest product, sometimes due to the changes introduced in new products, some customers would rather not upgrade. However it seems that Apple isn’t taking into consideration a user’s preference because according to a report from Adam Engst at TidBITS, Apple is apparently pushing macOS High Sierra onto unsuspecting Mac users.

macOS 10.3 High Sierra is the latest version of Apple’s computer operating system, and while it does bring new features to the table, we understand if there are some users who are hesitant on upgrading. However Engst writes that he discovered that Apple might be pushing the update onto users by downloading it in the background, and then presenting users with the option to either click “Install” or “Details”, the latter which doesn’t really do anything save for launching the App Store.

Engst points out that clicking “Details” is the only way to decline the installation, but for those who might be less tech savvy might feel that they have no choice but to install it. It should be noted that this can be disabled by turning off the feature that automatically checks for updates. This can be found in System Preferences -> App Store, and then deselect the checkbox.

Apple isn’t alone in trying to push the latest updates onto its users. When Windows 10 first came out, Microsoft was accused of being aggressive in trying to get users to upgrade.

Apple Reportedly Pushing macOS High Sierra Onto Users , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Report Claims Android Is The Most Targeted By Malware

Tyler Lee November 16, 2017

Malware, viruses, hacks; those are security issues that aren’t exactly new, but unfortunately it seems that some platforms are more affected than most. According to Nokia’s latest Threat Intelligence Report, it seems that they have discovered that Google’s Android platform is by far the most targeted by malware.

As you can see in the pie chart above, it shows the device breakdown for 2017 and based on that, Nokia’s report suggests that Android commands a whopping 68.5% of the chart when it comes to malware infections. The next biggest platform goes to Windows/PCs for 27.96%, while the rest goes to remaining devices such as the iPhone and presumably other platforms like Linux, Unix, Mac, etc.

According to Nokia, they believe Android is easily targeted due to the fact that apps can be easily side-loaded from third-party websites that don’t necessarily have the security measures in place that Google has for the Play Store.

“The main reason that the Android platform is targeted, is the fact that, once side-loading is enabled, Android applications can be downloaded from just about anywhere. Despite the very successful efforts by Google to ensure that the Play Store is malware free, Android users can continue to install apps by clicking on links in text messages and e-mail. In addition, in many regions third-party app stores have become the norm.”

Nokia’s findings seem to be in line with a recent report from Google themselves, who found that Google accounts tend to be hijacked most commonly through phishing. Unfortunately malware is something that will continue to exist, but being aware of what could get you infected probably goes a long way in preventing that.

Report Claims Android Is The Most Targeted By Malware , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Microsoft Wallet Rebranded To Microsoft Pay In Windows 10

Adnan Farooqui November 15, 2017


Microsoft has decided to rebrand the payments framework that’s built into Windows 10. You might have heard of a little something called Microsoft Wallet. The framework was also known on the Windows Phone as Microsoft Wallet initially. It’s no longer going to be called that, though, because the company has decided to brand it to Microsoft Pay in Windows 10.

An update to the Microsoft Store has been rolled out today which implements this name change. The Wallet user interface has been updated with this release to rebrand it to Microsoft Pay.

It’s a minor change but it’s definitely worth it. Microsoft Pay certainly sounds cleaner than Microsoft Wallet. Moreover, it’s in line with other services like Apple Pay and Android Pay, even though there isn’t a mobile ecosystem that Microsoft has to enable its users to make payments on the go with this service.

Perhaps Microsoft is thinking about revamping its payments service and the rebrand is its first step in that direction. The digital payments space is heating up and it wouldn’t be surprising if Microsoft fancies itself a piece of the pie.

Microsoft hasn’t dropped any hints about that so far, though, so it’s unclear if its intentions for this payments framework expand beyond a mere rebranding. We’ll have to wait and see how this plays out.

Microsoft Wallet Rebranded To Microsoft Pay In Windows 10 , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Firefox Releases Its Fastest Version Yet

Adnan Farooqui November 14, 2017


Mozilla has been working on a new version of its Firefox browser which it claims is twice as fast as the original Firefox from six months back. The company today released Firefox Quantum out of beta. Not only are there speed improvements, but the browser also comes with a new sleek user interface with a customizable toolbar.

Firefox Quantum has a powerful new engine which Mozilla claims has been built for “rapidfire performance.” It promises better and faster page loading that requires less computer memory. There are new smart features for a more intelligent browsing experience.

Browser speed test reports suggest that Firefox Quantum overtakes the ubiquitous Google Chrome in terms of performance. Mozilla claims that its new browser is 30 percent lighter than Chrome and that this less memory usage means there’s more space for your computer to keep running smoothly.

Despite positioning itself as the best alternative to Chrome, Firefox Quantum uses Google as the default search engine in the United States, Canada, Taiwan, and Hong Kong. It used Yahoo as the default search engine previously while Google and Bing were offered as options.

Some of the features include private browsing mode, tracking protection, night mode, Pocket integration into the toolbar, and more.

Mozilla has released Firefox Quantum today as a free download for PC, iOS, and Android.

Firefox Releases Its Fastest Version Yet , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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New iPhone X App Lets You Remove Its Notch

Adnan Farooqui November 13, 2017


Many iPhone fans are not happy about that notch in the iPhone X display. It’s a necessary evil for Apple as the notch houses all of the important components required for the Face ID facial recognition technology. If you don’t like it at all and want to do away with it, there’s an app for that.

An app called Notch Remover has been approved by Apple and it’s available for download from the App Store. As the name suggests, that app can be used to digitally remove the notch.

The app is obviously not able to change anything at the hardware level so the notch is always going to be there. It just fills in the area around the notch so that it feels more like the existing iPhones.

What the Notch Remover app does is add a black bar across the tops of images. Those images have to be assigned as wallpapers in the settings menu. This results in a single black status bar that’s similar to what we’ve seen on almost every single iPhone.

The Notch Remover app is now available for download from the App Store. It’s not free though. Then again, if you bought a $1,000 iPhone X, you might as well buy the $0.99 app.

New iPhone X App Lets You Remove Its Notch , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Proper Intel Graphics Cards Likely As Company Poaches AMD’s GPU Lead

Adnan Farooqui November 9, 2017


AMD has come out swinging against Intel this year with its Ryzen series of processors but Intel has gone ahead and hit AMD where it hurts the most. It has been confirmed that Raja Koduri, AMD’s lead GPU architect, has left his former company to join Intel. Koduri is now Intel’s new senior vice president and the head of its new Core and Visual Computing Group. This is a major indication that Intel is now getting serious about graphics cards.

Intel has been reliant on companies like NVIDIA and AMD for discrete graphics powerful enough to run 3D processing and top-tier games. With Koduri at the helm, Intel can finally start to develop its own discrete graphics business.

Intel has long offered integrated graphics but it’s common knowledge that they’re just not good enough when you want to perform graphics-intensive tasks. This isn’t the first time that Intel is trying its hand at making its own GPUs.

It has tried twice before and clearly, it wants the third time to be the charm. The company says that it’s going to “aggressively expand our computing and graphics capabilities and build on our very strong and broad differentiated IP foundation.”

While Koduri is going to start his new role at Intel early next month, it’s unclear when we can expect the first discrete GPU from Intel. The company certainly has some catching up to do with market leader NVIDIA accounting for a major chunk of the discrete graphics market.

Proper Intel Graphics Cards Likely As Company Poaches AMD’s GPU Lead , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.