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Google Releases New Pixel ‘Feature Drop’ With Latest March Security Patch

Pixel owners are getting new features on their devices as Google has started rolling out a new update. The update brings the second Pixel ‘Feature Drop’ available all across the Pixel smartphone range. The latest update also brings the latest March security patch.

Now the new features vary depending on the Pixel device that you have. Google has also said that while the update will bring new features, some of them might be activated through server-side rollouts, while some might need users to update the built-in apps. Now for Pixel 4 and 4 XL users will now be able to use Motion Sense to pause and resume music with a tapping gesture above the phone. This is in addition to the previous skip forward or go back gestures.

Google has also added car crash detection for Pixel 4 owners under the Personal Safety app for US users. This feature makes use of the phones’ sensors to detect if the user has been in a severe car crash, checks with you to see if you need emergency services and quickly makes a call. This feature will be available for users in Australia and the UK as well. If a user doesn’t respond, the Pixel device shares relevant information with emergency responders. There are also some improvements in portrait mode selfies. Pixel 4 devices also get a high brightness mode when the screen is in auto-brightness mode – this will be effective when you’re out under very sunny conditions.

Next, Live Captions is now making its way to Pixel 2 and 2 XL users. For those who don’t know, this feature can automatically add captions to almost any media playing on your phone. New AR effects will now be available for Duo video calls and about 169 new emojis have been added for all Pixels.

A new menu has also been added when you long-press the power button. This shows the users’ Google Pay wallet while other options like shut down and reboot have been moved to the bottom. It also brings support for screenshots of your boarding passes with real-time flight updates for Pixel 3 and all phones launched after that. This feature is coming to the US, UK, Canada, Australia, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Ireland, Taiwan and Singapore

There is also the addition of a new Rules section in Settings which can automate certain tasks on the device based on your location or which Wi-Fi network you’re connected to.

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Twitter Account of Fortnite Star Tyler "Ninja" Blevins is The Latest to Get Hacked

Fortnite star, Tyler “Ninja” Blevins Twitter account is the latest high profile account to get taken over by hackers. After gaining control over Ninja Twitter account, the majority of the tweets were posted related to promoting the hacker’s Twitter account, telling Ninja’s followers to go and follow the account @OwenBreh – an account that has since been suspended by Twitter and hurling insults at the popular streamer, Tfue, and DramaAlert host, KEEMSTAR. “Following 5 Who follows @OwenBreh Like and RT when done,” read the first tweet.

Besides deleting the tweets, he posted a video and a tweet poking fun at the hacker. In the video, Ninja said that all hackers on Twitter follow the same script; they promote their personal accounts and insult other high-profile individuals. Recently, the official Twitter accounts of Facebook and its messaging app Messenger were hacked and the cybercriminals posted messages from both the platforms. The hacker group OurMine hijacked in the past Twitter accounts of more than a dozen NFL teams in January before the SuperBowl.

The same group has also compromised Twitter accounts of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and Google CEO Sundar Pichai. The group has been active since 2016 and is believed to consist of several Saudi teenagers.

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Didn't Receive the Latest Android OTA Update For Your Pixel? Here's How to Get it Manually

Google’s Pixel range of smartphones are the first ones to get new Android updates. However, there are times when new OTA (over the air) updates don’t reach specific regions in time. Google seems to have provided a solution where users can manually install an update through the Pixel Repair Tool.

As per a report, the Pixel Repair Tool uses something called ‘WebUSB’ technology. With this, the user can directly connect their Pixel phones to the web app.

In order to use this method of updating you will require:

·       Your Pixel Phone

·       A laptop or a computer

·       Internet connection

For updating your phone manually with the latest OTA updates, follow these steps:

1.  Open the browser on your computer and go to the Pixel Update and Software Repair page (https://pixelrepair.withgoogle.com)

2.  Select Carrier from which the Pixel phone was purchased.

3.  Enable Rescue Mode on phone. This mode can be accessed by turning off your phone and then restart by simultaneously pressing and holding the volume down and power buttons. After a few seconds, a Bootloader screen will appear wherein you will have to use the volume keys to scroll, to reach the ‘Rescue mode’ option. Once you reach the option press power button to enable it.

4.  Connect the Pixel phone to the system with the help of a USB cable.

5.  A pop up will appear on screen once the phone is connected. Grant access to the phone.

6.  Once access is granted, the tool will show you if a new update is available or not. If there is an update that is compatible with your device, an option reading ‘Update Recommended’ will appear on screen.

7.  On clicking the option a pop asking the user to confirm the action will appear. After the user confirms it the update will automatically get installed on the phone.

What needs to be noted here is that while the update is downloading the phone should not be disconnected from the PC. Also, the tool is currently not available for users in India, but should soon be available in due time.

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Latest Windows 10 Update Improves Accuracy of Windows Hello Face Authentication

The new update will also deal with an issue causing a grey box to appear when you search within Control Panel and File Explorer.

Latest Windows 10 Update Improves Accuracy of Windows Hello Face Authentication
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Microsoft has released a new update with version number KB4532695, which applies to Windows 10, version 1903, Windows Server version 1903, Windows 10, version 1909, Windows Server version 1909. According to Microsoft, Windows 10, versions 1903 and 1909 have a common core operating system and an identical set of system files. The new update will improve the accuracy of Windows Hello face authentication and will also help fix several bugs.

The new update will also deal with an issue causing a grey box to appear when you search within the Control Panel and File Explorer. Besides, it will help solve the problem of incorrect indicators for offline and online files. It will prevent File Explorer’s search bar from receiving user input and it will also handle the issue that sometimes caused an error when a user unplugged a USB Type-C hub or flash drive.

Microsoft has recommended installing the latest servicing stack update (SSU) for the operating system before putting in the latest cumulative update (LCU). SSU upgrades the reliability of the update process to mitigate potential issues while installing the LCU. Users can update the new feature through Windows Update. To do so, users have need to go to the Settings option and then navigate to the Update and Security option. Under Update and Security, head to Windows Update. Users will get the link to download and install the update in the Optional Updates section.


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'Kings Of the Castle' is the Latest Addition to Apple Arcade

Apple announced its game subscription service Apple Arcade in September last year and ever since its launch, the company has added new titles every week, giving more options to the gaming service subscribers. While the tech giant already had close to 100 games during the time of launch, the service has added another game in the following weeks. For the unversed, Apple Arcade is available free for the first month, after which you need to pay Rs 99 a month. Apple Arcade is available on the iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac, and Apple TV. Here’s a look at all the recent additions:

1. Kings of the Castle (Launched on January 17, 2020): Sold by Frosty Pop Games Incl., Kings of the Castle is a multiplayer game, which can be played solo or with multiple players. One needs to save the prince before anyone else. The description reads, “Playing as the princess, you must use your speed, courage, and savvy sense of direction to save the prince. Avoid traps, battle enemies, jump over obstacles, and collect gems along your journey to pay a ransom for the prince’s safe return. But do it fast. The dragon is hungry!”

2. No Way Home (Launched on January 10, 2020): Apple Arcade’s latest next-in-line title is No Way Home. In the game, the player is stranded in a strange galaxy and has to fight for survival. One can use props like wits, ship and party planning robot companion. The game comes with “hand-drawn artwork, 50+ weapons, 60 unique enemies, an immersive mission system, daily challenges, and more”.

3. Doomsday Vault (Launched on January 3, 2020): Apple Arcade began the New Year with the launch of Doomsday Vault, a lone mission in a post-climate collapse Earth. The description reads, “Adventure around the world in your robotic suit and use your suit’s tools and abilities to explore challenging environments. Navigate desolate landscapes, flooded cities and derelict buildings to find seeds from critical plant species and return them to the safety of the Vault.”

4. LEGO Builder’s Journey (Launched on December 20, 2019): The last ended with the launch of Lego’s Builder’s Journey on Apple Arcade. A player has to undertake the journey, filled with “ups and downs, challenges and celebrations”.

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Pixel 4 Running Latest Android R Developer Preview Spotted

Android R, supposedly the next version of Android, was spotted running on a Google Pixel 4 smartphone and could be released in as little as eight weeks time.

Pixel 4 Running Latest Android R Developer Preview Spotted
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The next version of Android, which might be codenamed Android R, has been spotted on GeekBench. The supposed Android R update was seen running on a Pixel 4 smartphone. Google had officially unveiled Android 10 (Android Q) back in September 2019. Since Google had announced the Android Q developer preview in March, eventually releasing the final build of Android 10 OS in September, this time it might be approximately eight weeks away from releasing Android R.

Users might want to steer clear of the first few releases though as they could be unstable builds. There have been reports that the Android R could bring a welcome change to the Airplane mode as it would no longer automatically switch off Bluetooth like it currently does. It is also being said that it is a possibility that Android 11 or Android R, could also increase the file size limit for video recordings from the current 4GB. As for the GeekBench benchmark of the Google Pixel 4 running the so-called Android R developer preview, it scored 712 on the single-core performance test and 2181 on the multi-core performance test.

We can expect the first developer preview of the Android R update somewhere around the end of February or March. It will be interesting to see if Google will release it for devices other than the Pixel range.