Get Ready for Big Android Auto Changes On Your Phone and In Your Car

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Google plans to discontinue the Android Auto app for Android phones, and has created a new way to navigate using Google Assistant in Google Maps. Today Google said its new Google Assistant driving mode for Android phones is getting a new dashboard that’s easier to use hands-free and won’t require you to set a…

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Discord Is Bringing Music Back With a YouTube-Sanctioned Bot

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After Google-owned YouTube killed two hugely popular Discord music bots this month, forcing them to essentially shut down in the dead of night over claims of copyright infringement, Discord has reportedly begun testing a YouTube integration that will allow users to once again stream tunes within their servers.

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How to Copy and Paste Text from a Photo with Your Phone

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With so much of our lives spent online, we’re often bringing things from the real world into the digital space. Google Photos makes it easy to copy and paste text from a photo and it works for iPhone and Android.

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Google Is Trying to Fight Distracted Driving With Android

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Google is making some significant changes to its driving functionality that’ll work whether you have your phone mounted to your vent or you rely on Android Auto to stay connected while you’re on the go.

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Android’s accessibility updates include a way to control your phone using your face

Google has introduced quite a lengthy list of Android features, including new accessibility tools for the mobile OS that rely on eye and facial gestures. Starting this week, users will see a new addition to the Android Accessibility Suite that can turn a phone’s front-facing camera into a switch. Aptly called Camera Switch, the tool replaces keyboards, mice and touchscreen displays as a device’s input method. With the feature, users will be able to navigate their phones with eye movements or with facial features, such as smiling or opening and closing their mouths. The tech giant started beta testing it in August, but it’s now giving the feature a wider rollout.

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The tech giant has also launched a new application called Project Activate specifically for those don’t speak or have neurological conditions. Its purpose is to make it easier for the users to communicate with other people. They can program the app to speak phrases like “Please, wait!” when they move their eyes a certain way or make a gesture with their face. The application can also be programmed to play audio, make phone calls or send texts, such as emergency messages seeking assistance. 

Finally, Google has updated its Lookout app with handwriting recognition. It can now read out handwritten and printed text for Latin-based languages while in Documents mode. Further, it can now recognize Euro and Indian Rupee in currency mode, with Google planning to add support for more currencies in the future. The tech giant first announced Lookout back in 2018 as a way to provide Blind individuals and people with visual impairments spoken notifications about their environment. Google added food and document scanning to its capabilities in 2020, along with support for languages other than English. 

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Get full use out of your DJI Phantom or Mavic drone with this videography training

Before we had access to drones, aerial videography and photography were really left to the professionals, or at least those who could afford the right equipment. But with superior tools, like the Phantom DJI Drone, taking breathtaking shots is completely possible — as long as you know what you’re doing, that is. — Read the rest

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How to Use iCloud+ “Hide My Email” on iPhone and iPad

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Sharing an email address is risky; it might lead to getting spam. To prevent that, a feature called “Hide My Email” on iCloud+ allows you to create a unique email address for each site, forwarding those messages to your regular email account. Here’s how to use it on iPhone and iPad.

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How to Uninstall Multiple Apps at Once on Android

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It’s easy to get carried away installing apps and games, but you’re probably not using all of them. The Play Store on Android makes it easy to uninstall a bunch of apps at once to free up space.

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Microsoft’s New Surface Laptop Studio Flips the 2-in-1 Game on Its Head

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Of all the devices announced during today’s Surface event, Microsoft’s new flagship 2-in-1 is by far the most unexpected and bizarre. The Surface Laptop Studio features a unique floating display that you can perch behind its trackpad for an immersive gaming or streaming experience or fold into tablet mode for drawing and note-taking.

Note: Be sure to check out all the products revealed at today’s Surface event, including the new Surface Pro 8, the upgraded Go 3, the more affordable Pro X tablet, and the incredible Surface Duo 2 Android phone. Microsoft also announced some cool new accessories that are genuinely worth taking a look at.

Microsoft calls the Surface Laptop Studio an ideal product for “developers, creative pros, weekend gamers, and designers.” Its floating display certainly seems to fit in all use-cases, and with support for 11th Gen Intel Core processors (i5 or i7) and NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Ti GPUs (only available with i7 configurations), the Surface Laptop Studio is more than powerful enough to run professional software, AAA games, and creative applications. In fact, it’s the most powerful Surface device to date.

You can get the Surface Laptop Studio with 16GB or 32GB of LPDDR4x RAM, and its removable SSD drive comes with a maximum 2TB of storage. Like the new Surface Pro 8, the Laptop Studio packs two USB-C Thunderbolt 4 ports, a Surface connect jack, and a headphone jack. And of course, Microsoft managed to pack the Laptop Studio with both Windows Hello and Wi-Fi 6 support.

A gamer using the Surface Laptop Studio in stage mode.

When in laptop mode, the Surface Laptop Studio looks and feels like a modern PC. It sports a large keyboard and haptic trackpad, and its 14.4-inch 120Hz PixelSense display is extremely slim despite the integrated hinge.

This hinge, dubbed the Dynamic Woven Hinge, is a completely new design. Microsoft touts its durability and ease of use, emphasizing just how quickly it can fold into new orientations. The unique “Stage” mode places the display behind the trackpad, covering the keyboard and providing a comfortable, immersive experience for gaming, streaming, docking, drawing, or taking notes.

Another orientation, called “Studio” mode, flattens the laptop’s display against its keyboard and trackpad for a tablet experience. It’s an interesting and sleek alternative to the backward-folding design of most 2-in-1s.

And while you can’t really see it in Microsoft’s press photos, the Surface Laptop Studio features a magnetic storage and charging slot for the Surface Slim Pen 2. This slot is tucked underneath the Laptop Studio’s keyboard, providing easy access in the “Studio” tablet mode.

An artist drawing on the Surface Laptop Studio in tablet mode.I guess the hinge doesn’t fold completely flat in tablet mode. Microsoft

While the Surface Laptop Studio specs look impressive, I want to point out one glaring issue that will turn off a lot of people—this thing is a bit heavy. The i5 configuration weighs 3.83 pounds, while the i7 model is a whopping 4 pounds. That’s comparable to devices like the 15-inch MacBook Pro, but about three times the weight of even the largest tablets. (Though to be fair, the Laptop Studio is more of a laptop than a tablet.)

The Surface Laptop Studio starts at $1,600 and is available for pre-order at Microsoft’s webstore. It ships with Windows 11, with general availability opening on October 5th (the same day that Windows 11 launches).


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The new Surface Laptop Studio features a bizarre floating display for three immersive orientations. It’s also the most powerful Surface device yet, running 11th Gen Intel Core processors and NVIDIA GeForce RTX GPUs. Pre-order it now starting at $1,600.

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