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LG unveils omnidirectional LG XBOOM 360 premium speaker
by Paul Hill
LG has unveiled its new LG XBOOM 360 speaker (model RP4) today which uses a conical-cylindrical design to throw out sound in all directions. LG says the device is pleasing to look at so it should be a nice addition to any small social gatherings you host. It’s available in burgundy, peacock green, beige, or charcoal black so you should be able to get one that blends into your environment.
The cylindrical design was chosen not only for aesthetic purposes but to accommodate a distortion-free reflector so that your audio is rich and brings ‘a sense of three-dimensional vitality to every genre of music.’
Aside from being able to put out audio, the XBOOM 360 also takes care of mood lighting which is available in three options; ambient, nature, or party. The wireless nature of the speaker means you can control it with a companion app and set up custom lighting options and sound effects. Further boosting its wireless credentials, the speaker doesn’t need to be plugged in; a single charge lets you play music for 10 hours before needing to recharge. A built-in metal handle allows you to pick up the speaker and put it down wherever the gathering is.
LG did not state the pricing for its LG XBOOM 360 speaker, however, it said it will launch the product in key markets starting sometime this month.
Vivaldi 3.8 banishes annoying cookie messages on desktop and mobile
by Paul Hill
The web browser maker, Vivaldi, has announced the release of Vivaldi 3.8 on desktop and on mobile. Both come with unique features specific to their environments but they both share a new feature that banishes those annoying cookie pop-ups from appearing.
The firm said that the Cookie Crumbler blocks the service asking you to consent to cookies, while this will not lead to problems in many cases, some websites do require you to accept cookies for them to work properly. According to Vivaldi, some sites refuse to work without users accepting cookies, it said this is coercive and the practice shouldn’t be allowed.
On desktop, Vivaldi’s Panels have been updated with new icons and the background has been made partially see-through so you can see a background behind the panel. You will be able to adjust the opacity of the Panels so you could revert it back to how it looked before if you don’t like the new design.
Another new change on the desktop is to bookmarks which can now be saved by tapping CTRL/CMD + D. This keyboard shortcut skips the need to open any dialog boxes which saves you time. If you press the bookmark button in the address bar you will see the newly updated dialog which allows you to filter between regular bookmark folders and speed dial folders, search for existing bookmarks or create a new one, and it offers a complete tree-view of all your bookmark folders and their contents.
In an older version of Vivaldi mobile, you were made to use the browser in your system language but now you can use the Language Switcher in Vivaldi’s settings menu to select your preferred language from a choice of 41 languages.
Finally, in a past Vivaldi mobile update, users were given the option of moving the address bar to the bottom of their browser, unfortunately, this meant there was no room to include the Start Page button and was hidden as a result. With Vivaldi 3.8, you can go to Vivaldi menu > Settings > Appearance and enable the Start Page icon in the address bar giving you a quick way to return to the Start Page.
You can now download the latest version of the browser from the Vivaldi website.
By Namerah S
How to view mobile version of websites on desktops
by Namerah Saud Fatmi
Visiting websites designed primarily for desktop viewing on phones is fairly straightforward thanks to web browsers on Android and iOS. Doing the opposite, however, can be a bit of a challenge. If you'd like to view the mobile version of a site on your desktop for whatever reason, we've got you covered.
Here's a simple guide to show you how to view mobile versions of sites on desktops. This tutorial will work on Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge.
Step 1: Open up the website on the desktop browser of your choice. We've chosen Chrome for this guide but Edge will do as well. Once the page has loaded, press F12 to toggle the developer tools.
Step 2: Once the dev tools have opened up, find and locate the device toggle button that we've highlighted in the image below and click on it.
Step 3: You can click on 'Responsive' to select the device that you want to simulate. A drop-down menu with several options to choose from will appear. Alternatively, you can also customize the resolution of the simulation to suit your needs.
You can find sample mobile simulations of the same website on Chrome and Edge for your comparison in the below images.
Google Chrome Microsoft Edge We hope you found this short guide easy to follow and helpful. If you have any questions or requests, let us know in the comments below!
By Namerah S
How to enable the dark theme on Facebook desktop
by Namerah Saud Fatmi
Social media giant Facebook released dark mode for the desktop and iOS platforms in March last year. Even though testing of the Android version of the dark theme began earlier, general availability came out after the desktop and iOS versions.
We have already done a tutorial to turn on dark mode on Android. Today's guide will walk you through the steps of toggling the desktop version of dark mode. Follow the below instructions to say hello to the dark side of Facebook on PCs.
Step 1: Visit Facebook on your PC's web browser. Once open, locate the small arrow pointing downwards on the upper left corner of the dashboard and click on it.
Step 2: After clicking on the little downwards-pointing arrow, a dropdown menu will pop up. Select the "Display & accessibility" option.
Step 3: Clicking on the "Display & accessibility" option will take you to the dark mode feature. Simply click "on" to enable it.
Here are some before and after screenshots to showcase the differences in theme on Facebook's desktop dark mode:
With that, we conclude this short and easy tutorial to toggle the dark mode on Facebook on desktops. Happy browsing!
By Abhay V
Google rolling out dark theme for Search on the desktop for some users
by Abhay Venkatesh
Google seems to be rolling out a new dark mode for Search on the desktop for some users. A new pop-up message suggesting that “Dark theme is now available has begun showing up for people, based on user posts on Twitter, which was corroborated by folks over at 9to5Google as well. The feature seems to also be showing up for users when accessing Google Search from the desktop in Incognito mode.
The prompt reportedly redirects users to a setting that lets them choose between light, dark, or system theme. This means that the search engine will adapt to the system theme settings on Windows and macOS, making it a much more streamlined option for those that prefer to switch between themes regularly. However, it is not clear if the rollout is part of an A/B test or an actual staggered release since the feature supposedly gets disabled for some users after a page refresh or when users navigate to image search.
This isn’t the first time that users have been able to spot dark mode for Search on the web. Back in May last year, the company was testing the theming option on mobile browsers via a hidden flag. Early this year, there were reports of a randomized test with an experience similar to what users are reporting today.
As for the theming option itself, the company is keeping the experience in line with its mobile apps, which means that the UI adapts a dark grey background color with white text. From the screenshots posted by users, it does not look like there are too many rough edges, although, the theme is applicable only to a few pages.
The addition of a dark theme for Search on the web will be a welcome addition for those that prefer the theming option, especially when working in dimly lit environments. It will be interesting to see if the Mountain View company expands the rollout of the feature soon or if this is another toe dip in the water to gauge reception from users.