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How to customize the Google Search widget on your Android home screen
by Rajesh Pandey
The default home screen of most Android devices largely looks the same. They all have a Google Search widget as mandated by Google's Android Compatibility Definition Document. That Google Search widget is helpful as well since you can use it to quickly search the web, Maps, as well as trigger Assistant, and do much more.
If you are heavily into theming your Android home screen, the stock Google Search widget might stick out like an eye store in cases where you opt for a darker theme or a black and white look. The good thing is that the Google Search widget can be customized to your liking as well and you don't even need to use a third-party launcher for this. Irrespective of which launcher you use, Google allows you to customize the search widget and surprisingly, the customization options are pretty in-depth as well.
Step 1: Open the Google app on your phone and then tap the More tab at the bottom. From the menu that opens up, tap Customize Widget.
Step 2: You will now be shown various customization options related to the Google Search widget. This includes being able to select a light or dark theme for the widget or even a custom color for it as per your liking.
Step 3: You can also customize how the corners of the widget look like -- rounded or squarish. Additionally, you can select whether you just want a plain 'G' or 'Google' as the logo in the search bar. Lastly, there's also the option to increase or decrease the transparency of the search widget.
After you are done customizing the widget as per your liking, simply tap on Done on the top-right corner. Do note that the customizations you make will be applicable to all instances of the Google Search widget on the home screen of your Android device. The customization options are also available if you use a third-party launcher like Nova or Action so you can achieve the desired look as per your home screen's style.
by Razvan Serea
"Everything" is search engine that locates files and folders by filename instantly for Windows. Unlike Windows search "Everything" initially displays every file and folder on your computer (hence the name "Everything"). You type in a search filter to limit what files and folders are displayed.
"Everything" only indexes file and folder names and generally takes a few seconds to build its database. A fresh install of Windows 10 (about 120,000 files) will take about 1 second to index. 1,000,000 files will take about 1 minute.
"Everything" will run on Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 10 . NTFS indexing requires the Everything service or running "Everything" as administrator.
Everything 188.8.131.522 changelog:
fixed a security issue with loading urlmon.dll and imm32.dll. fixed an issue with connecting to the Everything Service from some devices (eg: a ram drive). fixed an issue with focus search on activate. The installer now installs Start menu shortcuts and the Desktop shortcut for all users. "Everything" is Freeware. If you use "Everything" in a commercial environment and find it useful a donation would be appreciated.
Download: Everything 184.108.40.2062 32-bit | Portable | ~1.0 MB (Freeware)
Download: Everything 220.127.116.112 64-bit | Portable
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Google makes it easier to find live sports and TV shows in Search
by João Carrasqueira
Google is once again making some improvements to its search engine, this time around with a focus on live sports and TV shows. The company wants to make it easier for users to find and watch live TV content through Search.
For sports, Google is starting by surfacing results for games in the NBA and MLB. If you search for "how to the dodgers game", you'll be presented with a list of channels broadcasting the game. You can also simply search for "dodgers game" to get live scores, standings, and top stories related to the game, as well as links to where you can watch it live if you want to. Google says it will keep expanding with support for networks over time.
If you're looking for other kinds of TV shows, you can search for "what to watch" and Google will present a series of recommendations not only for movies and TV shows on streaming services, but also live TV content. The results are presented in a carousel, and there's categories for shows that are live at that moment, or shows that will air later so you can plan ahead.
These features are rolling out today to users in the United States, with no indication of availability elsewhere. The feature is also exclusive to mobile devices, and again, there's no indication that it's coming to desktop.
Chrome 86 experiment will obscure URL paths to stop phishing
by Paul Hill
In its war on the URL bar, Google has announced that in Chrome 86 it will be running an experiment that hides part of the URL path to help users figure out which website they’re on. The firm says that this helps users identify potentially malicious websites but also makes URLs a bit less obvious, which could see more people come to rely on Search.
To test the new feature, Google is randomly switching this feature on for random people. Those who get opted into the experiment will have two ways to view the full URL, either by hovering over the URL to expand it or by right-clicking on the URL and selecting ‘Always show full URLs” in the context menu. If you choose to always show the URLs, they will remain fully visible on all future sites that you visit.
Those with Enterprise-enrolled Chrome browsers will not be included in this experiment, this move should help tech support in the workplace to better assist colleagues.
If you want to test out the feature out of curiosity, download Chrome Canary or Chrome Dev, open chrome://flags and enable the following flags then restart Chrome:
#omnibox-ui-reveal-steady-state-url-path-query-and-ref-on-hover #omnibox-ui-sometimes-elide-to-registrable-domain Optionally, #omnibox-ui-hide-steady-state-url-path-query-and-ref-on-interaction to show the full URL on page load until you interact with the page. As alluded to previously, the move may be a sincere attempt to prevent phishing, however, it also makes the URL bar more irrelevant. For new users coming online, having the URL bar partially obscured could lead to more people doing search queries to get to websites rather than typing the exact URL, this, in turn, could lead to more traffic over on Google Search.