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By Abhay V
Google is testing the addition of shopping advertisement cards on Chrome's new tab page [Update]
by Abhay Venkatesh
Google is testing a way for the new tab page on Chrome to display shopping advertisement cards based on users’ search history and preference. The feature is currently hidden under a flag called ‘NTP Shopping Tasks Module’ (spotted by Techdows) in Chrome Canary which can be enabled from chrome://flags. The flag provides users the ability to even enable recommendations based on fake data for representational purposes.
The shopping card lets Google serve tailored suggestions right in the new tab page, making it easy for users to either pick up on recent product searches or related items. The firm also allows users to access their activity and tweak recent data stored in the ‘My Activity’ page by clicking on the “i” icon in the card. While the feature is still in development, it will not be surprising if the firm makes it an opt-in experience.
Clicking on any of the products in the card redirects users to a search results page for that product with retailer and pricing options, just like on Google Search. The experience for users that prefer new tab page personalization through third-party extensions might vary. The firm is also working to add recipe cards and content from Kaleidoscope, flags for which are also present in the experimental features section in Chrome Canary.
The integration of shopping features into the new tab page of one of the most popular web browsers could help Google further expand its Search and marketplace offerings into its services, making them easily accessible and prominent. The feature might also be aimed at rivaling the recent Facebook Shop and Instagram Shop offerings being introduced by the social networking giant.
Update: A Google spokesperson reached out to clarify that the experiment displays "free product listings" only and does not include any paid ads. Here is the complete statement:
KaiStore gets search and automatic update functionality
by Paul Hill
KaiOS has announced that the KaiStore has received an update which allows users to search for apps and allows the app store to update itself automatically. According to KaiOS, there are now more than 700 apps available on the KaiStore so the company decided to add search functionality to the store so that users can find software more easily.
For those unfamiliar, KaiOS grew out of Firefox OS and is designed for smart feature phones helping those on a low income get connected to the internet. With the KaiStore hitting 700 apps, it’s no longer convenient for users to navigate through categories to find new apps as lists are becoming too long.
The search feature can query user inputs across app names, categories, publishers, and descriptions to display the best results. This functionality works in all of the supported languages and compensates if the user makes a spelling error. KaiOS said that the new search tool will also benefit developers on the platform because their apps will be more discoverable.
The other change in this update is automatic updates for the KaiStore. KaiOS’ announcement explains that users will no longer see notifications about updating the KaiStore to the latest version, instead, it will be updated in the background and automatically. With the KaiOS developer team not having to support older versions of the app store, they will have time to build new features for the platform.
The new KaiStore is currently being tested in a selection of unnamed countries and it’s expected to arrive around the world soon.
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 126.96.36.1992 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 188.8.131.522 32-bit | Portable | ~1.0 MB (Freeware)
Download: Everything 184.108.40.2062 64-bit | Portable
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View: Everything Website
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