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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 220.127.116.112 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 18.104.22.1682 32-bit | Portable | ~1.0 MB (Freeware)
Download: Everything 22.214.171.1242 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.