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By Richard C.
Since installing the 20h2 (or maybe slightly before, however it's roughly when this started) I've noticed that if intermittently the system hangs after posting but before starting to boot. This seems to happen if the system has been running for a long time (say 5 hours or so) between restarts. I disabled my bios logo to see if this was an issue with the bios or after the bios has handed control to windows. And the hanging occurs after the windows boot logo shows, but before the spinning circle appears, which spins round once or twice and the I can login as normal.
I've tried changing a few things (such as disabling legacy csm) and it hasn't seemed to of helped. There are no obvious error messages showing in the reliability centre or event logs.
What's the next to resolving this? Is anyone else having this issue too?
By Jay Bonggolto
Instagram is letting you search for posts using keywords
by Jay Bonggolto
Instagram is changing the way you search for posts on its platform. The photo and video sharing service is starting to surface relevant content when you look for posts using keywords.
Prior to this update, you could only search for hashtags or account names. It was a longtime limitation that restricted the way you discover content on Instagram since it won't surface photos or videos that did not contain the hashtags you were trying to find, for instance.
With the latest change, you can search for content that matches your keywords regardless of whether it contains relevant hashtags or not. Instagram's new algorithm considers various factors such as when you shared the post, the caption, and the photo or video being shown. In addition, the service relies on machine learning to surface “the highest quality content that’s relevant to you.”
There are some restrictions to the type of content you can find, however. For example, Instagram won't let you search for terms like "QAnon" or content related to politicians like Donald Trump or Joe Biden. That said, you can still look for their profile names. Instagram noted that its new search tool is limited only to general topics and keywords that obey its community guidelines.
Source: The Verge
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.