Top Useful Hidden Chrome Features That You May Not Have Known (part 2)

Integrated YouTube Control

Now Chrome allows users to control YouTube no matter which tab is being opened. When playing a video on YouTube, there will be a music note icon featured on the browser menu. Click this icon to see what you are playing. Either click the video’s title or control playback right from this pop-up window to open YouTube.

Cast Your Screen

Like Netflix and Hulu, your Chromecast can be used to cast content from video-streaming services on your phone to your TV. You can also beam what you are watching on your PC screen to your TV that has Chrome’s built-in Cast functionality. To do this, you just need to right-click anywhere in Google Chrome and choose Cast. Another way is to use the three-dot icon on the top right of the screen. In the pop-up window, choose the Chromecast-enabled device which you like your browser window to appear on.

Search Directly Inside Sites with the Omnibox

You can search via many websites without navigating to them actually, as long as they are in your search engines list. This trick gives you some benefit if you wanted, for instance, to directly go to the Wikipedia article on orangutans without heading to Google.com or Wikipedia’s front page.

So, to quickly search Wikipedia, click Add under Manage search engines and then add the site. After doing that, if you type Wikipedia.org in the omnibox, you will see a prompt which tells you to press tab to search in the site. Pressing the tab button, you will see search Wikipedia written on the omnibox’s left side. You just need to type your query and Chrome will only search within Wikipedia.

Do More with Omnibox

Just like the Google search bar, the Chrome omnibox functions also perform some of the same tricks. It can answer basic questions, solve math problems, and perform conversions even before you have finished typing your search. 

Top Tips To Use Twitch For Watching E-sports (part 2)

4. Activate Theater Mode or Full Screen Mode

Some may admit that the interface of Twitch is a bit busy. You can minimize the distractions by activating the Theater Mode or the Full Screen Mode by clicking the icons in the video player’s bottom-right corner.

The Theater Mode darkens the interface to make you focus on the video content. This mode also increases the on-screen real estate of the video player and keeps the chat feed. On the other hand, the Full Screen Mode ditches the chat feed so that it completely fills your television or monitor, which helps taking things to the next level.

5. Join Squad Stream

Released in 2019, Squad Stream lets up to four Twitch streamers broadcast together in one window. This helps users get more angles on the action to discover new streams and chat with multiple Twitch communities at the same time.

6. Adjust the Stream’s Video Resolution

If your PC has a very strong internet connection, adjust the video quality to 1080p resolution and 60 frames per second, which level Twitch video streams can peak at. If not, you can alter the stream resolution by clicking the gear in the lower-right corner of the interface. Twitch offers resolution options including 1080p60,  720p60, 480p, 360p, and 160p.

If you don’t know which video quality level is most suitable for your internet connection, choose Auto and the Twitch app will select an ideal stream resolution for your PC based on the signal strength.

7. Ditch Commercials

There are many benefits when subscribing to your favorite channel via Twitch Prime or a monthly donation, such as subscriber badges, custom emotes.

However, ad-free viewing is one of the most attractive subscription bonuses. If a channel has this option activated on the back end, you won’t have to worry that the feed is interrupted by a Twitch-delivered commercial spot again.

The 11 Coolest New Gadgets of 2020 (part 2)

Samsung Sero TV

It is especially worth noting Samsung’s new Sero TV due to its defining feature going beyond LED and 4K as well as its transition from the horizontal plane to the, gasp, vertical plane. The Sero means “vertical” in Korean. This QLED TV flips so that longways it resembles a 43-inch phone screen, which means it is ideal for mirroring an Instagram or TikTok feed from your Galaxy phone if you have one. And this is the reason why you can hope that you’d be looking at your phone screen less from this year.

LG Signature OLED TV R

Signature OLED TV R is one of LG’s new TVs in 2020 transitioning from horizontal to non-existent by rolling down into its base if it is not needed. This OLED 4K HDR smart television was introduced by LG at 2019 CES. All you need is a rumored $60,000, according to CNET. $60,000 for a 65-inch TV that blocks and then unblocks a view, which epitomizes the phrase less screen time but still leaving you with a not-insignificant base to contend with. At least that screen is roll-tested to guarantee for the best quality for years. Moreover, when one CES TV flips and another disappears altogether, we know that tech companies are getting funky with the way we watch television.

Alienware Concept UFO

The selling point for Alienware Concept UFO is simple: It is the Nintendo Switch of PC gaming, with detachable cons, a method to connect those two detached cons in order to make an eight-inch display, one big controller, and a kickstand to prop up the screen. However, the most significant is that Alienware compares this gadget’s power to that of a PC gaming device to support games that the Switch won’t. Unfortunately, it’s just a concept with no concrete plans for production or rollout, so you are stuck with the Switch library or your phone for the time being.

The 11 Coolest New Gadgets of 2020 (part 1)

If you are looking for the cool tech gadgets that you can buy right now, deep into our list of the coolest gadgets, from earbuds to high-tech jean jackets, in the past year.

Mercedes-Benz VISION AVTR

There is no way in hell this gadget will be hitting asphalt this year. It may never hit asphalt. However, it is both insane and earth-friendly, so very important. To create the VISION AVTR, Mercedes-Benz cooperated with James Cameron and the Avatar team to brainstorm just how a vehicle can become with its environment without actually being a plant. It merge with its driver without needing any prerequisite tail connecting. Mercedes-Benz showcased this advanced, conceptual technology of AVTR at CES 2020, ranging from autonomous driving (with no steering wheel) to a wildly efficient electric battery and neurons that flow around the vehicle in order to sense passengers’ energy. And the description of this car-ish vehicle keeps becoming wilder. This gadget can roll sideways like a crab on rotating wheels with its back covered with mini solar panels. It can also recognize its driver’s breathing patterns. It can do mostly everything but fly. Sot that it makes us have to reimagine how the future of transportation is.

KEEP Cannabis Storage

We are leaping from the future back to the present, where cannabis is getting prettied-up in order to ease its way to legalization and social acceptance. The new KEEP Cannabis Storage is discreet on the outside with its display having a clock and weather info. However, it opens to reveal multiple storage spaces for various kinds of cannabis products and a rolling tray. The kicker is its locking system, working via facial recognition or a data-encrypted app. If someone else is trying to get into your stash, you will be sent a notification, which is very practical if you have kids, houseguests, or greedy roommates.

Top Tips To Use Twitch For Watching Esports (part 1)

Twitch is a helpful tool for watching esports, but its best features might not be obvious to every user. These following tips show you how to dig into Twitch’s toolset so that you can have better esports-viewing experience.

1. Set the Twitch Desktop App to Automatically Run on Start Up

If Twitch is a regular part of your entertainment diet, instead of manually launching the Twitch app after your PC boots up, let it open on its own.

In order to set the Twitch desktop app to open automatically, click Settings > General > Preferences. Then toggle the Run Twitch on Startup option to the on position. After doing that, the next time you start your PC, Twitch will load automatically and log you into the system.

2. Find Games

Many have the habit of only watching their favorite channels and games. However, sometimes, you will want to step outside of the familiar. Luckily, finding new streams and games is easy with Twitch.

Click the Browse tab, and choose one of the highlighted games to see the related streams. Or you can key a search term into the Browse’s tab search box to see what is available. Then you can choose the dedicated Esports tab to see the highlighted streams.

3.  Follow Your Favorite Streamers and Get Notifications

You will quickly get a list of favorite streamers if you spend significant time viewing all Twitch content and you will want to know when the streamers go live. To do that, follow them by simply clicking their channels’ Heart icons. Then the channels will appear in the Followed Channel column on the left side of the interface.

In addition, you can click the Bell icon, meaning Get Notifications feature, which is next to the Heart icon. This will let a streamer alert you as they go live or post a rebroadcast.

Top Useful Hidden Chrome Features That You May not Have Knowns (part 1)

While there is tons of debate over which web browser is the best, there’s still something special about the sleek package known as Google Chrome. Most internet users are on Chrome, according to Net Applications. Check out the following list for tricks hidden inside Chrome that you might not have known.

Incognito Mode in Google Chrome

If you don’t want Chrome storing any cookies or recording your browsing history, use Incognito Mode. It is a perfect option as browsing for things you don’t want the world to know about, such as more adult activities or holiday gift shopping.

To do that, head to the top-right corner of the browser, click the three-dot icon on it and select New incognito window. On mobile devices, tap the three-dot icon on the top-right (Android) or bottom-right (iOS) and select New Incognito Tab.

We also want to note that Incognito mode won’t block your behavior from being monitored by the websites you visit or by work. Consider a VPN service if you are serious about online privacy.

Delete Your Chrome History

If you want to delete your browsing history, click the three-dot icon on the top-right corner of the browser and select More tools > Clear browsing data. Or press Control-Shift-Delete on a PC or shift-Command-Delete on a Mac. In the pop-up window, you can delete all or select specific information you want to delete, such as browsing history, cookies, cached images and files. Click the Advanced tab to delete download history, users and passwords or other sign-in data, auto-fill site settings, form data, and hosted app data.

Share Chrome With Guest Mode

Chrome syncs your history, bookmarks, settings, and passwords across multiple devices. Keeping your account synced will help you be automatically signed into YouTube, Gmail, Search, and other Google services. If you lose your phone or need to migrate to a new device, it can also prove invaluable.

However, if you lend someone your device for a time, you may not want them having access to your information. Set them up with a guest profile using the Guest Mode of Chrome by clicking your icon in the top-right corner and click Guest.

ONEPLUS 8 PRO REVIEW

OnePlus8 Pro is an Android smartphone sparing almost no expense in the goal to feature the best and most powerful hardware components. It is the result of a relentless spec battle with Samsung to become the fastest Android smartphone that experience money can buy – starting at $899.

That price is simultaneously low and high. Although nine hundred bucks seem to be so much to pay for an OnePlus phone, it still costs less than its direct competition. For many years, OnePlus succeeded with the strategy of undercutting the competition on price at the same time appealing to Android enthusiasts. However, over the past few years, OnePlus has been developed by a niche company for its fans to one of the most competitive brands in the smartphone field. Meanwhile, its prices have climbed steadily since it more seriously took Samsung head-on. And it can’t be denied that a $900 smartphone is expensive, no matter which brand it belongs to.

The Galaxy line of Samsung is the gold standard since it is the most ubiquitous and trustworthy and it doesn’t lack any major feature, not to mention that it is reliably good and is sold by all major carriers.

The regular OnePlus 8, which costs less, is being sold in both T-Mobile and Verizon stores. It is the mainstream device that most people will see and is online-only with a different job: beat the Samsung Galaxy S20.

Coming in just one size: big, the OnePlus 8 Pro features a 6.78-inch screen and tiny bezels. However, just a few people will be able to use it one-handed. Although that’s not a problem for those that prefer large phones, others wish it had a smaller version.

Like other OnePlus phones, it also has a three-stage sliding ringer switch which is very convenient for users. It is also rated for water protection and IP68 dust. Although OnePlus has historically chafed at paying for that IP rating, the goal here is clearly to ensure that this version doesn’t lose to Samsung anywhere on a spec sheet.

How Are Game Developers Employing Tech to Collect Personal Gamers’ Data? (part 3)

How do these data help?

Some said that these data is a great help for knowing how the winner can rule the gameplay. Valve collected useful data from gamers and built a unique map design. Other popular game developers such as Blizzard states that they balance their games thanks to the stats and feedback of players.

One of the most vital elements in the development of modern games is metrics. As a result, tons of game developers try to collect it quietly. You can see it from mainstream PC-based games. It may be a little award to know that your PC is providing your information via a random server. That’s why creating games is not simple at all. It requires constant game improvement over time.

How can gamers secure their personal information?

If your data is gradually collected via the games you play, it’s a warning that all of your data will be stolen. Some people say that you can protect your privacy if you don’t play any game. That’s a real problem to concern about. One way or another, the Internet has a lot of ways to collect what they need from you. Anyway, it’s still a way for you to follow. Another way is to play games online without registration required. It helps you save your time, money and your data loss too.  

Moreover, it would be best if you understood what the companies are trying to collect from you. You may not keep an eye on the questions drawn by the game if it’s just your name and feedback. However, the issue becomes challenging and serious if the game requires you to access location data or your camera. Don’t permit the games to get access to your applications on your browsers. The bottom line is, stay alert and be a smart gamer.

How Are Game Developers Employing Tech to Collect Personal Gamers’ Data? (part 2)

What kind of data will game developers take? – Game developers will take what they want from you.

If you still remember the first time you play online games, you will see a pop-up at the bottom of the screen saying: ‘Give your feedback to support us!’. This is how a game system knows how many players play the games. And, the game system will send the details about gamers to the developers once you’ve finished your gameplay.

Information can be gathered through a variety of methods, one of them – Steam. This system allows game developers to collect and know every single action, choice, and footsteps. However, the horde of data may clog up, slow the game down in the gathering and transmitting process.

The gathering of data seems to be extremely advantageous to grant the game companies essential insights. How can gamers level up? What should they invest in? What skills can they get after playing these games? These questions will help to create a balance between the gamers and game developers. If things are not utilized, there may be some issues with it. The game publishers will have to figure out what the problem is. Maybe the game instruction is not easy to understand, or the graphics are not good enough? That will help game developers to upgrade their products from understanding the shortage of their games.

How do these data help?

Well, useful data can be collected thanks to the right questions. The information shows us how does the game work. Some game companies built up their forums for their gamers so that they can report built-in issues and the insights of what players want and think of. 

The data will point out the solutions for these games. Some fantastic multiplayer games also use their players’ feedback to improve the quality of the games. 

How Are Game Developers Employing Tech to Collect Personal Gamers’ Data? (part 1)

Well. It may be a difficult question for us to understand. You may not know the secrets of game developers about how they harvest our data from games online. Today, we will let you peek outside the box with beneficial information. Today, more and more game publishers are using their strategies of information collecting to develop and upgrade their products. How did they do that? We had a look and here’s what we found:

The benefits of data harvesting

Of course, everything has its pros and cons. For some companies that don’t gather information from their gamers, the system still works well. Nonetheless, their products seem not to go as far as expected. For example, some companies such as Galindo can only understand their fans through achievement data from Steam’s public and reviews. That’s a shortcoming of their products’ development. And, they will never know why players stop playing their games. 

You may be wondering: How can they ask for your data while you are playing quality games. Collecting personal data is such a great way to obtain success for some companies. Like Barth, they can know the number of players who have reached all levels of the games and the winners too. They will estimate the time they complete the level and even the time they went back to the game. The company can see the suitability of the games to players and make things better. Yeah, as a result, players won’t have to spend much time on marketing and testers. They will have the chance to invest in smart and fascinating designs easily. 

This information is beneficial to any game company. These companies will easily plan the next moves to produce better products. Moreover, they can control the game, see the popularity, and how it works.