Top Useful Hidden Chrome Features That You May Not Have Known (part 4)

Pin Tabs

If you are working with many tabs at once, need to keep certain ones open, and maybe want to ensure you don’t lose anything, it is better to pin them to Chrome by right-clicking on it and choosing Pin. That will turn the tab into a small icon on the left that will remain even if you close and re-open the browser window.

Change File Download Location

If it is hard for you to find downloaded files on your computer, Chrome helps you be able to designate where they are stored by navigating to Settings > Advanced > Downloads. Under location, click Change.

Drag and Drop Images and Media

Do you want to quickly check out an image or media file? Drag it into Chrome, and it will play the video, show you the image, or let you listen to the music.

Open Specific Pages at Start

If you always open the same pages on the web, Chrome will help you by having them open whenever you fire up Google’s browser. To do so, head to the Settings menu, click On Startup and choose what you want to open on startup: a select list of URLs that open up every time; or the New Tab page; where you left off.

Update Autofill for Easier Shopping

For easy access to credit card and shipping information while shopping online, go to the settings menu, where you will see input payment methods and addresses and more. When Chrome identifies a purchase form, the data you saved here will automatically appear in the drop-down list (you will still need to enter your CVC credit card number). This works and is mobile.

Add a Link to the Desktop

There is a built-in way offered by Chrome to help you add a clickable link to your desktop for later use. To do so, click the three-dot icon in the top-sright corner, and choose More tools > Create shortcut. Then, type in a name in the pop-up window and click Create.

The best soundbars for playing games (part 1)

For the most restful gameplay vacation, players usually use the best soundbars for gaming. Here is a list of the most recommended soundbars for gamers.

Samsung 2.1 Soundbar

Sound quality: Dolby 2.1

Size: 2.77 x 35.72 x 2.1 inches

Connections: Bluetooth and optical   

The Samsung 2.1 gaming soundbar has intelligent sound technology and a game mode – a particular setting that can detect when you are playing games and optimize sound effects. It is the perfect product for console players who want to immerse themselves in the action, particularly since it comes with a powerful bass subwoofer. It’s specifically designed to be used with Samsung TVs and will work with a wide selection of other TVs, too. Due to the wireless Bluetooth connectivity, you can stream music from your devices, expand your sound system down the line, and minimize wire clutter. Remember that this soundbar has only two channels, but you can purchase a four-channel soundbar or a six-channel version with a little more money. In terms of price, it is hard to beat.

TaoTronics Gaming Computer Speaker

Sound quality: dual channels

Size: 16.5 x 3 x 3 inches

Connections: Bluetooth and 3.5mm aux

In spite of its low-price tag, on Amazon, the TaoTronics gaming computer speaker has more than a thousand five-star ratings, becoming a great, budget-conscious option. Without any subwoofer or fancy technology, TaoTronics features dual 7-watt drivers, and reviewers report about the sound while gaming. It also consists of an audio port for your headset, a timer, and a vibrant RGB light for users to customize with color modes and pattern settings, which are perfect for those who are trying to track spent gaming or to play music from your phone and tablet.

Many users review that this product has great output sound for the price-point it was listed at. The bass is also good on the device and the LED backlight is a nice aesthetic feature.

Top Useful Hidden Chrome Features That You May Not Have Known (part 3)

Quick Mobile Search (Android)

On an Android device, to search a word or phrase, you just need to highlight it via a long tap and Chrome will generate a search card for it through a pull-up menu at the bottom of the screen. Tap on the link or slide up for more to visit the web address. On iOS device, if you highlight a word or phrase, it will produce a pop-up with the option to “Look up”. You need to scroll to the bottom and tap Search Web for more.

Right-Click to Search Google

If you are visiting a webpage and want to learn more about a word or phrase that you come across, Chrome offers an easy search option. Highlight the word or phrase you want to search, right-click, and choose Search Google for [highlighted text]. Your Google search will appear on a new tab. If you are using a Mac, to perform a web search, you can control-click on a highlighted term to perform a search or highlight it and then drag and drop it directly into Chrome’s omnibox.

Open Accidentally Closed Tabs

Google removed some options from the Chrome tab menu, such as “Reopen closed window.” If you accidentally close a tab, right-click on the menu bar and the menu will provide the option to re-open a closed tab. You can also track your browser history, where recently visited websites reside. 

Manage Your Tabs

There are several ways to manage tabs in Chrome:

  • If you type a search into Chrome’s omnibox, you can open the results in a separate tab by holding down the Alt button (Command on Mac) and hit return.
  • You can drag multiple Chrome tabs around at once by holding down the Control/Command key and choosing the tabs you want. Once everything is picked up, just drag and reorganize as usual.
  • If you want to quick access to another tab, you can do it by holding down the Control/Command key and a number 1 through 9. Each number is associated with a different tab beginning with the No. 1 on the left.

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.

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.

What are the technology trends in 2020? (Part 3)

Blockchain

It is indeed the underlying technology of favorite cryptocurrency of everyone. The crypto future is usually uncertain at times, but the blockchain is here to remain. 

The blockchain technology has been applied in a couple of different industries these days. Yet, it is poised to offer one secure underlying framework to a lot of aspects of your digital lives.

As you can see, blockchain enables technology to communicate in the most secure way as possible. It has done a great job of avoiding malicious acts throughout data transfer.

Some of you may not believe this, but this technology has been around as one concept from the 1980s. Also, while cryptocurrencies have occupied plenty of the spotlight over recent years, the technology has slowly gained ground across every tech. Make sure you watch the space over the coming years as well as the next few decades.

Analytics

They have been playing an increasingly crucial role in the measurement and growth of companies all over the world. Analytics can not just tell you whether you are successful in the market but help you guess where the markets may move next.

While analytics seem to be simple on the surface, they indeed have to do with a considerable amount of data processing for turning big raw data chunks into something as useful and actionable as possible. 

With IoT, cloud computing and big data developing, data is becoming murky as well as being clouded. The analytics tool making use of machine learning will be necessary at a much greater extent than implemented today for making sense of the data, defining issues, and recommending action. 

Analytics is essentially one specialty which machine learning technologies and AI will be helpful in. They will be a great use case for the emerging tech in the next decade.

What are the technology trends in 2020? (Part 2)

AI

It plays into the more fantastic automation trend, yet its advancements are more than enough to warrant the discussion. The technology has made it to the technology trend’s top for many years and seems to continue in the next decade. 

As you know, computers are capable of learning about our world in a precisely similar way that humans can. In other words, through AI, along with the rise in computing power, computers will be likely to begin doing more complex tasks of humans at lightning speeds.

According to modern-day studies in the field of AI, they are enabling this tech to make use of facial recognition as well. Also, it can speak via voice technologies as well as understanding via messaging cum reporting. In the upcoming decade, you can begin seeing AIs which do not need any intervention from humans to learn and grow a lot smarter. What a quite frightening proposition!

The voice

You have witnessed advances in voice technology in the past, such as Alexa, Siri, etc., but they tend to fall short of social expectations. They may not be useful in our daily life. 

The medium – voice tends to become organic as well as being free-flowing, something not translated into our digital technology with ease. Since computer learning programs and AI grow in the next decade, you can expect voice creating and voice interpreting software for moving through the uncanny valley and coming to a realm that is more human-paralleled.

In the future, voice assistants and voice commands will be more useful to your daily life, Since the underlying technology of these industries becomes better (Machine learning, AI, and Voice processing), it will get propelled to nicer technological significance.

In the voice technology’s realm, one particular aspect on the cutting edge may be Neuro-linguistic programming (a.k.a. NLP).

What are the technology trends in 2020? (Part 1)

As we come into the new decade, technology is going to maintain its acceleration. We will be able to see considerable developments in quantum computing, space travel, and a substantial rise in software proliferation into our lives each day. 

Still, in this modern era, it seems like just about anything around you is changing and becoming better; does not it? That is why it can be challenging to know what trends to watch. Let’s have a closer look at the related trends which possibly bring tremendous innovation growth in the upcoming year and the next decade. 

5G

This technology has been the CES’ talk this year. Also, it will be highly likely to be a factor that drives the wireless technology growth. It will witness the best amount of implementation next year since manufacturers introduce an increasing number of 5G phones and the biggest telecommunications companies in the world go on with their 5G technology deployment on pace to attend to goals. 

Carrying out global 5G will bring higher speeds of broadband along with more reliable networks of wireless regard and mobile. It will eventually enable a higher level of technological proliferation and automation into remote areas and cities. 

Automation

It is a broad tech term that is possibly usually not clear regarding what it refers to precisely. By automation, we mean technologies such as extensive data, updated robotics, and cloud computing. For many software companies these days, automation is considered one of the crucial technological drivers in the business.

Automated manufacturing, automating banking, and general automation reduce your effort as a human. At the same time, it maximizes profit potential.

When you look at the automation future, you will see countless possibilities. According to experts, leveraging the advanced technologies will better your lives and make them more comfortable.

6G is about to change the habit of using network soon

After the launch of 5G, it seems like mobile phone engineers still have more ambition to incarnate the new generation of technology with 6G.

With the help of mobile phones, nowadays people all around the world have got better and easier ways to communicate and interact with each other. With the quick development of technology, changes always happen and innovations are made on a daily basis. We can easily be dropped aback if ignoring those changes in just a moment. Can you imagine how the world can be like in this century?

5G had become the most advanced technology of mobile standards in the fifth generation, and it has just been starting to take over the world. And since the engineers are still working, we can look forward to the sixth generation, the 6G, to soon be deployed right after. But how can it be different from the latest technology of 5G? It would be possibly the question that tech geeks are keeping in mind.

Thanks to the project of two young engineers in a university in Germany, we now can map out the prospect of the deployment and the change it may cause. During the process, the engineers found out the bad sides of 5G and the features that thought could be improved in the new generation of mobile technology. They concluded that AI would play the most decisive role in the development of new technology.

You must have known that 5G is the product of 4G advancement. 5G stations can handle up to a million of connections, compared to 4,000 that 4G can cope with. Better speed, more durability, lower requirement to boost, and more spacious storage. Now comes the 6G. With the excellent performance of 5G, how can 6G bring the differences?

In fact, 6G can boost the download speed up to 1 terabit per second. Through calculations and experiments, 6G is believed to enable changing collaborations on larger scales faster. In order to make it possible, AI agents play a important role to shape the communication networks in the near future.