Android Messages desktop client is almost ready for prime time

It’s amazing how much can be uncovered by digging through the code of Android app updates. A couple of months ago, the folks over at XDA discovered evidence in on of the then-recent updates for Android Messages, suggesting that a desktop client for the service is in the works. The code hinted at compatibility with all major desktop browsers, rather than a stand-alone app, but the feature was too early in development to give us a better idea of what to expect.

The feature seems to have been further fleshed-out since then, with the Android side of …

Twitter is finally ending support for its unpopular Mac desktop app


On Friday, Twitter announced that it would be shutting down work on its Mac desktop app, to the dismay of, err, no one.

Users have 30 days, starting on Feb. 16, before the app will no longer be supported, Twitter said.

“We’re focusing our efforts on a great Twitter experience that’s consistent across platforms,” Twitter Support wrote in a tweet. “So, starting today the Twitter for Mac app will no longer be available for download, and in 30 days will no longer be supported.”

The app hadn’t exactly been flourishing in recent years, scoring a dismal 1.7 out of 5 in the App Store. Twitter had outsourced the development of the app to a studio in Seattle called Black Pixel. Read more…

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Opera browser for Android gets new UI, desktop site switch button, and other new features in latest update

The Android version of popular web browser Opera has received a new update. The latest patch brings some neat changes, the most notable being a UI that has been redesigned to be more convenient for phones and tablets. 

Also introduced is a new “Desktop mode” toggle that can be accessed via the three dots menu at the top right corner of the screen. Unsurprisingly, the toggle lets you switch to the desktop version of a given website.
Other changes include bug fixes for media notifications, sound, and video playback issues. Last but not least, the update …

Dock for Huawei Mate 10 allows it to be used as a PC with a desktop UI for Android apps?

Samsung’s Dex dock offers users a desktop style UI when a Android flavored handset being used is connected to a large screen via the dock. This is obviously an improvement over a simple blown up image of the Android UI that the previous technology was capable of. Now, out of France, comes word that the Huawei Mate 10 will be able to sync with a  Dex-like dock, which will enable users to use a desktop-like UI to access Android apps. This will work even if the phone is connected to a large screen wirelessly through Miracast.

MirAxess CEO Yanis Anteur said in a published report that the …

Google Allo is finally available for desktop, but not everyone can use it

Allo — Google’s nth chat app — continues to grow. It ticks all the basics — stickers, optional encrypted messages, expressive messages where you can change the size of your text bubble, and doodling — and has a couple of unique features, like smart suggested replies and Google Assistant built in for an endless feed of dad jokes. The app’s on par with the competition for sure, just a bit late to the party and lacking something truly exclusive to pull people away from WhatsApp and Messenger.

Allo has now made another major jump — it is now available for desktop computers! …

Samsung DeX review: the S8 won't replace your desktop PC


Samsung had an idea: what if, instead of constantly juggling between a smartphone and a desktop, one could simply use their phone to do all of their daily work, simply plugging it into a dock when in need of a bigger screen? Okay, when we say “Samsung had an idea”, we actually mean something more in line with “a bunch of companies, including Microsoft, Splashtop, and Jide, had an idea which never really took off for a variety reasons, and Samsung is now trying it out as well” – but that sure isn’t as catchy.

And it’s easy to see why this would be an attractive …

Apple polishes desktop laptop Macs

For many people, Apple is all about the iPhone and iPad, but the company that made its name selling computers hasn’t abandoned the Mac product line.


Apple released on Tuesday a revamped version of its 15-inch MacBook Pro, adding the new Force Touch trackpad, among other upgrades. Force Touch uses so-called haptic feedback to simulate the sensation of a physical click. Apple also unveiled a new entry-level version of its iMac with Retina 5K display, pricing it at $1,999, and the company lowered the price of the existing model by $200, dropping it to $2,299. The new machine has a less-powerful processor than the pricier machine. All the new models are available on Apple’s website.

Last year’s iMac with Retina 5K display The Force Touch trackpad is the latest feature making its way through Apple’s MacBook line. It made its debut on the 13-inch MacBook Pro and the new, svelte MacBook. The just-unveiled version of the 15-inch MacBook Pro also features a bump in processor speed.

“The response to the new MacBook and updated 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display has been amazing,” Phil Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of worldwide marketing, said in a statement, “and today we are thrilled to bring the new Force Touch trackpad, faster flash storage and longer battery life to the 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display.”

While the iPhone is Apple’s biggest moneymaker, at almost 70 percent of sales, Macs — including the popular iMac desktop and MacBook notebooks — are the company’s second-biggest revenue drivers. Macs accounted for nearly 10 percent of sales last quarter, while the iPad tablet contributed about 9.4 percent.

Apple currently ranks as the No. 4 PC company in the US (behind Hewlett-Packard, Dell and Lenovo), with an 11 percent share of the market, according to researcher IDC.

Apple said the new MacBook Pro features flash storage that’s 2.5 times faster than what’s found in the previous version. It also gets an additional hour of battery life, for a total of nine hours of wireless Web browsing and up to nine hours of iTunes movie playback. The new graphics chip from Advanced Micro Devices will render 3D images or run video-editing programs, like Final Cut Pro X, 80 percent faster, the company said.

Last year, the iMac with Retina 5K display was the big advancement in Apple’s iMac line. The machine kept more or less the same look as the previous iMac but included a super-high-resolution display. The difference between the just-unveiled entry-level iMac and the higher-end machine? Here are the nitty-gritty specs:

The new iMac with Retina 5K has a 3.3 gigahertz quad-core Intel Core i5 processor with “Turbo Boost Speeds” of up to 3.7GHz. The higher end iMac, on the other hand, has a 3.5GHz quad-core Intel Core i5 processor with Turbo Boost Speeds of up to 3.9GHz.

The new machine also includes 8 gigabytes of memory and 1 terabyte of storage, as well as four USB 3.0 ports and two Thunderbolt 2 ports. The higher-end device has a 1TB fusion drive that combines flash memory with a traditional hard disk drive.

AirDroid version 3 with new features for Android, MAC & Win

The most reliable tools now for data sharing, pasting links and texts from their web browsers, AirDroid, has released its latest update with quite useful new features. The latest one, AirDroid version 3 brings out much requested desktop client support for Mac and Windows.

The striking feature with this latest version of AirDroid is AirMirror, which lets the user control their device remotely with help of a desktop application. Also, the beta version gives you the feature of replying to text messages and certain other tasks via Windows or Mac using mice and keyboard. The firm showed this feature by deploying it to WhatsApp, where user can use mice and keyboard for interaction via desktop application.


AirDroid version 3 with new features for Android, MAC & Win

Worth noting that the AirMirror is accessible only for rooted devices running Android 4.0 Jelly Bean or higher version (another option – Your Android device must be AirDroid certified). However, the support for Android 5.0 Lollipop is still under progress, not still available for devices. The bunch if features include showcasing of calls, etc. on the desktop screen once the device is connected, where you can answer the call, dismiss or SMS reply to it.

“With AirDroid 3, your multi-screen life is easy like never [before]. You won’t miss anything while focusing on your work. You [can]receive/reply SMS on computer, most importantly, you can put your Android under full control by mouse and keyboard, even without your phone with you,” as per company’s blog post.

AirDroid 3 for Mac and Windows now comes with an improved notification management. The notification mirroring features shows all the notification from the Android in real-time, and there IS an option to turn on a “Do not disturb” mode for each individual applications. Also, the company states that with AirDroid 3, they have introduced end-to-end encryption for text messages, notification and other private credentials.

This new version allows users to transfer files between Android device and their PCs, and vice versa. They can also transfer files between two Android devices if they both are connected to the same network. Files to be transferred by a remote connection will be available to download for seven days from AirDroid server, after which they will be deleted.

Well, as noted by The Next Web, AirDroid still lacks some features as offered by AirDroid Web interface, but the company assured that they will be rolling out the updates later (not mentioning about the update for Windows and Mac). Some of the features which AirDroid app lack are browsing files and photos, taking screenshots, accessing the camera apps, locating the devices, changing ringtones, etc.

Windows 10 Build 9879 Now Available for Download 2015

Microsoft has just released the second update for Windows 10 Technical Preview, making new features and improvements available for members who registered for the Windows Insider Program.
Just like it was the case with the first Windows 10 Technical Preview update, the new version is available via the integrated update system, so no other input is required, as all improvements are downloaded and installed automatically.

Just like it was rumored in the last few days, the new Windows 10 TP build comes with improvements based on consumer feedback and includes options that are supposed to make it easier for users to work on the desktop.
What’s new in Windows 10 Technical Preview build 9879
First and foremost, the new Windows 10 build comes with options to hide and show the Task view and the Search buttons on the taskbar, two of the features that were initially released as part of the original 9841 Technical Preview version in early October.

Microsoft says that it received plenty of requests in this regard, so users now have dedicated options to disable them by simply right-clicking the taskbar.

“One of your top suggestions really made an impact on our designs for the taskbar,” Microsoft stated, trying to emphasize that consumer feedback played a decisive role this time.

At the same time, Microsoft also introduced new windows animations that work smoother on all computers, as some complained that the original effects were a bit annoying. A new button for Charms that adopts the “hamburger” design is also available in Metro apps, thus replacing the original three-dot symbol.

One of the improvements that have already been spotted in internal builds is finger gesture support and with this new release, the feature finally becomes available to everyone. Here are the supported gestures for now:

3 finger up -> Task View
3 finger down -> Show Desktop
3 finger flick to left or right -> switches to previous app (go back 1)
3 finger move left or right -> Alt-Tab (Task View) pops up and you can select the app you want (remove fingers to select)
3 finger tap -> Search

OneDrive also comes with significant improvements, so now you can right-click the OneDrive folder and configure settings such as auto save, folders synced offline and many others.

Last but not least, Microsoft also introduced the smiley-based feedback system in Internet Explorer that was first spotted a few days ago in leaked photos, as well as native MKV support which was already there since build 9860 but with some bugs.

Some new icons are also available, and so are options to pin your favorite folders to the Home section in File Explorer.

Microsoft also says that it fixed tons of bugs that users found after the release of Windows 10 Technical Preview build 9860, so lots of changes have been made under the hood for better performance.

This means that if you want to test this less stable build of Windows 10, you need to go to PC settings, Update and recovery, Preview builds, and you must change from Slow to Fast in the drop-down menu option. (And you must be signed-in with your Windows Insider Program account to get the new bits.) Once you change to Fast, simply click Check now to install the new build.