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[Exclusive] Google Chrome will be soon getting dedicated side search panel

Google is currently working to add a new side search panel to its Chrome desktop browser, Techtsp has spotted multiple Chromium commits confirming this new development. Apparently, this move is aimed at driving more traffic to Google Search while allowing users to continue working within the existing tab without getting distracted.  Google Chrome Side Search: What is it? Searching the web while working on some task can be a distraction at times. Therefore, Google has decided to soon allow users to search within the Chrome browser without actually navigating away from your existing tab. For instance, if you have to search the web using Google search, you will no longer have to search or navigate to google.com within the existing tab. Instead, Google will provide users with the side search panel within the Chrome browser which will then take care of all your outbound activities. This way, Google Chrome aims to minimize additional navigations and encourage a distraction-free web browsing

Chrome working on new ‘Privacy Review’ settings

Chrome has been working on a new feature 'Privacy Review' to help users review various privacy settings, Techtsp has spotted a new development. Available behind a feature flag, this feature will serve as an entry point to new privacy checkups in the Chrome browser. Privacy Review in Chrome This new feature flag has been added to the Developer build and is disabled by default. Once enabled, it shows a new subpage under the ‘Privacy and security’ tab in Chrome. The flag description reads: “Shows a new subpage in Settings that helps the user to review various privacy settings.” How Privacy Review Chrome flag works Enabling the new #privacy-review feature flag in Chrome adds a new subpage under privacy settings called ‘Privacy and security review.’ This will help users review the most important privacy and security controls in one place. However, clicking on the new ‘privacy review’ tab did not open any new settings. It looks like the feature is not fully ready and is currently und

Now natively open files with Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge PWAs on Windows 10

Google Chrome web apps can soon express their ability to read and edit files from Windows 10’s native file system. Therefore, in addition to native apps, users can choose to open and edit certain file types with progressive web apps (PWAs) installed on Windows 10 computers. This has been made possible with the help of an upcoming feature called File Handling, Techtsp has learned. Now, similar to native apps, Google specifically wants web apps to declare their ability to handle files with given MIME file types and extensions. This way, Google says it wants to increase transparency between web apps and native apps by providing users with a more consistent user experience across both. “The goal for this project is to implement an API that will allow Chrome progressive web apps (PWAs) to 'handle' (read) files in the host OS's file system, in much the same way as a native app would,” said Google engineer Darwin Huang in a design document seen by Techtsp. “This dovetails with the

Google Chrome users can soon mute mic, turn off camera, end video calls with picture-in-picture

Google Chrome is extending Picture-in-Picture (PiP) capabilities to video conferencing actions with the help of something called Media Session API , Techtsp.com has spotted a new development. This feature has not shipped to any Chrome channel and is only being prototyped at the moment. This feature will allow users to easily mute their microphone, enable/disable the camera, or end their conference calls using a PiP window.  Techtsp.com has also obtained an early UX mockup of the feature. "We want to make picture-in-picture (PIP) more useful on video conferencing platforms by enabling the user to mute/unmute their microphone, enable/disable their camera, or hang up the call from the PIP window. To accomplish this, we’ll add new actions for these to the MediaSession API and let websites declare handlers for those actions," said Google engineer Tommy Steimel in a design document seen by Techtsp.com. This functionality is mostly applicable with Desktop platforms, including Linux,

Microsoft Edge PWAs will soon be visually indistinguishable from native apps

Microsoft Edge will soon introduce a new feature called  Window Controls Overlay to make Progressive Web Apps (PWAs) visually indistinguishable from their native counterparts, enabling developers to customize the title bar area of their PWAs. [Listen to this article on Spotify] "This feature enables developers to build web apps which make better use of screen space and allows them to design their app to feel more like a native app. As devices become smaller for portability, the title bar consumes a larger fraction of the screen, leaving less room for the user to interact with the app," Microsoft Edge's Amanda Baker said in a technical document seen by Techtsp. Edge is trying to solve one of the biggest problems with Progressive Web Apps: the lack of customization of the title bar area. Unlike native apps, which come with a customizable title bar, PWAs have a title bar section reserved by the system. As a result, PWAs end up looking like they are running on in a separate

Google Chrome will soon restrict browser customization at workplace

Google Chrome is working towards adding an enterprise policy for configuring the browser theme color, Techtsp.com has spotted a new development. This new feature will practically prevent Chrome users from changing the theme color of the browser. However, this has been designed for enterprise users (systems enrolled as a part of an organization) and not personal users. The feature is currently under development. [Listen to this article] Google's enterprise policy for configuring Chrome's theme color Here is how the feature will work. The system admins can now create a policy that will set a single theme color across all Chrome systems. Meaning, individual employees in the firm will not be able to change the browser theme color. While the preliminary code review and UI check are complete, we are a few steps away from seeing this feature in action. Developers have used an intuitive User Interface for this feature. Techtsp.com has also obtained some screenshots showing how the cust

Apeaksoft Blu-ray Player review: Excellent at 4K capabilities

Apeaksoft Blu-ray Player is an impressive Blu-ray player that combines an easy-to-use User Interface and HQ video playback at Full HD and 4K qualities. We can recommend this powerful utility to Blu-ray enthusiasts who want to watch and manage their content collection on a PC or Mac. Pros Incredible compatibility with Blu-ray/DVDs Completely lossless playback Easy-to-use User Interface Cons macOS version has limited features Rating 4/5 Review In the past years, dedicated Blu-ray players have become a thing of nostalgia. Thanks to the rise of streaming platforms and other on-demand content, not many people turn to Blu-ray discs for entertainment. However, you may already have a fantastic Blu-ray collection of your favorite movies, TV series, and other content. If that is true, you would love the Apeaksoft Blu-ray Player that we will review in this article. First, we will check Apeaksoft Blu-ray Player and how it lets you play and manage Blu-ray content with ease. Things we liked about Ap

SpaceX founder Elon Musk tested positive for Covid-19?

Billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk may be tested positive for coronavirus. In a new tweet from the founder of Tesla and SpaceX, Musk said that most likely, he has a moderate case of Covid-19. Responding to a tweet, Elon Musk has recently tweeted: “Am getting wildly different results from different labs, but most likely I have a moderate case of covid. My symptoms are that of a minor cold, which is no surprise, since a coronavirus is a type of cold.” Am getting wildly different results from different labs, but most likely I have a moderate case of covid. My symptoms are that of a minor cold, which is no surprise, since a coronavirus is a type of cold. — Elon Musk (@elonmusk) November 14, 2020 Musk hasn’t mentioned any results from PCR tests performed in labs that are more accurate than rapid tests, according to Bloomberg. On Friday, Musk tweeted that he had received inconclusive results from coronavirus tests using Becton, Dickinson and Co.’s rapid antigen test. He got two negative and

Outlook for Windows soon getting suggested files feature

According to an official roadmap entry seen by Techtsp , Outlook for Windows will soon introduce a new feature: Suggested files. As the name suggests, Outlook will provide Windows 10 users with suggestions on recent and relevant files while entering a particular search query. “By clicking in the Search box at the top of your screen, recent and relevant files will be suggested as optional results before you enter a specific query,” Microsoft explains . Outlook for Windows will receive the suggested files feature in January 2021.

Zoho Notebook for Microsoft Teams now available

Microsoft has announced the launch of Zoho’s note-taking app called Zoho Notebook for Microsoft Teams. As a result of this move, Zoho Notebook and Teams users can create, access, and edit all their note cards without switching browser tabs. You can organize and personalize your note cards by color-coding them. All you need to do is install the Zoho Notebook tab for Microsoft Teams. “Save time and jot down your thoughts the moment you think of them using the new Zoho Notebook tab for Microsoft Teams. Take notes, create to-do lists, capture moments, and add files and spreadsheets with the different types of note cards in Notebook. You can also access and edit your note cards without having to switch tabs,” Microsoft said in its blog post. Zoho is also providing Microsoft customers with Zoho Wallet credits worth $500. For more details, check out the Microsoft blog post .