A lot has happened over the weekend, but the biggest news for your March 18, 2019 morning came from Apple with a few new iPads. Otherwise, Microsoft released the Defender extensions for Chrome and Firefox and more.
Apple generally does not do much when it comes to announcements, and all of that ̵
- New iPads! Apple has introduced a new iPad mini with modern specifications and pencil support (1st generation) as well as an updated iPad Air with a 10.5-inch screen. [Review Geek]
Microsoft and Windows News
Microsoft was pretty quiet over the weekend, but has "announced" a new extension to make Chrome and Firefox users more secure.
- Microsoft is working on a Windows Defender extension for Chrome and Feuerfuchs. It's similar to the Defender integration in Edge, only for browsers you might want to use. [Windows Blog]
Google and Android News
As always, a lot has happened to Google since Friday. With the recent release of the Android Q-Beta for pixel devices, the new features are currently fairly consistent.
- In Chrome, you can soon ban access to motion and light sensors for specific websites. It's being tested in Canary, but we should see it in stable builds later this year. [Techdows]
- Chrome OS 73 has been improved on Slate and other 2-in-1 Chromebooks for transitions to and from tablet mode. [About Chromebooks]
- Under Android Q there is a hidden setting in Pixel Launcher, which indicates a better gesture navigation. Please, Google. You're welcome. [XDA Developers]
- If you're talking about hidden settings in Q, there's another option to reassign the Pixel 2 and 3 Squeeze for Assistant functions. [Android Police]
- New requirements for Google Play assume that all symbols are rounded rectangles. Some people call them squircles, but I think there is a small difference between the two. Anyway, round corner square things will soon come to an icon in your area. [XDA Developers]
- Samsung has announced an event to announce a new phone. Or phones. New Galaxy A phones arrive. [Samsung Mobile Press]
- Like Facebook Chatheads? Android Q could get it everywhere . [9to5Google]
- AV-Comparatives compared 250 different antivirus apps for Android. It turns out that most of them suck and do not do what they should do. Who knew? [AV-Comparatives]
- ZTE may make an all-screen phone with a slide-out camera. It looks good. [Engadget]
- Google could use an Android fork for feature phones. Fascinating [9to5Google]
- Xioami subsidiary Black Shark announced a new gaming phone with Snapdragon 855 and 12GB of RAM. It looks neat too. [Liliputing]
You know, the other stuff.
- Plantronics is renamed Poly to revive the product range. A lot of new stuff is also in the works. [Engadget]