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New iPads, Window Defender for Chrome and more Android stuff



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 News

Apple generally does not do much when it comes to announcements, and all of that ̵

1; it's a lot less busy than say Google, for example. But when something goes on the market, it's always big news.

  • 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]

Other news

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]



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