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Virtual desktops on Chrome OS are making good progress



Virtual desktops come to Chrome OS. The first look at how this will work was shown in February, and now there is a new video about the progress of the feature. And it looks amazing.

Since Chromebooks have increased in both function and popularity, this is a feature that many users have asked ̵

1; including myself. The option to switch seamlessly between different screen layouts for different tasks would greatly improve the workflow on Chrome OS, and the implementation shown in the video looks good.

All this is still very early – and most of all not yet finished – about how "virtual desks" as they are called will work. First, we know that the number of desks is limited to four. That's understandable, especially given the light hardware found in most Chromebooks. The comments on the video also indicate that Desk-Switch animations or mini-views have not yet been implemented. Again understandable, as this is still under development.

 Chrome OS virtual desktops

While we get a closer look at how the feature works, there are still many unanswered questions. How much success will this have for the system, especially for lower-end Chromebooks? I've been able to use more than one set of Chrome tabs on my PixelBook's 8GB of RAM more than once. I can only imagine what it will be like to be able to leave multiple apps open on multiple desktops. [19659002] Second – and probably the more important question – when can we try it? As Chrome Tofel's Kevin Tofel points out, it's likely to be Chrome OS 76 at the earliest. I'm just glad I'll keep my pixelbook on the development channel, as this is a feature I can not wait to see. [via About Chromebooks]

In other news, it's difficult for Google to sell pixel phones. Older Huawei routers have found hidden backdoors, Energizer's massizer phone knocked hard and more.

  • Google reported "less than expected" pixel sales: Smartphone sales are in decline overall this year, but it seems Google is even more successful than expected. One analyst even went as far as comparing pixel sales with Windows Phone. Ouch. [Android Police]
  • Backdoors in Huawei Routers: Vodafone Italy says it has found "hidden backdoors" in Huawei routers that allowed the Chinese company to access the users' home network and Vodafone's landline. The now patched backdoors were discovered between 2009 and 2011. There was also no evidence of injured data. [Bloomberg]
  • Energizer's big bet on a big phone: Do you remember the ridiculously huge Energizer phone that was announced in February? Well, it's not surprising that he completely flopped on Indiegogo and reached only one percent of his target. lol. [The Verge]
  • Netflix Needs Ads … According to Advertisers: That's what the advertisers say. [Tech Radar]
  • Moto's New Folding RAZR Lid: A new alleged leak shows that the actionable RAZR Folding Module has been working on Motorola. And man, it looks pretty good. [Engadget]
  • Vudu receives OC: According to a new report, the original content will come to Vudu next year. The best part? With ads everything is free. Well, free is the best. Not the advertisement. [MacRumors]
  • Anki shuts down: No more toy robots for us. 🙁 [Axios]
  • Alexa receives support for Spanish: Alexa is currently only able to speak English and from this week she will also speak Spanish Good [Digital Trends]
  • T-Mobile Sprint Fusion Delayed: The Ministry of Justice is located still in the consultation, so it has pushed the trade back to July 29. Maybe one day we will let the two become one for the benefit of humanity. [Android Police]
  • Apple kills Aperture: Apple has announced that Aperture Mojave in MacOS versions will stop working makes sense – not in development since 2014. Burger King does the impossible: The company announced that it brings the Impossible Whopper – a completely meatless burger Man says it tastes like meat – for all BKs by the end of the year Wild I'll get one [Vox]

In some interesting science news, scientists have found out that "water worlds" – Exoplanets are completely covered by a huge ocean – not only common in our galaxy, but also more water than originally thought. We're talking about a huge amount of water here. possibly thousands of miles deep. Of course, water worlds are technically still hypothetical, but this new research, coupled with computer simulations, shows that planets that used to be considered gas with thick atmospheres are actually water worlds. Neat. [Gizmodo]


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