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ASUS Chromebox 4

ASUS, a multinational computer and phone hardware and electronics company, announced on their 4th generation of mini Chromecast pc – the ASUS Chromebox 4. Chromebox 4 will come with Intel’s 10th generation processor Comet Lake U and will run the new Google’s software the Chrome OS.

Thanks to Chrome OS, Chromebox 4 have unlimited access to Google Play and android apps. Those apps will run on powerful mini pc which will even support up to 3 screens with 4k resolution display thanks to Intel’s 10th generation CPU and GPU.

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The mini pc supports USB Power Delivery technologic which can charge mobile phones with USB port. The mini pc can be mounted to the back of the monitor with special mount kit. According to Asus, Chromebox will have constantly software updates which make the mini pc more updated and protected from viruses.

The Chromebox 4 come with height of 4.4 millimeter, 148.5×148.5-millimeter square wide and weight 1.32lb. Chromebox split to 2 models –

  • Celeron model that comes with Intel® Celeron® 5205U
  • Intel® Core i model that comes with Intel® Core™ i3 10110U, Intel® Core™ i5 10210U or Intel® Core™ i7 10510U.
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Both models come with built in Intel UHD Processor Graphic, storage type of eMMC 32GB up to 64GB or storage type M.2 SATA SDD 128GB up to 256GB and Wireless Data Network Intel® Wi-Fi 6 AX201/AX200 (Gig+) and Bluetooth.

On the memory section, Celeron model comes with 4GB up to 16 GB DDR4 at 2400MHz RAM and 1x SO-DIMM, while the Core-I model comes with 8GB up to 16GB DDR4 at 2666MHz RAM and 2 X SO-DIMM.

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On the front i/o ports section, both models have 1 3-in-1 Card Reader and 1 Audio jack. Celeron model have 2x USB 3.2 gen 1 type-A ports while Core-i have 2x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A.

On Back i/o ports section, both models have 1 USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-C, 2 HDMI, 1 RJ45 LAN, 1 Kensington Lock and 1 DC-in. Celeron have 2 USB 2.0 and 1 USB 3.2 gen1 Type-A, while core-I model have 3 USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A.

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ASUS Chromebox 4 comes with AC Adapter, Power Cord, Warranty Card, Quick Manual, VESA Mount Kit75mm, 100mm and optional for wired keyboard + mouse bundle.

ASUS haven’t yet announced on date global launch.

Google’s Search On 2020 – What We Got?

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During Google’s event – “Search On 2020” that happened on October 15th, Google presented us with its powerful features and abilities of her search tools. Among the new search engine’s improvements, we can find spelling errors correction, text analyzing, and more.

Google improved and developed more of its features, such as better recognition with Google Lens, Google’s Augmented Reality (AR) and more. One of the surprising features that google presented is ability to sing, whistle or humming a song, and Google will search this song for you.

As expected, Google keeps on updating and improving its most valuable asset – Its search engine. Google improved the search engine with better search algorithms and AI.

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AI for Video Search Engine
As we know, Google’s search engine is not limited just to searching articles and texts, it is also able to search media contents such as videos and images. Google presented its AI in the video category with improvement to their “Key Moments” feature – Now the AI algorithm can split YouTube videos to match your searched key words as much as possible.

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Study and Shopping with Google Lens
On the visual search section, Google presented improvements with Google Lens and its AR abilities.

Lens have the ability to identify 15 billion objects compared 1 billion objects 2 years ago. According to Google, Google Lens now have ability to help students with studies, one of them is by identify equations and solve them for students. Google Lens give also solution for the Shopping category with ability to search across the internet for product just by taking a picture of the product.

Thanks to the AR improvements, you can see the product right in front of you as they demonstrated it a year ago with animals walk around you as you and watch them through Google’s AR technologic.

Ham to Google and Google will find the song for you
one of the most interesting features that google presented in the event is sing, ham or whistle a song to your phone and google will search that song for you. This Search engine remind us of Shazam which also use ham, whistle or sing for searching songs.

This new ability will be available at Google’s search application through the “Search a Song” button or through voice command “What’s this song”. The user will have to ham/sing/whistle for 10 to 15 seconds until the algorithm tracks the song you are looking for.

Chromecast with Google TV

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In addition to Pixel 5 and Pixel 4A 5G that Google announced on September 14th, Google announced the the 3rd generation of the well known Chromecast – The Chromecast With Google TV. The new generation is not just a media streaming device as we used to know, it make the Chromecast itself to a powerful streamer that runs Google TV, Google’s new TV OS that will replace in time the familiar Android TV.

For the first time, the Chromecast will have its own visual interface (UI) and a remote controller (in the past as you know our phone was our remote controller to activete the Chromecast).

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The remote controller itself comes with 6 buttons and a navigation pad above them, and of course the remote controller have Google assistant button for quick activation. The streamer specs –

  • Amlogic S905X2 Processor
  • 2GB of RAM
  • 8GB Storage
  • Support Display HDR 4K 60fps
  • Support  Dolby Atmos and Dolby Vision

About the Google TV

Android Auto took control on media player and software in cars, WearOS almost took control on the smart watch industry and now the new tv software Google TV might take control on all the software that run on smart tv.
This software planned to slowly replace Android TV and during the 2021 Google TV will be available to partners of google, therefore, those partners will be able to implement this software into their products.

Users of the Google TV will enjoy not only from YouTube and Netflix but from other streaming applications such as Spotify, Twitch, Amazon Prime Video, HBO MAX and more.
Google’s new Chromecast can communicate with other google devices through Google Assistant.

The new Chromecast With Google TV will be available in the US for $50 and will come in 3 different colors, Snow (white gray) , Coral (pink) and Sky ( light gray blue).

Google Pixel 4a 5G

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Google have announced Google Pixel 4a 5G – the newer version of Google Pixel 4a which announced 2 months ago.
The difference between the new version and pervious one is not only support 5G Cellular network, but also better processor, dual camera instead single camera and bigger battery.
Let’s dive in!

Screen

The display itself is 6.2-inch, OLED panel and Full HD+ with resolution of 1080X2340 pixels. The screen support HDR with Always-On Display feature that keeps the screen turned on.

Spec

The phone equipped with Snapdragon 765G processor (on previous version it was Snapdragon 730G) that include 8 cores of type Kryo 475, which go with max processing speed of 2.4Ghz.
The phone, which runs Android 11 as its operation systems, comes with 6GB RAM and 128 GB storage.

Camera

The Pixel 4a 5G will come with Dual cameras (Pixel 4a had single camera).
The first camera will be 12.2 megapixels f/1.7, optic stability built-in and a Dual Pixal AF technology focus system.
The 2nd camera will be 16 megapixels f/2.2 and the selfie camera will come with 8 megapixels f/2.0.

Body

The body of the phone is made of soft polycarbonate. The Pixel 4a 5G has headphone jack, USB Type-C connector, 5.0 Bluetooth with Titan M security chip , 3 years of system updates, 3885 mAh non-removeable battery and support 5G cellular network.

Prices and release

The Pixel 4a 5G will be available starting October 15th with colors black and white for $499.

Google Releases Android 11 Go

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After releasing Android 11, Google announced upon the “light” version – Android 11 Go.

The new OS is released in order to offer better performance with mobile devices that has “modest” specs relatively to the other Android smart phones in the market. Android 11 Go adds 20% upgrade in application loading times, supports mobile devices with 2GB RAM and more.

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As mentioned before, Google offers this OS to mobile devices that does not possess lucrative technical specs, and according to Google, it’s about 100 million devices for now.

Another update that Google offers is reduction of RAM usage by the operation system in order to show better performances – 270 Mega-Byte of RAM. So if your mobile device has only 2GB of RAM, you will be able to run 3-4 apps pretty smoothly.

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As expected, Android 11 Go brings to the table many features from the full version of Android 11 like – collection all messages from different social apps and presenting them in one place, support in all privacy and security tools that were add to Android 11 (better app permissions management).

Another big feature is the usage of gestures to navigate through the operation system without using the buttons located in the bottom side of the screen – this will help use better portions of the screen.

Fortnite Will Be In Google Play

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Epic Games, the company that developed Fortnite, decided to go against Google and publish the famous game outside of Google’s app store. Today, about a year and a half later, Google won the case.

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After Fortnite broke into our life and had millions of users all over the globe, many thought that Epic Games will publish a version of the game to all Android users – a market with billion of potential users. But Epic Games tried to do things differently – instead of publishing the game on Google Play, the company tried to avoid paying Google fees and launched the game outside of the Google Play store. (Google takes about 30% of the apps fees)

On August 2018, Epic Games released an Android version, but in order to download in, users had to download it from the browser and allow app installation form outside sources – which exposed user’s devices to viruses and hacking attacks.

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Epic Games hoped that Google will come with a special offer (lower fee), but Google didn’t. After 18 months of quite “war”, Epic uploaded the game to Google Play. Epic Games claims that Google’s acts put apps outside Google Play at a disadvantage. For example, Google Play Protect blocks all apps outside Google Play.

Google just avoided a big hit in their revenue. If Epic would have won the fight, many app developers would have “rebel” against Google Play and avoid paying 30% fee.

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Google Will Turn Your Photos Into Art Pieces

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You find yourself bored in the living room too often? Good!

Google just announced a new feature that will turn your photos into art pieces of the most famous painters.

So? Are you ready to add some art to your life?

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To open the app go to Google Arts & Culture app, then select “Art Transfer”.

Then you can pick from many different styles to apply to your photo.

If you wish to customize your picture you can click the scissors and select the part of the image you want to apply the art to.

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Artificial Intelligence seems like a very powerful tool in the hands of artists and in the hand of everyday people as well. People can learn much about art with these kind of apps in a very fun and interactive way.

You can find the app here for android

If you are worried about security issues Google says the app will transform the photos on you device without using any cloud services.

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This project was made by google with the help of varies art institutions around the world like UK’s National Gallery and Japan’s MOA Museum of Art. Thanks to the app, users are now expose to art memorials of artists such as Leonardo da Vinci, van Gogh, Edvard Munch and Frida Kahlo.

Here We Go Again – All The Info About The New Google Phone

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The low-cost version of the Pixel 4a was published by a Spanish Youtuber.

This is the time of the year that Google want to publish their new phone, but before they get the chance to do so, someone already released all the specs – once again…

Google canceled their event – Google I/O, and should release officially the Pixel 4a –

Pictures of the phone started spreading all over the internet. The most noticeable change is in its screen – Google decided to ditch the wide borders on the top of the screen for a bigger screen.

The Pixel 4a will have 5.8-inch screen and 1080×2430 resolution.

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The price should be around $399.

Other specs –

Chipset – Qualcomm SDM730 Snapdragon 730 (8 nm)
CPU – Octa-core (2×2.2 GHz Kryo 470 Gold & 6×1.8 GHz Kryo 470 Silver)
Storage – 64GB
RAM – 6GB
Battery – 3080 mAh

The Pixel 4a will have 12 mega pixel rear camera and 8 mega pixel front camera. The phone will also have a fingerprint reader.

Google purchased Fitbit for $2.1 Billion

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The tech giant Google purchased the smartwatch and wearable tech company in a major deal.

This step shows Google has an interest to get into the smartwatch market.

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According to Rick Osterloh, VP of Googles wearable gear, this purchase made in order to improve Wear OS – Googles operation system for wearable gear. Google probably looking into develop and expand this line of products in the future.

According to Google, Fitbit will work the same way Nest works (which Google purchased few years ago). For many years we hear Googles intentions to get into the smartwatch market and even the term “Pixel Watch” was already heard before.

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Google is known to work smarter rather than longer. Google already purchased HTC as a base for the Pixel phone, Google purchased Nest as a base for their smart speakers, and now they purchased Fitbit in order to get into the smartwatch market.

This is an explicit move to challenge Apple who runs this market with their Apple Watch, and with Googles marketing and tech abilities, this goal doesn’t seem so far fetched.

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Fitbit already tried to calm down their current customers and said that the customer information won’t be used in Googles marketing. Osterloh said that with Fitbit technology and Googles understands in AI, they will be able to create better products for people all over the world.

Google Releases 5 New Apps for Managing the Time We Use Our Phones

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Google started to pay attention to “Digital Wellbeing” – The ability to track the use of our smartphones and try to change habits – shorten the time we spend on our phones or notice how much hours we use our apps.

Google launched 5 apps that will be available for android users only. Each app should solve a different need.

Morph – This app will match the app you need according to the time and your current place.

You will be able to create different profiles that contains different apps and services. The app will match between your current location and time to the right profile.

Unlock Clock – Google understood that opening your phone is the lazy equivalent for opening your fridge – but you can do it without moving. This app will show on your home screen the number of times you opened your phone.

We Flip – When you meet with your friend, this app will become useful. This app will track the time before one of the participants unlocked his phone.

Post Box – This app will change the way we receive apps. You will be able to set a certain time windows for you to get notifications.

Desert Island – You will have to choose 7 apps that you couldn’t life without, and this app will send angry notification if you used any other of these 7 apps.