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This clever Android app will reveal a vital hidden secret about your phone

This clever Android app will reveal a vital hidden secret about your phone

The app works by simply sensing pressure, via the inbuilt barometer with users asked to press the screen with both of their thumbs. If the phone is fully sealed, the pressure inside the device will increase, it’s as simple as that.

Now, you might be wondering if it really works, but judging from the Play Store reviews it seems plenty of people are seriously impressed.

“I have no idea how it works but it does lol, at least in the 4 test cases i tried. Xperia 5 II (IP68, intact) – waterproof(not waterproof if sim tray is removed); Xperia XZ (IP68, corner busted open, screen replaced) – not waterproof; Galaxy S4 Mini (no IP rating) – not waterproof; Awesome app.”

Whilst another added: “Genuinely a very brilliant and simple app, have to hand it to the developer for using the barometer in such a smart way. Tested a Galaxy S10+ (intact) Tested a Pixel 2 xl that was dropped and damaged and said it was not intact. It’s not just looking up the device model, it’s a real test.”

Want to hide your Chrome search history? Clever new feature keeps everything locked away

Want to hide your Chrome search history? Clever new feature keeps everything locked away

Chrome’s privacy-focused Incognito Mode is more private than ever before …but not for everyone. Google is testing an experimental new feature with iPhone owners that’s designed to keep a tighter lid on their internet history. When enabled, Chrome will require authentication with Face ID facial recognition before it allows you to move into Incognito Mode.

So, even if you lend your iPhone to a friend, there’s no chance they’ll be able to jump into your latest Incognito Mode browsing session. Or start one of their own, for that matter.

You’ll only need to verify your identity with Face ID the first time that you launch a new Incognito Mode tab. Google will let you continue to open more links and tabs without the need for another Face ID scan until you close the Chrome app on your iPhone. That will restart the process.

For those who don’t know, Incognito Mode stops your activity showing up in the web history menu or predictive search feature on Google, which suggests previous queries to speed-up repeat searches. While Incognito Mode is great when it comes to shopping for surprise Birthday gifts on a shared device, it doesn’t hide your activity from your internet supplier, the company that makes your Wi-Fi router, or any of the websites you’re visiting. So don’t think of it as some kind of invisibility cloak.

On shared gadgets, like an iPad, the ability to lock down your secretive shopping basket in Incognito Mode with a Face ID scan could be hugely helpful. And save a number of families from spoiled surprises.

The feature is still being tested right now, so won’t be available on your iPhone or iPad by default. However, it’s pretty simple to enable the experimental new privacy feature, if you fancy giving it a try. To do that, launch Google Chrome on your device and type chrome://flags into the address bar and hit go. When that loads, hunt for the heading marked “Device Authentication for Incognito” and enable it. That adds the experimental feature to your browser.

To turn it on, you’ll need to close Google Chrome and launch the app again. After that’s done, head to the main settings menu, then tap Privacy and enable the toggle marked “Lock Incognito Tabs When You Close Chrome”.

And that’s it. You’re done.

Since this is an experimental feature, it’s unclear whether Google plans to bring it Chrome users worldwide anytime soon. Also, there’s no sign of an equivalent on Android just yet, so if that’s your poison, you’ll need to keep a closer eye on your Incognito Mode browsing.

This post originally appeared on Daily Express :: Tech Feed

'Genuine': Kate Middleton has clever trick to 'create instant bonds' with the public

'Genuine': Kate Middleton has clever trick to 'create instant bonds' with the public

The once more withdrawn Duchess has come into her own during her career in the Royal Family. She has taken on patronages and launched her own initiative for young children’s mental health.

This clever body language trick is not unique to Kate. A lot of powerful and charismatic individuals use it.

“This rather personalized greeting forms the same kind of connections to individuals standing in a large group as techniques used by high charismatics like the Clintons when they are working a crowd,” Judi claimed.

“Bill always goes one step further by pointing into the crowd and waving as though he has spotted a friend.

“This gesture, like Kate’s wave, can create instant bonds by breaking down the ‘them and us’ feel when a crowd watches someone famous or high status.”

“Her fingers became more splayed and instead of an air of gracious condescension we got a much more friendly-looking greeting signal, with the palm display suggesting openness rather than distance,” Judi said.

The expert, on the other hand, called Meghan Markle’s wave “sweet, cute and tentative.”

“Meghan’s wave was an important signal when she first joined the Royal Family,” Judi said.

“As a successful US actress and campaigner, there were some worries that she might appear a little too grand for the Royal Family or their fans.”

This post originally appeared on Daily Express :: Life and Style Feed
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Outlook users get a clever new way to send emails on iPhone and Android

Outlook users get a clever new way to send emails on iPhone and Android

Microsoft is about to offer Outlook users on iPhone and Android clever new way to send emails. The big update to this popular app is allowing messages to be typed by simply speaking into the smartphone. Microsoft says that the new speech-to-text update to its Outlook mobile app will make it easier to bash out emails on the move.

And don’t worry about this AI spelling the name of your boss wrong as dictation in Outlook even recognises the names of people you work with, through the power of the Microsoft Graph. Phew!

Along with typing emails, this upgrade will also offer an easy way to schedule meetings without ever touching the screen. For example, users can simply say, “Set up a meeting with Jill and her team for next Monday.”

And then, “Add Jacob,” with Microsoft’s Cortana assistant instantly recognising the correct coworkers and compose the invite, which all sounds pretty impressive.

One final feature is being able to search through your inbox to find content.

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Speaking about the update, Jared Spataro, Corporate Vice President for Microsoft 365 said: “At Microsoft, we’re investing in voice capabilities that transcend the challenges of small screens and tiny keyboards to help people communicate and manage tasks when they’re working on the go.

“Today we are announcing new enhanced voice capabilities in Outlook mobile for iOS (and coming soon to Android) that make using voice to schedule meetings and compose emails simpler for everyone. These new AI-enhanced voice capabilities quickly contextualize your voice requests and provide a rapid response, making it more easy and natural to work on the go.”

This post originally appeared on Daily Express :: Tech Feed

Meet the new Apple AirPods rivals with a clever trick up their sleeve

This post originally appeared on Daily Express :: Tech Feed

Meet the new Apple AirPods rivals with a clever trick up their sleeve
Apple has some new AirPods-style rivals to contend with and these gadgets feature something the US firm can’t currently match. Premium audio firm Bowers and Wilkins has just announced the launch of its first wireless earbuds which come with a nifty trick up their sleeve. The all-new PI7 earbuds not only feature impressive sound and adaptive Active Noise Cancellation, which changes depending on where you are using them, but also a clever changing case that will end the nightmare of using AirPods-style buds in places such as planes.
That’s because the neat little smart case can connect to an external audio source – such as an in-flight entertainment system – by 3.5mm or USB cable and then wirelessly retransmit audio from that source to the earbuds. That’s definitely something the AirPods can’t yet match and could be a feature Apple might want to consider in the future.

Other extras coming to the PI7 include Qualcomm’s aptX Adaptive wireless transmission which offers high-resolution music transmission from suitable streaming services, such as Qobuz.

There’s also a 4-hour battery life with things instantly boosted back to full once popped back in their charging case and they are fully compatible with the Alexa and Google voice assistants.

They sound pretty impressive but like all of Bowers and Wilkins products, they aren’t cheap.

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When they arrive later this year you’ll need £349 in your bank account which is £100 more than the premium AirPods Pro.

If that sounds a bit rich then Bowers and Wilkins is also launching a slightly cheaper version called PI5 which will cost £199.

These earbuds also feature ANC – although it’s not adaptive like the PI7 – and there’s a 4.5-hour battery life plus great sound via a 9.2mm bespoke Dynamic drive unit. A water-resistant design and access to Google and Alexa also feature.

You don’t get the same clever charging case so forget tuning into a movie on a plane but you will have little extra cash in your pocket as they are clearly far cheaper.

Speaking about its new earbuds, Bowers and Wilkins said: “After an extensive period of development, Bowers & Wilkins is proud to launch two new products that bring the brand’s famous True Sound promise of absolute performance to the True Wireless In-Ear Headphone category.

“Both the new PI7and PI5 offer all the sound quality that music lovers have come to expect from a Bowers & Wilkins product, coupled to an extensive array of smart and convenience features, exceptional call quality and beautiful, premium design.”

Mini Review: Future Aero Racing S Ultra – Clever Ideas, But FAR From A New F-Zero

It’s not exactly the best time for fans of futuristic racing. With no new F-Zero on the horizon and the WipEout series seemingly dead, too, fans have to turn to the independent scene in the hope that something almost as good will do the trick.

The Switch has a couple of decent options already. Launch title Fast RMX remains the best of the bunch, offering phenomenal racing that still looks incredible all these years later, while Rise: Race the Future takes a while to get used to but is eventually a fun time. We’d love to add Future Aero Racing S Ultra to this list, but it falls a bit short.

Future Aero Racing S Ultra (or FAR S Ultra if you prefer) is your typical future-inspired racer with floating cars that look suspiciously like those in the WipEout series. At its core it’s straightforward enough: pick a car, pick a cup (there are five in total, which three races each) and try to finish top of the leaderboard when all the dust has settled.

There are some interesting mechanics in here that show there was at least some effort made to keep things novel. While you have your typical speed boosts on the track, going over one will also build up an extra boost gauge. When this is full you can activate a special boost that’s not only extremely fast but also gives you a shield that stops you taking damage if you hit a barrier.

Since your ship’s energy can be a little on the low side, this means the boost works in two ways. If you’re an expert, you’ll obviously want to use it on straights where you can get the most benefit from its extra speed. If you’re not so great, though, you can save it for sharp turns so you can plough your way round them, slamming into the walls unharmed.

As you level up you’ll unlock progressively faster vehicles, but as they improve the number of boosts required to fill up their meter grows too, meaning there’s a genuine level of strategy there: in some circumstances it may actually be better to choose a slower car because you’ll get your extra boost more often.

It’s all quite clever, then, but the problem is that the execution doesn’t quite live up to it. The AI opponents are annoyingly unforgiving, even on the lowest of the five difficulty settings available, and if you miss one or two boosts there’s a good chance someone will plough through your back and take a huge chunk of energy off you, probably making you explode and lose a chunk of time as you respawn.

Some of the tracks can also be irritating. One in particular appears to be set during a tornado, which apparently means filling the screen with static that makes it nearly impossible to see where you’re going. Having the odd course like this is bad enough, but when the Cups are only three races long you don’t really get to have a ‘bad’ race because you don’t have the time to build your points back up.

And then there’s the music. Oh, the music. Some of it is perfectly fine, but one or two tracks are poor and one of them in particular is — with no hint of exaggeration — the worst piece of music we’ve heard in a game for maybe decades. If you could put a microphone up to despair, this is what it would sound like. We had to stop taking screenshots for this review so we could tweet a clip of it (which led to it ‘blowing up’, as the kids say). Luckily, you can turn the music off.

Nothing about FAR S Ultra is particularly offensive (except the music, which is a crime against the concept of ears). It has some clever ideas but the execution is a little lacklustre, and the relatively low number of tracks combined with the annoying AI and the unforgiving nature of its difficulty means it certainly won’t be to everyone’s tastes. If you don’t have Fast RMX then get that first, but we’ve played worse racing games for $ 7.

This article originally appeared on Nintendo Life | Reviews

Camping & caravan holidays: Campers share clever sleeping bag tips ahead of April 12

Camping & caravan holidays: Campers share clever sleeping bag tips ahead of April 12
Self-catered holidays across England are set to return from April 12, including camping and caravan stays. With many Britons eager for a change of scenery, it could be the first time some people take on a traditional camping holiday.
Ahead of this, some seasoned campers based in the UK shared some top tips for first time camping in a dedicated Reddit forum.

From sleeping bags to tent repair kits, it seems there are a lot of packing essentials holidaymakers should remember.

One of the most important things for an enjoyable holiday, though, is a good night’s rest.

According to camping regulars, the key to this is getting the right sleeping bag – particularly if you’ve never been on a tent holiday before.

As one camper pointed out, even in the summer months, it is important to wrap up warm at night when the temperature typically drops.

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“If you’re not used to sleeping in a sleeping bag it can be hard to get to sleep – unless you’re planning on hiking or sleeping out in Autumn or Winter I’d recommend against a tapered ‘mummy’ style bag,” they explained.

“You can get ones that zip together in a pair.

“You might also find using an opened out sleeping bag and a winter duvet to be pretty cosy and comfortable; again, if you have the space for the duvet.

“A futon mat is a good double for sleeping mats if you’ve got space to transport it.

“Don’t forget to put your pants and socks for the next day in the bottom of your sleeping bag so they’re toasty in the morning,” they commented.

Many campsites across the UK are reopening for business on Monday, however, trips might be a little different in line with Government restrictions.

Campsite provider The Camping and Caravanning Club explained some facilities on their sites will remain closed.

“We will be initially opening our campsites without facility blocks. If you have a booking between the 12 April – 16 May you must be a self-sufficient camper (one household only) with your own facilities – our toilets, showers and communal areas such as laundries and dishwash areas will be closed until 17 May,” it explained in a statement on the company website.

Cleaning: Mrs Hinch fans share clever hack to leave windows sparkling and streak-free

Cleaning: Mrs Hinch fans share clever hack to leave windows sparkling and streak-free

Some recommended mixing vinegar with water and wiping it off with a cloth or newspaper.

One wrote: “[Use] white vinegar and water 50/50 mix, dry with a microfiber cloth.”

“A mixture of water, vinegar and washing up liquid. Old school with newspaper to dry it off,” another added.

A third said: “Wash with water and vinegar, dry down with squeegee from Poundland/Home Bargains then buff with scrunched up newspaper.”

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Panasonic rivals Samsung, Sony and LG with launch of its clever new TVs

Panasonic rivals Samsung, Sony and LG with launch of its clever new TVs
If you fancy treating yourself to a pin-sharp new telly, then you’re certainly spoilt for choice this year. All the big manufacturers, including Sony, Samsung and LG, have now revealed their new televisions for the upcoming year. Last, but definitely not least, is Panasonic. The Japanese technology company has now given consumers a glimpse of what’s coming to store shelves over the next 12 months, and it certainly looks like an eye-pleasing line-up of big screens.
So, if you’ve been holding off buying a new Smart TV to binge Netflix, or play your shiny new next-generation console – we’ve now seen the full line-up. So, what is Panasonic bringing to the table?

The most premium of the new Panasonic bunch is the new JZ2000, which was actually revealed in January and includes automatic scene selection that adjusts the settings depending on what you happen to be viewing. There’s also improved sound thanks to side-firing speakers and the TV includes a stand that swivels so you can get the perfect viewing angle.

This premier telly has now been joined by Panasonic’s new JZ1500, JZ1000 and JZ980 series which will be available in 65-inch and 55-inch screens. Plus, new for 2021, are smaller 48-inch sizes which means there’s more choice for consumers. As with the JZ2000, these sets benefit from the colour tuning of Stefan Sonnenfeld, Founder and CEO of Company 3, and a trusted collaborator of some of the world’s best filmmakers.

There is a total of three new LED TV series for 2021: the JX940 series (75-inch, 65-inch, 55-inch, 49-inch), the JX850 series (65-inch, 58-inch, 50-inch, 40-inch), and JX800 series (65-inch, 58-inch, 50-inch, 40-inch).

The JX940 series will have particular appeal for sports and gaming enthusiasts. Firstly, like the newly announced OLED TVs, the JX940 also features the new HCX Pro AI processor, meaning it can automatically detect sports broadcasts and optimise the picture quality accordingly.

Intelligent Clear Motion also smooths out dynamic action for flicker-free viewing. The JX800 also introduces the Android TV OS to Panasonic’s line-up which should make it ideal for accessing every streaming service available on the market.

Full pricing will be revealed in the coming weeks, so watch this space.