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Jan

As a laptop reviewer, this is the CES 2023 laptop I’m most excited for


The Lenovo Yoga Book 9i provides dual OLED displays in a unique fashion, offering multiple modes of multiscreen operation. It’s an exciting laptop.
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7
Jan

Poll: What are you looking forward to the most in 2023?


With a new year comes the promise of new launches, and there is plenty to expect in 2023. In our
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7
Jan

Android Auto update is unveiled at CES 2023 along with improvements to digital car keys and Google built-in for cars


This year at CES 2023, Google launched the new Android Auto experience, and announced expanded digital car key sharing as well as improvements for cars with Google built-in.Android AutoLet’s get started with the refreshed Android Auto that rolled out to users starting on January 5, 2023. This overhaul was first previewed back at Google I/O last year, and it includes improvements to the UI and features to help you while behind the wheel.The three pillars of the latest version of Android Auto are “navigating where you’re going, communicating with friends and family, and playing your music or podcasts.” To that end, Maps is now closer to the driver’s seat to ensure you can keep track of where you are at all times and not miss any important turns. The split-screen layout has also been optimized to be adaptable for different screen sizes, such as widescreen, portrait, and everything in between.Media cards have received a Material You redesign, and Google has finally added one of the most requested features, a seekable progress bar for music and podcasts. Android Auto also features a host of new shortcuts to make it easier to complete tasks on the go.For starters, the quick launcher lets you access your most recently used apps, and there are shortcuts to speed up replying to messages or calling your favorite contacts. Furthermore, Google Assistant will now provide smart suggestions like missed call reminders, arrival time sharing, and instant access to music or podcasts.That’s not all though, Google says that you’ll soon be able to make WhatsApp calls using the latest Pixel and Samsung phones with Android Auto as well.Digital car keysDigital car keys allow you to lock, unlock, and start compatible cars. While you’re already able to share keys across Pixel and iPhones to give access to friends or family, soon you’ll be able to do the same with Samsung and Xiaomi phones later this year.Google built-inWith Google built-in, you get Google Assistant, Google Maps, and apps from the Play Store on your car’s display without the need for a phone. Some cars that already support this are the newly announced Honda Accord Touring 2023, and select cars from Volvo, Chevrolet, GMC, Cadillac, and Renault. Ford and Lincoln are expected to join the club later this year as well.One of the new features now available is Google’s new HD map that gives drivers “precise road details like lane markers, signs and road barriers to support automakers’ assisted and autonomous driving technology for safer, more hands-free driving on select roadways.” HD map is rolling out first to the Volvo EX90 and Polestar 3.The Waze app is also heading to more cars with Google built-in, starting with select Renault vehicles.And finally, some good news for those of you who like to stream videos while parked in your EV. YouTube will soon be joining Tubi and MGM+ via the Google Play Store with more apps expected to come in the future.
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7
Jan

Google is working on a seamless way to transfer Spotify tracks between your devices


Have you ever been listening to a podcast in the car and wished you could seamlessly switch over to your earbuds once you arrived at work? How about rocking out to a fantastic station on your smart speaker and wishing you could transfer it to the car with just a couple of taps?Google has already made this a possibility with Android 13 and YouTube or YouTube Music. Now, the company is looking to bring this same convenience to Spotify users. This year, you can expect the feature to roll out and you’ll be able to quickly and easily transfer music playing on Spotify between Spotify Connect devices through the Android media player notification.That means you’ll be able to do it even from the lock screen with only a single tap, making it easier than ever to listen to your favorite podcast or playlist when and where you want.Taking it a step further, Google is trying to simplify the process even more by anticipating which devices you want to transfer to with notifications. It will work like this, while you walk around your smartphone will determine which devices are nearby using wireless technologies, such as Bluetooth Low Energy, Wi-Fi, and ultra-wideband.Once it has discovered which compatible devices are nearby, it will try to identify which device you’d most likely like to transfer to based on your current activity. A notification will then pop up on your smartphone asking you if you’d like to transfer the stream and with one tap you’ll be able to take your music or podcast wherever you go.This is the kind of frictionless experience that can only happen thanks to Google’s integration of connectivity protocols such as, Fast Pair, Nearby Share, and Chromecast. These technologies have helped millions of users easily connect headphones, share files, or browse videos on their phone and transfer them to the big screen.
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7
Jan

Safari Turns 20 Today: ‘Fastest Web Browser Ever Created for the Mac’


Today marks the 20th anniversary of Apple’s co-founder Steve Jobs introducing Safari on the Mac at the 2003 Macworld Expo
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