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Google releases standalone Switch Access app for Android

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Google has separated an important component of the Android Accessibility Suite into a separate application, making Switch Access available for individual installation from the Google Play Store.

Google releases standalone Switch Access app for Android

This will allow Google to release updates for this component more frequently, as well as offer Switch Access features on older smartphones and tablets. The Google Switch Access app allows you to control your Android device without using the touch screen. It is focused primarily on users with disorders of the musculoskeletal system. The app requires Android 8 Oreo, which debuted in 2017, or later to run.

Using Switch Access, you can set up control using external devices or the front camera. The phone will be able to respond to facial expressions, such as the user’s smile or mouth opening, as well as built-in volume buttons, keyboards and controllers connected via USB or Bluetooth.

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Under lock and key: Google Chrome will ask for biometrics to access the password manager

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Under lock and key Google Chrome will ask for biometrics

Google has released an important security update for its Chrome browser.

Under lock and key: Google Chrome will ask for biometrics to access the password manager

Generated by the Midjourney neural network

Google Password Manager is pretty versatile as it allows you to sync all your saved passwords across mobile and desktop devices. Until now, the Chrome desktop browser used PINs and passwords to authenticate users before exposing stored data.

Now, if your computer (Windows and macOS) has an external or built-in biometric authentication system, such as a fingerprint scanner or a face scanner, you can use it to access data stored in the Chrome password manager.

Under lock and key: Google Chrome will ask for biometrics to access the password manager

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It works pretty much the same as it does on Android tablet phones when accessing saved passwords in Chrome. Once authenticated, the user will be able to copy the saved password or edit the entry.

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Get your tinfoil hats out: how much more Windows 11 “spy” compared to older Microsoft OS

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Get your tinfoil hats out how much more Windows 11

Many have heard claims that Windows 11 is heavily “spying” on users. As a recent YouTube video on The PC Security Channel shows, Windows 11 does send massive amounts of data to its own and third-party servers.

Get your tinfoil hats out: how much more Windows 11

Worst of all, the OS does this before the user even installs or opens their first app. The author of the channel used the Wireshark application to analyze network activity on two “clean” versions of Windows.

The first was the brand new Windows 11, and the second was the good old Windows XP. A quick analysis revealed that Windows 11 connects to many third-party servers and services, most of which do nothing but track for ads. And it’s worth noting that all of these actions take place on every Windows 11 computer out of the box, without prompting the user and before he tries to use the Internet.

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200-megapixel Xiaomi 12T Pro received stable MIUI 14

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200 megapixel Xiaomi 12T Pro received stable MIUI 14

The ex-flagships of the Xiaomi 12T series debuted last October with MIUI 13 based on Android 12. But now the older model of the line – Xiaomi 12T Pro – has received a stable version of MIUI 14 based on Android 13. The corresponding update is already being distributed in several European countries.

200-megapixel Xiaomi 12T Pro received stable MIUI 14

The new firmware is designated V14.0.6.0.TLFEUXM, and in addition to the latest version of the interface, it includes the December Android security updates. This is the first major software update for Xiaomi 12T Pro – the device will receive two more (that is, Android 15 is guaranteed to it), and then Android security updates will be released for another year.

Recall that a feature of Xiaomi 12T Pro is a 200-megapixel Samsung HP1 sensor as part of the main camera.

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