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Google Chrome’s five interesting features every user should know

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Google Chrome is one of the most popular browsers out there. Over the last few years, we have seen Google Chrome evolve with a range of useful features. Dark mode, improved tab management system and add recover tab options are some of the recent additions. If you’re a Google Chrome user, here are some of the interesting features that you should know.

Gesture navigation:Chrome has introduced gestures that allow users to navigate from one web page to another effortlessly. The feature allows users to swipe inward from the left-hand side of the display to go back and inward from the right to go forward. To activate it, one has to type chrome://flags/#overscroll-history-navigation into your URL bar and make sure the setting is switched on. Users have to restart Chrome for setting to kick in.

Google Omnibox: Users may not know this, but the address bar in Chrome, where we usually put in the URLs is the Omnibox, a direct interface to the Google search engine. While users may have noticed that simply typing things in the Omnibox takes one straight to Google results, but the Omnibox can do mathematical calculations, give weather updates etc without even going to the actual search page to find the answer.

Recovering lost tabs: What do you do when you accidentally close all your tabs at once? Chrome has introduced a new feature that allows users to reopen any page they have discarded. Users have to press Control+Shift+T on Windows. It can also be accessed by right-clicking the ‘+’ sign and pressing the ‘reopen closed tab’ button.

Dark Mode: The Dark Mode on Google Chrome debuted earlier in 2019 and it is not only less strenuous on the eyes but also increases battery life for OLED users. One has to go to Windows and head to Settings > Appearance and adjust the theme to “Material Incognito Dark Theme”. The dark mode is available on Mac OS 10.14 and up as well as Windows 10 and up.

Muting sites: Popup adverts and unwanted noise can make browsing the internet distracting. Chrome has a little speaker icon in the tab title for sites that are playing audio. One can quickly check which are the sites creating noise among multiple open tabs and simply right-click the tab and click mute site.

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Photos | Delhi’s crystal clear view amid lockdown

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The nationwide lockdown imposed in the country to contain the deadly coronavirus has brought some good news for the air quality across the country.

Amid all other states and cities, Delhi – which has always been in bad light due to pollution, has come up with a crystal clear view and improved air quality on Friday.

According to Centre-run System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting And Research (SAFAR), Delhi breaths ‘satisfactory’ for the fifth consecutive day with the overall Air Quality Index (AQI) docking at 62.

Here are some of the pictures giving glimpses of New Delhi amid the lockdown:

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It is not just India but worldwide that the impact of multiple lockdowns can be observed. Quarantining and lockdowns have forced many countries’ industries to shut down, with many factories closing their doors. The World Economic Forum reports, images from the Centre for Research on Energy and Clean Air (CREA), as well as satellite footage from NASA and the European Space Agency (ESA), show a drastic decline in NO₂ emissions over recent months, particularly across Italy and China.

According to NASA scientists, the reduction in NO2 pollution was first apparent near Wuhan, but eventually spread across the world. Millions of people have been quarantined in one of the largest such actions in human history. “This is the first time I have seen such a dramatic drop-off over such a wide area for a specific event,” said Fei Liu, an air quality researcher at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. Liu recalls seeing a drop in NO2 over several countries during the economic recession that began in 2008, but the decrease was gradual.

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Apple HomePod smart speaker confirmed for India launch; price revealed

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Apple’s first ever smart speaker, Homepod, has been a subject to several delays and slow sales in the past. But now, months after making it available in select countries, Apple is all set to launch its Siri-based smart speaker in India. The indirect confirmation comes from the HomePod listing page on the Apple India website. Although it still says ‘Check back later for availability’, the price of the device has been revealed as Rs 19,900.

Considering the price tag of the speaker, it will be safe to assume that this Siri-enabled accessory will be going up against Bose Home Speaker 300, Amazon Echo Studio and even the Echo Plus (2nd-gen), all of which are in the same range.

HomePod saw the light of the day three years ago at WWDC 2017 and went on sale in Australia, the US and the UK in early 2018 at US$349 (roughly Rs 24,860). You can also buy the smart speaker from Germany, France, Canada and select other regions. Last year it went on sale in China, Japan and Taiwan.

Apple India mentions the price of HomePod.

Sporting six microphone arrays, Apple HomePod is said to recognise the physics of a room (or what Apple calls as Spatial Awareness) and play audio accordingly so the user gets the best experience. There’s also seven beamforming speakers, each with its own amplifier. Powering the speaker is Apple’s A8 chip. You can also setup a multi-room audio system using AirPlay 2 connectivity. On the outside, you can see Apple HomePods in two colour variants – Black and White. There’s a mesh fabric coating on the outside with all the controls on the top.

What’s more is that if the user is in the middle of a phone call or listening to a song, you can easily hand it off to HomePod. All you need to do is to hold the iOS or iPadOS device next to the speaker.

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This Mumbai woman is winning thousands of hearts with her inspiring’ story

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Some stories serve as shining examples of hope and inspiration. The story of Manashree Soman is the perfect example. Shared on the Humans of Bombay Facebook and Instagram pages, a post about Soman and her journey is winning thousands of hearts.

“When I was born, the doctor told my parents that there was a chance I would never walk or talk in addition to being visually impaired — little did he know that I was going to turn out to be a complete chatterbox!” Soman says in the post.

“When I first applied to school, they rejected me because they thought that I’d take all the attention and that ‘I would spoil the other normal children’! But that’s where they were wrong — I was normal! I went to another regular school and blossomed,” she adds.

Throughout school, Soman made sure she got all the experiences that any child is supposed to have like participating in a fancy dress competitions and even winning a prize for singing. Soman’s teachers and friends also supported her in every aspect.

“In the 7th standard, I won the Bal Shree President’s Award. I wasn’t at school when they announced it, but apparently, my classmates jumped up and down on the benches!” she says. “I received my award from Dr. Abdul Kalam at the Rashtrapati Bhavan and performed a song for him!” she adds.

She goes on to explain that her family has been extremely supportive and has stood by her side right from school to college and her job. Soman has been working at a bank as a clerk.

And while she faces many challenges, she doesn’t allow it to bring her down. We’ll let you read the entire post to know what helps her to keep going and her wonderful message to everyone.

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“When I was born, the doctor told my parents there was a chance I’d never walk or talk in addition to being visually impaired–little did he know I was going to be a complete chatterbox! When I applied to school, I was rejected because they thought I’d take all the attention & ‘spoil the normal kids’! That’s where they were wrong–I was normal! I went to another regular school & blossomed. I remember dressing up in a sari for a fancy dress competition–I practiced walking on stage, figured out where I wanted to sing & won first prize! My teacher’s went out of their way to keep me involved–during Dahi Handi, a teacher held me up to the pot so I could feel the celebrations! And during Diwali, my friends would describe the colours & designs of the crackers! In 7th grade, I won the Bal Shree President’s Award. I wasn’t at school when it was announced, but apparently, my classmates jumped on the benches. I got my award from Dr. Abdul Kalam at Rashtrapati Bhavan & sang a song for him! College was a whole other world–my mom would travel with me by train to Marine Lines & then walk me to & from college & when lectures were cancelled, she’d have to turn around & come back for me! But family always comes first–in fact, before my sister got married she told her fiancé I was always going to be her number 1! She now lives in London, but she’s been my biggest support through my job application process. For the last 2 years, I’ve been working as a bank clerk. I’ve obviously had my challenges–customers have complained to management because they think I’m sleeping on the job, but my colleagues stand up for me! I’ve never allowed any of this to bring me down–it just makes me want to work harder because I can’t be stopped. A few years ago, I had a story I wanted to tell, so I even wrote a book. The doctor had sealed my fate on the day I was born, but today, I’m an author, I’m financially independent, I have a job I love & I’m surrounded by people who believe in me & my dreams. I’m more than ‘that blind girl’ & I’m more than any label or tag. I’m more than my ‘disability’ & I’m more than my supposed ‘limitations’. I SEE that everyday & I wish the world could see it too.”

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Shared on January 9, the post has garnered more than 63,000 likes on Instagram and nearly a 1,000 shares on Facebook. People have posted some heartwarming messages for Soman and many have described her “inspiring”.

“Amazing. She’s a queen!” says an Instragram user. “There’s no limit to what a woman can achieve,” says another.

“Young lady, nothing, absolutely nothing can bring you down. Strength of the human spirit can do wonders. Lots of love to you,” writes a Facebook user. “Speechless and you are an inspiration to all of us. May God bless you,” comments another.

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