A lot happened over the weekend, but the biggest news to start your March 18th, 2019 morning came from Apple with a couple of new iPads. Otherwise, Microsoft released Defender extensions for Chrome and Firefox, and a lot more.
Apple doesn’t generally, you know, do a lot when it comes to announcements and all that—it’s far less busy than, say, Google, for example. But when something hits the scene, it’s always big news.
- New iPads! Apple announced a new iPad Mini with modern specs and Pencil (1st gen) support, as well as an updated iPad Air with a 10.5-inch screen. [Review Geek]
Microsoft and Windows News
Microsoft was pretty quiet over the weekend, but it subtly “announced” a new extension to help keep Chrome and Firefox enterprise users safer. Well, kind of.
- Microsoft released a Windows Defender Application Guard extension for Chrome and Firefox (for enterprise use). This will allow workplaces to set a whitelist of sites and also let employees use their preferred browser; the extension just opens Edge in WDAG mode when users navigate to a site the enterprise hasn’t configured as trusted. [Windows Blog]
Google and Android News
As always, a lot has already happened with Google since Friday. With the recent release of the Android Q beta for Pixel devices, new features are pretty constant right now.
- You’ll soon be able to disallow access to motion and light sensors for specific sites in Chrome. It’s being tested in Canary right now, but we should see it in Stable builds later this year. [Techdows]
- Chrome OS 73 is improved transitions to and from tablet mode on the Slate and other 2-in-1 Chromebooks. [About Chromebooks]
- There’s a hidden setting in Pixel Launcher on Android Q that hints at better gesture navigation. Please, Google. Please. [XDA Developers]
- Speaking of hidden settings in Q, there’s another option to remap the Squeeze for Assistant features on the Pixel 2 and 3. [Android Police]
- New Google Play requirements are going to require all icons to be rounded rectangles moving forward. Some people call them squircles, but I think there’s a slight difference between the two. Anyway, rounded-corner-square-thingies are coming soon to an icon near you. [XDA Developers]
- Samsung announced an event to announce a new phone. Or phones. New Galaxy A handsets are incoming. [Samsung Mobile Press]
- Like Facebook Chatheads? Android Q might get them everywhere. [9to5Google]
- AV-Comparatives compared 250 different Android antivirus apps. Turns out most of the suck and don’t do what they’re supposed to do. Who knew? [AV-Comparatives]
- ZTE may be making an all-screen phone with a slideout camera. It looks nice. [Engadget]
- Google could be working an Android fork for feature phones. Intriguing. [9to5Google]
- Xioami subsidiary Black Shark announced a new gaming phone with a Snapdragon 855 and 12GB of RAM. It looks like of neat, too. [Liliputing]
You know, the other stuff.
- Plantronics is rebranding as Poly to bring some buzz back to its product line. A bunch of new stuff is in the works, too. [Engadget]