The last overhaul of Firefox was just a few months ago, with the release of Firefox 57 ‘Quantum.’ Mozilla today released version 59 of the beloved web browser, across all platforms. While the desktop version speeds up page load times, improves the built-in screenshot tool, and tweaks the Top Sites page, the mobile changelog isn’t quite as exciting.
Starting with v59, Firefox for Android is now an Assist App. This means you can start a web search by holding down the home button on your device, if you set Firefox as your default assistant.
Amazon’s Cloud Cam offers a compelling price tag for anyone looking to pick up a security camera on the cheap, but it’s lacking in features compared to many of the more established players. Amazon is closing the gap somewhat with a web interface, more voice commands, and integration with Amazon’s other hardware.
Here’s the full changelog from Amazon.
Check in from Anywhere: Customers can view their live view(s) from a computer—perfect for keeping an eye on things when checking your phone isn’t convenient.
Here at AP, we’re big fans of Rachio’s smart sprinkler system (well, at least Artem is). Rachio has just taken the wraps off its 3.0 update, which improves the app both in terms of looks and features. Those features include improvements to Remote control, Quick Run, Weather Intelligence, and scheduling.
Here’s the changelog per the Play Store:
Get ready for the season of innovation at Rachio!
Modern redesign with improved Home screen and tabbed layout, making the app easier to use than ever.
Last week, we shared renders that imagine how Apple might expand its smart speaker lineup in the years to come, and now we’re curious. What form factor do you want HomePod functionality to come to next?
Google looks like it is trying to extend its cross-platform edge to the world of augmented reality (AR) with a new product, tentatively called Article, which will integrate AR into the company’s Chrome browser. In a blog post, Google said, “To help bring (AR) to as many users as possible, we’ve been exploring how to bring augmented reality to the web platform, so someday anyone with a browser can access this new technology.”
Article is likely meant to compete with Apple’s proprietary ARKit. Google is looking to extend the capabilities of AR by allowing some functionality in-browser, allowing Desktop users to take advantage of AR models.
The Google blog post explained: “The unique power of AR is to blend digital content with the real world. So we can, for example, surf the web, find a model, place it in our room to see just how large it truly is, and physically walk around it.” Those capabilities limited to devices like smartphones will now be available on desktops.
Companies seem to be pushing for AR to become more than a novelty feature. The technology is in its infancy, currently best-known for its gaming applications, like the blink-and-you-missed-it popularity of Pokémon Go. As the technology matures, much more impressive applications will be unveiled, which could help the tech to go from novel to transformative.
On the other side of the coin, the levels of immersion possible with AR could do more to increase growing issues like tech addiction. For the first time, the World Health Organization has listed gaming disorder as a mental health condition. This listing comes before we’ve even begun to see how the increased immersion afforded by AR and VR could exacerbate the issue.
Of course, the problem is not necessarily the technology itself. These innovations allow for technology developers to wield great amounts of power over our connections with our devices. What users end up doing with the technology may not be what’s intended, but some responsibility does fall on developers to take that power into consideration.
With Wednesday’s release of iOS 11.3 and tvOS 11.3, Apple is slowly rolling out support for AirPlay 2, a hotly anticipated wireless protocol that allows users to stream music to, and remotely control, multiple devices in different rooms. AppleInsider – Frontpage News
Mozilla pulled the trigger on a substantial redesign of Firefox a few months ago, but the devs haven’t taken any time off the celebrate. the updates are still coming fast with v59 hitting the beta channel. This version adds quick access to Firefox search via the home button, revamped HLS video support, and a few more goodies.
Mozilla, in its infinite wisdom, has provided a full changelog for this release.
Added Firefox as an Assist App so users can start a search by long-pressing the home button
Improved user experience for HLS (HTTP Live Streaming) playback
Changed the location of Firefox Health Report from about:healthreport to about:telemetry
In its thankless quest to prove the squeeze skeptics wrong, HTC updated its Edge Launcher today with more customization options.
Introduced with the release of the U11+ in November, Edge Launcher presents users with a customizable Lazy Susan of apps and actions when the phone is squeezed. With only one hand, the user can scroll through the rotating circular menu and quick-launch the items within.
Today’s update lets users reposition the icons with the usual tap-and-hold method and adds the battery saver, auto rotate, and Wi-Fi hotspot quick settings to available actions.