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Google Chrome’s new Material Design theme rolls out on all platforms

Google Chrome web browser would be getting a Google Material Theme UI overhaul sometime this year. We first spotted evidence for this happening back in April. In June, it was possible to enable this new UI with a Chrome flag which no longer became necessary when the new UI was enabled by default in the Canary channel. Today, Google has confirmed that Chrome’s new Material Design …

Here’s How to Avail Airtel’s Rs. 51 Amazon Pay Gift Card

Celebrating its 23rd anniversary, Airtel last week announced its collaboration with Amazon India to start offering an Amazon Pay digital gift card worth Rs. 51. The operator on Tuesday announced that over one million customers have availed the gift card in less than five days of its rollout. The gift card can notably be loaded as Amazon Pay balance and can be used for mobile recharges, bill payments, …

Apple’s HomePod makes modest gains against Echo, Google Home

Amazon has 70 percent of the market, Google 24 percent and Apple 6 percent. Using consumer survey data, Consumer Intelligence Research Partners (CIRP) reported this week that Apple’s HomePod smart speaker made market share gains against rivals Google Home and Amazon Echo. The firm now says that Apple’s device has 6 percent of the US smart speaker market. Echo dominates, with …

Microsoft and Amazon marry their assistants, but will the honeymoon be short-lived?

Roughly a year ago, Amazon and Microsoft announced that they each would be integrating their respective digital assistants into the other’s platform and devices. Alexa becomes available on Windows computers (and Cortana-powered smart speakers), and Cortana will be available through Alexa devices. I’ve seen some commentary arguing this is a progressive step toward assistant “interoperability.” But in terms of a realpolitik perspective, …

Chrome browser to update to material design ‘across all operating systems’

Based on Google Chrome enterprise release notes, The Verge reported that Google’s browser will get a “new design across all operating systems.” That will bring material design aesthetics to all platforms. The design changes reportedly will be most pronounced on iOS, where navigation controls will be moved to the bottom of the screen. September 4 is the scheduled date for the start of the rollout. Material …

Patanjali’s Kimbho messaging app is here with a trial version

If you sighed in sadness when Patanjali’s messaging app Kimbho, which literally translates into ‘what’s new?’ in Sanskrit disappeared from the Google Play Store a few months ago, here’s some joyous news for you. The trial version of the app is now available for download again from the Google Play Store, and the app will officially re-launch on 27 August. …

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