More to Google than just search [New Straits Time (Malaysia)]
(New Straits Time (Malaysia) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) S0, you use Google's search engine. But did you know that this search engine has many features that help you save time searching?
For instance, you need to find out how to spell a word. Just type in the word. Never mind if you don't get the spelling correct as Google's spell checker will automatically default to the most common spelling of a word. You can even check flight times by just searching the name of the airline and flight number.
The search engine will bring to you live arrival and departure information. Or, if you need to calculate something quick, just key in the numbers and Google will give you the answer. It's as simple as that.
Have you tried Chrome? This is one of the most widely used browsers. Its user base has grown and the once popular Internet Explorer is second followed by Firefox.
Clearly, Chrome has many advantages over other browsers. Based on the language preferences you have set, it can detect when you visit a webpage written in a different language and translate the text into your choice of language.
Chrome also supports multiple profiles on a single machine. So, if you are sharing a PC with friends, your settings and bookmarks are saved separately when you sign in. Others, too, can sign in to access their own profile.
Then, there is the incognito mode where pages you view won't appear in browser history and no traces, like cookies, will be seen on the computer after you close the window.
This is another widely used app and Google has made it much more user-friendly. There is now Google Maps voice search, which allows you to speak your search terms when you see the Speak Now alert. You can create and share maps marked with locations, routes and regions.
On beta now is the voice-guided navigation tool, which provides turn-by-turn directions.
Google+ is a social networking platform for Google users. You will need a Google account to sign into this platform. What is Hangout? This is a platform that brings conversations to life with photos, emoji and group video calls for free. Option is available either for a video or text Hangout and you can also turn a text chat into video chat anytime.
You can add friends from your contact list to the Hangout session, be it for a meeting or just to share information with friends.
Pictures can also be shared during a Hangout session. When you are in discussion with a group of people, you can have your name appear on the screen.
We all know that YouTube is the platform for viewing videos. With a YouTube account, anyone can upload and share his videos and add other videos for public viewing. If you have a business, this is an effective platform to reach out to your customers without having to spend much.
You can create a video of your products and share it. If you like creating music or singing and want the world to watch your performance, this is the best platform.
Some major events are also streamed live via YouTube. Add to the calendar and you will be notified of live streams.
To avoid controversial videos, just click "safety mode".
Canon's V-log camera
FOR those into video blogging (V-log), Canon's LEGRIA Mini is something you would want to get your hands on. This small video camera bundled with Canon's optical technologies, features an intuitive touch UI, a built-in ultra-wide angle lens, stand for hands-free shooting and WiFi support.
You can carry it in your pocket or purse as the camera, which has flat design, weighs 160g and measures 76 x 22 x 96mm.
With the ultra-wide-angle lens, users can capture a 170o view in still photography and 160o in video. So, even in a confined place, it is easy to record close-up videos .
LEGRIA Mini will be available from the middle of this month at the recommended retail price of RM999.
LG's Ultra HD TV line up
Looking to buy a new TV? Then, consider LG's Ultra HD TV, available in 55- and 65-inch models. The TVs equipped with LG's Tru- ULTRA HD Engine deliver 8.3 million pixels per frame, and offer much improved clarity and sharpness.
The picture quality of these two models have been given the thumbs up by Intertek and Underwriters Laboratories (UL), two product testing and certification bodies.
The TVs labelled as LA9700 models have In-Plane Switching display panels with a wide, 178o viewing angle, which allows you to watch from almost any position in the room, without having to worry about colour distortion or loss of visual detail.
The TVs, supported by LG's Film-type Patterned Retarder (FPR) 3D technology, enable 3D viewing experience with the use of lightweight glasses.
As for speakers, both models feature a 4.1 channel, 50W sound system that includes the Sliding Speaker.
OSIM uInfinity massage chair
HUMANISED massage is the new deal in OSIM's massage chair, uInfinity. According to the makers of massage chairs, the onboard technology, Human-Smart Massage Technology, allows for the most humanised massage feel with its 19 massage programmes.
It can renew itself by downloading new massage programmes into the chair and is tailored to a variety of lifestyles.
To enjoy the massage programmes, users can download them from uInfinity App and Bluetooth them to the chair. The app is available for iPhone and Android phones. The chair comes with one pre- downloaded programme.
Office Mobile for Android phones
OFFICE Mobile for Android phones is available in Malaysia at no additional charge for Office 365 subscribers.
Office Mobile was first made available last November, preinstalled on all Windows Phone 8 devices. In June, the Office Mobile for iPhone was released as a benefit for Office 365 subscribers.
This means that Office 365 subscribers can work on their Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents from anywhere using their Windows Phone, iPhone or Android phones. Office Mobile for Android phones can be downloaded from the Google Play Store. To use the app, you need a qualifying Office 365 subscription, including Office 365 Home Premium or Office 365 ProPlus.
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