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How to Kill GPU-Intensive Programs with Windows Task Manager

Inside the Windows Task Manager is a hidden feature (by default) that allows you to view which programs are slowing down your GPU. While you can already view those eating up CPU, Memory, or Disk resou...http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/laptopmag/~3/V1Tnv53Qfnc/kill-gpu-programs-windows to see original story and photos ...

Google tests a newer Pixel Launcher version with the Google Assistant icon on the search bar

The Pixel Launcher, the pre-installed launcher app on the Google Pixel and Android One devices, doesn’t receive very many updates because it would be annoying for users to have to relearn how to use their launcher app. The launcher has undergone a few notable changes since its initial release, though. The release of the tall, 18:9 Google Pixel 2 XL prompted Google to move the Pixel Launcher’s search bar to the bottom. Next, Android P ...

iPhone X + Huawei P20 = Motorola P30 | #PNWeekly 318

The Motorola P30 is pretty much the iPhone X. Design-wise, it just is. Okay, perhaps we should really talk more about this because it’s more than just a look-alike. But before that, a stringy thought thread about the Galaxy Note 9 and some Crazy Rich Asians make our day. We also notch another bit of chat on the Pixel 3 XL’s devastating notch (get in line) and Alexa’s creeping motions to everyone’s dorms. Jules is ...

How to enable the new, faster Snapchat Alpha [Root]

Snapchat, one of the most widely used social platforms in the world, is preparing to launch a new, faster version of its Android application. In February of last year, the company’s executives internally committed to bettering the experience for Android users. In November, the company made its intentions public: Snapchat will be rebuilt from the ground up to “provide a more performant product experience” and “to make it easier to use.” At the time, the ...

[Hands on] Snapchat Alpha is a faster, cleaner version of Snapchat

Last November, Snap announced that Snapchat for Android was going to be rebuilt with a focus on performance and ease of use. It has been close to a year since they announced this redesign and we have yet to hear anything about it, until now. We have managed to enable the new design to showcase what it looks like, and we also have a video comparing the old and new versions to show how much ...

[Update: Reverted] Android Messages’ new Material Theme design with Dark Mode rolls out

Update 8/18/18: It appears that Google made a server-side update last night which reverted the new Material Theme design with the dark theme. Google has released the new Material Theme redesign for the Android Messages application in version 3.5.048 to all users. We discovered how to enable it way back in version 3.3 when it was first added as a hidden option, but now it’s rolling out to all users. It’s not just a completely ...

Essential Phone’s notch settings may return in future Android Pie update

Following the release of Android Pie for the Essential Phone, there was one specific, highly used setting that was missing: notch settings. The Essential Phone’s notch may have been its most controversial design aspect, but it was possible to customize how each app uses the status bar/notch area. The notch settings were present in Android Oreo but weren’t brought back with the official Android Pie release. Even though Android Pie officially brings support for notches, ...

[Update: Maybe Not] Motorola may launch a Google Home Mini/Amazon Echo Dot competitor

Update 8/18/18: It seems that the device is actually the “Baidu AI Speaker” which launched in China in June. AndroidPure saw the device on Motorola’s Chinese webpage and believed it to be a new product. Thanks to @OnLeaks for pointing this out. The virtual assistant devices have become quite popular for those who want more out of their connected devices. These virtual assistants, such as Siri and Google Assistant, originated on iOS and Android respectively. But Amazon ...

Xiaomi Mi 8 reportedly launching soon in India, priced under Rs. 30,000

Xiaomi is one of the largest phone manufacturers in the world and is even bigger in India. As a result, the company will be launching their new brand, Poco, first in the region with the Pocophone F1. It’s basically a slightly different Xiaomi Mi 8, which may explain why that particular device didn’t launch in India. Surprisingly, according to a report from 91Mobiles, we may actually be seeing it launch in India in the next few ...
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