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KDE Plasma 5.25 brings new gestures, better support for 2-in-1 tablets, and more customization options

The latest version of the KDE Plasma desktop environment for Linux and other open source operating system is here and, among other things, KDE Plasma 5.25 brings support for new touchscreen and touchpad gestures, a new way for multitaskers to view all of their apps and desktops at once, and a bunch of new customization options. There’s […]

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Android 12 will let you control your phone by making faces at it (accessibility features)

Google’s Android Accessibility Suite is a collection of apps that make it easier for people with disabilities to interact with Android phones and tablets. And starting with Android 12, a new accessibility feature will make use of your phone’s camera to let you control your phone with your face. According to a report from xda-developers, […]

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Sxmo 1.2.0 adds support for gesture controls

Most popular user interface projects for Linux phones are designed to be finger-friendly in the same way that Android and iOS are. So while phosh, Plasma Mobile, Lomiri, and other user interfaces are all distinctive, most feature things like big app icons, status bars, and other navigation elements. And then there’s Sxmo. Described as a […]

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Lilbits 386: Cheating at benchmarks

Benchmark utilities are designed to let you run the same exact test on multiple phones, PCs, or other devices so you can get an apples-to-apples comparison and see how they stack up against one another in terms of CPU, graphics, memory, and storage performance, among other things. At least that’s the idea. In practice, some […]

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Google is bringing gesture navigation to Chrome OS

Google has been phasing out support for navigation buttons in recent versions of Android, and instead prioritizing gesture-based navigation. Now it looks like gestures are coming to Chrome OS. The folks at Android Police discovered that Chrome OS 80 beta, which began rolling out a few days ago, includes optional support for Android 10-style gestures. […]

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Google confirms Pixel 4 will support hands-free gestures, face unlock (with Soli radar tech)

Google’s upcoming Pixel 4 smartphone will be the first commercially available device to use the company’s Soli motion-sensing radar technology. That means you’ll be able to interact with the phone without touching it by doing things like waving your hands to skip songs, snooze an alarm, or silence an incoming phone call. Soli will also […]

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Android 9 gesture navigation is optional now, will be mandatory on the Pixel 3

One of the most notable changes in Google Android 9 is the new gesture-based navigation system. You can swipe up from the home button to bring up a new overview screen showing recent apps or to bring up the app drawer and Google search bar from any screen. There’s no more dedicated recents app. And […]

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Latest Windows 10 preview build gains custom touchpad gesture support

Microsoft has released a new build of Windows 10 to members of the Windows Insider program, and along with a bunch of bug fixes, the update brings support for custom touchpad gestures. Once Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 14946 is installed on a PC, you can go into the touchpad settings menu on any computer […]

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Lumia gesture controls let you answer calls by picking up a phone

Microsoft is introducing a new beta app for recent Lumia smartphones that lets you perform some key actions without touching the screen. For example you can answer a ringing phone by holding it to your ear, switch to speakerphone by placing the phone face up on a table, or mute the microphone by placing it face […]

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Jolicloud operating system unlocks multitouch gestures on Eee PC 701 – Video

Most Asus Eee PC netbooks with 9 and 10 inch displays include multitouch gesture support for the touchpad. In other words, you can scroll up and down or left and right by placing two fingers on the keyboard, and you can simulate a right-click by tapping the screen with 3 fingers. But the 7 inch […]

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Using the Gigabyte T1028M’s touchscreen interface – Video

The Gigabyte T1028M Touch Note is one of only a handful of netbooks available today that features a touchscreen interface that can be folded down over the keyboard allowing you to use the computer in tablet mode. Chippy from UMPC Portal has been playing with one for a while, and today he’s posted a video […]