Lilbits: Windows Terminal, Chrome, Firefox, Signal on Linux phones, and a 42-inch digital e-ink whiteboard

Microsoft has released a new preview version of the Windows Terminal app, which builds on the “Quake Mode” feature introduced earlier this year and enables you to open a terminal from any screen with a hotkey. If you close this window now, it will be minimized to the system tray by default.

Other changes include an updated settings UI, support for rendering bold and italic text, and support for creating custom keyboard shortcuts without removing standard shortcuts.

Windows Terminal Preview 1.10

In other recent tech news, Google and Mozilla say they are making their browsers more secure (one by improving the speed and efficiency of security features, the other by removing support for FTP). RICOH launched an e-ink whiteboard for the Japanese market, and Google says that some Pixel 4 XL smartphones will be repaired for up to a year after the warranty expires if customers in certain countries have power problems with their phones.

Here is a roundup of the latest tech stories coming from the internet.

  • Windows Terminal Preview 1.10 Release [Windows Command Line blog]
    Microsoft released Windows Terminal Preview 1.10 with support for rendering bold text in the terminal, minimizing it to the system tray when using Quake mode, and support for adding your own keyboard shortcuts.
  • E Ink and RICOH bring the world’s thinnest and lightest digital whiteboard to market [E Ink press release]
    The new RICOH eWhiteboard 4200 is a 42 inch digital whiteboard with E Ink Carta display and WiFi. It supports two pen inputs and is 14.5 mm (0.6 in) thick and weighs 5.9 kg (13 pounds) and is waterproof, dustproof, and readable outdoors. Japan only.
  • 1 year extended repair program for Pixel 4 XL [Google Pixel Phone Help]
    Google offers repairs up to 1 year after the Pixel 4XL warranty expires on smartphones sold in the United States, Canada, Japan, Taiwan, and Singapore due to power issues such as: B. if the smartphone cannot be switched on, accidental restart, battery consumption or charging problems occur.
  • Privacy and performance work together in Chrome [Google]
    Google Chrome 92 offers more efficient phishing detection (it runs 50x faster with results in just 100 ms), easier management of permissions per site on Android (for example for microphone and camera access) and new Chrome actions such as for security and Protection.
  • Stopping FTP support in Firefox 90 [Mozilla]
    Firefox 90 no longer supports FTP. It was deactivated by default from version 88 of the browser, but is no longer supported at all. Mozilla is taking this step for security reasons, as FTP data transfers are insecure.
  • GPD Win Max Handheld Gaming PC Preview [@softwincn]
    Interesting to see that after Valve’s launch of the Steam Deck handheld gaming PC, GPD is highlighting how different its upcoming Win Max 2021 is – it’s basically a laptop with an 8-inch display that also has game controllers built into it.
  • HandBrake 1.4.0 released [Handbrake]
    Handbrake 1.4 is released with the popular media encoding utility, which has native support for Macs with Apple Silicon, command line support for Windows on ARM devices with Qualcomm Snapdragon processors (GUI coming later), and other enhancements.
  • Signal desktop app ported to phones running Mobian Linux [LinuxSmartphones]
    The popular open source and cross-platform messaging app puts a lot of emphasis on privacy and security, so it’s a natural addition to Linux phones. But there is still no official Linux mobile version of the app. However, if you don’t want to use a third-party client, you can now run the desktop version of the Signal app on phones running Mobian (a Debian-based Linux mobile operating system).

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