STUDENTS WIDGET Android 8.1 Oreo Brings 'SMS Connect' 14 Google has initially made the experience exclusive for Pixel devices Google is connecting Chrome books and Android devices by launching the 'SMS Connect' service on Android 8.1 Oreo. The new service, which is currently available as a part of Android 8.1 Developer Preview for Google Pixel and Nexus devices, allows you to respond to your Android device messages directly from your Chrome OS machine. Android 8.1 Oreo has a hidden service called "SMS Connect Prebuilt" that doesn't work as a standalone app but takes you to a setup screen for the SMS Connect service. The screen explicitly confirms that the service is designed to provide you with the text messages your smartphone receives directly to your Chrome book. Once the setup process is concluded, you have the option to read or respond to your messages either on your Android 8.1 running smartphone or your Chrome book. Notably, you need to turn on Enable Multi device features on your chrome book by typing "chrome://flags" in the address bar and then reboot the system to enable the two-way connectivity. . .
STUDENTS WIDGET Samsung Connect Tag Launched, Supports GPS, WPS to Track Belongings 15 Samsung has announced Connect Tag, a miniature device that you can attach with your belongings and track them easily later on. Samsung Connect Tag, the company said, has also been designed to ensure that parents never have to worry about the whereabouts of a toddler in the house. The Samsung Connect Tag supports GPS, Wi-Fi-based positioning (WPS), and Cell ID, to provide accurate location information both indoors and outdoors. It offers smart location notifications on a NB-IoT or Cat.M1 network to help a user conveniently see how far their belonging is. Also, the Samsung Connect Tag is the first consumer mobile product to use Narrowband technology, claimed by the company. The company says it built the device to minimize the anxiety that people have when looking for their belongings and loved ones. "It can be attached to a young child's backpack so his or her whereabouts can be tracked, clipped to a dog's collar so it won't go missing, and secured the keys so they are never lost. The Samsung Connect Tag, which measures 4.21cm wide and 1.19cm thick, is part of company's Smart Things ecosystem. This will enable users to get notification from the Connect Tag on their preferred smart device, for instance, a Samsung TV. The device also comes with a ring, making it easier for users to attach it to their belongings and loved ones. The IP68- certified for dust and water resistance. Samsung hasn't shared when precisely it will start selling the device, or how much it will charge customers for it. It says the Connect Tag will go on sale starting from South Korea in the coming months. It did say however that the device comes with a 300mAh battery which can keep the device running for up to seven days a single charge. The device runs Tizen IoT.