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10 hidden Galaxy Note 20 features you won’t want to miss – CNET

The Note 20 has a lot of tricks up its sleeve.  Jessica Dolcourt/CNET Samsung’s Galaxy Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra look like great phones, which the early impressions from CNET’s Jessica Dolcourt appear to confirm. Like Jessica, I’ve been using the Note 20 Ultra, which brings a larger display, a faster refresh rate, a bigger battery…

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The Note 20 has a lot of tricks up its sleeve. 
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Samsung’s Galaxy Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra look like great phones, which the early impressions from CNET’s Jessica Dolcourt appear to confirm. Like Jessica, I’ve been using the Note 20 Ultra, which brings a larger display, a faster refresh rate, a bigger battery and a microSD card slot, for a few days now. While I haven’t discovered every new feature and setting, I’ve found some fantastic hidden features that make the Note 20 experience that much better. For instance, you can turn on an alarm that lets you know if you left your S Pen behind. Or did you know you can lock your homescreen layout so it doesn’t get messed up after you spent time getting everything exactly where you wanted? 

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Below are 10 hidden features that make the Note 20 so much better than it already is. 

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1. Take advantage of that faster displayThe Note 20 Ultra has a variable screen refresh rate of up to 120Hz. That means when your phone detects you’re doing something like scrolling through a long email or website, it uses the faster refresh rate, making the scrolling experience buttery smooth. The standard Note 20 has a 60Hz display, with no 120Hz option at all. When you’re just looking at a photo, or doing something else that doesn’t require a lot of onscreen motion, your Note 20 Ultra will default to 60Hz. It’s a good idea to double-check that your phone has its Motion Smoothness feature turned on. To do that, open Settings > Display > Motion smoothness and make sure Adaptive is selected. As Samsung points out, the increased refresh rate will use more battery, but that’s a price I’m willing to pay for a better experience. 
Just thought I’d use the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra’s S Pen to make a GIF of the 120Hz screen refresh rate menu and point out Samsung’s acknowledgement that the setting will reduce battery life pic.twitter.com/7sWvdxGUuP— Jessica Dolcourt (@jdolcourt) August 6, 2020

2. Don’t forget your S PenThe Note’s S Pen is one of its flagship features, but it’s also very easy to leave it sitting somewhere, never to be seen again. Thankfully, if you go to Settings > Advanced features > S Pen and scroll down to the Removal section, you’ll find an option called Pen proximity alert. Turn it on. Now, when you leave your S Pen sitting on your desk, or it falls between your couch cushions and you start to walk away, your phone will beep as you get out of range. 3. Always-on display puts info a glance awayOne of my favorite features about any Android phone is the Always-On Display (AOD). With AOD turned on, you can quickly look at your phone to check the time, see any pending notifications, battery percentage and even control music playback all without having to wake your phone up or unlock it. The Note 20 has an Always-On Display option, but out of the box means you’ll need to wake your phone’s screen before it will show up. It’s counterproductive. Change that by going into Settings > Lock screen > Always on display. Don’t tap on the button to turn it on, instead tap on the text so you can customize how it works. Go through each setting and section, picking out the clock and color you like, and even setting a schedule if you’d like. See? Much better. You really don’t want to lose that S Pen, do you? 
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4. Switch up your lock screen app shortcutsWhen you look at your phone’s lock screen, you’ll see an app icon that provides a quick way to launch an app in each corner. Samsung sets the phone and camera apps as the default shortcuts, but can change which apps you can open and how you access the shortcut. Open Settings > Lock screen > Shortcuts and select Floating button. While there, you also can change the apps shown on your lock screen to whatever you want. With the floating button turned on, there will be a three-dot icon that shows up just above the fingerprint sensor on your lock screen. Long-press on that button to view your app shortcuts, and then drag your finger to the app you want to launch. 5. Change the number of notifications shown in the status barIt can be hard to keep up the countless alerts our phones receive all day long. It’s even more of a struggle when the status bar on your Note 20 limits the number of icons for app notifications. The Note 20 Ultra I’m testing has a limit of three app icons in the status bar, which isn’t close to enough. If you open Settings > Notifications > Status Bar, you can change the status bar to show a number for all pending notifications (which can feel overwhelming, if you ask me), your three most recent, or my personal favorite, all notifications. Of course, there’s only so much room in the status bar, so if you have a bunch of alerts from a large number of apps, not all of them will show up, but helped me to have more than three present. The Note 20’s homescreen can be locked in place. 
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6. Lock your homescreen layout to keep it looking tidyIf you’re like me, you spend a lot of time moving app icons and widgets around your homescreen. There’s a rhyme and reason for which apps go where, and when things get moved, it throws your entire flow off. Samsung allows you to lock your homescreen layout, keeping everything exactly where you left it. Long-press on a blank spot of your homescreen, then tap on Home Screen Settings when the options popup. Find Lock Home screen layout and tap on the switch to turn the feature On. When it’s enabled, you’ll see a reminder show up on your screen anytime you try to move an app icon. If you often hand your phone to your kid to watch videos, this feature is your new best friend.Just swipe up to go home. 
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7. Ditch the old fashioned button navigation setupOut of the box, your Galaxy Note 20 will default to Android’s traditional three-button navigation. There’ll be buttons to go back, home and view the app switcher. It’s time to make the switch to Android 10’s gesture-based navigation. After a few days of swiping around your phone, you’ll forget all about the buttons and appreciate the added screen real estate. To turn it on, go to Settings > Display > Navigation Bar and select Swipe gestures. I recommend turning on gesture hints for a few days while you learn the new navigation technique. If you find yourself struggling, we have a complete guide to Android 10’s gesture navigation feature, complete with animated images that show you exactly what to do. The S Pen is one of our favorite Note 20 features. 
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8. Use the new S Pen Air CommandsYour S Pen can do so much more than act as a stylus to write or draw on your Note’s display. Starting with the Note 20 line, you now can use the S Pen to control your device from across the room. All you’ll need to do is remove the S Pen, hold down the button and use one of the five new gestures to go back a screen, go to your homescreen and more. We cover the new S Pen tricks in full detail, so be sure to check that out.Live Caption on the Galaxy S20 Plus looks and works just like it does on the Note 20. 9. Live transcriptions for any audio on your NoteGoogle’s Live Caption feature — which will transcribe videos, podcasts and even phone calls in real time — is available on the Note 20. All you need to do is slide down the quick settings panel, find the tile labeled Live Caption and tap on it. A black bar will appear with the live text taken straight from the audio. Turn off Live Caption by repeating the same steps in the quick settings panel.10. Add extra security to select apps using Secure FolderIf you’re using a work phone, but have personal or private information that you want to lock down with another passcode or pattern, you can take advantage of the Notes Secure Folder feature. Open Settings > Biometrics and security > Secure folder to walk through the setup process. You can install apps and store files and photos. It’s like you’re using a completely different phone.If you’re still trying to decide whether or not you should preorder the Note 20 or Note 20 Ultra, make sure to check out our ongoing review where we’re covering all of the good and bad about the phone. Or if you’ve already made up your mind, you can preorder right now. The phone will officially be available on Aug. 21.

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Realme 7i India Launch Teased by CEO Madhav Sheth, Appears on Support Page

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Realme 7i is expected to be revealed soon as the company’s India and Europe CEO Madhav Sheth teases the arrival of a Realme 7 series phone on Twitter. The Realme 7 and Realme 7 Pro were launched in India at the beginning of this month and the Realme 7i debuted in the Indonesian market a couple weeks ago. Now, Sheth has teased a new entrant in the Realme 7 series and it could be the Realme 7i. While the tweet shows a phone with a quad rear camera setup, no other details have been announced around the upcoming smartphone. The Realme 7i has also started appearing on the support page of the company’s India website, hinting at an imminent launch.Realme India and Europe CEO Madhav Sheth tweeted that “something new and exciting” is coming up and more will be revealed soon on the next episode of the ongoing Realme community Q&A series Ask Madhav. The image shared in the tweet shows the back of a phone that appears to be the Realme 7i in its Aurora Green variant, as suggested by its quad rear camera setup.  The tweet does not include any information about the phone but from the Indonesian launch, we know pretty much all there is about the Realme 7i, except the Indian pricing.Additionally, the Realme 7i has also started appearing on the company’s India support page. Gadgets 360 independently verified that the Realme 7i has been listed under the Model sub-category on the search page. However, the page hasn’t been populated with any search results or further details as of yet.All of this seems to hint at an imminent launch of the Realme 7i in India.Realme 7i specificationsThe dual-SIM (Nano) Realme 7i runs Android 10 with Realme UI on top. It features a 6.5-inch HD+ (720×1,600 pixels) display with 90Hz refresh rate. The phone is powered by the octa-core Snapdragon 662 SoC with 8GB of LPDDR4x RAM.Speaking of optics, the Realme 7i packs a quad rear camera setup and the sensors are arranged in an L-shape placed within the rectangular camera module. It includes a 64-megapixel primary sensor with an f/1.8 lens, an 8-megapixel sensor with an ultra-wide-angle f/2.2 lens, a 2-megapixel black and white sensor with an f/2.4 lens, and a 2-megapixel macro shooter with an f/2.4 aperture. For selfies, you get a 16-megapixel Sony IMX471 Sensor with an f/2.1 lens, housed in the hole-punch cutout located at the top left corner of the screen.The Realme 7i comes with 128GB of UFS 2.1 onboard storage that is expandable via microSD card. The phone is backed by a 5,000mAh battery with support for 18W fast charging. The phone is offered in Aurora Green and Polar Blue colour options.Is this the end of the Samsung Galaxy Note series as we know it? We discussed this on Orbital, our weekly technology podcast, which you can subscribe to via Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or RSS, download the episode, or just hit the play button below. Affiliate links may be automatically generated – see our ethics statement for details.

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Nokia 9.3 PureView, Nokia 7.3 5G, Nokia 6.3 Tipped to Launch in November

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9 best kitchen gadgets under $20 that you’ll use every day – CNET

As much as I love my kitchen workhorses — the giant wooden cutting board, measuring cups, microplane and razor-sharp knives — there’s also a special place in my heart for the smaller extras that I don’t strictly need, but that make cooking (and eating!) smooth as butter.After singing their praises to (aka pushing them on) my family and…

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As much as I love my kitchen workhorses — the giant wooden cutting board, measuring cups, microplane and razor-sharp knives — there’s also a special place in my heart for the smaller extras that I don’t strictly need, but that make cooking (and eating!) smooth as butter.After singing their praises to (aka pushing them on) my family and friends, I thought I’d share info on these cheap, easy-to-clean favorites with you. They’re all products I actually own and use in real life and that are simple to incorporate into your cooking routine. Most of all, they’re versatile tools you can use daily (I do!), which means they’re not just inexpensive, but also high-value. Here are the tools I never want to be without, and how I use them.

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The wide, saucer-shaped bowl, long handle and pleasant weight make these beautiful spoons perfect for almost everything — eating soup, curries, rice dishes, spooning yogurt out of the tub, spooning anything out of any tub, really. My Korean friend calls them “jjigae spoons” (a type of stew) or rice spoons, but in my family, they’re known as “life-changing spoons,” which is how I first convinced my family to adopt them. I hardly ever use “regular” spoons anymore. You can buy long-handled spoons online or in many Asian markets. My personal preference is to get a set with round handles, not the thin kind with the flat ends. Prices vary, but they’re not expensive either way — say $16 for a pack of 5 good quality spoons, or even $15 for a pack of 8.

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I’m sure I could live without a pair of kitchen shears like this one from Henckels (also known for making reliable knives), but I don’t particularly want to. A dedicated pair of shears makes opening food bags, cutting meat and fish and trimming green beans dead-easy. Storing them with your knives or utensils keeps them accessible where you need them and eliminates cross-contamination with your other scissors. Sturdy shears can butterfly poultry and this model unhinges for dishwashing — it’s dishwasher safe if in need of thorough sanitizing, but it usually cleans easily with soapy hot water and a sponge. This particular model costs under $20 on sale.

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Bench scrapers, also known as pastry or dough scrapers or cutters, are typically used to pry dough off a work surface, though I use mine multiple times a day for either scraping or lifting items from my cutting board to a pan or bowl. I used to use the side of whichever knife I had in my hand, but this useful kitchen tool shovels more diced onions at a time and is safer anyway. I’ve also used straight-sided bench scrapers, but the offset design is much easier for sliding under a pile of chopped food. It’s equally adept at its intended purpose of working with bread and pastry dough. This Tovolo bench scraper is the one I use and costs around $10.

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Small bowls are hardly interesting or new and I have plenty of them, especially fluted and ribbed ramekins. But these wonderful dip bowls have made cooking and serving food more of a delight. I just love them. They’re useful enough for daily prep and pretty enough to serve on. You can mound a surprising amount of food in the hollow, like lemon zest, olive oil, wasabi or even grated cheese like fresh parmesan. They cost $18 for a set of eight 3-ounce bowls.Here’s how I use them:Spoon restUsed tea bag holderSalt piggyEgg holderPrep bowl for ingredients like garlic, shallots, gingerPrep bowl for blending spices (the mix flows into the pan really easily, without getting stuck in creases)Garnish serverServer for individual desserts, like squares of chocolate, a brownie or a tiny scoop of ice creamSugar caddy for after-dinner coffee or teaRing valet (especially when taking off to work with slimy or sticky food)

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My dad endearingly referred to these as “rubber fingers.” This set of two — one with a pointy end (pictured) and one that looks more like a paddle, cost $8 and are awesome for scraping, scooping and pushing down all types of food. Think the last little bit of something gooey like peanut butter from the jar, or getting every little bit of beaten egg out of a small bowl. I still use full-size spatulas for large work bowls, pots and pans, but these nonstick minis work better than spoons or my finger and fit really well into drawer dividers. They’re machine washable, too.

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I had never heard of a pan or pot scraper until my colleague Rich Brown sang its praises. I have an elaborate and finely-tuned method for steaming and scraping off stuck-on crud from pots, pans and bakeware, but I started getting a lot of time back once I began using this $5 tool — or $8 for two.This kitchen gadget fits into your palm and easily scrapes away gunk with its flat and curved edges, which can also better reach into corners. Still expect a little sponge work, but mostly to wipe away loosened and leftover stuff. I was amazed with how my Lodge pot scraper obliterates the scum that builds up in a ring around the pan, say the leftovers of reduced marinara. It cuts through residue faster and more efficiently than a hard plastic spatula and it won’t gunk up the scrubby side of a sponge with cheese, egg or starchy buildup. I recommend keeping it visible on your sink, near your sponges and dish soap. I initially put it into a drawer and forgot about it, but now it’s top of mind. 

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My friend bought a fancy new dishwasher with built-in wine holders and gave me three purple silicone tubes that help keep your wine glasses safe in the machine. “Here, you like wine,” she said. “You should use these.”She was right. They may look derpy, but this perfect gift probably saved my wine glasses more than once. You fit one grippy end around your overturned stemware (as pictured) and slide the other end, a hollow tube, over a peg on the bottom rack of your dishwasher. A wire that runs two-thirds the length of the attachment supplies structure. If a glass feels extra wobbly in the center of the bottom rack, I’ve been known to clip on two of these silicone holders for extra stability, one on either side. I used to hand-wash my wine glasses and still managed to break one here or there. Not anymore. It costs about $12 for a set of eight. I’ve run them in the dishwasher on a weekly basis for almost two years.

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Great for elegantly draining pasta, reaching for items on the top shelf, juicing lemons and even cleaning window blinds. A pair of 9-inch or 12-inch silicone-tipped tongs costs about $15 and has become a trusty kitchen companion that does far more for a chef than just flip browning veggies and meat. Here are seven clever uses for kitchen tongs.

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I love a small saucepan for so many reasons, including frying perfectly round eggs one at a time and reducing broth and sauces. Melting butter and making modest quantities of caramel or hot milk and cream are also great in an itty-bitty pan, especially if you’re trying to keep a small amount of liquid from evaporating too quickly.I bought a “cup measuring pan” that’s a lot like this one, with a long handle, and I like it, though it’s not as thick as some of my other kitchen pots. I’d also happily consider a butter melting pot for butter, sauces, warming milk and boiling single eggs, but I currently use a tiny milk frothing jug for that, intended for espresso. Whichever pan you get should cost between $15 and $25, tops. Mine was about $15. 

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