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Tech giant Google is rolling out some new features for Chromebooks, including the company's Live Captions feature that will be added to Chrome on most Chrome OS devices in the coming weeks. As per The Verge, once the Live Captions feature is available, users can switch them on in the accessibility settings to get captions for any media with audio right inside their browser. The feature rolled out to Chrome on Windows, Mac, and Linux in March. Google is also beefing up the Chrome OS Launcher, which lets users search for files and apps, with some new capabilities, allowing them to make simple calculations and check the weather, the definition of a word, and stock prices. The tech giant is also adding a new Diagnostics app to Chrome OS that lets users check the status of and run tests on your computer's battery, CPU, and memory. That means that if the battery isn't holding a charge for as long as you think it should, you can run a battery discharge test in the Diagnostics app to see if something's wrong. The new launcher capabilities and the Diagnostics app are not yet available, but Google told The Verge that the release begins rolling out.
Apple may roll out its podcast service at 'Spring Loaded' event
Tech company Apple is expected to announce new iPad Pro models, AirPods 3, and a new item-tracking AirTags accessory at its 'Spring Loaded' event on April 20. The company may also announce its podcast service at the event. According to Mashable, at the mega event, the company may announce a lot of new upgrades other than hardware upgrades. The iPhone-maker will also announce its new Podcasts Subscription service on April 20. The new addition was spotted in the beta of iOS 14.5. The details were revealed by Vox's Peter Kafka in his findings in the iOS 14.5. Spotted by 9to5mac, Kafka stated in a tweet that he is "pretty sure Apple is prepping its own Podcast plan - a paid subscription service - on Tuesday."
As reported by Mashable, in the latest iOS 14.5 beta, the Podcast app features a new account button on the 'Listen Now' tab just like one would find in the Apple Music app. Additionally, the notifications settings have been moved to another location as well, meaning new account and subscription additions may be rolled out. The subscription is also rumoured to be part of the company's Apple One as well as Apple Music. However, there is no news yet as of when Apple might release iOS 14.5 to the public. But, the company is suspected to announce it on April 20, after its 'Spring Loaded' event. The audio streaming giant has also recently jumped on the Podcasts bandwagon, expanding its business to other than just music streaming.