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How To Use The Quick Note Feature In MacOS Monterey

Apple brought a slew of new features with MacOS Monterey, including updates to Safari and the option to use Shortcuts. Another convenient feature is the ability to use Quick Note with the Notes app.

First introduced with iPadOS 15, Quick Note lets you capture a note while using any app on your Mac. Not only that, but you can start a new note with a keyboard shortcut or Hot Corner and easily save links and create persistent highlights when you use Safari.

How to create a Quick Note

You have a couple of easy ways to create a new Quick Note while performing any task on your Mac.

Option 1: Use the keyboard shortcut Fn + Q. This opens a blank note ready for your thoughts or ideas.

Option 2: Move your cursor to a Hot Corner. If you don’t have a shortcut set up for your lower-right Hot Corner, one will be added for Quick Note when you upgrade to MacOS Monterey.

To check or change the location, go to System preferences > Desktop and screen saver > Hot corners.

When the Quick Note appears using either of the above actions, you can move it wherever you like on your screen. You can also resize it by dragging in or out from a corner or edge.

Of course, you can also create a Quick Note directly in the Notes app if you like. Select Quick note on the left and choose the Create a new note button in the toolbar.

Add a Quick Note using the Share button on Mac.

How to save a link in Safari to a Quick Note

When you use Safari, you can easily create a Quick Note there as well. This is handy if you want to save the website or page you’re visiting.

To save a link to the site, select the Share button in the toolbar and pick New quick note or Add to quick note. This saves a link to the site with the page or article name.

Persistent highlight and Quick Note in Safari.

How to save content in Safari to a Quick Note

Another great feature for Safari is that you can highlight and save content to a Quick Note. This creates a persistent highlight so that when you revisit the site, the text will remain highlighted for you.

Step 1: Select the content on the page you want to save by dragging your cursor across it.

Step 2: Right-click and select New quick note or Add to quick note.

Step 3: The note will display the text you selected in a quote and a link to the web page.

When you revisit the page, you’ll see a thumbnail of the Quick Note pop up, and the selected text will still be highlighted.

Check the box for Resume last Quick Note.

How to always use your last Quick Note

One feature of Quick Note you may want to adjust is to always resume the last note. For instance, if you have a note with websites for research, you can continue to add to that same Quick Note rather than create a new one each time.

Step 1: Open the Notes app.

Step 2: Go to Notes > Preferences from the menu bar.

Step 3: Check the box for Resume last quick note.

If you change your mind later, head back to this same spot and uncheck the box. You’ll then see a new Quick Note each time.

View Quick Notes on Mac.

How to view your Quick Notes

All Quick Notes you create are available in the Notes app. Select Quick notes on the left, and you’ll see your notes on the right. If you sync the Notes app with your iPhone or iPad, you’ll see them in the same spot on those devices as well.

You can edit, delete, add images, and insert tables in a Quick Note just like any other note.

All of this makes Quick Note a terrific addition to MacOS Monterey.

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Amazon’s weird Alexa sticky note printer will start shipping this summer

If you were one of the people who pledged to buy the Smart Sticky Note Printer introduced as one of Amazon’s Day 1 Edition concepts, good news: the device will start shipping later this summer. As expected, the tiny portable printer can be used to print out reminders on-demand using Alexa voice commands, as well as puzzles, recipes, and similar things.

Amazon Day 1 Edition products are essentially unique concepts that may one day become something you can purchase, assuming there’s enough interest. Earlier this year, Amazon introduced its Smart Sticky Note Printer concept, a small device that resembles a label maker or receipt printer — but that can be used with your smart speaker to organize your life.

Users can, for example, tell Alexa to print a note about an upcoming event or task, then retrieve it from the printer and stick it wherever they’re likely to see it. For those times you’re bored, the printer can also produce a small puzzle to keep you entertained, as well as reminders, to-do lists, shopping lists, and similar things.

The Alexa printer proved popular and received enough order pledges to head into production. You can no longer order the device, but those who did buy one can expect the shipping to start at some point between July and September, according to Amazon.

It’s unclear whether Amazon plans to make the printer available to order as a regular Alexa product. Though the printer was a success, not all concepts reach their goals. Examples of recent failed Day 1 Edition products include the Smart Cuckoo Clock, which looks like a minimalist wall clock with Alexa support, as well as the Alexa-powered Smart Nutrition Scale.

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T-Mobile Galaxy Note 20 Ultra update brings eSIM milestone

eSIM, short for embedded (not electronic) SIM, is supposed to be the SIM technology of the future. More convenient than popping out SIM card trays or physically interacting with carriers, the technology has been ironically but unsurprisingly hampered by carriers who aren’t that keen on making it too easy for users to switch networks. Unfortunately, that also hampered even those phones with both physical and embedded SIMs so it’s actually a pleasant surprise to hear that T-Mobile is finally enabling it for last year’s Galaxy Note 20.

Almost like data storage, eSIM can be written to in order to change what network it connects to and this can even be done without the carrier physically touching the phone. While it is ironically more open that way, it is even more reliant on carriers enabling support for the technology compared to the older physical SIM standard. That is why even some phones with eSIM hardware don’t actually support it, particularly those sold by network operators.

eSIM hasn’t been around for years but its adoption in the US hasn’t exactly been fast nor consistent. Apple’s adoption of the technology may finally be turning things around but, as it stands only the iPhone and Google Pixel phones enjoy that support in North America.

That’s what makes this T-Mobile update for the Galaxy Note 21 Ultra an important chapter in Samsung’s history in that market, being the first of its phones to get eSIM support in the continent. Of course, since the phone also has a physical SIM slot, the update also adds Dual SIM Dual Standby to the phone to make the best use of the new feature.

The Galaxy Note 20 Ultra isn’t the only eSIM-capable phone Samsung has now. The Galaxy S21 series also has the hardware but also didn’t launch with it enabled in the US. Hopefully, this update marks the beginning of carriers adding support for more Galaxy phones, including the early 2021 flagships.

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Samsung hints that it won’t release the Galaxy Note series this year

Samsung announced today that it might not release the Galaxy Note series this year. So the numerous rumors of the popular phone line being shelved were only partially correct.

At an annual shareholders meeting in South Korea, Samsung’s co-CEO, DJ Koh, said that to streamline its portfolio, the company is considering skipping the launch of a new Note phone:

Note series is positioned as a high-end model in our business portfolio. It could be a burden to unveil two flagship models in a year so it might be difficult to release Note model in 2H. The timing of Note model launch can be changed but we seek to release a Note model next year.

Koh also noted that there is a serious imbalance between the supply and the demand of chips across the world, and that could cause products to get delayed. The COVID-19 pandemic has caused obstructions in the schedules of chipmaking companies that are trying to satisfy orders from multiple industries ranging from cars to smartphones.

While Samsung didn’t directly indicate that chip shortage is one of the reasons to skip the Note line this year, but it could be a major factor in the final decision. Koh gave a glimmer of hope to Note fans by saying the company could delay the launch to release one, but chances are slim.

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Redmi Note 10 Pro seems to shock with 120Hz display, low price

The price of the Redmi Note 10 Pro seems to be far lower than its features might imply. Before you drop down too low, note that the entire Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 series is intended for India and greater Europe, not necessarily anywhere near the USA. If you live in the USA and are a big fan of Redmi devices, by all means, read on – but don’t expect to be able to pick these machines up through any in-person storefront.

The Redmi Note 10 Pro has a 6.67-inch AMOLED display. This display has 120Hz image refresh rate with HDR10 and 450nits (typical brightness) and a max brightness of 1200nits – that’s bright! This display has a resolution of 1080 x 2400 pixels (that’s around 395 pixels per inch). This display is covered with a pane of Corning Gorilla Glass 5.

The Redmi Note 10 Pro works with dual-SIM tech and IP53 protection against dust and “splash” (water). Under the hood is MIUI 12 based on Android 11 for software. This phone has a Qualcomm Snapdragon SM7150 chipset with an Adreno 618 GPU.

This phone has a dedicated microSDXC card slot and three iterations (RAM, internal storage). Those versions include 6GB/64GB, 6/128, and 8/128. Up front this machine has a 16-megapixel camera with f/2.5 aperture, 1.0um pixel size, and a 1/3.06″ sensor.

Around the back there’s a set of four cameras. The main sensor on this machine is 108MP with f/1.9 aperture and a 26mm (wide) lens. There’s also an ultrawide (118 degree) lens on an 8MP camera, a 5MP camera for macro, and a 2MP camera for depth sensing. This device can capture 30/60fps video at 1080p or 30fps video at 4K.

There’ll also be a Redmi Note 10S with a 6.42-inch display and slightly less impressive set of cameras. Both the “S” and the Pro work with GSM, HSPA, and LTE. The standard Redmi Note 10 works with GSM and HSPA, but no LTE. This device has effectively the same display as the S, but an ever-so-slightly less powerful camera on its back and a different processor inside.

The release dates for the entire Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 series is “soon” with an expected range inside March of 2021. If you’re looking for the Xiaomi Redmi Note 10S, you might be waiting a bit longer – that’s likely headed for an April release. You’ll be paying around Rs. 15,999 for the 6GB RAM, 64GB internal storage size Redmi Note 10 Pro. Converted directly to USD, that’s approximately $220.

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Galaxy S10, Galaxy Note 10, Galaxy Fold receive One UI 3.1 update

Samsung is definitely no longer the Samsung we knew from years ago, at least as far as Android updates are concerned. In addition to pushing out more or less regular monthly security fixes and being quick with the major Android upgrades, it also committed to supporting its phones with up to four years of security updates. That may still be in the future but Samsung is now busy rolling out its latest One UI 3.1 experience that is now landing on its 2019 flagships.

Compared to the One UI 3.0 upgrade, One UI 3.1 is comparatively less disruptive. These phones are already running Android 11 anyway, thanks to that previous Samsung user experience upgrade, but it does bring the latest security fixes for up to March 2021, which still has to be released to the general public. That’s not to say it doesn’t have its fair share of notable new features, especially in the camera department.

Although not all new camera features that debuted on the Galaxy S21 series will be present here, some, like the Object Eraser tool and Single Take 2.0 are common across the latest high-end devices receiving the update. There’s also the Privacy Share, which strips away location information from images before you share them with someone else. One UI 3.1 also brings improved Eye Comfort functionality as well as auto-switching with the Galaxy Buds Pro.

One of the most recently announced features that One UI 3.1 brings is Wireless DeX for PCs. With this update, Windows users no longer need a USB cable to start up DeX on their laptop or desktop. All they need is for the Windows PC and a compatible Galaxy phone running One UI 3.1 to be on the same network.

The Samsung One UI 3.1 update has started rolling out to the Galaxy Note 10 series in Germany, the original Galaxy Fold in France, and the Galaxy S10 series in Switzerland. Of course, it will take some time for other markets to follow suit but it is a pretty good start.

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Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 855 Plus might make the Galaxy Note 10 and Google Pixel 4 even faster

If there’s one constant in the world of Android phones, it’s that the top phones all use Qualcomm’s best Snapdragon processor. This year, that’s the Snapdragon 855, a powerful system-on-chip that we’ve already seen in the Galaxy S10, One Plus 7 Pro, LG G8 ThinQ, and a few others.

Naturally, we assumed that the premium handsets coming in the second half of the year, namely the Galaxy Note 10 and Pixel 4, would use the same processor. But that might not be the case. Qualcomm has announced a mid-year refresh to the Snapdragon 855 that it’s calling the 855 Plus. Because, you know, everything that’s better has a plus in its name these days.

The new processor is built on the same architecture as the 855, with a few tweaks for “enhanced performance and deliver leading experiences in multi-gigabit 5G, gaming, AI and XR.” That breaks down to two main improvements over the 855:

Snapdragon 855

  • Kryo 485 CPU Prime core clock speed at up to 2.84GHz
  • Adreno 640 GPU at 585MHz

Snapdragon 855 Plus

  • Kryo 485 CPU Prime core clock speed at up to 2.96GHz
  • Adreno 640 GPU at 672MHz

As far as speed boosts, Qualcomm claims the Adreno GPU is 15 percent more powerful in the 855 Plus, which should make high-end gamers very happy. Additionally, the 855 Plus has a new “Elite Gaming Experience” that includes the Vulkan 1.1 Graphics Driver that is 20 percent more power efficient than Open GL ES. It also brings the 4th-gen AI Engine and the same 5G X50 modem as the 855, rather than the fully integrated 4G/5G x55 modem.

We don’t usually see mid-year refreshes of Qualcomm’s top-of-the-line processor, but it’s not unheard of. When the original Pixel phone launched, it had the Snapdragon 821 inside, which delivered faster LTE upload speeds along with a 10-percent speed and 5-percent GPU boost over the 820, which powered other premium Android phones that year.

The 855 Plus sounds like a bigger, though still modest, upgrade to the existing processor, so we’re looking forwards to getting our first look at at, presumably when the Galaxy Note 10 lands in August,.

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Galaxy Note 10 preview: A phone so stacked and expensive, Samsung is already pushing deals

There’s still another week or so until Samsung unveils the new Galaxy Note 10, but like every year, we pretty much know everything about it already. And because many people have likely already decided whether they want one, Samsung is offering trade-in deals if you reserve one before you officially see it.

That’s good, because the Note 10 is going to be superexpensive. The current Note 9 already starts at $1,000 and tops off at $1,250. All signs suggest the Note 10 will be even more loaded, with the launch of a second, higher-tiered model this year. So a high-end model that tops $1,500 isn’t out of the question. So, let’s take a look at what you’re going to get for all that money. 

Update 8/1/19: Samsung has seemingly ended its reservation trade-in program, as all phones now show “Special trade-in value revealed on 8/7” rather than actual prices.

Galaxy Note 10: Design

According to leaked renders of the Note 10, Samsung will be giving the Note 10 something of a unique look as compared to the S10, opting to center the hole for the camera rather than push it off the the right side. It also appears that all variations of the Note will have a single selfie cam rather than the dual setup on the S10+. Both versions of the Note will follow the same design, with the only difference being screen size.

The front of the device appears to be nearly all screen, with a sliver of bezel along the bottom and barely any at the top. Around the back, the Note 10 will dump the fingerprint sensor in favor of an in-display one, probably the same ultrasonic sensor that’s on the S10, and will move the camera array to the left corner, leaving a mostly unobstructed view of the glass back. The color scheme will likely mirror the S10’s, with various “prism” options. 

But one thing it reportedly won’t have is a headphone jack. Samsung had previously resisted the urge to dump the legacy port, but the Note 10 may represent the end of an era. According to leaks, rumors, and case renders, you’ll either need a USB-C dongle or a pair of Bluetooth buds.

Galaxy Note 10: Specs

The Galaxy Note lineup will be nothing short of a monster, according to serial leakster Evan Blass’s breakdown:

Galaxy Note 10

  • Display: 6.3-inch AMOLED FHD
  • Processor: Snapdragon 855 Plus
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 256GB
  • Camera: Camera 1: 12MP telephoto Camera, f/2.2, + 12MP wide-angle, dual f/1.5-f/2.4+ 16MP ultra wide, f/2.2
  • Battery: 3,600mAh

Galaxy Note 10+

  • Display: 6.8-inch AMOLED QHD
  • Processor: Snapdragon 855 Plus
  • RAM: 12GB
  • Storage: 256GB
  • Camera: Camera 1: 12MP telephoto Camera, f/2.2, + 12MP wide-angle, dual f/1.5-f/2.4+ 16MP ultra wide, f/2.2 + time-of-flight
  • Battery: 4,300mAh

That would make the entry level Note 10 actually smaller than the current model, which has a 6.4-inch screen. A Full HD screen would also be a lower resolution than the current Quad HD screen, and the battery would be a downgrade as well, compared to the current 4,000mAh one. Another thing the Note 10 will reportedly be missing is an SD card expansion slot, which has been a staple on Samsung’s flagship phones for years.



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Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ hands-on: A new model changes the game, for better or worse

When I picked up the Samsung Galaxy Note 10, it felt like I was holding the most powerful and beautiful phone on the planet. A 6.3-inch display, near-bezel-less design, triple-camera array, and supercharged S Pen are all crammed into an impossibly compact design. And then I picked up the Note 10+.

For the first time in the Note’s storied history, there are two sizes to choose from, and the difference between the two models couldn’t be clearer. While Samsung has set up the Galaxy S10 and S10+ smartphones to be mostly larger and smaller versions of the same device, the Note 10+ is a clear upgrade from the Note 10—so much so that many fans likely won’t even consider the smaller, lower-end model.

First, let’s review the specs, which really don’t tell the whole story…

Galaxy Note 10

  • Dimensions: 71.8 x 151 x 7.9mm
  • Display: 6.3-inch AMOLED FHD 2280 x 1080
  • Processor: Snapdragon 855
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 256GB
  • Camera: 12MP telephoto Camera, f/2.1, OIS + 12MP wide-angle, dual f/1.5-f/2.4, OIS + 16MP Ultra wide (123 degrees), f/2.1
  • Battery: 3,500mAh

Galaxy Note 10+

  • Dimensions: 77.2 x 162.3 x 7.9mm
  • Display: 6.8-inch AMOLED QHD 3040 x 1440
  • Processor: Snapdragon 855
  • RAM: 12GB
  • Storage: 256GB/512GB
  • Camera: 12MP telephoto Camera, f/2.1, OIS + 12MP wide-angle, dual f/1.5-f/2.4, OIS + 16MP Ultra wide (123 degrees), f/2.1 + DepthVision
  • Battery: 4,300mAh

While the 6.8-inch display might make the Note 10+ seem like a monster on paper, it’s not nearly so big in person. In fact, its frame is roughly the same size as the 6.4-inch Note 9’s (76.4 x 161.9 x 8.8mm). That’s because Samsung has seriously trimmed down the bezels on the Note 10 series, so much so that the non-plus version feels downright puny. It’s not just smaller than the Note 9 and the Note 8 either. Millimeter for millimeter, it’s the most compact Note since the Note 2, and its display is actually a tenth of an inch smaller than the Note 9’s.

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The 6.3-inch Note 10 (left) is positively tiny compared to the 6.4-inch Note 9.

That makes the Note 10 feel less like the latest in the lineage of premium phablets and more like a Galaxy S phone that happens to have a stylus. That’s not a criticism, nor does the Note 10 feels cheap or even inferior. It just doesn’t feel like a Note. In fact, Samsung made its motivations clear during my briefing: This is the Note for people who’ve always wanted a Note, but have been put off by its size. It’s truly impressive that Samsung was able to pack such a large-screened and high-performing device into such a small package, but I don’t think long-time Note fans will appreciate the dip in screen size, even if it is just a tenth of an inch.

Other tweaks—like the relatively low-res HD screen and the lack of an MicroSD card slot, both nonstarters for Note die-hards—only drive home that notion further. For the first time, Samsung has made a Note that Note fans probably won’t want. 

The Note 10+, on the other hand, is every inch a phablet. Its screen is the biggest I’ve used in a Samsung phone (or in any phone for that matter), and it includes the high-end features that are missing from the smaller Note 10, mainly a Quad HD 1440p display. The difference between the two displays is obvious at even a first glance. Even after a short time with it, I have no qualms about declaring the Note 10+’s display as the best to ever grace a smartphone.

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The centered selfie cam hole is much less distracting on the Note 10.

Like on the S10, the Note 10+’s dynamic AMOLED display is a stunner. The Note 10’s design complements it even more, with barely any bezels and a more symmetrical camera cutout. It’s the closest I’ve gotten to holding a floating pane of touchscreen glass in my hand. That said, the Note 10 is still very much a Note, down to its trademark tight corners, flat edges, and shell colors, which of course includes the usual white, black, and blue. There’s also a new “Aura Glow” iridescent option that changes color based on how the light strikes it.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ review: If you have $1,100 to spend, this is the phone to buy

The Galaxy Note 10+ will be too expensive for some people. It’ll be too big for others. Some will balk at its lack of a headphone jack and a few might really want a dual selfie cam. For those people, there’s the Galaxy S10+, which is an excellent alternative that checks off all of the above boxes without sacrificing too much of what the Note 10+ brings.

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That’s a lot of screen.

But if the four drawbacks I list above aren’t an issue, the Galaxy Note 10+ should quickly become your favorite phone of all time. No matter what handset you’re upgrading from, the Note 10+ will be an improvement, likely a significant one. It’s not just the speed (though it’s basically the fastest phone ever made) or the display (which is pretty much flawless). From the bezels to the battery life, the Note 10+ is at the very top of its game, capping off Samsung’s strongest year in recent memory.

It’s so good, I’m not sure where Samsung goes from here. While previous Galaxy Note phones have left clear upgrade paths for future models, the Note 10+ clips every branch with a package that’s as stunning as it is expensive. As long as you can handle its massive size.

The closest yet to an small-screen design

The first thing you’ll notice about the Note+ is what it doesn’t have. Namely, bezels. Samsung has somehow trimmed the area above and below the display beyond even what the Galaxy S phones brought earlier this year, giving the Note 10+ a real full-screen feel. They bezels are so skinny, I didn’t even mind the extra millimeter of space on the bottom.

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The “hole-punch” selfie cam is much less offensive on the Note 10+ than it is on the S10+.

Without the Note 9’s bezel, which held the front camera, receiver/speaker, and various sensors, Samsung has gotten creative with the 10+. Like the S10, there’s a hole in the screen for the camera, but the centered circle is way easier on the eyes than the S10’s right-corner design. It’s still too low to center itself in the status bar, but most of the time, I barely noticed the camera on the Note 10+ (even without applying special gradient wallpaper).

The back of the Note 10+ repositions the camera array in the left corner—a first for the Note line—and introduces a new Aura Glow color that turns the back of your phone into a mirror prism. It’s a cool look when the light hits it just right, but it’ll pick up more fingerprints than a glass door in an elementary school after a Popsicle party.

Along with the camera, the left side of the phone is also where you’ll find the devices’s two lone buttons: the volume rocker and the power button. That gives the Note 10 the distinction of being one of the few smartphones that doesn’t have the power button on the right side, which will take some getting used to. Taking screenshots and turning off the screen will take some re-training of your muscle memory, but it’s a design decision most people should be OK with, especially since it means the elimination of the dedicated Bixby button. With its limited button array, Samsung offers a few options when you hold down the power button, which is what it should have done all along.

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The Note 10+’s Aura Glow color is simply stunning in the right light.

The other thing that you won’t find in the Note 10+ will be much more missed: the headphone jack. Samsung says it was eliminated to make the phone thinner, but I’m not sure the trade-off was worth it. Samsung’s phones were among the few holdouts that clung to the legacy jack, and if the only benefit is barely perceptible thinness, I don’t see the point. That said, the bundled AKG USB-C headphones are as good as the 3.5mm version.

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