Google Drive for desktop gets new recovery tool to restore missing files

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  • Google has updated Drive for desktop with a new recovery tool to restore missing files.
  • The update comes after users reported lost Google Drive files owing to a bug in November.

Google Drive users lost files randomly due to a bug back in November. According to Google, the issue affected a limited subset of Google Drive desktop app users. If you were one of the affected users, Google now has a way to recover your missing Drive files.

The company has updated a support document with instructions to recover lost files. While the issue is now fixed, Google recommends updating to the latest version of the Drive for desktop app on Windows or macOS — version or higher.

Once you have the latest version of Drive for desktop, you can run the recovery tool as mentioned in the steps below. Google notes that this method does not guarantee you’ll get your missing files back. Only if the recovery tool can find a backup will you have a chance of restoring your lost files. You can also recover missing Drive files using the command line interface on your PC. Here’s how both methods work.

Recover missing Google Drive files using the recovery tool

  • Update Drive for desktop  to version or higher
  • Click the Drive for desktop icon in the menu bar or system tray.
  • Press and hold the Shift key and click Settings.
  • Click Recover from backups.

Once the recovery process starts, you’ll see one of the following notifications — “recovery has started” or “No backups found.” If there was a backup, you should get a “recovery is complete” prompt after some time. If the process fails, you may have to free up some disk space and rerun the recovery tool.

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ChatGPT Android App Review | A decent upgrade from desktop

ChatGPT came to Android users in India in July  [File]

ChatGPT came to Android users in India in July  [File]
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ChatGPT came to Android users in India in July after OpenAI made the app version of the viral chatbot available to people in more countries. We tried out the app to see if it has improved on the desktop experience.

Design and User Interface

The ChatGPT app brings the chatbot to Android smartphones with a clean chat-based interface and both light and dark modes. The overall operation remains the same: type in your query and wait for an answer to be generated.

The ChatGPT app comes with a microphone icon for voice typing. A side menu allows you to switch between modes, view or change the privacy settings, turn haptic feedback on or off, view your chat history, and select the primary language for voice typing.

With a long press, users may copy text, select it from a new screen, mark responses as good or bad, or regenerate responses.

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According to the Google Play Store, the ChatGPT app for Android does not share data with third parties, but collects data such as users’ location, personal information, messages, app activity, and app info/performance. Data is encrypted in transit and users may request data deletion.

The chat history is synced across devices so users can refer to old conversations and continue from where they left off on desktop.

Screenshot of a ChatGPT app interaction

Screenshot of a ChatGPT app interaction
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ChatGPT for Android

User Experience

While the desktop version of ChatGPT saw the answers generated word-by-word, the app is faster and entire paragraphs are quickly generated. However, the app uses strong and ultra-fast haptic feedback for every generated word, which makes the device vibrate. This is uncomfortable

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Responding to Google Messages texts now takes one less step on your desktop

Google updated the Messages app last year with an inline reply feature for responding directly to a specific message in a conversation. However, it requires users to have RCS enabled as part of Google’s effort to convince carriers and developers to make RCS the standard messaging method despite existing compatibility issues with iOS devices. Direct reply is perhaps one of the most useful features to arrive on Google Messages’ Android app in recent times, and it has finally landed on the web.

Messages’ web version now allows users to quote a certain message when replying to it, like many of the top messaging apps such as Facebook Messenger and Slack. The folks at 9to5Google first spotted the change, and Android Police can confirm that it is now available to a large number of users.

Google Messages' new in-line reply feature

This comes in handy if you want to keep track of long conversations and provide context when sending a message. To use the inline reply feature, simply hover over the message you want to reply to and click the reply button that sits between the reaction picker and three-dot menu. You can then type your reply in the text box that shows up, with the quoted text appearing right above it. When you’re finished, click the send button.

Prior to this change, users could only see the options to copy text or delete a message when hovering over an RCS chat on the web. This is a long-awaited capability that many Messages users on the desktop web client have long envied, and it’s unclear why it took the feature quite a while to make its way to the web client.

There’s a catch, though. Like its Android version, this capability is only available in chats where you’ve enabled RCS. For SMS and MMS threads, you’ll only

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Google Chrome on desktop could be taking some style notes from Edge

Gone are the days when computers mandated the use of a mouse and keyboard. Today, many of our favorite Chromebooks are convertible 2-in-1 notebooks with fold-flat hinges and touchscreen support. Many desktop operating systems like Windows 11 also offer touchscreen-friendly display settings with larger menu items and convenient touch targets. Google appears to have the same idea for menu items in everyone’s favorite browser, Chrome, and its big upcoming refresh on desktop.


Google’s 2023 refresh for Chrome is supposed to be all hush-hush, but feature researchers like Leopeva64 regularly dig up interesting additions coming our way with this. Now, the researcher has found that enabling the flag for the 2023 refresh in Chrome Canary for desktop (v114) changes the vertical padding for items in the overflow menu. The larger padding creates a more spaced-out menu with bigger gaps between consecutive entries and the menu separators, much like on Microsoft Edge. The change is also evident in other sub-menus. The Find and Edit options in the menu have been combined, and a few others have been re-sequenced as well. The resulting interface appears touch-friendly too.


Increased spacing in the overflow menu

Interestingly, the researcher couldn’t find mentions of padding or margins in the Chromium Gerrit for this change, suggesting those could be a bug. Meanwhile, the re-sequencing and combination of overflow menu items seems deliberate.

Other elements of the 2023 refresh, like the overflow menu icons, are also seen after enabling the Chrome flag. If this change isn’t accidental, we would be happy to see Chrome become easier to use on touchscreen computers without enabling specialized settings. The change could match previous changes like the taller address bar/Omnibox, and help Chrome keep pace from Microsoft Edge which has an icon-heavy interface,

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