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    Microsoft is Ending its Support for Adobe Flash Player and User's are Upset

    Microsoft is Ending its Support for Adobe Flash Player and User's are Upset

    Microsoft has been updating its browser with cool stuff aiding online work-from-home necessities. However, one update upsets its users of new Edge browsers since the company is pursuing the removal of Adobe Flash.

    It was in 2017 when Microsoft, along with Adobe, Apple, Facebook, Mozilla, and Google - planned that they would end the support for Flash by December 2020.

    Now, Microsoft has announced that the reported plan three years ago is in progress.

    “Microsoft is ending support for Adobe Flash Player on Microsoft Edge (both the new Microsoft Edge and Microsoft Edge Legacy) and Internet Explorer 11 at the end of 2020,” stated by the company on the Microsoft Edge blog.

    Moreover, the company has clarified that by January 2021 that it will be removing Flash from Chromium-based Edge. It will also cut updates for its Windows users concerning the Player.

    “After December 2020, you will no longer receive Security Update for Adobe Flash Player from Microsoft that applies to Microsoft Edge Legacy,” the company said.

    Microsoft also added that in January 2021, it would be disabling the Adobe Flash by default as well as blocked all versions of it. Furthermore, resources that are related to the software hosted on Microsoft websites will no longer be available.

    There will an update to be released that will permanently delete the software on Windows. Microsoft will be launching the update called “Update for Removal of Adobe Flash Player” to be accessed on Microsoft Update Catalog. Once available, users can download it manually in Autumn 2020.

    The update will run in early 2020 as optional on Windows Update and WSUS. However, Microsoft will mandate users to download the Flash removal update later on.

    “In the Summer of 2021, all the APIs, group policies, and user interfaces that specifically govern the behavior of Adobe Flash Player will be removed from Microsoft Edge (legacy) and Internet Explorer 11,” Microsoft added.

    “It will be via the latest ‘Cumulative Update’ on Windows 10 and via ‘Cumulative Update for Internet Explorer 11’ or ‘Monthly Rollup” on Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012 and Windows Embedded 8 Standard.”

     

    Australian Commission Sought to Examine Google and Apple Store Policies

    Australian Commission Sought to Examine Google and Apple Store Policies

    Controversies about the app store policies and regulations of Apple and Google have been the hot topics since last month. It started when Apple rejected some of the cloud gaming apps and services. Then, it gets bigger when the Fortnite app gets kicked out of the tech giants’ Stores.

    And now, it caught the attention of Australia’s competition watchdog and issued an inquiry about Apple and Google’s way of handling their app stores for iOS and Android devices.

    On Tuesday, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission announced that it would be asking for the cooperation of both marketplace owners concerning how they use and share their data.


    The commission is requesting an examination on Google and Apple's app store. It focuses on the linking of the products on their marketplace and its impact on competition between businesses. Moreover, ACCC will also be tapping on the collected fees and the transparency of the companies.

    One of the highlights of the inquiry is the issues regarding the complaint against the app stores. It also includes the controversial store policies of Google and Apple, taking 15% and 30% of each in-app transactions.

    Additionally, the commission also takes notes of the dispute between the developer of Fortnite, Epic Games, and Google and Apple.

    The Epic battle game was banned on both app stores after the developer tried to set aside the 30% charge policy and adding its own direct payment. Epic’s payment service omitted the fee and resulted in getting the issue into the court.

    Delia Rickard, deputy chair of ACCC, said that the growth of businesses is rapidly becoming engaged in apps.

    “We want to know more about the market for mobile apps in Australia, including how transparent and effective the market is, for consumers as well as those operating in the market,” said Rickard.

    “For app developers and suppliers, gaining a spot in one of the major app stores can result in significant sales, while failing to gain access can be a major setback. We are keen to provide greater transparency on how this process works.”


    Google has responded to this lightly, accepting the request for its cooperation. Its spokesman said that the company would participate with the ACCC, noting that it has been doing since the inquiry was released.

    “In the interest of transparency, we’ve been open to dozens of meetings on request and provided thousands of documents to assist in the process,” he said.

    Meanwhile, Apple has not yet issued any comment regarding the matter.

    According to The Guardian's, the submission of consumers and developers to the inquiry is by October 2. In addition, the report will be released in March 2021.

     

    TikTok has Warned Parents about a Suicide Video Circulating the Platform

    TikTok has Warned Parents about a Suicide Video Circulating the Platform

    TikTok is one of the well-known apps that surged amid pandemic to kill time and have fun. Teenagers and even adults are fond of those short-video contents and challenges posted on the app. However, nowadays, it is corrupted with undesirable and unsuitable content.

    Recently, TikTok has warned users, especially parents, to be aware of a suicide video circulating on the platform.

    The video contains footage of an American man committing suicide during a Facebook live stream. It has been uploaded on several media platforms, including the video-sharing app.

    According to reports, the video clip has been embedded in a clip and sometimes inserted in other videos.

    TikTok took necessary action through detecting and flagging the clips. The videos have violated its community guidelines leading the company to remove it on the platform. Furthermore, accounts that have been re-uploading the videos were also banned.

    “We’re aware that clips of a suicide that was live-streamed on Facebook have recently circulated on other platforms, including TikTok,” the company tweeted on Monday.

    “We’re removing content & banning accounts that repeatedly try to upload clips, and we appreciate community members who’ve reported content & warned others against watching, engaging, or sharing such videos on any platform out of respect for the individual & their loved ones."

    Parents are advised by experts to refrain their children from using the app until all the videos are deleted.

    Fortunately, TikTok has previously launched a feature where parents could take control of the accounts of their kids. It is called the TikTok Family Pairing, where parents can connect their accounts with their young ones for monitoring. It keeps the kids safe from terrifying and disruptive content like the suicide clip.

    The accounts of parents will have a QR code for the young ones to scan whenever they need to use the app or toggle some settings. They could set up Restricted Mode to filter contents and videos that are not suitable for their kids. Moreover, they can limit the time their kids spend using the app through the Screen Time Management tool.


    Additionally, there is another useful option for parents to restrict those who can direct message with their young ones on TikTok. They could prevent unknown people from sending inappropriate photos or videos or toggle off the messaging altogether to protect their kids from perpetrators.

    Furthermore, the short video app rolled out an automatic disabling of direct messages to users under the age of 16.

     

    Uber to Bring Autonomous Vehicles To U.S. by Partnering with Yandex Self-Driving Group

    Uber to Bring Autonomous Vehicles To U.S. by Partnering with Yandex Self-Driving Group

    Autonomous Vehicles has been one of the biggest goals of companies since AI came into the picture. Even though a lot of companies are losing patience in making one on the road, other companies such as Google, Ford, and this time Yandex and Uber are getting really serious about it.

    Yandex, the multinational Russian company, is teaming up with Uber again to take off its self-driving car on the U.S. road. Yandex NV will have more control over its joint venture into a separate company with Uber.

    The largest internet company in Russia stated on Friday that it is investing $150 million to Yandex Self-Driving Group BV. As a result, it will be having a new unit division for self-driving led by Dmitry Polishchuk and the CEO of the new division.

    Yandex will also acquire part of Uber’s stake giving the Russian company a 73% ownership of the division and 19% for Uber. And the remaining will be reserved for the management unit.

    In a separate statement, Yandex said that its car-sharing business is contributing to JV known as MLU BV, which will include ride-hailing and food delivery. Uber now has a 33.5% MLU stake comparing to it 37% as of June 30.

    In this case, the internet company of Russia will have the upper hand to navigate the business. It will also have the advantage of developing the self-driving car freely.

    It was in 2017 when Yandex entered in the world of the self-driving business, which leads it to operate 130 autonomous car. Its self-driving vehicles have been tested on the roads of Russia, Israel, and the U.S., traveling four million miles.

    “We firmly believe in the future of autonomous mobility as a safe and cost-effective form of transportation with a vast addressable market. The additional capital that we are investing in SDG will allow it to continue to pursue the R&D and productization of autonomous mobility,” said Arkady Volozh, Yandex CEO.

     

    Microsoft Edge 86 Upcoming Features to Challenge Chrome

    Microsoft Edge 86 Upcoming Features to Challenge Chrome

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    One of the struggles of working from home is having to look for a software that could aid most of the work-from-home necessities. One of these necessary tools is an advanced browser that has been the focus of big companies competing in the market.

    Google Chrome has been the top choice of workers online, but Microsoft’s Edge browser is coming in on the second and could possibly dethrone Chrome with its excellent features.

    Microsoft has a lot been going on, especially updating its apps and software. Last time, the company added a transcription and dictation tool for its Word on Web and mobile app, and now, it is working on its browser updates.

    Web Capture

    Sometimes, it is frustrating when you want to take a screenshot of the web page, and you remember that you’re not using a smartphone or tablet where you can snap a photo of the web easily. Luckily, a new update was spotted by Windows Latest in the Edge Canary developer build that allows users to take capture the screen of a webpage. Based on the update, users can “Web Capture” in full or cropped or even preview or set it aside on the clipboard.

    According to Windows Latest, if you choose to preview the photo captured, you can either share or save it. In addition, it could also have a function where you could draw on the screenshot and share it online.

     

    Edge 86 Upcoming Features

    When working online, it doesn’t assure you to have a safe environment to work. So, the best possible thing to do is to look forward to security updates like the update coming into Edge 86.

    In the next few weeks, Microsoft will give Edge password monitor new alerts if unusual logins are detected. Moreover, policy improvements will be added concerning industries using Edge for various applications and users.

    Latest Updates

    One of the latest updates that Microsoft rolled out last week is the tools and features that aid the work-from-home necessities, including Edge collections to One Note, Word and Excel syncing. It also includes a Read Aloud feature for PDF’s and more.