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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.”

     

    Microsoft Edge 86 Upcoming Features to Challenge Chrome

    Microsoft Edge 86 Upcoming Features to Challenge Chrome

    Image courtesy: Microsoft

    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.

     

    Twitter is Rolling Out Feature to Explain Trending Topics with a Description and Pinned Tweets

    Twitter is Rolling Out Feature to Explain Trending Topics with a Description and Pinned Tweets

    Are you one of those Twitter users who got confused about why those hashtags and topics are trending? Well, you are not alone as the social media platform recorded half a million people who asked the same question.

    Recently, Twitter finally acknowledged the confusion of more than 500,000 people. It added a short description and pinned tweets to explain why those topics are popular. In its blog post, the company said that the inclusion of pinned tweets will start as soon as possible on Android and iOS devices. Twitter wrote that the description of hot topics is rolling out in the coming weeks.

    In 2019, more than 500,000 people tweeted, “why is this trending?” you are probably one of those thousands. So, Twitter said that the feature is designed to let its users understand and help them be updated on why specific topics are on top of the list.

    In utilizing the pinned tweets and description it will be powered by both human curation and algorithms. The algorithms will filter abusive and spammy tweets to be on the pinned tweets. On the other hand, humans will fully navigate the generation of descriptions. 

    According to the company, the description feature for its trending topics will be coming to the United States, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, Spain, and Saudi Arabia. It will be available as well in New Zealand, Japan, Mexico, India, Ireland, Colombia, Egypt, Brazil, Australia, Canada, and Argentina.

    The social media app decided to combine algorithms and human intervention because sometimes the trending topics are usually subjected to misinformation. Twitter was even criticized for helping spread fake and offensive news or issues. So, it must be filtered not only by robots but also by real humans.

    Twitter is not the only one that is struggling with the trending topics because, in 2018, Facebook removed its section for trending news. Similar to Twitter, Facebook has faced criticism of being subjected to manipulating and spreading fake stories. So, to address the issue, Facebook has decided to roll out a news tab that is navigated by humans rather than robots.

     

    Google and Apple Deploys Digital Contact Tracing to Help Public Health Authorities

    Google and Apple Deploys Digital Contact Tracing to Help Public Health Authorities

    The continuous surge of the COVID-19 disease has made it harder for States to trace those who had close contact with persons carrying the virus. Thankfully, we are in an era where technologies are advancing real fast.

    Two of the tech giants have come up on Tuesday, a new technology that sends alerts to people who may have had close contact with a carrier.

    It was in April when Google and Apple were reported to be rolling out a technology that detects nearby devices through Bluetooth signals. Smartphones will be able to send alerts to users whenever they had contact with a carrier using the signal.

    Users will have an option to download the app and participate to use the new tool. If a user was tested positive of the virus, the person could enter the positive result on the system. Then, an individual authentication code will be sent to the user.

    If those who are positive opted in, when people who are registered in the system went near the COVID-19 carrier, the technology will send alerts to the phone owners.

    Google and Apple addressed the innovation as a “next step in our work with public health authorities. The tech giants' added that the technology would help "supplement their existing contact tracing operations with technology without compromising on the project’s core tenets to user privacy and security.”

    People who opt in to use the said tool need not worry about their privacy. The technology will not be tracking its users’ locations or collect personal health information. The tech giants emphasize that the “exposure notification express” is designed to protect users’ privacy and security.

    Google and Apple announced that the digital tracking system will be rolling out in partnership and collaboration with public health workers and several states. According to the tech giants, countries like Virginia, Maryland, Washington D.C., Nevada, and 25 other countries are looking to utilize the technology.

    In European countries such as Germany, Ireland, and Denmark, they have already launched apps that use the technology, attracting millions of people to download the apps.

    The technology will be available as soon as the public-health authorities provide parameters to Google and Apple. The notification will be based on the distance needed to toggle the alerts given by the authorities. Afterwhich the companies will then build an app using the system.

    Although the innovation is notable and a great tool to fight against the pandemic, there are still doubts from security researchers. Some of the experts are saying that the feature could be used for false alerts.

    The deployment of the “exposure notification express” worries Ashkan Soltani, a security researcher. He said that he “continues to worry about rapidly deploying new technology to nearly everyone’s device. "

    "especially when the decision to do so isn’t done by policymakers but unilaterally by those platforms," Soltani added.