Google+ to close down earlier than planned after another data leak is discovered

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We already knew that Google+ is closing down, but following the discovery of a second data leak, Google has announced that it is bringing the closure forward. The company has revealed that a bug in the Google+ API exposed the data of 52.5 million users, and as a result it is expediting the shutdown. Previously due to close in August 2019, Google+ will now be killed off in April 2019. See also: After failing to disclose user data leaks, Google is shutting down Google+ and improving APIs Google to kill off Allo as the company streamlines messaging in its own… …Continue reading on BetaNews

Microsoft confirms you will be able to use Chrome extensions in Edge

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The news that Microsoft is going to create a Chromium-based version of its Edge browser has been met with a mixed reaction, but there is some good news for users. The company has confirmed that the adoption of Chromium means that Edge will support Chrome extensions. Microsoft Edge has been much maligned for its lack of features when compared to Firefox, Chrome and Opera, and the number of extensions currently supported by the browser is laughably small. For this reason, the confirmation that Chrome extensions will be supported will be warmly welcomed by users. See also: You may be happy… …Continue reading on BetaNews

Microsoft says it is time for government regulation of facial recognition

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Facial recognition is becoming more widely used in both general computing and in the wider world. Smartphones and computers can be unlocked with your face, but the technology is also used for security and policing purposes. While most uses are legitimate and helpful, there is scope for abuse. Microsoft thinks it is time for regulation to help avoid this. The company is calling on government around the world to introduce new laws, but also on the technology industry to introduce safeguards to protect against abuse and bias. See also: You may be happy about Microsoft’s adoption of Chromium, but Mozilla… …Continue reading on BetaNews

You may be happy about Microsoft’s adoption of Chromium, but Mozilla thinks it is bad for competition

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After the rumors, confirmation came from Microsoft that it plans to move its Edge browser from the EdgeHTML engine to Chromium. Reaction from users has been largely positive, but it’s not the same story across the technology industry as a whole. While Google is understandably happy about the change, the CEO of Mozilla, Chris Beard, says it is bad for competition and will help to make Google even more powerful. See also: Microsoft confirms plans to use open source Chromium to develop Edge Hate Edge? Microsoft may be ready to move on to a Chromium-based browser Arrests made in Indian… …Continue reading on BetaNews

Microsoft confirms plans to use open source Chromium to develop Edge

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Just a couple of days ago, news crept out about Microsoft’s project Anaheim — a Chromium-based web browser said to be a replacement for Microsoft Edge. This understandably generated a great deal of interest… So much, in fact, that Microsoft has been compelled to speak out and confirm what its plans are. Microsoft says that it is not building a replacement for Edge, but confirms that it will be embracing Chromium in the development of the browser. It is part of the company’s increasing involvement in the open source community, and is driven by a desire to improve web compatibility… …Continue reading on BetaNews

Google to kill off Allo as the company streamlines messaging in its own unique way

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There has been a great deal of speculation recently about what Google’s plans are for dealing with its plethora of messaging tools. There had been suggestions that Hangouts could be for the chop, but now Google has spoken out to say that this is not — quite — the case, and in fact it is Allo that will be shuttered. The closure of Allo will come just two-and-a-half years since it first appeared. Google says that it has learned a lot from releasing Allo, and plans to bring the best of its features to the Messages app. In a blog… …Continue reading on BetaNews

Windows Lite, anyone? Microsoft said to be working on yet another cut-down version of Windows

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Microsoft has already had a stab at a cut-down version of its famous operating system in the form of Windows RT and Windows 10 S… and it seems that the company is looking to have a third try. References have been spotted in the code of Windows 10 to “PRODUCT_LITE” — apparently a reference to a new version of its OS called either Windows Lite, or just Lite. While Microsoft has not confirmed anything or made any official announcements, there are numerous references to Lite in recent Insider builds of Windows, as well as in the SDK for the OS.… …Continue reading on BetaNews

Privacy-focused DuckDuckGo finds Google personalizes search results even for logged out and incognito users

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You might well expect that if you perform a Google search while signed into your Google account that the results will be tailored according to what that company has learned about you over the years. But what about when you’re not signed into your account? A study carried out by the privacy-centric search engine DuckDuckGo yielded some slightly surprising results. In tests earlier in the year, it was found that even when people searched without logging into a Google account — or when they used private browsing mode — “most participants saw results unique to them”, suggesting there was …Continue reading on BetaNews

These are the best apps, games, music, movies and more of 2018… according to Apple

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The end of the year approaches and so the “best of” lists start to emerge. Jumping on the bandwagon is Apple, providing us with a lengthy list of the best apps, games, music, podcasts, TV shows, and just about everything else digital you can think of. The charts have not been compiled by simply calculating which apps have proved most popular with user. Apple describes it as “an invariable list of the who’s who and what’s what from the past year” which is a combination of both “top charts and selects from our editors”. Are your favorites featured? The look-back… …Continue reading on BetaNews

Hate Edge? Microsoft may be ready to move on to a Chromium-based browser

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If Microsoft isn’t careful, it is going to start getting through web browsers faster than Google gets through messaging tools. Having moved on from Internet Explorer to Edge, the company is now said to be looking to transition to a Chromium-based browser for Windows 10. It’s fair to say that Edge hasn’t won itself too many fans since it first appeared three years ago, so the suggestion that Microsoft may ditch EdgeHTML in favour of a browser based on Chromium is likely to be widely welcomed. Said to be codenamed Anaheim, the news Microsoft has a new rendering engine on… …Continue reading on BetaNews

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