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  1. Android 12 Beta 3 brings face detection to auto-rotate, scrolling screenshots, and more Google announced Android 12 during its I/O conference in May, unveiling a major UI refresh called Material You, along with other improvements such as privacy-focused enhancements, and more. The firm has since released two betas, with the second beta bringing the adaptive accent colors shown off during the conference. Today, the firm is rolling out Android 12 Beta 3 that brings with it a few new features such as scrolling screenshots, auto-rotate improvements, and more. Native support for scrolling screenshots has been a long-awaited feature in Android. While the search giant aimed to add it to Android 11, it decided against introducing the feature due to the experience being sub-optimal. Now, the feature is being added to Android 12 and it works as you'd expect. A new ‘Capture more’ button allows users to “extend” the screenshot, with the ability to also crop the image. The company adds that it is introducing a new ScrollCaptureAPI for “apps and UI toolkits that are not using View-based UI or that use highly customized UI”. It adds that with Beta 4, it will be making more improvements to the feature, adding support for scrolling ListViews. Another significant improvement made with Beta 3 includes improvements to auto-rotate. The feature now supports face detection, meaning the system can tell how the phone is oriented with respect to the users’ faces, allowing for reliable auto-rotation, without having to force the users to lock the orientation of the device. Some use cases that the firm lists include lying down on a couch or in bed, where users might want the display to remain in portrait mode. For those curious, the company notes that the feature “lives within [their] recently announced Private Compute Core, so images are never stored or sent off the device.” Currently, the feature will be available for users running Beta 3 on the Pixel 4 or newer phones. Beta 3 also brings improvements to search, thanks to a new “high-performance on-device search engine” called AppSearch. This allows apps to improve indexing structured data better, allowing for quicker results and more. You can read more about the AppSearch package here. Other improvements being made with the third beta release include the ability for developers to tweak the position of the privacy indicators using the Privacy indicator APIs. This helps avoid the indicators from overlapping the content on the screen. The Camera and Microphone toggles can now be configured by enterprises depending on any specific requirements. There are also improvements for gaming, thanks to the GameMode APIs that help balance the performance of the device. Additionally, “play as you download”, as the name suggests, lets bits of a game be downloaded in the background during installation, letting users get to larger games quicker. Lastly, the firm says that Beta 3 contains the final APIs that will ship with Android 12, with Beta 4 being one that will attain platform stability, meaning that all user-facing behavior will be finalized. You can head to the release notes and the linked documents to read through the entire changelog for Beta 3 here. Android 12 Beta 3 brings face detection to auto-rotate, scrolling screenshots, and more
  2. Edge Beta 92 now available for Android Some weeks after releasing the Edge Canary and Edge Dev builds, Microsoft has now released an update to the Beta channel for their new Edge browser to the Google Play Store. The Edge Beta channel browser is now built on Chromium 92, and should be a more stable version of the browser than the Canary and Dev versions, being updated only every 4 weeks. Microsoft hopes to keep the mobile browsers in lockstep with the desktop counterpart and keep all their versions, including Windows, Mac, and Android in sync with a common code base. The current version of the browser is 92.0.902.12, and the new Edge Beta browser can be found in the Google Play Store here. Microsoft Edge Beta Developer: Microsoft Corporation Price: Free via Alumia Edge Beta 92 now available for Android
  3. MediaMonkey is a music manager and media jukebox for serious music collectors and iPod users. It catalogs your CDs, OGG, WMA, MPC, FLAC, APE, WAV and MP3 audio files. It looks up missing Album Art and track information via Freedb and the web, and includes an intelligent tag editor and an automated file and directory renamer to organize your music library. Its player automatically adjusts volume levels so that you don’t have continually fiddle with the volume control and supports hundreds of Winamp plug-ins and visualizations; or if you prefer, it can use Winamp as the default player. MediaMonkey includes a CD ripper, CD/DVD Burner, and audio converter for saving music, and manual or automated playlist editors for creating music mixes. It also includes portable audio device synchronization that allows you to synch tracks and play lists with devices such as the iPod and other portable audio devices. Gold FEATURES: - Find music with advanced search functionality that digs through your collection to find tracks according to almost any criteria that you can think of. Search for Composer, Year, Beats per minute; find Lyrics, etc. and stop pulling your hair out trying to find music you know you have. - Customize your library by setting filters to display only Artists or Albums that match criteria that you set. For example, set a filter that causes Artists to appear in the tree only if they contain Albums that are currently available, and are of any genre other than 'Children'. - Encode unlimited MP3s without having to manually install a new MP3 encoder (the free version of MediaMonkey includes a time-limited LAME MP3 encoder. If you're so inclined, you can manually replace it with the free LAME encoder, or you can just upgrade to MediaMonkey Gold). - Catalog your physical CDs and use the Virtual CD feature to keep track of what CDs you own and at the same time see which subset of tracks from those CDs are copied to your hard drive. Instead of tracking your CDs and tracks separately, the virtual CD function gives you an integrated view... - Import and save audio tracks from Audio CDs and MP3 CDs with unprecedented flexibility using the Virtual CD. It allows you to sample tracks from various sources, select which ones you want to import, and then import and save the files in a single operation. - Create Previews, short samples of audio tracks, that you can use when trying to decide which audio files you want to add to your collection. - Use a Sleep Timer to play your music, gradually fade it over a set period of time, and then turn off your PC - perfect for listening to tunes before you go to sleep. - Burn CDs at the maximum speed permitted by your hardware. All MediaMonkey Gold Features: - Audio / Music Manager - Media Player (play MP3, OGG, WMA etc.) - Equalizer / DSP Effects / Volume Leveler - Party Mode & Auto-DJ - CD Ripper: Encode MP3, OGG, WMA, FLAC - Audio Converter - Auto Renamer / File Organizer - Auto Tag Editor with Album Art Lookup - Find Duplicate Tracks and Missing Tags - Playlist Manager (auto music mixes) - Generate reports and statistics - Customization via scripts - iPod and MP3 Player Synchronization - Integrated CD/DVD Burner (Audio & Data) (up to 48x) (up to 4x) - File Monitor (automatically updates library) - Advanced Searches and AutoPlaylists - Advanced Portable Device Synchronization with on-the-fly format conversion - Unlimited MP3 encoding - Virtual CD / Previews - Advanced Filters - Sleep Timer Home: https://www.mediamonkey.com/ Changelog: https://www.ventismedia.com/mantis/view_all_bug_page.php?filter=5ed8d92f5bd6b Downloads: Installer - Debug: https://www.mediamonkey.com/beta/MediaMonkey_5.0.1.2419_Debug.exe Installer - Regular: https://www.mediamonkey.com/beta/MediaMonkey_5.0.1.2419.exe Fix - AMPED: Site: https://www.mirrored.to Sharecode: /files/APCQXTTZ/MediaMonkey.Keygen-AMPED.7z_links
  4. Linux Mint 20.2 beta ISOs are now ready for download Earlier this week, Neowin reported that the Linux Mint 20.2 beta ISOs were undergoing final testing before being made available. Today, you can now download Linux Mint 20.2 beta from a choice of the Cinnamon, MATE, or Xfce editions. One of the main updates in Linux Mint 20.2 is to the Update Manager and the way it handles and alerts users to updates. On Linux Mint systems, all of the installed software, including apps, are updated centrally in the Update Manager. To bring more centralisation to the system, Cinnamon spices (add-ons in Cinnamon) are now visible in the Update Manager whenever there’s an update for them. Another issue with the Update Manager is that, by default, the user needs to apply updates manually but not everybody does. To remedy this, infrequent notifications will be displayed to users to let them know that there are available updates. The people that see these notifications will likely not be the type of people who keep their system up to date so they are offered the option to enable automatic updates so they’re never bothered by them again. Doing things this way gives users a choice over whether updates should be forced on users. There are a few new app additions in this update. The first is a new XApp called Buiky which allows you to bulk rename files on your system. Bulky is not included in the Xfce edition because the Thunar file manager already has this feature baked in. The other new app is Sticky Notes which replaces GNote as the default app for taking notes. Sticky Notes is built using GTK3, supports HiDPI, and integrates well with the desktop environment so it should be nice to use. Included in the release notes is also a mention of an unofficial Warpinator app for Android. Warpinator is a tool that Linux Mint developed a little while ago that allows you to send files between Linux Mint machines on your local network. With the Warpinator Android app, you’ll be able to easily send files to and from your mobile devices. Finally, the Cinnamon edition ships with Cinnamon 5.0 which includes a new content search feature. It also comes with fixes for several memory leaks which should improve its performance. A slightly unusual change coming with Cinnamon 5.0 is the ability to limit the total amount of RAM Cinnamon can use. If the limit is reached, Cinnamon will restart itself but you won’t lose your session or windows. When the limit is reached, Cinnamon becomes unresponsive for a second while performing an internal reboot. In the Linux Mint world, beta testing usually runs for a couple of weeks before the stable release is made available. Upgrading from Linux Mint 20 and 21 will be made available a little bit after the stable release is made available. The upgrade should be available via the Update Manager and should be painless. Linux Mint 20.2 beta ISOs are now ready for download
  5. vissha

    Windscribe 2.03.3 Beta

    Windscribe is a VPN desktop application and VPN/proxy browser extension that work together to block ads, trackers, restore access to blocked content and help you safeguard your privacy online. Features: Stop tracking and browse privately Governments block content based on your location. Corporations track and sell your personal data. Add Windscribe VPN to your browser and take back control of your privacy. Unlock geo-restricted content Windscribe VPN masks your IP address. This gives you unrestricted and private access to entertainment, news sites, and blocked content in over 30 different countries. Stop leaking personal information Prevent hackers from stealing your data while you use public WiFi, and block annoying advertisers from stalking you online. Just a VPN will not protect you from this. Share Privacy with Others Use Secure.link next time you send anyone a link to anything and show how much tracking is actually happening on most websites. We delete everything our privacy is a right. We don’t track you. We don’t keep logs. Go beyond basic VPN protection For comprehensive privacy protection, use our desktop VPN and browser combo (they’re both free). Extra Layer of Security Using a Windscribe will give you an additional layer of security. Savvy Internet users and newbies alike are switching to Windscribe VPN for Windows, making it one of the fastest growing Internet security companies. Tech sites recommend Windscribe for windows for all sorts of reasons, but mainly: To buy securely without giving away your location Stay safe on public networks To keep all your data, video calls, search histories, and financial data private To transfer files without worrying about someone watching (like your ISP) Bypass Censorship Windscribe VPN for Windows provides unlimited access to a truly open, free Internet. Our strong encryption offers privacy and security, so you can navigate around censorship restrictions and unlock regional content. Firewalls are erected to block users from accessing certain websites in some countries, workplace and even schools. Some websites like Netflix block access to premium content for countries other than the US. With Windscribe VPN for Windows, you can bypass this firewalls and restriction quickly and easily. If you find yourself in locations that don't allow you to access your favorite websites, you can use Windscribe VPN for Windows to bypass any location-based filter to gain uncensored access to content you want. Fast and Secure Internet Access Besides hiding your IP and mixing your traffic with that of other users, Windscribe VPN for Windows also encrypt your traffic between secured Windscribe VPN servers and your Windows computers to make your personal information inaccessible to third party agents like hackers, ISPs and 3 government agencies. We are continuously optimizing our networks to provide unlimited bandwidth and speed so you can stream you favorite movies and TV shows in high definition even while connected to Windscribe VPN. Changelog: Win - Beta: v2.03.3 - Added custom DNS server support - Added meme support and ability to upload custom background images - Added ability to blur IP via double click - Added subtle shadows to main screen assets - Fixed crash when hiding main windows when log viewer dialog is opened - Fixed installer error if firewall is ON while disconnected Mac - Beta: v2.03.3 - Added custom DNS server support - Added meme support and ability to upload custom background images - Added ability to blur IP via double click - Added subtle shadows to main screen assets - Fixed crash when hiding main windows when log viewer dialog is opened - Fixed installer error if firewall is ON while disconnected - Fixed crash on OS X Sierra (10.12) Home: https://windscribe.com/ Setup Guides: https://windscribe.com/guides Features: https://windscribe.com/features Changelog - Win: https://windscribe.com/changelog/windows Changelog - Linux: https://windscribe.com/changelog/linux Changelog - Mac: https://windscribe.com/changelog/mac Changelog - All: https://windscribe.com/changelog Download Page: https://windscribe.com/download Downloads: Win - Win 7, 8, 10: Latest Beta: https://assets.totallyacdn.com/desktop/beta/Windscribe_2_03_build3_beta.exe Latest Stable: https://assets.totallyacdn.com/desktop/win/Windscribe.exe Legacy: https://assets.totallyacdn.com/desktop/win/Windscribe-legacy.exe Mac - MacOS 10.12+: Latest Beta: https://assets.totallyacdn.com/desktop/beta/Windscribe_2_03_build3_beta.dmg Latest Stable: https://assets.totallyacdn.com/desktop/mac/Windscribe.dmg Legacy: https://assets.totallyacdn.com/desktop/mac/Windscribe-legacy.dmg Linux: https://windscribe.com/guides/linux Windscribe for Your Phone iOS - iOS 10+ Android Android 4.2.2+ Direct APK Windscribe for Your Browser Google Chrome Chrome 39+ Firefox Firefox 57+ Opera Opera 37+ MS Edge 79+ Windscribe for Your TV Amazon FireTV Gen 2+ Nvidia Shield KODI Windscribe for Your Router DD-WRT DD-WRT Tutorial Tomato Tomato Tutorial Buy Pre-configured Just do it for me Config Generators OpenVPN Generate OpenVPN Configs IKEv2 Generate Ikev2 Configs SOCKS5 Generate SOCKS5 Configs WireGuard Generate WireGuard Configs
  6. Hi all, We're glad to announce that we've just released AVAST 2014 BETA3 (build number 9.0.2002). Many thanks for all comments you provided on the avast forum and feedback.avast.com from the first&second beta! We've fixed many problems, here is the list of the most important ones: - FW sometimes blocked downloading of files - WebShield is now fully IPv6 compatible - ARA was not fully compatible with previous versions of avast! - UI statistics page was redesigned - Disabling of the Web Shield is now working fine - RescueDisk tuning (GUI & usability) - GUI glitches - Network protection component tuning & compatibility (Win8 ) - no more Tdi technology - Windows 8.1 compatibility - Smooth updates of VPS & program - Updated the SafeZone browser Download locations Free: http://files.avast.com/beta9x/avast_free_antivirus_setup.exe Pro: http://files.avast.com/beta9x/avast_pro_antivirus_setup.exe Internet Security http://files.avast.com/beta9x/avast_internet_security_setup.exe Premier : http://files.avast.com/beta9x/avast_premier_antivirus_setup.exe Online installer - Download locations Free : http://files.avast.com/beta9x/avast_free_antivirus_setup_online.exe Pro : http://files.avast.com/beta9x/avast_pro_antivirus_setup_online.exe Internet Security : http://files.avast.com/beta9x/avast_internet_security_setup_online.exe Premier : http://files.avast.com/beta9x/avast_premier_antivirus_setup_online.exe avast! cleaner: http://files.avast.com/beta9x/avastclear.exe Known issues - IE can crash sometimes (we are checking that) - avast! online security IE plugin still not ready It should be possible to install this version on top of your existing avast! installation (all settings should be preserved). Also, please try to update through UI (using the in-program updater). If you notice anything unusual related to the installation, networking, please let us know. Network component (including FW) and setup component have been redesigned, so any negative signs should be checked. Thanks in advance! Any feedback is appreciated! https://feedback.avast.com/response/add Official topic Screenshot:
  7. Hands-on with the iPadOS 14 developer beta Last year, Apple introduced iPadOS as a way to demonstrate that the operating system for iPhones and the one for iPads are not the same. There was one issue though, which was that they actually were the same. iPadOS 13 was still very much iOS 13, but with some extra tablet-centric features. The company announced iPadOS 14 this week at WWDC, and this is where we can see iOS and iPadOS drift apart a bit more. In fact, the UI changes coming in iOS 14 aren't coming to iPadOS. That includes widgets on the home screen and the new App Library. Presumably, this is because iPads have their own widget space on the home screen, and the dock is bigger. At the same time, we're starting to see some of the design elements that were introduced in macOS Big Sur. Indeed, iPadOS is beginning to become a cross between iOS and macOS. The release notes for iOS and iPadOS are still the same, but that will probably change at some point. Other than that, iPadOS 14 is very much focused on handwriting recognition. You can now use the Apple Pencil to write in any text field, and it will automatically be converted to typed text. In fact, Apple's goal is to make using the Pencil as easy as using a keyboard, adding gestures for erasing text, inserting space between text, and more. Check out the hands-on video below: Hands-on with the iPadOS 14 developer beta
  8. Google releases Android 11 Beta 1.5 to fix some issues Last week, Google finally released the first Android 11 beta build, following a long period of testing developer previews. Android 11 includes a handful of new features focused on privacy, as well as more visible changes such as the Bubbles API. We've compiled some of the best changes in this release, if you're interested. Being that it's a beta release, it naturally came with a few issues, some that were known and some that weren't. Today, the company has released Android 11 Beta 1.5 with a focus on fixes. There are no new features you should expect in this release, but there some major fixes, including for some crashes that forced devices to reboot. Here's what's been fixed: General Devices no longer crash (reboot) while using gesture navigation to switch apps in different orientations while rotating the device at the same time. On Pixel 3 and 3a, users setting up devices after reset can now activate a pSim service if the phone is currently using an eSIM service. Fixed issues that users were having when using contactless payments through Google Pay. Bluetooth The system no longer incorrectly enforces the Bluetooth privileged permission for RemoveBond. This resolves issues that could affect pairing, unpairing, and bond reset flows for Bluetooth devices, such as for Forget Watch on Wear OS devices. Despite the fixes, this release isn't without its own set of known issues, specifically with Android Auto. Users may hear audio coming from the phone's speaker rather than the car's speaker system when connected to Android Auto and listening to music, and it's also possible that Android Auto projection just won't start when you plug in your phone. Some of these issues can be fixed by updating Android Auto itself, Google Play Services, or the Google app, and the audio issue specifically is already fixed in internal builds of Android Auto being tested inside Google. In other words, you might not need to wait for a new beta release for these to be fixed. If you're interested in joining the Android 11 Beta and haven't yet, you can follow our guide to register for the beta program. It only applies to Pixel phones, and other smartphone manufacturers will be releasing their own previews for Android 11 separately, such as in the case of OnePlus. Google releases Android 11 Beta 1.5 to fix some issues
  9. Samsung began rolling out Android 10 based One UI 2.0 Beta builds to Galaxy S10 devices early this month amid reports of a possible delay. The successor to Android 9.0 Pie-based One UI is more of an iterative update that brings with it polishes and improvements to existing features along with Android 10-specific features such as the gesture navigation system. However, users that are running the beta builds were in for a surprise when a recent update locked them out of their devices – refusing to accept any authentication methods. Users running recent One UI 2.0 Beta builds began reporting that they were unable to unlock their devices through the way of a pin, password or biometrics after restarting the phones. The only preventive measure for those that still had access to their device was to disable all lock screen authentication methods through the Lock Screen settings. For those that were locked out, one of the ways to circumvent the issue was by deleting all authentication methods through Samsung’s Find My Mobile service (provided it was enabled). However, if that service was not enabled, there was no other option but to reset the device and roll back to Android 9 Pie through Smart Switch. Some users also reported that they have been unable to set a pin/password even after rolling back to Pie. Considering the severity of the issue, the firm was quick to release a hotfix for the problem that is now rolling out to all One UI 2.0 Beta users. The critical update package is about 131MB in size, carrying build number G970FXXU3ZSL and should be available to all S10 variants running the beta software. It should be noted that users that are currently locked out will have to either delete their authentication presets first or roll back and re-join the beta since the device will not initiate the update if the device is locked. Running beta software always brings a few risks with it, so it is best to have one’s device backed up in case something goes wrong. As a precaution for any such issues in the future, you can turn on Find My Mobile from Settings > Biometrics and Security > Find My Mobile. Source: 1. Samsung rolls out hotfix for One UI 2.0 Beta after update locks out users (via Neowin) 2. Critical Galaxy S10 Android 10 beta update out, fixes device lock issue (via SamMobile)
  10. Karlston

    TeraCopy 3.5 Beta first look

    TeraCopy 3.5 Beta first look Remember TeraCopy? Our first review of the file copy program for Windows (and Mac) dates back to the year 2007. The program has evolved a lot since that time but our last reviews dates back to 2007 when TeraCopy 3.0 and TeraCopy 3.27 were released. TeraCopy's main aim is to improve file copy (and move) processes on the system. It replaces the Windows copy workflow with its own and adds several useful features such as file verification, options to copy locked files, and other options to the process. Some features, e.g. reporting, are limited to the paid Pro version of TeraCopy. The developer of TeraCopy released the first beta version of TeraCopy 3.5 to the public this week. The new version introduces several new features to the application that improve it in several meaningful ways. A release date for the final version has not been revealed yet, but it is likely that it is not far away. TeraCopy 3.5 First Look One of the big new features of TeraCopy 3.5 is the ability to create RAR or 7z archives using drag and drop operations. Copy and move operations remain the two main features of TeraCopy but the ability to create archives with minimal effort may appeal to some users who prefer to use the program for all file related operations when possible. The new archive creation feature goes hand in hand with the new drag and drop confirmation dialog. It displays options, including options to create archives, in the dialog by default. It is possible to disable the confirmation dialog to add files or folders that you drag on to the interface directly in the main interface. You find the option to disable it in the Settings under "confirm drag and drop". Other improvements include the option to close the main window with the Esc-key, options to update the target folder by typing or pasting, a new source button menu, and dark mode improvements. Automatic dark mode switching is available on Windows 10 version 1809 or newer. TeraCopy 3.5 will fix several issues that users may have encountered in previous versions of the program. One fix enables the copying of 3.99 Gigabyte files to Fat32 filesystems, another the reporting of incorrect total size formatting in some cases. You can check out the entire changelog on the official Code Sector blog; there you find the download link to the beta release as well. TeraCopy 3.5 Beta first look [ Frontpaged here... TeraCopy 3.26 / 3.5 Beta ]
  11. Apple launches public beta of macOS Big Sur, its biggest desktop OS update in years Big Sur has big design changes Image: Apple The public beta of macOS Big Sur, the next major release of Apple’s Mac operating system, is now available. The new update brings a big visual overhaul to macOS while also adding a number of brand-new enhancements. If you’re thinking about installing the macOS Big Sur public beta, be warned that it’s still, well, a beta. That means you could experience some unexpected bugs, and software you rely on may not work with the new OS just yet. Before you install Big Sur, make sure all of your important documents are backed up somewhere safe, and if at all possible, you should only install this on a secondary Mac. But if you do roll the dice and install the Big Sur beta, you’ll immediately see that it looks much different than previous versions of macOS, as Apple has made significant design changes across the entire operating system. Windows have a whole lot more white, for example (unless you’re using dark mode, in which case, there’s still a lot of black). Apple’s app icons have received a major facelift and are now rounded squares, like iOS’s app icons. And the menu bar is now translucent, blending into your wallpaper. macOS Big Sur has an all-new design. Image: Apple In Big Sur, Apple has added a dedicated Control Center, like what iOS has had for years, making it easy to manage items like your Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connections and the display brightness and volume of your Mac, all in one place. And Notification Center is no longer two separate panels for notifications and widgets; it’s now combined into one. Control Center in macOS Big Sur. Image: Apple If you’re a Safari user, you’ll notice some big changes, too. You can now set a customized start page, letting you add things like your favorites, frequently visited websites, and even a background image of your choice. Tabs get some improvements as well: favicons are turned on by default, and when you hover your mouse over a tab, it shows a preview of that webpage. And like iOS 14, Safari in macOS Big Sur offers what Apple calls a Privacy Report, which shows you what trackers the browser has blocked for you. Safari in macOS Big Sur. Image: Apple Messages is also getting some much-needed improvements in Big Sur. You can finally send the message effects like the ones on iOS, meaning you can send virtual confetti, balloons, lasers, and more to your contacts (though only if they’re also on iMessage). Some of the new updates to Messages on iOS 14 are coming to Big Sur, too, such as pinned conversations and inline replies. Messages in macOS Big Sur finally supports message effects, like virtual confetti. Image: Apple There’s a bunch more packed into Big Sur that I didn’t touch on here, such as improvements to Maps, a suite of new system sounds, and the return of the Mac’s iconic startup chime. So if you do install the Big Sur public beta, there’s a fair amount to dig into. I’ve been running the Big Sur developer betas on my personal MacBook Air purchased in 2014 without too many issues, and I like a lot of the changes, especially to Messages. But I pretty much only use Apple-made apps on that computer, so I can’t really speak to how other apps you might rely on will run. If you decide to install the public beta, just know that things may not work like you expect them to just yet. Apple says macOS Big Sur will be released sometime this fall and will work with all of these computers: MacBook (2015 and later) MacBook Air (2013 and later) MacBook Pro (late 2013 and later) Mac mini (2014 and later) iMac (2014 and later) iMac Pro (2017 and later) Mac Pro (2013 and later) If you want to install the beta, follow our guide here. Apple launches public beta of macOS Big Sur, its biggest desktop OS update in years
  12. Microsoft's Windows 10 Dockable 'News Bar' Now In Beta Microsoft is releasing a new app for Windows 10 called the "Windows News Bar" that will display a docked bar containing news stories from Microsoft News and acts as a stock picker for monitored stocks. Previously spotted by Windows sleuth WalkingCat in February, the Microsoft Store page has been recently been updated with screenshots of the actual program in use. The News Bar is being developed through Microsoft News where they state that the offered news will be shown from over 4,500 news outlets. "Microsoft's Windows News Bar works just like the Windows Taskbar. It's there when you need it, where you need it and how you need it. Customize its appearance in settings to find the experience that's just right for you. If you want to focus, don't worry, you can minimize the News Bar at any time and then bring it back when you're ready for it again", the Microsoft Store page reads. Testing the Windows News Bar When running, the News Bar will allow you to display a docked bar on the top, bottom, left, or right side of the screen that contains a continuously updated list of news stories based on your selected region. BleepingComputer has tested the app and you can see the different ways the News Bar can be docked below. The bottom right picture also shows you how it looks with transparency enabled. When clicking on stories, the selected articles will be loaded in the default browser in Windows 10. The News Bar settings will allow you to customize where the bar is docked, whether you wish to show images or text, and if the bar should be transparent. The News Bar requires Windows 10 April 2018 Update or later and is currently in Beta. To install it, users need to 'Redeem a code' and it not known when it will be publicly available. Source: Microsoft's Windows 10 Dockable 'News Bar' Now In Beta (Bleeping Computer)
  13. After many months of inactivity, it appears Facebook is delivering on their promise of an improved Facebook Messenger Desktop app for Windows 10. Uncovered by AggiornamentiLumia, the updated app is based on Electron and brings a number of new features: Compared to the previous app, the changelog is actually longer than simply a Dark Mode and Drag and Drop. The list includes: Ability to permanently delete sent messages Introduction of new themes (dark theme, grey theme) Ability to send files Full-screen mode Ability to hide chats New icon Updated emoticons ALumia demonstrated the updated app in their video here: The improved Facebook Messenger desktop app is not available yet, but will hopefully enter open beta shortly. Source: Facebook is testing an improved Facebook Messenger Desktop app (via MSPowerUser)
  14. Last week Google pushed another beta release of its browser with several interesting features. Some major changes included in this update are a shared clipboard, DNS-over-HTTPS trail, and a tab freezing functionality for desktop users. Apart from all the new features, the Chrome 79 beta came with some other changes as well. According to the forum reports, Google removed the overlay scrollbar in the Beta release. One of the users who recently installed Chrome Version 79.0.3945.16 confirmed the change in a Reddit thread: “I CAN NOT stand the default scrollbar. It wastes so much space by being there all the time and it’s a disgusting light color all the time. Is there any way to get back the sleek and simple scrollbar that only shows up when you scroll or hover mouse over the side?“ According to a Reddit user @kirbyfan64sos, Google sets an expiration date for all the flags. The engineers need to merge the flags within a specified time duration otherwise the flag expires. Apparently the overlay scrollbar flag expired as the company was not interested in maintaining the feature. It seems like the overlay scrollbar functionality was extremely popular among the users because people are looking for ways to re-enable it. Some Redditors previously managed to bring it back by editing the Local State file. However, several users confirmed that the trick no longer works in Chrome 79 Beta. Google To Bring Back “Close other tabs” Option It is not the first time Google has removed a popular feature. The company recently removed the “Close other tabs” option from Google Chrome. This change received a huge backlash from the users and the company is now planning to restore it. If you are interested to get this feature, the option will be available in Chrome Canary very soon. However, the change might take a few more weeks to make its way to the stable channel. Some people are annoyed by the fact that Google is slowly removing all those features that differentiated Chrome from Firefox. It remains to be seen if Google reconsiders its decision to remove the overlay scrollbar flag in Chrome. If we look into history, the search giant rarely reverts a change. However, it all depends on your feedback as there are few similar instances. Those who are want to get the flag should provide their feedback Chrome Help forum and Reddit forums. It is very much possible that Google might reconsider this decision. Source: Google Removes Overlay Scrollbar Flag From Chrome 79 Beta, Users Want Google To Reconsider (via Appuals)
  15. AdGuard 7.5 Beta introduces DNS filtering and Windows Telemetry blocking support The developers of the privacy app AdGuard have released the first beta version of Adguard 7.5 for Windows to the public. The new version introduces two new features: DNS filtering and Windows Telemetry blocking. Anyone can download the beta version for testing, or wait until version 7.5 is released to the Stable channel. Windows Tracking protection is a new option of the program's built-in Stealth feature. You need to enable Stealth Mode under Settings > Stealth Mode to get started. It lists numerous options, sorted into groups such as Browser API, Tracking methods, or Miscellaneous, that go beyond the mere blocking of advertisement and tracking on the Internet. The new Windows Tracking section introduces four options at the time of writing. The first two, Disable Windows Telemetry and Turn of Advertising ID, are turned off for users who enable Stealth Mode. The other two, Disable Microsoft Defender automatic samples submission and Disable WAP Push message routing service, are disabled by default but can be enabled in the Settings. The options are not as far-reaching as those offered by many Windows 10 privacy tools but they do block the sending of Telemetry data to Microsoft; it is possible that the section will get expanded in future updates. DNS Filtering is the second new feature. While it has been available in other AdGuard products, it is a first for the Windows version. The feature is not enabled by default. Once enabled under Settings > DNS, you may use it to protect DNS traffic from snooping by the Internet Service Provider and third-parties, and to make use of other features the specified DNS server has to offer. Apart from selecting a DNS provider from a preset list of available providers, including several AdGuard operated services, it is possible to specify customer providers and to enable encryption functionality, DNS-over-HTTPS, DNS-over-TLS, or DNS Crypt, on top of that. If you select AdGuard DNS, for instance, you get ad blocking, tracker blocking, protection against known malicious sites, a strict no-logging guarantee and traffic encryption. Closing Words The two new features will find their way into the final version of AdGuard 7.5 for Windows. DNS filtering makes it easy to pick a system-wide DNS provider that protects DNS lookups and may provide other useful services such as the filtering of malicious domains or tracking. You find additional details on the first beta version on the official company forum. AdGuard 7.5 Beta introduces DNS filtering and Windows Telemetry blocking support
  16. ProtonMail has announced the launch of its ProtonMail 4.0 beta software. With the upgrade, users will experience an all-new look and underneath the surface, a new software framework is laying the groundwork for new features, products, and customisations in future updates. In terms of the front-facing features, you’ll immediately notice the work that has gone into the revamped user interface. According to the firm, the new interface has been designed to feel lighter and help you work faster. Additionally, you can access all of your other Proton services from the new UI including your ProtonVPN account, ProtonContacts, and other planned products such as ProtonCalendar and ProtonDrive. A dark theme will also be added in the future during the beta phase. On the back-end, ProtonMail is replacing AngularJS with React. This process is still on-going but the Settings and Contacts tools have already been ported. The inbox itself is still using AngularJS but will be moved over to React during the beta. With React, the web app will be much faster and new features can be more quickly deployed. All users can try out the new beta release of ProtonMail 4.0, all you need to do is head on over to beta.protonmail.com. If you ever want to revert to the current interface then just navigate to the usual ProtonMail domain. Source: Beta version of ProtonMail 4.0 launches with an all-new look (via Neowin)
  17. Hands-on with the new File Explorer beta on Windows 10 Earlier this week Microsoft released the second update for Windows 10x emulator which included the new File Explorer Beta. Last night we reported how you can install File Explorer beta on Windows 10 and now we have some screenshots to share what’s new in File Explorer beta. This is still the first beta release so it’s barebone compared to the actual File Manager on Windows 10. However, it does give some insights into Microsoft’s roadmap for the future. The first thing you will notice is the modern design which looks much better than the current File Manager. Moreover, Microsoft has also improved the animation which looks better than the current File Manager. However, the new manager is still choppy at best and is missing features. We expect Microsoft to keep updating the File Manager on Windows 10x emulator but the company has not commented on if the app will make its way to Windows 10 in the future. For now, the only way you can try it is to follow the steps in our initial article. That said, we don’t actually recommend doing it as this is not an approved Microsoft app and can damage your PC. If you’re really keen on trying it out then you should set up Windows Sandbox and install the app. Source: Hands-on with the new File Explorer beta on Windows 10 (MSPoweruser)
  18. Stack Overflow is getting a dark mode, its most upvoted feature request ever It’s available in beta today Image: Stack Overflow Stack Overflow, the popular question and answer site for developers and software engineers, announced a new dark mode today. The company says the mode has been the site’s most upvoted feature request ever. It looks like, well, a dark mode. Here’s a screenshot, provided by Stack Overflow: Image: Stack Overflow You can turn on dark mode by clicking on your profile, “Edit profile and settings,” and “preferences,” the company tells The Verge. Making dark mode took almost a year, but work accelerated on it earlier this year after an engineer had an idea to launch an “ultra dark mode” as a joke at an internal hackathon, the company says. Work on the ultra dark mode contributed to the actual dark mode that’s here today. The company is also launching that ultra dark mode as an Easter egg, which will be available from April 1st through April 3rd. Here’s what that looks like if you’re curious. It doesn’t seem that useful to me, but it is indeed very dark. Image: Stack Overflow Stack Overflow plans to bring dark mode out of beta by the end of the second quarter of this year. If you want to turn on system-wide dark mode on your iOS, Android, macOS, or Windows 10 devices while you’re browsing Stack Overflow, you can follow our guide right here. Source: Stack Overflow is getting a dark mode, its most upvoted feature request ever (The Verge)
  19. Support for ZFS, eCryptFS, xfs and BTRFS is back. Dropbox has walked back its November 2018 decision to stop working with filesystems popular among Linux users. That decision saw the sync ‘n’ share giant decide not to support “uncommon” filesystems, leaving it happy to work with just NTFS for Windows, HFS+ or APFS for Mac and Ext4 for Linux. Developers and Linux users were not happy. But their frowns can now turn upside-down, as a support note for the forthcoming Dropbox version 77 client update published today says it will “add support for ZFS (on 64-bit systems only), eCryptFS, XFS(on 64-bit systems only), and Btrfs filesystems in Linux.” The post doesn’t explain Dropbox’s reasons for the change, but it’s not hard to guess its reasons. Dropbox’s ambition is to have integrations with its platform become part of enterprise workflows. Doing that means offering tools that developers favour. And as the majority of servers now run Linux, that means supporting file systems common among Linux users. Source
  20. Can you smell that? It’s the scent of a minty fresh beta in the air, the Linux Mint 19.2 beta release, to be exact! Yes, ISOs for the next testing snapshot of what will go on to become the next major Linux Mint release are finally available to download from the Linux Mint servers. The beta pops out ahead of the final Linux Mint 19.2 stable release, which is expected sometime next month. Users who install this beta will be upgrade to the final stable release when it arrives. Overall, Linux Mint 19.2 “Tina” is shaping up to be a modest, but mature upgrade. It touts a crop of performance improvements and interface refinements, and brings enhancements to a number of core apps and utilities. When stable, Linux Mint 19.2 will become the 30th named version of Linux Mint, and the second point release in the 19.x series based on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS Bionic Beaver. Linux Mint 19.2 will, upon release, receive critical updates and fixes from release until 2023. Linux Mint 19.2 Beta Features As mentioned, a batch of refinements ship in Linux Mint 19.2, with features generally building on those introduced in the (rather large) Linux Mint 19.1 release. But don’t be disappointed; there’s more than enough being offered to make the update worth waiting for, including:- Improved kernel management in Update Manager Software Manager can fetch ‘missing’ GPG keys Software Manager can scan/remove duplicate sources Reduced RAM consumption for Cinnamon Muffin window manager optimisations result in ‘smoother’ feel Mint Menu now distinguishes duplicate apps (e.g, flatpak, snap) New scrollbar settings New “Boot Repair” tool included on the ISO ‘Recent documents’ enabled by default Blueberry applets lets you dis/connect paired devices faster Xed supports toggling comments and comment blocks New wallpapers Mint GTK theme tweaks Additionally, the Nemo file manager now supports file and folder pinning. This is particularly handy in large directories as it saves you needing to search. A slate of Samba support improvements also ship in Cinnamon 4.2, including the automatic addition of “appropriate UFW firewall rules” when Samba is set up. Download Linux Mint 19.1 Beta 64-bit ISO image Keep in mind that this is not a final release and should not be considered “stable”. Bugs, broken features, and other incompatibilities may be present. Remember: beta = bugs Source
  21. Microsoft opens xCloud game streaming beta early tomorrow Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscribers get early access Microsoft is allowing Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscribers to try its new game streaming feature (xCloud) early tomorrow, August 11th. The software giant will launch a new version of the Xbox Game Pass beta app for Android, which includes game streaming. While the game streaming feature, known previously as xCloud, will be officially available on September 15th, anyone can grab the beta app from the Google Play Store and try it early from tomorrow onward. “As we approach the launch of cloud gaming with Xbox Game Pass Ultimate on September 15, we’re entering a limited beta period to ensure a smooth transition of the cloud gaming experience to the Xbox Game Pass app on Android,” explains a Microsoft spokesperson in a statement to The Verge. “Existing Xbox Game Pass (Beta) app users will get the opportunity to test a subset of the available titles as we ready the experience for broader availability next month. This limited beta is critical to providing the best possible experience for members at launch and should not be considered indicative of the final experience or library.” This game streaming beta won’t have the full 100 or more games that will be available next month, but expect around 30 or so titles to play tomorrow. Microsoft is still planning to discontinue its Project xCloud Preview on September 11th, ahead of the general launch on September 15th. If you’re interested in trying out game streaming (xCloud) tomorrow, then you’ll need to be an Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscriber and have the Xbox Game Pass (beta) app from the Google Play Store. Microsoft opens xCloud game streaming beta early tomorrow
  22. Yandex browser beta 71.0.3578.1828 beta (32-bit version) Yandex browser is an Internet browser focused in privacy developed by Yandex, a search engine giant in Russia. Due to its Chromium interface and Blink rendering engine you will not have any compatibility problem viewing pages with this browser. Some features you may like: - protected mode for banking - password manager - kaspersky check for downloads - multiple ad blocking features - automatically open sites over https if they support it - choose DNS server for DNSCrypt encryption - automatic traffic encryption for unsecure wifi - turbo for speeding slow internet - battery saving mode for laptops Download page: https://browser.yandex.com/beta/ Download: https://browser.yandex.com/download/?zih=1&betacusto=1&os=win
  23. Yandex browser beta (32-bit version) Yandex browser is an Internet browser focused in privacy developed by Yandex, a search engine giant in Russia. Due to its Chromium interface and Blink rendering engine you will not have any compatibility problem viewing pages with this browser. Some features you may like: - protected mode for banking - password manager - kaspersky check for downloads - multiple ad blocking features - automatically open sites over https if they support it - choose DNS server for DNSCrypt encryption - automatic traffic encryption for unsecure wifi - turbo for speeding slow internet - battery saving mode for laptops Download page: https://browser.yandex.com/beta/ Download full: https://browser.yandex.com/download/?zih=1&betacusto=1&os=win
  24. Yandex browser beta 71.0.3578.1961 beta (32-bit version) Yandex browser is an Internet browser focused in privacy developed by Yandex, a search engine giant in Russia. Due to its Chromium interface and Blink rendering engine you will not have any compatibility problem viewing pages with this browser. Some features you may like: - protected mode for banking - password manager - kaspersky check for downloads - multiple ad blocking features - automatically open sites over https if they support it - choose DNS server for DNSCrypt encryption - automatic traffic encryption for unsecure wifi - turbo for speeding slow internet - battery saving mode for laptops Download page: https://browser.yandex.com/beta/ Download: https://browser.yandex.com/download/?zih=1&betacusto=1&os=win
  25. Yandex browser beta 70.0.3538.385 (32-bit version) Yandex browser is an Internet browser focused in privacy developed by Yandex, a search engine giant in Russia. Due to its Chromium interface and Blink rendering engine you will not have any compatibility problem viewing pages with this browser. Some features you may like: - protected mode for banking - password manager - kaspersky check for downloads - multiple ad blocking features - automatically open sites over https if they support it - choose DNS server for DNSCrypt encryption - automatic traffic encryption for unsecure wifi - turbo for speeding slow internet - battery saving mode for laptops Download page: https://browser.yandex.com/beta/ Download: https://browser.yandex.com/download/?zih=1&betacusto=1&os=win Comment: Had some problems with 18.10.2 stable and I'm using beta.
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