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  1. Microsoft says that Windows Server 2022 will come with security improvements and will bring Secured-core to the Windows Server platform. Windows Server 2022 is now in preview and "provides secured connectivity enabled by industry-standard AES 256 encryption," as Microsoft announced today. The next Windows Server release will also improve hybrid server management by enhancing performance monitoring and event alerts in Windows Admin Center. "Furthermore, this release includes significant improvements to Windows container runtime, such as virtualized time zones and IPV6 support for globally scalable apps, as well as containerization tools for .NET, ASP.NET, and IIS applications," Microsoft added at Microsoft Ignite 2021. Windows Server 2022 also brings Secured-core to Windows Server for added protection against a wide range of threats. Secured-core servers with built-in threat protection Secured-core PCs come as a solution for the number of increasing firmware vulnerabilities that attackers can exploit to bypass a Windows machine's Secure Boot and the lack of visibility at the firmware level present in today's endpoint security solutions. Built-in protection capabilities designed to protect users from threats (both state-sponsored hacking attacks and commodity malware) abusing firmware and driver security flaws are included with all Secured-core PCs since October 2019. They can defend users against malware designed to take advantage of driver security flaws to disable security solutions. Secured-core PCs built by Microsoft in collaboration with OEM partners and silicon vendors protect users against such attacks by following these requirements: Loading Windows securely: Enabled with Hypervisor Enforced Integrity, a Secured-core PC only starts executables signed by known and approved authorities. Also, the hypervisor sets and enforces permissions to prevent malware from attempting to modify the memory and made executable Firmware protection: System Guard Secure Launch uses the CPU to validate the device to boot securely, preventing advanced firmware attacks Identity protection: Windows Hello allows you to sign-in without a password, Credential Guard leverages VBS to prevent identity attacks Secure, hardware-isolated operating environment: Uses the Trusted Platform Module 2.0 and a modern CPU with dynamic root of trust measurement (DRTM) to boot up your PC securely and minimizes firmware vulnerabilities Secured-core servers now follow these provisions to boot securely, protect themselves from firmware security bugs, shield the OS from attacks, prevent unauthorized access, and secure users' identity and domain credentials. Together, Windows Server 2022 and Secured-core add the following preventative defense capabilities to servers: Enhanced exploit protection: Hardware innovations allow for robust and performant implementations of exploit mitigations. Hardware-enforced Stack Protection will take advantage of the latest chipset security extension, Control-flow Enforcement Technology. Windows Server 2022 and protected applications will be secured from a common exploit technique, return-oriented programming (ROP), often used to hijack intended control flow of a program. Connection security: Secure connections are at the heart of today’s interconnected systems. Transport Layer Security (TLS) 1.3 is the latest version of the internet’s most deployed security protocol, which encrypts data to provide a secure communication channel between two endpoints. TLS 1.3 eliminates obsolete cryptographic algorithms, enhances security over older versions, and aims to encrypt as much of the handshake as possible. Windows Server 2022 includes TLS 1.3 enabled by default, protecting the data of clients connecting to the server. Improved account support for containers: Containers are being embraced by many customers as a preferred building block for their applications and services. Customers use group Managed Service Accounts (gMSA) as the recommended Active Directory identity solution for running a service across a server farm. Today, anyone trying to containerize their Windows services and applications that use gMSA is required to domain join their container host to enable gMSA functionality. This can cause scalability and management issues. Windows Server 2022 supports improvements to gMSA for Windows Containers that allow you to enable support for gMSA without domain joining the host. Secured-core for Azure IoT Edge devices Microsoft also introduced the Edge Secured-core device label at Microsoft Ignite 2021 to identify Azure IoT Edge devices that meet the Secured-core spec. The new device label is no in public preview within the Azure Certified Device program after previously being announced for Windows enterprise devices. "Now, enterprise customers seeking Internet of Things (IoT) devices that meet the Azure defined security bar can easily identify device models that have the Edge Secured-core label in the Azure Device Catalog," Microsoft said. "As part of this requirement, devices will have Azure Defender for IoT built-in." SOURCE
  2. 5 RECENT WHATSAPP FEATURES YOU COULD’VE MISSED Starting from group chats, to WhatsApp calls, to video conferencing, the app is continuously bringing in new features with its latest updates to keep us glued to it. While most of us are pretty informed when it comes to the recent Whatsapp updates, a few of us are not all that tech-savvy. Hence, there are some lesser-known or rather hidden features of the Facebook-owned app that we all should definitely know about to help us use it more extensively and, of course, securely. Listed below are five such lesser-known features. 1. Dark Mode: WhatsApp's latest Dark mode feature has been talked about for almost a year now. According to a WABetaInfo report, the Dark Mode feature for Whatsapp was finally made available in February this year for both Android and iOS users. WhatsApp users can use the dark theme on their phones right away. The feature is also available for WhatsApp Business users. 2. WhatsApp Pay: The WhatsApp Pay feature is available for beta users in India. As reported, a million beta users are already using the feature in the country though it hasn't been officially launched on the public WhatsApp application. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said the company is planning to roll-out the official WhatsApp Pay feature for all its users in the next six months. 3. Fingerprint lock: WhatsApp recently rolled out one of its niftiest features on the messaging app - the fingerprint lock! This feature was primarily made available to iPhone users who used Face ID or Touch ID to lock and unlock WhatsApp on iOS. Later, the feature was also provided on the Android platform. Prior to this, Android users were using third-party apps for additional security on WhatsApp. Image source: Reuters 4. Typewriter font: Most WhatsApp users are already aware of the bold, italics and strike-through fonts on WhatsApp that can be easily accessed through a couple of commands provided by the user while chatting. However, the typewriter font is something most of us would not really know about. Also, it is considered to be one of the most hard-to-find features on WhatsApp. It needs a little more effort to be used but it is totally worth it if you like the font. So, if you want to surprise your friends, go ahead and type your message as - ``````your message``` and there you go! 5. Pin important chats: Another important WhatsApp feature that may intrigue its users is the Pin important chats feature on the app. Are some messages more important to you than the rest? Well, WhatsApp has got your back! You can now pin your important chats and they will appear at the top of your WhatsApp Chats screen for you to access them instantly. Wondering how to pin your important chats? Android users can simply long-press the chat message of the person/group they want to pin and hit the pin icon for placing the message at the top of the screen. iOS users can do the same by just swiping right on the chat message and selecting the pin option. Source
  3. Yesterday Apple issued the iOS 14.2 Release Candidate (GM) to developers, signifying that a public-facing release is not too far behind. iOS 14.2 RC includes over 100 new emoji characters, features eight beautiful new wallpapers, Shazam music recognition CC toggle, a redesigned AirPlay 2 interface, and much more. This iOS 14.2 release also fixes the annoying “A new iOS update is now available” message that appears upon each unlock for those on the previous beta. Watch our hands-on video as we explore iOS 14.2 top changes and features. What’s new in iOS 14.2 RC? Note: It looks as if Apple is replacing the term “GM Seed” for near-final versions of its software with “Release Candidate,” so we will refer to this as the iOS 14.2 (RC) Release Candidate. A fix for the annoying “A new iOS update is now available. Please update from the iOS 14 beta” message that occurred with each unlock. Eight beautiful new wallpapers in light and dark versions Hundreds of new emoji characters A fix for HDR videos thumbnails exported from Final Cut Pro X Redesigned AirPlay 2 interface Updated now playing controls and AirPlay 2 interface on the Lock screen Redesigned AirPlay 2 controls in Control Center New animation lets you see if other AirPlay 2 devices are active on your network Source icon indicator for music, podcasts, etc. Updated AirPlay pop-over Video: iOS 14.2 RC top changes and features Shazam music recognition CC toggle Watch app with new Apple Watch Solo Loop app icon ‘Reduce Loud Sounds’ is now renamed ‘Headphone Safety’ in Settings Apple Card users now have ‘Yearly activity’ tab in the Wallet app Ask Siri to stop playing music on HomePod Intercom support in Home app and via Siri There are many takeaways from the iOS 14.2 Release Candidate. If you’re coming from the previous iOS 14.2 beta, you’ll be happy to know that the annoying “A new iOS update is now available. Please update from the iOS 14 beta” that occurred every time you unlocked your iPhone has been fixed with this update. That alone is enough to warrant updating in my opinion. One of the biggest new features found in iOS 14.2 is the revamped AirPlay 2 interface in Control Center. You’ll now find much bigger album artwork in Control Center for now-playing media. You’ll also find an icon in the bottom right-hand corner of the album artwork denoting the source of the media. In addition to these changes, both Control Center and the Lock screen will now present suggested media when nothing is playing. On the Lock screen, you’ll need to have headphones connected before suggested media is presented. There’s also a handy new AirPlay 2 pop-over for accessing other AirPlay 2-compatible devices on your network, including a brand new animation that occurs when media is currently playing on those devices. This pop-over is accessible from anywhere AirPlay 2 devices can be selected, such as the Lock screen, Control Center, Music app, etc. There is also a brand new Shazam toggle that can be added to Control Center. This toggle allows you to inconspicuously learn details about songs playing in your environment without needing to invoke Siri. Arguably the two biggest new features in iOS 14.2 are the eight new wallpapers, and the 100+ new emoji characters. The new wallpapers stand out, because they are full screen wallpapers that are less abstract than Apple wallpapers in the recent past. There are also darker versions of the eight new wallpapers included for when users switch to Dark mode. The new emojis include all sorts of new additions, such as the ninja, disguise face, boomerang, and many more. I recommend using the iOS 14 emoji search feature to find new favorites. iOS 14.2 also brings about the new Intercom functionality demonstrated alongside the unveiling of the HomePod mini at Apple’s iPhone 12 event. You’ll find a new Intercom button in the upper-right hand corner of the Home app that can be used to communicate with HomePods in the various locations of your house. Users can also use Siri to invoke the new Intercom feature as a means to communicate with household members. iOS 14.2 is a huge release that brings forth all of the features listed here, and many additional changes, bug fixes, and improvements. Source
  4. In order to make small firms sell goods more easily, WhatsApp has added a new feature to its WhatsApp Business app called catalogs. Catalogs are accessible via a business’s profile page and users can scroll through the different products to see a description and price. This will cut out the need for back and forward messaging between customers and businesses. For each product, businesses can attach a price, a description, and a product code. Not only does this speed custom up but it also makes smaller businesses look more professional. According to WhatsApp, catalogs are stored in the cloud which saves both customers and businesses storage space on their devices. Setting up a new catalog is pretty easy; head into the WhatsApp Business app and go to settings, then go to Business Settings and select Catalog, from here you can add products. Once you’re happy with the details just hit save. In order to promote your products, you can attach them from the catalog directly into chats. The feature is available now for WhatsApp Business on both Android and iPhone in Brazil, Germany, India, Indonesia, Mexico, the U.K., and the U.S. If your country is not listed, don’t worry, WhatsApp will roll out the feature to the rest of the world soon. Source: WhatsApp Business app gains catalog feature to help small firms (via Neowin)
  5. Samsung will soon start rolling out the Android 10 + One UI 2.0 update for the Galaxy S10 and Galaxy Note 10 series. While Android 10 itself brings a number of new features, Samsung has also improved its skin and added a number of new features to One UI 2.0. Here’s a look at some of the major new One UI 2.0 features. One UI 2.0 will be making its way to all Samsung devices that will get the Android 10 update. One UI itself was a huge overhaul from Samsung in the UI/UX department and it introduced a polish that was previously missing from the company’s devices. With One UI 2.0, Samsung is further polishing its skin while also adding some useful features to it. The Korean giant is already beta testing One UI 2.0/Android 10 for the Galaxy S10 and Note 10. You can take part in the beta program if you have an eligible device and if the program is live in your country by using the Samsung Members app. Below is a look at some of the major new features of One UI 2.0/Android 10 that you will be able to enjoy once the update lands on your device. Top new features New animations One UI 2.0 comes with new system animations that are far more fluid in nature. The fluid animations finally help in adding a level of smoothness to Samsung’s UI/UX that can rival iOS. The jank that was usually found in Samsung smartphones due to jerky animations is nowhere to be found in One UI 2.0. Right from the new app opening animation to the app switcher one, every new animation has been thoughtfully designed by Samsung and they don’t feel being added just for the sake of it. Compact Quick settings panel While the Quick Settings panel in One UI 2.0 looks the same as it did in its previous iteration, it now has a more compact layout which means it fits more tiles than before. Its functionality and features remain unchanged though. Android 10 navigation gestures Samsung is adding Google’s new Android 10 gestures to One UI 2.0 as well. This is in addition to its own navigation gestures which were also a part of the original One UI/Android 9.0 Pie release. The new Android 10 navigation gestures are more fluid in nature and are more intuitive to use compared to Samsung’s navigation gestures and the half-baked gestures that Google had debuted in Android 9.0 Pie. The catch here is that one can only use the Android 10 navigation gestures in One UI 2.0 with the stock launcher. Those gestures do not work with third-party launchers. The issue was also present on the Pixel 4 initially before Google got around to adding support for third-party launchers. It is likely that the stable release of One UI 2.0/Android 10 will support third-party launchers. Night mode renamed to Dark mode Samsung added a native Dark mode to One UI almost a year before Google got around to adding it with Android 10. For some strange reason though, Samsung called it Night mode instead of Dark mode. With the One UI 2.0 update, Samsung has renamed Night mode to Dark mode, in line with what Google and Apple are calling it. New Device Care UI The Device Care section has received a UI overhaul in One UI 2.0. It now displays all the relevant information in an easy to understand UI. The battery usage screen also has a new UI which gives more insight into app usage and battery usage over a week, though this feature is a part of Android 10. Redesigned Camera app The Camera app has again received a slight redesign as a part of the One UI 2.0 update. Apart from updated UI elements, Samsung now hides all the available camera modes under the More section which gives the app a cleaner look. You do have the option of customizing the list of modes that are shown above the shutter button so you can keep the ones that you tend to use more and hide others. Slow-motion Selfies Taking a cue from Apple’s book, Samsung has added slow-motion video recording support for the front camera in One UI 2.0. This feature is limited to only flagship Galaxy devices like the Galaxy S10 and Note 10 series though. Redesigned volume controls The volume controls have also been redesigned in One UI 2.0. They are now sleeker and smaller in size. OneDrive integration in Gallery app When Samsung announced the Galaxy Note 10 series earlier this year, it announced a strategic partnership with Microsoft. As a part of this partnership, Samsung will phase out all its cloud services and switch its users to offerings from Microsoft. Building on that partnership, Samsung is integrating OneDrive with the Gallery app meaning you can automatically backup all your photos to OneDrive. Samsung has rolled out this feature to selected Galaxy Note 10 units running Android 9.0 Pie but a wider rollout will only happen with the One UI 2.0 + Android 10 update. Enhanced Digital Wellbeing This is a feature that's part of the Android 10 update from Google rather than One UI 2.0. Nonetheless, Digital Wellbeing has been further improved with the addition of Focus mode and Wind Down. The former blocks notifications from all apps except the ones selected by you to help avoid distractions. As for Wind Down, it turns the phone's display into greyscale and blocks notifications making it ideal for use before you go to bed. Improved Pro mode in Camera App The Pro camera mode has been improved and now supports opening the shutter for up to 30 seconds. Previously, this was capped at 10 seconds. The maximum ISO limit has also been increased and one can now bump the ISP up to 3200. Sadly, the Pro mode is still limited to the primary camera and does not support the ultra wide-angle or telephoto camera on devices like the Galaxy S10 and Note 10. Samsung is expected to start rolling out the One UI 2.0 + Android 10 update for the Galaxy S10 and Note 10 by the end of this year. One UI 2.0 will also be making its way to older Samsung devices like the Galaxy Note 9, Galaxy S9, etc. Source: Top features of Samsung's One UI 2.0/Android 10 Update for Galaxy S10 and Note 10 (via Neowin)
  6. Getting the Most Out of GoogleCan you believe it's been 15 years since Google opened its virtual doors? It's clear the search engine has come a long way since the late 90s. Aside from outgrowing the '!' at the end of its name way before Yahoo!, the company has added numerous handy features to its search engine over the years. You can do quick conversions, see who won last night's game, track your flight and even play Pac-Man. And that's just scratching the surface. Read on for our top ten favorite Google search features. see slideshow @: http://www.tomsguide.com/us/pictures-story/566-google-search-tips-tricks-secrets.html
  7. After rolling out to Android, Mac, Windows, and Linux, version 78 of Chrome OS is now available. Notable features in Chrome OS 78 include separate browser and device settings, click-to-call, and the full launch of Virtual Desks. Chrome is getting another cross-device sharing feature after “Send this page” widely rolled in September. With “click-to-call,” you can right-click on phone number links — like tel:800-800-8000 — to have them sent to your Android device. It’s quicker than manually entering those digits or transferring via email. Chrome OS 78 will separate browser and device settings. The former is accessible directly at chrome://settings and what opens when clicking “Settings” at the bottom of the Overflow menu in the top-right corner of any browser window. It opens as a tab and provides web-related preferences. Meanwhile, chrome://os-settings opens as its own window, and can be accessed from the quick settings sheet. It provides device options like Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and Assistant in a white Material Theme UI with an icon in the launcher/app shelf. If Virtual Desks did not roll out with version 77 last month, it should be widely available this release. Useful shortcuts include: Create a new Desk with “Shift” + “Search ” + “=” Switch between Desks with “Search ” + “]” Move windows between Desks with “Shift” + “Search ” + “]” YouTube for Android now supports picture-in-picture with Chrome OS 78. After starting a video in the mobile client, switching to another window, covering, or minimizing the app will automatically open a PiP in the bottom-right corner. Available controls include switching to audio, play/pause, and skipping to the next track. In the top-left, you can expand the window and a settings gear on the other side allows you to open system settings. Tapping in the center expands and returns you to the YouTube Android app. Chrome OS is not getting all the customization options available on Mac, Windows, and Linux. Google has made “Customize” — in the bottom-right corner of the New Tab page — open a new Material window. The New Tab “Background” option is unchanged from before, but “Shortcuts” lets you customize the icons that appear underneath the search field. There are three possibilities: My shortcuts: Shortcuts are suggested based on websites you visit often Most visited sites: Shortcuts are curated by you Hide shortcuts: Don’t show shortcuts on this page “Color and theme” — which lets you choose between twenty preset themes, or launch a color picker to create your own — is now available on Chrome OS. Chrome OS 78 is simplifying the printing experience by automatically listing compatible printers without any prior setup required. Google has also reduced the number of steps needed to save frequently used printers to your profile. There are a number of Linux on Chrome OS enhancements in this version: Backups of Linux apps and files can now be saved to local storage, external drive, or Google Drive. That copy can be then restored when setting up a new computer. Crostini GPU support will be enabled by default for a “crisp, lower-latency experience.” You’ll be warned when using a Linux app that does not support virtual keyboard in tablet mode. Chrome is cleaning up chrome://flags starting with version 78. The stated reason for enterprise customers is how policies are a better way to configure the browser. “Many flags” will be removed going forward, but this should not significantly impact consumers. Other changes in version 78 include: Pressing and holding a Chromebook’s power button reveals a new “Feedback” shortcut alongside the Power off, Sign out and Lock menu. A tweak to the Files app moves the progress center from the lower left-hand corner to the main window. The ChromeVox screen reader can now announce text styling. Chrome OS 78 is rolling out now and will be available for all Chromebooks over the next several weeks. Source: Chrome OS 78 rolling out: Split browser/device settings, YouTube for Android PiP, more (via 9to5Google) p/s: Even though Chrome OS can run Android mobile apps, this news is better suited to be posted under Software News instead as Chrome OS is not a mobile operating system.
  8. This week at its Ignite 2019 conference in Orlando, Microsoft announced the general availability date of its new Chromium-based Edge browser, which has been in public testing since April. Beginning on January 15, it will be considered generally available, meaning that it will start updating users to its new browser. Unfortunately, it's going to be missing a few key features. ARM64 support will be missing at launch, despite Microsoft having released its own ARM-powered PC just this week. You also won't find the new browser for Xbox One or HoloLens; and it probably goes without saying, but the newly-announced Linux version won't be available on January 15. Some app features won't be there either, including history syncing and extension syncing. To be clear though, these features, along with ARM64 support, won't be in the shipping version of the browser, but they could be in Canary and Dev channels by then. The reason for the lack of ARM64 support is a blocking bug that is exclusive to the ARM architecture. Microsoft did indeed plan to announce support for the chip architecture at its October 2 event alongside of the ARM-powered Surface Pro X, but it just wasn't ready, and it's still not ready. ARM64 support is definitely coming though, just in case anyone was worried. As for things like Xbox One and HoloLens, those are just lower priority, and it makes sense. The browser isn't used nearly as much on something like an Xbox. It's coming, but there's no specific timeline. I met with Edge CVP Chuck Friedman, and I did ask why the team chose to announce a GA date when things like ARM64 support, history syncing, and extension syncing aren't ready, and aren't going to be ready in time. It pretty much comes down to those features not being important enough. ARM64 PCs are still a tiny segment of the Windows 10 market, even with a brand new flagship ARM64 PC from Microsoft, the Surface Pro X. History and extension syncing are both important, but not as important as password syncing, which is already included in the browser. Beginning on January 15, users will start seeing the Edge Chromium browser showing up on their PCs. The back end for the updates will be Windows Update, so you'll pretty much get an app that installed over Legacy Edge. Eventually, there will be a Windows 10 feature update that removed Legacy Edge entirely, but there's no telling when that will be. Source: Microsoft's new Edge will ship without ARM64 support, history sync, and extension sync (via Neowin)
  9. SQL Server 2019 has inched slowly towards an official launch, with a Release Candidate released back in August with a refreshed build pushed out a bit more than a week later. Today, Microsoft has talked up a number of new capabilities of SQL Server 2019 at its Ignite 2019 conference designed to help users more efficiently gain insights from data that may exist in different formats or sources. By leveraging Apache Spark and Hadoop Distributed File System (HDFS) built into the SQL Server engine, customers can use Big Data Clusters to bring together both structured and unstructured data to discover new insights. Microsoft is also attempting to help address the issue of data silos by broadening the "data virtualization" concept delivered in SQL Server 2016 via access to a range of new data sources, which include: Azure Cosmos DB Azure SQL Database Azure Data Lake Azure Data Warehouse Cloudera Hadoop Distributed File System (HDFS) Oracle Teradata Furthermore, queries that take advantage of data virtualization will also not require users to move or replicate data. Microsoft is also expecting users to gain improved performance without any changes to their applications simply by upgrading to SQL Server 2019 thanks to "intelligent query processing". The company also expects further efficiencies for "mission-critical workloads with in-memory database capabilities" given enhancements made to persistent memory support and memory-optimized tempdb. Turning towards security, "Always Encrypted with Secure Enclaves" enables users to shift the boundary of trust from the applications to the server. Leveraging a protected region of memory inside the SQL Server process, the secure enclave can "safely perform operations on sensitive data in plaintext" while remaining inaccessible to the software, OS, and system administrators. If you want to check out other inclusions that have appeared in SQL Server 2019 throughout the development cycle you can check out our coverage here. Source: SQL Server 2019 aims to deliver improved data intelligence for enterprises (via Neowin)
  10. Twitter’s website is getting a major overhaul. The company has been testing a new version of its desktop website since the beginning of the year, and today the final product is rolling out to the public. The upgraded experience simplifies navigation with a new — and fairly large — left-hand sidebar that directs you to all of Twitter’s key sections, including Notifications, Direct Messages, Explore, Bookmarks, Lists, and more. The site also features an expanded, more inbox-like Direct Messages screen where you can view and respond to conversations in one place; plus easy profile switching, support for more themes, advanced search, and other features. The popular dark modes, Dim and the very black Lights Out mode, are now supported along with more ways to personalize Twitter through different themes and color options. But the most noticeable change is the organization and layout of the Twitter home screen itself. Below: the old Twitter.com Below: the new Twitter.com The update is designed to make it easier to move around Twitter. Before, you’d have to click on your Profile icon to access features like Lists, Themes, Settings, and other options. Meanwhile, getting to Moments was available both in this Profile dropdown menu and in the main Twitter navigation at the top of the screen, next to Notifications and Messages. Now, Moments is being downgraded to the “More” menu in the redesign — as seen in a test running earlier this summer — and Explore instead gets the top billing. As on mobile, Explore will direct users to more live videos and personalized local moments, says Twitter. This is also where you’ll find Top Trends, while Personalized Trends will be featured on the right-hand sidebar on the home screen. (See above). In addition, Twitter finally brought the over a year old Bookmarks feature to the desktop’s main navigation. With the update, the new navigation menu includes: Home, Explore, Notifications, Messages, Bookmarks, Lists, Profile, and then More — the latter, a menu where you’ll find things like Moments, Twitter’s ad tools, Settings, and other features. The new Compose feature has been slightly tweaked as well, with options to include a photo, GIF, poll or emoji now all in the bottom left — with the emoji button now swapping in for the location button, following Twitter’s decision to make sharing precise location less of a priority, given its lack of use. Though the new home screen is arguably better-organized, the navigation text itself and the amount of screen real estate it takes up is overly large. This detracts somewhat from the main content — the tweets themselves — because your eye is naturally drawn to the oversize navigation labels at first, not the posts flowing in the timeline. This can also be a jarring change to get used to for longtime Twitter.com users. (Good thing there’s a new Mac desktop app on the way.) If you really can’t stand the navigation labels’ size, you can make the webpage smaller which then hides the text labels of the navigation items, leaving only their icons. This, unfortunately, isn’t all that useful if you like to keep Twitter open in a tab alongside all your other tabs. It works better if you pop out Twitter.com into its own window. The navigation changes were likely a design choice Twitter made, in part, to simplify the use of its product by more casual users and newcomers. The company has struggled with user growth throughout its history, even changing how it reports metrics to paint a better picture of its business. Now, you’d have to be almost completely web illiterate to not find your way around the new Twitter.com. But only time will tell what effect this has on growing its user base. Not all the changes will be as controversial as the new layout, though. For example, the now double-paned Direct Message section is more welcome as it makes using Messages feel more like the real inbox it often is — with the message list on the left and conversations on the right. Search got an update, as well, which puts tabs for moving between “Top,” “Latest,” “People,” “Photos,” and “Videos” at the top of the screen, with Advanced Search Filters to the right. And for those with multiple Twitter accounts, you can now switch between them from the main navigation. That’s helpful. Twitter’s tests of the updated design had been rolling out to more people throughout the year — it even tried two different versions for a time. Throughout this process, the company incorporated some of the user feedback it received. For example, the changes to the Messaging screen and the high priority given to Bookmarks were among the requests Twitter addressed. But generally speaking, Twitter was aiming to deliver a more consistent, seamless experience across both the phone and the web platforms with this update, a company spokesperson told us. There’s some bad news for old school Twitter.com users — as of this public launch of the redesign, there’s no option for going back to the legacy experience, as there was during the testing period. Twitter says the upgraded look will begin rolling out globally starting today. Source
  11. Tor Browser adds better HTML5 support, removes SHA-1 Tor browser 6.0 The Tor Project released today version 6.0 of its famous privacy-first Web browser, which is now based on the Firefox 45-ESR release, and features better HTML5 support and updated security features to safeguard encrypted traffic and its updates mechanism. There are a lot of people that hate the recent Australis-based Firefox versions, among which 45-ESR is one, mainly due to its revamped GUI that most users considered non-Firefoxey or too-Chromey. Nevertheless, the Web can get really lonely if the browser you're on doesn't fully support the modern technologies on which most websites are being built today. This update doesn't necessarily mean new features only, but throwing out the old as well, a picture perfect image of what the latest Tor Browser stable version is. Better HTML5 support means less Flash Being based on Firefox 45-ESR, Tor Browser 6.0 automatically brings in top-of-the-line HTML5 support, which should make it much easier now to leave your Flash plugin turned off on the majority of sites you're visiting. Since Flash can give away details like your IP, you should be staying away from Flash altogether if you value Tor more for its privacy features rather than for its ability to throw a different IP at you every time you boot it up. Secondly, Firefox 45-ESR also features support for the Push API for dynamic notifications, but also better support for the latest JavaScript standard, such as ES6 classes. The Tor team also brought in an important fix for Mac OS X, where the Tor Browser from now on will be using code-signing in order to avoid getting blocked by OS X's GateKeeper security app. Tor Browser 6.0 says good bye to SHA-1 The biggest changes, or at least in our eyes, are the modifications made to the browser's encryption layer. Since the Tor Browser works on top of an encryption-first protocol, support for modern cryptography must be up to par with such a reputation. As such, Tor Browser 6.0 has removed support for SHA-1 certificates, something that its bigger brothers such as Firefox, Chrome, and Edge have announced this past winter. These browsers are a little bit tardy, mainly due to their huge userbases and will be taking the first steps to remove SHA-1 at the end of June this year, and then a permanent step at the start of 2017. Furthermore, the latest Tor Browser version also comes with a better update mechanism, which now checks both the update package's signature and hash before running the update file. The team also fixed a simple yet serious DLL hijacking issue, and applied some quick fixes here and there to patch some urgent bugs, but the Project promised to deliver complete fixes for these issues in later versions. Tor partially fixes issues with its default search engine provider Last but not least, the Tor Project also clarified the situation of its default search engine, Disconnect, which is now displaying search results via DuckDuckGo's API, instead of Google. The Tor team explains that until Disconnect clarifies its situation with Google, the Tor Project has specifically asked the Disconnect team to supply them with DuckDuckGo search results instead of Bing, which they described as "basically unacceptable quality-wise." The Tor Browser 6.0 is available for download for the Linux, Mac, and Windows operating systems via Softpedia, but if you already have it installed, you should also be able to upgrade via its built-in updater. A full Tor Browser 6.0 changelog is also available. Article source
  12. Windows 10 hacks: 11 hidden tricks to master after you upgrade. Your guide to taking screenshots, shutting down background apps and a useful battery-saving tip Whether you've been using Windows 10 for years or have only recently upgraded, there are plenty of new and old tips, tricks and hidden features to learn that will make using your laptop every day faster and smoother. For example, finding the secret Start menu and saving battery power with a simple trick. Microsoft doesn't typically publicize its hidden features the way Apple does, which can make it more difficult to know how to get the most out of the machine you use day in and day out. Even learning how to upgrade to Windows 10 for free can be tricky. You'll want to do this ASAP, by the way, since support for Windows 7 ended in January. So no matter which Microsoft, Dell, HP or other Windows 10 rig you have, these clever tips will help you stay organized and get more done. Plus, here's everything you need to know about the upcoming Windows 10 April 2020 update. All the latest tech news delivered to your inbox. It's FREE!1. Minimize all windows except the active one If your desktop screen has gotten too crowded with open windows, you can quickly minimize them all except the one you are currently working in. Just click the title bar of the window you want to remain open to select it. Then, hold the mouse down and move the window back and forth quickly -- shaking it, essentially. After a couple of quick shakes, all other open windows will minimize, leaving only the one you've shaken open. Neat, huh? 2. Open the 'secret' Start menu You know that to get to the Start menu, you hit the Windows icon at the bottom left of the screen or on your keyboard. But Windows 10 includes a lesser-known second Start menu that makes accessing important features like the Command Prompt, the Control Panel and the Task Manager much easier. You can access it two different ways, either by pressing the Windows key + X, or right click the Windows icon/Start button. 3. Create an event without opening the Calendar app Windows 10's latest update lets you quickly add events to your Microsoft calendar directly from your Taskbar -- without actually having to open the calendar at all. Here's how to do it: 1. On your Taskbar, click the box with the time and date in it in the right corner. 2. Click the date when you want to schedule an event. 3. Enter the event name, time and location. (If you have multiple calendars, click the down arrow next to the event name field to choose the one you want to add it to.) 4. Click save. The event should appear in your Calendar app across your devices. 4. Take a screenshot I know, it's a basic one -- but it's amazing how easy it is to forget how to take a screenshot on your laptop or desktop when you don't do it often. There are at least eight different ways you can take a screenshot with Windows 10. If you want to capture and save a picture of your entire screen, the easiest way is to hit the Windows key + Print Screen key, and that picture will be saved to the Pictures > Screenshots folder. To capture just one part of your screen, hit the Windows key + Shift + S to open a tool called Snip & Sketch, which allows you to click and drag to create a screenshot, which is saved to your Clipboard. 5. Open items on your Taskbar with keyboard shortcuts If you've pinned programs to your Taskbar at the bottom of your screen to create a shortcut, you don't have to click the icons to open them. Instead, use the keyboard shortcut Windows key + [Number key], with the number key corresponding to the position of the program on the Taskbar. For example, Windows key + 2 will open the second item on the Taskbar. This is especially useful if you're typing furiously and don't want to lift your fingers from the keyboard. It may feel more natural to reach for the Windows key. 6. Figure out how much space apps are taking up Computers start running slower as they grow short on space. One quick way to speed them up may be to get rid of apps that take up more space than they should, especially if you don't regularly use them. To see how much space an app uses, navigate to Settings > System > Storage. Click on the drive you want to search (likely the local storage, "This PC"), and click Apps & games to see a list of apps installed on your machine and how much space they are taking up. You probably won't get rid of your browser, but you might find that a game you haven't played in years is some good dead weight to drop. 7. Get rid of ads in your Start menu When you run Windows 10 with default settings, you may sometimes see apps on the right side of your Start menu. Microsoft calls them "suggestions," but they are actually ads for Windows Store apps you can buy. To get rid of the ads in your Windows 10 Start menu, go to Settings > Personalization > Start. Toggle the setting called Show suggestions occasionally in Start to the off position. 8. Shut down background apps Apps that run in the background can receive info, send notifications, and stay updated, even when you aren't using them -- which can be useful, but can also suck your battery and your data, if you're connecting via a mobile hotspot. To control which apps are running in the background and save some battery power and data, go to Settings > Privacy > Background apps. To stop all apps from running in the background, toggle Let apps run in the background to Off. Or, you can choose which apps to run in the background individually by going down the list on the same page. 9. Use background scrolling With Windows 10, you can scroll up and down on any window -- even if it's not the one you're directly working in. This is a useful tool when you have a lot of windows open that you want to look through at the same time -- for example, if you want to open new sub-menu options in new windows to save you time clicking back and forward on the same page. Try opening two programs -- say, an internet browser page and a notepad or Word document. Arrange both on the screen so you can see at least some of the text on each. While you are in one window, hover your mouse or use the touchpad to move to the second window, and scroll. Even though you aren't active in that window, it should allow you to move up and down the page. The feature should be on by default, but if it isn't, go to Settings > Devices > Mouse, and toggle Scroll inactive windows when I hover over them to On. Then you can place your mouse over a window that's in the background and use the scroll wheel to scroll. 10. Show file extensions in File Explorer Microsoft hides file extensions by default, which makes life difficult for people who need to look for specific types of files, like JPEGs and JPGs. To see file extensions in File Explorer, do the following: 1. Go to the Search bar at the bottom of the screen, and type in File Explorer Options, and click it. (There are a number of other ways to get here too, but that one seems fastest.) 2. In the window that pops up, click the View tab. 3. Uncheck the box that says Hide extensions for known file types. Click Apply, and OK. You should now see file extensions for all files in the File Explorer. You can also use the File Explorer Options menu to choose to show empty drives, hidden files and folders, and more. 11. Cut down on distractions with Focus assist It's frustrating to try and get work done when you keep getting interrupted with notifications. You can determine how many you get with Focus assist, a tool Windows 10 added in the April 2018 update. Set it up by going to Settings > System > Focus assist. Choose from three options: Off (get all notifications from your apps and contacts), Priority (see only selected notifications from a priority list that you customize, and send the rest to your action center), and Alarms only (hide all notifications, except for alarms). You can also choose to automatically turn this feature on during certain hours, or when you're playing a game. Source
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    Does anybody have a Spanish language pack for windows 8? Im looking for Spanish (US) or (Mexico) not spain. thx
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