Contributed by Wil Alambre over the course of December 5th…
Facebook knew Android call-scraping would be high-risk, new documents reveal
In March, many Android users were shocked to discover that Facebook had been collecting a record of their call and SMS history, as revealed by the company’s data download tool. Now, internal emails released by the UK Parliament show how the decision was made internally. According to the emails, developers knew the data was sensitive, but they still pushed to collect it as a way of expanding Facebook’s reach.
Visual Studio 2019 for Mac Preview
Visual Studio for Mac Preview gives you early access to the latest features and improvements not yet available in the main release. By trying the Preview you can take advantage of new builds that ship frequently. Please note that the preview version is continuously evolving, and certain features may not work as expected. This version is also not licensed to build shipping applications.
Apple releases iOS 12.1.1, macOS Mojave 10.14.2, and tvOS 12.1.1
The focus is on bug fixes and security, so none of them introduce major new features.
Google releases Chrome 71 with features to block abusive ads
With Chrome 71, Chrome will filter experiences on websites that fall under Google’s definition of abusive. These include web experiences that aren’t just limited to ads, such as auto-redirects that happen without any action from a user or trick-to-click experiences like a warning notification that actually leads to an ad or another website’s landing page. Sites that are reported to have abusive experiences will be given a 30-day grace period to clean up their behavior before every ad on the site is blocked.
Contributed by Wil Alambre over the course of December 4th…
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Microsoft is building a Chromium-powered web browser that will replace Edge on Windows 10
Windows Central is reporting that Microsoft is developing a new Chromium browser for Windows 10 under the codename "Anaheim", and that it will replace Edge as the default browser on the platform. Their sources "wish to remain anonymous".
2019 is your last year to use Google Hangouts "classic" if you havenât moved on already
A Google spokesperson this afternoon issued an official statement confirming Hangouts Chat and Hangouts Meet will be made available for regular users. Hangouts "classic" is reported to be shutting down “eventually.” The company is “fully committed to supporting classic Hangouts users” until a ‘succesful’ migration to the new services.
Olivia Jaimes, the Mysterious Cartoonist Behind "Nancy," Gives Rare Interview
Abraham Riesman scored an interview with Olivia Jaimes, a mysterious cartoonist who’s resurrected the venerable strip “Nancy” for the 21st century.
Google bridges Android and iOS development with Flutter 1.0
Today Google is launching Flutter 1.0, the first stable release of its open source, cross-platform UI toolkit and SDK. Flutter lets developers share a single code base across Android and iOS apps, with a focus on speed and maintaining a native feel. The announcement was made today at Google's Flutter Live conference in London - a show dedicated entirely to the launch of Google's new developer track.