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This old programming language is suddenly getting more popular again

Objective-C, the programming language superseded by Apple's Swift for iOS and macOS app development, has finally dropped off the top 20 most popular languages, according to the April 2021 edition of the Tiobe Programming Community index. While it's been seven years since Apple released Swift, Objective-C has continued to linger in Tiobe's top 20 list of the world's most popular languages. Objective-C was third on the index in 2014 when Swift […]

todayApril 6, 2021


Google plows ahead with plan to curb how ads track users

Google will move ahead with a plan to phase out third-party cookies that help advertisers track customers around the web, shunning alternative methods to track individuals. The Alphabet Inc. unit upended the advertising industry with its decision last year to phase out third-party cookies that help advertisers pinpoint customers with ads for websites they previously visited and monitor which ads convinced them to buy. “We’re making explicit that once third-party cookies are phased out, […]

todayMarch 4, 2021


Instagram Rolls Out New Way to Say Something Stupid in Public

Instagram is expanding its livestreaming offerings with a new feature dubbed Live Rooms, which is just like Instagram Live but with up to three more people haphazardly broadcasting their thoughts into the world simultaneously. Instagram’s Live Rooms add to the increasingly crowded livestreaming space, which includes everything from Twitch to TikTok, to audio-only Clubhouse and Twitter’s Spaces. And because most of us have absolutely no business livestreaming for any reason, […]

todayMarch 2, 2021


How to Mute Chrome Notifications When Sharing Your Screen

Just like video chatting, screen sharing is now a required tool for anyone working or socializing from home. Unfortunately, sharing your device’s screen can be a privacy risk—or just embarrassing—if you don’t take precautions against accidental oversharing. To help mitigate that risk, Google is testing a new feature that mutes Chrome notifications while you’re sharing a Chrome window so that your browser can’t air your dirty laundry without warning. While Google Meet already auto-mutes […]

todayJanuary 29, 2021


Apple hit with another European class action over throttled iPhones

A third class action lawsuit has been filed in Europe against Apple seeking compensation — for what Italy’s Altroconsumo consumer protection agency dubs “planned obsolescence” of a number of iPhone 6 models. The action relates to performance throttling Apple applied several years ago to affected iPhones when the health of the device’s battery had deteriorated — doing so without clearly informing users. It later apologized. The class action suit in […]

todayJanuary 25, 2021


Google’s new Chrome 88 update improves dark mode, removes FTP and Adobe Flash

Google is releasing a new version of Chrome this week that will improve its dark mode support, alongside removing FTP and Adobe Flash support. The dark mode improvements can be found on both Windows and Chrome OS. There are refinements to both the light and dark modes in Chrome OS, with the themes updated for the app launcher, quick settings, and shelf parts of Chrome OS. How To Geek also reports that […]

todayJanuary 20, 2021


Samsung wins the wireless earbuds war with retro clamshell cellphone charging cases

It turns out the big news from last week wasn’t that Samsung finally ditched the bizarre bean design for its wireless earbuds, it’s that the company plans to dominate the ‘kids of the late ‘90s’ demographic with a charging case cover that camouflages the Galaxy Buds Pro as a retro clamshell cellphone. Days after a new product category is announced accessories for said products start trickling out, and if you’ve been using a set of […]

todayJanuary 19, 2021


WhatsApp clarifies privacy changes and Facebook data sharing

WhatsApp is attempting to clarify changes to its privacy policy after immense backlash. The Facebook-owned messaging service has published a new FAQ page to its website, saying that the changes going into effect on February 8 only affect businesses who use WhatsApp, not individual users. Last week, a report suggested that WhatsApp would share user data with Facebook, without giving users a choice. In 2016, WhatsApp began sharing data with Facebook by default, but […]

todayJanuary 14, 2021 2


Apple Glasses could automatically unlock all your Apple devices

An Apple patent granted today shows how Apple Glasses could automatically unlock all your Apple devices, in much the same way that you can use an Apple Watch to unlock your Mac. The patent acknowledges that having to unlock each of your devices individually can be slightly annoying when you are using several of them … Many electronic devices restrict access to various features based on authentication of the identity of the […]

todayJanuary 12, 2021

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