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Zoom Chromebook app will be arriving as a PWA next week

Zoom Chromebook app will be arriving as a PWA next week

Video conferencing has been the name of the game since last year, and Zoom has almost become synonymous with it. While Google continued to push Chromebooks as the perfect devices for work and study, they were ironically ill-equipped to handle the demands of heavy video chats, both in terms of hardware and especially software. It wouldn't be until later that Google's own Meet would land on Chromebooks and other similar platforms have yet to become available in full. That will happen next week when Zoom finally launches a dedicated app for Chromebooks on the Google Play Store.

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Google FLoC delay means third-party cookies will stick around longer

Google FLoC delay means third-party cookies will stick around longer

Google's Privacy Sandbox, particularly its Federated Learning of Cohorts or FLoC, had the grand ambition of making third-party cookies unnecessary for target advertising, thereby protecting people's privacy even while making money from them. Like many of Google's grand ambitions, FLoC was met with no small amount of criticism and pushback. The company still maintains its position on the benefits of FLoC and its innocence from alleged ulterior motives. To give time to address those concerns, it is taking a small step back and delaying FLoC's implementation to 2023.

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Instagram users can finally create posts with desktop web browsers

Instagram users can finally create posts with desktop web browsers

For the average user, snapping a picture with their phone and then uploading it on Instagram using the platform's mobile app is the most convenient sharing method. Instagram is more than just a casual social media platform, however, instead offering artists, brands, and companies the opportunity to share their work with others. In these cases, being restricted to mobile uploads is far more inconvenient.

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OneDrive gets photo editing features on the Web and Android

OneDrive gets photo editing features on the Web and Android

With Google's unpopular changes to its Photos storage policies, some people have been in search of a new home for their photos in the cloud. Although probably not a household name among regular consumers, Microsoft's OneDrive has long offered such an option. Like many cloud storage services that saw a golden opportunity in Google's change of direction, Microsoft is now shining the spotlight on OneDrive's new photo handling capabilities, especially on Android.

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Binge calculator lets you plan for all the TV

Binge calculator lets you plan for all the TV

There's a new sort of calculator available for binge watching TV, created by developer Brian Yung. The calculator is called "Can I Binge?" and it's effectively a simple website. At said website, you can select a TV show, select a length of time, and hit the question mark.

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ArtStation joins Epic Games: What will change

ArtStation joins Epic Games: What will change

ArtStation announced a collaboration today with Epic Games that could change the future of the art portfolio ecosystem. At first, things will be the same. Epic acquired ArtStation, but ArtStation will "continue to operate as an independently branded platform." They'll also be "collaborating closely with the Unreal Engine team."

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Firefox 88 disables FTP support, no new addons for Android

Firefox 88 disables FTP support, no new addons for Android

Despite all the magic that web apps and web browsers are able to do these days, much of the Web and the Internet in general still operates on top of decades-old technologies. This isn't just about applications like e-mail or IRC (yes, those still exist) but also technologies like TCP/IP, HTTP (without the S), and FTP. Those won't be going away anytime soon, at least without breaking the Internet, but some, such as FTP, are becoming more obscure to the point that Mozilla has decided to start its retirement from the Firefox web browser.

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DuckDuckGo moves to block Google FLoC tracking cookie replacement

DuckDuckGo moves to block Google FLoC tracking cookie replacement

Google made a bold, unexpected, and curious promise of not creating new technology to replace the third-party tracking cookies it would soon be banning from Chrome and, consequently, the Web. That said, some have labeled Google's new experiment precisely like that. While it advertises its Federated Learning of Cohorts or FLoC as a more privacy-respecting way for advertisers to gather data, some, like DuckDuckGo, are calling shenanigans and taking steps to block FLoC activity even while you're using Google Chrome.

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Chrome on Android will soon install PWAs like Android apps

Chrome on Android will soon install PWAs like Android apps

The tug of war between native apps and the so-called web apps never really ended but just took on different forms. The latest version of that battle revolves around Progressive Web Apps that are supposed to look and behave like native apps on each platform. Of course, these PWAs are still mostly installed from their web pages but Chrome for Android will be gaining a new trick that will make it look like you're installing a native Android app instead.

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Google’s Flutter 2 lets developers build apps for Web, foldables

Google’s Flutter 2 lets developers build apps for Web, foldables

"Write once, run everywhere" is one of the long-standing dreams of many programmers, especially as the number of platforms and devices "everywhere" increase. That was the promise that Java, the underlying language of Android, promised but that doesn't hold much water these days. Perhaps it isn't by coincidence that Google, who has gotten into legal trouble over Java, is the one pushing for the next cross-platform app development framework and it might have just achieved that with the Flutter 2.0 release.

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Firefox 85 puts an end to Supercookies and Flash

Firefox 85 puts an end to Supercookies and Flash

Some will say that cookies, at least most traditional cookies, are bad for your health and Web cookies have grown to become the same for your digital health. Created primarily to make it more convenient for users to revisit sites, again and again, the rather crude technology has been abused time and again to track users across the sites they visit. Browser makers are stepping up to fight such privacy invasions and the latest release of Firefox is designed to block another kind of cookie.

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Microsoft One Outlook to unify Web, Windows 10 apps next year

Microsoft One Outlook to unify Web, Windows 10 apps next year

In the early days of PCs and the Internet, Microsoft conquered not only the productivity space with its Office suite but even the now-passé Personal Information Management or PIM market with Outlook. Today, Microsoft Outlook is almost like a distant memory and its disparate and disjointed versions on different platforms aren't doing it any favors. Microsoft apparently hasn't given up yet in trying to reclaim that prestige and is now working to make a new version of Outlook the only version for both Web, Macs, and especially Windows 10 PCs.

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