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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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Adobe Flash Player gets one last update before its demise

Adobe Flash Player gets one last update before its demise

Few web technologies are probably equally loved and hated as much as Flash, created by Macromedia and now owned by Flash. Flash created a whole genre of content and a generation of sites that the creators of the Web may have never thought possible and probably wished never came to be. Those will soon be history, quite literally, as official support for the Flash Player inches closer to its death. But not before Adobe strangely pushes out one last update that will be relevant for only a month.

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The Internet Archives is preserving Flash content for posterity

The Internet Archives is preserving Flash content for posterity

Mozilla's announcement that Firefox will pretty much stop playing Flash videos and games early next year was a reminder that a big chunk of the Web's history, both the good and the bad, will soon be gone but definitely not forgotten. For all the flak it has gotten over the years, it still gave birth to a multitude of content, some of which have never made it to the HTML5 transition. As keepers of the Internet's long and massive history, the Internet Archives is announcing a safe haven for these animations and games, at least those that will be able to run in a special Flash emulator.

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Your 1st Stimulus Check deadline is here: Last chance to register

Your 1st Stimulus Check deadline is here: Last chance to register

The economic impact payment (stimulus check) deadline for registration is approaching. As talks in DC continue to hint at a second stimulus check for late 2020, those that haven't yet received - or registered for - their Economic Impact Payment have a date to watch. November 21, 2020, 3PM ET is the deadline for you to request your Economic Impact Payment in any of three instances.

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Chrome 86 will block sites abusive notification content by default

Chrome 86 will block sites abusive notification content by default

As if ads weren't bad enough, some less conscientious site owners have learned to misuse and abuse one of the modern Web's features that, on their own, could actually be benign. But just like notifications on your phone, webpage notifications have not only become a nuisance, some have even become dangerous. In its efforts to make the Web a better place and make ads look less devious, Google is pushing a new feature in version 86 of Chrome that will block sites that use notifications to display abusive and misleading content.

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Microsoft invites web apps to support Surface Duo and Galaxy Z Fold 2

Microsoft invites web apps to support Surface Duo and Galaxy Z Fold 2

The Microsoft Surface Duo and Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 have been compared and contrasted but, curiously, Microsoft doesn't think they're that different, at least not from an app development point of view. That's actually a good thing because that means that Microsoft's own app development tools could be used for both devices. That seems to be the spiel it is making with its new experimental Web APIs that it says will help web app developers target foldable phones, whether they have one, two, or even three screens.

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Chrome 86 paves the way for more powerful and richer web apps

Chrome 86 paves the way for more powerful and richer web apps

Web technologies have grown at an impressive rate and degree in the past years but there are still some things that they can't easily do compared to their native counterparts. Part of that is due to the very nature of web browsers that try to sandbox web pages and web apps as much as possible to prevent malware from getting through. The other is that the Web revolves around standards that have to be agreed on first.

As one of the Web's biggest stockholders, Google has been doing a rather delicate dance to address both, and Chrome 86 is adding more tools to developers' belt to make web apps just as feature-rich as native.

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ChromeOS.dev finally addresses one of the platform’s biggest flaw

ChromeOS.dev finally addresses one of the platform’s biggest flaw

Google has been heavily pushing Chromebooks and Chrome OS almost as the all-in-one computer system you'll ever need, especially with the upcoming support for running Windows applications (at least on the enterprise). As a software platform, however, Chrome OS's story has never really been complete and that is manifested in the lack of quality or even notable apps and games for Chrome OS. Google is finally adding a new chapter to that story with ChromeOS.dev, its new one-stop-shop to help developers get up and running on making software for Google's OS.

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Apple Music Web beta returns with a new tab and a new design

Apple Music Web beta returns with a new tab and a new design

For years, Apple has been rather selfish with its iTunes music experience, only begrudgingly allowing a Windows version for the sake of managing user's devices and music. With the launch of the Apple Music service, however, the company has started to accept other platforms to reach more subscribers, be it on Android or even on the Web. Apple Music on web browsers has long shed off its beta incarnation but now the testing version is back with a new look as well as a new tab for your listening pleasure.

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Stimulus check update: How much money do we get, and when?

Stimulus check update: How much money do we get, and when?

In in the summer of 2020, US citizens are edging ever closer to their second major stimulus check in less than a year. This payment was otherwise titled an "Economic Impact Payment" (EIP) by the IRS, and will be sent automatically to most US taxpayers. IF you filed a tax return in 2018, 2019, or are a senior or retiree, the IRS suggested that "no further action is needed" in order for you to get a Economic Impact Payment.

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Google Search mobile-first indexing is delayed to 2021

Google Search mobile-first indexing is delayed to 2021

Website owners can now probably breathe a sigh of relief now that Google is holding off on another one of its web-breaking changes. The search giant has been aggressively pushing for new systems and standards to make the Web safe and more accessible on any device, but those changes don't happen just by magic. They require site owners and developers to put in some extra work, work that they may not be able to afford right now, which is why Google is staying its hand in fully implementing its mobile-first indexing until March next year.

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