Microsoft is killing OneDrive support in Windows 7 and 8

Nov 09, 2021 - 11:01 PM - by Reverend
Users of Microsoft’s first-party cloud storage are going to get a less-than-gentle nudge to upgrade to a newer operating system

early next year. According to a post on its tech support forum, Microsoft will be ending support for the OneDrive desktop app on Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 8.1 starting on March 1, 2022. Users who want to preserve the backup and sync functionality will need to upgrade to Windows 10 or 11.

OneDrive won’t become completely useless for those on older operating systems: The files themselves aren’t going anywhere, and the OneDrive system (and updated, synced contents) can still be accessed via Microsoft accounts on the web. OneDrive apps for iOS and Android are unaffected. It should be noted that, since this is a rather arbitrary end of service, Microsoft might be giving an edge to Google’s Drive and Dropbox, among other cloud storage competitors.

Windows 7 and 8.1 have been out of full support for a long while, but won’t stop getting security updates until January 2023. Still, for reasons of resource management, branding, and of course, money, Microsoft would really like those who are still on older versions of the operating system to get with the times. If you’re wondering, Windows 10 won’t end its full support until October 2025.

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Instagram’s creator subscriptions nearing launch, App Store listing reveals

Nov 09, 2021 - 10:57 PM - by Reverend
Instagram earlier this year said it would explore the idea of creator subscriptions and was later spotted developing a feature that would offer exclusive Stories that were only visible to a creator’s subscriptions. Now, it seems, the company is poised to launch creator subscriptions into broader testing. According to two third-party app intelligence services, Instagram has recently added in-app purchase options to its U.S. app that are intended for “Instagram Subscriptions.”

Both Sensor Tower and Apptopia track the mobile app ecosystem, which includes monitoring chart movements, app engagement and gathering app marketing intelligence data, among other things. But they also track the other less noticeable changes that apps tend to make — like rewriting their App Store descriptions, swapping out their screenshots, or — as in this case — adding new in-app purchases to their App Store listings.

These changes can help point to upcoming features, at times. For example, by tracking newly added in-app purchase options, App Store observers were able to spot the upcoming launch of Twitter’s premium subscription service, Twitter Blue, just ahead of its arrival. Similarly, the addition of the new “Instagram Subscriptions” in-app purchase options likely signals the coming wider launch of Instagram’s subscription-based creator platform.

Sensor Tower confirms the first “Instagram Subscriptions” in-app purchase was added to its U.S. App Store listing on November 1 at the price point of $4.99. The $0.99 in-app purchase was added a couple of days later, on November 3.

Before this, the firm says the only available in-app purchases were the various options for “Instagram Badges.” (Those are the virtual items that fans can buy to support their favorite creators during their livestreams at price points that range from $0.99 to $4.99.)

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Apple-1 computer goes on sale, with bids expected to reach $600,000

Nov 09, 2021 - 10:54 PM - by Reverend
One of Apple's first computers is up for auction and it could sell for as much as $600,000.

The Apple-1 that is going under the hammer on Tuesday is one of the few surviving examples of Apple's first computer in the world, according to John Moran Auctioneers.

The lot includes an Apple-1 "NTI" motherboard and an Apple Cassette Adapter in a koa wood case, as well as a Datanetics Keyboard Rev D, a 1986 Panasonic video monitor, an Apple-1 connecting cable and a power supply, the listing states.

It also comes with an Apple-1 Basic Manual, the Apple-1 Operations Guide, an original MOS 6502 programming manual and two Apple-1 software cassette tapes.

The computer was designed by Steve Wozniak and assembled and tested by Steve Jobs.

The Apple-1 on sale has only had two owners. This particular example was bought by an electronics professor, who then sold it to a student in 1977, said the auctioneer.

"This Apple-1 has recently undergone an extensive authentication, restoration, and evaluation process by one of the foremost experts in the field, who inspected all components and generated a full condition report for the Apple-1," reads the listing.

There are only six examples of the koa wood Apple-1 case left, according to the auction house. The wood has become rarer and more expensive as koa tree numbers have been reduced due to cattle grazing and logging.

Only 200 Apple-1s were made in total, with 175 sold.

Fifty of the 175 computers were sold to Paul Terrell, owner of a store named ByteShop in Mountain View, California, the listing adds.

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Mozilla Firefox is now available on the Microsoft Store for Windows 11 and 10

Nov 09, 2021 - 10:49 PM - by Reverend
Mozilla has announced that the Firefox browser is now available for download on the Microsoft Store on Windows 11 and Windows 10. This gives Firefox a new way to download the browser, which is potentially easier than opening another browser and finding the right website.

This is big news because Firefox is one of the first browsers to take advantage of Microsoft’s new policies for the Store. For years, Microsoft only allowed developers to publish browsers that used EdgeHTML, the same engine used by the old Edge browser. This made even less sense when Edge itself transitioned to the Chromium engine, but with the new Microsoft Store, any kind of browser and app can be published.

Firefox isn’t the first well-known browser to show up on the Microsoft Store, as Opera is available there right now. However, it is the first one with its proprietary Gecko engine, while most other browsers are using Chromium. That includes Microsoft’s own Edge browser, so Firefox presents itself as a true alternative for users who want things done differently. Not only that, Firefox is actually available and updated through the Microsoft Store itself, not using external servers. Updating from external sources is another new feature in the Microsoft Store, and that’s how Opera is listed on the Microsoft Store, but Firefox is actually going through Microsoft’s approval process for Store apps.

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iPhone With USB-C Port Is Attracting $100,000 Bids On eBay

Nov 04, 2021 - 11:20 PM - by Reverend
The robotics student who modified an iPhone X with a USB-C port last month has put the device up for auction on eBay — and it’s already attracting some insane bids.

The first offer for the iPhone started at $3,500 on Tuesday. However, the bids quickly skyrocketed past $50,000 within the next 28 hours. The highest bid has since doubled to $100,100 as of Thursday afternoon.

The modified iPhone X comes from Ken Pillonel, who’s studying for a Master's degree in Robotics at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology. Last month, he uploaded a video of his custom device, which ditches the Lighting port for a USB-C slot, making the iPhone compatible with standard USB-C cables and chargers.

“I just want an iPhone with USB Type-C on it. Why? Because everything I own has USB Type-C so it would be pretty neat to convert an iPhone too. Have one charger and one cable to charge everything,” Pillonel wrote in a blog post back in May.

On Monday, he uploaded a more in-depth 13-minute video, explaining the steps he took to retrofit the iPhone X with a USB-C port. The whole effort involved a lot of research, finding ways to crack open components, and sourcing parts from China in order to create his own USB-C connector capable of fitting inside the iPhone.

In addition, he used a drill to enlarge the iPhone's Lighting port into a USB-C slot. The resulting creation is an iPhone that can both charge and transfer data over USB-C. But rather than keep the custom iPhone, Pillonel has decided to auction the device off with the goal of using the funds to buy specialized equipment to build other projects.

The auction doesn’t end for another week. So expect the final bid to be even higher. However, Pillonel's eBay listing cautions that while the device will work, it’s also a prototype that shouldn’t be used as a daily phone.

If you'd like to mod your own iPhone with a USB-C port, Pillonel has open-sourced the techniques he used by posting them on Github.

PCMag
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Some Windows 11 apps may not be working due to an expired certificate

Nov 04, 2021 - 11:15 PM - by Reverend
Starting on November 1, 2021, some users might be unable to open or use certain built-in Windows apps or parts of some built-in apps. This is caused by an issue with a Microsoft digital certificate, which expired October 31, 2021.

The following might be affected:

  • Snipping Tool
  • Accounts page and landing page in the Settings app (S mode only)
  • Start menu (S mode only)
  • Touch Keyboard, Voice Typing, and Emoji Panel
  • Input Method Editor user interface (IME UI)
  • Getting started and Tips

Workaround: To mitigate the issue with Snipping Tool, use the Print Screen key on your keyboard and paste the screenshot into your document. You can also paste it into Paint to select and copy the section you want.

Partial Resolution: Microsoft will automatically update affected devices with KB5006746 released October 21, 2021 to resolve the following issues:
  • Touch Keyboard, Voice Typing and Emoji Panel
  • Input Method Editor user interface (IME UI)
  • Getting started and Tips

Next steps: We are working on a near term resolution for the Snipping tool and the S mode issues and will provide an update when available.

Affected platforms: Windows 11, version 21H2

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