FrostWire 6.9.8

May 01, 2022 - 8:58 AM - by Reverend
FrostWire is a free, open source BitTorrent client, first released as a fork of LimeWire. In version 5, Gnutella support was dropped entirely, and now FrostWire only uses the BitTorrent network.

FrostWire 6.9.8

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Microsoft Edge will soon include a free built-in VPN

May 01, 2022 - 8:52 AM - by Reverend
Microsoft has consistently tried to get more people to use Edge. Some of the ways it has pursued that goal have been less well-received than others, but its latest effort to do so could make for a useful addition to the software. In a support page spotted by The Verge, the company revealed it’s adding a free built-in VPN service dubbed Edge Secure Network to its web browser.

The company says the tool will encrypt your internet connection. You can use that functionality to protect your data from your internet service provider. As with most VPNs, you can also use Edge Secure Network to mask your location, making it possible to access services that might otherwise be blocked in the country where you live or are visiting.

If you find yourself frequently traveling, chances are Edge Secure Network won’t replace a paid VPN. The feature limits you to 1GB of data usage per month. It’s also worth noting you’ll need a Microsoft account to use the service. Microsoft has yet to begin testing the VPN. But once the feature is available, you’ll be able to enable it through Edge's three-dots icon. A new option titled “Secure Network” will turn the VPN on. Once you're done browsing, it will automatically turn off again.

Engadget
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Twitter bans 'misleading' climate change ads

Apr 25, 2022 - 6:43 PM - by Reverend
Twitter is banning misleading advertisements that go against the scientific consensus of climate change, the company announced on Friday, which was Earth Day.

"We believe that climate denialism shouldn't be monetized on Twitter, and that misrepresentative ads shouldn't detract from important conversations about the climate crisis," Twitter said in a blog post.

Those denying the effects of climate change have targeted sites such as Twitter and Facebook, enabling them to reach hundreds and thousands of those platforms' users with false claims.

The announced change did not indicate whether Twitter would ban or delete the accounts of users who post climate change misinformation.

Twitter's blog post cited the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, whose recent report called for "immediate and deep emissions reductions" to combat the impacts of global warming.

The tech giant said it is working toward adding more "reliable, authoritative context" to conversations about the climate on its platform.

Twitter's move follows action taken by other tech companies. Earlier this month, Pinterest announced it will prohibit users from sharing climate misinformation on its site, banning the content outright. It will also remove posts that deny climate change.

And last year, Google, announced it was banning ads on content from climate change deniers on its platform, as well as prohibiting advertisements that deny climate change.

Separately, hours after Twitter's policy update, European policymakers reached agreement on sweeping tech regulations that included stricter rules on how platforms regulate misinformation and illegal content on social media and other platforms.

Big Tech has been facing increased pressure to combat the spread of climate misinformation on their platforms.

An open letter signed by more than 200 scientists, activists and organizations last November called for the CEOs of social media companies including Facebook, Instagram, Google, Twitter, TikTok, Pinterest and Reddit to establish climate misinformation policies similar to the ones they put in place for Covid-19.

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Google will kill call recording apps on Android for good starting May 11

Apr 21, 2022 - 6:38 PM - by Reverend
Google recently made some changes to its Play Store Policy that come into effect starting May 11. One of those changes aims to kill call recording apps on Android for good.

As noted by Reddit user NLL Apps, this particular policy change affects the use of the Accessibility API by app developers. Google states, “The Accessibility API is not designed and cannot be requested for remote call audio recording.” Google also clarified the policy in a developer webinar streamed live just a few hours ago.

Google has been slowly deprecating and removing APIs that enable call recording over several Android versions. The company does this in the name of privacy and security and also because call recording laws are so varied across different countries. In Android 10, Google blocked call recording by default. So to circumvent the restriction, Play Store apps started using the Accessibility API to record calls. This will no longer be possible after Google implements the new changes next month.

That said, Google’s policy is only limited to third-party call recording apps on the Play Store. Native call recording functionality on phones such as the Google Pixels or Xiaomi phones with the Mi Dialer will not be affected.

“If the app is the default dialer on the phone and also pre-loaded, accessibility capability is is not required to get access to the incoming audio stream, and hence, will not be in violation,” the presenter explained in the developer webinar discussing the Google Play policy updates.

Essentially, system apps can obtain any permission because they are pre-installed on the phone. Third-party apps don’t have the same leeway and need to acquire permissions.

What remains to be seen is if developers will implement the new policy changes before the May deadline or if Google will resort to removing apps from the Play Store for non-compliance.

Android Authority
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Sega Remasters 5 Classic Games for a Sonic Origins Collection

Apr 20, 2022 - 7:24 PM - by Reverend
Sega is set to offer a collection of newly remastered Sonic the Hedgehog games called Sonic Origins on June 23.

The five games included with Sonic Origins are Sonic the Hedgehog, Sonic the Hedgehog 2, Sonic CD, and Sonic 3 & Knuckles! That last title is actually a combination of Sonic the Hedgehog 3 and Sonic & Knuckles, which were originally released separately back in 1994.

Sonic Origins will be available for PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, Steam, and the Epic Games Store on June 23 for $39.99. The game is also coming to Switch, but doesn't have a release date yet. By pre-ordering the game, you'll guarantee access to the Start Dash DLC pack, which includes 100 Bonus Coins (in-game currency), Mirror Mode is unlocked, and there's a choice of themed Letterbox Backgrounds to use.

Sega is offering a Standard Edition of the game, which only includes the main game content (and Start Dash DLC). There's also a Digital Deluxe Edition ($44.99), which adds Hard Missions, character animations in the main menu, camera controls over the main menu islands, character animations during the music islands, and additional music tracks from Genesis games. According to VGC, there will be 11 Hard Missions, 10 Letterbox Background designs, and 73 music tracks taken from Sonic Spinball, Chaotix, and Sonic 3D Blast.

If you opt for the Standard Edition, all additional content can be purchased separately as part of a Premium Fun Pack and Classic Music Pack. Regardless of the version purchased you'll be able to play as Sonic, Tails, or Knuckles, and new animated content has been created for each game. What remains unclear is how Sega intends to use the in-game currency.

All games included in the collection were originally released between 1991-1994, and all have been re-released several times for more recent platforms including the GBA, Wii, 3DS, Xbox, PlayStation, Android, iOS, Ouya, and Windows.

PC Magazine
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TikTok Adds an Invisible Dislike Button for Comments

Apr 14, 2022 - 6:46 PM - by Reverend
TikTok had added the ability to dislike comments, but the feedback can only be seen by the social media giant itself.

Cormac Keenan, head of trust and safety at TikTok, announced it would be testing the new feature in a blog post about fostering kindness and safety on the platform.

Adding the invisible dislike button – which can't be seen by the content creator or any other users – will "let individuals identify comments they believe to be irrelevant or inappropriate" to TikTok itself without spreading visible negativity throughout the platform.

Keenan added: "This community feedback will add to the range of factors we already use to help keep the comment section consistently relevant and a place for genuine engagement.

"To avoid creating ill-feeling between community members or demoralize creators, only the person who registered a dislike on a comment will be able to see that they have done so."

This is just one of the ways TikTok will battle abusive and hateful content on its platform, Keenan said, as "we believe community should be built on a foundation of respect, kindness, and understanding."

It also announced new safety reminders for creators that will encourage them to filter, block, and delete negative comments, and said it will otherwise continue to update its community guidelines accordingly based on user feedback.

IGN
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