WhatsApp on the web gets a built-in sticker maker

Nov 25, 2021 - 10:27 AM - by Reverend
WhatsApp’s web version has been updated with a built-in custom Sticker Maker, which lets you turn ordinary images from your computer into stickers that can be sent via the messaging service. To access it, click the paperclip (attachments) icon, select Sticker, and then pick an image to upload. As well as WhatsApp’s web version, the feature is also coming to its Desktop apps in the next week.

Once uploaded, images can be edited to turn them into the perfect sticker. An outline can be drawn around a picture’s subject to cut out the background, and images can also be cropped (though always in a square aspect ratio). Emoji, text, and additional WhatsApp stickers can also be layered on top of your sticker creations.

Being able to make your own stickers on WhatsApp is nothing new, and there are a whole range of third-party apps available on iOS and Android dedicated to the task. But it’s a convenient feature to have built directly into the service’s desktop and web versions, especially since they let you edit images with the precision of a mouse pointer.

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Amazon to stop accepting Visa credit cards in UK

Nov 18, 2021 - 9:36 AM - by Reverend
Amazon will stop accepting Visa credit cards issued in the UK from 19 January, the online retail giant has said.

It said the move was due to high credit card transaction fees but said Visa debit cards would still be accepted.

Visa said it was "very disappointed that Amazon is threatening to restrict consumer choice in the future".

Amazon said: "The cost of accepting card payments continues to be an obstacle for businesses striving to provide the best prices for customers."

The online retailer said costs should be going down over time due to advances in technology, "but instead they continue to stay high or even rise".

An Amazon spokesperson said the dispute was to do with "pretty egregious" price rises from Visa over a number of years with no additional value to its service.

Amazon is offering £20 for Prime customers to switch from using Visa to an alternative payment method, and £10 for other customers.

Visa said in a statement it was "very disappointed that Amazon is threatening to restrict consumer choice in the future. When consumer choice is limited, nobody wins."

It said it had "a long-standing relationship with Amazon" and that it was trying to resolve the situation so customers would be able to use Visa credit cards with Amazon UK.

Amazon declined to say how much Visa charges the retailer to process transactions made on credit cards.

Visa also declined to comment though it claimed that on average it takes less than 0.1% of the value of a purchase.

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Microsoft Will Continue To Support Windows 10 With Annual Updates

Nov 18, 2021 - 9:28 AM - by Reverend
Accompanying the Windows 10 November 2021 update--also called Windows 10 21H2--comes Microsoft's official announcement on the future of Windows 10 updates. The OS will get updated once a year--instead of the usual twice-a-year updates--matching Windows 11 annual update schedule. That means the next Windows 10 update will come in the latter half of 2022.

For those not ready to transition to Windows 11, there's still a bit of leeway left for sticking to Microsoft 10: Microsoft also stated that it will support "at least one version" of Windows 10 until October 14, 2025. For the Windows 10 21H2's Home and Pro editions, 18 months of support has been promised. Windows 10 21H2 Enterprise and Education editions will get a longer period of support, receiving 30 months instead. Business versions of Windows 10 21H2 will get five years of service and support.

Windows 10 21H2 came with minor features like improved security during use of wifi networks and added support for Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) and Azure IoT Edge for Linux.

Windows 11 started rolling out on October 25, 2021, initiating the countdown clock for Windows 10's lifespan. If you still are running Windows 10 2004, be sure to upgrade as soon as possible. Support for Windows 10 2004 ends on December 14, 2021.

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Apple announces Self Service Repair

Nov 18, 2021 - 9:25 AM - by Reverend
Apple today announced Self Service Repair, which will allow customers who are comfortable with completing their own repairs access to Apple genuine parts and tools. Available first for the iPhone 12 and iPhone 13 lineups, and soon to be followed by Mac computers featuring M1 chips, Self Service Repair will be available early next year in the US and expand to additional countries throughout 2022. Customers join more than 5,000 Apple Authorized Service Providers (AASPs) and 2,800 Independent Repair Providers who have access to these parts, tools, and manuals.

The initial phase of the program will focus on the most commonly serviced modules, such as the iPhone display, battery, and camera. The ability for additional repairs will be available later next year.

“Creating greater access to Apple genuine parts gives our customers even more choice if a repair is needed,” said Jeff Williams, Apple’s chief operating officer. “In the past three years, Apple has nearly doubled the number of service locations with access to Apple genuine parts, tools, and training, and now we’re providing an option for those who wish to complete their own repairs.”

Apple builds durable products designed to endure the rigors of everyday use. When an Apple product requires repair, it can be serviced by trained technicians using Apple genuine parts at thousands of locations, including Apple (in-store or by mail), AASPs, Independent Repair Providers, and now product owners who are capable of performing repairs themselves.

To ensure a customer can safely perform a repair, it’s important they first review the Repair Manual. Then a customer will place an order for the Apple genuine parts and tools using the Apple Self Service Repair Online Store. Following the repair, customers who return their used part for recycling will receive credit toward their purchase.

The new store will offer more than 200 individual parts and tools, enabling customers to complete the most common repairs on iPhone 12 and iPhone 13.

Self Service Repair is intended for individual technicians with the knowledge and experience to repair electronic devices. For the vast majority of customers, visiting a professional repair provider with certified technicians who use genuine Apple parts is the safest and most reliable way to get a repair.

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Windows 11 Users Will Be Forced to Use Microsoft Edge Soon

Nov 15, 2021 - 9:46 PM - by Reverend
With the launch of Windows 11, Microsoft made it very difficult to change the default browser, but soon users will be forced to us Edge for certain tasks.

Microsoft uses microsoft-edge:// links instead of https:// for specific features in Windows, for example, links to online news, weather, or Start Menu search results. Thankfully, a helper program called EdgeDeflector bypasses the association with Edge and allows those link to open using your default browser of choice instead. Not for much longer, though.

In the latest preview build of Windows 11 (22494), Microsoft has stopped EdgeDeflector, and any other software performing a similar interception task, from working. In so doing, there's no choice but to use Edge for any microsoft-edge:// link. Daniel Aleksandersen, the developer of EdgeDeflector, has confirmed that his helper program will no longer work and all the methods he could use to keep it working after this change would require "making destructive changes to Windows."

Aleksandersen goes on to summarize what a lot of Windows 11 users are probably thinking after learning about this change: "These aren’t the actions of an attentive company that cares about its product anymore. Microsoft isn’t a good steward of the Windows operating system. They’re prioritizing ads, bundleware, and service subscriptions over their users’ productivity."

As to why Microsoft decided to implement this change, it's likely because both Braze and Mozilla have implemented similar functionality to EdgeDeflector to intercept microsoft-edge:// links. EdgeDeflector has about 500,000 users, but if you add in Firefox and Brave browser users, that total jumps up to nearly 237 million users, which is certainly enough to make Microsoft take notice and react.

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YouTube gives dislikes the thumbs-down, hides public counts

Nov 11, 2021 - 9:16 AM - by Reverend
YouTube has announced that it’ll be hiding public dislike counts on videos across its site, starting today. The company says the change is to keep smaller creators from being targeted by dislike attacks or harassment, and to promote “respectful interactions between viewers and creators.” The dislike button will still be there, but it’ll be for private feedback, rather than public shaming.

This move isn’t out of the blue. In March, YouTube announced that it was experimenting with hiding the public dislike numbers, and individual creators have long had the ability to hide ratings on their videos. But the fact that the dislike counts will be disappearing for everyone (gradually, according to YouTube) is a big deal — viewers are used to being able to see the like-to-dislike ratio as soon as they click on a video and may use that number to decide whether to continue watching. Now, that will no longer be an option, but it could close off a vector for harassment.

YouTube says that when it tested hiding dislike numbers, people were less likely to use the button to attack the creator — commenting “I just came here to dislike” was seemingly less satisfying when you don’t actually get to see the number go up. That behavior may still continue to some extent, though, as creators will be able to see the dislike numbers for their own video in YouTube Studio. The company says this still lets well-meaning viewers leave private feedback to content creators or use dislikes to tune the algorithm’s video recommendations.

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