Adobe Flash Will Finally Be Removed From Windows 10 in July

May 04, 2021 - 10:06 PM - by Reverend
Adobe's Flash Player reached the end of its life as 2020 came to a close, but the software continues to linger on Windows machines around the world. However, Microsoft has a plan, and intends to rid Windows 10 of Flash forever no later than July.

Microsoft attempted to remove the Flash Player from Windows 10 back in October last year, but ultimately failed to do so. The Windows update released to carry out the removal didn't check to see if Flash had been installed using Adobe's standalone installer, meaning if you have ever installed Flash Player manually, it remains on your system. Now in an update to a Windows Blog post, Microsoft program manager Suchithra Gopinath has detailed a new plan.

From June, the Windows update KB4577586, described as “Update for Removal of Adobe Flash Player,” will be included with the Preview Update for Windows 10 versions 1809. Then in July, the same KB4577586 update will be included in the Latest Cumulative Update for Windows 10, versions 1607 and Windows 10, version 1507. It's also making its way into the Monthly Rollup and the Security Only Update for Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012, and Windows Embedded 8 Standard.

Once that happens, Flash will be removed automatically as part of the Windows Update and without the user having to do anything. Microsoft also notes that updating to Windows 10, version 21H1 or later will trigger Flash to be removed automatically.

Chances are, if you're reading this then Flash has already been removed from your system. Microsoft's plan will simply ensure any systems that don't get manually updated will definitely have Flash removed. It serves no purpose now anyway, with Adobe no longer offering it for download and web browsers no longer supporting its use.

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Instagram will now let you auto-caption Stories with just a sticker

May 04, 2021 - 10:02 PM - by Reverend
Instagram now has a captions sticker for Stories, which will automatically transcribe speech in videos. The sticker will be available only in “English and English-speaking countries” for now but will eventually roll out to other languages and countries. Instagram says it will also start testing automated captions in Reels soon.

Captions have been available in IGTV and the Threads app, and Instagram says it’s adding them to Stories and Reels to make them more efficient and inclusive to watch. The feature should be a welcome addition for people who are deaf or hard of hearing, are not native English speakers, or just generally watch videos without sound.

Like other text options in Stories, users can adjust the style and color of the captions after they’re generated. People can also edit individual words in the captions to correct spelling, punctuation, or any words that weren’t transcribed accurately. Auto captions rarely have perfect accuracy, especially for people with accents or atypical speech, so editing is crucial. There’s currently no option to have the text highlighted for better visual contrast, but you can use the draw tool or a sticker behind the captions to make them easier to see.

Other platforms and services have recently added or improved auto-captioning options. Zoom, Google Meet, and Microsoft Teams all offer automated captions for video calls. Google expanded its Live Caption feature across the Chrome browser in March, and TikTok launched automatic captions for American English and Japanese last month. Twitter announced Monday that it’s planning improvements for the captioning it offers in Spaces.

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The Galaxy S8 hits end of life, and more Samsung devices get reduced update support

May 04, 2021 - 9:58 PM - by Reverend
Back in 2017, the Galaxy S8 represented a big step in the evolution of Samsung's flagship S line-up, removing the home button and igniting the war on display bezels in the process. Four years later, it's still a great-looking phone, but it's sadly reached the end of the line when it comes to updates — Samsung has ended software support for both the S8 and S8+, as well as moving other older devices to a less regular update schedule.

Last year, the Galaxy S8 and S8+ stopped receiving monthly security patches, only getting them quarterly from that point forward. They have now been removed from the list of supported devices altogether. The S8 Active is still getting quarterly updates and the S8 Lite will continue to get them biannually for a little while longer as they were released later than the regular models.

If you're still using the Galaxy S8 as your primary phone, now would be the time to upgrade to something else. Security updates are critical in keeping you safe and secure against online threats, especially if you use the device for online shopping or banking.

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Update to iOS 14.5.1 Right Now or Your iPhone Is a Sitting Duck for Hackers

May 04, 2021 - 9:55 PM - by Reverend
Apple has rushed out fixes to two major vulnerabilities in iOS and iPadOS 14.5, last month’s update that implemented its App Tracking Transparency feature. Both bugs could have allowed malicious parties to remotely execute code, possibly leading to the takeover of an affected device. That means you need to update your devices as soon as possible.

According to Ars Technica, the 14.5.1 update on Monday mends two zero-day vulnerabilities (possibly already exploited in the wild) in Webkit, a rendering software that controls how web content is rendered in apps like Safari, the App Store, and others. Apple tagged the bugs as CVE-2021-30663 and CVE-2021-30665 in update notes; as Ars Technica explains, both issues were also noticed and patched in MacOS 11.3.1, released on Monday.

Both have an identical impact listed and note that Apple is aware that they had possibly been used in cyberattacks:

Processing maliciously crafted web content may lead to arbitrary code execution. Apple is aware of a report that this issue may have been actively exploited.
Apple addressed one of the two vulnerabilities, a “memory corruption issue,” “with improved state management,” after being flagged by researchers with Chinese firm Qihoo 360. In the other vulnerability, reported to Apple by an anonymous engineer, “An integer overflow was addressed with improved input validation.”

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Gold Wii made for Queen Elizabeth II on sale for a cool $300K

Apr 29, 2021 - 10:10 PM - by Reverend
Have you ever dreamed of playing Wii tennis on a 24-karat gold Wii made for Queen Elizabeth II?

No? Well, if by chance you said yes, you now have the opportunity to buy that exact console for a whopping $300,000 on eBay.

A collector who goes by Donny is selling the golden Wii, writing on the eBay listing that in 2009, video game company THQ made the console for the queen to promote the launch of its Big Family Games line. In 2017, Donny says, he was able to buy the Wii, but "kept it very low profile for 2 years." That was until 2019, when producers from the YouTube channel People Make Games dug into the sale and interviewed Donny about his purchase.

Now Donny says in an interview with, "The reason why I am selling it is simple: Moving on with life." He added: "When I come home, I don't get to spend a lot of 'me time' so I would like to take the step and move on."

Donny wrote on eBay that the console still works and is in good condition.

Nintendo said in 2013 it was ceasing production of the once popular Wii, which launched in 2006 and sold over 100 million units.

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Samsung is being sued over defective camera glass on the Galaxy S20 series

Apr 29, 2021 - 10:03 PM - by Reverend
A class-action lawsuit has been filed against Samsung for providing ‘defective’ glass on the camera of its flagship series, the Galaxy S20. According to the law firm Hagens Berman, Samsung has ignored a widespread defect prevalent on the Galaxy S20 series of smartphones where the protective glass on top of the camera module shatters unexpectedly during normal use

Samsung is being accused of fraud, breach of warranty, and violations of several consumer-protection laws. The press note shared by the law firm on its website says that Samsung sold its smartphone range with a defect affecting the rear camera module’s glass that apparently shatters spontaneously, with no external force applied, even when the phone is inside a protective case. The defect is said to be affecting the entire Galaxy S20 series including the Galaxy S20, Galaxy S20+, Galaxy S20 Ultra, Galaxy S20 FE, and all the 5G variants of these phones as well. Notably, this issue has been around ever since the phone series first launched as a certain owner of the Galaxy S20 reported about the issue on Samsung’s community website just four days after it went on sale.

“Samsung sold its Galaxy S20 as a high-end option for consumers, with a ‘professional’ grade camera, charging upwards of $1,600 per device, only to have them suddenly lose a major aspect of their functionality. During a time of social-distancing and increased use of online access, consumers are especially in need of a reliable mobile device, yet Samsung has refused to deliver the reliability it promised its customers,” said Steve Berman, managing partner of Hagens Berman and attorney for consumers in the class action.

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