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By Usama Jawad96
Apple highlights the dangers of sideloading apps on platforms like Android
by Usama Jawad
The debate about Apple's "walled garden" approach to the App Store and OS-level customization, especially when compared to Android, is nothing new. However, today there have been a couple of interesting developments on this topic. The company has published a detail report citing the risks of sideloading apps and an executive has even recommended that users who want to engage in this activity should migrate to Android instead.
The 16-page document is quite interesting in its own right and you can read in its full glory here.
Image via uservice_spb (Flickr) Interestingly in an interview about this topic that also happened today, Apple's head of user privacy Erik Neuenschwander further suggested that users should migrate to other platforms if they are interested in sideloading apps, because there is no way that Apple will support this activity. He went on to say that users trust that apps they download from the App Store will be safe and this is true freedom in essence because people know that won't be tricked into downloading something they don't actually want.
The executive explained how supporting sideloading apps on iOS is much more different and dangerous than being free to download software on Mac, saying that:
Overall, it's clear to see that Apple is in no mood to enable mechanisms for easier sideloading on iOS, and is vehemently against the idea in general. You can read Neuenschwander's interview in detail here.
Apple's latest moves on this topic are in association to lawmakers' ongoing scrutinization of big tech monopolies. The U.S. House Judiciary Committee is planning to debate a set of related bills today including one that could force Apple to allow third-party app stores on its platform.
Source: Apple, Fast Company via MacRumors  
By Jay Bonggolto
Chromebooks gain new security and accessibility updates for remote learning
by Jay Bonggolto
Google launched a faster way to sign into some websites with Chrome OS earlier this year without using the password you've created for those sites. Thanks to the company's Web Authentication (WebAuthn) feature, you can log into supported websites using the PIN or your fingerprint you've used to sign in to your Chromebook.
Today, Google announced that it's bringing the ability to log into a Chromebook using a six-digit PIN to education users. The feature will be available starting in August on devices powered by an H1 security chip. You'll be prompted to set up a PIN when you sign into your assigned device. The search giant noted that the new update is meant to support students as they participate in remote classes using the devices assigned by their schools.
Google is also rolling out a new accessibility update in August that will allow students to choose a certain point on their screen with the new Point Scanning navigation mode. It's part of the Switch Access input method for Chromebook that allows users to control their cursor using a built-in keyboard or an external device that connects via USB or Bluetooth. To use this feature, you need to select the horizontal location of your choice first and then choose the vertical location.
In addition, Chrome OS has added a new panning method to its full-screen magnifier that lets you keep the mouse at the center of the screen as the viewport pans with the mouse's movement. Previously, you could only pan the screen when the mouse reaches the edge of the magnified viewport.
Google also released new tutorials for its screen reader ChromeVox. These include a quick orientation and interactive lessons. A new page is also added in the admin console to display the Chrome Insights Reports, which show the Automatic Update Expiration date of a device.
EU Commission launches Google antitrust probe over its ad serving
by Paul Hill
The European Commission has announced that it has opened a formal antitrust investigation into Google to find out whether it favoured its own online display advertising technology services over the competition's ad tech to the detriment of other providers, advertisers, and online publishers.
The Commission will look at a whole range of issues that it’s concerned about in relation to Google's ad practices, but one of the most high-profile items on its list pertains to Chrome’s Privacy Sandbox that will prohibit the use of third-party cookies in favour of Google’s federated cohorts alternative which could hurt other ad providers’ ability to target relevant ads at users.
Google has previously announced that it would prevent third-party advertisers from accessing the advertising identifier on Android if the user decides to opt out of personalised advertising. In its investigation, the EU Commission will examine the effects of this policy on online display advertising and online display advertising intermediation markets.
Commenting on the decision to launch the probe, Executive Vice-President Margrethe Vestager, said:
The Commission has said that it will take into account the GDPR rules which help users maintain their privacy online and that this investigation seeks to ensure that Google is competing fairly with other firms. It said that this “in-depth investigation” will now be carried out as a matter of priority but didn’t state how long it’ll take.
By Abhay V
Microsoft is issuing DMCA complaints to take down leaked "Windows 11 ISO" links
by Abhay Venkatesh
Earlier this week, a Windows 11 ISO for build 21996.1 leaked to the web, letting users try out the yet-to-be-announced offering from Microsoft. The build that seems to have been compiled late in May provides a first look at what the Redmond giant is teasing to be the “next generation of Windows”.
As the leaked build does not paint the complete picture of the OS update owing to it being a pre-release version – one that hasn’t even been released to Insiders –, Microsoft seems to want to restrict users from downloading it, which is why it is issuing DMCA complaints to Google (spotted by Fossbytes) in some regions asking the search giant to take down results containing articles from publications with links to the ISO files. Interestingly, in the linked Microsoft Japan complaint, the firm does confirm the Windows 11 name as it is requesting for the removal of “Windows 11” ISOs, claiming that those are leaked copies of “the unreleased Windows 11” OS.
The company is slated to hold a dedicated event to show off Windows 11 on June 24, and it probably (and understandably) wants users and enthusiasts to reserve their judgement about the upcoming update till it is officially unveiled. Components such as the Microsoft Store, which is said to be receiving a major refresh, are yet to be shown off or talked about. Additionally, the leaked version lacks other improvements that will likely be served through the way of Feature Experience Packs that can be delivered without the need for an OS update, something that is currently being targeted only to internal employees.
There is also a lot that is unknown, such as whether there will be a separate update to Windows 10 this fall (version 21H2) and what the update and support lifecycles look like for Windows 11. What seems to be increasingly certain is the ‘Windows 11’ branding, which is present in the About Windows (winver) pop-up, setup process, and even in the DMCA notices.