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By Abhay V
Planner on the web now lets users add image backgrounds to each plan
by Abhay Venkatesh
Microsoft today announced that it is rolling out a new feature for Planner on the web that lets users add custom background to plans. The firm says that the feature provides a way for users to “visualize [their] work in a fun and flexible way” and allows for easier differentiation between the boards for those with access to multiple plans.
The feature, located under Plan settings, provides users with image suggestions based on the name of the plan. The company adds that the capability is powered by the same ‘Designer’ feature available on PowerPoint and automatically surfaces “unique high-quality background images” depending on the plan. For example, a Coffee Store plan will contain suggestions of coffee beans or a coffee scene.
To access Suggested Backgrounds, users must click on the ellipsis (…) menu at the top and head to ‘Plan settings’. Currently, there appears to be no way for users to upload their own images, and it is not clear if that ability will be added later. Additionally, suggested backgrounds are currently only available for the web version of Planner. The firm has not provided any information on whether the feature will roll out to other clients.
It will also be interesting to see if the Redmond firm introduces a similar feature for Tasks in Teams, considering that that experience too is similar to that of Planner.
By Usama Jawad96
Google launches XS-Leaks Wiki to secure the web against cross-site leaks
by Usama Jawad
Cross-site leaks - also referred to as "XS-Leaks" - is a category of issues in the design of the web which allows web apps to interact with each other, even when they are not related. This leads to user data being shared across web applications, which is a serious security breach. Noting the increase in security flaws which rely on cross-site leaks, Google has now announced a knowledge base so developers and security researchers better understand the problem and build defenses around it.
Image via Rusbase Dubbed "XS-Leaks Wiki", this repository of information contains articles which explain cross-site leaks, some common attacks which hinge upon this, and the defenses you can set up against them. Along with the details of each attack, proof-of-concept code is available as well.
Another goal of this knowledge base is also to help developers understand the various security features offered by browsers to protect against cross-site leaks, such as Cross-Origin Resource Policy and SameSite cookies.
Google hopes that making this knowledge base available to everyone will increase collaboration between the company, security researchers, and web developers. Building upon the years of experience offered by all involved parties, it aims to make the web safer for all users by protecting them against threats that utilize this behavior. You can find out more about cross-site leaks by visiting Google's dedicated website here or the associated GitHub repository here.
Facebook publicly testing dark mode support for its Android app
by Rajesh Pandey
Facebook started testing dark mode for its Android app in August last year. Since then, the company has gone ahead and rolled out a redesigned interface on the web with dark mode and even on the iPhone. However, dark mode support has still been missing from Facebook's Android app.
Now, it looks like Facebook is getting to roll out dark mode support for its Android app as it has started testing the feature publicly. Leaked screenshots from a few months ago had shown how dark mode in Facebook's Android app would look like. A video posted on Twitter by @wongmjane shows the new dark mode in action on Facebook's Android app.
While the video might suggest that Facebook is rolling out dark mode support for its Android app, Wong's tweet indicates that the company is only testing the rollout publicly. If everything goes as per plan, a wider public rollout should be on the cards soon.
By Usman Khan Lodhi
YouTube Music's Explore tab now lets users see top charts from around the world
by Usman Khan Lodhi
YouTube Music, soon set to be Google's only streaming service, has added a plethora of new features this year, including the addition of an Explore tab for improved music discovery. Earlier this week, a Reddit user reported that the firm was also testing high-level filters for the Home feed of recommendations.
Now, YouTube Music has added global top charts to the Explore tab, which lets users find the most popular music from 57 popular countries across the world. The feature is present between "New releases" and "Mood & genres" at the top of the Explore page. Users can select their location via a dropdown menu, and see the following five categories:
This lets YouTube Music "share with you the most popular songs from around the world, no matter where you're located." The feature has been rolled out globally today on Android, iOS, and on the web.
Cloudflare Image Resizing adds support for AVIF images
by Paul Hill
Cloudflare has announced support for the AVIF image format in its Image Resizing service. According to the firm, AVIF has significantly better compression ability when compared to older formats such as WebP and JPEG. As things stand, only Chrome 85+ and Opera 71+ can use the new image format but support has partially been added to Firefox but isn’t turned on by default.
By adding support for AVIF, Cloudflare will help save bandwidth and make webpages load faster. It claims that AVIF can reduce images by half the size of JPEG and WebP. The popular JPEG format has been around since 1992 and there have been attempts to replace it with JPEG 2000, JPEG XR, and WebP but none of these offered improvements close to AVIF.
Explaining the benefits of AVIF over WebP, Cloudflare said:
For those that use Cloudflare, the firm explains that AVIF is recommended on websites that need to deliver high-quality images with a small amount of bandwidth, for example, a website tailored to people in a country where mobile data is expensive. Cloudflare recommends the use of Workers that detect and enable support for AVIF, you can read more in the Workers documentation.