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Samsung Internet 13.0 adds privacy and security features
by Paul Hill
Samsung has announced the launch of Samsung Internet 13.0. The new update comes with several privacy and security features including a secret mode that protects you from prying eyes. Samsung also believes this new update includes a better user experience and it has created a new Extension Application Programming Interface (API) so that developers can create third-party browser extensions.
Commenting on the update, Du Kim, VP and Head of Web R&D Group, Mobile Communications Business, Samsung Electronics, said:
Regarding security and privacy updates, Samsung Internet 13.0 adds a new permission request UI that displays a warning message if a website seems suspicious and is trying to trick you into allowing notifications. Another new privacy feature is called secret mode which lets you clear your browsing history as soon as you’ve closed all of your secret mode tabs. Secret mode tabs will have an icon displayed in the address bar to let you know secret mode is enabled.
With this update, Samsung says it has improved the overall user experience. The Korean firm has made the following changes:
Finally, Samsung has developed new API modules to allow third-party developers to create browser extensions. The new modules include WebRequest, Proxy, Cookies, Types, History, Alarms, Privacy, Notifications, Permissions, Idle and Management. Once a developer is happy with their extension, they can contact the Samsung Internet team which will validate, approve and add the developer’s extension to the Samsung Internet browser. Developers can find more information here.
Existing Samsung Internet users will soon receive a notification explaining that the new browser update is available. You can also download the latest version from the Google Play Store and the Galaxy Store.
By Usama Jawad96
YouTube reveals top trending videos and creators in the U.S. in 2020
by Usama Jawad
2020 has been an unusual year with people all over the world being restricted to their homes for extended durations and having to rely on digital services and capabilities for the most part. On the digital services front, YouTube even decided to cancel its annual Rewind celebration. While the company blamed the current circumstances, it has to be noted that its Rewind videos have been very poorly received over the past couple of years.
While the firm may not be releasing a montage celebrating its top creators around the globe this year, it has still revealed the top trending videos and content creators in the U.S.
YouTube has divided its trending content for the U.S. in various categories. Collectively, its top 10 trending videos on the platform garnered 356 million views and were watched for 48 million hours. The channels hosting this content totaled 175 million subscribers. Trending content and creators in 2020 mainly ranged from gaming to COVID-related videos. You can view the various categories below:
Top Trending Videos (U.S.) Netflix Is A Joke - 8:46, Dave Chappelle Mark Rober - Building the Perfect Squirrel Proof Bird Feeder SNL - First Debate Cold Open JeffreeStar - We Broke Up MrBeast - I Bought The World’s Largest Firework NikkieTutorials - I’m Coming Out. Dream - Minecraft Speedrunner VS 3 Hunters GRAND FINALE NBC - Ricky Gervais’ Monologue - 2020 Golden Globes Dude Perfect - Quarantine Stereotypes SomeGoodNews - Some Good News with John Krasinski - Ep 1 Top Creators (U.S.) MrBeast Dream ZHC SSSniperwolf Tiko Chloe Ting JoshDub The Royalty Family LazarBeam James Charles Breakout Creators (U.S.) Dream Tiko Chloe Ting EddieVR charli d’amelio GeorgeNotFound Dixie D’Amelio Corpse Husband SomeGoodNews Hyram Top Music Videos (U.S.) Future - Life is Good ft. Drake Tekashi 6ix9ine - Gooba Lil Baby x 42 Dugg - We Paid NLE Choppa - Walk Em Down ft. Roddy Ricch Cardi B - WAP ft. Megan Thee Stallion DaBaby - Rockstar ft. Roddy Ricch Roddy Ricch - The Box Drake - Laugh Now Cry Later ft. Lil Durk YoungBoy Never Broke Again - Lil Top Lil Baby - The Bigger Picture While YouTube has only revealed the trending videos and content creators in the U.S. currently, it's natural to assume that it will do a similar list on a global level at some later point in time.
WPD (Windows Privacy Dashboard) 1.4.1722
by Razvan Serea
WPD is a portable tool to manage your Windows 10 privacy and firewall settings, uninstall Windows apps, and decide what apps can access your information. WPD enables you to disable Telemetry, Customer Experience Improvement, Advertising ID, Input Personalization, Cortana, OneDrive and other Windows features that have the potential to invade your privacy. If you're not sure about any tweaks, there's a question mark icon next to each setting so you can be sure what you're changing. There's also an option that allows you to remove anything from the Windows Store that came with Windows 10 including Xbox, Photos, Tips, Get Office, and more.
Privacy management - Customize Group Policy, Services, Tasks and other settings responsible for data collection and transmission. Firewall rules - Block telemetry IP's using firewall rules from the @crazy-max repository. Appx uninstaller - Easy remove pre-installed Windows Store garbage or any other app. Supported OS:
Windows 10 Enterprise 1903, 1809, 1803, 1709, 1703, 1607
Windows 10 Enterprise LTSC 2019, 2016, 2015
Windows 10 Education 1903, 1809, 1803, 1709, 1703
Windows 10 Pro 1903, 1809, 1803, 1709, 1703, 1607
Windows 10 Home 1903, 1809, 1803, 1709, 1703
Windows Server Standard 2016, 2019
WPD 1.4.1722 changelog:
Support for October 2020 Update (2009).
Ability to add your own switches (Experimental Settings).
Build-in blocking rules.
Error "Access to the registry key is denied"
Download: WPD 1.4.1722 | 300 KB (Freeware)
View: WPD Homepage
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By Usama Jawad96
Following success in the U.S., Facebook News to launch in the U.K. next month
by Usama Jawad
Facebook began testing a news section dubbed "Facebook News" in the U.S. back in October 2019. As the name implies, this positioned itself as a dedicated tab containing a wide range of news articles, including the most relevant national stories of the day. Apart from using algorithms to highlight original content, it also depends upon a team of non-partisan curators who select stories to display in the "Today's Stories" section, based on public guidelines. Facebook says that the aim of the program is to allow publishers to reach a wider audience coupled with a wide variety of advertisement and subscription offers.
The program has apparently been successful, as the company has now announced that it will launch Facebook News in the U.K. in January 2021, as it hinted a couple of months ago.
In the first wave of rollout, Facebook will be partnering with over a dozen publishers, including The Economist, Archant, and Guardian Media Group. These publishers host numerous brands such as The Mirror, The Independent, GQ, Vogue, Tatler, and more.
Facebook says that the U.K. launch will allow local publishers to reach new audiences. It also enables consumers to discover new and diverse stories along with credible news reports during "major news cycles". With its launch earlier in the U.S., the company noticed that 95% of the traffic is from people who have never interacted with the publishers and their brands in the past.
Furthermore, in an effort to promote local journalism in the U.K., Facebook is extending its Community News Programme (CNP) in the country for one year. The program is responsible for training local journalists from diverse backgrounds. The company says:
The extension in this program also comes with an additional £2.25M ($3M) investment. Lastly, the firm has stated that it is in negotiations to bring Facebook News to Germany and France next, and will be expanding to more countries soon.
FCC chairman Ajit Pai will step down on January 20
by João Carrasqueira
Image credit: Reason TV (YouTube) Ajit Pai, who is currently serving as the chairman for the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in the United States, today announced his intention to step down from the role on January 20, 2021. That's the day when the new president of the United States will be sworn in, and since FCC commissioners are appointed by the President, it's not unusual for appointees to step down at the end of a presidency term.
Pai served as chairman of the FCC since January 2017, but was a commissioner since 2012. His tenure as FCC sparked quite a bit of controversy, however. Soon after being appointed, Pai announced plans to repeal net neutrality rules, which had classified internet access as a public utility in 2015. Pai himself starred in a controversial video promoting the repeal. While arguments could be in made in favor of or against the decision, the FCC ultimately voted to repeal the Title II classification in late 2017. Internet access was classified as an information utility under Title I, making it harder for the government to regulate ISPs. Some efforts were made to revert the decision, but they proved unsuccessful.
Following the decision, Ajit Pai had to cancel an appearance at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in 2018 due to a number of death threats, with an arrest later being made in relation to the case.
Ajit Pai's tenure will also be remembered for the approval of T-Mobile's acquisition of Sprint, which has led to the latter being absorbed into the T-Mobile brand. The merger itself was controversial, with Democratic FCC commissioners expressing fears of job cuts and reduced competition. To address competition concerns, the new T-Mobile sold Boost Mobile to Dish, but some layoffs did end up happening earlier this year.
It's currently unknown who will succeed Ajit Pai in the role of FCC chairman, but we shouldn't have to wait long to find out.