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By Abhay V
iOS 14 resets app defaults for the mail and browser apps after a device reboot
by Abhay Venkatesh
Apple began rolling out iOS 14, iPadOS 14 and watchOS 14 to eligible devices yesterday after announcing it during its virtual event. The iOS 14 update for the iPhone brings a host of new features, including a much-requested App Library, support for new widgets on the home screen, and a host of privacy improvements. Another major change is the ability to set third-party apps as defaults. This means that users can set Chrome or Edge as their default browser instead of Safari, Outlook as their preferred mail client, and more.
However, reports suggest that these defaults are automatically being reset on reboot, changing the apps to Apple’s offerings. Folks over at 9to5Mac and The Verge confirm that their devices too exhibit this behavior, as rebooting the phone automatically resets user preferences, which are expected to persist. It is not clear if this is an issue caused by a bug in iOS 14, or if the Cupertino giant intended for the device to automatically reset the preferences.
While the ability to set third-party apps as the default is a useful change for users that do not extensively use Apple’s apps, it could get frustrating to constantly head into settings and perform the change after every reboot. A Google engineer acknowledged the behavior on Twitter but did not comment on whether it was to do with the apps or the OS itself. If it is an iOS14 bug indeed, it would not be surprising to see Apple push a minor update to fix it.
By Jay Bonggolto
Spotify web player restores support for Safari after three years of hiatus
by Jay Bonggolto
You might recall that Spotify removed support for Safari back in 2017 out of the blue with no explanation. Users were taken aback when they could no longer play songs using Spotify's web player on Apple's web browser, with some speculating that this might have something to do with Google's Widevine content decryption module that's used by Spotify. The digital rights management technology was supposedly not supported by Apple due to security concerns.
Today, it appears that Spotify's web player has restored support for Safari. Some users took to Reddit to share the new development. Although there's no official announcement from either Spotify or Apple, Safari is now back on the list of browsers supported by the music streaming service. That means Safari fans can play their favorite songs using the browser by visiting Spotify's web player.
However, if you're still having trouble opening Spotify on Safari, you may perform a number of troubleshooting steps to get it working (via 9to5Mac). One option is to update your browser by checking for the latest version of Safari via its Help section. You can also launch the web player in incognito mode.
By Rich Woods
Apple is finally killing Flash support in Safari
by Rich Woods
The death of Adobe's Flash has been a long one. At one time, the product was seemingly ubiquitous on the web, but as Steve Jobs noted in 2010, it has one of the worst security records of its time. In fact, Apple was among the first to lead the charge on killing off Flash, starting with its refusal to support Adobe's multimedia product on the iPhone.
Fast-foward to today, when Apple's latest Safari Technical Preview for macOS removes Flash support completely. Indeed, that means that when the next version of Safari ships, there won't be anymore Flash.
Adobe originally promised to phase out support for the product by the end of 2020, and browser-makers followed suit. In fact, in browsers like Microsoft Edge and Google Chrome, it's been disabled by default for some time. Both companies, however, are making a similar promise to eliminate the product completely by the end of the year.
It's unclear when the next version of Safari will ship. Perhaps Apple might wait for the next version of macOS, which will be out this fall. Obviously, the Cupertino firm will still ship the browser to older versions of the OS though, even if it lines up the release with an OS release.
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By Rich Woods
OneDrive support is ending for OS X 10.10 and 10.11 on February 1
by Rich Woods
In an announcement of new OneDrive features coming to the mobile clients, Microsoft said that it will be ending support for OneDrive on OS X 10.10 Yosemite and 10.11 El Capitan on February 1, 2019. The news isn't surprising, as Apple isn't even supporting the older versions of its OS anymore.
If you're still using the OneDrive sync client on Yosemite or El Capitan, don't worry, as it will continue to work. You should still think about upgrading to a newer version of macOS though, as you're pretty much running in an unsupported state. The client will no longer be tested on those OS versions, and issues won't be investigated or fixed after February 1.
Also, new installations of the sync client will be blocked on OS X 10.10 and 10.11. That means that while it will continue to run for the time being, if you uninstall OneDrive or reset your PC, you won't be able to get it back.
Microsoft is recommending that you upgrade your Mac to at least macOS 10.12 before February 1, but for the best experience, you should go for macOS 10.14 Mojave. After all, you'll need to be on the latest version of the OS to get OneDrive Files On-Demand.