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Yahoo Answers to shut down May 4, 2021, read-only mode starting April 20th, 2021

6 April 2021 @ 11:55 pm

Yahoo is shutting down its question and answer website, Yahoo Answers, on May 4th, 2021. At that point, it will redirect to the Yahoo homepage. People that visit will see the following announcement: "Yahoo Answers is shutting down on May 4th, 2021 (Eastern Time) and beginning April 20th, 2021 (Eastern Time) the Yahoo Answers website will be in read-only mode. There will be no changes to other Yahoo properties or services, or your Yahoo account." Even after the shutdown, Yahoo Answers users will be able to request their data from the service until June 30th, 2021. Yahoo also posted an official FAQ detailing the timeline, content download process, and how to submit feedback to Yahoo about this feature.

Cortana voice assistant for Android and iOS has been shut down, now enterprise focused

2 April 2021 @ 6:16 am

Microsoft has discontinued the mobile app for its Cortana digital assistant. This is a continuation of its redesign and increased enterprise focus. The Android and iOS apps for Cortana have been both removed from the Google Play Store and the App Store as well as rendered inoperable. A Microsoft support article states the following: "As of March 31, 2021, the Cortana content you created–such as reminders and lists–will no longer function in the Cortana mobile app, but can still be accessed through Cortana in Windows. Also, Cortana reminders, lists, and tasks are automatically synced to the

GitHub implementing new mobile notification controls for developers

31 March 2021 @ 7:04 am

Microsoft revealed some of its plans regarding developer notification controls on mobile devices for its popular GitHub code repository service. While talking with VentureBeat, GitHub senior director of engineering Ryan Nystrom detailed how the changes made to the service's mobile app are designed around the core principle of "helping unblock people." The app now lets developers view releases natively instead of linking to a web view in another web browser. Nystrom also stated that “this was also one of our most-requested features.” With these updates, GitHub users will now be able customize their repository watch settings from the mobile app too. Like on the browser version, they can now "opt in to a very specific subset of actions they’d like notifications for in their inbox, such as issues, pull requests, releases, and discussions," as described by VentureBeat's Paul Sawers. Alongside the changes being implemented on mobile, versi

ProtonVPN iOS update blocked, claims Apple is standing in the way of Myanmar human rights

24 March 2021 @ 2:53 pm

ProtonVPN's development team is claiming that Apple is rejecting updates to the iOS version of the app in direct response to the currently unfolding humanitarian crisis in Myanmar. In a post on the official Small ProtonVPN iconProtonVPN blog, founder Andy Yen shared an email from Apple showing that it declined the VPN software's latest security update on the App Store due to its description encouraging users to circumvent georestrictions. Yen states that this description has been used and unchanged for months without issue. On Reddit, users have criticized Y

Duolingo is open sourcing its Metasearch tool for searching 20 other tools

18 March 2021 @ 2:28 pm

The Duolingo language learning service has announced that it is releasing its internal search tool, aptly titled Metasearch, as free and open source software. Small Duolingo iconDuolingo Senior Staff Software Engineer Art Chaidarun shared this announcement via the Duolingo blog. In it, he cited the various reasons why Metasearch was developed and used internally by the development team for over a year: • A single, consistent interface to search all of our data at once • Better defaults than some of these tools’ own search interfaces • The ability to search some tools that don’t have their own search interfaces Out of the box,

Bitwarden launches Send secure text and file share service

15 March 2021 @ 1:16 pm

The developers behind the Bitwarden login and password storage service just launched a new text and file sharing solution named Send to securely share information directly with anyone. Small Bitwarden Send iconBitwarden Send is designed around sharing information that needs to stay confidential, especially in an enterprise context. Featuring AES-256 bit end-to-end encryption, Send allows for secure information transmission across many forms, including text, documents, and other files that can contain, for example, access credentials or in development product information. Anything shared can be set to automatically delete after a maximum of 31 days. Bitwarden states that "57% of IT decision makers use unencrypted methods to share passwords.&quo

7-Zip file archiver is now available for Linux-based operating systems

13 March 2021 @ 2:55 am

7-Zip is now officially available for operating systems powered by the Linux kernel. The developer of Small 7-Zip icon7-Zip, Igor Pavlov, has announced and released a Linux version of the popular file archiver, extractor, and manager. The first release with a Linux version, 21.01 alpha, is now available for computers running on 32-bit, 64-bit, x86, and ARM-based processors. As it's a first version, it is currently only functional via the command line. That said, it can perform all of the functions of the Windows version, which also happens to have a command line interface in addition to its default graphical user interface. Pavlov brings up the existing community-made 7-Zip port,

WordPress launches Stories feature for its Android and iOS apps

9 March 2021 @ 3:56 pm

WordPress has announced that it is incorporating the popular Stories content format into its blogging framework. Joining the trend started by apps like Small Snapchat iconSnapchat and Small Instagram iconInstagram, the WordPress blogging framework and host has announced that it will incorporate WordPress Stories into its Unlike those other platforms, however, WordPress Stories won't disappear after 24 hours. They will remain and be editable at any point following their publication just like any other post using WordPress. The decision to implement WordPress

Brave web browser acquires Tailcat in order to launch alternative to Google Search

4 March 2021 @ 3:52 pm

The owners of the Brave web browser have announced that they have acquired a search engine in order to launch Brave Search, a privacy-focused search engine of their own. Poised to be a Small Google Search iconGoogle Search alternative, Brave Search will focus on being "the industry’s first independent, privacy-preserving alternative to Google Chrome and Google Search" according to the Brave Software development team. The post announcing this search engine cited multiple statistics alongside the decision, including 25 million monthly active users for its

LastPass reported to have 7 embedded trackers while alternatives have none

2 March 2021 @ 1:39 pm

LastPass has been found to contain several trackers and need dozens of permissions by security experts. These same experts recommend using an alternative password manager. In a German report by Mike Kuketz, Small LastPass iconLastPass contains several trackers in its Google Play distributed Android app, including 4 by Google for analytics and crash reporting, and others expressly for the purpose of user tracking and profiling for marketing. Though the Google trackers are to be expected, and even the user trackers may seem typical, this is in stark contrast to other password managers that are freely available, including