Microsoft Brings Reading Progress to Teams

Microsoft announced the global rollout of Reading Progress, a new Microsoft Teams app, today. It allows students to independently read aloud, record themselves, and improve their reading skills while helping educators to better support their students’ progress. “Reading Progress is a free tool designed to support educators in creating personalized…

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Microsoft is Working on a Super Duper Secure Mode for Edge

The Microsoft Browser Vulnerability Research team is working on a Super Duper Secure Mode for the Edge web browser. Yes, really. “The VR is experimenting with a new feature that challenges some conventional assumptions held by many in the browser community,” Microsoft’s Johnathan Norman explains. “Our hope is to build…

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U.S. Government Moves to Take on Big Tech

Photo credit: Paul Thurrott Lawmakers in the U.S. House of Representatives today introduced several bipartisan bills aimed at curbing and even reversing the power of Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google. The proposals come about 9 months after the House Judiciary subcommittee on antitrust issued a report claiming that the firms…

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Google Quietly Gives Up on URL Shortening in Chrome

After a year-long test in which it received nothing but complaints from users, Google has given up on automatic URL shortening in Chrome. “This experiment didn’t move relevant security metrics, so we’re not going to launch it,” a post from a Google engineer in the Chromium bug tracker website reads.…

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Microsoft to Remove Flash from Windows in July

Way back in 2017, Microsoft announced the schedule by which it would phase out support for Adobe Flash in its web browsers. Well, the time has come: Microsoft will remove Flash from Windows in July. “To help keep our customers secure, Microsoft will remove the Flash component from Windows through…

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Vivaldi 3.8 is How the Cookie Notifications Crumble

Vivaldi has released new versions of its desktop and Android web browsers. Both include a new feature called Cookie Crumbler that dramatically reduces annoying cookie dialogs and banners. “For many of you, incessant cookie dialogs and banners are the new scourge of smooth browsing,” Vivaldi’s Jon von Tetzchner writes. “While…

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Australia Takes on Apple and Google Apps Stores

It just keeps piling up, and now the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has joined the fight against the dominant app stores offered by Apple and Google on their respective mobile platforms. “App developers need fair and reasonable terms when dealing with app stores and better processes for the…

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