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Google has been testing Play Pass subscription service behind the scenes

A bit over three months ago, Apple announced its Arcade game subscription service along with an arrival date sometime in the fall of this year. The company won't be holding back in terms of the service's deployment, with more than 150 countries slated to gain access to the service as part of the rollout while enabling customers to sync games and progress across iOS, macOS, and tvOS devices.

Not to be left out, it appears Google has been working behind the scenes on its own subscription service called "Play Pass", with some fresh information coming courtesy of screenshots provided to Android Police. A blurb captured in one of the screenshots says:

"Explore a curated catalog spanning puzzle games to premium music apps and everything in between. From action hits to puzzles and fitness trackers, with Google Play Pass you unlock access to hundreds of premium apps and games without ads, download fees or in-app purchases." 

 Since the leak, a Google spokesperson has indeed confirmed that testing of Play Pass is underway. With Android users having been more spendthrift compared to their iOS counterparts according to a 2014 study, it will be interesting to see how well the adoption of Google's subscription service ends up being in the weeks and months after launch. However, if the price it right, users may see the value proposition in Google's offering.


WhatsApp: the voice notes can be heard by push notifications on iOS

WhatsApp for iOS could offer the possibility to listen to the voice notes directly from the push notification . To give us some indications, as by now by tradition for the messaging app owned by Mark Zuckerberg, WABetinfo has shared a screenshot on Twitter to show us how this functionality will be managed . Unlike what happens now, thanks to the future function it will be possible to use the push notification to listen to the voice message without having to enter the chat and abandon the app you were previously using.

The new functionality is not yet available and it is not clear when it will be released. However, as specified by WABetaInfo, however, the ability to listen to vocal notes from push notifications could be integrated into an upcoming major update (even in this case no specific date is provided) which should include additional features such as the option to modify the images shared in the chats in tests starting from the past weeks.


German cybersecurity agency identifies critical flaw in VLC Media Player

A German cybersecurity agency, CERT-Bund, which is responsible for organising the country's response to any computer emergencies, has recently discovered what it describes as a critical flaw in the popular VLC Media Player.

VLC is known to be a highly compatible media player, and thus boasts an impressive total downloads of over 3 billion, making this vulnerability all the more dangerous. CERT-Bund classified the vulnerability, officially logged as CVE-2019-13615, to be a "High" (Level 4) exploit, which is the second-highest risk assessment level by the agency.

The exploit is rather nasty and allows attackers to not only execute code remotely but also allows for unauthorised disclosure of information, unauthorised modification of files and disruption of service.

VLC is currently in the process of creating a fix, which can be seen on its website here. However, the ticket shows work on the fix is only 60% complete and there's no ETA on when it might be complete. CERT-Bund says there are no known cases where the exploit has actually been used by attackers, but it might be a good idea to steer clear of VLC for the time being, until the exploit is officially patched. We've reached out to Videolan for more information about the matter, and for an estimate of when a fix might become available.


OneDrive for iOS gets a major revamp with improved design, new features and more

Microsoft today announced a major redesign coming to the OneDrive mobile apps, stating with OneDrive for iOS. The company says that the refreshed design falls in line with the rest of the Office 365 suite of apps across platforms. The redesign is part of the Fluent Design system refresh that the app has been receiving through the way of new icons and a revamped experience on the web.

The app now gets a new header that is like what is present on the Outlook app, with a search box that sits in the center. The overall iconography and color palette has been updated to increase ease of use and improve “legibility and contrast”. The “command sheet”, the menu accessed by hitting the ellipsis icon (“…”) has also seen updates that include a “softer” look. Overall, changes to the look and feel will improve UX and consistency with other Office apps.

An improved ‘Recents’ view now displays recently accessed files, including recently uploaded scans and viewed PDFs. The updates to OneDrive on the web too received a similar feature as part of its refresh last year, making the experience familiar for iOS users of the app. And for those that access and annotate on PDFs on the go, the PDF annotation experience has been improved. The options now include quick actions at the bottom for pens, highlighters, and eraser that make it easier for users to markup PDF documents. These changes will be making their way to the Android version of the app as well. There have also been improvements to the notes experience in PDFs.

The app is also receiving updates to the ‘signature’ feature that includes a larger signature area and smoothing of pen handwriting. These improvements will also be making their way to OneDrive on Android devices. In addition to these features, the OneDrive-powered file picker on Outlook for iOS has been updated to provide easier options to insert OneDrive links and files right from the compose screen. The file picker now lets users browse through their recent documents, email attachments, and more, while also letting users share links as per their organization’s policy.

Lastly, OneDrive on iOS is receiving updates to the Settings page so as to make it easier to manage settings for each account. A separate “Notifications page” now houses notification settings grouped by accounts. Other settings such as the ‘Camera Upload’ option have been improved with granular control on what and how pictures are uploaded, along with a question mark icon next to some settings that lead to more context about that particular setting.

The company is holding a OneDrive webinar on the 31st of July to go over the benefits of using the OneDrive mobile apps and to show off the recent updates to the app. The firm is also holding an AMA (Ask Me Anything) session right after the webinar to answer user questions.

The updated app should begin rolling out to iOS users in the coming days. If you don’t see the update come through yet, don’t worry, as the update should gradually make it to all supported iOS devices. You can head to the App Store to download the OneDrive app here.


Less social? Facebook patent reveals plans to leave users talking to walls

Soon Facebook can lead to maximum "talk to the walls" to a new level.

The company obtained the patent of a technology to implement filters of restrictions in the social network in which the user would not even know that it suffered some type of sanction. A comment you make on a group, page, or even a post in your own profile could be restricted to view itself, with no alert indicating that something is wrong with your words being issued.

As the patent describes, administrators or even software managed by neural networks could analyze or create keywords to be locked in spaces they manage. A user could also have restricted comments from the manual decision of the owner of a page, which would silence an opinion for his audience, except the commentator himself.

The only clue that something goes wrong for the user would be the non-interaction of other users. Facebook describes that the new feature would serve to avoid profane, extremely negative, racist, or derogatory speeches from the platform. Something that Instagram already does with its new anti-bullying tools.

Until then the social network already restricts comments denounced or caught by their current systems when they are classified as spam. They are hidden and a signaling to users is displayed that that content has been marked as unusual, but can still be queried after alert.

Remember, this is just another controversy involving the company's name: after several problems involving users' privacy, the company finds itself on a journey to fit Libra - its crypto-currency - into US regulations, with the aim of launching the financial product with some support market.

And you, what do you think of Mark Zuckerberg's solution to letting badly made users talk to themselves? Tell us in the comments!


Google is killing its AdSense apps for Android and iOS before the end of the year

One of the most useful features in Google’s AdSense platform – besides allowing publishers like Ausdroid to earn an income – are the mobile apps that allow you to keep an eye on how your revenue is performing.

In great news today, Google has (for some inexplicable reason) decided to end support for the mobile apps, ensuring that they’ll disappear by the end of the year. This, despite Google acknowledging that some 30% of AdSense customers are accessing their data via the mobile apps.

The company has said the replacement offering will be the website, which is a poor substitute – the website is currently pretty useless on mobile, and doesn’t offer widgets to see – at a glance – what your site is doing.

The AdSense team hints at a more interactive — and possibly proactive — experience for the service going forward:

Our vision is an AdSense that does more to keep your account healthy, letting you focus on creating great content, and comes to you when issues or opportunities need your attention.

Frankly, I don’t believe it. Google has a pretty poor track record in this area, killing useful services without necessarily offering a great replacement. This looks like it’ll be another of the same.

With the apps said to be removed from the Play Store by the end of the year, it’s likely that the apps will stop working around that time anyway.

A thoroughly disappointing move from Google, and one that many publishers – us included – will be pretty sad about when it happens.


WhatsApp will have in-the-future quick editing for in-app photos

WhatsApp does not stop, the latest news is the quick editing of photos directly in the application, but unfortunately feature will only come in the future.

We know that WhatsApp is working hard to always bring news to its users, so new features will be releasing and will be very useful for many people.

Soon we can expect that WhatsApp has dark theme, integrated browser, digital unlock and other news.

The big news is that WhatsApp developers are working on a photo editor for the app.

This news brings great news and possibilities for users, as they will not need to download and install an app for this same function.

When it launches, the feature will work like this, you can grab any image you've received and edit, no matter if you received the pictures from a person or a group.

To edit an image you have just clicked on the image, then hit the three dots on the top right of the screen and select "Edit", you will be ready for fast photo editing.

In this edition users can rotate the photo, add text anywhere, put emoticons and if you want, you can even draw on the image.

In the images received WhatsApp's fast editing feature is very interesting, since it will edit the images and will help save space, as it is not saved in the phone and is sent at the same time.

The new Quick Photo Editing feature in WhatsApp is still in-house testing, meaning it can not be tested by users, but in the future should be available at least in WhatsApp Beta.

Another interesting detail is that quick photo editing will not replace the image you received, so you will see the two images, something that can be checked in the animation.

WhatsApp Fast Photo Editing

There is no date yet to be made available to everyone, so like many other testing features, there is still no minimum forecast for the release.

While waiting for the arrival of the news, we recommend that you read our important WhatsApp tips and settings that you need to know and use.


IE Mode now works in Microsoft's Chromium-based Edge browser

Earlier this year at its Build 2019 developer conference, Microsoft announced IE Mode for its upcoming Chromium-based version of Edge. Now, you can finally use it.

The feature allows you to open a webpage in an Internet Explorer tab within the Edge browser itself. You'll need to enable a flag called 'Enable IE Integration' first, and then when you have a page open, you can go to More tools -> Show this page using Internet Explorer to change the tab you're in.

It's worth noting that the flag was actually discovered a few weeks ago, but enabling it at the time would only launch IE as a separate application. Now, there's a new option in the dropdown list, so you can choose between Default, Disabled, IE Mode, and NeedIE.

IE Mode is already available in the Dev branch; however, you won't find it in Edge for Mac. This is because Internet Explorer isn't supported on Macs, so it was deemed unnecessary.

Another new feature added is a flag called 'Limit media autoplay', which will block certain sites from autoplaying video. If you want to check out the Edge Insider builds, you can find it here.

Microsoft is injecting ads to install apps into Android

If there's one thing that's pretty much universally hated, it's when content that you didn't ask for is shown on your device. That's what Microsoft is doing though, as users are seeing ads to install apps show up when opening or sharing a file.

This behavior happens after installing a Microsoft Office app, and according to the report from Android Police, it happens at different times. For example, if you install a Microsoft app and then attempt to open a PPTX file, it suggests installing PowerPoint as shown in the image above. Obviously, if you don't want PowerPoint, you can choose to stick to Google Slides.

Installing Your Phone Companion will show an ad to install OneDrive when sharing images. That shows up right in the share dialog. There's no way to make this disappear like with the scenario above.

Obviously, most of this seems pretty minor. It's reasonable that if you install Word, Microsoft might assume that you'd also want Excel or PowerPoint. Advertising OneDrive for those with Your Phone Companion takes it a bit further, of course. And while it seems small, it's worth considering what would happen if every developer that makes an app on your phone used these advertising tactics.


Emotions with movements! Telegram adds support for Animated Stickers in update

After easing the addition of contacts and introducing new features , Telegram released an update on Sunday (7) in its mobile version, with version 5.9 of the application. The update counts on the inclusion of Animated Stickers, with the purpose of bringing emotions with movements.

The proposal of the feature is to take the stickers in a more fun and high quality, without losing the characteristic of being light. The messenger created the new function through the TGS format and on an open platform. This way, all developers can leave their contributions.

Fluid experience with low consumption

In the changelog of the new update, the Telegram promises that the stickers with movements have a weight of only 20 to 30 kb. On the other hand, it explains that the user experience with the novelty will be smooth.

In practice, it means that people will be able to insert an animated image at 60 fps without taking up memory space and still with low battery consumption.

  • Send high-quality and ultralight animated stickers to express emotions with movements.

  • Get animated stickers instantly on any connection, just 20-30 KB per sticker.

  • Enjoy smooth animations at 60 frames per second.

  • Create new animated packages and send them to @stickers for everyone to use.

  • Try animated stickers on the "Popular" tab in the stickers panel. 

 Initial package

To introduce your users to the feature, the application has released an initial package of Animated Stickers. It will be available in the news chat of the application itself, once the update to version 5.9 is done. Simply include in the list of stickers the traditional way.

The Telegram can now be updated with Animated Stickers on both Android and iOS. The download links are available on the card below the text.

Did you like the Telegram news for your mobile application? Tell us!

For videos and music! Google Chrome starts testing "Play" button in toolbar

Google plans to bring a breakthrough to its Chrome browser soon. The Mountain View Giant app started testing a "Play" button on the toolbar to play or pause a video or song.

The button would identify what runs on a tab and give the user the option, as if it were a smartphone notification. Future functionality has been identified by The Verge , ZDnet and Techdowns sites . Check below:

Named "Global Media Controls," the feature has been tried out in the Chrome development browser, Canary. It is located next to the URL field and shows even if the content is located on a different tab.

So far, there is no information on the availability of the feature in the main Chrome program. It is worth remembering that Google's test browser has also been blocking abusive advertisements on websites since last week .

How to test?

If you have the Canary installed on your machine, you can test the feature to access the experiences of the page URL chrome: // flags . Next, search for "Global Meida Controls" and when the results appear, enable it.

After re-open the browser, you'll see the button "Play" next to the field to enter the site.

What do you think of this news from Google for your browser? Leave a Reply


Mozilla is testing paid ad-free internet and VPN services

Mozilla has long been a defender of privacy for users, and that ideology has been reflected in many of its announcements over the years. Recently, the organization talked about finding alternative funding methods for the web, as an alternative to ads that not only benefit major companies above others but also compromise user privacy and the online experience.

Now, it seems Mozilla's solution may be coming to light. As first reported by users on Reddit (via Liliputing), Mozilla's website has a new page that advertises an ad-free internet experience supported by a monthly payment of $4.99. Mozilla emphasizes that this way, users can support websites and content creators while avoiding the ever-annoying ads. The page says that the monthly payment is shared directly with the websites visited by the user, meaning they can get more money while offering users a better experience.

In addition to getting rid of ads, the service will seemingly get you access to audio versions of articles, sync your bookmarks across devices, and let you pick up your reading session where you left off on any device, including the ability to switch to the audio version. As of right now, the button to sign up allows you to fill out a survey to gauge interest in the ad-free internet experience.

But that's not all. On the same domain, Mozilla has a few pages referring to a VPN service, which would also be paid and do pretty much what you'd expect from a VPN. There are at least three different pages that look nearly identical, except they mention different pricing. The available options are $4.99, $9.99, or $12.99 per month. Just like the one mentioned above, the sign-up button takes you to a survey to gauge interest in the product.

It's not clear for now when Mozilla is planning to make these products available to the general public, but an ad-free subscription could, in theory, be an ideal solution for users and content providers alike. However, it remains to be seen if - and how much - users are willing to pay for the privilege of browsing the internet without ads.

Facebook application crash prevents access to apps like Timehop ​​and Joytunes

A bug in the Facebook Development Kit has caused a big headache for several developers. According to reports, the problem started late this Friday (28), and caused several apps using the login option using the Facebook account , such as Timehop, Joytunes, Simply Piano and Moment GIFs, to stop work whenever the user tried to access some sharing function with Facebook - or even could not even open the app.

The bug, which was first reported on Facebook's developer forum by developer Ryan Layne, is a huge problem for developers of these apps because by preventing users from accessing (or crashing while they are using the app) this bug not only does with these developers losing some of their monthly revenue (obtained through the advertising of ads within those applications), but they also run the risk of many users uninstalling these apps from their cell phones because they think they are defective programs.

This bug is also a big problem for Facebook itself, as the social network also needs these apps to keep its users - if you use your Facebook account to sign in to several other apps, the chances of you resolving to delete your account in the social network are greatly reduced. If the company can not find a quick fix to this issue, developers can switch their applications by highlighting other access modes, suggesting that users use other forms of login, such as using the Google account. And that's the kind of thump that Facebook does not need, as it would further impact public confidence on the social network - which is still suffering from the Cambridge Analytica scandal.

The situation also shows the problems of centralizing the entire internet in just a few services, such as Facebook and Google . This is not the first problem of the kind in which a glitch in one of the internet giants knocks down a number of smaller companies: earlier this month a problem with Google Cloud servers prevented users from accessing Snapchat and Discord, which in theory have nothing to do with Google.


Twitter internally trialing updated layout in its PWA for user interface options

Reverse engineering expert, Jane Manchun Wong, has had her name appear in the news numerous times during the course of the last twelve months, such as Snapchat's testing of "Status" for checking into locations and showing your activities and Spotify's internal trials of a new "Social Listening" feature that would enable users to listen to music together.

Now, it appears that Wong has unearthed another gem, this time focussing on Twitter's progressive web app (PWA):

From the screenshot in the tweet, users will be able to configure font size, theme color, and background shading courtesy of a new user interface called "Customize your view". At least in the Windows 10 Twitter app, this interface is perhaps a refined version of the current arrangement of options shown under Settings > General > Display.

Twitter's PWA solution currently powers the user experience on its website as well as the Windows 10 and Android apps so, as with any leak, it remains to be seen if this makes the cut in terms of public release.

Google launches crowdedness predictor and bus delay information on Google Maps

Google has announced two new features for Google Maps that have just launched on both Android and iOS devices. The first feature aims to let you know whether your bus is running late, and the second one is a crowdedness predictor that will judge how full your bus, train, or subway ride will be based on past experience.

According to Google, the new features have already begun rolling out in 200 cities around the world so a good proportion of people should be able to benefit from them.

With bus delay information, those who don’t already have real-time data from transit agencies will be able to see whether their bus will be late and when it is expected to arrive. In addition to this, the travel time will automatically update to factor in the delay, giving commuters a more realistic expectation about when they’ll get to their destination. What’s nice about this feature is that you can see where on the route the delay is occurring and, in some situations, this will mean you can alter your route to get around the problem.

With the second feature, crowdedness predictions, you’ll be able to more intelligently plan your journey based on comfort. With the new update, Google will provide you with information about how full the vehicle will be based on past information. With this, you can decide whether you want to catch crowded transportation where you’ll be forced to stand up, or whether you want to wait a bit for a seat.

To accompany the launch, Google has penned a blog post which looks into transit crowdedness trends around the world based on data gleaned from Google Maps; if you’re interested in checking out the data, head on over to Google’s blog post.


WhatsApp statuses could soon be shared to Facebook Stories and other services

Towards the start of this year, reports emerged with respect to Mark Zuckerberg's intent to integrate the messaging platforms powering WhatsApp, Instagram, and Facebook. Since then, it also came to light that Facebook might also be moving the Messenger experience back into its core app, at least in part, according to reverse engineering expert Jane Manchun Wong who speculated that the move was for "preparing integrated messaging".

While further news on inter-service messaging is yet to drop, it seems that Facebook has been testing a new feature that enables users to share their WhatsApp status to Facebook. At present, WhatsApp users can set a status using a combination of text, images, and video that persist for 24 hours before disappearing in a similar fashion to how Instagram Stories operates. In test builds for WhatsApp rolling out today, users can share their status to Facebook or other apps courtesy of new options in the user interface.

In discussion with The Verge, WhatsApp advised that there is nothing happening behind the scenes that tie Facebook and WhatsApp accounts together, merely taking advantage of the data-sharing APIs that exist in iOS and Android to make the function work. Furthermore, WhatsApp made mention that the posts on the two services will exist as distinct entities and without linkage. The company will also stop short of providing an automatic means to push a status from WhatsApp to other services, saying that it wants users to actively decide when the feature is invoked.

While this may seem to be a fairly benign feature, WhatsApp may be stressing how data is shared with or pushed to Facebook for good reason. After it declared that it would begin sharing user information with Facebook, WhatsApp faced concerns and opposition from regulators across a number of countries, including Germany, as well as the European Commission itself which later imposed a fine of €110 million ($122 million). Of course, it remains to be seen if the status sharing feature ultimately makes its way into mainstream builds of WhatsApp.


Oppo MeshTalk will allow calls and sending messages without Wi-Fi, Bluetooth or mobile data

After officially presenting the amazing and visionary camera technology under the display during the MWC Shanghai 2019 , now the Chinese giant Oppo stands out once again in the smartphone sector by presenting a unique technology that allows the sending of messages and unused telephone calls Wi-Fi, Bluetooth or mobile data.

Called MeshTalk , the engine uses signal relay between devices to provide a decentralized messaging system. With end-to-end encryption, the technology allows for use within a 3-km radius, or longer range if users are in an area with more people and connections

The use of signal relay technology between devices essentially means that OPPO devices will be able to create a local area network among them to communicate with each other without the need to involve third party network stations as external antennas.

Oppo said in an official Twitter post that this new feature would be better for messaging or emergency calls for crucial times, as low power allows devices to extend their standby to 72 hours, allowing people to communicate for a longer time even with the battery too low.

It is not clear when the company should bet on the technology, nor whether it will be possible to send information such as audio, videos and images. Oppo has confirmed that a custom low-power chipset allows you to use the LAN network and retransmit the communication system "between multiple Oppo devices when they are within range."

Doubts are definitely still greater than certainties, but the technology is already very impressive and can save many lives in areas of difficult access such as mountains or in cases of disasters, whether natural or human.

It is now time to wait for the company to provide more news about Oppo MeshTalk in the coming months. The Mobile Whole will keep an eye on all the major new information about the technology.


Microsoft's Chromium Edge browser reaches Windows 7 and 8

Microsoft's Chromium Edge browser has just arrived on Windows 7 and Windows 8 operating systems. Availability is made one month after the browser's landing in Windows 10, and one week after it appears on MacOS. testing, Microsoft has promised daily security and stability updates, and the developer relationship channel for the browser will be managed by the company "logo."

Chromium Edge made a lot of noise when it was announced in December last year to use the Chromium engine as the foundation for Chrome, the browser of rival Google . The interesting thing is that Microsoft will make the new browser available for Windows 7 even though it has announced the end of support for the old operating system as early as January 2020.

"You'll find that the experience and layout of features in previous versions of Windows will generally be the same as Windows 10, including future 'Internet Explorer' mode support for enterprise customers," Microsoft said in a blog post of Edge. The exception to this rule, according to the company, will be the dark mode and the absence of Azure login support (ADA).

There is no date yet for the "official" release of Chromium Edge, but the trial version can be purchased by downloading the installer from the official Microsoft website.


One more to the list! Google adds first dark view to Gmail

Gradually, Google has updated its applications with the much-desired dark mode. The Search app and Photos have recently been granted the feature. Now it looks like Gmail is about to be contemplated as well.

According to the Android Police website , the latest APK from the company's email tool already contains the first view of the dark mode. However, it would only appear sporadically in the settings - as shown in the screenshots below:

The images were taken from v2019.06.09. The feature is enabled and disabled at random, without any user command. It does not yet have a button to use or appear in the main window or sidebar.

The emergence at certain times would be an indicator that the dark mode would be close to being inserted into the application permanently. But for now, there is no timeframe for that.

The APK file for the v2019.06.09 edition of Gmail can be downloaded from the link below. Already the app in its regular version is available for Android and iOS, on the card after the text.

What are your expectations for the arrival of the dark mood in Gmail? Do not forget to leave your comment in the space below!


Whatsapp Beta brings improved Picture-in-Picture videos

The version of Whatsapp Beta for Android brings a video feature in dropdown, also called "Picture in Picture", improved over what we already have in the stable version of the app.

In the Beta version, you can continue to watch a video in a drop-down window and switch chat, or even minimize the app. In the old (stable) version, if you switch chat or minimize the app, the video ends.

It should be noted that the feature is available only in Beta version 2.19.177 of the app, which only works on Android 8 or higher. For now, the following platforms have been confirmed as supported: YouTube , Facebook , Instagram and Streamable.

To become a WhatsApp user and receive Beta updates before the final versions, you need to sign up through this link . Keep in mind that beta versions may be insecure and / or unstable.