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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!