20 news you shouldn’t miss this summer

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1. Microsoft reveals the interface of Windows 11

At the end of June, Microsoft unveiled its new operating system, Windows 11. Into the software: a completely redesigned interface including a central menu in the taskbar, customizable widgets, numerous window layout capabilities or even native Microsoft Teams integration.

2. Common malicious apps removed from Play Store

In question: 9 Android apps that were installed by computer security researchers at Dr Web due to malicious actions. In fact, these apps attempted to hack users’ Facebook credentials by sending an infected social network’s authentication page. Among these applications, some of which have collected millions of downloads, are Garbage Cleaner, Image Processing, Horoscope Daily, or App Lock Manager. Google responded immediately by removing it from the Play Store and banning its developers.

3. WhatsApp is launching its multi-device mode in beta

The multi-device mode that allows WhatsApp to be used on up to 4 devices and without the need for a smartphone was launched in beta in mid-July. The feature users have been eagerly waiting for, Facebook announced in a blog post that syncs history and message confidentiality on every device. A testing phase before dissemination to the general public.

4. Windows 365, Microsoft’s cloud computer, displays its price list

While Microsoft unveiled its cloud computing service in mid-July, the company officially launched Windows 365 in August. This cloud computing solution for professionals offers 12 configurations that can be modified according to needs and offers a two-month free trial for certain formats. In the face of Internet users’ interest in the demo, Microsoft suspended it just a few days after its launch, mired in requests.

5. Apple, in the fight against child crimes, stirs controversy

To fight bidcrime, Apple announced that it wants to use encryption tools to identify sensitive photos on its iCloud server, without accessing the content. In addition, the company planned to erase photos sent or received via iMessage. The ads sparked real protests, because if the approach is legitimate, it calls into question the confidentiality of private correspondence.

Apple has since made clear that its systems are designed to prevent this technology from being used to select other content and that it is necessarily based on a sample of images submitted and validated by NCMEC, a non-governmental organization that fights child exploitation.

6. Google reveals its new measures to protect minors

With the protection of minors at the center of many regulations around the world, Google has announced the measures taken for all of its services. Thus, YouTube will notably implement a private posting mode, by default, for videos of users between the ages of 13 and 17.

Among other changes announced: Advertisers will not have the right to target minors with ads based on age, gender or interests using Google Ads, the default disabling placement history for users under 18 or the ability to request removal of images of a minor from search results .

7. Apple and Google in the eyes of US senators

In another context, Apple and Google are accused of stifling competition and hindering innovation by forcing apps to pass through their platforms and in-app purchase mechanisms. Thus, the monopoly is being targeted by a bill called “Open App Markets Act” which was launched by US Senators in order to increase competition in the app store market. It appears that Apple, which must already defend itself over these same issues in the lawsuit against Epic Games, is doubly targeted by this law in the United States.

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8. Google Page Experience Official Launch

In mid-June, Google launched the Page Experience Update. This update aims to integrate standards related to user experience, basic web fundamentals, and give them more weight in referring to a website. Impact: Possible change of position or differences in organic traffic. Google wanted to reassure SEO: ” As we’ve explained, while this update aims to highlight more “user-friendly” pages, on-page experience is just one of many factors our systems take into account. Gradual spread continued at the beginning of July to be completed at the end of August.

9. The end of third-party cookies for the year 2023

Google, initially planned for 2022, has decided to postpone the end of third-party cookies in Google Chrome by one year. This postponement will allow advertisers and authorities to set up tests and better prepare for the transition to a cookie-free world. As a reminder, the company’s goal is to make the tracking cookies imposed by the ad servers out of date.

The new tentative timeline revealed by Google provides for two phases:

  • end of 2022: Publishers and the advertising industry will have 9 months to update their practices, as Chrome APIs will be released from the end of 2022.
  • Mid 2023: Gradual phase-out of support for third-party cookies for a period of 3 months, from mid-2023 to the end of 2023.

10. Twitter reveals trends in conversations in 2021

For the first time in France, Twitter has revealed key conversation trends thanks to its #TwitterTrends study. This decoding is based on analysis, between 2019 and 2021, of several billion tweets on 300,000 different topics, and across 8 countries: France, the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, Spain, Brazil, and India. Among the common trends in the eight countries analyzed are: Well-being, Creativity, Inspiration, Planet, Connected Life and Identity. Information that is also intended to give brands keys to their communication strategy.

11. Remind Google of the rules for affiliate links and sponsored articles

At the end of July, Google announced the publication of an algorithm update aimed at combating low-quality networking on a website. An opportunity for the company to call out good practices for affiliate links and sponsored articles. It is therefore highly recommended that you use appropriate markup to indicate to Google that it is a link related to an advertisement or paid sites. The company stated that failure to comply with these rules may result in manual or algorithmic penalties, which can severely affect website ranking.

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12. Instagram allows users to save their stories as drafts

The social network has launched a new feature for fans of the story. Since the end of July, the latter can save it to a draft, so you can resume and revise it at any time. The leading format is on Instagram, so the stories are kept in the app for 7 days.

13. YouTube Short arrives in France

After YouTube Shorts rolled out in the US in March 2021, Shorts launched in beta in France in July. A true clone of TikTok, YouTube allows creators to create short, impactful videos on its platform. Among the available features: taking audio clips from YouTube videos, adding text at certain times during a video, recording up to 60 seconds of video or adding filters.

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14. Twitter announces the end of Fleets . service

For its part, Twitter announced the end of the coordination of its stories, Fleets. And so the temporary videos disappeared on August 3rd. Reason: Formatting has not spread in the Twittersphere. The social network said it prefers to focus on the audio rooms provided with Twitter Spaces, and plans to offer more options for composing a tweet.

15. Instagram: private virtual accounts for minors

This summer, Instagram announced the measures it was taking to protect the youngsters on its platform. Thus, the social network wants to offer private accounts by default for those under 16, so that their posts are visible only to its subscribers. In addition, Instagram has announced that it is using technology to not highlight the accounts of minors in the Explore, Reels or Suggestions sections and to protect them from adults with suspicious activities.

16. Facebook accused of trying to decrypt private messages on WhatsApp

In August, Facebook was accused of assembling a team of artificial intelligence researchers to study an advanced encryption technology, symmetric encryption. A technique that reconciles advertising efficiency with respect for privacy, and can be used to analyze private messages, especially on WhatsApp. The allegations were denied by the messaging app’s manager.

17. TikTok is taking measures for children aged 13-17 on its platform

Like Instagram, TikTok has also announced new changes to its platform to protect minors. The social network intends to enhance the confidentiality of 13-17 year olds thanks to its more secure messaging settings. Each post will ask younger people who they want to give them permission to watch or download a video. In addition, users between the ages of 13 and 15 will not be able to receive notifications from 9 PM, and 16-17 from 10 PM.

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18. GitHub has sparked controversy with Copilot, the tool that suggests lines of code

At the end of June, GitHub launched a tool that aims to make it easier to write lines of code and save developers time. The co-pilot suggests individual lines and entire posts instantly from the context of your feedback and code. At the beginning of August, the developers and the Free Software Foundation (FSF) pointed out the issues of fairness, legality, and legality raised by using this tool. GitHub has defended itself by referring Copilot detractors to the FAQ identifying that tool “It is a code synthesizer, not a search engine: the vast majority of the code it proposes is uniquely generated and never seen before.” For its part, the FSF launched a call for white papers to answer the developers’ questions.

19. WordPress: New in version 5.8

The new WordPress 5.8 update is available since July 20, for 42% of professional websites and blogs that use a CMS. What’s New in This Release: A new, original site management experience based on a system of customizable editorial blocks and WebP format support for media files. Other minor features include selecting and removing multiple menu items with a single click, access to new block creations for the original themes, and improvements to the site health screen.

20. Study reveals the most hated languages ​​for developers

Stack Overflow has revealed its annual survey that evaluates the most popular technologies and developer preferences. Among the many categories of this study, one thus reports which programming languages ​​are most loved and most hated by developers. The chance of discovering that the Rust language is the most popular with 87% of developers, while Cobol is the most hated by 84.2% of respondents.

List of most popular and dreaded languages. © Stack Overflow

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