Microsoft will force Internet Explorer users to open some websites in Edge

Microsoft may have finally devised a way to get people to stop using Internet Explorer once and for all (via ZDNet). When the company releases the next version of its Edge browser, currently slated to come out sometime in November, Internet Explorer users won’t be able to access some 1,156 websites, including popular destinations like YouTube, Twitter, Instagram and ESPN. Instead, they’ll be promoted to go to those websites using Microsoft’s more modern, Chromium-based browser.

The list is held on a DLL file Microsoft has been adding to Edge installations over the summer. IE loads the file through a plugin, which then monitors what websites you’re visiting through the browser. When you navigate to one that Microsoft would prefer you not visit through IE, you’ll see the following support page. “You’ve been redirected to Microsoft Edge where you can continue your browsing uninterrupted,” the company says on the page.

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Next Microsoft Edge Update Seeks To Drag Internet Explorer Users Into The Future

People have been surfing the Web with Internet Explorer for a quarter of a century. Microsoft is ready for Windows users to leave it behind once and for all and embrace the much more modern Edge.

Microsoft Edge version 87 is slated for release on November 19. When it rolls out, Internet Explorer diehards are going to see a much more aggressive pitch from Microsoft to make the switch.

If you’re still using Internet Explorer and happen to visit a site that has known compatibility issues Edge will automatically intervene.

A new Edge window will appear with an overlay letting you know what’s happening. The same screen will encourage you to import your Internet Explorer favorites, history and saved passwords.

You can choose not to, naturally, and just view

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Upgrading to iPhone 12 causes issues for UK NHS COVID-19 app users

Users of the UK’s NHS COVID-19 contact tracing app have run into problems when trying to upgrade to the iPhone 12 or iPhone 12 Pro, with the app not prompting users to turn on Exposure Notifications after transferring it from the old device.

A number of iPhone 12 users in England and Wales who upgraded to the just-released models from an older iPhone have encountered error messages when they try to open the official NHS COVID-19 app. Users who perform an automated installation of in-use apps from their old iPhone to the new unit, such as via an iCloud Backup, may encounter errors when trying to run the app after the transfer takes place.

An error is displayed advising to users the app couldn’t be run due to a “restriction in your settings” or that another app is using the same technology and is stopping it from working,

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Some Mac users being warned that Amazon Music app and HP drivers are malware

Some users are reporting that they can no longer print to HP printers, or can’t continue playing Amazon Music through the dedicated app, because of a macOS error that claims the software is malware.

AppleInsider has been contacted by users reporting that their Macs are suddenly claiming their HP printers contain malware and “will damage your computer.” Separately, other users are reporting the same issue, but to do with the Amazon Music app.

In each case, attempting to launch the app or to just use the Mac, brings up a dialog box. It reports that there is malware, says it will damage the Mac, and advises users to move a particular file to the trash.

That file can be the Amazon Music app, or it can be the HP printer driver called “HP Device Monitoring.framework.” Users have the option to click Move to Trash or Cancel, but if they

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Facebook Says a ‘Glitch’ Redirected Users to a QAnon Primer

A pro-Trump rally in Ronkonkoma, New York in October 2020.

A pro-Trump rally in Ronkonkoma, New York in October 2020.
Photo: Stephanie Keith (Getty Images)

Facebook users who were not searching for information on QAnon were redirected to an extensive primer on the conspiracy theory due to a “glitch” in a system designed to fight it, according to Facebook.

The company tweeted on Wednesday that its “Redirect Initiative”—which is supposed to direct Facebook users that appear to be on the verge of tumbling down a QAnon-sized rabbit hole to the the Global Network on Extremism and Technology (GNET)—was triggering on pages it shouldn’t have been. According to Business Insider, Facebook deactivated the malfunctioning tool just two hours after launch because it kept activating on pages that were unrelated to spreading the news of a fictional international pedophile ring (or pages merely adjacent to the conspiracy, such as that of Fox News host Todd

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iPhone 12 supports iOS updates over 5G, but users might need to manually activate feature

An Apple support document published this week notes iPhone 12 series handsets support 5G downloads of iOS updates, though some users might need to manually enable the feature.

Apple outlined the capabilities of iPhone 12 series 5G data modes in a support document published Tuesday. Along with all-5G, all-LTE and a so-called “Smart Data Mode,” which automatically toggles cellular connectivity between 5G and LTE depending on network speeds, iOS provides three data throughput settings for iPhone 12 devices: Allow More Data on 5G, Standard, and Low Data Mode.

Users benefit from high-quality FaceTime calls, high-definition video and audio, and iOS updates over cellular with Allow More Data. In addition, third-party apps are unleashed to use more cellular data for “enhanced experiences.” This setting is automatically selected as iPhone’s default with certain unlimited-data plans on a carrier-by-barrier basis.

Apple states that the Standard data mode, which enables automatic updates

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PayPal will soon let US users buy, sell and shop with cryptocurrency

The company will provide information to help account holders understand blockchain tech, the digital currency ecosystem and “the risks and opportunities related to investing in cryptocurrency.” It won’t charge users service fees to buy or sell cryptocurrency through the end of the year, and you won’t have to pay any fees for holding it in your PayPal wallet.

PayPal also plans to bring cryptocurrency to Venmo in the first half of 2021. It hopes to allow users in some other countries to buy and sell cryptocurrency next year too. The New York State Department of Financial Services has granted its first conditional “Bitlicense” to PayPal.

The company’s CEO Dan Schulman told Reuters that PayPal hopes the move will encourage global uptake of cryptocurrency. The service is also preparing for central banks and corporations to set up their own virtual currencies. PayPal cited a survey of central banks suggesting a tenth

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Apple To Remove App That Allowed Users To Play Stadia Games On iOS

KEY POINTS

  • Apple hasn’t allowed game streaming apps like Stadia on iOS devices
  • This is because of its strict App Store policies regarding game streaming
  • Apple is taking down an app that provided a workaround to streaming Stadia games on iPhones

Apple has told the developer behind the Stadium app that it will be removing the app from the App Store. This comes as the latest blow to mobile gamers who have been looking for ways to enjoy the video games they could not access via the App Store or Apple Arcade.

Zachary Knox, creator of the Stadium app that allowed users to play Stadia games on their iPhones, said the Cupertino tech giant reached out to him and informed him that it is taking down the app.

For those who don’t know, the Stadium app offers iPhone users a workaround so they can enjoy Stadia games directly on their

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Snap grows revenue and users amid coronavirus pandemic

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Snapchat reported third-quarter earnings on Tuesday.


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Snap, the parent company of ephemeral messaging app Snapchat, grew its number of daily users and raked in more revenue than expected in the third quarter as more people turned to the platform to stay in touch with family and friends during the coronavirus pandemic.

Snapchat had 249 million users who logged in to the app daily in the third quarter, up 18% compared to the same period last year. 

“Our focus on delivering value for our community and advertising partners is yielding positive results during this challenging time. We’re excited about the growth of our business in Q3 as we continue to make long-term investments in our future,” said Evan Spiegel, Snap’s CEO, in a statement on Tuesday. “The adoption of augmented reality

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Google shutting down Trusted Contacts, directs users to Google Maps

  • Google removed Trusted Contacts, its location-sharing app designed for emergencies, from the App Store on Sunday.
  • Anyone who has already downloaded it can continue using it until December 1, it said in an email to users.
  • It said that location sharing was now built into Google Maps.
  • But Trusted Contacts also lets your family and friends see your location if you cannot respond in an emergency — Google Maps does not.
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Google is removing its emergency location-sharing app Trusted Contacts in December, and is directing users to Google Maps instead.

Trusted Contacts, which Google launched in 2016, shares users’ location with select family and friends.

Location sharing has since been built directly into Google Maps, the company said in an email to users on Sunday.

However, as The Verge points out, Google Maps requires you to actively broadcast your location, whereas Trusted Contacts

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