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Android 14 will block installation of apps for older versions of Android and APK files

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According to 9to5google, citing developers, requirements will be tightened in the Android 14 operating system: Google will block the installation of outdated applications by default. In addition, the upcoming change will block users from downloading certain APK files.

Initially, Android 14 devices will only block apps designed for the oldest versions of Android. However, over time it is planned to increase the threshold to Android 6.0 (Marshmallow), while Google may gradually raise the bar.

However, it is also likely that each device manufacturer will decide what threshold for legacy applications should be enabled, and whether it will be enabled at all. If the function is active, then it will not be possible to install applications for outdated versions of Android on a specific device.

Android 14 will block installation of apps for older versions of Android and APK files

By blocking these outdated apps, Google intends to curb the spread of malware on Android. The developer responsible for the change confirms that some malicious apps deliberately target older versions of Android to bypass certain protections that only apply to newer apps.

However, as the developer clarifies, if you decide that you need to install an outdated application, it will still be possible to do so.

The release of Android 14 is expected this year.

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Mozilla is developing a Firefox browser for iOS that violates Apple’s requirements

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Mozilla is working on a Firefox browser for iOS that will be based on the Gecko engine rather than the traditional WebKit platform. This is similar to the Google project, where they develop their Chromium browser based on Blink.

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The browser code was found in the Mozilla GitHub repository, but it is not in the App Store, because such a browser violates the rules of the store. Apple forbids browsers from using any engines other than WebKit.

In a comment to the media, a Mozilla spokesperson said the company is following Apple’s policy and is only doing research to understand the technical issues for Gecko browsers on iOS if that policy changes.

“We hope that the day will come when people can freely decide to use the browser of their choice, including the ability to choose the engine that underlies it,” the company said.

Note that the Google developers also stated that their application is only an “experimental prototype that is being created in order to understand some aspects of performance on iOS.”

Journalists, on the other hand, believe that Apple may begin preparations for changing the rules of the store, which is why the companies began working on new versions of browsers. Details about this can be told at the WWDC conference in early summer.

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Under lock and key: Google Chrome will ask for biometrics to access the password manager

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Under lock and key Google Chrome will ask for biometrics

Google has released an important security update for its Chrome browser.

Under lock and key: Google Chrome will ask for biometrics to access the password manager

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Google Password Manager is pretty versatile as it allows you to sync all your saved passwords across mobile and desktop devices. Until now, the Chrome desktop browser used PINs and passwords to authenticate users before exposing stored data.

Now, if your computer (Windows and macOS) has an external or built-in biometric authentication system, such as a fingerprint scanner or a face scanner, you can use it to access data stored in the Chrome password manager.

Under lock and key: Google Chrome will ask for biometrics to access the password manager

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It works pretty much the same as it does on Android tablet phones when accessing saved passwords in Chrome. Once authenticated, the user will be able to copy the saved password or edit the entry.

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Get your tinfoil hats out: how much more Windows 11 “spy” compared to older Microsoft OS

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Get your tinfoil hats out how much more Windows 11

Many have heard claims that Windows 11 is heavily “spying” on users. As a recent YouTube video on The PC Security Channel shows, Windows 11 does send massive amounts of data to its own and third-party servers.

Get your tinfoil hats out: how much more Windows 11

Worst of all, the OS does this before the user even installs or opens their first app. The author of the channel used the Wireshark application to analyze network activity on two “clean” versions of Windows.

The first was the brand new Windows 11, and the second was the good old Windows XP. A quick analysis revealed that Windows 11 connects to many third-party servers and services, most of which do nothing but track for ads. And it’s worth noting that all of these actions take place on every Windows 11 computer out of the box, without prompting the user and before he tries to use the Internet.

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