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WhatsApp will soon cut support for older versions of Android

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The WhatsApp team is preparing to launch several more innovations in the popular messenger. All of them have been spotted in the latest beta version of WhatsApp for Android.

WhatsApp will soon cut support for older versions of Android

The thematic resource WABetaInfo drew attention to innovations. The developers are preparing a redesigned keyboard layout. Including, the keyboard picker has moved from the bottom of the screen to the top. Also gone is the top bar, which offers easy access to different emoji categories.

WhatsApp will soon cut support for older versions of Android

Another innovation concerns the list of supported devices. According to the WhatsApp for Android 2.23.6.17 beta, the app will no longer support devices running Android 4.4 KitKat (2013 OS version) and will require at least Android 5.0 Android 5.0 (2014 OS version).

The current stable version of WhatsApp requires a device running Android 4.1 Jelly Bean (2012 OS version) or later.

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Apple has changed its mind about taking revenge on the European Union for the new law. The company will return support for PWA web applications for EU residents

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Apple has changed its mind about disabling support for PWA web applications for residents of the European Union.

Apple has changed its mind about taking revenge on the European Union for the new law.  The company will return support for PWA web applications for EU residents

The Cupertino giant said that with the release of iOS 17.4 for EU residents, nothing will change in this matter, and web applications will continue to be available to them. Let us remember that Apple previously stated that it would disable them for the EU and even did so in the beta version of iOS 17.4. The company explained that bringing PWA applications into compliance with the Digital Markets Act (DMA) would require a completely new integration architecture that would be impractical to implement. One of these changes in particular requires Apple to allow third-party browsers to use their own engines in iOS, which is a problem because web apps are built directly on the Webkit engine that powers the Safari browser.

Now Apple says that PWA applications will remain and will continue to work only on Webkit. That is, this does not create any problems for Apple itself and, apparently, does not violate the new EU law.

Apple previously announced plans to remove home screen access to web apps in the EU as part of our DMA compliance efforts. The need for removal was driven by complex security and privacy issues associated with web apps supporting alternative browser engines, which would require a new integration architecture that does not currently exist in iOS.

We have received requests to continue supporting web apps on iOS, so we will continue to support them in the EU. This support means that web apps are still built directly on WebKit and its security architecture, and follow the security and privacy model for native iOS apps.

Developers and users who may have been impacted by the removal of web apps in the iOS beta in the EU can expect existing features to return with the release of iOS 17.4 in early March.

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Microsoft has updated the list of processors supported by Windows 11. What’s new?

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Microsoft has updated the list of processors supported by Windows

The official list of processors supported by the Windows 11 operating system has been expanded with almost 40 new models, all of them from Intel. These are processors of the 14th generation Intel Core family and mobile Core Ultra.

Microsoft has updated the list of processors supported by Windows 11. What's new?

The full list of CPUs added to the list of supported Windows 11 looks like this:

  • Intel Core i3-14100;
  • Intel Core i3-14100F;
  • Intel Core i3-14100T;
  • Intel Core i5-14400;
  • Intel Core i5-14400F;
  • Intel Core i5-14400T;
  • Intel Core i5-14500;
  • Intel Core i5-14500T;
  • Intel Core i5-14600;
  • Intel Core i5-14600K;
  • Intel Core i5-14600KF;
  • Intel Core i5-14600T;
  • Intel Core i7-14700;
  • Intel Core i7-14700F;
  • Intel Core i7-14700K;
  • Intel Core i7-14700KF;
  • Intel Core i7-14700T;
  • Intel Core i9-14900;
  • Intel Core i9-14900F;
  • Intel Core i9-14900K;
  • Intel Core i9-14900KF;
  • Intel Core i9-14900T;
  • Intel Core 3-100U;
  • Intel Core 3-100U with IPU;
  • Intel Core 5-120U;
  • Intel Core 7-150U;
  • Intel Core Ultra 5-125H;
  • Intel Core Ultra 5-125U;
  • Intel Core Ultra 5-134U;
  • Intel Core Ultra 5-135H;
  • Intel Core Ultra 5-135U;
  • Intel Core Ultra 7-155H;
  • Intel Core Ultra 7-155U;
  • Intel Core Ultra 7-164U;
  • Intel Core Ultra 7-165H;
  • Intel Core Ultra 7-165U;
  • Intel Core Ultra 9-185H.

At the moment, the official list of processors supported by Windows 11 includes 903 Intel CPU models, 304 AMD CPU models and 15 Qualcomm single-chip systems.

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Samsung is working very quickly: Galaxy S24, Galaxy S24 Plus and Galaxy S24 Ultra have already received the March Android security updates

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Samsung has released the second update for its flagship Galaxy S24 line. But if the first was large-scale and brought many improvements to the system (along with bug fixes and shortcomings), then the second concerns exclusively security: the update contains the March Android security updates.

Samsung is working very quickly: Galaxy S24, Galaxy S24 Plus and Galaxy S24 Ultra have already received the March Android security updates

The second update has already been released in Europe and Canada, the software numbers are S92*BXXS1AXBG and S92*WVLS1AXBG, respectively. The size of the update depends on the specific model. For example, in the case of the European Galaxy S24 Plus – 285 MB, and in the case of the Galaxy S24 Ultra – 428 MB.

Interestingly, neither Samsung nor Google have yet revealed what exactly is contained in the March Android security update. But usually such updates patch several dozen previously identified holes and gaps in the software.

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