Chrome gives up on Windows XP as Google says bye-bye to antiquated OS

Chrome gives up on Windows XP as Google says bye-bye to antiquated OS

Google Chrome 50 has been released, and with the browser reaching its half-century in terms of version numbers, Google has finally done away with support for Windows XP, as well as Windows Vista and older versions of OS X.

So now if you're running Windows XP, you'll be stuck on the previous version of Chrome – and while that will still work, it will no longer receive any updates, and thus will slowly but surely fall decidedly behind the times (and it won't be patched up with security updates).

Even though support for Windows XP itself ended just over two years ago now, Microsoft's outdated software still remains the third most-used desktop OS, with an 11% market share (behind Windows 7 and Windows 10).

Yes, there are still more people using Windows XP than Windows 8.1, and there's a good chance that plenty of those holdouts also make use of the Chrome browser. Obviously this curtailing of support from Google is another blow to them.

Mavericks or better

On the Mac front, Chrome won't be supported for anyone running versions of OS X older than Mavericks (so those still using Mountain Lion, version 10.8, or older are now out of luck).

Of course, Chrome 50 brought some new bits with it including tweaked push notification payloads, with the new system now allowing websites to be able to tell when you've closed a notification on one device, so you don't get the same thing coming through on your other devices.

There were also no less than 20 security fixes implemented by the Chrome team – security fixes which those on Windows XP won't get, and of course that number will only multiply going forward.

Via: The Inquirer

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Big changes could be coming to search on Apple’s App Store

Big changes could be coming to search on Apple's App Store

According to a new report from Bloomberg, Apple is planning on making some changes to its App Store, and has formed a secret team to implement them.

Word around the campfire is that the Cupertino company is considering changes to its search functionality, including a Google-style paid search system in which companies would pay to have their apps listed at the top of search results based on generic search terms.

For example, a developer could cough up part of its marketing budget for prominent placement of its game or app in searches based on genre or theme.

The report states that Apple has assembled a team of 100 people to work on the secret project, which includes a number of engineers from Apple’s advertising group, iAd.

The initiative is reportedly being led by Apple Vice President Todd Teresi, who was originally hired to lead Apple’s iAd division in 2012.

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Microsoft sues US government over hush-hush data requests

Microsoft sues US government over hush-hush data requests

2016 is proving to be the year of privacy debates between the tech world and the US government. In the latest clash, Microsoft has sued the US Government over the right to tell its users when federal agencies request access to private data.

Reuters reports that Microsoft has opened a suit against the policy of secret government data requests. The Redmond-based company alleges that Washington is violating the U.S. Constitution by preventing it from customers of government requests for emails and other documents stored on its remote servers.

In the suit, Microsoft claims it has received 5,624 demands for customer information over the past 18 months. Of those requests, 2,576 supposedly came an attached gag order preventing the company from informing customers of the government seized data.

What's more, Microsoft also says 1,752 orders came without a time limit, preventing it from ever telling customers that the government obtained their digital files.

Legal document argues that the governments breaches US citizen's fourth amendment rights to know if the government searches or seizes their property.

"People do not give up their rights when they move their private information from physical storage to the cloud," Microsoft wrote in the lawsuit. "[The government] has exploited the transition to cloud computing as a means of expanding its power to conduct secret investigations."

This is the latest legal battle between the government and the tech world over digital civil liberties. Earlier this year the issue was first sparked by a FBI vs Apple case, revolving around the data locked in an encrypted iPhone 5C formally owned by shooters involved in the San Bernardino, California shooting massacre last December.


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