Apple hands over Spotify subscribers in the US, Google's Pixel 3a and 3a XL leak (again), Microsoft simplifies USB drive removal, and more. Here are the biggest stories of the weekend to start your Monday.
Netflix discontinues AirPlay support due to "technical limitations"
Netflix has been supporting casting content with Apple AirPlay since 2013, but over the weekend it was "suddenly" plugging in the feature. It was originally speculated that this was an answer to Apple's upcoming TV + service, but it turned out to be something else.
As The Verge has discovered, this has nothing to do with TV +, but the fact that AirPlay is no longer limited to Apple TV devices and rolls on third-party devices like Vizio TVs. In an official statement, Netflix claims that it "can not distinguish which device is which" or "certify devices," so it "only has the support off". "Wow.
Here is the full statement The Verge has made:
We want to make sure our members have a great Netflix experience on every device they use. With the introduction of AirPlay on third-party devices, there is no way to distinguish between devices (what is an Apple TV device and what not?) Or to certify these experiences. That's why we decided to stop using Netflix AirPlay support to make sure our ad quality standards are met. Members can continue to access Netflix through the integrated app on Apple TV and other devices.
That's interesting because you think AirPlay should work the same on all devices by default, just like Google's casting platform. It does not matter if you're using Chromecast, Android TV or a TV with native casting support, it just works. Netflix clearly sees something different here with AirPlay devices outside of Apple TV.
Although does not seem particularly large as most devices have native Netflix support in the first place, this is still a big blow for Apple TV users are essentially "punished" by Apple's decision to open the AirPlay platform for third-party manufacturers. Hopefully, there will eventually be a standardized method of testing these devices, and Netflix will be able to re-enable AirPlay support for all compatible devices. Until then, however, the company recommends everyone to switch to the native app.
Apple News: Music Now has more subscribers than Spotify in the US
In addition, Apple could dissolve iTunes with special music and podcast apps Mac.
- Apple Music has insisted over the weekend on Spotify for paying subscribers in the US, although Spotify still holds the world market relatively large in the lead. [The Wall Street Journal]
- Apple hacker Steve Troughton-Smith recently discovered code suggesting that Apple may be trying to split iTunes into three separate apps, breaking podcasts and music into their stand-alone products. [MacRumors]
While Spotify still holds the global market for streaming services, Apple's takeover in the US is still a big win for the company and shows just how popular its music streaming service really is.
Of course, Spotify has even more free users in the US, but that makes sense if you can sign up for a free account. It is also unclear how many of these users are even active.
But the most interesting thing is that these numbers are not from official sources ̵
Google News: The Galaxy S10 fingerprint scanner is easy to fool, and Maps offers more Waze features
Android Q also gets a 3D touch-like feature, more pixel 3a leaks and more.
- The S10's in-display fingerprint sensor was fooled with a 3D-printed finger. Oof. [The Verge]
- Google Assistant receives more answers with more visual appeal to phones. It will also be displayed if certain answers are ads. Well.
- Google Maps Receives Traffic Slowdown Reports, Another Feature Adopted by Waze. Good for you, Google. Stay tuned. [The Verge]
- As Apple 3D Touch goes down on iOS, Google implements a similar feature called "Deep Press" in Android Q. Curious. [9to5Google]
- The upcoming Pixel 3a and 3a XL appeared briefly on Google Play and confirmed the handsets. [9to5Google]
- If you're jealous of Energy Ring for Galaxy S10 devices and are looking for something similar to your phone's notched display, Notch Pie is here to connect you. [XDA Developers]
- The S10 family of phones can be rooted in Magisk Canary Release. If you're interested in such things [XDA Developers]
- Google told users that the message "Managed by Organization" in Chrome 73 is not a big deal and will not be underlined. All right. [Techdows]
- Google Advanced Protection, a program designed to help protect high-risk accounts from targeted attacks, extends Chrome with secure downloads. That's neat. [9to5Google]
- Chrome on the desktop is "lazily loaded" in version 95, which saves bandwidth by not loading images and iframes under the creasing bar until the user flips close to them. [Techdows]
A few weeks ago it was discovered that the face recognition of the Galaxy S10 could again be deceived by a picture, since Samsung has removed the Iris scanner in its latest mobile phone. Now it has been proven that the in-display fingerprint sensor is also easy to fool.
A user named darkshark recently joined Imgur to show how he faked his S10 with a simple 3D printed fingerprint. In the video, he wears gloves and puts the 3D-printed plate on the display of the S10. With a simple tap, the phone is unlocked. It took 13 minutes for the pressure to be right. Of course, a fingerprint is much harder to get than a simple image, so is not as easy as phoning the phone's face unlock feature. However, it is still very disturbing to know that within 15 minutes someone could have access to your phone and all your secure information such as credit card and banking applications.
Microsoft News: It is now always safe to remove your USB storage device.
Plus focus mode in Chromium Edge, PowerShell 7 for all platforms, and changes to the bounty program.
- There is a good chance that you will not do this, but you & # 39; Technically, should "eject" USB storage devices before they are removed. Well, now Microsoft is changing the policies so you do not have to do what you probably have not done anyway. [Bleeping Computer]
- PowerShell 7 is available on all platforms. [MSPowerUser]
- Chromium Edge gets focus mode. Another feature that Google for Chrome has been working on. This allows users to show tabs with minimal other options in Solofile. You know, for the focus. [Windows Latest]
- Microsoft has announced some improvements to its Bounty program with faster payments and higher rewards. The best way to hunt these vulnerabilities, boys and girls. [Microsoft TechNet]
For the sake of authenticity, I would like to openly admit that I thought "hardware safely removing" accessories were killed long ago; I can not remember the last time I ejected a UBS device properly. Oops
I can imagine that this is so for most people, so Microsoft decided to change the default action to support the "quick removal". This is in contrast to the previous standard option, namely "better performance".  Ah, that means the new default setting somehow reduces the performance of USB storage devices. According to the setting itself, the "better performance" option enables the write cache in Windows, which improves the speed of the device. When the Quick Removal feature is enabled, this feature is disabled and slows down. But at least you can take it out again at any time.
However, we have good news: you can reset this setting to "better performance" if you want.
More information: Your credit card information can be for sale on Facebook
Plus a whole lot of Amazon stuff. Also, the International Space Station is apparently disgusting.
- Cisco Talos has recently found 74 Facebook groups with 385,000 members who buy and sell credit card information. Heh, you no longer have to worry about your information touching the dark web. [Engadget]
- Amazon has signed a contract with Westworld developers for top notch content over the next four to five years. [Engadget]
- FireTV 4K received a miracast reflection. Yay? [Android Police]
- Amazon wants you to entrust Alexa with your health information and prescriptions. I'm not sure. [The Wall Street Journal]
- Amazon apparently bought Eero for only $ 97 million, which is much less than originally thought. [The Verge]
- IKEA unveiled a Sonos-powered lamp and bookshelf with built-in hidden speakers. That's cool. [Engadget]
- AirBnB guests are finding more and more hidden cameras by scanning the WLAN. The thought of someone watching what I do in their rent makes me feel itchy. [Ars Technica]
- Bang and Olufsen has a new television with speakers that fold out like a kind of grand piano. It looks kinda cool, but why? [Engadget]
- The International Space Station is covered by new research with all sorts of germs and bacteria. This is really remarkable, because for the first time a study was published containing this comprehensive document. The space station is also rough. [Engadget]
So this Facebook thing. Man. Selling stolen credit card information is big business, but it's worrying that it's happening right in front of our noses in an open and accessible place like Facebook.
To make matters worse, Facebook leaves it to users to use groups like this (instead of using algorithms to systematically search for them). So if the users hold the lip, the network has no idea that these groups even exist. And as Engadget reports, finding these groups is not even difficult. Just search Facebook for "Spam," "Carding," or "CVV," and groups will be displayed.
To make matters worse, once you join a group, Facebook's algorithms will suggest similar groups that you can join. That's the exact opposite of good.
In a statement to Engadget, a Facebook spokesman said that these types of groups violated the network's guidelines and "know that we need to be more vigilant and that we need to invest heavily to combat this type of activity. "
heh, do you think?