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Apple quietly pushes automatic Mac software update to remove vulnerable Zoom web server

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Earlier this week, a serious vulnerability was reported to Apple. The vulnerability was related to the Zoom video conferencing app for MacOs. The problem was that attackers could easily hijack user’s webcams.

The vulnerability was caused due to the fact that Zoom had installed a hidden web server on user’s computers so that the app can automatically answer incoming calls. This web server was the main weak point which could be exploited by the attackers. The problem was not fixed even the app was deleted from the device. As a result, users who have removed the app previously might not have realized that they were still vulnerable to this potential attack.

After defending the decision to install a web server on user’s devices to work around changes in Safari 12 that would have required users to click to accept incoming calls, Zoom later backtracked and launched a patch in order to remove the web server from the user’s devices.

However, Apple has finally taken things in its own hands and have taken a step further. The company silently pushed a MacOS update that is designed to remove the web server. The update was deployed in users’ devices automatically. Therefore, users didn’t have to do anything manually in order to install the update.

This Tuesday, Zoom released a fixed app version. But Apple has stated that its actions will protect users both in past and present from the web server vulnerability. This will not affect or cause any problem in the functionality of the Zoom app itself.

The update is known to prompt users if they want to open the app. before it would open on its own.

As stated by Zoom to TechCrunch:

 “it was happy to have worked with Apple on testing this update”

and that it should solve all the problems with the web server.

Zoom also stated in a blog post that it will take action this coming weekend by automatically having first-time users who select “always turn off my video” default to having a video off for all future meetings.

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Instagram, Facebook and WhatsApp photo glitch fixed

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Facebook confirmed that the glitches are fixed which affected its platforms.

If you recently faced issues uploading or viewing photos then you should know that it was due to a glitch. Users all across the world were unable to access any files on their social accounts.

The glitch affected the platforms including Facebook, Messenger, Instagram, and WhatsApp.

According to an official tweet:

 “The issue has been resolved and we should be back at 100% for everyone.”

It also added that an unspecified issue had suddenly cropped up during routine maintenance.

Facebook has more than 2.3 billion active users on its platform. Instagram has one billion users who were all affected by the problem.

As reported, users were shown grey boxes annotated with text explaining what the firm’s image analysis software had suggested being the content of the original photos.

Even Twitter faced certain issues due to which users were not able to send a direct message or receive any notification. This continued for some time.

The company has already apologized for the inconvenience caused to the users.

“We’re almost 100% resolved. There may be some residual effects for a small group of people, but overall your DMs should be working properly now. We appreciate your patience!”

In March, Instagram and Facebook suffered their longest period of disruption in their whole history. The problems affected both the platforms. The same happened to WhatsApp in April.

The latest issues followed earlier disruption on Tuesday when Cloudflare which is a well-known company that offers internet security to website operators. They suffered a big problem which was caused by them. It had affected thousands of websites to display 502 errors when visited. The company, however, put the blame on flawed software.

The company said:

 “Our testing processes were insufficient in this case and we are reviewing and making changes to our testing and deployment process to avoid incidents like this in the future.”

Right now all the problems have been taken care of and users are able to use their favorite social media platforms all over again.

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Apple is going to shift to its new keyboard design in 2019/2020 MacBooks

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According to a new report from Apple analyst, Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple is soon going to replace the technology underlying the keyboards present in its MacBook Pro and MacBook Air computers. Kuo is frequently correct in his predictions as he gets the information from within Apple’s supply chain. After collecting the information, he then tries to provide an early indication of the upcoming hardware changes.

In his recent report, Kuo stated that the new keyboard designs coming in brand new MacBook Air models set to come out later this year, and new MacBook Pro models won’t be available until 2020, will drop the so-called butterfly mechanism design that is used in current-generation versions of both MacBooks. The new versions are going to make use of the scissor switch-based keyboards. This version was used by the company before they introduced the butterfly mechanism in 2015. Apple’s current standalone Magic keyboard also uses scissors switches.

The butterfly switch-based keyboards that are used by Apple has received quite a lot of criticism from the users, who reported dropped keystrokes and repeated keystrokes. Other than that there are also many problems that need to be looked into. These can often be solved with the help of compressed air to blow away any debris under the keyboard. But then are times when it needs an actual replacement keyboard component from Apple itself.

MacBook Pro which is Apple’s recent model introduced earlier this year features a redesigned butterfly keyboard. It is known to employ new materials which can help mitigate these issues. not just that, but it has also introduced a free keyboard replacement program for MacBook, MacBook Air, and MacBook Pro which extends to all the MacBook models that come with butterfly-based keyboards. If these reports are correct then the company is finally trying to come with a more permanent hardware fix that can solve the existing problems. MacBook keyboards definitely needed a keyboard fix after all the complaints received against it.

Kuo accuracy about his predictions cannot be doubted as he is different from others.

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Firefox is being reinvented by Mozilla for Android, you can test the new version now

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Mozilla is taking steps to reinvent Firefox for Android users. A test version of Firefox Preview has already been made available to download in the Google PlayStore. So if you want, you can test the application now.

Firefox Preview is known to have several features which have been borrowed from Firefox Focus which is a lean mobile browser developed for productivity and privacy.

Both the browsers are known to use the same GeckoView engine. Most of the mobile browsers sue Blink which is the engine used by Google Chrome. However, Mozilla has claimed that using GeckoView gives them more independence as it is no longer limited by preferences set by Google. Most of these preferences are set by Google in order to benefit their commercial interests.

Mozilla stated in a press release:

“Building Firefox for Android on GeckoView also results in greater flexibility in terms of the types of privacy and security features we can offer our mobile users.”

Simple and sleek

Firefox Preview has borrowed various design cues from Firefox Focus. This includes uncluttered and minimalist design. It also provides you with a choice of dark or light interfaces. You can choose this manually on your own. This is, however, not available on Firefox Focus.

Other than this you can also find many other significant differences between the two browsers. One of the most noticeable difference is the URL bar. It appears at the bottom of the screen and not on the top. This actually takes a bit longer to get used to it. However, it definitely makes it easier for you to concentrate on the content that you are reading.  You also have a pull-tab above the URL bar option. It provides you quick links for bookmarking or sharing the current page that you are browsing.

The new feature Collections allows you to save a set of related sites in a named group so that you can access it quickly.

The final version of the new Firefox browser for Android is going to be available for download later in this year.

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