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TweetDeck could soon look much more like Twitter’s web app

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TweetDeck is a secret weapon for Twitter power users. The column layout allows them to keep tabs on tweets from a large number of accounts at once, using Twitter’s handy lists. That could be about to change, based on an image Twitter shared of the “new and improved TweetDeck” that it’s testing. At first glance, it looks a lot like the standard Twitter web app.

The company is testing the revamped TweetDeck with a few users in the US, Canada and Australia. Twitter product head Kayvon Beykpour said the updated TweetDeck includes “a full tweet composer, new advanced search features, new column types, and a new way to group columns into clean workspaces.” A menu on the left lists a number of “decks” centered around things like food, entertainment and news, as well as a “primary” deck.

We’re testing new features in TweetDeck for a small group in the U.S., Canada and Australia. These include a full Tweet Composer, new advanced search features, new column types, and a new way to group columns into clean workspaces. https://t.co/7bTiwBPmea

— Kayvon Beykpour (@kayvz) July 20, 2021

Any big changes to TweetDeck will surely be met with skepticism from heavy users. Many of those who use the app do so as part of their jobs, and significant updates that disrupt people’s workflow might not sit too well with them.

Still, it’s worth remembering that this is a test and things might change before the updated TweetDeck rolls out more broadly. “Through these tests, we’re exploring how we can give people more customization and control using TweetDeck,” Beykpour wrote in a tweet.

Rumors have been floating around for a while that TweetDeck might become part of Twitter Blue, the company’s subscription service. Beykpour added a little fuel to that fire when discussing the app’s overhaul. “We’ll take these lessons into account as we explore what TweetDeck could look like within Twitter’s subscription offerings later on. We’ll have more to share soon as we learn from these tests,” he wrote.

We’ll take these lessons into account as we explore what TweetDeck could look like within Twitter’s subscription offerings later on. We’ll have more to share soon as we learn from these tests.

— Kayvon Beykpour (@kayvz) July 20, 2021

Source: https://www.engadget.com/tweetdeck-redesign-twitter-web-app-182008721.html?src=rss
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Microsoft Is Rolling Out an Emergency Windows Patch For a Critical Vulnerability

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There’s a new vulnerability in Windows 10 called “PrintNightmare.” It was revealed in early July 2021, and Microsoft is already rolling out an emergency security update to fix the problem. You should update as soon as you can.

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Source: https://www.howtogeek.com/739829/microsoft-is-rolling-out-an-emergency-windows-patch-for-a-critical-vulnerability/
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TikTok tests a Cameo-like option that lets users pay for custom creator videos

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Longer videos aren’t the only new feature coming to TikTok. The short-form video app has begun allowing some users to pay creators for custom clips in the vein of startup Cameo. With Big Tech copycats in hot pursuit, it seems TikTok isn’t against the idea of borrowing features itself, as long as they help it to maintain its grip on Gen Z. For now, only users in Turkey and Dubai appear to have access to the test, according to social media posts spotted by BuzzFeed.

The new feature is reportedly called “Shoutouts” and essentially lets you request and pay for a video from a creator using TikTok coins, the in-app currency purchased with real money and used to tip others. It seems creators can set a rate for their services, with the final product delivered to your inbox. In all, your custom video could take longer than a week to arrive as TikTok appears to be reviewing the clips first. After all, it doesn’t want the feature to become the new OnlyFans

TikTok seemingly views shoutouts as way for users to request happy birthday greetings and pep talks from popular creators. Though, it’s currently unclear how many followers a person needs to have in order to make money from shoutouts. Based on the ingenuity of its talent base, you can probably expect some of the results to be more creative than direct-to-camera chats. 

TikTok isn’t the only social app emulating Cameo. Facebook is also working on “Super,” a service that lets users pay to interact with influencers in live streams. Meanwhile, Cameo is doing gangbusters, according to its management. Last year, the video requests service raked in gross revenue of $100 million, 75 percent of which was paid to talent, reports Variety. That was up 4.5 times from 2019, with the app’s celeb users delivering 1.3 million shoutouts in 2020 alone. 

Cameo was recently valued at $1 billion after raising $100 million from the venture capital arms of Google, Amazon and Japanese tech giant SoftBank.

Source: https://www.engadget.com/tiktok-cameo-pay-custom-videos-085759889.html?src=rss
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Microsoft issues emergency Windows patches for PrintNightmare flaw

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Microsoft has released an emergency patch to address a critical flaw in the Windows Print Spooler service that bad actors are actively exploiting, as noticed by The Verge. A few days ago, the tech giant has published a security advisory to notify users about the flaw called PrintNightmare, though it didn’t name the bad actors currently using it to infiltrate victims’ computers. 

Attackers taking advantage of the vulnerability can remotely run code with system-level privileges, giving them the ability to install programs in the victims’ computers, delete or change data and create new accounts with full user rights. The vulnerability impacts all versions of Windows, and the company advised users to disable Print Spooler to deactivate local and remote printing to prevent hackers from getting in. They can also disable just the inbound remote printing capability through Group Policy. 

Now, after investigating the vulnerability, Microsoft has issued patches for several versions of the Windows Server, Windows 10, Windows 8 and even Windows 7 — security updates for this OS ended in January 2020 — platforms. The vulnerability has been classified as “Critical,” which means its “exploitation could allow code execution without user interaction.” Microsoft is asking users to install the updates immediately or to take steps towards protecting their systems if they can’t. 

Source: https://www.engadget.com/microsoft-patches-printnightmare-flaw-105906748.html?src=rss
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The blue screen of death is dead. Long live the black screen of death.

The good news is that Microsoft is retiring the feared and loathed Blue Screen of Death, the screen that announces that your computer has suffered a problem it cannot recover from and must reboot. The bad news is it’s still there, they’re just changing the background color to black. — Read the rest

Source: https://boingboing.net/2021/07/02/the-blue-screen-of-death-is-dead-long-live-the-black-screen-of-death.html?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=the-blue-screen-of-death-is-dead-long-live-the-black-screen-of-death
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Microsoft Flight Simulator is about to get a huge PC performance boost

We already knew that July is going to be a big month for Microsoft Flight Simulator thanks to its incoming launch on Xbox Series X|S, but today we learned that it’ll be even bigger than we initially imagined. Asobo Studio has revealed that it’s shipping new performance optimizations to the PC version of Microsoft Flight Simulator in Sim Update 5, … Continue reading

Source: https://www.slashgear.com/microsoft-flight-simulator-is-about-to-get-a-huge-pc-performance-boost-01680700/
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TikTok video length triples for all users

TikTok videos are getting longer, with the short clip social network tripling the maximum length of footage it allows. Since it launched – and became a Gen Z mainstay – TikTok has supported up to 60 seconds of video, and users have amply demonstrated that’s more than enough to go viral at times. Now, though, TikTok has clearly decided that … Continue reading

Source: https://www.slashgear.com/tiktok-video-length-triples-for-all-users-01680701/
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Galaxy S21 owners will likely wait a while for the Android 12 update

Recently Google launched the Android 12 beta. With the beta available, there are a lot of owners of Galaxy smartphones from Samsung that are probably excited to try the update on their device. While the Android 12 beta has launched, it’s expected to be a while before Samsung Galaxy users can get the new update. Samsung doesn’t participate in the … Continue reading

Source: https://www.slashgear.com/galaxy-s21-owners-will-likely-wait-a-while-for-the-android-12-update-25679928/
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