Today Mozilla officially released version 76 of its Firefox browser. The highlights of the update are the improved protection of accounts and passwords and the more complex audio processing. For version 76 of its popular browser, Mozilla has upgraded the Lockwise password manager. This now alerts users directly when websites are affected by a data leak. If users use the same password for several accounts and one of these accounts is affected by a leak, Lockwise will now prompt you to change the password. A key symbol can be used to identify which accounts are using the relevant password. Lockwise increases security In addition, Lockwise can now automatically generate secure and complex passwords for even more websites and save them directly in the browser. Under Windows and macOS, Firefox now also requires entering the operating system login before the list of passwords stored in the browser can be viewed. If you don’t want that, you can also assign a master password directly in Firefox, which secures access to the list in the same way. Zoom without tool installation Another innovation concerns the growing number of users of Zoom and other video conferencing tools. Firefox now supports more complex audio processing through audio worklets. This means that web services that offer virtual reality, web games or video conference software can be used directly in the browser. There is no additional installation of helper tools. Picture-in-picture videos can be easily enlarged In addition, Mozilla has improved the picture-in-picture function. With this, videos can be removed from websites and can always be kept in view as a floating window. Some call it multitasking, others call it serial production at work. In any case, the floating video can now be displayed in full screen with a double click. Another double click brings the floating window back. Better presentation of web content WebRender is now available for other Windows users and now improves the standard graphics display on modern Intel notebooks with screen resolutions of up to 1,920 x 1,200 pixels. In the design section, Firefox offers a small change to the address line. Firstly, Firefox reduces the shading of the background of the URL bar as soon as a new tab is opened. On the other hand, the bookmark bar has been enlarged slightly so that it is easier to use for touchscreen users. The release notes are available here with all the details. You can download it from here . Installed Firefox browsers update themselves automatically. If you want to speed up the update, click on the hamburger icon at the top right, then select “Help” and then “About Firefox”. Then the browser will download its latest version at the latest.
Breaks at work are important, necessary and useful – and yet we all like to forget them. The small open source tool Stretchly relieves you of having to remind yourself and provides tips for active, ergonomic breaks. Whether in the office or at home – if you spend up to eight hours in front of a screen, you urgently need regular breaks and exercise. But you know it for sure: You are in the flow, you have to go to the next meeting right away and when you look at the clock you notice that you spent the last three hours without getting up. And your water glass has been empty for hours. Suboptimal. A small open source tool called Stretchly can help you take better care of yourself. Thanks to Electron, the software is available for macOS, Windows and Linux and is inconspicuously linked to the background of your everyday computer life. There she runs timers that remind you to get up every now and then, get a glass of water or – as the name suggests – to stretch a little. Pause options from Stretchly In the basic setting, Stretchly lets you pause every five minutes for ten seconds and every 30 minutes for five minutes. In the options, however, you have extensive possibilities to adapt the intervals in length and regularity to your preferences – of course you shouldn’t just cheat yourself. You have the choice of whether your break reminder should only be displayed as a normal notification. Alternatively, Stretchly puts them on your screen (or screens, if you are using more than one) in full screen so that you don’t miss them – intentionally or unintentionally. If you have chosen the full-screen version, you can have a notification displayed a few seconds in advance so that you can save documents and otherwise prepare for the break. If the time is really bad for a break, you can put it back a few minutes. If you stick to Stretchly’s rules, you have to catch up on them at some point. If, on the other hand, it is a good time to take a break, you can also bring pauses forward and reset the timer. In the same way, you can simply pause Stretchlys Timer – for example if you are about to disappear into a longer lunch break anyway. Exercise and relaxation tips During your breaks, Stretchly provides you with a few short tips on ergonomics or provides you with small instructions for relaxation and stretching exercises. Or it just reminds you to get another glass of water. So that everything is easy to read, you have an extensive language selection in the options. If you need more tips on how to spend your breaks creatively, take a look at our office gadgets . The tool from the area of wellness and relaxation, Stretchly also has features for look & feel on board. Among other things, you can set the color scheme of your break screens and choose which sound notification you want to hear as soon as it is your turn to take a break.
Typing in WiFi passwords, IBAN numbers or voucher codes is annoying. A new keyboard app for iOS and Android now solves the problem in an elegant way. Typing a complicated WLAN password from the back of the new router without errors is not that easy. Exactly for these or similar tasks there is now a practical alternative with the Anyline Keyboard: The app can be installed as a software keyboard on iOS and Android and has text recognition. All you have to do is point the smartphone camera at the character combination you want to enter, and it will appear in the selected text field. Typing a complicated WLAN password from the back of the new router without errors is not that easy. Exactly for these or similar tasks there is now a practical alternative with the Anyline Keyboard: The app can be installed as a software keyboard on iOS and Android and has text recognition. All you have to do is point the smartphone camera at the character combination you want to enter, and it will appear in the selected text field. Don’t miss anything: the t3n newsletter on your favorite topics! Register now The Anyline Keyboard has a total of five scan modes that have been optimized for different areas of application. The first mode is suitable for all combinations of characters, while the others have been optimized for entering IBAN numbers, vouchers, passports or character strings stored as QR codes. Anyline Keyboard installs like any other keyboard app Anyline Keyboard functions as a normal keyboard app on both iOS and Android. It can therefore be used from any app. Since both operating systems allow the parallel use of several keyboard apps , you don’t have to use the Anyline keyboard as a standard keyboard, but can simply switch to the scanning keyboard if necessary. Anyline, the company behind the app, actually specializes in scanning applications for the corporate sector. With the Anyline Keyboard, the Vienna-based company now has an application on offer that should also be well received by private users. You can download the Anyline Keyboard free of charge from Google’s Play Store or Apple’s App Store.
Microsoft has stopped providing support for Windows 7 since mid-January 2020. The OS is still widespread. Today we introduce you to seven Linux distributions that could be an alternative (not only) for your Windows 7 installation. After a good ten years, Microsoft has stopped supporting the popular 7th version of its Windows operating system. Functional updates had not been available for a long time, but now there are no longer even the important security updates. Your reason for Windows 7 can be your reason for Linux At first glance, it seems incomprehensible that Windows 7 should still be installed somewhere in 2020. The fact is, however, that authorities in particular, but also many private users, still rely on the ancient system. In Berlin alone, for example, of the around 82,000 computers in senate and district administrations, police, fire departments, justice and citizens’ offices, only 70 to 75 percent have switched to Windows 10. In authorities this has a lot to do with the special software used. Manufacturers traditionally prefer to use an older version of the operating system than bleeding edge. And of course it also has to do with the age of the hardware used. Authorities share this rationale with many private users. A good calculator is an investment. It should last for a few years. At the same time, operating systems become more resource-hungry with each update. Updates reduce the working speed in the long run. It doesn’t help that every Windows 7 user has an update route that leads to a valid Windows 10 license at low cost. The hardware must be able to do it. The computers don’t even have to be ancient to cause problems. The author of these lines has just equipped a Samsung notebook from 2013 with Zorin OS because Windows 10 had become incredibly slow. And this Samsung notebook is still far too good to be e-waste. With Zorin OS, an Ubuntu derivative, i.e. a Linux operating system, it runs like new again. Linux is also suitable for the desktop. It’s leading the way on servers anyway. (Graphic: Stanislaw Mikulski / Shutterstock) Older hardware in particular benefits from Linux The advantage of using a Linux on an older device is the hardware support. While brand new systems often have problems with Linux because the manufacturers don’t want to spend money on developing drivers, committed community developers have often done so for older hardware. There are also reasons for die-hard Windows users to rely on a Linux OS at least with individual devices. Because everyone has some older device in the corner. You will be amazed at the performance that the discarded piece is still capable of as soon as it is started under Linux. The vast variety of Linux distros There is an almost unmanageable variety of Linux distributions. The Distrowatch website is practically the only way to keep track of things. In addition to the ten main distributions, it also lists the countless derivatives. The variants based on one of the main distributions in particular are often put together in a very target-oriented manner and are suitable for special purposes. This could be container support in the cloud or the drive for devices in the Internet of Things. There are also the entry-level and switchover derivatives, which pursue the goal of attracting new desktop users to a Linux variant. They are characterized by the fact that they reduce the complexity of the Linux system and optimize it for the needs of desktop users. Such distributions make a lot of preliminary decisions, but at the end of the day they always give users the opportunity to go deeper and change Linux the way they want. We want to show you some Linux distributions that are particularly suitable for getting started with or switching to the free operating system. You don’t even have to install them on your computer to try out the individual suggestions. The non-binding nature of the Linux live system Rather, it is sufficient to boot it from a USB stick or CD / DVD as a so-called live system. They run a little slower, but do not change anything about your installation. If you end the session and remove the USB stick, the next time you start your previous operating system as if nothing had happened. If you then decide to use it permanently, you can start the installation from the same medium as the live system. In the vast majority of cases, a parallel installation to an existing Windows is possible, albeit unnecessarily. After all, you just want to replace your Windows with something more powerful.
Apple has officially released the iOS 13.5 update due to the corona crisis. This includes, for example, the interface required for tracing apps. Tracing apps, which could be used to monitor possible chains of Covid-19 infection, are considered to be an effective means of preventing the virus from spreading further in the corona crisis. So far, the publication of such an app, the use of which is also advocated by Health Minister Jens Spahn, has failed due to a missing interface in the mobile operating systems of Google and Apple. The iPhone company has now finished the Contact Tracing API – and is distributing the corresponding update. iOS 13.5 and iPadOS 13.5 ready After the Golden Master version of the update iOS 5.13, in which the API is included only on Monday released for developers was, it is now officially rolled out. The same goes for iPadOS 13.5. In addition to the API, Apple also delivers new features for Face ID and Facetime with iOS 13.5 – also due to the corona crisis. In iOS 13.5 you can find the new Covid-19 contact protocol option in the settings under data protection and there under health. The function is deactivated by default, it can only be activated if an authorized app is activated for it. Apple explains how it works In the accompanying statement from Apple it says that the iPhone uses Bluetooth and sends randomly generated IDs in the vicinity. The device also collects the same ID from devices of other users. This allows you to anonymously see which user was in contact with whom. The ID should be automatically deleted after 14 days. How the ID is evaluated and the notification in the event of a corona infection is in the hands of the national tracing apps. In addition to the interface, Apple also brings an already announced Face ID function for mask wearers with iOS 13.5. In this case, the switch to entering the passcode should take place faster than before. This also applies to applications such as the App Store, which rely on authentication via Face ID. Another innovation concerns Facetime calls in conference mode. Here, the size of the video images is no longer automatically changed when a participant speaks. In addition, minor bugs, such as in the mail app on the iPad, have been eliminated.
Google has released Android Studio 4.0. The new version of the most important tool for Android developers brings a whole host of new features that make app design easier. Google usually presents new versions of its Android development environment for Google I / O, the important developer conference of the Californian group. Since there will be no I / O this year due to the corona pandemic , Google has decided to publish the update almost silently. The Android Studio 4.0 is here. (Screenshot: t3n) Android Studio 4.0 strengthens design skills But that has it all. Unlike last year’s version 3.5 , which, under the influence of Project Marble, experienced stability improvements and bug fixes, Android Studio 4.0 brings a variety of new and, above all, useful functions. Android Studio 4.0 now supports the design of apps better than before. The new Motion Editor enables complex animations to be created using click and drag, i.e. in a visual way. Previously, animations were only possible by manually editing the underlying XML files. The Motion Editor is a quantum leap there. With the improved Layout Inspector, designs can be debugged in real time. The use should be more intuitive than before. With the layout validation a tool is available that enables developers to compare and optimize their user interfaces across different screen resolutions. ARCore, Google’s 3D implementation with augmented reality, is also supported, so that the development of AR applications is also easier. Visual design with the layout editor. (Screenshot: t3n) The updated text editor supports syntax highlighting, code completion and error checking in Proguard rules files. In addition, Android Studio 4.0 now includes live templates for Kotlin classes. Significant improvements under the hood Google has also made significant changes under the hood. Android Studio 4.0 should lead to optimized, smaller apps. The APK editor allows you to look into the APK and make optimizations, even if the specific APK was not created with Android Studio. Google has updated the IntelliJ platform to version 2019.3, which, among other things, should lead to better performance. The build analyzer is intended to accelerate the build process and point out any weaknesses. Google gives a complete overview of all new and improved features on the project page for Android Studio 4.0 . Developers experience compatibility issues On the project page you can download Android Studio 4.0 for the operating systems Windows, macOS, Linux and Chrome OS. If you have already installed a previous version, you can also initiate the update process within the application. First developers criticize that not all Kotlin, Flutter and Dart plugins work with the new version. Before an update, you should check whether this can be relevant to your projects.
The Photoshop Camera smartphone app for iOS and Android, announced last November, is now available. Adobe’s Marketing is positioning the free camera app functionally as an alternative to the main camera. Photoactive social media enthusiasts should be interested in the latest app from Adobe . With Photoshop Camera * , which the image processing specialist makes available for both Android and iOS, Adobe joins the various providers of photo apps with live filters and effects. Photoshop Camera relies on Sensei AI for live filter effects Photoshop Camera is an app that – like many others – can apply live filters and effects to existing photos in your gallery. It is also possible to select the effects before pressing the shutter release and see the potential end result through the viewfinder. This can potentially save Instagramers time. It may also help with the choice of perspective if the final effect filter can be assessed well in advance. Photoshop Camera in action. (Image: Adobe) According to Adobe, Photoshop Camera uses the in-house AI Sensei to sensibly place the live effects or to improve the recordings in general. Contrary to what the advertising suggests, the effects are not automatically applied to images, for example in the style of an intelligent automatic. Rather, the live filters and effects sit in a classic row under the shutter button and wait to be selected by the user. Adobe calls the effect filters lenses. In principle, anyone can develop such lenses. To get started, Adobe developed some weird effects in collaboration with artist Billie Eilish. There are also effects with more or less descriptive names such as portrait, pop art, spectrum, food, landscape, blue sky or daydream, each of which comes in several variants. The stock of so-called lenses is expected to increase week by week. Photoshop Camera in action. (Image: Adobe) First tests: The oho effect does not occur, but the app is always useful In the first attempts we were able to find that the AI can actually produce good results with the live application of the supplied effects. You can fine-tune the respective lenses by individually improving the determining parameters such as exposure, shadows, sharpness of detail. Unfortunately, Photoshop Camera only offers a very imprecise scale that is controlled by swiping across the entire screen and hardly allows filigree gradations. In the end, Photoshop Camera is just one effect filter app among many – there are dozens of similar apps, especially for iOS. Advantages of Adobe’s app are that it is free and does not have any major weaknesses compared to the competition. You need an Adobe ID to use it. But it’s free. App free of charge, CC storage space can be purchased optionally The pictures will be saved in your photo gallery on the device. If you want, you can rent 20 gigabytes of storage space in the Creative Cloud via in-app purchase. That costs 1.99 euros a month. If you want to use the free Google Photos to back up the photos from Photoshop Camera, you have to remember to add the folder of the same name in the settings for backup and sync. Small downer for Android users: the app does not work with all smartphones. Therefore, you may not find them in the Play Store from your devices. From our test pool, for example, the Xiaomi devices and the pixels from Google refuse to work. Oneplus smartphones, on the other hand, find the app.
The popular cloud storage service Dropbox is further diversifying its offering. In the future, the service will save passwords and the data in the most important folders on your computers at no additional cost. We already reported in this post that Dropbox is working on a solution for password management . An invitation-only app called Dropbox Passwords was discovered in Google’s Play Store. This should secure existing passwords and generate secure new ones. There was no official statement. Dropbox expands its offering to include password management, data vaults and computer backups It is now clear that Dropbox will actually take the next step towards a full office solution. For its “Dropbox Plus” offer, the provider is introducing the “Dropbox Passwords” password manager. It is also available as a separate app for mobile devices and is intended to keep the passwords, which are saved with zero-knowledge encryption , synchronized across all devices. Manage passwords. (Image: Dropbox) In addition, users receive a specially protected area, the so-called data safe. Here they should be able to file important documents such as birth certificates or the like carefree. The data safe is additionally protected with a six-digit PIN. Users can grant third parties access to the data safe. Data vault. (Image: Dropbox) In addition, Dropbox wants to save your personal standard folders desktop, documents and downloads in the cloud in the future. Up until now, backing up folders outside the Dropbox directory was only possible with tricks. Dropbox describes this function as “Secure your PC”. Computer backup. (Screenshot: t3n) All of the features mentioned are currently still in beta status and are included in the “Dropbox Plus” tariff. Computer backup is also available in the Basic and Professional tariffs. The rollout for all users can take a few weeks. We were already able to use the backup in the editorial office. The Passwords smartphone app is still available as invite-only in the Play Store. Integration of electronic signatures and app centers for professional users For professional Dropbox use in distributed teams, Dropbox integrates the electronic signature solution from Hellosign into its own cloud. The aim is to enable a digital signature workflow that can take place entirely within the Dropbox environment. Important contracts could be created, drawn and saved without leaving the Dropbox environment. The Hellosign integration is announced as generally available in July 2020. The app center. (Image: Dropbox) The App Center is another new solution for distributed teams. Dropbox wants to bring together all the tools that can be integrated into its own solution, such as Slack or Zoom. You can then easily link your own Dropbox to these services using the new app center. Before it is generally available, Dropbox wants to test the App Center extensively with a group of beta users and a limited number of linkable services. Dropbox Family: Up to 6 people with shared and separate storage areas Family. (Image: Dropbox) For home users, Dropbox will be launching a family account in the coming weeks and months. This should bring drop boxes for up to six people, some of which can be used personally, some shared. For example, the common area could be used to share family photos or other common documents. Dropbox Family should be billed uniformly. The provider has not yet announced prices.