Adobe To Kill Flash In 2020

Adobe says it will ditch the Flash Player at the end of 2020. It says open standards such as HTML5 mean Flash is no longer needed. Rather than use the verb “kill”, Adobe instead says it will “end-of-life” Flash, specifically that it will stop distributing the player and issuing updates in 2020, though it will […]

Teen Hackers Sent To Rehab Camp

British teenagers accused of hacking offenses have taken part in a weekend ‘rehab’ camp. The event involved coding challenges and talks on careers in cybersecurity. According to a BBC report, the camp was conceived following research that found both criminal hackers and legitimate security researchers had largely similar skills and backgrounds, with the main difference […]

MS Paint On Death Row

Microsoft’s next major Windows 10 update may finally ditch MS Paint after 32 years. It will be replaced by a 3D version. The Guardian spotted the death notice in a list of deprecated features in the Fall Creators Update, the next bi-annual major update that adds new features and, with less ceremony, sometimes removes old […]

Facebook Exploring Modular Gadget

Facebook has applied to patent a ‘modular electromechanical device’. It’s vague to say the least, but the idea seems to be to make consumer electronics last longer. The application talks about having a chassis and then space for multiple ‘functional modules’ to attach to the chassis, the idea being that exactly what the device is […]

Google Rebadges App Scanner

Google is rolling out a security measure called Play Protect for Android devices. It’s actually just a clearer way of informing users about security scans that were already being made. Play Protect is effectively a higher-profile user interface for the existing Verify Apps tool that regularly scans in the background to look for any potentially […]

BBC: Female Doctor Is Canon

The BBC has issued a formal response to people complaining about the casting of a female actor as the next incarnation of Doctor Who, pointing out that it’s already been established that Time Lords can switch gender. The comments come as part of the BBC’s formal complaints review process in which it publicly responds on […]