Windows 10 Enterprise May 2020 update includes promised support for MSIX App Attach

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When Microsoft announced its Windows Virtual Desktop (WVD) spring 2020 refresh in April, one promised piece was missing from its checklist: MSIX App Attach. Officials at that time declined to say when and how this touted new feature would be available. It turns out it’s here, in public preview now, for those with the Windows 10 May 2020 (2004) Enterprise feature update.

MSIX App Attach enables users to skip having to maintain multiple master images for different applications and/or the ability to package all their virtualized apps into a single image. App Attach enables packaged applications to be stored outside a virtual machine so that each application can attach itself when users need it. It’s a step beyond traditional app layering and app streaming, according to Microsoft execs, and is a key piece of Microsoft’s strategy to separate user data, apps and the underlying operating system


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Incognito mode detection still works in Chrome despite promise to fix

Websites are still capable of detecting when a visitor is using Chrome’s incognito (private browsing) mode, despite Google’s efforts last year to disrupt the practice.

There are several reasons why website operators like to block incognito mode users.

For example, some users employ incognito mode to bypass content paywalls and various content filters/limiters. In addition, current incognito (private browsing) modes in most browsers today also ship with aggressive anti-tracking features that block websites from tracking and fully monetizing their traffic.

Both issues — and the inherent use of private browsing — result in direct financial losses to websites and the primary reasons why scripts that detect incognito modes have become popular in recent years.

Google tried to fix it in 2019

In early 2019, Google decided to take a stance against such scripts. Chrome 76, released in July 2019, included an update that blocked websites from using the FileSystem API

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US senator implores UK legislators to ban Huawei from telecoms networks

In an impassioned address to a House of Lord select committee, US senator Tom Cotton has warned the UK Parliament that the country’s continued usage of Huawei in telecoms networks could not only threaten the UK’s national defence but also potentially damage intelligence relations between the US and UK.

The usage of Huawei kit in the UK’s networks has been a political hot potato since July 2019 when in its Telecoms supply chain review report, the UK government asked the country’s National Cyber Security Council (NCSC) to consider issuing guidance to UK telecoms operators in relation to companies regarded as posing security and resilience risks to UK telecoms networks, with Chinese firms ZTE and Huawei commonly regarded as key examples.

Huawei’s 5G-enabling technology, along with non-4G kit, has long been present on the operators’ networks. If forced to remove Huawei from the network, such as in the many base

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Programming languages: Rust enters top 20 popularity rankings for the first time

Programming language Rust has entered the top 20 of the Tiobe popularity index for the first time, but it’s still five spots behind systems programming rival Go.  

There’s growing interest in the use of memory-safe Rust for systems programming to build major platforms, in particular at Microsoft, which is exploring it for Windows and Azure with the goal of wiping out memory bugs in code written in C and C++. Amazon Web Services is also using Rust for performance-sensitive components in Lambda, EC2, and S3.  

Rust has seen its ranking rise considerably on Tiobe, from 38 last year to 20 today. Tiobe’s index is based on searches for a language on major search engines, so it doesn’t mean more people are using Rust, but it shows that more developers are searching for information about the language. 

Rust was voted for the fifth year straight the most loved programming language

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Government departments could cut payment costs through API deal

Government departments could save millions of pounds a year following the addition of a payments application programming interface (API) on its official procurement list.

Through its Crown Commercial Service’s (CCS) Payment Acceptance Framework, the government has approved a payment initiation service (PIS) from open banking software company TrueLayer.

Government departments can now use the technology to receive payments online without having to use the payment systems owned by banks, therefore reducing costs and simplifying processes. If this technology were used across government, it would same millions of pounds a year.

When people are making payments to organisations, such as the DVLA or local council, they can consent to the government deducting the money direct from their account to the government services account. These bank-to-bank payments remove card fees and charges from banks for using payment systems. The government departments will pay a small fee per transaction to TrueLayer.

Those paying

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Google faces class action for allegedly tracking private browsing activity

A class action was filed against Google on Tuesday, accusing the tech giant of invading the privacy of millions of users without their knowledge by tracking internet use even when using private browsing mode.

The class action accuses Google of tracking and collecting consumer browsing history and other web activity data even when using private browsing mode.

The complaint, filed to the District Court of Northern California, claims Google tracks users’ browsing data and other identifying information through Google Analytics, Google Ad Manager, and various other application and website plug-ins, such as Google applications on mobile devices and the Google Sign-In button for websites regardless of what mode of browsing is chosen.

According to the plaintiffs, when an internet user visits a webpage or opens an app that uses Google’s services, which are allegedly used by over 70% of all online publishers, the user’s personal information, such as the user’s

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