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Day: October 2, 2017

  • It’s now a little more than a year since Microsoft first brought extensions to Edge. After so long you would expect the selection of addons to be overwhelming — but that’s far from being the case. In all, there are only 70-odd Edge extensions available, and Microsoft has been moved to explain why. In a blog post, the company almost apologetically explains that it is “building a thoughtfully curated ecosystem,” citing concern over quality and a fear of diminishing the user experience. What some might describe as “slow,” Microsoft refers to as a “purposefully metered approach” to new extensions, and you probably shouldn’t expect things to speed up a great deal any time soon. betanews Edge is just never going to even get close to winning browser market now without a much move developed extensions market. That’s not going to happen when extension companies can write for Google and get 80% or more market covered.
  • With Google Drive, you can access and edit your files across the many devices and platforms you work on. The new Files app for iOS 11 brings together files and documents stored on your iOS device and in the cloud across various apps and services. Today, we’re announcing full integration of the Drive application with the Files app on devices running iOS 11. With the latest version of the Drive app installed, you can easily access and manage documents and photos stored in Drive just by opening up the Files app on your iOS device. If you have Google Docs, Sheets, or Slides apps installed as well, tapping on any Google document, spreadsheet, or presentation in the Files app will open the app of the associated Google editor. You can also take advantage of new iOS 11 features like dragging and dropping files between apps and folders in the Files App. Google Google is really pushing Google Drive hard both on GSuite and on personal use.
  • Google is preparing to upgrade its security tools for online accounts to better insulate users from cyberattacks and politically motivated hacks, according to two people familiar with the company’s plan. The Alphabet Inc. company next month will begin offering a service called the Advanced Protection Program that places a collection of features onto accounts such as email, including a new block on third-party applications from accessing data. The program would effectively replace the need to use two-factor authentication to protect accounts with a pair of physical security keys. The company plans to market the product to corporate executives, politicians and others with heightened security concerns, these people said. Bloomburg Great to see Google being proactive rather than reactive.