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Mobile users that value privacy now have one more alternative to consider when choosing which web browser they wish to use when surfing the Internet.
The developers behind the https://alternativeto.net/software/keepsafe/ encrypted photo library app have released a new privacy-focused web browser for mobile devices.
Keepsafe posted [two articles](https://blog.getkeepsafe.com/announcing-keepsafe-browser-5dc4ba88bab5) about the browser on its [official blog](https://blog.getkeepsafe.com/keepsafe-launches-app-for-private-mobile-browsing-7dac589fb4a5) that detail the lengths to which the company's new web browser goes to protect the privacy of its users:
> Phone Privacy: Use a PIN-code to secure Keepsafe Browser
Privacy Controls: You decide whether you prefer to store cookies and urls locally to return to web pages and stay logged into sites.
Normal tabs are white and store cookies, caching and urls locally. (On Android, you can also clear this browsing activity.)
Secret tabs on iOS are purple and forget session data like cookies, caching and urls when closed.
More Data Security: Ad tracker blockers protect you from ad, social, analytic and content trackers.
https://alternativeto.net/software/keepsafe-browser/ is available now on https://alternativeto.net/software/android/ and https://alternativeto.net/software/ios/.
Users of Adobe's audio and video editing applications may soon be going to the same Adobe app for all of their audiovisual production and editing needs with the company's announcement of Project Rush.
In [a post on the official Adobe blog](https://theblog.adobe.com/introducing-project-rush-new-way-create-share-online-video/), Erin Norton, a senior product manager, describes Project Rush as an "all-in-one, cross-device video editing app." It combines the filtering and color editing tools of https://alternativeto.net/software/adobe-premiere-pro/, the audio editing tools of https://alternativeto.net/software/adobe-audition/, and the graphic editing tools of https://alternativeto.net/software/adobe-after-effects/ into a single app that is being developed for Android, iOS, macOS, and Windows.
As the app is still in beta, users can apply to test it out at [the official Project Rush site](https://www.adobe.com/products/project-rush.html). According to [Adobe's Project Rush beta application page](https://projectrush.adobelanding.com/apply/), the beta is available for iOS, macOS, and Windows users now, with Android support coming later.
Android users will now have a new way to send and receive messages even when they don't have immediate access to their Android devices.
With its recent upgrade to be compatible with Rich Communication Services, the Android Messages app has received some other new features, such as link previews and GIF searching. However, one of the most major features implemented is the ability for Android users to access and send their messages on any of their computers with access to a modern web browser.
In [a Google Blog post](https://blog.google/topics/rcs/five-new-features-try-messages/) by Sanaz Ahari, Product Management Director at Google, describes the process:
> Today and over the next week, we’ll begin rolling out [Messages for web](http://messages.android.com/), one of our top-requested features that lets you send and receive texts from your computer. To get started, select “Messages for web” in the menu of your Messages mobile app. On Messages for web, you can send stickers, emoji, and attach images in addition to sending text.
https://alternativeto.net/software/messenger/ for the web is available at http://messages.android.com/ for https://alternativeto.net/software/android/ users. For more detail on how the process works, see [Google's official support page on Android Messages for web](https://support.google.com/messages/answer/7611075). As that page mentions, https://alternativeto.net/software/google-chrome/, https://alternativeto.net/software/firefox/, https://alternativeto.net/software/safari/, and https://alternativeto.net/software/microsoft-edge/ are the officially supported web browsers for the app. It is not available on https://alternativeto.net/software/internet-explorer/.
Musical.ly, a video sharing platform, has decided to axe its dedicated livestreaming app Live.ly, which originally launched in May of 2016.
As [reported by Sarah Perez at TechCrunch](https://techcrunch.com/2018/06/13/musical-ly-kills-its-standalone-live-streaming-app-live-ly/), the live streaming functionality from Live.ly is being merged into Musical.ly, with the Live.ly app slated to be pulled from the Apple App Store and Google Play. When users attempt to use Live.ly to stream live, the app will present them with a notification to switch over to Musical.ly to do so instead.
The [official website for Live.ly](http://live.ly/) is for sale and currently recommends live streaming alternatives (specifically https://alternativeto.net/software/periscope-by-twitter/, https://alternativeto.net/software/stream--live-video-community/, https://alternativeto.net/software/streamago/, and https://alternativeto.net/software/younow/).
This merging of Live.ly's functionality into Musical.ly is the first major change made following Musical.ly's acquisition by Bytedance, a Chinese media company, back in November of 2017.
Microsoft's ubiquitous Office suite is getting a few major updates over the upcoming months designed to improve the user interface.
In [a post on the Microsoft 365 blog](https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/microsoft-365/blog/2018/06/13/power-and-simplicity-updates-to-the-office-365-user-experience/), Jared Spataro, Corporate Vice President for Office and Windows Marketing, described the slew of changes being implemented into both the Office applications for Windows, Mac, and on the web. These updates are slated to be rolled out "gradually over the next few months."
The first updates scheduled to be released include a redesign of the "ribbon" on the top of https://alternativeto.net/software/microsoft-office-suite/ applications. This redesign aims to make it easier for users to collaborate. The classic ribbon will still be available for all users as well. Also included in the initial updates are renovations to the colors and icons used for Office. These new colors and icons will all use scalable vector graphics which will allow for no image degradation in the Office UI regardless of how high resolution the display a user might have.
Other updates include a "zero query search" system that populates search results for users that place their mouse cursors over the search bar. These results are provided by artificial intelligence and the [Microsoft Graph](https://developer.microsoft.com/en-us/graph) API.
Microsoft also [uploaded a video](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dIuQTQq9aWo) on its official Office suite YouTube channel that goes through the updates.
Just in time for E3 to be open, Valve has announced that its long-awaited updates to its chat system are now in open beta and available for all users to test out.
In [a post on the official Steam blog](https://steamcommunity.com/games/593110/announcements/detail/1666776116222762142), Valve's Emily Kent details the overhaul that Steam's friends list and chat functionality have undergone.
> Friends List updates: The friends list now has a customizable favorites section at the top... You’ll also see in-game friends at the top of your list, grouped together by game or even by party, making it easier to join in, or just to see which games are popular among friends.
Group chats: The friends list now has a dedicated area for group chats, which can range from casual chats with a couple of friends to larger communities... You can also save your group chats with a name and avatar, making it easier to come back to them later to pick up the conversation or to play games with those same friends.
Voice chat: The entire voice chat system has been rebuilt, to ensure a more seamless experience when playing games on Steam with friends. It’s now one click to start a voice chat and organize your group pre-game.
This update includes many more items of note, including: invisible mode, so you can appear offline, but still access your friends list and chats. And adding friends is easier now with custom friend-request links you can email or send outside of Steam.
For a full change log, as well as a link to enable to beta for both the https://alternativeto.net/software/steam/ client and on the web, see Valve's [official "all-new Steam Chat" page](https://steamcommunity.com/updates/chatupdate).
These updates, including https://alternativeto.net/software/opus-interactive-audio-codec/ encoded voice chat and a https://alternativeto.net/software/webrtc/ based backend, as well as a new invisible mode for users that don't wish to be disturbed but still want to see which of their friends are online, bring Steam's chat functionality in line with its gaming chat app contemporaries, such as https://alternativeto.net/software/discord-app/.
The ability to retract messages previously sent to people is coming to the popular social networking and communication app Snapchat.
The feature, which Snapchat is calling "Clear Chats," allows for users to hold down on any piece of content (including audio notes, images, memories, stickers, text messages, and videos) that they send to others in order to bring up a prompt to delete said content. After the content is deleted, the recipient (or recipients if the user is in a group conversation) will be notified that a message that was previously sent had been deleted.
This change comes in the wake of controversy surrounding Snapchat rival https://alternativeto.net/software/facebook/ and its handling of users' sensitive data.
Snapchat will be rolling out the Clear Chats feature over the next few weeks, [according to TechCrunch](https://techcrunch.com/2018/06/11/snapchat-unsend/).
The official shutdown date for Yahoo Messenger has been decided, as well as a Yahoo-hosted alternative group messaging service.
According to Yahoo's [official support site article about the discontinuation of Yahoo Messenger](https://help.yahoo.com/kb/messenger/SLN28776.html), the currently invite-only app https://alternativeto.net/software/yahoo-squirrel/ is being billed as an alternative to the service once it discontinues on July 17th. Squirrel, which is currently in beta, is a more centered on group conversations in a similar vein to services like https://alternativeto.net/software/discord-app/ or https://alternativeto.net/software/slack/, with the ability to create rooms for individual topics.
Outside of Squirrel, Yahoo states that "There currently isn’t a replacement product available for Yahoo Messenger." For applications with similar functionality (that aren't as group focused as Squirrel and its alternatives), see services such as https://alternativeto.net/software/signal-private-messenger/, https://alternativeto.net/software/telegram/, and https://alternativeto.net/software/whatsapp/.
GitLab is making its most expensive self-hosted and software-as-a-service plans free for educational institutions and open source projects that have OSI-approved open source licenses and are non-profit.
In [a post on its official blog](https://about.gitlab.com/2018/06/05/gitlab-ultimate-and-gold-free-for-education-and-open-source/), GitLab explained how these two specific types of users can get its usually paid premium plans for free:
> Educational institutions: any institution whose purposes directly relate to learning, teaching, and/or training. Educational purposes do not include commercial, professional, or any other for-profit purposes. To apply, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Once your application has been approved, we will send your license code.
Open source projects: any project that uses an OSI-approved open source license and which does not seek to make profit from the resulting project software. To apply, add a merge request to add your project to a list of open source projects using GitLab Ultimate and Gold.
The one caveat that comes with getting these plans for free is that they do not come with complementary support. However, GitLab has provided these users 95% off the regular monthly price of support, from $99 down to a much easier to swallow $4.95 a month.
This news comes in the wake of [Microsoft acquiring GitHub for $7.5 billion](https://alternativeto.net/news/2018/6/microsoft-is-acquiring-github-for-7-5-billion-usd) and the positive publicity that GitLab has received as a result. As stated in the blog post, between a seven-fold increase in orders, relatively torrential social media outpouring, and Apple [announcing that Xcode 10 will now be integrated with GitLab](https://twitter.com/gitlab/status/1003764673454342144), this is a "crazy" time for the open source Git repository manager.
Genealogy service and social network MyHeritage suffered a large data breach in October of 2017, and was just informed of it by a security researcher.
In [a blog post on June 4th](https://blog.myheritage.com/2018/06/myheritage-statement-about-a-cybersecurity-incident/), MyHeritage confirmed that a file stored on an external private server containing 92 million emails (precisely 92,283,889) and hashed passwords from MyHeritage users that had originated from its servers. The file contained https://alternativeto.net/software/myheritage/ user data from up to October 26th of 2017. According to the blog post, this data only includes the email addressed and hashed passwords, and not the actual passwords themselves.
The company claims that there is no evidence that the data was used in any way or that the listed user accounts were compromised because of this leak.
GitHub has agreed to being acquired by Microsoft for 7.5 billion U.S. dollars, with Microsoft Corporate Vice President Nat Friedman becoming the open source repository database's Chief Executive Officer. GitHub's current CEO, Chris Wanstrath, will become a "technical fellow" at Microsoft that reports to Executive Vice President Scott Guthrie.
According to [the official Microsoft news post announcing the acquisition](https://news.microsoft.com/2018/06/04/microsoft-to-acquire-github-for-7-5-billion/), GitHub will continue to operate independently from the rest of Microsoft "to provide an open platform for all developers in all industries," adding that no restrictions will be placed on users in terms of their choice of programming language and supported operating systems and devices for their open source software projects.
Microsoft expects the acquisition to close by the end of the 2018 calendar year. Microsoft will be grouping https://alternativeto.net/software/github/'s financial contributions within its "Intelligent Cloud" segment, with it becoming a profitable part of the company's overall business by 2020.
This stands as a marked change for GitHub, which was previously independent and funded its previous exponential growth with venture capital funding. Concerns have risen regarding the acquisition by Microsoft as being a way to have GitHub fall victim to its infamous "[Embrace, extend, and extinguish](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Embrace,_extend,_and_extinguish)" ethos, potentially refining GitHub with additional proprietary enhancements that could endanger open source Git-based version control system alternatives such as https://alternativeto.net/software/gitlab/.
At its Worldwide Developers Conference today, Apple announced a slew of new and updated features for its operating systems for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch; Mac; and Apple Watch. All of these updates to iOS, macOS, tvOS, and watchOS will release this fall.
Most of the WWDC presentation focused on iOS 12 and macOS Mojave. Some of the major features that came out of it that impacted both were major redesigns for https://alternativeto.net/software/apple-news/ and Stocks. The redesigned versions of these apps made for https://alternativeto.net/software/ios/ 12 will also be incorporated into Mojave as part of the "first phase" of a multi-year project to enable developers to more easily port iOS apps to https://alternativeto.net/software/mac-os/ without losing what makes the two operating systems unique and easy to navigate for the hardware designed to use them.
Another improved feature that will be used by multiple Apple operating systems is https://alternativeto.net/software/facetime/. FaceTime will now be able to support group video and audio conversations with up to 32 participants on devices running iOS 12, macOS Mojave, and watchOS 5 (the last of which will be able to join via FaceTime Audio).
Major features improved for iOS 12 include Animoji (and the introduction of more personalized "Memoji" that will seemingly be a viable alternative for Apple users to https://alternativeto.net/software/bitmoji-keyboard/), augmented reality, and notifications (users will _finally_ be able to group notifications together and clear them based on both app and category). https://alternativeto.net/software/apple-carplay/ will now be able to support third party navigation apps such as https://alternativeto.net/software/google-maps/ and https://alternativeto.net/software/waze/. Improvements have also been made to https://alternativeto.net/software/siri/ and the iOS Photos app, allowing users to use Siri for all apps using a dedicated Siri Shorcuts app and also allowing users to search for photos based on key features such as the people, objects, or locations within them.
The iOS 12 update will be compatible with all devices that are currently compatible with iOS 11, including the 6th generation iPod touch.
Version 10.14 of Apple's operating system for its Mac hardware has the official name of macOS Mojave. Alongside an official dark mode for the OS, Apple is also introducing a new feature called "Stacks" to help users declutter their desktops by enabling them to group together files based on their type and their creation time. Improvements to Quick Look will enable editing files without opening them in https://alternativeto.net/software/preview/, allowing users to mark up, crop, and rotate images and PDF documents, as well as trim audio and video files.
macOS Mojave will also get a [redesigned](https://www.apple.com/newsroom/2018/06/apple-previews-all-new-mac-app-store/) https://alternativeto.net/software/mac-app-store/ to bring it more in line with the https://alternativeto.net/software/app-store/ on iOS.
Apple has published all of these details and more on pages dedicated to [iOS 12](https://www.apple.com/ios/ios-12-preview/),[ macOS Mojave](https://www.apple.com/macos/mojave-preview/), [watchOS 5](https://www.apple.com/watchos-preview/), and [tvOS 12](https://www.apple.com/newsroom/2018/06/apple-tv-4k-delivers-highest-quality-cinematic-experience-with-tvos-12/). Apple also has a recording of its WWDC 2018 Keynote Presentation [available on its website](https://www.apple.com/apple-events/june-2018/).
A new web app has debuted in the vein of Have I Been Pwned that focuses on whether or not emails have been sold to spammers and advertisers.
The app, https://alternativeto.net/software/have-i-been-sold-/, checks users' email addresses against a database to see if they have been sold without permission to services that send spam and advertisements to them in order to generate revenue.
The developer, [Bruno Skvorc](https://twitter.com/bitfalls), operates https://bitfalls.com/, a cryptocurrency tutorial and editorial website.
Have I Been Sold has a 6-step process to protecting email addresses from being sold:
> Step 1: Custom email domain
This is a necessary but all around useful thing to do: get a custom email domain. Domains are cheap, hosting is too. Use something like NameCheap for the cheapest option.
Step 2: Custom email provider
Set up a custom email provider on that domain. Services like Google Apps come with Gmail out of the box, and Protonmail is pretty great too and very private.
Step 3: Set up a catch-all address
This will vary from provider to provider, but each will have their own official instructions on how to do this - Googling for this is your best bet (i.e. "Protonmail set up catchall").
Step 4: Define a filter
Set up an entrapment filter like "all emails starting with trap should go to the 'Trap' folder, delete all others" or something similar.
Step 5: Use a new trap email for every service you sign up for
This is the most important part. Every time you sign up for a new service or register a new account somewhere, sign up for a newsletter or give out your email at a conference or meetup use a different email. Be as descriptive as you want, but keep the prefix as defined earlier. For example: email@example.com could mean that this email was given out at 2018's Consensus conference on May 20th. Because you've set up a catch-all email on your domain and a prefix which puts all emails that start with "trap" into a special folder, you can easily keep an eye on the entrapment emails coming in without them cluttering up your main inbox, while keeping the main inbox filled only with the important stuff.
Final step: Pounce
When you notice that an unrelated service has contacted you from an address that was obviously given out elsewhere, for example CoinTelegraph emails you to your trap-consensus2018 address, that can be proof that Consensus has sold your email address and CoinTelegraph has bought it. If this is something you consented to when buying your Consensus ticket, fine. But if not, this is a big GDPR violation and both companies deserve to be reported.
Plex has officially received a makeover with new customization options and podcast support.
In [a post on the official Plex blog](https://www.plex.tv/blog/have-plex-your-way/), the media center app's development team announced that a slew of new features have accompanied the app's redesign, the most prominent of which is official support for podcast integration.
Podcast support is now available in a beta form for the web version of https://alternativeto.net/software/plex/ as well as its iOS, Android, and Roku apps. Other platforms will receive support for it at an unannounced time.
In addition to podcast support, Plex is also implementing a completely customizable home screen, as well as a row of icons on the footer of the smartphone that act as tabs to separate the different types of media that Plex supports. These icons can also be rearranged and customized.
The mobile and web apps for the media center software are also receiving an enhanced content player that enables users to utilize variable speed playback and quickly skip back and forth.
Finally, the post teased features coming in the future, including the ability to import Outline Processor Markup Language files for playlists and frameworks for users' content collections and the ability to play back podcasts offline on the iOS and Android versions of Plex.
In a bid to win over more of an audience, Imgur has introduced the ability to upload and share videos with audio that are up to 30 seconds long.
In a post on its official blog, https://alternativeto.net/software/imgur/ announced that video playback with sound is now available to upload for users of the image sharing site's https://alternativeto.net/software/ios/ app and to view (and listen to) on all devices.
The feature will support built-in tools that allow users to crop the video for length, add or remove sound, chain multiple videos into a single Imgur post, and mix videos with both still images and GIFs.
Video playback will be muted by default until users click on the speaker icon on a video they want to hear sound for. This is in order to preserve how users have been able to browse without sound until now.
The post states that uploading videos with sound on all other platforms is "coming soon."