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The European Union's General Data Protection Regulation is designed to better safeguard the data of individuals, and companies are bound to abide by it for citizens of the EU. [As reported by Engadget](https://www.engadget.com/2018/04/19/facebook-exclude-1-5-billion-users-gdpr-privacy-protection/) and [Reuters](https://www.reuters.com/article/us-facebook-privacy-eu-exclusive/exclusive-facebook-to-put-1-5-billion-users-out-of-reach-of-new-eu-privacy-law-idUSKBN1HQ00P), nearly 1.5 billion Facebook users in Africa, Asia, Australia and Latin America are bound to terms of service based out of the social network's Ireland headquarters.
As these headquarters, and all of the data inside of them, must abide by GDPR's data privacy rules, https://alternativeto.net/software/facebook/ will be migrating these accounts to be bound by the terms of service of the United States' headquarters instead. This move will allow Facebook to avoid any potential fines of 4% of its total global revenue (or 20 million Euros, whichever is higher) due to the mishandling of data in accordance to the GDPR legislation.
Despite this mass migration of users to the U.S.-based terms of service, Facebook insists that it will "apply the same privacy protections everywhere, regardless of whether [a user's] agreement is with Facebook Inc or Facebook Ireland."
Another social network service that is following this practice in order to avoid the potential for fines due to GDPR-breaking privacy violations is Microsoft's https://alternativeto.net/software/linkedin/ network for business-centric users. Currently, non-U.S. users have their terms of service agreements routed through the network's Ireland offices. Following GDPR's enactment, these users and their agreements will be routed through the network's United States offices instead.
Users of the OneNote in Microsoft Office may have to prepare for a shift in where to find the note taking application, depending on what operating system they're using.
Starting with the upcoming release of Microsoft Office 2019, https://alternativeto.net/software/microsoft-onenote/ will not be included among the productivity suite's slew of applications. Instead, users will have to use either the dedicated app included in the older Office 2016 (which will no longer receive new features and will receive security updates until October of 2020), or use the version of the app that is included with every installation of the company's flagship https://alternativeto.net/software/windows-10/ operating system. That being said, the Office 2019 suite [will only be compatible with Windows 10 and macOS](https://www.theverge.com/2018/2/1/16960640/microsoft-office-2019-windows-10-support), so for users of older versions of Windows, versions of OneNote included with older versions of the https://alternativeto.net/software/microsoft-office-suite/ are the only versions available to them.
On April 15th, Instagram removed support for Windows 10 Mobile from its Microsoft Store listing. No more than two days later, the app had seemingly returned.
[The app was relisted](https://mspoweruser.com/instagram-is-back-for-windows-phone-but-with-a-catch/) after a short two days of withdrawing support for Windows Phone-powered devices. However, the build that was relisted was from last year. This means that features and security updates released in later versions of the app for other operating systems will not be reflected in the Windows 10 Mobile version.
As of this writing, [Instagram's page](https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/store/p/instagram/9nblggh5l9xt) on the https://alternativeto.net/software/microsoft-store/ does not list compatibility with Windows 10 Mobile.
This move by https://alternativeto.net/software/instagram/ is another sign of the inevitability of the death of https://alternativeto.net/software/windows-phone/.
Netflix has announced via its investor relations portal that it has reached 125 million subscribers following a string of record subscriber growth.
This milestone marks the second largest quarterly growth for the movie and TV streaming service, with 7.4 million additional subscribers purchasing the service over the past three months. Of those 7.4 million subscriptions, 1.96 million of them are based in the United States.
Netflix cites moves such as its sudden release of _The Cloverfield Paradox_ on Super Bowl Sunday, as well as increasing investment in the production of international content, as primary drivers for the continued increase in subscriber count.
[The full report](https://ir.netflix.com/static-files/419958ac-5fd7-4bcd-9fb1-ebca445a9016) can be found [on Netflix's IR portal](https://ir.netflix.com/).
Instagram will soon be receiving a tool to enable its millions of users to download the content they share on the site without the need of external apps.
A spokseperson for the image-focused social network [stated to TechCrunch](https://techcrunch.com/2018/04/11/download-your-instagram-photos/) that it is currently developing a "data portability tool" for users. This tool will enable users to download content they've posted on Instagram, including messages, photos, and videos.
Depending on how extensive the functionality proves to be, this data portability tool may render third party https://alternativeto.net/software/instagram/ downloading tools such as https://alternativeto.net/software/4k-stogram/, https://alternativeto.net/software/instagramsaver/, and https://alternativeto.net/software/instaport/ obsolete by allowing users to save this content from directly within Instagram. This will aid users in ensuring that their login credentials are secure by not sharing them with third party developers that may or may not respect the privacy of their data.
It is currently unknown whether or not the data portability tool will support the download of uncompressed content or if some sort of compression solution will be implemented for users with bandwidth caps, low storage space, or slower Internet service speeds.
In an email sent out to G Suite administrators, Google announced that it will be rolling out an early adopter program for a redesign of the web version of Gmail.
The main new features of this https://alternativeto.net/software/gmail/ overhaul include consolidating access to https://alternativeto.net/software/g-suite/ apps to within Gmail itself, smart reply functionality (which is already available on the mobile app), the ability to delay emails from being flagged as new at the top of users' inboxes (a feature that Google is referring to as email "snooze"), and support for utilizing the web based version of Gmail offline.
As the offline functionality for Gmail on the web will be introduced to the redesign in June, the https://alternativeto.net/software/gmail-offline/ app for https://alternativeto.net/software/google-chrome/ will be rendered redundant and obsolete. As such, Google plans to discontinue the app once this feature goes live for all users.
In [a message to Engadget](https://www.engadget.com/2018/04/11/google-gmail-web-redesign/), Google stated the following:
"We're working on some major updates to Gmail (they're still in **draft** phase). We need a bit more time to **compose** ourselves, so can't share anything yet—**archive** this for now, and we'll let you know when it's time to hit **send**."
The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) and Fast Identity Online Alliance (FIDO Alliance) have distributed a press release announcing a major standards milestone regarding the implementation of a web-based standard API that can be utilized to securely log users into web sites and services without the use of a password. This API is called Web Authentication, or WebAuthn, for short.
The [joint press release](https://fidoalliance.org/fido-alliance-and-w3c-achieve-major-standards-milestone-in-global-effort-towards-simpler-stronger-authentication-on-the-web/) highlights that the deployment and adoption of https://alternativeto.net/software/web-authentication/ will offer users protection from dangers such as "phishing, man-in-the-middle attacks and the abuse of stolen credentials" by utilizing security measures such as biometrics (fingerprints and facial scanning) and local authentication via Bluetooth, Near-Field Communication, and USB.
Presently, Web Authentication is supported in https://alternativeto.net/software/firefox/'s latest version, with support in https://alternativeto.net/software/google-chrome/ and https://alternativeto.net/software/microsoft-edge/ forthcoming. Apple's https://alternativeto.net/software/safari/ web browser has yet to announce support for Web Authentication, but experts from the company are a part of the [W3C's working group for the standard](https://www.w3.org/2000/09/dbwg/details?group=87227&order=org&public=1).
Though this does not mean an immediate or even a near-future end of passwords, this is one of the first tangible steps towards an Internet standard being implemented for a future protected by more secure instruments, such as biometric scanning and hardware tokens. These tools will make it much, much harder for conventional phishing attacks and malicious actors to gain access to users' private information.
[The press release](https://fidoalliance.org/fido-alliance-and-w3c-achieve-major-standards-milestone-in-global-effort-towards-simpler-stronger-authentication-on-the-web/) includes the following major project benefits:
Simpler authentication: users simply log in with a single gesture using:
- Internal or built-in authenticators (such as fingerprint or facial biometrics) in PCs, laptops and/or mobile devices
- Convenient external authenticators, such as security keys and mobile devices, for device-to-device authentication using CTAP, a protocol for external authenticators developed by the FIDO Alliance that complements WebAuthn
Stronger authentication: FIDO Authentication is much stronger than relying only on passwords and related forms of authentication, and has these advantages:
- User credentials and biometric templates never leave the user’s device and are never stored on servers
- Accounts are protected from phishing, man-in-the-middle and replay attacks that use stolen passwords
Microsoft has officially released the file manager originally built into its Windows 3.0 operating system as open source software (using the MIT license) via GitHub.
The [GitHub page for the legacy file management application](https://github.com/Microsoft/winfile) describes a list of several changes and compatibility with all modern versions of the Windows operating system. Some of the biggest changes include being converted to https://alternativeto.net/software/visual-studio/ (with compatibility in Visual Studio 2015 and 2017), as well as converting all 64-bit rhetoric into the https://alternativeto.net/software/c-programming-language-/ from previously internal libraries.
The maintainer of the repository, Craig Wittenberg at Microsoft, is welcome to all feedback for minor feature suggestions and bug fixes.
2017 saw the first year-over-year decrease in the amount of apps on Apple's built-in App Store on iOS.
According to [a new report by app insight firm Appfigures](https://blog.appfigures.com/ios-developers-ship-less-apps-for-first-time/), there are two primary factors that contributed to the decrease in mobile applications on Apple's online storefront. The first factor is the implementation of a requirement for app developers and publishers to ensure that apps submitted to the App Store are built for a 64-bit architecture, which is a requirement for apps to run on https://alternativeto.net/software/ios/ devices running version 11 or later. The second factor is Apple's stricter enforcement of its review guidelines for app submissions to its digital storefront (as reported by outlets such as AppleInsider [back in March of 2017](https://appleinsider.com/articles/17/03/09/apple-begins-strictly-enforcing-rule-that-prohibits-ios-app-updates-outside-of-app-store)).
Following these new guidelines and requirements, Apple then set its sights on apps designed explicitly to be clones of popular apps and spam apps that were generated from templates that served little purpose except for generating ad revenue for their developers. These factors contributed to a 29% decrease in apps released on the App Store in 2017 when compared to how many released in 2016, as well as a 5 percent decrease in the total amount of apps in the store from 2.2 million to 2.1 million.
In the wake of controversy surrounding Facebook and its mishandling of 87 million of its users' data being shared with Cambridge Analytica, the social network has announced drastic changes to how it is handling data access.
Facebook explains [in its newsroom post announcing the restrictions](https://newsroom.fb.com/news/2018/04/restricting-data-access/) that it is no longer allowing users of the social network to be searched for by phone number or email address. The company is also changing how its account recovery process works in order to curb profile scraping and identity theft.
In addition to the above refinements, Facebook will be displaying a banner on the top of users' news feeds in order to communicate what third party applications and services might have used their Facebook account data and what data was shared to them. This banner will begin to be displayed on April 9th.
Snapchat is once again expanding its chatting functionality by implementing support for group video calls. Up to 32 people at once can participate in audio-only calls, where as 16 people can participate in video conversations at the same time.
16-person simultaneous group video call functionality will be distributed to users of the social photography app around the world starting this week, according to [Snap Inc.'s blog post announcing the feature](https://www.snap.com/en-US/news/post/introducing-group-video-chat/).
In addition to group video chatting, https://alternativeto.net/software/snapchat/ is also implementing a tagging system akin to the ones utilized by https://alternativeto.net/software/facebook/ and https://alternativeto.net/software/twitter/. This means that simply typing the @ symbol followed directly by a person's username will notify that user of the message or story. [Engadget notes](https://www.engadget.com/2018/04/03/snapchat-group-chat-tagging/) that this feature will be rolling out globally over the next few weeks as well.
Google has announced that it has updated its Chrome Web Store policy in order to implement a ban on hidden cryptocurrency background mining scripts. The company cited the fact that these background mining scripts will oftentimes consume a significant amount of a user's CPU resources, as well as consume a lot of power, as the motivation for this ban.
In the [announcement blog post on the Chromium blog](https://blog.chromium.org/2018/04/protecting-users-from-extension-cryptojacking.html), Google detailed that, effective immediately, the Chrome Web Store will no longer accept extensions that mine cryptocurrency in the background. On top of this, existing extensions on the Web Store that continue to mine cryptocurrency will be delisted in late June.
Apple has officially released the latest version of its flagship macOS High Sierra, 10.13.4. This update, alongside implementing some useful small functionality (including enabling the use of Command+9 in https://alternativeto.net/software/safari/ in order to reach the built-in browser's right-most currently open tab), has officially added compatibility with external graphics processing units (eGPUs) for use with more graphics-intensive tasks. These tasks can range anywhere from rendering in virtual reality to high quality graphics in gaming software.
Here's how [Apple's official support page for High Sierra 10.13.4's external GPU support](https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT208544) describes the pros of the functionality in bullet point form:
- Accelerate applications that use Metal, OpenGL, and OpenCL
- Connect additional external monitors and displays
- Use virtual reality headsets plugged into the eGPU
- Charge your MacBook Pro while using the eGPU
- Use an eGPU with your MacBook Pro while its built-in display is closed
- Connect an eGPU while a user is logged in
- Connect more than one eGPU using the multiple Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) ports on your Mac
- Use the menu bar item to safely disconnect the eGPU
- View the activity levels of built-in and external GPUs. Open Activity Monitor, then choose Window > GPU History.
For more information on what this update adds, see [Apple's official about page for macOS High Sierra 10.13.4](https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT208533).
Troy Hunt, creator of the popular web service Have I Been Pwned, has announced that the site is partnering with the subscription-based password manager 1Password.
In [a blog post announcing the partnership](https://www.troyhunt.com/have-i-been-pwned-is-now-partnering-with-1password/), Hunt stated that this move is first and foremost because of the high demand of users wanting "actionable steps" to take when https://alternativeto.net/software/haveibeenpwned/ identifies their email address or user account as one of those that have been compromised in one of the myriad breaches and hacks that have taken place across several different websites and services.
Troy also noted that https://alternativeto.net/software/1password/ was his choice for which password service to partner with due to his "long-standing history with them." As an active, paying user of both 1Password and https://alternativeto.net/software/freedome/, he has been satisfied with both of their services and feature sets, and has recommended both services to those who have asked without any prior endorsement.
In addition, back in February of this year, Hunt [expressed how impressed he was on Twitter](https://twitter.com/troyhunt/status/966798675912503296) at how 1Password implemented his Pwned Password k-Anonymity model into their services within 27 hours of when it was first released. Between this and the nature of the partnership going both ways (with 1Password raising awareness for Have I Been Pwned [with its blog posts](https://blog.agilebits.com/2018/03/28/the-1password-7-beta-for-mac-is-lit-and-you-can-be-too/), for example), Hunt surmises that it "only contributes to the [Have I Been Pwned] user experience, it takes nothing away from it."
Google has announced that it is implementing the first wave of websites in its search engine reindexing project. This project is designed to reflect the exponentially shifting global Internet userbase as its majority transitions to browsing primarily using mobile devices. This move will enable mobile users to more easily identify the content that they use https://alternativeto.net/software/google-search/ to find.
According to Google's [Webmaster Central Blog post announcing this roll out](https://webmasters.googleblog.com/2018/03/rolling-out-mobile-first-indexing.html), this will not impact search result rankings. Mobile-first indexed content will have no ranking advantage over desktop computer indexed content. In addition, Google will still adhere to only having one single index for distributing search results.
Here are the main bullet points that Google shared at the bottom of this announcement:
- Mobile-indexing is rolling out more broadly. Being indexed this way has no ranking advantage and operates independently from our mobile-friendly assessment.
- Having mobile-friendly content is still helpful for those looking at ways to perform better in mobile search results.
- Having fast-loading content is still helpful for those looking at ways to perform better for mobile and desktop users.
- As always, ranking uses many factors. We may show content to users that’s not mobile-friendly or that is slow loading if our many other signals determine it is the most relevant content to show.