This new Windows 11 feature will help protect your passwords

The new Windows 11 22H2 update was just released, bringing an interesting security feature. Dubbed “Enhanced Phishing Protection,” this feature was made to help users protect their Windows passwords a little bit better.

Enhanced Phishing Protection will warn users whenever they enter their Windows password in places where it’s not needed. Here’s how it works.

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Many people use the same password across several websites, programs, and emails — even though it’s unsafe. Surprisingly, many of us pay quite little attention to the security of our Windows password, but it’s a good idea to stay vigilant about it. Microsoft has decided to make that easier to do by implementing Enhanced Phishing Protection in Windows 11. Microsoft talked about the feature briefly in a blog post.

Windows login credentials are especially valuable to potential attackers if they belong to someone within an organization. Infiltrating just one computer could grant a hacker access to the whole network, and from there, it only gets worse. Combine that with the fact that many of us don’t use secure passwords on our work computers, and there may be a problem.

While Microsoft is not addressing the security of the password itself, its new anti-phishing feature makes it easier to ensure that the password doesn’t fall into the wrong hands. It comes with two settings, one for password reuse and one for password storage.

“SmartScreen identifies and protects against corporate password entry on reported phishing sites or apps connecting to phishing sites, password reuse on any app or site, and passwords typed into Notepad, Wordpad, or Microsoft 365 apps,” Microsoft’s security product manager Sinclaire Hamilton told Bleeping Computer.

When both options are enabled in Windows 11, the feature will warn you if you’re trying to store your password in an app such as Notepad. It will also alert you if you input your Windows password on a website, letting you know that you shouldn’t reuse it outside of accessing Windows 11.

How to enable Enhanced Phishing Protection

Windows 11 Enhanced Phishing Protection feature.
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In order to try this feature out for yourself, make sure you have the latest Windows 11 update (22H2). Once you do, follow this path to locate the settings: Start > Settings > Privacy & security > Windows Security > App & browser control > Reputation-based protection settings.

In that section, you’ll be able to find Warn me about password reuse and Warn me about unsafe password storage. Toggle both of these on and enjoy the extra layer of protection.

This is definitely a strong feature and a good addition from Microsoft. Let’s hope that it will continue expanding it to include more apps in order to ramp up the security even further.

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YouTube Shorts to get this beloved TikTok feature

YouTube Shorts, the video-sharing website’s answer to TikTok videos, is getting a new comment reply feature and with it, looks more like its wildly popular competitor.

On Thursday, the new feature was announced via an update to a YouTube Help thread titled “New Features and Updates for Shorts Viewers & Creators.” The announcement was posted by a TeamYouTube community manager.

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According to the announcement, YouTube creators on iOS can now feature viewer comments in their Shorts videos as a way to reply to that comment. Sound familiar? That’s because you’ve likely seen a similar feature on TikTok which allows creators to create a video reply to a viewer comment that often includes a sticker that displays the comment the creator is replying to. As you can see in the above illustration provided by YouTube, the video-sharing platform is adding a similar video reply feature to Shorts.

The new Shorts video reply feature is also expected to work for viewer comments on Shorts or videos.

At this time, the Shorts video reply feature is only available on iOS and will continue rolling out to all iOS Shorts creators “in the coming weeks.” Creators who use Android will also be getting the feature but the announcement did not mention when exactly that would happen, just that the launch would be “down the road.”

If you’re a creator using an iOS device here’s how to access the new feature once its available to you (according to YouTube’s announcement):

Navigate to the watch page of one of your videos or Shorts and then pick a comment you want to reply to and then select the Reply icon (which looks like a speech bubble) on that comment.  Then select the Create a Short icon, which looks like an S-shaped outline that contains a play button and a plus sign icon.

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Nvidia online GTC event will feature 200 sessions on AI, the metaverse, and Omniverse

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Nvidia said it will host its next GTC conference virtually from Sept. 19 to September 22, featuring a keynote by CEO Jensen Huang and more than 200 tech sessions.

Huang will talk about AI and the Omniverse, which is Nvidia’s simulation environment for creating metaverse-like virtual worlds. More than 40 of the 200 talks will focus on the metaverse, the universe of virtual worlds that are all interconnected, like in novels such as Snow Crash and Ready Player One. I’ll be moderating a session on the industrial applications of the metaverse with speakers from Mercedes-Benz, Siemens and Magic Leap executives, as well Metaverse book author Matthew Ball.

GTC will also feature a fireside chat with Turing Award winners Yoshua Bengio, Geoff Hinton and Yann
LeCun discussing how AI will evolve and help solve challenging problems. The discussion will be
moderated by Sanja Fidler, vice president of AI Research at Nvidia.

GTC talks will explore some of the key advances driving AI and the metaverse — including large language
models, natural language processing, digital twins, digital biology, robotics and climate science.

Major talks

Jensen Huang, CEO of Nvidia, introduces Omniverse Avatar.
Jensen Huang, CEO of Nvidia, introduces Omniverse Avatar.

Other major talks will explore:

  • BMW, ILM, Kroger, Lowe’s, Siemens, Nvidia and others on using digital twins for a range of applications, from manufacturing to neurosurgery to climate modeling
  • ByteDance’s deployment of large-scale GPU clusters for machine learning and deep learning
  • Medtronic’s use of AI for robotic surgery and the operating room of the future
  • Boeing’s digital transformation enabling aircraft engineering and production to be more flexible and efficient
  • Deutsche Bank’s adoption of AI and cloud technologies to improve the customer experience
  • Johnson & Johnson’s use of hybrid cloud computing for healthcare, plus a session on its use of quantum computing simulation for pharmaceutical research
  • How pharmaceutical companies can use transformer AI models and digital twins to accelerate drug discovery
  • United Nations and Nvidia scientists discussing AI for climate modeling, including disaster prediction, deforestation and agriculture
  • Amazon Web Services, Ericsson, Verizon and Nvidia leaders describing augmented- and virtual-reality applications for 5G and optimizing 5G deployment with digital twins
  • Adobe, Pixar and Nvidia leaders explaining how Universal Scene Description is becoming a standard for the metaverse.

Nvidia said GTC offers a range of sessions tailored for many different audiences, including business executives, data scientists, enterprise IT leaders, designers, developers, researchers and students. It will have content for participants at all stages of their careers with learning-and-development
opportunities, many of which are free.

Developers, researchers and students can sign up for 135 sessions on a broad range of topics, including:

  • 5 Paths to a Career in AI
  • Accelerating AI workflows and maximizing investments in cloud infrastructure
  • The AI journey from academics to entrepreneurship
  • Applying lessons from Kaggle-winning solutions to real-world problems
  • Developing HPC applications with standard C++, Fortran and Python
  • Defining the quantum-accelerated supercomputer
  • Insights from Nvidia Research

Attendees can sign up for hands-on, full-day technical workshops and two-hour training labs offered by the Nvidia Deep Learning Institute (DLI). Twenty workshops are available in multiple time zones and languages, and more than 25 free training labs are available in accelerated computing, computer vision, data science, conversational AI, natural language processing and other topics.

Registrants may attend free two-hour training labs or sign up for full-day DLI workshops at a discounted
rate of $99 through Thursday, Aug. 29, and $149 through GTC.

Insights for business leaders

BMW Group is using Omniverse to build a digital factory that will mirror a real-world place.
BMW Group used Nvidia’s Omniverse to build a digital twin factory that will mirror a real-world place.

This GTC will feature more than 30 sessions from companies in key industry sectors, including financial services, industrial, retail, automotive and healthcare. Speakers will share detailed insights to advance business using AI and metaverse technology, including: building AI centers; the business value of digital twins; and new technologies that will define how we live, work and play.

In addition to those from the companies listed above, senior executives from AT&T, BMW, Fox Sports,
Lucid Motors, Medtronic, Meta, NIO, Pinterest, Polestar, United Airlines and U.S. Bank are among the
industry leaders scheduled to present.

Sessions for startups

NVIDIA Inception, a global program with more than 11,000 startups, will host several sessions, including:

● AI for VCs: Six startup leaders describe how they are driving advancements from robotics to
● How NVIDIA Inception startups are advancing healthcare and life sciences
● How NVIDIA technologies can help startups
● Revolutionizing agriculture with AI in emerging markets

Registration is free and open now. Huang’s keynote will be livestreamed on Tuesday, Sept. 20, at 8 a.m. Pacific and available on demand afterward. Registration is not required to view the keynote.

I asked Nvidia why it is doing the event virtually again, given a lot of conferences are happening in-person. The company said that, when planning this event many months ago, Covid-19 remained unpredictable and the numbers were rising again, so it felt safer to run virtually. This also allowed Nvidia to include more developers and tech leaders from around the world.

Virtual Jensen Huang of Nvidia.
Virtual Jensen Huang of Nvidia.

As for the Omniverse and metaverse, Nvidia said GTC will once again be about AI and computing across a variety of domains from the data center to the cloud to the edge. 

More than 40 of the event’s 200-plus sessions will focus on the metaverse, and Huang will use his keynote to share the latest breakthroughs in Omniverse, among other technologies. 

Here are some of the other metaverse session highlights: 

  • Wes Rhodes, Kroger’s VP of Technology Transformation and R&D, will participate in a fireside chat on using simulation and digital twins for optimizing store layouts and checkout. 
  • Cedrik Neike, Board Member and CEO of Digital Industries at Siemens AG, will describe how Siemens is working with Nvidia to build photorealistic, physics-based industrial digital twins. 
  • Executives from Lowe’s Innovation Labs will explain how the metaverse will help customers visualize room design. 
  • Anima Anandkumar, Senior Director of ML Research at Nvidia, and Karthik Kashinath, AI-HPC scientist and Earth-2 engineering lead, will share progress towards building Nvidia’s Earth-2 digital twin. 
  • Industrial Light & Magic will describe how digital artists are using Omniverse to create photorealistic digital sets and environments that can be manipulated in real time. 

Other metaverse-related talks will focus on: 

  • Using digital twins to automate factories and operate robots safely alongside humans
  • Building large-scale, photorealistic worlds
  • Using digital twins for brain surgery

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Hot Corners is the classic Mac feature you need to be using

Multitasking on Macs has long been a sore spot. In fact, between Snap Layouts and Snap Groups, it’s one of the main advantages Windows 11 continues to have over MacOS.

Or so I thought.

Little did I know that MacOS also has a neat productivity trick up its sleeve known as Hot Corners. It’s been around forever, but once I started using this feature, I couldn’t keep my hands off my Mac Mini, helping me discover how it can be used to overcome some of MacOS’ shortcomings — and catch it up to what Windows can do.

Desktop screen corner is like show desktop

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One of the things I use a lot in Windows is the ability to show the desktop with a single click. This is because I often stack my most used files on the desktop, as well as some apps critical to my daily workflow. You can show your desktop in Windows by clicking on the thin line next to the date and time. It’s a critical feature that’s been in Windows for a while, and it’s dead simple.

Well, with Hot Corners on MacOS, I’m able to do the same. Hot Corners, found in System Preferences in the menu for Desktop & Screen Saver, can be configured to use the corners of your display to automatically launch an application or menu. Setting it to show my desktop was one of the first things I wanted to try out.

Once selected, Hot Corners now shows my desktop by just mousing over to the lower-right side of my screen. This is what I often do in Windows, and now it works in MacOS just as easily. It’s a really convenient way to peek at the desktop without having to minimize all my open windows.

Application Windows screen corner is like Alt + Tab

The Application Corners Hot Corner enabled in MacOS.
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Another thing I use a lot in Windows is Alt + Tab. This is a great way to switch between open apps. It is true that MacOS has this feature, too. You’ll get a thin preview window, showing you icons for your open apps. However, the preview doesn’t show you what’s going on in your open windows, and it groups all open apps together as one.

Well, coming from using Windows for most of my life and being a Windows fan, I found out that the Application Windows function in Hot Corners is a lot like this. Once configured, I’m able to mouse over to the top right of my screen and see all instances — open and minimized — of an app.

MacOS will even show you the minimized instance of an application window on the bottom of the screen, with a quick way to bring it back up. It really helps me jump back into my windows quicker, just like Alt + Tab on Windows.

Mission Control screen corner is like Snap Layouts

Mission Control in MacOS
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Snap Layouts in Windows lets you organize open windows in various ways for better multitasking. Mission Control in MacOS is a little like this. When I set it up through Hot Corners, I get a look at all my open apps, just like clicking one of the options in a Snap Layout window would. I can then click one to bring it to the front as needed and then drag it to where I want it on the screen.

Mission Control might not “snap” the window for me, like Windows 11’s Snap Layouts do, but it is similar in that you get a view of all open apps and a full-screen preview of what’s going on in them to switch between. For snapping windows, I use Spectacle, which uses similar keyboard shortcuts to Snap Assist in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

LaunchPad screen corner is like the Start Menu

The Launchpad screen in MacOS.
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Alright, I’ll end with the last thing I noticed about Hot Corners. There’s an opening to configure it to show LaunchPad, which lists all your installed apps in MacOS.

As a Windows fan, this really reminds me of the Start Menu. Anytime I move my mouse to click the Start Menu, it’s always to get to open an app.

With the LaunchPad Hot Corner, I’m able to open an app on my Mac with ease, just like on Windows. Who would have known it could be this simple? It may get me to finally start using LaunchPad as intended.

One more way I’m being converted to a Mac fan

Hot Corners are just another way that I am slowly being converted over to a Mac fan. I already talked about how I’ve been enticed in the past thanks to the M1 chip and the Mac Mini already being optimized and faster than my main PC (a Surface Laptop Studio.)

With cool new features like Stage Manager, Continuity Camera, and an updated Mail app coming in the next version of MacOS, I might be switching away for good, soon enough.

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MacOS Ventura’s best feature is 16 years in the making

Apple unveiled the upcoming Stage Manager as part of MacOS Ventura during WWDC 2022. The feature, created to improve productivity and make it easier to switch between groups of apps, certainly seems like it could become a staple.

Although Stage Manager seems to be all-new, it seems that its concept has been around for much longer than we thought. According to an ex-Apple developer, Stage Manager was first created all the way back in 2006. How much has it changed since then?

The surprising peek into the past comes from TechReflect, a blogger with over 30 years of experience working in tech, and nearly 20 at Apple. The blog post sends us on a trip down memory lane, back to 2006, when a team of devs worked together on a project that went by the funny code name of “shrinkydink,” also referred to as “always-on exposé.”

The project was ultimately axed, much to the dismay of the developer, who continued to use it until it ultimately stopped working alongside new software upgrades. Even though “always-on exposé” was abandoned back then, it seems that Apple didn’t give up on the idea, seeing as it resurfaced in 2022, 16 years after it was first created.

As a quick reminder, Stage Manager is a productivity and window-management tool. We tried it out for ourselves, and even in its early beta version, it managed to impress us. It lets you group various windows together and have them sit on the left side of your screen, making it easy to switch not just between tabs in an individual app, but also entire groups of apps put together. More importantly, you can split the open windows of an app into different groups, such as using one Safari window in one group and another in a different group. Productivity-wise, it sounds like it could become a real game-changer once it makes it to the live version of MacOS.

As described by the developer who worked on the feature in 2006, “it was a radical new way to manage apps and windows and effectively made the existing Exposé irrelevant, as well as the Dock, as a way of managing running apps and windows.” This, word-for-word, sounds like a description of what the Stage Manager is capable of. This leads us to wonder just how closely related these two features are, and the answer is — they’re pretty close. Think siblings, not cousins, kind of close.

Let’s start with the similarities. Both Stage Manager and its much older sibling take over the positioning and size of all windows, making window management a lot simpler. Both of them also show groups of apps on the left side of the screen, and both let you view multiple apps all at once.

The prototype of Apple's Stage Manager.

However, there are some changes, too. With Stage Manager, Apple got rid of something that “shrinkydink” provided — it displayed windows on the right side of the screen. Those windows weren’t the foremost in a grou,p but were still part of it. As such, you could easily swap between groups and windows within a certain group.

As shown by the screenshot provided by TechReflect, the visuals of both apps are very similar. Of course, MacOS Ventura from 2022 looks a lot more streamlined and softer than its older sibling, but the concept hasn’t changed all too much over the years, though Apple’s designs and aesthetic choices have evolved. The lack of windows on the right side of the screen marks the main difference between the two apps.

TechReflect’s blog post marks an interesting discovery and gives us an unexpected peek into how Apple works. Although 16 years have passed, Stage Manager finally saw the light of day — and it looks to be every bit as exciting as it could have been in 2006.

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Instagram expands Sensitive Content Control feature

Instagram is letting its users have more control over the content they see in search results and in content recommendations from the popular photo and video sharing app.

On Monday, Instagram announced that starting today, it would be updating and expanding its current Sensitive Content Control feature to allow its users to have more control over how much sensitive content they see in various sections of the app, such as: Explore, Search, Reels, Accounts You Might Follow, Hashtag Pages, and feed recommendations.


The updated version of the Sensitive Content Control feature is expected to “be available to everyone in the coming weeks.” According to screenshots provided in Instagram’s announcement, the new version of this feature only filters out content from accounts you’re not following and still allows you to see all content from those you choose to follow. In terms of what “sensitive content” is, some examples that Instagram offers include “topics like drugs or firearms.”

The newly expanded feature will also offer three control options: More, Standard, and Less. More has less content restrictions and so you’ll likely see *more* sensitive content. Standard is the middle ground option that permits some sensitive content. And Less, has more content restrictions which means you’ll likely see *less* sensitive content. Users under the age of 18 won’t be able to enable the More option.

When the expanded Sensitive Content Control feature becomes available to you, here’s how to access it:

Open the Instagram mobile app. Select the Profile icon > Select the Menu icon in the top right > Select Settings > Select Account > Choose Sensitive Content Control.

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How To Use The Quick Note Feature In MacOS Monterey

Apple brought a slew of new features with MacOS Monterey, including updates to Safari and the option to use Shortcuts. Another convenient feature is the ability to use Quick Note with the Notes app.

First introduced with iPadOS 15, Quick Note lets you capture a note while using any app on your Mac. Not only that, but you can start a new note with a keyboard shortcut or Hot Corner and easily save links and create persistent highlights when you use Safari.

How to create a Quick Note

You have a couple of easy ways to create a new Quick Note while performing any task on your Mac.

Option 1: Use the keyboard shortcut Fn + Q. This opens a blank note ready for your thoughts or ideas.

Option 2: Move your cursor to a Hot Corner. If you don’t have a shortcut set up for your lower-right Hot Corner, one will be added for Quick Note when you upgrade to MacOS Monterey.

To check or change the location, go to System preferences > Desktop and screen saver > Hot corners.

When the Quick Note appears using either of the above actions, you can move it wherever you like on your screen. You can also resize it by dragging in or out from a corner or edge.

Of course, you can also create a Quick Note directly in the Notes app if you like. Select Quick note on the left and choose the Create a new note button in the toolbar.

Add a Quick Note using the Share button on Mac.

How to save a link in Safari to a Quick Note

When you use Safari, you can easily create a Quick Note there as well. This is handy if you want to save the website or page you’re visiting.

To save a link to the site, select the Share button in the toolbar and pick New quick note or Add to quick note. This saves a link to the site with the page or article name.

Persistent highlight and Quick Note in Safari.

How to save content in Safari to a Quick Note

Another great feature for Safari is that you can highlight and save content to a Quick Note. This creates a persistent highlight so that when you revisit the site, the text will remain highlighted for you.

Step 1: Select the content on the page you want to save by dragging your cursor across it.

Step 2: Right-click and select New quick note or Add to quick note.

Step 3: The note will display the text you selected in a quote and a link to the web page.

When you revisit the page, you’ll see a thumbnail of the Quick Note pop up, and the selected text will still be highlighted.

Check the box for Resume last Quick Note.

How to always use your last Quick Note

One feature of Quick Note you may want to adjust is to always resume the last note. For instance, if you have a note with websites for research, you can continue to add to that same Quick Note rather than create a new one each time.

Step 1: Open the Notes app.

Step 2: Go to Notes > Preferences from the menu bar.

Step 3: Check the box for Resume last quick note.

If you change your mind later, head back to this same spot and uncheck the box. You’ll then see a new Quick Note each time.

View Quick Notes on Mac.

How to view your Quick Notes

All Quick Notes you create are available in the Notes app. Select Quick notes on the left, and you’ll see your notes on the right. If you sync the Notes app with your iPhone or iPad, you’ll see them in the same spot on those devices as well.

You can edit, delete, add images, and insert tables in a Quick Note just like any other note.

All of this makes Quick Note a terrific addition to MacOS Monterey.

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Windows 11 Gains Back A Highly Requested Taskbar Feature

Microsoft has confirmed the weather widget that was initially introduced via Windows 10 will be integrated into Windows 11. A new voice access feature for the operating system has also been added.

The latest Insider preview build for Windows 11, dubbed . 22518, displays live weather content on the left side of the taskbar. Users will also be able to open the widgets board by hovering over the entry point.

Another addition to Windows 11’s latest preview build is voice access, which allows users to control several aspects of their PC and author text through voice commands.

The new feature lets you open and switch between apps, browse the web, and control the mouse and keyboard. For example, you can click an item like a button or a link by saying “click start” or “click cancel.”Similarly, you’ll be able to open an application by saying “open Edge” or “open Word.”

Other elements that can be interacted with through one’s voice include searching and editing text, as well as interacting with overlays. Microsoft provided a full list of commands for voice access, but pointed out that it only supports the English-U.S option in the display language section.

Microsoft has also made it easier for new users to install the Windows Subsystem for Linux through the Microsoft Store.

Microsoft is also introducing the Spotlight collection to Windows 11, which will “keep your desktop fresh and inspiring.” New desktop pictures from around the world will be offered every day, accompanied by various facts pertaining to the picture itself.

Besides Insider preview build 22518, Microsoft recently released a redesigned Notepad. An updated user interface brings changes like rounded corners, but the most exciting inclusion is a dark mode component. The new-look Notepad also addresses a “top community feature request” by adding support for multilevel undo.

There’s currently no timeline for when all these changes will become available for all Windows 11 users, but expect a rollout sometime during 2022. As for the latest preview build that’s been released in the Windows 11 Dev Channel, Microsoft stated that it won’t be offered to ARM64 PCs due to an issue that it’s currently working to fix.

Regarding Microsoft’s plan for Windows 11 in 2022, one area of focus for the company largely revolves around performance, with the tech giant highlighting how improving the responsiveness of the new operating system will be a priority.

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Firefox’s latest security feature is designed to protect itself from buggy code

Firefox 95, the latest version of Mozilla’s browser that’s rolling out starting today, introduces a new security feature that’s designed to limit the damage that bugs and security vulnerabilities in its code can cause, Mozilla announced today. The feature, called RLBox, was developed with help from researchers at the University of California San Diego and the University of Texas, and it was originally released as a prototype last year. It’s coming to both the desktop and mobile versions of Firefox.

At its core, RLBox is a sandboxing technology, which means that it’s effectively able to isolate code so that any security vulnerabilities it might contain can’t harm the overall system. Sandboxing is a widely used security method across the industry, and browsers already run web content in sandboxed processes to try to stop malicious or buggy sites from compromising the overall browser.

RLBox differs from this traditional approach, however, and doesn’t have the same costs to performance and memory usage. This makes it possible to sandbox critical browser subcomponents like its spell checker, effectively allowing it to treat them as untrusted code while still running in the same process. This places limits on how code can run or which memory it can access.

As of today’s release, Firefox is isolating five modules: its Graphite font rendering engine, Hunspell spell checker, Ogg multimedia container format, Expat XML parser, and Woff2 web font compression format. Mozilla says this means if bugs or vulnerabilities are discovered in one of these subcomponents, the Firefox team won’t need to scramble to stop them from compromising the entire browser. “Even a zero-day vulnerability in any of them should pose no threat to Firefox,” Mozilla says.

Mozilla admits that it’s not a catch-all solution and that the approach won’t work everywhere, such as particularly performance-sensitive browser components. But the developer says it hopes to see other browsers and software projects implement the technology and that it intends to use it with more of Firefox’s components in the future. Mozilla has also updated its bug bounty program and will now pay researchers if they’re able to bypass the new sandboxes.

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Windows 11 Adds Highly Requested Taskbar Feature

Microsoft is making it easy for you to mute your microphone when you don’t want to be heard on Microsoft Teams calls. Rolling out in the latest Windows 11 Dev Channel build is a new mute icon in the taskbar for when communications apps like Microsoft Teams are in use.

The initial iteration of this icon works as you’d expect, though it is currently only for select Windows 11 beta testers. Instead of having to manually search for the mute button in Teams, you can click the Microphone icon in the Windows 11 taskbar and choose the Mute option. You also can use the icon to see your call audio status and which app is accessing your microphone. The icon will be present all throughout your call, no matter how many windows you have open or what is on your screen.

“No more awkward or embarrassing moments when you forget to unmute or mute your microphone. You can now communicate and collaborate with confidence and ease using the new call mute feature on Windows 11,” wrote Amanda Langowski and Brandon LeBlanc, who head the Windows Insider Program.

This initial mute button only works with the desktop version of Microsoft Teams with school or work accounts, and not all Windows 11 Dev Channel insiders might see it. Microsoft is planning to ramp up the rollout of the icon over time and also bring support for it to the Windows 11 chat app soon. Other communication apps like Slack, Zoom, or Google Meet can tap into the feature and add the capability as well, though it appears to be up to those app developers to enable it.

Once beta testing is complete, Microsoft is planning to roll out the mute icon to the regular version of Windows 11. It says this will be done in a future servicing update. When everyone has it, this would be the latest time-saving feature to be added to Windows 11. Other features include Snap Layouts, the Widgets app, and the centered Start Menu that shows links to the most recent files and apps.

The Windows Insider build, which brings this new microphone mute icon, also addresses several other issues in Windows 11, ranging from the File Explorer and taskbar to search. If you really want to experience this for yourself, you can opt your Windows 11 PC into the Dev Channel of the Windows Insider Program to get it. But, as Microsoft said, not every Windows Insider will be seeing this. And keep in mind that Windows 11 Dev Channel builds are known to be unstable.

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