Following the privacy concerns raised by security researchers concerning the browsers' aggregate data collection, Xiaomi announced on its blog that it had updated Mi Browser and Mi Browser Pro to version 12.1.4, and Mint Browser to version 3.4.3. These updates feature an enhanced "incognito" mode that let's users to switch on or off 'aggregate data collection' which originally is disabled by default. To confirm if you have the improved incognito mode on your Mi browser, head to Settings > Incognito Mode settings in your browser. You'll see the Enhanced Incognito Mode which when enabled, allows Xiaomi to collect your browsing data, including the search queries you make through Google and other search engines. You can download the updated version of Mi browser, Mi Browser Pro and Mint Browser for your device via Google Play. For MIUI users who have a pre-installed version of the Mi Browser, they will receive an over-the-air update that can be installed manually by going to Settings > System apps updater. The concern was that xiaomi was allegedly transmitting users data and search queries to remote servers hosted by Alibaba, hence the updates. Users will now be able to prevent their data from being sent to remote servers by turning off the aggregated data collection feature.
Yesterday, Google launched a new Go App - Gallery Go - a lightweight and offline version of Google photos for people who use or can only afford low budget smartphones that run on less powerful hardware, low RAM and limited internet connection; Google revealed that Gallery Go is a light and fast gallery app designed to work offline and uses machine learning to automatically organize photos on your Android Go phone. Much like Google Photos, Gallery Go comes with features that lets you find, edit, manage and organize photos, without connecting to the internet. Images on the app are also synced and displayed in chronological order; and the interface has separate category tabs for screenshots, documents and videos as well as content-based groupings. The App is only 10mb in size and supports SD cards so you can manage and share photos without slowing down your phone. Gallery Go is available today on Google Play for Android devices running version 8.1 (Oreo) or higher and will come pre-installed as the gallery app on two local Android Go phones Itel S15 and Itel A55 and also in future Android Go edition phones.
Apple has officially announced that it will be replacing the popular media application with 3 different media Apps - Apple Music, Apple Podcasts and the Apple TV app. These Apps will come with the new version of Apple’s PC Software Mac OS called ‘Catalina’ alongside the next version of iOS and the new iPhone. Although, iTunes has been available on Mac since 2001, Apple decided that it was finally time to do away with the music software and this is because the app constantly crashed and had become very confusing to use. Apple however clarified that through the new Music app, which is the main iTunes replacement, users will still continue to “have access to their entire music library, whether they downloaded the songs, purchased them or ripped them from a CD.” iTunes was used to sync iPhones, iPods, and iPads, but with the split, there would be no longer a prompt to sync your devices, instead, syncing will be handled by the Mac’s Finder app which will be located in the sidebar. As for the Apple TV and Podcast App, they would be your go to, for movies, TV and of course Podcast shows. However, the iTunes brand isn’t going away: Apple said the iTunes Store app will remain the place for iOS users to purchase music, while the Windows version of the iTunes application is living on (for now).