Frozen Mountain Software Announces Plugin-Free Support for WebRTC in iOS 11 and Safari 11

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IceLink now provides plugin-free WebRTC support in iOS 11 and Safari with the same IceLink API.

“Apple’s recent announcement at WWDC is gladly welcomed by our team,” states Anton Venema, CTO of Frozen Mountain Software. “Although IceLink has always historically supported native iOS WebRTC application development and Safari usage via our plugin, today we are happy to announce that IceLink now also supports WebRTC in Safari 11 without plugins.”

With the WebRTC standard now supported by all the mainstream browsers, IceLink users are assured that their website visitors will have an even more seamless user experience when using Safari. Prior to this announcement, visitors would be prompted to install the Safari plugin during their first visit. Now this step will no longer be necessary.

From a developer’s perspective, this announcement highlights the advantages of leveraging IceLink’s common cross-platform API that abstracts each browser’s unique WebRTC implementation. Developers familiar with IceLink will find the same powerful API in v3.0.13 as they have used in the past, and will require no code changes to take advantage of Apple’s new WebRTC support.

As Apple announces more details and rolls out support for more WebRTC functions, development teams using IceLink are benefitting from the drastically reduced development time and effort needed to react to each of these changes.

To learn more about Real Time Communications solutions using IceLink, and the soon to be released LiveSwitch, visit frozenmountain.com.

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Started in 2008 and having grown to over 300 customers in 47 countries worldwide, Frozen Mountain Software provides cross-platform, licensed Internet Based Real-Time Communication (iRTC) SDKs, such as the multi-award winning IceLink, and services that allow organizations to incorporate WebRTC audio/video streaming, selective forwarding, audio/video mixing, screen sharing, call signaling, telephony, broadcasting, text chat, shared whiteboards, browser synchronization and internet pub/sub messaging into their applications. Learn more at frozenmountain.com.

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[Update: Gone from the beta too] Twitter removes its homescreen widget support from the latest alpha

Twitter is struggling to figure out what it wants to be when it grows up. Life can be tough when you’re a social network that almost everyone has heard about but no one knows how to use when they’re just joining for the first time.

But despite these tumultuous times at Twitter’s headquarters, the Android app has seen some of its best days in the past few months: an overhauled Material Design inspired interface, a test for a night mode, Android N Direct Reply, and more. But instead of giving something new, the latest Twitter alpha 6.9.0 takes away a feature: the homescreen widget.

If you have the widget added to your homescreen, you will see the above message instead when you’re on the latest alpha. The widget is clearly no longer functional. Whether this change will carry through to the beta and stable versions remains to be seen, but it’s clear that Twitter’s Android developers are at least considering the possibility of removing the widget support altogether. Maybe they found out it wasn’t used all that much and the people who had added it were so few that it didn’t warrant keeping it alive and supported. I guess we’ll have to wait and see. In the meantime, feel free to cry foul in the comments below.

[Source:-Android Central]

MenuBar Stats 2 Is a Mac System Monitor With Support for Plugins

Mac: You have tons of options for different system monitors on the Mac, but if you’re looking for something a little more customizable than the rest, MenuBar Stats 2 is worth a look.Like any system monitor, MenuBar Stats can show CPU details, memory info, disk usage, networking, battery life, and more. More interesting is the plugin support. With plugins, you can add your own modules, like temperature or fan speed. Whether more plugins come around is up to developers, but it’s nice the support is there. If you want to give MenuBar Stats a test run, you can check out the demo on the developer’s site.

[Source:-Lifehacker]

Mozilla to Drop Support for All NPAPI Plugins in Firefox 52, Except Flash

Starting with March 7, when Mozilla is scheduled to release Firefox 52, all plugins built on the old NPAPI technology will stop working in Firefox, except for Flash, which Mozilla plans to support for a few more versions.

NPAPI stands for Netscape Plugins API and is an ancient plugins infrastructure inherited from the old Netscape browser on which Mozilla built Firefox.

The time of NPAPI has passed

The NPAPI backbone allowed Firefox to support features not embedded in web standards themselves. In the early days of the Internet, when browsers were simple pieces of software, this meant movies, songs, games, and others.

For this, developers and companies created plugins that adapted technologies such as Flash, Java, Silverlight, audio and movie codecs, and allowed them to work inside Firefox.

These plugins helped the web move forward, but as time advanced, the Internet’s standards committees developed standalone Web APIs and technologies to support most of these features without the need of special plugins.

Today, audio and video streaming are supported by HTML5 itself, while games can be built with a vast array of technologies, all without the need of Java, Flash, or Silverlight.

Those technologies are now ancient, and so is the infrastructure they’re built to work on.

Mozilla announced the death of NPAPI plugins in 2015

In October 2015, Mozilla announced plans to eventually deprecate the NPAPI plugins backbone, as most of the plugins weren’t needed anymore. Its main argument was that the NPAPI codebase dragged Firefox development and that most plugins introduced unnecessary security risks.

Initially, Mozilla planned to remove support for all NPAPI plugins except Flash at the end of 2016, but a second announcement made in July 2016 pushed the cutoff date to 2017, as Mozilla focused on other more important tasks.

According to Firefox software engineer Mike Kaply, the official NPAPI cutoff date is March 7, 2017, when Mozilla will release Firefox 52.

NPAPI plugins will continue to work in Firefox ESR 52

With that release, all NPAPI-based plugins except Flash will stop working in Firefox. The old NPAPI plugins will continue to work in the Firefox ESR (Extended Support Release) 52, but will eventually be deprecated in ESR 53.

Kaply has also published a series of Firefox hacks that users can make and switch to the ESR branch if they want to continue to use NPAPI plugins for one more version.

With this major change, Mozilla is taking one more step closer to shedding all the ancient code from Firefox’s codebase.

In the past two years, Mozilla has embarked on a mammoth project to revamp Firefox’s entire codebase, and has added multi-process support (e10s), switched to a new add-ons system (WebExtensions), and has slowly started to replace small pieces of Firefox’s Gecko engine with Rust-based components.

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KDE Plasma 5.9 Desktop Launches with Global Menus, Better Wayland Support

Today, January 30, 2017, KDE had the great pleasure of announcing the release and general availability of the KDE Plasma 5.9 desktop environment for GNU/Linux operating systems.

The development cycle of KDE Plasma 5.9 took only a few months, but considering the fact that it’s not a long-term supported (LTS) version like KDE Plasma 5.8, which is the recommended version right now for all users, we think that it’s a pretty hefty update adding quite a bunch of new features and improving Wayland support.

Probably the most important one, which will make many KDE users upgrade from KDE Plasma 5.8 LTS or previous versions, is the return of Global Menus, a feature that was available in the KDE 4 series of the desktop environment. Only now, after numerous requests from users, did the KDE developers manage to implement Global Menus again in KDE Plasma 5.9.

“Global Menus have returned. KDE’s pioneering feature to separate the menu bar from the application window allows for new user interface paradigm with either a Plasma Widget showing the menu or neatly tucked away in the window bar,” reads today’s announcement. Below you can check out our gallery to see Global Menus in action in Plasma Widget and the Window Bar.

Wayland improvements, new tools to enhance your productivity

Quite a multitude of improvements have landed in the KDE Plasma 5.9 desktop environment for those who use the next-generation Wayland display server. These include the ability to take screenshots, support for using the color picker, implementation of borderless maximized windows for full-screen support, and support for dragging apps by clicking on an empty area of the user interface using the Breeze style.

KDE Plasma Wayland support allows users to set color schemes for windows, which may come in handy for accessibility, implements auto-hide support for panels, and properly displays the window icon on the panel when using X11 apps. Moreover, there’s now a new settings tool for configuring touchpads, which you can see in action in the second video attached below. Wayland users can also set up gestures and relative motions.

KDE Plasma 5.9 also adds several cool new tools that promise to enhance your productivity. For example, you’ll be able to drag a screenshot taken with the Spectacle utility from the notification pop-up straight into a web browser form, chat window, or email composer. There’s also a brand-new drag and drop functionality that lets you add widgets directly to the system tray area, and it’s now possible to add widgets directly from the full-screen Application Dashboard launcher.

KRunner actions like “Open containing folder” and “Run in Terminal” are now displayed in the application launchers for search results powered by KRunner, of course, and there’s now a new applet that lets users group multiple widgets together in a single one. Other than that, KDE Plasma 5.9 adds some improvements to the look and feel of KDE applications and Plasma desktop, as well as a more beautiful and compact design for the Breeze style scroll bars.

The KDE Plasma 5.9 desktop environment is available for download as source tarballs right now from the project’s website, but only for system integrators and OS vendors who need to compile it from sources. The rest of the world will have to wait until the updated packages land in the stable software repositories of their distros. KDE Plasma 5.9 will have a quick and normal release cycle consisting of a total of five maintenance versions, the last one, KDE Plasma 5.9.5, arriving on April 25, 2017.Global Menus in a Plasma Widget

Global Menus in the Window Bar

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Bomgar makes remote support easier from any browser or mobile device

Bomgar makes remote support easier from any browser or mobile deviceBomgar makes remote support easier from any browser or mobile device

Bomgar makes remote support easier from any browser or mobile device

Bomgar, a leader in secure access solutions, released Bomgar Remote Support 16.2, the latest version of its enterprise-leading remote support software. Bomgar Remote Support enables IT service desks and customer support centers to access and fix nearly any remote device, running any platform, located anywhere in the world.

Technicians using Bomgar can quickly connect to, view, and control remote systems and devices, chat and collaborate with end-users or other technicians, all while improving remote access security.

Bomgar Remote Support 16.2 offers numerous options for support reps to provide timely and superior support to customers and users. Bomgar’s new Web Rep Console is the first to bring the core remote support features to HTML5 browsers. With no download or plugins required, support reps can provide support from any computer. The latest version also introduces enhancements to the Bomgar InSight mobile camera sharing feature. With new zoom, flashlight, and auto focus capabilities, InSight makes it even easier to support hardware and peripherals that are beyond the screen. Also included are a new Android Rep Console and Customer Mobile Apps that offer a fresh user interface for a better support experience.

In addition to enhancing the support experience, Bomgar Remote Support 16.2 provides unprecedented security and performance features, including:

  • SAML for Mobile – Support reps can now use SAML credentials to login to Mobile Rep Console apps, creating a consistent login process.
  • Mobile Password Manager for iOS – Bomgar’s iOS Rep Console now supports integrations with password managers without having to copy/paste from the password manager app to the rep console.
  • Improved API Authentication – Removes the need to specify a user name/password with every API call and further controls the permissions associated with API accounts.
  • Enhanced Presentation Attendee Client – Attendees can join a presentation without requiring a download using their web browser with no dependence on Flash.
  • Enhanced Jump Client Maintenance – New settings allow administrators to configure whether or not to show uninstalled Jump Clients making the need to “jump” to remote systems/devices easier and cleaner.

Donald Hasson, director of ITSM product management said:

“In today’s always-on world, our customers are expected to provide immediate support even when they aren’t behind a desk or at their computer. At Bomgar, we’re dedicated to not only enabling the fastest, most reliable connections, but also giving support technicians the tools they need to do their jobs effectively and securely no matter where they are. Bomgar Remote Support 16.2 offers more options than ever before for support organizations to provide a superior support experience to their users.”

Bomgar has also released Bomgar Connect 16.2, which includes many of the new Remote support features such as Web Rep Console and the new Android Rep Console and customer apps. Bomgar Connect enables organizations with essential remote support needs to quickly connect to and support end users, customers and systems in any location. Offered via Bomgar’s secure Software as a Service (SaaS) platform, Bomgar Connect is extremely easy to buy, download, and use.

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Today in History App Adds Support for Apple Watch and Widgets

Downshift LLC is proud to announce the release of Today In History 4.1.0, a major update to their popular educational app for its iPhone, iPod touch and iPad line. Today In History offers the best way to get key facts about iconic global events and fun facts from across the centuries delivered right to your mobile device. Version 4.1.0 brings the best of history to your wrist and home screen. The new update reveals the Today In History Apple Watch app, a new widget for your home screen, and a few other goodies.

“Today In History on your Apple Watch and the widget for iOS further cements our promise to be everywhere our users are, explained Manuel Zamora, founder at Downshift LLC. “Make sure that TIH users have access to history, when they need it. Now you can see the most important events of the day, on your Watch, while you’re getting a coffee or glance at them on your homescreen while reading your latest texts.”

The Apple Watch app offers a streamlined version without sacrificing content, while the widget grants a concise look at headlines for those on the go. No update is complete without awesome new features and bug fixes. Our update also includes:

* Improvements to viewing events, adjustable text and image sizes.
* Ability to share quotes.
* Improvements for notifications.
* And a significant speed increase
* Various bug fixes and data cleanup.

“Over 250k Today In History events are seen each day on people’s iPhones and iPads,” adds Brandon Trejo, Content Manager, at Today In History. “That number should go up now that people find it much easier see our events, and the ability to share quotes gives you that little something to stay in touch with your uncle’s cousin’s second wife.”

Today in History provides headlines, quotes and stunning images of important historical events. Whether you are an avid history buff or a casual trivia-time fan, Today in History has something for every user – and the latest version is just the beginning of larger updates to content and features coming soon.

Device Requirements:
* iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch
* Requires iOS 9.0 or later
* 28.5 MB

Pricing and Availability:
Today In History 4.1.0 is Free and available worldwide through the App Store in the Education category. There is also an Android version available on Google Play. To learn more about Today In History and check out some of history’s greatest hits, visit its official website.

Today In History 4.1.0
More Info
Download from iTunes
Download from Google Play
Screenshot
App Icon

Based in Los Angeles, CA and founded in 2009, Downshift LLC, is a scrappy mobile development company that aims to provide users with applications that are simple, unique, entertaining. The creators of such favorites as Today In History, Riddle Me This, and Quote Seeker, Downshift LLC strives toward providing quality applications that allow for increased connectivity, enjoyment and ease-of-use. Copyright (C) 2016 Downshift LLC. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, iPod and iPad are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.

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Today in History App Adds Support for Apple Watch and Widgets

Los Angeles, California – Downshift LLC is proud to announce the release of Today In History 4.1.0, a major update to their popular educational app for its iPhone, iPod touch and iPad line. Today In History offers the best way to get key facts about iconic global events and fun facts from across the centuries delivered right to your mobile device. Version 4.1.0 brings the best of history to your wrist and home screen. The new update reveals the Today In History Apple Watch app, a new widget for your home screen, and a few other goodies.

“Today In History on your Apple Watch and the widget for iOS further cements our promise to be everywhere our users are, explained Manuel Zamora, founder at Downshift LLC. “Make sure that TIH users have access to history, when they need it. Now you can see the most important events of the day, on your Watch, while you’re getting a coffee or glance at them on your homescreen while reading your latest texts.”

The Apple Watch app offers a streamlined version without sacrificing content, while the widget grants a concise look at headlines for those on the go. No update is complete without awesome new features and bug fixes. Our update also includes:

* Improvements to viewing events, adjustable text and image sizes.
* Ability to share quotes.
* Improvements for notifications.
* And a significant speed increase
* Various bug fixes and data cleanup.

“Over 250k Today In History events are seen each day on people’s iPhones and iPads,” adds Brandon Trejo, Content Manager, at Today In History. “That number should go up now that people find it much easier see our events, and the ability to share quotes gives you that little something to stay in touch with your uncle’s cousin’s second wife.”

Today in History provides headlines, quotes and stunning images of important historical events. Whether you are an avid history buff or a casual trivia-time fan, Today in History has something for every user – and the latest version is just the beginning of larger updates to content and features coming soon.

Device Requirements:
* iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch
* Requires iOS 9.0 or later
* 28.5 MB

Pricing and Availability:
Today In History 4.1.0 is Free and available worldwide through the App Store in the Education category. There is also an Android version available on Google Play. To learn more about Today In History and check out some of history’s greatest hits, visit its official website.

Today In History 4.1.0
More Info
Download from iTunes
Download from Google Play
Screenshot
App Icon

Based in Los Angeles, CA and founded in 2009, Downshift LLC, is a scrappy mobile development company that aims to provide users with applications that are simple, unique, entertaining. The creators of such favorites as Today In History, Riddle Me This, and Quote Seeker, Downshift LLC strives toward providing quality applications that allow for increased connectivity, enjoyment and ease-of-use. Copyright (C) 2016 Downshift LLC. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, iPod and iPad are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.

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Today in History App Adds Support for Apple Watch and Widgets

Downshift LLC is proud to announce the release of Today In History 4.1.0, a major update to their popular educational app for its iPhone, iPod touch and iPad line. Today In History offers the best way to get key facts about iconic global events and fun facts from across the centuries delivered right to your mobile device. Version 4.1.0 brings the best of history to your wrist and home screen. The new update reveals the Today In History Apple Watch app, a new widget for your home screen, and a few other goodies.

“Today In History on your Apple Watch and the widget for iOS further cements our promise to be everywhere our users are, explained Manuel Zamora, founder at Downshift LLC. “Make sure that TIH users have access to history, when they need it. Now you can see the most important events of the day, on your Watch, while you’re getting a coffee or glance at them on your homescreen while reading your latest texts.”

The Apple Watch app offers a streamlined version without sacrificing content, while the widget grants a concise look at headlines for those on the go. No update is complete without awesome new features and bug fixes. Our update also includes:

* Improvements to viewing events, adjustable text and image sizes.
* Ability to share quotes.
* Improvements for notifications.
* And a significant speed increase
* Various bug fixes and data cleanup.

“Over 250k Today In History events are seen each day on people’s iPhones and iPads,” adds Brandon Trejo, Content Manager, at Today In History. “That number should go up now that people find it much easier see our events, and the ability to share quotes gives you that little something to stay in touch with your uncle’s cousin’s second wife.”

Today in History provides headlines, quotes and stunning images of important historical events. Whether you are an avid history buff or a casual trivia-time fan, Today in History has something for every user – and the latest version is just the beginning of larger updates to content and features coming soon.

Device Requirements:
* iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch
* Requires iOS 9.0 or later
* 28.5 MB

Pricing and Availability:
Today In History 4.1.0 is Free and available worldwide through the App Store in the Education category. There is also an Android version available on Google Play. To learn more about Today In History and check out some of history’s greatest hits, visit its official website.

Today In History 4.1.0
More Info
Download from iTunes
Download from Google Play
Screenshot
App Icon

Based in Los Angeles, CA and founded in 2009, Downshift LLC, is a scrappy mobile development company that aims to provide users with applications that are simple, unique, entertaining. The creators of such favorites as Today In History, Riddle Me This, and Quote Seeker, Downshift LLC strives toward providing quality applications that allow for increased connectivity, enjoyment and ease-of-use. Copyright (C) 2016 Downshift LLC. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, iPod and iPad are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries

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New Google app update adds widget support under the search bar

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The Google app for Android is quietly rolling out a small but pretty neat new feature. Users will be able to receive small sub-widgets underneath the search bar of the Google app to get quick and easy access to items like commute, weather, local information and more.

Android device owners can check out the new 6.6.14.21 version of the Google app which adds the widget feature. Inside the app, they can go to Settings, and they should see a Widget option. Tapping on that should turn on the feed.

It’s worth noting that there won’t be a widget under the search bar at all times. We’ve only been able to make a small weather widget appear once, and it went away after only a few minutes. We imagine there will support for more cards from the Google Now pane in the future, but for now we’ve only seen weather and traffic widgets.

Keep in mind that this new version of the Google app has just been released and may only be rolling out to a small number of Android devices at this time. As a result, you may not see the new widget option immediately.

What do you think about this new feature? Will you use it when it becomes available on your phone?

[Source:-Android Authority]