Macromedia isn't a name you hear often these days and even if you did, you'd self-correct it to "Adobe" in your head. But we all remember Macromedia Director, a dedicated program for "interactive multimedia" that was all the rage in the 1990s. The decades however have not been kind to Director's popularity, so much so Adobe is putting the brand to bed as early as next month.
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Without the aid of specialised tools, everything you do online (and plenty of things you don't realised you're doing) is being tracked. Desktop browsers have the benefit of extensions and add-ons that block pages from tracking you, but mobile browsers tend to be a little less advanced. That's what makes Focus, Firefox's privacy-forward iOS browser, so refreshing.
It's not unusual for running programs to write data to your hard drive. Say, saving a configuration file or committing to a database. A few megabytes never hurt anybody. But tens of gigabytes an hour? Up until recently, the Spotify client was wreaking this sort of data-based havoc, though a patch has supposedly solved the problem.
Android users are (sadly) used to playing second fiddle to Apple when it comes to getting app releases first. Case in point — Adobe's "selfie-fixing" Photoshop Fix, which is now available on Google Play over a year after its iOS debut.
Google has never shied away from building operating systems — just look at Chrome OS and Android. The thing is, they're both based on Linux and while it's open-source and incredibly flexible, it might not be up to the task for Google's future conquests. Enter "Fuchsia", a new, non-Linux OS the company appears to be developing.
The internet is a constantly changing place. There's no guarantee a page that existed a few years — or even days — ago will remain that way. Depending on how desperate you are, you can always give Google's web cache or the Wayback Machine a go, but wouldn't it be nice if your browser did this for you? Mozilla thinks so.
Spotify, Apple Music, Google Play Music, blah blah blah... change the record, can't you? Stand out from the crowd by using one of these lesser-known jukebox apps to listen to your tunes on your smartphone. In the end you might find you prefer using them to the more well-known alternatives.