TechSummit Rewind 081

Editor’s Note: This is the TechSummit Rewind, a daily recap of the top technology headlines.

macOS Sierra: Safari deactivates plugins by default


In macOS Sierra, Apple plans to disable common plugins like Adobe Flash, Java, Silverlight, and QuickTime by default in an attempt to focus on HTML5 content and improve the overall web browsing experience.

According to Apple developer Ricky Mondello, when a website offers both Flash and HTML5 content, Safari will always deliver the HTML5 implementation. On a website that requires a plugin to function,  users can activate it with a click a la Google Chrome.

Safari 10 will also include a command to reload a page with installed plugins activated to give users additional control over the content that’s displayed, along with preferences for choosing which plugins are visible to which websites.

Rhapsody rebrands itself as Napster

NapsterRhapsody is relaunching as Napster, the service it acquired in 2011.

iOS 10: Apple Maps remembers where you parked


Apple Maps will automatically remember where you parked in iOS 10, when a trip doesn’t end at your home address.

The feature notifies a user that the car is parked and drops a pin on a map in its location. Users can get directions to their parked car, or edit the location to pinpoint it more accurately.

A parked car also automatically shows up as a recommended destination in Apple Maps, meaning that a “Parked car” option will show up on the Apple Maps lock screen widgets, if a user has it enabled.

Twitter invests in SoundCloud


Twitter has invested roughly $70 million in SoundCloud.

“Earlier this year, we made an investment in SoundCloud through Twitter Ventures to help support some of our efforts with creators. They’ve been great partners of ours over the years and their community-supported approach mirrors ours in many ways.”

-Jack Dorsey, Twitter CEO

“We can confirm that Twitter has made an investment in SoundCloud. Both companies facilitate and inspire contemporary culture to happen in real time while reaching millions of people around the world. This investment will enable SoundCloud to remain focused on building value for creators and listeners alike, and to continue the global rollout of many company initiatives such as our recently launched subscription service, SoundCloud Go.”

-A SoundCloud spokesperson

Apple will require HTTPS connections for iOS apps by the end of 2016


During a security presentation at Apple’s WWDC conference, the company revealed that all App Store apps will need to switch on App Transport Security by Jan. 1, 2017.

App Transport Security (ATS) is a feature that debuted in IOS 9, which forces apps to connect to the internet over an HTTPS connection, which encrypts user data while in transit.

OnePlus 3 flagship launched


OnePlus has officially launched its OnePlus 3 smartphone with no invite required.

The phone rocks a Snapdragon 820 processor, Adreno 530 GPU, a 5.5-inch 1080p AMOLED display with Gorilla Glass 4, 6GB of RAM, 64GB of storage (with no microSD card slot), and is powered by a 3000mAh non-removable battery that’s charged through USB-C. As for cameras, the OnePlus 3 has a 16MP rear shooter with optical image stabilization, and an eight-megapixel camera on the front.

Along with its flagship status comes many of the specs you’d expect to see from a modern flagship, including a fingerprint sensor, anodized aluminum design, 3.5mm headphone jack, 4G LTE connectivity 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac WiFi, Bluetooth 4.2, and NFC.

All that comes with a $399 price tag, and is available now.

Bumble partnering with Spotify so you can swipe based on favorite music


Female-led dating app Bumble is partnering with Spotify so it can include the top artists that users listen to in their dating profile.

Bumble users will need to connect their dating profile to their Spotify account, and prospective lovers can tap on an artist featured in someone’s profile to go to the artist’s Spotify page.

“Music says a lot about who we are as people and connecting culturally can serve a foundation for creating meaningful relationships.”

-Whitney Wolfe, Bumble founder & CEO

For now, top artists are automatically chosen from users’ listening activity on Spotify, but Bumble will soon launch an update that lets users find certain artists.

According to Bumble, the feature came together as a result of informal conversations between Bumble employees and their friends at Spotify.

Bed Bath & Beyond buys One Kings Lane


Bed Bath & Beyond has bought home goods website One Kings Lane for a “not material” sum, according to Bed Bath & Beyond.

According to Bed Bath & Beyond CEO Steven Temares, the acquisition places the furniture site as a “cornerstone for Bed Bath & Beyond’s growing offerings in furniture and home décor.”

Twitter adds ability to retweet yourself

Twitter HQ

Twitter users can now retweet and like their own tweets.

iOS 10: ReplayKit allows live streaming from apps

iOS 10 will introduce ReplayKit Streaming, a new tool that allows users to livestream video of what’s on their iOS device screen, according to Apple’s Platforms State of the Union session at WWDC.

The feature will let users stream gameplay video while simultaneously using the device’s mic and front-facing camera to add their own video and audio commentary on the stream.


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