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The Event Calendar

Modern Tribe launches major upgrade of its WordPress event calendar plugin

The best calendar plugin for WordPress, The Events Calendar, released a new version that was rebuilt from the ground up. The new plugin, version 5, includes a completely redesigned calendar view and experience.

Solid

Developer offers a glimpse of what a ‘Solid’ decentralized social network presence might look like

The standards-based initiative to decentralize social media data known as Solid has been difficult for most people to visualize. Angelo Veltens, a developer and IT consultant, recently shared an example of what a person’s identity could look like using Solid.

WP Engine PHP

WP Engine will no longer support .htaccess with release of PHP 7.4

The popular WordPress hosting platform, WP Engine, is removing the ability to use .htaccess files when sites upgrade to PHP 7.4. They claim the deprecation results in a performance increase of up to 10%, and they are providing .htaccess alternatives.

Chrome

Google is completely removing FTP access from Chrome

Users of the Chrome browser will no longer be able to view FTP directories or download files from FTP servers.

Pixelmator Pro ML Super Resolution

Pixelmator Pro adds image upscaling that maintains clarity for enlarged pixelated images

The popular image editing app for macOS, Pixelmator Pro, added a featured called ML Super Resolution. The feature uses machine learning and a convolutional neural network to increase the size and resolution of raster images.

Speedtest VPN

Ookla adds free VPN to Speedtest app for iOS

A new version of the Speedtest app for iPhone and iPad includes a preview version of its free VPN service.

Twitter

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey announces Bluesky, an initiative to create a decentralized social media standard

Jack Dorsey made a surprise announcement that Twitter is funding a small team of software architects, engineers, and designers to create an open-source standard for social media.

Rising cost of gTLDs

Domain prices are unregulated and rising at an alarming rate

The days of enjoying reasonably priced domain names may be coming to an end. Generic top-level domain (gTLD) owners have been significantly raising their annual fees as their extensions gain in popularity.

Jigsaw

Alphabet is quietly fighting attacks on free speech through its Jigsaw incubator

Jigsaw has six projects it's currently working on to help activists and journalists protect their freedom of speech. They include technology to prevent hacking and to detect disinformation campaigns.

Leo

Feedly launches Pro+ account with new AI-powered features

Feedly debuted a major upgrade to its content discovery and reading app. The new Pro+ account uses its Leo AI technology to surface content based on interest and usage, and includes deduplication and mute filters.