This week, matter will not be in time, Epic will not be part of Google, and Messenger will not be stopped from encryption.
Scott is a developer who has worked on projects of varying sizes, including all of the PLUGHITZ Corporation properties. He is also known in the gaming world for his time supporting the rhythm game community, through DDRLover and hosting tournaments throughout the Tampa Bay Area. Currently, when he is not working on software projects or hosting F5 Live: Refreshing Technology, Scott can often be found returning to his high school days working with the Foundation for Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST), mentoring teams and helping with ROBOTICON Tampa Bay. He has also helped found a student software learning group, the ASCII Warriors, currently housed at AMRoC Fab Lab.
Avram's been in love with PCs since he played original Castle Wolfenstein on an Apple II+. Before joining Tom's Hardware, for 10 years, he served as Online Editorial Director for sister sites Tom's Guide and Laptop Mag, where he programmed the CMS and many of the benchmarks. When he's not editing, writing or stumbling around trade show halls, you'll find him building Arduino robots with his son and watching every single superhero show on the CW.
In the smarthome world, the biggest issue is compatibility. Zigbee was one of the early projects to bring together different manufacturers of smarthome products. The next generation of Zigbee is matter by the renamed Connectivity Standards Alliance (formerly Zigbee Alliance). The new standard was intended to come to market in 2021, but software delays are causing the standard to launch in 2022 at the earliest. The delay is caused by the software development kit, which would allow developers to create software, including mobile apps for controlling your devices, such as lights, outlets, and cameras.
In one of the biggest and more high-profile stories of the past few years, Epic Games has sued Google and Apple, claiming that the companies are operating as a monopoly in their control over mobile apps on Android and iOS devices. The suit came about after Epic Games added its own payment system to the mobile version of Fortnite. This move violated both companies' app store policies, which require purchases within their stores to use their very expensive payment systems.
Facebook Messenger has added encryption to its voice and video calling features, joining the other encryption-focused messaging apps Facebook owns: WhatsApp and Instagram. This follows the company's announcement that it would begin implementing encryption throughout its messaging suite "from end to end", including private chats, last year.
In 2015, Netflix began blocking IP addresses known to be associated with commercial VPNs from accessing the Netflix system. Now, under revised policies, the company has begun blocking IP addresses generally known to be part of residential IP subnets, causing havoc for netizens who are caught in the crossfire between Netflix and those trying to thwart the company's geofencing system.