That’s the end times, the last cache, the last 404 page, for Internet Explorer.
Microsoft finally put its much-maligned web browser to rest on June 15, when it announced it would cease to support the software on Windows 10 devices. Pieces of Internet Explorers shell will still live on in Microsoft’s Edge browser to support all age-old sites built for IE. If someone uses Internet Explorer on a desktop running Windows 7 or 8, it will still work, but Microsoft has not supported the software for years.
Not many are bound to mourn the death of the browser. It was the unwanted U2 album of its era, crammed into all the Windows computers sold in the early years, whether you wanted it or not. Internet Explorer was a goldmine for hackers, filled with countless security flaws. It did not help that Microsoft was slow to update the browser to address such threats.
Still, some updates are better than none. Now, even in death, Internet Explorer may continue to be a problem for those people who still cling to it. Like the vulnerabilities in the zombie remnants of Adobe Flash Player, the ghost of Internet Explorer may not be completely gone.
Here are some other news from the world of consumer technology.
Ford is recalling some electric cars
This week, the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration issued a revocation on Ford Mustang Mach-E electric cars, citing a battery problem that could cause the vehicle to stall. The inconvenience comes from overheating the battery, which can short circuit certain functions and prevent the car from starting or just killing the engine in the middle of the drive. Ford has already had problems producing electric cars due to shortage of the supply chainand now the NHTSA says 48,924 of the vehicles may be affected by the recall.
Meta Goes Full TikTok
This week, Verge reported on a leaked note from Meta indicating that Facebook has plans to do so change its algorithm to emulate TikTok. That means doubling Reels, Facebook’s TikTik video clone, and prioritizing a “discovery engine” that shows you content no matter where it comes from. It’s a sharp reversal of Facebook’s hub in 2018, as it said its algorithm would prioritize posting from friends over forwarding to encourage “more meaningful social interactions.” Now that TikTok has become a shiny and sticky social media behemoth, all the positive thinking seems to have gone out the window for Facebook. Now it wants to share as much as possible, as widely as possible. (For those of you who need it, we’ve prepared instructions on how to delete your Facebook account.)
On another app battlefield, Instagram is also testing a new TikTok-like full screen videofeed that would highlight Reels posts instead of regular posts. Meanwhile, TikTok is now messing with a LinkedIn-style feature that tells users which of their followers see their post.
WhatsApp everywhere at once
If you want to switch from an Android phone to an iPhone, you will now be able to do so import all your WhatsApp information as well. Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced the feature in a Facebook post Tuesday. You will have to use Move to the iOS app, and technically it only works on a factory-set iPhone, but at least it’s possible now. Users can transfer contacts, messages and media between phones. You have been able to go from iPhone to Android since October last year, so this completes the circle. The feature is out in beta mode now, but it should be available more widely next week.
Stream it Gadget Lab
Have you ever felt overwhelmed by the sheer amount of things you can see on streaming services? Everywhere you turn, there is a new show on another service that the whole internet is suddenly talking about. But all too often, the things you stream yourself are just not good.
This week at WIRED’s Gadget Lab podcast, senior editor Angela Watercutter and senior writer Kate Knibbs join the show to talk about how intricate streaming has become and what it might look like in the future. Kate and Angela also contributed to this week’s story package “Why We Hate Streaming.”