Tech Wrap-Up 5-14-2019. Comedic actor Tim Conway died today in Los Angeles, California, due to complications from Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus (NPH). He was 85 years old. Best known for the characters he portrayed on The Carol Burnett Show, he also had television roles on McHale’s Navy and SpongeBob Squarepants. Thanks for the laughs, Mr. Conway. Tech Help Knowledgebase wraps up each day with a summary of today’s most engaging stories from our social media feeds. We order the story summaries below by user engagement (posts with the most likes, shares, clicks, hashtag clicks and detail expands) and by the number of impressions they received. Stories are in descending order with the most engaging story at the top. Our human-curated social media feeds include links to technology news, how-to and help articles, and video tutorials for common issues.
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Today’s Tech Wrap-Up
1. How to Remove the Latest Google Searches from the Google Chrome Address Bar (Softpedia News)
Google changed Chrome’s address bar behavior in Chrome 74 to include both recent searches and recent sites in the omnibox results. The idea is to make browsing faster, but Chrome users have no convenient option to turn it off. The article shows you how to configure Chrome’s experimental features, called flags, so the recent searches do not display.
2. How to open and use the Terminal app on a Mac computer (Business Insider)
Terminal is a command line tool included with macOS. macOS is based on UNIX, and Terminal lets users execute UNIX commands. Read more to find out how to open the Terminal app, and a few basic commands to launch apps or access files. We recommend that every Mac user become familiar with using Terminal even if only on a basic level.
First and foremost, do nothing if you have just updated your iOS device to the latest operating system. Your device may be temporarily busy running post-update background tasks that could increase battery consumption. If your device still has battery issues after a few days, check the Battery settings to see if a specific app or two is the culprit. This piece offers 9 tips and tricks to help you diagnose and resolve iPhone battery woes.
Thanks again, Facebook. It is time to upgrade WhatsApp to patch a flaw that could allow an attacker to turn on your camera and microphone, collect location data, and read your email and messages. The flaw is being exploited in the wild. WhatsApp has 1.5 billion users around the world so the exposure is monumental.
6. Adobe releases Flash Player 184.108.40.206 to address a critical vulnerability (Tech Help Knowledgebase)
It’s not dead yet. Another month, another security patch for Adobe Flash Player on Windows, macOS, Linux, and Chrome OS that fixes a critical vulnerability. The issue, which was assigned a Priority 2 rating, affects Flash Player 220.127.116.11 and earlier. Adobe recommends users install the update within 30 days.
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