Tech Wrap-Up 5-20-2019. Oblivious to World Bee Day today, bees around the world went about their normal pollination jobs. Anton Jansa, the pioneer of modern apiculture, was born on May 20, 1734, in what is now Slovenia. 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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1. The best browser 2019: a faster, safer way to get online (Tech Radar)
Are you stuck in a browser rut? Is your web browser fast, private, and secure enough to meet today’s new online browsing challenges? Tech Radar takes a closer look at Firefox, Chrome, Opera, Edge, Internet Explorer, and Vivaldi to see how they stack up. For what it’s worth, Firefox — one of the few remaining non-Chromium browsers — is at the top of their list.
2. I found 3 things Google does better than Apple (Business Insider)
Lisa Eadicicco, writing for Business Insider, swapped an iPhone XS Max for a Pixel 3a XL and told us her tale. At half the price of the iPhone, the Pixel didn’t feel like a compromise. She likes the fact that Google’s phone supports multiple user accounts, a display that can always show time and notifications even when the display is turned off, and the pertinent Discover news feed.
3. Brave browser concerned that Client Hints could be abused for tracking (Naked Security)
The folks over at Brave browser hardened their stance against fingerprinting. Brave criticized the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) over its proposed HTTP Client Hints standard, arguing that it is just another tracking method. HTTP Client Hints also allows a server to tell a web browser to send data to third-parties. Further, Client Hints does all this without an opt-in mechanism for end users.
Unlike with Intel chips, hardware protection checks built into AMD chips protect them from new MDS vulnerabilities. Patches required to protect Intel chips from the CPU flaws also cause a performance impact of nearly 16%. The performance impact widens by up to 50% with hyper-threading on Intel chips disabled. These issues coupled with AMD’s imminent release of 7-nanometer chip technology could spell trouble for Intel.
Also known as Opera 60, the recent release of Opera Reborn 3 web browser includes three new major features — blockchain-secured transactions, a cryptocurrency wallet, and a new look that includes a dark theme. Some common browser traits originated with Opera, like tabbed browsing, mouse gestures, and a speed-dial new tab page. With Opera Reborn 3’s release, Opera continues to innovate features not currently present in other common browsers.
6. Ransomware and malware attacks decline, attackers adopting covert tactics (Help Net Security)
Improvements in malware and ransomware security and detection appear to have had an impact on global attack rates. In sharp contrast to 2017, the period of March to December 2018 witnessed a 60% drop in ransomware attack volume. Attackers moved on to other vectors such as phishing and weaponized cryptocurrency mining.
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