Tech Wrap-Up May 22, 2019. Floridian Laszlo Hanyecz paid 10,000 BTC for two large pizzas in 2010. Laszlo’s transaction is widely accepted as being the first documented purchase of a tangible item using Bitcoin. The Bitcoin community commemorates the occasion each year on May 22 — Bitcoin Pizza Day — the date of the original transaction. 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. The first Tor Browser stable release for Android is available from the Google Play Store (Tech Help Knowledgebase)
The Tor Project released the first stable version of Tor Browser for Android — Tor Browser 8.5. Tor Browser protects your personal privacy and freedom to communicate with others on your Android device without fear of being monitored. It connects to the Tor network to anonymize communication, prevent tracking, and prevent fingerprinting. Tor Browser hides your IP address, and only retains cookies for a single session.
2. Seven Safari Tricks on iOS You Might Not Know (Mac Rumors)
Mac Rumors rounds up some not-so-obvious tricks for iOS users who use the default Safari web browser. The tricks covered are how to close all tabs, open recently closed tabs, search your open tabs, find text on a page, close tabs on other devices, and handing off websites. If you’re in the dark about how to perform these tasks, this article has the answers for you.
Another day, another threat to mobile devices on both sides of the mobile OS platform divide. This time it’s related to a fingerprinting technique (SensorID) and the device’s sensor calibration details. Access to these details does not require special permissions. iOS devices are more susceptible to the attack than Android devices.
4. Apple has a plan to make online ads more private (Tech Crunch)
Using what they call Privacy Preserving Ad Click Attribution, Apple has a plan to keep online ads alive but without their tracking capacity. The idea is to remove an identifiable person out of the model while retaining the activity. Apple plans to accomplish this privacy feat using its Safari web browser and proposed it to the W3C as a web standard too.
5. Set your favorite web browser as the Windows 10 default (Tech Help Knowledgebase)
The default web browser in Windows 10 is Microsoft Edge. That was a problem for most Windows users until recently. Edge is lightweight and has a few features unique from other top browsers. The new Chromium-based Edge is another story altogether, but it is still in beta. Nonetheless, I have it configured as my Windows 10 default browser anyway. This tutorial explains how to set your preferred web browser as the Windows 10 default browser.
Square is already firmly rooted in the cryptosphere through its Cash App app where users can buy and sell Bitcoin (BTC). Now, according to a tweet yesterday, it’s Square Crypto initiative is ready to make its first hire. With the purpose of improving the Bitcoin ecosystem rather than perusing profits, I wish them the best of luck.
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