Tech Wrap-Up 8-11-2022

Tech Wrap-Up 8-11-2022

Tech Wrap-Up 8-11-2022, which is Son and Daughter Day. Anyone who has a son and/or daughter knows that every day is Son and Daughter Day. However, today is the day for giving them an unusual or unexpected treat. The consequence of not doing so may be that they team up against you and kill you in your sleep. While you decide whether to cheat death with ice cream or an inappropriate movie, Tech Help Knowledgebase wraps up the 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 received. 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. A Linux Zero-Day Was Finally Patched After Half a Decade of Inaction With Help From Google (Gizmodo)

Google revealed details from its Threat Analysis Group today about a Linux kernel zero-day exploit dating back to at least 2016. The vulnerability was patched in September 2021. Assigned CVE-2021-0920, the flaw was an in-the-wild exploit in a garbage collection mechanism. Attackers used the flaw to gain control of users’ devices.

2. Hackers are still using these old security flaws in Microsoft Office. Make sure you’ve patched them (ZDNet)

Hackers continue to use old vulnerabilities in Microsoft Office as an attack vector for malware. The ongoing attacks show the importance of keeping your software up-to-date by applying security updates. This article from ZDNet shines a light on two specific flaws. One flaw allows attackers to execute PowerShell scripts. The other is a stack buffer overflow vulnerability. Both flaws were discovered in 2017.

3. Google Docs tips and tricks (Android Police)

Working from home has made Google Docs a popular and essential tool for productivity and collaboration. But Google Docs users only know what they know. This cheat sheet from Android Police shows Google Doc users some handy tips and tricks. Included are how to use templates and styles, insert images and other content, use extensions to add functionality, create an outline, and more.

4. The 4 Most Annoying iOS 16 Features and How to Fix Them (CNet)

The release of iOS 16 is just around the corner. It is sure to please most Apple devotees. However, not all features come from heaven hand-dipped by angels in apple nectar. CNet calls out a handful of impending iOS 16 features that may furl some brows. Features like the new search button on the home page, the redesigned notifications that display at the base of your lock screen, and photos and memories popping up unexpectedly are some of the annoyances.

5. Apple looks to make money from the switch to USB-C (ZDNet)

Apple’s standard charging cable is the bane of any iOS user’s existence. In my experience (when Apple used to include a charging cable with its devices), the cable commonly failed before the device’s lifespan expired. That meant having to buy a new lightning cable at an exorbitant price or buying a cheap knockoff that could ignite your device. The standardization of charging cables is a welcome occurrence. Leave it to Apple to bilk their users into paying more for accessories.

6. Pixel’s At a Glance brings back ‘Commute’ traffic info and travel time (9 to 5 Google)

I am lucky enough to work from anywhere. As such, my Pixel is unlikely to report the Commute time from my bedroom to my work shed. For those Pixel owners who hit the road each morning, their Pixel phones may once again provide traffic information. Although no reports yet exist about this feature going live, the setting is present on Pixels running Android 12 and 13.

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