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Today’s Tech Wrap-Up
1. Linux gaming gets a new head of Steam (ZDNet)
In July 2012, Valve Corporation said they were developing a Steam client for Linux. Fast-forward to August 2018. Thanks in part to a compatibility tool called Proton, and the Vulkan API, Steam users can run more games on their Linux and Mac machines. The Steam Client Beta is available for interested gamers.
Brave’s browser focuses on privacy, security, and speed. Out of the box, privacy and speed come from advertising and tracker blocking, aided by HTTPS Everywhere for enhanced security. Features like Private Tabs with Tor also supplement Brave’s privacy and security offerings. This minor release provides support for window.prompt, and grants users 25 free BAT tokens to dole out to favorite publishers to boot (llama to boot to boot).
This article provides rolling updates to iPhone 11 rumors. The attention-grabber is that Apple’s A12 chip may boost performance by up to 30% over the A11, and reduce power consumption by up to 40%.
The major chip supplier is GlobalFoundries. Once part of AMD, the chip-maker announced it will no longer work on developing 7nm processors. Neither will it venture down the 5nm or 3nm road in the future.
The culprit is a rootkit called CEIDPageLock distributed through the RIG exploit kit. A Chinese directory website is the destination for hijacked web browsers. Impacted users are mostly in China running Windows systems.
6. The top cybersecurity concerns for IT and business (Beta News)
Beta News focuses on new research from Varonis in this piece. The two top concerns from the research are data loss and data theft/exfiltration. Tertiary concerns deviate between ransomware and data alteration used to sabotage critical code.
7. Yahoo, Bucking Industry, Scans Emails for Data to Sell Advertisers (Wall Street Journal)
It’s interesting that Yahoo still has an email service, and that people are still using it. A lot of people. Apparently, Yahoo scans over 200 million email inboxes, and then uses the data to target ads. Ad-iós.
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