Tech Wrap-Up 8-30-2018. Wrapping up the day with a summary of today’s most engaging stories from the Tech Help Knowledgebase social media feeds. We order the story summaries below by user engagement (posts with the most likes, shares, 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. Pay From Bitcoin Mainnet to Lightning and Back: SubmarineSwaps Are Now Live (Bitcoin Magazine)
The Lightning Network is a peer-to-peer payment protocol layer that runs on top of the Bitcoin blockchain. It provides an off-chain mechanism for fast and cheap transactions. Off-chain users are detached from on-chain users. The off-chain lightning users fund lightning network payment channels between each other. Submarine swaps remedy this detachment using a swap provider to bridge the gap between on-chain and off-chain users.
A Faketoshi tweet turned cryptocurrency enthusiasts into mathematicians-for-a-day. The challenge was how long it takes to download a 32MB block over a 56k modem. After much adieu, answers emerged, only to instigate another debate about measurement standardization. Some crypto muckety-mucks chimed in, so it is worth a read for entertainment value alone.
The brothers of the Nightwatch Cybersecurity announced the discovery of an Android vulnerability. It appears to impact all versions of Android before Android P, including forks like FireOS. The vulnerability would allow an attacker to track Android users without their knowledge.
Support for logging into your Chromebook with your face may be on the way. Well, maybe not your Chromebook, but Chromebooks that have the hardware to support Intel’s Face Engine. The source of the information is a Chromium commit.
SPOILER ALERT: It’s the 15-inch Acer Swift 5 weighing in at a very slight 2.2 pounds. The Swift 5 becomes the world’s lightest laptop with that size screen. 10 hours of battery life, powered by Intel Whiskey Lake i5 or i7 processors. Interested parties in the U.S. can pick one up in January 2019 when returning the sub-par holiday goodies.
Mac-using government officials in the Middle East’s GCC region are the target of spear phishing emails. Malware that bypasses “all native macOS security measures” launches when clicking a link that points to the attacker’s site. It then steals documents and takes screenshots of the end user’s desktop without the user’s knowledge.
7. Everything We Think We Know About the New iPhone (Gizmodo)
Apple announced an iPhone event for September 1 to take place at the Steve Jobs Theater at Apple’s HQ. Gizmodo pieces the rumors together giving readers a sense of what to expect from the launch. A lot of interest exists in knowing the size of the new displays, and what they’ll be called. Will we need bigger pockets?
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