Tech Wrap-Up 8-31-2018

Tech Wrap-Up 8-31-2018

Tech Wrap-Up 8-31-2018. 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. Chromebooks can now be used with a Square reader for credit card payments (9to5Google)

Chromebook users can now accept credit card payments from a Square card reader, according to a Square blog post. The San Francisco-based company also supports credit card payments on Apple computers running either Safari or Chrome web browser. Its introduction provides business owners with a lower cost hardware option to accept payments from credit cards.

2. Firefox Plans to Block CryptoMining Malware in Future Releases (Coindesk) 

Firefox Nightly, where users test beta features, includes the new anti-tracking measures. That functionality rolls out soon to the production version of Firefox. Part of the intention behind anti-tracking is to thwart cryptomining scripts. Expect to see it on by default in the forthcoming Firefox 63 release toward the end of October.

3. Things we still don’t know about the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL: Price, colors, face security, more (9to5Google) 

Curiosity killed the cat. Buy the rumor, sell the news. The impending release of the new Pixel 3 has the rumor mill spinning overtime. Rather than wait and see, interested parties dwell and speculate. It makes for good theater. Many unknowns still exist, like how much is it going to cost? What are the color options? Can I sign in with my face? Read on if you still don’t want to know but can’t resist.

4. Conversational Semantics (A List Apart) 

Increased usage of digital assistants like Siri, Cortana, and Alexa for reading content draws attention to how content sounds. This piece dives into suggestions on how to code websites with HTML and ARIA so interactions are more natural.

5. What’s New in Windows 10 Cumulative Update KB4343893 (Softpedia) 

Microsoft released bug fixes and performance improvements for machines running Windows 10 Fall Creators Update (version 1709). IT professionals may notice the updates more so than home users. Further details from Microsoft on the update are here.

6. Android 9 Pie will support Qualcomm’s new aptX Adaptive for better Bluetooth audio (9to5Google) 

aptX Adaptive is an improvement upon Qualcomm’s current aptX technology. As device headphone jacks go the way of the sabered-tooth tiger, manufacturers place more emphasis on wireless audio. aptX Adaptive brings better synchronization of audio/video over wireless connections. The new technology will support devices running Android 9 Pie in December.

7. Finding and Fixing Security On Your Network Perimeter (PC Magazine)

Parts of your network that face the outside world, like a fax or VPN, are potential vulnerabilities. PC Magazine offers security tips, like running a network monitor, to identify and protect the perimeter of your network that may get less attention.

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