Tech Wrap-Up 9-14-2018

Tech Wrap-Up 9-14-2018

Tech Wrap-Up 9-14-2018. 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, 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. Google Pixel 3 ‘Are you ready?’ teaser page shows up on the Google Store (9to5Google)

A pretty spartan Google Store landing page for Google’s flagship Pixel 3 smartphone showed up today. With all the leaks, being cryptic about it at this stage seems like a joke. A separate page also showed up with what appears to be color choices (white, black or mint green — click the G inside the phone outline). Pricing for the new line is still a mystery, however, and the exact colors have not yet been leaked. Made by Google events on October 9th in New York City and Paris will let the cat out of the bag.

2. Cryptocurrency mining attacks using leaked NSA hacking tools are still highly active a year later (TechCrunch)

Stolen exploits built by the National Security Agency (NSA) are still infecting computers more than a year after their theft and publication. The exploits, such as EternalBlue, WannaCry, and NotPetya, infect unpatched Windows computers with cryptocurrency mining malware. With more than 900,000 vulnerable servers, it’s past time for server administrators to patch their machines.

3. Why the iPhone XR isn’t coming out until October (The Verge) 

Get your hands on a new iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max in one week. If your hands hope for the lesser expensive iPhone XR, they’ll have to wait a month to fondle its smooth edges. The Verge suggests that a supply issue with LCD screens may be behind the delay. Maybe you’ll still want the XR on October 26. Maybe you won’t.

4. How to download iOS 12 on your iPhone right now (via CNet) 

Feeling adventurous? iOS 12 becomes available to iPhone and iPad users on September 17. But you don’t have to wait. If your current iOS device runs iOS 11, then it will run iOS 12. Sign up for the public beta and be the first one on your block with Apple’s latest mobile OS. Then brag for 3 days, or leverage your early upgrade for free cocktails.

5. What is an artificial neural network? Here’s everything you need to know (Digital Trends) 

Artificial neural networks “are brain-inspired systems which are intended to replicate the way that we humans learn.” They are a major part of artificial intelligence used to identify patterns too complex for humans. This piece covers the different types of neural networks, the tasks they perform, how they learn, and more.

6. Don’t put the ‘d’ and second ‘i’ in IoT: How to secure devices in your biz – belt and braces (The Register) 

The growth of Internet of Things (IoT) devices means a growth in potential security threats. The increase in threats wreaks havoc on trying to secure a business. The Register offers suggestions on how to improve security by focusing on the devices themselves, not only the network.

7. Microsoft accidentally let encrypted Windows 10 out into the world (The Register) 

The Windows Insider team released an encrypted build of Windows 10. Although Microsoft quickly retracted the release, insiders who downloaded it experienced ongoing issues. Such is the nature of living on the technological edge.

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