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Today’s Tech Wrap-Up
Have you ever wondered how much time you
waste spend on each iPhone or iPad app? How about how many times you check your phone or the volume of notifications you receive? The iOS 12 Screen Time app is chock full of useful data intended to help you answer those questions and curtail smartphone overload. Its weekly summary serves as a guide to set App Limits if needed for you or family members. The new Downtime app is useful to configure time away from all apps except ones you may choose to whitelist. Apple giveth and Apple taketh away. The roses smell good today.
2. Firefox brings the thrills of web browsing to VR (Engadget)
The Firefox Reality web browser uses the Quantum engine to bring browsing to virtual and augmented reality. It is available for HTCVive, Oculus, and Daydream. A pointer control and voice search interface lets users access 3D content quickly. Mozilla says there is more to come.
3. Upgrading to Safari 12 frazzled macOS users who run legacy Java clients (Tech Help KB)
It was going to be one of those days. Lots of software updates yield lots of support inquiries. macOS Sierra and High Sierra users could upgrade to Safari 12 starting yesterday. Some upgraded users who run legacy Java clients for their jobs, like a VPN client from Jupiter, or Oracle EBS, knew something was different right away. At the base of the list of new Safari 12 features was one sentence about the removal of legacy NPAPI plug-ins. Firefox ESR might save the day, at least for a while.
4. 9+ iOS 12 security improvements you should know about (Computerworld)
Computerworld identified at least nine iOS 12 privacy and security improvements they think will interest you. They’re good ones too, so check out the article. Included are details about anti-tracking measures, generating stronger passwords, avoiding password reuse, USB restricted mode, and more.
5. How to easily free up space on Android Pie (Tech Republic)
Low storage warnings never come at a good time. Fortunately, if such a time arrives on your Android Pie device, an easy method exists to clean up data to increase storage volume. The clean-up utility has two categories — Downloads and Infrequently Used Apps. Scan through the Downloads folder for items to clear, and the Infrequently Used Apps folder for apps you haven’t touched in over a year.
6. Linux adds a code of conduct for programmers (ZDNet)
Maintainers and contributors of Linux want their community to be “a harassment-free experience for everyone.” You would think that you wouldn’t need a Code of Conduct in order to create a harassment-free zone. In light of Linus Torvalds changing his behavior, the Linux community as a whole wants to follow suit.
Check out this new video of Chromium running on Fuchsia OS, Google’s operating system based on a new microkernel called “Zircon.”
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