Tech Wrap-Up 9-25-2018. 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.
Stories curated for our feeds are written by our staff writers or culled from third-party sources that produce content peripherally related to the categories covered by our site. See the summaries and links below for today’s top stories by user engagement. Follow us on Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and YouTube to interact with our feeds.
Today’s Tech Wrap-Up
Some early sales information about the new iPhone XS models shows the larger iPhone XS Max outselling its smaller counterpart. The information, according to Apple analyst, Ming-Chi Kuo, tells us the 256GB version is the preferred Max model too. Demand, which may be better than anticipated, may leave users who want the iPhone XS Max waiting for their new phones a while longer. Kuo ultimately believes the iPhone XR, available for pre-order on October 19, will draw even more upgrades than the XS’s.
2. Microsoft Brings a Top Windows 10 Feature to Apple’s macOS (Softpedia)
Spoiler alert: the top Windows 10 feature is OneDrive Files On-Demand. As Microsoft explains it, “OneDrive Files On-Demand helps you access all your files in OneDrive without having to download all of them and use storage space on your device.” Prerequisites are you must run macOS 10.14 Mojave and have a local drive using the Apple File System (APFS). For more information, also see Try Files On-Demand for Mac.
3. Cisco baked hard-coded secret root backdoor in surveillance manager (The Register)
Last week, Cisco admitted their Cisco Video Surveillance Manager Appliance has “undocumented, default, static user credentials for the root account.” Intentions aren’t clear, and the vulnerability may be a legacy development account that accidentally made it into production.
4. About the security content of macOS Mojave 10.14 (Apple Support)
This security document from Apple describes security content in their latest Mac operating system. Sections include Bluetooth, App Store, Application Firewall, Auto Unlock, Crash Reporter, Kernel, and Security. Also, see Apple security updates.
5. Firefox Monitor lets you know when you’ve been pwned (The Inquirer)
Firefox has a new hack alert service. Firefox Monitor is a free service that notifies you when you have been part of a data breach. To try out a basic scan, visit the site and input an email address. If you like what you see, sign up for a Firefox Monitor account and receive notifications when you’ve been pwned. Firefox also published a video about it.
6. We’re inching closer to DaaS Windows (Computerworld)
Much like Canonical’s Ubuntu Linux model, Microsoft now offers 30 months of support for Windows 10 Enterprise edition subscribers. A Microsoft Managed Desktop (MMD) plan includes Microsoft 365 Enterprise (which is Windows 10 Enterprise, Office 365 and Enterprise Mobility + Security), and cloud-based device management by Microsoft.
7. The QUICening (Cloudflare)
QUIC is a new way to send packets across the Internet. It tries to make an HTTPS connection between a computer (such as a phone) and a server work reliably. QUIC accomplishes this by using a collection of technologies. The end result should make the mobile web faster and more secure.
Thank you for visiting Tech Help Knowledgebase to read the Tech Wrap-Up 9-25-2018. If you liked this article, follow us on Twitter @techhelpkb and subscribe to our YouTube channel to keep in the loop.
Henry Irvine, Contributing Technology Writer, translates more than a decade of internet technology experience in product and customer relationship management into practical help and how-to content. Look for him on Bay Area trails, music venues, or sausage shacks when he’s not writing. Don’t call him Hank if you see him. Seriously. Hank on Twitter