Last updated: September 15, 2018
Tech Wrap-Up 9-4-2018. 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
A delighted Google Chrome team — if they do say so themselves — promoted Chrome 69 to the Windows, Mac, and Linux stable channels. Out of the 40 security fixes in this release, external researchers submitted 22 of them. Chrome 69 introduces Material Theme with more rounded shapes, revamped icons, and a new color palette. The new release suggests passwords on sign-up prompts and stores them for subsequent use. The Omnibox address bar now displays answers directly without having to open a new tab.
As per a blog post from Microsoft Corporate VP Roanne Sones, 700 million Windows 10 devices are about to receive new features and enhancements. The update may favor portable, lightweight devices like the Lenovo Yoga C630 WOS.
3. Google Chrome gets a new look for its 10th birthday (TechCrunch)
Born on September 2, 2008, Google Chrome celebrates its 10th birthday this week. To celebrate, Chrome received a few nips, tucks, and botox injections (because you count browser years in dog years). Users will notice more rounded corners, subtle animations, updated icons, and a new color palette. A new way of handling passwords, and new Omnibox functionality, round out the recognizable changes.
Although Intel seems better at communicating its CPU security issues with the Linux community, the creator of Linux has an ax to grind. Torvalds believes it’s unfair to expect OS developers to fix someone else’s issue. He’s referring to the Meltdown and Spectre flaws baked into Intel processors.
5. Google Search now uses Service Worker for repeated searches (Venture Beat)
Search results load twice as fast thanks, in part, to Service Worker, a background browser script. Big but…it currently only works with Chrome for Android version 62 to and greater. Other browsers could run it too if they deploy a latency optimization tool.
According to Symantec researchers, new techniques for distributing malware target legitimate Windows tools and processes. In doing so, attackers avoid detection and exposure. One such legitimate tool is the Windows Management Instrumentation Command-line (WMIC) utility. The utility exists on all Windows machines.
7. A brief history of Bitcoin (and the people that made it happen) (The Next Web)
What do you really know about Bitcoin? This piece from The Next Web approaches the question through five key narratives: idealists, libertarians, savvy young, investors, and portfolio balancers. Where do you slot in?
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