Weekly Tech Wrap-Up 10-21-2023, a week in which the future of encryption, improving computer security with Linux, Slack retiring its Twitter status account, and Opera One AI improvements captivated our readers the most. Today, we look back at this week’s ten most engaging articles from the Tech Help Knowledgebase social media feeds. We order the summaries below by user engagement — the stories our users interacted with the most. Articles are in descending order, with the most engaging story first. 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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Top 10 Most Engaging Stories This Week
The future of encryption is a hot topic, with debates centering around the balance between privacy and the need to monitor encrypted messages for safety reasons. Policy proposals worldwide suggest tech companies should be able to access information about encrypted messages, even back-door access. Encryption advocates argue such measures would undermine the privacy guaranteed by end-to-end encryption. However, new research into cryptographic technologies could allow for content moderation and increased enforcement of platform policies without breaking encryption. These developments are worth watching as they could impact our future digital privacy.
An increased importance of cybersecurity exists, especially in the context of desktop computer security. It highlights the growing threats to security and privacy, such as malware and ransomware, which are becoming more widespread and effective. One reason for the scale of these threats is the ubiquitous use of Windows as the primary desktop and laptop operating system. The article advocates for Linux as a potential solution, arguing that it could be a user’s best bet for enhancing their desktop computer security due to its resilience against cybersecurity attacks.
Slack, the workplace messaging app, announced it is retiring its status account on Twitter, previously used to share updates about issues and outages on the platform. They made the decision to consolidate communications around incidents and focus resources on channels most widely used by customers. Slack will display incident news on its main status page from now on. Users can also subscribe to Slack’s RSS and Atom feeds for alerts. In addition, users may direct any questions related to incidents to Slack’s main account, @SlackHQ.
The Opera browser has introduced new features to enhance user interaction with its built-in Aria AI feature. The update focuses on improving user experience in queries and content creation. A new tool called Refiner allows users to refine parts of an answer returned by Aria. Another feature, Compose, lets users refine their prompts with graphical elements and select the type of content they want to write. The My Style feature uses AI to train on a user’s writing style, enabling Aria to output content in sync with the user’s personal style.
Apple’s upcoming iOS 17.1 update addresses a display image persistence issue affecting various iPhone models. This problem, initially thought to be a hardware issue with the OLED display, has been noticeable in the iPhone 15 models. However, Apple has identified and rectified a software problem that mimicked screen burn-in. Users who have noticed this burn-in on their iPhones should update to iOS 17.1. In addition, the iOS 17.1 update also fixes several other bugs.
Microsoft recently published a guide about installing Linux on a PC, which sparked curiosity given the company’s focus on its own operating system, Windows 11. The guide provides four methods for running Linux: Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL), bare metal Linux, a local VM, or a cloud VM. Despite the emphasis on Microsoft’s products and services, the guide also highlights Linux-based operating systems and suggests distros not affiliated with Microsoft. The motive behind this move remains unclear, but it could be part of a broader shift toward interoperability amid increasing regulatory pressure on tech companies. Microsoft may want to help users run Linux alongside Windows rather than losing them entirely to the open-source side.
MacOS Sonoma has a new feature similar to one in Windows 11. This subtle change could have a significant impact on the user experience. The feature simplifies the management of open windows on the desktop, making it easier and more intuitive. Instead of using the Option key and clicking on an empty space on the desktop to minimize all background apps and windows, users may click on the desktop to achieve the same result. While not the most prominent change in macOS Sonoma, it may influence how users interact with their MacBooks.
Microsoft plans to discontinue security updates for Windows 10 by October 14, 2025. The plan will leave around a billion PCs, which are unable to upgrade to Windows 11, with obsolete operating systems. Many of these computers will become vulnerable to malware or thrown away. There is speculation about whether Microsoft will extend the deadline, as it did for Windows XP and Windows 7, especially given the slower-than-expected adoption of Windows 11. While businesses could potentially pay for extended security updates, this is not an optimal solution, and upgrading to the new operating system is recommended if a PC supports it.
The article from Popular Science discusses the importance of choosing the right search engine based on relevance and privacy. Over 20 search engines exist today, with Google being the most widely used, handling more than 83 percent of searches. The article also highlights the role of artificial intelligence in improving search results and mentions Google’s AI-powered search assistant, Bard. It cautions that these features can enhance user experience, raising concerns about data privacy.
This step-by-step guide explains how to set up automatic email forwarding in Gmail. The feature lets you manage multiple email addresses from a central location and allows for the automatic delivery of specific or all incoming messages to another email address. However, the Gmail app for Android and iOS does not support setting up automatic forwarding, so a desktop computer or Chromebook is needed. Once set up, all future messages, except those marked as spam, will be forwarded to the new email address.
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