Weekly Tech Wrap-Up 9-16-2023, a week in which iOS 17 security features, Chrome 117, the WordPress Fediverse plug-in, and Macs that support macOS Sonoma 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
Apple is introducing new security features in iOS 17 to protect users from online tracking and unauthorized access to their private data. One of the most notable new features is the ability to lock Private Browsing in Safari with Face ID. Doing so prevents anyone else from accessing your private browsing tabs, even if they have your iPhone passcode. Apple is also doubling down on its war against trackers in iOS 17. The company is introducing a new feature that can automatically detect and remove tracking parameters from web links in Safari, Mail, and Messages. Tracking parameter removal prevents advertisers from following you across the internet.
Google Chrome 117 is now available for all supported platforms. It includes a security update, a new design refresh, a scan for potentially unwanted extensions, price tracking and information functionality, and changes to download warning prompts. The new design is more modern and streamlined, with rounded corners and softer colors. The price tracking and information functionality allows users to track the prices of products that interest them and receive notifications when the prices change. The changes to download warning prompts make them more clear and informative.
WordPress is getting a major fediverse upgrade with the launch of ActivityPub 1.0.0 for WordPress, a new plug-in designed to more closely link blogs with the fediverse. The plug-in allows WordPress users to follow other users on fediverse platforms like Mastodon and receive replies back as comments on their WordPress blogs. It currently only supports self-hosted WordPress blogs, but support for WordPress.com blogs is coming soon. This upgrade is significant because it will make it easier for WordPress users to participate in the fediverse, a decentralized network of social media platforms that makes the internet more open and democratic. It also gives WordPress users a new way to reach a wider audience.
macOS Sonoma is compatible with all Macs released in 2018 or later, as well as the 2017 iMac Pro. Macs released in 2017 or earlier will not be able to upgrade to macOS Sonoma. You can check the system requirements on Apple’s website to see if your Mac is compatible. If your Mac is not compatible with macOS Sonoma, you can still continue to use it and receive security updates from Apple. However, you will not have access to the latest features and improvements.
The European Union has passed a law requiring all smartphones, tablets, and cameras sold in the EU to have a USB-C charging port by the end of 2024. Apple will now have to switch to USB-C for its iPhones and iPads, which currently use the Lightning port. The EU says this law is necessary to reduce electronic waste and to make it easier for consumers to use their devices. USB-C is a universal standard already in use by most Android phones and other devices. Although Apple has not yet commented on the new law, they should comply. This would be a major change for Apple, as it has used the Lightning port for its iPhones and iPads for over a decade. Many consumers will welcome the switch to USB-C so they can use a single charger for all their devices. It will also benefit the environment by reducing electronic waste.
The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) has warned government agencies to secure their iPhones against spyware attacks. The warning comes after Citizen Lab disclosed two vulnerabilities that install spyware without user interaction. CISA has added the two vulnerabilities to its catalog of known exploited vulnerabilities and ordered all federal agencies to patch against them by October 2, 2023.
Microsoft has added a new vertical layout option to the split-screen feature in Edge. This new layout allows users to stack two tabs on top of each other, which is useful for viewing long documents or comparing two websites. To use the new vertical layout, click the split-screen button in the Edge toolbar and select the vertical layout option. Users can also switch between the vertical and horizontal layouts by clicking the three-dot menu button in the split-screen divider and selecting the desired layout. The new vertical layout option is a welcome addition to Edge, as it provides users with more flexibility in how they view multiple tabs simultaneously. It is also an example of Microsoft’s commitment to improving the user experience of its browser.
Apple is reportedly planning to add a new battery charging feature to the iPhone 15 to let users limit the maximum battery charge. Helping to preserve battery health extends the overall lifespan of the device. The feature would be similar to what is already available on some Android phones, such as the Samsung Galaxy S22 and the Google Pixel 6. Users can set a maximum charge level, such as 80% or 90%, and the phone will stop charging once it reaches that level. It is not yet clear how Apple will implement this feature, but it is likely that it will be available in the Battery settings app. It is also possible that Apple will allow users to enable the feature on a schedule, such as while the phone charges overnight.
iOS 17 brings a number of new features and improvements, including StandBy mode, Contact Posters, iMessage app drawer, NameDrop, and SharePlay. These features make your iPhone more versatile and user-friendly.
iOS 17 introduces a new feature called Safari Profiles, which allows you to separate your browsing habits into different profiles. Doing so helps to keep your work and personal browsing separate by creating different profiles for different interests.
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