Last updated: October 1, 2023
Weekly Tech Wrap-Up 9-30-2023, a week in which adding Google Calendar to Thunderbird, Vivaldi browser for iOS, Norton Secure Browser, and iOS 17.0.2 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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This simplified guide shows how to add a Google Calendar to the Thunderbird email client. The process is now easier with recent updates to Thunderbird and now only requires a valid Google account and the Thunderbird email client installed on your desktop or laptop. The steps involve opening the Thunderbird calendar, creating a new calendar, selecting a networked calendar, and adding your Gmail address. Thunderbird will autofill the location and then click Find Calendars. A new window will appear for you to sign into your Gmail account.
Vivaldi browser, previously unavailable on Apple mobile devices, is now available on iOS. This development comes despite the continued presence of Apple’s WebKit. The absence of Vivaldi on Apple’s mobile devices was notable, especially considering that other Chromium-based browsers like Chrome and Edge were available. However, it’s important to note that WebKit still plays a significant role in the background.
Norton, a popular antivirus vendor, has introduced a new browser designed to enhance online privacy and security on Windows and Mac. The Norton Secure Browser aims to combat the dual threats of persistent advertisers and sophisticated cyberattacks. It features a centralized security and privacy dashboard that users can customize according to their needs. The browser includes a Privacy Guard for blocking ads and trackers, a Web Shield for detecting and blocking fake sites, and an integrated password manager for secure logins.
Apple released iOS 17.0.2 for all supported iPhone models, including the iPhone 14 and earlier. This update was initially available only for iPhone 15 models, but all iOS 17-compatible iPhones and iPads are now eligible. The update addresses a significant bug that prevented users from transferring data from their old iPhone to their new iPhone during the setup process. This issue was particularly prevalent among new iPhone 15 buyers.
Windows 11 22H2 introduces a built-in passkey manager for Windows Hello. This new feature enhances security by making it easier for users to switch to passwordless login methods. Users access the passkey manager through Settings > Accounts > Passkeys, allowing users to manage all the passkeys attached to their PC. Additionally, users have the option to save passkeys on their phone and sign in using their phone’s authentication methods. This update is part of Microsoft’s ongoing efforts to simplify security and build stronger protections from the chip to the cloud.
Google has recently released a security update for Chrome 117, addressing a new actively exploited zero-day vulnerability. This vulnerability is a heap buffer overflow flaw in the vp8 encoding of the open-source libvpx video codec library. It could cause program crashes or lead to arbitrary code execution, potentially compromising sensitive data or seriously disrupting operations. To protect your network and your organization, update any installations of Google Chrome to the latest version as soon as possible.
Google has confirmed a critical security vulnerability in the libwebp library. This flaw, stemming from a faulty Huffman coding implementation, can trigger heap buffer overflows and allow attackers to execute arbitrary code. The vulnerability is significant, with a CVSS score of 10.0, indicating its critical nature. It has far-reaching implications since it impacts various applications, including web browsers and Linux distributions.
The latest update to Windows 11 is generating excitement, and it’s not just because of Copilot AI. The update also includes the option to never combine on the taskbar, allowing users to keep windows of the same application separate. Additionally, users may end tasks directly from the taskbar and hide the time and date if they wish. The new volume mixer, which allows users to adjust the volume of running programs on a per-app basis, is also part of this update.
Mozilla has recently released a security update for Firefox 118.0.1 and Firefox ESR 115.3.1, addressing a critical security issue exploited in the wild. The vulnerability is a heap buffer overflow in the libvpx library’s VP8 media stream handling. The update is available for Firefox and Firefox ESR for desktop operating systems and for Firefox Focus and Firefox for Android.
The Raspberry Pi 5, now available for preorder, boasts significant improvements over its predecessor, the Raspberry Pi 4. The new model features a custom I/O chip, the RP1, developed over seven years with a $15M investment. This chip enhances data and storage capabilities on the single-board platform. The Raspberry Pi 5 also has a new 16-nanometer BCM2712, a 2.4 GHz quad-core 64-bit CPU that is two to three times faster than the BCM2711 in the Pi 4. The GPU is a Broadcom VideoCore VII, capable of driving dual 4K/60 Hz HDMI displays.
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