Tech Wrap-Up 10-12-2018, which is National Farmer’s Day. 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
1. Here’s how to find out if your Facebook was hacked in the breach (TechCrunch)
Two weeks ago, Facebook announced an access token breach that impacted 30 million users. TechCrunch shows Facebook users how to check if they are a victim of the breach. If you are a victim, three categories display: 1) the breach allowed access to your name, email and/or phone number, 2) allowed access to your name, email/phone number, and account bio, or 3) your account wasn’t accessed using a stolen token. The article also offers suggestions to hacking victims about what to do next.
Big servers come in little boards. Such is the case with the NanoPi NEO4 from FriendlyElec. At $45 dollars, it’s the cheapest board available with a six-core Rockchip RK3399. It supports a couple different flavors of Ubuntu and Lubuntu, has 1 GB of RAM, and may require you to buy a $6 heatsink separately. See the article for full specifications.
YouTube changed its Partner Program a few days ago. Much like they alienated small-time creators earlier this year by requiring a minimum of 1000 subs/4000 view hours, YouTube removed channels with duplicate content. However, in this case, YouTube only wants to allow channels into the program that add value because their content is original and relevant. Who could argue with that, except if you’ve been wrongly dinged?
4. There’s a rash of WDF_VIOLATION blue screens on Windows 10 HP computers (Computerworld)
HP computer owners who run Windows 10 are seeing red — and blue, as in blue screen of death (BSOD) for a WDF VIOLATION. The issue may also impact some Dell computers. Fingers point to Tuesday’s cumulative update and/or an HP keyboard driver as possible causes. Computerworld suggests in the article to consider refraining from applying patches for now.
5. Version 2.0 brings Vivaldi web browser in line with the competition (TechRepublic)
Vivaldi browser released its stable 2.0 version on September 26. According to TechRepublic, pages and images load noticeably faster with Vivaldi compared to Firefox. In addition to a faster experience, features like Vivaldi Sync, Tabs 2.0, website suggestions, and more help to distinguish Vivaldi from its rivals. Vivaldi browser offers more complexity and control with a high level of customization.
6. Windows 10 quick tips: 11 ways to speed up your PC (Computerworld)
How does your Windows 10 PC perform? If performance is an issue, or you want to try and make it faster than it is at the moment, Computerworld has some suggestions. Some of them are common, like cleaning up the start-up programs and your hard drive. Other suggestions are a bit more complicated, like cleaning up your registry. Run down the list and see if you can gain some speed. Time is money.
7. Microsoft Has Become the Hardware Rival Apple Never Wanted (Softpedia)
Over the past week, you may have heard or read the sentiment about how Microsoft is making the devices that Apple users want from Apple. Microsoft is making headway into the hardware market with its Surface line of tablets and laptops. In fact, in the third quarter of this year, Microsoft became a Top 5 PC seller for the first time. Analysts say they expect the Windows 10 upgrade cycle, which drives PC demand, to continue through 2020.
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