Tech Wrap-Up 10-16-2018, the eve of marijuana legalization in Canada. Don’t drive high! 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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Apple is entitled to a level of arrogance since it has 12 years of experience with iOS on iPhone (and 8 years on iPad). It has an established ecosystem and strong in-app revenues. Outside of Google, material design has not been broadly adopted by outside developers. Even Microsoft has its own material design language of sorts — Fluent Design. This article asserts that if Google doesn’t find a seamless way for Androids apps to run on Chrome OS that Chrome OS will fail.
Google released Chrome 70 today for Windows, Mac, and Linux as part of its regular monthly release cycle. Along with 23 security fixes, Chrome 70 has some notable new features. Among them are Allow Chrome sign-in, an updated “not secure” warning, website access to Touch ID, AV1 codec to improve video streaming, and support for Progressive Web Apps on Windows.
With faster speeds and lower latency than 4G, users will benefit time-wise from fifth-generation cellular wireless service (5G). 5G connections will seem more like a home Wi-Fi connection once service providers install more 5G nodes. And that time is coming soon. The four primary cellular service providers in the United States plan on rolling out 5G service over the next six months or so.
25% of internet users surveyed enable the “do not track” privacy option in their browsers to prevent sites from tracking them. It turns out that not very many websites honor such requests. One of the reasons sites do not honor “do not track” requests is because they don’t have to honor them. There is no penalty for ignoring the requests. Firefox tweeted today that this is “another reason why we’re working on giving you options to block all third-party trackers by default.”
In January 2019, TLS 1.0 will turn 20 years old, and all major web browser developers plan on disabling TLS 1.0 and 1.1 by 2020 at the latest. Chrome, for example, plans to deprecate TLS 1.0 and 1.1 starting with Chrome 72 in December, and disable support altogether in Chrome 81 in January 2020. Safari and Firefox follow with disabled support in March 2020. All the browsers will support TLS 1.3 soon if they don’t already support it.
6. How to Download macOS High Sierra From macOS Mojave (TekRevue)
Apple does not make it easy for consumers to downgrade macOS to a prior version. TekRevue shows you how to download macOS High Sierra when you’re running Mojave. They also suggest getting in the habit of creating bootable backups of your Mac’s primary drive so you have them handy if needed.
7. iOS 12 security settings you need to change right now (Kim Komando)
Regardless of Apple’s effort to tighten iOS 12’s security belt, there are some security settings users may want to change. The suggestions are to turn on automatic updates, use two-factor authentication, turn off USB Accessories, and more.
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