Tech Wrap-Up 10-22-2018, the eve of a Mega Millions lottery prize draw worth a record $1.6 billion. We wrap up each 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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The second prize in Think Tank Learning’s Pitchfest 2016 was worth $2500. The second prize winner, Samaira Mehta, created CoderBunnyz, a board game that taught kids how to code. At the time, she was 8 years old. Now 10, Mehta has been coding for almost half her life. After winning the prize, she began selling her game on Amazon. Over 1000 sales raised $35,000 in only one year. Mehta launched other initiatives, created more games, is a keynote speaker, and is the subject of Google pre-scouting.
2. Tip your favorite websites with BAT using Brave browser (Tech Help KB)
Brave released version 0.55 on October 18, 2018. The new release represents a move away from its Muon version to a Chromium version. Along with the Chromium-based design change comes Brave Rewards (beta), a new system of compensating ad-blocked publishers and creators with Basic Attention Tokens (BAT). A component of Brave Rewards is the option to tip your favorite websites with BAT using Brave browser at the moment you visit them.
3. Apple iOS 12.0.1 Has Embarrassing Problems (Forbes)
When you spend the money to buy the Hummer of smartphones, you most likely have high expectations that warrant the expense. Those trapped in the Apple ecosystem will undoubtedly play possum when their glossy new phone fails to work as such. Updating to iOS 12.0.1 seems to have rendered the phone app more of a wallpaper than a functioning app. Users complain that the phone app is not responsive, or it freezes their device. Their only recourse is to use Siri for voice dialing.
The Intercontinental Exchange (ICE) announced today the December 12 launch of Bitcoin futures trading on their Bakkt platform. It is significant because actual Bitcoin backs the futures contracts which investors can settle in either bitcoin or dollars. The launch remains pending, however, as Bakkt awaits final CFTC approval.
Over a month after Linus Torvalds apologized for his behavior and stepped away from Linux in search of help, Linus is on Linux once again. During his time away, the Linux community adopted a Code of Conduct under which everyone — including Torvalds — must abide. Can you teach an old dog new tricks? Time will tell.
It’s been a crazy October already, and it could be that Microsoft’s October has been the craziest. This article suggests that Microsoft has a flawed development process going all the way back to Windows 7. Software that suffers from poor quality and ineffective testing is making its way to end users.
7. Watch video in Chrome using Picture in Picture PiP (Tech Help KB)
Users can now watch video in Chrome using Picture in Picture (PiP). Chrome 70 is chock full of goodies, and perhaps PiP is the most useful addition. A new standardized Web API brings PiP support to Chrome 70. The idea behind PiP in Chrome is to allow users to interact with content on other websites and applications while PiP video content always floats on top.
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