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Algorithms are analogous to food recipes in that a computer follows instructions to produce a specific outcome. But who is formulating the recipes? This article from Vox is a conversation between mathematician, Hannah Fry, and Vox writer, Sean Illing. Fry is the author of Hello World: Being Human in the Age of Algorithms, published last month. They dive into how algorithms change our lives, who is programming them, how they’re good and bad, and whether or not to regulate them.
2. Microsoft Launches Windows 10 October Update (Softpedia)
It happened one Wednesday. The release of Windows 10 October Update is rolling out in stages. If you don’t want to wait for an automatic update, the option exists to manually update Windows 10 at any time. To do so, go to Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update > click Check for updates.
The Google Translate iPhone app has new regional speech inputs and outputs. There are new English inputs and outputs for the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, and India. Bengali includes India and Bangladesh. Spanish has Mexico and Spain.
4. Cordcutting 101: How to quit cable for online streaming video (Digital Trends)
Streaming services are household names. Names like Netflix, Hulu, and Sling TV offer both regular and home-grown programming. It makes it hard — if not impossible — to choose one of them to serve all your entertainment needs. In the end, do you even save money to cut the cord these days? It may be nice to dispense with the cable boxes and coaxial wiring snaked around your home. But the extra cost of suitable high-speed internet may also offset any cord-cutting savings. Digital Trends walks you through the considerations to see if cord-cutting is right for you.
5. macOS Mojave: How to Disable All Automatic Updates (Mac Observer)
Disabling macOS automatic updates is not that big a deal. Even if you do disable them, macOS will install system data files and security updates anyway. To configure your Mac so it won’t install regular updates automatically, click the Apple Menu and choose System Preferences > Software Update. In the Software Update dialog, uncheck “Automatically keep my Mac up to date.” The article contains information about Advanced settings that let you select specific items to update automatically or not.
6. New hack bypasses iPhone’s lock screen on iOS 12 (Mashable)
In a YouTube video, security researcher, Jose Rodriguez, demonstrated how to access an iPhone’s contacts and photos without unlocking it. Depicted in the video is an iPhone 8 running iOS 12. However, the same trick was used to hack an iPhone XS Max. The article explains the steps in the hack and provides a method to protect your iPhone from it.
Before iOS 11, iPhone users required a third-party app to scan QR codes. Countless free and paid scanners clogged the App Store, and it was hard to find a perfect match. That’s all different today. The Camera app on iOS 11 became a native QR code reader, and it works the same on iOS 12 with an added bonus. iOS 12 lets you add a Scan QR Codes shortcut to the iPhone Control Center. A simple swipe up on the lock screen gives you quick access to scan at the moment you’re ready.
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