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Today’s Tech Wrap-Up
1. Malware Has a New Way to Hide on Your Mac (Wired)
Malwarebytes director of Mac and mobile platforms, Thomas Reed, noticed that Mac’s Gatekeeper never re-checks installed apps. Gatekeeper is the macOS app-checker program that confirms if an app comes from the Mac App Store, or is signed by a registered developer. If a hacker buys or steals a legitimate Apple certificate, they could fool a user into installing malware. Reed suggests developers voluntarily build in periodic code signature checking to combat the potential introduction of malware.
First of all, users must upgrade to Windows 10 October 2018 Update to get the Your Phone app. After you upgrade, you’re going to like what you find. When you connect your Android (Android 7.0 or later) phone to Windows 10 using Your Phone, you gain access to your phone’s photos and text messages. That means no more emailing yourself photos, and getting to reply to Android texts from your PC.
3. Circle Invest lets you buy cryptocurrency collections (TechCrunch)
Investing in cryptos is now more accessible for Circle Invest users with the introduction of collections. Buy the market takes your investment dollars and divides them across all cryptos on Circle’s platform according to their market cap — one-tap shopping. Circle’s 3 new collections are Platforms, Payments, and Privacy, each based on groups of coins relevant to those market segments. For example, the Payments collection allows users to buy Bitcoin, bcash, Stellar, and Litecoin, proportioned by market cap.
Twitter users who skimp on their mobile data plan rejoiced today. Twitter’s updated Android and iOS app includes a data-saving option. When toggled on, users will notice lower image quality and disabled video autoplay. It’s up to you to decide whether this replaces the Twitter Lite app for your data-saving needs or not.
5. Three macOS Mojave Features You’ll Love… (Mac Observer)
Spoiler alert: the three macOS Mojave features are New Screen Capture Options and Tools, Markup Tools Available (Nearly) Everywhere, and Continuity Camera. Before you upgrade to macOS Mojave, be sure to back up your Mac.
The supply chain of 30 U.S. companies — including Apple and Amazon — were allegedly compromised by a Chinese seed attack. Apple vehemently denies the allegations, and other companies said they found no evidence to support the claims. The report says that Apple discovered and reported the issue in 2015, and severed ties with a Chinese manufacturer in 2016 over the hack.
7. Microsoft grabs update, upgrade reins under its managed PC plan (Computerworld)
Microsoft’s Managed Desktop (MMD) subscription offers all the Windows 10 feature updates, semi-annual Channel updates, Office updates, and the monthly quality updates. The MMD subscription is Microsoft’s device-as-a-service (DaaS) offering.
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