Tech Wrap-Up 5-1-2019. Happy Beltane! Beltane is one of four Gaelic seasonal festivals. It is the festival that welcomes summer and embraces fertility. Hilltop bonfires often accompany Beltane celebrations to symbolically safeguard cattle herds. Tech Help Knowledgebase wraps up each day with a summary of today’s most engaging stories from our 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 United Kingdom government is considering measures to improve the security of Internet of Things (IoT) devices. Measures include dispensing with default passwords, guaranteeing security updates for a specified amount of time, and security labeling. Retailers would not be able to sell devices without an IoT security label affixed to the product.
Amazon Web Services, the cloud solutions arm of Amazon, announced the “general availability” of Amazon Managed Blockchain. However, uncertainty exists as to what that means. Amazon Managed Blockchain is fully managed by Amazon. Organizations use Hyperledger Fabric (and Ethereum in the future) to create their own scalable blockchain networks.
Many rewards programs allow users to accumulate points to cash in on select items later. A new rewards program from Lolli pays out in Bitcoin (BTC). Users earn Bitcoin back on purchases from top brand partners like Microsoft, GoDaddy, Priceline, Walmart, and other big names. The average reward is 7% of your purchase price. Some Lolli partners pay out as much as 30% in Bitcoin back.
It makes sense that people born with the Internet would welcome a store of value and medium of exchange born from the Internet. A new Harris Poll demonstrates that 20% of millennials own Bitcoin, and 27% of them prefer the digital asset over traditional stocks. Only 11% of those surveyed said they are unaware of Bitcoin, down from 23% in October 2017.
5. Google released an update to Chrome 74 with 2 security fixes (Tech Help Knowledgebase)
One of the two Chrome security fixes is a high priority fix. Install the update on Mac, Windows, and Linux machines to prevent an attacker from taking control of your system. Keeping Chrome current helps to keep you safe online and gives you all the latest web browser features too.
In an attempt to utilize its monolithic hardware ecosystem, ad delivery for iOS device users is likely to increase. During Apple’s earnings call this week, CEO Tim Cook repeatedly referenced the App Store search ad business as a growing revenue segment (up more than 70% over the previous year). It stands to reason that an increase in App Store ads is coming.
Henry Irvine, Contributing Technology Writer, translates more than a decade of internet technology experience in product and customer relationship management into practical help and how-to content. Look for him on Bay Area trails, music venues, or sausage shacks when he’s not writing. Don’t call him Hank if you see him. Seriously. Hank on Twitter