Tech Wrap-Up 5-16-2019. The third Thursday each May is Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD), which bolsters digital accessibility and inclusion for those with disabilities. Both Microsoft and Google participated by publishing guides and video tutorials about how to use their accessibility products and features. 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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Today’s Tech Wrap-Up
1. Critical updates to IE and Windows, make for an urgent May Patch Tuesday (Computerworld)
Microsoft’s Patch Tuesday occurs on the second Tuesday each month. May’s Patch Tuesday included 79 CVE vulnerabilities and 2 advisories. Perhaps the biggest patch is for Remote Desktop Service (RDS) about which the article’s author believes should be considered a zero-day vulnerability. The article also addresses known issues, major revisions, browser, Windows, Office, developer tools, and Adobe.
Slated for a June 2019 release, iOS 13 will not be kind to a slew of older iPhone and iPad models. If reports are true, some of the most widely used models are on the iOS 13 chopping block. iPhone 5S, iPhone SE and iPhone 6/6 Plus may be at the end of the iOS upgrade line. Joining them are the iPad Mini 2 and iPad Air. Maybe it’s time to trade your older iPhone in for a new Google Pixel 3a for as low as $149.
3. No, end-to-end encryption isn’t a marketing gimmick (The Next Web)
The end-to-end encryption to which the title refers relates to WhatsApp. The marketing gimmick refers to a “moronic” opinion piece from Bloomberg about how end-to-end encryption is pointless in light of a recently patched vulnerability in Facebook’s messaging app. The article says Bloomberg’s piece was “fundamentally misleading, and based on shaky technical grounds.”
4. Update iOS and Mojave now! Apple patches are out (Naked Security)
Apple released security updates on May 13 for iOS and macOS. iOS 12.3 had 42 CVEs (led by the WebKit-affected), and macOS had around 20 CVEs. The article delves into a few specific patched security issues it deems the most important, and how to check if your devices are up to date. It also suggests you update WhatsApp even though it’s not an Apple flaw.
5. Amazon upgrades its best selling Fire 7 tablet (Tech Help Knowledgebase)
Lately, it seems like we have been trained to expect less for more money. Amazon surprised us today by upgrading its best selling Fire 7 tablet without increasing the price. Instead of offering the Fire 7 with 8 GB of internal storage, it now has 16 GB. Coupled with up to 512 GB of external storage, unlimited cloud storage, and a faster processor, it’s a sweet deal.
To increase Marine Corp cyberspace readiness, the US Marine Corp announced this week the creation of the Marine Corp Cyber Auxiliary. Volunteer members won’t wear uniforms and will assist uniformed Marines in simulated environments by lending their expertise and knowledge during a time of heightened cyber threats.
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