Tech Wrap-Up 5-28-2019. It seems like a day too late to celebrate National Hamburger Day. Most carnivorous American humans more than likely leaned that direction yesterday. Nonetheless, today’s the day to double dip on a Double Double. 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. 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. Bypass the screenshot restriction in an Android app (Tech Help Knowledgebase)
As a new Android user, I was surprised to find screenshot restrictions on some Android apps. I never encountered a screenshot restriction on an iOS device before. On a certain level, I suppose it makes sense to prevent screenshots of private information, but this is far from a universal standard. I have always been able to take a screenshot of anything I want on a Windows, Mac or iOS device. Fortunately, this handy workaround lets Android users bypass those app restrictions without much trouble.
2. All The Latest Features of the Windows 10 May 2019 Update (Bleeping Computer)
The Windows 10 May 2019 Update (version 1903) continues to roll out to PCs around the world. This piece highlights three new features. Windows Sandbox lets users run Windows 10 in a virtual machine to protect the main operating from untrusted apps. The Light Theme brings a new look to Windows 10, where apps, notifications, elements, and more have a lighter shade. The supposition is that Light Theme helps to better differentiate the dark theme from the light theme. Version 1903 gives users more control over Windows Update too.
3. Google makes mobile-first indexing the default for all new domains (Tech Crunch)
On December 19, 2018, Google announced that more than half of their search results globally use mobile-first indexing. That means Google primarily uses a website’s mobile site to index the site’s pages. Starting on July 1, mobile-first indexing will be the default for all new domains. Google’s mobile indexing robot will now crawl new sites and their structures for display in Google search results.
Microsoft Excel is one of those programs that doesn’t functionally change too much over time. This is especially true for novice users who have no need to delve into Excel’s complex features. Now, according to a tweet, Microsoft updated its currency symbols in Excel to include the Bitcoin symbol.
How much would you pay for a laptop with the potential to cause $95 billion in damages? I guess it depends on whether your name is Lex Luthor or not. Intended as a piece of art, The Persistence of Chaos sold for $1.345 million to a happy collector. The laptop contains six pieces of malware, including WannaCry and MyDoom, just for appreciation.
6. A deeper dive into Linux permissions (Network World)
Linux buffs get a taste of how permissions work beyond the more familiar r, w, x and – designations. Network World explains how to use stat, passwd, and chmod to view, understand, and change file permissions.
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