Tech Wrap-Up 5-7-2019. Google I/O, Google’s annual developer conference, kicked off today in Mountain View, California. The three-day affair showcases new Google products and platform innovations. So far at this year’s event, Google announced the Pixel 3a smartphone, Google Nest Hub Max, a third Android Q beta, and much more. 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
A year after Google announced it would add Linux support to Chrome OS, half of Chromebook models support Linux, and all new Chrome OS devices will too. Updates released by Google today also make it easier for Android app developers to build for Chrome OS. One update makes Android Studio a one-click installation. The push for supporting Android apps on Chromebooks seems to be working as both the number of enabled Android apps on Chrome OS and the number of Chromebooks sold rose sharply.
The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) announced a .onion version (requires Tor Browser) of their site today, one that operates on the Tor network. They created their onion site to allow secure access to people no matter where they are located. The site mirrors the content on their main website and includes secure information reporting and job application links.
This gallery of 20 images takes you through the steps needed to lock down your iOS device. Covered are items like setting up a strong passcode, enabling brute force protection, controlling access permissions when locked, VPNs, disabling unnecessary features, and many more. Take a few minutes to see how your device stacks up.
4. Tor Browser 8.0.9 released to fix the NoScript extension signing issue (Tech Help Knowledgebase)
A certificate signing issue impacted both Firefox and Tor Browser users over the weekend. For what seemed like no reason, users found their add-ons (extensions) disabled. At issue was an expired intermediate certificate. Firefox updated their browser to version 66.0.4 yesterday, and Tor Browser (which uses a special version of Firefox ESR) update theirs to version 8.0.9 today.
5. FBI has seized Deep Dot Web and arrested its administrators (Tech Crunch)
Deep Dot Web is in deep dark doo-doo with the FBI. The Bureau seized the web site, a .onion site accessible over the Tor network, which aids dark web site and marketplace connections. Agents from the United States and Germany arrested multiple suspects across several countries in Europe, the Middle East, and South America.
6. Linux Mint 17 Reached End of Life, Users Urged to Upgrade to Linux Mint 18 or 19 (Softpedia News)
After five years, Linux Mint 17, based upon Ubuntu 14.0.4 LTS, will no longer receive security or software updates. Softpedia recommends to their readers who use Linux Mint 17 to update their installation to Linux Mint 19. Check the article for a link to upgrade instructions.
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