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2. Android 9 Pie is now on 10.4 percent of Android devices (The Inquirer)
Google updated its Android Distribution Dashboard this week. The latest version of its mobile operating system, Android 9 Pie, reached an installation rate of over 10% of Android devices. More than 2.5 billion devices run Android. Android 8 Oreo had only 4% adoption in the same 9-month time period. Nonetheless, Oreo maintains its lead as the Android version with the highest adoption rate. That may change as Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL phones come to market with Android 9 Pie installed.
This week during the I/O developer conference, Google announced new privacy measures for its Chrome web browser. One of those measures is the ability for users to more easily block third-party tracking cookies. According to Vox, most users don’t change their browser settings or device settings. As such, Chrome users may not even know the tracking cookie setting even exists.
4. Linux 5.1 adds new security layer and cumulative patches (The Inquirer)
The release of Linux 5.1 this past weekend included a new security feature called the Linux SafeSetID Linux Security Module. The module adds a layer of security when running a Linux build with administrator rights enabled. Also included is the option to use persistent memory as RAM, and a way to update Linux without requiring a reboot.
The price of one Bitcoin now exceeds USD 6000 and makes up nearly 58% of the market cap of all cryptocurrencies combined (according to CoinMarketCap.com). The market for BTC shrugged off significant news of a recent theft of Bitcoin from Binance, the world’s largest cryptocurrency exchange. Those interviewed for the Forbes piece point to strong fundamentals creating a bullish trend.
More news from Google’s I/O developer conference this week concerned Portals, a new way to navigate inside embedded content. Portals are an upgrade to iframes and require a new HTML tag. The content embedded using Portals could pre-load making access to it that much faster. Google thinks it is a better user experience for transitioning between web pages that could ultimately replace iframes altogether.
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