Today's Interesting Links

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    RickAgresta General Peanut, leader of the Peanutty Forces

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    I'm starting this thread because at least some of these don't really fit into Odd News, and aren't deserving of their own thread. Initial format is the associated article name, along with a link to the article. No promises they'll be of interest to you, or that they aren't duplicates of other posts.


    Engadget: The Google Pixel 4 is on sale for $380 at Woot.
    https://www.engadget.com/google-pixel-4-sale-woot-deal-android-smartphone-142609460.html?src=rss

    9to5Google: It looks like Android 12 won’t bring back font, icon customization because of Material You.
    https://9to5google.com/2021/07/23/android-12-font-icon-customization-options/

    CNET: Android 12: Is your phone compatible?.
    https://www.cnet.com/tech/mobile/android-12-is-your-phone-compatible/

    XDA Developers: People are getting malware from fake Windows 11 installers.
    https://www.xda-developers.com/malware-fake-windows-11-installers/

    ZDNet: Cybersecurity: These are the most dangerous and most common software vulnerabilities to watch out for.
    https://www.zdnet.com/article/cyber...mon-software-vulnerabilities-to-watch-out-for/

    ZDNet: Ignored iPhone users feel anger and frustration at Apple.
    https://www.zdnet.com/article/ignored-iphone-users-feel-anger-and-frustration/

    Android Authority: This is Motorola’s upcoming 5G mid-ranger with a 120Hz display, 108MP camera.
    https://www.androidauthority.com/motorola-edge-20-1648456

    Windows Central: Windows 11 file explorer with tabs refresh incoming: Here's how to get it.
    https://www.windowscentral.com/you-can-sign-test-tabbed-file-explorer-windows-11

    https://www.howtogeek.com/665780/all-microsofts-powertoys-for-windows-10-explained/

    https://www.howtogeek.com/742602/what-happens-if-i-dont-upgrade-to-windows-11/

    https://www.howtogeek.com/

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    A Controversial Tool Calls Out Thousands of Hackable Websites
    PunkSpider is back, and crawling hundreds of millions of sites for vulnerabilities.
    https://www.wired.com/story/punkspider-web-site-vulnerabilities/amp


    Hackers Turning to 'Exotic' Programming Languages for Malware Development

    https://amp.thehackernews.com/thn/2021/07/hackers-turning-to-exotic-programming.html


    New Windows 10 KB5005394 emergency update fixes printing issues

    https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/ne...4-emergency-update-fixes-printing-issues/amp/
     
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    Actively exploited bug bypasses authentication on millions of routers

    https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/ne...passes-authentication-on-millions-of-routers/
    The article includes a list of affected routers, who uses them (IP) and version affected.

    Google Is Finally Killing Off a Decade-Old Version of Android
    Android Gingerbread is heading for the graveyard, but not without a proper send-off first.
    https://gizmodo.com/google-is-finally-killing-off-a-decade-old-version-of-a-1847417579

    Whether you’re running it for a nostalgic feel or you’ve held on to a device for too long, it’s time to say goodbye to the decade-old Android Gingerbread. Google is officially laying it to rest.

    As of Sept. 27, the company will no longer allow devices running the vintage version of Android 2.3.7 or lower to connect with Google services, effectively cutting off every essential part of being an Android user. “If you sign into your device after September 27, you may get username or password errors when you try to use Google products and services like Gmail, YouTube, and Maps,” cautions the official community post.

    Don't ruin your Android experience by making this mistake
    If you are using microSD cards in your Android smartphone, you need to read this
    https://www.zdnet.com/article/dont-ruin-your-android-experience-by-making-this-mistake/
    Here's a mistake I see Android users make all the time. They spend big bucks on the latest and greatest phone and then go out and buy the cheapest, nastiest microSD card they can find, in the belief that "they are all the same."

    They're not.

    Another thing I see happen is that a card gets passed down from phone to phone for years, this time the assumption is that microSD card technology hasn't moved on over the years.

    It has.

    Must read: Apple broke bad news to iPhone fans

    Online stores are full of cheap microSD cards, counterfeit cards, and cards that have been doctored to report that they have more capacity than they really have.

    So, I only buy quality cards from reputable manufacturers.

    For me, the manufacturers that have offered the nest in terms of quality, reliability, and performance are SanDisk and Lexar. Sure, there are other great brands out there, but these are the two that I've had best success with, and I've used them for decades.

    OK, but there's something else that I look for, and to see this you'll have to look closely at the card you're buying.

    I make sure that the card is A2 rated. A2, or to give it its full name, Application Speed Class 2, defines the minimum specification for cards and host devices, which is a random read speed no less than 4000 IOPS (Input/Output operations Per Second), a random write speeds no less than 2000 IOPS and a minimum sustained sequential write speed of 10 MB/sec.
     
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    This link could be its' own thread; if a moderator wishes to move it, that's fine with me. EDIT: links to Wired, which has limits on the number of free articles in a month....of course, since different browsers on a device don't share cookies, that should be a work around…
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    What You Should Know About the Google Play Store Changes
    With the first updates kicking in this month, Android apps should be more streamlined and lightweight. Google is also getting a greater level of control.
    GOOGLE IS INTRODUCING a major shift in the way that apps work on Android—and while the changes might not be too noticeable to consumers, it's important to be aware of what's happening and why, if you're a user of Google's mobile operating system.

    Starting in August 2021, developers wanting to publish new Android apps on the Google Play Store will have to change how those apps are packaged together: Rather than the traditional APK (Android application package) format that has been in place for years, software makers are going to be required to use the AAB (Android app bundle) framework instead.

    We're not going to get into detailed technical breakdowns of how these two standards differ—unless you're a developer, it won't change how you work with your apps—but one of the main reasons for the switch is the huge number of devices that Android runs on.
    One of the key benefits of AAB is that it delivers only the parts of an app you actually need for your device. If you're using a phone, for example, you don't need the bigger graphics designed for tablet screens, so the app can be smaller and more lightweight. Rather than developers having to code and package separate APKs for separate devices—or putting everything together in one pile—they can use the AAB route to have this handled automatically.

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    Changes are coming to the Google Play Store.

    SCREENSHOT: DAVID NIELD VIA GOOGLE


    It also gives developers more flexibility when it comes to delivering specific features (such as augmented reality add-ons, perhaps) to specific devices—users don't have to download everything all at once, in other words.

    Link:
    https://www.wired.com/story/google-app-play-store-changes-apk-aab/

    posters note: so, unless I'm mistaken in my interpretation, what I DL for my phone might not work well (or at all) on my tablet, not even looking at version 6 vs version 11…
     
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