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What's in the latest Chrome update?

Yesterday, 05:21 PM

Posted by Computerworld in Computerworld News

Google on Tuesday released Chrome 60 for Windows, macOS and Linux, adding support for the Touch Bar on the newest MacBook Pro laptops and a new online payment API, and patching 40 security vulnerabilities.

Chrome updates in the background, so most users need only relaunch the browser to get the latest version. (To manually manage an update, select "About Google Chrome" from the Help menu under the vertical ellipsis at the upper right. The ensuing page either shows the browser is already up to date or displays the updating process before presenting a "Relaunch" button.)

The Mountain View, Calif. company updates Chrome every six or seven weeks; the last time it upgraded the browser, to version 59, was June 5, or just over seven weeks ago.

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Tiptoe through the bugs and get Windows and Office updated

Yesterday, 12:55 PM

Posted by Computerworld in Computerworld News

The fourth Tuesday of the month has come and gone, and it now looks reasonably safe to patch Windows and Office. I was expecting two big releases yesterday—one to fix numerous bugs in Win10 Creators Update, version 1703; the other to plug the bugs introduced by June’s Office security patches—but neither trove appeared. Given Microsoft’s past patterns, it’s unlikely that we’ll see any more serious patches until next month’s Patch Tuesday, on Aug. 8.

There’s also a bit of additional impetus right now. On July 17, security researcher Haifei published a proof of concept for running malware scripts directly in Office apps. I haven’t seen any exploits in the wild as yet, but it would be a good idea to install KB 3213640 (Office 2007), KB 3213624 (Office 2010), KB 3213555 (Office 2013) and/or KB 3213545 (Office 2016) in the short term. (Thx to @LeaningTowardsLinux.) Note that none of these patches, as best as I can tell, correct the Office bugs introduced in June.

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What Amazon Prime Day tells us about mobile app loyalty

Yesterday, 12:38 PM

Posted by Computerworld in Computerworld News

Amazon's annual Prime Day sale once againgave it its "biggest day ever"last week. But Sense360, a digital research firm, wanting to see what impact Amazon’s big numbers had on the foot traffic in its rivals' physical stores, decided to track shoppers who did and did not use the Amazon app.

The results showed a 7% drop in foot traffic during the Prime Day promotion among those who didn’t have the Amazon app and a 32% drop among those who did have the app. Sense360 tracked the behavior of 1.1 million shoppers who use a variety of apps from companies that partner with Sense360. Sense360 CEO Eli Portnoy wouldn’t identify those apps or say how many were used, beyond that it was “more than 50 and fewer than 100.”

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