Hello and welcome to Adi’s Week in Tech News. If you are new to this website this is a roundup of the week’s technology news stories.
It turns out that Facebook is exploring a way to show that you do not approve of a status update/posting that someone makes. This is being done in the form of a “downvote”. With that said this is not the “dislike” button that a lot of people want to see. At this time there’s no word on if/when this will become something that we’ll all be able to use in the future on Facebook. In any case, if this downvote feature is rolled out then you will hear about it here on Adi’s Tech Site.
Another bitcoin exchange has been hit by hackers. Two weeks ago we learned that Coincheck (a cryptocurrency exchange in Asia) was hit by hackers. However, it seems that there was another one this week. An Italian cryptocurrency exchange called Bitgrail were also hacked. This time around it turns out that 17 million nano worth $170 million(£123 million) was stolen. For those of you who are new to Bitcoin a cryptocurrency exchange is one of the places where you can trade your bitcoin for a similar currency (such as Litecoin or Ethereum). It’s also where you can use your pounds, dollars (or other forms of real money) to buy bitcoin.
Connecting Blueooth devices to a computer can be a messy experience sometimes. However, it turns out that Microsoft is testing out a new feature for Windows 10 where this process will become a lot easier. As shown in the above graphic, if your computer detects a Bluetooth mouse, you can just press connect and you will be able to connect it up and start using it (pretty much right away. This is is part of Microsoft’s Windows 10 insider program where you can test out new features that may (or may not) make it into future updates Windows 10. You can read more about the latest test release of Windows 10 in Microsoft’s blog post.
VLC is a media player for desktop computers, smartphones, and tablets. You can play pretty much any kind of video you throw at it. With that said it just got a major version update to 3.0. This new update now plays 360-degree video, 8k video and you can also send videos to your TV via Chromecast. VLC for iPhone now takes full advantage of the iPhone X’s larger screen. You can download VLC 3.0 right here.
— fail0verflow (@fail0verflow) February 6, 2018
The Nintendo Switch has been out since March 2017. Hackers have been able to find ways of loading homebrew software on it(software that is not available via the Nintendo Switch eShop). With that said things have become quite interesting in the Switch hacking world as of late. A hacker named FailOverflow was able to hack the Nintendo Switch and make it run Linux.
That’s going to do it for this edition of Adi’s Week in Tech News. What were your favorite stories of the week? Let me know in the comments.