News ⮞ 2018 News Archive

This lists older 2018 news items, with the most recent items first.

Note: for 1998–2017 news items, see News ⮞ 1998–2017 News Archive. For current news, see the right sidebar on the home page. For old font news, see News ⮞ Font News Archive.

Note: a news item is deleted from this list when a newer related news item is added; e.g., the news item reporting the release of Firefox 57 was deleted when Firefox 58 appeared.

Windows 10 Aug 31/2018 ✦ Microsoft: Microsoft issued an out-of-bounds Windows update to fix a Spectre-related bug, then issued another out-of-bounds Windows 10 update to fix more bugs; affected users should up­date. Note: if the update does not offer to reboot, you should install the update again. more⮞more⮞Windows Update⮞
Apple MacOS Aug 28/2018 ✦ Apple MacOS 10.13 for MacBook Pro: Apple updated MacOS 10.13 (High Sierra) to fix security issues. Users should update.more⮞
Meltdown, Spectre, and Foreshadow Vulnerabilities Aug 14/2018 ✦ CPU Vulnerabilities: a new class of Spectre-like CPU vul­ner­ability, dubbed Fore­shadow, has been revealed. more⮞
Browser News Aug 13/2018 ✦ Browser News: this site has been somewhat reörganized, with Fonts now a major menu item, with new font samples added, and with font-related Resources pages renamed and moved to Fonts pages. This may break some book­marks and links to the Browser News site.
Thunderbird Aug 6/2018 ✦ Thunderbird 60.0: Mozilla updated its email/newsreader program to add features and fix bugs. more⮞get it⮞
SeaMonkey Jul 27/2018 ✦ Mozilla SeaMonkey 2.49.4: Mozilla updated SeaMonkey to fix bugs and security issues. Users should update. Caution: naïve browser snif­fers may identify SeaMonkey 2.49.4 as Firefox 52. more⮞more⮞get it⮞
Windows 10 Jul 24/2018 ✦ Microsoft: Microsoft is forcing some Windows 10 users to update to version 1803.
Oracle Java Viperware Jul 17/2018 ✦ Oracle Java SE 10.0.2: Oracle updated Java 10 (alias 1.10) to fix bugs and security issues. Users should update.get Java 10.0.2⮞
Lynx Jul 13/2018 ✦ Lynx 2.8.9: Lynx was updated after a long hiatus. Users should update.more⮞get it⮞
Meltdown and Spectre Vulnerabilities Jul 12/2018 ✦ Spectre Vulnerabilities: new variants of the Spectre CPU vul­ner­abilities have been revealed. more⮞
Apple MacOS Jul 9/2018 ✦ Apple MacOS 10.11, 10.12, 10.13: Apple updated MacOS 10.11 (El Capitan), 10.12 (Sierra), and 10.13 (High Sierra) to fix security issues. Users should update.more⮞
Apple Safari Jul 9/2018 ✦ Apple Safari 12 // MacOS 10.11, 10.12, 10.13: Apple updated Safari 11 to fix security issues. El Capitan, Sierra, and High Sierra users should update.more⮞
Apple MacOS Jun 27/2018 ✦ Apple MacOS 10.12: Apple updated MacOS 10.12 and later to fix a security issue. Users should update.more⮞
ECMA International Jun 27/2018 ✦ ECMAscript 2018: ECMA International issued the ECMAscript 2018 (9th Edition / JavaScript 9) Standard. and the ECMAScript 2018 (5th Edition) Internationalization API Specification.
Mozilla Firefox Jun 26/2018 ✦ Mozilla Firefox 52.9.0 ESR: Mozilla updated the ESR version of Firefox 52 to fix bugs and security issues. ESR users should update. Note: this FF version does support Windows XP and Vista. more⮞more⮞get it⮞
W3C Jun 5/2018 ✦ Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.1: the W3C updated the WCAG and related documents.
Microsoft Update problem Apr 30/2018 ✦ Microsoft: Microsoft is rolling out the Windows 10 April 2018 Creators update to users having the Fall 2017 Creators Update. Users should up­date: but do so at night, as the update process can take 7 hours or longer.Windows Update⮞Note: Microsoft has removed, or will remove, some features. more⮞ Caution: this update resets the user interface fonts, sizes, and weights, and removes the menu that configures them; there are several ways to restore them. more⮞ Caution: the update may disable your firewall; you may have to reënable it.
W3C Apr 10/2018 ✦ Web Authentication: the W3C issued the Web Authentication (Web​Authn) Candidate Recommendation with upcoming support by major brow­sers. more⮞more⮞
AMD Viperware Mar 13/2018 ✦ AMD Vulnerabilities: flaws in AMD processors have been reported roughly as grave as the recently reported flaws in Intel processors. more⮞ Update Mar 21 ✦ AMD has confirmed the problems and promises fixes. more⮞
Meltdown and Spectre Vulnerabilities Mar 1/2018 ✦ Meltdown and Spectre Vulnerabilities: new details are available regarding fixes for the Meltdown and Spectre CPU vulnerabilities. more⮞more⮞more⮞
W3C Jan 30/2018 ✦ Indexed Database API: the W3C issued the Indexed Database API 2.0 Recommendation. read it⮞
Apple MacOS Jan 23/2018 ✦ Apple MacOS 10.11, 10.12, 10.13: Apple updated MacOS 10.11 (El Capitan), 10.12 (Sierra), and 10.13 (High Sierra) to fix security issues. Users should update.more⮞
Gibson Research Corporation Jan 18/2018 ✦ InSpectre: Gibson Research Corporation issued a free tool to report any Windows PC’s Meltdown or Spectre vulnerabilities. get it⮞
Meltdown and Spectre Vulnerabilities Jan 4/2018 ✦ Meltdown and Spectre Vulnerabilities: users should watch out for fixes for the recently-revealed Meltdown and Spectre CPU vulnerabilities. more⮞more⮞Caution - comes with audio


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