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.

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.
Windows 10 Jun 26/2018 ✦ Microsoft: Microsoft issued an out-of-bounds Windows 10 update to fix bugs for those using version 1803; affected users should up­date.more⮞Windows Update⮞
Mozilla Firefox Slow software Jun 26/2018 ✦ Mozilla Firefox 60.1.0 ESR: Mozilla issued the ESR version of Firefox 60 to fix bugs and security issues. ESR users should update. Note: this FF version doesn’t support Windows XP or Vista; use FF 52.9.0​ESR instead. more⮞more⮞get it⮞
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⮞
Google Chrome Jun 25/2018 ✦ Chrome 67.0.3396.99: Google updated Chrome to fix bugs. Users should update.more⮞get it⮞
Filezilla Jun 17/2018 ✦ Filezilla 3.34.0: Filezilla updated its FTP tool. get it⮞
Apple MacOS Jun 13/2018 ✦ Apple MacOS 10.13: Apple updated MacOS 10.13 (High Sierra) to fix security issues. Users should update.more⮞
W3C Jun 5/2018 ✦ Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.1: the W3C updated the WCAG and related documents.
Windows 10 May 25/2018 ✦ Microsoft: Microsoft issued a Windows 10 update to fix bugs for some users; affected users should up­date. more⮞more⮞Windows Update⮞
Windows 10 May 8/2018 ✦ Microsoft: Microsoft issued a Windows 10 update to fix bugs for those with the April 2018 Creators Update; users should up­date. more⮞Windows Update⮞
SeaMonkey May 4/2018 ✦ Mozilla SeaMonkey 2.49.3: Mozilla updated SeaMonkey to fix bugs and security issues. Users should update. Caution: naïve browser snif­fers may identify SeaMonkey 2.49.3 as Firefox 52. more⮞more⮞get it⮞
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.
Microsoft Update problemApr 24 ✦ Microsoft: Microsoft is rolling out an out-of-bounds Windows update to fix many bugs. more⮞Windows Update⮞
W3C Apr 10/2018 ✦ Web Authentication: the W3C issued the Web Authentication (Web​Authn) Candidate Recommendation with upcoming support by major brow­sers. more⮞more⮞
Google Mar 14/2017 ✦ Google Fonts: Google posted the IBM Plex Mono, IBM Plex Sans, IBM Plex Sans Condensed, and IBM Plex Serif monospace, sans-serif, and serif font families, each with 7 good weights, though sadly lacking the extra-bold (800) and black (900) weights; these are said to be IBM’s new corporate fonts. more⮞ Made by IBM.
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⮞
Windows 8 Jan 17/2018 ✦ Microsoft >Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012: Microsoft issued an update for AMD PCs bricked by a recent update. more⮞
Windows 7 Jan 17/2018 ✦ Microsoft Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008: Microsoft issued an update for AMD PCs bricked by a recent update. more⮞
Microsoft Update problemJan 9/2018 ✦ Microsoft: Microsoft is rolling out its regular monthly securi­ty update, including updates for various versions of Edge, Excel, Excel Viewer, .NET Framework, Office, Office Click-To-Run, Office Compatibility Pack, Office Online Server, Office for Mac, Outlook, Office Web Apps, SharePoint Enterprise Server, SharePoint Foundation, SharePoint Server, SQL Server, Word, and Word Viewer. more⮞Windows Update⮞
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
Microsoft Jan 3/2018 ✦ Microsoft: Microsoft is rolling out an out-of-band update for some Windows 10 PCs to fix the Meltdown and Spectre security issues. Caution: this update is bricking some PCs with AMD processors. more⮞more⮞more⮞Windows Update⮞


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