Dell has issued a security update to fix a vulnerability in its driver file dbutil_2_3.sys which runs on Microsoft Windows-based systems. This can be resolved by running Dell Security Advisory Update – DSA-2021-088. More information is available at the update FAQ page.
Dell SupportAssist will display driver, BIOS, and firmware updates that are available for Dell personal PCs and tablets that run Windows. Dell also has other self service update support options.
Several security updates were issued for iPhone and other Apple devices on May 3rd and 4th of 2021 to fix WebKit flaws:
Major technology companies will hold their annual developer conferences in the summer of 2021:
ParkMobile, a vehicle parking app which is used in several major cities in the U.S. under various names, has released details for a security incident with its vehicle parking app in March of 2021. License plate numbers and some email addresses and/or phone numbers were included in this incident, but not credit cards or drivers license numbers.
T-Mobile has a new high-speed home internet service with no current data caps available in selected areas. More information is available at their FAQ page.
Facebook has released a response to recent reports of 530 million user accounts made publicly available in an unsecured database. Facebook states that their systems were not hacked, but user data was scraped from its platform prior to September 2019. Facebook also states that the issue was corrected at that time and should not happen again.
The following free online Microsoft Azure events will be held online in April and May of 2021:
Google has added new features to celebrate 10 years of Chromebooks as part of Chrome OS 89. These include:
- Phone Hub
- Quick Answers
- Tote file manager
- Nearby Share
- Select-to-speak enhancements
- Screen Capture and media controls added to Quick Settings menu
Chrome OS is currently the second most popular operating system, according to Google.
A full list of Chromebook keyboard shortcuts may be found here.
U.S. Hospitals must list the price they charge for at least 300 different services as of January 1, 2021 according to the new Hospital Price Transparency law. The price lists must be in a consumer-friendly display format as well as downloadable data file formats on each hospital’s website. More resources regarding this new rule can be found at www.cms.gov/hospital-price-transparency/resources.
The No Surprises Act of 2020 is a separate ruling that expands restrictions on charging health care plan holders out-of-network rates for certain services. This is set to go into effect in 2022.