Tech Wrap-Up 5-24-2022, which is National Asparagus Day. Sure, I could write about how asparagus is related to garlic, onions, chives, shallots, and leeks. Or, I could write about it being high in folic acid and a wonderful source of potassium, fiber, and a selection of vitamins. When one thinks of asparagus, however, one thinks of asparagus pee. In the words of French novelist Marcel Proust, asparagus “transforms my chamber-pot into a flask of perfume.” While you decide whether to flush or leave a present for your partner, Tech Help Knowledgebase wraps up the day with a summary of today’s most engaging stories from our social media feeds. We order the story summaries below by user engagement (posts with the most likes, shares, clicks, hashtag clicks, and detail expands) and by the number of impressions received. Our human-curated social media feeds include links to technology news, how-to and help articles, and video tutorials for common issues.
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Today’s Tech Wrap-Up
The big takeaway from this ZDNet article is that most blockchain and DeFi project hacks were unsophisticated attacks. Cyberattackers used vulnerabilities, logic errors, and programming flaws to bilk nascent “investors” out of $1.8 billion last year. Smart contract vulnerabilities accounted for 51% of the main attack vectors. Oh, and by the way, there is no such thing as “the blockchain.”
Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) runs from June 6 to June 10, 2022. Although the last two years have been online-only, a handful of developers will have the opportunity to attend in person this year. Expected feature announcements include a revamped Focus Mode in iOS 16, new Apple Watch faces, multitasking improvements to iPadOS, a revamped notification system on iOS and iPadOS, and macOS 13 improvements on M1 Macs. It sounds skippable to me.
The University of Oregon launched a new digital well-being study this week to identify use patterns associated with benefits versus risks. Because of the many sensors on our smartphones, the study will collect data using the Google Health Studies app running on Android and Fitbit devices. If you are an adult in the United States with an Android phone and/or a Fitbit, register for the study this Friday, May 27, in the Google Health Studies app.
4. Get the most battery life out of your MacBook (Cult of Mac)
MacBook owners should consider how long their batteries last on a single charge as well as how long their batteries last over the lifetime of the device. This piece from Cult of Mac shows you how to identify apps that use the most battery and how to optimize battery charging to reduce battery aging.
5. Web search bar appears in the latest Windows 11 preview (TechSpot)
Windows 11 recently introduced a new search bar widget to insiders. The search bar stretches across the Windows desktop itself. The new search bar only allows users to search using Microsoft’s Edge web browser and their Bing search engine and ignores a user’s default web browser and search engine. The desktop search box is experimental at the moment, which means it may never appear in production.
6. How to reset glitchy Mac apps (Popular Science)
Popular Science suggests using AppCleaner, a free application that deletes the hidden settings in your Mac’s Library folder. Read this article to learn how to download and run AppCleaner to fix broken applications on your Mac.
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