Tech Wrap-Up 5-6-2022. Happy Friday, which is National Nurses Day too. The founder of modern nursing is Florence Nightingale, also known as “The Lady With the Lamp.” Nightingale implemented handwashing and other hygiene practices during the Crimean War in the late 19th century. These actions dramatically reduced the death rate. Thank you, nurses, for everything you do to keep us healthy and safe. Tech Help Knowledgebase wraps up each 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
1. New Windows 11 controller shortcut is a simpler way to launch recent games (The Verge)
Although this feature is still in testing with Windows insiders, it is coming. When it arrives, Windows 11 users will have the option to use an Xbox controller to launch up to three recently-played games, negating the need for a mouse and keyboard. Access to the feature, known as the “controller bar,” is via the central Xbox control button when a user is not logged into a game.
2. I uninstalled Windows on my gaming PC, and I don’t want to go back (Digital Trends)
This piece from Digital Trends details the writer’s experience with uninstalling Windows 11 from their gaming computer and installing Linux in its place. The reasons given for the change include the fact that Linux is free from a central authority, free from advertising IDs, free from features they don’t want or don’t like, free from bloatware, and free from updates that modify the way they interact with their computer. The Linux distribution they chose is Pop!_OS.
3. Android 13 is getting new sideloading restrictions, but they are good (Android Authority)
Don’t freak out. Sideloading isn’t going anywhere from Android phones. However, sideloaded apps will no longer be able to use the Accessibility API. Google wants to change access to deter misuse of the Accessibility API because an app developed by a bad actor could gain full control over your device. Developers must comply with the policy by May 11.
4. How to translate emails, documents, and more with Microsoft Office (Computerworld)
Microsoft Translator breaks the language barrier wherever you need it. Translator supports over 100 languages and is already integrated with many Microsoft services like Bing, Microsoft Office, Microsoft Edge, and others. It is also available as an iOS, Android, and Amazon app.
5. Microsoft’s One Outlook email client for Windows leaks (XDA Developers)
A new web-based Outlook client, called One Outlook, is on the horizon. Based on some screenshots, the new app is almost identical to using Outlook in the browser. The article dives into some of the differences. Your personal Microsoft account will not let you log in, at least not at the moment. Users must log in using a work or education account.
6. How to secure your internet activity on iOS devices (Tech Republic)
Tech Republic shows you how to secure data and mask network activity on your iOS device. Users have the option to tweak the default security for the Mail and Safari apps, in particular, to make the apps more secure.
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