Tech Wrap-Up 6-13-2022, which is National Weed Your Garden Day. No, not that kind of weed. Here in California, the rain (what little we had) stopped a couple of months ago. The magic of getting no rain is a corresponding lack of weeds. With spot watering or drip irrigation, weeds generally only grow in the area near watered plants. As such, weeding becomes less of a chore here. While you try to determine how to replicate this magic in your garden, 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.
1. Bitcoin hash rate marks all-time high (Cointelegraph)
We do not discuss Bitcoin price movements on our site (other than 1 BTC = 1 BTC). Bitcoin network hash rate is a different story. On June 12, 2022, the Bitcoin network hash rate reached 231.428 exahash per second (EH/s), a new all-time high. The core of the Bitcoin ecosystem continues to grow stronger with network hash rate, network difficulty, and network capacity all reaching new all-time highs. Not only has the Bitcoin core ecosystem continued to strengthen, but the Bitcoin Lightning Network also reached 4000 BTC. All bullish for Bitcoin.
2. New in Windows 11 22H2: File Explorer (Thurrott)
If you are a Windows user, you likely use File Explorer to locate and manage files. File Explorer on Windows 11 is getting a refresh. Included with Windows 11’s initial release were features like a more simple command bar, new icons, and other visual updates. More changes are accompanying Windows 11 version 22H2, due for release later this year. For example, folder icons display thumbnail previews of folder contents, Quick Access becomes Home, a tabbed interface, and much more.
Remote work, heavily dependent on cloud computing, makes it harder for businesses to protect themselves from attacks. According to a recent report from research firm Gartner, Inc., “Organizations worldwide are facing sophisticated ransomware, attacks on the digital supply chain and deeply embedded vulnerabilities.” The firm identified seven trends that security and risk management leaders must address to protect themselves from emerging threats.
4. How To View Saved Passwords In Google Chrome (Screen Rant)
If you are like nearly 70% of the world, you use Google Chrome. Chrome includes a handy password manager that stores website login credentials and generates strong passwords when needed. Saved passwords are tied to your Google account. Since passwords are tied to your account, it is possible to sync saved passwords across devices. Screen Rant kindly shows us how to view saved passwords on your desktop and on Android or iOS.
5. Chrome OS could let you split your screen in different ways (Android Police)
The ability to split your screen on ChromeOS would be a welcome change. Most Chromebooks have a pretty small display, so the option to split your screen into more than two panes might be better on wider screens.
I gave up on Apple devices four or five years ago because of repeated reliability issues with both hardware and software (and the incessant updates). Last week’s WWDC seemed to show more of a focus on fulfilling requests and missing features, some of which waited for years to see the light of day. The end result may be a more uniform feature offering across Apple’s platforms.
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Henry Irvine, Contributing Technology Writer, translates more than a decade of internet technology experience in product and customer relationship management into practical help and how-to content. Look for him on Bay Area trails, music venues, or sausage shacks when he’s not writing. Don’t call him Hank if you see him. Seriously. Hank on Twitter