Tech Wrap-Up 6-21-2022, which is the Summer Solstice. Today, Earth reached the location in its orbit where the North Pole is at its maximum tilt toward the Sun. It is the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere and the astronomical beginning of summer. While you pack a picnic basket and grab a beach blanket, 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
1. Microsoft’s complicated dance with open-source (InfoWorld)
Microsoft has taken a lot of heat over the years for its foray into open-source — some of it justified, some of it not. This piece from InfoWorld suggests that Microsoft’s open-source contributions have been consistent since declaring its open-source dedication back in 2014 when CEO Satya Nadella said, “Microsoft loves Linux.” The bottom line: money influences Microsoft’s love for open-source.
Most people understand the need for CAPTCHAs, but that does not mean we have to like them. Fortunately, iOS 16 will introduce support for bypassing CAPTCHAs in certain websites and apps. Locate and enable the new iOS 16 feature nestled in the Settings app under Apple ID > Password & Security > Automatic Verification. Once enabled, a background verification occurs, negating the need for CAPTCHA images on supported sites and apps.
3. How To Find Your Missing Tabs In Safari (Slash Gear)
Ah, the old disappearing tabs trick in Safari, a bug that sneaked through into production. If you use Safari on an iPhone, iPad, or Mac, this could happen to you. The missing tabs could be in another Safari window, in the Recently Closed Tabs list, or hopefully in your browsing history. Slash Gear guides you through the steps needed to find those lost Safari browser tabs. Or just use a proper browser.
Windows 10 includes multiple tools and shortcuts for taking screenshots. Options include the Print Screen button, the Snip & Sketch app, and a bunch of keyboard shortcuts. If the tools included with Windows 10 do not suit your fancy, IT Pro lists three third-party apps that may do the job. I am partial to Snagit myself.
Ed Bott, the man, the myth, the legend, explains to us underlings how to best keep spam out of your inbox using aliases. First, Ed goes into how to use aliases with Gmail. Next, he describes how aliases work in Outlook. If you want to spend money on unlimited aliases, Ed suggests trying SimpleLogin, which also offers a free plan with up to 15 aliases for one mailbox.
6. How to block a website on Safari (Android Authority)
From protecting your children from adult content to improving your productivity, many reasons exist for why you may wish to block a website from displaying in Safari. Android Authority shows you how to block unwanted content using Settings > Screen Time on iOS and Mac.
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