Tech Wrap-Up 8-12-2022, which is Vinyl Record Day. I have hundreds of vinyl records in my music collection. Every now and again, I lay a platter on the turntable and gently drop the needle onto the first groove. After a few minutes of tolerating the hisses and pops, I usually give up. There is nothing better, however than full-sized album art and gatefold album covers. To me, that is the real magic of vinyl since I am sonically impaired enough (so I am told) not to appreciate the deep richness of recordings on vinyl. While you walk across the room to flip the record to Side B, 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
When Chrome users enable Safe Browsing, they receive real-time notifications about malicious and intrusive ads, malware, risky extensions, phishing, and potentially unsafe websites. In doing so, Chrome helps to protect users’ privacy and safety online and across Google products. In order to provide this level of security, however, Chrome users send more data to Google. This, in turn, associates your data with your Google account.
2. How to Enable Efficiency Mode in Microsoft Edge (Groovy Post)
Microsoft designed efficiency mode in Edge to help extend battery life and improve performance when it comes to using RAM and CPU cycles. Edge already includes performance enhancements, such as putting tabs to sleep after five minutes of inactivity. If you still experience issues with performance and general responsiveness, try turning on efficiency mode. Note that efficiency mode only works when you have sleeping tabs enabled.
3. How to automatically delete political spam in Gmail (Tech Help Knowledgebase)
Learn how to delete political spam in Gmail. The Federal Election Commission (FEC) recently decided to advance a Google pilot program to allow political committee emails to circumvent Gmail spam filters. The plan allows emails from “authorized candidate committees, political party committees, and leadership political action committees registered with the FEC” to arrive in inboxes as long as they do not break Gmail rules.
4. How to Boot to BIOS in Windows 11 (Tech Spot)
If you are unsure why you need to boot your Windows 11 machine to BIOS, skip this article. For those who need to, there are two ways to do it. The first method is via Windows Settings. The second method requires a user to depress the Shift key when clicking the Start menu’s restart button.
5. How to use a Chromebook offline (Android Police)
Chromebooks have been around for more than a decade. In the early days, an offline Chromebook was useless. Today, Chromebooks allow users to access the suite of ChromeOS productivity tools while offline. Chromebooks automatically save files generated with Google Docs, Sheets, Slides, Drawings, etc., to your device to use offline. Once back online, the cloud-based apps sync data again.
6. Your Macs Aren’t as Secure as You Think (PCMag)
I still encounter Mac users who believe their devices are safe from attack with only their Mac’s built-in security protection. Plenty of information exists explaining how Macs are vulnerable to malware and ransomware. This article from PCMag details how a security researcher demonstrated a macOS attack that broke through Mac’s security layers. The exploit showed it could escape the sandbox, escalate privilege, and bypass System Integrity Protection.
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