Tech Wrap-Up 8-2-2022, which is Ice Cream Sandwich Day. Is there anything more delicious or indulgent than a scoop of ice cream wedged between two cookies? A few things come to mind. However, since it is 95 degrees outside of my subterranean lair today, my vote is for two ice cream sandwiches right now, please. While you decide whether to eat the cookie or the ice cream first, 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. What do I do with an outdated Chromebook? (Android Central)
After the Great Pandemic Chromebook Rush, a mountain of outdated Chromebooks may hit the recycled electronics pile in a few years. Yes, Chromebooks have an expiration date, which is a date after which they will no longer receive feature and security updates. While an expired Chromebook may boot and run like normal, should you use it if it no longer gets security updates? I would not. If you work for an organization, that may be a question for your IT department.
A new month always brings statistics about the previous month. In keeping with this tradition, StatCounter released web browser market share statistics for July that show Google Chrome running on 66.14 percent of desktop computers worldwide. Coming in a distant second is Microsoft Edge, with a 10.86 percent market share for July.
3. Google’s August 2022 Pixel update is on its way (Android Police)
Right on time and on schedule comes Google’s August security and feature update for its Pixel line of smartphones. Imagine having a device that receives a feature and security update once per month and on pretty much the same day each month. There is no need to imagine it since that is what Google Pixel phone users receive. It is one of my favorite Pixel attributes.
4. The hidden privacy report in your phone you should start checking (Kim Komando)
You do not have to be a cybersecurity expert to adjust your smartphone app settings to achieve the greatest level of privacy. In the case of iOS, Apple added an App Privacy Report in iOS 15.2. The report shows users which apps are accessing what data. For example, your bird call identification app may need access to your phone’s microphone to function, but it does not need access to your email address or text messages to work.
5. Linux Mint 21 “Vanessa” is Now Available (Thurrott)
Linux Mint is a Ubuntu-based Linux distribution for desktop computers. Linux Mint 21 “Vanessa” comes in three core editions and brings five years of support to users and devices. Some new features include a new Bluetooth stack, Sticky Note updates, a new process monitor, support for new File Manager thumbnail types, and more.
August is traditionally a yawnfest month for Apple. 2022 is no different. Apple fans have access to various operating system public beta releases this month and some new stuff coming to Apple TV+ and Apple Arcade. That’s it.
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