Tech Wrap-Up 8-4-2022

Tech Wrap-Up 8-4-2022

Tech Wrap-Up 8-4-2022, which is Chocolate Chip Cookie Day. The ubiquitous and versatile chocolate chip cookie. Eat it raw, or eat it baked. Put it in ice cream, put it on ice cream, or wedge ice cream between them. Dip it in coffee, milk, or hot chocolate, or do not dip it at all. Any way you slice it, chocolate chip cookies are a sumptuous confection. While you try to fish a sunken cookie from the depths of a pint of milk, 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. The iPhone 14 will lag behind flagship Android smartphones (ZDNet)

This piece from ZDNet posits that Apple may have an obsession with creating an iPhone vs. iPhone Pro feature gap. The generated gap positions the iPhone 14 as a mediocre choice for those seeking to move from Android to iOS. If true, Android users may have no budget-friendly iPhone choice to migrate to because their existing phones have better features.

2. 4 Helpful iPhone and Android Tricks You May Not Know About (The New York Times)

iOS and Android phones have so many features that users may not know them all. As such, some overlooked features may exist on both platforms. For example, the Maps app uses the camera and augmented reality to help users orient themselves on the ground. Both platforms allow users to scan documents and QR codes. Users also have the ability to identify songs using either Shazam or the Now Playing feature on Android.

3. Which Browser Engine Powers Your Web Browsing and Why Does It Matter? (Gizmodo)

We talk a lot about web browsers on this site, but we do not mention browser engines all that much. Each web browser uses a browser engine, a rendering engine, and a Javascript engine. These three engines work together to turn raw code into the pretty web pages we see each day. There are three primary engines that power popular web browsers: Blink (which powers Chrome, Edge, Opera, Brave, and Vivaldi), Quantum (which powers Firefox, and WebKit (which powers Safari).

4. Shield Your Internet History: How to Clear Your Cache on Any Browser (PCMag)

It used to be that you cleared your browser’s cache of temporary internet files to free up storage on a device. That is still true today, but your internet history is like a fingerprint that your device retains indefinitely. If you share a device with people you know or it becomes compromised by bad actors, your history could be used against you. One remedy is to clear your cache.

5. Microsoft Edge is finally on the up following Internet Explorer retirement (Tech Radar)

Google Chrome is so far ahead in web browser market share that another browser may never surpass it. Now that Microsoft has finally banished Internet Explorer into the netherworld, Edge saw a market share increase in July. The latest statistics from Statcounter show Edge with a 10.62 percent global market share on desktop computers. By comparison, Chrome has a 66.93 percent market share.

6. How to use Spotlight in macOS Ventura (Apple Insider)

Spotlight is a search mechanism on macOS used to locate files, apps, emails, and more. macOS Ventura, due for production release this fall, brings some new features to Spotlight. New features include previewing files, local and web image search, quick actions, and more.

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