Tech Wrap-Up 9-14-2022, which is Coloring Day. It is funny how life works. Kids color for fun. Adults tend to color to relieve stress and anxiety, relax, improve focus, and relax the fear center of our brains. Adult coloring books were all the rage a few years ago. Sales of adult coloring books peaked in 2015, with over 12 million sold, compared to 1 million in 2014. While you decide if you prefer crayons or colored pencils, 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
Someone at Apple thought a Search button in a place prone to accidental tapping was a good idea. The idea behind the Search button is useful, but the placement is atrocious. Fortunately, someone else at Apple thought adding an option to remove the Search button from the Home screen was a good idea. If you run iOS 16 on your iPhone, launch the Settings app, go to Home Screen, then toggle off the Show on Home Screen button underneath Search. All gone.
Canva is a free graphic design platform used to create professional designs. Canva users now have the option to drop their visual design elements directly into Canva Docs, a visual-first online text editor. According to Canva, “Canva Docs pairs your favorite word processing features with the ability to supercharge your content with impactful, engaging visuals.” If interested, visit the Canva Docs site and click the Join the waitlist button.
3. A vision for making open source more equitable and secure (InfoWorld)
Open-source projects are the foundation of the internet. One problem with open-source projects is the creation and maintenance of software by developers who receive no compensation for their effort. All work and no pay make devs a dull group. Not only is it unfair, but it also tends to leave users of open-source software vulnerable to cybersecurity issues. One vision to compensate open-source developers is an immutable package registry on a blockchain that pays developers based on their contributions.
4. Raspberry Pi OS improves menus, networking, and camera possibilities (Ars Technica)
The Raspberry Pi Foundation released a new version of Raspberry Pi OS last week. The update adds a searchable main menu, an audio input control, a higher-level camera interface, keyboard shortcuts for Bluetooth and Wi-Fi menus, NetworkManager compatibility, and more. Raspberry Pi OS users have the option to upgrade from their existing installation or download it from Raspberry Pi’s download page.
When it comes to Tuesdays, I usually look forward to tacos. Fish tacos. On the second Tuesday of each month, I look forward to fish tacos and Microsoft’s Patch Tuesday updates. Yesterday, Microsoft disclosed 64 vulnerabilities, five of which had a Critical rating and one zero-day. 64 vulnerabilities may seem like a lot, but not when compared to August’s 141 vulnerabilities. We recommend our readers keep their Windows software up to date.
6. Here’s how you feel about a Dynamic Island on Android phones (Android Authority)
When I first heard about Dynamic Island, I had just finished reading Adrian McKinty’s wonderful new book, The Island. I devoted a lot more thought to the book than to Apple’s method of disguising its front camera cutouts. I tend to agree with Android Authority‘s poll results that Android phones do not need a Dynamic Island feature.
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