Tech Wrap-Up 9-15-2022, the day many Central Americans celebrate independence from Spain. On September 15, 1821, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua marked the end of Spanish rule over their nations by declaring their independence. For the next month, these nations celebrate independence with parades, speeches by public officials, performances, and other traditions unique to each country. While you decide which Central American nation to visit 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. Google Drive has a new widget to adorn your tablet’s home screen (Android Police)
Google Drive now has a circular widget on Android that supports dynamic theming, but it only displays on Android tablets. On Android phones, however, there are two Google Drive widgets. The first one lists your most recent documents. The second widget displays quick access to document search, file upload, new document creation, and camera shortcuts.
2. You could soon control your VPN through Microsoft Edge (TechRadar)
Microsoft Edge Canary users now have the option to access VPN controls directly in Edge via the Microsoft Edge Secure Network (VPN). Take a look under the Privacy, search, and services menu in Edge for related settings. There are three settings from which to choose: recommended (default), advanced, and custom. Microsoft Edge Secure Network is a service provided by Microsoft along with Cloudflare.
Hot new programming languages, web3, blockchain, and metaverse all require highly skilled developers. A lack of qualified talent represents a threat to business, perhaps more so than supply chain issues and recession. Fortunately, a global talent pool exists thanks in part to the rise of remote work. There is an opportunity for automation to play a key role in coding too. Automation may free up more developer time to innovate.
4. LibreOffice 7.4.1 Community available for download (Document Foundation)
The first maintenance release of LibreOffice 7.4 for Windows, macOS, and Linux is available for download. LibreOffice 7.4.1 fixes various bugs and issues.
5. Snapchat for Web is now available to all users worldwide (TechCrunch)
The desktop version of Snapchat for Web is now available to all Snapchat users. The web version lets users send messages and snaps as well as chat by video and voice calls. To access Snapchat for Web, log into web.snapchat.com with your Snapchat username and password. Although Snapchat for Web offers a limited feature set at the moment, the option to view Stories and Memories is not far behind.
6. iOS 16 notifications: Three ways to change the new design (9 to 5 Mac)
Apple redesigned the notification system in iOS 16. Notifications now display at the bottom of your Lock Screen instead of the top. In addition to the redesign, Apple also added a few customization options: Count, Stack, and List. However, no option exists to change the notifications back to the previous design.
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