Tech Wrap-Up 9-19-2022, which is Talk Like a Pirate Day. I enjoy dressin’ like a gentleman o’ fortune a lot more than blabberin’ on like a pirate. There be a sweet hat, an me good eye patch, ragged clothes, an’ do not forget about the cool Black Flag with the skull and crossbones. But if we must talk like a gentleman o’ fortune today, so be it. Fortunately, there be a cool Pirate Speak translation app fer that there. While you figure out if it is better to talk or dress like a pirate today, 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
More stories today about the bad iPhone 14 user experience, this time related to battery drain issues. It prompted 9 to 5 Mac to write up some tips today to boost battery life. First off, they blame things like restoring from backup, background app activity, increased usage, and apps that do not yet run optimally as potential battery drain culprits. Tips to improve battery life include checking how apps use the battery, using Low Power Mode, tweaking auto-lock, screen brightness, and always-on display settings, customizing which apps refresh in the background, and more.
2. Hands-on with Windows 11’s new Task Manager (Bleeping Computer)
Windows 11 version 22H2 arrives this week and with it comes a redesigned Task Manager based on Fluent UI and WinUI. Instead of the classic tabbed layout, the new Task Manager uses a hamburger menu layout. Familiar tab options like Processes, Performance, App History, Startup apps, Users, Details, and services have moved to a left navigation area. Task Manager also includes a new Efficiency mode designed to grant power users control of process resource consumption.
3. How to access your passwords in Google Chrome (Android Police)
Using a password manager application to generate and store passwords is commonly preferred to storing passwords in a web browser like Chrome. However, if you do save passwords in Chrome, it becomes important to know where to find and manage them. Android Police shows you how to access your passwords in Google Chrome on Android, on a desktop computer, and a Chromebook.
A growing chorus of iPhone users finds the new Home screen Search button prone to accidental tapping. The idea behind the Search button seems solid, but the placement is problematic. Fortunately, an option to remove the Search button from the Home screen exists. 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. Goodbye, Search button.
A research team outlined late last week the possibility that Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge’s enhanced spelling features may transmit passwords and other personally identifiable information to third parties. An update from the research team states that AWS and LastPass have successfully mitigated the issue.
A lot of top-end Android phones released this year use Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chipsets. Rumors have it that a Gen 2 chip with a significant performance upgrade is coming from Qualcomm before the end of the year. If true, the new Gen 2 chip may outperform Apple’s A16 Bionic chip found in the new iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max.
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