Tech Wrap-Up 9-22-2022, which is Ice Cream Cone Day. During the rare occasions when I eat ice cream, I choose to have my scoops tucked into a cup rather than a cone. I probably should not worry about the extra calories, carbs, and sugar found in a cone when I slurp up ice cream. On the off chance I choose a cone over a cup, I always choose a waffle cone or a sugar cone over a cake cone. Cake cones are flimsy and get soggy. While you contemplate a waffle cone dipped in chocolate or not dipped at all, 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
Slow Spotlight search and battery drain issues will not lead most loyal Apple product users into buyer’s remorse. Nine days after the release of iOS 16, many iPhone users have experienced slow performance and battery drain issues. Couple this with camera shaking issues, overheating, and iMessage and FaceTime activation issues, and it makes me wonder why Apple fans tolerate these technology hiccups. Apple already released iOS 16.0.1 to fix bugs and plans on releasing iOS 16.0.2 next week to fix more bugs. All within nine days of launch!
2. Mozilla urges action to unpick platform browser lock-ins (TechCrunch)
Mozilla published a research report this week lambasting platform browser developers like Google, Apple, and Microsoft for locking users into their browser applications. Mozilla believes that competition in the browser market yields innovation and consumer choice, both of which protect the open web from tech giants. As a non-profit free software developer, Mozilla does not have the same market reach to deploy its Firefox browser.
The world wide web is far from perfect. Some believe a blockchain-based approach is the best way to improve reliability, accessibility, and transparency. But where there is a will, there is a way for bad actors to ruin it. One potential result in a future web is a “splinternet,” fragmentation of the internet into separate pieces that prevent the flow of information. One thing is for certain: there is always a better way.
4. How to remove your browser’s auto-fill data (PCWorld)
When is the last time you cleared your browser’s cache of temporary internet files? How about the last time you removed your browser’s auto-fill data? Auto-fill data is convenient for filling in forms online. Auto-fill data includes personal information like name, address, phone number, credit card number, and more. Over time, auto-fill data becomes corrupted by other information you input along the way. As such, removing the data and starting fresh is a good idea.
5. How to delete history on Google Chrome (Android Authority)
Chrome tracks your browser history across devices unless you use incognito mode. This works great for working on one device and continuing work on another. This piece from Android Authority shows you how to delete your Chrome history. Learn how to delete your Chrome history on Android, iOS, and desktop.
Mozilla released Firefox 105 this week. The update makes Firefox faster and it runs better under low RAM conditions. Other features include an improved printing interface and improved usability for trackpad users. Update Firefox now to take advantage of the new features.
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