Tech Wrap-Up 9-6-2022

Tech Wrap-Up 9-6-2022

Tech Wrap-Up 9-6-2022, which is Read a Book Day. You do not have to ask me twice to read a book on any day. As an avid reader of fiction, I usually have time to read 25 or 30 full-length novels in a year. That means every day is Read a Book Day for me. On a sad note, we found out today that novelist Peter Straub passed away on Sunday. If you have not read a Peter Straub novel, I highly recommend choosing one or more from his vast bibliography. Mr. Straub was a gifted writer, and I offer my condolences to his family and friends. While you choose a Peter Straub novel or three to read, 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. Almost half of education institutions see attacks on their cloud infrastructure (BetaNews)

In the last year, 47 percent of educational institutions experienced a cyberattack on their cloud infrastructure, according to a new report. That is pretty amazing, but perhaps not surprising considering 83 percent of those institutions store sensitive data in the cloud. The report suggests “their IT teams should pay closer attention to identify and access management by implementing a zero standing privilege approach and enforcing strong password policies.”

2. Coolest Features of iOS 16: Learn What’s Coming to Your iPhone (CNet)

Tomorrow brings Apple’s “Far Out” event with iOS 16 riding on its coattails. It is a glorious time for Apple fans who try to guess what features the upgrade may bring to iOS devices. The waiting is almost over. Based on features included in the beta versions of iOS 16, users should expect the upgrade to focus on communication, personalization, and privacy. More specifically, iPhone users expect to have the ability to edit and unsend messages, customize the lock screen, and much more.

3. How to customize your Android 13 Pixel’s color palette (The Verge)

Customizing your color palette is one of the joys brought by Android 12 to Google’s line of Pixel phones. It basically matches the color palette to your phone’s wallpaper. If app developers coded their apps to allow it, even third-party app icons, called Themed icons, adopt the color palette determined by your choice of wallpaper. Step one is to choose a good wallpaper.

4. How to measure distance in Google Maps (Android Police)

Do you use Google Maps for directions? To gauge traffic? How about measuring distances? Ah ha! Android Police shows us how to calculate distances, routes, and land mass areas using Google Maps. The options to calculate these things exist in the Android and iOS apps (and the web version). Word of warning: you still have work to do — don’t get lost in calculating the total area of every baseball stadium in the country.

5. Firefox 104.0.2 released to fix a crash issue, a media playback issue, and more (Tech Help Knowledgebase)

Mozilla released Firefox 104.0.2 today to fix a crash issue, a media playback issue, and more. For more information, please see the Firefox 104.0.2 release notes. We recommend our readers update their Firefox installations as soon as possible.

6. Microsoft Edge’s new sidebar widgets are actually worth using (PC World)

The latest Microsoft Edge update added a new sidebar along the right side of the browser. At first, I disable it immediately without fanfare, thinking, “How dare you customize Edge without my permission.” However, the next day I added it back, if for no other reason than to check it out (then disable it again, if needed). By default, Edge users see icons for Search, Discover, Tools, Games, Office, and Outlook. Users have the option to enable or disable the icons or to remove the new sidebar if so desired.

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