Tech Wrap-Up 9-9-2022, which is Sudoku Day. Why is today Sudoku Day? Sudoku players know it is because of its 9×9 grid (and the 3×3 subgrids). The name Suduko means “single number.” Originally known as “number place,” Sudoku is a pretty new game that first appeared in United States newspapers in 2004. Players fill the grid with all digits from 1 to 9 so that each column, row, and subgrid contains all the digits. Give it a try! While you decide to play Sudoku or stick with color by numbers, 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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1. iPhone 14 launch plagued by major Apple Store errors (9 to 5 Mac)
Cannot connect to the Apple Store. You must connect to the Internet to access the Apple Store. Page Not Found. If these messages sound familiar to you, you probably tried to order a new iPhone 14 model today. 9 to 5 Mac describes the iPhone 14 launch and order process as “anything but smooth,” “going through some major issues,” and “far from reliable.” I purchased a phone in October with a five-year minimum lifespan. Needless to say, I did not queue up this morning to participate in the launch mayhem, nor will I for at least the next four years (and when I do, it won’t be for an Apple device).
2. Microsoft Edge’s “wallet” feature will help you manage saved credit cards (XDA Developers)
The Microsoft Edge wallet-in-testing allows Edge users to manage credit cards and personalized offers via Microsoft Rewards. Wallet users have the opportunity to apply coupons automatically, receive cashback on select purchases up to 10% back, and view personalized deals on products. It is important to note that not all Edge users see the wallet feature yet. To check if you have access to it, visit edge://wallet in Edge.
In keeping with the “new stuff from Microsoft” theme, our friends in Redmond, WA, are testing a tablet-friendly taskbar in Windows 11. What makes this particular taskbar tablet friendly is its ability to hide when not in use. The hidden taskbar allows for more screen space on a tablet. The taskbar does not disappear altogether — a sliver remains visible to display important items like time and battery percentage.
4. How to edit the footer in WordPress (Android Authority)
WordPress is very customizable. Customization extends to a WordPress site’s footer too. Keep in mind that customizing the footer depends on your WordPress theme. This article from Android Authority explains how to customize the WordPress footer if you are using a standard free 2022 WordPress theme. They also explain how to remove the “Proudly powered by WordPress” link from the footer.
If you seek to up your mobile phone privacy game, you may find a mobile VPN indispensable. The instructions for setting up a VPN on your phone are phone agnostic — a VPN boosts privacy on iOS and Android devices. CNet notes that privacy limitations exist for iOS users because new research suggests iOS browsing and internet data might transmit to Apple despite using a VPN.
6. The best secret Android settings, and how to enable them (Android Central)
The secret Android settings referenced in this piece are dialer codes. Whataler codes? Dialer codes are a series of numbers and special characters tapped into your Android phone’s dialer to execute certain features and functions. For example, launch your Phone app and tap *#*#4636#*#* into your keypad. You should see your device’s testing menu display. Use it to check your phone information, usage stats, Wi-Fi information, and more.
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