Weekly Tech Wrap-Up 9-23-2023, a week in which Linux for beginners, coding jobs safe from AI, changing the Safari private browsing search engine in iOS 17, and Chrome’s new ‘read aloud’ mode captivated our readers the most. Today, we look back at this week’s ten most engaging articles from the Tech Help Knowledgebase social media feeds. We order the summaries below by user engagement — the stories our users interacted with the most. Articles are in descending order, with the most engaging story first. 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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Top 10 Most Engaging Stories This Week
Linux is a family of operating systems that use the Linux kernel. Many different distributions of Linux exist, and they run on devices like laptops, desktops, and servers. Linux is a good choice for beginners because it is free and open-source and comes with support available from a large user and developer community. To get started with Linux, choose a distribution and install it on your computer. Once installed, explore the desktop environment and install applications. The many different desktop environments make it easy to choose one that suits your needs.
Some fear exists that AI will replace software engineers. Although there is a history of failed attempts to automate programming tasks, AI will instead make software engineers more productive and essential by eliminating dull tasks.
This article explains how to change the search engine in Safari private browsing in iOS 17. It discusses what private browsing is, how it has changed in iOS 17, and how to change the search engine in private browsing. Private browsing now allows users to choose a different search engine than the one they use in regular browsing. The default search engine for private browsing is the same as the default search engine for regular browsing.
Google Chrome is testing a new read-aloud feature that helps visually impaired people or those with difficulty reading. The feature is still under development and is only available in the Canary build of Chrome. Read-aloud includes a visual component that highlights each sentence when read.
iOS 17 brings five new security features to the iPhone: requiring Face ID to unlock private browsing, better tracking prevention, automatically deleting verification codes, new Photos privacy permissions, and automatic Check-In texts in Messages. Users may choose whether to share their entire photo library with apps or just specific photos. Check-In can automatically alert friends or family when you have reached a desired destination.
Anyone picking up a new iPhone 15 should change these 4 iOS 17 settings: Turn on Face ID to browse privately in Safari, automatically delete your verification codes, make haptic feedback faster, and enable the Level feature for your camera.
Apple’s new security and privacy features in iOS 17 include protecting high-risk users like journalists and activists, anti-tracking features, and password sharing. iOS 17 also includes Lockdown Mode, which disables certain features to make iPhones more secure, and passkeys, which offer a phishing-resistant password alternative.
The latest Signal Messenger update adds quantum-resistant encryption to safeguard against future quantum computing breaking existing encryption. Signal uses a hybrid approach to quantum-resistant encryption and will disable the old encryption protocol after everyone updates.
Apple introduces a new Optimized Charging feature with the release of the iPhone 15 Pro. This feature reduces the time the iPhone spends at 100% charge, which helps to extend battery life. Optimized Charging uses machine learning to learn your daily charging routine and adjust charging accordingly. Users have the option to disable Optimized Charging if desired.
There is a growing popularity of secure browsers. The trend of cloud-based businesses moving to browser-based applications has led to an increase in cyberattacks targeting browsers. Secure browsers and browser isolation protect against these attacks. Companies are increasingly deploying secure browser solutions as a result.
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