Tech Wrap-Up 5-17-2019. May 17 is the 137th day of 2019 in the Gregorian calendar. There are only 220 shopping days left until Christmas. Earn up to 30% Bitcoin back when you shop online for all those things you are buying anyway. Tech Help Knowledgebase wraps up each 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 they received. Stories are in descending order with the most engaging story at the top. 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. Google’s new $400 smartphone takes absolutely gorgeous photos — here’s proof (Business Insider)
A is for affordable. Google priced its new Pixel 3a smartphone to attract a specific segment of the smartphone market. To squeeze an affordable price out of their Pixel line of phones, Google skimped on a few things to bring new customers through the door. Just not on the camera. Check out the photographs in this article to see how the new Pixel 3a ups your photography game.
2. Google’s how-to videos explain Assistant’s accessibility features (Engadget)
Thursday was Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD). Many companies participated by publishing guides and video tutorials about how to use their accessibility products and features. Google did its part by publishing a video series on YouTube about how to use Google Assistant-enabled devices to set up a Google Home.
4. Microsoft open sources Bing’s AI algorithm in another huge policy shift (The Inquirer)
Bing is Microsoft’s search engine. It uses the Space Partition Tree and Graph (SPTAG) algorithm to output vector search results. As part of a recent spate of other such announcements, Microsoft open-sourced SPTAG to see what developers can do with it.
An AltOS by any other name is still an AltOS. Except on a Chromebook, where Project Campfire appears to have run out of fuel. Google may have abandoned its secret effort to dual-boot Windows 10 on Chromebooks. Windows 10 requires a minimum of 32 GB of storage, and many Chromebooks barely have that storage capacity in total. All future Chromebooks, however, will offer Linux support.
At 34 years old, MSPaint still remains part of Windows. Regardless of the Paint 3D app’s existence, Microsoft intends to retain MSPaint as a component of its operating system in the May 2019 Update (Windows 10 version 1903). Most notable is a new accessibility feature — MSPaint users can use only the keyboard to draw.
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