Tech Wrap-Up Week 20 2019, a week that featured an $8000 Bitcoin price, the death of Tim Conway, National Chocolate Chip Day, Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD), and the 137th day of 2019. Today, we look back at this week’s ten most engaging stories from the Tech Help Knowledgebase 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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This Week’s Tech Wrap-Up
1. Microsoft to Release the May 2019 Windows 10 Cumulative Updates Tomorrow (Softpedia News)
Tomorrow is the second Tuesday of May. In Microsoft’s world, that’s Patch Tuesday. It is the day each month when Microsoft pushes out software fixes and updates. The May 2019 Update, also called version 1903, rolls out to Windows 10 users later this month. The Patch Tuesday update may include components that help ensure a smooth rollout of version 1903 in the coming weeks.
First and foremost, do nothing if you have just updated your iOS device to the latest operating system. Your device may be temporarily busy running post-update background tasks that could increase battery consumption. If your device still has battery issues after a few days, check the Battery settings to see if a specific app or two is the culprit. This piece offers 9 tips and tricks to help you diagnose and resolve iPhone battery woes.
3. How to Remove the Latest Google Searches from the Google Chrome Address Bar (Softpedia News)
Google changed Chrome’s address bar behavior in Chrome 74 to include both recent searches and recent sites in the omnibox results. The idea is to make browsing faster, but Chrome users have no convenient option to turn it off. The article shows you how to configure Chrome’s experimental features, called flags, so the recent searches do not display.
Slated for a June 2019 release, iOS 13 will not be kind to a slew of older iPhone and iPad models. If reports are true, some of the most widely used models are on the iOS 13 chopping block. iPhone 5S, iPhone SE and iPhone 6/6 Plus may be at the end of the iOS upgrade line. Joining them are the iPad Mini 2 and iPad Air. Maybe it’s time to trade your older iPhone in for a new Google Pixel 3a for as low as $149.
6. Amazon upgrades its best selling Fire 7 tablet (Tech Help Knowledgebase)
Lately, it seems like we have been trained to expect less for more money. Amazon surprised us today by upgrading its best selling Fire 7 tablet without increasing the price. Instead of offering the Fire 7 with 8 GB of internal storage, it now has 16 GB. Coupled with up to 512 GB of external storage, unlimited cloud storage, and a faster processor, it’s a sweet deal.
7. iOS 12.3: iPhone tips and tricks (ZD Net)
A 14-panel gallery of handy iOS 12.3 tips and tricks is yours for perusing. The gallery includes how to check your AppleCare status, apps that overuse your battery, what to display in Control Center, stop app feedback requests, and more. Apple released iOS 12.3 on Monday, so update your device if needed to take advantage of these tips.
8. How to theme your Chromebook (Android Central)
The more appropriate title for this article would be how to theme Chrome. As the piece states, the themes do not apply to all of Chrome OS, but just to the Chrome browser where Chromebook users spend the majority of their time. It starts by visiting the Chrome Web Store in Chrome, selecting Themes, and then clicking through them until you find one that suits you. Click Add to Chrome, and keep it if you like it.
9. 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.
Google Play Protect defends your Android device from malware by automatically scanning it for threats. The threat protection service secures 2 billion users and scans 50 billion apps every day. To check Google Play Protect settings, visit Settings > Security and location > Security status and tap Google Play Protect.
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