KnowTechie Weekly Download: Issue #8

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Here’s what we’ll be tackling today:

  • 🚨 X lost a fortune of people’s images from 2011-2014

  • ⌨️ Helpful, quick tips for Windows users

  • 🧐 A new quiz

  • 🗞️ More news you may have missed out on

  • 🛠️ Tools, tools, and more tools

  • 💵 Deals and a surprise announcement

  • 🏆 We’re still running that giveaway



Ultra-Wealthy Investors Fall in Love with This App (Here’s Why)

While financial markets tanked in 2022, one market saw its best performance in 277 years. The blue-chip art market – hauling in nearly $18 billion. Millionaires and billionaires love this market, but now you don’t need to be one to get access.

Masterworks is the fintech platform that lets you diversify your portfolio in this currently booming market. Their last three sales in 2022 handed investors 10.4%, 35.0%, and 13.9% net returns respectively.

After all, contemporary art prices outpaced the S&P 500 by 131% from 1995-2021 with a near 0 correlation to stocks according to Citi. Thanks to Masterworks, investing in art by Banksy, Picasso, and Basquiat is easier than using ChatGPT to automate your emails.

Want in? Offerings can sell out in just minutes, but KnowTechie Subscribers can get early access by skipping the waitlist to join.

💡 Quick Tip 💡

Did you know Windows 10 allows you to sync your clipboard across devices. Go to the search bar, type in "clipboard settings," and enable the "sync across devices" option. You'll need to install the phone link app, and once done, anything you copy on your phone will appear on your computer's clipboard.

Clipboard History: Stop using Ctrl+C and Ctrl+V for copying and pasting. Enable clipboard history in your clipboard settings, and use Windows key+V instead. This will bring up all the items you've copied, and you can select which one to paste. You can even pin frequently used items for easy access.

Virtual Desktops: Windows 10 has a feature called Task View, which allows you to create virtual desktops. You can create a new desktop, name it (e.g., "Social Media"), and have all relevant apps open in that desktop. This helps keep your work organized and focused. You can create as many desktops as you need, move apps between desktops, and delete desktops when you're done.

🏥 Yup, for the most part, all of those images are gone and no one knows why.

The reason for these deletions is not clear right now, which is worrying for long-term users. Some people think it might be because the site is moving to or because they want to save money. The best part about all of this is how no one has a clue as to what’s going on there. It’s truly a clown circus.

Why it matters: This unexpected wipeout is a big deal, leaving users scratching their heads and reminding us all how easily our online memories can vanish, especially when the world’s richest man is at the helm.

Jack Dorsey quit Instagram and entered the Musk-Zuckerberg fight

Jack Dorsey quit Twitter (X), and he’s clearly drawing a line between Zuckerberg and Musk. Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey said he deleted his Instagram account in a post on X.

He also said he does not have Whatsapp or Facebook and is going "Meta free." Dorsey has previously made jabs at Meta's Threads app in his posts on X.

Why it matters: Dorsey’s previous criticisms of Meta’s Threads app further underscore his stance against the direction in which some of these platforms are heading. `

Question: What was the first-ever registered domain name?

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What is the name of the algorithm used by Google for ranking web pages in their search engine results?

A lot of you nailed it on the head. Page Rank was the correct answer. PageRank is an algorithm used by Google Search to rank web pages in their search engine results. It is named after Larry Page, one of the founders of Google.

🎧 Weekly Gear

TicWatch Pro 5: $349.99

Palash, one of our editors and product reviewers, spent some time with the TicWatch Pro. Sure, it didn’t blow him away, but he also didn’t walk away unimpressed. I’ll let him explain it for himself:

“The TicWatch 5 Pro is one of the best smartwatches you can buy right now and features a snappy Snapdragon W5+ Gen 1 chipset and Google's Wear OS 3. It offers great performance and outstanding battery life thanks to the innovative dual displays, making for a sensible smartwatch purchase.”

Palash Volvoikar / KnowTechie

Just a heads up, if you buy something through our links, we may get a small share of the sale. It’s one of the ways we keep the lights on here.

Headlines Worth Digging Into

⚡️ Elon Musk claims, “block is going to be deleted as a ‘feature’, except for DMs”, without giving any details, in a reply to a user's X post about block vs. mute.

🤖 Max Tegmark, who co-founded the Elon Musk-backed Future of Life Institute and says AI may be an existential threat to humanity

🤓 Amazon rolls out generative AI summaries of product reviews to some US mobile users across a “broad” range of product

⌚️ Apple Watch Rumored to Get Major Redesign for Its 10-Year Anniversary

🦾 Snap reluctantly acknowledges and addresses a ‘My AI’ glitch. This glitch caused the chatbot to annoyingly share a brief Story with a poorly colored image and then conveniently stop responding to users’ messages.

🕹️ Leaked images reveal our first look at the Lenovo Legion Go, the company's widely-rumored handheld gaming device set to compete with the Steam Deck.

🏤 Microsoft plans to hold a “special event” in NYC on September 21, 2023, likely to announce Surface hardware, including the Go 4, Laptop Studio 2, and Laptop Go 3

📲 Apparently, it’s 2010 all over again. WhatsApp has a new “HD” photo-sending option. What seriously took them this long to push something like this through?

💻 Western Digital refused to answer questions about how its portable SanDisk Extreme SSDs. Their now being hit with a class-action suit over faulty SSDs

🚗 Cruise and Waymo cars causing traffic jams and obstructing emergency vehicles, unraveling the public's trust

🛠️ Top Tool Finds This Week

REimagineHome: Revamp your backyard to fit your vision, or let this AI whip up stunning designs faster than a flash.

Sttabot: Creates applications from ChatGPT prompts. You have the ability to train your own language model. It constructs distinct AI models and seamlessly integrates them into pre-existing platforms. This is just the tip of the iceberg. Sttabot’s maker tells me there are tons of updates on the horizon.

AI Human Generator: This tool pretty much lets you play God by essentially creating photo-realistic images generated entirely by AI.

Browse AI: Scrape and monitor data from any website with no codeBrowse learns how to extract the data you want by recording you navigating a site. It then lets you capture it regularly and monitor for any changes.

Futurepedia: This site claims to be the largest AI tools directory, and for the most part, I think they may be right. If you like finding new tools, this is certainly worth a bookmark.

NotionAI: Your notes on steroids. Access the limitless power of AI, right inside Notion. Give it a shot; Notion is free to try along with the Notino AI for the first 7 days.

BeforeSunset AI: Let AI plan your day. It’s as simple as creating a task, then letting the AI make it actionable and add subtasks for you. Perfect if you’re heading back to work or school after summer.

🚨 Deals

Announcement: Just a quick note, if the deals section is feeling a little light today, well, that’s because it is. The good news is that there’s plenty of deals. I just moved them somewhere else.

We will move a significant number of deals to their own section in this newsletter. Emails have limited space as it is, and we want to ensure that readers can access them without having to open a separate window to view the rest of the email.

Check out the new Deals section here. I’ll be updating it throughout the week, so you’ll at least have something else to look for when I’m not emailing you with your weekly download.

Just a heads up, if you buy something through our links, we may get a small share of the sale. It’s one of the ways we keep the lights on here. Click here for more.

🚨 Giveaway 🚨

Before we trek forward, just a heads up. We just published a last-minute giveaway on our main site. For the next few weeks, we’re giving away 2 Ultimea Nova S40 Soundbar and Subwoofer systems.

👀 Other Newsletters worth checking out

The Creator PlaybookBreaking down the latest top social marketing and audience growth strategies.
The Creator's ToolboxA weekly roundup of news & FREE resources for creators.

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Net Return" refers to the annualized internal rate of return net of all fees and costs, calculated from the offering closing date to the date the sale is consummated. IRR may not be indicative of Masterworks paintings not yet sold and past performance is not indicative of future results. See important Regulation A disclosures at

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