💻 KnowTechie's Weekly Download: Issue #10

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Happy Sunday! It’s been a grueling week, but it’s pretty cool to know that you’re here another week opening our emails.

I’m not going to lie; there are times I don’t have the energy to write these, but I got a pretty cool email subscriber email earlier this week, and it reminded me why I got into this. And that’s to help people.

If you have any questions about anything, reach out. Seriously. If you want to ask a question, talk shop - anything - let’s chop it up

Here’s what we’ll be tackling today:

  • 🔨 Tech Tip

  • 📰 News

  • 🔎 Top finds this week

  • 🎁 We have a giveaway winner!

  • 🎴Trivia

  • 🤷 A new moron of the week

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💡 Quick Tech Tip: Creating Custom Vibrations on iPhone 💡

If you hate how aggressive the vibration motor is in the iPhone, you can change it. You can even set different vibration patterns for different people or apps; you can know who's calling or what type of notification you've received without looking at your phone.

  • Open the 'Settings' app.

  • Scroll down and tap 'Sounds & Haptics'.

  • Under the 'Sounds and Vibration Patterns' section, tap the type of alert (like 'Ringtone' or 'Text Tone') for which you want to create a custom vibration.

  • Tap 'Vibration' at the top of the screen.

  • Scroll down and tap 'Create New Vibration'.

  • Tap and hold to create a pattern, then tap 'Stop' when you're done.

  • Tap 'Play' to review it, and 'Save' to save it.

Did you know?

There’s a hidden Windows 10 Start menu? There is! Here’s how to access it:

  1. Hidden Start Menu in Windows 10:

    • Right-click on the Windows icon in the bottom-left corner.

    • A text-based menu will appear with options like 'Apps and Features', 'Power Options', 'Event Viewer', etc. This can be a faster way to access these settings.

If you like how-to’s like these, we have a whole bunch of them here:

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🔗 Top stories of the week 🔗

🔔 Tired of the influencer overload on your feed? You're not alone! More and more of us regular Joes and Janes are ditching the public posts and heading for the cozy corners of private groups. Real talk, real people, no filters.

Why it matters: Hey, let's get real. This shift isn't just about dodging the endless parade of picture-perfect avocado toasts. It's a big signal that we're craving genuine human connections online. We're tired of the highlight reels and constant thirst traps. This probably won’t change anything, but here’s to hoping authenticity will make a comeback.


📝 KnowTechie Trivia

(Last week’s answer below)

Which tech entrepreneur named his son X Æ A-12?

Yup, someone on this list named a real human being this name....

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What was the first product that Sony sold to the public?

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What was the first product that Sony sold to the public?

🟩🟩🟩🟩🟩🟩 Portable radio (36)

🟨🟨🟨⬜️⬜️⬜️ Television (22)

🟨🟨🟨🟨⬜️⬜️ Electric rice cooker (14)

🟨🟨🟨⬜️⬜️⬜️ Walkman (20)

Correct Answer: Electric rice cooker.

Wow, if I didn’t have that answer in front of me, I would have totally gone with the portable radio. For those of you keeping score, the house has won 3-4 since we started doing these. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

🎧 Weekly Gear

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What I liked:

  • The sci-fi design is incredible and unique

  • It's built to last out of zinc alloy with drop and shock protection

  • High-quality, powerful sound

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.


🔗 Moron(s) of the week:

Headlines Worth Digging Into

🛠️ Top Tool Finds This Week

Meiro: Create tests, quizzes, and games in seconds.

Retool (self-hosted): Retool is a library of tools that lets you patch fully capable working apps.

Magic Eraser: Easy, simple to remove web that lets you remove unwanted things from an image in seconds

Rewind: Rewind captures everything you’ve seen on your Mac and iPhone and makes it searchable with AI. Your colleagues will wonder how you do it all.

Guidde: Helps you magically create how-tos, SOPs, or any walkthrough video or content.

🚨 Deals

The deals section is feeling light today. Full disclosure: I didn’t have time this morning to update the list on the deals page, but I’ll do that later tonight when I have some free time. in the meantime, here are valid deals that you can check out now.

Announcement - We’re moving the deals section to its own page, updated daily.

We have more deals than we can share, and if we just focused on deals on their own, they would take over this whole email and personally, I did want this to be a thing where I try to sell you things each week.

Instead, we built a separate deals page for the newsletter, which you can find here. Keep an eye on that page. I’ve been updating it all week with new deals and offers. There are even freebies, so make sure you’re not missing out on anything.

🥁 Drumroll please…….

🎁 August Giveaway winner: Houston W. Congrats, here’s what you’re winning: Obsbot Tiny 4K AI-powered Webcam

Runner up: Steven E. I see you with those referrals too. I said I was going to only pick one winner, but screw it; you’re getting a prize too. Thanks for the support. Steven, reply to this email with your shipping address, and I’ll get something out in the mail for you.

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Alright, I am wrapping this up. See you guys next week.

-Kevin 

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