💻 KnowTechie's Weekly Download: Issue #12

📱iPhone 15 Reviews, iOS 17 favorites, and paying for Twitter?

Welcome to KnowTechie’s Weekly Download. We know life gets busy, so we've compiled the most important tech stories you might have missed this week. So grab a coffee, and let’s get started! If this email was forwarded to you, click here to subscribe to the newsletter. Missed an issue? Here's an archive of past newsletters.

Happy Monday! Hey, look at that: a Monday delivery. While I usually tend to aim for a weekend delivery, it’s been hard finding the time. Fall is coming, and that usually means a ton of yard work. And right now, I’m reseeding my lawn, or at least attempting to if the rain ever holds out.

Either way, I’ll try to aim for weekends, but if worse comes to worse, you’ll see some occasional Monday deliveries. I apologize in advance, but let’s face it, it’s probably not the end of the world for you either.

If you want to help, contribute, or suggest a tool or tip, we’re all ears. Feel free to reply. 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 Tips

  • 📰 News

  • 🔎 Top finds this week

  • 💻 Weekly Gear

  • 🎴Trivia

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💡 Quick Tech Tip 💡

Quick Tech Hack: Transform Your Headphones into a Microphone

Ever found yourself in need of a microphone but didn't have one at hand? Don't worry, we've got you covered.

Here's a simple trick: Grab those headphones you have lying around and plug them into the microphone jack on your computer.

Voila! You've got yourself an instant microphone. It's not exactly a secret trick, but if you're hearing about it for the first time, it might just blow your mind!

Protect Your Eyes with Night Light Feature on Your Computer

Are you one of those night owls who loves to work or play on your computer when the sun goes down? We have a handy tip for you that can help protect your eyes and improve your sleep.

Both Windows and macOS come with a built-in feature called Night Light (or Night Shift for Mac).

Here's how to enable it:

For Windows users:

  1. Type 'Night Light' in the search bar.

  2. Click on the first result.

  3. Select 'Turn on now.'

For Mac users:

  1. Click the Apple menu in the top menu bar and select 'System Preferences.'

  2. Go to 'Displays.'

  3. Click on 'Night Shift.'

  4. From here, you can turn on Night Shift, schedule it for a specific time, and adjust the color temperature.

Remember, your health is important, even when you're lost in the digital world.

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 🔗

Tech enthusiasts and iPhone lovers alike have been holding their breath in anticipation of Apple’s latest offerings, the iPhone 15 and 15 Plus.

As the dust settles from the launch, it’s time to take a deep dive into what these devices bring to the table.

And since Apple doesn’t provide KnowTechie with early review units, we scoured the web for the most trusted voices in tech to bring you an unbiased, comprehensive review roundup of Apple’s latest flagship.

It’s clear that Apple’s latest iOS 17 update brings some exciting features to the table. From the conversational capabilities of Siri to the offline functionality of Apple Maps, there are plenty of reasons to consider downloading it.

And let’s not forget about NameDrop, a way to share contact details with just a simple phone-to-phone gesture.

Don’t miss out on these game-changing updates – download iOS 17 now and experience the future of Apple’s operating system.

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📝 KnowTechie Trivia

(Last week’s answer below)

This week’s trivia has two questions. One is moderately difficult, and the other is somewhat easier. Can you answer both correctly?

Which company first introduced the concept of "edge-to-edge" display in smartphones?

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What significant change did Apple make to its iPhone 7 model that has been followed in subsequent models?

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Last week’s answer

What does the '5G' in 5G Network stand for?

🟩🟩🟩🟩🟩🟩 5th Generation (35)

⬜️⬜️⬜️⬜️⬜️⬜️ 5 Gigabytes (0)

🟨🟨🟨⬜️⬜️⬜️ 5 Gigahertz (23)

🟨⬜️⬜️⬜️⬜️⬜️ 5th Gear (1)

Correct Answer: Generation

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🎧 Weekly Gear

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🛠️ Top Tool Finds This Week

DALL·E 3: Easily translate ideas from plain text into exceptionally accurate images.

Baron AI: Use ChatGPT in any app, natively on Windows, Mac and Linux.

Podcastle: A web-based recording and editing platform that lets you record studio-quality audio and video without leaving your computer.

EmailMagic AI: This tool will help you write your emails ten times faster. It analyses your writing style, writing just like you but much faster and professionally.

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

-Kevin 

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