💻 KnowTechie's Weekly Download: Issue #13

🎮 Meta Quest 3, New Fitbit Charge 6, Disney is cracking down on password sharing, and a whole lot more

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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 💡

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

🔗 Top stories of the week 🔗

Apple almost made Bing their baby in 2020. But they decided to pass. Why? Google's deep pockets and Bing's not-so-impressive rep.

Our Two Cents: Apple chose user happiness over playing boss. But hey, with Bing stepping up its game and Apple geeking out on AI, the tech tango could get interesting.

Amazon just pulled a tech rabbit out of its hat with over 14 new devices! From wall-mountable Echo Hubs to Disney-themed kiddie speakers, it's a gadget fiesta. Alexa's got a makeover, too - she's now chattier and smarter. Fire TV Stick has Wi-Fi 6E, and Eero routers are flaunting Wi-Fi 7.

Our Two Cents: Amazon's throwing everything but the kitchen sink into their product lineup. But the real star? Alexa. She's gone from being a glorified timer to your own personal Disney character. Now, if only she could make me a sandwich...

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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?

What was the first item sold on Ebay in 1995?

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Last week’s answers

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

🟩🟩🟩🟩🟩🟩 Apple (23)

⬜️⬜️⬜️⬜️⬜️⬜️ Samsung (0)

🟨🟨🟨🟨⬜️⬜️ Xiaomi (12)

⬜️⬜️⬜️⬜️⬜️⬜️ Huawei (0)

Correct Answer: Xiaomi. I honestly couldn’t answer this on my first try, and I had originally chosen Huawei or Samsung as the answer, but Xiaomi makes sense too.

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

🟨⬜️⬜️⬜️⬜️⬜️ Addition of a second camera lens (1)

🟨🟨🟨🟨⬜️⬜️ Introduction of facial recognition technology (23)

🟩🟩🟩🟩🟩🟩 Removal of the home button (33)

🟨🟨🟨🟨⬜️⬜️ Removal of the 3.5mm headphone jack (22)

Correct Answer: Getting rid of the 3.5mm headphone jack is the correct answer. However, when it came to the timeframe, saying goodbye to the home button seemed like a pretty solid guess, but it turned out to be a miss.

🎧 Weekly Gear

Meta Quest 3

Meta announced the latest addition to their VR lineup, the Meta Quest 3 VR headset.

Meta says the new Quest 3 is the world’s first mass-market mixed-reality headset. It offers a spectrum of experiences, from playing a virtual piano on your coffee table to opening a portal to another dimension right in your living room.

With preorders open and shipping beginning on October 10, the Meta Quest 3 VR headset is poised to make a significant impact on the VR market.

Preorder Offer: Preorder now and get Asguard’s Wrath 2 for FREE. The 512GB storage version comes with Asguard’s Wrath 2 and six months of Quest Plus, the headset’s Game Pass-like game subscription.

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.

🛠️ Tools of the week ⚒️

TaskMagic: This app is a virtual assistant that can perform boring internet tasks for you. It learns by recording your actions, saving you time.

Voicestars: A tool to create AI covers of popular songs. Select an AI voice, upload your track and generate the perfect AI cover.

summate.io: A tool for personalized digest summaries of your subscribed content.

Spotify’s AI Voice Translation Pilot: Listen to your favorite podcasters in your native language

Guidde・Magically create video documentation with AI

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