Tips for Living with Tech in Today’s World and Beyond

A New Year — new habits and resolutions, new apps, new gear, and new tech! Tech Bites gathers the latest tips and trends from tech newsletters and techie websites…to help you live better with and plan for technology.

 

NEW HABITS

How to Use Tech to Say Thank You

From recordings to custom visuals, here are some future-forward ways to show you appreciate someone. — Lisa Ganarek, Wired

7 Reasons Why You Should Shut Down Your Computer Every Night

If you’re one of the millions of people that never turn their computer off, it’s time to think again. Here’s why hitting the power button is important! — Sadaf Tanzeem, MUO

How to Use Screen Time to Cut Down Your iPhone Usage

Do you use your iPhone too much? The Screen Time feature in iOS can help you cut back on your iPhone usage. — Shujaa Imran, MUO

 

NEW GEAR

relaxing-gf53112293_19206 Things You Should Do With a New Android Phone

Setting up your new Android phone? Here are a few of the less obvious features that you should look out for to get started. — Ali Arslan, MUO

8 Things You Must Do after Buying a New Mac

If you’re the proud owner of a new Mac, here are all the steps you must take to achieve the ultimate performance and productivity gains. — Hashir Ibrahim, MUO

9 Things to Do Before Selling Your Mac

If you’re looking to give your Mac to a new owner, here are some critical steps you must take first to protect your data and security. — Hashir Ibrahim, MUO

How to Sell or Trade in Your Old iPhone

There’s a lot of value in your old iPhone. Here’s how to get the most out of it. — Jason Cross, Macworld

4K HDMI Cables: How to Figure Out What You Actually Need

Before you buy a new cable to go with a 4K TV, consider what you’re using the TV for. — Alaina Yee, TechHive

 

NEW APPS, NEW SKILLS, NEW FUN!

How to Use the Read Aloud Feature in Microsoft Word

Using Microsoft Word’s read aloud feature, you can listen to your document in real-time, highlighting text as it is read. Here’s how to use it. — Joy Okumoko, MUO

7 Apps to Help You With Money Worries and Financial Stress

From easy earnings, to budget planners, to retirement savings, these iPhone and Android apps can help you keep on top of your finances. — Joe Cason, MUO

5 Free Self Study Apps for Life-Long Learners to Find New Skills and Courses

Use these fantastic self-study resources to learn anything you want without spending a penny. — Mihir Patkar, MUO

5 Ways to Meet Your Reading Goals and Develop a Book Habit

You want to read more. You’ve set reading goals. Here are five ways to meet your reading goals and develop a habit of devouring books. — Mihir Patkar, MUO

 

THE FUTURE OF TECH

earth-gd31007a30_1920Why Would Tesla Make a Smartphone?

If the rumor comes true, it could help build one of the largest business empires ever — all because of a young boy who dreamt of Mars. — Erik Engheim, OneZero

4 Digital Payment Methods That Will Replace Debit and Credit Cards

Debit and credit cards are out. Biometrics, NFC, and digital apps are in. But which ones will replace plastic for good? — Katie Rees, MUO

3G Service is Going Away — Here’s What that Means

As companies shut down their aging equipment to make room for 5G networks, older devices like phones, alarm systems, and wearables will lose functionality. — Boone Ashworth, Wired

The 8 Massive Technology Trends Set for 2022

What will 2022 bring to the world of tech? And what will tech bring to the world in 2022? — Anina Ot, MUO