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Below is a list of the single most clicked Tidbits from each of the last 14 issues of the Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday Newsletter. This list represents a running compilation of those Tidbits that have received the highest percentage of clicks within each issue, and as such are intended to represent those Tidbits that readers have found to be the most useful and informative each week. By reader decree, these are the most informative Tidbits of the last 3 months:
788) All The Windows 10 Tutorials You'll Ever Need (8.4% of all clicks.)This vast collection from Gizmo's Freeware is kept up to date, and you can download a 125-page index which makes perusing the collection much easier:
787) Amazon Alexa Announces Two New Features: Call Captioning and Send My Shopping List (13.6% of all clicks.)This week Amazon Alexa announced two new features, including Call Captioning and Send My Shopping List:
786) Birth of a Universal Translator? How Alexa's New Live Translation for Conversation Works (8.3% of all clicks.)A couple days ago Amazon launched Alexa's new Live Translation feature, which allows individuals speaking in two different languages to converse with each other, with Alexa acting as an interpreter and translating both sides of the conversation:
785) 14 Essential Siri Time-Savers You May Have Overlooked (15.8% of all clicks.)We'll try a couple of these out:
784) Use Voice Control on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch (15.9% of all clicks.)Voice Control works with VoiceOver now, and could be an excellent resource for a lot of users, especially some who have difficulty using the touch screen:
783) A Full List of Alexa Voice Commands You Can Use (10.1% of all clicks.)Courtesy of Business Insider:
782) A Full List of Siri Voice Commands You Can Use (13.7% of all clicks.)We never tire of offering such reference lists. This one comes from Business Insider:
781) How to Add Siri Shortcuts to iPhone Home Screen (8.4% of all clicks.)This may be our first item from MashTips:
780) How I Changed The Way I Charge My iPhone and Android Smartphones to Reduce Battery Wear (22.9% of all clicks.)This one comes to us courtesy of ZdNet:
779) How to Use the Alt+Tab Shortcut After Windows 20H2 Update (19.6% of all clicks.)With the new update coming to Windows, you might want to change a setting to make the familiar Alt+Tab keystroke work more efficiently:
778) 8 Google Search Tips: Always Find What You're Looking For (11.8% of all clicks.)This comes to us from Online Tech Tips:
777) My Vote Against The iPhone 12 (13.2% of all clicks.)Finally, here's a post expressing skepticism:
776) How To Use Siri's New Queries in iOS 14 (16.5% of all clicks.)This comes from Apple Insider:
775) 16,000 BBC Sound Effects (20.3% of all clicks.)BBC has released all of these sound effects for personal, research or educational use::
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