Microsoft recently unveiled Windows 10X, including some big changes being made to the Start Menu. The new variant of Windows 10 is designed to run on dual-screen and foldable devices that are coming in the future. Many tweaks were also made to the operating system to make it more touch-friendly.
Live Tiles, the animated and flipping icons, are being traded in for a more simplified look. The Start Menu now includes apps that can be pinned in place as well as a list of recent documents. Live Tiles were originally part of Windows Phone, then added to Windows 8 in an effort to encourage developers to create apps that updated the information displayed on them. They were designed to be “glance and go”; to quickly look at the front of a phone to see information. This concept didn’t translate well in Windows 10, where not every app fully supported the animated tiles.
While it wasn’t a total surprise to see the new Start Menu features after Microsoft accidentally revealed the change earlier this year, it’s still fun to explore the real thing now. To learn more about the update, visit here.
The self-destructing search and location data option from Google that we should all be using. Because why should our Google data histories be eternal, when our tastes and interests are ever changing?
Google has kept a record of our internet searches by default. By hoarding this data, the company can build detailed profiles of us. The profiles not only help make personalized recommendations for content, they also allow marketers to better target us. Tools to manually purge our Google histories already existed, but the new privacy tools introduced last spring let us automatically delete data, without having to remember to do so. This can be data related to searches, virtual assistant requests, and location history. Google is also rolling out a new private mode when using the Google Maps app, hoping these new features will contribute to an even better user experience.
Google is a step ahead other internet giants, like Facebook, when it comes to offering an easy way for a user to delete large batches of outdated posts. To learn more on how to auto-delete your search history, YouTube history, or Google Maps location history, as well as how to turn on Maps private mode, visit here.
Digital Accounts and Password Managers
We often talk about how to keep our digital accounts secure and safe, but in the case of death, especially unexpectedly, it will be worth your time now to set up a list of important digital account information to be shared with trusted family and friends when necessary.
This type of preparation can you give you peace of mind now, while helping your loved ones during a future mourning period. The first step you can take now is sharing your account logins and other secure information with a password manager and inviting a family member or someone trusted to share vault access. This software can securely store all your account logins plus important contacts and insurance details under virtual lock and key. Secondly, you can record and save emergency information like instructions following your death, security codes like a phone PIN, locations of valuables or critical paperwork, recurring bills or other financial account details. A note or multiple notes can be created for these details within a password manager so everything is stored in one central location. Next you can set up a dead-man switch to alert specified loved ones should you fail to respond to account prompts. You can also enable someone to be in charge of all your social media accounts or to simply be in charge of deleting them.
To learn more details about how to set this up for yourself, visit here.