Tech news you might have missed: August 11-18

    Android 13, new Ubuntu updates, and facial recognition conundrums in our roundup of last week’s most read stories.

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    Too busy this week to catch all the latest tech news? Fear not: We’ve compiled and summarized TechRepublic’s top stories for August 11 – 18.

    Android 13 and Pixel 6 facial recognition conundrums

    Despite the technology and hardware to support it, Google hasn’t publicly tested facial recognition support for any of its phones since the Pixel 4. And while the pandemic has left the feature open The Pixel 5’s fingerprint lock became an accidental feature, the customer base still wanting the ease of use offered by Apple’s face unlock features.

    TL; DR: Jack Wallen thinks that if Google doesn’t roll out support for facial recognition soon, it will disappoint some users and lose them.

    How to return first and last time from timestamp in Microsoft Excel

    Call center logs can be unnecessarily complicated to import into Excel, but this tutorial by Susan Harkins and its additional demo file can eliminate the noise of repeated calls in call center logs. your call.

    TL; DR: Use the Excel MIN() and MAX() references along with a VLOOKUP function to separate the beginning and end of the day calls.

    What’s new in Ubuntu 22.04.1?

    The first version of Ubuntu Jammy Jellyfish usually doesn’t attract much attention, but Jack Wallen advises users to upgrade now to enable security features. The release also includes a number of other upgrades including toolkits for major programming languages ​​and GNOME 42.

    TL; DR: This update also includes the ability for users to upgrade from 20.04 via the command line, removing some commands if you’re ready to switch to the latest version.

    Nearly 2,000 data breaches reported in the first half of 2022

    According to the latest data from Flashpoint State of Data Breach Intelligence: 2022, reports of data breaches have decreased in the first half of 2022 compared to the first half of 2021. But these are the numbers, and reports of the numbers. lowest number of exposed records since 2015, possibly deceiving.

    TL; DR: Reporting is slow, so the actual number of data breaches and exposed records can match or exceed last year’s numbers when fully counted.

    Google officially launched Android 13

    Owners of Pixel 4, 5, and 6 phones can update to the latest operating system, Android 13, at any time from the settings menu. In addition to updated music controls, customizable icons, and a bedtime mode, the new OS version also comes with enhanced privacy controls.

    TL; DR: Support for older Pixel phones is expected later this year, but Android tablets can update immediately to access split-screen mode and other upgrades .

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