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Tech News You Might Have Missed: November 3-10

This week’s top stories include iPhone hacks, a Microsoft dev kit overhaul, and a host of keyboard shortcuts.

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Remove yourself from the stress of the normal news cycle and find some peace in technology, which is always reliable and never lets you down. This week’s most read features are full of tips and tricks to get the most out of your technology. Don’t miss our review of the best new PC for developers designed to support Windows Arm development.

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How to see live activities on the lock screen of your iPhone with iOS 16.1

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Ready to level up your lock screen? Among the updates that you will find in iOS 16.1, Live Activities is one of the most useful. You can now track in-app activities directly from the lock screen with apps that support the feature. Lance Whitney brings you this iPhone tutorial followed by demos of how the feature works in a couple of apps.

How to increase the battery charge of your iPhone

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While iPhone battery life has improved significantly since its first introduction in 2007, it can extend overall battery life and each individual charge. Lance Whitney shows you how to change your iPhone’s settings to extend battery life and where to see which apps are draining your battery. He also offers some pro tips for getting the most out of your battery.

The best keyboard shortcuts for rows and columns in Microsoft Excel

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Do you spend most of your day working on spreadsheets? I also. These 11 keyboard shortcuts from Susan Harkins will speed up her spreadsheet creation and editing. She better warn her team about it, because she’ll analyze data triple the speed when she can use Excel’s keyboard shortcuts to select, delete, and add rows and columns.

Hands-on with Windows Dev Kit 2023 from Microsoft

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Formerly called Project Volterra, Windows Dev Kit 2023 provides an Arm-ready environment for application development. Simon Bisson reviews the tool and gives a hands-on look at how the PC tops the functionality of the Surface Pro 9. Because it’s low in price, it makes for an extensible desktop for development environments that also natively supports Windows Arm .

How to take advantage of improvements to the Start menu feature in Windows 11 22H2

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Among its many improvements, version 22H2 of the Windows 11 feature updates improves the organization and ease of use of the Start menu experience. Mark Kaelin walks us through the options available in the customizable Start Menu for Windows 11, including how to nest pinned items to make the most of space.

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