Does the NFT craze actually matter?

Hello friends, and welcome back to Week in Review!

Last week, we talked about Apple’s subscription addiction. This week, I’m diving deep into whether there’s actually any meaning to pull out of the NFT mania of 2021.

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Saturday, October 16, 2021 - 2:30pm
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How to Remap Your Extra Mouse Buttons for Optimal Productivity

Modern mice come with at least one or two extra buttons accessible with your thumb, and many also hide two more on their sides of the scroll wheel. What if we told you that you're doing a disservice to yourself if you use such a multi-button mouse with its default key setup?

So, allow us to offer an alternative that we promise can radically change how you use your computer and dramatically boost your productivity. And no, we're not overstating things.

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Saturday, October 16, 2021 - 2:00pm
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What Is a Multimeter and Where Can You Use It?

A multimeter is an electrical measuring instrument that is used to measure several electrical properties, such as current, voltage, resistance, and frequency.

Depending on how advanced the multimeter is, you can also conduct continuity tests, diode tests, and temperature measurements. Some advanced multimeters even have infrared thermometers to measure temperatures from a distance.

Let’s explore the different types of multimeters available, how they work, and what you can do with them.

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Saturday, October 16, 2021 - 1:30pm
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What to expect from Apple, Google and Samsung’s big events

Hardware season is heading for a dramatic finale next week, with three events from three major companies, three days in a row. Apple, Google and Samsung (in that order) are all hosting big events next week, getting their last big announcements (hopefully) out of the way ahead of the upcoming holiday season.

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Saturday, October 16, 2021 - 1:13pm
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What Is Room Tone and Why Do You Need to Use It?

Is there anything worse than hauling your audio capture back to the editing bay, only to find every inch of it is plagued by the hum of a nearby air conditioning unit?

It's a tale as old as time itself. Room tone is the bane of DIY filmmakers everywhere, but that's just because they don't yet know how to tame the beast.

In this article, we'll dive into the basics of room tone, explaining what it is, what it's for, and how to record it.

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Saturday, October 16, 2021 - 1:00pm
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How to Natively Convert HEIC Files in Windows 10 and 11

HEIC is a great file format for saving high-quality images without incurring insanely large file sizes. Not only that, but this image format allows you to store other data in the file, such as video and audio content. The only problem occurs when it comes time to try and get your files onto your Windows PC from your iPhone.

So what should you do if you're struggling to get your image files converted correctly? This article will show you how to convert HEIC files natively in Windows 10 or 11.

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Saturday, October 16, 2021 - 12:45pm
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What Is Collect by WeTransfer? How to Use It

When you spend a lot of time on the internet, it's imperative to come across inspirational quotes, exciting videos, and photos. It's not always possible to get through all of them at once. So, how do you save and organize a good link or image?

There are many apps and browser extensions to help you do this. Collect by WeTransfer is one such software that can help you save, organize, and share your content.

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Saturday, October 16, 2021 - 12:30pm
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Why You Should Uninstall Your Android Antivirus Software

Android malware is a potent threat. If any dangerous variant finds its way into your smartphone, it can cause a lot of damage. It can steal your personal information, serve you with an annoying dose of ads, and gulp up your smartphone's resources.

The most popular deterrent for Android malware is an antivirus app. But are antivirus apps really necessary? Do they protect your Android device from malware? Or do they end up exacerbating the problem and maybe creating a little bit of their own?

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Saturday, October 16, 2021 - 12:00pm
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A Complete Guide to macOS Recovery: 8 Ways to Use It

Apple’s macOS Recovery mode serves many purposes. From this boot mode, you can reinstall the operating system (macOS), restore a Time Machine backup, reset an admin password, perform disk maintenance, and more. The recovery partition is also a viable way to isolate software or hardware issues, and tools like Terminal, Disk Utility, and Safari make troubleshooting easy.

Here, we’ll discuss macOS Recovery’s main features and explain why each one is useful.

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Saturday, October 16, 2021 - 11:30am
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Does Zoom Mute Actually Work?

The transition to online meetings is difficult for many people, especially students who experienced the new structure of Zoom classes. The potential independence and privacy offered through remote learning meant students could go to class without the watchful eye of a teacher.

At the click of a button, students can cut their feed and block everyone from hearing or seeing them.

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Saturday, October 16, 2021 - 11:00am
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The Dark Side of Spotify Data Collection

Listening to music can be an incredibly intimate experience, and what we listen to often says a lot about other aspects of our life.

Every so often, it’s about happy moments like weddings, anniversaries, graduations, and birthdays. Other times, it’s about isolation, heartbreak, or grief. In the middle, it can even be for daily workouts, study music, or spending time with your pets. But regardless, there’s a song for every moment.

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Saturday, October 16, 2021 - 10:30am
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How to Create Fantastic Background Blur in Photoshop Using Luminar's Portrait Bokeh AI

Portrait Bokeh AI is a set of tools in Luminar AI that can blur the background of any photo with people in the composition.

It's an incredibly useful tool for removing distracting backgrounds or simply make your subjects stand out more. However you choose to use it, you're going to be impressed with how quickly you can turn a cluttered image into something beautiful.

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Saturday, October 16, 2021 - 10:00am
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