we publish a lot of of tutorials, editorials, reviews and news in 2022, and you read them all, right? Jokes aside, there are certain articles our readers loved this year. Let’s take a look at the top ten.
If you’re curious, this list was put together by looking at the pageviews of every article published on How-To Geek in 2022. In a very literal sense, these are the articles that people read the most this year. Maybe you missed a couple of them.
You can’t escape the NFT craze right now – everyone is talking about these digital assets, or even going as far as to bring out their own. As a result, you may be curious about how to get in on the action. Here’s how to make your own. By Fergus O’Sullivan
It wouldn’t be a look back at 2022 without a mention of NFT. The year started with everyone talking about “Bored Apes” and other digital collectibles, but it ended with a pretty big drop. How will we remember NFTs in a few years?
Google is one of the many companies that love to join in on the April Fool’s Day fun every year. His best April Fool’s Day ad wasn’t actually a joke, though. It was a little thing called Gmail. By Joe Fedewa
April Fool’s Day has become an annual excuse for companies to post fake products on social media. We noticed that Gmail launched on April 1, 2004, and it was definitely not a joke. As it happens, the Gmail story was pretty interesting too.
Apple introduced AirTag in 2021 as a small Bluetooth-enabled tag for tracking items for $29. Anker has now introduced a tracker compatible with the same Apple “Find My” network, and it might be better than Apple’s own AirTag. By Corbin Davenport
Apple AirTags aren’t perfect. For example, it’s only $30, but it essentially needs accessories to be useful. Anker’s version is $10 cheaper and has a built-in lanyard hole. I think many of you bought one after reading this article.
Smartphones have come a long way over the years, but they still basically last about a day on a charge. That means most of us are recharging our batteries all night while we sleep. Is that good for the battery? By Joe Fedewa
It seems to be relatively common knowledge that charging batteries causes them to deteriorate faster, but we all charge our phones for eight hours overnight. It makes sense that many of you would be interested in answering this question.
Obsessively turning off lights at home to save money is a habit most of us have, but it turns out it’s not really the money-saving move we think it is. Here’s why you can stop. By Jason Fitzpatrick
Personally, I love these types of articles. It’s always nice to hear that something you’ve been doing, especially something you probably don’t like to do, isn’t necessary. I don’t feel so bad anymore about leaving the lights on.
AI-based imagers like DALL-E 2 have gained popularity. People love to enter weird prompts and see what gets spit out. Midjourney is one of the most advanced tools for this and you can try it now. By Joe Fedewa
Another big story in 2022 was the rise of AI imagers. As the year draws to a close, it remains a topic of much debate. Midjourney was one of the easiest to use before DALL-E 2 was released to the public. Still one of the best options.
Under-display fingerprint scanners were supposed to be cool. Just place your finger on the touch screen like you would anyway, and a built-in sensor will unlock the phone. That was the dream, but in reality they are worse than the alternatives. By Joe Fedewa
This editorial was inspired by the Galaxy S22. It had been a long time since I’d tried an on-screen scanner and I wasn’t impressed at all. After all that time to improve, was this the best we could do? Fortunately, the Pixel 7 fared better.
The art of artificial intelligence (AI) is currently all the rage, but most AI imagers run in the cloud. Stable Diffusion is different: you can run it on your own PC and generate as many images as you want. This is how you can install and use Stable Diffusion on Windows. by Nick Lewis
Stable Diffusion is another popular AI image editor that made a splash in 2022. The good thing about Stable Diffusion is that it can be run locally on your PC. It’s pretty awesome if you have the hardware to do it.
Common wisdom says that you should protect your precious iPhone or Android smartphone with a case. For some, it’s a good idea. But there are some powerful reasons why most people might not need it. We will explore the options. By Benj Edwards
It’s hot take your time. If you look around the world, there are a lot of people with cases on their phones. Benj argued that you really don’t need a case at all, and many of you wanted to see if I could talk you out of having a case.
If you are in the habit of completely shutting down your Windows PC on a regular basis, you may be needlessly annoying yourself. Windows 10 and Windows 11 include more effective ways to save power and save you time too. Here’s what to do instead. By Benj Edwards
Here’s another hot take that also scratches the itch of giving people permission to stop doing something they probably don’t like to do. It’s annoying to shut down your Windows PC and wait for it to boot up. It’s good that it still works.
There were a lot of other great things written on How-To Geek this year. Here are the 10 most popular items of 2022 that didn’t make the cut.
- Stop using flashlight apps
- Samsung just had a data breach
- This is when your Samsung Galaxy will get Android 13 (One UI 5)
- Stop using Notepad
- What does the “i” mean in iPhone?
- Google Wallet vs. Google Pay: What’s the difference?
- Why you should buy a hybrid car instead of an electric one
- 10 Samsung Galaxy Features You Should Use
- Google Chrome is under attack: update now
- Stable Diffusion brings local AI art generation to your PC
It’s been an interesting year in the tech world, to say the least, and it’s been fun writing about all that’s going on. We look forward to exciting new developments in 2023, and we’ll continue to look to the past as well. Thank you for reading!