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MinuteHound Sponsoring TidBITS

We’d like to welcome as our latest long-term sponsor MinuteHound, a company that provides a zero-contact biometric time and attendance tracking solution. 

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Do You Need a Security Drone in Your Home?

Amazon will soon offer an indoor security camera drone, but does anyone need such a thing, or do these products just instill fear in the public?

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Third-Generation Apple TVs Suffering from Apple TV Software Update 7.6

If you’re having problems with your third-generation Apple TV, you’re not alone. Apple TV Software Update 7.6 seems to have some issues. You may be able to downgrade, but regardless, be sure to tell Apple of your woes.

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AirPlay 2 and HomeKit Coming to 4K Roku Devices

Apple may not be doing all that much with the Apple TV and tvOS, but it’s looking to extend its influence in the streaming media device world. Later this year, AirPlay 2 and HomeKit support are coming to the Roku platform to complement the Apple TV app.

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Oliver Habicht Dies of Pancreatic Cancer at 53

Of all the people whose deaths we’ve memorialized in TidBITS, no one was as close to us as Oliver Habicht. His name probably isn’t familiar to most, but he has written for TidBITS, commented on articles, and helped with software and hardware testing. He even played a key role for Take Control Books for several years. But most importantly, he was our best friend.

Julio Ojeda-Zapata 1 comment

Mimestream Brings Gmail Features to a Mac Email App

You can access Google’s Gmail in desktop email clients, but its IMAP support can be awkward. Enter Mimestream, a native Mac app that uses Google’s Gmail API to more faithfully bring Gmail’s features to the desktop. Mimestream is still in beta and the developer has much to do, but you can try the app now for free.

Josh Centers 1 comment

How to Change Your Default Email and Web Clients in iOS 14 and iPadOS 14

For the first time since the introduction of the iPhone, iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 let you choose the apps that serve as your default email client and Web browser. “Take Control of iOS 14 and iPadOS 14” author Josh Centers shows you how.

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macOS 10.15.7 Catalina, iOS 14.0.1, iPadOS 14.0.1, watchOS 7.0.1, and tvOS 14.0.1 Squash Bugs

Apple has released macOS 10.15.7 Catalina, iOS 14.0.1, iPadOS 14.0.1, watchOS 7.0.1, and tvOS 14.0.1 to address minor bugs.

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iOS 14’s Back Tap Feature Provides Interaction Shortcuts

Deep in the Accessibility settings of iOS 14 is a new feature called Back Tap that lets you assign a variety of system and accessibility actions—and anything you build in the Shortcuts app—to a double or triple tap on the back of your iPhone.

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Five Tips for Easier Rearranging of iOS Apps

iOS 14’s App Library might make it easier to find apps, but if you want to clean up your existing Home screens and folders, these tips will make it easier regardless of what version of iOS or iPadOS you may be running.

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Why Posting Boarding Pass Photos Is a Bad Idea

In a long, amusingly written blog post, the hacker known as “Alex” outlines how he discovered former Australian prime minister Tony Abbott’s passport number and phone number from an ill-advised Instagram post, got Qantas to fix the security hole, and avoided going to jail.

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iOS 14, iPadOS 14, watchOS 7, and tvOS 14 Now Available

Apple has released updated operating systems for the iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, Apple Watch, and Apple TV. We recommend waiting a few weeks before installing, in part so developers who were taken by surprise can update their apps.

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Apple Unveils Apple Watch Series 6 and Apple Watch SE

Apple has announced its next-generation Apple Watch Series 6 with a number of enhancements, notably a blood oxygen sensor and new bands. The company also unveiled a lower-cost Apple Watch SE.

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Apple Redesigns iPad Air, Updates Base-Model iPad

Apple has overhauled the iPad Air to resemble the iPad Pro and has upgraded the processor in the base-model iPad.

Adam Engst 31 comments

Apple Subscriptions Expand with Apple Fitness+, Apple One Bundles

Apple has expanded its stable of subscription services with the addition of Apple Fitness+, an integrated “workout experience” that relies on multiple Apple devices and an ever-changing collection of workout classes. Plus, the company will soon offer bundles of services under the Apple One name.