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Survey Responses: Apple OS Upgrade Plans, NAS Devices, and Do Not Disturb

We’ve been running some quick polls at the end of some recent articles, and we wanted to share results from the first batch. Check them out to see how your opinions and experiences correspond with those of other TidBITS readers.

Josh Centers 2 comments

Americans Can Now Download Their Apple Data

Europeans have been able to download all of their Apple data for a few months, and now US residents can do the same.

Adam Engst 8 comments

CrashPlan for Home Ends Today

If you’ve had your head in the sand about the impending discontinuation of CrashPlan for Home, today is the day your backups will stop working and all your CrashPlan Central data will be deleted.

Josh Centers No comments

How Kids Are Circumventing iOS 12’s Screen Time Limits

Apple’s Screen Time feature is designed to help parents limit their kids’ device usage, but the little nippers are already finding ways to defeat it. Is anyone surprised?

Josh Centers 2 comments

Adobe Is Bringing “Real Photoshop” to the iPad

Adobe says it will bring a nearly full-featured version of Photoshop CC to the iPad in 2019. Will it be a game-changer for iPad productivity?

Sharon Zardetto No comments

macOS Hidden Treasures: The Mac’s Hidden Markup Tools

The Preview app has long provided tools that let you mark up an image with arrows, text, and even free-form drawing. But other Mac apps—Mail, Notes, Photos, TextEdit, and more—also provide access to similar markup tools, and now macOS 10.14 Mojave makes them available even in the Finder and the new screenshot interface. TidBITS members can read this article now; it will become available for everyone in a month.

Jeff Porten No comments

TechSoup: Get Deep Discounts on Technology for Your Nonprofit

If you’re involved in a nonprofit organization that has technology needs, TechSoup provides deeply discounted software and services. Jeff Porten is a fan, but he found that signing up for and making good use of TechSoup requires some effort. Here’s what he learned.

Josh Centers 15 comments

Apple Likely to Announce New Macs and iPads at Brooklyn Event on 30 October 2018

Apple is having another special event at the end of October. Josh Centers ponders what Apple might unveil. New Macs? New iPads? An autonomous flying car? OK, maybe not that last one.

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Privacy Glitch Gives Google an Excuse to Trash Google+

The Google+ social network has been struggling for years, and now that an API glitch has potentially exposed user data, Google will be shutting it down in August 2019.

Julio Ojeda-Zapata 2 comments

Overcast and Apple’s Podcasts Make the Apple Watch a Decent Podcast Player

With watchOS 5 and new apps, the Apple Watch comes into its own as a standalone podcast player. Apple has released an Apple Watch version of its Podcasts app, and developer Marco Arment has followed suit with Overcast.

Josh Centers No comments

Five Ways Google’s Pixel 3 Advances Computational Photography

Apple made much of the computational photography capabilities of the new iPhone XS and XR, but it isn’t the only company innovating in the field. Digital Photography Review outlines five features of Google’s Pixel 3 that push computational photography forward. Will we see similar features in 2019’s iPhones?

Josh Centers 7 comments

Inside iOS 12: How to Create Siri Shortcuts

The new Siri Shortcuts feature in iOS 12 lets you create your own Siri commands for both built-in features and for capabilities provided by third-party apps. “Take Control of iOS 12” author Josh Centers explains how to create and use these custom Siri commands.

Adam Engst 3 comments

How to Create Mojave’s True Dynamic Desktops with GraphicConverter

Want to create your own Mojave-style dynamic desktops? All you need is 16 appropriate images and GraphicConverter 10.6.5 running in macOS 10.14 Mojave.

Adam Engst 12 comments

How to Use Apple News in Mojave Regardless of Where You Live

A simple Terminal command will let people in countries other than the US, UK, and Australia launch and use the News app in macOS 10.14 Mojave. All the news is still in English, however, and not all publications may be accessible.

Josh Centers 15 comments

Apple Fixes Bugs with iOS 12.0.1, watchOS 5.0.1, and tvOS 12.0.1

Apple has released iOS 12.0.1, watchOS 5.0.1, and tvOS 12.0.1 to fix a number of annoying bugs. iPhone XS and iPad users may be the most interested in updating.