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Two Wallet Cases: Twelve South BookBook Vol. 2 and Ekster iPhone 11 Pro Case

Looking for a wallet case for an iPhone 11 Pro? Adam Engst looks at a pair of wallet cases from Twelve South and Ekster that promise to protect your iPhone 11 Pro and let you leave your wallet at home.

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TipBITS: Replace a Shared Dropbox File without Changing Its Link

If you have shared a file in Dropbox but now need to replace it without changing the previously shared link, don’t replace the file in the Finder. Adam Engst explains what to do instead.

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2019 Mac Pro and Pro Display XDR: Big Iron for Big Bucks

As promised, Apple has released the powerful Mac Pro and Pro Display XDR before the end of 2019. Not by a lot, but if you get your order in soon, Apple will even deliver them before January. Just be prepared to pony up a chunk of change.

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Apple Pushes Out iOS 13.3, iPadOS 13.3, iOS 13.3 for HomePod, macOS 10.15.2 Catalina, watchOS 6.1.1, and tvOS 13.2

Apple’s getting ready to hunker down for the holidays, so the company has updated all of its shipping operating systems with bug fixes and a few features.

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Will You Support TidBITS in 2020?

We’re coming up on our 30th anniversary in April 2020, but the only way TidBITS can keep bringing you the Apple news, advice, and technical details you need is if you chip in to make it happen. Join the TidBITS membership program today!

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Apple Approves Alternative Apple TV Remote for Salty Swiss

Apple TV users in Switzerland got so fed up with Apple’s remote control that Swiss telecom Salt made its own, with help from Apple. Alas, they’re not currently available outside the country.

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Apple’s Explanation for Unexpected iPhone 11 Location Requests

The iPhone 11 models are regularly gathering location data, even when location access is turned off for all apps and services. Why? Security researcher Brian Krebs has received answers from Apple, but they’re not entirely satisfactory.

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Resources for Adapting to zsh in Catalina

One of the big changes in macOS 10.15 Catalina is that Apple has replaced the default bash shell in Terminal with zsh, a move that is sure to cause headaches for system administrators. Josh Centers offers some resources to help you adapt to the change.

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Worried about 5G and Cancer? Here’s Why Wireless Networks Pose No Known Health Risk

Despite widely spread misinformation, decades of studies demonstrate that wireless data networks—including newer 5G cellular networks—pose no elevated risk for cancer or other illnesses.

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VueScan: Not the ScanSnap Replacement You’re Looking For

If you have a ScanSnap S1300, S1500, or S1500M scanner, you should be legitimately worried that its 32-bit software will no longer run in macOS 10.15 Catalina. Dave Kitabjian discusses your options, with an in-depth look at third-party scanner software VueScan.

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Jamf and the Matter Innovation Hub

One of the most interesting aspects of the Jamf Nation User Conference has been the Innovation Hub educational outreach program for schools in developing nations, instantiated last year by a classroom in a shipping container. Adam Engst describes where the Innovation Hub program came from and where it’s going.

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iOS 13 Bugs Cause Apple to Overhaul Software Testing

In the wake of complaints about iOS 13, Apple is revising its internal testing procedures, but the company’s proposed changes don’t address all the concerns laid out by former Apple engineer David Shayer.

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TipBITS: Scroll More Quickly in iOS 13

In iOS 13 and iPadOS 13, Apple added scroll bar functionality that lets you quickly scroll through long documents and Web pages. It’s about time the iOS scroll bar did more than indicate your position in a document.

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No TidBITS Issue on 2 December 2019

We’re taking the next email issue of TidBITS off to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday in the United States, although we’ll continue to publish articles on our Web site. You can look forward to the next email issue on 9 December 2019.

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Amazon’s Ring Doorbells Sent Wi-Fi Passwords in the Clear

Security researchers have revealed that Amazon’s Ring doorbells were transmitting Wi-Fi passwords in the clear. That’s now fixed, but what other devices might be exposing your network traffic?