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The Best Mac Site-Specific Browser for Google Docs

If you’re a Mac user who wants to turn Google Docs into a standalone app using a site-specific browser, you have at least seven choices. However, as Adam Engst discovered, there’s a great deal of variability in the site-specific browser world, and a number of the options work poorly with Google Docs in particular.

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Ben Thompson Examines US Big Tech Legislation

Confused by what’s involved with the recent bills proposed by lawmakers in the US House of Representatives aimed at curbing the power of Big Tech? Ben Thompson of Stratechery breaks down each bill and evaluates the impact on different companies, including Apple.

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Apple Releases iOS 12.5.4 to Block Security Vulnerabilities in Older iOS Devices

Apple has released what is essentially a security update for iOS 12 to address three security vulnerabilities, including two that are actively being exploited in the wild.

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No Email Issue on 21 June 2021 for New Staff Onboarding

We’re taking a brief break from building an email issue of TidBITS next week to make way for the latest addition to the Centers family, so look for the next issue in your mailbox on 28 June 2021.

Glenn Fleishman 18 comments

Apple Extends Privacy Protections to Traffic Leaving Its Walled Garden

New services and features in operating systems coming later this year will improve security and privacy for everyone using Apple products, even outside the Apple walled-garden ecosystem. iCloud+ even adds anonymized browsing.

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2021 Apple Design Award Winners

Apple has announced 2021’s Apple Design Award winners, this time splitting them out into six categories.

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The Real System Requirements for Apple’s 2021 Operating Systems

Apple’s upcoming operating systems have an impressively long list of supported models, but devils dance in the details. Older devices won’t be able to take advantage of all the new features, reasonably enough, but you should be aware of what you might be missing.

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TikTok Amends Privacy Policy to Allow Collection of Biometric Identifiers and Information

It should come as no surprise that TikTok collects a vast amount of data from its users. Now the company is being more upfront about some of that biometric data. Transparent, but creepy.

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Steven Aquino Examines Accessibility in Upcoming Apple Features

In addition to the work Apple does in providing explicit accessibility features, Steven Aquino notes that many of the marquee features of Apple’s upcoming operating system updates provide notable benefits to users with disabilities.

Josh Centers 2 comments

Craig Federighi Discusses Apple’s New Privacy Features

Craig Federighi gave an interview to Fast Company to discuss Apple’s new privacy features and offer his opinions on the privacy landscape.

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Mailplane Stops Selling Licenses

Faced with the inability to find an official solution to Google blocking embedded browsers from its login page, the developers of the Gmail-specific email client Mailplane have stopped selling licenses and are offering refunds to those who purchased in the last 60 days.

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watchOS 8 Features a Grab Bag of Improvements

Apple’s watchOS 8 introduces a variety of improvements in health, communication, photos, home automation, and more.

Adam Engst Josh Centers 8 comments

Ten Cool New Features Introduced at WWDC 2021

This year’s Worldwide Developer Conference keynote was chock full of innovative new features for apps and devices in the Apple ecosystem, far too many to cover at once. Here are our ten favorites.

Julio Ojeda-Zapata 13 comments

iPadOS 15 Improves Multitasking, Adds iPhone Features

With iPad OS 15, unveiled Monday at its Worldwide Developer Conference, Apple has enhanced multitasking to be more discoverable and easier to use. iPadOS also gains features found in iOS since last year, including the App Library and Home Screen widgets.

Adam Engst Josh Centers 26 comments

Ten “It’s About Time!” Features from WWDC 2021

At its Worldwide Developer Conference keynote, Apple shared numerous new features that cut across most of its operating systems. But what caught our attention for this article was how many of them caused us to exclaim, “Finally!”