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Bringing Back the Keyboard Flags in macOS 12.4 Monterey

macOS 12.4 Monterey removed colorful flag icons that made it easy to see the keyboard input menu. If that’s a problem for you, here’s how you can get them back.

Glenn Fleishman 9 comments

Apple Brings Mail Merge Back to Pages

Years after removing the feature in a major rewrite, Apple has returned mail merge to Pages so you can use data from Contacts or a spreadsheet to customize letters, envelopes, or cards.

Josh Centers 5 comments

Apple Invites Top Community Contributors for “White-Glove” Treatment

Apple has announced Apple Community+, an invitation-only club for its top contributors, to whom Apple promises special perks.

Josh Centers No comments

Defending Ukraine: Microsoft’s Early Lessons from Russia’s Cyberwar

While the Russian military attempts to level Ukrainian cities, Russian intelligence agencies have targeted the rest of the world online. Microsoft offers early insights into what its threat intelligence team has learned on the digital front lines.

Josh Centers No comments

Apple Enhances HomeKit with Sensor-Based Automations and Timed Turn Offs

Over the years, Apple has quietly enhanced Home automations to take advantage of more sensors and let you automatically turn off automations. “Take Control of Apple Home Automation” author Josh Centers examines the new features.

Glenn Fleishman 43 comments

Why Passkeys Will Be Simpler and More Secure Than Passwords

Passkeys are a new way to log into websites and apps that replaces passwords. The industry-standard passkey technology is simpler and more secure than passwords (even with two-factor authentication), resists phishing, and is built to be compatible across browsers and platforms.

Adam Engst 55 comments

Helping Senior Citizens Reveals Past Apple Lapses and Recent Improvements

After spending several days helping some elderly friends with their Macs, Adam Engst came away with a new appreciation for how difficult some aspects of Mac use are for older people. Some Apple efforts are a step in the right direction but may not be available to today’s users. And there’s plenty of room to improve.

Adam Engst 2 comments

macOS 11.6.7 Big Sur Fixes Email Attachment Bug

If you’re still running macOS 11 Big Sur, it’s worth updating to the quietly released version 11.6.7, which fixes a problem that prevented email apps from opening attachments. It may also help clear Time Machine blockages, but it could also introduce problems by removing Rosetta from M1 Macs.

Josh Centers 10 comments

PCMag Crowns T-Mobile the Best Mobile Network of 2022

Intrepid PCMag testers roamed the United States to figure out which of the three big cellular networks reigns supreme. Also, a surprising fact about contemporary Internet usage.

Adam Engst 12 comments

Solving Connectivity Problems Caused by Interlocking Apple Privacy Settings

In its ongoing effort to protect users’ privacy, Apple has built a series of related technologies into macOS 12 Monterey, iOS 15, and iPadOS 15. Unfortunately, they can cause network connectivity issues, such that you might want to disable one or more. Here is how we think they work.

Adam Engst 29 comments

No, Citibank, TidBITS Does Not Sell Cryptocurrency

After discovering a bunch of failed TIdBITS membership renewals, Adam Engst spent the week working with Stripe support to figure out why Citibank was refusing to honor payments to TidBITS Publishing, claiming that they were for cryptocurrency.

Josh Centers 17 comments

Explaining Stage Manager’s M1 iPad Requirement

In many ways, iPadOS 16’s marquee new feature is Stage Manager, which brings windowing to the iPad—or at least M1-based iPads. But it won’t be available on the vast majority of iPads. Are there legitimate technical limitations or is Apple trying to push hardware upgrades?

Josh Centers 2 comments

Clarus the Dogcow Returns in macOS 13 Ventura—Moof!

After a 20-year absence, Clarus the Dogcow has returned to macOS in the first beta of macOS 13 Ventura.

Josh Centers 6 comments

Apple Strikes Exclusive 10-Year Deal to Stream Major League Soccer

Fans of the US’s Major League Soccer have reason to celebrate—Apple has acquired the exclusive rights to stream all MLS games through the Apple TV app for 10 years, starting in early 2023.

Josh Centers 3 comments

M2-Based MacBook Pro Now Available to Order

The new M2-based 13-inch MacBook Pro is available to order now and will arrive on June 24th.