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Diagnose Mac Boot Problems with Howard Oakley’s Diagram

If you’re racking your brain trying to figure out all the reasons why a Mac isn’t booting, Howard Oakley has developed a diagram that reminds you of all the boot steps, problems that can occur at each one, and possible solutions.

Adam Engst 9 comments

“Hacked Account” Blackmail Spam on the Rise—Beware!

A relatively new form of spam is making the rounds on the Internet. It purports to be from a hacker who has taken over your computer and who will reveal your porn browsing to all your contacts unless you pay a Bitcoin blackmail. It’s fake, but its use of breached passwords as “proof” points toward a concerning future.

Josh Centers 5 comments

Amazon Kicks Out Unauthorized Apple Refurbishers

Apple and Amazon have signed an agreement that will let Amazon sell Apple products again, but an unanticipated side effect is that Amazon is also banning companies that sell refurbished Apple products without Apple's authorization.

Adam Engst 13 comments

How to Uninstall the Discontinued CrashPlan for Home

Since Code42 Software discontinued its CrashPlan for Home service, there’s no reason to let the CrashPlan software continue to run in the background on your Mac. Here’s how to remove it.

Adam Engst 4 comments

Apple Establishes Repair Programs for iPhone X and non-Touch Bar 13-inch MacBook Pro

If you have an iPhone X that’s suffering from touch-related problems, or a non-Touch Bar model of the 13-inch MacBook Pro purchased between June 2017 and June 2018, you’ll want to take advantage of Apple’s latest repair programs.

Adam Engst 3 comments

JNUC 2018: How Organizations Use Apple Devices as Tools of Change

We think of our iPhones, iPads, and Macs as extremely personal devices, but as you’ll read in these five stories from the Jamf Nation User Conference, large organizations are also putting Apple devices to interesting uses as focused tools in education, healthcare, hospitality, and retail.

Josh Centers 2 comments

Backblaze Releases Q3 2018 Hard Drive Reliability Numbers

Online backup service Backblaze has released its latest hard drive reliability statistics, showing excellent reliability for new high-capacity drives. If you’re looking for a new drive, you’d do well to buy the drives that have worked well for Backblaze.

Josh Centers 1 comment

TipBITS: Using the iPhone Camera’s Zoom Button

Certain recent models of the iPhone feature a dedicated zoom button in the Camera app’s viewfinder. It may do more than you realized.

Josh Centers 4 comments

Flickr Limits Free Accounts to 1000 Photos to Make the Service Sustainable

Flickr, now owned by SmugMug, is limiting free accounts and improving paid accounts to help the beloved service survive in the long term.

Josh Centers No comments

Apple to Start Repairing Some “Vintage” Products

While some US states are mulling Right to Repair legislation, Apple is launching a repair program for some “vintage and obsolete” products.

Michael E. Cohen Josh Centers 13 comments

Apple’s Q4 2018 Results Show Strong End to 2018, Despite Flat or Declining Unit Sales

Apple had yet another record-breaking quarter even though unit sales for the iPhone and Mac were flat, and the iPad’s unit sales declined. The increase in revenue seems to have come from higher selling prices and increased Services revenue.

Michael E. Cohen 24 comments

Apple Introduces Redesigned iPad Pro and Apple Pencil

Grab your wallet as a set of spiffy new iPad Pros come to town, featuring Face ID, USB-C, and A12X Bionic brains. Apple also released an improved Apple Pencil that charges inductively, sticks to the iPad Pro itself, and won't roll off your desk.

Julio Ojeda-Zapata 31 comments

It Lives! Apple Announces Pro-Focused Mac mini

The Mac mini, long believed to be on death’s door, has received an overhaul that brings it up to date and offers configuration options that will please professional users.

Josh Centers 24 comments

Apple Releases iOS 12.1, macOS 10.14.1, watchOS 5.1.1, and tvOS 12.1

During its special event in Brooklyn, Apple announced iOS 12.1, which gains the delayed Group FaceTime feature, dual-SIM capabilities for this year’s iPhones, camera improvements, new emojis, and more. Later in the day, the company quietly released macOS 10.14.1 Mojave, also with support for Group FaceTime, along with watchOS 5.1, tvOS 12.1, and iOS 12.1 for HomePod.

Adam Engst 23 comments

New MacBook Air Is a Compelling Upgrade in a Confusing Laptop Lineup

Apple has at long last updated the popular MacBook Air with a Retina display, Touch ID, a higher RAM ceiling, and a pair of Thunderbolt 3 ports. But not much separates it from the non-Touch Bar 13-inch MacBook Pro, and the previous MacBook Air and 12-inch MacBook also remain for sale.