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How to Use Linked Text Boxes in Pages 7

Linked text boxes disappeared from Apple’s Pages in 2013, but after years of wandering in the wilderness, the powerful layout feature has returned better than ever.

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Apple Is Pushing Developers Toward Subscriptions

The App Store drove the price of apps to nearly zero, but it took Apple nearly a decade to respond to the problem by enabling in-app subscriptions. Kif Leswing at Business Insider shares the story.

Adam Engst 4 comments

Ship or Slip: Apple Delays Group FaceTime until “Later This Fall”

A developer has noticed that Group FaceTime, one of the marquee features of iOS 12 and macOS 10.14 Mojave, won’t make the initial release of those operating systems. Missed ship dates are starting to become a habit for Apple.

Josh Centers 10 comments

Avoiding Google’s Geotracking Requires Disabling More Than Location History

An investigation by the Associated Press and Princeton University has found that Google tracks and stores your location history even when you have disabled Location History. To prevent Google from tracking your location, also disable Web & App Activity.

Jeff Porten 4 comments

Exploring Sinemia and Other Movie Subscription Service Alternatives to MoviePass

With the financial troubles at MoviePass making headlines, Jeff Porten reviews the competing service Sinemia, and rounds up similar subscription services offered by two theater chains.

Adam Engst 12 comments

TipBITS: How to Load Desktop Web Sites and Pages Without Content Blockers in iOS

Now and then, when you’re browsing the Web in Safari in iOS, you might want to load the desktop version of a site or reload a page without your content blocker enabled. Here’s how to do that, but beware that it may not work as desired.

Adam Engst 7 comments

Are We Talking about Privacy or Liberty?

It seems that both tech giants and government agencies want to know everything about us. But is “privacy” what we’re really looking for, or something more along the lines of the right to be left alone?

Sharon Zardetto 7 comments

macOS Hidden Treasures: Secrets of the System Preferences Window

System Preferences is an essential tool that lets you customize your Mac in numerous ways. Learn how to customize System Preferences itself, the different ways you can open it, and how to navigate quickly to the pane you need.

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Pentagon Puts Limits on GPS Usage

After discovering that the Strava fitness app was inadvertently revealing hidden military sites, the US military has authorized limits on apps and devices that use GPS location tracking.

Josh Centers 22 comments

USB Restricted Mode Can Block iOS Device Charging

USB Restricted Mode is a new security feature in iOS 11.4.1, but it can have some unintended consequences. Josh Centers explains what it is, how it works, why it exists, and how you can turn it off if necessary.

Josh Centers 17 comments

AT&T and Verizon Sticking It to Rural DSL Customers?

AT&T and Verizon are both eliminating lower-priced Internet service tiers even though they haven’t extended faster speeds to rural customers. The net effect is that rural DSL customers are paying the same rates as urban fiber-optic customers for much slower speeds.

Josh Centers No comments

To Send a Public Health Message, France Bans Smartphone Use in Schools for Younger Students

France has officially banned the use of smartphones, tablets, computers, and more in schools for students under the age of 15. In reality, the law is more about sending a public health message than actually separating kids from electronics during school.

Adam Engst 31 comments

Apple’s Termination of App Store Affiliate Payments Is Unnecessary, Mean-Spirited, and Harmful

As of 1 October 2018, Apple will stop paying affiliate fees on apps purchased through recommendation links. It’s a small-minded, unpleasant move that can’t benefit Apple in any significant way but will hurt many small publishers, although TidBITS won’t be affected.

Josh Centers 6 comments

Reddit Announces Account Data Breach

Social news site Reddit has announced a relatively minor data theft that’s a good reminder to change old passwords, turn on two-factor authentication, and delete any Reddit content you don’t want linked to your email address.

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Apple’s Q3 2018 Results Break Records Again

Apple has posted yet another record-breaking third quarter, thanks in large part to the iPhone X’s high price tag and the company’s ever-increasing Services revenue.