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Pixelmator Pro: How Does It Compare to Photoshop CC?

Photoshop may be the 800-pound gorilla of the graphics world, but Pixelmator Pro has stepped into the ring. How does it match up? The answer largely depends on what you need from an image editor. Find out what advantages Pixelmator Pro has, and where it lags behind, in this comprehensive analysis.

Josh Centers 1 comment

EFF: Europe’s Copyright Directive Worse Than Imagined

Europe’s potentially disastrous Internet copyright rule update is headed to the European Parliament for a vote, and the Electronic Frontier Foundation warns that it’s even worse than before.

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Porn and Gambling Apps Avoiding the App Store Through Enterprise Certificates

TechCrunch has revealed that more apps are abusing Apple’s enterprise certificate program, this time to distribute gambling and porn apps outside the App Store.

Josh Centers 5 comments

TidBITS Reader Thoughts on the Ahrendts-Era Apple Stores

When Apple broke the news that retail chief Angela Ahrendts would be stepping down in April, we asked for your thoughts on how she ran Apple’s retail efforts.

Glenn Fleishman 2 comments

Fed Up with Facebook? Move Your Family to Slack

Disgusted by Facebook’s behavior but feel stuck using it because it’s the only way you communicate with some family members? Try the free tier of the group-messaging system Slack instead. It’s great for families, doesn’t incorporate ads, and guarantees your privacy. A little training may be required.

Adam Engst 3 comments

Backblaze Increases Pricing for Unlimited Backup

Online backup service Backblaze will soon increase the price of its unlimited plan from $5 to $6 per month. Annual and bi-annual discounts will remain available, and current subscribers can extend subscriptions by a year at the old rates.

Josh Centers 2 comments

Amazon Buys Mesh-Networking Company Eero

Amazon has purchased Eero, maker of home mesh Wi-Fi systems, long a favorite amongst techies. The move will ensure the future of Eero’s technology but has some worried about the privacy implications of all network traffic passing through Amazon hardware.

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Flickr Extends Photo Deletion Deadline to 12 March 2019

Flickr’s new owner SmugMug is deleting excess photos from free accounts in an effort to make the service sustainable. It originally planned to do so in early February but has extended the deadline.

Josh Centers 5 comments

The Lengths Thieves Will Go to Unlock iPhones

Apple’s Activation Lock feature has helped discourage iPhone thefts by preventing an iPhone from being activated while it’s registered to an iCloud account, but thieves are finding clever ways to work around this requirement.

Dave Kitabjian 10 comments

Seek and Ye Shall Find Things in the Dark with an iPhone Thermal Camera

If you’ve ever wanted to spot insulation leaks in your home or search for warm-blooded animals in total darkness, there’s finally an affordable thermal imaging camera that plugs right into your iPhone.

Josh Centers 14 comments

Apple Retail Chief Angela Ahrendts Leaving in April

Former Burberry CEO Angela Ahrendts is leaving Apple after five years of running its retail operations. Did the Apple Store improve or decline under her reign?

Josh Centers 8 comments

Apple Re-Enables Group FaceTime with iOS 12.1.4 and macOS 10.14.3 Supplemental Update

Apple has released the iOS 12.1.4 and macOS 10.14.3 Supplemental Updates to re-enable Group FaceTime after fixing a nasty bug that enabled eavesdropping on FaceTime calls.

Josh Centers 6 comments

“Can’t Unsee” Tests Your Eye for iOS Interface Details

It’s obvious when an iOS app gets interface elements glaringly wrong. But can you tell when the errors are more subtle? The Can’t Unsee Web game asks you to choose which of two iOS-style screenshots doesn’t have a mistake.

Michael E. Cohen 12 comments

Highland 2 Helps Screenwriters Balance Genders

As most working actresses know, Hollywood historically has offered more roles—and lines—for men than women, but a simple tool in the Highland 2 screenwriting app can help screenwriters better distribute their characters and dialog among the genders.

Adam Engst 25 comments

#DeathToAutoPlay—No More Audio and Video That Plays Automatically!

It’s time to take a stand. We’re sick and tired of apps (Netflix!) and Web sites (CNN!) assaulting our ears and eyes with audio and video that starts playing on its own, without so much as a by your leave. Let’s fight back.