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Shops Balking at Apple’s Independent Repair Program Terms

Many interpreted the Apple Independent Repair Program as an olive branch to third-party repair shops, but Motherboard has found businesses balking at Apple’s “onerous” terms.

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CES 2020: Clean Air and Clean Water, Plus Robots and Holograms

Low power and a clean environment turned out to be the themes of this year’s batch of what was notable at the part of CES dedicated to startups.

Jeff Porten 4 comments

CES 2020: Personal Arcades, Outboard Phone Displays, and Dystopian Drones

Pursuing a “better late than never” strategy, Jeff Porten catches up on interesting products he saw at CES 2020, including assistive earbuds, an external monitor for your iPhone, and flying robots that promise to stop the bad guys.

Adam Engst 18 comments

#DeathToAutoPlay—Netflix Finally Lets Us Disable Auto-Play Previews

Will wonders never cease! Netflix actually listened to feedback from its customers about how much they hated auto-play previews and—a full year later—introduced an option to disable them. Hallelujah!

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One Switch: My New Must-Have Mac Utility

Would you like it if you could have toggles for Dark Mode, Do Not Disturb, Night Shift, screen lock, and more, all accessed from a single menu bar icon? Josh Centers recently discovered that the One Switch utility can do all that and more.

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Apple in 2019: The Six Colors 2019 Report Card

How did Apple do in 2019? Jason Snell has once again gathered opinions from a large panel of Apple observers—including a number of people from the TidBITS crew—to issue his annual Apple report card.

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Tony Blevins: Tim Cook’s Cost Cutter

As Apple watches its iPhone sales growth slow, the company has had to focus ever harder on keeping its parts costs low. In such situations, Tim Cook looks to one man: Vice President of Procurement Tony Blevins.

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Apple Finishes Rolling Out Redesigned Maps in the US

Apple has spent years overhauling its map data in the United States, and now it’s moving on to Europe.

Ivan Drucker 34 comments

Alternative Ways to Protect Yourself from Being Spearfished

Having good passwords may protect you from drive-by attacks, but if you are individually targeted, online thieves can steal your cell phone number and reset all your passwords in minutes. Google Voice used with two-factor authentication is an answer for those for whom authentication apps don’t work well.

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Antivirus Maker Avast Sold Data on Millions of Users

Motherboard and PCMag have teamed up to expose antivirus maker Avast’s practice of collecting and selling data on millions of users. The harsh light of media coverage worked as it's supposed to, and Avast's CEO has announced that the company is eliminating the program and shutting down the subsidiary that sold the data.

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In Apple’s Q1 2020, iPhone Rebounds and Wearables Soar

Thanks to the iPhone 11, Apple’s iPhone product segment saw a return to growth in Q1 2020, while iPad and Mac sales were off. Meanwhile, the Wearables and Services categories continue to grow.

Josh Centers 18 comments

Apple Releases iOS 13.3.1, iPadOS 13.3.1, macOS 10.15.3, watchOS 6.1.2, and tvOS 13.3.1

Apple has updated all of its operating systems to address privacy and parental controls in iOS and performance in newer Mac hardware.

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Apple Attacks the Unofficial Apple Archive

Perhaps predictably, Apple has sent a swarm of lawyers after the Unofficial Apple Archive, issuing over 3700 DMCA takedown orders.

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Squash Is a Fun Way to Compress Images

Image compression, fun? Realmac Software’s Squash manages to add a bit of joy to a dull class of utilities. Also, there are surprising differences between image compression apps.

Jeff Porten 2 comments

CES 2020: PEPCOM Digital Experience Has Robot Suitcases, Wireless Fall Detectors, and a Lot of Earbuds

Jeff Porten checks in from another train with the items he saw at PEPCOM’s Digital Experience at CES, including chargers and robots, but so far no charging robots.