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Backblaze 6.0 Promises “Larger Longer Faster Better” Backups

Backblaze has rolled out a major 6.0 update that improves performance, increases restore drive sizes, and offers options for permanent backup storage, among other things.

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AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon to Stop Selling Location Data

After Motherboard found that a bounty hunter could locate any cell phone for $300, the major US cellular carriers are ending their practice of selling location data. About time.

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CES 2019: Health, Home, and Other Products at the Sands

Jeff Porten’s visit to the CES Home and Health show floor included a smart mailbox for your deliveries, a battery accessible to the blind, a smartwatch you never charge, and news of an embarrassing moment for the CTA.

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OmniFocus 3: What’s New and What’s Blue in Task Management

OmniFocus, the power user tool of choice for Mac task management, has reached version 3 on the Mac, the iOS version has caught up in features, and a Web version is in beta. Jeff Porten discusses task management in general, what’s new and great in OmniFocus, and where the trouble spots still are.

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Apple Releases Smart Battery Cases for the iPhone XR, XS, and XS Max

Updating a product that was last revised for the iPhone 7, Apple has released smart battery cases for the iPhone XR, XS, and XS Max. All three are available now for $129.

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DuckDuckGo Search Engine Integrates Apple Maps

The privacy-focused search engine DuckDuckGo is integrating Apple Maps for search data on Apple devices. The question is, will anyone stop using Google long enough to notice?

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CES 2019: ShowStoppers Demos Smart Ovens, Big Batteries, and More

One company lights the world, another proposes to cook for you, and Apple teases Google over privacy while an open-source voice assistant ups the privacy ante.

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Insights into User Behavior Surrounding Smartphone Apps

Analyst Ben Bajarin teamed up with indie app developers to learn how people discover apps and decide which ones to install. Some of the results may surprise you.

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The Apple TV Remote Is a “Nightmare Horror-show”

If you love the Apple TV but hate its Siri Remote, you might get some cathartic release from Steve Brykman’s rant against it. His piece covers no significant new ground but is still a fun read.

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The Original Voice of Siri Speaks Out Again

Susan Bennett, the original voice of Siri, sat down for another interview to discuss her career and how she dealt with her voice suddenly being famous.

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CES 2019: Pepcom Shows Off Futuristic Displays and More

As CES continues, our roving correspondent Jeff Porten covers the Pepcom Digital Experience, another of the breakout shows that offers a somewhat curated collection of gadgets, gizmos, and pie-in-the-sky services.

Glenn Fleishman 4 comments

USB Group Moves to Validate USB-C Devices for Safety and Security

Cheap cables and compatibility issues with USB-C have led USB’s trade and standards group to launch an authentication program that will pair certification with cryptographic locks to ensure device safety and data security.

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Apple Opens iTunes Video and AirPlay Up to TV Rivals

Apple is opening up its TV ecosystem to rivals, bringing iTunes content and AirPlay to Samsung TVs, and AirPlay and HomeKit to others. “Take Control of Apple TV” author Josh Centers explores what this move could mean for the Apple TV.

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Is Your iPhone Calling Other Countries?

Faced with his mother’s iPhone suddenly being unable to dial favorites correctly in the Phone app, Adam Engst discovers that iOS region settings can get corrupted. Here’s the solution.

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CES 2019: CES Unveiled Kicks Off the Annual Gadget-fest

Jeff Porten starts the CES tornado with a mere gale force wind at the kickoff press-only breakout show, CES Unveiled.