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Apple Updates MacBook Pros with Faster CPUs, Higher RAM Ceiling, True Tone Display, and T2 Chip

A little over a year since the last update, Apple has now released new MacBook Pro models with quad-core and 6-core CPUs, an option for 32 GB of RAM, a True Tone display, a quieter butterfly keyboard, and an Apple T2 chip that enables Hey Siri.

Josh Centers No comments

Beware New Bitcoin Extortion Scam That Uses Stolen Passwords

A new email scam claims to have images of you viewing pornography, and to make its assertion more convincing, it includes an old leaked password in the message. Don’t be fooled.

Josh Centers 4 comments

Adobe to Bring Full-Featured Photoshop to the iPad

Adobe has confirmed that it is working on a full-featured version of Photoshop for the iPad. Bloomberg says to expect its unveiling at the Adobe MAX conference in October 2018.

Josh Centers 11 comments

Track Your Weight with the Eufy BodySense, an Affordable, HealthKit-Compatible Smart Scale

If you’re watching your weight, the Eufy BodySense helps you track it for about the same price as any other quality digital scale, but it can sync its data to your iPhone and Apple’s Health app.

Adam Engst 20 comments

International Verify Your Backups Day

What better day than Friday the 13th to check that your backups are actually working by restoring some critical files?

Adam Engst 6 comments

Pondering the Impact of the App Store at 10

The iOS App Store is celebrating its 10th anniversary, and Apple has posted a self-congratulatory article that gives the App Store credit for everything short of curing cancer. Adam Engst acknowledges the App Store’s success while pointing out that it hasn't been an unalloyed hit.

Josh Centers 9 comments

Your Smart TV Could Be Tracking Everything You Watch

Some television sets from major brands have Samba TV spyware preinstalled that analyzes and reports back on everything you watch. It’s another reason to use an Apple TV instead.

Josh Centers 16 comments

Apple Releases macOS 10.13.6, iOS 11.4.1, tvOS 11.4.1, and watchOS 4.3.2

Apple has released macOS 10.13.6, iOS 11.4.1, tvOS 11.4.1, and watchOS 4.3.2. macOS 10.13.6 brings AirPlay 2 support, but all the rest are minor releases aimed at fixing mostly unspecified bugs and security vulnerabilities.

Julio Ojeda-Zapata 29 comments

Velop Provides First-Rate but Expensive Wi-Fi Mesh Networking

With Apple’s AirPort line of base stations gone to that Wi-Fi network in the sky, the Velop wireless system from Linksys is a solid alternative. Unlike Apple’s base stations, Velop is “mesh” hardware, with multiple units working in unison to bathe a residence in bandwidth. Velop works well but is costly. Luckily, there are less expensive options.

Josh Centers 8 comments

Google PhotoScan Is a Handy Pocket Photo Scanner

If you find yourself needing a digital version of a physical photo—as uncommon as that might seem in today’s modern world—Google’s free PhotoScan app may be the ideal tool, particularly if you don’t already own a scanner, or have one in your pocket.

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Three Ways to Reset a Lost Admin Password in High Sierra

Have you forgotten your Mac’s admin password, or need to help a friend or client who has lost it? Here’s how to reset it, but beware that doing so prevents access to the account keychain’s collection of login credentials.

Adam Engst 9 comments

TipBITS: Compare Before/After Edits in Photos

Ever wished that you could compare an edited image in Photos with the original, without using Undo or Revert to Original? Read on for the trick in both the Mac and iOS versions of Photos, and for the even more hidden trick on the Mac that helps you compare cropping.

Adam Engst 3 comments

WhenWorks Offers Self-Service Scheduling for Appointments or Office Hours

If you have clients who need to book appointments with you, the new WhenWorks iOS app and service provides a lightweight self-service solution so you can avoid the back-and-forth negotiations to find mutually acceptable times.

Jeff Porten 4 comments

CE Week 2018: New Tech at “CES East”

Curious about what consumer electronics companies are up to in the months that follow the big CES show in Las Vegas? They’re not sitting still, as Jeff Porten discovered while attending two mini-CES shows in New York City. Read on for the latest in geeky gear, gadgets, and gizmos.

Josh Centers 41 comments

Apple Is Overhauling Maps

If you thought that Apple Maps has been a joke since it debuted in 2012, you're not alone. Apple has spent the past four years rebuilding its mapping service.