After being flummoxed by updates to Security Update 2021-002 for macOS 10.15 Catalina and Safari 14.1 that required a restart but never installed, Adam Engst discovered that Apple’s installer will fail silently if there isn’t enough free space.
The Verge has compiled a map of broadband access in the United States, painting a troubling picture for a country increasingly dependent on high-speed Internet service.
The US Federal Trade Commission has published a report that strongly supports right to repair measures and slams device makers for spurious arguments, manufactured hazards, and economic harm.
The New York attorney general’s office has found that 80% of the comments submitted to the US Federal Communications Commission about whether to repeal net neutrality were fake. Nearly half of those were bought by a consortium of broadband companies. The other half came from a 19-year-old college student.
Technology transitions with accounting packages are scary—you don’t want to mess around with your organization’s financial tracking if you can avoid it. With MYOB AccountEdge failing to break through the 32-bit barrier, we at TidBITS chose to move to the cloud-based Xero. After a few initial setup confusions, Xero has given us a fast, modern workflow that makes managing our finances fun.
The Standard Ebooks project is building on the work of Project Gutenberg to spruce up classic ebooks for modern devices. Find out how you can use it to expand your ebook collection.
There are numerous complaints about Apple’s latest update to its Podcasts app, but its nastiest surprise may be gigabytes of unexpected downloads. Here’s how to turn off the downloads and recover your space.
Apple has issued updates to iOS and iPadOS to fix the App Tracking Transparency, and updates for Big Sur and watchOS—and iOS 12—to fix a WebKit vulnerability.
Megan Rhiannon has documented how she uses her Apple Watch to be more productive while accommodating her needs as an autistic individual.
The European Union has charged Apple with antitrust violations related to a Spotify complaint about Apple’s 30% App Store commission and policies that prevent mentioning non-Apple payment mechanisms.
Apple has quietly updated the firmware in the AirPods Pro and second-generation AirPods, which will hopefully fix their sound issues.
The world may be a year into a global pandemic, but Apple is healthier than ever. Its quarterly profits more than doubled year-over-year, and its revenues in all sales categories, led by chart-busting Mac and iPad sales, smashed records. As CEO Tim Cook put it, “Another strong quarter.”
Looking for more network throughput with an M1-based Mac mini? Good news—Apple quietly started offering a 10 Gigabit Ethernet option for that model, along with support for Lights Out Management.
Calibration is the secret to optimizing your TV’s picture quality, but it’s an obscure and finicky process. The new Color Balance feature in tvOS 14.5 makes it easy, though it won’t affect brightness, contrast, or sharpness.
Apple has once again released updates to all its core operating systems with a slew of shared features (Siri! Reminders!) and fixes (including worrying security vulnerabilities that are actively being exploited) and product-specific improvements (Apple Watch fallback authentication for mask-drive Face ID failures).