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Jeff Porten No comments

CES 2020: RAID Drives, Travel Alarms, and Ridiculously Fast Wi-Fi

Jeff Porten reports on interesting items from his last day at CES, including what’s new in RAID from Other World Computing, decorative light panels, and wireless power transmitted through the air.

Adam Engst 17 comments

TipBITS: Enable the Startup Chime on New Macs

Have you been missing the startup chime on a new Mac? It’s once again possible to enable it with a simple Terminal command.

Julio Ojeda-Zapata 5 comments

Pedometer Apps Turn Your iPhone into a Step Counter

Step counting is a good way to ensure you’re staying active, and if you don’t have an Apple Watch, your iPhone can keep track of how many steps you take every day. Apple’s Health app includes step counting among its fitness metrics. Better yet, try a third-party pedometer app such as ActivityTracker Pedometer or Pedometer++.

Adam Engst 3 comments

My Last Conversation with Larry Tesler

Larry Tesler, a pioneering computer scientist and long-time Apple executive, has died at age 74. Adam Engst shares a few of Tesler’s achievements and the full text of a 1997 email conversation they had on a private mailing list when Tesler was Apple’s Internet czar.

Josh Centers 5 comments

Is Apple Turning iOS into Adware?

Apple’s services business is growing by leaps and bounds, but is Apple’s relentless push to sell services with non-stop ads hurting its core products? (Short answer: Yes, it is.)

Josh Centers 6 comments

watchOS 6.1.3 Fixes Icelandic Heart Rhythm Notifications

Apple has released watchOS 6.1.3 to address a heart rhythm notification bug specific to Iceland.

Adam Engst 17 comments

Double-Check Your iPhone’s Medical ID Emergency Contacts

Could an emergency responder use your iPhone to help save your life and alert your loved ones? Make sure you’ve configured your Medical ID, and even if you have done it already, check your emergency contacts to make sure their phone numbers are correct.

Josh Centers 23 comments

Tired of Web Sites Blocking Standard Browser Controls? StopTheMadness!

Have you run across Web sites that steal control of your Web browser so you can’t copy text or use standard system functions? StopTheMadness can give you back control over your browser.

Adam Engst 28 comments

How to Deal with Running Out of iCloud, Google, and Dropbox Space

After being warned by both iCloud and Gmail that he was running low on storage space, Adam Engst embarked on a mission to free up cloud space rather than pay for more than he needs. If your clouds are filling up too, follow along to avoid missing email, failing file syncs, and more.

Josh Centers No comments

Swift Playgrounds Now Available for the Mac

The Swift Playgrounds app—a kinder, gentler way to learn Swift programming—is now available for Mac users running macOS 10.15.3 Catalina or later.

Josh Centers 1 comment

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.

Jeff Porten No comments

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 22 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!

Josh Centers 15 comments

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.