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No Email Issue on 30 May 2022 for Memorial Day

We’re taking a brief break from building an email issue of TidBITS next week in honor of the Memorial Day holiday in the United States, so look for the next issue in your mailbox on 6 June 2022.

Adam Engst 1 comment

How to Use Extra Space on an APFS Time Machine Drive

Want to use the extra space on your APFS-formatted Time Machine drive to store non-backup files? Howard Oakley explains how you can make that possible by creating an APFS volume or an APFS container.

Adam Engst 43 comments

Five Enhancements for Future Apple Operating Systems

Apple will be unveiling new technologies at WWDC 2022, and while some will undoubtedly be welcome, we have additional ideas that we hope will make their way into future versions of Apple’s operating systems.

Josh Centers 4 comments

Google Lets Legacy G Suite Users Keep Their Email for Free

After initially demanding that legacy G Suite users upgrade to the paid Google Workspace keep their custom email addresses, Google has relented and is now offering individuals and families a free option, but you only have until 27 June 2022 to claim it.

Josh Centers 9 comments

Apple Previews Upcoming Accessibility Features

Apple has pre-announced some exciting new accessibility features for its future operating systems, several of which may be highly useful for non-disabled users.

Julio Ojeda-Zapata 2 comments

Revitalize an Elderly Mac with Google’s Chrome OS Flex

If you have an old Mac gathering dust, Google may be able to return it to active use. Its free Chrome OS Flex replaces macOS and puts pep back in the Mac’s step. It’s a decent option for families who might want to set up workstations for kids or who just want a dedicated Web machine somewhere in the house.

Josh Centers 2 comments

AT&T and Verizon Raising Prices in Response to Inflation

Inflation is making everything more expensive, and wireless plans are no exception. AT&T and Verizon are both hiking prices slightly in response to current economic conditions. Will T-Mobile follow or lure in disgruntled switchers?

Josh Centers 10 comments

Apple Releases iOS 15.5, iPadOS 15.5, macOS 12.4, watchOS 8.6, tvOS 15.5, and HomePod Software 15.5

In what may be the final release of the iOS 15/macOS 12 cycle to include more than bug fixes and security updates, Apple has updated all its operating systems with some improvements to Podcasts and Wallet, plus bug fixes and security updates.

Adam Engst 25 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?

Josh Centers 1 comment

KDE Connect Brings iPhone Connectivity to Linux

KDE Connect has long enabled tight integration between Linux desktops and Android phones. Now it’s officially available for the iPhone and iPad.

Adam Engst 25 comments

Bad Apple #5: iCloud Drive Folder Sharing Risks Data Loss

iCloud Drive folder sharing has been around since macOS 10.15 Catalina, which makes it all the less acceptable that someone with whom the folder is shared can delete a file permanently and with only one possible—and unmentioned by Apple—option for recovery.

Josh Centers 8 comments

Apple Officially Discontinues the iPod touch

After 20 years, Apple has announced the end of the iPod line with the discontinuation of the iPod touch. If you want one, you can still buy an iPod touch while supplies last.

Josh Centers 7 comments

TipBITS: How to Disable a Known AirTag’s Alerts

Tired of getting unnecessary “AirTag Found Moving With You” alerts when you borrow your spouse’s keys? Here’s how you can disable those alerts, at least for a day.

Josh Centers 12 comments

How Apple Works Around Battery Chemistry Limits with Fast Charge and Optimized Battery Charging

Computer hardware engineers are clever, but even they can’t bypass the physical limitations of battery chemistry. Or can they? Apple has implemented some clever workarounds to maximize battery life and lifespan.

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Another Step Toward a Password-Free Future

Apple, Google, and Microsoft have committed to expanding support for the FIDO Alliance’s passwordless login technology over the course of the coming year. With luck, we’ll see it in the next versions of Apple’s operating systems.