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Privacy Glitch Gives Google an Excuse to Trash Google+

The Google+ social network has been struggling for years, and now that an API glitch has potentially exposed user data, Google will be shutting it down in August 2019.

Julio Ojeda-Zapata 1 comment

Overcast and Apple’s Podcasts Make the Apple Watch a Decent Podcast Player

With watchOS 5 and new apps, the Apple Watch comes into its own as a standalone podcast player. Apple has released an Apple Watch version of its Podcasts app, and developer Marco Arment has followed suit with Overcast.

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Five Ways Google’s Pixel 3 Advances Computational Photography

Apple made much of the computational photography capabilities of the new iPhone XS and XR, but it isn’t the only company innovating in the field. Digital Photography Review outlines five features of Google’s Pixel 3 that push computational photography forward. Will we see similar features in 2019’s iPhones?

Josh Centers 7 comments

Inside iOS 12: How to Create Siri Shortcuts

The new Siri Shortcuts feature in iOS 12 lets you create your own Siri commands for both built-in features and for capabilities provided by third-party apps. “Take Control of iOS 12” author Josh Centers explains how to create and use these custom Siri commands.

Adam Engst 2 comments

How to Create Mojave’s True Dynamic Desktops with GraphicConverter

Want to create your own Mojave-style dynamic desktops? All you need is 16 appropriate images and GraphicConverter 10.6.5 running in macOS 10.14 Mojave.

Adam Engst 12 comments

How to Use Apple News in Mojave Regardless of Where You Live

A simple Terminal command will let people in countries other than the US, UK, and Australia launch and use the News app in macOS 10.14 Mojave. All the news is still in English, however, and not all publications may be accessible.

Josh Centers 15 comments

Apple Fixes Bugs with iOS 12.0.1, watchOS 5.0.1, and tvOS 12.0.1

Apple has released iOS 12.0.1, watchOS 5.0.1, and tvOS 12.0.1 to fix a number of annoying bugs. iPhone XS and iPad users may be the most interested in updating.

Adam Engst 13 comments

Apple Categorically Denies Businessweek’s China Hack Report

Bloomberg Businessweek last week published a bombshell article that alleges that Chinese spies inserted a malicious chip into servers used by Apple and other technology companies. Apple has unequivocally denied everything. Who to believe?

Adam Engst 6 comments

Read TidBITS in the TidBITS News App, Apple News, Google News, and Flipboard

If you like reading news in an app, we have four possibilities for you. And we’d appreciate it greatly if you could follow us in Apple News and Google News to encourage their recommendation algorithms for others.

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Halide Designer Explores iPhone XS Camera Improvements

The designer of a popular professional iOS camera app has documented all the ways the iPhone XS camera improves on the iPhone X camera.

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Wi-Fi Switches from Obscure Protocol Names to Simple Generation Numbers

So long, 802.11ax. Hello, Wi-Fi 6! The Wi-Fi Alliance has simplified the names for Wi-Fi standards to make it easier to tell generations of equipment apart.

Glenn Fleishman 29 comments

SMS Text Message Login Codes Autofill in iOS 12 and Mojave, but Remain Insecure

Apple streamlined two-factor login confirmations via text message in iOS 12 and macOS 10.14 Mojave. But using SMS to validate your login remains problematic because of phone number hijacking. Apple should lead the way to retire it.

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Apple Releases “Everyone Can Create” Series on Apple Books

To complement its Everyone Can Code initiative, Apple has launched a new media creation training program called Everyone Can Create. It’s aimed at schools but is free for everyone.

Rich Mogull 9 comments

I’m a Paramedic: Here’s How the Apple Watch Series 4 Will and Won’t Save Lives

The Apple Watch Series 4 promises to detect falls, identify atrial fibrillation, and let wearers take electrocardiograms on demand. Rich Mogull draws on his paramedic training to evaluate how effective each of these technologies is likely to be.

Adam Engst Josh Centers 9 comments

Explore the Dark Side of Mojave: Understanding, Enabling, and Customizing Dark Mode

Do you find yourself turning down the brightness on your Mac screen to make it more comfortable to look at? Particularly if you’re sensitive to light or often work in a darkened room, macOS 10.14 Mojave’s new Dark mode might be easier on your eyes.