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Adam Engst 15 comments

Apple’s New Focus Feature May Be Overkill

Apple’s Do Not Disturb feature has evolved into the ecosystem-wide Focus, which provides so many options and capabilities that it may be impossible to predict when notifications will work and when they won't. Adam Engst shows you how to use Focus and suggests that you stick to the basics.

Josh Centers 1 comment

Learn to Tickle the Ivories with Simply Piano

Simply Piano gamifies the tedious process of learning to play piano, but is it worth the subscription cost?

Ivan Drucker 60 comments

Network Time Machine Backups: Moving on from the Time Capsule

Apple may have discontinued the Time Capsule, but many Mac users still need a network-based Time Machine backup. This article reviews what options exist and weighs their pros and cons.

Jeff Porten 2 comments

CES 2022: Another Year, More Tech Trends

Jeff Porten virtually attends CES for the Consumer Technology Association’s annual Tech Trends to Watch forecast for 2022.

Josh Centers 10 comments

iOS 15.2.1 and iPadOS 15.2.1 Fix Messages Bug and HomeKit Vulnerability

Apple has released highly focused iOS 15.2.1 and iPadOS 15.2.1 updates to tackle two bugs and a nasty HomeKit vulnerability.

Glenn Fleishman 61 comments

AirTags: Hidden Stalking Menace or Latest Overblown Urban Myth?

Mainstream and technology media report that stalkers and criminals use AirTags to track unsuspecting people and aid in car theft. Do a handful of anecdotes truly reveal a broader pattern?

Adam Engst 10 comments

LittleBITS: New Year’s Resolution, macOS Upgrades, Ad Hoc Wi-Fi Networks

Feeling overwhelmed by negativity? Adam Engst shares some 2021 wrap-up posts showing that even in a pandemic-ridden year, a lot of good stuff happened that didn’t make the headlines. He also looks at the solution to a macOS upgrade problem and explains how to bring back the menu command for creating an ad hoc Wi-Fi network.

Josh Centers 17 comments

How to Play Wordle, the Word-Guessing Game of 2022

What is Wordle? It’s the Internet’s latest word-game craze, and it’s quick and easy to play. We show you how.

Adam Engst 20 comments

Colorful Vinyl Skins Help Differentiate and Protect Apple Laptops

Annoyed by constantly picking up his wife’s MacBook Pro instead of his MacBook Air, Adam Engst decided to decorate the laptops with inexpensive full-color vinyl skins. It worked like a charm, and the skins also make the laptops more secure to carry and offer protection against scuffs and scratches.

Josh Centers 28 comments

Missouri Likely to Prosecute Reporter for Viewing Web Page Source

The State of Missouri may pursue criminal charges against a reporter for discovering (and ethically reporting) Social Security numbers in the HTML source code of a state website. The mind boggles.

Josh Centers 5 comments

More Standards Confusion, This Time with HDMI 2.1

We recently covered the dizzying confusion of USB standards, but HDMI standards for displays are even more confusing and even misleading. Read on to see what we mean.

Julio Ojeda-Zapata No comments

Apple Music Voice Plan Is a Bargain If You’re OK Using Siri

The new Apple Music Voice Plan is a bargain at $4.99 per month, but it mostly limits you to using Apple’s Siri voice assistant for searches and playback. The Voice Plan has been met with some skepticism, but Julio Ojeda-Zapata thinks it’s a good option for casual music listeners.

Adam Engst 12 comments

LittleBITS: Inadvertent Mail Deletion, TidBITS Security Vulnerability, and iOS Update Error 1100

Did you know that pressing Control-H in Mail deletes the current message? You do now. Adam also shares a story about a Pakistani security researcher reporting a vulnerability on the TidBITS site and a reader tip about avoiding USB hubs when updating an iPhone from a Mac.

Josh Centers No comments

Decorate Your MacBook Pro with Notchmeister

Notchmeister is a free utility that lights up your MacBook Pro’s notch when the pointer is hidden behind it. It even provides a genuine replacement notch if you don’t have a new MacBook Pro.

Josh Centers 17 comments

Verizon Collecting Browsing Data On Users

If you’re a Verizon customer, the company has likely already enrolled you in its new “Custom Experience” data-collection scheme, but you can turn it off and delete the collected data.