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Glenn Fleishman 39 comments

Roll Your Own Cloud Backups with Arq and B2

Until now, Internet backups required subscribing to a cloud-based backup service and using proprietary software to handle archiving and retrieval. Now, there’s a DIY alternative: Arq backup software and Backblaze’s B2 cloud storage system.

Josh Centers No comments

Twitter App Developers Band Together to Fight API Changes

Upcoming Twitter API changes will severely cripple third-party client apps. The developers of some of those apps are banding together to pressure Twitter into changing things before the August deadline.

Josh Centers No comments

No Email Issue on 28 May 2018 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 4 June 2018.

Adam Engst 5 comments

31 Conferences for Mac and iOS Professionals in 2018

If you make your living in the Apple world as a consultant, developer, designer, or tech, there are a wide variety of conferences you can attend to hone your skills, learn new topics, network with your fellow wizards, and open your mind to new ways of thinking. Here’s our list for 2018. Be sure to let us know if you run across any others.

Adam Engst 36 comments

TipBITS: Reveal Invisible Files on the Mac with a Keystroke

If you’ve ever needed to work with invisible files on your Mac but didn’t want to drop into Terminal, read on for the secret keyboard shortcut that reveals the files and directories that are normally hidden in the Finder.

Josh Centers 7 comments

Class-Action Suit Filed against Apple for MacBook Butterfly Keyboards

Users are fed up with the sticky keyboards in recent Apple laptops, as well as the company's lack of response, leading to a class-action lawsuit.

Julio Ojeda-Zapata 7 comments

Google I/O 2018 Shows Where Google’s iOS Apps Are Headed

The keynote presentation at this year’s Google I/O conference introduced no new hardware to compete with Apple devices, but it did feature improvements to Google apps and services used by many Apple users, including Gmail, Google Photos, Google Maps, Google News, and Google Assistant.

Josh Centers 3 comments

Extreme Transparency: Panic’s 2017 Report

Developer Panic has published a report detailing its successes and challenges in 2017, including the release of Transmit 5 and a major source code theft.

Josh Centers 10 comments

Ecovacs Deebot N79S Robot Vacuum Feels Like the Future

If you’re skeptical of robotic vacuums, but tired of dealing with dirty floors, the affordable Ecovacs Deebot N79 and N79S are worth your consideration.

Josh Centers 3 comments

Apple Acknowledges iPhone 7 Microphone Problems

Apple has distributed a document to Apple Authorized Service Providers discussing how to deal with microphone failures in iPhone 7 and 7 Plus units running iOS 11.3 or later. A repair may be required.

Josh Centers 6 comments

Jony Ive Talks about Watches

If you're curious about Apple design and the world of high-end watches, or just interested in the Apple Watch, check out Jony Ive's interview with Hodinkee Magazine.

Josh Centers 16 comments

iOS 11.4 to Make iPhones Harder to Crack

iOS 11.4 betas include a USB Restricted Mode that would make it harder for law enforcement and government agencies to extract information from a locked iPhone.

Jeff Porten Adam Engst 4 comments

Agenda Offers a New Take on Note-Taking and Task Management

Momenta's Agenda provides novel ways of organizing projects and tasks within a note-taking system that can link to several other Mac apps. It offers a different subscription model that doesn’t expire purchased features. But it has been out only since the end of 2017, and still suffers from some bugs and limitations.

Adam Engst 3 comments

Twitter Encourages Users to Change Their Passwords

After discovering that passwords for many user accounts were logged in clear text internally, Twitter is encouraging all users to change their passwords.

Josh Centers 7 comments

20 Years of the iMac

The iMac is now 20 years old, and 9to5Mac's Michael Steeber takes a look back at its history.