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Adam Engst

Adam Engst

Adam C. Engst is the publisher of TidBITS. He has written numerous books, including the best-selling Internet Starter Kit series, and many magazine articles thanks to Contributing Editor positions at MacUser, MacWEEK, and now Macworld. His innovations include the creation of the first advertising program to support an Internet publication in 1992, the first flat-rate accounts for graphical Internet access in 1993, and the Take Control electronic book series now owned and operated by alt concepts. His awards include the MDJ Power 25 ranking as the most influential person in the Macintosh industry outside of Apple every year since 2000, inclusion on the MacTech 25 list of influential people in the Macintosh technical community, and being named one of MacDirectory's top ten visionaries. And yes, he has been turned into an action figure.

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Apple Launches COVID-19 Screening Tool

Apple has released a Web site and free iOS app to help you screen yourself for COVID-19 and learn more about the disease.

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Is O’Reilly’s Exit from In-Person Conferences a Portent of Changes to Come?

The media company O’Reilly has announced that it is not just canceling its in-person conferences, it’s also exiting the entire in-person conference business. The world has been forced by the SARS-CoV-2 virus to change, and it may never return to its previous state. But that may not be an entirely bad thing.

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Apple Releases macOS 10.15.4 Catalina, watchOS 6.2, tvOS 13.4, and iOS 13.4 for HomePod

Although Apple focused most of its operating system update work on iOS 13.4 and iPadOS 13.4, the integration of the company’s platforms means that everything else received updates as well. Here’s the rundown.

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iOS 13.4 and iPadOS 13.4: Trackpad Support, iCloud Drive Folder Sharing, and More

iPadOS 13.4 brings dramatically improved support for mice and trackpads, iOS 13.4 provides a return to always-visible controls in Mail, and both gain the long-promised support for iCloud Drive folder sharing, along with a variety of bug fixes.

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Coronavirus Tracking in Today’s Surveillance Society

Location tracking, facial recognition, and app-based tracking have become tools in fighting the spread of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus. But will these uses start a conversation about how to safeguard personal privacy or result in it being further exploited?

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New MacBook Air Features Magic Keyboard and Lower Price

Following last year's release of the 16-inch MacBook Pro with the new Magic Keyboard, Apple has now brought that keyboard to the MacBook Air. The updated model also features faster performance, more storage options, and a lower entry-level price of $999.

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Apple Doubles Mac mini Storage Configurations

Apple announced that the Mac mini standard configurations now have twice as much storage as before, while prices remain the same. There are no other changes.

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Get “Take Control of Working from Home Temporarily” for Free

In an effort to help those who have suddenly been told to work from home, Take Control Books is giving away the new 55-page book, “Take Control of Working from Home Temporarily.” If you or anyone you know falls into that category, download a copy!

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Responding to COVID-19, Apple Closes All Stores Outside China

Apple has issued a statement outlining its response to the COVID-19 pandemic, with the most notable new addition being the closure of all Apple retail stores outside of China.

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Apple Moves WWDC Entirely Online

Like other big tech companies, Apple has canceled the in-person part of its developer conference. However, in a textbook case of putting the best face on a bad situation, Apple has cast the change as a new online format that will let many more developers participate.

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Thoughts and Recommendations Surrounding COVID-19

We’re having trouble paying attention to anything outside the COVID-19 news, so here’s what we think we can contribute at the moment. Let us know what else you might like to hear from TidBITS on this topic.

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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?

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Strava (Finally) Listens to Its Users, Brings Back Chronological Feed

Will wonders never cease? Strava has acknowledged that users hate a two-year-old change in how the workout-centric social network service presents its activity feed. Strava users can once again enjoy a simple chronological feed, free of algorithmic interference. There are other welcome new features too.

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TipBITS: Google Drive Sorting Can Hide New Documents

If you rely on Google Drive for collaborative work, bear in mind that a hidden sort setting can cause new documents to fall to the bottom of the list of files in a folder where you might not think to look for them. Adam Engst suffered from this for a week before he discovered the solution.

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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.