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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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Additional GoTo Data Stolen in the LastPass Breach

The repercussions of the LastPass breach continue to resonate, with parent company GoTo now admitting that data associated with its services Central, Pro, join.me, Hamachi, and RemotelyAnywhere was also stolen. Change your passwords and look for alternatives.

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Apple Releases HomePod Software 16.3 and tvOS 16.3

With the release of HomePod Software 16.3 and tvOS 16.3, Apple has completed its usual cycle of operating system updates. tvOS 16.3 has no changes worth describing, but HomePod Software 16.3 has quite a few improvements.

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Apple Releases iOS 16.3, iPadOS 16.3, and macOS 13.2 Ventura with Hardware Security Key Support

The latest versions of Apple’s main operating systems add Security Keys for Apple ID, celebrate Black History Month with a new Unity Lock Screen wallpaper and Unity Mosaic Apple Watch face, and fix bugs and security vulnerabilities.

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iOS 12.5.7 and iOS/iPadOS 15.7.3 Provide Security Fixes

If you’re still using an iPhone or iPad that can’t update to iOS 16, Apple has released security updates for iOS 12 and iOS 15.

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Apple Avoids Big Tech Layoffs, Other Tech Giants Focus on AI

Amidst nearly 75,000 tech industry layoffs in the last year, Apple alone has avoided cutting headcount. Why? And what does it mean that the other tech giants all reference AI in their letters to employees?

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Twitter Bans Third-Party Client Apps

It's official—Twitter has changed its developer agreement to ban third-party apps like Twitterrific and Tweetbot. Would the last Twitter app out the door please turn off the lights?

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Second-Generation HomePod Supports Spatial Audio, Temperature/Humidity Monitoring, and Sound Recognition

Apple has unexpectedly revived the full-size HomePod, releasing a second-generation model that supports spatial audio, includes a temperature/humidity sensor for home automations, and promises a Sound Recognition feature to detect alarms.

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New Mac mini and MacBook Pro Models Powered by M2 Pro and M2 Max

Apple has unveiled its latest Apple silicon chips, the M2 Pro and M2 Max, and announced new M2 and M2 Pro models of the Mac mini, plus M2 Pro and M2 Max models of the 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro.

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An Annotated Field Guide to Identifying Phish

Phishing is one of the main ways that attackers breach corporate systems and compromise individual accounts. Follow along as Adam Engst walks you through six representative phishing messages and explains what aspects of them should trigger warning bells.

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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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Howard Oakley Determines the Best Disk Image Format

Ever wondered what format to use when creating a disk image in Disk Utility? After comparing the three main types on space efficiency, performance, and convenience, Howard Oakley came up with a clear winner.

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iPhones and iPads Now Require a Passcode on Every Backup/Sync

People who use their Macs to back up or sync their iPhones and iPads have discovered they must enter their device passcode for every connection. What’s up with that?!? Adam Engst explains: it’s Apple’s ham-handed response to a security vulnerability.

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Eddy Cue Looks Back on Apple’s 2022 Year in Services

Have you ever wondered just how expansive Apple's Services division has become? Apple SVP of Services Eddy Cue highlights the accomplishments of the company's various services in 2022.

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New Apple Business Connect Lets Businesses Create Custom Place Cards

Apple’s new Apple Business Connect service lets brick-and-mortar businesses claim their location place cards so they can customize how their business appears in Apple Maps, Siri, and other Apple apps. It’s worth doing, and don’t forget to create a Google Business Profile as well.

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Large Retina Monitors Coming from Samsung and Dell

At CES, Samsung announced a 27-inch 5K display and Dell a 32-inch 6K display. We hope they'll give Apple's Studio Display and Pro Display XDR some more-affordable competition.