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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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Fixing iPadOS 13’s Glacial Performance on the iPad Air 2

For at least some iPad Air 2 owners, upgrading to iPadOS 13 is resulting in incredibly sluggish behavior and various related failures. Apple knows about the problem, but the only workaround right now is to erase the iPad and restore from backup.

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Beware Mail Data Loss in Catalina

Here’s yet another reason to hold off on upgrading to macOS 10.15 Catalina—reports of data loss in Mail after updating its data store from Mojave to Catalina and when moving messages between mailboxes.

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BBEdit 13 Simplifies Pattern-Based Searching

The venerable text editor stays fresh in its latest version with the addition of a Pattern Playground that lets you experiment interactively with grep-based searches, a Grep Cheat Sheet, live search result highlighting, and more. 

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Backblaze 7.0 Extends Version History, Supports Catalina

Perturbed that the online backup service Backblaze retains old versions of files and deleted files for only 30 days? You can now pay extra to maintain such files in your online backup for either 1 year or forever.

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macOS 10.15 Catalina Ships, Upgrade with Caution

Apple has released macOS 10.15 Catalina, matching the date on which Europeans first arrived on the island of Catalina in the year 1542. We advise delaying upgrades to Macs you rely on, or at least upgrading cautiously.

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Comparing Apple’s Old and New Map Data

Curious about how much work Apple is putting into improving the data underlying its Maps app? With Apple’s release of the Northeast US map data, Justin O’Beirne has posted a fascinating comparison of the old and new maps.

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Google Keystone Update Damages File System on SIP-Disabled Macs

An update to Google’s automatic update software contained a bug that would damage key system files on Macs that weren’t safeguarded by Apple’s System Integrity Protection. Happily, it’s easy to recover with a set of Terminal commands run from macOS Recovery.

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iOS 13.0 Now Available; iOS 13.1 and iPadOS 13.1 Moved Up to September 24th

Apple has shipped iOS 13.0, but given the number of bugs reported in early iPhone 11 reviews, you might want to wait for iOS 13.1, which Apple moved up to next Tuesday.

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Behind the Scenes of the Backblaze Price Hike

It’s unusual for customers to get insight into why companies raise prices and how those price hikes work out, but online backup service Backblaze is being highly transparent about the reasoning behind and results of its February price increase.

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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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Apple Embeds Easter Egg in iPhone 11 Event Supercut Video

Take a few minutes to watch Apple’s 2-minute supercut video of the iPhone 11 announcement event and you’ll get the opportunity to see an Easter egg message from Apple.

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Apple Watch Series 5 Introduces Always-On Display

Unsurprisingly, Apple introduced an Apple Watch Series 5 at its special event, but no one was expecting its marquee feature, the Always-On Retina display. It also includes a built-in compass and international emergency calling. Ceramic cases are back, and Apple added titanium cases as well.

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Apple to Ship iOS 13 on September 19th, iOS 13.1 on September 30th

Despite saying nothing during its iPhone announcement event, Apple has quietly revealed that iOS 13 will ship on September 19th, with iOS 13.1 following soon after on September 30th. With no other word from Cupertino, Adam Engst makes some guesses about macOS 10.15 Catalina, watchOS 6, and tvOS 13.

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Fetch Celebrates 30 Years

Remember the file transfer app, Fetch? The old dog has been resting in the corner for quite a few years, but developer Jim Matthews is now teaching it new 64-bit tricks so it will be able to work in macOS 10.15 Catalina. Read on for a trip down memory lane.

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TidBITS 2019 Reader Survey Results

We’ve graphed and averaged and pondered the results of our recent reader survey, so read on to learn more about who reads TidBITS, what they think of our work, and much more, including the two topics we’ll be writing a lot less about in the future. And look, no featured image!