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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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NOVID Provides COVID-19 Early Warning System

We’re drowning in data about COVID-19—infection rates, hospitalizations, and fatalities. But none of that data can answer the question of what your personal risk of infection is. With the NOVID app—and sufficient uptake in your community—you can know just how close infections are to you.

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HomeKit for the Holidays (And Home Troubleshooting Tips)

In which Adam Engst finally hops on the HomeKit bandwagon for real and gets totally sucked in, installing smart outlets, controlling motorized shades, and adding some Flic buttons. 

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Cybersecurity Ramifications of the 2021 Storming of the United States Capitol

Over at Wired, Lily Hay Newman focuses on the potentially massive harm done to US cybersecurity by the mob of rioters who stormed and then occupied the US Capitol.

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When2Meet: An Easier Way to Settle on a Meeting Time

Do you find yourself having to go back and forth when trying to identify a compatible meeting time with a group of people? Doodle has long been a good solution for this problem, but the When2Meet service is faster, easier, and free.

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TidBITS 2020 Holiday Hiatus—See You in 2021!

In keeping with our tradition, we’re going to take off the last few weeks of 2020, which this year means staying safe with our immediate households and scheduling virtual gatherings with our extended families. You can expect the next email issue of TidBITS on 11 January 2021. Thanks for reading TidBITS, and we hope you’ve found our content useful, accurate, and enjoyable!

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Apple Publishes Device and Data Access Safety Advice

Just because you once shared access to your Apple devices or accounts doesn’t mean you necessarily want to keep on sharing, especially if a relationship change means that you no longer feel safe with that person. Apple has published clear, sensible instructions for reviewing and revoking shared data and device access.

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Apple Releases Apple Fitness+, macOS 11.1 Big Sur, iOS 14.3, iPadOS 14.3, watchOS 7.2, and tvOS 14.3

In yet another feature-focused update to Apple’s entire stable of operating systems, the company introduced support for various new products and promised technologies, including Apple Fitness+, the AirPods Max, the Apple ProRAW image format, and more.

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Apple Fitness+ Launches 14 December 2020

Apple has announced that its Apple Fitness+ service will launch on December 14th. Apple Watch owners can try it for a month for free, and those who buy a new Apple Watch get three free months. After that, it’s $9.99 per month or $79.99 per year.

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Help Keep TidBITS Vibrant in 2021

TidBITS has been bringing you the Apple news, advice, and technical details you need for over 30 years, but the only way we can keep it up is if you chip in a few bucks to make it happen. Join the TidBITS membership program today!

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Plastic Fantastic Trainer: Get Stealth Exercise at Home

Looking for a way to work out at home during the pandemic? Adam Engst tried the Stealth Core Trainer, which enables you to do dynamic planks while using your body as a game controller for playing simple video games on your iPhone.

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Salesforce Buys Slack for $27.7 Billion

Cloud-based business services provider Salesforce has announced that it’s buying chat service Slack for nearly $28 billion.

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Thunderbolt Improvements in the M1-Based Macs

Although the M1-based Macs have only two Thunderbolt ports, they each have their own bus and support the Thunderbolt 4 option that enables the use of Thunderbolt hubs.

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Hiding Apple’s Big Sur Upgrade Badges

macOS Big Sur has been out for only a short time, but Apple is already pushing it on users by badging the System Preferences Dock icon and displaying a Big Sur-only update to GarageBand. Adam Engst shares a few workarounds that can reduce the annoyance.

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Apple Network Failure Destroys an Afternoon of Worldwide Mac Productivity

If you had problems launching apps on your Mac—or if it was just behaving weirdly—around 4 PM Eastern Standard Time on 12 November 2020, here’s why.

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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?