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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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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?

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New Dutch and Japanese Translators Wanted!

If you can read English and write in either Dutch or Japanese, we could use your help in translating TidBITS!

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Apple M1 Chip Powers New MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, and Mac mini

Apple has unveiled its first Apple silicon Macs: a new MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, and Mac mini. The new M1 chip gives them impressive performance and remarkable battery life, but Apple made few other notable changes.

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Apple Updates Numerous Operating Systems for Exploited Security Vulnerabilities

macOS 10.15 Catalina users and those with older iOS devices and Apple Watch models will be seeing updates for their operating systems. Apple released a slew of updates to close three serious security vulnerabilities that are being exploited in the wild.

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Apple Releases iOS 14.2, iPadOS 14.2, watchOS 7.1, HomePod Software 14.2, and tvOS 14.2

It’s another of Apple’s “update five operating systems all at once” days, with this set of updates bringing the Intercom feature to more devices, better integrating the HomePod with Apple TV, and adding notifications when headphone volume could damage your hearing, along with some important security and bug fixes.

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Apple Opens Service Program for AirPods Pro Sound Problems

If you’re experiencing crackling or static sounds in your AirPods Pro, or if Active Noise Cancellation isn’t working correctly, Apple will replace the affected earbuds for free.

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Apple Hides Traffic of Some of Its Own Apps in Big Sur

TripMode developer David Dudok de Wit has discovered that Apple prevents application-level firewalls from monitoring or even measuring traffic from over 50 Apple apps and processes. It’s yet another way that Apple blocks developers from providing features that users want.

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watchOS 7.0.3 Stops Unexpected Restarts for Apple Watch Series 3

Apple has responded to widespread reports of unexpected restarts for the Apple Watch Series 3 with the release of watchOS 7.0.3. No other Apple Watch models will see the update.

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BBEdit 13.5 Offers Mid-Cycle Efficiency Improvements

The latest version of the powerful text editor from Bare Bones Software offers a wide variety of new features, refinements, and bug fixes. Adam Engst explores a few of the most notable.

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Can Sleep Tracking in iOS 14/watchOS 7 Help You Sleep Better?

Apple has added sleep tracking technology to iOS 14 and watchOS 7 that, when you wear your Apple Watch to bed, records when you’re in bed and when you’re asleep. In an ideal world, the data could help you identify factors that hamper your sleep, but the data is messy and may not tell you more than you already know.