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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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Bad Apple #4: Reminders Stinks at Sorting

Can you believe that Reminders is almost 8 years old now and still can’t sort acceptably? The iOS version lets you sort list items only manually, and the Mac version supports only a single sort order for all lists. Bad Apple!

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TidBITS Marks Its 29th Anniversary… and Earth Day!

We held off on celebrating our 29th anniversary for a few days so we could publish this article to coincide with Earth Day. In honor of that, we’re calculating just how many trees we’ve saved over the past 29 years by publishing solely online, rather than in print. Yes, it’s silly. And there’s a picture of cheese!

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Was Your Data Included in Recent Security Breaches?

Billions of email addresses and other bits of data have been revealed in security breaches this year alone. There’s nothing you can do about what’s already out there, but read on for advice on preventing future problems.

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CloudPull Discontinued, Look Elsewhere for Google Backups

Due to security-related changes in Google’s permissions, Golden Hill Software has discontinued the CloudPull utility for making local backups of data in Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Contacts, and Google Drive.

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Apple Drops $99 Data Migration Fee for New Macs and Repairs

As of 2 April 2019, Apple has eliminated the $99 fee for migrating user data to a newly purchased or repaired Mac.

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Survey Responses: Apple Music and Apple News+

It’s time to report on the results of our most recent surveys, which polled TidBITS readers about streaming music services and Apple News+.

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Cardhop Rethinks How You Use Contacts in iOS

Looking for a faster and easier way to start phone calls, text conversations, or email messages with people in your contacts list? Cardhop for iOS from Flexibits brings the Mac version’s speed and elegance to the iPhone and iPad. Adam Engst takes a look.

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Apple Cancels AirPower, Can’t Take the Heat

Apple has officially canceled the AirPower wireless charging mat that it announced in September 2017 alongside the iPhone X and iPhone 8. Physics is a harsh mistress.

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watchOS 5.2 Extends ECG Support and Supports New AirPods

For users in Hong Kong and many European countries, watchOS 5.2 makes the Apple Watch Series 4’s ECG and irregular heart rhythm monitoring features available. It also supports the new AirPods and adds RTT for phone calls.

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iOS 12.2 and macOS 10.14.4 Add Apple News+ and Enhance Apps

Apple News+ may be the main change in iOS 12.2 and macOS 10.14.4 Mojave, but Apple has also added small features and options to a number of apps and technologies, including AirPlay, Apple Pay, Safari, and Screen Time. There are also a handful of bug fixes and a slew of security fixes.

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Apple and Stanford Announce Results of Heart Study

Can wearables like the Apple Watch help advance medical research? The results of the massive Apple Heart Study would suggest so.

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Apple Boosts iMac Performance with Faster Multi-Core CPUs

After nearly two years, Apple has beefed up the 21.5-inch and 27-inch Retina iMacs with faster processors, graphics chips, and memory. The company also added some high-end options to the iMac Pro.

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Apple Quietly Releases New iPad mini and iPad Air

Apple has at long last updated the much-loved iPad mini with modern-day specs. Joining it is a new iPad Air that’s essentially an updated 10.5-inch iPad Pro with a worse camera and two fewer speakers.

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Apple Responds to Spotify

Apple has published a response to Spotify’s Time to Play Fair site and complaint to the European Commission, but the response has drawn criticism from Apple developers and commentators.

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Dropbox Limits Free Accounts to Three Devices

Dropbox has introduced a three-device limit for its free Basic accounts as of this month. However, if you have four or more devices currently linked to your Dropbox account, they’ll remain connected for now.