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Glenn Fleishman

Glenn Fleishman

Glenn Fleishman is a veteran technology, business, and science reporter based in Seattle, who has written for TidBITS for over 20 years. He contributes regularly to Macworld (senior contributor), the Economist, Fast Company, and Increment magazine. In 2017, he was the Designer in Residence at the School of Visual Concepts in Seattle, where he printed a book of his work by letterpress.

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What the HEIC? Apple’s Highly Compressed Image Format Still Confuses

Although it has been nearly three years since Apple introduced its version of a new standard format for highly compressed images and videos, the details remain hard to decipher. That’s partly due to Apple’s confusing labeling.

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Big Sur Makes Changes to Many Apple Apps and Basic Features

Apple unveiled macOS 11.0 Big Sur during the WWDC keynote, showing off overhauls of Messages and Maps, while improving Safari, Photos, and other apps. Mail was conspicuously absent for now.

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Become a Videoconferencing Pro with These Tips

Still feeling lost at sea when you have to meet with others by video? “Take Control of Zoom” author Glenn Fleishman shares a host of tips that can help you tune your setup and improve your confidence.

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Take a HEIC: Make Sure AP and Other Test Uploads Work from Your iPhone and iPad

Apple adopted the space-saving HEIC image-package format early. That choice, coupled with a poorly coded test submission site from the College Board, caused problems for students taking Advanced Placement tests this year. Here’s how to avoid trouble.

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iOS Mail Exploits Serious but Unlikely to Affect Normal Users

A security research firm found a pair of bugs in Mail in iOS 13 that could be leveraged to allow arbitrary code to run without a user viewing the message. But claims about how severe and how widespread the exploits are seem overstated.

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Zoom Repairs Flaws and Improves Privacy

Following several terrible, horrible, no good, very bad days for Zoom, with the disclosure of multiple security and privacy exploits and problems, the company has, instead of moving to Australia, fixed nearly every outstanding issue and even enhanced its interface. Will it be enough to restore trust?

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Apple and Google Partner for Privacy-Preserving COVID-19 Contact Tracing and Notification

The tech rivals are working together on a secure, opt-in, and privacy-focused method of letting people report a COVID-19 diagnosis that would be pushed to everyone they passed near in the previous two weeks.

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Every Zoom Security and Privacy Flaw So Far, and What You Can Do to Protect Yourself

The videoconferencing service Zoom has seen a 20-fold increase in usage during the coronavirus pandemic. That extra attention has put a spotlight on poor technical and policy decisions that have exposed Zoom’s users to harm and revealed personal data unnecessarily. But hope blooms with the company’s latest comprehensive apology and roadmap.

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Videoconferencing Options in the Age of Pandemic

We will be spending a lot more time communicating with co-workers, friends, family, therapists, educators, and other people using video than ever before in the digital era. Which solutions best fit your needs?

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Spring Forward, Fail Back: Apple Still Can’t Tell Time

Leap years have been on the Julian calendar since it was put into effect in 45 BCE. A recent customer service failure shows Apple’s back-end developers are still trying to figure it out.

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Three Reasons You Might Want a Home Security Camera

Home security cameras are all the rage, but you have to start with the reason you want one in the first place. Do you want to record criminal behavior? Spot wildlife? Know your kids came in before midnight? It’s all about intent, and many people discover they have multiple overlapping desires.

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Worried about 5G and Cancer? Here’s Why Wireless Networks Pose No Known Health Risk

Despite widely spread misinformation, decades of studies demonstrate that wireless data networks—including newer 5G cellular networks—pose no elevated risk for cancer or other illnesses.

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iPhone 11 Night Mode Brings Good Things to Light

It has always been hard to take good photos in the dark, regardless of the camera. With the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro models, Apple has taken a new approach to shine more light on the problem.

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How to Connect to Wi-Fi Networks Faster in iOS 13

In iOS 13 and iPadOS 13, Apple has added a new, faster way to connect to a Wi-Fi network, upping the total number of methods to four. Glenn Fleishman explains each of them.

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Why Apple Asks for Your Passcode or Password with a New Login (and Why It’s Safe)

Logging into a new Apple device may result in a prompt that asks you for the passcode or password of another one of your devices. Glenn Fleishman explains why this happens and why it’s a good idea.