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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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New US Streaming Law Aids Musicians’ Rights and Payments

The Music Modernization Act just signed into US law brings consistency to the rights of musicians and songwriters. More musicians will be paid, especially those who recorded songs decades ago or longer.

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Wi-Fi Switches from Obscure Protocol Names to Simple Generation Numbers

So long, 802.11ax. Hello, Wi-Fi 6! The Wi-Fi Alliance has simplified the names for Wi-Fi standards to make it easier to tell generations of equipment apart.

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SMS Text Message Login Codes Autofill in iOS 12 and Mojave, but Remain Insecure

Apple streamlined two-factor login confirmations via text message in iOS 12 and macOS 10.14 Mojave. But using SMS to validate your login remains problematic because of phone number hijacking. Apple should lead the way to retire it.

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Apple Abandoning Back to My Mac in Mojave

Apple has posted a support article about how the decade-old Back to My Mac service—which enables users to access files on and share screens with on their Macs over the Internet—will not be in macOS 10.14 Mojave.

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Roll Your Own Cloud Backups with Arq and B2

Until now, Internet backups required subscribing to a cloud-based backup service and using proprietary software to handle archiving and retrieval. Now, there’s a DIY alternative: Arq backup software and Backblaze’s B2 cloud storage system.

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Cloudflare and Quad9 Aim to Improve DNS

The domain name system is largely insecure, leaking information and subject to compromise. New services from Cloudflare and Quad9 could provide greater security and integrity than Google Public DNS, currently the best known public DNS service.

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WPA3 Promises Better Wi-Fi Security with Less Effort

The Wi-Fi Alliance has announced WPA3, a replacement for its current local network encryption options. WPA3 both fixes an exploit and increases security for those using open networks, all while reducing the burden on users. But don’t expect it to take over from WPA2 soon.

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Practical Ways To Use QR Codes

iOS 11’s Camera app now automatically recognizes QR codes, those square sets of black rectangles that contain URLs, Wi-Fi connection details, contacts, and much more. Here’s how to create and deploy QR codes in practical and useful ways.

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Wi-Fi Security Flaw Not As Bad As It’s KRACKed Up To Be

A security researcher found a fundamental flaw in the WPA2 security specification that underlies all Wi-Fi implementations. It lets an attacker decipher encrypted data between a device and a base station. However, the opportunity to exploit this flaw is limited and closing fast for hardware that can be updated.

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With a Stolen iCloud Password, Your Mac Can Be Held Hostage

Users who have Find My Mac enabled but are relying on weak iCloud passwords that have been stolen in mass breaches have had their Macs locked by extortionists. We need to change iCloud passwords immediately and, longer term, give up outdated password ideas.

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Control Center’s New Networking States: On, Off, and In Between

In iOS 11, Apple slipped notable changes into its Control Center networking controls. They’re not obvious, but you can master them.

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How Some Thunderbolt 3 Cables Underperform with USB-only Drives

AppleInsider found a mismatch with certain Thunderbolt 3 cables and USB-C drives that support only USB standards. We checked it out and were able to confirm AppleInsider’s results.

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Send and Receive Faxes Cheaply with the Right iOS App

Apps proliferate for sending and receiving that antiquated form of document transfer, the fax. Pick the right app to keep costs down.

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AgileBits Isn’t Forcing 1Password Data to Live in the Cloud

A news report referring to AgileBits’s aggressive shift to subscription-based licensing for 1Password overstates a requirement to store passwords at its 1Password.com site.

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HEVC and HEIF Will Make Video and Photos More Efficient

To save storage space and bandwidth, and to provide additional capabilities, Apple is moving forward with image and video formats that boast higher compression ratios. Glenn Fleishman dives into the details of HEVC and HEIF to explain why they’ll be so useful when they debut in iOS 11 and macOS 10.13 High Sierra.