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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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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 We need to change iCloud passwords immediately and, longer term, give up outdated password ideas.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.

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Slack Shoehorns Threaded Messages into Its Interface

Slack has added its most-requested feature, threaded messages, to its group messaging service, but since it’s awkwardly integrated into the system’s existing interface, the result isn’t entirely successful.

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Why We Should Care about the Consumer Reports MacBook Pro Rating

Reviewers have a responsibility to understand how their testing differs from consumer use when problems arise because introducing confusion into the world reduces trust in technology journalism as a whole.

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Investigating ChronoSync 4.7 for Cloud Backup

The latest update to the long-standing synchronization and backup app ChronoSync lets you perform scheduled backups to Amazon S3 and Google Cloud and via SFTP. This is particularly interesting from the perspective of off-site backups.

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Explaining Thunderbolt 3, USB-C, and Everything In Between

The new MacBook Pro laptops are the first Macs with Thunderbolt 3, a standard that uses the USB-C plug style and retains USB compatibility. But what’s most interesting about Thunderbolt 3 is how it supports numerous other protocols, including USB, Thunderbolt 2, FireWire, DisplayPort, and Ethernet, with the addition of appropriate adapters.

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Circle, Square, and Venmo: Payment Apps Let You Pay via iMessage

Some person-to-person payment services have added iMessage app versions, letting you text money to friends. Glenn Fleishman explains the P2P payment space and looks at the iMessage apps for payment services Circle, Square, and Venmo.

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Behind the iPhone 7 Plus’s Portrait Mode

If you didn’t know the term “bokeh” before the announcement of the iPhone 7 Plus, you’ll learn it soon enough. A developer release of iOS 10 adds Apple’s new depth-based image mode to the iPhone 7 Plus.

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Exploring a Loophole in Slack’s Team Privacy

Personal messages in Slack are confidential within Slack, but a team owner or admin can reset access via email or by changing the associated email address. Some other hosted services may have a similar weakness, so you should always be aware of your employer’s policies regarding private communications using company hardware or services.

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Firefox Filters More Uses of Flash

The makers of the Firefox Web browser are clamping down on advertising and other incidental uses of Flash to reduce crashes.

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Eye-Fi Demonstrates the Danger of Cloud-Dependent Hardware

A maker of SD cards with embedded Wi-Fi will disable services and some features for models sold as recently as March 2015.