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Josh Centers

Josh Centers

Josh Centers is the managing editor of TidBITS, as well as the author of Take Control of iOS 13 and iPadOS 13, Take Control of Notes, Take Control of Apple Home Automation, and Take Control of Apple TV, and co-author of Take Control of Preview. He's also a contributor to The Prepared and USA TODAY.

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Gearing Up During the Coronavirus Pandemic

Numerous brick-and-mortar stores are closed, and you’re likely stuck at home, perhaps without some gear you need to do your job. Josh Centers offers some advice about package precautions, why you may need to look beyond Amazon, and how Best Buy is adapting to the coronavirus pandemic.

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Aerial Brings Apple TV Screen Savers to the Mac

Do you like the Aerial screen savers on your Apple TV? A free, open-source app brings them to your Mac’s screen as well.

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How Hollywood Is Adapting to the Time of Coronavirus

SARS-CoV-2 is wreaking havoc on the world, and Hollywood is no exception. “Take Control of Apple TV” author Josh Centers explains how film distribution is changing.

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Hell Freezes Over: Apple’s New iPad Pro Supports Trackpads

No, it’s not April Fools Day. Apple has stunned the world by not only introducing a new iPad Pro in the midst of a global pandemic but also announcing that it will have an optional trackpad. But hang on to your wallet because the prices will be eye-watering.

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Apple’s Mac Pro Support Reportedly Lacking

AppleInsider reports on the troubles it had getting a new Mac Pro repaired, stumping both Apple phone support and Apple Store technicians.

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Backblaze’s 2019 Hard Drive Reliability Statistics

Cloud backup service Backblaze has released its hard drive reliability statistics for 2019, factoring in data for over 100,000 drives.

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Your Mac Can No Longer Listen for Aliens, but It Could Help Cure COVID-19

The [email protected] project is going into hibernation to analyze all the data it has gathered, but you can now instead focus your spare CPU cycles on helping find a cure for COVID-19 with the [email protected] project.

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The Verge Reviews a $16,599 Mac Pro for Media Production

The Verge dropped nearly $17,000 on a Mac Pro to put it through its paces for media production at Vox Media. Was it worth it, especially in comparison with a cheaper, more powerful PC?

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Make Your HomePod Pipe Down at Night

Don’t want your HomePod’s Siri responses being too loud at night? Matthew Cassinelli has come up with a tip on how to automatically quiet the HomePod at bedtime.

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Cloud Computing More Energy Efficient Than Initially Thought

Environmentalists were concerned that the move to cloud computing and the prerequisite enormous data centers would prove to be an energy hog, but data centers have become incredibly efficient in the past decade.

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Movie Villains Don’t Use iPhones

An amusing anecdote from director Rian Johnson reveals Apple’s level of influence over Hollywood, but such influence isn’t out of the ordinary.

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Putting a $31,199 Mac Pro Through Its Paces

Who would want a Mac Pro costing nearly $32,000? Craig A. Hunter found that it’s a good value for the right sort of professional, given that it can complete calculations that would cost thousands of dollars per solution on a supercomputer.

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Is Apple Turning iOS into Adware?

Apple’s services business is growing by leaps and bounds, but is Apple’s relentless push to sell services with non-stop ads hurting its core products? (Short answer: Yes, it is.)

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watchOS 6.1.3 Fixes Icelandic Heart Rhythm Notifications

Apple has released watchOS 6.1.3 to address a heart rhythm notification bug specific to Iceland.

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Tired of Web Sites Blocking Standard Browser Controls? StopTheMadness!

Have you run across Web sites that steal control of your Web browser so you can’t copy text or use standard system functions? StopTheMadness can give you back control over your browser.