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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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Do You Need a Security Drone in Your Home?

Amazon will soon offer an indoor security camera drone, but does anyone need such a thing, or do these products just instill fear in the public?

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AirPlay 2 and HomeKit Coming to 4K Roku Devices

Apple may not be doing all that much with the Apple TV and tvOS, but it’s looking to extend its influence in the streaming media device world. Later this year, AirPlay 2 and HomeKit support are coming to the Roku platform to complement the Apple TV app.

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How to Change Your Default Email and Web Clients in iOS 14 and iPadOS 14

For the first time since the introduction of the iPhone, iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 let you choose the apps that serve as your default email client and Web browser. “Take Control of iOS 14 and iPadOS 14” author Josh Centers shows you how.

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macOS 10.15.7 Catalina, iOS 14.0.1, iPadOS 14.0.1, watchOS 7.0.1, and tvOS 14.0.1 Squash Bugs

Apple has released macOS 10.15.7 Catalina, iOS 14.0.1, iPadOS 14.0.1, watchOS 7.0.1, and tvOS 14.0.1 to address minor bugs.

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iOS 14, iPadOS 14, watchOS 7, and tvOS 14 Now Available

Apple has released updated operating systems for the iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, Apple Watch, and Apple TV. We recommend waiting a few weeks before installing, in part so developers who were taken by surprise can update their apps.

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Apple Redesigns iPad Air, Updates Base-Model iPad

Apple has overhauled the iPad Air to resemble the iPad Pro and has upgraded the processor in the base-model iPad.

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CNN Investigation Finds AmazonBasics Products Dangerous

CNN has discovered many alarming reports about AmazonBasics electronics catching fire, burning users, and sometimes even exploding.

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iOS 14’s App Library: The FAQ

The new App Library feature of iOS 14 has generated numerous questions from readers of “Take Control of iOS 14 and iPadOS 14.” Author Josh Centers explains how it works and what it will do for you.

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Apple Schedules September 2020 Event, Likely for the Apple Watch and iPad Air

Apple has announced that it will be holding a September event as usual, but new iPhones aren’t expected at this one. Instead, rumor-watchers anticipate the release of new Apple Watch models and a redesigned iPad Air.

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NSA Mass Phone Record Collection Ruled Illegal

Nearly seven years after being exposed to the public, and a year after being shut down, the NSA’s mass collection of phone records has been ruled illegal.

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New Apple Ad Throws a Spotlight on Privacy

Apple has released a clever ad about how we’re all tracked online, which has sparked some equally entertaining commentary from Daring Fireball’s John Gruber.

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iOS 13.7 Integrates Apple’s COVID-19 Exposure Notifications

Apple has released iOS 13.7 with a new built-in COVID-19 exposure notification system that it co-developed with Google. The company also pushed out iPadOS 13.7 with unspecified bug fixes.

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Picsew Is Indispensable for Professional iOS Screenshots

Picsew is a handy iOS app for stitching together, cropping, bordering, and otherwise cleaning up screenshots. We walk you through some of our favorite features.

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Your Thoughts on the App Store: Apple Should Change, but Voluntarily

After outlining the major complaints against the App Store, we asked for your feedback on how Apple runs the App Store and treats developers. We received strong answers, some of them surprising.

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Apple Expands AppleCare+ Signup Deadline to One Year

Facing slowing AppleCare sales, Apple is extending how long you can buy AppleCare+ after purchasing a device from 60 days to a full year.