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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 12 and Take Control of Apple TV, and co-author of Take Control of Preview.

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Apple’s Revised Privacy Page Provides More Per-App Detail

Apple has updated its privacy page with explanations of the specific privacy measures taken in its most popular apps, but questionable partnerships and sloppy programming hurt the company’s privacy-focused image.

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iOS 13.2.2 Stops Killing Background Apps

If you thought we might get through a week without Apple frantically fixing bugs in its operating systems, well, think again. The iOS 13.2.2 and iPadOS 13.2.2 updates fix the issue that made background apps quit prematurely.

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TipBITS: Quickly Access App Updates in iOS 13

Annoyingly, Apple buried App Store updates in iOS 13 and iPadOS 13, using that toolbar spot to promote its Apple Arcade service, but there’s a shortcut to see your updates quickly.

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The Confusion Over Apple TV

Can’t tell Apple TV apart from the Apple TV app (on any of four operating systems), Apple TV+, or Apple TV Channels? You’re not alone.

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Adobe Releases Free Fonts for iOS

Take advantage of the custom font support in iOS 13 and iPadOS 13 with Adobe’s Creative Cloud app, which offers 1300 fonts for free.

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Apple Releases macOS 10.15.1 Catalina, watchOS 6.1, and tvOS 13.2

Hot on the heels of iOS 13.2 and iPadOS 13.2, Apple has pushed out macOS 10.15.1 Catalina, watchOS 6.1 (with support for the Apple Watch Series 1 and Series 2, finally!), and tvOS 13.2. All three offer support for the new AirPods Pro and bring bug fixes.

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iOS 13.2 and iPadOS 13.2 Serve Up Deep Fusion, HomeKit Enhancements, and HomePod Features

The iOS 13.2 and iPadOS 13.2 updates deliver promised features like Deep Fusion for iPhone 11 series cameras and HomeKit Secure Video, along with yet more bug fixes. Also finally seeing the light of day is iOS 13.2 for HomePod, which brings support for multiple users.

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How to Use Catalina’s Continuity Sketch and Continuity Markup

macOS 10.15 Catalina has a pair of new features that let you use an iPhone or iPad to draw sketches for insertion into a Mac document or message and mark up Mac documents. Here’s how to use them.

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Xbox and PlayStation Game Controllers with Apple Arcade: The FAQ

iOS 13, iPadOS 13, macOS 10.15 Catalina, and tvOS 13 all support game controllers from Microsoft and Sony. Here’s how to connect them to your devices to make the most of Apple Arcade.

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Fearing Shooters, Schools Put Kids under Surveillance

In the wake of mass shootings in the United States, schools are spending millions on surveillance systems to find out what their students are thinking and saying. The legitimate benefits come with troubling questions of privacy.

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Yahoo Groups to Eliminate Web Features and Delete All Content; Email Continues

Yahoo has announced that it is effectively shutting down the Yahoo Groups Web interface in December. Now is the time to download any data you want to keep and consider migrating to another service.

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USB Storage with iOS 13: The FAQ

Confused about how to use USB storage drives with iOS 13 and iPadOS 13? We have answers to common questions.

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iOS 13.1.3, iPadOS 13.1.3, and Catalina Supplemental Update Tackle Bugs

Apple has updated iOS 13, iPadOS, and macOS 10.15 Catalina to squash some of the many bugs still remaining.

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Apple Card Offers a Disaster Relief Program

Those who use the Apple Card and live in an area impacted by a natural disaster are being offered access to a new Apple Card Disaster Relief Program that might be welcome in trying financial times.

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Adobe Cuts Service to Users in Venezuela

Due to US sanctions against Venezuela, Adobe is cutting off service to the country, highlighting one of the pitfalls of subscription-based software.