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

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Anker’s Vertical Mouse Provides Cheap RSI Relief

Is your mouse making your wrist or forearm hurt? The $15 Anker Ergonomic Optical USB Wired Vertical Mouse may be able to ease your pain.

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Apple Releases iOS 12.1.1, macOS 10.14.2, and tvOS 12.1.1

Apple has updated iOS, macOS, and tvOS with tweaks and bug fixes, and most importantly, you can once again switch between iPhone cameras with a single tap when making FaceTime calls.

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Apple Launches Purchase Program for US Military and Veterans

Apple has opened a special online store that offers a 10% discount on all Apple products to current and veteran members of the US military, National Guard, and Reserve, plus their immediate family living in the same household.

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Apple Music Is Coming to Amazon Alexa

In a shocking announcement, Amazon has announced that Apple Music will soon be available through its Alexa voice assistant on its Echo smart speakers.

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David Barnard Explains How to Game the App Store

Developer David Barnard is tired of scammy copycat App Store apps, and he’s divulging all of these developers’ tricks in an effort to call Apple’s attention to them.

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SubEthaEdit Is Back and Free to All

The SubEthaEdit text editor, whose real-time collaborative editing features were jaw-dropping when it first came out, is back with version 5, and is now free and open source.

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How to Work Around Wi-Fi Hotspot Captive Portals on Browserless Devices

Many public Wi-Fi hotspots require you to click a button on a “captive portal” page before you can get online, which is a problem if your device doesn’t have a Web browser. Here’s a workaround you can try with a device like an Apple TV or Nintendo Switch.

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Apple Confirms That the T2 Chip Limits Mac Repairs

If you try to repair a newer Mac equipped with a T2 chip yourself, or if you take it to an independent repair shop that isn’t authorized by Apple, you may be in for a nasty surprise.

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New Macs Separate Speaker and Headphone Jack Audio

Rogue Amoeba’s Paul Kafasis has uncovered a key improvement in the latest Macs: the speakers and headphone jack are separate, independent audio devices.

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SMS Database Leak Exposed 2FA Login Codes

An unsecured server has resulted in tens of millions of SMS messages being exposed, and along with it password reset links, two-factor authentication codes, shipping notifications, and more.

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No TidBITS Issue on 26 November 2018

We’re taking the next email issue of TidBITS off to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday in the United States, although we’ll continue to publish articles on the site. You can look forward to the next email issue on 3 December 2018.

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Amazon Kicks Out Unauthorized Apple Refurbishers

Apple and Amazon have signed an agreement that will let Amazon sell Apple products again, but an unanticipated side effect is that Amazon is also banning companies that sell refurbished Apple products without Apple's authorization.

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Backblaze Releases Q3 2018 Hard Drive Reliability Numbers

Online backup service Backblaze has released its latest hard drive reliability statistics, showing excellent reliability for new high-capacity drives. If you’re looking for a new drive, you’d do well to buy the drives that have worked well for Backblaze.

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TipBITS: Using the iPhone Camera’s Zoom Button

Certain recent models of the iPhone feature a dedicated zoom button in the Camera app’s viewfinder. It may do more than you realized.

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Flickr Limits Free Accounts to 1000 Photos to Make the Service Sustainable

Flickr, now owned by SmugMug, is limiting free accounts and improving paid accounts to help the beloved service survive in the long term.