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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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Mint Adds Minimal Integration with Apple Card

You can now view some Apple Card data in Intuit’s Mint budgeting service, but without the capability to import transactions from Apple Card, it’s not all that useful yet.

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Apple Opens Public Betas for iOS 14, iPadOS 14, and tvOS 14

Apple has opened public betas of some of its next-generation operating systems, but remember that these aren’t for daily use. Only install on hardware that you can dedicate to testing.

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Apple Expands Swift Learning Resources

Apple has overhauled and expanded its free Swift learning curricula: Everyone Can Code for young students and Develop in Swift for mature ones.

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Apple Launches an Apple Card Web Portal

Apple has at last launched a Web portal for the Apple Card so you no longer need to rely on your iPhone to check your balance or pay your bill. But it doesn’t provide all the capabilities available in the Wallet app.

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Apple Reportedly Canceling Some Apple Arcade Games and Changing Direction

Reporting by Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman hints at trouble with Apple Arcade, with Apple canceling upcoming titles to focus on “engagement.”

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The New York Times Pulls Out of Apple News

In a bid for more direct relationships with its readers—hopefully leading to subscriptions—The New York Times is leaving Apple News.

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Apple’s 2020 Apple Design Awards Snub the Mac Again

Apple waited until after WWDC to announce its 2020 Apple Design Award winners, but it once again snubbed Mac apps.

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Troubleshooting Startups Will Work Differently in Apple Silicon Macs

There are big changes coming to how you invoke various startup modes on Apple Silicon Macs, but the good news is that you won’t have to remember obscure keyboard combinations.

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Here’s What Next for tvOS 14 and HomeKit

Apple’s upcoming tvOS 14 and additions to the company’s HomeKit home automation framework won’t rock your world, but they offer some nice improvements.

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iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 Echo Android and Newton

iOS 14 promises a tight package of new features, many of which have existed in Google’s Android for years, while iPadOS 14 takes those features and mixes in a bit of Newton handwriting recognition. Egg freckles, anyone?

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Keep Kids Entertained This Summer with Apple Camp at Home

Looking for something for your kids to do this summer with in-person camps limited or canceled? Apple is offering a free online camp this summer for kids to learn about art, coding, design, and video.

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Sony Recalls TOUGH SD Cards Due to Data Corruption

Sony has recalled a number of its SD cards due to possible data corruption, and the company will replace them for free through 31 March 2022.

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Apple Rolls Out Two Professional Mac Upgrades Before WWDC

Apple has rolled out an ultra-high-end graphics option for the 16-inch MacBook Pro and do-it-yourself SSD upgrades for the Mac Pro.

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BitBar Lets You Put Anything in Your Mac’s Menu Bar

BitBar is an open-source menu bar app with a rich library of plug-ins that are easy to adapt to your needs. Don’t see what you want? You can even create your own plug-ins!

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Apple Announces WWDC 2020 Schedule

Apple has unveiled the schedule for its first all-virtual WWDC, including the keynote, new developer forums, and one-on-one sessions with Apple engineers.