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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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Tim Cook Again Calls for Tech Industry Regulation

Apple CEO Tim Cook has once again come out in favor of regulation of the tech industry, even as he expressed distrust of government intervention.

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Charging an Apple Pencil Can Keep You From Unlocking Your Car

In a strange twist, the second-generation Apple Pencil’s charging mechanism can interfere with car key fobs. Luckily, it’s easy to avoid the problem.

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Apple and Qualcomm Settle Patent Royalty Suits and Agree to Licensing

After years of patent battles, Apple and Qualcomm have suddenly dropped all legal action and are now partnering up again, with Apple paying Qualcomm an unspecified licensing fee. Intel dropping its 5G modem development was probably related.

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Disney Pulls No Punches Going after Netflix

Disney has finally announced the details of its upcoming Disney+ streaming service, which will offer a breathtaking amount of old and new content for a mere $6.99 per month. How will Netflix respond?

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3M WorkTunes Headphones Make Yardwork More Tolerable

Yardwork season is here, and loud gas-powered mowers and trimmers can both damage your hearing and make it impossible to enjoy audio. The 3M WorkTunes headphones can solve both problems.

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Amazon Workers May Be Listening to Your Alexa Conversations

Bloomberg has revealed that Amazon pays people to listen to a subset of Alexa recordings for the purpose of improving the technology. Do you trust Amazon with recordings of everything you say within an Echo’s earshot?

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Netflix Removes AirPlay Support from Its iOS App

Netflix has removed AirPlay support from its iOS app, citing “technical limitations” that outside observers suspect have more to do with the competitive landscape than anything else.

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A Close Look at the Titanium Apple Card’s Design

Designer Arun Venkatesan has published a detailed study of the physical Apple Card, due later this year. A lot more thought has gone into it than you might have realized.

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Apple Cuts HomePod Price to $299

Apple has permanently lowered the price of its HomePod smart speaker by $50, from $349 to $299. Was it just overpriced or is Apple clearing the decks for a new model?

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Verizon Now Offering Free Call Filtering to Block Telemarketers

Under pressure from the US Federal Communications Commission, Verizon now offers a free call-filtering service, but it’s just a band-aid on the spam-call problem.

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All the Magazines Available on Apple News+ in the US

Federico Viticci of MacStories has taken on the thankless task of documenting every available magazine on Apple News+ in the US. Turns out there aren’t actually 300 of them, and only about half are in Apple News Format.

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The EU Passes Copyright Directive

The European Union has passed the Copyright in the Digital Single Market Directive and its controversial Articles 11 and 13, which regulate online use of news articles and posting of copyrighted content. But it will be several years before it’s implemented in the laws of EU members states.

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Apple Announces Apple Arcade Gaming Service

Apple has announced a new gaming service called Apple Arcade, but it won't be available until fall 2019, and the company provided few firm details.

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European Commission Fines Google €1.49 Billion

The European Commission has fined Google €1.49 billion for what it’s calling abusive advertising practices, but even that stunning amount isn’t close to the largest fine the EC has levied against the search giant. And it pales in comparison to Google’s revenues.

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Second-Generation AirPods Gain “Hey Siri” and Optional Wireless Charging

Apple has released second-generation AirPods that respond to “Hey Siri,” offer up to 50% more talk time, connect twice as quickly, and can be fitted with an optional wireless charging case.