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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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Wearables Like the Apple Watch Show Promise in Detecting COVID-19 Infections

Two preliminary studies have shown promise in using wearable health trackers as an early warning system for COVID-19 infections.

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Logitech Combo Touch: Love at First Type

If you have a recent Touch ID iPad but have been lusting after a new iPad Pro with a Magic Keyboard, the $150 Logitech Combo Touch might make you fall in love with your iPad all over again.

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Apple Has Fixed the “No Longer Shared” Bug

If you’ve seen some strange behavior on your iPhone or iPad lately, such as a message that an app is no longer shared or large numbers of apps updating at once, it was a bug that Apple has now fixed.

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Apple Adds Free Fonts to Catalina

If you’ve upgraded to macOS 10.15.5 Catalina, note that Apple has licensed a number of lovely fonts you can use for free.

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iFixit Creates Free Medical Repair Database

iFixit, the purveyor of repair tools and free repair guides that many computer users have relied upon for years, has now compiled a massive database of repair manuals for medical devices and made it freely available to everyone.

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Apple Tailors iOS 13.5 and iPadOS 13.5 to a COVID-19 World

Apple has released the iOS 13.5 and iPadOS 13.5 updates with COVID-19-focused changes, including a new Exposure Notification API and fixes to help make Group FaceTime and Face ID less painful.

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FBI Cracks Pensacola Shooter’s iPhone, Still Mad at Apple

The FBI has cracked the iPhone at the center of the Pensacola naval base shooting case, but the agency still slammed Apple’s stance on encryption. This time, Apple didn’t pull any punches in its rebuttal.

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watchOS 6.2.5 Brings ECG and Irregular Heart Rhythm Notifications to Saudi Arabia

Apple has released watchOS 6.2.5, a highly focused update to bring the ECG app and irregular heart rhythm notifications to Saudi Arabia, along with as-yet-unspecified security fixes.

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Apple Announces Plans to Reopen Retail Stores

After closing most of its stores earlier this year in the wake of the COVID-19 epidemic, Apple has announced how it plans to reopen them.

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Don’t Bury a Wet Laptop in Rice! Better Advice from iFixit

What should you do if you spill liquid on your laptop? The repair experts at iFixit tell you what to do. Save your rice for dinner.

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Adobe Acrobat Reader Flaws Could Let Attacks Hijack Your Mac

If you use Adobe Acrobat Reader, you should update immediately to protect your Mac from some nasty security vulnerabilities accessible to local attacks.

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The Stratospheric Growth of the AirPods

Although they hit the market with little fanfare, Apple’s AirPods have become a stealth hit, now singlehandedly outpacing the annual revenue of many large tech companies.

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Making Sense of Cellular Data Upgrades for the Coronavirus Pandemic

Your cellular carrier is likely offering a larger data allowance for no extra charge during the coronavirus pandemic. Wirecutter has a guide on how to make sure you know what you’re getting.

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How to Mirror Your Apple TV to Your Mac for Screenshots or Presentations

Need to display your Apple TV on your Mac for screenshots or a presentation? It’s easy and the necessary software is included with macOS.

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Apple’s Virtual WWDC to Start June 22nd

Apple’s virtual WWDC will kick off on 22 June 2020. We should be glad that Apple is even attempting to pull it off, given the cancellation of other major tech conferences.