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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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Where Do iPhone Repair Parts Come From?

MacRumors did a deep dive into the iPhone repair ecosystem to learn where non-Apple replacement parts come from and how the industry works.

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TipBITS: Make iMovie Output Full-Resolution Video

Is your iMovie output stuck at 720p, even though you fed it a higher resolution video? While trying to record a screencast from a 27-inch Retina iMac, Josh Centers discovered the fix.

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Avoiding Google’s Geotracking Requires Disabling More Than Location History

An investigation by the Associated Press and Princeton University has found that Google tracks and stores your location history even when you have disabled Location History. To prevent Google from tracking your location, also disable Web & App Activity.

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Pentagon Puts Limits on GPS Usage

After discovering that the Strava fitness app was inadvertently revealing hidden military sites, the US military has authorized limits on apps and devices that use GPS location tracking.

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USB Restricted Mode Can Block iOS Device Charging

USB Restricted Mode is a new security feature in iOS 11.4.1, but it can have some unintended consequences. Josh Centers explains what it is, how it works, why it exists, and how you can turn it off if necessary.

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AT&T and Verizon Sticking It to Rural DSL Customers?

AT&T and Verizon are both eliminating lower-priced Internet service tiers even though they haven’t extended faster speeds to rural customers. The net effect is that rural DSL customers are paying the same rates as urban fiber-optic customers for much slower speeds.

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To Send a Public Health Message, France Bans Smartphone Use in Schools for Younger Students

France has officially banned the use of smartphones, tablets, computers, and more in schools for students under the age of 15. In reality, the law is more about sending a public health message than actually separating kids from electronics during school.

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Reddit Announces Account Data Breach

Social news site Reddit has announced a relatively minor data theft that’s a good reminder to change old passwords, turn on two-factor authentication, and delete any Reddit content you don’t want linked to your email address.

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Socializing Siri: Add Relationships, Teach Pronunciations, and More

Like most small children, Siri doesn’t know how people are related and it often has trouble pronouncing names correctly. Learn how to teach Apple’s personal assistant about relationships, nicknames, and proper pronunciations.

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Wyze Cam Pan Helps You Watch Your House for $30

The latest entry in the Wyze Cam line, the Wyze Cam Pan, can cover an entire 360-degree area for an absurdly low price. It’s well worth checking out if you’re looking for an interior security camera, but sadly, it doesn’t support HomeKit.

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Last-Ditch Data Recovery More Difficult on the 2018 MacBook Pro

If you own a 2018 MacBook Pro, maintaining regular backups is even more important than ever because there’s no port on the logic board for Apple Authorized Service Providers to use to recover data from a dead Mac. DriveSavers says that the lack of the port does not hamper their ability to recover data from these Macs.

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The Mac’s First Product Manager Discusses Working with Jobs and Woz

Joe Shelton, one of Apple’s earliest employees and the first product manager for the Macintosh, has come forward to talk about what it was like to work alongside Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak.

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Apple Expands Business Chat

Apple has brought more companies to its Business Chat service, which enables users to get customer support from participating firms right in Messages.

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Heat-related Performance Problems with Intel Core i9 MacBook Pros

High-end 2018 MacBook Pros powered by the Intel Core i9 processor are showing severe performance degradation under thermal load, making them slower than last year’s models.

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Buying a Used Car? Try These Three Free Vehicle History Services

Buying a car but don’t want to blow your budget on CarFax lookups? Josh Centers went through this recently and found three useful vehicle history services that he has built into a process that anyone can follow.