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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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A Quick Rundown of Big Tech’s Showdown with Congress

CEOS of four of the biggest companies in tech, including Apple’s Tim Cook, recently appeared before Congress to answer questions about their business practices. Here’s a roundup of the coverage.

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20 Years Later, Steven Levy Looks Back on the Power Mac G4 Cube

The Power Mac G4 Cube was Apple’s most beautiful failure, a cutting-edge and memorable machine that sold fewer than 150,000 units. Wired’s Steven Levy looks back at it, 20 years after its introduction.

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Apple Celebrates 25 Years of the Apple Distinguished Educator Program with Dr. Carl Owens

Apple’s Distinguished Educator program has hit the quarter-century mark, and the company noted the occasion by highlighting one of its first participants.

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Woz Sues YouTube Over Bitcoin Impersonation Scam

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak is suing YouTube over a Bitcoin-related scam. A similar scam made headlines recently with a mass Twitter attack.

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Hong Kong VPN Services Found to Log Connections and Leak User Data

If you use a VPN service based in Hong Kong to secure your Internet traffic and protect your privacy, you may wish to switch, given what security researchers have discovered.

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Feeling Paranoid? Micro Snitch Tells You If Your Mac Is Spying on You

If you’re afraid that your webcam may be spying on you, Micro Snitch from Objective Development monitors your Mac’s webcam and microphone, alerting you when an app activates them and maintaining a log of all activity.

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Five Homeschooling Apps for Young Children

Do you or a loved one feel compelled to homeschool in the coming year? With a year of homeschooling under his belt, Josh Centers suggests five apps that might help.

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Apple Expands Partnerships with Historically Black Colleges and Universities

Apple is expanding its partnerships with Historically Black Colleges and Universities, creating more coding centers that will teach communities how to program.

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iOS 13.6, iPadOS 13.6, macOS 10.15.6, watchOS 6.2.8, and tvOS 13.4.8 Add News Features, Car Keys, Symptom Tracking

Late-cycle updates for Apple’s operating system let you (theoretically) use your iPhone as a Car Key, add local news and audio stories to News, help you track symptoms, and more.

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Don’t Close Your MacBook with a Webcam Cover Attached

If you use a physical webcam cover on a MacBook, Apple wants you to know that shutting the lid with the cover attached could damage your screen.

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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.”