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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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Apple Breaks into the Fortune 500’s Top Ten

Apple’s tumultuous stock price has pushed it into and out of the top spot among U.S. companies by market capitalization, but that doesn’t help with the Fortune 500 list, which ranks companies by gross revenue. Not that Apple’s doing badly there either — in the 2013 Fortune 500, Apple jumps from 17th place all the way to 6th, cracking the top 10 for the first time and giving a more accurate picture of how Apple compares with other corporate giants.

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A Writer’s Analysis of iOS Writing Apps

Writer, counselor, and longtime TidBITS reader Gary Bloom has tapped out an elaborate comparison of writing apps for iOS, in which he cleverly compares each one to a house. He even kindly mentions our review of Nebulous Notes; though it’s not our “favorite” writing app, per se, we just liked it enough to give it a review! If you write on your iPad, this article is a must read — his favorite app may surprise you.

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Adobe Flies from Creative Suite into the Creative Cloud

Adobe is leaving the boxed software game for a subscription-only model. Will it be good or bad for customers?

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The Most Reliable PC? A MacBook.

The most reliable Windows laptop is… the mid-2012 13-inch MacBook Pro running Boot Camp, according to a report by PC management firm Soluto. Over the course of a three-month study, the MacBook Pro bested models from Acer, Dell, and others thanks to its superior construction and lack of the commonly preinstalled Windows “crapware” (to quote the report). It is the second most expensive machine in the top 10, cheaper only than the 15" MacBook Pro with Retina display that ranked 6th in reliability.

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Find My Friends Gains Customizable Geofences

The latest version of Apple’s Find My Friends makes the geofencing feature customizable, so you’re no longer limited to specific addresses. Josh Centers shows you how to take advantage of this new option.

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Explore Alternatives to Google Reader

Google Reader is shutting down 1 July 2013, and developers are scrambling to make alternatives available. Josh Centers shows you some current entries that might make the switch less painful.

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Mailbox for iPhone Eases Email Triage but Lacks Key Features

Mailbox makes processing incoming email easy and fun on the iPhone, but its innovative interface approaches may not be sufficient to make up for the app’s lack of key capabilities and worrying requirement that all your email go through the company’s servers.

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Napkin Offers a Fresh Take on Visual Communication

Napkin is a unique image annotation and diagramming app, but can it handle all of your visual communication needs?

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Squarespace 6 Web Hosting: Ease of Use and Design Outweigh Flaws

Squarespace 6 is a much-hyped Web hosting service that offers beautiful design and a simple interface, but does it live up to its marketing? Josh Centers shares his experiences building his Web site on Squarespace.

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Nebulous Notes for iOS Makes Markdown Easy

Nebulous Notes is a powerful text editing app that brings custom macros to both the iPad and iPhone, making it easy to compose, edit, and preview Markdown- and HTML-formatted text.

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iFlicks Improves iTunes Imports

Want to rip your DVD collection, but are held back by the daunting task of converting video and adding metadata for your entire collection? iFlicks makes the job a snap.

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Five Alternatives to Apple’s Podcasts App

Fed up with Apple’s misbehaving Podcasts app? Josh Centers outlines five alternatives and why they may, or may not, be for you.

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Dropbox for iOS Now More Photogenic

The popular file-syncing app has been redesigned with improved photo management.

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Apple Improves iTunes Gift Card Redemptions for the Holidays

Apple obsesses over the details, and its iTunes Gift Cards are no exception. Josh Centers details how Apple has made them easier to redeem this holiday season thanks to a new feature in iTunes 11.

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Five Apps Apple Could Delete from the iPhone

Apple makes some amazing apps, but some of the iPhone’s default apps aren’t among them. Josh Centers examines five that few people would miss if Apple canned them, and tells you how to replace them or at least make them more useful.