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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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New Apple Fitness+ Perk Encourages Users to Take a Hike

Apple has introduced a new Apple Fitness+ feature called Time to Walk, in which celebrities tell stories, share photos, and play songs to encourage you while you go for a walk.

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Tracking Down “Apple Beige”

If you’ve ever been curious about the distinctive beige of the Apple II, a bottle of original touch-up paint prompted Ben Zotto to research the color’s origins.

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HomeKit on the Range: Hue Lightstrips

Have a dark place in your home you’d like to light up, such as under the range in your kitchen? The HomeKit-compatible Hue Lightstrips are flexible (literally), easy to install, and bright. So, so bright.

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The Digital Right to Repair Coalition’s CES “Worst in Show”

The Digital Right to Repair Coalition has published its picks for “Worst in Show” at CES, calling out products with terrible security, repairability, privacy, and more.

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Signal Provides Secure Cross-Platform Replacement for WhatsApp

Privacy-focused messenging app Signal has been exploding in popularity, and it’s a surprisingly competent replacement for WhatsApp for those Apple users who have been forced to use the Facebook-owned messaging service for cross-platform communications.

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Apple Launches New Racial Equity and Justice Initiative Projects

Apple has announced some of the ways it will be using the $100 million it committed toward projects in its Racial Equity and Justice Initiative, which will invest in education and businesses for people of color.

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LG 27UK850-W: An Acceptable 27-inch Display for the Mac

Discerning Mac users will be hard-pressed to find a satisfactory monitor, but the LG 27UK850-W is close enough and not too expensive.

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App Store Wars: Facebook vs. Apple, Publishers vs. Apple, Apple vs. Brave

Josh Centers chronicles the latest battles revolving around the App Store, including Facebook joining Epic Games’ lawsuit against Apple, a group of big-name publishers signing on to the Coalition for App Fairness to pressure Apple and Google, and Apple making the Brave browser put its crypto wallet away.

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Surprise iOS 12.5 and watchOS 6.3 Updates Bring Exposure Notification and a Security Fix

Apple has released a pair of surprise updates to a pair of older operating systems, iOS 12.5 and watchOS 6.3, to bring COVID-19 exposure notification capabilities and an important security fix to older devices.

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Canada Gets Overhauled Apple Maps Data

Years into its campaign to overhaul its mapping data, Apple has closed out 2020 with more-detailed maps for Canada along with a slew of new features.

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The United States vs. Facebook

The US Federal Trade Commission and the attorneys general representing most of the United States’ states and territories are ganging up on Facebook to wrest away control of Instagram and WhatsApp and prevent Facebook from continuing to cement its dominant position in social networking.

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Apple’s One Last Thing for 2020: AirPods Max

Just in time for the holidays, Apple has introduced the AirPods Max, over-ear headphones with impressive specs, a questionable case, and a stratospheric price tag.

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Apple Opens Repair Program for iPhone 11 Touch Problems

If your iPhone 11’s touchscreen has become unresponsive, Apple may fix it for free under a new repair program.

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A Path to Windows Apps on M1-Based Macs with Windows 10 on ARM

The new M1-based Macs can’t run traditional Windows, which requires a computer with an Intel chip, but Windows Insiders can run an ARM-based version not usually available to consumers, and it may be more useful than it might seem.

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No TidBITS Issue on 30 November 2020

We’re taking the next email issue of TidBITS off to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday—without traveling!—in the United States, although we’ll continue to publish articles on our Web site. You can look forward to the next email issue on 7 December 2020.