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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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watchOS 6.1.3 Fixes Icelandic Heart Rhythm Notifications

Apple has released watchOS 6.1.3 to address a heart rhythm notification bug specific to Iceland.

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Tired of Web Sites Blocking Standard Browser Controls? StopTheMadness!

Have you run across Web sites that steal control of your Web browser so you can’t copy text or use standard system functions? StopTheMadness can give you back control over your browser.

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Swift Playgrounds Now Available for the Mac

The Swift Playgrounds app—a kinder, gentler way to learn Swift programming—is now available for Mac users running macOS 10.15.3 Catalina or later.

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Shops Balking at Apple’s Independent Repair Program Terms

Many interpreted the Apple Independent Repair Program as an olive branch to third-party repair shops, but Motherboard has found businesses balking at Apple’s “onerous” terms.

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One Switch: My New Must-Have Mac Utility

Would you like it if you could have toggles for Dark Mode, Do Not Disturb, Night Shift, screen lock, and more, all accessed from a single menu bar icon? Josh Centers recently discovered that the One Switch utility can do all that and more.

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Apple in 2019: The Six Colors 2019 Report Card

How did Apple do in 2019? Jason Snell has once again gathered opinions from a large panel of Apple observers—including a number of people from the TidBITS crew—to issue his annual Apple report card.

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Tony Blevins: Tim Cook’s Cost Cutter

As Apple watches its iPhone sales growth slow, the company has had to focus ever harder on keeping its parts costs low. In such situations, Tim Cook looks to one man: Vice President of Procurement Tony Blevins.

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Apple Finishes Rolling Out Redesigned Maps in the US

Apple has spent years overhauling its map data in the United States, and now it’s moving on to Europe.

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Antivirus Maker Avast Sold Data on Millions of Users

Motherboard and PCMag have teamed up to expose antivirus maker Avast’s practice of collecting and selling data on millions of users. The harsh light of media coverage worked as it's supposed to, and Avast's CEO has announced that the company is eliminating the program and shutting down the subsidiary that sold the data.

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Apple Releases iOS 13.3.1, iPadOS 13.3.1, macOS 10.15.3, watchOS 6.1.2, and tvOS 13.3.1

Apple has updated all of its operating systems to address privacy and parental controls in iOS and performance in newer Mac hardware.

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Apple Attacks the Unofficial Apple Archive

Perhaps predictably, Apple has sent a swarm of lawyers after the Unofficial Apple Archive, issuing over 3700 DMCA takedown orders.

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Squash Is a Fun Way to Compress Images

Image compression, fun? Realmac Software’s Squash manages to add a bit of joy to a dull class of utilities. Also, there are surprising differences between image compression apps.

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Apple Card (Finally) Gains CSV Statement Export

In the category of features that should have been present from the start, Apple has finally added a CSV data export capability for the Apple Card. Here’s how to get your data out. How you import it into your personal finance package is up to you.

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Apple Allegedly Dropped Full iCloud Backup Encryption under FBI Pressure

Reuters is reporting that Apple dropped plans to offer a stronger encryption option for iCloud backups under pressure from the US Federal Bureau of Investigation.

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The (Unofficial) Apple Archive Documents 40 Years of Apple Materials

Take a trip down memory lane with the (Unofficial) Apple Archive, which documents over 40 years of Apple documents and promotions.