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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 12 and Take Control of Apple TV, and co-author of Take Control of Preview.

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How the Apple Store Lost Its Groove

Bloomberg has spoken with current and former Apple employees about concerns regarding the Apple Store. Can Deirdre O’Brien bring back the aspects of the Apple Store that made it so successful under Ron Johnson?

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Apple’s First iPhone Game Since 2008 Is about… Warren Buffett?

Apple has honored its most famous investor by creating a game in his honor.

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How Rogue YouTube Employees Killed Internet Explorer 6

Early YouTube employee Chris Zacharias has shared the story of how he and a rogue team of developers bypassed Google’s bureaucracy to put a stake through the heart of Microsoft’s Internet Explorer 6 Web browser.

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Prepare for Apple Dropping Old Media Formats with the IINA Video Player

In the next major release of macOS, Apple will be eliminating native support for many old video codecs. With the open-source IINA, you’ll have a Mac-native video player that can handle whatever you throw at it.

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How iPhone Users Can Fix Google Home Audio Disconnects

Does your iPhone frequently disconnect from your Google Home smart speaker? We’ve stumbled across a solution that might work for you.

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Aperture Won’t Run after macOS 10.14 Mojave

Apple has announced that its obsolete professional-grade photo manager Aperture won’t run in the next major release of macOS after Mojave. If you’re still using Aperture, start planning your switch.

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Overcast Gains Podcast Clip Sharing

Developer Marco Arment has added audio and video podcast clip sharing to the latest version of his Overcast podcast player in order to strengthen the open podcast ecosystem.

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How to Cancel Apple News+

Unimpressed with Apple News+ or just don’t have time to read any more? Here’s how to cancel your free trial or subscription to avoid the $9.99 monthly fee.

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Apple Recalls Some International Three-Prong Plug Adapters

Apple is recalling three-prong plug adapters for the United Kingdom, Singapore, and Hong Kong that it shipped with Macs and iOS devices from 2003 to 2010.

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Tim Cook Again Calls for Tech Industry Regulation

Apple CEO Tim Cook has once again come out in favor of regulation of the tech industry, even as he expressed distrust of government intervention.

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Charging an Apple Pencil Can Keep You From Unlocking Your Car

In a strange twist, the second-generation Apple Pencil’s charging mechanism can interfere with car key fobs. Luckily, it’s easy to avoid the problem.

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Apple and Qualcomm Settle Patent Royalty Suits and Agree to Licensing

After years of patent battles, Apple and Qualcomm have suddenly dropped all legal action and are now partnering up again, with Apple paying Qualcomm an unspecified licensing fee. Intel dropping its 5G modem development was probably related.

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Disney Pulls No Punches Going after Netflix

Disney has finally announced the details of its upcoming Disney+ streaming service, which will offer a breathtaking amount of old and new content for a mere $6.99 per month. How will Netflix respond?

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3M WorkTunes Headphones Make Yardwork More Tolerable

Yardwork season is here, and loud gas-powered mowers and trimmers can both damage your hearing and make it impossible to enjoy audio. The 3M WorkTunes headphones can solve both problems.

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Amazon Workers May Be Listening to Your Alexa Conversations

Bloomberg has revealed that Amazon pays people to listen to a subset of Alexa recordings for the purpose of improving the technology. Do you trust Amazon with recordings of everything you say within an Echo’s earshot?