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

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Apple to Start Repairing Some “Vintage” Products

While some US states are mulling Right to Repair legislation, Apple is launching a repair program for some “vintage and obsolete” products.

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Apple Releases iOS 12.1, macOS 10.14.1, watchOS 5.1.1, and tvOS 12.1

During its special event in Brooklyn, Apple announced iOS 12.1, which gains the delayed Group FaceTime feature, dual-SIM capabilities for this year’s iPhones, camera improvements, new emojis, and more. Later in the day, the company quietly released macOS 10.14.1 Mojave, also with support for Group FaceTime, along with watchOS 5.1, tvOS 12.1, and iOS 12.1 for HomePod.

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New US Copyright Exemption Allows Bypassing DRM to Repair Devices

A new exemption to the DMCA in the United States let device owners bypass DRM to maintain or repair devices, but actually doing so may prove challenging.

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Tim Cook Calls for GDPR-Like Laws around the World

During a speech in Brussels, Apple CEO Tim Cook reiterated Apple’s strong privacy stance and advocated for GDPR-like laws both in the United States and around the world.

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Americans Can Now Download Their Apple Data

Europeans have been able to download all of their Apple data for a few months, and now US residents can do the same.

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How Kids Are Circumventing iOS 12’s Screen Time Limits

Apple’s Screen Time feature is designed to help parents limit their kids’ device usage, but the little nippers are already finding ways to defeat it. Is anyone surprised?

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Adobe Is Bringing “Real Photoshop” to the iPad

Adobe says it will bring a nearly full-featured version of Photoshop CC to the iPad in 2019. Will it be a game-changer for iPad productivity?

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Apple Likely to Announce New Macs and iPads at Brooklyn Event on 30 October 2018

Apple is having another special event at the end of October. Josh Centers ponders what Apple might unveil. New Macs? New iPads? An autonomous flying car? OK, maybe not that last one.

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Privacy Glitch Gives Google an Excuse to Trash Google+

The Google+ social network has been struggling for years, and now that an API glitch has potentially exposed user data, Google will be shutting it down in August 2019.

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Five Ways Google’s Pixel 3 Advances Computational Photography

Apple made much of the computational photography capabilities of the new iPhone XS and XR, but it isn’t the only company innovating in the field. Digital Photography Review outlines five features of Google’s Pixel 3 that push computational photography forward. Will we see similar features in 2019’s iPhones?

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Inside iOS 12: How to Create Siri Shortcuts

The new Siri Shortcuts feature in iOS 12 lets you create your own Siri commands for both built-in features and for capabilities provided by third-party apps. “Take Control of iOS 12” author Josh Centers explains how to create and use these custom Siri commands.

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Apple Fixes Bugs with iOS 12.0.1, watchOS 5.0.1, and tvOS 12.0.1

Apple has released iOS 12.0.1, watchOS 5.0.1, and tvOS 12.0.1 to fix a number of annoying bugs. iPhone XS and iPad users may be the most interested in updating.

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Halide Designer Explores iPhone XS Camera Improvements

The designer of a popular professional iOS camera app has documented all the ways the iPhone XS camera improves on the iPhone X camera.

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Apple Releases “Everyone Can Create” Series on Apple Books

To complement its Everyone Can Code initiative, Apple has launched a new media creation training program called Everyone Can Create. It’s aimed at schools but is free for everyone.

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How to Take Photos and Scan Documents with Continuity Camera in Mojave

The new Continuity Camera feature in macOS 10.14 Mojave lets you use your iPhone or iPad to take photos and scan documents on your Mac. Josh Centers explains how it works and how best to integrate it into your workflows.