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Steve Jobs Archive

At the Code conference, Laurene Powell Jobs, Tim Cook, and Jony Ive unveiled the Steve Jobs Archive, an elegant website showcasing some classic Jobs quotes. The question is, where will it go from here?

Josh Centers 3 comments

Walmart.com Listed Fake 30 TB SSDs For Sale

A security researcher discovered a 30 TB SSD on Walmart’s website for under $18. He bought one and cracked it open to learn just how it was too good to be true.

Josh Centers 1 comment

Design Your Own Frankenphone

Developer Neal Agarwal has launched a website that invites you to design your own iPhone. Make it as sincere or silly as you want.

Josh Centers 6 comments

Stephen Hackett Brings Back the Apple History Calendar for 2023

Looking for the perfect gift for an Apple fan this holiday season? Stephen Hackett is launching a new Kickstarter for his 2023 Apple History Calendar, a 20-by-13-inch wall calendar featuring product photos and software launch dates.

Josh Centers 2 comments

Clarus the Dogcow Returns in macOS 13 Ventura—Moof!

After a 20-year absence, Clarus the Dogcow has returned to macOS in the first beta of macOS 13 Ventura.

Adam Engst 18 comments

Tech Notes from a Cross-Border Trip to Canada

Adam Engst recently took a trip from upstate New York to Vancouver, British Columbia. As always, technology made the trip significantly easier than in the past, though he found that some bits (CarPlay in rental cars and North American T-Mobile connectivity) were vastly more helpful than others (an App Clip for buying gas and Apple Maps encouraging illegal U-turns).

Adam Engst 21 comments

Going Beyond Wordle: Oodles of *dle Games

For many people, the word-guessing game Wordle has become a small daily treat. But it has also inspired numerous other games that tweak Wordle’s dictionary, gameplay, or overall concept. Adam Engst started out thinking he could put together a complete collection but eventually stumbled on a site that caused his head to explode.

Adam Engst 7 comments

Looking Back on Past April Fools Day TidBITS Issues

Happy April Fools Day! We have no jokes or pranks this year, but here’s a look back through our April Fools efforts in past years that proved prescient.

Julio Ojeda-Zapata 7 comments

Bowflex’s C6 Bike Is a Less Costly, More Versatile Peloton

Peloton exercise bikes are expensive and lock users into the company’s exercise service. Julio Ojeda-Zapata tried a less expensive alternative, Bowflex’s C6 bike. It gives users the flexibility to use a range of fitness services with an iPhone or iPad, an Apple TV, or a Mac.

Josh Centers 7 comments

Learn to Tickle the Ivories with Simply Piano

Simply Piano gamifies the tedious process of learning to play piano, but is it worth the subscription cost?

Josh Centers 27 comments

How to Play Wordle, the Word-Guessing Game of 2022

What is Wordle? It’s the Internet’s latest word-game craze, and it’s quick and easy to play. We show you how.

Adam Engst 20 comments

Colorful Vinyl Skins Help Differentiate and Protect Apple Laptops

Annoyed by constantly picking up his wife’s MacBook Pro instead of his MacBook Air, Adam Engst decided to decorate the laptops with inexpensive full-color vinyl skins. It worked like a charm, and the skins also make the laptops more secure to carry and offer protection against scuffs and scratches.

Josh Centers 1 comment

Panic Reveals Secret iPod Prototype

Apple development company Panic has had an iPod prototype in a closet for two decades and is now showing it to the world.

Josh Centers 11 comments

The Mystery of Why Web Hyperlinks Are Blue

Why are hyperlinks dark blue and underlined? On Mozilla’s blog, Elise Blanchard explores the history and possible reasons for this seemingly arbitrary design choice.

Josh Centers No comments

A Look at a Working AirPower Prototype

An Italian man has procured a prototype of Apple’s infamous AirPower—a multi-device wireless charging mat the company canceled two years after its announcement without ever shipping it.