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Text Conversations with an iPhone Thief

Veronica de Souza shares the texts she received from the thieves who stole her iPhone and then tried to convince her to unlock it.

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iOS 17.5 Adds Cross-Platform Location Tracking Alerts

Apple has released a large set of operating system updates, including iOS 17.5, iPadOS 17.5, macOS 14.5 Sonoma, watchOS 10.5, tvOS 17.5, HomePod Software 17.5, macOS Ventura 13.6.7, macOS Monterey 12.7.5, iOS 16.7.8, and iPadOS 16.7.8. New features include alerts for Android-paired tracking devices moving with you and a new game and leaderboard for Apple News+ subscribers.

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Online Messaging Systems of Yesteryear

Want to wax nostalgic? This history of online messaging system is sure to trigger some memories of when the Internet was a smaller, kinder place.

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Apple Plugs Apple Watch Ultra 2 Usage in Long-Distance Relay Race

Apple has posted an account of a team using the Apple Watch Ultra 2 (and iPhone 15 Pro Max) during The Speed Project, an unofficial, unsanctioned relay race from Santa Monica to Las Vegas. Adam Engst wonders how well the technology really worked.

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The Last Man Standing in the Floppy Disk Business

Floppy disks may not be seeing a revival like vinyl records, but they’re still in demand by hobbyists and manufacturers—medical, aviation, embroidery—that created long-lived machines during the heyday of the floppy. Learn more from the man still serving those customers.

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Federico Viticci’s Hacked-Together Mac-iPad Convertible

In a stunning feat of hackery, Federico Viticci of MacStories removed the screen from a MacBook Air and replaced it with a detachable iPad for the best of both worlds… and a better Mac Virtual Display for the Vision Pro.

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Reading Too Much into Pong Wars

This mashup of Pong and Breakout provides a sort of hyperactive digital lava lamp that's surprisingly mesmerizing.

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Celebrating the Mac’s 40th Anniversary across the Web

Numerous publications have posted articles surrounding the 40th anniversary of the Mac, and we’ve collected a bunch of the best ones.

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How Big Is YouTube?

Researchers have come up with a way to estimate how many videos there are on YouTube and various metrics surrounding them. It's a fascinating look into a site that has become an integral part of many people's lives.

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The Evolution of Rogue Amoeba App Icons

Rogue Amoeba has posted a graphical timeline showing how the company’s app icons have evolved over the years.

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Microsoft Word Celebrates Its 40th Anniversary

One of the longest-standing Mac apps is also one of the most popular to this day—Microsoft Word. It has been a fixture in the Mac world for 40 years now.

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Internet Artifacts Virtual Museum Exhibit Documents 30 Years of the Internet

When you have a few spare minutes, check out Neal Agarwal’s Internet Artifacts, a virtual museum exhibit of Internet history from 1977 through 2007. Apple shows up twice.

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The Unbearable Ambiguity of Emoji

A Canadian court ruling that a thumbs-up emoji counted as a valid signature causes Adam Engst to ponder the difficulty of knowing what any given emoji might mean.

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The Password Game Is Fun, Frustrating, and Educational

If you enjoy puzzle games and the absurdity of password requirements, try Neal Agarwal’s The Password Game.

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Explain XKCD Is a Black Hole

If you've ever found yourself unable to understand one of Randall Munroe's xkcd comics, run, don't walk, to explain xkcd, a wiki that does just what it claims for every xkcd comic so far.