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Category: Networking

Glenn Fleishman 13 comments

USB Simplifies Branding but Reintroduces Active Cables

The group that creates USB standards listened to feedback and has released a reduced set of logos that make it easier to figure out the capabilities of your ports, peripherals, and cables. But changes to USB4 also mean the return of active cables to provide maximum throughput for a new 80 Gbps data rate over distances beyond 0.8 meters.

Josh Centers 6 comments

T-Mobile Offers Three-Month Network Pass Test Drive

T-Mobile is expanding its Test Drive program with the new Network Pass, which gives you unlimited T-Mobile cellular data free for 3 months.

Josh Centers 14 comments

Who Has the Best Enhanced 5G: AT&T, T-Mobile, or Verizon?

Which American carrier has the best Enhanced 5G? Opensignal performed the industry’s first direct comparison to measure both coverage and performance.

Josh Centers 10 comments

PCMag Crowns T-Mobile the Best Mobile Network of 2022

Intrepid PCMag testers roamed the United States to figure out which of the three big cellular networks reigns supreme. Also, a surprising fact about contemporary Internet usage.

Adam Engst 13 comments

Solving Connectivity Problems Caused by Interlocking Apple Privacy Settings

In its ongoing effort to protect users’ privacy, Apple has built a series of related technologies into macOS 12 Monterey, iOS 15, and iPadOS 15. Unfortunately, they can cause network connectivity issues, such that you might want to disable one or more. Here is how we think they work.

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).

Josh Centers 8 comments

Google Lets Legacy G Suite Users Keep Their Email for Free

After initially demanding that legacy G Suite users upgrade to the paid Google Workspace keep their custom email addresses, Google has relented and is now offering individuals and families a free option, but you only have until 27 June 2022 to claim it.

Josh Centers 2 comments

AT&T and Verizon Raising Prices in Response to Inflation

Inflation is making everything more expensive, and wireless plans are no exception. AT&T and Verizon are both hiking prices slightly in response to current economic conditions. Will T-Mobile follow or lure in disgruntled switchers?

Adam Engst 25 comments

Bad Apple #5: iCloud Drive Folder Sharing Risks Data Loss

iCloud Drive folder sharing has been around since macOS 10.15 Catalina, which makes it all the less acceptable that someone with whom the folder is shared can delete a file permanently and with only one possible—and unmentioned by Apple—option for recovery.

Josh Centers 22 comments

Using a Synology NAS to Escape the Cloud

In an effort to create a centralized but local place to store all his data, Josh Centers bought a Synology DS 920+. So far, the investment has been worth it for him, but it may be more expense and trouble than it’s worth for you.

Adam Engst 34 comments

Use Apple’s networkQuality Tool to Test Internet Responsiveness

Apple’s networkQuality command-line tool in Monterey provides a new metric—“responsiveness”—that measures latency in a more realistic manner to better reflect your real-world experience with interactive Internet services like videoconference and gaming.

Adam Engst 2 comments

LittleBITS: Named Anchors Fixed, Eolake Stobblehouse Dies

It’s a good news/bad news week. On the plus side, Apple finally fixed the bug that prevented Mail from following links to named anchors, making our table of contents links clickable again. Sadly, however, we mourn a steadfast friend of TidBITS who was responsible for ensuring that all TidBITS staffers could cover the just-released iPad.

Julio Ojeda-Zapata 41 comments

5G Home Internet Is a Good Alternative To Wired Broadband

T-Mobile and Verizon provide home Internet service via devices that use the wireless carriers’ 5G data signal as backhaul for local Wi-Fi. Julio Ojeda-Zapata has been testing both services and found them to be affordable, fast, and dependable.

Adam Engst 44 comments

Cloud Storage Forecast Unsettled, with Possible Storms

Triggered by a conflation of recent cloud storage issues, Adam Engst examines the real-world experience surrounding cloud storage and explores a variety of quirks, irritations, and gotchas with Dropbox, Google Drive, iCloud Drive, and OneDrive.

Adam Engst 16 comments

Yahoo-Backed POP Connections Cause TidBITS Formatting Error

After much sleuthing, Adam Engst uncovers why some TidBITS readers experience a situation where an article in a TidBITS issue would be formatted as a column of text a single character wide. The culprit? An ancient email retrieval protocol as implemented by Yahoo Mail.