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Julio Ojeda-Zapata No comments

AT&T and Verizon Debut Faster, More Widely Available 5G Service

AT&T and Verizon have started using C-band wireless spectrum that will speed up their 5G cellular service and make it available to more customers. This important step in 5G’s overall evolution brings AT&T and Verizon more in line with T-Mobile, which has had an edge in available spectrum until now.

Adam Engst 13 comments

LittleBITS: New Year’s Resolution, macOS Upgrades, Ad Hoc Wi-Fi Networks

Feeling overwhelmed by negativity? Adam Engst shares some 2021 wrap-up posts showing that even in a pandemic-ridden year, a lot of good stuff happened that didn’t make the headlines. He also looks at the solution to a macOS upgrade problem and explains how to bring back the menu command for creating an ad hoc Wi-Fi network.

Adam Engst 12 comments

LittleBITS: Inadvertent Mail Deletion, TidBITS Security Vulnerability, and iOS Update Error 1100

Did you know that pressing Control-H in Mail deletes the current message? You do now. Adam also shares a story about a Pakistani security researcher reporting a vulnerability on the TidBITS site and a reader tip about avoiding USB hubs when updating an iPhone from a Mac.

Josh Centers 17 comments

Verizon Collecting Browsing Data On Users

If you’re a Verizon customer, the company has likely already enrolled you in its new “Custom Experience” data-collection scheme, but you can turn it off and delete the collected data.

Adam Engst 15 comments

LittleBITS: Unlocking the Commons and Extending the Gmail App

TidBITS Talk readers shared an insightful essay that nicely describes the motivation of many TidBITS members in supporting us and a tip that the Gmail app now supports non-Gmail accounts.

Adam Engst 9 comments

LittleBITS: Temporary iCloud Backup, Screen Time Oddity, Server Swap, TidBITS News App

In the ongoing saga of things rattling around in Adam Engst’s head that don’t merit their own articles, Adam shares the fact of Apple’s new temporary iCloud Backup storage, passes on a story about Screen Time settings inexplicably changing, talks about moving TidBITS to a new virtual private server, and notes an upgrade to the TidBITS News app.

Josh Centers 18 comments

How Facebook Vanished from the Internet

On 4 October 2021, Facebook disappeared from the Internet for most of the day. Internet infrastructure company Cloudflare explains how it happened, even if we don’t know exactly why.

Julio Ojeda-Zapata 8 comments

Center Stage Keeps You in the Video Chat Frame

Apple recently unveiled an iPad camera feature called Center Stage that keeps one or more people within the frame during video chats even when they move around. Julio Ojeda-Zapata gave Center Stage a try and compared it to smart displays from Amazon, Facebook, and Google.

Adam Engst 18 comments

New Three-Digit 988 Crisis Line Number Requires Expanded Ten-Digit Local Call Dialing

As of 24 October 2021, seven-digit dialing for local calls won’t work in parts of the US due to the need to use 988 for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. Here’s how to find and update your stored seven-digit numbers.

Adam Engst 1 comment

Chrome Extensions Disappearing? Click Repair

After his LastPass Chrome extension disappeared in Brave, Adam Engst discovered that it had been corrupted and was easily repaired.

Glenn Fleishman 66 comments

Improve Your Home Wi-Fi with Mesh, Powerline, MoCA, or More Routers

We have many choices now for boosting coverage and throughput on our home Wi-Fi networks. The main determinants on the path you might pick? Cost, complexity, and installation hassle.

Adam Engst 9 comments

Speedify Bonds Multiple Internet Connections for Speed and Reliability

If you’re putting up with slow or unreliable Internet connectivity and are willing to pay for better service, the Speedify VPN promises to combine multiple Internet sources into a single connection that’s faster and more reliable.

Glenn Fleishman 23 comments

Upgrade Your File Transfer Security with Encryption Keys

Anyone using FTP or SFTP to connect to their Web site or other servers should consider a tweaky but significant security upgrade that swaps passwords for encryption keys.

Josh Centers 17 comments

Consumer Reports and The Verge Are Surveying the US Broadband Landscape

Consumer Reports and The Verge are conducting a survey of Internet access in the United States, and they’re asking users to perform speed tests and upload PDFs of their bills.

Adam Engst 19 comments

Windows 365 Could Offer Apple Silicon Virtualization Alternative

Microsoft’s forthcoming Windows 365 service promises to let you stream Windows from the cloud to a Mac or iPad. It could be a win for those looking for an x86 Windows solution on an M1-based Mac.