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Glenn Fleishman 2 comments

Fed Up with Facebook? Move Your Family to Slack

Disgusted by Facebook’s behavior but feel stuck using it because it’s the only way you communicate with some family members? Try the free tier of the group-messaging system Slack instead. It’s great for families, doesn’t incorporate ads, and guarantees your privacy. A little training may be required.

Josh Centers 2 comments

Amazon Buys Mesh-Networking Company Eero

Amazon has purchased Eero, maker of home mesh Wi-Fi systems, long a favorite amongst techies. The move will ensure the future of Eero’s technology but has some worried about the privacy implications of all network traffic passing through Amazon hardware.

Adam Engst No comments

Apple Disables Group FaceTime to Block Glaring Privacy Hole

A bug in Group FaceTime has been discovered that enables anyone initiating a FaceTime Video call to hear audio from the other person’s iPhone before they accept or reject the call. Apple has disabled Group FaceTime and promises a fix “later this week.”

Josh Centers 1 comment

AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon to Stop Selling Location Data

After Motherboard found that a bounty hunter could locate any cell phone for $300, the major US cellular carriers are ending their practice of selling location data. About time.

Jeff Porten 18 comments

Google Fi Comes to the iPhone… Mostly

Google's Project Fi phone service has become Google Fi, with official support for using the iPhone you bring to the plan. But the iPhone experience isn't the same as for Android phones using regular Google Fi. So for now, Google Fi is worthwhile only in select circumstances.

Josh Centers 27 comments

How to Work Around Wi-Fi Hotspot Captive Portals on Browserless Devices

Many public Wi-Fi hotspots require you to click a button on a “captive portal” page before you can get online, which is a problem if your device doesn’t have a Web browser. Here’s a workaround you can try with a device like an Apple TV or Nintendo Switch.

Josh Centers 4 comments

Flickr Limits Free Accounts to 1000 Photos to Make the Service Sustainable

Flickr, now owned by SmugMug, is limiting free accounts and improving paid accounts to help the beloved service survive in the long term.

Josh Centers 1 comment

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.

Glenn Fleishman No comments

Wi-Fi Switches from Obscure Protocol Names to Simple Generation Numbers

So long, 802.11ax. Hello, Wi-Fi 6! The Wi-Fi Alliance has simplified the names for Wi-Fi standards to make it easier to tell generations of equipment apart.

Adam Engst 21 comments

Safari 12 Crashes Spotlight in Sierra—Here’s the Fix

TidBITS readers have reported a conflict between Safari 12 and Spotlight in macOS 10.12 Sierra, where invoking Spotlight and typing causes it to crash. Happily, there’s a simple fix.

Adam Engst 3 comments

easyDNS Sponsoring TidBITS

Please welcome our latest long-term TidBITS sponsor, easyDNS, the Canadian Internet company that we have long used for DNS hosting and management, and now rely on for email services.

Josh Centers 11 comments

Apple Adds AirPlay 2 to the Discontinued AirPort Express

Despite no longer offering the audio-enabled base station for sale, Apple has updated the 802.11n model of the AirPort Express to support AirPlay 2, making it a decent option for whole-house audio.

Jeff Carlson 5 comments

NAS: What You Need to Know before Buying

NAS (network-attached storage) can be a great way to expand your available data storage, but buying a NAS device involves wading into a lot of technicalities. In this article, adapted from his book Take Control of Your Digital Storage, Jeff Carlson breaks down the NAS buying process.

Glenn Fleishman 22 comments

Apple Abandoning Back to My Mac in Mojave

Apple has posted a support article about how the decade-old Back to My Mac service—which enables users to access files on and share screens with on their Macs over the Internet—will not be in macOS 10.14 Mojave.

Josh Centers 9 comments

How to Restore Files from Backblaze

Do you subscribe to Backblaze—or perhaps you’re looking into the online backup service? While backup is easy and automatic, restoring takes more work. Josh Centers explains the process of restoring files over the Internet and reveals a little-known way to restore a single file at a time.