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Adam Engst 3 comments

Apple Devotes Apple Music to #BlackLivesMatter

In response to and in support of the protests surrounding the killing of George Floyd, Apple has dedicated the Apple Music user interface to a statement in solidarity with Black communities. 

Adam Engst 14 comments

The Verge’s Deep Read of Trump’s Executive Order Targeting Online Forums

Confused by President Trump’s executive order aimed at rolling back liability protections given to online forums? The Verge’s Adi Robertson gives the order a line-by-line read to provide context, background, and a reality check.

Adam Engst 20 comments

How Can Tech Step Up for Humanity?

The tech giants have all donated money and supplies, and worked to disseminate useful information about the COVID-19 pandemic. But could our top tech minds come up with innovative new approaches to dealing with these unprecedented problems?

Adam Engst 36 comments

Is O’Reilly’s Exit from In-Person Conferences a Portent of Changes to Come?

The media company O’Reilly has announced that it is not just canceling its in-person conferences, it’s also exiting the entire in-person conference business. The world has been forced by the SARS-CoV-2 virus to change, and it may never return to its previous state. But that may not be an entirely bad thing.

Josh Centers 28 comments

Gearing Up During the Coronavirus Pandemic

Numerous brick-and-mortar stores are closed, and you’re likely stuck at home, perhaps without some gear you need to do your job. Josh Centers offers some advice about package precautions, why you may need to look beyond Amazon, and how Best Buy is adapting to the coronavirus pandemic.

Adam Engst 27 comments

Thoughts and Recommendations Surrounding COVID-19

We’re having trouble paying attention to anything outside the COVID-19 news, so here’s what we think we can contribute at the moment. Let us know what else you might like to hear from TidBITS on this topic.

Adam Engst 25 comments

International Verify Your Backups Day

What better day than Friday the 13th to check that your backups are actually working by restoring some critical files?

Adam Engst 22 comments

#DeathToAutoPlay—Netflix Finally Lets Us Disable Auto-Play Previews

Will wonders never cease! Netflix actually listened to feedback from its customers about how much they hated auto-play previews and—a full year later—introduced an option to disable them. Hallelujah!

Adam Engst 91 comments

The Few Remaining Uses of the Word “Macintosh”

Nagged by the question of whether Apple still uses the term “Macintosh” anywhere, Adam Engst pores over targeted Google search results to confirm that the company has excised “Macintosh” from all modern uses, with a few odd exceptions.

Adam Engst 10 comments

The New York Times Reveals How Completely Our Every Move Is Tracked

Forget Big Brother. We have much more to worry about from the numerous “Tiny Brother” location data companies that track our every movement via software embedded in smartphone apps.

Adam Engst 8 comments

Troubling Copyright Bill Goes to the US Senate

A new bill coming before the Senate would establish a quasi-judicial body in the Copyright Office that would be empowered to levy fines of up to $30,000 for even inadvertent instances of copyright infringement. This is the last chance to stop or modify the CASE Act.

David Shayer 63 comments

Six Reasons Why iOS 13 and Catalina Are So Buggy

By most accounts, the release of iOS 13 and macOS 10.15 Catalina have been troubled, with numerous significant bugs making it past Apple’s internal testing and the public beta phase. Former Apple engineer David Shayer explains the underlying reasons these releases have had so many problems.

Josh Centers 41 comments

Less… Is More? Apple’s Inconsistent Ellipsis Icons Inspire User Confusion

Apple’s own software, as well as apps produced by independent developers following Apple’s lead, are increasingly reliant on ellipsis buttons that have no clear meaning or consistent action.

Adam Engst 31 comments

Why Can’t Users Teach Siri about Its Mistakes?

Apple took well-deserved flak in the press for having contractors listen to Siri conversations—and inadvertent initiations where people didn’t know they were being recorded. But Adam Engst suggests that we users should instead teach Siri about its mistakes.

Adam Engst 20 comments

Equifax Cash Settlement Backtracking Leaves a Bad Taste

It turns out that so many people signed up to receive $125 cash instead of credit monitoring in the Equifax breach settlement that no one will receive much money. There’s nothing we can do about it, and that has many of us fuming.