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Adam Engst 12 comments

How to Use Apple News in Mojave Regardless of Where You Live

A simple Terminal command will let people in countries other than the US, UK, and Australia launch and use the News app in macOS 10.14 Mojave. All the news is still in English, however, and not all publications may be accessible.

Adam Engst 10 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 16 comments

Follow These Steps to Enable Backblaze for Mojave

The Backblaze Mac client can’t back up all your data in macOS 10.14 Mojave unless you give it full disk access, and its companion menu bar utility also needs automation permissions. Follow Backblaze’s instructions to restore full functionality.

Adam Engst 41 comments

When and How to Upgrade to iOS 12, watchOS 5, tvOS 12, and macOS 10.14 Mojave

Three of Apple’s four major operating system upgrades—iOS 12, watchOS 5, and tvOS 12—are now out, and the fourth, macOS 10.14 Mojave, is due on September 24th. Read on for our advice on when and how to install.

Josh Centers 39 comments

TipBITS: How to Move Your Evernote Notes to Apple’s Notes

Evernote, the company behind the popular note-taking app, appears to be in trouble. If you’re worried about Evernote going under, now may be a good time to transfer your notes over to Apple’s Notes app for safe-keeping. Here’s how.

Adam Engst 3 comments

How to Prevent Incessant iOS 12 Beta Prompts

If you’re running the beta of iOS 12 and getting non-stop prompts to update even though you’re running the latest beta, here’s a workaround.

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.

Josh Centers 5 comments

TipBITS: Make iMovie Output Full-Resolution Video

Is your iMovie output stuck at 720p, even though you fed it a higher resolution video? While trying to record a screencast from a 27-inch Retina iMac, Josh Centers discovered the fix.

Adam Engst 16 comments

TipBITS: How to Load Desktop Web Sites and Pages Without Content Blockers in iOS

Now and then, when you’re browsing the Web in Safari in iOS, you might want to load the desktop version of a site or reload a page without your content blocker enabled. Here’s how to do that, but beware that it may not work as desired.

Josh Centers 22 comments

USB Restricted Mode Can Block iOS Device Charging

USB Restricted Mode is a new security feature in iOS 11.4.1, but it can have some unintended consequences. Josh Centers explains what it is, how it works, why it exists, and how you can turn it off if necessary.

Josh Centers 8 comments

Last-Ditch Data Recovery More Difficult on the 2018 MacBook Pro

If you own a 2018 MacBook Pro, maintaining regular backups is even more important than ever because there’s no port on the logic board for Apple Authorized Service Providers to use to recover data from a dead Mac. DriveSavers says that the lack of the port does not hamper their ability to recover data from these Macs.

Adam Engst 3 comments

Apple Addresses MacBook Pro Thermal Throttling

Apple has released macOS High Sierra 10.13.6 Supplemental Update for MacBook Pro (2018) to address the performance problems experienced by early adopters of the latest MacBook Pro models when they were running under heavy thermal loads.

Josh Centers 2 comments

Buying a Used Car? Try These Three Free Vehicle History Services

Buying a car but don’t want to blow your budget on CarFax lookups? Josh Centers went through this recently and found three useful vehicle history services that he has built into a process that anyone can follow.

Josh Centers 3 comments

Three Ways to Reset a Lost Admin Password in High Sierra

Have you forgotten your Mac’s admin password, or need to help a friend or client who has lost it? Here’s how to reset it, but beware that doing so prevents access to the account keychain’s collection of login credentials.

Adam Engst 17 comments

TipBITS: How to Send a Full Web Page by Email

Want to get the contents of a Web page, such as a back issue of TidBITS, into your email archive? Surprisingly, it’s a task most easily accomplished using Safari and Mail, rather than any other Web browsers, email clients, or online services.