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Glenn Fleishman 33 comments

USBefuddled: Untangling the Rat’s Nest of USB-C Standards and Cables

USB-C was supposed to make connectivity easier. Instead, it has acquired a profusion of footnotes, exceptions, and labeling that can leave average users frustrated—and with the wrong cable. USB 4 and Thunderbolt 4 are our last best hope.

Josh Centers 1 comment

Getting Sharper Text on M1-based Macs with 1440p Displays

If you’ve wanted to enable HiDPI scaling for sharper text on a 1440p display connected to an M1-based Mac, you’ve been out of luck… until now. The open source BetterDummy helps you take full advantage of 1440p external screens.

Josh Centers 12 comments

iOS 15.1.1 Prevents Dropped Calls on iPhone 12 and iPhone 13

Apple has released iOS 15.1.1 exclusively for the iPhone 12 and iPhone 13 to address a bug causing dropped calls.

Adam Engst 14 comments

Apple Announces Self Service Repair Program

After lobbying against right-to-repair legislation for years, Apple has seemingly done an about-face by announcing the Self Service Repair program, which will provide genuine Apple parts, tools, and repair manuals to individuals who want to repair their Apple devices.

Adam Engst 30 comments

Weather in iOS 15 Gains Precipitation Notifications (But Do They Work Reliably?)

Thanks to Apple’s Weather app picking up features from Dark Sky, the company that Apple acquired in early 2020, you can now turn on next-hour precipitation notifications in iOS 15. But they aren’t reliable for some users—how about you?

Josh Centers 5 comments

Custom Mouse Pointers Blamed for Monterey Memory Leak

Reports of massive memory leaks in macOS 12 Monterey have been traced back to custom pointer changes. Resetting custom pointers should reduce or eliminate the problems until Apple releases a fix.

Adam Engst 23 comments

LittleBITS: TidBITS Formatting Bug, Ransomware Protections, More OCR in Images

This week, Adam asks for help tracking down an email formatting bug in TidBITS issues, points those worried about ransomware to RansomWhere and Retrospect 18, and looks at more utilities that perform OCR on text in images.

Josh Centers 8 comments

Disk Utility in macOS 12 Monterey Manages APFS Snapshots

Howard Oakley of The Eclectic Light Company blog shows that Disk Utility in Monterey now lets you view and work with APFS snapshots.

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.

Adam Engst 64 comments

macOS 12 Monterey Upgrade Issues

While our general advice to hold off on upgrading to macOS 12 Monterey remains in place, Adam Engst shares some thoughts on why Monterey may merit an earlier upgrade than previous versions of macOS. But he also points to some upgrade problems that suggest that we’re not quite there yet.

Adam Engst 9 comments

LittleBITS: Crab Fit, Insta360 GO 2, myCharge MAG-LOCK, Windows on M1 Macs

Frustrated by wanting to write about various topics that are either too big or too small (or too something) for a full article, Adam Engst resorts to sharing some short stories that may be enlightening, enjoyable, or just allow him to close a loop in his head.

Josh Centers 9 comments

Cut Down on Junk Mail with iCloud+’s Hide My Email

The new Hide My Email feature of iCloud+ helps you avoid junk email by creating disposable forwarding addresses when you sign up for websites and apps. Here’s how to take advantage of it.

Adam Engst 8 comments

Device Software Updates Now Appear in Software Update Too

Confused about what Device Support Update in Software Update is? Adam Engst was too, but he recently got the opportunity to confirm that it provides the same software as the pop-up “A software update is required to connect to your iOS device” dialogs.

Adam Engst 24 comments

The Case of the Missing iPad Pro: Find My for the Win

Faced with a panicking elderly neighbor who thought she had left her iPad Pro at a faraway hotel, Adam Engst saved the day with judicious use of Find My.

Glenn Fleishman 44 comments

How You Can Lose a File Despite Three Layers of Backup (and How To Avoid It)

You’d think that three separate continuous file-archiving systems would have been enough to protect Glenn Fleishman from his own mistake after modifying a file whose original he wanted to see. Unfortunately, circumstances conspired. His cautionary tale offers a lesson.