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Fearing Shooters, Schools Put Kids under Surveillance

In the wake of mass shootings in the United States, schools are spending millions on surveillance systems to find out what their students are thinking and saying. The legitimate benefits come with troubling questions of privacy.

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Yahoo Groups to Eliminate Web Features and Delete All Content; Email Continues

Yahoo has announced that it is effectively shutting down the Yahoo Groups Web interface in December. Now is the time to download any data you want to keep and consider migrating to another service.

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Apple Card Offers a Disaster Relief Program

Those who use the Apple Card and live in an area impacted by a natural disaster are being offered access to a new Apple Card Disaster Relief Program that might be welcome in trying financial times.

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Adobe Cuts Service to Users in Venezuela

Due to US sanctions against Venezuela, Adobe is cutting off service to the country, highlighting one of the pitfalls of subscription-based software.

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Backblaze 7.0 Extends Version History, Supports Catalina

Perturbed that the online backup service Backblaze retains old versions of files and deleted files for only 30 days? You can now pay extra to maintain such files in your online backup for either 1 year or forever.

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“Alexa, Throw Spaghetti at the Wall and See What Sticks”

Amazon has unveiled an array of Alexa-powered gizmos, some of which compete with Apple’s AirPods and HomePod, and others of which are just absurd, like an Alexa-powered smart oven, glasses, and even a ring.

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Fetch Celebrates 30 Years

Remember the file transfer app, Fetch? The old dog has been resting in the corner for quite a few years, but developer Jim Matthews is now teaching it new 64-bit tricks so it will be able to work in macOS 10.15 Catalina. Read on for a trip down memory lane.

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What It’s Like to Be Banished from Apple’s Garden

Can you imagine what life would be like if Apple locked you out of your Apple ID? Unfortunately, it can happen through no fault of your own and may not be easy to fix.

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CES 2019 Reviews: iPhone/MacBook Battery, Mac Equalizer App, and AirPods Alternatives

Roaming CES reporter Jeff Porten reviews three products he picked up at 2019’s CES: a battery that can charge an iPhone or MacBook, an audio equalizer app for the Mac, and a cheaper alternative to Apple’s AirPods.

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FileMaker Retakes the Claris Name after 21 Years

FileMaker Inc. has announced that it will once again be known as Claris, indicating a larger vision for the Apple subsidiary.

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Bill Gates Says Steve Jobs Was a “Wizard”

In an interview with CNN’s Fareed Zakaria, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates reflects on Steve Jobs, comparing him to a wizard in his ability to recruit and motivate employees.

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10th Annual MacTech Conference Returns to LA in October

One of the mainstays of the Apple conference circuit—MacTech Conference—is returning to Los Angeles for its tenth anniversary in mid-October, a change from its November dates in recent years.

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Apple Continues to Harass Tiny Norwegian Repair Shop

Last year, Apple sued a small Norwegian repair shop over 63 unauthorized iPhone screens and lost, but Apple is appealing the case anyway. We worry that lutefisk may be involved.

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No App Camp for Girls in 2019

Once a promising avenue for teaching kids to code, App Camp for Girls has announced that it will not hold any camps in summer 2019.

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The Top Conferences for Mac and iOS Professionals in 2019

If you make your living in the Apple world as a consultant, developer, designer, or tech, there are a wide variety of conferences you can attend to hone your skills, learn new topics, network with your fellow wizards, and open your mind to new ways of thinking. Here’s our list for 2019. Be sure to let us know if you run across any others. Updated for Layers, try! Swift San Jose, MacDeployment, iOSDevCamp DC, and MacSysAdmin.