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iFixit Retroactively Reduces iPhone 14 Repairability Score Due to Parts Pairing

Repair company iFixit has dropped the iPhone 14’s repairability score after community pushback thanks to Apple's reliance on parts pairing, which requires that new parts be cryptographically paired with the devices in which they're installed. Does Apple’s recent support for California’s Right to Repair Act hold out hope for change?

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iPhone 12 Sales Blocked in France over Radiation Levels

A French watchdog has ordered that Apple stop selling the iPhone 12 in France unless it reduces the amount of radiation emitted to meet European standards. Apple says it already complies.

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Mozilla Says Modern Cars Are Data Collection Nightmares on Wheels

Mozilla’s *Privacy Not Included team has determined that carmakers are universally terrible regarding privacy—they collect vast amounts, share or sell it with third parties, give drivers little or no control, and don't even protect what they collect very well.

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Apple Explains Pullback from CSAM Photo-Scanning

In a letter responding to a child safety group, Apple has outlined its reasons for dropping its proposed scanning for child sexual abuse material in iCloud Photos. Instead, the company is focusing on its Communication Safety technology, which detects nudity in transferred images and videos.

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Backblaze Raises Prices, Makes Extended Version History Standard

Online backup company Backblaze has announced that it will be raising prices on 3 October 2023 for new purchases and renewals, but everyone will be able to get the $2-per-month 1-year extended version history for free.

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Adobe Co-Founder John Warnock Dead at 82

Dr. John Warnock co-founded Adobe with Chuck Geschke, and the inclusion of their PostScript page description language in Apple’s LaserWriter sparked the desktop publishing revolution.

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The Verge Commemorates 25 Years of the iMac

A four-part series of articles at The Verge pay homage to the iMac, the computer that saved Apple and gave the entire computer world new direction.

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CNET Deletes Thousands of Old Articles to Juice SEO

Gizmodo writer Thomas German has discovered that CNET is deleting thousands of old articles in an effort to improve search engine optimization for newer articles, despite Google saying it’s a bad idea.

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Elon Musk Rebrands Twitter to X

The chaos continues, with Elon Musk renaming Twitter to his favorite letter, X.

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DPReview Acquired by Gear Patrol

Photography resource website DPReview has escaped the ignominious fate of being shut down in Amazon cost-cutting.

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21 New Features Coming to Apple Services in 2023

Apple has released a list of enhancements coming to Apple services with the next versions of its operating systems.

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Reddit Client Apollo to Shut Down on 30 June 2023

Apollo developer Christian Selig tells a sad but dramatic tale about how Reddit's surprise introduction of exorbitantly high prices has caused him to pull the plug on Apollo.

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TidBITS Doesn’t Cover Rumors. Here’s Why

An online poster who leaked accurate Apple corporate secrets says they received them from a family member but have now been found out by Apple. Both face possible legal repercussions, and Apple reportedly fired the family member. Adam Engst explores the enticing but corrosive nature of both providing and consuming rumors.

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StorCentric and Drobo in Chapter 7: Start Looking for Drobo Replacements

StorCentric and subsidiary Drobo have recently converted their mid-2022 Chapter 11 bankruptcies to Chapter 7, implying that it's unlikely they'll recover. If you use a Drobo storage device, it's time to look for replacements.

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iPhone COVID-19 Exposure Notifications Shut Down

The little-used COVID-19 exposure notification system built into iOS is being shut down. It's a shame that it wasn't adopted broadly enough to make a more significant difference in the infection numbers and death toll to date.