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What You Need to Know about Activation Lock

Activation Lock discourages iPhone theft, and Apple is now providing a new tool to see if it’s enabled on a device. Josh Centers explains how Activation Lock works, and how to see if it could be a problem when you’re buying a used iOS device.Show full article

Apple and Google Spark Civil Rights Debate

By both dramatically enhancing phone encryption and marketing it as a defense against government snooping, Apple and Google are accelerating an important debate on civil rights and the role of government in our lives.Show full article

iOS 8 Third-Party Keyboards Explained and Reviewed

Confused by third-party keyboards in iOS 8? Josh Centers explains how they work, how to set them up, and how Apple can improve them before sharing his favorite replacement and utility keyboards.Show full article

FunBITS: Manual Gives You Total iPhone Camera Control

Are you a serious photographer who’s frustrated by the limitations of the iPhone’s camera? A new app opens up more of its potential, but it can’t work magic.Show full article

TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 13 October 2014

Notable software releases this week include Backblaze 3.0, GraphicConverter 9.4, OmniFocus 2.0.3, ChronoSync 4.5.3 and ChronoAgent 1.4.7, Carbon Copy Cloner 4.0, 1Password 4.4.3, and DEVONthink/DEVONnote 2.8.Show full article

ExtraBITS for 13 October 2014

Josh Centers talks iOS 8 with The Tech Night Owl, Adam Engst discusses smartwatches with other tech luminaries, and we learn some lessons from the end of The Magazine.Show full article

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