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Weekly Issues

Josh Centers

#1611: OS updates, RIP iPod touch, iCloud Drive shared folder data loss risk, KDEConnect links iPhone to Linux

Walk, don’t run, to download Apple’s latest operating system updates, which correct a Podcasts annoyance, fix a few bugs, and plug security vulnerabilities—the updates are welcome but not essential to install immediately. Last week, Apple…

Josh Centers

#1610: Avoid hacked email scams, disable a known AirTag’s alerts, battery technology tricks, industry support for passwordless login

Could passwords finally be on the way out? Apple, Google, and Microsoft have taken another step in that direction by promising expanded support for the FIDO Alliance’s passwordless login technology over the course of the…

Josh Centers

#1609: Apple Q2 2022 results, Apple’s Self Service Repair program launches, escaping the cloud with a Synology NAS

Apple posted strong results in its second fiscal quarter of 2022 despite supply chain problems, a flagging economy, and tumult from Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Apple has also launched its promised Self Service Repair program,…

Josh Centers

#1608: How to test Internet responsiveness, Wordle takeoffs, understand cryptocurrency

This issue of TidBITS brings you a unique mix. In a helpful article that hearkens back to content we published 25 years ago, Adam Engst explains how you can use Apple’s new-in-Monterey networkQuality tool to…

Josh Centers

#1607: TidBITS 32nd anniversary, moving from 1Password to KeePass, pasting plain text, Mail fixes anchor links, RIP Eolake

This week we mark our 32nd year of continuous publication and the loss of a longtime friend of TidBITS, Eolake Stobblehouse. In a small bit of good news, Apple has finally fixed named anchor links…

Josh Centers

#1606: Apple’s self-sabotaging App Store policies, edit Slack messages easily, WWDC 2022 dates

Apple has announced that its Worldwide Developer Conference 2022 will take place from June 6th through June 10th. Once again, it will be entirely virtual, but Apple is also offering a limited in-person viewing of…

Josh Centers

#1605: OS updates with security and bug fixes, April Fools article retrospective, Audio Hijack 4, 5G home Internet

We haven’t published an April Fools issue in years because the disregard for fact and truth in so much of today’s public discourse has rendered April Fools Day jokes uncomfortably quaint. But we love the…

Josh Centers

#1604: Universal Control how-to, show proxy icons in Monterey, Eat Your Books cookbook index

We have a tasty issue for you this week, with Jeff Carlson’s review of the Eat Your Books cookbook index website sandwiched between a pair of Mac articles. First, Adam Engst shares a tip on…

Josh Centers

#1603: Replacing a 27-inch iMac, Luna Display turns a 27-inch iMac into a 5K display, OWC’s affordable Thunderbolt 4 cables

With the release of the Mac Studio and Studio Display, Apple quietly dropped the 27-inch iMac and said it wasn’t working on a replacement. Many Mac users had been anticipating an Apple silicon version of…

Josh Centers

#1602: Mac Studio and Studio Display, iPhone SE and iPad Air, OS updates with Universal Control and masked Face ID

At last week’s Peek Performance event, Apple unveiled spec-bump updates to the iPhone SE and iPad Air before changing the Mac landscape forever. Say goodbye to the 27-inch iMac and hello to the Mac Studio,…

Josh Centers

#1601: Apple “Peek Performance” event, Macs for more professionals, never change your password

Time for new Apple gear! The company will be holding its “Peek Performance” event on 8 March 2022, and we’re anticipating a new iPhone SE, an updated iPad Air, and at least one new Apple…

Josh Centers

#1600: Russian invasion of Ukraine impacts Apple world, how to create app aliases in iOS 15, do you need a cellular Apple Watch?

Welcome to our 1600th issue of TidBITS! This week’s big news is the unprovoked Russian invasion of Ukraine. As Adam Engst points out, this is far from a faceless, nameless conflict on the other side…

Josh Centers

#1599: Avoiding blue light from screens, Bowflex C6 Bike spin cycle, Internet mapping services, Apple Buying Advice website

We have a wide-ranging issue for you this week! Josh Centers kicks things off with an announcement of a new personal site containing Apple buying advice, followed by a look at how to reduce the…

Josh Centers

#1598: OS updates, Fantastical 3.6 self-scheduling, Mindfulness measures HRV, Monterey on too-old Macs, TidBITS list gremlins

Last week, Apple released another collection of updates for its main operating systems, fixing a few bugs and blocking an actively exploited security vulnerability in macOS 12 Monterey, iOS 15, and iPadOS 15. Do you…

Josh Centers

#1597: Apple Watch fitness tracking, cloud storage issues, Roku Express 4K+, watchOS 8.4.1

The Apple Watch is incredibly popular as a fitness tracker, but Josh Centers had trouble adopting it until recently, when he ventured into the burgeoning fitness app world beyond Apple’s Activity rings and Health app.