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Josh Centers

#1457: New iPads, Dropbox limits free accounts, CorelDRAW returns to Mac, Mojave’s Preview disappoints, WWDC dates

Apple has announced the dates for WWDC 2019—mark your calendars for June 3–7, when we’ll learn about the next generation of each of Apple’s operating systems. Apple has also quietly released the fifth-generation iPad mini…

Josh Centers

#1456: Apple Music improvements, 14 Siri tips, CloudBerry Backup is unreliable

Apple has announced a special event on 25 March 2019, likely to introduce a new video service, but Adam Engst is hoping it will also feature a few improvements to Apple Music. Siri takes a…

Josh Centers

#1455: USB 3.2 and USB4, repurpose the Eject key, attach an iPad to a MacBook, Palm phone and iPhone nano pondering

The group in charge of USB has unveiled a new naming convention for USB 3.2 that will likely cause massive confusion, and the announcement of the draft release of USB4 isn’t helping. Otherwise, we have…

Josh Centers

#1454: Traveling with tech in 1999, stream local TV with Locast, buy your own cable modem, Pixelmator Pro vs. Photoshop

Ready for some nostalgia? This week, we revisit a pair of TidBITS articles from the turn of the century to see how traveling with technology has changed over the past 19 years. If you’re looking…

Josh Centers

#1453: Infrared camera review, move your family from Facebook to Slack, Apple Store management, Backblaze price hike

Online backup is getting a bit more expensive—Backblaze has announced a rate increase due to additional services and backup loads increasing faster than storage costs drop. After Angela Ahrendts announced that she would be stepping down as…

Josh Centers

#1452: Group FaceTime returns, #DeathToAutoPlay, Highland 2 reveals gender balance, OmniFocus 3 review

If you use Group FaceTime, you can re-enable it by updating iOS 12 and Mojave now that Apple has fixed the nasty bug that allowed callers to eavesdrop before you answered. Do you hate it…

Josh Centers

#1451: Apple Q1 financials, FaceTime eavesdropping bug, Apple slaps Facebook and Google, final CES coverage

Apple had a rough week, starting with a nasty Group FaceTime bug that could let a caller eavesdrop on you while your device was ringing. Then the company announced its Q1 2019 financial results, which…

Josh Centers

#1450: CES gizmos keep coming, Apple releases bug fix OS updates, Spectrum TV aims to replace cable box, remember RAM Doubler?

We’re still working our way through Jeff Porten’s coverage of the most interesting gadgets and services from CES 2019. More prosaically, Apple updated all four of its operating systems with bug and security fixes, but…

Josh Centers

#1449: More CES gadgets, Backblaze update, call for macOS speech recognition improvements, TidBITS memberships

Our CES coverage continues with Jeff Porten sharing the coolest devices and services from the Pepcom and ShowStoppers events. If you use or are thinking about switching to Backblaze, the service just got faster and more…

Josh Centers

#1448: CES trends and gadgets, new smart TVs add iTunes and AirPlay, USB-C validation, iPhone calling problem

CES—the massive tech show that attracts over 4500 exhibitors and 180,000 attendees—has wrapped up, and the intrepid Jeff Porten writes about the big tech trends from the event, sharing capsule write-ups of the most eye-catching…

Josh Centers

#1447: Apple lowers revenues by $5 billion, iOS 12’s Screen Time, Luna Display review, armrest mouse pad, Mac Admins podcast

Happy New Year! Alas, Apple didn’t start 2019 on a positive note, warning of lower than anticipated revenues due to slower sales in China—we look at what might be affecting iPhone upgrades. Are you dealing…

Josh Centers

#1446: iPad Pro review, iOS 12.1.2 update, how Google and Facebook use Portrait mode photos, TidBITS holiday hiatus

We bid farewell to 2018 with our final email issue of the year and a quick look at the inessential iOS 12.1.2 update. If you’ve been pining for a new iPad Pro, Julio Ojeda-Zapata has a…

Josh Centers

#1445: ECG comes to the Apple Watch, Apple OS updates, Google Fi for iPhone, Anker vertical mouse

Apple has released updates to all of its operating systems: iOS 12.1.1, macOS 10.14.2, tvOS 12.1.1, and most notably, watchOS 5.1.2. That last update also brings the ECG app to the Apple Watch Series 4…

Josh Centers

#1444: Apple holiday film, why not to snooze email, Jonathan Mann song, browserless devices on Wi-Fi hotspots, Ergotron WorkFit-TX standing desk converter

It’s time for our annual membership drive—we need your support to keep bringing you TidBITS each week! We’re also heading into the holiday season, which Apple is commemorating with a lovely short film. Equally fun is the hilarious “Have you tried…

Adam Engst

#1443: Blackmail spam, iPhone Camera app zoom tips, 5K displays disappearing, all about the Markup tools in macOS

We’re taking next week’s email issue off for the Thanksgiving holiday, but this week’s beefy issue ensures you won’t lack for reading material. You know you can zoom in the iPhone’s Camera app, but Josh…