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Adam Engst

#1644: Explaining Mastodon and the Fediverse, HomePod Software 16.3 and tvOS 16.3, GoTo breach

With Twitter awash in controversy surrounding pretty much everything Elon Musk does, millions of people are decamping to Mastodon. But, as Glenn Fleishman explains in a pair of in-depth articles, Mastodon is only superficially a…

Adam Engst

#1643: New Mac mini and MacBook Pro models, new second-gen HomePod, security-focused OS updates, industry layoffs

It has been a week of unexpected Apple releases, and we have lots of details for you. First, the company announced new M2 models of the Mac mini and the 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro,…

Adam Engst

#1642: How to identify phishing attacks, new iPhone and iPad passcode requirements

We have two in-depth articles for you this week. First, we examine why iPhones and iPads now require a passcode on every attempt to back up or sync to a Mac. (Hint, it’s related to…

Adam Engst

#1641: LastPass breached, Live Text aids recipe input, fix for failed MobileDeviceUpdater installs

Welcome to 2023! Our first issue of the year focuses on the serious security breach suffered by password management service LastPass, explaining what happened and how users should react. Adam Engst passes on a TidBITS…

Adam Engst

#1640: Notable OS updates, iOS/iPadOS 15.7.2 security fix, Contacts phone number quirk, email from Ukraine, TidBITS Talk emoji responses, holiday hiatus

The holidays are upon us, and we’re taking a two-week break from email issues—see you next on 9 January 2023! This week’s big news is Apple’s release of iOS 16.2, iPadOS 16.2, macOS 13.1 Ventura,…

Adam Engst

#1639: ChatGPT implications, iCloud Advanced Data Protection, Office updates drop Catalina, iOS 16.1.2 improves Crash Detection

You may have heard about the new kid on the AI block: the engagingly conversational chatbot ChatGPT. Former Apple developer David Shayer explores just what ChatGPT is and, more importantly, what it’s not. Apple quietly…

Adam Engst

#1638: Eliminate Apple Pay and Google Hangouts annoyances, give Affinity V2 a try, join TidBITS!

We’re looking forward to new publishing initiatives in 2023—will you join over 3600 other TidBITS members in helping us develop new approaches to sharing practical Apple content? Are you irritated by the badge left on…

Josh Centers

#1637: Testing Emergency SOS and Find My via satellite, Ventura free space issues, Lock Screen Photo Shuffle joy, Thanksgiving hiatus

We’re taking some time off for the Thanksgiving holiday in the US this week, so the next TidBITS email issue will appear on 5 December 2022. Until then, look for new articles on our website…

Josh Centers

#1636: TidBITS wishes Josh a fond farewell, OS security updates, Emergency SOS via satellite details, hands-on at an Apple Store

After nearly a decade as the managing editor of TidBITS, Josh Centers is moving on—he reflects on what he’s done and where he’s going. Apple released important security updates for iOS 16, iPadOS 16, and…

Josh Centers

#1635: Adobe/Pantone quarrel, does Matter matter yet?, OneWorld 65W international charger, corral your email with SaneBox, e3 Software sponsoring TidBITS

Why do Adobe users have to pay extra to use certain colors? Adam Engst dips his toe into the complex world of color and why Adobe Creative Cloud users must now subscribe to Pantone Connect…

Josh Centers

#1634: New Messages features, Apple Q4 2022 results, Preview drops PostScript, iOS/iPadOS 15.7.1, Dvorak on iPhone and iPad

Last week, Apple released iOS 15.7.1 and iPadOS 15.7.1 with important security updates. The company also announced its Q4 2022 results, which revealed some interesting patterns: the iPad is again in decline, but the Mac…

Josh Centers

#1633: macOS 13 Ventura and other OS updates, 10th-gen iPad, M2 iPad Pro, 3rd-gen Apple TV 4K, Apple services price hikes

It’s a big day in the Apple world, as the company has released macOS 13 Ventura, iPadOS 16.1, iOS 16.1, watchOS 9.1, and other updates. And all that comes after last week, when the company…

Josh Centers

#1632: Apple Card Savings accounts, SOS in the iPhone status bar, Tab Wrangler, Focus in iOS 16

Apple has announced that it will soon offer savings accounts for Apple Card customers through its partnership with Goldman Sachs, though details remain scant. If you’ve seen SOS in your iPhone’s status bar, don’t worry,…

Josh Centers

#1631: iOS 16.0.3 and watchOS 9.0.2, roller coasters trigger Crash Detection, Medications in iOS 16, watchOS 9 Low Power Mode

Apple has released iOS 16.0.3 and watchOS 9.0.2 to fix a handful of specific bugs—it’s worth updating soon if you have an affected iPhone or Apple Watch. For those who enjoy roller coaster rides (in…

Josh Centers

#1630: Apple Books changes in iOS 16, simplified USB branding, recovering a lost Google Workspace account

Apple overhauled the Books app in iOS 16 to be more compact, but at the expense of clarity. Josh Centers explores how Books has changed and explains how to take advantage of its new customization…