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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…

Josh Centers

#1442: iPhone X and MacBook Pro repair programs, password managers in iOS 12, uninstalling CrashPlan, large-scale Apple installation stories

If you own a non-Touch Bar 13-inch MacBook Pro or are having touch-related problems with an iPhone X, Apple has new repair programs for you. Did you use CrashPlan for Home? Adam Engst also shows…

Adam Engst

#1441: New MacBook Air, Mac mini, and iPad Pro; iOS 12.1 and macOS 10.14.1 bring Group FaceTime, Apple posts record Q4 despite flat sales

Apple kept everyone hopping last week with new hardware, updates to all its operating systems, and a strong earnings report. First up was the company’s release of long-awaited updates to the MacBook Air and Mac mini, along…

Josh Centers

#1440: Music Modernization Act to aid artists, Nisus Writer Pro 3.0 reviewed, TechSoup helps nonprofits get tech discounts

Want to see musicians make a decent living from music streamed via Apple Music or Spotify? See Glenn Fleishman’s coverage of the Music Modernization Act here in the United States, a bipartisan bill that aims…

Josh Centers

#1439: New Macs and iPads coming, CrashPlan for Home ends, standalone Apple Watch podcasts, recent article survey results

Those looking for a new Mac or iPad will want to tune into the webcast of Apple’s special event on 30 October 2018—we have a preview of what Apple might unveil. 14 months ago, Code42…

Josh Centers

#1438: Siri Shortcuts, SMS 2FA autofill, make your own Dynamic Desktops, Apple News anywhere

Lots of practical how-tos this week! Want to make your own Siri commands with the new Siri Shortcuts feature of iOS 12? Josh Centers explains it. Prefer a faster way to enter two-factor authentication codes…

Josh Centers

#1437: Apple OS updates, Apple vs. Businessweek, Apple Watch Series 4 health monitoring, Wi-Fi naming, apps for reading TidBITS

In the news this week, Adam Engst examines Apple’s vehement denial of Bloomberg Businessweek’s claim that Chinese spies snuck malicious chips onto servers used by Apple and other tech companies. Plus, we share details of the…

Josh Centers

#1436: What’s new in iOS 12’s Photos, Mojave’s Dark Mode and Continuity Camera, Safari 12 crashes Sierra’s Spotlight

Explore the new features of macOS 10.14 Mojave and iOS 12 with TidBITS this week! But first, for those still running macOS 10.12 Sierra, Safari 12 is causing Spotlight to crash—we have the fix. Back…

Josh Centers

#1435: Exploring iOS 12’s Do Not Disturb and Apple Books, new HomePod features with iOS 12, easyDNS sponsoring TidBITS

With iOS 12 out for a week, we’ve started our in-depth exploration into Apple’s latest mobile operating system. If you’ve ever been burned by forgetting to turn Do Not Disturb off after invoking it manually,…