In breaking news, the Department of Justice is withdrawing from the legal action against Apple — see our coverage in ExtraBITS! The iOS 9.3 update added some neat new features, but it has suffered from some problems. Apple has now reissued iOS 9.3 to address activation glitches on older devices, but a Web link bug remains. AT&T has expanded its Wi-Fi calling feature abroad, letting you make calls to or receive calls from the United States for free while outside the country. Speaking of AT&T, Adam Engst explains how to restrict the ways in which both AT&T and other cellular carriers can use your personal data. Apple has updated the fourth-generation Apple TV to tvOS 9.2, which adds numerous requested features like Home screen folders, Bluetooth keyboard support, voice dictation, and more — Josh Centers takes you through the details. We again dive into the power of Preview, demonstrating how you can use OS X’s built-in viewer to crop and resize documents and images. Finally, we have the fourth chapter of Glenn Fleishman’s “Take Control of Slack Basics” for TidBITS members, which covers message formatting, editing, deletion, and linking. Notable software releases this week include Quicken 2016 for Mac 3.2.1, Skype 7.24, LaunchBar 6.6, Tinderbox 6.5, Moneydance 2015.7, Security Update 2016-002 (Mavericks and Yosemite), Safari 9.1, and OS X Server 5.1.
Apple has reissued the iOS 9.3 update for older iOS devices due to an activation bug, but a bug affecting Web links remains.
Not content to let Verizon Wireless catch up in the Wi-Fi calling space, AT&T has expanded its Wi-Fi calling service so it works for customers traveling outside of the United States.
Sending a message in Slack is simple, to be sure, but you’ll still want to read this chapter from Glenn Fleishman’s serialized book to learn about message editing and deletion; formatting messages; referencing others, including links and images, reacting to messages; and much more.
Adam Engst explains those inscrutable email messages from AT&T about CPNI, and suggests that opting out would be sensible. For those using Verizon Wireless or Sprint, similar options are available.
The tvOS 9.2 update brings many much-requested features to the fourth-generation Apple TV, such as Home screen folders, Bluetooth keyboard support, voice dictation, iCloud Photo Library with Live Photos, and more.
In the latest installment of our exploration of Preview, OS X’s built-in document and image viewer, we delve into Preview’s editing capabilities, explaining how to crop and resize files, plus how to recover from unwanted changes.
Notable software releases this week include Quicken 2016 for Mac 3.2.1, Skype 7.24, LaunchBar 6.6, Tinderbox 6.5, Moneydance 2015.7, Security Update 2016-002 (Mavericks and Yosemite), Safari 9.1, and OS X Server 5.1.
In ExtraBITS this week, we focus on Apple’s battle with the FBI. The breaking news is that the case seems to be over, with the Department of Justice withdrawing. Before that, the judge in the case said that the court order demanding Apple provide a backdoor to the iPhone was likely unenforceable, which might have caused the government to pull out rather than face losing in court. Finally, science fiction author Charles Stross ponders whether the Apple/FBI fight over privacy is an indication that Apple is looking to open its own bank.