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#1496: The disappearance of “Macintosh,” CES 2020 trends, Smart Battery Case replacements, Front and Center windowing utility

Do you have a Smart Battery Case for your iPhone XR, XS, or XS Max that isn’t charging correctly? Apple might replace it for free in a new service program. Rewinding the clock a bit, in the classic Mac OS, if you clicked one window in an app, all the rest of that app’s windows jumped to the front. If you miss that window management behavior in today’s macOS, read our short review of the new Front and Center utility. But wait, was that happening on a Mac or a Macintosh? Adam Engst looks into the disappearance of the term “Macintosh” and points out the few odd spots where Apple still uses it. Finally, our roving reporter Jeff Porten shares the latest tech trends being pushed at CES 2020 in Las Vegas. Notable Mac app releases this week include BusyCal 3.8, Typinator 8.3, Firefox 72.0.1, and BusyContacts 1.4.3.

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CES 2020: Tech Trends to Watch

Our roving reporter Jeff Porten heads into CES 2020 with coverage of the annual Trends to Watch presentation, which focused on (surprise, surprise) 5G, AI, streaming video, augmented reality, and well, a bunch of other things that seem less likely to become real.

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BusyCal 3.8 No comments

BusyCal 3.8

Adds support for syncing with Apple's Reminders app and brings several improvements to the calendar utility. ($49.99 new, free update, 22.9 MB)

Typinator 8.3 No comments

Typinator 8.3

Maintenance release with several improvements and bug fixes for the text expansion tool. (€24.99 new, free update, 7.0 MB)

Firefox 72.0.1 No comments

Firefox 72.0.1

Strengthens the Web browser's Enhanced Tracking Protection by blocking fingerprinting scripts. (Free update, 69.4 MB)

BusyContacts 1.4.3 4 comments

BusyContacts 1.4.3

Improves background sync speed when used with multiple accounts and makes other minor enhancements. ($49.99 new, free update, 12.6 MB)

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Geoffrey Fowler Challenges Apple’s Privacy Stance

Apple claims to be a guardian of consumer privacy, but the company does little to regulate what third-party iPhone apps do with the data they collect. The Washington Post’s Geoffrey Fowler asks if Apple could do more to protect our privacy.