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#1499: Apple’s record Q1 2020 profit; Google Voice as protection from spearfishing; iOS 13.3.1, iPadOS 13.3.1, macOS 10.15.3, watchOS 6.1.2, and tvOS 13.3.1

Apple has posted record-setting financial results for Q1 2020, with nearly $92 billion in revenue and over $22 billion in profit, thanks to the resurgent iPhone 11 and its popular wearables. The company also updated all of its operating systems last week, releasing iOS 13.3.1, iPadOS 13.3.1, macOS 10.15.3 Catalina, watchOS 6.1.2, and tvOS 13.3.1—read on for details and our update advice. Last but not least, Apple consultant Ivan Drucker joins us to explain how to use Google Voice as the centerpiece of a two-factor authentication scheme that addresses some of the problems with two-factor authentication apps. Notable Mac app releases this week include Security Update 2020-001 (Mojave and High Sierra), Safari 13.0.5, DEVONthink 3.0.4, URL Manager Pro 5.0, and Fantastical 3.0.

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Safari 13.0.5

Patches two security vulnerabilities for those running Apple’s last two operating systems. (Free, various sizes)

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DEVONthink 3.0.4

Adds support for disabling Dark mode only for documents and provides other minor enhancements. ($99/$199/$499 new, upgrades available, 92.8 MB)

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Fantastical 3.0

Major new release for the calendar app with a refreshed user interface, unified look across all platforms, and new subscription pricing model. ($39.99 annual subscription, 21.7 MB)

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Antivirus Maker Avast Sold Data on Millions of Users

Motherboard and PCMag have teamed up to expose antivirus maker Avast’s practice of collecting and selling data on millions of users. The harsh light of media coverage worked as it's supposed to, and Avast's CEO has announced that the company is eliminating the program and shutting down the subsidiary that sold the data.

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Tony Blevins: Tim Cook’s Cost Cutter

As Apple watches its iPhone sales growth slow, the company has had to focus ever harder on keeping its parts costs low. In such situations, Tim Cook looks to one man: Vice President of Procurement Tony Blevins.