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#1515: Stop force-quitting iOS apps, COVID-19 updates for iOS and iPadOS, AP test nightmares for iPhone/iPad users

Apple released iOS 13.5 and iPadOS 13.5 last week with COVID-19-based features like the inclusion of the Exposure Notification API co-developed with Google, an easier FaceID bypass for mask wearers, Medical ID sharing, and an option to put an end to the bouncing tiles in Group FaceTime calls. Glenn Fleishman explains why Apple’s HEIC image format is causing headaches for high school students taking Advanced Placement exams and what to do about it. Finally, Adam Engst encourages everyone who is in the habit of force-quitting iOS apps to stop because doing so hurts battery life and performance. Notable Mac app releases this week include Ulysses 19.2, Quicken 2020 5.16, Cardhop 1.3.4, and Tinderbox 8.7.

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Ulysses 19.2 No comments

Ulysses 19.2

Enhances performance when exporting long lists to PDF and improves accessibility of material sheets. ($39.99 annual subscription, free update, 20 MB)

Quicken 5.16 10 comments

Quicken 5.16

Enhances the QuickFill feature, adds Quick Pay and Check Pay capabilities, improves print and export capabilities. ($34.99/$49.99/$74.99 annual subscription, free update)

Cardhop 1.3.4 No comments

Cardhop 1.3.4

Maintenance update for the contact manager that adds an option to filter by job title in smart groups. ($19.99 new, free update, 12.4 MB)

Tinderbox 8.7 No comments

Tinderbox 8.7

Note-taking assistant and information manager adds built-in COVID-tracking actions and improves link suggestions. ($249 new, free update, 36.6 MB)

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iFixit Creates Free Medical Repair Database

iFixit, the purveyor of repair tools and free repair guides that many computer users have relied upon for years, has now compiled a massive database of repair manuals for medical devices and made it freely available to everyone.