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#1565: Cardhop 2.0, block Facebook photo location tracking, M1 Mac external drive limitation, fix apps broken by iOS 14.5

In this special Memorial Day issue of TidBITS, Adam Engst looks at what’s new in Cardhop 2.0, not the least of which is that it’s now free, with advanced features bundled into a subscription with Fantastical. Josh Centers explains how Facebook surreptitiously uses your photos to track your location and how you can prevent it such antisocial behavior. The Mac community has discovered that M1-based Macs can’t boot from an external drive if the internal drive is dead. Glenn Fleishman explains why Apple made this change and why it probably isn’t a big deal. Finally, Adam takes you on a winding journey to extract data from an old iOS app that won’t launch in iOS 14.5 and ends up finding multiple solutions to what could be a relatively common problem. Notable Mac app releases this week include Security Update 2021-003 Catalina and 2021-004 Mojave and Safari 14.1.1.

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Extracting Data from an Old iOS App Broken by iOS 14.5

iOS 14.5 has rendered some old apps inoperable that worked in previous versions of iOS 14. What options are available for recovering data from those apps if you can no longer launch them? Adam Engst spelunks through iPhone backups and numerous erase-restore cycles to see what’s possible.

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Safari 14.1.1

Patches a number of WebKit-related security vulnerabilities. (Free, various sizes, macOS 10.15+ and 10.14+)

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Things Learned from the Epic Games v. Apple Lawsuit

We don’t know how the legal fight between Epic Games and Apple over App Store policies will end, but it has made public reams of formerly classified internal documents from both companies. The Verge highlighted some of the most interesting bits.