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#1679: iOS 17’s Check In, iOS 17.03 addresses overheating, Mac browser popularity, Arc adds AI features, do you use Finder tags?

Apple has released iOS 17.0.3 to address overheating in the iPhone 15, which can also be triggered by buggy apps like Instagram and background housekeeping after moving to a new phone. We report on last week’s Mac Web browser poll results, where Safari took the top spot, as expected, but Firefox was an unexpectedly strong second, ahead of Google Chrome. Newcomer Arc did well for its age, and its developers just unveiled five experimental AI features on a 90-day-trial basis. Glenn Fleishman looks in depth at iOS 17’s new Check In feature, which helps iPhone users check in with one another for peace of mind and personal safety. This week’s Do You Use It? poll asks how often you use Finder tags. Notable Mac app releases this week include Audio Hijack 4.2.4, SoundSource 5.6.2, and Fission 2.8.5.

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Arc Web Browser Introduces Focused AI Features

The Browser Company of New York has unveiled Arc Max, a collection of five experimental AI tools. From Ask on Page to Tidy Downloads, we explore how Arc Max enhances browsing. But are these AI tools genuinely useful? Learn how The Browser Company approaches AI and follow along to see which features survive the trial period.



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Carbon Copy Cloner Backs Up Cloud-Only Content

Worried about backing up your cloud-only files? The latest version of Carbon Copy Cloner can temporarily download, back up, and evict these files, ensuring your data’s safety. Learn about this ingenious feature that bridges the gap between local and cloud storage in your backup strategy.