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#1685: Hidden secrets of the Fn key, Emergency SOS via satellite free access extended, RCS support in Messages, Rogue Amoeba icon evolution

We’re taking next week off for the Thanksgiving holiday here in the US, so look for your next email issue on 4 December 2023. Apple announced that iPhone 14 users will receive another free year of Emergency SOS via satellite, giving the company more time to figure out a business model for the lifesaving service. Adam Engst planned to share a few little-known keyboard shortcuts that use the Fn key but ended up writing an in-depth look at everything you can do with one of the Mac’s more obscure hardware features. Finally, we touch briefly on Apple’s announcement of future support for RCS in Messages and a Rogue Amoeba timeline showing the evolution of the company’s app icons. Notable Mac app releases this week include 1Password 8.10.20, Audio Hijack 4.3.1, Camo Studio 2.1, Apple Configurator 2.17, and HandBrake 1.7.

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The Hidden Secrets of the Fn Key

The Fn key has been a fixture on Apple keyboards for decades, but many Mac users lack a sense of its purpose. Adam Engst thought he was going to write a quick article listing hidden keyboard shortcuts that tap the Fn key but got dragged into documenting the history and capabilities of this unsung key.

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1Password 8.10.20 Agen Schmitz No comments

1Password 8.10.20

Maintenance update with a lengthy list of improvements and bug fixes for the password manager. ($35.88 annual subscription, free update, 4.8 MB, macOS 10.15+)

Camo Studio 2.1 Agen Schmitz No comments

Camo Studio 2.1

Brings user interface improvements and an an unsupported hardware mode to the virtual-camera system. ($39.99 annual subscription, free update, 30 MB, macOS 10.13+)

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