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Josh Centers

#1475: Equifax breach payments, Apple buys Intel’s modem business, downloading YouTube videos, charger roundup

If your data was exposed in 2017’s massive breach of credit bureau Equifax (and it probably was), you can file for damages now that Equifax has reached a settlement to reimburse victims—learn what you’re entitled…

Josh Centers

#1474: Apple OS updates, YouTube Picture-in-Picture tip, Dice by PCalc review, Orange 4G SIM card for European vacations

It’s that time again—Apple has released macOS 10.14.6, iOS 12.4, watchOS 5.3, and tvOS 12.4, plus surprise updates to the obsolete iOS 10.3.4 and 9.3.6. Among other things, these updates provide enhancements to Apple News,…

Josh Centers

#1473: MacBook Air and 13-inch MacBook Pro updates, fixing the Zoom exploit, analyzing Apple’s privacy initiatives

Apple has updated the MacBook Air with a True Tone display and a price cut, added a Touch Bar to the entry-level 13-inch MacBook Pro, and retired both the basic MacBook and the non-Retina MacBook…

Josh Centers

#1472: Wyse Sense review, fix Apple hardware problems with deep cleaning, how to buy hardware that lasts

It’s hardware week at TidBITS! Josh Centers takes a look at Wyze Sense, an inexpensive sensor package for Wyze Cam security cameras that can detect motion or an open door. Next, Josh explains how to…

Josh Centers

#1471: Jony Ive leaving Apple, Apple deprecates scripting languages, Terminology word exploration app, new table-of-contents features in Pages

Apart from the news that Jony Ive is leaving Apple, it’s language week at TidBITS! Apple has telegraphed a change in future versions of macOS that could affect Mac developers, admins, and users: the deprecation…

Josh Centers

#1470: MacBook Pro recall, Apple and Best Buy repair partnership, Apple public betas released, Reelgood vs. JustWatch, how Find My works, MacTech Conference

If you use a 2015 15-inch MacBook Pro, stop right now and check to see if it’s included in Apple’s recall—its battery could explode and catch fire. If you have an affected MacBook Pro, you…

Josh Centers

#1469: Non-destructive photo editing explained, 101-year-old TidBITS reader, Apple TV Home button tip, iOS 12.3.2

If you have an iPhone 8 Plus, note that Apple just released iOS 12.3.2 to fix a Portrait mode bug. Those with an Apple TV should also pay attention—if you don’t like how the Home…

Josh Centers

#1468: tvOS 13 sneak peek, Dark Mode dissected, VMs not being backed up, Qi wireless charging, Apple bullies small repair shop

Our WWDC coverage wraps up this week with a sneak peek at tvOS 13, which may be the most notable update to tvOS in years. Apple continues to harass a small Norwegian business in its…

Josh Centers

#1467: macOS Catalina, iOS 13 and iPadOS, watchOS 6, Mac Pro and Pro Display XDR, iOS 12.3.1, MacBook Pro and iPod touch updates, Flexgate repair program

Fasten your seatbelts! Today’s WWDC keynote introduced us to macOS 10.15 Catalina, iOS 13 and iPadOS, and watchOS 6—read on for how these OS updates will shape your next year as an Apple user. The…

Josh Centers

#1466: ZombieLoad security vulnerability, Apple TV channels, PDFpen 11, Apple-related conferences, 23.7-inch LG UltraFine Display

We have a mega-sized issue for you this week since there won’t be an email issue on 27 May 2019 so TidBITS staffers can spend the Memorial Day holiday with their families. Kicking things off,…

Josh Centers

#1465: Apple OS updates, is DNDWD reducing crashes?, Reeder 4 review, Spotify address insanity

With WWDC just weeks away, Apple has released updates to all its operating systems, largely to roll out a new Apple TV app and support for AirPlay 2-enabled smart TVs. Also this week, we ask…

Josh Centers

#1464: Apple Q2 2019 financials, Google Home audio fix, Reminders sorting stinks, IINA video player

Apple’s iPhone sales are still slipping, according to its Q2 2019 financial report, but the company still beat analyst expectations and posted an $11.56 billion profit. Can Tim Cook and company grow Apple’s services business…

Josh Centers

#1463: Apple recalls plug adapters, how to cancel Apple News+, 3M WorkTunes headphones, find digital movie rental deals

If you’re in the UK, Hong Kong, or Singapore, note that Apple has recalled some three-prong wall plug adapters due to the risk of electrical shock. Apple News+ celebrated its one-month birthday last week, and…

Josh Centers

#1462: TidBITS turns 29, more data breaches, Google Keep on watchOS, explaining the Mac’s T2 security chip

We’re celebrating our 29th anniversary this week in conjunction with Earth Day, so Adam calculates just how many trees would have been sacrificed if TidBITS had been a print magazine instead of purely digital. Data…

Josh Centers

#1461: Apple News+ analysis, Cardhop for iOS, Apple drops migration fee, Google backup app CloudPull discontinued

Have you been giving Apple News+ a try? Julio Ojeda-Zapata is too, and he has some reservations about paying $120 per year for the service. Those who are buying a new Mac or getting a…