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Weekly Issues

Josh Centers

#1507: iPadOS 13.4, iOS 13.4, macOS 10.15.4 Catalina, watchOS 6.2, COVID-19 screening tool, O’Reilly exits in-person conferences, ordering online

The big news this week is Apple’s release of iPadOS 13.4 with trackpad support and the announcement of the trackpad-equipped Magic Keyboard, scheduled for May. Also new is the long-promised iCloud Drive folder sharing in…

Josh Centers

#1506: New MacBook Air, iPad Pro, and Mac mini; Hollywood responds to COVID-19; Apple TV screen savers on the Mac

Much of the world has ground to a halt while attempting to deal with the SARS-CoV-2 virus, but Apple continues to plug away. Last week, the company unveiled a cheaper MacBook Air with the new…

Josh Centers

#1505: COVID-19 and Apple, working from home, WWDC, Black Ink crossword app, automating Mac window positioning

Like many people, we spent much of last week watching the news of the spread of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus and the increase in cases of COVID-19. TidBITS coverage largely followed suit, with a general article…

Josh Centers

#1504: Fight COVID-19 with your Mac, Apple leap day woes, Strava restores its chronological feed, iPhone buy-back programs

The [email protected] distributed computing project, which let you donate your Mac’s spare CPU cycles to search for extraterrestrial life, is going into hibernation, but you can join the [email protected] project to fight COVID-19. Apple has…

Josh Centers

#1503: Hidden documents in Google Drive, CES 2020 tech finale, home security cameras

Have you ever been unable to see a document that you know should be there in a Google Drive file list? Adam Engst recently encountered this frustration and eventually figured out the solution. Jeff Porten…

Josh Centers

#1502: Enable Mac startup sounds, iPhone emergency contacts, RIP Larry Tesler, iPhone step-counting apps, watchOS 6.1.3

Do you miss the startup chime on your new Mac? Read on to find out how to enable it! If you were in an accident, would emergency responders be able to contact your loved ones…

Josh Centers

#1501: How to deal with low cloud storage space, StopTheMadness fixes unfriendly Web sites, clean tech and more from CES 2020

What would you do if you were to run out of space on iCloud, at Google, or in Dropbox? Adam Engst provides a detailed guide on how to deal with such a situation before you…

Josh Centers

#1500: Netflix lets you turn off auto-play videos, One Switch for Mac, more gadgets from CES 2020

One year to the day after Adam Engst called out Netflix’s obnoxious auto-play preview videos, the company added an option to turn them off. Celebrate with Adam as he shows you where to flip the…

Josh Centers

#1499: Apple’s record Q1 2020 profit; Google Voice as protection from spearfishing; iOS 13.3.1, iPadOS 13.3.1, macOS 10.15.3, watchOS 6.1.2, and tvOS 13.3.1

Apple has posted record-setting financial results for Q1 2020, with nearly $92 billion in revenue and over $22 billion in profit, thanks to the resurgent iPhone 11 and its popular wearables. The company also updated…

Josh Centers

#1498: Apple Card statement export, iCloud encryption and the FBI, Squash image compression app review, more from CES 2020

Have you been put out by the inability to export Apple Card statements in a format you can import elsewhere? Apple has finally made CSV export possible. The drama of the week came from Reuters,…

Josh Centers

#1497: Apple Watch Series 5 impressions, why is Apple TV advertising at us?, CES 2020 gadgets and services

Have you been contemplating upgrading from an older Apple Watch? Adam Engst moved from an Apple Watch Series 2 to a Series 5 last year, and now he shares his impressions of what changes made…

Josh Centers

#1496: The disappearance of “Macintosh,” CES 2020 trends, Smart Battery Case replacements, Front and Center windowing utility

Do you have a Smart Battery Case for your iPhone XR, XS, or XS Max that isn’t charging correctly? Apple might replace it for free in a new service program. Rewinding the clock a bit,…

Adam Engst

#1495: Examining 5G health concerns, location privacy abuses, Apple Music Replay, and Smart Battery Case camera button

Welcome to the first issue of TidBITS for 2020! Curious about which Apple Music tracks you listened to the most in the past few years? We show you how to access the buried Apple Music…

Josh Centers

#1494: Apple OS updates, AirPods Pro, MacPro and Pro Display XDR, Dropbox sharing tip, iPhone 11 Pro wallet cases, TidBITS holiday hiatus

As promised, Apple released the new Mac Pro and Pro Display XDR last week, complete with astonishing specs and eye-watering prices—we have all the details. On the free side of Apple’s product line, check out…

Josh Centers

#1493: ScanSnap replacement, zsh in Catalina, Jamf Innovation Hub, TidBITS membership drive

Do you have an older ScanSnap scanner rendered obsolete by macOS 10.15 Catalina? Dave Kitabjian explores whether VueScan might be the ideal solution to keeping your scanner running in Catalina. For the Terminal geeks (or…