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Responding to COVID-19, Apple Closes All Stores Outside China

Apple has issued a statement outlining its response to the COVID-19 pandemic, with the most notable new addition being the closure of all Apple retail stores outside of China.

Josh Centers 1 comment

Apple’s Mac Pro Support Reportedly Lacking

AppleInsider reports on the troubles it had getting a new Mac Pro repaired, stumping both Apple phone support and Apple Store technicians.

Josh Centers No comments

Backblaze’s 2019 Hard Drive Reliability Statistics

Cloud backup service Backblaze has released its hard drive reliability statistics for 2019, factoring in data for over 100,000 drives.

Adam Engst 4 comments

Apple Moves WWDC Entirely Online

Like other big tech companies, Apple has canceled the in-person part of its developer conference. However, in a textbook case of putting the best face on a bad situation, Apple has cast the change as a new online format that will let many more developers participate.

Adam Engst 27 comments

Thoughts and Recommendations Surrounding COVID-19

We’re having trouble paying attention to anything outside the COVID-19 news, so here’s what we think we can contribute at the moment. Let us know what else you might like to hear from TidBITS on this topic.

Adam Engst 25 comments

International Verify Your Backups Day

What better day than Friday the 13th to check that your backups are actually working by restoring some critical files?

Julio Ojeda-Zapata 19 comments

Automate Window Positioning With macOS and Apps

Don’t waste precious time manually repositioning and resizing macOS windows. You can automate that task to a large extent using native macOS controls, and third-party utilities give you even more power. Julio Ojeda-Zapata looks at two of the top window-wrangling apps.

Josh Centers 15 comments

Your Mac Can No Longer Listen for Aliens, but It Could Help Cure COVID-19

The [email protected] project is going into hibernation to analyze all the data it has gathered, but you can now instead focus your spare CPU cycles on helping find a cure for COVID-19 with the [email protected] project.

Josh Centers No comments

The Verge Reviews a $16,599 Mac Pro for Media Production

The Verge dropped nearly $17,000 on a Mac Pro to put it through its paces for media production at Vox Media. Was it worth it, especially in comparison with a cheaper, more powerful PC?

Adam Engst 3 comments

Strava (Finally) Listens to Its Users, Brings Back Chronological Feed

Will wonders never cease? Strava has acknowledged that users hate a two-year-old change in how the workout-centric social network service presents its activity feed. Strava users can once again enjoy a simple chronological feed, free of algorithmic interference. There are other welcome new features too.

Josh Centers 4 comments

Make Your HomePod Pipe Down at Night

Don’t want your HomePod’s Siri responses being too loud at night? Matthew Cassinelli has come up with a tip on how to automatically quiet the HomePod at bedtime.

Glenn Fleishman 11 comments

Spring Forward, Fail Back: Apple Still Can’t Tell Time

Leap years have been on the Julian calendar since it was put into effect in 45 BCE. A recent customer service failure shows Apple’s back-end developers are still trying to figure it out.

Josh Centers 3 comments

Cloud Computing More Energy Efficient Than Initially Thought

Environmentalists were concerned that the move to cloud computing and the prerequisite enormous data centers would prove to be an energy hog, but data centers have become incredibly efficient in the past decade.

Jenna Tsui 4 comments

Three Worthwhile Buy-Back Programs for iPhones

Should you choose an Apple in-store trade-in when participating in an iPhone buy-back program, or go with a different option? Here's an overview of some of the top buy-back providers for Apple enthusiasts.

Connie Laubenthal 11 comments

Black Ink Lets You Do Crossword Puzzles on Your Mac

Black Ink from Red Sweater Software is an easy and intuitive way to play crossword puzzles from the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, and other sources.