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Apple Starts Locking iPhone Batteries to Thwart Independent Repair

Apple has made it so that if the batteries in the latest iPhones are replaced by their owners or independent repair shops, iOS displays an ominous message questioning the battery’s authenticity, even if it’s a genuine Apple battery.

Josh Centers No comments

Disney Will Bundle Disney+, Hulu, and ESPN+ for $12.99 Per Month

Disney says it will bundle Disney+, Hulu, and ESPN+ for the same price as Netflix’s standard streaming plan. Is this essentially just an introductory rate to be followed by a price hike or is Disney setting a new low mark that competitors will have to match?

Adam Engst 15 comments

FileMaker Retakes the Claris Name after 21 Years

FileMaker Inc. has announced that it will once again be known as Claris, indicating a larger vision for the Apple subsidiary.

Timothy Buck No comments

Sip: Smart Color Management for Your Mac

What if there was a single place to pick, store, and organize colors on your Mac that also made it simple to use those colors in design apps, for development, or however you want? Sip is a menu bar app that does just that.

Adam Engst 20 comments

Equifax Cash Settlement Backtracking Leaves a Bad Taste

It turns out that so many people signed up to receive $125 cash instead of credit monitoring in the Equifax breach settlement that no one will receive much money. There’s nothing we can do about it, and that has many of us fuming.

Scholle McFarland 14 comments

A Look at the Health App in iOS 13

iOS 13’s Health app not only gathers more of our scattered health information but also helps us understand and use it in practical and potentially profound ways. Here’s what you can look forward to in a few months.

Josh Centers No comments

TipBITS: Switch between Multiple Accounts in Twitter’s Redesign

Twitter’s Web redesign isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, but at least it now lets you easily switch between accounts.

Josh Centers 4 comments

Apple Suspends Siri’s “Response Grading” Eavesdropping

Apple has temporarily suspended its Siri “response grading” program that had contractors listen in on Siri recordings. That’s good, but it’s unfortunate that it took media coverage to push the company to change its practices.

Josh Centers 3 comments

Don’t Get Bent Out of Shape Watching iPad Videos with Tryone’s Gooseneck Tablet Stand

Tired of holding your iPad or balancing it on your chest to watch a video? You can bend the Tryone Gooseneck Tablet Stand to your will—or at least to whatever position is most comfortable.

Adam Engst 7 comments

Social Engineering for Fun and Profit. And Other Stuff

A search engine marketing consultant has shown that it’s simple to use Google AdWords and YouTube videos to further a specific agenda. That might be a good thing, such as by encouraging suicidal people to call a hotline, but it could equally as easily be used for evil.

Adam Engst Josh Centers 7 comments

Capital One Data Breach Reveals Information on 106 Million

Capital One has announced a security breach that affects approximately 100 million people in the United States and 6 million in Canada.

Josh Centers No comments

Apple Offering Augmented Reality Art Installations and Sessions

To promote its augmented reality technologies (and drive Apple Store traffic), Apple has announced a trio of augmented reality art initiatives that will launch in August.

Michael E. Cohen Josh Centers 11 comments

iPhone Down, Services and Wearables Up in Apple’s Q3 2019, Apple Card to Arrive in August

iPhone revenues now account for less than half of Apple’s revenues, but Services and Wearables more than made up the difference. And CEO Tim Cook announced that the Apple Card will become available this August.

Adam Engst No comments

Here We Go Again: GCHQ’s Ghost User Proposal to Circumvent Encryption

Security expert Jon Callas has written a four-part series for the ACLU on problems with the latest government proposal—this time from the UK’s GCHQ—to allow the government to listen in on encrypted communications. Spoiler: it won’t work.

Julio Ojeda-Zapata 6 comments

RIP AirPower, but Great Gadget Chargers Abound

Apple’s AirPower was supposed to revolutionize wireless charging for Apple users, but Apple killed it before it saw the light of day. However, lots of other wireless—and wired—chargers brim with personality and versatility. Some, as AirPower promised, can even charge your iPhone, Apple Watch, and AirPods wireless case simultaneously.