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FBI Cracks Pensacola Shooter’s iPhone, Still Mad at Apple

The FBI has cracked the iPhone at the center of the Pensacola naval base shooting case, but the agency still slammed Apple’s stance on encryption. This time, Apple didn’t pull any punches in its rebuttal.

Adam Engst 5 comments

VintageApple.org Archives the Early Mac Universe

Adam Engst was recently turned on to the VintageApple.org site, which has full archives of Macworld, MacUser, and Byte, along with hundreds of vintage books about the Mac and Apple. Check it out!

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watchOS 6.2.5 Brings ECG and Irregular Heart Rhythm Notifications to Saudi Arabia

Apple has released watchOS 6.2.5, a highly focused update to bring the ECG app and irregular heart rhythm notifications to Saudi Arabia, along with as-yet-unspecified security fixes.

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Apple Announces Plans to Reopen Retail Stores

After closing most of its stores earlier this year in the wake of the COVID-19 epidemic, Apple has announced how it plans to reopen them.

Julio Ojeda-Zapata 5 comments

Eggtronic’s Power Bar Charges All Your Apple Devices

Eggtronic’s Power Bar cuts down on clutter by charging all your Apple mobile devices in one tidy location. It’s a power bank with a USB-C port for MacBook and iPad charging, and it has wireless charging pads for an iPhone, AirPods, and Apple Watch.

Adam Engst Josh Centers 22 comments

Need a New Mac, iPad, or Apple Watch? You May Have to Wait

If you need a new Mac or other Apple product, you may be waiting for a while. Direct orders for some of Apple’s most popular products have longer-than-usual shipping delays. It’s worth checking with independent Apple resellers too.

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Don’t Bury a Wet Laptop in Rice! Better Advice from iFixit

What should you do if you spill liquid on your laptop? The repair experts at iFixit tell you what to do. Save your rice for dinner.

Josh Centers 6 comments

Adobe Acrobat Reader Flaws Could Let Attacks Hijack Your Mac

If you use Adobe Acrobat Reader, you should update immediately to protect your Mac from some nasty security vulnerabilities accessible to local attacks.

Adam Engst 8 comments

Be Careful When Scheduling Events Using Siri

Adam Engst recently scheduled a Zoom call with colleagues on a non-profit board and had to apologize when one of them was irritated at ending up in Google Hangouts by himself for 10 minutes. The problem arose due to a confluence of issues with Siri and Google Calendar—read on to learn how to avoid similar embarrassments.

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The Stratospheric Growth of the AirPods

Although they hit the market with little fanfare, Apple’s AirPods have become a stealth hit, now singlehandedly outpacing the annual revenue of many large tech companies.

David Shayer 14 comments

Former Apple Engineer: Here’s Why I Trust Apple’s COVID-19 Notification Proposal

David Shayer, who has worked as a software engineer at Apple and other companies, explains Apple’s internal approach to privacy and contrasts it with other companies, all with an eye toward showing why we should trust the current draft of the COVID-19 exposure notification proposal from Apple and Google.

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Making Sense of Cellular Data Upgrades for the Coronavirus Pandemic

Your cellular carrier is likely offering a larger data allowance for no extra charge during the coronavirus pandemic. Wirecutter has a guide on how to make sure you know what you’re getting.

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Four TidBITS 30th Anniversary Podcasts

A number of podcasts helped us celebrate the 30th anniversary of TidBITS by inviting publisher Adam Engst on as a guest, and the resulting conversations are well worth listening to if you enjoy reminiscing about the early days of the Macintosh world.

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How to Mirror Your Apple TV to Your Mac for Screenshots or Presentations

Need to display your Apple TV on your Mac for screenshots or a presentation? It’s easy and the necessary software is included with macOS.

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ACES Conference: The Prequel Free for All Small Business Owners

If you’re a small business owner—in any industry—check out ACES Conference: The Prequel, a free virtual event aimed at helping small businesses survive COVID-19. It takes place on May 19th and 20th.