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Josh Centers 6 comments

New South Korean Law Mandates Alternative App Store Payment Options

A new law in South Korea will force Apple and Google to let developers offer alternative payment methods in their apps.

Josh Centers No comments

Apple Opens Repair Program for iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro Call Sound Failures

Suffering from an iPhone that emits no sound from the receiver when making or receiving calls? Apple has created a repair program to fix affected iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro models for free.

Adam Engst 13 comments

Resetting Recent iCloud Bouncing Subscribers

It took us a few weeks to figure out that iCloud Mail servers had decided they didn’t like something about TidBITS. That’s now resolved, and we think we’ve reset all iCloud subscribers who bounced as a result.

Josh Centers 25 comments

How to Set Up Custom Email Domains with iCloud Mail

Want to rely on iCloud Mail as your email provider but use a custom domain for your email address rather than icloud.com, me.com, or mac.com? Apple has now opened up that feature for testing. Here’s what you need to know.

Josh Centers 3 comments

Jamf’s Quick Guide to Which iOS Permissions Apps Really Need

Many iOS apps ask your permission to access things like the camera and microphone. But which of those permissions do they really need?

Adam Engst 18 comments

New Three-Digit 988 Crisis Line Number Requires Expanded Ten-Digit Local Call Dialing

As of 24 October 2021, seven-digit dialing for local calls won’t work in parts of the US due to the need to use 988 for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. Here’s how to find and update your stored seven-digit numbers.

Glenn Fleishman 5 comments

Chipolo Ahoy! The ONE Spot Find My Network Tracker Arrives

Chipolo previously offered trackers that operated only via its own network. The company’s new Chipolo ONE Spot instead relies entirely on Apple’s Find My network—with all its advantages and limitations.

Adam Engst 1 comment

Chrome Extensions Disappearing? Click Repair

After his LastPass Chrome extension disappeared in Brave, Adam Engst discovered that it had been corrupted and was easily repaired.

Josh Centers 23 comments

T-Mobile Offers Subscribers a Free Year of Apple TV+

If you’re a T-Mobile customer, you are likely eligible for a free year of Apple TV+. The deal may not be related to the company’s recent security breach, but it feels like a decent apology if it is.

Adam Engst 12 comments

Work with Text in Images with TextSniper and Photos Search

With these utilities from different developers, you can extract text from any image on the Mac or search for text in your photos on either the Mac or iPhone. Text in images is no longer just pixels.

Julio Ojeda-Zapata 7 comments

Comparing MagSafe Battery Packs: Not A Simple Choice

Which MagSafe-compatible portable battery pack should you buy? Julio Ojeda-Zapata put Apple’s MagSafe Battery Pack and three of its competitors through their paces and found pluses and minuses across the board. Though Apple’s product is the only MagSafe-certified option, you shouldn’t dismiss the other products given their lower cost and worthwhile features.

Glenn Fleishman 64 comments

Improve Your Home Wi-Fi with Mesh, Powerline, MoCA, or More Routers

We have many choices now for boosting coverage and throughput on our home Wi-Fi networks. The main determinants on the path you might pick? Cost, complexity, and installation hassle.

Josh Centers 26 comments

T-Mobile Hacked, Information on 100 Million Users Stolen

Another big tech company has been hacked. Again. This time it was T-Mobile, with the personal information of 100 million customers stolen.

Adam Engst 74 comments

New CSAM Detection Details Emerge Following Craig Federighi Interview

In an interview with Joanna Stern of the Wall Street Journal, Apple software chief Craig Federighi said the company would be applying “multiple levels of auditability” to its controversial child sexual abuse material (CSAM) detection system. What are they? Another new Apple document explains.

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?