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New Apple Business Connect Lets Businesses Create Custom Place Cards

Apple’s new Apple Business Connect service lets brick-and-mortar businesses claim their location place cards so they can customize how their business appears in Apple Maps, Siri, and other Apple apps. It’s worth doing, and don’t forget to create a Google Business Profile as well.

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Large Retina Monitors Coming from Samsung and Dell

At CES, Samsung announced a 27-inch 5K display and Dell a 32-inch 6K display. We hope they'll give Apple's Studio Display and Pro Display XDR some more-affordable competition.

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Use Live Text to Digitize Your Cookbooks

Faced with the desire to import recipes from his cookbooks into Paprika, Adam Engst discovers that iOS’s Live Text feature works wonders for scanning recipe text using his iPhone’s camera.

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A Fix for MobileDeviceUpdater’s “Installation Failed”

Mac users sometimes see the prompt “A software update is required to connect to your iPhone/iPad” when connecting one of those devices. What should you do if the installation fails?

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Looking Back across Thirty Years of PCalc

James Thomson’s venerable PCalc is celebrating its 30th anniversary, so James has updated PCalc’s 20th-anniversary history with more details from the last ten years.

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LastPass Shares Details of Security Breach

Password management service LastPass announced that attackers stole unencrypted customer account data and encrypted usernames and passwords. This is a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad thing for LastPass, though LastPass users shouldn’t be at significant risk—as long as they heeded the company’s advice and have strong master passwords.

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Apple’s “The Greatest” Video Shows How Accessibility Features Enhance Lives

Apple has released a compelling short video that showcases some of what its accessibility technologies make possible for people with disabilities.

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TidBITS 2022 Holiday Hiatus—See You in 2023!

In keeping with our tradition, we’re going to take a few weeks off to spend with family and friends over the holidays. You can expect the next email issue of TidBITS on 9 January 2023. Thanks for reading TidBITS, and we hope our articles enriched your year!

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LittleBITS: Notes from Ukraine, TidBITS Talk Emoji Responses

This week’s edition of LittleBITS brings email from a friend of TidBITS in Ukraine, plus details about how you can now respond to TidBITS Talk posts with emoji, much like Apple’s Tapback feature in Messages. 

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Beware When Pasting Phone Numbers Copied from Contacts

It turns out that Contacts on the Mac stores extra invisible characters with every phone number, which can cause trouble when copying and pasting them into some online forms. Here’s what’s going on and how to work around the problem.

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iOS 15.7.2 and iPadOS 15.7.2 Block Exploited Security Vulnerability

Update to these versions of iOS and iPadOS to protect your older iPhone or iPad from malicious Web content that takes advantage of a now-fixed WebKit vulnerability.

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Apple Releases iOS 16.2, iPadOS 16.2, macOS 13.1 Ventura, watchOS 9.2, and tvOS 16.2

Apple has updated all of its operating systems, adding the Freeform digital whiteboard app, support for Advanced Data Protection for iCloud, Apple Music Sing, Stage Manager on external displays, and various smaller improvements. A fix for a serious security vulnerability encourages updating soon.

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LittleBITS: Apple Pay Date Quirk, Apple Music Sing

We have two quick things to share that don’t warrant an article: an explanation of why Apple Pay-using TidBITS members may see incorrect credit card expiration dates and the news of Apple Music Sing, which fills Adam Engst with dread.

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Microsoft Office Updates Now Require macOS 11 Big Sur or Later

The October 2022 update to Microsoft’s Office apps was the last one for users running macOS 10.15 Catalina. Upgrade to at least macOS 11 Big Sur to continue receiving enhancements, bug fixes, and security updates to Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and OneNote.

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ChatGPT: The Future of AI Is Here

Chatbots have just progressed to the next level with OpenAI’s release of ChatGPT. Programmer David Shayer explains what’s behind ChatGPT’s curtain and ponders how we’ll deal with AI-driven chatbots that sound confident and reasonable but may be entirely wrong.