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Amazon’s Ring Doorbells Sent Wi-Fi Passwords in the Clear

Security researchers have revealed that Amazon’s Ring doorbells were transmitting Wi-Fi passwords in the clear. That’s now fixed, but what other devices might be exposing your network traffic?

Julio Ojeda-Zapata 14 comments

AstroHQ’s Luna Display Dongle Turns a Mac into a Second Display

AstroHQ’s Luna Display dongle can transform one Mac into a secondary display for another Mac. This is similar to what Apple’s Target Display Mode does, but that feature works only with iMacs of a certain vintage as a second display. Luna’s Mac-to-Mac Mode works with a wider range of Mac pairings, such as side-by-side MacBooks.

Josh Centers No comments

Amazon Music Opens Ad-Supported Free Tier for iOS Users

Amazon is now offering an ad-supported free tier of its music service—which was previously exclusive to users of Amazon Echo devices—to iOS, Android, Fire TV, and Web users.

Donald C O'Shea 11 comments

Places, Please! Geolocation in Apple’s Photos

You are on a tour bus in an unfamiliar city and you see something that you’d like to visit later. Take a picture of it with your iPhone, and the Places feature in the Photos app can locate it for you. With a new feature in Photos in iOS 13, you can even get directions to get back there!

Josh Centers 24 comments

iOS 13.2.3 Fixes Searching, Messages Attachments, Mail, and Background Downloading

In what has become an almost weekly occurrence, Apple has once again updated iOS and iPadOS. This week’s update to version 13.2.3 aims to fix miscellaneous bugs related to search, message attachments, email, and background downloading of content.

Adam Engst 5 comments

Using the Delta Airlines App and Apple Business Chat in a Snowpocalypse

On a recent delay- and cancellation-plagued trip, Adam Engst found that the most effective resources for dealing with rebooking flights and getting questions answered were the Delta iPhone app and the company’s Business Chat-based support reps.

Josh Centers 61 comments

New 16-inch MacBook Pro Sends the Butterfly Keyboard Flying

Apple has replaced the 15-inch MacBook Pro with a new 16-inch model that features a redesigned keyboard with a return to scissor switches and inverted-T arrow keys, as well as a few surprises.

Josh Centers 12 comments

Goldman Sachs Responds to Allegations of Apple Card Gender Bias

Developer and entrepreneur David Heinemeier’s tweet about his wife’s paltry Apple Card credit limit has sparked a government investigation and a fierce debate about sexism in the financial industry.

Adam Engst 4 comments

IBM Finds Its Mac Users to Be More Productive Than PC Users

In an ironic historical twist, IBM has one of the largest Mac installations in the world, and the company has now released research showing that its Mac users score higher on performance reviews, close larger sales, and are less likely to leave the company than its Windows users. But be careful what you conclusions you draw from those results.

Adam Engst 8 comments

Sal Soghoian Reveals macOS’s Hidden Custom Control Panels

At MacTech Conference, automation guru Sal Soghoian gave a talk in which he revealed how, with the addition of just a Luna Display dongle, anyone can use built-in macOS accessibility features to turn an iPad into a touch-sensitive custom controller for the Mac.

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Apple’s Revised Privacy Page Provides More Per-App Detail

Apple has updated its privacy page with explanations of the specific privacy measures taken in its most popular apps, but questionable partnerships and sloppy programming hurt the company’s privacy-focused image.

Josh Centers 11 comments

iOS 13.2.2 Stops Killing Background Apps

If you thought we might get through a week without Apple frantically fixing bugs in its operating systems, well, think again. The iOS 13.2.2 and iPadOS 13.2.2 updates fix the issue that made background apps quit prematurely.

Josh Centers 8 comments

TipBITS: Quickly Access App Updates in iOS 13

Annoyingly, Apple buried App Store updates in iOS 13 and iPadOS 13, using that toolbar spot to promote its Apple Arcade service, but there’s a shortcut to see your updates quickly.

Josh Centers 4 comments

The Confusion Over Apple TV

Can’t tell Apple TV apart from the Apple TV app (on any of four operating systems), Apple TV+, or Apple TV Channels? You’re not alone.

Adam Engst 24 comments

Don’t Interrupt Security Update 2019-001 (Mojave)’s Installation

Reports of boot problems after installing Security Update 2019-001 (Mojave) are rolling in. The common factors seem to be installing on a Mac with a T1 or T2 security chip and the user interrupting the installation because it seems to take too long.