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AT&T and Verizon Sticking It to Rural DSL Customers?

AT&T and Verizon are both eliminating lower-priced Internet service tiers even though they haven’t extended faster speeds to rural customers. The net effect is that rural DSL customers are paying the same rates as urban fiber-optic customers for much slower speeds.

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To Send a Public Health Message, France Bans Smartphone Use in Schools for Younger Students

France has officially banned the use of smartphones, tablets, computers, and more in schools for students under the age of 15. In reality, the law is more about sending a public health message than actually separating kids from electronics during school.

Adam Engst 31 comments

Apple’s Termination of App Store Affiliate Payments Is Unnecessary, Mean-Spirited, and Harmful

As of 1 October 2018, Apple will stop paying affiliate fees on apps purchased through recommendation links. It’s a small-minded, unpleasant move that can’t benefit Apple in any significant way but will hurt many small publishers, although TidBITS won’t be affected.

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Reddit Announces Account Data Breach

Social news site Reddit has announced a relatively minor data theft that’s a good reminder to change old passwords, turn on two-factor authentication, and delete any Reddit content you don’t want linked to your email address.

Michael E. Cohen Josh Centers 12 comments

Apple’s Q3 2018 Results Break Records Again

Apple has posted yet another record-breaking third quarter, thanks in large part to the iPhone X’s high price tag and the company’s ever-increasing Services revenue.

Josh Centers 30 comments

Socializing Siri: Add Relationships, Teach Pronunciations, and More

Like most small children, Siri doesn’t know how people are related and it often has trouble pronouncing names correctly. Learn how to teach Apple’s personal assistant about relationships, nicknames, and proper pronunciations.

Adam Engst 31 comments

Please Follow TidBITS in Apple News!

It’s possible to read TidBITS in Apple News, but until about 10 days ago, almost no one did. After Adam Engst had a call with Apple’s Publisher Relations team, traffic has increased, but we need your help to get Apple News to recommend TidBITS to new readers.

Josh Centers 12 comments

Wyze Cam Pan Helps You Watch Your House for $30

The latest entry in the Wyze Cam line, the Wyze Cam Pan, can cover an entire 360-degree area for an absurdly low price. It’s well worth checking out if you’re looking for an interior security camera, but sadly, it doesn’t support HomeKit.

Adam Engst 25 comments

Wireless Sensor Tags Protect Against Freezer Failure

If you’ve ever worried about losing food due to a freezer breaking or a refrigerator door being left open, the Wireless Sensor Tags system could save your bacon by monitoring temperatures and reporting significant changes on your iPhone. Other available features include motion detection, moisture monitoring, light sensing, and even locating lost items.

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Last-Ditch Data Recovery More Difficult on the 2018 MacBook Pro

If you own a 2018 MacBook Pro, maintaining regular backups is even more important than ever because there’s no port on the logic board for Apple Authorized Service Providers to use to recover data from a dead Mac. DriveSavers says that the lack of the port does not hamper their ability to recover data from these Macs.

Adam Engst 3 comments

Apple Addresses MacBook Pro Thermal Throttling

Apple has released macOS High Sierra 10.13.6 Supplemental Update for MacBook Pro (2018) to address the performance problems experienced by early adopters of the latest MacBook Pro models when they were running under heavy thermal loads.

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The Mac’s First Product Manager Discusses Working with Jobs and Woz

Joe Shelton, one of Apple’s earliest employees and the first product manager for the Macintosh, has come forward to talk about what it was like to work alongside Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak.

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Apple Expands Business Chat

Apple has brought more companies to its Business Chat service, which enables users to get customer support from participating firms right in Messages.

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Heat-related Performance Problems with Intel Core i9 MacBook Pros

High-end 2018 MacBook Pros powered by the Intel Core i9 processor are showing severe performance degradation under thermal load, making them slower than last year’s models.

Jeff Carlson 16 comments

What APFS Does for You, and What You Can Do with APFS

macOS High Sierra switched to APFS (Apple File System) for Macs with solid-state storage, but what does it do? Jeff Carlson explains why Apple made the change, how APFS works, and what it can do for you.