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App Store Wars: Facebook vs. Apple, Publishers vs. Apple, Apple vs. Brave

Josh Centers chronicles the latest battles revolving around the App Store, including Facebook joining Epic Games’ lawsuit against Apple, a group of big-name publishers signing on to the Coalition for App Fairness to pressure Apple and Google, and Apple making the Brave browser put its crypto wallet away.

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Surprise iOS 12.5 and watchOS 6.3 Updates Bring Exposure Notification and a Security Fix

Apple has released a pair of surprise updates to a pair of older operating systems, iOS 12.5 and watchOS 6.3, to bring COVID-19 exposure notification capabilities and an important security fix to older devices.

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Apple Releases Apple Fitness+, macOS 11.1 Big Sur, iOS 14.3, iPadOS 14.3, watchOS 7.2, and tvOS 14.3

In yet another feature-focused update to Apple’s entire stable of operating systems, the company introduced support for various new products and promised technologies, including Apple Fitness+, the AirPods Max, the Apple ProRAW image format, and more.

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Xebec’s Tri-Screen Attaches Extra Screens to a MacBook

For users of Apple’s laptops, one screen isn’t always enough. Xebec aims to solve that problem with its Tri-Screen, an accessory that attaches to the back of the laptop lid and has screens that slide out on the left and right. Julio Ojeda-Zapata took a look.

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Canada Gets Overhauled Apple Maps Data

Years into its campaign to overhaul its mapping data, Apple has closed out 2020 with more-detailed maps for Canada along with a slew of new features.

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Friend of TidBITS John Baxter Dies at 81

It is with great sadness that we note the passing of John Baxter, a long-time member of the TidBITS community who was also a regular at Seattle-area gatherings of Apple aficionados.

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The United States vs. Facebook

The US Federal Trade Commission and the attorneys general representing most of the United States’ states and territories are ganging up on Facebook to wrest away control of Instagram and WhatsApp and prevent Facebook from continuing to cement its dominant position in social networking.

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Apple’s One Last Thing for 2020: AirPods Max

Just in time for the holidays, Apple has introduced the AirPods Max, over-ear headphones with impressive specs, a questionable case, and a stratospheric price tag.

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Apple Fitness+ Launches 14 December 2020

Apple has announced that its Apple Fitness+ service will launch on December 14th. Apple Watch owners can try it for a month for free, and those who buy a new Apple Watch get three free months. After that, it’s $9.99 per month or $79.99 per year.

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Help Keep TidBITS Vibrant in 2021

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Apple Opens Repair Program for iPhone 11 Touch Problems

If your iPhone 11’s touchscreen has become unresponsive, Apple may fix it for free under a new repair program.

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A Path to Windows Apps on M1-Based Macs with Windows 10 on ARM

The new M1-based Macs can’t run traditional Windows, which requires a computer with an Intel chip, but Windows Insiders can run an ARM-based version not usually available to consumers, and it may be more useful than it might seem.

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Plastic Fantastic Trainer: Get Stealth Exercise at Home

Looking for a way to work out at home during the pandemic? Adam Engst tried the Stealth Core Trainer, which enables you to do dynamic planks while using your body as a game controller for playing simple video games on your iPhone.

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Salesforce Buys Slack for $27.7 Billion

Cloud-based business services provider Salesforce has announced that it’s buying chat service Slack for nearly $28 billion.

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Thunderbolt Improvements in the M1-Based Macs

Although the M1-based Macs have only two Thunderbolt ports, they each have their own bus and support the Thunderbolt 4 option that enables the use of Thunderbolt hubs.