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Adam Engst 14 comments

Nitro Acquires PDFpen from Smile

Smile’s PDFpen, which has long provided a powerful yet inexpensive alternative to Adobe Acrobat Pro DC, has been acquired by Nitro Software for $6 million in cash. 

Josh Centers 51 comments

Consumer Cellular Offers Cheap, No-Nonsense Access to AT&T’s Cellular Network

Fed up with Verizon’s high prices and poor service, Josh Centers decided to try the AT&T network through Consumer Cellular. After a successful test, he ended up switching.

Josh Centers 6 comments

Biden Executive Order Could Significantly Impact Big Tech

President Joe Biden has signed a far-reaching executive order that calls for right-to-repair regulations, rules on surveillance and accumulation of data, a ban on early termination fees, and more.

Adam Engst 2 comments

Global Delight Sponsoring TidBITS

We’d like to welcome our latest sponsor, Global Delight, makers of the Boom 3D audio enhancement utility for the Mac.

Josh Centers No comments

Study Shows Fitness Trackers Can Track Long-COVID Symptoms

More research from the Scripps Research DETECT study suggests that wearables like the Apple Watch show promise in both detecting COVID-19 infections and tracking long-COVID symptoms.

Adam Engst 16 comments

Brave Search Public Beta Offers Alternative to Google

If you’re perturbed by Google’s tracking and profiling based on your searches, there’s a new alternative in town that doesn’t, like DuckDuckGo and Ecosia, rely on Microsoft Bing. The new Brave Search provides fully anonymous searches using an independent search index, though it also currently checks its results for quality against Google using anonymous queries.

Josh Centers 8 comments

Obscure Bug Could Disable the %p%s%s%s%s%n Wi-Fi on Your iPhone or iPad

An odd bug in iOS and iPadOS could render your Wi-Fi inoperable if you join an oddly named network.

Julio Ojeda-Zapata 15 comments

T-Mobile’s Network Test Drive Puts 5G on Your iPhone’s eSIM

T-Mobile is offering free “test drives” of its 5G cellular-data service by leveraging the eSIM built into recent-model iPhones. After a quick app install, you get 30 days or 30 GB of data (whichever comes first) to try out T-Mobile. The beauty of the eSIM approach is that it doesn’t mess with your existing service.

Josh Centers 2 comments

Apple Discontinuing Space Gray Accessories

Just months after it dropped the iMac Pro from the lineup, Apple has discontinued the space gray Magic Keyboard, Magic Trackpad, and Magic Mouse that matched the iMac Pro’s space gray color. Order now if you want one, while supplies last.

Josh Centers 21 comments

Apple Halts iPhone 12 mini Production

Low sales of the iPhone 12 mini have reportedly compelled Apple to wrap up production early to make room for the upcoming iPhone 13 mini.

Adam Engst No comments

2022 Apple Hardware Calendar from Stephen Hackett

Looking for the perfect gift for an Apple fan? Look no further than Stephen Hackett’s 2022 Apple Hardware Calendar, a 20-by-13-inch wall calendar featuring product photos and launch dates.

Glenn Fleishman 43 comments

Apple Justifies iOS App Store’s Tight Control in White Paper

Apple says that the dangers of allowing customers to load arbitrary apps are too severe and that the iOS App Store is a bulwark against ransomware, device hijacking, the invasion of children’s privacy, and other problems common on Android.

Josh Centers 7 comments

Apple Opens Public Betas for macOS 12 Monterey, iOS 15, iPadOS 15, watchOS 8, and tvOS 15

Apple has opened public betas of its next-generation operating systems, but remember that these aren’t for everyday use. Only install on devices that you can dedicate to testing!

Adam Engst Josh Centers 15 comments

Apple Updates Advice Regarding Magnetic Interference with Implanted Medical Devices

Concerns about MagSafe in the iPhone 12 interfering with pacemakers, defibrillators, and other implanted medical devices surfaced earlier in the year. Apple now cautions that many of its magnet-using products could cause problems for such devices.

Adam Engst 31 comments

Ellume COVID-19 Home Test Goes High Tech

After suffering from uncontrollable shivers and a fever, Adam Engst (and his family) worried that he might have been infected with COVID-19, despite being fully vaccinated. He was able to use the Ellume COVID-19 Home Test—a rapid antigen test—to set everyone’s mind at ease. And the technology involved was a geek’s delight.