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Ivan Drucker 34 comments

Alternative Ways to Protect Yourself from Being Spearfished

Having good passwords may protect you from drive-by attacks, but if you are individually targeted, online thieves can steal your cell phone number and reset all your passwords in minutes. Google Voice used with two-factor authentication is an answer for those for whom authentication apps don’t work well.

Josh Centers 2 comments

Antivirus Maker Avast Sold Data on Millions of Users

Motherboard and PCMag have teamed up to expose antivirus maker Avast’s practice of collecting and selling data on millions of users. The harsh light of media coverage worked as it's supposed to, and Avast's CEO has announced that the company is eliminating the program and shutting down the subsidiary that sold the data.

Michael E. Cohen Josh Centers 5 comments

In Apple’s Q1 2020, iPhone Rebounds and Wearables Soar

Thanks to the iPhone 11, Apple’s iPhone product segment saw a return to growth in Q1 2020, while iPad and Mac sales were off. Meanwhile, the Wearables and Services categories continue to grow.

Josh Centers 18 comments

Apple Releases iOS 13.3.1, iPadOS 13.3.1, macOS 10.15.3, watchOS 6.1.2, and tvOS 13.3.1

Apple has updated all of its operating systems to address privacy and parental controls in iOS and performance in newer Mac hardware.

Josh Centers 7 comments

Apple Attacks the Unofficial Apple Archive

Perhaps predictably, Apple has sent a swarm of lawyers after the Unofficial Apple Archive, issuing over 3700 DMCA takedown orders.

Josh Centers 7 comments

Squash Is a Fun Way to Compress Images

Image compression, fun? Realmac Software’s Squash manages to add a bit of joy to a dull class of utilities. Also, there are surprising differences between image compression apps.

Jeff Porten 2 comments

CES 2020: PEPCOM Digital Experience Has Robot Suitcases, Wireless Fall Detectors, and a Lot of Earbuds

Jeff Porten checks in from another train with the items he saw at PEPCOM’s Digital Experience at CES, including chargers and robots, but so far no charging robots.

Adam Engst 2 comments

Howard Oakley’s Deep Dive into Time Machine

If you’re curious about how Time Machine works or are troubleshooting a problem with your Time Machine backups, Howard Oakley has a lengthy series with useful details about Apple’s backup solution.

Josh Centers 48 comments

Apple Card (Finally) Gains CSV Statement Export

In the category of features that should have been present from the start, Apple has finally added a CSV data export capability for the Apple Card. Here’s how to get your data out. How you import it into your personal finance package is up to you.

Adam Engst 1 comment

Guy Kawasaki’s New “Remarkable People” Podcast

This podcast is related to the world of Apple only through the Mac cred of its host, Guy Kawasaki, but his lineup of guests makes it well worth checking out.

Josh Centers 29 comments

Apple Allegedly Dropped Full iCloud Backup Encryption under FBI Pressure

Reuters is reporting that Apple dropped plans to offer a stronger encryption option for iCloud backups under pressure from the US Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Adam Engst 58 comments

Upgrading from an Apple Watch Series 2 to a Series 5

Back in September, Adam Engst moved from an Apple Watch Series 2 to an Apple Watch Series 5. After living with it for several months, he’s figured out which features make a difference and which are just marketing fluff.

Josh Centers 1 comment

The (Unofficial) Apple Archive Documents 40 Years of Apple Materials

Take a trip down memory lane with the (Unofficial) Apple Archive, which documents over 40 years of Apple documents and promotions.

Jeff Porten 3 comments

CES 2020: Flying Cars, Smart Pillows, and Virtual Dog Fences

Jeff Porten had overlapping conference responsibilities this year, but he checks in from Europe with his usual coverage of what was new, notable, and laughable at this year’s CES.

Josh Centers 10 comments

Why Is the Apple TV Constantly Advertising at Us?

The Apple TV app was advertised as a way to amalgamate all your streaming content into a single app, but it has turned into an advertising platform for Apple. “Take Control of Apple TV” author Josh Centers explains how to take a bit of control back.