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Adam Engst 26 comments

#DeathToAutoPlay—No More Audio and Video That Plays Automatically!

It’s time to take a stand. We’re sick and tired of apps (Netflix!) and Web sites (CNN!) assaulting our ears and eyes with audio and video that starts playing on its own, without so much as a by your leave. Let’s fight back.

Adam Engst 5 comments

The Top Conferences for Mac and iOS Professionals in 2019

If you make your living in the Apple world as a consultant, developer, designer, or tech, there are a wide variety of conferences you can attend to hone your skills, learn new topics, network with your fellow wizards, and open your mind to new ways of thinking. Here’s our list for 2019. Be sure to let us know if you run across any others.

Adam Engst Josh Centers 2 comments

Certificate Wars: A Quick Rundown of Apple’s Dustup with Facebook and Google

Apple spent the past week engaged in a dizzying back-and-forth with Facebook and Google over shady research apps trying to make an end-run around App Store rules. Here’s a quick timeline of events and some thoughts on what it all means.

Josh Centers Rich Mogull 6 comments

Apple Fixes Group FaceTime Bug; Promises to Improve Bug Reporting Process

On its servers, Apple has fixed a nasty Group FaceTime bug that allowed callers to eavesdrop on fellow Apple users. This week it will release a software update to re-enable Group FaceTime.

Josh Centers 6 comments

Hollywood Is Abandoning UltraViolet—Here’s How to Save Your Movie Library

Hollywood is giving up on its original digital DRM scheme, UltraViolet, to focus on the Movies Anywhere service. The How-To Geek explains how to save your purchased movies and TV shows.

Josh Centers 8 comments

Apple Shuts Down Facebook’s Internal Apps Due to Flagrant Policy Violations

After TechCrunch revealed that Facebook was flagrantly working around an App Store ban, Apple has taken the unusual step of revoking Facebook’s enterprise development certificates.

Michael E. Cohen Josh Centers 10 comments

Apple’s Q1 2019 Results: iPhone Bad, the Rest Good

Yes, iPhone revenues fell off a small cliff this quarter due to slower sales in China, as Apple had warned that they would, but all of the company’s other products and services posted revenue gains over the year-ago quarter.

Adam Engst No comments

Apple Disables Group FaceTime to Block Glaring Privacy Hole

A bug in Group FaceTime has been discovered that enables anyone initiating a FaceTime Video call to hear audio from the other person’s iPhone before they accept or reject the call. Apple has disabled Group FaceTime and promises a fix “later this week.”

Adam Engst No comments

Apple in 2018: The Six Colors Report Card

Jason Snell of Six Colors has published his fourth annual report card on Apple’s performance in the last year, drawing once again on ratings and comments from a large group of industry observers.

Jeff Porten 1 comment

CES 2019: Startup Gadgets at Eureka Park

The CES section for startups shows its usual creativity: portable insulin fridges, STEM education for girls, a wearable subwoofer. and a giant relaxing egg. Which you sit in, not on.

Josh Centers No comments

Apple Pay Adopted by Target, Taco Bell, Speedway, and Others

A bevy of major US retailers, including Jack in the Box, Hy-Vee supermarkets, Speedway convenience stores, Taco Bell, and Target are now supporting Apple Pay, putting a final nail in the coffin of rival digital wallet CurrentC.

Adam Engst 27 comments

25 Years Ago in TidBITS: RAM Doubler Debuts

Were you at Macworld Expo San Francisco in 1994, when Connectix unveiled the magical utility RAM Doubler, which did exactly as its name promised? Read on for a trip down memory lane, and be sure to share your stories of that time in the comments.

Jeff Porten 1 comment

CES 2019: Somewhere Between Star Trek and Harry Potter

Itty-bitty MacBook chargers, chocolate-based art, and batteries; backpacks; and toy cars with seemingly magical powers were all found on the main floor at CES.

Michael E. Cohen 8 comments

Spectrum’s Zero Sign-On App Comes to Apple TV

Announced last June at WWDC 2018, the Spectrum TV app, featuring Zero Sign-On, has finally arrived, making the Apple TV into a credible cable box substitute for Spectrum subscribers.

Josh Centers 7 comments

Apple Releases iOS 12.1.3, macOS 10.14.3, watchOS 5.1.3, and tvOS 12.1.2 with Bug Fixes

Apple’s iOS 12.1.3, macOS 10.14.3, watchOS 5.1.3, and tvOS 12.1.2 updates don’t offer many hints about what might have changed apart from a slew of security fixes.