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David Shayer 40 comments

The Case for ARM-Based Macs

Rumors of ARM-based Macs continue to appear. Lower power and longer battery life are always cited. But even more important are the business advantages Apple would reap from switching from Intel to ARM. Former Apple engineer David Shayer explains what would be behind such a processor transition.

Adam Engst 7 comments

Kudoboard Offers a Virtual Alternative for Special Occasions

If you’re regretting not being able to hold an in-person celebration for a birthday, graduation, retirement, or other special occasion, check out the online service Kudoboard. It provides a multimedia version of the greeting card that’s passed around and signed by a group.

Josh Centers 11 comments

You Can Now Export Apple Card Statements to Quicken and QuickBooks

Many TidBITS readers have requested the option to export Apple Card data to Quicken and QuickBooks, in addition to PDF, CSV, and OFX. Apple has finally added support for those formats.

Josh Centers 8 comments

Wearables Like the Apple Watch Show Promise in Detecting COVID-19 Infections

Two preliminary studies have shown promise in using wearable health trackers as an early warning system for COVID-19 infections.

Glenn Fleishman 35 comments

Become a Videoconferencing Pro with These Tips

Still feeling lost at sea when you have to meet with others by video? “Take Control of Zoom” author Glenn Fleishman shares a host of tips that can help you tune your setup and improve your confidence.

Adam Engst 4 comments

Apple Statements and Actions on #BlackLivesMatter

In response to and in support of the protests surrounding the killing of George Floyd, Apple dedicated the Apple Music user interface to a statement in solidarity with Black communities, curated a collection of movies addressing racism in Apple TV, and published an open letter from Tim Cook.

Adam Engst 37 comments

Kernel Vulnerability Causes Apple to Update All Operating Systems

Apple has released updates to macOS, iOS, iPadOS, watchOS, and tvOS to address a security vulnerability in the kernel that could allow an app to execute arbitrary code with kernel privileges. Update soon!

Klaus Wirtz 19 comments

Exploring Hearing Aid Integration in iOS

The author describes his experience in setting up and using “Made for iPhone” hearing aids. The integration works, but in daily life not every usage aspect is obvious.

Adam Engst 15 comments

The Verge’s Deep Read of Trump’s Executive Order Targeting Online Forums

Confused by President Trump’s executive order aimed at rolling back liability protections given to online forums? The Verge’s Adi Robertson gives the order a line-by-line read to provide context, background, and a reality check.

Josh Centers 11 comments

Logitech Combo Touch: Love at First Type

If you have a recent Touch ID iPad but have been lusting after a new iPad Pro with a Magic Keyboard, the $150 Logitech Combo Touch might make you fall in love with your iPad all over again.

Josh Centers 6 comments

Apple Has Fixed the “No Longer Shared” Bug

If you’ve seen some strange behavior on your iPhone or iPad lately, such as a message that an app is no longer shared or large numbers of apps updating at once, it was a bug that Apple has now fixed.

Josh Centers 19 comments

Apple Adds Free Fonts to Catalina

If you’ve upgraded to macOS 10.15.5 Catalina, note that Apple has licensed a number of lovely fonts you can use for free.

Adam Engst 23 comments

macOS 10.15.5 Update Adds Battery Health Management

Apple has released macOS 10.15.5 Catalina with a new battery health management feature for recent Mac laptops, along with a necessary option for Group FaceTime, calibration for the Pro Display XDR, and a smattering of bug and security fixes.

Adam Engst No comments

Spotify Removes 10,000 Track Limit

At long last, Spotify has removed the restriction that prevented subscribers from adding more than 10,000 tracks to their libraries. If Apple opens the HomePod up to third-party music apps in iOS 14, Adam Engst might take another look.

Josh Centers No comments

iFixit Creates Free Medical Repair Database

iFixit, the purveyor of repair tools and free repair guides that many computer users have relied upon for years, has now compiled a massive database of repair manuals for medical devices and made it freely available to everyone.