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Home Automation Standard Gets an Official Name

The home automation partnership featuring Amazon, Apple, Google, and others is taking off, with an official name for its standard, an enormous list of partners, and a release timeframe.

Glenn Fleishman 49 comments

13 AirTag Tracking Scenarios

Apple’s new tracking devices have a lot of potential uses: some good and some not so good. We look at a number of likely scenarios and how they could play out.

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What Happens When You Mail an AirTag?

Kirk McElhearn mailed an AirTag to a friend to see if he could track it as it worked its way through the mail system. Short answer: he could, although the AirTag’s behavior upon arriving wasn’t entirely as expected.

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FCC (and New York State) Offer Broadband Relief for Struggling Families

The FCC has launched a new program to help struggling families pay for broadband. Meanwhile, New York is setting strict limits on basic broadband costs.

Adam Engst 8 comments

Clear Space to Fix Catalina Update Restart Loop

After being flummoxed by updates to Security Update 2021-002 for macOS 10.15 Catalina and Safari 14.1 that required a restart but never installed, Adam Engst discovered that Apple’s installer will fail silently if there isn’t enough free space.

Josh Centers 4 comments

The Verge Mapped Broadband Access Across the United States

The Verge has compiled a map of broadband access in the United States, painting a troubling picture for a country increasingly dependent on high-speed Internet service.

Josh Centers 32 comments

FTC Comes Out in Favor of Right to Repair

The US Federal Trade Commission has published a report that strongly supports right to repair measures and slams device makers for spurious arguments, manufactured hazards, and economic harm.

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Broadband Companies Faked 8.5 Million FCC Net Neutrality Comments

The New York attorney general’s office has found that 80% of the comments submitted to the US Federal Communications Commission about whether to repeal net neutrality were fake. Nearly half of those were bought by a consortium of broadband companies. The other half came from a 19-year-old college student.

Adam Engst 31 comments

Switching to Xero from AccountEdge

Technology transitions with accounting packages are scary—you don’t want to mess around with your organization’s financial tracking if you can avoid it. With MYOB AccountEdge failing to break through the 32-bit barrier, we at TidBITS chose to move to the cloud-based Xero. After a few initial setup confusions, Xero has given us a fast, modern workflow that makes managing our finances fun.

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Standard Ebooks Makes Classic Texts Beautiful

The Standard Ebooks project is building on the work of Project Gutenberg to spruce up classic ebooks for modern devices. Find out how you can use it to expand your ebook collection.

Josh Centers 19 comments

Prevent Apple’s Updated Podcasts App from Eating Your Storage

There are numerous complaints about Apple’s latest update to its Podcasts app, but its nastiest surprise may be gigabytes of unexpected downloads. Here’s how to turn off the downloads and recover your space.

Josh Centers 23 comments

Apple Releases iOS 14.5.1, iPadOS 14.5.1, macOS 11.3.1, and watchOS 7.4.1

Apple has issued updates to iOS and iPadOS to fix the App Tracking Transparency, and updates for Big Sur and watchOS—and iOS 12—to fix a WebKit vulnerability.

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Using an Apple Watch as an Autism Aid

Megan Rhiannon has documented how she uses her Apple Watch to be more productive while accommodating her needs as an autistic individual.

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EU Charges Apple with Antitrust Violations after Spotify Complaint

The European Union has charged Apple with antitrust violations related to a Spotify complaint about Apple’s 30% App Store commission and policies that prevent mentioning non-Apple payment mechanisms.

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Apple Updates Firmware for AirPods Pro and Second-Generation AirPods

Apple has quietly updated the firmware in the AirPods Pro and second-generation AirPods, which will hopefully fix their sound issues.