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Josh Centers 36 comments

iOS 13.7 Integrates Apple’s COVID-19 Exposure Notifications

Apple has released iOS 13.7 with a new built-in COVID-19 exposure notification system that it co-developed with Google. The company also pushed out iPadOS 13.7 with unspecified bug fixes.

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Keep Kids Entertained This Summer with Apple Camp at Home

Looking for something for your kids to do this summer with in-person camps limited or canceled? Apple is offering a free online camp this summer for kids to learn about art, coding, design, and video.

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 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.

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.

Josh Centers 31 comments

Apple Tailors iOS 13.5 and iPadOS 13.5 to a COVID-19 World

Apple has released the iOS 13.5 and iPadOS 13.5 updates with COVID-19-focused changes, including a new Exposure Notification API and fixes to help make Group FaceTime and Face ID less painful.

Josh Centers 5 comments

Apple Announces Plans to Reopen Retail Stores

After closing most of its stores earlier this year in the wake of the COVID-19 epidemic, Apple has announced how it plans to reopen them.

David Shayer 14 comments

Former Apple Engineer: Here’s Why I Trust Apple’s COVID-19 Notification Proposal

David Shayer, who has worked as a software engineer at Apple and other companies, explains Apple’s internal approach to privacy and contrasts it with other companies, all with an eye toward showing why we should trust the current draft of the COVID-19 exposure notification proposal from Apple and Google.

Michael E. Cohen Josh Centers No comments

Apple’s Q2 2020 Was a “Very Different Quarter” Than Expected

Despite a pandemic and a pending economic catastrophe, Apple still managed to eke out some growth in Q2 2020, largely thanks to its Wearables and Services categories.

Josh Centers 2 comments

Apple Maps Now Displays COVID-19 Testing Sites

Apple Maps in iOS and iPadOS now displays COVID-19 testing sites throughout the United States.

Adam Engst 7 comments

TidBITS Memberships Increase—Thank You!

Our membership drive last week was a success, with nearly 600 new members joining, and additional contributions from 75 current members. Thanks to everyone for the support!

Glenn Fleishman 16 comments

Zoom Repairs Flaws and Improves Privacy

Following several terrible, horrible, no good, very bad days for Zoom, with the disclosure of multiple security and privacy exploits and problems, the company has, instead of moving to Australia, fixed nearly every outstanding issue and even enhanced its interface. Will it be enough to restore trust?

Glenn Fleishman 26 comments

Apple and Google Partner for Privacy-Preserving COVID-19 Contact Tracing and Notification

The tech rivals are working together on a secure, opt-in, and privacy-focused method of letting people report a COVID-19 diagnosis that would be pushed to everyone they passed near in the previous two weeks.

Adam Engst 20 comments

How Can Tech Step Up for Humanity?

The tech giants have all donated money and supplies, and worked to disseminate useful information about the COVID-19 pandemic. But could our top tech minds come up with innovative new approaches to dealing with these unprecedented problems?

Glenn Fleishman 46 comments

Every Zoom Security and Privacy Flaw So Far, and What You Can Do to Protect Yourself

The videoconferencing service Zoom has seen a 20-fold increase in usage during the coronavirus pandemic. That extra attention has put a spotlight on poor technical and policy decisions that have exposed Zoom’s users to harm and revealed personal data unnecessarily. But hope blooms with the company’s latest comprehensive apology and roadmap.