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Julio Ojeda-Zapata 8 comments

Center Stage Keeps You in the Video Chat Frame

Apple recently unveiled an iPad camera feature called Center Stage that keeps one or more people within the frame during video chats even when they move around. Julio Ojeda-Zapata gave Center Stage a try and compared it to smart displays from Amazon, Facebook, and Google.

Josh Centers Adam Engst 9 comments

Is Apple Building Its Own Search Engine?

Search in iOS 14 is a bit less reliant on Google, leading some to consider the possibility that Apple is building its own search engine.

Josh Centers No comments

US Justice Department Files Antitrust Suit Against Google

The US Justice Department has launched an antitrust lawsuit against Google. In a rarity for 2020, the lawsuit has broad bipartisan support.

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.

Glenn Fleishman 35 comments

Videoconferencing Options in the Age of Pandemic

We will be spending a lot more time communicating with co-workers, friends, family, therapists, educators, and other people using video than ever before in the digital era. Which solutions best fit your needs?

Josh Centers 3 comments

Cloud Computing More Energy Efficient Than Initially Thought

Environmentalists were concerned that the move to cloud computing and the prerequisite enormous data centers would prove to be an energy hog, but data centers have become incredibly efficient in the past decade.

Adam Engst 8 comments

Google Keystone Update Damages File System on SIP-Disabled Macs

An update to Google’s automatic update software contained a bug that would damage key system files on Macs that weren’t safeguarded by Apple’s System Integrity Protection. Happily, it’s easy to recover with a set of Terminal commands run from macOS Recovery.

Josh Centers 41 comments

Less… Is More? Apple’s Inconsistent Ellipsis Icons Inspire User Confusion

Apple’s own software, as well as apps produced by independent developers following Apple’s lead, are increasingly reliant on ellipsis buttons that have no clear meaning or consistent action.

Josh Centers 6 comments

Apple, Google, and Mozilla Team Up to Block Kazakhstani Surveillance

The major browser makers—Apple, Google, and Mozilla—have all taken measures to block an attempt by the Kazakhstani government to spy on its citizens.

Mailplane 4.1.4 Agen Schmitz No comments

Mailplane 4.1.4

Brings compatibility with the macOS 10.15 Catalina public beta, plus adds support for the Simplify Gmail extension and the DEVONthink 3 public beta. ($29.95 new, free update, 68.8 MB)

Josh Centers 4 comments

Apple Suspends Siri’s “Response Grading” Eavesdropping

Apple has temporarily suspended its Siri “response grading” program that had contractors listen in on Siri recordings. That’s good, but it’s unfortunate that it took media coverage to push the company to change its practices.

Adam Engst 7 comments

Social Engineering for Fun and Profit. And Other Stuff

A search engine marketing consultant has shown that it’s simple to use Google AdWords and YouTube videos to further a specific agenda. That might be a good thing, such as by encouraging suicidal people to call a hotline, but it could equally as easily be used for evil.

Josh Centers 4 comments

How iPhone Users Can Fix Google Home Audio Disconnects

Does your iPhone frequently disconnect from your Google Home smart speaker? We’ve stumbled across a solution that might work for you.

Julio Ojeda-Zapata 1 comment

Google Keep Now Supports the Apple Watch, Apple’s Notes Still AWOL

Do you want content from your iOS notes app to show up on your Apple Watch? You’re out of luck with Apple’s Notes, but Google Keep now has watchOS support. It won’t likely trigger defections from Notes, but iOS users invested in Google’s ecosystem will be happy. Note, though, that other Apple Watch-friendly notes apps exist.

Adam Engst 11 comments

CloudPull Discontinued, Look Elsewhere for Google Backups

Due to security-related changes in Google’s permissions, Golden Hill Software has discontinued the CloudPull utility for making local backups of data in Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Contacts, and Google Drive.