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Apple Approves Alternative Apple TV Remote for Salty Swiss

Apple TV users in Switzerland got so fed up with Apple’s remote control that Swiss telecom Salt made its own, with help from Apple. Alas, they’re not currently available outside the country.

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Apple’s Explanation for Unexpected iPhone 11 Location Requests

The iPhone 11 models are regularly gathering location data, even when location access is turned off for all apps and services. Why? Security researcher Brian Krebs has received answers from Apple, but they’re not entirely satisfactory.

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iOS 13 Bugs Cause Apple to Overhaul Software Testing

In the wake of complaints about iOS 13, Apple is revising its internal testing procedures, but the company’s proposed changes don’t address all the concerns laid out by former Apple engineer David Shayer.

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Amazon’s Ring Doorbells Sent Wi-Fi Passwords in the Clear

Security researchers have revealed that Amazon’s Ring doorbells were transmitting Wi-Fi passwords in the clear. That’s now fixed, but what other devices might be exposing your network traffic?

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Amazon Music Opens Ad-Supported Free Tier for iOS Users

Amazon is now offering an ad-supported free tier of its music service—which was previously exclusive to users of Amazon Echo devices—to iOS, Android, Fire TV, and Web users.

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Goldman Sachs Responds to Allegations of Apple Card Gender Bias

Developer and entrepreneur David Heinemeier’s tweet about his wife’s paltry Apple Card credit limit has sparked a government investigation and a fierce debate about sexism in the financial industry.

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Apple’s Revised Privacy Page Provides More Per-App Detail

Apple has updated its privacy page with explanations of the specific privacy measures taken in its most popular apps, but questionable partnerships and sloppy programming hurt the company’s privacy-focused image.

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The Confusion Over Apple TV

Can’t tell Apple TV apart from the Apple TV app (on any of four operating systems), Apple TV+, or Apple TV Channels? You’re not alone.

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The Life and Times of a Backblaze Hard Drive

Backblaze has published a description of what it’s like to be a hard drive in the company’s data center, writing it from the perspective of a hard drive called Zach. Wonderfully silly, for sure, but it’s an engaging approach complete with interesting technical bits.

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Fearing Shooters, Schools Put Kids under Surveillance

In the wake of mass shootings in the United States, schools are spending millions on surveillance systems to find out what their students are thinking and saying. The legitimate benefits come with troubling questions of privacy.

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Yahoo Groups to Eliminate Web Features and Delete All Content; Email Continues

Yahoo has announced that it is effectively shutting down the Yahoo Groups Web interface in December. Now is the time to download any data you want to keep and consider migrating to another service.

Adam Engst 22 comments

Beware Mail Data Loss in Catalina

Here’s yet another reason to hold off on upgrading to macOS 10.15 Catalina—reports of data loss in Mail after updating its data store from Mojave to Catalina and when moving messages between mailboxes.

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Apple Card Offers a Disaster Relief Program

Those who use the Apple Card and live in an area impacted by a natural disaster are being offered access to a new Apple Card Disaster Relief Program that might be welcome in trying financial times.

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Adobe Cuts Service to Users in Venezuela

Due to US sanctions against Venezuela, Adobe is cutting off service to the country, highlighting one of the pitfalls of subscription-based software.

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Don’t Take Lightning Cables from Strangers

A hacker claims to be mass-producing a Lightning cable that could make it easier for a determined attacker to hack into a Mac or PC, but there isn’t much to worry about yet.