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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.

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Comparing Apple’s Old and New Map Data

Curious about how much work Apple is putting into improving the data underlying its Maps app? With Apple’s release of the Northeast US map data, Justin O’Beirne has posted a fascinating comparison of the old and new maps.

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“Alexa, Throw Spaghetti at the Wall and See What Sticks”

Amazon has unveiled an array of Alexa-powered gizmos, some of which compete with Apple’s AirPods and HomePod, and others of which are just absurd, like an Alexa-powered smart oven, glasses, and even a ring.

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Apple Warns of Vulnerability in Third-Party iOS Keyboards

A bug in iOS 13 and iPadOS 13 could let third-party keyboards have full access even if you didn’t allow it.

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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.

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Behind the Scenes of the Backblaze Price Hike

It’s unusual for customers to get insight into why companies raise prices and how those price hikes work out, but online backup service Backblaze is being highly transparent about the reasoning behind and results of its February price increase.

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Apple Cuts 1 TB iPad Pro Prices by $200

Apple has cut $200 from the price tag of its top-of-the-line 1 TB iPad Pro models. Could these and other recent price cuts suggest that Apple is responding to complaints of too-high prices?

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Apple Admits Its Apps Had App Store Advantage

Top Apple executives have acknowledged that Apple’s own apps have enjoyed a search ranking advantage in the App Store. Apple says it has adjusted the search algorithm, but the lack of oversight may have already damaged the company.

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Fetch Celebrates 30 Years

Remember the file transfer app, Fetch? The old dog has been resting in the corner for quite a few years, but developer Jim Matthews is now teaching it new 64-bit tricks so it will be able to work in macOS 10.15 Catalina. Read on for a trip down memory lane.

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Robocall Blockers Caught Sending User Information to Third Parties

A security researcher has discovered that many popular iOS robocall-blocking apps share your data with third parties, often in violation of App Store guidelines.

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Apple Blocks KNOB Attack on Bluetooth

A critical vulnerability has been found in the Bluetooth specification that could allow an attacker to intercept data transferred between devices. Thankfully, it’s hard to exploit, and Apple has already released updates to address the vulnerability.

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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.