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AirPods Pro Compete Fairly Well Against Full-Fledged Hearing Aids

Are you starting to have a little trouble with hearing loss? Don't put off seeing a healthcare professional, but it's worth seeing if the Live Listen feature of the AirPods Pro can help you hear better. One study suggests it might.

Adam Engst 5 comments

Ventura Bug Disables Real-Time Security Software

A macOS 13.0 Ventura bug revolving around Full Disk Access permissions is preventing real-time protection features in security software from operating. Thomas Reed of Malwarebytes shares a workaround until Apple fixes the bug in macOS 13.1.

Josh Centers No comments

Apple Launches Consolidated Security Site

Apple has created a new Apple Security Research website to centralize all of the company’s security resources.

Adam Engst 28 comments

Elon Musk Buys Twitter (Really) for $44 Billion

The soap opera is over, or it’s just beginning. The world’s wealthiest man has finally purchased Twitter for $44 billion and taken it private. All bets are off now.

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Watch “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” for Free on Apple TV+ This Week

You’ll be able to stream “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” for free on Apple TV+ from 28 October through 31 October 2022.

Josh Centers 2 comments

Belkin’s iPhone Mount Now Available

Just in time for the Continuity Camera feature of macOS 13 Ventura, the Apple Store is now selling a Belkin accessory that lets you attach your iPhone to a Mac laptop to use it as a webcam.

Josh Centers 8 comments

Microsoft Rebranding Office to Microsoft 365

Microsoft is dropping its Office brand and rebranding its productivity apps as Microsoft 365.

Josh Centers 8 comments

No, Lufthansa Isn’t Banning AirTags from Luggage

German airline Lufthansa set off a firestorm when it claimed that AirTags aren’t allowed in checked baggage, but it was a simple case of confusion about regulations.

Adam Engst 11 comments

Apple Changes Portable Mac Descriptor from “Notebook” to “Laptop”

At long last, Apple has given up on the nonsensical “notebook” term and returned to referring to portable Macs as “laptops.” About time.

Adam Engst 5 comments

No More Security Updates for First-Generation Eero Devices

Amazon subsidiary Eero has announced that although first-generation Eero devices will continue to work for the foreseeable future, they will no longer receive security updates. Amazon is providing a trade-in discount.

Josh Centers 30 comments

European Union to Mandate USB-C in Electronic Devices by the End of 2024

A new European Union directive aimed at reducing electronic waste and saving consumers money will require new electronic devices to charge using USB-C. Most observers assume this will cause Apple to replace Lightning ports with USB-C across its product line.

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iOS 16 Bug Tripping Up iPhone 14 Activations

Apple has confirmed that a bug in iOS 16.0 is causing problems during activation for new iPhone 14 buyers. Workarounds involve connecting to a Mac or PC during the process or upgrading to iOS 16.0.1, which also requires using a Mac or PC before activation.

Adam Engst 15 comments

Move Downloaded Mac Apps Before Initial Launch

Howard Oakley explains App Translocation, a macOS security mechanism that protects against malicious plug-ins within benign apps but can occasionally cause first-launch crashes.

Josh Centers 13 comments

macOS’s New XProtect Remediator Now Regularly Scans for Malware

A few months ago, Apple quietly updated Monterey, Big Sur, and Catalina with XProtect Remediator, a new malware scanner built into XProtect, so your Mac is now regularly checking for malware in the background. Howard Oakley uncovered it and offers some technical details.

Josh Centers 3 comments

Walmart.com Listed Fake 30 TB SSDs For Sale

A security researcher discovered a 30 TB SSD on Walmart’s website for under $18. He bought one and cracked it open to learn just how it was too good to be true.