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Apple Hit with $2 Billion EU Fine for App Store Restrictions

The European Commission has fined Apple about $2 billion for preventing app developers from telling iOS users about alternative and cheaper music subscription options outside their apps. Apple is appealing.

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Apple Reportedly Cancels Electric Car Project

So much for Project Titan and our fantasy of driving an Apple Car, but many of the affected employees will move to Apple’s artificial intelligence division to work on generative AI.

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toketaWare Shuts Down, Orphaning iThoughtsX Mind-Mapping Software

Although iThoughts will no longer receive updates, the Mac, iOS, and Windows apps should continue to run, and downloads, license codes, and documentation remain available.

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New iMessage PQ3 Encryption Protocol Protects Against Post-Quantum Attacks

In the upcoming iOS 17, iPadOS 17.4, macOS 14.4 Sonoma, and watchOS 10.4, Apple will start rolling out the PQ3 encryption protocol for iMessage conversations to protect them against attacks made possible by future quantum computers.

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How to Choose a Fast External SSD for Your Mac

Howard Oakley explains what you need to know to pick an external SSD with the necessary specs to provide the maximum possible performance.

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Apple in 2023: The Six Colors Report Card

Jason Snell of Six Colors has released his ninth annual Apple report card, featuring ratings and quotes from a select group of Apple commentators, including many from TidBITS.

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Is the Vision Pro Too Immersive?

Nick Bilton worries about a day when our desire for the dopamine hit of Vision Pro-augmented makes all other devices feel flat and dull.

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TidBITS Poll: How Much Would You Pay for a Vision Pro?

Yes, the Vision Pro is expensive, but as many as 200,000 people believe it's worth the price. How about you? Please vote in our poll.

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Celebrating the Mac’s 40th Anniversary across the Web

Numerous publications have posted articles surrounding the 40th anniversary of the Mac, and we’ve collected a bunch of the best ones.

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Apple Disables Blood Oxygen App in New Apple Watches

While Apple’s appeal of the International Trade Commission import ban on the Apple Watch Series 9 and Apple Watch Ultra 2 is being decided, the company has disabled the blood oxygen feature so it can continue sales of those models in the US.

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How Big Is YouTube?

Researchers have come up with a way to estimate how many videos there are on YouTube and various metrics surrounding them. It's a fascinating look into a site that has become an integral part of many people's lives.

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Apple Adds The Athletic to Apple News+

Fans of professional and college teams across major sports leagues may appreciate the addition of The Athletic to Apple News+. Apple said content from Wirecutter would also be available to all Apple News users starting in 2024.

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How to Turn Off Smart TV Automatic Content Recognition

If you have purchased a smart TV recently, beware that it probably shares everything that appears onscreen with its makers. Here are instructions for turning off this privacy-abusing technology for three major smart TV platforms.

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Apple to Stop Selling Two Apple Watch Models in the US Due to Import Ban

An ITC import ban has caused Apple to stop selling its new Apple Watch Series 9 and Apple Watch Ultra 2 in the US. Order soon if you want one, or choose an Apple Watch SE, which remains for sale.

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Do You Use It? Widgets on the iPhone, iPad, Mac, and Apple Watch

This week’s Do You Use It? poll asks how heavily you use widgets in various places on the iPhone, iPad, Mac, and Apple Watch. Have they become a core part of your Apple experience, or are they another feature you barely use?