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Eufy Home Security Cameras Caught Uploading Footage to the Cloud

For Anker's Eufy brand, secure design apparently takes a back seat to empty privacy promises. The Verge confirmed the finding by security consultants that Eufy cameras can stream encryption-free video through the cloud, all in violation of the company's claims.

Adam Engst 4 comments

Get Rid of the Apple Pay Setup Badge on Settings

If you’re among those who dislike having notification badges permanently affixed to iOS apps, you may be frustrated by the badge on the Settings app that nags you to set up Apple Pay. Here’s how to get rid of it without enabling Apple Pay.

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Oceanic+ App Turns the Apple Watch Ultra into a Dive Computer

Scuba aficionados, take note! The Oceanic+ app has shipped for the Apple Watch Ultra, turning Apple's beefy adventure watch into a full-fledged dive computer that's good down to 40 meters.

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How to Eliminate the Google Hangouts Migration Dialog

Annoyed by an “It’s time for Google Chat” dialog displayed by Brave on every launch, Adam Engst spent more time than he should have figuring out how to prevent the dialog from appearing.

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1Password Previews Prospective Passkey Plans

Passkey promises from password-manager 1Password, brought to you by the letter P.

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No TidBITS Issue on 28 November 2022

We’re taking the next email issue of TidBITS off to celebrate Thanksgiving, although we’ll continue to publish articles on our website. You can look forward to the next email issue on 5 December 2022.

Adam Engst 10 comments

Testing Emergency SOS and Find My via Satellite

In which Adam Engst drives to a nearby deep valley where there’s no cellular connectivity to test Find My via satellite and run through the Emergency SOS via satellite demo in a real-world situation. It seemingly worked but revealed a gap in Apple’s approach.

Glenn Fleishman 34 comments

Bring Yourself Recurring Joy with Apple’s New Lock Screen Photo Shuffle

Technology has a hard time delivering happiness. Apple has cracked the code with how it uses machine learning to populate the Lock Screen Photo Shuffle feature and Featured Photos widget with images you’ll like.

Adam Engst 5 comments

Apple Announces MLS Season Pass Launch for February 2023

Starting in February 2023, the MLS Season pass will give soccer fans access to every Major League Soccer match, the entire playoffs, and the Leagues Cup.

Adam Engst 9 comments

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.

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Ensure Sufficient Free Space before Upgrading to Ventura

After hearing about Ventura upgrade problems from a reader, Adam Engst did some research to determine that you should try to have at least 37 GB free before upgrading to Ventura. And how you determine that 37 GB might matter.

Josh Centers 43 comments

Josh Centers: So Long and Thanks for All the Fish

After nine years, TidBITS Managing Editor Josh Centers is moving on. He reflects on what he’s done and where he’s going.

Adam Engst 33 comments

Apple Says More about Emergency SOS via Satellite Technology

How did Apple enable the iPhone 14 lineup to communicate with satellites in low-earth orbit? Through extremely complex engineering and the investment of large quantities of money in satellite company Globalstar.

Adam Engst 31 comments

Visiting an Apple Store: The Value of In-Person Impressions

Adam Engst made his first visit to an Apple Store since before the start of the pandemic and came away with some changed opinions after getting a chance to lay his hands on some recent (and not-so-recent) products. Online ordering is great, but can’t provide the full picture.

Josh Centers 31 comments

iOS 16.1.1, iPadOS 16.1.1, and macOS 13.0.1 Ventura Plug Two Security Holes

iOS 16.0.1, iPadOS 16.0.1, and macOS 13.0.1 Ventura close a couple of concerning security vulnerabilities related to libxml2. Update soon to protect yourself.