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Adobe Co-Founder Charles Geschke Dead at 81

Dr. Charles Geschke co-founded Adobe and changed the world of publishing forever. He may be gone, but his legacy lives on.

Adam Engst 1 comment

Manage iPhone Home Screen Apps in Bulk with iOS 14’s App Library

Adam Engst has discovered a technique that lets you add and remove multiple apps at once from iOS 14 Home screens. The trick is stacking the apps with one hand while navigating to and from the App Library with your other hand.

Adam Engst 22 comments

31 Years of TidBITS Keeping It Real

Has it really been a year since we marked our 30th anniversary? It was hard to stay positive in 2020, but just as science and technology have given the world a way out of the pandemic, we’re going to focus more on the positive ways Apple-related technology can improve our lives.

Adam Engst 4 comments

Beware the Mac Chimes of Death

Stephen Hackett of 512 Pixels has gathered together sound clips of the chimes of death played by various classic Mac models when they couldn’t boot. They’re fascinating, but if you experienced these a lot back in the day, beware of flashbacks!

Jeff Carlson 8 comments

Refresh Your Old AirPods with a Podswap

If the batteries in your first- or second-generation AirPods are suffering from massively reduced battery life, you don’t have to pay full price for a new set (and throw away the old ones). For half the cost, Podswap will exchange your expired ones for a set of refurbished, genuine Apple AirPods with new batteries.

Josh Centers 1 comment

Apple Fitness+ Adds Workouts for Older Adults and Pregnant Women

Apple Fitness+ is getting new workouts for beginners, older adults, and pregnant women, as well as a new trainer and an Earth Day-themed episode of Time to Walk with Jane Fonda.

Glenn Fleishman 10 comments

T-Mobile Offers Unlimited 5G Home Broadband Service

T-Mobile has furthered its reputation as the most competitive of the big three cellular companies in the United States by rolling out an unlimited usage broadband service that relies on the company’s 4G and 5G networks.

Josh Centers 4 comments

Apple Event Scheduled for 20 April 2021

Apple has scheduled what is almost certainly a product introduction event for next week. Will we see new iPad Pro models, new M-series Macs, AirTags, or a better mousetrap?

Josh Centers 6 comments

The Unforgettable Wedding (That Never Happened)

Lauren Goode canceled her wedding in 2019 but is still being reminded of it by online algorithms. This seemingly modern-day problem was somewhat foreseeable, but it’s also not entirely new.

Adam Engst 7 comments

Apple Watch Series 3 Update Workarounds

Some people with Apple Watch Series 3 models are having trouble installing watchOS 7 updates because they don’t have enough space available. Here are two ways to free up enough space to install the watchOS updates.

Glenn Fleishman 8 comments

Emulation, Virtualization, and Rosetta 2: A Blend of Old, New, and Yet To Come

Rosetta 2 for Apple silicon Macs is the latest in a line of emulators and virtual machines that Apple has released to provide continuity across hardware and operating system transitions. What’s next to come? A full Intel chip emulator for Apple’s M-series ARM chips? We’ll see.

Glenn Fleishman 53 comments

An External SSD Gave My iMac a New Lease on Life

Prices for SSDs and Thunderbolt 3 enclosures have plummeted, so Glenn Fleishman finally bit the bullet to upgrade the storage for his lagging 2017 iMac. Doing so probably extended the useful lifespan of his iMac by years.

Josh Centers 10 comments

Apple Opens “Find My” Crowdsourcing to Third-Party Accessories (For Real This Time!)

Apple has officially opened up Find My to third-party devices, including Vanmoof e-bikes, Belkin earbuds, and Chipolo item trackers. Could this presage the long-rumored release of Apple’s AirTags?

Josh Centers 8 comments

Kara Swisher Interviews Tim Cook about Privacy, App Store Policies, and His Future at Apple

In one of his most substantial interviews in years, Apple CEO Tim Cook sat down with veteran tech journalist Kara Swisher to discuss everything Apple.

Josh Centers 2 comments

Over 500 Million Facebook Accounts Compromised

A 2019 data breach exposed the personal information of 533 million Facebook users. Here are a couple of tools you can use to see if you’ve been compromised.