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CES 2021: Tech Trends to Watch

The Consumer Technology Association predicts the tech trends of the year to come in its annual opening of CES. Jeff Porten shares the thrust of the talk and provides commentary.

Adam Engst 6 comments

HomeKit for the Holidays (And Home Troubleshooting Tips)

In which Adam Engst finally hops on the HomeKit bandwagon for real and gets totally sucked in, installing smart outlets, controlling motorized shades, and adding some Flic buttons. 

Josh Centers No comments

Apple Launches New Racial Equity and Justice Initiative Projects

Apple has announced some of the ways it will be using the $100 million it committed toward projects in its Racial Equity and Justice Initiative, which will invest in education and businesses for people of color.

Jeff Porten 1 comment

CES 2021: Pre-Show Virtual Events Feature Game Cubes, Telepresence Robots, and Disinfecting Alarm Clocks

CES launches into unknown territory by holding its first-ever entirely virtual event, leading Jeff Porten to wonder whether it’ll be a disappointment compared to in-person. But the first batch of gadgets he has seen have some interesting contenders for your attention.

Adam Engst 31 comments

Cybersecurity Ramifications of the 2021 Storming of the United States Capitol

Over at Wired, Lily Hay Newman focuses on the potentially massive harm done to US cybersecurity by the mob of rioters who stormed and then occupied the US Capitol.

Glenn Fleishman 23 comments

Apple Unveils Stringent Disclosure and Opt-in Privacy Requirements for Apps

Facebook is unhappy with the enhanced privacy requirements that Apple recently unveiled. Apple will soon require that apps ask for and get explicit consent from their users in order to track them across apps and sites—and that’s a good thing. Apple has already added detailed privacy disclosure requirements. Let’s dig into how Apple’s new rules will enhance your privacy.

Adam Engst 6 comments

When2Meet: An Easier Way to Settle on a Meeting Time

Do you find yourself having to go back and forth when trying to identify a compatible meeting time with a group of people? Doodle has long been a good solution for this problem, but the When2Meet service is faster, easier, and free.

Adam Engst 10 comments

TidBITS 2020 Holiday Hiatus—See You in 2021!

In keeping with our tradition, we’re going to take off the last few weeks of 2020, which this year means staying safe with our immediate households and scheduling virtual gatherings with our extended families. You can expect the next email issue of TidBITS on 11 January 2021. Thanks for reading TidBITS, and we hope you’ve found our content useful, accurate, and enjoyable!

Josh Centers 39 comments

LG 27UK850-W: An Acceptable 27-inch Display for the Mac

Discerning Mac users will be hard-pressed to find a satisfactory monitor, but the LG 27UK850-W is close enough and not too expensive.

Adam Engst No comments

Apple Publishes Device and Data Access Safety Advice

Just because you once shared access to your Apple devices or accounts doesn’t mean you necessarily want to keep on sharing, especially if a relationship change means that you no longer feel safe with that person. Apple has published clear, sensible instructions for reviewing and revoking shared data and device access.

Josh Centers 2 comments

App Store Wars: Facebook vs. Apple, Publishers vs. Apple, Apple vs. Brave

Josh Centers chronicles the latest battles revolving around the App Store, including Facebook joining Epic Games’ lawsuit against Apple, a group of big-name publishers signing on to the Coalition for App Fairness to pressure Apple and Google, and Apple making the Brave browser put its crypto wallet away.

Josh Centers 5 comments

Surprise iOS 12.5 and watchOS 6.3 Updates Bring Exposure Notification and a Security Fix

Apple has released a pair of surprise updates to a pair of older operating systems, iOS 12.5 and watchOS 6.3, to bring COVID-19 exposure notification capabilities and an important security fix to older devices.

Adam Engst Josh Centers 25 comments

Apple Releases Apple Fitness+, macOS 11.1 Big Sur, iOS 14.3, iPadOS 14.3, watchOS 7.2, and tvOS 14.3

In yet another feature-focused update to Apple’s entire stable of operating systems, the company introduced support for various new products and promised technologies, including Apple Fitness+, the AirPods Max, the Apple ProRAW image format, and more.

Julio Ojeda-Zapata 4 comments

Xebec’s Tri-Screen Attaches Extra Screens to a MacBook

For users of Apple’s laptops, one screen isn’t always enough. Xebec aims to solve that problem with its Tri-Screen, an accessory that attaches to the back of the laptop lid and has screens that slide out on the left and right. Julio Ojeda-Zapata took a look.

Josh Centers 4 comments

Canada Gets Overhauled Apple Maps Data

Years into its campaign to overhaul its mapping data, Apple has closed out 2020 with more-detailed maps for Canada along with a slew of new features.