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Why Posting Boarding Pass Photos Is a Bad Idea

In a long, amusingly written blog post, the hacker known as “Alex” outlines how he discovered former Australian prime minister Tony Abbott’s passport number and phone number from an ill-advised Instagram post, got Qantas to fix the security hole, and avoided going to jail.

Josh Centers 33 comments

iOS 14, iPadOS 14, watchOS 7, and tvOS 14 Now Available

Apple has released updated operating systems for the iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, Apple Watch, and Apple TV. We recommend waiting a few weeks before installing, in part so developers who were taken by surprise can update their apps.

Julio Ojeda-Zapata 20 comments

Apple Unveils Apple Watch Series 6 and Apple Watch SE

Apple has announced its next-generation Apple Watch Series 6 with a number of enhancements, notably a blood oxygen sensor and new bands. The company also unveiled a lower-cost Apple Watch SE.

Josh Centers 11 comments

Apple Redesigns iPad Air, Updates Base-Model iPad

Apple has overhauled the iPad Air to resemble the iPad Pro and has upgraded the processor in the base-model iPad.

Adam Engst 20 comments

Apple Subscriptions Expand with Apple Fitness+, Apple One Bundles

Apple has expanded its stable of subscription services with the addition of Apple Fitness+, an integrated “workout experience” that relies on multiple Apple devices and an ever-changing collection of workout classes. Plus, the company will soon offer bundles of services under the Apple One name.

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Why I’m Voting for Biden for President

In an acknowledged departure from TidBITS’s usual focus on Apple and technology topics, publisher Adam Engst explains his personal and professional reasons for voting for Democratic candidate Joe Biden in the upcoming US presidential election.

Julio Ojeda-Zapata 9 comments

Skip the Library Trip, Borrow Ebooks and More at Home

If you’re skittish about visiting a public library during a pandemic, ask about electronic borrowing you can do from home. Many US libraries provide digital versions of books, comics, and magazines, plus music downloads and streaming video options. Julio Ojeda-Zapata examines all the likely choices.

Josh Centers 4 comments

CNN Investigation Finds AmazonBasics Products Dangerous

CNN has discovered many alarming reports about AmazonBasics electronics catching fire, burning users, and sometimes even exploding.

Josh Centers 30 comments

iOS 14’s App Library: The FAQ

The new App Library feature of iOS 14 has generated numerous questions from readers of “Take Control of iOS 14 and iPadOS 14.” Author Josh Centers explains how it works and what it will do for you.

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Apple Schedules September 2020 Event, Likely for the Apple Watch and iPad Air

Apple has announced that it will be holding a September event as usual, but new iPhones aren’t expected at this one. Instead, rumor-watchers anticipate the release of new Apple Watch models and a redesigned iPad Air.

Josh Centers 2 comments

NSA Mass Phone Record Collection Ruled Illegal

Nearly seven years after being exposed to the public, and a year after being shut down, the NSA’s mass collection of phone records has been ruled illegal.

Adam Engst 31 comments

Moving to a New Mac: What’s Left to Do After Migration?

When you buy a new Mac and migrate your old Mac’s files to it during setup, Setup Assistant moves over numerous settings and configurations. But don’t assume you’ll just be able to pick up exactly where you left off, since there are quite a few apps and services that require additional post-migration attention.

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New Apple Ad Throws a Spotlight on Privacy

Apple has released a clever ad about how we’re all tracked online, which has sparked some equally entertaining commentary from Daring Fireball’s John Gruber.

Adam Engst 12 comments

Take Control Tackles Big Sur, iOS 14, and Zoom

Get ready for macOS 11 Big Sur, iOS 14, and iPadOS 14, and learn more about Zoom videoconferencing with four new and updated titles from Take Control.

Josh Centers 36 comments

iOS 13.7 Integrates Apple’s COVID-19 Exposure Notifications

Apple has released iOS 13.7 with a new built-in COVID-19 exposure notification system that it co-developed with Google. The company also pushed out iPadOS 13.7 with unspecified bug fixes.