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Instagram and Facebook Could Track Everything You Do in Their In-App Browsers

Meta’s Instagram and Facebook iOS apps open external links in an in-app browser instead of Safari, enabling them to inject custom JavaScript code into every website you visit using the in-app browser.

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How to Securely Erase a Mac’s SSD or Hard Drive

If you need to get rid of a Mac or external drive, how do you ensure that no one can access the data on it? Adam Engst runs through the various methods you can employ, one or more of which should address your situation.

Josh Centers 5 comments

How to AirPlay to Your Mac

macOS 12 Monterey added the option to use your Mac as an AirPlay receiver for audio, video, and other content. Here’s how to take advantage of it.

Josh Centers 8 comments

How to Turn Off YouTube’s New Picture-in-Picture Feature

YouTube has finally added support for Apple’s Picture-in-Picture feature on the iPhone and iPad. Some may like it, but if it annoys you, here’s how to turn it off.

Adam Engst 51 comments

Survey Results: Which iOS 15 and macOS 12 Monterey Features Do You Actually Use?

The results are in and wow, do people not use a lot of Apple’s features. In fact, only 4 of 20 features garnered more votes from those who used the feature than those who didn’t. Some of the usage patterns are no surprise—SharePlay, really?—but others caught us off guard.

Josh Centers 15 comments

OWC miniStack STX Expands Your Mac’s Storage and Connectivity

Do you have a Mac mini that needs more storage and Thunderbolt 4 ports? The OWC miniStack STX is built just for you.

Julio Ojeda-Zapata 10 comments

Continuity Camera Turns an iPhone Into a Mac Webcam

If you think the webcams built into the latest Macs and Apple’s Studio Display leave a bit to be desired, there’s an alternative: Continuity Camera. Harnessing an iPhone as a Mac webcam, Continuity Camera provides a high-quality virtual-camera system in the upcoming iOS 16 and macOS 13 Ventura.

Michael E. Cohen Josh Centers 3 comments

Apple Outperforms in Q3 2022 Despite a Rocky Road

Apple eked out a tiny bit of growth in its worst quarter since the darkest days of the pandemic, but it still blew away expectations thanks in large part to its Services category.

Josh Centers 61 comments

Survey: Which iOS 15, iPadOS 15, and macOS 12 Monterey Features Do You Actually Use?

Apple released a slew of new features with iOS 15, iPadOS 15, and macOS 12 Monterey. But how many people are actually using them? Respond to our survey, and we’ll post the results next week.

Josh Centers 14 comments

Who Has the Best Enhanced 5G: AT&T, T-Mobile, or Verizon?

Which American carrier has the best Enhanced 5G? Opensignal performed the industry’s first direct comparison to measure both coverage and performance.

Adam Engst 8 comments

Examining Slack’s New Free Plan Restrictions and Motivations

Slack has overhauled the limits on its free plan, claiming that the majority of active free teams will have access to more message and file history than before. But your mileage may vary—and some people feel betrayed. Adam Engst explores the topic and muses about what we should be able to expect from free services.

Josh Centers 5 comments

Photos Bug Could Share Albums with the Wrong People

A longstanding bug in Photos for the Mac could lead you to inadvertently share albums with the wrong people. Here’s how to avoid the bug and work around it.

Adam Engst 6 comments

Ars Technica Tracks Mac Update Lifespans

Curious about how long you can expect a Mac to receive macOS updates? Ars Technica has compiled that data from 1998 through 2016—it’s a fascinating look at how chip transitions affect compatibility.

Josh Centers 13 comments

Use AssistiveTouch for Customizable Shortcuts on the iPhone and iPad

Don’t be fooled by its location in Settings > Accessibility. AssistiveTouch is more than just another accessibility feature. Instead, it’s an always-available shortcut to numerous actions on your iPhone and iPad.

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iOS 15.6, iPadOS 15.6, macOS 12.5 Monterey, watchOS 8.7, tvOS 15.6, and HomePod Software 15.6

Even though its next-generation operating systems are around the corner, Apple has issued minor updates for its current releases to fix bugs, plug security holes, and add a few tiny features to the TV app.