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Jeff Porten No comments

Timing 2 Helps Track and Manage Your Working Hours

Timing 2’s ability to watch which app you’re using, track your time, and categorize that data can help you manage and report your time. Jeff Porten reviews the app and provides strategies and tips for how to make it work for you.

Adam Engst 1 comment

Hey Fourteen: When Numbers Get Siri-ous

Do you know what happens when you invoke Siri and say “14”? After seeing numerous hits on our Web site for Google searches on that topic, Adam Engst spent some time suggesting numbers to Siri. He came up with some interesting results.

Josh Centers 1 comment

The 2020 MacBook Air’s FaceTime HD Camera Is Still Lousy

Joanna Stern took the 2020 MacBook Air webcam for a spin, comparing it to other popular laptop webcams and a 2010 MacBook Pro, and found that, while they’re all terrible in comparison with an iPhone 11, Apple’s laptop webcams haven’t improved much in the past decade.

Josh Centers 1 comment

iOS 13.4.1 and iPadOS 13.4.1 Fix FaceTime Bug

Apple has released iOS 13.4.1 and iPadOS 13.4.1 to fix a few bugs left over from the recently released iOS 13.4 and iPadOS 13.4.

Adam Engst 17 comments

How Can Tech Step Up for Humanity?

The tech giants have all donated money and supplies, and worked to disseminate useful information about the COVID-19 pandemic. But could our top tech minds come up with innovative new approaches to dealing with these unprecedented problems?

Glenn Fleishman 43 comments

Every Zoom Security and Privacy Flaw So Far, and What You Can Do to Protect Yourself

The videoconferencing service Zoom has seen a 20-fold increase in usage during the coronavirus pandemic. That extra attention has put a spotlight on poor technical and policy decisions that have exposed Zoom’s users to harm and revealed personal data unnecessarily. But hope blooms with the company’s latest comprehensive apology and roadmap.

Josh Centers No comments

2020 iPad Models Feature a Hardware Microphone Disconnect

Apple is now equipping iPads with a feature that cuts off the microphone at the hardware level when an attached case is closed, preventing apps from spying on you.

Josh Centers 2 comments

You Can Now Make Purchases in the Amazon Prime Video iOS and Apple TV Apps

The Amazon Prime Video iOS and Apple TV apps now let you make purchases, a surprising development. But it turns out to be part of an Apple program that isn’t all that new.

Glenn Fleishman 30 comments

Videoconferencing Options in the Age of Pandemic

We will be spending a lot more time communicating with co-workers, friends, family, therapists, educators, and other people using video than ever before in the digital era. Which solutions best fit your needs?

Josh Centers 6 comments

Can’t Find a Webcam? Repurpose Your Wyze Cam

Webcams for videoconferencing have become hard to find, so Wyze has released a special firmware version that converts a Wyze Cam v2 or Wyze Cam Pan to a webcam.

Josh Centers 13 comments

Apple Acquires Dark Sky Weather Service and App

Apple has acquired the popular hyperlocal weather company Dark Sky, which will probably improve the built-in weather capabilities in iOS in the future but may reduce the number of alternative weather apps.

Julio Ojeda-Zapata 8 comments

The iPad Gets Full Trackpad and Mouse Support

Baked into iPadOS 13.4 is full-featured support for trackpad and mouse input, with a few twists. Apple has tailored the traditional technology to the iPad with a cursor that looks nothing like you’ve seen on a computer.

Adam Engst Josh Centers 7 comments

Apple Launches COVID-19 Screening Tool

Apple has released a Web site and free iOS app to help you screen yourself for COVID-19 and learn more about the disease.

Adam Engst 33 comments

Is O’Reilly’s Exit from In-Person Conferences a Portent of Changes to Come?

The media company O’Reilly has announced that it is not just canceling its in-person conferences, it’s also exiting the entire in-person conference business. The world has been forced by the SARS-CoV-2 virus to change, and it may never return to its previous state. But that may not be an entirely bad thing.

Josh Centers 28 comments

Gearing Up During the Coronavirus Pandemic

Numerous brick-and-mortar stores are closed, and you’re likely stuck at home, perhaps without some gear you need to do your job. Josh Centers offers some advice about package precautions, why you may need to look beyond Amazon, and how Best Buy is adapting to the coronavirus pandemic.