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Josh Centers

#1515: Stop force-quitting iOS apps, COVID-19 updates for iOS and iPadOS, AP test nightmares for iPhone/iPad users

Apple released iOS 13.5 and iPadOS 13.5 last week with COVID-19-based features like the inclusion of the Exposure Notification API co-developed with Google, an easier FaceID bypass for mask wearers, Medical ID sharing, and an…

Josh Centers

#1514: Beware scheduling via Siri, Apple shipping delays, Eggtronic Power Bar, ExactScan for older ScanSnap scanners, watchOS 6.2.5

If you use Siri to schedule events, be careful—Adam Engst learned the hard way that doing so can have unintended consequences, especially when coupled with Google Calendar. Looking to buy a new Mac or other…

Josh Centers

#1513: Former Apple engineer on Apple’s privacy approach, mirror Apple TV to Mac, WWDC goes virtual, free ACES Conference Prequel, TidBITS 30th podcasts

Former Apple engineer David Shayer joins us again this week to share Apple’s approach to privacy, contrast it to another tech company, and explain why he trusts the COVID-19 exposure notification proposal from Apple and…

Josh Centers

#1512: New 13-inch MacBook Pro, COVID-19 testing sites in Apple Maps, Apple’s bumpy Q2 2020, PDFpen 12, iPad Magic Keyboard

Much of the world may have shut down, but Apple continues to forge ahead with the release of new 13-inch MacBook Pro models that boast a Magic Keyboard and twice the standard storage space. Apple…

Josh Centers

#1511: Recovering from a dead SSD, preventing tabbed windows in the Finder, iOS Mail security exploits, affordable standing desks

Adam Engst was thrown for a loop recently when his iMac’s SSD died suddenly. This week, he shares lessons learned from the process of figuring out how to become functional again, which is easier said…

Josh Centers

#1510: New iPhone SE, Magic Keyboard for iPad Pro, Zoom security responses, Siri and emergency calling

Jonesing for a new iPhone SE? The good news is that Apple introduced the second-generation iPhone SE last week with a modern processor and a $399 price. The bad news is that it’s the size…

Josh Centers

#1509: TidBITS 30th anniversary, Apple fixes FaceTime bug, Apple and Google partner for contact tracing, time tracking with Timing 2

TidBITS celebrates its 30th anniversary this week, but we need your help to keep going. Apple has released a slew of bug-fix updates—iOS 13.4.1, iPadOS 13.4.1, and macOS 10.15.4 fix a FaceTime compatibility bug with…

Josh Centers

#1508: Zoom’s security and privacy flaws, videoconferencing options, Apple buys Dark Sky, using a trackpad with an iPad, what can Big Tech do for humanity?

“Strange days have found us,” sang Jim Morrison of the Doors, and we have an issue of TidBITS for you to match. We lead off with the news that Apple has purchased the Dark Sky…

Josh Centers

#1507: iPadOS 13.4, iOS 13.4, macOS 10.15.4 Catalina, watchOS 6.2, COVID-19 screening tool, O’Reilly exits in-person conferences, ordering online

The big news this week is Apple’s release of iPadOS 13.4 with trackpad support and the announcement of the trackpad-equipped Magic Keyboard, scheduled for May. Also new is the long-promised iCloud Drive folder sharing in…

Josh Centers

#1506: New MacBook Air, iPad Pro, and Mac mini; Hollywood responds to COVID-19; Apple TV screen savers on the Mac

Much of the world has ground to a halt while attempting to deal with the SARS-CoV-2 virus, but Apple continues to plug away. Last week, the company unveiled a cheaper MacBook Air with the new…

Josh Centers

#1505: COVID-19 and Apple, working from home, WWDC, Black Ink crossword app, automating Mac window positioning

Like many people, we spent much of last week watching the news of the spread of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus and the increase in cases of COVID-19. TidBITS coverage largely followed suit, with a general article…

Josh Centers

#1504: Fight COVID-19 with your Mac, Apple leap day woes, Strava restores its chronological feed, iPhone buy-back programs

The [email protected] distributed computing project, which let you donate your Mac’s spare CPU cycles to search for extraterrestrial life, is going into hibernation, but you can join the [email protected] project to fight COVID-19. Apple has…

Josh Centers

#1503: Hidden documents in Google Drive, CES 2020 tech finale, home security cameras

Have you ever been unable to see a document that you know should be there in a Google Drive file list? Adam Engst recently encountered this frustration and eventually figured out the solution. Jeff Porten…

Josh Centers

#1502: Enable Mac startup sounds, iPhone emergency contacts, RIP Larry Tesler, iPhone step-counting apps, watchOS 6.1.3

Do you miss the startup chime on your new Mac? Read on to find out how to enable it! If you were in an accident, would emergency responders be able to contact your loved ones…

Josh Centers

#1501: How to deal with low cloud storage space, StopTheMadness fixes unfriendly Web sites, clean tech and more from CES 2020

What would you do if you were to run out of space on iCloud, at Google, or in Dropbox? Adam Engst provides a detailed guide on how to deal with such a situation before you…