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Tuesday January 11, 2022. 09:33 PM
Mainstream and technology media report that stalkers and criminals use AirTags to track unsuspecting people and aid in car theft. Do a handful of anecdotes truly reveal a broader pattern?
Monday January 10, 2022. 10:31 PM
Feeling overwhelmed by negativity? Adam Engst shares some 2021 wrap-up posts showing that even in a pandemic-ridden year, a lot of good stuff happened that didn’t make the headlines. He also looks at the solution to a macOS upgrade problem and explains how to bring back...
Friday January 7, 2022. 11:44 PM
What is Wordle? It’s the Internet’s latest word-game craze, and it’s quick and easy to play. We show you how.
Annoyed by constantly picking up his wife’s MacBook Pro instead of his MacBook Air, Adam Engst decided to decorate the laptops with inexpensive full-color vinyl skins. It worked like a charm, and the skins also make the laptops more secure to carry and offer protection...
Tuesday January 4, 2022. 11:45 PM
The State of Missouri may pursue criminal charges against a reporter for discovering (and ethically reporting) Social Security numbers in the HTML source code of a state website. The mind boggles.Read original article
We recently covered the dizzying confusion of USB standards, but HDMI standards for displays are even more confusing and even misleading. Read on to see what we mean.Read original article
Monday January 3, 2022. 07:15 PM
Updates the Swiss Army knife of graphics programs with improvements and bug fixes. ($39.95 new, free update, 270 MB, macOS 10.9+)
Brings various new and enhanced features and bug fixes to the video conferencing app. (Free, 25.8 MB, macOS 10.9+)
Introduces a a redesigned Assistant with extended statistics and more timely recommendations. ($89.95 new, free update, 82.2 MB, macOS 10.10+)
The new Apple Music Voice Plan is a bargain at $4.99 per month, but it mostly limits you to using Apple’s Siri voice assistant for searches and playback. The Voice Plan has been met with some skepticism, but Julio Ojeda-Zapata thinks it’s a good option for casual music...
Thursday December 30, 2021. 05:24 PM
Brings a variety of enhancements, including a new investment dashboard toolbar, account sidebar indicators, auto-reconcile, and bill pay. ($35.99/51.99/77.99 annual subscription, free update, 110 MB, macOS 10.13+)
Adds support for exporting to Motion format and improves support for SVG files. ($39.99 new, free update, 433.1 MB, macOS 10.15+)
Monday December 20, 2021. 11:24 PM
Did you know that pressing Control-H in Mail deletes the current message? You do now. Adam also shares a story about a Pakistani security researcher reporting a vulnerability on the TidBITS site and a reader tip about avoiding USB hubs when updating an iPhone from a Mac.
Fixes a bug in the FTP/SFTP browser window that prevented a selected file from opening. ($49.99 new, free update, 21.6 MB, macOS 10.14.2+)
Notchmeister is a free utility that lights up your MacBook Pro’s notch when the pointer is hidden behind it. It even provides a genuine replacement notch if you don’t have a new MacBook Pro.Read original article
If you’re a Verizon customer, the company has likely already enrolled you in its new “Custom Experience” data-collection scheme, but you can turn it off and delete the collected data.Read original article
In keeping with our tradition, we’re going to take off the last few weeks of 2021, which this year means slightly larger gatherings with our immediate families and video calls with far-flung relatives. You can expect the next email issue of TidBITS on 10 January 2022....
Maintenance release with bug fixes and added support for more lenses and cameras (including iPhone 12). ($9.99/$19.99/$52.99 monthly Creative Cloud subscription, free update for subscribers, macOS 10.15+)
Image editor now remembers the last location an image was saved to for subsequent exports. ($39.99 new, free update, 19.3 MB, macOS 10.14+)
Variety of improvements and bug fixes for the image editing app. ($39.99 new, free update, 433.3 MB, macOS 10.15+)
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