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  • iPhone iPad iPod
    7 inch iPad Pro Free 239 MB by Josh Centers 21 Mar 2016 2 comments Apple Shrinks iPhone and iPad for Latest Releases Apple has introduced two small literally mid cycle updates the 4 inch iPhone SE and the 9 7 inch iPad Pro by Josh Centers 21 Mar 2016 9 comments AceDeceiver First iOS Trojan Exploits Apple s FairPlay DRM Security firm Palo Alto Networks has discovered a new family of iOS malware that can infect non jailbroken devices Called AceDeceiver this is not something for most Mac users with iOS devices to worry about now since the exploit relies on a separately infected Windows machine and it displayed malicious behavior only when the user was located in China The attack vector is novel in that it relies on flaws in Apple s FairPlay digital rights management code and malware that masquerades as iTunes to install apps without the user s knowledge Although Apple s code review failed to catch the malware initially the company has now removed AceDeceiver from the App Store 21 Mar 2016 0 comments Comment on this link Game Center Still Broken after Six Months of iOS 9 Writer Craig Grannell points out how Game Center has been broken since the release of iOS 9 That might seem minor since Game Center isn t an especially popular app but many multiplayer turn based games depend on Game Center to function so many of them now work inconsistently Unfortunately this is more evidence of the decline in Apple s software quality 17 Mar 2016 1 comment Comment on this link Apple Issues New iOS 9 2 1 to Fix Error 53 Apple has issued a quiet update to iOS 9 2 1 to resolve Error 53 which made iOS devices repaired by outside parties unusable Here s what to do if your iPhone is affected by Josh Centers 18 Feb 2016 Listen 1 comment READERS LIKE YOU Support TidBITS by becoming a member today Check out the perks at http tidbits com member benefits html Special thanks to Sam Silverman Alan Holding Dan Hepler and Charles Turner for their generous support Apple Stores Installing Belkin iPhone Screen Protectors Although iPhone screens are generally quite durable particularly if guarded by a case some people like to add a screen protector too But installing a screen protector can be a finicky and error prone process that suffers from problems with alignment air bubbles and trapped dust Apple and Belkin are trying to address these frustrations in Apple retail stores where Apple employees will install screen protectors using Belkin s proprietary ScreenCare Application System a machine designed to perform perfect installations The system works with the iPhone 6 6 Plus 6s and 6s Plus and offers two screen protector options InvisiGlass and Anti Glare 09 Feb 2016 Facebook s iOS App Is Still a Battery Hog Despite Facebook supposedly taking steps to address the issue the service s iOS app apparently still consumes more battery power than is reasonable

    Original URL path: http://tidbits.com/section/iphone-ipad-ipod (2016-04-24)
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  • Just for Fun
    Trail Remember the Oregon Trail game which was a mainstay on Apple computers dating back to the Apple II One of its co creators Don Rawitsch is currently taking questions in one of Reddit s Ask Me Anything threads where users can ask him anything they want To see Rawitsch s replies look for the blue highlighted donoregontrail username In case you were curious Rawitsch clarifies that he personally has never suffered from dysentery The game phrase You have died of dysentery has been popularized on T shirts 01 Feb 2016 New Yorker Spills the Beans on the Next OS X Release Writing for The New Yorker with tongue firmly planted in cheek Greg Tannen channels what Apple s release note writers really want to say in a joke piece about the upcoming OS X Haleakalā No don t bother trying to spell it It took us three tries and we made the damn thing Anyway Haleakalā National Park is in Hawaii which we thought was cool and we re doing this whole national parks name thing so well there you go Haleakalā Go read the full article but not right now if it would be inappropriate to find yourself giggling in public 26 Jan 2016 2 comments Comment on this link Jobs and Gates Head to Broadway Silicon Valley is going to Broadway the musical comedy Nerds will open 21 April 2016 at the Longacre Theatre chronicling the rise and rivalry of Apple and Microsoft The show will have plenty of tech itself featuring holograms projection mapping and an in show app that lets the audience vote for the ending It was written by two of the writers of Cartoon Network s Robot Chicken so it should be pretty funny If you re in New York City it could add to an enjoyable night on the town 15 Jan 2016 Augment U S National Park Vacations with Chimani s iOS Apps Thinking about visiting national parks in the United States this year The Chimani National Parks app provides an overview of all the units in the National Park System and 19 individual apps provide maps and information about the most popular parks by Adam C Engst 07 Jan 2016 Listen 3 comments Momentum Brings Eye Candy to New Browser Tabs With Momentum a new Web browser tab goes from being a boring collection of site thumbnails or a blank screen to a splendid landscape photo adorned with a grab bag of useful widgets by Adam C Engst 16 Dec 2015 Listen 7 comments FunBITS Testing the Siri Remote as a Game Controller Gaming is on the new Apple TV s menu but how capable is it as a game console To find out we must examine its controller the Siri Remote by Josh Centers 20 Nov 2015 Listen FunBITS Preparing for Star Wars The Force Awakens Star Wars fans are champing at the bit for the franchise s first new movie in a decade Managing Editor and Star Wars

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  • Macs & Mac OS X
    Adam Engst unwittingly had it set wrong and if you do too read on to learn how to get it right by Adam C Engst 30 Mar 2016 Listen 23 comments Security Update 2016 002 Mavericks and Yosemite Patches several security vulnerabilities in the two older California themed OS releases Free various sizes by Agen G N Schmitz 24 Mar 2016 0 comments Safari 9 1 Includes updated version of WebKit with enhanced support for images CSS and Web formats Free by Agen G N Schmitz 24 Mar 2016 0 comments OS X Server 5 1 Now requires OS X 10 11 4 El Capitan and previous versions of OS X Server won t work on 10 11 4 El Capitan 19 99 new free update 186 MB by Agen G N Schmitz 23 Mar 2016 0 comments OS X 10 11 4 Improves Notes iBooks and Live Photo Support The OS X El Capitan 10 11 4 update adds a few new features such as password protection and import in Notes PDF sharing in iBooks and Live Photo support in Messages as well as bug fixes by Adam C Engst and Josh Centers 21 Mar 2016 4 comments MacBook Accessories Reduce Single USB C Port Inconvenience Apple s minimalist ethos has struck again causing the company s 2015 MacBook to be equipped with just a single USB C port Most people agree this is not enough Third party port expansion products are now available though with other USB C accessories providing added features Julio Ojeda Zapata looks at a sampling of USB C accessories by Julio Ojeda Zapata 10 Mar 2016 11 comments Previously Downloaded OS X Installers No Longer Work An expired certificate has rendered OS X installers downloaded prior to 14 February 2016 inoperable We explain the problem and how to work around it by Josh Centers 02 Mar 2016 Listen 48 comments The Power of Preview Pulling Files into Preview The simple facade of OS X s built in Preview document and image viewer conceals many powerful features This week we show you all the ways you can open files in Preview including from cameras scanners and your Mac s screen by Josh Centers and Adam C Engst 25 Feb 2016 Listen 41 comments READERS LIKE YOU Support TidBITS by becoming a member today Check out the perks at http tidbits com member benefits html Special thanks to Charles Reeves Jr Steve Meyer Zoutendijk and Alexander Hoffman for their generous support Mac App Store Update for OS X Snow Leopard Ensures future compatibility with the Mac App Store for users of Mac OS X 10 6 8 Snow Leopard Free 3 5 MB by Agen G N Schmitz 28 Jan 2016 Security Update 2016 001 Mavericks and Yosemite Patches a memory handling issue which could lead to a vulnerability Free various sizes by Agen G N Schmitz 19 Jan 2016 6 comments OS X 10 11 3 and iOS 9 2 1 Bring Bug Fixes Apple

    Original URL path: http://tidbits.com/section/macs (2016-04-24)
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  • Media Creation
    Its Nik Collection Photo editing Apps Google s Nik Collection a suite of seven photo editing apps for the Mac once appealed primarily to advanced users willing to pay 150 Now the suite is free potentially broadening its appeal but its lack of compatibility with Apple s Photos app could turn off many Mac users by Julio Ojeda Zapata 31 Mar 2016 7 comments Lightroom CC 2015 5 and Lightroom 6 5 Offers a lengthy list of bug fixes including improvements to Panorama Merge 149 new or 9 99 monthly Creative Cloud subscription free update by Agen G N Schmitz 20 Mar 2016 0 comments The Power of Preview Cropping and Resizing Images In the latest installment of our exploration of Preview OS X s built in document and image viewer we delve into Preview s editing capabilities explaining how to crop and resize files plus how to recover from unwanted changes by Adam C Engst and Josh Centers 18 Mar 2016 Listen 14 comments Google Docs Exports EPUBs But Not Well If you use Google Docs you may have noticed a new download option Download as EPUB Publication Unfortunately the new capability is only marginally useful at present by Michael E Cohen 10 Mar 2016 Listen 2 comments A Review of the Apple Pencil Drawn with an Apple Pencil Drawing on her considerable talents iMore s Serenity Caldwell has posted a full review of the Apple Pencil created entirely with the Apple Pencil itself The review isn t your usual text and screenshots article but instead a giant hand drawn comic of Caldwell s own sketches and commentary She calls the Apple Pencil the best digital tool I ve ever used illustrating the point with numerous examples 07 Mar 2016 0 comments Comment on this link READERS LIKE YOU Support TidBITS by becoming a member today Check out the perks at http tidbits com member benefits html Special thanks to Timothy Lyons Michael Harris Joaquin Miller and Jolyon King for their generous support The Power of Preview Pulling Files into Preview The simple facade of OS X s built in Preview document and image viewer conceals many powerful features This week we show you all the ways you can open files in Preview including from cameras scanners and your Mac s screen by Josh Centers and Adam C Engst 25 Feb 2016 Listen 41 comments Latest Issue of Bon Appétit Shot with iPhones The editors of the venerable culinary magazine Bon Appétit issued an unexpected challenge to its photographers for the March 2016 issue No cameras other than iPhones Some of the photographers were taken aback while others were thrilled at the opportunity Without their bulky DSLRs and gear they were occasionally mistaken for tourists but they reported mostly positive experiences and offered a few tips for making the most of the iPhone s camera And the photos look great 16 Feb 2016 2 comments Comment on this link Piezo 1 5 Adds the Instant On component while pulling

    Original URL path: http://tidbits.com/section/creative (2016-04-24)
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  • Networking
    Glenn Fleishman explains all about channels the main place where discussions happen in Slack Did you know that all Slack team members can create channels by default by Adam C Engst 10 Apr 2016 0 comments SURFboard Cable Modems Vulnerable to Remote DoS Exploit A vulnerability has been discovered in the popular line of Arris formerly Motorola SURFboard cable modems The exploit allows remote attackers to reset the modems knocking victims offline for up to 30 minutes it s a denial of service attack not one that exposes personal information The problem could be fixed with a firmware update but unfortunately there s no mechanism that enables users to update their cable modems Updates must be pushed out by Internet service providers many of whom update only leased modems not those owned by customers If you have one of these modems talk to your ISP about an update 08 Apr 2016 16 comments Comment on this link Take Control of Slack Basics Chapter 5 Go Beyond Basic Messages In this chapter Glenn Fleishman explains how you can go beyond simple messages in Slack by uploading file attachments entering formatted code snippets creating posts for collaborative editing by your team members and making voice calls for when text isn t enough by Glenn Fleishman 02 Apr 2016 0 comments Chapter 5 of Take Control of Slack Basics Available Simple messages are fine but you can do so much more in Slack with uploaded file attachments snippets of code or other formatted text posts that other team members can edit and even voice calls That s where Glenn Fleishman turns his attention this week by Adam C Engst 02 Apr 2016 0 comments Skype 7 24 Makes improvements to the user interface and adds keyboard shortcuts Free 42 4 MB by Agen G N Schmitz 27 Mar 2016 0 comments Take Control of Slack Basics Chapter 4 Post Basic Messages There s nothing more to posting a simple message in Slack than typing something witty and hitting Return but in this chapter you ll learn how to do things like format messages add emoji even custom emoji insert images and link to Web pages Also covered are message editing and deletion emoji based reactions marking messages for later and linking to messages in other channels by Glenn Fleishman 24 Mar 2016 0 comments Chapter 4 of Take Control of Slack Basics Available Sending a message in Slack is simple to be sure but you ll still want to read this chapter from Glenn Fleishman s serialized book to learn about message editing and deletion formatting messages referencing others including links and images reacting to messages and much more by Adam C Engst 24 Mar 2016 0 comments Safari 9 1 Includes updated version of WebKit with enhanced support for images CSS and Web formats Free by Agen G N Schmitz 24 Mar 2016 0 comments Make friends and influence people by sponsoring TidBITS Put your company and products in front of tens

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  • Opinion
    Against FBI Apple has yet another ally in its battle with the FBI over iPhone encryption Zeid Ra ad Al Hussein the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid has advised U S authorities to proceed with caution in attacking encryption warning that the case could have serious global ramifications for human rights In order to address a security related issue related to encryption in one case the authorities risk unlocking a Pandora s Box that could have extremely damaging implications for the human rights of many millions of people including their physical and financial security Zeid said I recognize this case is far from reaching a conclusion in the U S courts and urge all concerned to look not just at the merits of the case itself but also at its potential wider impact 07 Mar 2016 0 comments Comment on this link Apple Keeps Making Its Case for Protecting iPhone Users In the standoff between the FBI and Apple over an iPhone 5C used by one of the assailants in the San Bernardino terrorism case Apple continues to take its case to the public but is also lawyering up in preparation for what is certain to be a major court battle by Adam C Engst 29 Feb 2016 Listen 1 comment More Thoughts on Apple s Stance on Backdoors We ve coopted our ExtraBITS column this week to focus on developments in the dispute between Apple and the FBI over the agency s request for Apple to create a tool that would enable brute forcing of iPhone passcodes Also Adam introduces the coverage with some thoughts on why this case is so difficult to evaluate by Adam C Engst 22 Feb 2016 Listen 8 comments New Services Renegotiate Your Connectivity Bills A pair of new services will haggle on your behalf to lower your Internet phone and TV bills Josh Centers took one for a spin to see how they work and he offers tips if you d rather negotiate yourself by Josh Centers 22 Feb 2016 Listen 5 comments Thoughts on Tim Cook s Open Letter Criticizing Backdoors The FBI has asked Apple to create a backdoor enabled version of iOS to aid in the investigation of the San Bernardino terrorist attack Although the company has complied with all legal subpoenas and warrants to this point Apple CEO Tim Cook has published an open letter to customers explaining why the company is fighting the FBI s request for a backdoor Adam Engst explains what s at stake and why Apple is taking its case to the public by Adam C Engst 17 Feb 2016 Listen 31 comments Walt Mossberg Says Core Apple Apps Need Work If you feel as though Apple s own apps aren t living up to the company s high standards you re not alone At The Verge venerable tech columnist Walt Mossberg has penned a criticism of Apple s more troubled apps singling out iTunes I dread opening the thing Mail Photos and

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  • Problem Solving
    2016 you can still update your Kindle via USB to enable it to connect once again with the Amazon mothership 21 Mar 2016 2 comments Comment on this link Apple Launches Support Account on Twitter If you re having trouble with an Apple product you can now tweet AppleSupport to get help via direct message So far Apple s Twitter team has been quick to respond having replied to over 2 700 tweets by the second day of the account s existence Although we have been critical of Apple s software quality of late the company has done a great job recently of expanding its support options adding live chat and the AppleMusicHelp Twitter account 04 Mar 2016 0 comments Comment on this link Previously Downloaded OS X Installers No Longer Work An expired certificate has rendered OS X installers downloaded prior to 14 February 2016 inoperable We explain the problem and how to work around it by Josh Centers 02 Mar 2016 Listen 48 comments El Capitan System Integrity Protection Update Breaks Ethernet An unfortunate update to OS X 10 11 El Capitan s System Integrity Protection feature broke Ethernet for many Mac users over the weekend Fortunately Apple released a fix quickly by Josh Centers 29 Feb 2016 Listen 17 comments New Services Renegotiate Your Connectivity Bills A pair of new services will haggle on your behalf to lower your Internet phone and TV bills Josh Centers took one for a spin to see how they work and he offers tips if you d rather negotiate yourself by Josh Centers 22 Feb 2016 Listen 5 comments Apple Issues New iOS 9 2 1 to Fix Error 53 Apple has issued a quiet update to iOS 9 2 1 to resolve Error 53 which made iOS devices repaired by outside parties unusable Here s what to do if your iPhone is affected by Josh Centers 18 Feb 2016 Listen 1 comment What Error 53 Means for the Future of Apple Repairs The cause of the mysterious Error 53 that s been bricking iPhones has been discovered and it paints a bleak picture for the future of repairing Apple devices by Josh Centers 15 Feb 2016 14 comments Make friends and influence people by sponsoring TidBITS Put your company and products in front of tens of thousands of savvy committed Apple users who actually buy stuff More information http tidbits com advertising html Adobe Creative Cloud App Deletes Contents of Hidden Folders The folks at cloud backup service Backblaze discovered a troubling behavior in Adobe Creative Cloud an update to Adobe s Mac software was deleting the contents of the first hidden folder it saw in alphabetical order at the root of users disks Hidden folders aren t displayed in the Finder but often contain important settings or other data Backblaze users noticed the bug because the Backblaze app depends on a hidden folder called bzvol which is often alphabetically the first hidden folder on Backblaze users drives For other

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  • Safe Computing
    of Arris formerly Motorola SURFboard cable modems The exploit allows remote attackers to reset the modems knocking victims offline for up to 30 minutes it s a denial of service attack not one that exposes personal information The problem could be fixed with a firmware update but unfortunately there s no mechanism that enables users to update their cable modems Updates must be pushed out by Internet service providers many of whom update only leased modems not those owned by customers If you have one of these modems talk to your ISP about an update 08 Apr 2016 16 comments Comment on this link FBI s iPhone Hack Limited to Older iPhone Models While the FBI has successfully cracked the iPhone 5c you can breathe a sigh of relief if you own an iOS device with Touch ID Speaking at Kenyon College in Ohio FBI Director James Comey said We have a tool that works on a narrow slice of iPhones The world has moved onto the iPhone 6s and this doesn t work on 6s or on iPhone 5Ss The Guardian speculates that this is due to the Secure Enclave baked into Touch ID devices which acts as a lockbox for sensitive information 07 Apr 2016 0 comments Comment on this link 1Password 6 2 1 Under the hood improvements to make filling in forms more accurate 49 99 new free update 44 4 MB by Agen G N Schmitz 05 Apr 2016 0 comments FBI to Unlock iPhone in an Arkansas Homicide Case Apparently it wasn t just about one iPhone Despite the government s protestations that it wasn t seeking a backdoor when asking Apple to unlock the iPhone in the San Bernardino terrorism case the Associated Press is reporting that the FBI has now agreed to help an Arkansas prosecutor unlock an iPhone and iPod associated with a double homicide It remains to be seen if the FBI will share its knowledge of how the unlocking is being achieved with Apple but it s conceivable that the hack works only on older iPhones or models running a particular version of iOS At that point the FBI could both share the information with Apple and still use the technique on iPhones currently in the possession of law enforcement when possible 31 Mar 2016 1 comment Comment on this link Restricting Your Cell Carrier s Use of Your CPNI Data Adam Engst explains those inscrutable email messages from AT T about CPNI and suggests that opting out would be sensible For those using Verizon Wireless or Sprint similar options are available by Adam C Engst 25 Mar 2016 Listen 6 comments Fujitsu ScanSnap Scanners Save your business time and money with our easy to use small ScanSnap Scanner line Eliminate paper piles by scanning documents business cards and receipts Visit us at http budurl me sstb FlippedBITS 1Password Versus iCloud Keychain Recent versions of OS X and iOS have a built in password manager called iCloud Keychain which

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