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Adam Engst

Adam C. Engst is the publisher of TidBITS. He has written numerous books, including the best-selling Internet Starter Kit series, and many magazine articles thanks to Contributing Editor positions at MacUser, MacWEEK, and now Macworld. His innovations include the creation of the first advertising program to support an Internet publication in 1992, the first flat-rate accounts for graphical Internet access in 1993, and the Take Control electronic book series now owned and operated by alt concepts. His awards include the MDJ Power 25 ranking as the most influential person in the Macintosh industry outside of Apple every year since 2000, inclusion on the MacTech 25 list of influential people in the Macintosh technical community, and being named one of MacDirectory's top ten visionaries. And yes, he has been turned into an action figure.

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Hollywood Is Abandoning UltraViolet—Here’s How to Save Your Movie Library

Hollywood is giving up on its original digital DRM scheme, UltraViolet, to focus on the Movies Anywhere service. The How-To Geek explains how to save your purchased movies and TV shows.

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25 Years Ago in TidBITS: RAM Doubler Debuts (Testing)

Were you at Macworld Expo San Francisco in 1994, when Connectix unveiled the magical utility RAM Doubler, which did exactly as its name promised? Read on for a trip down memory lane, and be sure to share your stories of that time in the comments.

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USB 3.2’s Naming Convention Is a Hot Mess; USB4 Announced

The new USB 3.2 standard promises faster devices but also a great deal of confusion thanks to an insane naming convention that retroactively mixes up different USB generations. Meanwhile, a draft of USB4 was just announced.

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The Secret Lives of Facebook Moderators in America

In an impressive piece of investigative journalism, Casey Newton of The Verge has published an article describing what it’s like to work as a Facebook content moderator. Short answer: it sounds horrible.

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What Would Life Be Like without the Tech Giants?

Ever wondered if you could go back to a simpler time without Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google, and Microsoft controlling our technological lives? Kashmir Hill of Gizmodo tried cutting each one out in turn and then blocked all five. Here’s how it went.

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kernel_task Is Protective, not Problematic

Who knew? Howard Oakley reveals an Apple support note that explains that the kernel_task process monopolizes your Mac’s CPU to protect it from overheating and isn’t itself causing the problem.

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The Top Conferences for Mac and iOS Professionals in 2019

If you make your living in the Apple world as a consultant, developer, designer, or tech, there are a wide variety of conferences you can attend to hone your skills, learn new topics, network with your fellow wizards, and open your mind to new ways of thinking. Here’s our list for 2019. Be sure to let us know if you run across any others. Updated for the LiveCode Conference in May!

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YouTube’s Pedophile Problem

The New York Times reports that YouTuber Matt Watson has revealed a hidden pedophile ring in the comments on Google’s video-sharing site, which has led to a massive backlash by advertisers.

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19 Years Ago in TidBITS: Traveling with Technology

Remember what it was like in the early days of laptops and Internet access when we first started to be able to use technology while traveling? At the turn of the century, Gideon Greenspan penned a pair of articles for TidBITS about how he kept his shareware business humming on a PowerBook G3 during a 2-month trip through Asia.

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Backblaze Increases Pricing for Unlimited Backup

Online backup service Backblaze will soon increase the price of its unlimited plan from $5 to $6 per month. Annual and bi-annual discounts will remain available, and current subscribers can extend subscriptions by a year at the old rates.

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#DeathToAutoPlay—No More Audio and Video That Plays Automatically!

It’s time to take a stand. We’re sick and tired of apps (Netflix!) and Web sites (CNN!) assaulting our ears and eyes with audio and video that starts playing on its own, without so much as a by your leave. Let’s fight back.

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Certificate Wars: A Quick Rundown of Apple’s Dustup with Facebook and Google

Apple spent the past week engaged in a dizzying back-and-forth with Facebook and Google over shady research apps trying to make an end-run around App Store rules. Here’s a quick timeline of events and some thoughts on what it all means.

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Apple Disables Group FaceTime to Block Glaring Privacy Hole

A bug in Group FaceTime has been discovered that enables anyone initiating a FaceTime Video call to hear audio from the other person’s iPhone before they accept or reject the call. Apple has disabled Group FaceTime and promises a fix “later this week.”

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Apple in 2018: The Six Colors Report Card

Jason Snell of Six Colors has published his fourth annual report card on Apple’s performance in the last year, drawing once again on ratings and comments from a large group of industry observers.

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25 Years Ago in TidBITS: RAM Doubler Debuts

Were you at Macworld Expo San Francisco in 1994, when Connectix unveiled the magical utility RAM Doubler, which did exactly as its name promised? Read on for a trip down memory lane, and be sure to share your stories of that time in the comments.