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Josh Centers

Josh Centers

Josh Centers is the managing editor of TidBITS, as well as the author of Take Control of iOS 12 and Take Control of Apple TV, and co-author of Take Control of Preview.

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Apple Pay Adopted by Target, Taco Bell, Speedway, and Others

A bevy of major US retailers, including Jack in the Box, Hy-Vee supermarkets, Speedway convenience stores, Taco Bell, and Target are now supporting Apple Pay, putting a final nail in the coffin of rival digital wallet CurrentC.

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Apple Releases iOS 12.1.3, macOS 10.14.3, watchOS 5.1.3, and tvOS 12.1.2 with Bug Fixes

Apple’s iOS 12.1.3, macOS 10.14.3, watchOS 5.1.3, and tvOS 12.1.2 updates don’t offer many hints about what might have changed apart from a slew of security fixes.

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Backblaze 6.0 Promises “Larger Longer Faster Better” Backups

Backblaze has rolled out a major 6.0 update that improves performance, increases restore drive sizes, and offers options for permanent backup storage, among other things.

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AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon to Stop Selling Location Data

After Motherboard found that a bounty hunter could locate any cell phone for $300, the major US cellular carriers are ending their practice of selling location data. About time.

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Apple Releases Smart Battery Cases for the iPhone XR, XS, and XS Max

Updating a product that was last revised for the iPhone 7, Apple has released smart battery cases for the iPhone XR, XS, and XS Max. All three are available now for $129.

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DuckDuckGo Search Engine Integrates Apple Maps

The privacy-focused search engine DuckDuckGo is integrating Apple Maps for search data on Apple devices. The question is, will anyone stop using Google long enough to notice?

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Insights into User Behavior Surrounding Smartphone Apps

Analyst Ben Bajarin teamed up with indie app developers to learn how people discover apps and decide which ones to install. Some of the results may surprise you.

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The Apple TV Remote Is a “Nightmare Horror-show”

If you love the Apple TV but hate its Siri Remote, you might get some cathartic release from Steve Brykman’s rant against it. His piece covers no significant new ground but is still a fun read.

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Apple Opens iTunes Video and AirPlay Up to TV Rivals

Apple is opening up its TV ecosystem to rivals, bringing iTunes content and AirPlay to Samsung TVs, and AirPlay and HomeKit to others. “Take Control of Apple TV” author Josh Centers explores what this move could mean for the Apple TV.

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Beware Spoofed Calls from Apple

Phone scammers have found a way to make their phony calls look like they’re coming from Apple. Don’t be fooled!

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Relieve RSI Pain with This Armrest Mouse Pad

If you’re suffering from upper arm and shoulder pain from reaching for the pointing device on your desk, this inexpensive armrest-mounted mouse pad may be able to help relieve your pain.

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Four Mac Apps That Have Stood the Test of Time

Glenn Fleishman profiles four independent Mac apps that have survived for over 25 years: BBEdit, PCalc, Fetch, and GraphicConverter.

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Inside iOS 12: Manage Device Usage with Screen Time

Is your iPhone consuming your life? Are your kids having trouble putting their iPads down when it’s time for bed? iOS 12’s new Screen Time feature provides tools you can use to monitor and manage your usage and that of your family members. Josh Centers has a quick guide on how to use them.

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Apple Claims Bent iPad Pros Are Totally Normal

Some new iPad Pros are coming with a slight bend in the case. Apple insists that the bend is totally normal and nothing to worry about. If you end up with such a unit, we recommend returning it immediately.

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Apple Music Arrives on Alexa

If you use Apple Music but prefer Amazon’s Alexa-based smart speakers to Apple’s HomePod, good news! Apple Music is now available on Alexa once you install the Apple Music skill, at least in the US.