TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Blog

  • Facebook inexplicably logs out iPhone users
    Facebook isn’t down, but it did start an odd trending topic on Twitter Friday night as confused iPhone owners tried to figure out why the social network logged them out. I haven’t found an explanation for why this happened, but it appears that ev…
    - 4 hours ago, 23 Jan 21, 6:17am -
  • Microsoft reverses Xbox Live price hike, will add free multiplayer for some games
    In one of the first positive Friday night news dumps I can remember, Microsoft has not only reversed course on its poorly-received plan to raise the price for Xbox Live, it’s adding a treat. Soon, for free-to-play games (like Fortnite or Apex Legen…
    - 5 hours ago, 23 Jan 21, 5:16am -
  • SpaceX's first 'rideshare' mission will launch a record number of satellites
    The SpaceX Transporter-1 mission set to launch today will put 133 commercial and government spacecraft, as well as 10 more Starlink satellites, in orbit. SpaceX says that’s “the most spacecraft ever deployed on a single mission” — the previou…
    - 5 hours ago, 23 Jan 21, 5:15am -
  • NBC is shutting down its sports cable channel as the bundle contracts
    According to reports by the Wall Street Journal and Bloomberg, NBC Sports Group Chairman Pete Bevacqua told staffers in a memo that the NBC Sports Network cable channel is shutting down the end of this year. While it’s unclear what will happen to s…
    - 6 hours ago, 23 Jan 21, 3:55am -
  • Amazon will start streaming Robert Kirkman's 'Invincible' on March 26th
    Amazon has shared the first trailer for Invincible. The upcoming adult animated series sees The Walking Dead’s Robert Kirkman and Steven Yeun reunite for another project. This time around, Yeun stars as 17-year-old Mark Grayson, who struggles to co…
    - 11 hours ago, 22 Jan 21, 11:00pm -
  • The first big 'Cyberpunk 2077' patch has arrived
    As promised, the first of two early-2021 patches for CD Projekt Red’s troubled Cyberpunk 2077 has arrived. This updates the game to version 1.1 on PC, consoles and Stadia, and according to the notes it lays the groundwork for future updates, while…
    - 11 hours ago, 22 Jan 21, 10:36pm -
  • Blizzard is gobbling up Vicarious Visions
    Game publisher Activision is folding one of its oldest support studios into Blizzard. On Friday, the company told all 200 team members of Vicarious Visions are now employees of Blizzard. And moving forward, they’ll be “fully ded…
    - 13 hours ago, 22 Jan 21, 8:48pm -
  • Democrats ask Facebook, Twitter and YouTube to rework their suggestion algorithms
    A group of more than 30 democratic lawmakers led by Representatives Tom Malinowski (D-NJ) and Anna G. Eshoo (D-CA) are calling on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube to make substantive changes to their recommendation algorithms. In three separate letters.…
    - 14 hours ago, 22 Jan 21, 7:41pm -


Tidbits - Apple News

  • Tracking Down “Apple Beige”
    If you’ve ever been curious about the distinctive beige of the Apple II, a bottle of original touch-up paint prompted Ben Zotto to research the color’s origins.Read original article
    - 18 hours ago, 22 Jan 21, 4:02pm -
  • NOVID Provides COVID-19 Early Warning System
    We’re drowning in data about COVID-19—infection rates, hospitalizations, and fatalities. But none of that data can answer the question of what your personal risk of infection is. With the NOVID app—and sufficient uptake in your community—you…
    - 1 day ago, 21 Jan 21, 11:02pm -
  • HomeKit on the Range: Hue Lightstrips
    Have a dark place in your home you’d like to light up, such as under the range in your kitchen? The HomeKit-compatible Hue Lightstrips are flexible (literally), easy to install, and bright. So, so bright.
    - 2 days ago, 21 Jan 21, 7:51pm -
  • The Digital Right to Repair Coalition’s CES “Worst in Show”
    The Digital Right to Repair Coalition has published its picks for “Worst in Show” at CES, calling out products with terrible security, repairability, privacy, and more.Read original article
    - 4 days ago, 18 Jan 21, 10:11pm -
  • Signal Provides Secure Cross-Platform Replacement for WhatsApp
    Privacy-focused messenging app Signal has been exploding in popularity, and it’s a surprisingly competent replacement for WhatsApp for those Apple users who have been forced to use the Facebook-owned messaging service for cross-platform communicati…
    - 5 days ago, 18 Jan 21, 9:13pm -
  • KeyCue 9.9
    Improves compatibility with macOS 11 Big Sur and updates user interface elements. (€19.99 new, free update, 4.0 MB, macOS 10.7+)
    - 5 days ago, 18 Jan 21, 3:26pm -
  • CES 2021: Tech Trends to Watch
    The Consumer Technology Association predicts the tech trends of the year to come in its annual opening of CES. Jeff Porten shares the thrust of the talk and provides commentary.
    - 7 days ago, 16 Jan 21, 12:40am -
  • HomeKit for the Holidays (And Home Troubleshooting Tips)
    In which Adam Engst finally hops on the HomeKit bandwagon for real and gets totally sucked in, installing smart outlets, controlling motorized shades, and adding some Flic buttons. 
    - 7 days ago, 15 Jan 21, 11:01pm -

Apple Developer News

  • Identity Pinning: How to configure server certificates for your app
    If your app sends or receives data over the network, it’s critical to preserve the privacy and integrity of a person’s information and protect it from data breaches and attacks. You should use the Transport Layer Security (TLS) protocol to protec…
    - 8 days ago, 15 Jan 21, 12:29am -
  • Meet App Clip Codes
    App Clip Codes are customizable Apple-designed markers built to launch your App Clip. When someone scans your App Clip Code, it will bring up your App Clip or, if the person already has your app installed, will directly launch into a specific part of…
    - 10 days ago, 13 Jan 21, 5:00pm -
  • Design and implement macOS document icons
    A good document icon aids in the identification of your file on the Desktop, in a Finder window, or in an open dialog, especially when previews aren’t available. These icons may be displayed on screen as small as 16pt or large enough to showcase ev…
    - 12 days ago, 11 Jan 21, 5:30pm -
  • How to convert existing web extensions for Safari
    When you create a Safari Web Extension, you can help people get common online tasks done more quickly and efficiently — all while using the same extension model and APIs found in extensions for Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Microsoft Edge br…
    - 18 days ago, 5 Jan 21, 5:00pm -
  • Prepare for Strong Customer Authentication transactions in the European Economic Area
    Online purchase flows for users in the European Economic Area may be impacted by the European Union’s upcoming Strong Customer Authentication requirements. The App Store and Apple Pay will support Strong Customer Authentication. We recommend that…
    - 32 days ago, 22 Dec 20, 12:26am -
  • App Clip Codes now available
    Easily discoverable and quick to launch at the moment it’s needed, an App Clip is a small part of your app that lets users start and finish an experience in seconds. While you can offer users several ways to discover your App Clip, the best way i…
    - 39 days ago, 15 Dec 20, 12:10am -
  • App privacy labels now live on the App Store
    The App Store now helps users better understand an app’s privacy practices before they download the app on any Apple platform. On each app’s product page, users can learn about some of the data types an app may collect, and whether that data is…
    - 40 days ago, 14 Dec 20, 9:46pm -
  • How to store URLs in your App Clip Codes
    An App Clip is a small part of your app which provides specific information that best suits a given task or situation. An App Clip Code activates your App Clip, helping people access relevant information wherever they happen to be — whether they’…
    - 40 days ago, 14 Dec 20, 7:00pm -

Apple: Press Releases

The Real Mac Genius

  • How To: Change Your IP Address on the iPhone
    Ever run into Wi-Fi issues on your iPhone? Changing the IP Address on an iPhone is often a way to fix your Wi-Fi. Note: this will only work depending on the configuration of DHCP setup of the wireless router On your iPhone, open the Settings app and…
    - 19 Feb 20, 2:00pm -
  • How To: Take a Screen Recording
    Taking a screen recording on Mac can be used for many purposes. Whether you are a gamer and want to film yourself destroying trees with your hands in Minecraft or you just need to show your grandmother how to send an email, screen recordings are a cr…
    - 28 Dec 19, 8:11pm -
  • Virtual Reality: The Future of Stimulation
    We hear the words “virtual reality” thrown around alot these days. From commercials about ostridges to your elderly neighbors saying that kids these days are socially introverted, untalented disgraces to the human race, virtual reality is a vibra…
    - 4 Nov 19, 8:01pm -
  • Keyboard shortcuts for the Mac Genius!
    Most of us know about shortcuts. If you have ever copied something by clicking the Command button and the C button, you know that shortcuts can be a very quick and efficient way of working. You should take advantage of the different shortcuts incorpo…
    - 26 Aug 19, 1:00pm -
  • How To: Take Audio Tracks Out of Videos with GarageBand
    Taking the audio out of a video is very easy when using GarageBand. You can even add the audio clip to iTunes and listen to it on your iPhone. The first step is selecting your .m4v file and dragging it into GarageBand. Then GarageBand will create a M…
    - 24 Jul 19, 1:00pm -
  • How to: Mount an ISO on Mac

    - 23 Mar 19, 4:56am -
  • The Basics and More: Terminal
      Basics             Terminal to most people seems very complex, but there are ways that the average Joe can have fun on it too.  Simple commands like “man” which is used as a manual are easy to do. The basic way to type something in…
    - 14 Sep 18, 1:00pm -
  • How To: Securely Delete Your Trash
    When you have private content that you do not want people to ever be able to access, Secure Empty Trash is the best way to do it. There are two ways to do it. The first way is to be in Finder, then click on the Finder menu option in the top left, a…
    - 6 Feb 18, 2:00pm -