Apple is dealing with two major issues this week: yet another bug that lets particular text characters crash your device and the HomePod’s base leaving rings on fine wood furniture. We also report on two Facebook problems this week: the company’s promotion of a suspicious VPN service it owns and a bug that caused it to send unwanted text messages to those using two-factor authentication. Finally, Josh Centers reviews the YouTube TV service for cord cutters. Notable software releases this week include GraphicConverter 10.5.5, Default Folder X 5.2.2, and Alfred 3.6.
Apple has updated all of its operating systems — macOS 10.13 High Sierra, iOS 11, watchOS 4, and tvOS 11 — to fix yet another text-crashing bug. Here’s how to get the updates, and our advice on when you should install them.Show full article
When you’re thinking about where you’re going to locate your sleek new HomePod, think twice about putting it on a wooden surface. The HomePod’s vibration-dampening silicone base can react with oiled wood surfaces, leaving unsightly rings. Learn how to avoid the problem or clean it up if your table has already been marked.Show full article
Facebook has added a Protect item to a screen in its iOS app that lists Facebook services. Tapping Protect takes you to an App Store page for a VPN called Onavo Protect that is owned by Facebook and “collects your mobile data traffic.” Worse, 12.5 million iOS users may already be using Onavo Protect.Show full article
Facebook is sending its two-factor authentication users text messages they don’t want. This situation provides yet another reason why you should use a dedicated app for generating two-factor authentication codes instead of SMS.Show full article
Interested in ditching cable or satellite in favor of an Internet TV service? We’ve looked at DirecTV Now, Sling TV, and PlayStation Vue in the past, and Josh Centers now dives into Google’s YouTube TV service, which recently released a native Apple TV app, and comes away impressed.Show full article
Notable software releases this week include GraphicConverter 10.5.5, Default Folder X 5.2.2, and Alfred 3.6.Show full article
In our only ExtraBIT this week, we get a peek inside iFixit’s dash to do a tear-down on the iPhone X when it was first released in Australia.Show full article