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  • Mac Power Users #555: iOS 14 Extravaganza

    Sun 6:42pm By Stephen Hackett
    This time on a jam-packed episode of Mac Power Users: iOS 14 is here, bringing new features like widgets, the App Library, increased privacy and a lot more. This week, David and Stephen review the release and talk about how Apple could take some of these…
  • All About the ModBook

    Sun 10:14am By Stephen Hackett
    I remember when this company and its products were in the news a lot more, but I had no idea the story behind it all was so wild. Quinn knocked it out of the park with this one:
  • Weighing In and Long-Term Follow-Up

    Sat 5:02pm By Stephen Hackett
    Dr. Drang: In yesterday’s post, I mentioned that it took me a year to finally get around to writing a script I’d been thinking about. Today’s post is one whose seed was planted almost two years ago. In October 2018, Myke Hurley and Stephen Hackett were…
  • Windows XP Included Incomplete Aqua-like Theme

    Fri 9:42pm By Stephen Hackett
    Tom Warren at The Verge, writing about some half-finished themes found in this week’s XP source code dump: One is labeled “Candy” and includes a design that closely resembles Apple’s Aqua interface that was first introduced at the Macworld Conference &…
  • TextExpander

    Fri 7:36pm By Stephen Hackett
    My thanks to TextExpander for sponsoring the site this week. TextExpander removes the repetition out of work so you can focus on what matters most. Say goodbye to repetitive text entry, spelling and message errors, and trying to remember the right thing to…
  • macOS Catalina 10.15.7

    Thu 6:03pm By Stephen Hackett
    The latest (and last?) version of Catalina is here with the following changes: Resolves an issue where macOS would not automatically connect to Wi-Fi networks Fixes an issue that could prevent files syncing through iCloud Drive Addresses a graphic issue that…
  • Connected #313: Trojan Horse in My Phone

    Wed 6:02pm By Stephen Hackett
    This week: Federico is using Base64 to make wallpapers, Myke’s iPad mini is out of space and Stephen is upset about Apple’s new GMT watch face. Also discussed: what iOS 14 is doing to our home screens and what others are doing with widgets. My thanks to…
  • On Widget Shaming

    Wed 11:23am By Stephen Hackett
    iOS 14 and apps like Widgetsmith have unlocked a new world of iPhone home screen customization. Many of us on the nerdier side of things have been a bit surprised when seeing images like this, from 9to5Mac: However surprised those in our community may have…
  • Liftoff #133: The World’s Most Expensive WeWork

    Tue 5:13pm By Stephen Hackett
    This week on Liftoff: The recent announcement of phosphine being detected in Venus’ atmosphere could have a major effect on future scientific missions, so Jason is excited about space blimps again. Then, Stephen walks through NASA’s most recent Artemis…
  • Ungeniused #113: The Cannonball Run Challenge

    Tue 12:29pm By Stephen Hackett
    This week on Ungeniused, my podcast about weird stuff Myke and I read on Wikipedia: Some see a cross-country drive as a way to visit the nation’s wonders. Others see it as a race with no rules. My thanks to our sponsor this week: Mint Mobile: Cut your…
  • Kbase Article of the Week: Band Care Information for Apple Watch

    Mon 7:28pm By Stephen Hackett
    Apple: This cleaning information applies to Apple-branded bands only. For all other bands, follow the care information provided with the band. Yo dawg.
  • Sponsor: TextExpander

    Sep 21, 2020, 11:00 am By Stephen Hackett
    TextExpander removes the repetition out of work so you can focus on what matters most. Say goodbye to repetitive text entry, spelling and message errors, and trying to remember the right thing to say. TextExpander can be used in any platform, any app, anywhere…
  • Mac Power Users #554: Read-it-later Services

    Sep 20, 2020, 6:24 pm By Stephen Hackett
    This week on MPU: Read-it-later services can be a great way to save and enjoy an article later, away from the noise of social media or an overflowing RSS client. This week, David and Stephen talk about some of the popular choices, and how to keep them from…
  • Sidequest for Slack

    Sep 19, 2020, 10:13 pm By Stephen Hackett
    Meet the missing task tracker for Slack, named Sidequest. Sidequest allows your team members to create tasks either for themselves, each other, or as a team task in public or private Slack channels. As soon as a task has been created, Sidequest turns into a…
  • Apple Pushes iOS, iPadOS 14.2 Betas

    Sep 17, 2020, 6:32 pm By Stephen Hackett
    You may be thinking, “What happened to iOS 14.1?” My theory is that the new iPhones will ship with iOS 14.1, and in that codebase Apple may be hiding new phone-specific goodies, and 14.2 will come along afterwards and re-unify everything. It wouldn’t be…
  • Apple Cash Family

    Sep 17, 2020, 9:51 am By Stephen Hackett
    I had missed this, but now you can set up Apple Cash in a Family Sharing group. This is pretty cool: You can set up Apple Cash for the children and teens in your Family Sharing group so they can make purchases, and send and receive money in Messages. You can…
  • Connected #312: How September It Would Be

    Sep 16, 2020, 7:03 pm By Stephen Hackett
    This week on the show: The Rickies and Flexies have been judged. There is a winner and a loser. A donation has been made. What’s inside an avocado has been discovered. That, and a lot more this week as the guys unpack Apple’s September 15th event. On…
  • iOS 14, watchOS 7 and tvOS 14 Released

    Sep 16, 2020, 6:49 pm By Stephen Hackett
    Pray for any developers you know.
  • The New iPads

    Sep 15, 2020, 5:22 pm By Stephen Hackett
    John Voorhees at MacStories has the details. That new iPad Air looks great, and gives me hope for two things: A really nice iPad Pro update sooner rather than later Touch ID in the power button of the iPhone 12 I expect to be disappointed on that second one.
  • Apple One

    Sep 15, 2020, 2:41 pm By Stephen Hackett
    Today, Apple announced its Services bundle, and dubbed it “Apple One.” Here are the tiers: Individual includes Apple Music, Apple TV+, Apple Arcade, and 50GB of iCloud storage for $14.95 per month. ($6/mo savings) Family includes Apple Music, Apple TV+,…
  • Comparing the New Apple Watch Models

    Sep 15, 2020, 2:14 pm By Stephen Hackett
    Details on the Apple Watch Series 6 and SE can be found all on this one page. The SE looks like a good deal, but I can’t help but think it would have been nice to see it replace the Series 3, which is still for sale. I bet that happens next year.
  • Kbase Article of the Week: System 7: How to Use Balloon Help

    Sep 15, 2020, 9:49 am By Stephen Hackett
    Apple Support: When Balloon Help is on, balloons will appear which tell you about anything you point to on the screen. You don’t need to click, just point. When help is turned on, every point, click, and drag works exactly as it normally does. To turn…
  • Sponsor: Sidequest, the Missing Task Tracker for Slack

    Sep 14, 2020, 9:49 am By Stephen Hackett
    Sidequest is a brand new task tracking app for Slack that combines the reliability of traditional ticketing systems and the ease of use of modern to do apps — 100% inside your Slack workspace. Sidequest allows your team members to create tasks either for…
  • Nvidia Buying Arm for $40 Billion

    Sep 13, 2020, 9:20 pm By Stephen Hackett
    I would not want to be Intel right now.
  • Mac Power Users #553: Sparky’s Wrong … Again

    Sep 13, 2020, 6:08 pm By Stephen Hackett
    This time on Mac Power Users: On this feedback episode, Stephen and David talk more about HomeKit, Dropbox, photo management and much, much more. On More Power Users, David walked me through his new video setup, which looks pretty sweet. My thanks to our…
  • Half a Million Dollars

    Sep 13, 2020, 5:22 pm By Stephen Hackett
    Last night, Relay FM’s campaign for St. Jude hit a major milestone: $500,000 raised in just two years. Longtime readers will know I’ve raised money here on 512 Pixels for St. Jude every fall for years, but last year, we stepped it up a notch with our first…
  • The Winamp Skin Museum

    Sep 13, 2020, 4:15 pm By Stephen Hackett
    I never dabbled in this, but I am impressed at this collection by Jordan Eldredge
  • Magic Lasso Adblock

    Sep 11, 2020, 6:29 pm By Stephen Hackett
    My thanks to Magic Lasso Adblock for sponsoring 512 Pixels this week. It allows you to experience a cleaner, faster web – without ads. As a native Safari content blocking extension, Magic Lasso blocks intrusive ads, pop ups and trackers when browsing the…
  • Connected #311: The Rickies (September 2020)

    Sep 9, 2020, 6:08 pm By Stephen Hackett
    This week on a jam-packed Connected: Apple has announced an event for next week, so the guys deleted everything in their show planning document to make room for their Picks, Rickies and Flexies. Also: Federico has reached acceptance, Stephen’s plumbing is…
  • Liftoff #132: In the Shadow of Artemis

    Sep 8, 2020, 3:13 pm By Stephen Hackett
    This week on Liftoff: In the Utah desert, Northrop Grumman has tested a full-sized SLS SRB, while the future of work in low-Earth orbit is being debated. On Mars, InSight’s troubles continue and 17 billion light years-away, two black holes have collided. My…