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With Safari 12.1 You Can No Longer Disable Click Tracking

1 month 1 week ago

Click tracking, a.k.a. hyperlink auditing, is an HTML standard that can be used to track clicks on web sites. Previous versions of Safari used to let you disable this, but Safari 12.1 changes that.

Despite several months notice from me, Apple shipped Safari 12.1 last week to the public with no way to disable hyperlink auditing. I hope to raise awareness about this issue, with the ultimate goal of getting hyperlink auditing disabled by default in Safari. Apple claims that Safari is supposed to protect your privacy and prevent cross-site tracking, but hyperlink auditing is a wide open door to cross-site tracking that still exists.


Andrew Orr

Resetting Wi-Fi, Unlocking Your Mac, & Managing Secure Boot – Mac Geek Gab 756

1 month 1 week ago

Are you making the most of your Apple TV? Do you know all the tricks the Finder has to offer? Are you managing Do Not Disturb effectively? Your fellow listeners have the answers, and John and Dave share and discuss them for you. Plus, your two favorite geeks answer some of your questions about Wi-Fi, Watch Unlocking, NAS, and more. Press play, listen, and enjoy learning at least five new things!


John F. Braun

Apple looking into a virtual acoustic system involving AirPods

1 month 1 week ago
Apple wants to get into your head — acoustically, that is. The tech giant has filed for a patent (number 2019014366) for a “system to move sound into and out of a listener’s head using a virtual acoustic system.” It likely involves upcoming tweaks to the company’s AirPods.
Dennis Sellers

How to better protect yourself from robocalls on your iPhone

1 month 1 week ago

Automated calls that offer unwanted or illegal products or that attempt to defraud you are known as robocalls. And they have risen into the billions in recent years. The FCC is trying to fight it as are the telephone carriers, who waste large sums of money trying to block such calls legally from their networks and have to field millions of angry questions from subscribers.

(Some robocalls are legal and desirable: school announcements, doctor appointment reminders, and automated messages from companies that you do business with and gave permission to call you.)

Part of the problem is that FCC rules limit the way in which telcos can prevent calls from passing over their networks. That’s to prevent phone operators from blocking competitive companies. But it also ties their hands a bit regarding fraud.

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Glenn Fleishman

Apple’s ‘courage’ to remove the headphone jack has created a brave new world

1 month 1 week ago

It was barely two years ago when we lamented the loss of the headphone jack on the iPhone. The iPhone 7 had just arrived with a gorgeous jet black color, a solid-state home button, and a dongle in place of the 3.5mm headphone jack. At the iPhone 7 introduction, Apple VP Phil Schiller talked about having the “courage” to make the change, to leave the headphone jack behind.

At the time it was kind of cringe-worthy. Rather than try to convince the audience of the benefits of wireless charging or the annoyances of wired earphones, Schiller basically told the audience that they might not understand now, but one day they will. You could hear the snickers in the auidence when he said that removing the headphone jack required the “courage to move on and do something new that betters all of us.” It sounded ridiculous. All we could see was the inconvenience ahead.

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Michael Simon

Hmmm, Netflix cancels use of AirPlay (updated)

1 month 2 weeks ago
According to recent update to the official Netflix Help Center webpage, Airplay is no longer supported for use with Netflix due to “technical limitations.” AirPlay lets you share videos, photos, music, and more from Apple devices to your Apple TV, favorite speakers, and soon, popular smart TVs.
Dennis Sellers

Apple’s ProRes RAW format gains traction with third-party developers

1 month 2 weeks ago

In 2018, Apple released a new video codec called ProRes RAW, which allowed for smaller files sizes than the previous ProRes codec produced, but with the high quality of uncompressed RAW video. One trick with releasing a new codec is getting it adopted by third-party developers and the professional community.

There seems to be movement in ProRes RAW adoption, though. At the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) show that kicks off on Saturday, four companies announced that they are including ProRes RAW support in their products starting on April 8.

Roman Loyola

Notable apps and updates, April 1-6

1 month 2 weeks ago
On a regular basis, Apple World Today posts a list of notable new apps or app updates that have been released. They may not necessarily be new, but they're popular and deserve mention. Here are this week’s picks.
Dennis Sellers