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The news you need to know from the past week covering iPhones, iPads, and related mobile technology. Brought to you by Jeff Richardson of iPhone J.D. and Brett Burney of Apps in Law.

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The news you need to know from the past week covering iPhones, iPads, and related mobile technology. Brought to you by Jeff Richardson of iPhone J.D. and Brett Burney of Apps in Law.

    35: 5G, Smart Thread, and Green Bubbles

    35: 5G, Smart Thread, and Green Bubbles

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    In the News blog post for January 21, 2022:
    Shipping AirTagsLife-Saving AirPodsAre You a Green Bubble or a Blue Bubble?Threading Your Smart HomeHow Fast Are Your “G’s”?Brett’s Site: Five BooksJeff’s Apps: Flipster and Hoopla
    Sarah Sicard: Army wife uses AirTag hack to track her movers while PCSing

    Julie Mazziotta: Woman Saves Her Own Life by Calling 911 on Her AirPods After Falling: 'I Would Have Died'

    Jason Snell: Google is wrong. Apple’s iMessage is actually a failure

    John Gruber: Seeing Green

    Andrew O’Hara: Wemo Stage with Thread review: Finally a reliable HomeKit button

    Phillip Tracy: Despite Warnings of Airport Mayhem, Verizon and AT&T Just Turned On True 5G

    Joanna Stern: 3G Is Shutting Down. I Brought My iPhone 4 Back to Life to Say Goodbye. | WSJ

    Brett’s Site: Five Books https://fivebooks.com/. Over the last few months I’ve been enjoying reading PAPER (gasp!) books from my local library which, through technology, gives me access to books from ANY library across the state of Ohio! Been enjoying sitting in the evening, putting on jazz instrumental channel on Spotify (I created one called “Jazz Ballad Salad”) and read. But WHAT do you read? There’s so much! Recently found the Five Books site and I’ve spent a LOT of time looking through the top 5 recommended books in a wide variety of categories and just having a great time. The only thing that’s suffering is my hold list at the library now.

    Jeff’s Sites: Flipster - read magazines, for free, on your iPad thanks to your local library
    https://www.iphonejd.com/iphone_jd/2019/12/review-flipster.html. And Hoopla - read graphic novels, books, and more for free on your iPad thanks to your local library
    https://www.hoopladigital.com/. Some recommendations for graphic novels: 
    Saga by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona StaplesY: The Last Man by Brian K. Vaughan and Pia GuerraWatchmen by Alan MooreSandman by Neil Gaiman
    Brett Burney from http://www.appsinlaw.com
    Jeff Richardson from http://www.iphonejd.com
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    • 48 min
    34: Tracking AirTags and Hunks of Plastic in Your Sleep

    34: Tracking AirTags and Hunks of Plastic in Your Sleep

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    In the News blog post for January 14, 2022:
    Second episode of 2022!It’s Dat Time Again for a Dot UpdateGetting Smarter from CESAn $85 Hunk of Plastic for SleepingSurprise Me With a PictureThe Overblown Fear of Using AirTagsTell Siri to Remind Me to Use SiriBrett’s Photo Tip: Change an Album Cover PhotoJeff’s Photo Tip: Sharing Your Photos with SmugMug
    Josh Centers: iOS 15.2.1 and iPadOS 15.2.1 Fix Messages Bug and HomeKit Vulnerability

    John Voorhees: CES 2022 Roundup: TVs, Home Automation, Health and Fitness Devices, and More

    Jeff’s Review: Eve Weather -- monitor the weather at your house

    Jason Snell: NightWatch: An Apple Watch stand, if you want it

    Sarah Perez: Locket, an app for sharing photos to friends’ homescreens, hits the top of the App Store

    Glenn Fleishman: AirTags: Hidden Stalking Menace or Latest Overblown Urban Myth?

    Justin Kahn: Tip – Hey Siri…Remind Me…

    Brett’s Photos Tip: Change the cover photo for an album! Photos will automatically select the photo to use as an album cover and it’s typically the oldest picture in that album. But you can go into the album and long-tap whatever picture you prefer to be the album cover, and then select “Make Key Photo.” You can’t change the album cover of the Favorites or Recents albums.

    Jeff’s Photos Tip: Sharing your photos on SmugMug. Great site for sharing photographs (and short videos) with others, in full quality, with no ads, on password-protected pages.  There is also an app for the iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV.  The basic plan is $75/year, but there are other plans. (I've been using SmugMug since Apple shut down its MobileMe web gallery service in 2012.)

    Brett Burney from http://www.appsinlaw.com
    Jeff Richardson from http://www.iphonejd.com
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    • 41 min
    33: Tracking Backpacks and Teenagers with Apple Pay (Plus PDF-to-Word!)

    33: Tracking Backpacks and Teenagers with Apple Pay (Plus PDF-to-Word!)

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    In the News blog post for January 7, 2022:
    Apple in the (RED)What’s the Matter with Home Automation?Tracking Backpacks and Wallets Find My Tips for AirPodsApple Pay is Better Than CashDon’t Wait for an Emergency to Buy an Apple WatchPDF Conversion Made Even Easier!Brett’s iMessage TipJeff’s Mail TipHow Apple is fighting AIDS and COVID-19

    Chance Miller: The new Chipolo Card Spot brings Find My integration to your wallet

    Dave Mark: Apple Support: How to find your lost AirPods

    William Gallagher: Gen Z survey says 87% of US teenagers own an iPhone

    Readdle: PDF Expert for iOS now lets you convert PDFs to Word and other formats

    Brett’s iMessage Tip: It’s possible to text a PDF (or Zip files, or other files), but a few caveats to be aware of … On an iPhone, in the iMessages app, there is no “direct” way to attach a PDF or other file. It’s easy to attach an image from your Photo Roll, or a GIF, or an Emoji. To text a PDF or other file, you’ll need to go into the Files app, or any other app, and Share it from there. The main thing I don’t like about this method is that I have to type in a name or phone number of my recipient, as opposed to selecting from a list of conversations. Just try to make sure the files are small enough, or compressed - don’t use this method to send large files. Also, this works great through iMessage from one iPhone to another, but it may not work as at all from iPhone to Android. You might have to use WhatsApp for this, or ugh, resort to email.

    Jeff’s Mail Tip: Quick access to folders in the Mail app on the iPhone/iPad. When you are looking at your Inbox in the Mail app, tap the arrow at the top left of the app to see Mailboxes and folders.  A number of folders are listed at the top, followed by sections for the different mail services that you have associated with Mail.  On this screen, tap the Edit button at the top right.  From there, you can select which folders from which mailboxes you want to have listed in the top section.  You can also select special folders such as only unread messages, only messages with attachments, etc.  And tap Add Mailbox to select any specific folder.  Using that Edit button makes it much easier and faster for you to access specific folders or the special folders that work well for you.

    Brett Burney from http://www.appsinlaw.com
    Jeff Richardson from http://www.iphonejd.com
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    • 37 min
    32: AirPods, BlackBerrys, and Auld Lang Syne - Happy New Year!

    32: AirPods, BlackBerrys, and Auld Lang Syne - Happy New Year!

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    In the News blog post for December 31, 2021:
    What’s NeXT for Apple?Mapping the Future of Apple MapsThe Wizardry of AirPodsAre Apple Stores the Waffle Houses of COVID?Put Your BlackBerrys in the FreezerAuld Lang Syne with the Peanuts Gang!Brett’s To Do Tip for the New Year!Jeff’s Text Replacement TipJoe Rossignol: 25 Years Ago, Apple Acquired NeXT and Brought Back Steve Jobs

    Steve Hayman: Apple + NeXT, 25 years ago today

    Jake Krol: Is Apple Maps for you? We talked to Apple to break down the biggest new features

    Tom Parsons: Is Bluetooth holding back Apple's AirPods? We asked the man who made them

    John Timmer: End of the line finally coming for BlackBerry devices

    For Auld Lang Syne — Lyric Video | Apple TV+

    Brett’s To Do Tip for the New Year! My favorite “to do” app is appropriately named “Microsoft To Do.” There are TONS of ways to track to-dos or tasks (Jeff uses Things) but I don’t think of Microsoft To Do as a “task management” app … for me it’s a “stress avoider” because it’s the easiest way for me to capture a to-do that pops up in my mind before it disappears, and I don’t have the STRESS of trying to remember it!

    I usually add a “Due Date” to an item which simply means that I know that to-do will bubble up on that date, and then I can triage it to either do it or schedule it for another day.

    A couple of quick tips:
    1) You can add an emoji to your list name and that’s a fun visual cue for your list.
    2) You can also add “tags” by using the hashtag before a word which turns into a tappable word for bringing up all the related tasks.

    My video review of the Microsoft To Do app:

    Jeff’s Text Replacement Tip:
    In our last episode we discussed how to type special symbols on your iOS devices like ¶, §, Π, Δ. But you can also use the Text Replacement feature for typing phrases or even adding words to the built-in dictionary. Recently, John Gruber talked about using Text Replacement to make sure your iPhone properly types “20” (https://daringfireball.net/linked/2021/12/27/ios-15-autocorrect). I use this trick to make sure my iPhone always types specific items such as “Saenger Theatre” and “writ.”

    Brett Burney from http://www.appsinlaw.com
    Jeff Richardson from http://www.iphonejd.com
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    • 45 min
    31: Fifteen Point Two and Photo Erasers Too

    31: Fifteen Point Two and Photo Erasers Too

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    In the News blog post for December 17, 2021:
    Christmas is Coming!15 Point DeuxPixel My PhotosIt’s Magically Erasable!An Apple App for AndroidTyping Special (Legal) SymbolsBrett’s App: Stitch It!Jeff’s Photo Tip: PixelMator ML Super ResolutionJeff’s post on the iOS 15.2 update

    David Sparks video: Setting Up Your Legacy Contact Screencast

    John Voorhees: Pixelmator Photo for iPhone First Impressions

    Scanner Pro by Readdle introduces the Magic Eraser to clean up scans

    Ian Sherr: Apple launches AirTags and Find My detector app for Android, in effort to boost privacy

    Jordan Hobbs: Keyboard Shortcuts for Legal Symbols: How to Enter the Section Symbol (And More) Into Your Documents

    Brett’s App: Stitch It! I came across this app because I needed a way to create a “stream” of screenshots. For example, today attorneys need their clients to preserve text messages and the easiest way (though not always the most comprehensive way) is to take a series of screenshots of a text messages conversation (take a screenshot, scroll up, screenshot, scroll up, screenshot, rinse & repeat). But this can also be a series of screenshots from a Twitter conversation, or Instagram comments, or Facebook page, anything …

    Now you have a bunch of screenshots in your photo roll. Open the Stitch It! App and pull in the screenshots you want to “stitch” together. The app is free, but for $1.99 you can unlock the “no ad” mode, and you can stitch more than 3 images together. You can also crop each screenshot to fit seamlessly together and even redact personal info.
    http://stitchitapp.com (for both iOS and Android)

    Jeff’s Photo Tip: PixelMator ML Super Resolution
    You can increase the resolution of pictures and add missing detail.  Especially useful if you substantially crop an image.

    Brett Burney from http://www.appsinlaw.com 
    Jeff Richardson from http://www.iphonejd.com    

    • 46 min
    30: Foam, Fire, and Fans!

    30: Foam, Fire, and Fans!

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    In the News blog post for December 10, 2021:
    An Epic Last-Minute Stay is Granted…Hotel Keys in your Apple WalletDesign in the Apple SpaceshipSqueezing Foam into your EarsAdonit has Done It Again…Warming Up to a Digital FireplaceBeat the Heat this WinterBrett’s iPrivacy Tip: Hide your IP addressJeff’s Apple Watch App: µBrowserJon Gruber: Appeals Court Grants Apple a Delay on Injunction Mandating Changes to App Store in Epic Case

    Benjamin Mayo: Apple launches support for keys in Apple Wallet, starting with six Hyatt hotels

    Jonathan Bell: Inside Apple Park: first look at the design team shaping the future of tech

    Jeff’s Review: COMPLY Foam Apple AirPods Pro 2.0 Earbud Tips

    Ed Hardy: New Adonit active stylus works with both iPad and iPhone

    Zac Hall: Turn your Apple TV into a charming fireplace with Christmas music for the holidays
    (and thank you Zac for the Zoom background)

    Michael Simon: Razer made a giant MagSafe fan with RGB lights because it can

    Brett’s iPrivacy Tip: With iOS 15, Apple baked in some privacy features but some are still in “beta” like “Private Relay” that works sort of like a VPN, and allows you to hide your real IP address with a random one. If you pay for iCloud in any form or fashion (e.g. additional storage, Apple One, etc.) then you have Private Relay for free, and you just need to turn it on in your iCloud settings. This will basically hide your IP address from websites or present a random IP address.

    But even if you do NOT pay for iCloud services, you can still hide your IP address in Safari (requires iOS 15). This basically prohibits websites from following you, tracking you, profiling you, or even understanding your basic geographic location. Go to Settings > Safari > Hide IP Address.

    Jeff’s Apple Watch App: µBrowser by Arno Appenzeller, the first stand-alone web browser for the Apple Watch. Cost:  $0.99

    Brett Burney from http://www.appsinlaw.com
    Jeff Richardson from http://www.iphonejd.com  

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    • 39 min

Customer Reviews

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Look forward to it every week

This has quickly become one of my favorite podcasts. Brett Burney is the 🐐. Jeff is 💪.

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Great new tech podcast

Two of my favorite people team up for a short, information-filled tech podcast. Thrilled to have this in my rotation.

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