Articles posted in February, 2013

iCloud’s silent email filtering: What’s the solution?

Thursday, February 28th, 2013 • 5:12 pm

Macworld has a new column by Dan Moren and Lex Friedman about Apple’s use of “silent email filtering” for iCloud accounts. As John Siracusa notes, this is nothing new. Apple’s silent mail filtering “has been going on since the .Mac days”. But I suppose people need to be reminded from time to time. As a […]

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Word 2011: A mind of its own?

Wednesday, February 27th, 2013 • 10:16 am

Long-time Betalogue readers know that I could write about how crappy Microsoft Word is all day long. However, there is only so much you can say before the sheer inanity of the thing makes you want to do unspeakable things to a Bill Gates or Steve Ballmer voodoo doll. At that stage, I guess you […]

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URLs for Google search results: now cruft-free?

Monday, February 25th, 2013 • 6:46 pm

Last week, I wrote about the problem with shortened URLs in Safari’s History feature. A reader wrote to express his agreement and also mention similar issues he was experiencing with unresolved URLs from Google searches crowding his Safari history instead of the actual resolved URLs. I did notice, a couple of years ago, that, all […]

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Safari’s history and URL shorteners: Pretty useless

Saturday, February 16th, 2013 • 5:49 pm

Alright, if you are in Safari, go to this item posted by someone on Twitter (chosen randomly), and then click on the link provided in the tweet ( This should normally take you to a new window with the picture in question and the Safari window’s title bar and address bar should look like this: […]

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Apple ID security: Should I be worried?

Tuesday, February 12th, 2013 • 3:45 pm

Many readers probably remember the harrowing tale of the hacking of the Apple ID account of Wired’s Mat Honan from August 2012. While my own experience qualifies as a tiny blip compared to his situation, I would still like to share it, because I cannot help but worry about it, especially since I myself was […]

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