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1Password gets ready to embrace Passkeys

In a blog post on Thursday, 1Password outlined its plans to support Passkeys, a new standard embraced by all the major platform owners that promises to eliminate passwords forever by replacing them with cryptographic authentication.

Now cross-platform password manager 1Password has rolled out a page that offers a video and interactive demo of its forthcoming support for Passkeys:

1Password will bring full support for passkeys to the browser extension and desktop apps in early 2023, with mobile support to follow. We’ll be introducing resources along the way to help you discover where passkeys can be used and how to set them up, as well as an easy way to upgrade your logins to passkeys.

While Apple has built Passkey support into its latest operating systems, their implementation lacks easy portability to non-Apple platforms, recoverability, and easy sharing with family or workgroups. That’s the area where multi-platform, multi-user services like 1Password can flourish, doing the work to implement features Apple’s not focused on.

Whether you use 1Password or prefer Apple’s built-in approach, it’s clear that everyone in the world of passwords is onboard with the idea of killing them forever and replacing them with something much better. It couldn’t happen soon enough.

—Linked by Jason Snell

How we positively integrate tech in our kids’ lives, whether we display vintage tech, sharing streaming service logins, and do standalone cameras still trump smartphones?

By Jason Snell

MLS Season Pass begins to bring Apple TV/MLS deal into focus

St. Louis City SC is the first MLS team to unveil a shirt with an Apple TV sleeve patch.

It’s about three months until the start of the next season of Major League Soccer, and Apple’s 10-year, $2.5B deal with the league is starting to come into focus. On Wednesday Apple announced details about the new MLS Season Pass, a new subscription service inside of the Apple TV app.

Apple and MLS will produce broadcasts of every league match. (This includes the Leagues Cup between MLS and Liga MX teams, except in Mexico.) Some will probably be simulcast on traditional TV providers such as ESPN, while others will be available for free on the Apple TV app and still others might be available to all Apple TV+ subscribers.

But if you want access to every match, you’ll need MLS Season Pass, which will cost $15 per month during the season or $99 for the entire season. (MLS season ticket holders—between 300,000 and 400,000 of them—will get access to MLS Season Pass with their ticket purchase. Apple TV+ subscribers will get a $20 discount.)

MLS Season Pass subscriptions will open on February 1 and the league’s first match is on February 25. If that seems soon, it is. As The Athletic reported last month, Apple and the league are scrambling to put a broadcast plan into place, including hiring announcers.

Apple and MLS are also working to simplify the league’s schedule, placing all matches in two separate windows on Saturday and Wednesday nights with kickoffs of most Saturday games at 7:30 p.m. local time. Showcase games that would be available for free to all would take place on Saturday and Sunday afternoons. The Athletic also reported that roughly 40 percent of the league’s games will be available in front of the paywall.

Product placement is also part of the deal. Not only will teams be equipped with iPads, but referees may wear Apple Watches, and the VAR video-review system may be based on Apple devices. An Apple TV logo will also appear on the sleeve of every team jersey, the first of which can be spotted in Wednesday’s announcement of the first primary kit for the St. Louis City SC expansion team.

The big question is, what will the product be like? Given the heavy lift required just to get this new endeavor up and running, it’ll be interesting to see how many “production enhancements” Apple will be introducing at the start. The Athletic reports that games will probably have 12 cameras, up from seven or eight at most games this year.

Apple will presumably want to push production quality—will these all be in 4K HDR with Dolby Atmos sound?—and the plan is to offer commentary in English, Spanish, and (for Canadian teams) French, with an additional option to substitute the home team’s radio broadcast instead.

That’s an ambitious first set of features, but it feels like Apple is viewing this MLS partnership as a testbed for its future ambitions in streaming live sports. I would expect the company to be more aggressive in pushing the format than it was in its first season of MLB games.

I am somewhat of a soccer fan, though my tastes run more toward the team at the top of the table in the English Premier League. But I’m really interested in seeing how Apple and MLS execute on their strategy here.

Disney’s latest financial results lead us to ponder where we are in the dramatic change from old-school media to the streaming world. Also, Warner Bros. Discovery claims to have all its franchises in order, but that doesn’t seem remotely realistic.

iPhone 14 Emergency SOS via Satellite arrives

Promised “later this year” when it was introduced in September, Apple announced on Tuesday that it has turned on its Emergency SOS via Satellite feature on iPhone 14 models in the U.S. and Canada. The company’s press release has some details about how the system works and how emergency communications are routed. Also there’s this tidbit: the service is coming to France, Germany, the UK, and Ireland in December.

If you want to try this feature out, don’t get yourself lost and needing to actually call for help. Instead, as Apple notes, you can go somewhere without cellular service and then share your location using Find My:

For users who go off the grid but don’t experience an emergency, this advanced technology also enables them to share their location via satellite with Find My. In the Find My app, users can open the Me tab, swipe up to see My Location via Satellite, and tap Send My Location.

I’d say that I’m looking forward to using this feature, but like the iPhone 14 Crash Detection feature, I’d prefer to never need it. Still, it’s nice to know it’s there.

—Linked by Jason Snell

Let’s get real about the Apple VR headset. Is it really coming next year? What’s it going to look like? What features should it have? What lessons can Apple learn from Meta’s foray into VR products? We break it all down. Also, we’ve got home automation on our minds in various ways, as a smart switch fails Jason, Myke seeks advice, and it’s beginning to look a lot like expensive fairy-light season.

By Jason Snell

Redirect Web for Safari takes me to the right places

For a while now, I’ve been frustrated by the fact that some local reporters I follow on Twitter invariably tweet links to their stories at, the paywalled website of the San Jose Mercury News. No offense to the Mercury News reporters, but I live 50 miles away from San Jose and don’t want to subscribe to their paper. Besides, the Mercury News’s publisher, MediaNews Group, also publishes my local newspaper, the Marin Independent Journal—which I do subscribe to.

Knowing what I know from my history in corporate media, I came to discover that almost every story posted to is also posted to, probably because the entire company is using the same content management system. Which led me to discover that if I take a URL from and replace the domain with, the stories I was blocked from seeing from San Jose are now available to me via my Marin IJ subscription.

I ended up writing a little JavaScript bookmarklet to automatically rewrite the URLs, but I wanted something easier. Could I teach myself how to write a simple Safari extension that would work on macOS and iOS and redirect all stories to the domain?

It turns out I didn’t need to make my own extension, because Manabu Nakazawa made one. It’s the free ($4 to unlock all features forever) Safari Extension app Redirect Web for Safari.

Nakazawa’s app lets you match URL patterns and redirect them to other patterns. That’s it. You can set your own patterns (using a simple wildcard system or a more powerful but complicated set of regular expressions) and even sync them with your other devices via iCloud. (The app is available for both macOS and iOS.) (If you don’t use Safari, maybe check out the Redirector plug-in instead.)

I’m got the extension for the Mercury News-to-Marin IJ redirection, but I’m already starting to find other uses for it. For example, I’ve added a rule that will redirect me away from — a template I don’t like — to the regular I’m sure more ideas will follow.

The app is free to use for a single redirect with no cloud syncing. For unlimited redirects and syncing, you can subscribe (which you should not do!) or just buy it for $4 (which makes more sense). Check it out on the App Store.

[Update: I should note that the excellent what-doesn’t-it-do-to-make-browsing-nicer extension Stop the Madness added a redirect feature a while ago, too. And I didn’t notice!]

By Dan Moren for Macworld

With 2022 running out, Apple might miss these promised deadlines

Brace yourself for a scary fact: 2022 is coming to a close. Yes, there’s a little time yet before we have to flip the calendar over to an entirely new year with, no doubt, its own strange challenges and unpredictable events. Who knows: some of it might even be better!

The calendar, of course, is an arbitrary inflection point. But it’s one that people (and companies) adhere to. Apple, for example, has pegged a handful of things to 2022–with varying degrees of precision–that have not yet come to pass and, at this late date, may not.

Is this inability to hit targets derived purely from the challenging environment the world finds itself in? Or does even a very large, very profitable company struggle to marshal its resources accordingly?

Continue reading on Macworld ↦

By Shelly Brisbin

SearchLink removes the drudgery from making web links

My classic movie podcast, Lions, Towers & Shields over at The Incomparable, uses a standard show-notes format. On each episode, we talk about one old movie, and I always link to places where you can stream it, buy physical media, and learn more about the film we’re watching. Even after I came up with a standard Markdown template I liked, I found myself doing a whole lot of tinkering, mostly Web searches, for each episode’s notes. So I decided to automate the process. I now have a macOS workflow that saves me lots of time.

My TextExpander snippet contains Markdown for my show notes, including SearchLink codes and fill-in fields for the movies.

I initially dropped my Markdown template for the show notes into a TextExpander snippet with a fill-in field for the movie title. I put in placeholders for all my links and their labels. I’d expand the snippet into a Drafts note, launch a browser, and open a folder full of the bookmarks I needed to perform my searches – IMDB, YouTube, Amazon, the past LTS catalog.…

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By Jason Snell

Quick Tip: Smart albums based on Photos searches

Last week on the Accidental Tech Podcast, John Siracusa bemoaned the fact that Smart Albums in Photos on the Mac don’t take advantage of the sophisticated searches you can do from the app’s Search box, which include face, object, and scene detection.

It turns out they do, if you know where to look.

People are given their own rule type in the Smart Albums, so you can create a rule that says Person includes John Siracusa and that’ll grab all the photos of John in the library—in my case, 109 pictures.

The next step is the non-obvious one. Add a rule for Text, and set it to is and the name of the same term you’d search for in the search box. In this case, I added camera and the Smart Album ended up with 13 matched items… the same number found when I searched for Photos of John Siracusa and camera in the search box.

Why “Text?” You’ve got me.1 Even weirder, you can stack these, adding more Text is statements to filter to other keywords too. If you choose Text is not, it will search for the inverse. And if you choose Text starts with it won’t just find cows when you search for cow, it’ll also find cowboys and cowboy hats and who knows what else. Not that you can ever see these tags—you just have to guess.

There’s another caveat: this text search finds anything in your photo with the word you’re looking for. If there’s an address or location containing the word “beach”, it’ll be found when you search for beach. It’s a rough tool but it can be turned to your advantage… mostly.

Photos is very mysterious. And, of course, Smart Albums don’t sync, so they aren’t visible on iOS devices. But if you’re a dedicated user of Photos on the Mac, this is a great way to create albums based on those machine-learning categories. (And if you want to share a static version of the results with fellow members of a shared library, just add keywords to the photos collected in the Smart Album.

[The next edition of my book Take Control of Photos is coming soon. Order it now and you’ll get the new edition for free!]

  1. It looks like you can use Text to search for text found in the images by Apple’s Live Text feature, too. At least that makes sense. 

Our thoughts on all-in-one work platforms in regard to Zoom One, the mapping app(s) we use, our predictions for the future of social media, and our tech-buying habits when faced with supply-constraint delays.

By Jason Snell

The Apple TV’s upgrade experience needs an upgrade

Apple has done such a good job of improving the iPhone, iPad, and Mac upgrade experience in the last few years that I’ve come to take it for granted that when I buy a new piece of Apple hardware to replace an old one, I will be able to fairly quickly transfer all my stuff and go about my business.

Unfortunately, the Apple TV is still woefully behind on this front, as I discovered last week when I set up a new third-generation Apple TV 4K in my living room. Apple’s got some work to do here.

The setup starts promisingly: You can bring your iPhone near the Apple TV, and it will automatically log your Apple ID in. If you’ve got the One Home Screen feature turned on, all your apps will load and appear in all the right places. It will feel like you’ve done a data transfer.

But it’s all a mirage.

One Home Screen is a nice feature, but it’s not an iCloud backup of your Apple TV, nor is it the Apple TV equivalent of Migration Assistant. It is exactly what its name suggests—a home-screen-syncing feature and nothing more.

So after setting up my new Apple TV, I then had to log into every single streaming app. And I’ve got a lot of streaming apps—you know, for my work.

Not only is this process tedious, but it’s also inconsistent. Things aren’t as bad as they were in the olden days when you had to laboriously enter user names and passwords by typing them in on the on-screen Ouija Board by clicking a remote. These days, most streaming apps have you use your phone to log in on their website and enter a pairing code to validate your Apple TV.

But not all. Some would prefer that you enter a username and password manually. At least Apple TV remembers your email address and suggests it, so you don’t have to retype it, and if you’re using a password manager (either Apple’s or third-party apps like 1Password) on your iPhone, you can generally auto-fill your password from right on your iPhone via its Apple TV remote control capability.

And then there are a few apps that have cleverly built “local log-in” into their iPhone or iPad app. These apps, like Disney+, claim that you can open the app on the same network as your Apple TV, and the app will sense it and log you in automatically. I have tried this on multiple Apple TVs and have never gotten it to work.

Along the way, I was also forced to create a new password for Hulu (a part of Disney’s ongoing account merging and migration), enter the name of my local Channels server, and a bunch of other small items.

The end result was that I spent almost half an hour setting up this new Apple TV to work with the stuff my old Apple TV worked with. There’s got to be a better way! Yes, I know authentication is difficult, and even iOS migrations tend to lose certain connections with outside services. But right now, I’m not seeing any attempt by Apple to make migration easier.

In the past few years, Apple has ironed out most of the wrinkles of the experience of buying a new iPhone. I realize that the Apple TV is never going to be the company’s highest priority and that Apple TV boxes don’t get upgraded very often, but the current experience is just not up to Apple’s standards.

Whether it’s an iCloud restore, a device-to-device transfer, a new method for storing authentication (iCloud keychain?) connected to your Apple ID, or something else, Apple ought to do something to make this process a lot smoother.

By Jason Snell for Macworld

Apple can be great or it can be Google–but it can’t be both

For a long time, Apple has placed itself in opposition to Google. Google is fundamentally an advertising company whose customers are ad buyers, while Apple’s customers are people who buy Apple devices and services. Despite seeming so similar in so many ways, they’re really quite different.

But lately, it seems that Apple is interested in being a bit more like Google. As Bloomberg reported in August, Apple VP of Advertising Todd Teresi has a dream of taking the company’s current $4 billion in annual ad revenue and more than doubling it, into the double digits of billions.

I’m not one of those people who think that advertising is fundamentally evil. (I have, after all, spent my career working for media properties–including this one–that are funded by advertising.) But I do wonder if Apple’s quest to chase ad revenue reflects a culture that has lost the plot about what makes Apple great.

Continue reading on Macworld ↦

Some currently verified Twitter users will get a different checkmark

Jay Peters at The Verge:

Although you can pay $7.99 per month for a blue check mark with the new version of Twitter Blue, select accounts for governments, companies, or public figures will get a gray “Official” check mark, according to a thread from Twitter’s Esther Crawford, who is heading up the new Twitter Blue initiative.

“A lot of folks have asked about how you’ll be able to distinguish between @TwitterBlue subscribers with blue checkmarks and accounts that are verified as official, which is why we’re introducing the ‘Official’ label to select accounts when we launch,” Crawford says.

You cannot make this up.

—Linked by Dan Moren

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