How to manage or disable MAC randomization in iOS and iPadOS 14

Apple’s newest feature enhances network security, but it may cause disruptions when users join wireless networks from iOS devices. Here’s how to work around them.

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Apple released iOS 14 and iPadOS 14, its latest versions of the mobile operating systems, in September. While the rollout has been largely trouble-free to users and enterprises deploying the latest update, there has been a specific hiccup that affects the way in which devices connect to wireless networks that has been causing some kerfuffle in organizations.

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The issue comes from the MAC randomization, or the Private Address feature, that enhances a device’s security while on a wireless network by masking its MAC address with a modified one to protect the privacy of the device and the user, and their whereabouts while accessing the internet on the network to which they are connected.

The aim of this feature is to protect users from being tracked while on public hotspots. And while the feature works as designed, it also has the added downside of limiting or altogether preventing access to certain wireless networks or network services, depending on

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2021 Cadillac Escalade first drive review: American swagger

This is the Cadillac we’ve been waiting for. The Escalade has been transformed from merely ordinary into something truly outstanding. Sure, the brand’s recent crop of products has been OK, including the engaging CT4-V sedan and handsome XT6 crossover, but these vehicles still don’t quite hit the mark, let down by questionable powertrains and less-than-stellar interiors. But none of this applies to the new Escalade. No, it’s not tuned to handle like a sport sedan, but it still drives well for something so large. This imposing SUV is extremely luxurious, yet it isn’t the least but stuffy or old-fashioned. It offers segment-leading technology that avoids being intimidating or difficult to use. In short, Cadillac has at long last delivered a true luxury contender. No if, ands or buts, this is a flagship model to be proud of.

Caddy’s caveat-free machine has the goods to square off with rivals from Germany, Japan and America to compete on equal terms, though you may not realize it at first glance. The new Escalade’s exterior is certainly recognizable — and handsome — but overall, it’s fairly sedate and unexpectedly demure, even in supersized ESV form, the model seen here. Inside, though, it’s a completely

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Why a second stimulus check could bring you more money, if and when it arrives

We help you estimate the maximum amount that could end up in your bank account if another stimulus payment is approved.

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The screws are tightening on the debate over the coronavirus relief bill and the second stimulus check that could come with it. Whenever it happens — and it could either just squeak by before the Nov. 3 election, or slip to after the results are in — it’s likely that the maximum will top out at $1,200 per individual and $2,400 per married couple, just like the first check did

There may be some changes this time around that could affect the size of your check. If you have any dependents, your household could get a bigger payment. And in some cases, you might get less money. As was the case last time, the exact terms of a second payment would depend on the qualifications set out in the bill, whatever form it ends up taking — a stand-alone piece of legislation for checks, or a larger package. At this point, the exact contents and provisions within the White House’s $1.8 trillion offer aren’t yet transparent.

With the election just over two weeks

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2021 Genesis GV80 first drive review: A splashy, sumptuous and special SUV

Have you ever read one of those fantastical news stories of somebody who randomly wakes up with the ability to play piano? You know, a person whose fingers suddenly and magically master classical sonatas, having never so much as stumbled through Chopsticks before? I’ve always been suspicious of those accounts, but this 2021 Genesis GV80 is making me reconsider. Why? Because with exactly zero experience building true luxury SUVs, this Korean upstart seems to have nailed the brief right out of the box. This is a harmonious, fully realized midsize crossover with its own appeal — one ready to rub shoulders with Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz at the front of the pack.

Admittedly, Genesis isn’t an overnight sensation, let alone some sort of unknown startup. The brand is built atop Hyundai’s considerable shoulders, which has been fielding some pretty convincing Genesis sedans for years, as well as some awfully good mass-market sport utilities. But this GV80 isn’t just Genesis’ first SUV, it’s the parent company’s first unibody crossover built on rear-wheel-drive architecture, too. But just because Genesis is belatedly arriving to the ball doesn’t mean it’s content to be a wallflower.

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