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  • External Link: Your Wireless Keyboard May Be Betraying You

    Thu 11:07am
    Bastille, a cybersecurity company, has shown that hackers can easily intercept transmissions from eight non-Bluetooth wireless keyboards. Experts demonstrated how a $40 radio transponder combined with a $50 antenna could grab the signals of budget wireless…
  • Comparing iPad Pro Technologies and Intangibles

    Thu 9:37am
    Apple’s iPad Pro models differ in far more than size and weight. Any number of other factors might influence your buying decision. Julio Ojeda-Zapata guides you through them. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology…
  • External Link: Apple Music No Longer Counts Against T-Mobile Data Caps

    Wed 9:41am
    While T-Mobile users have been able to stream music from Apple Music for the past year without it counting against their mobile data caps, the mobile carrier has now added Apple Music to its Binge On program, meaning that video from Apple Music will no longer…
  • External Link: Apple Music Scores “Carpool Karaoke” Series

    Wed 9:40am
    First, there was “Planet of the Apps,” and now Apple continues its foray into original content by nabbing CBS’s upcoming “Carpool Karaoke” series, a spinoff of the popular “The Late Late Show with James Corden” bit, in which he drives celebrities…
  • Apple Beats Expectations in Q3 2016, but Slump Continues

    Tue 3:21pm
    Is Apple losing its touch, or are consumers’ wallets tightening? Apple’s investment in services like Apple Music and Apple Pay, coupled with the growing success of professional-grade iPads, seems to be paying off, even while its other product categories…
  • External Link: Why Your Phone’s Battery Meter Is Wrong

    Tue 1:05pm
    Has your iPhone ever died, even though it claimed to have charge left? The Wirecutter goes over the complex reasons why mobile device battery meters are often so inaccurate. The article describes the disparate variables that go into computing remaining battery…
  • External Link: Adam Engst and Josh Centers Discuss Preview on MacVoices

    Tue 1:04pm
    Adam Engst and Josh Centers joined host Chuck Joiner on the MacVoices podcast to discuss their new book, “Take Control of Preview.” They describe how it started out as a popular TidBITS series, outline Preview’s many capabilities, and explain why the…
  • TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 25 July 2016

    Mon 2:25pm
    Notable software releases this week include Alfred 3.0.3, Tinderbox 6.6.2, Evernote 6.8, DEVONthink/DEVONnote 2.9, BusyCal 3.0.4, PopChar X 7.6, Safari 9.1.2, and Security Update 2016-004 (Mavericks and Yosemite). Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest…
  • ExtraBITS for 25 July 2016

    Mon 2:25pm
    The dog days of summer tech news are upon us, so we have only two ExtraBITS for you this week: Verizon is buying Yahoo for $4.8 billion and Adam Engst makes an appearance on MacBreak Weekly. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published…
  • External Link: Verizon to Buy Yahoo for $4.8 Billion

    Mon 9:42am
    Long-suffering Yahoo will sell its core business to Verizon Communications for $4.8 billion, a far cry from the $44.6 billion that Microsoft offered in 2008 and that Yahoo’s board rebuffed. Yahoo shareholders will retain roughly $41 billion in investments in…
  • Lightroom for iOS 2.4 Changes Mobile Photo Workflow

    Mon 8:18am
    Lightroom for iOS 2.4 adds two significant features to the mobile photo editing app for iPad and iPhone: support for raw format images and local selections for adjusting specific areas of a photo. This means photographers who shoot in raw can import, edit, and…
  • Alfred 3.0.3

    Sun 7:42pm
    Brings number of fixes and improvements to the keyboard-driven launcher (Free, £17 for Powerpack, free update, 2.6 MB) Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed,…
  • Tinderbox 6.6.2

    Sun 7:41pm
    Adds “additional polish and infrastructure” to the personal content assistant. ($249 new, free update, 54.4 MB) Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help…
  • External Link: On MacBreak Weekly, Adam Discusses the App Stores, Planet of the Apps, and More

    Jul 22, 2016, 1:57 pm
    TidBITS publisher Adam Engst made one of his occasional appearances on the TWiT show MacBreak Weekly, joining hosts Leo Laporte and Andy Ihnatko, and developer Daniel Jalkut. After a wide-ranging discussion of issues with Apple’s online stores, the group…
  • Evernote 6.8

    Jul 22, 2016, 8:46 am
    Integrates with Google Drive, plus makes it easier to share a notebook and manage permissions. (Free with paid subscriptions, 54.2 MB) Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a…
  • Disable Find My Mac by Resetting NVRAM

    Jul 22, 2016, 8:13 am
    It turns out that Find My Mac can easily be disabled by resetting NVRAM, which could be bad news, if your Mac has been stolen, or good news, if you’re dealing with an old Mac that wasn’t reset before being sold or turned in. Read the full article at…
  • Firefox Filters More Uses of Flash

    Jul 22, 2016, 7:25 am
    The makers of the Firefox Web browser are clamping down on advertising and other incidental uses of Flash to reduce crashes. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS…
  • DEVONthink/DEVONnote 2.9

    Jul 22, 2016, 4:47 am
    Brings a rewritten synchronization engine that improves speed and works on both local networks and with Internet-based services. (All updates are free. DEVONthink Pro Office, $149.95 new; DEVONthink Professional, $79.95 new; DEVONthink Personal, $49.95 new;…
  • BusyCal 3.0.4

    Jul 22, 2016, 12:48 am
    Refines the recently upgraded alternative to Apple’s Calendar app. ($49.99 new, free update, 10.8 MB) Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our…
  • PopChar X 7.6

    Jul 22, 2016, 12:47 am
    Adds support for Unicode 9.0, which brings 6 new scripts and 72 new emoji characters. (€29.99 new, free update, 4.6 MB) Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed,…
  • “Take Control of Preview” Reveals Even More Features

    Jul 21, 2016, 7:33 am
    Our latest book started as a series of TidBITS articles but more than doubled in size once we discovered and thoroughly explained all of Preview’s image editing and PDF manipulation features. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously…
  • Safari 9.1.2

    Jul 20, 2016, 12:32 am
    Fixes multiple vulnerabilities in WebKit. (Free) Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an…
  • Security Update 2016-004 (Mavericks and Yosemite)

    Jul 20, 2016, 12:32 am
    Resolves memory corruption that could lead to remote code execution for the two older operating systems. (Free, various sizes) Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS…
  • TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 18 July 2016

    Jul 18, 2016, 3:20 pm
    Notable software releases this week include iTunes 12.4.2, Microsoft Office 2016 15.24 and Office 2011 14.6.6, Airfoil 5.1.1, ClamXav 2.9, and LaunchBar 6.7.1. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the…
  • ExtraBITS for 18 July 2016

    Jul 18, 2016, 3:19 pm
    In ExtraBITS this week, Apple is clearing up the relationship between Apple Music and iTunes Match, Eddy Cue opens up to the Hollywood Reporter about the TV business, and Apple is casting developers for its upcoming reality show. Read the full article at…
  • Apple Releases OS X 10.11.6, iOS 9.3.3, tvOS 9.2.2, and watchOS 2.2.2

    Jul 18, 2016, 2:12 pm
    Apple has updated all of its operating systems with security updates and unspecified bug fixes. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and…
  • iTunes 12.4.2

    Jul 18, 2016, 2:12 pm
    Fixes playback issues with short Apple Music songs in the Up Next queue. (Free, 233 MB) Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a…
  • External Link: Apple Simplifies Relationship between Apple Music and iTunes Match

    Jul 18, 2016, 1:20 pm
    At Macworld, Kirk McElhearn describes changes coming to Apple Music that make deciding between it and iTunes Match much easier. Apple Music will now match tracks using acoustic fingerprinting instead of track metadata (as iTunes Match already does), and it…
  • Walmart Pay Is Better Than You Might Expect

    Jul 18, 2016, 7:56 am
    You might think that Walmart’s home-brew mobile payment system would be dreadful, but Josh Centers was pleasantly surprised by how well it works, despite some flaws. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication…
  • Microsoft Office 2016 15.24 and Office 2011 14.6.6

    Jul 17, 2016, 11:41 pm
    Resolves a memory corruption vulnerability while bringing a handful of improvements to individual apps. ($149.99 new, free update) Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text…