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  • Clearing up Confusion about Netflix and the TV App

    Thu 1:19pm
    Netflix doesn’t work with Apple’s TV app. Or does it? “Take Control of Apple TV” author Josh Centers explains this Schrödinger’s cat conundrum. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the…
  • Ideas from CES 2017: 5G in Your Future

    Thu 11:48am
    Fresh from a panel discussion on 5G networks at CES 2017, Jeff Porten discusses the goals of this next-generation networking technology and speculates on how it will actually be implemented. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published…
  • External Link: “Fruitfly” Mac Malware Uses Old Code

    Thu 8:26am
    A new piece of malware, dubbed “Fruitfly” by Apple, is floating around the Mac universe. Fortunately, Apple has released a silent update to protect against it. But the analysis by Malwarebytes Labs is fascinating — Fruitfly consists of a hodgepodge of…
  • Logic Pro X 10.3

    Wed 10:34pm
    Major new release for the professional audio app with a refreshed user interface and support for the Touch Bar on the new MacBook Pro. ($199.99 new, free update, 1.32 GB) Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology…
  • Security Update 2016-007 (Yosemite) and 2016-003 Supplemental (El Capitan)

    Tue 11:11pm
    Addresses security vulnerability for both operating systems, plus a kernel issue for 10.11 El Capitan. (Free, various sizes) Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS…
  • Run Ookla Speedtest from Your Menu Bar

    Mon 4:52pm
    For a quick test of your Internet connection’s performance, try Ookla’s Speedtest app for the Mac, which lets you perform ad-free speed tests with just a couple of clicks. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology…
  • TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 16 January 2017

    Mon 1:58pm
    Notable software releases this week include Fantastical 2.3.3, HoudahGeo 5.1.5, and Typinator 7.1. 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…
  • ExtraBITS for 16 January 2017

    Mon 1:58pm
    In ExtraBITS this week, Jason Snell and a panel of Apple experts judge the company’s performance in 2016, developer Greg Raiz offers a better take on the iOS Activity sheet, former Apple automation guru Sal Soghoian explains why app extensions can’t…
  • External Link: Apple in 2016: The Six Colors Report Card

    Mon 11:23am
    Jason Snell of Six Colors has issued his report card on Apple’s 2016 efforts, relying once again on a panel of 37 industry watchers, including many TidBITS and Take Control staffers and authors (Adam Engst, Tonya Engst, Josh Centers, Jeff Carlson, Kirk…
  • A Prairie HomeKit Companion: Controlling Accessories

    Mon 9:03am
    In this installment of A Prairie HomeKit Companion, Josh Centers moves past setup and explains how to manipulate your HomeKit Accessories. He also tells you how to set up Scenes to save time. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published…
  • A Prairie HomeKit Companion: Setting Up Accessories and Rooms

    Mon 7:56am
    In this second installment of our HomeKit home automation series, Josh Centers walks you through setting up HomeKit Accessories and how to divide your Home into Rooms. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication…
  • Fantastical 2.3.3

    Sun 5:38pm
    Enables copying Day or Week as text and makes links in an event’s location clickable. ($49.99 new, free update, 13.9 MB) Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed,…
  • HoudahGeo 5.1.5

    Sat 5:37pm
    Fixes several bugs in the photo geotagging app. ($39 new, free update, 21.7 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 TidBITS…
  • Typinator 7.1

    Fri 6:15pm
    Improves the interactive input forms introduced in version 7.0. (€24.99 new, free update, 8.0 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…
  • International Verify Your Backups Day

    Jan 13, 2017, 9:00 am
    What better day than Friday the 13th to check that your backups are actually working by restoring some critical files? Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed,…
  • Why We Should Care about the Consumer Reports MacBook Pro Rating

    Jan 12, 2017, 11:05 am
    Reviewers have a responsibility to understand how their testing differs from consumer use when problems arise because introducing confusion into the world reduces trust in technology journalism as a whole. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest…
  • External Link: How to Fix the iOS Activity Sheet

    Jan 12, 2017, 8:52 am
    In a post on Medium, Greg Raiz, CEO of app development agency Raizlabs, explains how Apple could improve the Activity sheet in iOS (it’s commonly called the Share sheet, but that’s misleading because it frequently contains actions unrelated to sharing). He…
  • External Link: Is Apple Planning to Replace Automation with App Extensions?

    Jan 12, 2017, 6:00 am
    Sal Soghoian, the automation guru recently released by Apple, has penned a compelling editorial for MacStories explaining why app extensions are not a replacement for automation tools like AppleScript and Automator. He does an excellent job of explaining what…
  • CES 2017: Gadget Finds on the CES Show Floor, Days 3 and 4

    Jan 11, 2017, 12:08 pm
    Jeff Porten bids adieu to CES 2017 with a show floor wrap-up. 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…
  • External Link: Atlassian Buys Trello for $425 Million

    Jan 11, 2017, 11:48 am
    We’re tremendously fond of collaboration tool Trello, which just announced that it’s being purchased by enterprise software company Atlassian for $425 million. Trello claims that it will be able to take advantage of Atlassian’s research and development…
  • External Link: Chuq Von Rospach’s Review of Apple in 2016

    Jan 11, 2017, 8:38 am
    Apple veteran Chuq Von Rospach has reviewed Apple’s performance in 2016, and he has some tough words for the company, saying that it “simply isn’t firing on all cylinders” and is “out of sync with itself.” He points out how Apple has missed its…
  • CES 2017: Gadget Finds on the CES Show Floor, Days 1 and 2

    Jan 10, 2017, 8:02 am
    Having finished up with the media-only events, Jeff Porten hits the show floors of CES, and has many miles to go and products to write up for you before he sleeps. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on…
  • TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 9 January 2017

    Jan 9, 2017, 4:46 pm
    Notable software releases this week include OmniFocus 2.8 and Default Folder X 5.1.2. 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…
  • CES 2017: From Laundry to Play-Doh at Showstoppers

    Jan 9, 2017, 8:59 am
    Jeff Porten continues his explorations of what’s new and cool at Showstoppers, the third and final media-only show floor at CES. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text…
  • OmniFocus 2.8

    Jan 7, 2017, 7:09 pm
    Adds a Global Search feature and improves support for tabbed windows in Sierra. ($39.99 new, free update, 28.9 MB) Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help…
  • Tell Us Your Mac Automation Stories

    Jan 7, 2017, 5:43 pm
    Apple’s elimination of the position of Product Manager of Automation Technologies a few months ago cast a pall over the future of automation at Apple. Adam explains what happened, his worry about Apple’s commitment to automation, and what you can do to…
  • Default Folder X 5.1.2

    Jan 6, 2017, 6:57 pm
    Maintenance release with several bug fixes for the Open/Save dialog enhancement utility. ($34.95 new, free update, 6.3 MB) Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed,…
  • CES 2017: Gizmos from the PEPCOM Digital Experience

    Jan 6, 2017, 12:15 pm
    Jeff Porten continues his CES death march across Las Vegas with highlights from the PEPCOM Digital Experience. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help…
  • CES 2017: Cool Products from CES Unveiled

    Jan 5, 2017, 12:52 pm
    Jeff Porten continues his CES 2017 adventure by showcasing some gizmos from the CES Unveiled event. 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…
  • CES 2017: Tech Trends to Watch

    Jan 4, 2017, 9:23 am
    Jeff Porten begins his 2017 CES adventure by taking stock of the overall trends looming over the show: voice recognition, artificial intelligence, and smart homes. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on…