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  • “Photos for Mac: A Take Control Crash Course” Now Complete

    Fri 5:33pm
    We’ve now released the full “Photos for Mac: A Take Control Crash Course,” previously available in an abbreviated early-bird version. It helps you transition to Photos, walks you through importing photo libraries, explains the Photos interface and how…
  • LaunchBar 6.4

    Thu 5:29pm
    Adds Action Editor for easy creation and modification of actions. ($29 new, free update, 13.2 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…
  • Automatic Launches App Gallery

    Thu 1:02pm
    Automatic has launched a gallery of compatible apps that greatly expand the capabilities of its Link adapter, which has been revised to allow for real-time engine data transmission. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published…
  • How to Throttle iCloud Photo Library Uploads

    Wed 6:22pm
    Frustrated by Photos sucking all your Internet bandwidth to sync photos to iCloud Photo Library? There’s a solution, but it’s a bit geeky and requires installing an Apple developer utility. Adam Engst walks you through it. Read the full article at…
  • External Link: The MacJury Discusses Apple Watch with TidBITS Staff

    Wed 1:48pm
    Last week Chuck Joiner convened a MacJury comprising TidBITS’s own Josh Centers and Michael Cohen to discuss their first experiences with Apple Watch. Tune in for a deep, serious, deliberative discussion of the new device’s pros and cons…ah, who are we…
  • Installing the Apple Watch 1.0.1 Update

    Wed 1:13pm
    Apple has released the first update for the Apple Watch, but the installation process isn’t immediately obvious. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help…
  • Microsoft Office 2011 14.5.1

    Wed 11:59am
    Patches a security vulnerability while also fixing a bug that rendered Outlook’s main window invisible on Yosemite. (Free update, 114 MB) Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a…
  • Apple Releases Updated MacBook Pro, iMac, and iPhone Dock

    Tue 3:44pm
    Apple has updated the 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display to include a Force Touch trackpad, lowered prices on the iMac with Retina 5K display, and introduced a new iPhone dock with a Lightning connector. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest…
  • TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 18 May 2015

    Mon 2:20pm
    Notable software releases this week include Postbox 4.0.1, Voila 3.8.4, Final Cut Pro X 10.2.1 and Motion 5.2.1, and FileMaker Pro/FileMaker Pro Advanced 14. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the…
  • ExtraBITS for 18 May 2015

    Mon 2:19pm
    In ExtraBITS podcasts this week, publisher Adam Engst joined MacBreak Weekly to discuss Apple Watch fitness, and Adam and Tonya appeared together on MacVoices to look forward from the 25th anniversary of TidBITS. Also, veteran tech writer Ted Landau announces…
  • External Link: Adam Engst Discusses Apple Watch Fitness on MacBreak Weekly

    Mon 1:39pm
    Joining host Leo Laporte and guests Andy Ihnatko and Susie Ochs, Adam shares his impressions of the Apple Watch from the perspective of a runner. Other topics covered on the wide-ranging show include the 12-inch MacBook, Apple Pay, and looking forward to the…
  • External Link: After 25 Years, Adam & Tonya Look Forward on MacVoices

    Mon 1:25pm
    There’s no escaping the Apple Watch these days, and this installment of MacVoices features plenty of discussion of how the Apple Watch works for fitness purposes. But to mark 25 years of publishing TidBITS, Adam and Tonya also talked with host Chuck Joiner…
  • External Link: Ted Landau Retires from Apple Writing

    Mon 11:49am
    Our friend and colleague Ted Landau has announced that he no longer plans to write professionally, noting that the end of Macworld’s print version, and the closure of TUAW and his own MacFixIt (run by CNET), marks a torch-passing moment to younger…
  • External Link: Nielsen/Norman Group Evaluates Apple Watch Usability

    Mon 11:18am
    The user-experience experts at the Nielsen/Norman Group have turned their eyes to the Apple Watch. Raluca Budiu criticizes the Apple Watch’s reliance on tiny touch targets, and notes that a left-right scrolling “deck of cards” interface works better than…
  • Postbox 4.0.1

    Mon 8:09am
    Major new release brings a modernized look to the email client while also improving the Focus Pane. ($15 new, free update, 25.9 MB) Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text…
  • Writing Screenplays with Highland

    Mon 7:33am
    Highland is a low-impact editor for screenwriters that uses the Fountain markup language as its native format. But will it play in Peoria?  Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a…
  • Voila 3.8.4

    Sun 12:41am
    Adds support for the Photos for Mac app. ($29.99 new, free update, 21.6 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…
  • Final Cut Pro X 10.2.1 and Motion 5.2.1

    Sun 12:41am
    Maintenance updates for two of Apple’s professional video editing apps. ($299.99/$49.99 new, free updates) Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support…
  • Joe Kissell’s Reflections on His First 50 Take Control Books

    May 15, 2015, 7:35 pm
    Joe Kissell has written 50 Take Control titles since 2003, and he’s learned a thing or two from the experience. He shares some reflections on the past, present, and future of Take Control — and invites you to a party to celebrate Book #50! Read the full…
  • Exercising with the Apple Watch: The Hardware

    May 15, 2015, 4:38 pm
    The Apple Watch is going up against a wide variety of fitness trackers and sport watches. TidBITS publisher and competitive runner Adam Engst looks at how the Apple Watch’s hardware meets the needs of those who want to work out. Read the full article at…
  • “Take Control of Security for Mac Users” Ready for Everyone

    May 15, 2015, 4:15 pm
    We’re pleased to make the official release of Joe Kissell’s “Take Control of Security for Mac Users” available to people who aren’t in the TidBITS membership program. It’s an essential read for those concerned about protecting the data on their…
  • External Link: Taking OS X to Eleven

    May 15, 2015, 12:48 pm
    Over at Macworld, Jason Snell proposes dropping the “X” from OS X, and rebranding the Mac operating system as just “Mac OS.” Snell argues that unless Apple plans to run OS X on non-Mac devices, there’s no reason to not have “Mac” in the name. And…
  • FileMaker Pro/FileMaker Pro Advanced 14

    May 15, 2015, 12:33 pm
    The venerable Apple-owned database software brings a number of improvements to the user interface and mobile publishing. ($329/$549 new, paid upgrade, 420 MB) Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the…
  • Automatic for the People

    May 14, 2015, 8:45 am
    If you spend a lot of time behind the wheel, Automatic can help make you a smarter, more efficient, safer driver. Josh Centers explains how. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a…
  • Around The World With Apple Pay

    May 13, 2015, 2:39 pm
    Steve McCabe tries to Apple Pay his way around the world, and turns up some interesting challenges along the way. 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: Verizon to Buy AOL

    May 12, 2015, 8:43 am
    Verizon Communications Inc. is purchasing AOL Inc. for approximately $4.4 billion. In addition to AOL’s surprisingly robust dial-up Internet business (2.3. million active subscribers), AOL also owns a number of high-profile blogs, such as The Huffington…
  • TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 11 May 2015

    May 11, 2015, 2:13 pm
    Notable software releases this week include Fantastical 2.0.4, ChronoSync 4.6.1 and ChronoAgent 1.5.2, Downcast 1.1.10, and Safari 8.0.6, 7.1.6, and 6.2.6. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the…
  • ExtraBITS for 11 May 2015

    May 11, 2015, 2:13 pm
    In this week’s ExtraBITS collection, the developers of MacKeeper could owe its users big money, we get some hard numbers regarding the Mac App Store’s stagnation, a developer vents about Apple’s networking code, and Apple confirms third-party Apple Watch…
  • External Link: MacKeeper Owner ZeoBIT Could Owe Users $2 Million

    May 11, 2015, 10:43 am
    Under proposed settlement terms for a 2014 class-action lawsuit against MacKeeper creator ZeoBIT, the company could owe customers $2 million in refunds. ZeoBIT has been accused of unscrupulous marketing, with system tests that flag nonexistent problems.…
  • Photos Everywhere with Lightroom CC and Photos for OS X

    May 11, 2015, 8:25 am
    We want photos on the Mac and on iOS devices to seamlessly find their ways into our photo libraries, but until recently that was essentially impossible. Apple’s Photos for OS X and Adobe’s Lightroom CC include cloud-based options for synchronizing photos…
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