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  • TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 20 November 2017

    Mon 6:40pm
    Notable software releases this week include Microsoft Office 2016 15.40, OmniOutliner Essentials and Pro 5.2, and KeyCue 8.6. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS…
  • ExtraBITS for 20 November 2017

    Mon 6:40pm
    In ExtraBITS this week, Apple announced that it is delaying the HomePod until next year, Gizmodo exposes the secrets of Facebook’s creepiness, and the Web’s inventor expresses concern for its future. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest…
  • Next-Generation TidBITS Infrastructure in the Works

    Mon 3:21pm
    Heads up! We’ve begun the process of completely revamping TidBITS’s Internet presence and expect to start rolling out big changes in early 2018. You can look forward to a modernized TidBITS experience that’s more visually appealing and mobile…
  • No TidBITS Issue on 27 November 2017

    Mon 11:42am
    We’re taking the next email issue of TidBITS off to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday in the United States, although we’ll continue to post articles and ExtraBITS links on our Web site. You can look forward to the next email issue on 4 December…
  • External Link: Apple Delays the HomePod Until 2018

    Mon 6:43am
    Apple originally promised to ship the HomePod smart speaker in December 2017, but the company has now delayed it until early 2018, saying it needed “a little more time before it’s ready.” Although missing the holiday shopping season may give a leg up to…
  • External Link: How Facebook Knows More about Your Personal Network than You Do

    Mon 6:31am
    Facebook does a lot of creepy things, like recommending that someone befriend their father’s mistress or connecting a couple with their anonymous sperm donor from years before. But how does Facebook tease out such obscure connections? Gizmodo investigated…
  • Microsoft Office 2016 15.40

    Sun 11:52am
    Maintenance release that contains security updates to Word and Excel. ($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 RSS feed, help support our work and…
  • iPad Productivity Gets a Boost with iOS 11

    Sat 2:46pm
    Julio Ojeda-Zapata has long relied on the iPad for mobile productivity, but he chafed at the limitations imposed by iOS compared to macOS. Now, tablet-specific improvements to iOS 11 make the iPad a better machine for work on the go. Read the full article at…
  • External Link: Inventor of the Web Concerned for Its Future

    Sat 2:11pm
    Sir Tim Berners-Lee invented the World Wide Web as an “open platform that allows anyone to share information, access opportunities and collaborate across geographical boundaries,” but he’s less optimistic about its future than he used to be. “We have…
  • OmniOutliner Essentials and Pro 5.2

    Fri 6:00am
    Adds JavaScript automation support and improves overall performance when opening and using larger files. ($9.99/59.99 new, free update, 38.7 MB) Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get…
  • KeyCue 8.6

    Thu 10:51pm
    Adds one theme, updates another, and fixes a few bugs. (€19.99 new, free update, 3.8 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 work and…
  • iOS 11.1.2 Fixes iPhone X Cold and Live Photo Problems

    Thu 2:33pm
    Apple has released an iOS 11 update to address a couple of small iPhone X issues related to usage in cold climates and distortion in Live Photos and videos. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the…
  • Apple Starts Pushing High Sierra on Unsuspecting Mac Users

    Wed 6:21pm
    Many Mac users are suddenly being prompted to install macOS 10.13 High Sierra. If you don’t want to tie up your Mac for an hour or more — and end up with High Sierra! — read on to learn how to stop the upgrade process. Read the full article at TidBITS,…
  • TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 13 November 2017

    Nov 13, 2017, 10:37 am
    Notable software releases this week include Carbon Copy Cloner 5.0.4, Bookends 13.0, Retrospect 14.6, SuperDuper 3.0, Tinderbox 7.3, and ChronoSync 4.8.3. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the…
  • ExtraBITS for 13 November 2017

    Nov 13, 2017, 10:37 am
    In ExtraBITS this week, Apple defends its tax practices, Facebook’s first president is having second thoughts about social media, Jony Ive sits down for a new interview, and iOS 11 calculator lag is causing fundamental math errors. Read the full article at…
  • External Link: Apple Defends Its Tax Practices

    Nov 13, 2017, 7:23 am
    Apple is once again in the news for shuffling its cash hoard among various countries to minimize its tax burden. The company has released a sprawling statement defending its practices, stating that it not only follows all applicable laws, but is in fact the…
  • Carbon Copy Cloner 5.0.4

    Nov 12, 2017, 4:52 pm
    Maintenance release for the drive-cloning and backup app resolves a variety of bugs. ($39.99 new, free update, 13.6 MB) Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed,…
  • Bookends 13.0

    Nov 12, 2017, 11:52 am
    Major upgrade for the reference management app with PDF handling improvements. ($59.99 new, $39.99 upgrade, 44.3 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: Past Facebook President Calls Out Social Media

    Nov 11, 2017, 11:45 am
    As Facebook’s first president, Sean Parker was instrumental in the company’s eventual success. But now the billionaire tech pioneer has had a change of heart, confessing at an Axios event that “The thought process that went into building these…
  • Retrospect 14.6

    Nov 11, 2017, 10:10 am
    Adds cloud support for DigitalOcean Spaces, Aufiero Informatica, and Google Cloud Storage Frankfurt and São Paulo. ($119 new, free update, 178 MB) Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To…
  • SuperDuper 3.0

    Nov 11, 2017, 6:09 am
    Major new release adds compatibility with macOS 10.13 High Sierra, plus HFS+ and APFS volumes. (Free, $27.95 for additional features, free update, 5.0 MB) Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the…
  • Tinderbox 7.3

    Nov 10, 2017, 11:10 pm
    Adds new ways to capture notes easily from other devices. ($249 new, free update, 31.9 MB) Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and…
  • ChronoSync 4.8.3

    Nov 10, 2017, 8:10 pm
    Maintenance release fixes bugs in the synchronization and backup app. ($49.99 new, free update, 48.5 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…
  • External Link: Jony Ive on the iPhone X and Apple’s New Campus

    Nov 10, 2017, 9:47 am
    In an interview with Wallpaper, Apple Chief Design Officer Jony Ive discusses some of the design decisions behind Apple’s new campus and how multi-touch has fundamentally changed hardware design. Along those lines, he said something interesting about the…
  • iOS 11.1.1 Puts the “i” Back in iOS

    Nov 9, 2017, 1:10 pm
    Apple has released a small iOS update to fix a bizarre bug that was screwing up the letter “i” and another that could make Hey Siri stop working. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet.…
  • Face ID’s Innovation: Continuous Authentication

    Nov 9, 2017, 12:41 pm
    It takes a lot to impress security expert Rich Mogull, but he’s convinced that Face ID is going to change the face of computer security. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a…
  • External Link: iOS 11 Calculator Lags Cause Errors

    Nov 9, 2017, 7:49 am
    If you type 1+2+3= in iOS 11’s Calculator app quickly, you may get 24 instead of 6. The problem is a delay in recognizing taps on all the operation buttons. Thus, in the example above, the second + is ignored, so you’ve instead typed 1+23=. If you type…
  • Practical Ways To Use QR Codes

    Nov 8, 2017, 2:04 pm
    iOS 11’s Camera app now automatically recognizes QR codes, those square sets of black rectangles that contain URLs, Wi-Fi connection details, contacts, and much more. Here’s how to create and deploy QR codes in practical and useful ways. Read the full…
  • External Link: Me, Myself, and A⍰

    Nov 7, 2017, 10:49 am
    A bizarre bug is afflicting some iOS 11.1 users: the letter “i” is being autocorrected to the letter “A” followed by a question mark in a box: A⍰. Until Apple can fix the bug in the next update to iOS, the company recommends using iOS’s text…
  • TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 6 November 2017

    Nov 6, 2017, 4:59 pm
    Notable software releases this week include TextExpander 6.2.3, Evernote 6.13, Safari 11.0.1, Security Update 2017-001 (Sierra) and Security Update 2017-004 (El Capitan), and Transmit 5.0.5. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published…