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  • TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 27 June 2016

    Mon 5:37pm
    With developers busy absorbing all the new information from WWDC, the only notable software release this week is BusyCal 3.0.1. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS…
  • ExtraBITS for 27 June 2016

    Mon 5:37pm
    In ExtraBITS this week, we get a comparison of Apple Maps and Google Maps, a look into what Apple’s Advanced Computer Vision can identify, and news that Bank of America is rolling out Apple Pay-compatible ATMs. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest…
  • SummerFest 25%-Off Sale Discounts Take Control Books and 14 Mac Apps

    Mon 4:15pm
    If you need help with your Mac, iOS device, or apps, or if your work would proceed more smoothly with a capable Mac app at your side, check out the multi-developer SummerFest sale. You can save 25 percent on all Take Control titles and 14 leading Mac…
  • BusyCal 3.0.1

    Mon 1:07pm
    Major update brings a modern look, smoother navigation, travel time alerts, timed to-dos, and more. ($49.99 new, $29.99 upgrade, 10.7 MB) Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a…
  • Apple Discontinues Thunderbolt Display with No Replacement in Sight

    Mon 5:24am
    Those who need a screen for a Mac mini or Mac Pro, or who want to revel in the productivity glory of a multiple-monitor Mac, will have to look for solutions from companies other than Apple. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published…
  • Eero Provides Good Wi-Fi Coverage in a Handsome Package

    Sat 9:28am
    A fast and stable Wi-Fi network can be complex to create and maintain, and ensuring consistent coverage is yet another ordeal that often means putting an unsightly access point in the middle of your house. Now, a company called Eero has released a lovely…
  • Control Your Apple TV from CiderTV’s iPhone Widget

    Fri 8:10am
    CiderTV offers an interesting suite of remote apps for your Apple TV, but what makes it worth installing is the Today View widget offered by the iOS app. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the…
  • What Apple’s Forthcoming APFS File System Means to You

    Fri 8:01am
    Apple has announced that a new file system, APFS, is included in the developer preview of macOS Sierra and will become the Mac’s default file system in late 2017. But what does that mean to the rest of us? Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest…
  • External Link: Cartographic Comparison of Apple Maps and Google Maps

    Wed 3:31pm
    Maps are but representations of reality, and how Apple and Google have interpreted that reality has led to surprisingly different representations of it. Former Apple cartographer Justin O’Beirne has started a detailed comparison of the two mapping systems,…
  • External Link: Looking Inside Apple’s Advanced Computer Vision

    Wed 12:50pm
    Advanced Computer Vision, a technology coming to the Photos app in macOS Sierra and iOS 10, scans your photos for searchable keywords and to assemble themed collections, called Memories. Kay Yin has analyzed what currently exists of Advanced Computer Vision,…
  • External Link: Bank of America Offering Apple Pay ATM Withdrawals

    Tue 2:02pm
    Bank of America (BoA) is rolling out Apple Pay compatibility to its ATMs, making it possible to use Apple Pay on your iPhone to withdraw cash from over 2400 ATMs that support the technology. You can’t get cash from just any NFC-equipped BoA ATM, though, only…
  • TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 20 June 2016

    Jun 20, 2016, 2:46 pm
    Notable software releases this week include Carbon Copy Cloner 4.1.9, Microsoft Office 2016 15.23 and Office 2011 14.6.5, and LaunchBar 6.7. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a…
  • ExtraBITS for 20 June 2016

    Jun 20, 2016, 2:46 pm
    In this week’s ExtraBITS, we get a look at Apple’s differential privacy, which seeks to gather data while protecting your privacy, and we find out who won the 2016 Apple Design Awards. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published…
  • Myths and Misconceptions about macOS Sierra

    Jun 20, 2016, 8:31 am
    Distressed by the uninformed criticisms flying around about macOS Sierra, Adam Engst calls for a little understanding and encourages optimism about changes that could lead to an improved experience for Apple users. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest…
  • Carbon Copy Cloner 4.1.9

    Jun 20, 2016, 12:13 am
    Fixes some bugs in the backup utility. ($39.99 new, free update, 12.4 MB) Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS…
  • Microsoft Office 2016 15.23 and Office 2011 14.6.5

    Jun 20, 2016, 12:00 am
    Patches a memory corruption vulnerability and provides a number of fixes and improvements to the individual apps in the suite. ($149.99 new, free update) Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the…
  • LaunchBar 6.7

    Jun 17, 2016, 7:40 pm
    Adds support for Emoji and Font Awesome icons, plus the Ulysses text editor. ($29 new, free update, 14.1 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…
  • On the iPhone, Virtual Reality Is Unofficially Real

    Jun 17, 2016, 7:59 am
    Virtual reality is hot, with all manner of 360-degree content being created for fancy computer-connected goggles as well as for simpler smartphone accessories. And while iPhone users have no shortage of VR gear, apps, and Internet videos, Apple hasn’t…
  • External Link: What Is Differential Privacy?

    Jun 16, 2016, 9:01 am
    Apple briefly announced “differential privacy” at this year’s WWDC keynote, but didn’t go into details as to exactly what that means. Cryptographer Matthew Green isn’t sure what Apple means either, but he is familiar with the concept of differential…
  • External Link: Apple Announces 2016 Apple Design Award Winners

    Jun 16, 2016, 8:51 am
    Apple has announced the winners of Apple Design Awards for 2016, recognizing 10 apps, plus 2 student projects. The winners are the education app Complete Anatomy, a to-do list app aimed at helping users develop good habits called Streaks, a fitness training…
  • Why watchOS 3 Will Be Nimble and Nifty

    Jun 13, 2016, 5:58 pm
    With watchOS 3, the Apple Watch will see performance improvements that finally make it feel snappy, along with numerous other interface tweaks that make it fit in more with the Apple product lineup. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously…
  • Playing Around with Swift on the iPad

    Jun 13, 2016, 5:45 pm
    For aspiring app developers, Apple is bringing the new Swift Playgrounds app to iPads later this year, complete with interactive Swift coding lessons. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet.…
  • macOS 10.12 Sierra to Succeed OS X 10.11 El Capitan

    Jun 13, 2016, 5:38 pm
    Apple’s next operating system release for the Mac gets a new name along with support for Siri, deeper integration with other Apple devices, and many other clever-sounding features. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published…
  • iOS 10 Promises New Lock Screen, Open Siri, and More

    Jun 13, 2016, 5:02 pm
    iOS 10, due this fall, will offer more features on the Lock screen, redesigned Music and News apps, third-party app integration with Siri, expanded messaging options, and more. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology…
  • tvOS 10 to Get Improved Siri, Single Sign-on, iOS Remote App

    Jun 13, 2016, 4:41 pm
    Apple’s fourth-generation Apple TV was a major leap forward compared to previous generations, thanks to tvOS. The promised upgrades to tvOS 10 are not as revolutionary, but should substantially improve the Apple TV experience. Read the full article at…
  • WWDC 2016 Keynote Recap

    Jun 13, 2016, 4:25 pm
    In a keynote notable for the diversity of its presenters, Apple showed off what’s coming in iOS 10, watchOS 3, tvOS 10, and the renamed macOS 10.12 Sierra. Read on for a quick recap; we’ll have more detailed coverage separately. Read the full article at…
  • TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 13 June 2016

    Jun 13, 2016, 12:38 pm
    Notable software releases this week include Default Folder X 5.0.5, Lightroom CC 2015.6 and Lightroom 6.6, iTunes 12.4.1, Audio Hijack 3.3, and DEVONthink/DEVONnote 2.8.11. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology…
  • ExtraBITS for 13 June 2016

    Jun 13, 2016, 12:38 pm
    In ExtraBITS this week, Microsoft is buying the professional network LinkedIn for a whopping $26.2 billion, Glenn Fleishman exposes two-factor authentication’s weakness, we learn why you shouldn’t share Web links via Facebook Messenger, Apple shares some…
  • External Link: Microsoft Buying LinkedIn for $26.2 Billion

    Jun 13, 2016, 9:20 am
    Microsoft has announced that it is buying the professional networking service LinkedIn for $26.2 billion. The acquisition brings with it the training Web site Lynda.com, which LinkedIn bought last year. Microsoft said that LinkedIn, which boasts over 400…
  • Share Passwords Securely with One-Time Secret

    Jun 13, 2016, 8:46 am
    If you’ve ever needed to send someone a password via email or instant message, you might have worried that a bad guy could somehow either intercept it or discover it after the fact. For a solution, check out the free One-Time Secret service. Read the full…