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  • How to Eliminate Drop Shadows in OS X Screenshots

    Sat 10:52am
    Carefully composed screenshots are essential for technical writers, but OS X adds a drop shadow to screenshots that can cause headaches. Josh Centers explains how to get rid of these pesky drop shadows, both temporarily and permanently.  Read the full article…
  • External Link: Apple to Offer Band Swaps for the Apple Watch

    Sat 10:00am
    Have you received your Apple Watch, only to find that you hate the band? The good news is that Apple may be willing to exchange it. According to internal Apple documents obtained by MacRumors, Apple is planning to allow Apple Watch customers to exchange just…
  • Level up with “Take Control of the Mac Command Line with Terminal”

    Fri 5:31pm
    The second edition of Joe Kissell’s “Take Control of the Mac Command Line with Terminal” adds 50 pages with more advanced topics and showcases 52 real-world “recipes” for tasks that are better done at the command line. It’s an essential reference…
  • External Link: iFixit’s Apple Watch Teardown

    Fri 3:00pm
    A new Apple product hasn’t officially arrived until the boffins at iFixit tear it apart and document every component — which they now have. This may come as a surprise, but the Apple Watch isn’t super easy to repair. And the idea of upgradeable watches…
  • iMac Graphics Update 1.0

    Fri 11:54am
    Fixes a bug related to opening very large JPEG image files on specific iMac models released since late 2013. (Free, 772 KB) Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS…
  • External Link: Comcast Gives Up on Time Warner Cable

    Fri 10:10am
    Comcast Corporation has officially given up on its $45.2 billion merger with Time Warner Cable. The Federal Communications Commission was reportedly concerned about the ramifications of the top two cable companies merging, which would have given Comcast…
  • Fantastical 2.0.3

    Thu 6:39pm
    Reduces CPU usage when syncing large calendars, and provides fixes for snoozing. ($39.99 new, free update, 12.2 MB) Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help…
  • KeyCue 7.5

    Thu 6:26pm
    Adds the capability to omit keyboard shortcuts for both specific applications and system-wide shortcuts. (€19.99 new, free update, 3.4 MB) Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a…
  • External Link: Error 53 Will Kill Your iPhone and No One Knows Why

    Thu 8:00am
    There's a mysterious issue affecting iPhones. The Daily Dot's Mike Wehner happened across it when he tried to update his iPhone 6 Plus to iOS 8.3. The phone wouldn't install the update, and connecting it to iTunes presented error 53 when trying to update the…
  • External Link: YouTube Drops the Second-Generation Apple TV

    Wed 12:18pm
    If you still use a second-generation Apple TV, be aware that Google has dropped support for its built-in YouTube channel. Google overhauled the channel on third-generation Apple TVs last year, but the second-generation model has been effectively abandoned by…
  • How the Apple Watch Could Improve Security

    Wed 10:45am
    As a secure second device likely to be with its owner at nearly all times, the Apple Watch offers some compelling opportunities to improve account security. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the…
  • BusyCal 2.6.6

    Tue 11:59am
    Adds support for auto-filling matching tags for the Attendee and Contact fields from BusyContacts. ($49.99 new, free update, 10.3 MB) Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a…
  • BusyContacts 1.0.3

    Tue 11:58am
    Brings several helpful additions to the contact manager, including support for a tag extension that auto-fills the Attendee and Contact fields in BusyCal. ($49.99 new, free update, 5.4 MB) Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published…
  • TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 20 April 2015

    Mon 5:29pm
    Notable software releases this week include OS X Server 4.1, Nisus Writer Pro 2.1.1, OmniOutliner 4.2, Tinderbox 6.2, LaunchBar 6.3, Final Cut Pro X 10.2, Compressor 4.2, Motion 5.2, and OS X Yosemite 10.10.3 Supplemental Update 1.0. Read the full article at…
  • ExtraBITS for 20 April 2015

    Mon 5:29pm
    In our latest ExtraBITS roundup, Apple has released its ResearchKit framework to the open-source community, developer Marco Arment calls for thicker Apple devices, Apple is getting into forestry, iOS 8.3 blocks third-party file managers, and Josh Centers…
  • External Link: Apple Releases ResearchKit

    Mon 2:25pm
    As promised, Apple has released ResearchKit to the open-source community. ResearchKit is a development framework that can be used to create medical research apps. If you’re a developer interested in trying it out, grab the source code from GitHub. Read the…
  • TidBITS Hits a Quarter Century of Internet Publishing

    Mon 10:51am
    It seems like only yesterday we were reviewing Now Utilities and writing about the latest update to WordPerfect. That’s right, TidBITS has now been publishing for 25 years, making us one of the oldest Internet publications of all time. Adam shares some of…
  • OS X Server 4.1

    Apr 20, 2015, 12:05 am
    Updated for changes in 10.10.3 Yosemite as well as iOS 8.3. ($19.99 new, free update, 198 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…
  • Nisus Writer Pro 2.1.1

    Apr 19, 2015, 11:50 pm
    Provides a number of fixes for crashes, hangs, and other bugaboos in the venerable word processor. ($79 new, free update, 242 MB) Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text…
  • External Link: A Plea for Thicker Apple Devices

    Apr 19, 2015, 8:00 am
    Every generation of Apple devices seems to get thinner. But developer Marco Arment wishes that Apple would consider thicker alternatives with better battery life. He imagines a beefier iPhone with up to 100 percent more battery life, full-size MacBook Pros…
  • External Link: Apple Buying 36,000 Acres of Forest

    Apr 18, 2015, 8:00 am
    Talk about vertical integration! Apple is buying two tracts of forest in Maine and North Carolina that will be sustainably harvested for Apple’s packaging. The 36,000 acres will be managed by The Conservation Fund, which will help turn the land into a…
  • OmniOutliner 4.2

    Apr 18, 2015, 5:59 am
    Updates the user interface to fit better with Yosemite, plus adds a number of improvements. ($49.99 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…
  • Tinderbox 6.2

    Apr 17, 2015, 8:45 pm
    Brings more than 100 improvements to the personal content assistant. ($249 new, free update, 45.3 MB) Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our…
  • LaunchBar 6.3

    Apr 17, 2015, 4:27 pm
    Improves support for Finder tags and adds multiple-selection dragging capabilities. ($29 new, free update, 9.8 MB) Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help…
  • Apple Watch Try-Ons Are Both Hype and Help

    Apr 17, 2015, 2:56 pm
    Julio Ojeda-Zapata visited Apple Stores in his area for Apple Watch try-ons. The experience proved more enjoyable and enlightening than he expected and cured some of his misconceptions about Apple’s new smartwatch.  Read the full article at TidBITS, the…
  • External Link: iOS 8.3 Blocks File Managers and Transfer Utilities

    Apr 17, 2015, 2:30 pm
    If you rely on a third-party file manager with an iOS device, hold off on installing iOS 8.3, since new security settings disable many of these apps. Utilities such as iFunbox, iTools, and iExplorer are all affected. iFunBox and iExplorer have been updated to…
  • Keeping Up with the Snoops 9: Junk in the PRISM Trunk

    Apr 17, 2015, 1:42 pm
    In the latest edition of our series on the U.S. mass surveillance saga, comedian John Oliver figures out what will make Americans care about government surveillance, it turns out that mass surveillance was happening well before 9/11, we analyze the current…
  • First Legal Shots Fired over Net Neutrality

    Apr 17, 2015, 8:42 am
    Everyone knew any attempt by the FCC to regulate the Internet would be met with court challenges… and here they come. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed,…
  • Final Cut Pro X 10.2, Compressor 4.2, Motion 5.2

    Apr 16, 2015, 10:51 pm
    Adds capability to create animated 3D text in Final Cut Pro X and Motion, plus adds iTunes Store packaging capabilities to Compressor. ($299.99/$49.99/$49.99 new, free updates) Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology…
  • OS X Yosemite 10.10.3 Supplemental Update 1.0

    Apr 16, 2015, 8:05 pm
    Fixes a video driver issue that prevented a Mac from starting up. (Free, 1.8 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 become a…
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