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  • External Link: Google’s Secret Delivery Drones

    29 August 2014, 2:28 pm

    Google has revealed its previously secret drone delivery program to Alexis Madrigal of The Atlantic. The program, dubbed Project Wing, has been in development for two years by the company’s Google X research lab. Google is “cautiously optimistic” that it…
  • FunBITS: Getting The Most Out Of Your iPhone’s Music With CanOpener

    29 August 2014, 7:37 am

    The powerful CanOpener app brings iPhone music to life with some clever sound-processing tricks. 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…
  • Replace a Dying iPhone 5 Battery: Take Two

    28 August 2014, 7:37 am

    After Adam Engst’s struggles with replacing his iPhone 5 battery on his own, Josh Centers takes the Apple-approved path, and found that it can be every bit as frustrating. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology…
  • Dropbox Drops Pro Price, Adds Pro Features

    27 August 2014, 12:20 pm

    To compete with pricing from Google Drive and OneDrive, Dropbox is now offering a single 1 TB tier of Dropbox Pro for $9.99 per month. More interesting for those who don’t need any more space are Dropbox Pro’s new features, including view-only permissions…
  • Microsoft Office 2011 14.4.4

    27 August 2014, 9:47 am

    Small maintenance release alleviates frustrations for Word, PowerPoint, and Outlook. (Free update, 113 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…
  • BBEdit 10.5.12 and TextWrangler 4.5.10

    26 August 2014, 9:54 pm

    Updated code signing to ensure compatibility with OS X Yosemite. ($49.99/free new, free updates, 12.5/9.4 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…
  • External Link: Marco Arment’s Mega Review of Portable, Closed Headphones

    26 August 2014, 3:05 pm

    Overcast developer Marco Arment is on a quest to find the perfect pair of headphones, and he has acquired and reviewed 19 pairs of portable, closed headphones to find the best in that category. Surprisingly, the often-derided Beats Studio, which Arment credits…
  • LaunchBar 6.1

    26 August 2014, 11:03 am

    Adds new Staging superpower, which enables you to create multiple selections and initiate them at once. ($29 new, free update, 10.0 MB) Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a…
  • External Link: The Columbia Journalism Review Interviews John Siracusa

    26 August 2014, 8:46 am

    John Siracusa sat down for a Q&A with the Columbia Journalism Review to discuss his nearly fourteen years of annual Mac OS X reviews. Siracusa talks about how Apple’s interactions with the press have changed, and what drives him to be so hypercritical. Read…
  • Take Control of OS X Server, Chapter 12: Software Updates

    25 August 2014, 12:25 pm

    If you’re interested in reducing unnecessary bandwidth usage from multiple users downloading the same software updates, or in controlling which Apple updates your Mac users can install, read this chapter of Charles Edge’s “Take Control of OS X Server”…
  • Chapter 12 of “Take Control of OS X Server” Now Available

    25 August 2014, 12:24 pm

    No matter how small or large your network, you’ll want to read the latest chapter in Charles Edge’s streamed “Take Control of OS X Server,” in which he explains why everyone should run the Caching service and what the similar Software Update service…
  • TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 25 August 2014

    25 August 2014, 11:25 am

    Notable software releases this week include Parallels Desktop 10, Final Cut Pro X 10.1.3, PDFpen and PDFpenPro 6.3.2, and PopChar X 6.6. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a…
  • ExtraBITS for 25 August 2014

    25 August 2014, 10:09 am

    The second public beta of the upcoming OS X Yosemite is out, making this a perfect time to pick up Joe Kissell’s “Take Control of Beta Testing Yosemite.” However, it isn’t a perfect time to be a print journalist; Clay Shirky delves into what current…
  • Apple Replacing Defective iPhone 5 Batteries

    25 August 2014, 5:57 am

    Apple has announced a replacement program for defective iPhone 5 batteries. Josh Centers explains how to check if you’re qualified, and how to get a replacement, or a refund if you were forced to replace the battery before this. Read the full article at…
  • FunBITS: Learn Knot Tying the iPhone Way

    22 August 2014, 3:08 pm

    Barely able to tie your shoes, much less rig a sailboat? Josh Centers has discovered an iOS app that can open up a world of adventure. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a…
  • External Link: OS X Yosemite Public Beta 2 Out — Get “Take Control of Beta Testing Yosemite”…

    22 August 2014, 8:12 am

    Apple has released the second public beta of the upcoming OS X Yosemite, but with no word about what might have changed. If you’re running the first public beta, get the new version from the Updates tab in the App Store app. You can still sign up for the…
  • The NFL Arrives on Apple TV

    21 August 2014, 4:01 pm

    The NFL is now available on the Apple TV, and it’s mostly free. Unfortunately, it may not be what you’ve been hoping for. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS…
  • External Link: Journalists: Print Newspapers Are Dying, Time to Pivot

    21 August 2014, 1:35 pm

    At Medium, journalism professor and inveterate Internet observer Clay Shirky declares the end of the print newspaper and makes a blunt recommendation, “If you are a journalist at a print publication, your job is in danger. Period. Time to do something about…
  • External Link: How Apple Is Winning the PC Market

    21 August 2014, 12:21 pm

    Ed Bott of ZDNet argues that Apple is winning the PC market, or at least the only segment that still matters. Though Macs accounted for less than 6 percent of last year’s PC sales overall, Bott estimates that Apple’s MacBook Air controls 30 percent of the…
  • Parallels Desktop 10

    21 August 2014, 8:57 am

    Major new release adds experimental support for OS X Yosemite while also optimizing performance. ($79.99 new, $49.99 upgrade) Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS…
  • Final Cut Pro X 10.1.3

    20 August 2014, 10:03 pm

    Improves the reliability of burning a Blu-ray disc or creating a Blu-ray disk image ($299.99 new, free update, 2.28 GB) Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed,…
  • Search in Private with DuckDuckGo

    20 August 2014, 11:24 am

    Apple is offering DuckDuckGo as a Safari search engine in the upcoming iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite. Learn more about this upstart search engine, why privacy lovers swear by it, and how it can save you time. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest…
  • PDFpen and PDFpenPro 6.3.2

    19 August 2014, 9:07 pm

    Adds support for the upcoming OS X Yosemite. ($59.95/$99.95 new, free updates, 52.0/52.8 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…
  • PopChar X 6.6

    19 August 2014, 9:06 pm

    Adds support for Unicode 7.0. (€29.99 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 become a TidBITS member!…
  • External Link: In Defense of Email: Our Last Best Hope

    19 August 2014, 3:05 pm

    Email is far from hip these days. Pundits and investors alike salivate over ways to replace it with something more modern, but The Atlantic’s Alexis Madrigal argues that email is still the best part of the Internet. Despite its flaws, email is open,…
  • Take Control of OS X Server, Chapter 11: Wiki Services

    18 August 2014, 4:34 pm

    For organizations large and small, wikis can be tremendously useful, since they make it so anyone (with permissions) can create and edit pages on a Web site without knowing HTML or needing special tools. In this chapter of “Take Control of OS X Server,”…
  • Chapter 11 of “Take Control of OS X Server” Now Available

    18 August 2014, 4:33 pm

    If you’ve wanted to run a wiki or a blog using OS X Server, you don’t need to enable the Web service and install complex software. Instead, read this latest chapter of “Take Control of OS X Server,” where Charles Edge explains how to create and run…
  • Save 50% in Take Control’s 2014 Back to School Sale

    18 August 2014, 2:07 pm

    Through 25 August 2014, you can save 50 percent on the entire Take Control catalog of ebooks. It’s a great opportunity to pick up titles that you’ve been wanting to read or that might be useful to have on your virtual shelf for reference. As always, all…
  • TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 18 August 2014

    18 August 2014, 12:28 pm

    Notable software releases this week include Fission 2.2.2, Alfred 2.4, Delicious Library 3.2.2, CloudPull 2.5.4, Corel Painter 2015, and Safari 7.0.6 and 6.1.6. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the…
  • ExtraBITS for 18 August 2014

    18 August 2014, 12:28 pm

    This week in ExtraBITS, Apple has banned two potent toxins from iPhone assembly plants, we delve into the origins of clicking “x” to close a window, Apple releases a not-so-diverse diversity report, and the New York Times gets an inside peek at Apple…

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