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  • TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 30 March 2015

    3:27pm
    Notable software releases this week include BusyContacts 1.0.2, Napkin 1.5, Backblaze 4.0, and PDFpen and PDFpenPro 7.1. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed,…
  • ExtraBITS for 30 March 2015

    3:27pm
    In our latest ExtraBITS roundup, Apple CEO Tim Cook makes a political statement in the Washington Post, Pixar releases RenderMan for free, Apple Store employees prepare to offer fashion advice, a Mac Plus gets on the Web, and Amazon reveals future updates for…
  • Take Control of Security for Mac Users, Chapter 10: Prevent Data Loss and Theft

    1:35pm
    Most of the topics in this book address ways of protecting your data in one fashion or another. But in this chapter, we change gears to address two key pieces of data security — preventing loss and theft of your data while it’s stored on your Mac.…
  • Chapter 10 of “Take Control of Security for Mac Users” Available

    1:34pm
    In this week’s installment, Joe Kissell moves from looking at the various ways you can keep people out of your Mac to how you can prevent loss and theft of your data while it’s stored on your Mac. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously…
  • External Link: Tim Cook Speaks Out Against “Religious Freedom” Laws

    11:54am
    Apple has come a long way from Steve Jobs’s open letters about DRM, Flash, and the firm’s environmental efforts. In a Washington Post op-ed, Apple CEO Tim Cook criticizes state laws that he says “would allow people to discriminate against their…
  • BusyContacts 1.0.2

    5:14am
    Maintenance release for the new contact manager app. ($49.99 new, free update, 5.4 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…
  • Napkin 1.5

    Sun 10:01pm
    Significant update to image annotation and diagramming app adds many user-requested features and overhauls user interface to be more aligned with Yosemite. ($39.99 new, free update, 5.4 MB) Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published…
  • Backblaze 4.0

    Sun 10:00pm
    Improves upload and download speeds through new threading approach. (Free, 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 support our work and become a…
  • Inconsistent Support Bedevils MacBook Pros Suffering from “Staingate”

    Sat 8:00am
    The anti-glare coating on some MacBook Pro displays is peeling off under normal use, but Apple is being inconsistent with how it approaches the problem. Topher Kessler of MacIssues offers advice for those with affected Macs. Read the full article at TidBITS,…
  • Twitter’s Meerkat Killer, Periscope, Has Arrived

    Fri 12:27pm
    Twitter has unveiled its own entry in the online video broadcasting race, and it’s already taking the world by storm. Josh Centers explains what differentiates it from Meerkat. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology…
  • Launcher for iOS Finds the Rock

    Fri 6:04am
    After months in App Store purgatory, Launcher by Cromulent Labs returns to the App Store, letting you invoke apps and actions from iOS 8’s Notification Center. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the…
  • Fantastical 2 Aims to Replace Apple’s Calendar

    Fri 5:55am
    If you’re dissatisfied with Apple’s Calendar app, the new Fantastical 2 from Flexibits is worth a look to see if it’s more to your liking. And even if you’re not considering replacing Calendar, read on, because some of Fantastical’s features might…
  • External Link: Pixar Releases RenderMan Free for Non-Commercial Use

    Wed 2:42pm
    Pixar has released its RenderMan 3D-rendering tool for free, as long as you use it for non-commercial purposes. It’s not a standalone solution, since it requires something like Autodesk’s Maya or The Foundry’s Katana to create the actual 3D models. But…
  • PDFpen and PDFpenPro 7.1

    Tue 7:42pm
    Adds advanced page numbering options and improvements to custom stamps. ($74.95/$124.95 new, free update, 52.4/53 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: Apple Store Sales Line: “The white strap looks great on you!”

    Tue 2:39pm
    Over at 9to5Mac, Mark Gurman has a fascinating article about how Apple is training Apple Store employees to provide personal fashion and styling advice to customers in conjunction with the upcoming launch of the Apple Watch. It’s worth a read for insight…
  • External Link: Connecting a 1986 Mac Plus to the Modern Web

    Tue 9:44am
    The Mac Plus debuted years before the World Wide Web, but that didn’t stop developer Jeff Keacher from figuring out how to get his 1986-era Mac online. Using MacTCP, MacWeb, a Raspberry Pi single-board computer, and a custom proxy server, Keacher was able to…
  • External Link: New Features Coming for Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick

    Tue 9:43am
    In the wake of new Apple TV rumors, Amazon has announced upcoming feature changes for its Fire TV lineup. In coming weeks, the Fire TV will be updated to support USB storage devices and Bluetooth headphones. Both the original Fire TV and the Fire TV Stick will…
  • TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 23 March 2015

    Mar 23, 2015, 4:20 pm
    Notable software releases this week include Safari 8.0.4, 7.1.4, and 6.2.4, Skype 7.6, Voila 3.8.3, Security Update 2015-003 (Yosemite), Typinator 6.5, Audio Hijack 3.0.3, and Nisus Writer Pro 2.1. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously…
  • ExtraBITS for 23 March 2015

    Mar 23, 2015, 4:20 pm
    In our latest roundup of links, Tim Cook opens up about Steve Jobs and the Apple Watch, modern Photoshop experts try to use Photoshop 1.0, and Managing Editor Josh Centers makes an appearance on the Subjective podcast. Read the full article at TidBITS, the…
  • Safari 8.0.4, 7.1.4, and 6.2.4

    Mar 23, 2015, 11:36 am
    Updates for three versions of Apple Web browser patch a collection of WebKit-related security vulnerabilities. (Free) Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help…
  • Skype 7.6

    Mar 23, 2015, 11:35 am
    Reduces animated emoticon-related CPU consumption and adds 14 new localizations. (Free, 38.1 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 our work and…
  • Take Control of Security for Mac Users, Chapter 9: Manage iCloud Security

    Mar 23, 2015, 10:21 am
    Because so many aspects of OS X depend on Apple’s free iCloud service for key functionality, iiCloud security merits its own chapter. Of course, iCloud works on mobile devices, Windows PCs, and even Apple TVs — not just on your Mac — but the more you…
  • Chapter 9 of “Take Control of Security for Mac Users” Available

    Mar 23, 2015, 10:20 am
    It’s nearly impossible for today’s Mac user to avoid iCloud, and although Apple has done a good job on iCloud security, Joe Kissell still has some steps you can take to increase your overall security level. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest…
  • Voila 3.8.3

    Mar 20, 2015, 2:38 pm
    Updates the screen capture utility to support 64-bit processors. ($29.99 new, free update, 30.2 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…
  • Security Update 2015-003 (Yosemite)

    Mar 20, 2015, 2:24 pm
    Patches two vulnerabilities related to iCloud Keychain and IOSurface for those running 10.10.2 Yosemite. (Free, various sizes) Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS…
  • Force Touch Trackpad Makes MacBooks More Compelling

    Mar 20, 2015, 11:24 am
    Julio Ojeda-Zapata put Apple’s new Force Touch trackpad through its paces and found its features to be flawlessly executed, fairly useful, and wicked cool. He is not yet persuaded to give up the mouse he uses at his office desk, though. Read the full…
  • Typinator 6.5

    Mar 19, 2015, 5:15 pm
    Disables system-wide smart substitutions by default and adds support for French quoting style. (€24.99 new, free update, 6.9 MB) Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text…
  • Audio Hijack 3.0.3

    Mar 19, 2015, 5:15 pm
    Reduces overall latency and fixes a timer-related bug associated with Daylight Saving Time. ($49 new, free update, 14.3 MB) Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS…
  • Macs Not Vulnerable to BadUSB Attack

    Mar 19, 2015, 6:03 am
    Some publications are singling out the new 12-inch MacBook’s single USB-C port as a major security risk. But the risks, which aren’t even new, are being overstated. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication…
  • Apple Pay Exposes Insecure Bank Policies

    Mar 18, 2015, 2:26 pm
    Apple Pay is being blamed for a rash of new credit card fraud cases. TidBITS Security Editor Rich Mogull argues that it’s merely exposing existing weaknesses in bank security. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology…
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