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  • Audio Hijack Pro 2.11.3, Nicecast 1.11.3, and Airfoil 4.8.9

    21 September 2014, 7:10 pm

    Restores capability to capture audio from Safari 7.1. (Free updates) 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!…
  • U2 Giveaway Shows We’ve Entered The Age of Digital Consent

    19 September 2014, 1:03 pm

    When is a gift not really a gift? Who really owns your phone? What makes music so important to us? Josh Centers ponders the backlash against Apple’s free gift of a U2 album and concludes that it could have been handled far better, though perhaps that…
  • FunBITS: A Minecraft Crash Course

    19 September 2014, 10:39 am

    Microsoft just paid $2.5 billion to acquire a single game. Read on to find out what makes Minecraft so special to warrant such a high price, along with a “brief” primer on how to survive your first day in Minecraft. Read the full article at TidBITS, the…
  • Security Update 2014-004 (Mountain Lion and Lion)

    18 September 2014, 12:51 pm

    Patches numerous security vulnerabilities in Mountain Lion and Lion, many of the same found in the 10.9.5 Mavericks update. (Free updates, various sizes) Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the…
  • Safari 7.1

    18 September 2014, 12:51 pm

    Adds the option to select DuckDuckGo as your default search engine. (Free) 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…
  • External Link: Bloomberg Businessweek Profiles Tim Cook

    18 September 2014, 9:19 am

    Bloomberg Businessweek has published an exhaustive profile of Apple CEO Tim Cook (be sure to check out the cover of the issue). The chief focus is how Cook handled taking over from Steve Jobs, and the challenges he faced. It also includes a brief foray into…
  • BusyCal 2.6

    17 September 2014, 1:58 pm

    Popular calendar app receives a plethora of added features, improvements, and fixes. ($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 full-text RSS feed,…
  • TunnelBear 2.4.2

    17 September 2014, 1:58 pm

    VPN app fixes issue with custom DNS settings, improves reliability on slow networks. (Free, 23.7 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…
  • Apple TV Updated to 7.0, Includes Beats Music

    17 September 2014, 1:40 pm

    The third-generation Apple TV has been updated with a sleek new look and the introduction of Apple’s recently acquired Beats Music service. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a…
  • iOS 8: TidBITS Answers Your Questions

    17 September 2014, 12:50 pm

    Have iOS 8 questions? We’ve got answers! And if you have more questions yet, ask them in the comments, and we’ll do our best to update the article with what you need to know. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology…
  • External Link: Tim Cook and Charlie Rose, Part 2

    17 September 2014, 9:09 am

    The second part of Charlie Rose’s interview with Apple CEO Tim Cook is now online. Cook discusses Apple’s views on privacy in the wake of the Edward Snowden revelations, his personal heroes, and what Apple values. “We want to leave the world better than…
  • External Link: The iPhone 6’s NFC Chip only for Apple Pay

    17 September 2014, 8:11 am

    If you were hoping to tinker with the new near-field communication (NFC) hardware in the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, we have bad news: it can only be used for Apple Pay, at least for now. Our own security expert, Rich Mogull, suspects that it was a limitation…
  • iOS 8 Users: Do Not Upgrade to iCloud Drive

    16 September 2014, 4:06 pm

    Since upgrading an iOS 8 device to iCloud Drive prevents Macs running Mavericks from accessing documents and data stored in iCloud, refrain from enabling iCloud Drive until Yosemite ships. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published…
  • Turn Off Automatic iOS App Updates

    16 September 2014, 2:04 pm

    With vast numbers of apps being updated for iOS 8 in the next few weeks, it’s safer to turn off automatic updates so you control which apps are updated and when. If it ain’t broke… don’t let it update so it doesn’t possibly break. Read the full…
  • TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 15 September 2014

    15 September 2014, 1:28 pm

    Notable software releases this week include Parallels Desktop 10.0.2, TextExpander 4.3.3, Marked 2.4.1, and iTunes 11.4. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed,…
  • ExtraBITS for 15 September 2014

    15 September 2014, 1:15 pm

    Last week showered us with Apple news, and Adam Engst joined The Tech Night Owl Live podcast to make sense of it all, including Apple’s new products and the inglorious end of Macworld’s print edition. Apple CEO Tim Cook had an interview of his own with…
  • External Link: Adam Engst Revisits Apple Announcements on Tech Night Owl

    15 September 2014, 12:54 pm

    On The Tech Night Owl Live podcast, Adam Engst joins host Gene Steinberg to talk through Apple’s major announcements — the Apple Watch, the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, and Apple Pay — along with the demise of the print edition of Macworld. Read the full…
  • iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus Sell Record Four Million in 24 Hours

    15 September 2014, 8:08 am

    Apple has announced that the just-announced iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus racked up over four million pre-orders in the first 24 hours of sales, yet another record. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the…
  • External Link: Tim Cook Sits Down with Charlie Rose

    15 September 2014, 7:05 am

    Apple CEO Tim Cook sat down for an interview with Charlie Rose, and the first hour is now available to watch. It’s chock full of interesting tidbits, such as Steve Jobs still having an office at Apple, who Apple’s biggest competitor is, things Apple…
  • External Link: Microsoft Buys Minecraft Developer for $2.5 Billion

    15 September 2014, 7:04 am

    Microsoft has announced that it will purchase Stockholm-based developer Mojang, creators of the smash-hit game Minecraft, for $2.5 billion. Minecraft is a procedurally generated sandbox game that mixes survival, construction, and fantasy. It rose from…
  • Parallels Desktop 10.0.2

    14 September 2014, 9:09 pm

    Fixes several stability- and performance-related issues. ($79.99 new, free update, 275 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…
  • TextExpander 4.3.3

    14 September 2014, 8:55 pm

    Ensures compatibility with OS X Yosemite. ($34.95 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 support our work and become a TidBITS…
  • External Link: Behind the Scenes of Apple’s $100 Million U2 Deal

    14 September 2014, 6:27 pm

    Billboard spoke with U2’s new manager, Guy Oseary, about the band’s deal with Apple to distribute their latest album, “Songs of Innocence,” for free to iTunes users. The deal is rumored to have cost Apple up to $100 million. Oseary discusses Beats…
  • FunBITS: Test Driving Amazon’s Prime Music

    12 September 2014, 12:42 pm

    Amazon has entered the streaming music fray with its Prime Music service, available exclusively to subscribers of Amazon Prime. Agen Schmitz spent a few weeks with its desktop and mobile apps to see how it works and whether it’s worth your time. Read the…
  • Eulogy for the iPod classic

    11 September 2014, 3:28 pm

    The iPod Classic is dead, but its legacy lives on, with the 128 GB iPhone 6 carrying the torch of putting massive amounts of music in your pocket and the reincarnation of the click wheel in the Apple Watch’s digital crown. Read the full article at TidBITS,…
  • External Link: The Apple Watch from a Watch Guy’s Perspective

    11 September 2014, 9:15 am

    Many tech watchers and pundits have weighed in on the recently announced Apple Watch, but almost all the talk has been about it as an interactive device, focusing on features and capabilities. Benjamin Clymer has a different take — as the founder of…
  • Marked 2.4.1

    11 September 2014, 8:51 am

    Adds a number of improvements to the Markdown previewer, including automatic updates to the direct download edition. ($13.99 new, free update, 18.5 MB) Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet.…
  • Macworld Lays Off Staffers, Closes Print Edition

    10 September 2014, 11:58 am

    Sad news: According to Macworld editors, IDG has shuttered the print edition of Macworld and laid off most of the staff. The macworld.com Web site will continue. Our condolences to the many fine editors and writers who are now looking for work. Read the full…
  • Apple Releases New iCloud Storage Plans

    10 September 2014, 9:43 am

    Apple has radically increased the amount of iCloud storage available to purchase and dropped the price per gigabyte. But as welcome as these changes are, they still pale in comparison to offers from Dropbox and Google Drive. Read the full article at TidBITS,…
  • How to Get (or Delete) Your Free U2 Album

    10 September 2014, 9:12 am

    Apple announced that it’s giving away a free copy of U2’s latest album, “Songs of Innocence,” to every iTunes customer. Here’s how to claim yours before time runs out on 13 October 2014. And if you really don’t like U2, you can remove all traces of…

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