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  • Pages 6.3, Numbers 4.3, and Keynote 7.3 for Mac

    1h
    Minor updates to Pages and Keynote, and the standard performance and stability improvements for all three apps. (Free, various sizes) Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a…
  • External Link: Turning the Tables on a Tech Support Scammer

    Tue 6:48am
    Bothered by the ever-increasing prevalence of tech support phone scams? When you have some time to listen, check out the Reply All podcast’s two-part “Long Distance” show. It documents host Alex Goldman’s efforts to track down the company and people…
  • TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 18 September 2017

    Mon 4:23pm
    Notable software releases this week include iFlicks 2.4.8, BBEdit 11.6.8, Fission 2.4.1, ChronoSync 4.8, and SuperDuper 2.9.2. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS…
  • ExtraBITS for 18 September 2017

    Mon 4:22pm
    In ExtraBITS this week, macOS 10.13 High Sierra won’t support APFS on Fusion Drives at first, Apple has banned fraudulent “virus scanners” from the iOS App Store, you can now watch HDR iTunes movies on 2017 iPad Pro models, and, speaking of the iPad Pro,…
  • External Link: Initial High Sierra Release Won’t Support APFS for Fusion Drives

    Mon 8:41am
    If you converted a Fusion Drive to APFS during the macOS 10.13 High Sierra beta, we have some bad news: the initial release version of High Sierra that Apple plans to ship on 25 September 2017 will not officially support it. This unexpected announcement…
  • External Link: New iOS App Store Guidelines Ban “Virus Scanners”

    Mon 8:39am
    Apple’s updated App Store rules now explicitly ban scam apps that claim to remove viruses or malware from your iOS device, in large part because sandboxing ensures that there’s no way they could do what they promise. Another new guideline requires…
  • iFlicks 2.4.8

    Sun 8:40pm
    Brings fixes and improvements to the video encoding and metadata management app. ($34.99 new, free update, 17.1 MB) Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help…
  • BBEdit 11.6.8

    Sun 4:41pm
    Fixes several bugs, including an issue related to saving documents on APFS volumes. ($49.99 new, free update, 14.0 MB) Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed,…
  • Fission 2.4.1

    Sun 2:40pm
    Updates capability for saving custom ringtones to account for changes in iTunes 12.7. ($29 new, free update, 10.6 MB) Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help…
  • ChronoSync 4.8

    Sun 12:41pm
    Improves support for APFS-formatted drives and introduces Creation and Modifier Assistants. ($49.99 new, free update, 48.4 MB) Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS…
  • SuperDuper 2.9.2

    Sun 12:41pm
    Add compatibility with the Mac OS Extended (HFS+) drive format in macOS 10.13 High Sierra. (Free, $27.95 for additional features, free update, 2.9 MB) Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet.…
  • External Link: HDR Movies Now Available for 2017 iPad Pro Tablets

    Sat 1:00pm
    With the Apple TV 4K coming, Apple has promised 4K and HDR upgrades to existing iTunes movies at no additional charge. We’re already seeing that on 2017 iPad Pro tablets running iOS 11 — the key is that the latest 10.5-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pros have…
  • iTunes 12.7 Giveth, but Mostly It Taketh Apps and Ringtones Away

    Fri 12:41pm
    Apple has updated iTunes, as it often does around this time of year. The new iTunes 12.7 has a few minor tweaks and one huge change: the removal of the iOS App Store. iTunes expert Kirk McElhearn looks at the most significant changes and digs into problems and…
  • External Link: Apple Quietly Raises iPad Pro Prices

    Fri 7:26am
    Apple has quietly raised the prices of the 256 GB and 512 GB iPad Pro tablets by $50. This applies to both the Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi+Cellular models, but the 64 GB models are unaffected. Some have speculated that the price hike is due to increased flash storage…
  • You Can’t Protect Yourself from the Equifax Breach

    Sep 13, 2017, 1:21 pm
    Credit-reporting agency Equifax has exposed the private information of 143 million Americans. Rich Mogull outlines some steps you can take, but they won’t amount to much until the system changes. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously…
  • Apple Watch Series 3 Goes Cellular

    Sep 12, 2017, 4:31 pm
    Apple has announced the Apple Watch Series 3, which beefs up the smartwatch’s hardware in a variety of ways, most notably the addition of LTE cellular access. It’s a nice refresh but may not cause existing Apple Watch owners to buy again. Read the full…
  • Apple Introduces iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X

    Sep 12, 2017, 3:50 pm
    As expected, Apple took the wraps off a slate of new iPhones: the evolutionary iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, and the revolutionary iPhone X, which boasts a gorgeous edge-to-edge screen and drops the Home button, replacing Touch ID with Face ID. If you’re in…
  • Apple Product Announcements Inaugurate the Steve Jobs Theater

    Sep 12, 2017, 2:43 pm
    Apple christened the new Steve Jobs Theater with a show featuring new Apple Watches, new Apple TVs, and new iPhones. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help…
  • Apple TV Finally Enters the 4K Realm, but It Will Cost You

    Sep 12, 2017, 1:10 pm
    Apple will soon upgrade the Apple TV to 4K, but sticker shock may have you looking at alternatives. 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…
  • Backblaze Now Sponsoring TidBITS

    Sep 11, 2017, 5:49 pm
    TidBITS Managing Editor Josh Centers, a long-time Backblaze user, is thrilled to welcome the online backup company as our latest long-term sponsor. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To…
  • TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 11 September 2017

    Sep 11, 2017, 1:36 pm
    The only notable software release this week was Retrospect 14.5. 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!…
  • ExtraBITS for 11 September 2017

    Sep 11, 2017, 1:35 pm
    In ExtraBITS this week, it turns out that streaming services are helping the music industry, we get a look at Siri’s past challenges and upcoming improvements, T-Mobile is offering a free Netflix subscription to subscribers, we learn some secrets of the new…
  • A Prairie HomeKit Companion: HomeKit Security Provides Peace of Mind

    Sep 11, 2017, 1:15 pm
    Julio Ojeda-Zapata frets about potential burglaries when he’s away from home, so before a recent trip he tricked out his house with Internet-connected video cameras, motion sensors, and smart outlets. Most, but not all of the gadgets work with Apple’s…
  • Making Better Use of the Touch Bar

    Sep 11, 2017, 12:06 pm
    After complaining about its general lack of utility, Josh Centers has discovered some good uses for the Touch Bar on the MacBook Pro. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a…
  • Important High Sierra Changes for IT Admins

    Sep 11, 2017, 9:43 am
    Those who support Mac users should know about a variety of changes coming in High Sierra that have implications for how you install, deployments that use imaging solutions, dealing with APFS-formatted volumes, installing kernel extensions, and caching…
  • External Link: Streaming Services Not Killing the Music Industry

    Sep 9, 2017, 8:00 am
    Buried inside a Bloomberg article about Apple renegotiating Apple Music streaming rights with Warner Music Group is this interesting tidbit: streaming services aren’t killing the music industry, which had been in decline for nearly two decades, but are…
  • External Link: How Siri Is Getting Its Groove Back

    Sep 8, 2017, 3:36 pm
    Siri was groundbreaking when it debuted, but rivals from Amazon and Google have since overshadowed it. Wired spoke with Alex Acero, the Apple executive responsible for Siri, and Greg “Joz” Joswiak, Apple’s VP of product marketing, who explained some of…
  • External Link: T-Mobile to Include Netflix for Free on Family Plans

    Sep 8, 2017, 6:05 am
    T-Mobile has announced that, starting 12 September 2017, customers with two or more lines will get Netflix Standard for free — a $9.99 per month value. The Netflix Standard plan lets you stream on up to two devices at once in HD resolution. Is there any…
  • External Link: Secrets of the Steve Jobs Theater

    Sep 8, 2017, 6:04 am
    The first event at the Steve Jobs Theater on Apple’s new campus is set for 12 September 2017, and Bloomberg has a look at the room’s impressive gadgetry. The theater includes two elevators that rotate so that visitors will enter and exit from the same…
  • Retrospect 14.5

    Sep 7, 2017, 9:48 pm
    Adds support for macOS 10.13 High Sierra, plus integration with MySQL, PostgreSQL, and MongoDB databases. ($119 new, free update, 178 MB) Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a…