TidBITS logo TidBITS

  • Caboodle 2.0.1

    2h
    Major new release for the snippet keeper app with a modernized user interface, draggable custom fields, and multiple document support. ($19.99 new, free update, 6.7 MB) Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication…
  • External Link: Walt Mossberg Signs Off

    Fri 4:00pm
    Veteran tech journalist Walt Mossberg has penned what he calls “the last weekly column I plan to write anywhere” for Recode. To wrap up his career, he looks back to his first Wall Street Journal column from 1991, which started with “Personal computers…
  • Apple Silently Updates AirPods Firmware to 3.7.2

    Fri 5:31am
    Apple has again stealthily updated the AirPods firmware. Josh Centers reminds you how to go about updating the firmware in your AirPods. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a…
  • iMovie 10.1.6

    Fri 5:02am
    Improves stability when updating libraries created with earlier versions of iMovie. (Free new, free update, 2.15 GB) Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help…
  • BBEdit 11.6.6

    Thu 11:50pm
    Brings a number of refinements and bug fixes to the venerable text editor. ($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, help support…
  • HoudahGeo 5.1.9

    Thu 8:49pm
    Updates the Dropbox API for publishing Google Earth KML files. ($39 new, free update, 22.7 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 and…
  • Control Your Payment Card from Your iPhone

    Thu 6:21am
    Ally Bank’s new Card Control app lets you control how your debit card is used, and other financial institutions offer similar solutions as well. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To…
  • External Link: Supreme Court Decision Deals a Blow to Patent Trolls

    May 23, 2017, 2:55 pm
    Since the 1990s, the Eastern District of Texas has been the preferred hunting ground for patent trolls. Judges in that district have been friendly to those who hold patents they never intend to use outside of litigation, so nearly 45 percent of patent…
  • TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 22 May 2017

    May 22, 2017, 5:35 pm
    Notable software releases this week include OmniOutliner Essentials and Pro 5.0.4, TextExpander 6.2.1, Things 3.0.2, Microsoft Office 2016 15.34 and Office 2011 14.7.4, Mellel 3.5.3, KeyCue 8.4, Airfoil 5.6, iTunes 12.6.1, Safari 10.1.1, and Security Update…
  • ExtraBITS for 22 May 2017

    May 22, 2017, 5:35 pm
    In ExtraBITS this week, Apple has spent $200 million to buy a company whose engineering skills could improve Siri, Panic’s source code was stolen as a result of the HandBrake-carried malware, HomeKit support may be coming to Belkin’s Wemo line of home…
  • Google Aims to Attract Apple Users with Google I/O Announcements

    May 22, 2017, 12:56 pm
    At its Google I/O conference last week, the Mountain View tech giant again unleashed a torrent of product and service announcements. These, as usual, had more than a little relevance for Apple users. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously…
  • Never Be Late or Forget a Task Again with “Take Control of Calendar and Reminders”

    May 22, 2017, 12:26 pm
    You know that Apple’s built-in Calendar and Reminders apps can help you manage your schedule and to-do list. But there’s often a gap between theory and reality, so we’ll share a few key troubleshooting tips in this excerpt from Scholle McFarland’s new…
  • External Link: Apple Spends $200 Million on Lattice Data to Improve Siri

    May 22, 2017, 8:50 am
    Apple’s Siri was the first voice-driven assistant of its kind on the market, but in some ways, it is being overshadowed by Amazon’s Alexa, Google’s Assistant, and Microsoft’s Cortana. To boost Siri's capabilities, Apple has acquired artificial…
  • OmniOutliner Essentials and Pro 5.0.4

    May 22, 2017, 5:58 am
    Refines the recently upgraded outlining and information organization apps. ($9.99/59.99 new, free update, 26.9 MB) Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help…
  • TextExpander 6.2.1

    May 21, 2017, 10:39 pm
    Maintenance release provides a smattering of bug fixes. ($40 annual subscription, free update, 6.4 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…
  • Things 3.0.2

    May 21, 2017, 6:38 pm
    Major new release for the task manager with a redesigned user interface and new features including project headings, checklists, and time-based reminders. ($49.99 new, free update, 12.1 MB) Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published…
  • Microsoft Office 2016 15.34 and Office 2011 14.7.4

    May 21, 2017, 1:37 pm
    Adds the Dubai font family to Office apps and introduces a new user interface design to the OneNote note-keeping app. ($149.99 new, free update) Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get…
  • Mellel 3.5.3

    May 19, 2017, 3:30 pm
    Maintenance release fixes bugs in the word processor. ($39 new, free update, 128 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…
  • KeyCue 8.4

    May 19, 2017, 11:31 am
    Improves compatibility with macOS 10.12 Sierra. (€19.99 new, free update, 5.2 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 and become a…
  • External Link: HandBrake Exploit Leads to Stolen Panic Source Code

    May 19, 2017, 7:00 am
    Panic co-founder Steven Frank has posted an embarrassing confession: after he inadvertently downloaded and installed a compromised version of HandBrake, hackers were able to steal source code to Panic’s apps. There’s no evidence that customer information,…
  • Airfoil 5.6

    May 19, 2017, 5:30 am
    Restores full compatibility with all versions of Apple TV. ($29 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 feed, help support our work and…
  • iTunes 12.6.1

    May 18, 2017, 11:59 pm
    Brings minor app and performance improvements. (Free, 270 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! Members…
  • Safari 10.1.1

    May 18, 2017, 11:50 pm
    Patches security vulnerabilities when running in Yosemite and El Capitan. (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…
  • Security Update 2017-002 (Yosemite and El Capitan)

    May 18, 2017, 11:30 pm
    Resolves security vulnerabilities in Apple’s older operating systems. (Free, various sizes) 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…
  • External Link: Belkin Adding HomeKit Support to Wemo

    May 18, 2017, 11:52 am
    Last year, Belkin, which makes the popular Wemo line of home automation accessories, rejected adding HomeKit support because it would require new hardware. Now Belkin has reversed course, telling 9to5Mac, “Wemo is committed to bringing HomeKit support to our…
  • How to Ensure High-speed Internet Access When Buying a New Home

    May 18, 2017, 8:34 am
    Want to move to a new house, but can’t risk losing your high-speed broadband connection? Josh Centers is living through this worry now and has some experiences and advice to share. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published…
  • No Email Issue on 29 May 2017 for Memorial Day

    May 17, 2017, 8:54 am
    We’re taking a brief break from building an email issue of TidBITS next week in honor of the Memorial Day holiday in the United States, so look for the next issue in your mailbox on 5 June 2017. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously…
  • TidBITS News Shows How an Old 32-bit iOS App Becomes 64-bit

    May 16, 2017, 3:53 pm
    Wondering why developers of old 32-bit iOS apps aren’t just recompiling their code to be 64-bit happy? Matt Neuburg explains what’s going on, using the free TidBITS News app that he has just updated as an example. Read the full article at TidBITS, the…
  • New CMD-D Conference Targets Automation

    May 16, 2017, 2:47 pm
    Sal Soghoian has developed a new conference called CMD-D that focuses on his specialty, automation, and features top speakers like Andy Ihnatko, John Welch, Jon Pugh, and Jason Snell. It’s August 9th in Santa Clara, CA. Read the full article at TidBITS, the…
  • External Link: WannaCry Ransomware Vindicates Apple’s Battle with the FBI

    May 16, 2017, 1:45 pm
    Last year, Apple CEO Tim Cook came under fire from the FBI for not providing a custom, vulnerable version of iOS so the agency could hack into the iPhone 5c used by one of the San Bernardino mass shooters. Cook refused, on the grounds that it would be…