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  • “Take Control of FileVault” Dispels FileVault Misconceptions

    31 July 2014, 1:56 pm

    You can do only so much to prevent your Mac from being stolen, but with the FileVault encryption technology built into Mac OS X since 10.7 Lion, you can ensure that your confidential data — email, photos, financial information — is kept away from the…
  • External Link: Apple’s CDN Is Live

    31 July 2014, 1:47 pm

    Apple has completed the CDN, or content delivery network, it began building last year. A CDN distributes content among multiple servers and datacenters in order to spread out the load and better serve demand. Dan Rayburn of StreamingMediaBlog.com has spoken to…
  • Four Smartwatches Reviewed: Cookoo, Martian, MetaWatch, i’m Watch

    31 July 2014, 1:09 pm

    Jeff Porten covers his arm from wrist to elbow with smartwatches to see how they match up to each other, to the Pebble, and to his expectations of what feature an ideal smartwatch would provide. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously…
  • ChronoSync 4.5.2

    30 July 2014, 9:18 pm

    Large assortment of fixes for the synchronization and backup app. ($40 new, free update, 41.6 MB) Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work…
  • Mellel 3.3.6

    30 July 2014, 9:53 am

    Adds support for Traditional Chinese DOS encoding and fixes the “mysterious” systemParStyle paragraph style bug. ($39 new, free update, 101 MB) Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To…
  • OmniFocus 2.0.2

    30 July 2014, 9:52 am

    Small maintenance release that squashes several bugs in the GTD-inspired task management utility. ($39.99 new, free update, 44.2 MB) Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text…
  • External Link: How to Get Apple Products Tax Free

    30 July 2014, 8:03 am

    If you live in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Missouri, New Mexico, South Carolina, or Tennessee, you will soon have a limited opportunity to purchase certain Apple products without paying sales tax, thanks to sales tax holidays provided…
  • Apple Upgrades 2014 MacBook Pro CPUs and RAM, Lowers Prices

    29 July 2014, 11:53 am

    Apple has updated its MacBook Pro lineup with modest spec improvements and a couple of $100 price drops. 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…
  • Take Control of OS X Server, Chapter 8: Mail Services

    28 July 2014, 2:17 pm

    In this chapter of “Take Control of OS X Server,” Charles Edge tries to persuade readers not to turn on OS X Server’s mail services, not because they’re difficult, but because doing so means non-stop battle against a constant onslaught of spam and…
  • Chapter 8 of “Take Control of OS X Server” Now Available

    28 July 2014, 2:16 pm

    If you want to run your own mail server using OS X Server, Charles Edge explains… why you really don’t want to do that. But if you insist, this chapter of “Take Control of OS X Server” provides the necessary background and instructions. Read the full…
  • TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 28 July 2014

    28 July 2014, 10:24 am

    Notable software releases this week include TinkerTool 5.3, Default Folder X 4.6.8, Audio Hijack Pro 2.11.0, Nicecast 1.11.0, Airfoil 4.8.7, Piezo 1.2.5, and Marked 2.3. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology…
  • ExtraBITS for 28 July 2014

    28 July 2014, 10:24 am

    Apple has acquired the BookLamp book recommendation service, Adam Engst appeared on The Tech Night Owl to talk about Apple’s Q3 financial results and the IBM deal, LiveCode is seeking funding to enable the cross-platform development environment to create…
  • External Link: Apple Acquires BookLamp Recommendation Service

    28 July 2014, 9:32 am

    TechCrunch has uncovered the fact that Apple bought the book recommendation company BookLamp earlier this year for somewhere between $10 and $15 million. Although Apple’s only comment was “Apple buys smaller technology companies from time to time, and we…
  • External Link: Adam Engst Discusses Apple Financials and IBM Deal on Tech Night Owl

    28 July 2014, 9:27 am

    In an appearance on The Tech Night Owl Live podcast, Adam Engst chatted about Apple’s Q3 2014 financial results and the Apple-IBM deal with host Gene Steinberg. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on…
  • TinkerTool 5.3

    27 July 2014, 9:56 pm

    The free under-the-hood customization system utility adds several handy new settings. (Free, 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…
  • Default Folder X 4.6.8

    27 July 2014, 9:39 pm

    Adds compatibility for the public beta release of OS X Yosemite. ($34.95 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 support our work…
  • Audio Hijack Pro 2.11.0, Nicecast 1.11.0, Airfoil 4.8.7, and Piezo 1.2.5

    27 July 2014, 9:31 pm

    Rogue Amoeba adds support for OS X Yosemite to most of its roster of audio applications. (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…
  • FunBITS: Strava Makes Exercise Social and Virtually Competitive

    27 July 2014, 8:01 am

    For many of us, getting outside to run or bike is the highlight of our days. But if you can’t always run or ride with friends, the Strava social exercise site puts you in touch with friends near and far, while simultaneously providing motivational tools to…
  • External Link: LiveCode Crowdfunding HTML5 Web App Deployment

    25 July 2014, 2:47 pm

    The cross-platform development environment LiveCode, perhaps the most successful of HyperCard’s successors, can deploy apps to Mac OS X, iOS, Windows, Android, and several flavors of Unix. LiveCode’s developer, RunRev, raised nearly $840,000 via…
  • External Link: Marvel Unlimited Discounted to 99 Cents through July 29th

    25 July 2014, 2:27 pm

    To celebrate the San Diego Comic-Con, Marvel is offering the Marvel Unlimited subscription service for $0.99 for the first month, after which it will auto-renew at the usual $9.99 per month unless you cancel. Use promo code SDCC14 when signing up through 29…
  • Amazon Fire Phone Too Limited and Gimmicky

    25 July 2014, 2:11 pm

    The Fire Phone smartphone is Amazon’s latest foray into consumer hardware, after its Kindle Fire tablets and Fire TV streaming video box. Phone buyers seeking maximum device versatility and flexibility should just get an iPhone or Android handset, though,…
  • Upgrade Your Print Books to Ebooks with BitLit

    25 July 2014, 11:27 am

    BitLit and HarperCollins pilot program offers low-cost ebook versions of paper books you already own. Does that make any sense? Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS…
  • “Take Control of Beta Testing Yosemite” Says It All

    24 July 2014, 11:46 am

    With months still remaining before the final release of OS X Yosemite, members of the public can now install a beta version. Joe Kissell explains why this is cool and why he wrote an unusually priced book about it! Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest…
  • MacBook Air EFI Firmware Update 2.9

    22 July 2014, 9:28 pm

    Addresses two issues with waking from sleep for MacBook Air models released in mid-2011, but is reported to have several issues with applying the firmware. (Free, 4.1 MB) Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology…
  • Apple Q3 2014 Results Show Highest EPS in Seven Quarters

    22 July 2014, 3:15 pm

    Boosted by strong sales of iPhones, Macs, and apps, Apple has posted record financial results for the company’s third fiscal quarter, with $37.4 billion in revenue and net profits of $7.7 billion. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously…
  • Potato Salad Goes Viral on Kickstarter

    22 July 2014, 1:23 pm

    A crowdfunding campaign for potato salad takes the cake. But will anyone be able to reproduce the recipe? 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…
  • ITbits: Putting IBM MobileFirst in (Apple’s Enterprise) Context

    22 July 2014, 8:01 am

    Much has been made of the announcement that Apple and IBM will work together to bring iOS devices and applications into the enterprise via IBM’s MobileFirst program. Systems administrator Andrew Laurence examines Apple’s enterprise history and strategy,…
  • Apple TV Finally Gets Netflix Post-Play

    21 July 2014, 2:05 pm

    Nearly two years after the feature was unveiled, Netflix on the Apple TV gains Post-Play, which automatically plays the next TV episode after the one you’re watching ends. “Take Control of Apple TV” author Josh Centers explains how it works. Read the…
  • ExtraBITS for 21 July 2014

    21 July 2014, 11:17 am

    Managing Editor Josh Centers sat down with Gene Steinberg to discuss Gmail and Apple TV on The Tech Night Owl podcast, Apple has been denied a trademark on its Touch ID fingerprint scanner, and Greenpeace has declared Apple the greenest company in the tech…
  • Marked 2.3

    21 July 2014, 10:18 am

    Sandboxes the Markdown previewer and brings it to the Mac App Store. ($9.99 new, free update, 16.7 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…

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