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  • External Link: Apple CEO Tim Cook: “I’m proud to be gay.”

    9:54am
    In a first-person piece posted on Bloomberg Businessweek, Apple CEO Tim Cook writes, “While I have never denied my sexuality, I haven’t publicly acknowledged it either, until now. So let me be clear: I’m proud to be gay.” He goes on to explain why he…
  • Apple Demands Removal of PCalc’s Today View Widget

    Wed 11:57am
    Apple has arbitrarily demanded the removal of one of iOS 8’s coolest Today view widgets. If Apple wants developer trust, it needs to lay out the rules clearly. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the…
  • External Link: How to Revert to iTunes 11

    Wed 9:08am
    If you hate iTunes 12 and long for the relatively halcyon days of iTunes 11, then Macworld’s Chris Breen has your back. Borrowing a tip from Jacqui Cheng, formerly of Ars Technica, Breen has outlined seven steps for going back to the previous version of…
  • External Link: Backblaze on OS X 10.10 Yosemite Versus Windows 8 Adoption

    Wed 8:54am
    Cloud backup service Backblaze is back with more analysis, this time favoring operating system upgrades over hard drive statistics. Backblaze’s Adam Nelson found that it took four days for 21 percent of Backblaze users to adopt Yosemite, while it took a…
  • External Link: The Highlights of Tim Cook’s WSJD Live Interview

    Wed 8:28am
    Apple CEO Tim Cook made an appearance at the WSJD Live conference, and Apple Spotlight has listed some of the most interesting tidbits from that interview. Cook said that Apple Pay activated over one million credit cards in the first 72 hours, that Apple…
  • TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 27 October 2014

    Mon 3:04pm
    Notable software releases this week include Fetch 5.7.4, Sandvox 2.9.1, Security Update 2014-005 (Mountain Lion and Mavericks), SpamSieve 2.9.17, Hazel 3.3, and TextExpander 4.3.4. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology…
  • ExtraBITS for 27 October 2014

    Mon 3:04pm
    In its tear-down of the iPad Air 2, iFixit found some surprising hardware; Steve Wozniak is heading to the Land Down Under; and Managing Editor Josh Centers joins the MacJury to debate Apple’s recent moves. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest…
  • The Real Reason Some Merchants Are Blocking Apple Pay… for Now

    Sun 4:32pm
    Some retailers not only refuse to directly support Apple Pay, they deliberately block use even when their cash registers accidentally support it. It’s not a reaction to Apple, but a direct response to mistreatment by the credit card brands. Read the full…
  • BBEdit 11 Overhauls Features for Existing Customers

    Sun 9:43am
    With a release focused on improving the foundations of the app while improving the productivity of existing customers, Bare Bones Software has unveiled BBEdit 11. Current users will be able to take advantage of improved features with little or no fuss. Read…
  • Fetch 5.7.4

    Sun 12:48am
    A bug-squishing update for the venerable file transfer client. ($29 new, free update, 11.9 MB) Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and…
  • Sandvox 2.9.1

    Sun 12:25am
    Maintenance release squashes a bug that produced infinite login failures when browsing folders on a server. ($79.99 new, free update, 42.1 MB) Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a…
  • Physical Keyboards for the iPhone 6 Plus

    Sat 8:00am
    The jumbo iPhone 6 Plus has potential as a mini-tablet for productivity, and it could replace the iPad for some users. Julio Ojeda-Zapata suggests mobile keyboards for iPhone 6 Plus productivity. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously…
  • External Link: iFixit Reveals Secrets of the iPad Air 2

    Fri 4:03pm
    The tinkerers at iFixit have torn apart the new iPad Air 2 and discovered that it contains NFC hardware, which would theoretically allow for in-store Apple Pay transactions. Whether that ever happens or not, rest assured that your iPad Air’s Smart Cover is…
  • External Link: Woz Heads Down Under

    Fri 4:02pm
    Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak is heading to Australia. He has accepted a position as adjunct professor at the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS). Wozniak has long professed his love for Australia, and he’ll be working in the UTS Magic Lab, which…
  • External Link: Josh Centers Joins the MacJury to Discuss Recent Apple Releases

    Fri 3:57pm
    Managing Editor Josh Centers joined host Chuck Joiner, TUAW’s Michael T. Rose, and Smile’s Nat Osten to discuss recent Apple releases, including Apple Pay, the iPad Air 2, and the iMac with 5K Retina display. Josh explained why he thinks the new iPads are…
  • FunBITS: Pedometer++ Tracks Your Steps on the Cheap

    Fri 10:14am
    Want to track your activity level, but don’t want to shell out for an expensive fitness tracker? You may already have one in your pocket, embedded in your iPhone, and all you need to access it is a free app. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest…
  • Security Update 2014-005 (Mountain Lion and Mavericks)

    Oct 23, 2014, 8:58 am
    Patches an SSL-related vulnerability and builds in the OS X Bash Update 1.0 patches. (Free updates, 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…
  • Welcome Wi-Fi Changes under Yosemite’s Hood

    Oct 22, 2014, 5:39 pm
    Apple has made a few minor tweaks to how Wi-Fi is used in Yosemite, some of which are useful and others of which finally shake off the past. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a…
  • How to Use Apple Pay

    Oct 22, 2014, 4:39 pm
    iOS 8.1 has brought the highly anticipated Apple Pay to the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. Managing Editor Josh Centers dives into Apple Pay to explain how to use it. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on…
  • SpamSieve 2.9.17

    Oct 22, 2014, 1:13 pm
    Adds support for Apple Mail in Yosemite. ($30 new, free update, 14.1 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 become a TidBITS…
  • Hazel 3.3

    Oct 22, 2014, 12:49 pm
    Adds support for matching multiple rules and using custom attributes defined in earlier conditions. ($29 new, free update, 8.9 MB) Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text…
  • How Spotlight Suggestions Handles Privacy

    Oct 21, 2014, 12:57 pm
    In iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite, Spotlight now searches the Internet, not just your local device, for the information you are looking for. Going beyond Apple’s documentation, TidBITS Security Editor Rich Mogull digs into how Apple provides relevant results while…
  • TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 20 October 2014

    Oct 20, 2014, 6:57 pm
    Notable software releases this week include Carbon Copy Cloner 4.0.2, Things 2.5, Coda 2.5, Parallels Desktop 10.1, Airfoil 4.8.10, Microsoft Office 2011 14.4.5, Scrivener 2.6, DEVONthink/DEVONnote 2.8.1, DEVONagent Lite, Express, and Pro 3.8.2, SuperDuper…
  • ExtraBITS for 20 October 2014

    Oct 20, 2014, 6:21 pm
    This week in ExtraBITS, Adam Engst helps say goodbye to Macworld Expo on the British Tech Network, Apple gives Bose the boot from its stores, John Siracusa reviews OS X 10.10 Yosemite, and developer Marco Arment wonders if the new iMac with Retina 5K display…
  • External Link: Adam Engst Eulogizes Macworld Expo on BTN’s The Mac Show

    Oct 20, 2014, 5:26 pm
    Joining Paul Kent, Chris Breen, Adam Christianson, and host Ewen Rankin on the British Tech Network’s The Mac Show podcast, Adam Engst discussed the demise of Macworld Expo before going on to talk through Apple’s recent announcements, including the iPad…
  • Take Control of Yosemite Upgrades, New Features, and Sharing

    Oct 20, 2014, 5:07 pm
    On the same day Apple released OS X 10.10 Yosemite, we published three Take Control books to help readers upgrade successfully, get the most out Yosemite’s new features, and learn how to share nearly anything in nearly every imaginable situation. Read the…
  • Apple Posts Record Profits for Q4 2014

    Oct 20, 2014, 4:35 pm
    Over three years after the death of Steve Jobs, CEO Tim Cook has maintained Apple’s stratospheric growth, with record iPhone and Mac sales in the fourth fiscal quarter of 2014. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology…
  • Examining iTunes 12’s New Interface

    Oct 20, 2014, 3:41 pm
    iTunes 12 gets flattened (in a design sense) with a spare, but functional user interface design for Yosemite. Agen Schmitz dives in to find where the sidebar and MiniPlayer have gone. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published…
  • OS X 10.10 Yosemite, iOS 8.1, and Apple Pay Have Arrived

    Oct 20, 2014, 10:56 am
    Apple has released OS X 10.10 Yosemite, iOS 8.1, and Apple Pay. 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…
  • Carbon Copy Cloner 4.0.2

    Oct 20, 2014, 12:55 am
    Maintenance update with a flurry of fixes for the popular backup utility. ($39.99 new, free update, 11.1 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…
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