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  • External Link: Apple Halts Online Sales in Russia

    6:47pm
    Russia’s economy is in a tailspin due to falling oil prices, and the resulting fluctuations in the ruble have forced Apple to halt online sales there. Apple had already increased the Russian price of the iPhone 6 by 25 percent due to the ruble’s plummet.…
  • TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 15 December 2014

    Mon 6:37pm
    Notable software releases this week include Default Folder X 4.6.12; Hazel 3.3.3; Labels & Addresses 1.6.9; Safari 8.0.2, 7.1.2, and 6.2.2; OmniFocus 2.0.4; and DEVONagent Lite, Express, and Pro 3.8.3. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously…
  • ExtraBITS for 15 December 2014

    Mon 6:13pm
    Two quick ExtraBITS this week: Michael Cohen discusses his new book, “Take Control of Pages,” with MacVoices host Chuck Joiner, and the new online publication Design Explosions compares Google’s and Apple’s approaches to mapping in iOS. Read the full…
  • TidBITS 2014 Holiday Hiatus

    Mon 4:24pm
    In keeping with our tradition, we are taking the last few weeks of the year off, so look for the next email issue of TidBITS on 5 January 2015. Thanks for everything! Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication…
  • WinterFest 2014 Sale on Key Writing Tools

    Mon 3:36pm
    A group of small software companies have banded together to offer their text-focused apps at 25 percent off in a WinterFest 2014 sale, and we’ve included our Take Control books in the sale. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published…
  • iOS 8 App Development Becomes a “Bring Me a Rock” Game

    Mon 3:01pm
    Apple has been on a bad roll lately, repeatedly threatening developers who take advantage of iOS 8’s Extensibility features with App Store removal, then reversing course in the face of media criticism. Adam Engst isn’t a fan of this behavior. Read the…
  • DealBITS Discount: Save 55% on BeLight Software’s Printworks

    Mon 7:43am
    See who won copies of Printworks in last week’s DealBITS drawing, and if you’re not among them, read on to save 55 percent on BeLight Software’s print design software, or 70 percent on two more-focused apps, Labels & Addresses and Disc Cover. Read the…
  • Default Folder X 4.6.12

    Sun 11:12pm
    Squashes a bug that caused Save As sheets to grow beyond the bottom of the screen in Yosemite. ($34.95 new, free update, 11.0 MB) Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text…
  • Hazel 3.3.3

    Sun 10:56pm
    Maintenance release with several fixes and improvements for the file cleanup utility. ($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 RSS feed, help…
  • Labels & Addresses 1.6.9

    Sun 10:45pm
    Label and envelope printing app adds support for OS X 10.10 Yosemite. ($14.95 new, free update, 47.6 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…
  • FunBITS: Shovel Knight Digs Up the Fun

    Sat 12:13pm
    Shovel Knight brings back old-school gaming with a few new-school niceties. 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: “Take Control of Pages” on MacVoices

    Fri 4:27pm
    For Take Control authors, it’s inevitable, but always fun, to finish a book and then get to spend an hour discussing it with Chuck Joiner of MacVoices. Michael Cohen’s most recent chat with him was no exception, as they discussed the book, how it came to…
  • External Link: Design Explosions Elegantly Explains Mapping Interfaces

    Fri 3:17pm
    A new online publication, Design Explosions — the brainchild of UX Launchpad — kicks off a series of “design lessons” with an in-depth look at how current Google and Apple iOS mapping interfaces work and why. Design Explosions assumes that product…
  • Safari 8.0.2, 7.1.2, and 6.2.2

    Thu 5:10pm
    Fixes an issue that prevented saved passwords from being autofilled for all three versions, plus adds more bug fixes and improvements for Safari 8.0.2 on Yosemite. (Free) Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology…
  • “Take Control of Pages” Documents Apple’s Writing Triumvirate

    Thu 1:21pm
    Michael Cohen spent the last year writing a book about the three versions of Pages, Apple’s word-processing and layout app that run on the Mac, in iOS, and in iCloud. Now that his book is published, he reflects on how Pages has changed, what he likes about…
  • OmniFocus 2.0.4

    Thu 12:17pm
    Maintenance release for the Getting Things Done-inspired task management app. ($39.99 new, free update, 72.8 MB) Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help…
  • DEVONagent Lite, Express, and Pro 3.8.3

    Thu 12:02pm
    Adds native support for the DuckDuckGo search engine. (Free/$4.95/$49.95, 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…
  • ScreenFlow 5: Record Mac and iOS Screens

    Dec 11, 2014, 7:38 am
    You might think that capturing video from a screen and editing it into something usable is a niche task, but it’s invaluable when demonstrating how to do something on a computer or iOS device. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously…
  • Apple Releases iOS 8.1.2 to Restore Vanishing Ringtones

    Dec 10, 2014, 1:45 pm
    Apple has updated iOS 8 to restore missing ringtones that had been purchased from the iTunes Store. Since there are no other fixes of note, don’t rush to install the update. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology…
  • TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 8 December 2014

    Dec 8, 2014, 6:02 pm
    Notable software releases this week include Firefox 34.0, Boom 2.0, Airfoil 4.8.11, Downcast 1.1.5, Lightroom 5.7, Carbon Copy Cloner 4.0.3, and PopChar X 7.0. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the…
  • ExtraBITS for 8 December 2014

    Dec 8, 2014, 6:01 pm
    The bad news in this installment of ExtraBITS is that Apple has forced the removal of a key feature of Transmit iOS, despite not following its own App Store rules in another situation. The good news is that the company is offering free programming tutorials…
  • Keep TidBITS Publishing in 2015: Become a TidBITS Member

    Dec 8, 2014, 3:17 pm
    Learn how you can help keep TidBITS vibrant and relevant in the face of ever-increasing costs for writing, editing, development, and hosting. We have some perks for you in return! Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology…
  • DealBITS Drawing: Win a Copy of BeLight Software’s Printworks

    Dec 8, 2014, 12:42 pm
    If you want to create a holiday card, flyer, or brochure, check out this week’s DealBITS drawing for a chance to win a copy of BeLight Software’s Printworks print design software. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published…
  • External Link: Apple Hobbles Transmit iOS

    Dec 8, 2014, 11:55 am
    Apple’s inscrutable policies have hobbled yet another great iOS app. Transmit iOS 1.1.1 can no longer send documents to other services due to Apple demanding that developer Panic remove the option to send a file to iCloud Drive. The problem is that iCloud…
  • Firefox 34.0

    Dec 7, 2014, 10:23 pm
    Adds Firefox Hello, a Skype-like, Web real-time communication (WebRTC) feature. (Free, 68.6 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 and…
  • Boom 2.0

    Dec 7, 2014, 9:52 pm
    Major new release of volume booster and equalizer app. ($14.99 new, free update, 5.0 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 our work and become…
  • PDFpen 2 for iOS Offers New Features along Paid Upgrade Path

    Dec 5, 2014, 6:13 pm
    Slick as it is — and it is slick — Smile’s new PDFpen 2 for iOS offers something that the App Store doesn’t ordinarily provide: a paid upgrade path. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the…
  • Ergotron Lets Mac Users Stand and Deliver

    Dec 5, 2014, 11:17 am
    If you want to stand while working on your Mac, Ergotron provides clamp-to-a-desk workstations marketed directly to the Apple crowd. However, these setups have some stability issues. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published…
  • Five Fixes for OS X 10.10 Yosemite

    Dec 5, 2014, 10:42 am
    Complaints are inevitable with any new release of OS X, and Yosemite has garnered its fair share. Here are a few solutions and workarounds for problems we’ve experienced or seen reported. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published…
  • External Link: Learn to Code with Apple

    Dec 4, 2014, 3:44 pm
    To support the Hour of Code on 11 December 2014, Apple Stores around the world are offering free one-hour introductory programming classes for kids. Apple is also hosting featured events at Apple Stores in New York, Chicago, London, Berlin, Tokyo, and Osaka.…
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