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  • External Link: Watch Adam and Tonya’s Çingleton 2014 Talk

    Fri 5:14pm
    Late last year, at the Çingleton 2014 conference, Adam and Tonya gave a talk entitled “Through the Lens of a Boutique Publisher.” It’s a 35-minute tour through the past, present, and future of TidBITS and Take Control, with lots of personal anecdotes…
  • External Link: Four iOS Interface Patterns That Work Badly

    Fri 5:02pm
    User experience company Nielsen Norman Group has posted an article pointing out problems with four official iOS interface patterns: page control dots, form submission links at the top, the plus icon, and the move icon. The authors aren’t speaking…
  • iTunes and the 80-20 Rule

    Fri 4:32pm
    The ongoing iTunes feature creep regularly evokes calls for its simplification, with the “80-20 rule” often being used as support for such calls. But what is that rule, and is it a rule at all?  Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously…
  • How to Avoid Data Overage Charges When Traveling to Canada

    Fri 3:08pm
    After getting hit with a data overage charge while on vacation in Ottawa, Adam Engst decided to get serious about working within a small international data cap for his next trip to Canada. Here are his tips. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest…
  • External Link: How iTunes Fails Classical Music Fans

    Fri 9:42am
    Over at The Atlantic, Robinson Meyer explains how iTunes, and even the MP3 format, fails fans of classical music. It began with a lack of a composer tag in the MP3 format, which was only added to iTunes in 2004. Furthermore, Meyer says Apple Music offers slim…
  • Keyboard Maestro 7 Features Enhancements Throughout

    Wed 4:14pm
    After two years of free updates, Peter Lewis of Stairways Software has released Keyboard Maestro 7.0, a major update that adds new triggers, new actions, and themed palettes to the macro utility, along with numerous changes to the Keyboard Maestro Editor that…
  • External Link: T-Mobile Announces Incentives for iPhone Users

    Wed 8:56am
    T-Mobile has announced two incentives for iPhone users. The first is that Apple Music will be included in its Music Freedom service, which means that streaming songs from Apple Music will not count against T-Mobile users’ bandwidth caps. The second is that…
  • External Link: Nike Ordered to Compensate FuelBand Owners

    Tue 11:30am
    As part of a class-action settlement, Nike is distributing a total of $2.4 million to owners of its FuelBand fitness tracker, due to inaccurate tracking of calorie burn, steps, and overall activity. Affected customers can opt to receive $15 in cash or a $25…
  • TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 27 July 2015

    Mon 4:16pm
    Notable software releases this week include Mellel 3.4.2, Microsoft Office 2011 14.5.3, MacBook Pro Flash Storage Firmware Update 1.0, Default Folder X 4.7.3, and TextExpander 5.1. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology…
  • ExtraBITS for 27 July 2015

    Mon 4:16pm
    This week’s ExtraBITS roundup features Josh Centers and the Tech Night Owl discussing Apple financials, Flickr bringing back Pro accounts, Jim Dalrymple losing and then recovering much of his music because of Apple Music confusions, and United Airlines’…
  • External Link: Jim Dalrymple Recovers Most of His Music

    Mon 1:06pm
    We previously reported that Jim Dalrymple of The Loop publicly quit Apple Music after it ate a good chunk of his collection. The good news is that, with Apple’s help, he was able to recover much of his music. The problem turned out to be an interaction with…
  • External Link: Josh Centers Tackles Apple Finances with The Tech Night Owl

    Mon 7:45am
    Managing Editor Josh Centers once again joined The Tech Night Owl podcast to discuss Apple’s latest quarterly results, the upcoming Windows 10, Jim Dalrymple’s Apple Music problems, and how Josh replaced his wife’s iPhone 5c screen. Read the full…
  • Give Better Presentations with “Take Control of Keynote”

    Jul 24, 2015, 4:11 pm
    Our latest Take Control book, Joe Kissell’s “Take Control of Keynote” provides comprehensive help not just with Apple’s Keynote presentation app, but with all aspects of giving a good talk. It joins “Take Control of Pages” and “Take Control of…
  • External Link: Flickr Brings Back Pro Accounts

    Jul 24, 2015, 3:12 pm
    After two years, Flickr is bringing back paid Pro accounts for $49.99 per year. The new Flickr Pro includes better analytics, no ads, a “pro” badge on profiles, and discounts on photo products, such as Adobe’s Creative Cloud Photography plan. Those who…
  • How to Replace a Cracked iPhone 5c Screen with Screasy

    Jul 24, 2015, 9:35 am
    With his wife’s iPhone 5c suffering from a broken screen, Josh Centers had the perfect opportunity to test out the Screasy iPhone Screen Repair Kit. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet.…
  • FunBITS: Music in Time and Space

    Jul 24, 2015, 9:27 am
    A clever Web site takes you on a space-time journey to sample popular music from bygone decades. 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: Jim Dalrymple Quits Apple Music, Calling It a “Nightmare”

    Jul 23, 2015, 2:31 pm
    When longtime Apple journalist and fan Jim Dalrymple is angry with Apple, you know something’s wrong. Dalrymple has announced on his blog, The Loop, that he’s “done” with Apple Music after it wrecked his extensive iTunes library. The first problem…
  • Mellel 3.4.2

    Jul 23, 2015, 12:03 pm
    Addresses an issue that prevented older .mell files from being opened. ($39 new, free update, 93.6 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…
  • Microsoft Office 2011 14.5.3

    Jul 23, 2015, 6:43 am
    Security update patches critical vulnerabilities. (Free update, 113 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!…
  • MacBook Pro Flash Storage Firmware Update 1.0

    Jul 23, 2015, 3:23 am
    Fixes a vulnerability with the internal SSD firmware in the MacBook Pro model released in May 2015. (Free, 1.9 MB) Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help…
  • Default Folder X 4.7.3

    Jul 23, 2015, 12:22 am
    Improves compatibility with the public beta of OS X 10.11 El Capitan. ($34.95 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 our…
  • External Link: Flying the Unfriendly Skies: United Pushes DRM

    Jul 22, 2015, 5:17 pm
    Mike Masnick of Techdirt reports on tech entrepreneur Brian Fitzpatrick’s close encounter with an unwanted DRM plug-in, courtesy of United Airlines. It seems the airline is beta-testing what it calls its “Personal Device Entertainment” option, by which…
  • TextExpander 5.1

    Jul 22, 2015, 1:46 pm
    Refines the Suggestions feature to exclude most single dictionary words. ($44.95 new, free update for version 5.0 licenses, 17.0 MB) Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text…
  • BeardedSpice Gives You Control of Your Mac’s Media Keys

    Jul 22, 2015, 1:44 pm
    Josh Centers explains how BeardedSpice solves two Mac media key problems: controlling Web-based players and keeping native apps from fighting for control. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the…
  • TripMode Prevents Unwanted Internet Data Usage on a Tethered Mac

    Jul 22, 2015, 11:01 am
    If you use your Mac with the Personal Hotspot feature of iOS, or with other mobile hotspots, allowing some apps to transfer data unchecked can result in expensive overage charges. The new TripMode utility lets you allow only specified apps to access the…
  • Apple Posts Record Financials for Q3 2015

    Jul 21, 2015, 4:56 pm
    Although the iPad is still slumping, and Apple Watch sales remain a closely guarded secret, iPhone and Mac sales hit record highs, leading to yet another strong showing for Apple’s bottom line. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously…
  • TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 20 July 2015

    Jul 20, 2015, 5:33 pm
    Notable software releases this week include CrashPlan 4.3, DEVONthink/DEVONnote 2.8.6, and Office 2016 for Mac. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help…
  • ExtraBITS for 20 July 2015

    Jul 20, 2015, 5:33 pm
    In our latest ExtraBITS link collection, Glenn Fleishman explains OS X 10.11 El Capitan’s System Integrity Protection feature, Neil Young says he’ll remove his songs from streaming music services, President Obama unveils broadband for low-income…
  • Unveiling the New Take Control Web Site

    Jul 20, 2015, 4:40 pm
    At long last, we’ve rolled out a major redesign of the Take Control Web site. Adam Engst explains why it took so long, what was involved, and what’s new. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the…
  • Five More Apple Music Tips

    Jul 20, 2015, 1:48 pm
    We have more Apple Music tips to share: how to create and share playlists, sorting out Apple Music tracks from the rest of your collection, catching up on Beats 1 shows, using Apple Music songs for alarms, and playing sound effects with Siri.  Read the full…
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