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  • CES 2021: Tech Trends to Watch

    Fri 7:40pm By Jeff Porten
    The Consumer Technology Association predicts the tech trends of the year to come in its annual opening of CES. Jeff Porten shares the thrust of the talk and provides commentary.
  • HomeKit for the Holidays (And Home Troubleshooting Tips)

    Fri 6:01pm By Adam Engst
    In which Adam Engst finally hops on the HomeKit bandwagon for real and gets totally sucked in, installing smart outlets, controlling motorized shades, and adding some Flic buttons. 
  • Apple Launches New Racial Equity and Justice Initiative Projects

    Wed 3:31pm By Josh Centers
    Apple has announced some of the ways it will be using the $100 million it committed toward projects in its Racial Equity and Justice Initiative, which will invest in education and businesses for people of color.Read original article
  • Airfoil 5.9.5, Piezo 1.7.1, and Audio Hijack 3.8.1

    Tue 10:45am By Agen Schmitz
    Adds full compatibility with M1-based Macs. ($29/$19 new, free updates, various sizes, macOS 10.13+)
  • CES 2021: Pre-Show Virtual Events Feature Game Cubes, Telepresence Robots, and Disinfecting Alarm…

    Mon 6:33pm By Jeff Porten
    CES launches into unknown territory by holding its first-ever entirely virtual event, leading Jeff Porten to wonder whether it’ll be a disappointment compared to in-person. But the first batch of gadgets he has seen have some interesting contenders for your…
  • Keyboard Maestro 9.2

    Mon 10:59am By Agen Schmitz
    Maintenance update for the automation and clipboard utility with several improvements and bug fixes. ($36 new, free update, 34.3 MB, macOS 10.11+)
  • BBEdit 13.5.4

    Mon 10:56am By Agen Schmitz
    Changes the default location for the BBEdit Backups folder. ($49.99 new, free update, 18.7 MB, macOS 10.14.2+)
  • Default Folder X 5.5.4

    Mon 10:55am By Agen Schmitz
    Fixes a bug that could prevent the Open/Save dialog enhancement utility from launching correctly. ($34.95 new, free update, 15.7 MB, macOS 10.10+)
  • Cybersecurity Ramifications of the 2021 Storming of the United States Capitol

    Jan 8, 2021, 4:30 pm By Adam Engst
    Over at Wired, Lily Hay Newman focuses on the potentially massive harm done to US cybersecurity by the mob of rioters who stormed and then occupied the US Capitol. Read original article
  • Apple Unveils Stringent Disclosure and Opt-in Privacy Requirements for Apps

    Jan 7, 2021, 5:16 pm By Glenn Fleishman
    Facebook is unhappy with the enhanced privacy requirements that Apple recently unveiled. Apple will soon require that apps ask for and get explicit consent from their users in order to track them across apps and sites—and that’s a good thing. Apple has…
  • BusyCal 3.12.2 and BusyContacts 1.5.1

    Jan 6, 2021, 3:28 pm By Agen Schmitz
    Adds support for M1-based Macs and Office 365 Hybrid Authentication. ($49.99 new for each, free updates, 23.1/12.7 MB, macOS 10.12+)
  • When2Meet: An Easier Way to Settle on a Meeting Time

    Jan 6, 2021, 3:13 pm By Adam Engst
    Do you find yourself having to go back and forth when trying to identify a compatible meeting time with a group of people? Doodle has long been a good solution for this problem, but the When2Meet service is faster, easier, and free.
  • Pixelmator Pro 2.0.3

    Jan 6, 2021, 11:10 am By Agen Schmitz
    Adds support for Apple ProRAW photos. ($39.99 new, free update, 217 MB, macOS 10.14.4+)
  • Timing 2021.1

    Jan 6, 2021, 11:08 am By Agen Schmitz
    Introduces the capability to share projects with team members and view their time entries in the Timing web app. ($42 annual subscription, free update, 35.6 MB, macOS 10.13+)
  • Nisus Writer Pro 3.2.1

    Jan 5, 2021, 11:41 am By Agen Schmitz
    Maintenance update that focuses on fixing a few key issues, including sluggish behavior in macOS 11 Big Sur. ($65 new, free update, 277 MB, macOS 10.11+)
  • EagleFiler 1.9.2

    Jan 5, 2021, 11:36 am By Agen Schmitz
    Maintenance release for the document organization and archiving app. ($40 new, free update, 31.2 MB, macOS 10.12+)
  • Zoom 5.4.7

    Jan 5, 2021, 11:28 am By Agen Schmitz
    Adds compatibility with M1-based Macs and brings enhanced cloud contact integration for chat/call features. (Free, 23.3 MB, macOS 10.9+)
  • TidBITS 2020 Holiday Hiatus—See You in 2021!

    Dec 21, 2020, 2:56 pm By Adam Engst
    In keeping with our tradition, we’re going to take off the last few weeks of 2020, which this year means staying safe with our immediate households and scheduling virtual gatherings with our extended families. You can expect the next email issue of TidBITS…
  • Fantastical 3.3.3

    Dec 21, 2020, 10:46 am By Agen Schmitz
    Maintenance release for the calendar app adds an option to choose which browser to use for conference calls. ($39.99 new, free update, 41.3 MB, macOS 10.13.2+)
  • Alfred 4.3

    Dec 21, 2020, 10:43 am By Agen Schmitz
    Keyboard-driven launcher now runs natively with both Intel-based and M1-based Macs. (£23 new, free update, 4.8 MB, macOS 10.11+)
  • GraphicConverter 11.3.3

    Dec 21, 2020, 10:41 am By Agen Schmitz
    Adds support for importing Apple ProRAW, Photoshop PSB, and Canon CR3 files. ($39.95 new, free update, 250 MB, macOS 10.9+)
  • Typinator 8.6

    Dec 21, 2020, 10:39 am By Agen Schmitz
    Text expansion utility brings user interface and compatibility improvements with macOS 11 Big Sur. (€24.99 new, free update, 7.2 MB, macOS 10.8+)
  • Evernote 10.5.7

    Dec 21, 2020, 9:44 am By Agen Schmitz
    Improves performance for note loading, the sidebar, and attaching files, plus adds several user interface improvements. (Free, 148 MB, macOS 10.10+)
  • macOS Server 5.11

    Dec 21, 2020, 9:43 am By Agen Schmitz
    Adds new restrictions, payloads, and commands for Profile Manager and now requires macOS 11 Big Sur. ($19.99 new, free update, 79.2 MB, macOS 11+)
  • DEVONagent 3.11.4

    Dec 21, 2020, 9:40 am By Agen Schmitz
    Adds support for M1-based Macs and importing bookmarks from the Brave Web browser. (Free/$4.95/$49.95, free updates, various sizes, macOS 10.10+)
  • Airfoil 5.10

    Dec 20, 2020, 12:22 pm By Agen Schmitz
    Adds full compatibility with macOS 11 Big Sur and initial support for M1-based Macs. ($29 new, free update, 311.5 MB, macOS 10.13+)
  • Scrivener 3.2.2

    Dec 20, 2020, 12:18 pm By Agen Schmitz
    Maintenance release with improvements and bug fixes for the long-form writing tool. ($49 new, free update, 85.3 MB, macOS 10.12+)
  • Ulysses 21.3

    Dec 20, 2020, 12:17 pm By Agen Schmitz
    Brings a spate of improvements and bug fixes to the writing app. ($49.99 annual subscription, free update, 30.6 MB, macOS 10.14.4+)
  • LG 27UK850-W: An Acceptable 27-inch Display for the Mac

    Dec 18, 2020, 6:10 pm By Josh Centers
    Discerning Mac users will be hard-pressed to find a satisfactory monitor, but the LG 27UK850-W is close enough and not too expensive.
  • BBEdit 13.5.3

    Dec 18, 2020, 5:12 pm By Agen Schmitz
    Now asks you if you want to reopen documents after a crash or force quit. ($49.99 new, free update, 18.7 MB, macOS 10.14.2+)