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  • Celebrate Steve Wozniak’s 70th Birthday on August 11th

    Mon 3:53pm By Adam Engst
    Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak is turning 70, and he’s inviting everyone to celebrate his birthday with him online.Read original article
  • Anecdotes about New Apple Fellow Phil Schiller and Marketing Chief Greg Joswiak

    Mon 3:03pm By Adam Engst
    Apple has announced that it has made its longtime marketing head, Phil Schiller, an Apple Fellow and promoted Greg “Joz” Joswiak to senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. TidBITS publisher Adam Engst shares stories from his history with both men.
  • Bookends 13.4.4

    Mon 12:11pm By Agen Schmitz
    Adds a new widescreen view and a Speech toolbar icon. ($59.99 new, free update, 71.6 MB)
  • Timing 2020.9

    Mon 12:09pm By Agen Schmitz
    The time and productivity tracking app adds the capability to track time on YouTube.com, improves performance, and reduces memory usage. ($42 annual subscription, free update, 21.1 MB)
  • SoundSource 5.0

    Mon 12:04pm By Agen Schmitz
    Major new release of audio control utility brings a dramatically overhauled interface, automatic application management, and more. ($39 new, free update, 13.9 MB)
  • Keyboard Maestro 9.0.6

    Mon 12:01pm By Agen Schmitz
    Maintenance update for the automation and clipboard utility with several improvements and bug fixes. ($36 new, free update, 26 MB)
  • Future Crunch: An Antidote to Negative News

    Mon 11:58am By Adam Engst
    Tired of the nonstop drumbeat of negative news? Science, technology, and even governments are doing amazing things that are actually improving the world in significant ways. To give your brain a break, Adam Engst recommends the Future Crunch newsletter’s…
  • AirDrop Proved Handy on NASA’s Demo-2 Mission

    Thu 2:51pm By Josh Centers
    The successful completion of the NASA Demo-2 mission recently made headlines, but it turns out there was an Apple-related twist during the mission.Read original article
  • Jason Snell Starts “20 Macs for 2020”

    Thu 12:49pm By Josh Centers
    Six Colors publisher Jason Snell has started a series of essays, podcasts, and videos that will explore 20 notable Mac models. Adam and Tonya Engst will make guest appearances on the podcast, so be sure to tune in.Read original article
  • The Co-Inventor of the Computer Mouse Has Passed On

    Wed 5:17pm By Josh Centers
    Bill English, the co-creator of the computer mouse, has died at 91. Largely overlooked while he was alive, his contributions make him one of the most influential people in the history of computing.Read original article
  • 27-inch iMac Receives Significant Update, Other iMacs Get a Nod

    Aug 4, 2020, 7:05 pm By Adam Engst
    At long last, Apple has updated the workhorse of its desktop Mac line, the 27-inch iMac with Retina 5K display. The new iMac features faster Intel processors, a higher RAM ceiling, next-generation graphics chips, more storage, and Apple’s T2 security chip.…
  • Understanding How Apple Security Research Devices Likely Work and Stay Secure

    Aug 4, 2020, 3:18 pm By David Shayer
    Apple’s new Security Research Device Program provides security researchers with special iPhones to help them find vulnerabilities in iOS for Apple. Former Apple engineer David Shayer examines how Apple might be tweaking iPhone hardware to make this work.
  • Ulysses 20.2

    Aug 3, 2020, 10:30 am By Agen Schmitz
    Brings a few helpful tweaks to the writing app. ($39.99 annual subscription, free update, 20.5 MB)
  • MarsEdit 4.4.2

    Aug 3, 2020, 10:25 am By Agen Schmitz
    Adds the Micro.blog platform as an officially supported publishing system and addresses a variety of bugs and crashes. ($49.95 new, free update, 15.9 MB)
  • A Quick Rundown of Big Tech’s Showdown with Congress

    Jul 31, 2020, 7:04 pm By Josh Centers
    CEOs of four of the biggest companies in tech, including Apple’s Tim Cook, recently appeared before Congress to answer questions about their business practices. Here’s a roundup of the coverage.
  • Updated Apple Style Guide Available on the Web and in Apple Books

    Jul 31, 2020, 3:03 pm By Adam Engst
    Apple has updated its style guide, both on the Web and in Apple Books, which triggers TidBITS publisher Adam Engst to discuss how TidBITS makes stylistic decisions in writing and editing. He also examines a few of the changes to the style guide that Apple has…
  • Apple Q3 2020 Breaks Records While the World Burns, Next iPhone to Be Fashionably Late

    Jul 30, 2020, 7:04 pm By Michael E. Cohen
    For its third fiscal quarter of 2020, Apple reported quarterly record financial results that far exceeded consensus estimates, managing to show revenue increases in all of its product segments and geographic sectors. Chalk it up to people working and learning…
  • Surprise! Fujitsu Releases 64-Bit ScanSnap Manager for Older Scanners

    Jul 27, 2020, 2:40 pm By Dave Kitabjian
    Since the release of Catalina, owners of older ScanSnap scanners have been scrambling to find a way to keep their devices functioning after Fujitsu refused to upgrade its software. In a surprising—and very late—move, Fujitsu has released the 64-bit…
  • 20 Years Later, Steven Levy Looks Back on the Power Mac G4 Cube

    Jul 27, 2020, 1:56 pm By Josh Centers
    The Power Mac G4 Cube was Apple’s most beautiful failure, a cutting-edge and memorable machine that sold fewer than 150,000 units. Wired’s Steven Levy looks back at it, 20 years after its introduction.Read original article
  • Apple Celebrates 25 Years of the Apple Distinguished Educator Program with Dr. Carl Owens

    Jul 27, 2020, 12:51 pm By Josh Centers
    Apple’s Distinguished Educator program has hit the quarter-century mark, and the company noted the occasion by highlighting one of its first participants.Read original article
  • Woz Sues YouTube Over Bitcoin Impersonation Scam

    Jul 27, 2020, 9:38 am By Josh Centers
    Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak is suing YouTube over a Bitcoin-related scam. A similar scam made headlines recently with a mass Twitter attack.Read original article
  • Hong Kong VPN Services Found to Log Connections and Leak User Data

    Jul 24, 2020, 3:23 pm By Josh Centers
    If you use a VPN service based in Hong Kong to secure your Internet traffic and protect your privacy, you may wish to switch, given what security researchers have discovered.Read original article
  • Turn Your iPhone into a Powerful Webcam with Camo

    Jul 24, 2020, 12:59 pm By Glenn Fleishman
    A new system from Reincubate lets you use your iPhone’s camera as a virtual camera for your Mac, giving you a higher-quality option for videoconferencing services and other video apps. Plus, Camo provides unprecedented control over the iPhone camera’s…
  • Apple Releases Dedicated Security Research Device

    Jul 23, 2020, 3:42 pm By Rich Mogull
    In an effort to encourage more security researchers to look for security vulnerabilities in iOS, Apple will provide approved researchers with a Security Research Device, a custom iPhone with key security controls disabled. It’s a good way for Apple to engage…
  • Feeling Paranoid? Micro Snitch Tells You If Your Mac Is Spying on You

    Jul 22, 2020, 1:25 pm By Josh Centers
    If you’re afraid that your webcam may be spying on you, Micro Snitch from Objective Development monitors your Mac’s webcam and microphone, alerting you when an app activates them and maintaining a log of all activity.
  • Unless You Are a Masochist, Do Not Buy QuarkXPress

    Jul 22, 2020, 1:12 pm By Charles Maurer
    If you’re entering into a book layout project and considering QuarkXPress, don’t. Author Charles Maurer shares just a few of the horror stories from his experience using QuarkXPress to lay out his most recent book.
  • Carbon Copy Cloner 5.1.20

    Jul 22, 2020, 12:48 pm By Agen Schmitz
    Drive-cloning and backup utility reverts to using its own file copier for establishing new bootable backups after the macOS Catalina 10.15.6 update. ($39.99 new, free update, 14.6 MB)
  • Fantastical 3.1.3

    Jul 22, 2020, 12:46 pm By Agen Schmitz
    Maintenance release with numerous improvements and fixes for the calendar app. ($39.99 new, free update, 22.6 MB)
  • Luminar 4.3

    Jul 20, 2020, 11:41 am By Agen Schmitz
    Adds a new Search tool, improves performance, and optimizes memory usage for the AI-powered photo editing app. ($89 new, free update, 18.8 MB)
  • BBEdit 13.1.2

    Jul 20, 2020, 11:31 am By Agen Schmitz
    Brings a lengthy list of improvements and bug fixes for the long-standing text editor. ($49.99 new, free update, 14.2 MB)