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  • ChronoSync 10.2

    Mon 9:59am By Agen Schmitz
    Brings back support for bootable backups on M1-based Macs running macOS 12.4 Monterey. ($49.99 new, free update, 88.2 MB, macOS 10.12+)
  • No Email Issue on 30 May 2022 for Memorial Day

    Mon 9:00am By Adam Engst
    We’re taking a brief break from building an email issue of TidBITS next week in honor of the Memorial Day holiday in the United States, so look for the next issue in your mailbox on 6 June 2022.
  • How to Use Extra Space on an APFS Time Machine Drive

    Fri 5:53pm By Adam Engst
    Want to use the extra space on your APFS-formatted Time Machine drive to store non-backup files? Howard Oakley explains how you can make that possible by creating an APFS volume or an APFS container.Read original article
  • Five Enhancements for Future Apple Operating Systems

    Thu 5:12pm By Adam Engst
    Apple will be unveiling new technologies at WWDC 2022, and while some will undoubtedly be welcome, we have additional ideas that we hope will make their way into future versions of Apple’s operating systems.
  • Pixelmator Pro 2.4.3

    Thu 12:20pm By Agen Schmitz
    Introduces a refurbished Photos browser and adds a few handy workflow improvements. ($39.99 new, free update, 456 MB, macOS 10.15+)
  • PopChar X 9.4

    Thu 12:17pm By Agen Schmitz
    Character discovery and font exploration utility is now a universal app with full native support for M1-based Macs. (€29.99 new, free update, 6.0 MB, macOS 10.10+)
  • Google Lets Legacy G Suite Users Keep Their Email for Free

    Wed 1:21pm By Josh Centers
    After initially demanding that legacy G Suite users upgrade to the paid Google Workspace keep their custom email addresses, Google has relented and is now offering individuals and families a free option, but you only have until 27 June 2022 to claim it.Read…
  • Apple Previews Upcoming Accessibility Features

    May 17, 2022, 7:34 pm By Josh Centers
    Apple has pre-announced some exciting new accessibility features for its future operating systems, several of which may be highly useful for non-disabled users.
  • Transmit 5.8.5

    May 17, 2022, 7:07 pm By Agen Schmitz
    Brings additions, improvements, and bug fixes for the file transfer app. ($45 new, free update, 33.9 MB, macOS 10.15+)
  • SoundSource 5.5.1

    May 17, 2022, 7:03 pm By Agen Schmitz
    Adds support for Monterey's Shortcuts app with a variety of helpful automations. ($39 new, free update, 26.6 MB, macOS 10.14+)
  • Safari 15.5

    May 17, 2022, 6:59 pm By Agen Schmitz
    Patches three WebKit-related security vulnerabilities. (Free, various sizes, macOS 10.15+)
  • Agenda 14.1

    May 17, 2022, 6:56 pm By Agen Schmitz
    Updates the date-focused note-taking app with improved spell checking. (Free with $24.99 premium purchase option, 70.3 MB, macOS 10.12+)
  • Revitalize an Elderly Mac with Google’s Chrome OS Flex

    May 17, 2022, 5:59 pm By Julio Ojeda-Zapata
    If you have an old Mac gathering dust, Google may be able to return it to active use. Its free Chrome OS Flex replaces macOS and puts pep back in the Mac’s step. It’s a decent option for families who might want to set up workstations for kids or who just…
  • AT&T and Verizon Raising Prices in Response to Inflation

    May 17, 2022, 11:09 am By Josh Centers
    Inflation is making everything more expensive, and wireless plans are no exception. AT&T and Verizon are both hiking prices slightly in response to current economic conditions. Will T-Mobile follow or lure in disgruntled switchers?
  • Apple Releases iOS 15.5, iPadOS 15.5, macOS 12.4, watchOS 8.6, tvOS 15.5, and HomePod Software 15.5

    May 16, 2022, 4:02 pm By Josh Centers
    In what may be the final release of the iOS 15/macOS 12 cycle to include more than bug fixes and security updates, Apple has updated all its operating systems with some improvements to Podcasts and Wallet, plus bug fixes and security updates.
  • macOS Big Sur 11.6.6 and Security Update 2022-004 Catalina

    May 16, 2022, 2:26 pm By Agen Schmitz
    Security patches for Big Sur and Catalina. (Free, various sizes, macOS 11 and 10.15)
  • Audio Hijack 4.0.3

    May 13, 2022, 12:22 pm By Agen Schmitz
    Wide-ranging maintenance update with a plethora of improvements and bug fixes for the audio-recording workflow app. ($64 new, free update, 29.1 MB, macOS 10.14.4+)
  • Bookends 14.0.8

    May 13, 2022, 12:20 pm By Agen Schmitz
    Makes changes in how data is imported from the JSTOR database. ($59.99 new, free update, 101 MB, macOS 10.13+)
  • International Verify Your Backups Day

    May 13, 2022, 12:01 am By Adam Engst
    What better day than Friday the 13th to check that your backups are actually working by restoring some critical files?
  • KDE Connect Brings iPhone Connectivity to Linux

    May 12, 2022, 2:41 pm By Josh Centers
    KDE Connect has long enabled tight integration between Linux desktops and Android phones. Now it’s officially available for the iPhone and iPad.
  • Bad Apple #5: iCloud Drive Folder Sharing Risks Data Loss

    May 12, 2022, 11:21 am By Adam Engst
    iCloud Drive folder sharing has been around since macOS 10.15 Catalina, which makes it all the less acceptable that someone with whom the folder is shared can delete a file permanently and with only one possible—and unmentioned by Apple—option for recovery.
  • Mimestream 0.35.2

    May 12, 2022, 10:22 am By Agen Schmitz
    Brings a number of new features to the native macOS client for Gmail. (Free, 9.9 MB, macOS 10.15+)
  • Ulysses 26

    May 12, 2022, 10:19 am By Agen Schmitz
    Adds a few new features to the macOS edition of the writing app. ($49.99 annual subscription, free update, 33.1 MB, macOS 10.15+)
  • BBEdit 14.1.2

    May 12, 2022, 10:17 am By Agen Schmitz
    Maintenance release with bug fixes and refinements to existing features. ($49.99 new, free update, 22.4 MB, macOS 10.14.2+)
  • BusyCal 2022.2.2

    May 12, 2022, 9:59 am By Agen Schmitz
    Adds a multitude of new Notification Center widgets for macOS 11 Big Sur and later. ($49.99 new, free update, 55.8 MB, macOS 10.12+)
  • Apple Officially Discontinues the iPod touch

    May 11, 2022, 8:00 am By Josh Centers
    After 20 years, Apple has announced the end of the iPod line with the discontinuation of the iPod touch. If you want one, you can still buy an iPod touch while supplies last.
  • Camo Studio 1.6.4

    May 9, 2022, 12:28 pm By Agen Schmitz
    Brings native compatibility with Safari, FaceTime, and QuickTime when using macOS 12.3 Monterey or later. ($39.99 annual subscription, free update, 29.1 MB, macOS 10.13+)
  • TextExpander 7.2

    May 9, 2022, 12:22 pm By Agen Schmitz
    Brings faster startup time, additions to the contextual menu, and bug fixes. ($40 annual subscription, free update, 54.1 MB, macOS 10.14+)
  • TipBITS: How to Disable a Known AirTag’s Alerts

    May 9, 2022, 12:18 pm By Josh Centers
    Tired of getting unnecessary “AirTag Found Moving With You” alerts when you borrow your spouse’s keys? Here’s how you can disable those alerts, at least for a day.
  • Moneydance 2022.3

    May 9, 2022, 12:00 pm By Agen Schmitz
    Maintenance release with improvements and bug fixes for the personal finance management app. ($49.99 new, free update, 148 MB, macOS 10.12+)