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  • LittleBITS: watchOS 8 Birthday Wishes, Printer Predicaments

    Fri 2:35pm By Adam Engst
    watchOS 8 wished Adam Engst a happy birthday recently, which was both a nice touch and a small surprise. He also discusses some quirky problems related to printer drivers.
  • Zoom 5.8.6

    Fri 12:01pm By Agen Schmitz
    Enables the app to update itself and allows users to choose between two update cadences. (Free, 25.8 MB, macOS 10.9+)
  • Mimestream 0.31.1

    Fri 11:58am By Agen Schmitz
    Brings new features, improvements, and bug fixes to the native macOS client for Gmail. (Free, 8.5 MB, macOS 10.15+)
  • USBefuddled: Untangling the Rat’s Nest of USB-C Standards and Cables

    Fri 10:49am By Glenn Fleishman
    USB-C was supposed to make connectivity easier. Instead, it has acquired a profusion of footnotes, exceptions, and labeling that can leave average users frustrated—and with the wrong cable. USB 4 and Thunderbolt 4 are our last best hope.
  • Pixelmator Pro 2.3

    Nov 27, 2021, 4:59 pm By Agen Schmitz
    Major update that adds an automatic background removal feature, automatic subject selection, and a Select and Mask tool. ($39.99 new, free update, 433.4 MB, macOS 10.15+)
  • Getting Sharper Text on M1-based Macs with 1440p Displays

    Nov 26, 2021, 12:18 pm By Josh Centers
    If you’ve wanted to enable HiDPI scaling for sharper text on a 1440p display connected to an M1-based Mac, you’ve been out of luck… until now. The open source BetterDummy helps you take full advantage of 1440p external screens.Read original article
  • Apple Lawsuit Goes After Spyware Firm NSO Group

    Nov 24, 2021, 2:39 pm By Glenn Fleishman
    Apple has sued the notorious NSO Group and will be funding two prominent research groups that specialize in discovering and describing cyber surveillance attacks. These moves appear to be the first step in a new strategy against companies that weaponize…
  • No TidBITS Issue on 29 November 2021

    Nov 22, 2021, 11:17 am By Adam Engst
    We’re taking the next email issue of TidBITS off to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday in the United States, although we’ll continue to publish articles on our Web site. You can look forward to the next email issue on 6 December 2021.
  • Default Folder X 5.6.2

    Nov 21, 2021, 6:49 pm By Agen Schmitz
    Fixes a bug that could cause the Finder in macOS 12 Monterey to relaunch at login repeatedly. ($34.95 new, free update, 16 MB, macOS 10.10+)
  • PopChar X 9.3

    Nov 21, 2021, 6:44 pm By Agen Schmitz
    Character discovery and font exploration utility adds support for Unicode 14.0, including Emoji 14.0. ($€29.99, free update, 5.5 MB, macOS 10.10+)
  • Little Snitch 5.3.2

    Nov 21, 2021, 6:38 pm By Agen Schmitz
    Improves installation and updating for the network traffic management utility. ($45 new, free update, 34 MB, macOS 11+)
  • GraphicConverter 11.5.4

    Nov 21, 2021, 6:32 pm By Agen Schmitz
    Brings improvements and bug fixes for the Swiss Army knife of graphics programs. ($39.95 new, free update, 266 MB, macOS 10.9+)
  • Mimestream 0.30.5

    Nov 21, 2021, 6:26 pm By Agen Schmitz
    Brings improvements and bug fixes to the native macOS client for Gmail. (Free, 8.5 MB, macOS 10.15+)
  • New FaceTime Features: Links, Grids, and a Web App

    Nov 21, 2021, 12:20 pm By Josh Centers
    New FaceTime features like links, grid view, and a Web client make FaceTime in iOS 15, iPadOS 15, and macOS 12 Monterey more competitive with video conferencing apps like Zoom.
  • Keyboard Maestro 10.0.1

    Nov 18, 2021, 3:41 pm By Agen Schmitz
    Maintenance update for the popular automation and clipboard utility following its recent major upgrade. ($36 new, $25 upgrade, free update from version 10, 34.4 MB, macOS 10.13+)
  • watchOS 8.1.1 Fixes Apple Watch Series 7 Charging Issues

    Nov 18, 2021, 3:34 pm By Josh Centers
    Apple has released watchOS 8.1.1 to address charging problems with the Apple Watch Series 7.
  • Final Cut Pro 10.6.1

    Nov 18, 2021, 3:19 pm By Agen Schmitz
    Maintenance update for the professional video editing app. ($299.99 new, free update, 3.2 GB, macOS 10.15.6+)
  • FastScripts 3.0.1

    Nov 18, 2021, 3:17 pm By Agen Schmitz
    Major update to the macOS scripting utility with improved script execution and search functionality. ($39.95 new, $19.95 upgrade, 5.4 MB, macOS 10.15+)
  • iOS 15.1.1 Prevents Dropped Calls on iPhone 12 and iPhone 13

    Nov 17, 2021, 6:13 pm By Josh Centers
    Apple has released iOS 15.1.1 exclusively for the iPhone 12 and iPhone 13 to address a bug causing dropped calls.
  • Apple Announces Self Service Repair Program

    Nov 17, 2021, 4:40 pm By Adam Engst
    After lobbying against right-to-repair legislation for years, Apple has seemingly done an about-face by announcing the Self Service Repair program, which will provide genuine Apple parts, tools, and repair manuals to individuals who want to repair their Apple…
  • Weather in iOS 15 Gains Precipitation Notifications (But Do They Work Reliably?)

    Nov 17, 2021, 11:24 am By Adam Engst
    Thanks to Apple’s Weather app picking up features from Dark Sky, the company that Apple acquired in early 2020, you can now turn on next-hour precipitation notifications in iOS 15. But they aren’t reliable for some users—how about you?
  • Custom Mouse Pointers Blamed for Monterey Memory Leak

    Nov 15, 2021, 5:32 pm By Josh Centers
    Reports of massive memory leaks in macOS 12 Monterey have been traced back to custom pointer changes. Resetting custom pointers should reduce or eliminate the problems until Apple releases a fix.
  • LittleBITS: TidBITS Formatting Bug, Ransomware Protections, More OCR in Images

    Nov 15, 2021, 4:56 pm By Adam Engst
    This week, Adam asks for help tracking down an email formatting bug in TidBITS issues, points those worried about ransomware to RansomWhere and Retrospect 18, and looks at more utilities that perform OCR on text in images.
  • Carbon Copy Cloner 6.0.5

    Nov 15, 2021, 10:09 am By Agen Schmitz
    Drive-cloning and backup utility adds a new macOS Downgrade Assistant. ($39.99 new, free update, 19.0 MB, macOS 10.15+)
  • Beats Fit Pro Are Good Alternatives to Third-Generation AirPods

    Nov 14, 2021, 1:05 pm By Julio Ojeda-Zapata
    A week after the release of the third-generation AirPods, Apple subsidiary Beats By Dre unveiled Fit Pro earbuds that offer a compelling alternative thanks to a more secure fit, H1 chip, and active noise cancellation.
  • First Impressions of the Third-Generation AirPods

    Nov 14, 2021, 1:05 pm By Julio Ojeda-Zapata
    Josh Centers and Julio Ojeda-Zapata team up to give you their first impressions of Apple’s third-generation AirPods.
  • Logic Pro 10.7.1

    Nov 12, 2021, 3:38 pm By Agen Schmitz
    Maintenance release with bug fixes and improvements for the professional audio app. ($199.99 new, free update, 1.1 GB, macOS 11+)
  • HoudahGeo 6.2

    Nov 12, 2021, 3:35 pm By Agen Schmitz
    Adds support for macOS 12 Monterey and Adobe Lightroom Classic 11. ($39 new, free update, 27.2 MB, macOS 10.14+)
  • EagleFiler 1.9.6

    Nov 12, 2021, 3:34 pm By Agen Schmitz
    Resolves a problem that prevented the capture key from working in macOS 12 Monterey. ($40 new, free update, 31.7 MB, macOS 10.12+)
  • Hazel 5.1

    Nov 12, 2021, 3:29 pm By Agen Schmitz
    Adds support for AppleScript and running Shortcuts on macOS 12 Monterey. ($42 new, free update, 20.8 MB, macOS 10.13+)