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  • TidBITS — Apple news for the rest of us
    Accounts Member Benefits Sections Apple Watch Business Apps Entertainment External Links Home Macs Inside TidBITS iPhone iPad iPod Just for Fun Macs Mac OS X Media Creation Networking Opinion Problem Solving Safe Computing Tech News Watchlist Weekly Issues Issue 1317 18 Apr 16 1316 11 Apr 16 1315 04 Apr 16 1314 28 Mar 16 1313 21 Mar 16 1312 14 Mar 16 1311 07 Mar 16 1310 29 Feb 16 1309 22 Feb 16 Back Issues About TidBITS About Us Advertise Contact Copyright Privacy TidBITS Members Smile ScanSnap Thoughtful detailed coverage of the Mac iPhone and iPad plus the best selling Take Control ebooks Pick an apple Become a TidBITS member About Accounts To receive TidBITS via email you need an account so we can track your email address and which of the four editions of TidBITS you want to receive every Monday It s easy to create a new account but if you have purchased any Take Control ebooks you already have an account for your Take Control Library enabling you to download all your purchased books TidBITS and Take Control Books are both published by TidBITS Publishing Inc and share the same account database Common account related activities include Create a new account Change your email address or password Subscribe or unsubscribe from specific editions Merge multiple accounts via your Take Control Library profile Accounts also integrate with the TidBITS Commenting System so once you have an account you can log in to our site from any browser to post comments If you don t wish to create an account just to post a comment that s fine too but you ll have to verify each browser you use via email the first time you use it If you have previously posted a comment at TidBITS using

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  • TidBITS — Apple news for the rest of us
    a TidBITS member you ll become a key supporter of the journalism we create every day read our explanation of why this is important to us and how the program has fared so far in our annual roundups in the TidBITS Memberships series But you ll also receive more tangible benefits including member only perks and discounts A banner ad free version of the TidBITS Web site A full text RSS feed non members get a summary only feed The option to receive new articles in email as soon as they are posted The ability to post longer article comments with live URLs Recognition of your membership with cool apple icons when commenting The option to receive an article s comments via email A 30 discount on our Take Control ebooks Special members only invitations to TidBITS Presents live events Finally we ve worked with some of our favorite companies to bring members discounts on a variety of Mac related products At the moment the discounts available to TidBITS members include the following if you re already a TidBITS member make sure you re logged in and visit your member benefits page to access coupon codes 20 off all Smile products including PDFpen TextExpander and DiscLabel 20 off LaunchBar 25 off all editions of DEVONthink DEVONnote and DEVONagent Pro 20 off all Rogue Amoeba products including Airfoil Audio Hijack Fission Intermission and Piezo 25 off 1Password 10 off Default Folder X 20 off Keyboard Maestro 25 off Global Delight s Voila and Boom 25 off the Mac version of Password Wallet 20 off Fetch 25 off all Ergonis products including PopChar X KeyCue Typinator Discounts on all Dejal products including all editions of Simon Time Out Caboodle and BlogAssist 20 off all C Command products including SpamSieve EagleFiler and DropDMG

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  • Apple Watch
    apps and most watch faces Watch model support is limited too by Julio Ojeda Zapata 26 Oct 2015 4 comments watchOS 2 0 1 Brings Bug Fixes to Your Wrist The latest update to watchOS addresses some minor bugs including stalled software updates and poor battery life by Josh Centers 21 Oct 2015 Listen 2 comments Complicating Details Notable New Features in watchOS 2 The operating system for the Apple Watch watchOS 2 adds important improvements such as native apps and custom complications Jeff Carlson reveals some of the lesser known features and details that enhance the Apple Watch experience by Jeff Carlson 28 Sep 2015 2 comments Moving Your Apple Watch to Your New iPhone Apple has opened the iPhone 6s spigot If you are one of those getting a new iPhone but you have an Apple Watch paired with your old phone there are a few steps you need to take to make your Apple Watch and your new iPhone happy together by Michael E Cohen 25 Sep 2015 Listen 1 comment Teen s Life Saved by His Apple Watch Paul Houle Jr a 17 year old football player from Massachusetts experienced a rapid heartbeat along with back and chest pains after a practice Houle took a nap and woke up to discover that his Apple Watch was still reporting a heart rate of 145 beats per minute Houle went to the hospital where he was diagnosed with rhabdomyolysis which had caused heart liver and kidney failure Houle credits the Apple Watch with saving his life and his father who was skeptical of the watch has now purchased watches for his wife and himself Apple CEO Tim Cook has reached out to Houle to offer him a new iPhone and a summer internship 22 Sep 2015 Apple Releases watchOS 2 watchOS 2 is the first major update for the Apple Watch and it brings some massive changes that will be welcomed by users by Josh Centers 21 Sep 2015 Listen 5 comments Apple Delays watchOS 2 Citing a Bug Unfortunate news Apple Watch owners watchOS 2 will not ship alongside iOS 9 We have discovered a bug in development of watchOS 2 that is taking a bit longer to fix than we expected an Apple spokesperson said Apple added that watchOS 2 will be released shortly 16 Sep 2015 Apple Watch Gains New Bands watchOS 2 Ship Date The next version of the Apple Watch software watchOS 2 is arriving soon and new bands and aluminum finishes are available now by Jeff Carlson 09 Sep 2015 Listen 3 comments PDFpen and PDFpenPro 7 make PDF editing easy Review and mark up your PDFs fill and sign forms and even export PDFs to Word format Signing is now easier you can view the OCR text layer and more Try editing your PDFs today http smle us pdfpen 7 tb Pebble Time Offers Low Budget Apple Watch Alternative Julio Ojeda Zapata put Pebble s next generation watch the Pebble Time

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  • Business Apps
    Show summaries of articles Fantastical 2 2 1 Improves reliability of Exchange account setup and fixes other Exchange related bugs 49 99 new free update 13 2 MB by Agen G N Schmitz 18 Apr 2016 0 comments LaunchBar 6 6 2 Fixes an incompatibility with Mavericks and Yosemite and resolves a sorting bug 29 new free update 14 1 MB by Agen G N Schmitz 18 Apr 2016 0 comments Macminicolo Merging with MacStadium Brian Stucki founder of Mac mini server hosting company Macminicolo has announced that his company is merging with MacStadium another Mac centric hosting company He ll remain president of Macminicolo and will serve as vice president of MacStadium 06 Apr 2016 0 comments Comment on this link Banktivity 5 6 7 Resolves a number of bugs in the popular financial app 59 99 new free update 39 3 MB by Agen G N Schmitz 04 Apr 2016 0 comments Parallels Desktop 11 1 3 Resolves a number of bugs and crashes for the popular virtualization software 79 99 new for standard edition 99 99 annual subscription for Pro Business Edition free update for version 11 licenses 293 MB by Agen G N Schmitz 04 Apr 2016 0 comments Fantastical 2 2 Adds native Exchange support and enables you to print calendars and reminder lists in a variety of different views 49 99 new free update 13 2 MB by Agen G N Schmitz 04 Apr 2016 0 comments Evernote 6 6 Brings a new navigation scheme for switching between notes and notebooks Free 52 7 MB by Agen G N Schmitz 04 Apr 2016 1 comment OmniFocus 2 5 Adds a new Style preference pane for creating styles from built in font and color collections for from your own imported styles 39 99 new free update 27 6 MB by Agen G N Schmitz 04 Apr 2016 0 comments OmniOutliner 4 5 1 Fixes a number bugs related to printing 49 99 new free update 24 1 MB by Agen G N Schmitz 04 Apr 2016 0 comments MoneyWell 2 3 10 Updates the Sparkle framework 59 99 new free update 9 9 MB by Agen G N Schmitz 04 Apr 2016 2 comments Fujitsu ScanSnap Scanners Save your business time and money with our easy to use small ScanSnap Scanner line Eliminate paper piles by scanning documents business cards and receipts Visit us at http budurl me sstb KeyCue 8 0 Major new release adds flexible ways to define triggers to perform actions within the keyboard shortcut utility 19 99 new free update 5 1 MB by Agen G N Schmitz 04 Apr 2016 0 comments Default Folder X 5 0 3 Maintenance update fixes a number of bugs in the Open Save dialog enhancement utility 34 95 new free update 8 0 MB by Agen G N Schmitz 04 Apr 2016 0 comments DEVONthink DEVONnote 2 8 10 Adds support for Airmail 2 and accepts videos from the Photos app via the Sharing

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  • Entertainment
    price for new subscribers to 8 99 in 2014 and then to 9 99 in 2015 but allowed existing customers to pay the old price for up to two years after the original increase While the price hike is unfortunate Netflix would still be a good deal at twice the price 08 Apr 2016 1 comment Comment on this link With tvOS 9 2 the Fourth Generation Apple TV Hits 1 0 The tvOS 9 2 update brings many much requested features to the fourth generation Apple TV such as Home screen folders Bluetooth keyboard support voice dictation iCloud Photo Library with Live Photos and more by Josh Centers 23 Mar 2016 Listen 2 comments iTunes 12 3 3 Adds support for the upcoming iPhone SE and 9 7 inch iPad Pro Free 239 MB by Josh Centers 21 Mar 2016 2 comments Airfoil 5 0 2 Maintenance release for the recently upgraded wireless audio broadcasting app 29 new free update 13 9 MB by Agen G N Schmitz 13 Mar 2016 0 comments How to Focus the iTunes Interface on Music If you re overwhelmed by the complexity of iTunes and long for the days when it was a relatively simple music player check out Kirk McElhearn s guide to simplifying the iTunes interface Kirk walks you through hiding unwanted features in order to make the iTunes interface more accessible for playing music 07 Mar 2016 0 comments Comment on this link Apple Updates Third Generation Apple TV to 7 2 1 The fourth generation Apple TV may now be the crown jewel of Apple s living room efforts but the company hasn t forgotten about the previous model releasing Apple TV 7 2 1 for the third generation Apple TV The update doesn t appear to add any new features but it offers the standard general performance and stability improvements and 33 security updates If the update isn t pushed to your Apple TV automatically you can initiate it in Settings General Update Software 26 Feb 2016 0 comments Comment on this link Airfoil 5 0 Major update to the wireless audio broadcasting app brings support for sending audio to Bluetooth devices 29 new free update 13 9 MB by Agen G N Schmitz 18 Feb 2016 2 comments Piezo 1 5 Adds the Instant On component while pulling the minimalist audio recording app from the Mac App Store 19 new free update 8 4 MB by Agen G N Schmitz 14 Feb 2016 PDFpen and PDFpenPro 7 make PDF editing easy Review and mark up your PDFs fill and sign forms and even export PDFs to Word format Signing is now easier you can view the OCR text layer and more Try editing your PDFs today http smle us pdfpen 7 tb Apple Music Arrives on Sonos If you re a fan of both Sonos wireless audio systems and Apple Music we have good news they now work together To stream songs from Apple Music on your

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  • External Links
    gray hat hackers paying them a one time flat fee The hackers had discovered a previously unknown software flaw which was then used to develop a piece of hardware to crack the iPhone s passcode without erasing the data after ten failed attempts Meanwhile pressure is mounting on the FBI to disclose the vulnerability it used although the exploit is applicable only to the iPhone 5c running iOS 9 13 Apr 2016 0 comments Comment on this link Amazon Announces Kindle Oasis Amazon has announced a premium entry to its Kindle e reader lineup the 289 99 Kindle Oasis It s designed to be held one handed like a folded paperback with a wedge shaped hand grip that recalls the original Kindle although Amazon brags that the screen is 30 percent thinner than any previous model Since it s intended for one handed reading the screen automatically flips depending on which hand you re holding it with Amazon says that the battery in the device s leather case will stay charged for 8 weeks based on a half hour of use per day with Wi Fi off and the light setting at 10 While it s unclear how much better it is than the 119 99 Kindle Paperwhite or 199 99 Kindle Voyage some Kindle Oasis configurations are already delayed to ship after the 27 April 2016 launch date due to high demand 13 Apr 2016 2 comments Comment on this link USB C Authentication Protocol to Protect against Non compliant Devices We ve reported in the past that non compliant USB C cables and devices can damage or destroy connected hardware To address this problem the USB 3 0 Promoter Group has announced the USB Type C Authentication specification a cryptographic authentication standard for USB devices A phone equipped with USB C authentication could reject a connection to a non approved charger for instance if it hadn t been certified as meeting necessary specs However the authentication protocol could also be used to prevent devices from connecting to fully compliant devices that didn t meet some other business requirement That would let companies restrict access to only verified USB storage devices but could also allow manufacturers to lock customers into a proprietary ecosystem of approved devices In short beware the unintended consequences 13 Apr 2016 0 comments Comment on this link Apple Pulls Third Party Reddit Clients over NSFW Controls Apple recently pulled most third party apps for the popular social news site Reddit from the App Store drawing the ire of many of the site s users especially since the just launched official Reddit app was spared Apple apparently suddenly decided that it didn t like that many of these apps some of which had been in the App Store for over a year contained a switch that let users choose whether or not to display content tagged NSFW Not Safe for Work However Apple has now readmitted many of those apps in which the developer has removed

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  • Home Macs
    Improves reliability of Exchange account setup and fixes other Exchange related bugs 49 99 new free update 13 2 MB by Agen G N Schmitz 18 Apr 2016 0 comments Delicious Library 3 5 1 Updated to use Apple s latest iTunes access framework and fix several bugs 25 new free update 78 2 MB by Agen G N Schmitz 18 Apr 2016 0 comments Acer H277HU USB C Display Is an Affordable MacBook Companion Apple s 12 inch MacBook is terrific on the go but can feel limiting in an office where large display sizes matter Acer s new H277HU display addresses this by letting you connect to it from a MacBook via USB C It provides 27 inches of screen real estate along with two USB A ports and power to the MacBook by Julio Ojeda Zapata 11 Apr 2016 6 comments Cheaper Alternatives to Expensive Standing Desks Motorized standing desks are all the rage thanks to height adjustability and purported health benefits but they suffer from high prices Luckily lower cost alternatives exist Julio Ojeda Zapata tested a half dozen adjustable platforms that perch atop regular furniture by Julio Ojeda Zapata 08 Apr 2016 28 comments TextExpander 6 Adds Teams and Subscription Billing TextExpander the text expansion utility from Smile has added support for sharing snippets among a team as well as a new Web site for managing your snippets However the utility now requires a monthly subscription fee by Michael E Cohen 06 Apr 2016 24 comments Banktivity 5 6 7 Resolves a number of bugs in the popular financial app 59 99 new free update 39 3 MB by Agen G N Schmitz 04 Apr 2016 0 comments Fantastical 2 2 Adds native Exchange support and enables you to print calendars and reminder lists in a variety of different views 49 99 new free update 13 2 MB by Agen G N Schmitz 04 Apr 2016 0 comments Evernote 6 6 Brings a new navigation scheme for switching between notes and notebooks Free 52 7 MB by Agen G N Schmitz 04 Apr 2016 1 comment MoneyWell 2 3 10 Updates the Sparkle framework 59 99 new free update 9 9 MB by Agen G N Schmitz 04 Apr 2016 2 comments READERS LIKE YOU Support TidBITS by becoming a member today Check out the perks at http tidbits com member benefits html Special thanks to William R Wing Wendell Mendell James Mitchell and Carol Bruml for their generous support The Power of Preview Annotating Documents and Images We once again explore the power of Preview OS X s built in document and image viewer with a focus on using Preview to annotate images and PDFs by Adam C Engst and Josh Centers 02 Apr 2016 Listen 21 comments Quicken 2016 for Mac 3 2 1 Maintenance update fixes multiple bugs for the personal accounting software 74 99 new free update by Agen G N Schmitz 28 Mar 2016 9 comments LaunchBar 6 6 Makes

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  • Inside TidBITS
    voice calls That s where Glenn Fleishman turns his attention this week by Adam C Engst 02 Apr 2016 0 comments Chapter 4 of Take Control of Slack Basics Available Sending a message in Slack is simple to be sure but you ll still want to read this chapter from Glenn Fleishman s serialized book to learn about message editing and deletion formatting messages referencing others including links and images reacting to messages and much more by Adam C Engst 24 Mar 2016 0 comments DealBITS Discount Save 50 on Get Backup Pro 3 See who won copies of Get Backup Pro in last week s DealBITS drawing and if you re not among them read on to save 50 percent on BeLight Software s backup app by Josh Centers 21 Mar 2016 0 comments Chapter 3 of Take Control of Slack Basics Available In this week s installment of our serialized Take Control of Slack Basics Glenn Fleishman walks readers through the Slack interface calling out the important differences between the desktop and mobile apps by Adam C Engst 18 Mar 2016 0 comments Save 50 Percent on All Books in Take Control s March Spring Sale Through 21 March 2016 you can save 50 percent on the entire Take Control catalog of books It s a great opportunity to pick up titles that you ve been wanting to read or that might be useful to have on your virtual shelf for reference As always all our ebooks are DRM free and available in PDF EPUB and Mobipocket Kindle formats by Adam C Engst 14 Mar 2016 4 comments DealBITS Drawing Win a Copy of Get Backup Pro 3 All Mac users need bootable backups and BeLight Software s Get Backup Pro makes it easy Josh Centers shares what s cool about Get Backup Pro and how you can win a free copy by Josh Centers 14 Mar 2016 2 comments Take Control of Slack Basics Serialized in TidBITS If you re looking for a way for a group a work team club or even family to stay in touch through Internet messaging check out Slack and our new book explaining how to use it We even have a public Slack group you can join to talk about Slack and anything related to Apple by Adam C Engst 09 Mar 2016 Listen 0 comments READERS LIKE YOU Support TidBITS by becoming a member today Check out the perks at http tidbits com member benefits html Special thanks to John Merideth Horvath Adam Derek Hudson and James Manseau for their generous support Catch Up with the Latest Dropbox Features If you thought Dropbox was just for syncing and sharing files think again In the course of writing the second edition of Take Control of Dropbox Joe Kissell discovered numerous useful Dropbox capabilities that even loyal long time users may have missed by Joe Kissell 03 Mar 2016 Listen 10 comments Vote for Your Favorite Mac Personal Finance App What Mac

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