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  • Bill Atkinson Discusses the Birth of the Mac
    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 TidBITS Watchlist Fantastical 2 2 1 Retrospect 13 01 LaunchBar 6 6 2 Delicious Library 3 5 1 GarageBand 10 1 1 Pixelmator 3 4 4 1Password 6 2 1 Banktivity 5 6 7 Parallels Desktop 11 1 3 Fantastical 2 2 Related Articles ExtraBITS for 11 April 2016 11 Apr 16 Close To help us avoid automated posts and misuse of our site please enter the words below Close Gerberding Thanks for your interest in forwarding this article via email Please fill in your email address and that of the recipient below You can also include a short message Close Send to Your email Your name Your message indicates required fields To help us avoid automated attempts to spam recipients please enter the words below External Links 07 Apr 2016 Print Comment 0 Bill Atkinson Discusses the Birth of the Mac by Josh Centers Bill Atkinson was a member of the original Macintosh team developing concepts like the menu bar and the double click as well as creating classic Mac applications like MacPaint and HyperCard Atkinson recently sat down with TWiT s Leo Laporte to discuss the development of the original Macintosh The interview offers a lot of interesting tidbits such as why Steve Jobs took control of the project from Jef

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  • FBI to Unlock iPhone in an Arkansas Homicide Case
    detailed coverage of the Mac iPhone and iPad plus the best selling Take Control ebooks Pick an apple Become a TidBITS member TidBITS Watchlist Fantastical 2 2 1 Retrospect 13 01 LaunchBar 6 6 2 Delicious Library 3 5 1 GarageBand 10 1 1 Pixelmator 3 4 4 1Password 6 2 1 Banktivity 5 6 7 Parallels Desktop 11 1 3 Fantastical 2 2 Close To help us avoid automated posts and misuse of our site please enter the words below Close Gerberding Thanks for your interest in forwarding this article via email Please fill in your email address and that of the recipient below You can also include a short message Close Send to Your email Your name Your message indicates required fields To help us avoid automated attempts to spam recipients please enter the words below External Links 31 Mar 2016 Print Comment 1 FBI to Unlock iPhone in an Arkansas Homicide Case by Adam C Engst Apparently it wasn t just about one iPhone Despite the government s protestations that it wasn t seeking a backdoor when asking Apple to unlock the iPhone in the San Bernardino terrorism case the Associated Press is reporting that the FBI has now agreed to help an Arkansas prosecutor unlock an iPhone and iPod associated with a double homicide It remains to be seen if the FBI will share its knowledge of how the unlocking is being achieved with Apple but it s conceivable that the hack works only on older iPhones or models running a particular version of iOS At that point the FBI could both share the information with Apple and still use the technique on iPhones currently in the possession of law enforcement when possible follow link Comments about FBI to Unlock iPhone in an Arkansas Homicide Case

    Original URL path: http://tidbits.com/article/16382 (2016-04-24)
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  • Verizon Wireless Adding $20 Upgrade Fee
    Become a TidBITS member TidBITS Watchlist Fantastical 2 2 1 Retrospect 13 01 LaunchBar 6 6 2 Delicious Library 3 5 1 GarageBand 10 1 1 Pixelmator 3 4 4 1Password 6 2 1 Banktivity 5 6 7 Parallels Desktop 11 1 3 Fantastical 2 2 Close To help us avoid automated posts and misuse of our site please enter the words below Close Gerberding Thanks for your interest in forwarding this article via email Please fill in your email address and that of the recipient below You can also include a short message Close Send to Your email Your name Your message indicates required fields To help us avoid automated attempts to spam recipients please enter the words below External Links 31 Mar 2016 Print Comment 3 Verizon Wireless Adding 20 Upgrade Fee by Adam C Engst According to a leaked memo published by MacRumors Verizon Wireless is instituting a 20 flat rate upgrade fee for customers upgrading to a new iPhone or other smartphone in order to cover support costs Starting 4 April 2016 the charge will be applied to new smartphones purchased on a Device Payment financing plan or at full retail price and even to customers taking advantage of Apple s iPhone Upgrade program AT T and Sprint but not T Mobile have similar upgrade fees follow link Comments about Verizon Wireless Adding 20 Upgrade Fee To leave a comment click Add a Comment and then enter the text your name and your email address which won t be displayed Your comment will appear after you follow a link in the one time confirmation message we send to verify that you re a real person According to a leaked memo published by MacRumors Verizon Wireless is instituting a 20 flat rate upgrade fee for customers upgrading

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  • Amazon Bans Non-compliant USB-C Cables
    1 Retrospect 13 01 LaunchBar 6 6 2 Delicious Library 3 5 1 GarageBand 10 1 1 Pixelmator 3 4 4 1Password 6 2 1 Banktivity 5 6 7 Parallels Desktop 11 1 3 Fantastical 2 2 Close To help us avoid automated posts and misuse of our site please enter the words below Close Gerberding Thanks for your interest in forwarding this article via email Please fill in your email address and that of the recipient below You can also include a short message Close Send to Your email Your name Your message indicates required fields To help us avoid automated attempts to spam recipients please enter the words below External Links 30 Mar 2016 Print Comment 1 Amazon Bans Non compliant USB C Cables by Josh Centers We ve reported previously on how poorly made USB C cables could ruin a laptop Online retailer Amazon is now taking steps to protect its customers from such cables adding to its list of prohibited items Any USB C or USB Type C cable or adapter product that is not compliant with standard specifications issued by USB Implementers Forum Inc Amazon vendors caught selling faulty cables risk Amazon closing their accounts and destroying any merchandise stored in the company s fulfillment centers While this isn t a guarantee that all cables purchased through Amazon will work properly third party vendors now have extra incentive to sell only quality cables We hope to see other online retailers follow Amazon s lead but even still we recommend sticking with reputable manufacturers when buying USB C cables follow link Comments about Amazon Bans Non compliant USB C Cables To leave a comment click Add a Comment and then enter the text your name and your email address which won t be displayed Your comment

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  • External Links
    give law enforcement certain access to telecommunications infrastructure Susan Crawford who is a professor at Harvard Law School and served as President Barack Obama s Special Assistant for Science Technology and Innovation Policy in 2009 suggests in this Backchannel article that Section 1002 of the Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act CALEA explicitly withholds from the government the authority to require any specific design of equipment facilities services features or system configurations from any phone manufacturer Since specific statutes like CALEA trump general ones like the All Writs Act Crawford believes the FBI will have to go back to Congress if it wants reinterpret what s allowed by CALEA 21 Mar 2016 1 comment Comment on this link AceDeceiver First iOS Trojan Exploits Apple s FairPlay DRM Security firm Palo Alto Networks has discovered a new family of iOS malware that can infect non jailbroken devices Called AceDeceiver this is not something for most Mac users with iOS devices to worry about now since the exploit relies on a separately infected Windows machine and it displayed malicious behavior only when the user was located in China The attack vector is novel in that it relies on flaws in Apple s FairPlay digital rights management code and malware that masquerades as iTunes to install apps without the user s knowledge Although Apple s code review failed to catch the malware initially the company has now removed AceDeceiver from the App Store 21 Mar 2016 0 comments Comment on this link Game Center Still Broken after Six Months of iOS 9 Writer Craig Grannell points out how Game Center has been broken since the release of iOS 9 That might seem minor since Game Center isn t an especially popular app but many multiplayer turn based games depend on Game Center to function so many of them now work inconsistently Unfortunately this is more evidence of the decline in Apple s software quality 17 Mar 2016 1 comment Comment on this link John Oliver Explains the Battle Over Encryption Are you struggling to understand the battle between Apple and the FBI over iPhone encryption Or perhaps you re having trouble explaining it to a non technical friend In this 18 minute video HBO s John Oliver lays out the entire case explaining the details and what s at stake Impressively the piece gets everything right at a technical level and even captures the nuance in the positions of both sides It s also pretty funny but be aware that Oliver uses some strong language this is HBO after all Don t miss the fake Apple commercial at the end 15 Mar 2016 2 comments Comment on this link Make friends and influence people by sponsoring TidBITS Put your company and products in front of tens of thousands of savvy committed Apple users who actually buy stuff More information http tidbits com advertising html Typosquatters Targeting Mac Users Threatpost reports that so called typosquatters groups who buy domain names similar to famous ones

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  • Acer H277HU USB-C Display Is an Affordable MacBook Companion
    Magic Keyboard and Magic Mouse 2 complete my setup see Apple s New Magic Peripherals Offer Modest Change 25 November 2015 To be clear the Acer H277HU is not a Retina display By comparison Apple s 27 inch Retina iMacs boast an astonishing resolution of 5120 by 2880 pixels exactly four times the H277HU s 2560 by 1440 resolution Even the 21 5 inch Retina iMacs offer a resolution of 4096 by 2304 pixels However Acer s display beats non Retina 21 5 inch iMacs that provide only 1920 by 1080 pixel resolution and it s a little better than the MacBook s own 2304 by 1440 resolution The H277HU s sub Retina design could be a deal breaker for some Indeed after heavy use of Retina grade Macs and iOS devices my eyes rebelled a bit with this monitor but I got used to it quickly The 499 99 price is right too This means for those who have already invested in a premium priced MacBook that an external display can be added to the mix at a reasonable cost The H277HU s image quality won t win any awards The screen isn t super bright and lacks vibrancy Colors seem accurate apart from whites that are subtly tan Not being a graphics guy I didn t mind this and have happily used the display as my main work screen for weeks with no eyestrain or other issues It offers a suite of fairly sophisticated color controls for those with high sensitivity But some of these like blue light warmth and super sharpness just seemed to make things worse Overall Acer s display largely works as advertised Connecting it to the MacBook via the sole USB C port in the back was plug and play most of the time A couple of times the MacBook desktop wouldn t come up on the large screen until I futzed a bit The USB C cord bundled with the display seemed to work best even though any USB C cable should be fine in theory For those listening to music the H277HU has built in speakers but they aren t very powerful and can t be controlled using the Mac s on screen audio controls or with the Magic Keyboard s audio buttons The speakers are on the back which is necessary for achieving those razor thin bezels but that makes the sound muddier than with front facing speakers There is no audio jack for connecting external speakers I stuck with the MacBook s internal speakers most of the time Bluetooth speakers are another option or you can plug speakers into the laptop s own audio port In terms of ergonomic options the monitor can tilt forward or backward up to 15 degrees but it can neither swivel nor be raised or lowered It s quite stable on its base swaying a bit only if jostled Don t assume this display is only for USB C users It also provides full sized

    Original URL path: http://tidbits.com/article/16412 (2016-04-24)
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  • TextExpander 6 Adds Teams and Subscription Billing
    48 per month if you opt to pay by the month which works out to 29 76 per year for current users choosing a Team plan the first year rates are 3 98 per user per month 47 76 if billed yearly and 4 98 per user per month 59 76 if billed monthly Current TextExpander users however should have ample time to ponder the utility of snippet sharing and see if the new subscription pricing model really will lead to the delivery of incremental improvements as they re ready Smile has promised to continue support for TextExpander 5 not only in OS X 10 11 4 El Capitan but through the next major upgrade of OS X 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 Hurley David Raden Norman D Lawson and Joseph Pollone for their generous support Comments about TextExpander 6 Adds Teams and Subscription Billing To leave a comment click Add a Comment and then enter the text your name and your email address which won t be displayed Your comment will appear after you follow a link in the one time confirmation message we send to verify that you re a real person 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 Receive comments via RSS Add a comment Finnley 2016 04 06 12 53 I am a long time user of TextExpander on the Mac and Windows PhraseExpress which can sync TE snippets PhraseExpress announced a Mac OSX version without subscription and cloudsyncing not allowed in our company I will wait and then decide Reply Roger D Parish 2016 04 06 12 56 Goodbye TextExpander hello Typinator Reply Giuseppe Maxia 2016 04 06 13 12 The change to a subscription is practically an attempt to blackmail users The removal of existing synch methods is a clear indication TextExpander 6 is not offering anything desirable for me After 4 years of using it I switched to the competition I have just bought Typinator It comes with a built in import feature that recognize almost all TextExpander syntax I was up and running with my usual snippets in 10 minutes I will lose the ability of syncing the snippets to iOS but since the iOS apps work very erratically I am used the built in Apple keyboard shortcuts for my most important snippets Reply Chris Pepper 2016 04 06 14 14 I am puzzled Several people have said a subscription is required but your quote says We can offer our apps free of charge On the other hand mentions 30 day trials Please clarify are the new versions of TE usable indefinitely free of charge or is Greg really only saying they can offer free TRIALS Reply Michael E Cohen 2016 04 06 14 19 The apps themselves are free you don t have to pay a penny to download nor to launch them OTOH for them to provide any functionality requires a TextExpander com account ツ Reply Chris Pepper 2016 04 06 14 41 That s useless and should be called out in the article It makes nonsense of Greg s quoted claim Reply Barry Standley 2016 04 06 18 41 TextExpander you are now dead to me Reply Grant 2016 04 06 22 20 I just purchased TE for Mac iPhone and iPad fully paid application purchases Will I be grandfathered in for at least one year The automatic recurring revenue generating subscription model has been the rage for about 9 years It s really catching on I d rather have them log me and charge me 0 02 each time I use TE I have weeks that I have used it frequently then not touched for the next two weeks I for one will fall by the wayside when abandoned by the new model Is TE worth 500 600 for 10 years No way Not unless it also cleans my house and washes my car Reply Nik Friedman TeBockhorst 2016 04 06 23 59 It seems timely to run an up to date review comparison of the main competitors to help people really compare TE s premium feature set with the other solutions out there Beyond the very similar Typinator TypeIt4Me and aText there s also Keyboard Maestro I d love to see Joe Automating my Mac Kissel take a stab at this Reply Tom Robinson 2016 04 07 11 13 And of course the simple text expansion with automatic syncing between all Apple devices built into iOS and OS X Reply Josh Centers 2016 04 07 11 38 Assuming you can get the sync to work reliably which has been a problem for me and many others Reply Anonymous 2016 04 07 03 48 You should give the consumer the choice between one payment for the current versions with fixes or a subscription I won t accept subscriptions if the are not essential Reply Yashodhan Khare 2016 04 07 04 42 I purchased TE for Mac on 18 Dec 2015 by laying an amount of USD 44 95 I think the TE guys must upgrade me to the new system for ATLEAST ONE YEAR After that they are free to change my billing and I am free to decide what I want to do That seems to be fair This is a bit one sided Reply Shawn Levasseur 2016 04 07 12 10 To all prior customers they are offering the first year of their service at half off Plus the old version will still work for at least a year and a half given their plans for supporting it through the next major OS release Given the feature list I doubt there is much in the new version to justify upgrading anyway Sit tight and worry about upgrading

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  • The Power of Preview: Annotating Documents and Images
    click and drag to draw the desired shape What Preview does next depends on what you drew If Preview thinks you were trying to draw a square for instance it changes your drawing to be a proper square shape Likewise with triangles ovals lines arrows and other shapes it s a loose interpretation Usually if you draw an unidentifiable squiggle Preview will leave the squiggle as is but its behavior isn t always predictable Thankfully if you don t care for Preview s interpretations or if Preview couldn t see that you meant to draw a dialog balloon you have a chance to correct it After drawing a shape look closely at the upper left of the window where a small popover appears with your original and a choice of possible replacement shapes Click the one you want but be aware that you get only one shot since the popover vanishes forever after you choose or if you deselect the shape If you happen to have a trackpad equipped with Force Touch note that the Sketch tool is pressure sensitive so you can press more firmly to darken the line as you draw The Sketch tool can be useful in ways you might not expect For instance imagine that you re trying to give someone directions on a trail Bring up the area in satellite view in Google Maps take a screenshot and then use the Sketch tool to draw a freehand line indicating where to go Texting While Annotating Shapes are great but what about when you want to add a description to an annotation or complete a PDF form that lacks interactive form fields For that you can insert text And not surprisingly Preview offers quite a few ways to do so The main way to insert text is to choose Tools Annotate Text Command Control T or click the Text button in the Markup Toolbar Preview inserts a text box with Text as a placeholder You can move and resize this text box just as you would a shape although it can be a little fussy since clicking inside the text box edits the text instead of grabbing the box Try these techniques to make moving it easier First click anywhere else to deselect the text box hover over the deselected text box until you see the hand cursor and then click and without letting up drag Second if the text box is already selected hover over the outlined edge to get the hand cursor and drag To change a text box s typeface point size color style and alignment select the text box and click the Text Style drop down menu in the Markup Toolbar which is the rightmost button You can t style individual words or characters in the text box separately You can also use the Shape Style Border Color and Fill Color menus to further customize the look of the text box just as you can with shapes Border Color lets you add a border to the text box and give it a color Shape Style offers stroke thickness and style choices and Fill Color adds a background color to the text For more fun try speech bubbles which you insert by choosing Tools Annotate Speech Bubble or from the Shapes button in the Markup Toolbar They work just like regular shapes with the addition of two green drag handles for controlling the tip and base of the arrow They can be fun for snapshots but we d caution you against using them in professional documents In fact although it s not inherently obvious you can actually add text to any of the shapes including lines and arrows For those two the text appears off to one end of the line for the rest the text shows up inside the shape Take Note In The Power of Preview Viewing Images and PDFs 13 March 2016 we discussed highlighting text in PDFs and adding notes to your highlights That s all fine and nice but what if you want to leave a comment that s not associated with text For that Preview lets you insert free floating notes which are represented by small yellow squares that only coincidentally resemble Post it sticky notes You can t insert notes into images To insert a note into a PDF choose Tools Annotate Note Command Control N or click the Note button in the Markup Toolbar Preview adds a small yellow square to the center of the current page popping out a larger yellow rectangle into which you can type text Enter as much text as you want the yellow rectangle expands to hold it Click anywhere outside the yellow rectangle to close it leaving just the little yellow square There are five things you can do with the square after clicking to select it Click it again to open it for editing Move it next to the portion of the page on which you re commenting which is usually a good idea Option drag it to make a copy this could be helpful if you need the same comment applied to multiple spots on the page Use Copy and Paste to put it on another page Cut works too if you created the note on the wrong page Press Delete to remove it from the document Remember that you can navigate to these notes in the sidebar by choosing View Highlights and Notes Plus you can add text to the notes in the sidebar or edit them there which is often easier than opening and closing the editing rectangle Sign on the Dotted Line Here s a classic problem someone sends you a form to sign via email You have to print it sign it and then scan it back into the computer so you can email it back or horrors fax it Preview solves this problem neatly with its signature feature found in Tools Annotate Signature but more easily accessible in the Markup Toolbar It

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