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    to unlock iPhones associated with a Brooklyn drug case and a Boston gang conspiracy In the Brooklyn case Magistrate Judge James Orenstein has already said that the Justice Department overstepped its authority in trying to use the All Writs Act of 1789 But in the Boston case a federal judge has directed Apple to assist the FBI In short it ain t over till the Supreme Court rules 11 Apr 2016 0 comments Comment on this link 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 FBI to Unlock iPhone in an Arkansas Homicide Case 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 31 Mar 2016 1 comment Comment on this link Amazon Bans Non compliant USB C Cables 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 30 Mar 2016 1 comment Comment on this link 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 Justice Department Withdrawing from Apple Case The New York Times is reporting that the outside party engaged to unlock the San Bernardino terrorist s iPhone has

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  • TidBITS Turns 26: Thoughts on Apple’s Evolution
    money if it were to do so but merely to note that an Apple Car probably won t immediately change the world either What I find more interesting about Tim Cook s Apple is the company s recent high profile dustup with the FBI over unlocking an iPhone It s a tremendously difficult situation of course since no one would ever want a locked iPhone to stand in the way of solving a heinous crime or preventing a terrorist attack But unlike many in government Apple understands both the danger and futility of compromising on encryption Danger because breakable encryption is the very definition of false security and futility because it s trivially easy to create and use apps that offer unbreakable encryption In essence Apple has encapsulated our right to privacy in every iPhone It s far from complete or perfect of course but in a world where intelligence agencies have been discovered to be violating that right wholesale it s fascinating and a little distressing to see more protection coming from a corporation than from the government itself Perhaps this has come to pass because Apple is now so rich and so dominant that it can operate at almost the level of a government Evil mega corporations are a trope of dystopian science fiction but I ve never seen a fictionalization of a powerful but flawed megacorp on the principled side of a standoff with a theoretically democratic government Regardless it s a long way from the beleaguered Apple Computer of yesteryear Or perhaps that s just the Dread Virus Roberts talking As TidBITS heads into our 27th year of continuous Internet publication rest assured that we have no plans to stop anytime soon budget willing If anything Tonya and I and all the rest of the TidBITS crew have been more energized since hearing from you in our reader survey at the end of last year see TidBITS 2015 Reader Survey Results 7 December 2015 thanks to having a better idea of what you want to read Do keep letting us know when you find an article particularly helpful or interesting and of course if you re not already a TidBITS member becoming one is the best way to ensure that we ll continue publishing for as long as you want to read 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 Comments about TidBITS Turns 26 Thoughts on Apple s Evolution 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 On our 26th anniversary TidBITS Publisher Adam Engst muses about the kind of company into which Apple has evolved It

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  • Inside TidBITS
    and even 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 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 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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  • : Articles by Adam C. Engst
    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 Home Macs by Adam C Engst and Josh Centers 02 Apr 2016 21 comments Chapter 5 of Take Control of Slack Basics Available Simple messages are fine but you can do so much more in Slack with uploaded file attachments snippets of code or other formatted text posts that other team members can edit and even voice calls That s where Glenn Fleishman turns his attention this week Inside TidBITS by Adam C Engst 02 Apr 2016 0 comments Apple Developing Fortieth Anniversary Mac To commemorate its fortieth anniversary Apple is reportedly working on a successor to the Twentieth Anniversary Mac that will showcase the company s vision for the future of computing And it s coming up rose gold Just for Fun by Adam C Engst 01 Apr 2016 8 comments Verizon Wireless Adding 20 Upgrade Fee 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 External Links 31 Mar 2016 3 comments Comment on this link FBI to Unlock iPhone in an Arkansas Homicide Case 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 External Links 31 Mar 2016 1 comment Comment on this link Make Sure You re Getting OS X Security Data There s a poorly worded checkbox buried in the App Store pane of System Preferences that if you misinterpret the interface can result in your Mac failing to download critical anti malware data Adam Engst unwittingly had it set wrong and if you do too read on to learn how to get it right Safe Computing by Adam C Engst 30 Mar 2016 23 comments Justice Department Withdrawing from Apple Case The New York Times is reporting that

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  • IK Multimedia iRig Acoustic: More Twang for the Buck
    or iPad onto the floor and ripping earbuds out of my ears However the iRig Acoustic shrugged it all off and I quickly put pillows and a jacket where my iOS devices were likely to fall And fall they did Working with iRig Acoustic You can record with the iRig right into standard audio programs like Apple s GarageBand However IK Multimedia offers a suite of apps some free some paid all with optional in app purchases to record and modify your sound In iOS the main app is AmpliTube Acoustic part of IK Multimedia s line of AmpliTube apps originally intended for electric guitar There are two versions one free with basic features and a 9 99 version with more processing capabilities Both can be augmented with in app purchases The AmpliTube name is a bit unfortunate acoustic players don t generally use gritty tube amps but roll with it AmpliTube Acoustic s features are not just warmed over tools from the company s electric guitar apps However acoustic features are not yet available in the AmpliTube app for Mac so right now iOS is the only option Getting started with the iRig and AmpliTube Acoustic triggers a calibration process that creates a profile for your instrument basically set up the iRig strum open strings for a few seconds and you re done You can create and save multiple profiles if you plan to use iRig Acoustic with several instruments although in my testing the app occasionally lost track of the calibration profiles Fortunately creating a new one is pretty quick As I noted you can record with the iRig Acoustic using any compatible app and AmpliTube Acoustic can act as a pre processor to other iOS recording apps like GarageBand using iOS Inter App Audio or Audiobus see FunBITS The World of Audiobus and iPad Music Apps 9 August 2013 Using AmpliTube Acoustic at least as a pre processor or pre amp gives you two primary advantages The first is the AmpliTube Acoustic calibration profile which truly seems to give a better recorded sound The second is the variety of amp models effects and equalization features available in the AmpliTube Acoustic app These capabilities not only make your guitar sound better or at least different but they re also applied to the signal on the output jack on the iRig cable so you can hear them in your headphones or send them to a mixer computer or other audio system What options are available This is where AmpliTube Acoustic becomes incredibly confusing so confusing that IK Multimedia has a three menu configurator on their Web site to detail the options and even that complicated matrix doesn t identify features unlocked only with registration s Quick summary Paying for the 9 99 version gets you three amp models including two acoustic oriented solid state amps one drum groove to play along with and potentially useful processing tools like a compressor a 12 string effect a bass octaver for more low end and a digital body modeler that tries to make your guitar sound more like one of five typical guitar body types The free version has one solid state amp model a compressor with app registration and a parametric EQ with iRig Acoustic The free version works fine but any stray tap is likely to bring up a solicitation for an in app purchase Both versions have a feedback killer handy for stage performance and a single track recorder so you can record yourself playing If you want to record multiple tracks say two guitar parts you can add an eight track recorder and additional mixing effects for a 26 99 in app purchase Want a large easy to see tuner That s 9 99 A looper so you can play along with yourself by layering parts on top of each other Another 9 99 More drum grooves to play along with Another 3 99 per pack to 24 99 for an all inclusive set including genres like pop metal country funk blues Latin and reggae Off the shelf the iRig Acoustic hardware is about 50 but if you add up the cost of apps and in app purchases that IK Multimedia highlights as key features for iRig Acoustic the total can approach 150 On one hand AmpliTube s approach enables customers to cherry pick features they want without paying for features they don t For instance I have no interest in drum loops but consider a multitrack recorder as fundamental as oxygen Other people see things differently On the other hand it feels like being nickelled and dimed you ve just spent 50 on the iRig Acoustic and now you re expected to buy apps and add ons to use it Starting out with the free version of AmpliTube Acoustic can be an exercise in frustration and it s hard to justify 27 for a multitrack recorder when GarageBand is free for both iOS and OS X assuming you have enough storage for all its loops and features How Does iRig Acoustic Sound So how does iRig Acoustic sound Not bad but recording studios and conventional microphones have nothing to fear To try the iRig Acoustic I put together a simple test setup in my home office to record myself three different ways The guitar s onboard piezo pickup system Two inexpensive large diaphragm condenser microphones one close and one a few feet away The iRig Acoustic running through the AmpliTube Acoustic app with calibration profiles I played a six string dreadnaught style acoustic guitar and recorded all the sources simultaneously onto four separate tracks using a MOTU 828x Thunderbolt audio interface connected to my Mac Aside from converting to MP3 for online use I have not applied any additional processing like compression reverb or limiters the data is just as it came into the Mac The pros and cons of each setup are apparent in these three sample recordings The first recording is relatively forceful strumming the

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  • Media Creation
    Google s Nik Collection a suite of seven photo editing apps for the Mac once appealed primarily to advanced users willing to pay 150 Now the suite is free potentially broadening its appeal but its lack of compatibility with Apple s Photos app could turn off many Mac users by Julio Ojeda Zapata 31 Mar 2016 7 comments Lightroom CC 2015 5 and Lightroom 6 5 Offers a lengthy list of bug fixes including improvements to Panorama Merge 149 new or 9 99 monthly Creative Cloud subscription free update by Agen G N Schmitz 20 Mar 2016 0 comments The Power of Preview Cropping and Resizing Images In the latest installment of our exploration of Preview OS X s built in document and image viewer we delve into Preview s editing capabilities explaining how to crop and resize files plus how to recover from unwanted changes by Adam C Engst and Josh Centers 18 Mar 2016 Listen 14 comments Google Docs Exports EPUBs But Not Well If you use Google Docs you may have noticed a new download option Download as EPUB Publication Unfortunately the new capability is only marginally useful at present by Michael E Cohen 10 Mar 2016 Listen 2 comments A Review of the Apple Pencil Drawn with an Apple Pencil Drawing on her considerable talents iMore s Serenity Caldwell has posted a full review of the Apple Pencil created entirely with the Apple Pencil itself The review isn t your usual text and screenshots article but instead a giant hand drawn comic of Caldwell s own sketches and commentary She calls the Apple Pencil the best digital tool I ve ever used illustrating the point with numerous examples 07 Mar 2016 0 comments Comment on this link 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 The Power of Preview Pulling Files into Preview The simple facade of OS X s built in Preview document and image viewer conceals many powerful features This week we show you all the ways you can open files in Preview including from cameras scanners and your Mac s screen by Josh Centers and Adam C Engst 25 Feb 2016 Listen 41 comments Latest Issue of Bon Appétit Shot with iPhones The editors of the venerable culinary magazine Bon Appétit issued an unexpected challenge to its photographers for the March 2016 issue No cameras other than iPhones Some of the photographers were taken aback while others were thrilled at the opportunity Without their bulky DSLRs and gear they were occasionally mistaken for tourists but they reported mostly positive experiences and offered a few tips for making the most of the iPhone s camera And the photos look great 16 Feb 2016 2 comments Comment on this link Piezo 1 5 Adds

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  • : Articles by Geoff Duncan
    most storied spaces without being too much of a hard sell Just for Fun by Geoff Duncan 08 May 2015 16 comments First Legal Shots Fired over Net Neutrality Everyone knew any attempt by the FCC to regulate the Internet would be met with court challenges and here they come Networking by Geoff Duncan 17 Apr 2015 5 comments FCC Goes All In on Net Neutrality In a surprise move the Federal Communications Commission has proposed classifying ISPs as common carriers Geoff Duncan analyzes the potential ramifications Networking by Geoff Duncan 07 Feb 2015 President Obama Weighs In on Net Neutrality In a move to protect the open Internet President Obama has called for the FCC to regulate ISPs as common carriers like phone companies Can that happen given America s ever more polarized political climate And would it actually help Networking by Geoff Duncan 14 Nov 2014 1 comment Apple Goes Public on Privacy Apple s new privacy site emphasizes that Apple users are always in charge of their own data and Apple thinks that s a critical advantage over Google Safe Computing by Geoff Duncan 24 Sep 2014 1 comment FCC Moves Ahead with Internet Fast Lanes The FCC is trying to preserve net neutrality while allowing ISPs to charge for fast lanes to reach American consumers Good luck with that Networking by Geoff Duncan 16 May 2014 14 comments Europe s Highest Court Upholds Internet Right to Be Forgotten Europe s highest court has ruled that EU citizens have a right to have old search results scrubbed from Internet search engines Is this identity protection or censorship Tech News by Geoff Duncan 14 May 2014 3 comments White House Report Recommends Requiring Warrants for Email Did you know that law enforcement agencies can access your email with a simple subpoena if it s more than six months old Yes they can thanks to a 1986 law And they do Networking by Geoff Duncan 05 May 2014 12 comments Are Comcast and the NSA Locking Horns over Bandwidth Consumer advocates have derided Comcast for putting the squeeze on Netflix but is the company perhaps becoming an unexpected ally of privacy advocates by putting the same squeeze on the U S government Just for Fun by Geoff Duncan 01 Apr 2014 FCC Hopes Third Time Is the Charm for Net Neutrality Rules After a court defeat the FCC says it will use existing regulations to maintain an open Internet without classifying ISPs as common carriers And yes this will be their third try Tech News by Geoff Duncan 20 Feb 2014 Comcast Makes 45 Billion Bid for Time Warner Cable America s largest cable company wants to buy out America s second largest cable company Anything seem wrong with that picture Networking by Geoff Duncan 18 Feb 2014 Net Neutrality Is Down but Not Out A U S Appeals Court has struck down key provisions of net neutrality rules in the United States so ISPs could start favoring or

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  • Amazon Expands Prime Subscription Options to Compete with Netflix
    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 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 18 Apr 2016 Print Comment 0 Amazon Expands Prime Subscription Options to Compete with Netflix by Josh Centers Amazon Prime has always been billed annually with a current price of 99 per year For that fee you get a bundle of benefits most notably free 2 day shipping on many items and an ever expanding lineup of Prime Instant Video selections For those in the United States who have trouble with the yearly pricing Amazon is now offering two monthly subscription options just Amazon Prime Instant Video for 8 99 a dollar less than Netflix s most popular plan or the full Amazon Prime service for 10 99 per month However neither option is preferable to the 99 per year price which equals 8 25 per month follow link Comments about

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