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TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 5 December 2016

Mon, 2016-12-05 15:00
Notable software releases this week include DEVONthink/DEVONnote 2.9.8, Live Home 3D 3.1, Mailplane 3.6.8, 1Password 6.5.2, Fantastical 2.3.1, and Typinator 7.0.

 

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Some 2016 MacBook Pros Suffering USB Drive Problems

Mon, 2016-12-05 11:19
Some early adopters of Apple’s just-released MacBook Pros are seeing their machines shut down repeatedly and unexpectedly. The problem appears to stem from moving lots of data over multiple hard drives connected via Thunderbolt 3’s USB-C ports, which is, of course, the only way to connect them.

 

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Amazon’s Package X-Ray Lets You Peek Inside Boxes

Mon, 2016-12-05 09:39
Amazon’s iOS app now enables you to look inside packages from the company to help you figure out what you’ve received without having to open each box.

 

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Become a TidBITS Member to Keep the Content Coming

Mon, 2016-12-05 08:02
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DEVONthink/DEVONnote 2.9.8

Mon, 2016-12-05 04:12
Improves handling of graphics card switching and addresses more PDF issues related to changes in macOS 10.12 Sierra. (All updates are free. DEVONthink Pro Office, $149.95 new; DEVONthink Professional, $79.95 new; DEVONthink Personal, $49.95 new; DEVONnote, $24.95 new)

 

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Live Home 3D 3.1

Sun, 2016-12-04 22:13
Adds the capability to export 360-degree video for viewing on VR devices. ($29.99 new, free update, 278 MB)

 

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Mailplane 3.6.8

Fri, 2016-12-02 16:40
Adds the option to use the active tab as the Default Sender. ($24.95 new, free update, 21.3 MB)

 

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1Password 6.5.2

Fri, 2016-12-02 10:40
Bug fix release for the password management utility. ($64.99 new, free update, 44.3 MB)

 

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Carpool-Kids Takes the Hassle out of Carpools

Fri, 2016-12-02 09:46
School’s in session, which means kids need rides. Mike Matthews shares details about an app that can help parents team up to spread the driving duties.

 

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Fantastical 2.3.1

Fri, 2016-12-02 04:39
Adds support for the Touch Bar on the new MacBook Pro. ($49.99 new, free update, 12.8 MB)

 

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Typinator 7.0

Thu, 2016-12-01 22:39
Major new release of the text-expansion tool enables the creation of interactive forms and introduces subscriptions for sharing abbreviation sets. (€24.99 new, €12.49 upgrade, 8.5 MB)

 

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Netflix Introduces Offline Viewing for iOS

Wed, 2016-11-30 13:47
Netflix now allows iOS users to download movies and TV shows for offline viewing. Josh Centers explains how.

 

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iBooks StoryTime Brings Read-Aloud Books to Apple TV

Tue, 2016-11-29 07:27
Want your kids to turn off the TV and open a book? Apple’s release of iBooks StoryTime for Apple TV just gave your kids a counter-argument. But screen time concerns remain.

 

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How to Stop iCloud Calendar Spam

Tue, 2016-11-29 07:23
A “helpful” feature of iCloud lets spammers insert ads in your calendar as event invitations. Andy Affleck explains how spammers are exploiting iCloud and what you can do to stop it.

 

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TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 21 November 2016

Mon, 2016-11-21 15:24
Notable software releases this week include Alfred 3.2, Microsoft Office 2016 15.28 and Office 2011 14.7, Hazel 4.0.8, Slack for Mac 2.3.2, Postbox 5.0.7, ChronoSync 4.7.1, 1Password 6.5.1, and Pixelmator 3.6.

 

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No TidBITS Issue on 28 November 2016

Mon, 2016-11-21 12:21
We’re taking the next email issue of TidBITS off to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday in the United States, although we’ll continue to post articles and ExtraBITS links on our Web site. The next email issue will be published on 5 December 2016.

 

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What Apple’s MacBook Lineup Should Look Like

Mon, 2016-11-21 11:36
Dismayed by Apple’s direction with the new MacBook Pro models? You’re far from alone. Either way, Adam Engst feels that Apple needs to rethink its laptop lineup to provide models that optimize for each of price, size, and performance.

 

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Understanding Apple’s Marginalization of the Mac

Mon, 2016-11-21 11:33
Adam Engst argues that Apple’s recent Mac-related announcements are understandable because, despite its size and capabilities, the company can focus on only one platform at a time. And it’s not the Mac.

 

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Apple Announces iPhone 6s Repair Program for Unexpected Shutdowns

Mon, 2016-11-21 07:19
Apple has launched a repair program to address spontaneous shutdown issues that affect a small number of iPhone 6s phones.

 

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Alfred 3.2

Sun, 2016-11-20 21:51
Brings improved workflow building, Script Filter enhancements, and integration with 1Password. (£17 new, free update, 2.7 MB)

 

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