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The oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet, TidBITS brings you the Apple Macintosh, iPhone, iPad, and iPod news, reviews, tips, and commentary that matters. Join us each week for audio versions of award-winning coverage from industry stalwarts Adam Engst, Glenn Fleishman, Jeff Carlson, Joe Kissell, Matt Neuburg, Tonya Engst, Rich Mogull, Mark Anbinder, and others.
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Search in Private with DuckDuckGo

Wed, 2014-08-20 09:24
Apple is offering DuckDuckGo as a Safari search engine in the upcoming iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite. Learn more about this upstart search engine, why privacy lovers swear by it, and how it can save you time.

 

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PDFpen and PDFpenPro 6.3.2

Tue, 2014-08-19 19:07
Adds support for the upcoming OS X Yosemite. ($59.95/$99.95 new, free updates, 52.0/52.8 MB)

 

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PopChar X 6.6

Tue, 2014-08-19 19:06
Adds support for Unicode 7.0. (€29.99 new, free update, 3.8 MB)

 

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External Link: In Defense of Email

Tue, 2014-08-19 13:05
Email is far from hip these days. Pundits and investors salivate over ways to replace it with something more modern, but The Atlantic’s Alexis Madrigal argues that it’s still the best part of the Internet. Despite its many flaws, it’s universal, decentralized, and isn’t commercial. In fact, Madrigal argues that it may be users’ best hope of taking the Internet back from large tech firms.

 

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Take Control of OS X Server, Chapter 11: Wiki Services

Mon, 2014-08-18 14:34
For organizations large and small, wikis can be tremendously useful, since they make it so anyone (with permissions) can create and edit pages on a Web site without knowing HTML or needing special tools. In this chapter of “Take Control of OS X Server,” Charles Edge explains how to enable the Wiki service, create a wiki, and create and edit wiki pages. Plus, with the click of a single checkbox, any wiki created in OS X Server can have an associated blog. What’s not to like?

 

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Chapter 11 of “Take Control of OS X Server” Now Available

Mon, 2014-08-18 14:33
If you’ve wanted to run a wiki or a blog using OS X Server, you don’t need to enable the Web service and install complex software. Instead, read this latest chapter of “Take Control of OS X Server,” where Charles Edge explains how to create and run your own wikis and associated blogs.

 

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Save 50% in Take Control’s 2014 Back to School Sale

Mon, 2014-08-18 12:07
Through 25 August 2014, you can save 50 percent on the entire Take Control catalog of ebooks. 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 ebooks are DRM-free and available in PDF, EPUB, and Mobipocket (Kindle) formats.

 

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TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 18 August 2014

Mon, 2014-08-18 10:28
Notable software releases this week include Fission 2.2.2, Alfred 2.4, Delicious Library 3.2.2, CloudPull 2.5.4, Corel Painter 2015, and Safari 7.0.6 and 6.1.6.

 

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ExtraBITS for 18 August 2014

Mon, 2014-08-18 10:28
This week in ExtraBITS, Apple has banned two potent toxins from iPhone assembly plants, we delve into the origins of clicking “x” to close a window, Apple releases a not-so-diverse diversity report, and the New York Times gets an inside peek at Apple University.

 

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Fujifilm XQ1: A Professional Point-and-Shoot?

Mon, 2014-08-18 07:02
The XQ1 is a pocket-sized point-and-shoot from Fujifilm that can pinch-hit for pros when teamed up with the application Photo Ninja. Charles Maurer looks at both products and shows how they work together.

 

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Fission 2.2.2

Sun, 2014-08-17 13:32
Maintenance update for the popular audio editor. ($32 new, free update, 14.5 MB)

 

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Alfred 2.4

Sun, 2014-08-17 13:32
Adds support and updates themes for OS X Yosemite. (Free, £15 for Powerpack, 3.1 MB)

 

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Delicious Library 3.2.2

Sun, 2014-08-17 13:32
Adds the capability to create your own custom fields. ($25 new, free update, 79.7 MB)

 

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CloudPull 2.5.4

Sun, 2014-08-17 13:31
Maintenance release with a handful of improvements to the Google data backup application. ($24.99 new, free update, 9.7 MB)

 

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FunBITS: PhotoCard Is a Modern Postcard for iPad and iPhone

Fri, 2014-08-15 06:12
From the mind that brought you MacPaint, QuickDraw, and HyperCard, Bill Atkinson’s PhotoCard app for iOS lets you say, “Having a wonderful time, wish you were here!” via email or postal mail — and you can include your own photos, stickers, and customized postage stamps.

 

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12.2-Inch Samsung Galaxy Tablets Bring Productivity to Android

Thu, 2014-08-14 14:05
With the release of extra-large Samsung Galaxy tablets and matching keyboard cases, Julio Ojeda-Zapata finally warms to Android as a productivity platform. The as-yet-unreleased Android version of Microsoft Office is the remaining piece of the puzzle.

 

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External Link: Apple Bans Two Toxins from iPhone Assembly Plants

Thu, 2014-08-14 11:50
Apple has banned the use of two chemicals that endangered the health of Chinese iPhone assemblers: n-hexane, which is used to clean screens and could cause nerve damage and paralysis; and benzene, a known carcinogen that’s used to coat electronic components. However, these chemicals are still in use further up in the supply chain, and Apple is being pressured to eliminate them from the entire chain.

 

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External Link: The Origin of “x” to Close

Thu, 2014-08-14 11:50
On Medium, Lauren Archer has tracked the evolution of the use of “x” as a symbol to denote closing a window. While it’s now ubiquitous on both Mac and Windows, it wasn’t a common convention until Windows 95, which in turn picked it up from NeXT, but Archer traces the symbol’s origins even earlier, to Atari’s TOS 1.0 from 1985.

 

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Corel Painter 2015

Wed, 2014-08-13 20:13
Major new release adds physics-based Particle Brushes and 64-bit support. ($429 new, 194 MB)

 

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Safari 7.0.6 and 6.1.6

Wed, 2014-08-13 19:00
Patches multiple memory corruption issues in WebKit. (Free)

 

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