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External Link: LaCie Credit Card Information Exposed

Wed, 2014-04-16 13:24
French hardware maker LaCie, best known for its Mac-centric hard drives and accessories, has acknowledged that a security breech on its online store exposed customer credit card numbers and contact information for much of the past year. Seagate, which now owns LaCie, denied any breech until 14 April 2014, when it confirmed to security journalist Brian Krebs that an attacker had gained access to “name, address, email address, payment card number and card expiration date for transactions made between March 27, 2013 and March 10, 2014.”

 

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PDFpen and PDFpenPro 6.2

Wed, 2014-04-16 11:56
Adds a number of new features, in addition to bug fixes and refinements. ($59.95/$99.95 new, free update, 55.2/56 MB)

 

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Keyboard Maestro 6.4.1

Wed, 2014-04-16 11:47
Fixes a number of bugs but adds no new features. ($36 new, free update, 24.4 MB)

 

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ITbits: Mac Remote Desktop Software Roundup

Wed, 2014-04-16 11:26
David Koff shares an in-depth look at the state of today’s best remote desktop applications, the technologies on which they are built, and recommendations on the best titles to choose for various scenarios.

 

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Typinator 5.9

Wed, 2014-04-16 08:36
The text expansion tool from Ergonis fixes a number of bugs. (€24.99 new, free update, 5.6 MB)

 

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External Link: How Apple Can Improve iOS for Educators

Wed, 2014-04-16 07:52
Bradley Chambers, Director of IT for the Brainerd Baptist School in Chattanooga, TN, has a number of suggestions for ways Apple could improve the role of iOS in education, including a way to deploy in-app purchases in MDM or Apple Configurator, the option to redistribute iBookstore textbooks between classes, increasing the default storage space in future devices, and an iCloud email option for schools.

 

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External Link: Microsoft Unveils Office 365 Personal

Wed, 2014-04-16 07:06
Want to edit Office documents on your iPad, but don’t need to edit on 5 computers, like Office 365 Home Premium allows? Microsoft has announced Office 365 Personal for $6.99 per month or $69.99 per year, which lets you edit Office documents on 1 PC or Mac and 1 tablet, plus offers 20 GB of extra OneDrive storage. However, you can buy a year of Office 365 Home Premium at Amazon for $67.13, and maybe Amazon will offer an even better deal on Office 365 Personal soon.

 

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TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 14 April 2014

Mon, 2014-04-14 09:03
Notable software releases this week include OmniOutliner 4.0.4, PCalc 4, FileMaker Pro and FileMaker Pro Advanced 13.0.2, and BBEdit 10.5.10 and TextWrangler 4.5.8.

 

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ExtraBITS for 14 April 2014

Mon, 2014-04-14 09:02
In this week’s ExtraBITS, we have a profile of legendary Macintosh icon artist Susan Kare and recollections of Steve Jobs from Don Melton, the creator of Safari. Microsoft poked a bit of fun at itself with an Escape from XP game, NPR has arrived on iTunes Radio, and a former Apple Genius tells you how to maximize your iPhone’s battery life without turning off every feature. Finally, Managing Editor Josh Centers was interviewed on the Ask TUAW Live and The Tech Night Owl podcasts.

 

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External Link: The Woman Who Gave the Macintosh a Smile

Fri, 2014-04-11 13:28
Priceonomics has published a profile of Susan Kare, the woman who designed the original icons for the Macintosh, such as the Happy Mac. She later followed Steve Jobs to NeXT and also created the graphics for Microsoft’s iconic Solitaire game. Now she works independently, and has made icons for Facebook and PayPal.

 

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External Link: NPR Now Playing on iTunes Radio

Fri, 2014-04-11 13:28
You can now listen to content from National Public Radio on iTunes Radio. The station is a mix of live news and pre-recorded shows. To listen, play the NPR News and Culture Featured Station in iTunes Radio.

 

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External Link: The Man Behind Safari Remembers Steve Jobs

Fri, 2014-04-11 13:26
Don Melton, perhaps best known as the man behind the Safari Web browser, has republished his memories of Steve Jobs, which first appeared in Jim Dalrymple’s The Loop Magazine. Melton recollects his first embarrassing contact with Jobs, a Safari feature that he and Jobs came up with simultaneously, and an “epic” joke that Jobs played on Phil Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of worldwide marketing.

 

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External Link: Microsoft Launches “Escape from XP” Game

Fri, 2014-04-11 09:47
Wow! So 8-bit! Having ended support for its superannuated Windows XP operating system earlier this month, Microsoft has released an online game to convince users of the old operating system to get over it. In the browser-based game, Escape from XP, you first see XP boot up (faster than in real time), and then crash into the game itself, where you battle armies of marching PCs and flaming Recycle Bins, rendered in full 8-bit glory and accompanied by crunchy synthesized audio. Escape from XP is designed to show off the capabilities of modern browsers.

 

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External Link: Microsoft Launches Escape from XP Game

Fri, 2014-04-11 09:47
Wow! So 8-bit! Having ended support for its superannuated Windows XP operating system earlier this month, Microsoft has released an online game to convince users of the old OS to get over it. In the game, Escape from XP, you first see XP boot up (faster than in real time), and then crash into the game itself, where you battle armies of marching PCs and flaming Recycle Bins, rendered in full 8-bit glory and accompanied by crunchy synthesized audio. Escape from XP is browser based and is designed to show off the capabilities of modern browsers, in particular the latest iteration of Internet Explorer.

 

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App Camp for Girls Rocks Macworld/iWorld

Fri, 2014-04-11 08:39
One of the most innovative panels at Macworld/iWorld 2014 was the App Camp for Girls Open House. Josh Centers took a look inside how the camp teaches girls how to code.

 

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FunBITS: FTL: Faster Than Light Moves to iPad

Fri, 2014-04-11 07:37
Josh Centers jumps back into FTL, the unforgiving, roguelike space simulator, to see how it fits on the iPad and to give a quick look of what’s new in the Advanced Edition expansion for all the platforms on which FTL runs.

 

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OmniOutliner 4.0.4

Thu, 2014-04-10 09:53
Addresses a handful of bugs. ($49.99 new, free update, 45 MB)

 

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PCalc 4

Thu, 2014-04-10 09:38
A major update to the powerful calculator brings over features from iOS, as well as the capability to sync to its iOS counterpart through iCloud. ($9.99 new, free update)

 

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FileMaker Pro and FileMaker Pro Advanced 13.0.2

Thu, 2014-04-10 09:22
Maintenance release brings a number of tweaks and bug fixes. ($299 new, free update, 571.1 MB)

 

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BBEdit 10.5.10 and TextWrangler 4.5.8

Thu, 2014-04-10 09:09
Both text editors squash a variety of bugs. ($49.99/free new, free updates, 13/9.4 MB)

 

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