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TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 15 September 2014

Mon, 2014-09-15 11:28
Notable software releases this week include Parallels Desktop 10.0.2, TextExpander 4.3.3, Marked 2.4.1, and iTunes 11.4.

 

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ExtraBITS for 15 September 2014

Mon, 2014-09-15 11:15
Last week showered us with Apple news, and Adam Engst joined The Tech Night Owl Live podcast to make sense of it all, including Apple’s new products and the inglorious end of Macworld’s print edition. Apple CEO Tim Cook had an interview of his own with Charlie Rose, where he shared some juicy tidbits about Apple. Microsoft bought the makers of the hit game Minecraft for a whopping $2.5 billion, putting the future of the game into question. Finally, we have an insider look at Apple’s deal to distribute U2’s latest album and a watch guy’s take on the Apple Watch.

 

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External Link: Adam Engst Revisits Apple Announcements on Tech Night Owl

Mon, 2014-09-15 10:54
On The Tech Night Owl Live podcast, Adam Engst joins host Gene Steinberg to talk through Apple’s major announcements — the Apple Watch, the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, and Apple Pay — along with the demise of the print edition of Macworld.

 

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iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus Sell Record Four Million in 24 Hours

Mon, 2014-09-15 06:08
Apple has announced that the just-announced iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus racked up over four million pre-orders in the first 24 hours of sales, yet another record.

 

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External Link: Tim Cook Sits Down with Charlie Rose

Mon, 2014-09-15 05:05
Apple CEO Tim Cook sat down for an interview with Charlie Rose, and the first hour is now available to watch. It’s chock full of interesting tidbits, such as Steve Jobs still having an office at Apple, who Apple’s biggest competitor is, things Apple wouldn’t have done under Jobs, and the state of the TV industry.

 

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External Link: Microsoft Buys Minecraft Developer for $2.5 Billion

Mon, 2014-09-15 05:04
Microsoft has announced that it will purchase Stockholm-based developer Mojang, creators of the smash-hit game Minecraft, for $2.5 billion. Minecraft is a procedurally generated sandbox game that mixes survival, construction, and fantasy. It rose from obscurity to be one of the most popular games of all time, with over 100 million downloads. Unfortunately, the founders of Mojang are moving on, so the game’s future is uncertain.

 

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Parallels Desktop 10.0.2

Sun, 2014-09-14 19:09
Fixes several stability- and performance-related issues. ($79.99 new, free update, 275 MB)

 

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TextExpander 4.3.3

Sun, 2014-09-14 18:55
Ensures compatibility with OS X Yosemite. ($34.95 new, free update, 9.8 MB)

 

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External Link: Behind the Scenes of Apple’s $100 Million U2 Deal

Sun, 2014-09-14 16:27
Billboard spoke with U2’s new manager, Guy Oseary, about the band’s deal with Apple to distribute their latest album, “Songs of Innocence,” for free to iTunes users. The deal is rumored to have cost Apple up to $100 million. Oseary discusses Beats co-founder Jimmy Iovine’s close relationship with U2, hints at future Apple collaborations, and talks about retailers’ annoyance at the deal.

 

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FunBITS: Test Driving Amazon’s Prime Music

Fri, 2014-09-12 10:42
Amazon has entered the streaming music fray with its Prime Music service, available exclusively to subscribers of Amazon Prime. Agen Schmitz spent a few weeks with its desktop and mobile apps to see how it works and whether it’s worth your time.

 

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Eulogy for the iPod classic

Thu, 2014-09-11 13:28
The iPod Classic is dead, but its legacy lives on, with the 128 GB iPhone 6 carrying the torch of putting massive amounts of music in your pocket and the reincarnation of the click wheel in the Apple Watch’s digital crown.

 

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External Link: The Apple Watch from a Watch Guy’s Perspective

Thu, 2014-09-11 07:15
Many tech watchers and pundits have weighed in on the recently announced Apple Watch, but almost all the talk has been about it as an interactive device, focusing on features and capabilities. Benjamin Clymer has a different take — as the founder of HODINKEE, a publication devoted to wristwatches and wristwatch aficionados, he evaluated the Apple Watch, not surprisingly, as a wristwatch. His opinion: “…though I do not believe it poses any threat to haute horology manufactures, I do think the Apple Watch will be a big problem for low-priced quartz watches, and even some entry-level mechanical watches. In years to come, it could pose a larger threat to higher end brands, too.” It’s a fascinating look at the watch market and the Apple Watch’s place in it.

 

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Marked 2.4.1

Thu, 2014-09-11 06:51
Adds a number of improvements to the Markdown previewer, including automatic updates to the direct download edition. ($13.99 new, free update, 18.5 MB)

 

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Macworld Lays Off Staffers, Closes Print Edition

Wed, 2014-09-10 09:58
Sad news: According to Macworld editors, IDG has shuttered the print edition of Macworld and laid off most of the staff. The macworld.com Web site will continue. Our condolences to the many fine editors and writers who are now looking for work.

 

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Apple Releases New iCloud Storage Plans

Wed, 2014-09-10 07:43
Apple has radically increased the amount of iCloud storage available to purchase and dropped the price per gigabyte. But as welcome as these changes are, they still pale in comparison to offers from Dropbox and Google Drive.

 

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How to Get (or Delete) Your Free U2 Album

Wed, 2014-09-10 07:12
Apple announced that it’s giving away a free copy of U2’s latest album, “Songs of Innocence,” to every iTunes customer. Here’s how to claim yours before time runs out on 13 October 2014. And if you really don’t like U2, you can remove all traces of the album from your account.

 

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iTunes 11.4

Tue, 2014-09-09 18:11
Paves the way for compatibility with iOS 8. (Free, 232 MB)

 

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Apple Announces iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus with Larger Screens

Tue, 2014-09-09 13:22
Apple has introduced two new iPhone models: the larger iPhone 6, and the even-larger iPhone 6 Plus. They aren’t revolutionary, but boast many new and improved features that make them compelling replacements for older iPhone models.

 

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Apple Previews the New Apple Watch

Tue, 2014-09-09 12:40
It’s not just about time. It’s past time. And future time, as Apple previews a wristwatch from the future — literally, since the Apple Watch won’t come out until early 2015.

 

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Apple Pay Aims to Disrupt Payment Industry

Tue, 2014-09-09 12:18
With the triple promise of “easy, secure, private,” Apple announced Apple Pay, a mobile payment system that takes advantage of the Touch ID sensor in the iPhone 6 and also works in the forthcoming Apple Watch. With Apple’s market clout behind it, Apple Pay could be the nudge the payment industry needs to move beyond today’s insecure credit card system.

 

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