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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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ExtraBITS for 1 April 2015

50 min 19 sec ago
In today’s collection of ExtraBITS, the Apple TV gets more channels, Adobe announces Flash for the Apple Watch, Apple is considering rebranding iCloud once again, and Apple’s next big thing hits a regulatory wall.

 

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TidBITS Watchlist for 1 April 2015

51 min 19 sec ago
Notable software releases today include Pixelmator 3.3.2, Microsoft Office 2011 14.5, Minecraft 1.9, and BBEdit 11.4.1.

 

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Apple Dramatically Expands Edition Line

52 min 19 sec ago
“Go for the gold” is no longer just about the Olympics, as Apple introduces 18-karat gold “Apple Edition” versions of a number of its popular products for the burgeoning luxury tech market.

 

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Early Look: Eight Custom Apple Watch Bands

53 min 19 sec ago
Apple may have bands for the Apple Watch in a variety of styles, materials, and colors, but that’s not stopping creative accessory makers from going even further. Here are eight bands that bring new capabilities to the Apple Watch.

 

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Mac micro Redefines Desktop Mac Sizing

54 min 19 sec ago
Apple continues to reduce the size of Mac components in its drive to produce smaller and more energy-efficient Macs. The little-heralded Mac mini is the latest to wander into the beam of Apple’s shrink ray, emerging as the Apple TV-sized Mac micro.

 

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Apple Watch to Act as Lie Detector

55 min 19 sec ago
Thanks to a Twitter slip from Apple Watch tester Christy Turlington, we’ve learned that the Apple Watch can use its pulse tracking sensors in conjunction with a private API to work as a simple lie detector.

 

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TidBITS Online to Bolster Membership Revenues

56 min 19 sec ago
We’re pleased to announce TidBITS Online, our latest experiment to find new revenue streams. Give it a try and tell us what you think!

 

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IRS Offers iTunes Credit for Tax Refunds

57 min 19 sec ago
U.S. taxpayers expecting a small-to-medium refund this year can opt to receive it in the form of iTunes credit (with some qualifications).

 

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ITbits: Bushel Helps Small Companies Manage Apple Devices

Tue, 2015-03-31 12:40
Julio Ojeda-Zapata tries Bushel, a new JAMF Software service aimed at small businesses needing to manage Apple devices. It has promise for modest-sized, tech-challenged companies.

 

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The Books of Jobs

Tue, 2015-03-31 05:44
It is being billed as the epic battle of the books, with the winner defining how Steve Jobs will be remembered, but Schlender and Tetzeli’s “Becoming Steve Jobs” and Walter Isaacson’s “Steve Jobs” are not really at war.

 

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TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 30 March 2015

Mon, 2015-03-30 13:27
Notable software releases this week include BusyContacts 1.0.2, Napkin 1.5, Backblaze 4.0, and PDFpen and PDFpenPro 7.1.

 

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ExtraBITS for 30 March 2015

Mon, 2015-03-30 13:27
In our latest ExtraBITS roundup, Apple CEO Tim Cook makes a political statement in the Washington Post, Pixar releases RenderMan for free, Apple Store employees prepare to offer fashion advice, a Mac Plus gets on the Web, and Amazon reveals future updates for the Fire TV and Fire TV Stick.

 

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Take Control of Security for Mac Users, Chapter 10: Prevent Data Loss and Theft

Mon, 2015-03-30 11:35
Most of the topics in this book address ways of protecting your data in one fashion or another. But in this chapter, we change gears to address two key pieces of data security — preventing loss and theft of your data while it’s stored on your Mac.

 

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Chapter 10 of “Take Control of Security for Mac Users” Available

Mon, 2015-03-30 11:34
In this week’s installment, Joe Kissell moves from looking at the various ways you can keep people out of your Mac to how you can prevent loss and theft of your data while it’s stored on your Mac.

 

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External Link: Tim Cook Speaks Out Against “Religious Freedom” Laws

Mon, 2015-03-30 09:54
Apple has come a long way from Steve Jobs’s open letters about DRM, Flash, and the firm’s environmental efforts. In a Washington Post op-ed, Apple CEO Tim Cook criticizes state laws that he says “would allow people to discriminate against their neighbors,” such as Indiana’s controversial Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which some say opens the door to discrimination against LGBT individuals. Invoking his childhood in the South during the civil rights movement, Cook moves from noting that “America’s business community recognized a long time ago that discrimination, in all its forms, is bad for business,” to the more humanistic “This isn’t a political issue. It isn’t a religious issue. This is about how we treat each other as human beings.”

 

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BusyContacts 1.0.2

Mon, 2015-03-30 03:14
Maintenance release for the new contact manager app. ($49.99 new, free update, 5.4 MB)

 

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Napkin 1.5

Sun, 2015-03-29 20:01
Significant update to image annotation and diagramming app adds many user-requested features and overhauls user interface to be more aligned with Yosemite. ($39.99 new, free update, 5.4 MB)

 

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Backblaze 4.0

Sun, 2015-03-29 20:00
Improves upload and download speeds through new threading approach. (Free, 9.8 MB)

 

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Inconsistent Support Bedevils MacBook Pros Suffering from “Staingate”

Sat, 2015-03-28 06:00
The anti-glare coating on some MacBook Pro displays is peeling off under normal use, but Apple is being inconsistent with how it approaches the problem. Topher Kessler of MacIssues offers advice for those with affected Macs.

 

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Twitter’s Meerkat Killer, Periscope, Has Arrived

Fri, 2015-03-27 10:27
Twitter has unveiled its own entry in the online video broadcasting race, and it’s already taking the world by storm. Josh Centers explains what differentiates it from Meerkat.

 

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