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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, Josh Centers, Michael Cohen, Rich Mogull, Joe Kissell, Jeff Carlson, Glenn Fleishman, Tonya Engst, and others.
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Google’s OnHub Router Gets Rough Treatment in Early Reviews

7 hours 1 min ago
Several news outlets received review units of Google’s new Wi-Fi router, the OnHub. On the whole, they say that it has inconsistent signal coverage issues, a touted interference-avoidance feature isn’t reliable, and some hardware elements aren’t yet activated.

 

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TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 31 August 2015

7 hours 38 min ago
Notable software releases this week include VMware Fusion 8.0 and Fusion 8.0 Pro and PopChar X 7.2.

 

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ExtraBITS for 31 August 2015

7 hours 38 min ago
In this week’s collection of ExtraBITS links, Adam Engst discusses the mythical Apple Car with The Tech Night Owl, Apple plans to show off something new on September 9th, Best Buy and Apple get chummier, and Joe Kissell identifies the best online backup service.

 

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VMware Fusion 8.0 and Fusion 8.0 Pro

Fri, 2015-08-28 18:24
Major new release offers support for OS X 10.11 El Capitan and Windows 10. ($79.99/199.99 new, free update, 362 MB)

 

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PopChar X 7.2

Fri, 2015-08-28 17:15
Improves support for OS X 10.11 El Capitan and adds support for Unicode 8.0, which introduces 7,716 new characters. (€29.99 new, free update, 4.5 MB)

 

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Save Space and Uninstall Apps with CleanMyMac 3

Fri, 2015-08-28 14:26
MacPaw’s CleanMyMac 3 is a multipurpose Mac maintenance tool and uninstaller. Joe Kissell thinks it’s effective, attractive, and easy to use — a worthy addition to any Mac user’s toolbox. But he also points out that it’s not a complete maintenance solution, and that some of its recommendations should be skipped.

 

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External Link: Adam Engst Goes Automotive on The Tech Night Owl Live

Fri, 2015-08-28 11:47
Is Apple setting its sights on the car market, as the next “mobile” platform? That’s where Adam Engst and Tech Night Owl’s Gene Steinberg ended up in this podcast, segueing from CarPlay to the rumors of Apple’s self-driving car project.

 

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FunBITS: Pac-Man 256 Retools Classic Fun for iOS

Fri, 2015-08-28 07:59
Pac-Man 256 is a reboot of the arcade classic that showcases the best and worst of modern gaming.

 

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How to Disable Auto-Play Videos on Social Media

Thu, 2015-08-27 13:26
Don’t want to stumble across a potentially disturbing video on social media? Josh Centers explains how to disable auto-play videos on your favorite social networks.

 

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External Link: Apple Event Set for September 9th

Thu, 2015-08-27 12:36
Apple’s next big media event is set for 9 September 2015 at 10 AM PDT, and you can watch it live in Safari for Mac and iOS, in the Apple TV’s Apple Events app, and surprisingly, in the new Edge browser in Windows 10. If you’re busy at that time, the recording usually remains available afterwards. Apple is expected to announce new iPhone models, and other possibilities include updated iPads and an Apple TV refresh.

 

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Migrating to a New Mac in the Real World

Thu, 2015-08-27 11:54
When you migrate your data to a new Mac using Migration Assistant and Time Machine, the process may go smoothly, but some loose ends and hiccups are inevitable.

 

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Solve Wi-Fi Coverage Problems with WiFi Explorer and NetSpot

Tue, 2015-08-25 12:56
Two OS X tools for surveying Wi-Fi signals can help you visually sort out what’s causing interference and better plan placing or moving access points for optimal signal coverage.

 

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External Link: Best Buy to Offer AppleCare

Tue, 2015-08-25 11:22
Best Buy CEO Hubert Joly has announced that his company’s ties to Apple are deepening, with Best Buy beginning to offer AppleCare plans and service this quarter. Best Buy is also testing out an Apple Authorized Service Provider program at 50 of its stores, plus expanding its existing Apple store-within-a-store approach. The retailer recently began offering the Apple Watch, and Joly said that demand has been strong.

 

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External Link: Joe Kissell Finds the Best Online Backup Service

Tue, 2015-08-25 09:06
Our own Joe Kissell teamed up with review site The Wirecutter to identify the best online backup service. In this exhaustive guide, Joe covers what you should look for, how each service performs, how to set them up, and how to restore data. Joe’s top pick is former TidBITS sponsor CrashPlan, with competitor Backblaze as the runner-up.

 

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TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 24 August 2015

Mon, 2015-08-24 12:51
Notable software releases this week include Simon 4.1, Evernote 6.1, and Parallels Desktop 11.

 

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ExtraBITS for 24 August 2015

Mon, 2015-08-24 12:51
In this packed ExtraBITS collection, Intuit is looking to ditch Quicken, The Verge ponders the fallout of the Ashley Madison breach, Adam and Tonya Engst explain the new Take Control Web site on MacVoices, Adobe InDesign takes some flak for failing to install fonts, Apple acknowledges an executive’s history of misogyny, Comcast plans to provide cheap broadband to senior citizens, and the iTunes Music Festival returns with a new name.

 

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Apple Replacing Some iPhone 6 Plus iSight Cameras

Mon, 2015-08-24 11:48
Some units of the iPhone 6 Plus manufactured between September 2014 and January 2015 have a faulty component in the iSight camera that causes photos to be blurry. If your iPhone 6 Plus is covered, Apple will replace the camera for free.

 

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Simon 4.1

Mon, 2015-08-24 07:57
Redesigns the Web (HTTP) feature and adds supports dynamic Web content. ($99.99 new, free update, 14.4 MB)

 

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Photos: A Few Frames Shy of a Full Roll

Mon, 2015-08-24 06:12
Photos, Apple’s replacement for iPhoto and Aperture, offers some nice features, but isn’t all it could be, especially for those transitioning from iPhoto. Dave Kitabjian looks at a number of shortcomings in the early days of Photos.

 

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External Link: Intuit to Sell off Quicken

Mon, 2015-08-24 06:04
As financial software firm Intuit continues to lose money, it has announced that it will be selling off Quicken, QuickBase, and Demandforce. However, the company will be holding on to QuickBooks, which picked up 110,000 subscribers during the last fiscal quarter. As for the fate of Quicken, we can only hope it’s picked up by a developer friendlier to Mac users.

 

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