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External Link: Your Wireless Keyboard May Be Betraying You

Thu, 2016-07-28 09:07
Bastille, a cybersecurity company, has shown that hackers can easily intercept transmissions from eight non-Bluetooth wireless keyboards. Experts demonstrated how a $40 radio transponder combined with a $50 antenna could grab the signals of budget wireless keyboards from Anker, EagleTec, General Electric, Hewlett-Packard, Insignia, Kensington, Radio Shack, and Toshiba. Bluetooth and wired keyboards, however, are not vulnerable to the methods used in this attack, providing a reason to avoid wireless keyboards that depend on proprietary transmission systems.

 

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Comparing iPad Pro Technologies and Intangibles

Thu, 2016-07-28 07:37
Apple’s iPad Pro models differ in far more than size and weight. Any number of other factors might influence your buying decision. Julio Ojeda-Zapata guides you through them.

 

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External Link: Apple Music No Longer Counts Against T-Mobile Data Caps

Wed, 2016-07-27 07:41
While T-Mobile users have been able to stream music from Apple Music for the past year without it counting against their mobile data caps, the mobile carrier has now added Apple Music to its Binge On program, meaning that video from Apple Music will no longer count against the caps. This exemption includes music videos, as well as future video content on Apple Music, such as the upcoming “Carpool Karaoke” series from CBS.

 

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External Link: Apple Music Scores “Carpool Karaoke” Series

Wed, 2016-07-27 07:40
First, there was “Planet of the Apps,” and now Apple continues its foray into original content by nabbing CBS’s upcoming “Carpool Karaoke” series, a spinoff of the popular “The Late Late Show with James Corden” bit, in which he drives celebrities around as they sing songs. Although it doesn’t sound as if Corden will host the new show, it is, nonetheless, a pretty big “get” for Apple Music.

 

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Apple Beats Expectations in Q3 2016, but Slump Continues

Tue, 2016-07-26 13:21
Is Apple losing its touch, or are consumers’ wallets tightening? Apple’s investment in services like Apple Music and Apple Pay, coupled with the growing success of professional-grade iPads, seems to be paying off, even while its other product categories decline.

 

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External Link: Why Your Phone’s Battery Meter Is Wrong

Tue, 2016-07-26 11:05
Has your iPhone ever died, even though it claimed to have charge left? The Wirecutter goes over the complex reasons why mobile device battery meters are often so inaccurate. The article describes the disparate variables that go into computing remaining battery charge and concludes that battery meters can, at best, provide only a guess of charge remaining.

 

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External Link: Adam Engst and Josh Centers Discuss Preview on MacVoices

Tue, 2016-07-26 11:04
Adam Engst and Josh Centers joined host Chuck Joiner on the MacVoices podcast to discuss their new book, “Take Control of Preview.” They describe how it started out as a popular TidBITS series, outline Preview’s many capabilities, and explain why the built-in Mac app is akin to a Swiss Army Knife.

 

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TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 25 July 2016

Mon, 2016-07-25 12:25
Notable software releases this week include Alfred 3.0.3, Tinderbox 6.6.2, Evernote 6.8, DEVONthink/DEVONnote 2.9, BusyCal 3.0.4, PopChar X 7.6, Safari 9.1.2, and Security Update 2016-004 (Mavericks and Yosemite).

 

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ExtraBITS for 25 July 2016

Mon, 2016-07-25 12:25
The dog days of summer tech news are upon us, so we have only two ExtraBITS for you this week: Verizon is buying Yahoo for $4.8 billion and Adam Engst makes an appearance on MacBreak Weekly.

 

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External Link: Verizon to Buy Yahoo for $4.8 Billion

Mon, 2016-07-25 07:42
Long-suffering Yahoo will sell its core business to Verizon Communications for $4.8 billion, a far cry from the $44.6 billion that Microsoft offered in 2008 and that Yahoo’s board rebuffed. Yahoo shareholders will retain roughly $41 billion in investments in Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba, plus a portfolio of about 3000 patents valued at about $1 billion. Yahoo began as a Web directory in 1994, later moving into search and then content, but with some stumbles and competition from the likes of Google, Yahoo got lost in the weeds. Marissa Mayer, an early Google employee and later high-ranking executive, was hired as CEO in 2012, but even bold initiatives like the purchase of Tumblr couldn’t stop Yahoo’s downward spiral. Verizon acquired AOL a little over a year ago, and the company has said that it will integrate Yahoo with AOL. It’s the end of an era, and we’re curious to see what Verizon will do with the Yahoo properties, notably Flickr, Tumblr, and Yahoo Finance.

 

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Lightroom for iOS 2.4 Changes Mobile Photo Workflow

Mon, 2016-07-25 06:18
Lightroom for iOS 2.4 adds two significant features to the mobile photo editing app for iPad and iPhone: support for raw format images and local selections for adjusting specific areas of a photo. This means photographers who shoot in raw can import, edit, and sync their photos between mobile and desktop Lightroom libraries without annoying workarounds.

 

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Alfred 3.0.3

Sun, 2016-07-24 17:42
Brings number of fixes and improvements to the keyboard-driven launcher (Free, £17 for Powerpack, free update, 2.6 MB)

 

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Tinderbox 6.6.2

Sun, 2016-07-24 17:41
Adds “additional polish and infrastructure” to the personal content assistant. ($249 new, free update, 54.4 MB)

 

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External Link: On MacBreak Weekly, Adam Discusses the App Stores, Planet of the Apps, and More

Fri, 2016-07-22 11:57
TidBITS publisher Adam Engst made one of his occasional appearances on the TWiT show MacBreak Weekly, joining hosts Leo Laporte and Andy Ihnatko, and developer Daniel Jalkut. After a wide-ranging discussion of issues with Apple’s online stores, the group talked about Apple’s Planet of the Apps reality show, Eddy Cue’s claims that Hollywood has nothing to fear from Apple, and Apple’s new music royalty rate proposal, which sounds like a flat tax designed to hurt Spotify. It’s well worth a listen! Adam also introduced his newest book, “Take Control of Preview,” co-authored with Josh Centers.

 

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Evernote 6.8

Fri, 2016-07-22 06:46
Integrates with Google Drive, plus makes it easier to share a notebook and manage permissions. (Free with paid subscriptions, 54.2 MB)

 

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Disable Find My Mac by Resetting NVRAM

Fri, 2016-07-22 06:13
It turns out that Find My Mac can easily be disabled by resetting NVRAM, which could be bad news, if your Mac has been stolen, or good news, if you’re dealing with an old Mac that wasn’t reset before being sold or turned in.

 

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Firefox Filters More Uses of Flash

Fri, 2016-07-22 05:25
The makers of the Firefox Web browser are clamping down on advertising and other incidental uses of Flash to reduce crashes.

 

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DEVONthink/DEVONnote 2.9

Fri, 2016-07-22 02:47
Brings a rewritten synchronization engine that improves speed and works on both local networks and with Internet-based services. (All updates are free. DEVONthink Pro Office, $149.95 new; DEVONthink Professional, $79.95 new; DEVONthink Personal, $49.95 new; DEVONnote, $24.95 new)

 

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BusyCal 3.0.4

Thu, 2016-07-21 22:48
Refines the recently upgraded alternative to Apple’s Calendar app. ($49.99 new, free update, 10.8 MB)

 

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PopChar X 7.6

Thu, 2016-07-21 22:47
Adds support for Unicode 9.0, which brings 6 new scripts and 72 new emoji characters. (€29.99 new, free update, 4.6 MB)

 

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