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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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Apple Opens iWork Web-only Access to All

Thu, 2015-02-26 16:36
Everyone, even those who don’t own an Apple device, can now get free access to the Web version of Apple’s iWork apps — Pages, Numbers, and Keynote — along with 1 GB of iCloud storage.

 

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Net Neutrality Passes, Eliminating Broadband Restrictions

Thu, 2015-02-26 12:57
The FCC has voted in favor of Title II net neutrality regulations and to overturn some state municipal broadband restrictions. But we don’t yet know exactly what was voted for.

 

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Keeping Up with the Snoops 8: Snoop Harder

Thu, 2015-02-26 11:13
Just when he thought it was over, Josh Centers is pulled back into the spy game, giving you the latest on the Patriot Act’s renewal, hard drive malware, SIM card encryption key theft, and how to find out if you’re being watched.

 

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External Link: Google Teaming Up with Carriers on Payments

Thu, 2015-02-26 07:32
Google has agreed to a deal with AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon that will make Google Wallet more competitive with Apple Pay. All three carriers will pre-install the Wallet app on Android phones, and Google will gain intellectual property from the carrier-owned payment service Softcard. Google beat Apple to mobile payments by several years, but in many cases, the carriers prevented Google Wallet from accessing the NFC chip in Android phones.

 

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How Much Gold Will the Apple Watch Edition Consume?

Tue, 2015-02-24 14:51
If rumored production numbers of the Apple Watch Edition are true, Apple may be about to make a bigger dent in the universe than anyone could have ever anticipated. Or maybe the numbers are a tad high.

 

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Pebble Time Goes Public Before Apple Watch

Tue, 2015-02-24 08:48
The Apple Watch may be dominating the smartwatch market from the future, but Pebble Technology is aiming for a slightly different target audience with the new color-screen Pebble Time.

 

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TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 23 February 2015

Mon, 2015-02-23 15:00
Notable software releases this week include VMware Fusion 7.1.1, Coda 2.5.6, Audio Hijack 3.0.2, DEVONagent Lite, Express, and Pro 3.9, OmniFocus 2.1, and Airfoil 4.8.13.

 

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ExtraBITS for 23 February 2015

Mon, 2015-02-23 15:00
In this week’s collection of ExtraBITS, we learn that Apple is ending its support for AOL logins, the truth about AT&T’s “privacy fee,” and how Photoshop is trying to stay relevant after 25 years.

 

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Take Control of Security for Mac Users, Chapter 5: Improve Your Passwords

Mon, 2015-02-23 08:49
Strong passwords are key to maintaining the security of your Mac, and in this chapter, Joe Kissell explains why, looks at what’s involved with a strong password, suggests several password managers, and encourages you to up the security of a few key passwords right away.

 

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Chapter 5 of “Take Control of Security for Mac Users” Available

Mon, 2015-02-23 08:48
In this week’s chapter of “Take Control of Security for Mac Users,” Joe Kissell explains why it’s important to have multiple strong passwords and how to create and manage them.

 

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External Link: Apple Ending Support for AOL Logins

Mon, 2015-02-23 08:34
If you still use an AOL username to sign in to the iTunes Store, App Store, or iBooks Store, you must convert it to an Apple ID before 31 March 2015. As of that date, Apple will no longer support AOL usernames for logging in to those services.

 

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External Link: The Lowdown on AT&T’s “Privacy Fee”

Mon, 2015-02-23 06:19
AT&T is planning to expand its GigaPower fiber Internet service in Kansas City. But unless you pay an extra $29 per month, AT&T will scan your Web traffic to provide you with targeted advertising. Gigaom’s Stacey Higginbotham investigated and found that AT&T’s privacy offer can actually cost up to $66 per month, depending on package. AT&T also makes the private plan difficult to find on its Web site.

 

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External Link: Photoshop Turns 25

Mon, 2015-02-23 06:19
Adobe’s seminal Photoshop app is now 25 years old, and Farhad Manjoo of the New York Times looks at how Adobe is trying to keep it relevant. Adobe’s switch from selling Photoshop to offering it as a monthly subscription is one way the company hopes to bring it to more people, though so far, it has led to lower revenues. Adobe is also planning to split Photoshop into a number of smaller apps. Regardless of how Adobe’s plans pan out, photographers will never return to the darkrooms that Photoshop replaced.

 

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External Link: Photoshop Turns 25

Mon, 2015-02-23 06:19
Adobe’s seminal Photoshop app is now 25 years old, and Farhad Manjoo of the New York Times looks at how Adobe is trying to keep it relevant. Adobe’s switch from selling Photoshop to offering it as a monthly subscription is one way the company hopes to bring it to more people, though so far, it has led to plummeting revenues. Adobe is also planning to split Photoshop into a number of smaller apps. Regardless of how Adobe’s plans pan out, it’s unlikely photographers will return to the darkrooms that Photoshop replaced.

 

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VMware Fusion 7.1.1

Sun, 2015-02-22 13:52
Maintenance release for the virtualization package. ($69.99/149.99 new, free update, 333 MB)

 

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Coda 2.5.6

Sun, 2015-02-22 13:51
Quickens the pace of Find and Replace and provides a variety of fixes and improvements. ($99 new, free update, 83.8 MB)

 

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Audio Hijack 3.0.2

Sun, 2015-02-22 13:50
Fixes a critical App Nap-related bug that could produce incomplete or incorrect audio. ($49 new, free update, 14.3 MB)

 

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DEVONagent Lite, Express, and Pro 3.9

Sun, 2015-02-22 13:50
Pro edition adds a new Inspectors pane, which unifies several previous panes to deliver page properties. (Free/$4.95/$49.95, free updates)

 

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OmniFocus 2.1

Sun, 2015-02-22 13:50
Improves the user interface to more closely match OS X 10.10 Yosemite, which is now the minimum system requirement. ($39.99 new, free update, 37.7 MB)

 

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Airfoil 4.8.13

Sun, 2015-02-22 13:50
Fixes a rare problem that prevented Macs from transmitting audio to a remote speaker ($29 new, free update, 15.1 MB)

 

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