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Instagram Has Apple (Including Mac) Appeal

Tue, 2016-09-27 11:08
The photo-sharing service Instagram isn’t just for millennials and selfie-snapping celebs. Anyone who is serious about iPhone photography should take a look. Instagram also can be used to a large extent on the Mac, giving it surprisingly broad Apple appeal.

 

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TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 26 September 2016

Mon, 2016-09-26 11:58
Notable software releases this week include Postbox 5.0.2, Sandvox 2.10.8, Tweetbot 2.4.3, TextWrangler 5.5.2, HoudahGeo 5.1, Parallels Desktop 12.0.2, Mailplane 3.6.7, CleanMyMac 3.5.1, Gemini 2.2.2, Safari 10.0, 1Password 6.3.3, Firefox 49.0, OmniFocus 2.7, Capto 1.1, Lightroom CC 2015.7 and Lightroom 6.7, Pages 6.0, Numbers 4.0, and Keynote 7.0 for Mac, SpamSieve 2.9.25, macOS Server 5.2, KeyCue 8.2, iBooks Author 2.5, and BBEdit 11.6.2.

 

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ExtraBITS for 26 September 2016

Mon, 2016-09-26 11:57
In ExtraBITS this week, we offer a few Apple-specific ways to watch tonight’s presidential debate, or maybe a nice peaceful football game. Apple is working on a fix for a security flaw in iOS 10, while Yahoo is dealing with the theft of data associated with 500 million accounts — ouch! Finally, we note Dejal’s 25th year of Mac development.

 

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External Link: How to Watch the Presidential Debate on Your Apple Devices

Mon, 2016-09-26 08:03
The first U.S. presidential debate will air tonight, 26 September 2016 at 9 PM EDT. Ben Lovejoy of 9to5Mac has compiled a partial list of the many apps and Web sites that will let you watch live, for free. In addition, as we reported previously, Sling TV is offering a free preview today, which will carry the debate.

 

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Postbox 5.0.2

Sun, 2016-09-25 20:25
Major new release of the email client adds dynamic data fields to Responses and Templates and refines its user interface. ($40 new, upgrade pricing available, 23.8 MB)

 

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Sandvox 2.10.8

Sun, 2016-09-25 12:50
Fixes a crash that occurred when publishing to FTP or SFTP sites in macOS 10.12 Sierra. ($79.99 new, free update, 43.3 MB)

 

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Tweetbot 2.4.3

Sun, 2016-09-25 04:50
Adds compatibility with macOS 10.12 Sierra and support for extended tweets. ($9.99 new, free update, 11.7 MB)

 

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TextWrangler 5.5.2

Sat, 2016-09-24 20:50
Brings compatibility with macOS 10.12 Sierra to the free text editor and fixes numerous bugs. (Free, 9.7 MB)

 

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HoudahGeo 5.1

Sat, 2016-09-24 16:50
Adds support for Maps and for adding locations to photos in Photos in macOS 10.12 Sierra. ($39 new, free update, 21.7 MB)

 

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Parallels Desktop 12.0.2

Sat, 2016-09-24 12:50
Fixes bugs with shared Mac printers and viewing in Full Screen mode on an external monitor. ($79.99 new for standard edition, $99.99 annual subscription for Pro/Business Edition, free update, 261 MB)

 

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External Link: Sling TV Offers Free Preview for Presidential Debate

Sat, 2016-09-24 11:08
Streaming cable alternative Sling TV is offering a free preview of its Sling Orange service from 8 AM EDT on 26 September 2016 until 2 AM EDT on 27 September 2016. The ostensible reason for the preview is to enable cord-cutters to watch the first U.S. presidential debate and the Atlanta-New Orleans game of Monday Night Football, but you can enjoy full access to the 25+ channels included in the Sling Orange service during that time. Signing up for the free preview requires only a username and password, not payment information. You’ll undoubtedly hear from Sling TV afterward, but you should be able to unsubscribe from promotional mailings at that point. Sling TV offers apps for macOS, iOS, and tvOS.

 

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Behind the iPhone 7 Plus’s Portrait Mode

Sat, 2016-09-24 09:33
If you didn’t know the term “bokeh” before the announcement of the iPhone 7 Plus, you’ll learn it soon enough. A developer release of iOS 10 adds Apple’s new depth-based image mode to the iPhone 7 Plus.

 

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External Link: Apple to Fix iOS 10 Security Flaw with iTunes Backups

Sat, 2016-09-24 06:51
Russian security company Elcomsoft has discovered a major security flaw in iOS 10: encrypted iTunes backups made with iOS 10 allow password-cracking tools to make 6 million attempts per second, more than 40 times faster than with backups created with iOS 9. Apple has confirmed that the issue is real and plans to fix it in an upcoming security update. In the meantime, because the vulnerability could be exploited only by someone with access to your iTunes backups, Apple recommends a strong login password and using FileVault encryption. (The problem also affects backups made in iTunes for Windows.) iCloud backups are immune to the problem, so if you’re concerned about the security of your iTunes backups, you might consider switching them to iCloud.

 

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External Link: 500 Million Yahoo Accounts Stolen

Fri, 2016-09-23 13:05
Yahoo has announced that information associated with at least 500 million user accounts has been stolen by what the company believes is a state-sponsored actor. If you have a Yahoo account, you should change your password immediately and enable two-step verification. In addition, if you use Yahoo as your primary email provider, you should change the passwords for any online account tied to your Yahoo email address, since the thieves could have used password resets to gain access to those accounts as well. More so than any other recent example, this breach shows the importance of using a password manager like 1Password or LastPass to create and enter a separate strong random password for every site.

 

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Mailplane 3.6.7

Fri, 2016-09-23 12:49
Enables you to set a default sender email account and ensures compatibility with macOS 10.12 Sierra. ($24.95 new, free update, 23.3 MB)

 

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iOS 10.0.1 and 10.0.2 Fix Important Bugs

Fri, 2016-09-23 11:07
Apple has released a small iOS 10.0.2 update to address problems with headphones, iCloud Photo Library, and app extensions. The previous iOS 10.0.1 was a necessary download only for iPhone 7 owners, but it too incorporates key bug fixes.

 

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CleanMyMac 3.5.1

Fri, 2016-09-23 08:48
Adds support for macOS 10.12 Sierra and fixes an issue that affected Live Photos. ($39.95 new, free update, 33.7 MB)

 

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Gemini 2.2.2

Fri, 2016-09-23 07:48
Adds full support for macOS 10.12 Sierra, including proper iCloud files processing ($19.95 new, free update, 35.6 MB)

 

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Safari 10.0

Fri, 2016-09-23 03:48
Defaults to displaying HTML 5 video when available and fixes security vulnerabilities for OS X 10.10.5 Yosemite and 10.11.6 El Capitan. (Free)

 

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1Password 6.3.3

Thu, 2016-09-22 22:48
Fixes a number of issues found on macOS 10.12 Sierra. ($64.99 new, free update, 43.8 MB)

 

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