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External Link: Evernote Raises Prices, Downgrades Free Plan

Tue, 2016-06-28 13:33
Note-taking service Evernote has made some changes that are sure to be unpopular with users. First, while the free Basic tier is sticking around, it will now be limited to only two devices, whereas you could previously sync with unlimited devices. Second, both paid tiers are going up in price: Plus climbs from $2.99 per month or $24.99 per year to $3.99 per month or $34.99 per year, while Premium rises from $5.99 per month or $49.99 per year to $7.99 per month or $69.99 per year. Amid a variety of executive departures and the elimination of a string of unprofitable projects, Evernote is hoping to increase revenues.

 

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External Link: Amazon Introduces Page Flip for Kindle

Tue, 2016-06-28 09:43
Amazon has introduced a new Page Flip feature for its Kindle e-readers and the Kindle apps for iOS and Android, although it doesn’t appear in the Mac version. Page Flip is designed to let you save your place so you can quickly flip elsewhere in the book and then back, much as you would do by holding your spot in a paper book with a finger. Page Flip also includes a contact sheet mode that Amazon is calling a “bird’s eye view.” The Page Flip feature is available only in books that have it enabled, although Amazon claims that’s “millions of books” — supported books have a “Page Flip: Enabled” tag in their listings.

 

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Keyboard Maestro 7.2

Tue, 2016-06-28 07:36
Gains more text-processing capabilities and fixes various bugs. ($36 new, free update, 19.5 MB)

 

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TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 27 June 2016

Mon, 2016-06-27 15:37
With developers busy absorbing all the new information from WWDC, the only notable software release this week is BusyCal 3.0.1.

 

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ExtraBITS for 27 June 2016

Mon, 2016-06-27 15:37
In ExtraBITS this week, we get a comparison of Apple Maps and Google Maps, a look into what Apple’s Advanced Computer Vision can identify, and news that Bank of America is rolling out Apple Pay-compatible ATMs.

 

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SummerFest 25%-Off Sale Discounts Take Control Books and 14 Mac Apps

Mon, 2016-06-27 14:15
If you need help with your Mac, iOS device, or apps, or if your work would proceed more smoothly with a capable Mac app at your side, check out the multi-developer SummerFest sale. You can save 25 percent on all Take Control titles and 14 leading Mac apps.

 

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BusyCal 3.0.1

Mon, 2016-06-27 11:07
Major update brings a modern look, smoother navigation, travel time alerts, timed to-dos, and more. ($49.99 new, $29.99 upgrade, 10.7 MB)

 

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Apple Discontinues Thunderbolt Display with No Replacement in Sight

Mon, 2016-06-27 03:24
Those who need a screen for a Mac mini or Mac Pro, or who want to revel in the productivity glory of a multiple-monitor Mac, will have to look for solutions from companies other than Apple.

 

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Eero Provides Good Wi-Fi Coverage in a Handsome Package

Sat, 2016-06-25 07:28
A fast and stable Wi-Fi network can be complex to create and maintain, and ensuring consistent coverage is yet another ordeal that often means putting an unsightly access point in the middle of your house. Now, a company called Eero has released a lovely wireless networking device that sets up easily and works in groups of three or more to blanket a residence in Wi-Fi.

 

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Control Your Apple TV from CiderTV’s iPhone Widget

Fri, 2016-06-24 06:10
CiderTV offers an interesting suite of remote apps for your Apple TV, but what makes it worth installing is the Today View widget offered by the iOS app.

 

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What Apple’s Forthcoming APFS File System Means to You

Fri, 2016-06-24 06:01
Apple has announced that a new file system, APFS, is included in the developer preview of macOS Sierra and will become the Mac’s default file system in late 2017. But what does that mean to the rest of us?

 

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External Link: Cartographic Comparison of Apple Maps and Google Maps

Wed, 2016-06-22 13:31
Maps are but representations of reality, and how Apple and Google have interpreted that reality has led to surprisingly different representations of it. Former Apple cartographer Justin O’Beirne has started a detailed comparison of the two mapping systems, looking at how each shows cities, roads, and places (points of interest, if you will). O’Beirne is careful not to anoint a winner, but a summary of his findings shows that Apple labels more cities and Google labels more roads. Plus, while the two show a similar number of places, they have only 10 percent of their places in common, thanks to Apple focusing on landmarks and Google prioritizing transit.

 

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External Link: Looking Inside Apple’s Advanced Computer Vision

Wed, 2016-06-22 10:50
Advanced Computer Vision, a technology coming to the Photos app in macOS Sierra and iOS 10, scans your photos for searchable keywords and to assemble themed collections, called Memories. Kay Yin has analyzed what currently exists of Advanced Computer Vision, compiling a list of 7 facial expressions, 33 Memories categories, and 4432 different scenes and objects that Photos can recognize. Despite not being trained to recognize specific landmarks, like St. Martin’s Maho Beach, it can still identify them, first determining that Maho is a beach and then paring down the results.

 

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External Link: Bank of America Offering Apple Pay ATM Withdrawals

Tue, 2016-06-21 12:02
Bank of America (BoA) is rolling out Apple Pay compatibility to its ATMs, making it possible to use Apple Pay on your iPhone to withdraw cash from over 2400 ATMs that support the technology. You can’t get cash from just any NFC-equipped BoA ATM, though, only those with the Apple Pay branding. So far, the system works only with BoA debit cards linked to Apple Pay.

 

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TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 20 June 2016

Mon, 2016-06-20 12:46
Notable software releases this week include Carbon Copy Cloner 4.1.9, Microsoft Office 2016 15.23 and Office 2011 14.6.5, and LaunchBar 6.7.

 

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ExtraBITS for 20 June 2016

Mon, 2016-06-20 12:46
In this week’s ExtraBITS, we get a look at Apple’s differential privacy, which seeks to gather data while protecting your privacy, and we find out who won the 2016 Apple Design Awards.

 

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Myths and Misconceptions about macOS Sierra

Mon, 2016-06-20 06:31
Distressed by the uninformed criticisms flying around about macOS Sierra, Adam Engst calls for a little understanding and encourages optimism about changes that could lead to an improved experience for Apple users.

 

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Carbon Copy Cloner 4.1.9

Sun, 2016-06-19 22:13
Fixes some bugs in the backup utility. ($39.99 new, free update, 12.4 MB)

 

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Microsoft Office 2016 15.23 and Office 2011 14.6.5

Sun, 2016-06-19 22:00
Patches a memory corruption vulnerability and provides a number of fixes and improvements to the individual apps in the suite. ($149.99 new, free update)

 

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LaunchBar 6.7

Fri, 2016-06-17 17:40
Adds support for Emoji and Font Awesome icons, plus the Ulysses text editor. ($29 new, free update, 14.1 MB)

 

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