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OS X Hidden Treasures: Services

Fri, 2016-02-05 08:00
It’s not new, and Apple doesn’t show it much love, but the ubiquitous Services menu can be a productivity powerhouse. Josh Centers explains how to use it and even how to make your own services.

 

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How to Unlearn Misspellings and Sync Your User Dictionary in OS X

Wed, 2016-02-03 13:38
If you’ve accidentally told OS X’s system-wide spelling checker to learn misspelled words, never fear, since there’s an easy way to remove them, either one at a time, or in bulk. And once you learn that, you’ll see how you can sync your custom words between Macs so you have the same set everywhere.

 

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External Link: Walt Mossberg Says Core Apple Apps Need Work

Wed, 2016-02-03 10:21
If you feel as though Apple’s own apps aren’t living up to the company’s high standards, you’re not alone. At The Verge, venerable tech columnist Walt Mossberg has penned a criticism of Apple’s more troubled apps, singling out iTunes (“I dread opening the thing.”), Mail, Photos, and iCloud. “It’s almost as if the tech giant has taken its eye off the ball when it comes to these core software products, while it pursues big new dreams, like smartwatches and cars,” Mossberg said. Given the problems we and our readers have seen with iTunes and Mail in particular, we hope Apple pays heed to this warning from the elder statesman of tech journalism.

 

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Quick Solution to Apple Mail’s TidBITS Wrapping Woes

Tue, 2016-02-02 10:38
If you’re having trouble reading this week’s HTML email issue of TidBITS in Apple Mail because of too-long line lengths, Adam explains why, and suggests a quick workaround.

 

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TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 1 February 2016

Mon, 2016-02-01 14:01
Notable software releases this week include Tweetbot 2.3.3; Little Snitch 3.6.3; Printer Drivers for Gestetner, Lanier, NRG, Savin, and Xerox Printers; Lightroom CC 2015.4 and Lightroom 6.4; Mac App Store Update for OS X Snow Leopard; and BBEdit 11.5.

 

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ExtraBITS for 1 February 2016

Mon, 2016-02-01 14:01
In this week’s ExtraBITS roundup, you can ask questions of the co-creator of the legendary game The Oregon Trail, Security Editor Rich Mogull offers travel security tips in a Macworld podcast, and The New Yorker gives a humorous look at the next version of OS X.

 

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TidBITS Membership Ad-Removal Challenge Finished

Mon, 2016-02-01 09:26
The second month of our membership challenge is over, and while our membership rolls and revenues did increase, it wasn’t enough that we can justify removing banner ads from our site.

 

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Do Cool Things on the Command Line with Five Quick Recipes

Mon, 2016-02-01 08:43
Why would a modern Mac user want to go back to a command-line interface? There are lots of reasons, and Joe Kissell provides five of them here. These quick recipes, which require no prior knowledge of the command line, enable you to do useful things that Apple doesn’t provide a way to accomplish in OS X’s graphical interface.

 

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External Link: An “Ask Me Anything” with the Co-Creator of The Oregon Trail

Mon, 2016-02-01 08:40
Remember the Oregon Trail game, which was a mainstay on Apple computers dating back to the Apple II? One of its co-creators, Don Rawitsch, is currently taking questions in one of Reddit’s “Ask Me Anything” threads, where users can ask him anything they want. To see Rawitsch’s replies, look for the blue-highlighted “donoregontrail” username. In case you were curious, Rawitsch clarifies that he personally has never suffered from dysentery. (The game phrase “You have died of dysentery” has been popularized on T-shirts.)

 

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External Link: Rich Mogull Gives Paranoid Travel Tips on the Macworld Podcast

Mon, 2016-02-01 08:40
TidBITS Security Editor Rich Mogull joined Glenn Fleishman and Susie Ochs on the latest Macworld Podcast to discuss recent Apple security issues, but the discussion quickly turned to travel, with Rich offering tips on digital security while traveling, especially when crossing borders and visiting hostile countries. If you’re headed to another country and are concerned about your data and devices, it’s worth a listen.

 

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How to Stream Super Bowl 50 for Free on Your Apple Devices

Mon, 2016-02-01 05:00
The 50th Super Bowl is approaching, and Josh Centers explains how you can stream the game for free on any of your Apple devices in the United States.

 

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Tweetbot 2.3.3

Sun, 2016-01-31 21:59
Updates the user interface to align more closely with Twitter’s display guidelines (Stars are now Hearts, Favorites are Likes). ($9.99 new, free update, 11.5 MB)

 

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Little Snitch 3.6.3

Sun, 2016-01-31 15:59
Fixes several issues related to installing and uninstalling the network monitoring and diagnostic utility. ($34.95 new, free update, 21.3 MB)

 

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MacTech Pro 2016 Dates and Locations Announced

Fri, 2016-01-29 15:55
Consultants and other professional Apple techs looking for training and networking can find both at seven upcoming MacTech Pro events, which take place around the United States.

 

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Printer Drivers for Gestetner, Lanier, NRG, Savin, and Xerox Printers

Fri, 2016-01-29 06:38
The latest printer and scanner drivers with support for new printer models from Gestetner, Lanier, NRG, Savin, and Xerox. (Free, various sizes)

 

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Lightroom CC 2015.4 and Lightroom 6.4

Thu, 2016-01-28 22:10
Adds the new Boundary Warp feature and fixes a bug that prevented Nikon cameras from tethering in El Capitan. ($149 new or $9.99 monthly Creative Cloud subscription, free update)

 

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Mac App Store Update for OS X Snow Leopard

Thu, 2016-01-28 12:09
Ensures future compatibility with the Mac App Store for users of Mac OS X 10.6.8 Snow Leopard. (Free, 3.5 MB)

 

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BBEdit 11.5

Thu, 2016-01-28 09:59
Loaded with over 150 additions, refinements, and fixes, including a number of improvements to the Find Differences feature. ($49.99 new, free update, 11.6 MB)

 

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Apple Recalls Some International Wall Plug Adapters

Thu, 2016-01-28 09:37
Apple has issued a recall for some international wall plug adapters. Josh Centers explains how to see if your adapter is affected, and how to get it replaced.

 

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Apple’s Q1 2016 Sets Records, but Just Barely

Tue, 2016-01-26 14:35
Apple is still making money hand over fist, but sales growth for all three of its major product categories has stalled or is in decline. Michael Cohen and Josh Centers don their analyst hats to try to explain why.

 

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