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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, Josh Centers, Michael Cohen, Rich Mogull, Joe Kissell, Jeff Carlson, Glenn Fleishman, Tonya Engst, and others.
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How Apple Could Simplify Audio Input and Output Interfaces

Fri, 2016-08-26 09:25
If you find yourself having to check and change audio settings whenever you use an Internet telephony app, Adam Engst has a suggestion for Apple that would make it easier to pick your preferred choices at a glance.

 

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Fantastical 2.2.5

Thu, 2016-08-25 10:26
Adds support for setting Mailplane as default email reader and fixes several bugs. ($49.99 new, free update, 13.4 MB)

 

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iOS 9.3.5 Blocks Remote Jailbreak

Thu, 2016-08-25 09:23
Apple’s latest iOS update comes in response to a case of international espionage and intrigue.

 

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Pixelmator 3.5.1

Thu, 2016-08-25 06:26
Maintenance release with a number of improvements and bug fixes for the image editing app. ($29.99 new, free update, 55 MB)

 

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External Link: Charting Tim Cook’s 5-Year Anniversary as CEO

Thu, 2016-08-25 05:35
As of this week, Tim Cook has been permanent CEO of Apple for five years, which gives the punditocracy an excuse to opine ad nauseum about whether Cook is Apple’s best CEO ever or a poor excuse for Steve Jobs. Our take: let the numbers speak for themselves. Thanks to charts developed by Jan Dawson of Jackdaw Research, you can see just how Apple has evolved over the past five years. You can see just how dominant iPhone unit sales and revenues are, how the Services category is growing, the importance of China to Apple’s fortunes, and more.

 

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BBEdit 11.6.1

Wed, 2016-08-24 16:26
Adds a number of Git-related enhancements. ($49.99 new, free update, 14 MB)

 

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External Link: John Gruber’s Postmortem of Vesper

Wed, 2016-08-24 13:52
It’s always fascinating to read an insider’s perspective, and doubly so when it comes from someone whose day job is industry analysis. That combination makes John Gruber’s postmortem of Vesper on Daring Fireball all the more interesting for those curious about what makes some apps succeed and others fail. Vesper was a note-taking app developed by Q Branch, a company made up of Gruber, designer Dave Wiskus, and developer Brent Simmons, who is well known for apps such as Glassboard, MarsEdit, and NetNewsWire. Gruber attributed Vesper’s failure to generate enough revenue to bad timing with regard to iOS 7, shipping the iPhone app before the Mac app, competition from Apple’s Notes, and not switching to a subscription model. His evaluation should be required reading for any developer considering making a productivity app for the Apple ecosystem.

 

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Typinator 6.10

Wed, 2016-08-24 12:26
Brings 50 improvements and bug fixes to the text expansion tool (€24.99 new, free update, 7.4 MB)

 

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TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 22 August 2016

Mon, 2016-08-22 15:24
Notable software releases this week include LaunchBar 6.7.2 and OmniFocus 2.6.2.

 

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ExtraBITS for 22 August 2016

Mon, 2016-08-22 15:21
We have just two ExtraBITS for you this week: famed New York City Apple shop Tekserve is auctioning off its Mac collection and a developer survey paints a dark picture of the Mac App Store.

 

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LaunchBar 6.7.2

Mon, 2016-08-22 15:05
Improves compatibility with Sierra and fixes bugs. ($29 new, free update, 14.1 MB)

 

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New Parallels Desktop 12 Improves Speed, Gains Take Control Book

Mon, 2016-08-22 10:04
A major upgrade to Parallels Desktop brings improved performance and new features, plus a brand-new Take Control book.

 

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OmniFocus 2.6.2

Fri, 2016-08-19 16:20
Fixes a bug that could corrupt repeating items edited on multiple devices. ($39.99 new, free update, 28.5 MB)

 

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Setting Up and Using Find My iPhone

Fri, 2016-08-19 12:31
Find My iPhone, once a premium feature of Apple’s MobileMe service, is now an essential tool in helping you find lost devices and protecting your privacy should a device be lost or stolen. Josh Centers explains how to set up and use Find My iPhone.

 

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T-Mobile and Sprint Announce Unlimited Data (for Higher Prices)

Fri, 2016-08-19 05:45
Cellular carriers T-Mobile and Sprint have announced new unlimited data plans, but there are catches involved, and the prices often end up being higher than the previous plans.

 

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AT&T’s New Cell Plans Eliminate Data Overage Fees

Thu, 2016-08-18 06:06
AT&T has unveiled a new set of mobile plans that trade data overage fees for a speed cap. Switching to the new plans may save you money or give you more data for the same amount; check with AT&T for your particular situation.

 

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External Link: Tekserve Auctioning Historic Mac Collection

Wed, 2016-08-17 07:02
Legendary New York City Apple shop Tekserve has closed its doors for retail business and will be auctioning off items from the store on 23 August 2016. The jewel of the auction will be Tekserve’s Macintosh collection, which is valued at between $12,000 and $14,000. The collection of 35 computers includes a first-generation Macintosh signed by Steve Wozniak, a NeXTcube, a 20th Anniversary Macintosh, an original iMac, a G4 Cube, and more. The collection also includes miscellaneous other bits of technology, like cameras, radios, and typewriters.

 

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External Link: Developer Survey Dings Mac App Store

Wed, 2016-08-17 05:32
DevMate, a development and distribution platform for Mac developers, conducted a survey of 679 Mac developers to get their thoughts on the Mac App Store. Interestingly, 42 percent of respondents sell both in the Mac App Store and outside of it; however, those who sell both ways see roughly equivalent revenue from both channels. Overall, developers were overwhelmingly negative in their appraisal of the Mac App Store, leading to astonishingly low Net Promoter Score ratings. What ticks developers off the most? The Mac App Store’s unclear and unwieldy review process, the 30 percent transaction fees, the lack of upgrades and trials, and no two-way communication with customers. DevMate isn’t exactly unbiased in this area since it competes with the Mac App Store, but the results do map to what we’ve heard from developers as well. If only an interviewer would ask Tim Cook about these findings!

 

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TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 15 August 2016

Mon, 2016-08-15 15:26
Notable software releases this week include Parallels Desktop 11.2.1, 1Password 6.3.2, Storyspace 3.2, and DEVONthink 2.9.2.

 

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Dealing with Send to Kindle’s 50 MB Limit

Mon, 2016-08-15 13:48
For those reading ebooks on a Kindle, or in the Kindle iOS app, there’s a 50 MB file size limitation in Amazon’s Send to Kindle app and email service that can cause troubles. Adam Engst explains the situation and provides some workarounds.

 

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