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TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 20 April 2015

Mon, 2015-04-20 15:29
Notable software releases this week include OS X Server 4.1, Nisus Writer Pro 2.1.1, OmniOutliner 4.2, Tinderbox 6.2, LaunchBar 6.3, Final Cut Pro X 10.2, Compressor 4.2, Motion 5.2, and OS X Yosemite 10.10.3 Supplemental Update 1.0.

 

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ExtraBITS for 20 April 2015

Mon, 2015-04-20 15:29
In our latest ExtraBITS roundup, Apple has released its ResearchKit framework to the open-source community, developer Marco Arment calls for thicker Apple devices, Apple is getting into forestry, iOS 8.3 blocks third-party file managers, and Josh Centers discusses spider robots on The Tech Night Owl.

 

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External Link: Apple Releases ResearchKit

Mon, 2015-04-20 12:25
As promised, Apple has released ResearchKit to the open-source community. ResearchKit is a development framework that can be used to create medical research apps. If you’re a developer interested in trying it out, grab the source code from GitHub.

 

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TidBITS Hits a Quarter Century of Internet Publishing

Mon, 2015-04-20 08:51
It seems like only yesterday we were reviewing Now Utilities and writing about the latest update to WordPerfect. That’s right, TidBITS has now been publishing for 25 years, making us one of the oldest Internet publications of all time. Adam shares some of how we got here.

 

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OS X Server 4.1

Sun, 2015-04-19 22:05
Updated for changes in 10.10.3 Yosemite as well as iOS 8.3. ($19.99 new, free update, 198 MB)

 

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Nisus Writer Pro 2.1.1

Sun, 2015-04-19 21:50
Provides a number of fixes for crashes, hangs, and other bugaboos in the venerable word processor. ($79 new, free update, 242 MB)

 

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External Link: A Plea for Thicker Apple Devices

Sun, 2015-04-19 06:00
Every generation of Apple devices seems to get thinner. But developer Marco Arment wishes that Apple would consider thicker alternatives with better battery life. He imagines a beefier iPhone with up to 100 percent more battery life, full-size MacBook Pros with MacBook-class CPUs that could last up to 16 hours, and a 17-inch 4K Retina MacBook Pro.

 

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External Link: Apple Buying 36,000 Acres of Forest

Sat, 2015-04-18 06:00
Talk about vertical integration! Apple is buying two tracts of forest in Maine and North Carolina that will be sustainably harvested for Apple’s packaging. The 36,000 acres will be managed by The Conservation Fund, which will help turn the land into a “working forest” that will be preserved even as it provides raw material.

 

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OmniOutliner 4.2

Sat, 2015-04-18 03:59
Updates the user interface to fit better with Yosemite, plus adds a number of improvements. ($49.99 new, free update, 21.6 MB)

 

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Tinderbox 6.2

Fri, 2015-04-17 18:45
Brings more than 100 improvements to the personal content assistant. ($249 new, free update, 45.3 MB)

 

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LaunchBar 6.3

Fri, 2015-04-17 14:27
Improves support for Finder tags and adds multiple-selection dragging capabilities. ($29 new, free update, 9.8 MB)

 

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Apple Watch Try-Ons Are Both Hype and Help

Fri, 2015-04-17 12:56
Julio Ojeda-Zapata visited Apple Stores in his area for Apple Watch try-ons. The experience proved more enjoyable and enlightening than he expected and cured some of his misconceptions about Apple’s new smartwatch.

 

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External Link: iOS 8.3 Blocks File Managers and Transfer Utilities

Fri, 2015-04-17 12:30
If you rely on a third-party file manager with an iOS device, hold off on installing iOS 8.3, since new security settings disable many of these apps. Utilities such as iFunbox, iTools, and iExplorer are all affected. iFunBox and iExplorer have been updated to sidestep the new security settings, but with the limitation that they work only with apps that use iTunes File Sharing.

 

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Keeping Up with the Snoops 9: Junk in the PRISM Trunk

Fri, 2015-04-17 11:42
In the latest edition of our series on the U.S. mass surveillance saga, comedian John Oliver figures out what will make Americans care about government surveillance, it turns out that mass surveillance was happening well before 9/11, we analyze the current presidential contenders on their privacy records, part of the Patriot Act may be coming to an end, and we take a look at Stingrays and the TSA.

 

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First Legal Shots Fired over Net Neutrality

Fri, 2015-04-17 06:42
Everyone knew any attempt by the FCC to regulate the Internet would be met with court challenges… and here they come.

 

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Final Cut Pro X 10.2, Compressor 4.2, Motion 5.2

Thu, 2015-04-16 20:51
Adds capability to create animated 3D text in Final Cut Pro X and Motion, plus adds iTunes Store packaging capabilities to Compressor. ($299.99/$49.99/$49.99 new, free updates)

 

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OS X Yosemite 10.10.3 Supplemental Update 1.0

Thu, 2015-04-16 18:05
Fixes a video driver issue that prevented a Mac from starting up. (Free, 1.8 MB)

 

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When Your Numbers Get Serious, Read “Take Control of Numbers”

Thu, 2015-04-16 13:15
If you’re looking to make better use of the free copy of Numbers that Apple now includes with every Mac, Sharon Zardetto’s new “Take Control of Numbers” offers the essential instruction you need to input, calculate, sort, filter, format, and chart your data on the Mac with ease.

 

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iCloud Photo Library: The Missing FAQ

Wed, 2015-04-15 05:48
OS X 10.10.3 brings the new Photos app to the Mac, and with it, the iCloud Photo Library sync feature that has been available to iOS users for months. But iCloud Photo Library has turned out to be confusing to many users. In this FAQ, Joe Kissell answers the most common questions and points out some of iCloud Photo Library’s surprising behaviors.

 

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WWDC 2015 Ticket Lottery Opens for June Event

Tue, 2015-04-14 07:05
Apple has opened the lottery for WWDC 2015 tickets, so if you want the opportunity to pay $1,599 to attend, head over to Apple’s site and sign up.

 

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