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External Link: Watch Adam and Tonya’s Çingleton 2014 Talk

Fri, 2015-07-31 15:14
Late last year, at the Çingleton 2014 conference, Adam and Tonya gave a talk entitled “Through the Lens of a Boutique Publisher.” It’s a 35-minute tour through the past, present, and future of TidBITS and Take Control, with lots of personal anecdotes and photos mixed in as they talk about what it’s like to be a publisher. Çingleton may be no more, but you can at least see what the last one was like (other talks are linked at the top of the Vimeo page). Highly recommended.

 

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External Link: Four iOS Interface Patterns That Work Badly

Fri, 2015-07-31 15:02
User experience company Nielsen Norman Group has posted an article pointing out problems with four official iOS interface patterns: page control dots, form submission links at the top, the plus icon, and the move icon. The authors aren’t speaking theoretically — these design patterns fail in actual usability testing — and they both give specific examples of each criticism and offer alternative approaches. In other words, if you’ve had trouble with an app that uses these interface controls, it’s not just you.

 

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iTunes and the 80-20 Rule

Fri, 2015-07-31 14:32
The ongoing iTunes feature creep regularly evokes calls for its simplification, with the “80-20 rule” often being used as support for such calls. But what is that rule, and is it a rule at all?

 

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How to Avoid Data Overage Charges When Traveling to Canada

Fri, 2015-07-31 13:08
After getting hit with a data overage charge while on vacation in Ottawa, Adam Engst decided to get serious about working within a small international data cap for his next trip to Canada. Here are his tips.

 

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External Link: How iTunes Fails Classical Music Fans

Fri, 2015-07-31 07:42
Over at The Atlantic, Robinson Meyer explains how iTunes, and even the MP3 format, fails fans of classical music. It began with a lack of a composer tag in the MP3 format, which was only added to iTunes in 2004. Furthermore, Meyer says Apple Music offers slim pickings for classical fans, as well as a number of library-wrecking bugs.

 

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Keyboard Maestro 7 Features Enhancements Throughout

Wed, 2015-07-29 14:14
After two years of free updates, Peter Lewis of Stairways Software has released Keyboard Maestro 7.0, a major update that adds new triggers, new actions, and themed palettes to the macro utility, along with numerous changes to the Keyboard Maestro Editor that improves ease-of use.

 

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External Link: T-Mobile Announces Incentives for iPhone Users

Wed, 2015-07-29 06:56
T-Mobile has announced two incentives for iPhone users. The first is that Apple Music will be included in its Music Freedom service, which means that streaming songs from Apple Music will not count against T-Mobile users’ bandwidth caps. The second is that anyone who has an iPhone 6 through the $15-per-month JUMP! On Demand program can trade up to the next iPhone for free until the end of 2015.

 

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External Link: Nike Ordered to Compensate FuelBand Owners

Tue, 2015-07-28 09:30
As part of a class-action settlement, Nike is distributing a total of $2.4 million to owners of its FuelBand fitness tracker, due to inaccurate tracking of calorie burn, steps, and overall activity. Affected customers can opt to receive $15 in cash or a $25 gift card.

 

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TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 27 July 2015

Mon, 2015-07-27 14:16
Notable software releases this week include Mellel 3.4.2, Microsoft Office 2011 14.5.3, MacBook Pro Flash Storage Firmware Update 1.0, Default Folder X 4.7.3, and TextExpander 5.1.

 

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ExtraBITS for 27 July 2015

Mon, 2015-07-27 14:16
This week’s ExtraBITS roundup features Josh Centers and the Tech Night Owl discussing Apple financials, Flickr bringing back Pro accounts, Jim Dalrymple losing and then recovering much of his music because of Apple Music confusions, and United Airlines’ push to install DRM on your computer.

 

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External Link: Jim Dalrymple Recovers Most of His Music

Mon, 2015-07-27 11:06
We previously reported that Jim Dalrymple of The Loop publicly quit Apple Music after it ate a good chunk of his collection. The good news is that, with Apple’s help, he was able to recover much of his music. The problem turned out to be an interaction with iTunes Match. According to Apple, iTunes Match now shows only your purchased content if you turn off Apple Music and iCloud Music Library. Unfortunately, Dalrymple thinks he accidentally deleted about two hundred songs that he won’t be able to recover.

 

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External Link: Josh Centers Tackles Apple Finances with The Tech Night Owl

Mon, 2015-07-27 05:45
Managing Editor Josh Centers once again joined The Tech Night Owl podcast to discuss Apple’s latest quarterly results, the upcoming Windows 10, Jim Dalrymple’s Apple Music problems, and how Josh replaced his wife’s iPhone 5c screen.

 

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Give Better Presentations with “Take Control of Keynote”

Fri, 2015-07-24 14:11
Our latest Take Control book, Joe Kissell’s “Take Control of Keynote” provides comprehensive help not just with Apple’s Keynote presentation app, but with all aspects of giving a good talk. It joins “Take Control of Pages” and “Take Control of Numbers” to round out our coverage of Apple’s iWork productivity suite.

 

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External Link: Flickr Brings Back Pro Accounts

Fri, 2015-07-24 13:12
After two years, Flickr is bringing back paid Pro accounts for $49.99 per year. The new Flickr Pro includes better analytics, no ads, a “pro” badge on profiles, and discounts on photo products, such as Adobe’s Creative Cloud Photography plan. Those who had grandfathered Pro accounts will keep the same benefits they had plus gain the new ones.

 

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How to Replace a Cracked iPhone 5c Screen with Screasy

Fri, 2015-07-24 07:35
With his wife’s iPhone 5c suffering from a broken screen, Josh Centers had the perfect opportunity to test out the Screasy iPhone Screen Repair Kit.

 

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FunBITS: Music in Time and Space

Fri, 2015-07-24 07:27
A clever Web site takes you on a space-time journey to sample popular music from bygone decades.

 

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External Link: Jim Dalrymple Quits Apple Music, Calling It a “Nightmare”

Thu, 2015-07-23 12:31
When longtime Apple journalist and fan Jim Dalrymple is angry with Apple, you know something’s wrong. Dalrymple has announced on his blog, The Loop, that he’s “done” with Apple Music after it wrecked his extensive iTunes library. The first problem arose when he tried to add songs from different albums that iTunes saw as duplicates and ignored. Later, it jumbled up his albums, refused to sync between devices, and when he disabled Apple Music, it took 4,700 of his songs with it. “I trusted my data to Apple and they failed. I also failed by not backing up my library before installing Apple Music. I will not make either of those mistakes again,” Dalrymple said.

 

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Mellel 3.4.2

Thu, 2015-07-23 10:03
Addresses an issue that prevented older .mell files from being opened. ($39 new, free update, 93.6 MB)

 

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Microsoft Office 2011 14.5.3

Thu, 2015-07-23 04:43
Security update patches critical vulnerabilities. (Free update, 113 MB)

 

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MacBook Pro Flash Storage Firmware Update 1.0

Thu, 2015-07-23 01:23
Fixes a vulnerability with the internal SSD firmware in the MacBook Pro model released in May 2015. (Free, 1.9 MB)

 

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