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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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A Tour of Apple Music

Thu, 2015-07-02 11:29
Josh Centers takes an all-access tour of the sprawling Apple Music, offering tips and observations along the way.

 

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External Link: Is Safari the New Internet Explorer?

Wed, 2015-07-01 11:20
Safari has become the new Internet Explorer, at least if you believe developer Nolan Lawson. In a blog post, Lawson laments Apple’s absence at the recent EdgeConf developer conference, and goes on to chide Apple for not properly implementing new Web technologies in Safari. Lawson argues that as a result, like Internet Explorer once did, Safari is holding the Web back.

 

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iTunes 12.2

Tue, 2015-06-30 23:20
Integrates the Apple Music streaming music subscription service and the free Beats 1 radio service into iTunes. (Free, 222 MB)

 

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Security Update 2015-005

Tue, 2015-06-30 21:46
Lengthy list of vulnerability fixes mirrors many of those patched by 10.10.4 Yosemite. (Free, various sizes)

 

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Mac EFI Security Update 2015-001

Tue, 2015-06-30 19:21
Patches vulnerabilities with EFI firmware for Mountain Lion and Mavericks. (Free, 101 MB)

 

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Safari 8.0.7, 7.1.7, and 6.2.7

Tue, 2015-06-30 17:52
Updates to the three versions of Apple’s Web browser with reduced memory usage for improved performance, plus (Free)

 

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Apple Releases iOS 8.4 with Apple Music

Tue, 2015-06-30 09:01
Apple has updated iOS to 8.4, simultaneously launching its new Apple Music subscription service.

 

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Apple Improves Networking in OS X 10.10.4

Tue, 2015-06-30 09:00
Apple has released OS X 10.10.4, which promises to solve networking reliability and iCloud Photo Library syncing, among other things.

 

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TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 29 June 2015

Mon, 2015-06-29 09:24
Notable software releases this week include ClamXav 2.8.1, Toast 14 Titanium and Toast 14 Pro, and iMovie 10.0.9.

 

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ExtraBITS for 29 June 2015

Mon, 2015-06-29 09:24
In this week’s ExtraBITS, Josh Centers and Joe Kissell chatted with the Tech Night Owl, Apple expanded its AppleCare+ battery coverage and banned the Confederate battle flag from the App Store, and Google debuted a virtual climb up El Capitan.

 

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External Link: Josh Centers and Joe Kissell Discuss Conspiracies, Backups with the Tech Night Owl

Mon, 2015-06-29 06:16
Our own Josh Centers and Joe Kissell were this week’s guests on The Tech Night Owl podcast. Josh talked about Apple Music, including a conspiracy theory about Taylor Swift, the Apple TV’s future, and the possibility of ARM-based Macs. Joe Kissell recounted the 11 stupid backup strategies from his recent TidBITS article, and explained why you should avoid them.

 

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ClamXav 2.8.1

Mon, 2015-06-29 04:28
Update transitions the Mac virus scanner from a free title to a commercial product. ($29.95 new, 20.9 MB)

 

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Toast 14 Titanium and Toast 14 Pro

Sun, 2015-06-28 22:28
Major new release for digital media suite with new DVD burning software and audio import features. ($99.99/$149.99 new, $59.99/$99.99 upgrade)

 

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iMovie 10.0.9

Sun, 2015-06-28 22:28
Addresses a compatibility issue with clips exported from GoPro Studio. ($14.99 new, free update, 2.0 GB)

 

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External Link: Apple Improves AppleCare+ Battery Coverage

Sat, 2015-06-27 06:00
Apple has boosted its coverage of batteries for iOS devices and Apple Watches under AppleCare+. Apple will now replace batteries in covered devices that retain less than 80 percent of their capacity; previously, the company would replace batteries only if they held less than 50 percent of capacity.

 

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FunBITS: Gaming’s Long, Sleepless Night

Fri, 2015-06-26 11:00
An endless barrage of video game rehashes makes Josh Centers feel like he’s stuck in a blurry time loop of insomnia. He examines the originality crisis in gaming.

 

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External Link: Apple Bans the Confederate Battle Flag from the App Store

Thu, 2015-06-25 09:30
Apple has removed from the App Store any app that prominently features the Confederate battle flag (though a casual search revealed a few that Apple missed). The flag has been increasingly under fire in the wake of the racially motivated church shooting in Charleston, South Carolina, and retailers such as Amazon, eBay, and Walmart have withdrawn sales of items depicting it. However, some say that Apple went too far, since the ban includes a number of Civil War games — some relied on by educators — that used the flag in an appropriate historical context.

 

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External Link: Take a Virtual Climb Up El Capitan

Wed, 2015-06-24 16:17
Google Maps has created a virtual climb up El Capitan. No, not the upcoming OS X release, but the actual rock formation in Yosemite National Park. Using Google Street View, you can experience more than 20 panoramic images taken by climbers who scaled the rock.

 

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Apple’s New iPhone Dock Versus the Competition

Wed, 2015-06-24 06:00
Users of current-model iPhones finally have an Apple dock that also works with older iPhones, even those protected by cases. How does the iPhone Lightning Dock stack up to third-party cradles?

 

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Flashlight Brightens Up Spotlight in Yosemite

Tue, 2015-06-23 09:19
Flashlight enhances Yosemite’s built-in Spotlight search feature to make it nearly as powerful as third-party utilities.

 

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