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PDFpen 8 Adds Attachments, Digital Signatures, and More

Thu, 2016-04-28 09:23
Smile has updated PDFpen and PDFpenPro to version 8, featuring file attachments, digital signing, audio attachments, measurement tools, and better export capabilities.

 

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iPad Pro Charges Faster with MacBook Adapter and New Cable

Wed, 2016-04-27 10:16
Apple goofed in bundling an anemic 12-watt power adapter with the 12.9-inch iPad Pro, which needs a brawnier charger. It has one in the MacBook’s 29-watt USB-C power adapter, which can be paired with a new USB-C to Lightning Cable to charge the big iPad more rapidly.

 

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External Link: iPhone Upgrade Program Now Available Online

Wed, 2016-04-27 05:04
Apple’s iPhone Upgrade Program, which lets you pay a monthly fee for an iPhone with AppleCare+, was originally available only if you walked into an Apple Store. However, Apple is now offering it as an option if you buy a phone online, with no store visit required if you’re an eligible AT&T, Sprint, or Verizon customer. Frankly, this should have been available from the start.

 

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In Q2 2016, Apple Sees First Revenue Decline in 13 Years

Tue, 2016-04-26 13:24
For Apple, the sky has fallen… by 12.8 percent, which is how far its revenues declined compared to those of last year.

 

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TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 25 April 2016

Mon, 2016-04-25 14:30
Notable software releases this week include VMware Fusion 8.1.1, OmniFocus 2.5.1, BBEdit 11.5.2, Typinator 6.9, and Mellel 3.4.5.

 

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ExtraBITS for 25 April 2016

Mon, 2016-04-25 14:14
In ExtraBITS this week, the FBI backed out of its New York iPhone case… just before getting smacked down by the court. China has shut down the iBooks Store and iTunes Movies services shortly after their debut, developer Craig Hockenberry explains why color is the future of displays, security consultant Rich Mogull gives a big thumbs-up to iMessage security, we explain why you should uninstall QuickTime 7 for Windows, analyst Ben Thompson offers an explanation of why Apple is bad at online services, and Apple criticizes a proposed anti-encryption bill.

 

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External Link: iBooks Store and iTunes Movies Shut Down in China

Mon, 2016-04-25 11:13
Apple has had a smoother time rolling out its online services in China than other tech giants, but that may be coming to an end. Only six months after being introduced in the country, the Chinese government has shut down the iBooks Store and iTunes Movies services. The shutdown is thought to be due to the government’s desire to keep the Chinese people away from Western culture. “We hope to make books and movies available again to our customers in China as soon as possible,” said an Apple spokeswoman.

 

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External Link: U.S. Government Drops iPhone Fight in New York

Mon, 2016-04-25 11:12
Last Friday, the U.S. Department of Justice dropped its legal bid to force Apple to unlock an iPhone linked to a New York drug case. The FBI said that it had managed to get the iPhone’s passcode, making a court order unnecessary, but on Monday another reason came to light: the New York court had denied the government’s request. It’s starting to look like the government is using iPhones it already has access to in order to seek out precedent-setting court rulings, but dropping the cases when the chances of winning look slim.

 

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Take Control of Slack Basics: Chapter 8, Configure Notifications

Mon, 2016-04-25 09:52
It’s fine to get lots of notifications from Slack in a low-volume team or one where you need to stay up to date on everything that’s happening, but as traffic increases or you need to focus on other tasks, Slack’s notification controls will become increasingly important. Glenn Fleishman explains how Slack thinks about presence and how you can set the notifications to meet your need in this chapter of “Take Control of Slack Basics.”

 

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Chapter 8 of “Take Control of Slack Basics” Available

Mon, 2016-04-25 09:51
Notifications make or break any messaging system, and with Slack’s potential high volume of messages, it’s vital to fine-tune them so you see important messages without being driven mad by a barrage of notifications. In this week’s chapter, Glenn Fleishman explains all you need to know about Slack notifications.

 

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VMware Fusion 8.1.1

Mon, 2016-04-25 04:09
Fixes a crash in Windows virtual machines related to running graphics and gaming software with Multisample anti-aliasing (MSAA) enabled. ($79.99 standard/$199.99 Pro new, free update, 363 MB)

 

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The Power of Preview: Advanced Editing Techniques

Mon, 2016-04-25 04:00
We again dive into the power of Preview, exploring advanced editing techniques, including more selection tools, color adjustments, and PDF editing.

 

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OmniFocus 2.5.1

Mon, 2016-04-25 01:09
Resolves several bugs in the Getting Things Done-inspired task management app. ($39.99 new, free update, 27.8 MB)

 

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BBEdit 11.5.2

Sun, 2016-04-24 21:09
Maintenance release fixes a variety of bugs in the venerable text editor. ($49.99 new, free update, 12.0 MB)

 

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Typinator 6.9

Sun, 2016-04-24 17:10
Improves support for importing TextExpander snippets. (€24.99 new, free update, 7.1 MB)

 

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Mellel 3.4.5

Sun, 2016-04-24 12:12
Adds several keyboard shortcuts to the Dialogue box text editor. ($39 new, free update, 93.2 MB)

 

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Phoning It in on Your Mac

Fri, 2016-04-22 06:40
With the Continuity feature in OS X, your Mac can use your iPhone to receive and make telephone calls. Press “1” for more…

 

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External Link: The Colorful Future of Displays

Fri, 2016-04-22 04:51
Developer Craig Hockenberry argues that since displays are now essentially free of visible pixels, the next frontier is in expanding the number of onscreen colors. For years, computers have supported the sRGB color profile, but the late-2015 iMac and the 9.7-inch iPad Pro support the newer DCI-P3 standard, which displays a wider range of color and is now standard in filmmaking. If you have one of those Apple products, Hockenberry has made a tool to see the difference between sRGB and DCI-P3, with photos by our own Jeff Carlson as examples. However, Hockenberry warns that this transition will make things more complicated for developers, and he advises them to start reading up on how to use color profiles.

 

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External Link: The iMessage Cone of Silence

Thu, 2016-04-21 09:29
Our own Rich Mogull recently had the opportunity to sit down with senior members of Apple’s engineering and security teams, and he discovered that iMessage is even more secure than previously thought. In essence, every iMessage is encrypted from end to end, messages are encrypted using keys that exist only on your devices and are not stored with Apple, and messages are encrypted multiple times to maximize security. In addition, iMessage’s registration system is designed to inherently distrust Apple’s own servers, thereby making it extremely difficult for anyone to compromise iMessage’s security with so-called “phantom devices” that could be used to tap conversations. “Overall [iMessage is] a solid balance of convenience and security,” Mogull said.

 

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External Link: Apple Drops QuickTime 7 for Windows

Thu, 2016-04-21 09:09
Apple has announced that it’s no longer supporting QuickTime 7 for Windows. If you no longer need it, you should uninstall it immediately, because the U.S. Department of Homeland Security warns: “Exploitation of QuickTime for Windows vulnerabilities could allow remote attackers to take control of affected systems.”

 

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