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Apple Chalks Up Another Record Quarter Despite Slipping iPad Sales

10 hours 9 min ago
For its second fiscal quarter of 2014, Apple has once again reported record sales and revenues, beating analyst expectations and thrilling investors with a stock split, bigger dividends, and more stock buybacks.

 

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OmniOutliner 4.0.5

10 hours 14 min ago
Small maintenance release with fix for most frequently reported crash. ($49.99 new, free update, 45 MB)

 

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1Password 4.3

10 hours 28 min ago
Major update to the password manager with many improvements to 1Password mini and synchronization. ($49.99 new, free update, 38.7 MB)

 

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Joe Kissell Dispels Cloud Hype with “Take Control of the Cloud”

14 hours 48 min ago
In his latest book, Joe Kissell explains everything you want to know about the Cloud, in approachable, non-technical language. He pins down nebulous cloud concepts, helps you evaluate claims about cloud services, and points out how to enhance your privacy and security in the cloud.

 

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External Link: Apple Is Broadening Its Trademarks to Include Jewelry and Watches

16 hours 24 min ago
Apple has been filing new trademark applications worldwide to broaden its trademark to include Class 14 items — “precious metals and their alloys and goods in precious metals or coated therewith, not included in other classes; jewelry, precious stones; horological and chronometric instruments” — reports Eric Slivka of MacRumors. The new filings add fuel to the iWatch rumor fire, but it should be noted that some of Apple’s trademarks had already included Class 14 items. This could just be an attempt by the company to tidy its trademarks.

 

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AirPort Base Station Firmware Update 7.7.3

Tue, 2014-04-22 13:23
Secures AirPort Extreme and AirPort Time Capsule base stations with 802.11ac from the Heartbleed OpenSSL vulnerability. (Free)

 

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Paprika 2.0.3

Tue, 2014-04-22 12:57
Small update for the popular recipe manager. ($19.99 new, free update, 3.5 MB)

 

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Security Update 2014-002 (Mavericks, Mountain Lion, and Lion)

Tue, 2014-04-22 12:27
Numerous security fixes focused on Mavericks, but with some also affecting Mountain Lion and Lion. (Free updates, various sizes)

 

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External Link: Apple Opens Mac OS X Betas to All

Tue, 2014-04-22 11:51
Apple is no longer restricting Mac OS X betas to paying developers. As of today, anyone with an Apple ID (which is, let’s face, essentially every Apple user at this point) can sign up for the OS X Beta Seed Program to test unreleased versions of the operating system. You have to agree to Apple’s OS X Beta Seed and Confidentiality Agreement and install the Beta Access Utility to view betas in the Mac App Store. After WWDC, we’ll see if this applies to major releases of OS X, or just minor updates.

 

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iOS 7.1.1 Fixes Touch ID, Bluetooth, Keyboards

Tue, 2014-04-22 10:01
Apple has released iOS 7.1.1 with a handful of bug and security fixes.

 

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Microsoft Office 2011 14.4.1

Mon, 2014-04-21 11:46
Maintenance update with important security fixes and other improvements. (Free update, 113 MB)

 

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TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 21 April 2014

Mon, 2014-04-21 07:51
Notable software releases this week include Microsoft Office 2011 14.4.1, Adobe Flash Player 13.0.0.201, PDFpen and PDFpenPro 6.2, Keyboard Maestro 6.4.1, and Typinator 5.9.

 

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ExtraBITS for 21 April 2014

Mon, 2014-04-21 07:51
In ExtraBITS this week, Siri squared off against Google Now and Cortana, Managing Editor Josh Centers gave an Apple TV-oriented presentation to the Chicago-area user group The Northwest of Us, Jeff Carlson provided iPad tips for photographers, hardware maker LaCie admitted to a major security breach, Bradley Chambers offered suggestions about how Apple could improve iOS for education, and Microsoft unveiled a less-expensive Office 365 subscription.

 

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Can a Normal User Justify a Mac Pro?

Mon, 2014-04-21 07:09
Julio Ojeda-Zapata falls madly in love with the new Mac Pro, and gives serious consideration to buying an entry-level version of the professional desktop Mac. But is it really the Mac for him? He has to set emotion aside and ask hard questions.

 

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Adobe Flash Player 13.0.0.201

Fri, 2014-04-18 14:09
Fixes a crash that occurred on Macs made between 2006 and 2008. (Free, 14.9 MB)

 

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FunBITS: Boom for Mac Pumps up the Volume

Fri, 2014-04-18 08:58
Global Delight’s Boom promises to turn your Mac’s speakers up to 11. Josh Centers takes a look at the utility and finds an unexpected use for it.

 

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24 Years of TidBITS and Stronger than Ever

Thu, 2014-04-17 13:46
It’s a little shocking to realize just how long we’ve been publishing TidBITS, but thanks to the revenue from several thousand TidBITS members, we’re publishing more and better content for you than ever before. Will you join us?

 

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External Link: How Siri Fares Against Google Now and Cortana

Thu, 2014-04-17 13:10
Gizmodo ran a side-by-side test of Apple’s Siri, Google Now, and Microsoft’s new Cortana virtual assistants. The results were neck and neck, with each displaying its own quirks, but the short video is fun to watch.

 

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External Link: Josh Centers Talks Apple TV to the Northwest of Us User Group

Thu, 2014-04-17 13:09
TidBITS Managing Editor and “Take Control of Apple TV” author Josh Centers was invited to speak to the Chicago-area user group The Northwest of Us. In this in-depth recorded session, Josh discussed some reasons why Apple users should consider the Apple TV, took audience questions, and speculated about the future of Apple TV.

 

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External Link: Josh Centers Talks Apple TV to the Northwest of Us User Group

Thu, 2014-04-17 13:09
TidBITS Managing Editor and “Take Control of Apple TV” author Josh Centers was invited to speak to The Northwest of Us Chicago-area user group. In the recorded session, Josh discussed some reasons why Apple users should consider the Apple TV, took audience questions, and speculated about the future of Apple TV.

 

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