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Twitter to Loosen Its 140-Character Limit

Thu, 2016-05-26 07:34
Over the coming months, Twitter will be rolling out rule changes to ease the strict 140-character limit, as well as fixes for some longstanding Twitter quirks.

 

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Airfoil 5.1

Wed, 2016-05-25 22:54
Improves the layout and labels of the Effects window. ($29 new, free update, 13.8 MB)

 

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External Link: Spotify Updates Family Plan to Match Apple Music

Tue, 2016-05-24 12:18
Streaming music service Spotify is now cheaper for families, matching Apple Music in both price and number of family members. The Spotify family plan now covers up to six people for one monthly $14.99 fee. Previously, $14.99 included only two members, though you could pay $5 extra for each additional person up to a maximum of five. Spotify's new plan is thus no different for two-person families, but could be more than half off for a household of six. As a bonus, Spotify families aren’t locked together in a Family Sharing group, as is the case with Apple Music.

 

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MacTech Conference 2016 Adds Home Automation Showcase

Mon, 2016-05-23 14:34
Details of this year’s MacTech Conference are starting to become available, and the conference organizers have announced that the event will feature an Apple-focused Home Automation Showcase. Register by the end of the month to save $600 off the standard pricing.

 

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TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 23 May 2016

Mon, 2016-05-23 13:56
Notable software releases this week include Skype 7.28, OmniOutliner 4.5.3, Parallels Desktop 11.2, PDFpen and PDFpenPro 8.0.1, Security Update 2016-003 (Mavericks and Yosemite), and Safari 9.1.1.

 

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ExtraBITS for 23 May 2016

Mon, 2016-05-23 13:56
In our most important ExtraBITS this week, Apple first acknowledged issues with iOS 9.3.2 on the 9.7-inch iPad Pro and then pulled the update for that device. In other news, Apple has provided a look at the future of the Apple Store, millions of LinkedIn passwords from a 2012 breach have been leaked, Apple gets a big boost from a famous investment firm, and Apple Pay may be losing a competitor.

 

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Google I/O 2016 Includes Announcements with Apple Appeal

Mon, 2016-05-23 13:14
Google competes with Apple, but much of its technology also lives on Apple devices. So it’s not surprising that the Google I/O developer conference last week was jammed with technology announcements of direct relevance to Apple users. These include a Google Home voice-controlled device and two new messaging apps for iOS.

 

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TuneIn to Radio Stations Worldwide, Plus Sports and Audiobooks

Mon, 2016-05-23 10:04
The Internet service and mobile app TuneIn gives you access to radio stations around the world so you can listen to music, news, sports, and talk shows for free. It also offers podcasts, and, for a monthly fee, audiobooks and live sports coverage.

 

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No Email Issue on 30 May 2016 for Memorial Day

Mon, 2016-05-23 05:38
We’re taking a brief break from building an email issue of TidBITS next week in honor of the Memorial Day holiday in the United States, so look for the next issue in your mailbox on 6 June 2016.

 

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Skype 7.28

Sun, 2016-05-22 21:33
Enables you to start a call or a text chat from the dock icon. (Free, 43.7 MB)

 

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OmniOutliner 4.5.3

Sun, 2016-05-22 17:32
Fixes a couple of crashes. ($49.99 new, free update, 24.2 MB)

 

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Parallels Desktop 11.2

Sun, 2016-05-22 17:32
Adds a new Developer Settings pane for managing automatic updates in virtual machines ($79.99 new for standard edition, $99.99 annual subscription for Pro/Business Edition, free update, 294 MB)

 

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External Link: Apple Union Square Previews the Future of the Apple Store

Fri, 2016-05-20 12:43
Angela Ahrendts, Apple’s SVP of Retail and Online Stores, and Chief Design Officer Jonathan Ive have unveiled Apple’s new flagship store in San Francisco’s Union Square. Highlights of Apple Union Square include expansive exterior windows, interior greenery, free Wi-Fi in an outdoor public plaza, a 6K video wall, and private rooms for business training. Apple is hoping to turn the Apple Store into a community hub, with game nights with App Store editors, “creative sessions” with local artists, and live music acts. Apple says that many of these features will also be coming to an Apple Store near you. iMore has pictures and video.

 

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External Link: Apple Pulls iOS 9.3.2 for 9.7-inch iPad Pro

Fri, 2016-05-20 12:25
According to MacRumors, Apple has now pulled iOS 9.3.2 for the 9.7-inch iPad Pro, telling iMore’s Rene Ritchie that it’s working on a fix. As much as it pains us to say so, this is exactly why we always recommend waiting a week or so before installing Apple OS updates. For those of you with a 9.7-inch iPad Pro, sit tight, and iOS 9.3.2 should be back soon. In the meantime, you’re not missing much, since it had only a few bug fixes and security improvements.

 

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External Link: Apple Investigating iPad “Error 56” Problems with iOS 9.3.2

Fri, 2016-05-20 10:01
Over at iMore, Rene Ritchie has passed along a statement from Apple that the company is “looking into a small number of reports that some iPad units are receiving an error when updating the software.” According to an Apple support document, Error 56 might indicate a hardware issue, but Apple recommends first trying to restore the device with iTunes and then contacting Apple support if that doesn’t help. If you have an iPad, particularly a 9.7-inch iPad Pro, we recommend holding off on updating to iOS 9.3.2 until more is known.

 

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Apple Increases Focus on Asia

Fri, 2016-05-20 07:17
Apple has launched a major focus on Asia, with CEO Tim Cook touring China and India and the company announcing several notable initiatives in those countries along with an update to GarageBand that includes traditional Chinese instruments and musical loops.

 

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External Link: 117 Million LinkedIn Passwords Leaked

Fri, 2016-05-20 06:59
LinkedIn was infiltrated back in 2012, but the repercussions are still being felt, with a collection of 117 million user email addresses and passwords from that breach released online recently. LinkedIn is reaching out to all affected users, but even if you don’t hear from the company, we recommend taking the opportunity to check your password and change it if you’ve used it on any other sites or if it’s not a strong password. We realize that we sound like a broken record here (there’s an analogy on its way out!), but this is yet another reminder of why it’s so important to have unique, strong passwords for every online account.

 

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PDFpen and PDFpenPro 8.0.1

Thu, 2016-05-19 17:02
First maintenance update for recently upgraded PDF editing apps. ($74.95/$124.95 new, $30 upgrade, free update from version 8.0, 70.3/70.9 MB)

 

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The Power of Preview: Converting Images and Exporting PDFs

Wed, 2016-05-18 14:05
In this final installment of our series on Preview, OS X’s built-in image and PDF utility, we explore Preview’s export options and explain how to work around a common collaboration problem.

 

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External Link: Warren Buffett Invests $1 Billion in Apple

Wed, 2016-05-18 13:11
After Apple’s first year-over-year quarterly revenue decline in 13 years, some on Wall Street soured on the company’s stock, but one big-name investor is betting heavily on Apple. Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway firm invested over $1 billion in Apple earlier in 2016. Berkshire Hathaway is famously conservative in its investments, and rarely ventures into the tech sector, so its backing is a vote of confidence in Apple during an uncertain time. News of Berkshire Hathaway’s stake in the company caused an immediate 3.7 percent increase in Apple’s stock price.

 

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