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ExtraBITS for 8 November 2010

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Three additional bits for you this week: a warning of a daylight saving time bug in iOS 4.1, news of the Hulu Plus service becoming available without an invitation, and a MacVoices podcast in which Jeff Carlson talks about iMovie ’11.

Reset iOS Clock App Alarms after Daylight Saving Time Change -- There’s a bug in iOS 4.1 that causes repeating alarms in the Clock app to trigger an hour later than they should shortly before and after the daylight saving time change. Apple says the bug is fixed in the forthcoming iOS 4.2, but in the meantime, you can fix your alarms by deselecting all days in the repeat interval, saving, and then resetting the alarms for the days you need them.

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Hulu Plus Opens Up -- The $9.99-per-month subscription version of Hulu is now open as a preview without a previously required invitation. The Hulu Plus service features full seasons of current and past major NBC, Fox, and ABC shows that stream to an iOS device using a free app, and in HD to a computer’s browser.

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Jeff Carlson Talks iMovie ’11 on MacVoices -- Last week Jeff Carlson chatted with Chuck Joiner about what’s new in iMovie ’11 and his TidBITS article, “15 Secrets of iMovie ’11” for the MacVoices podcast. Chuck is always great to talk to, and indulged Jeff when he found himself having to back up and explain things like rolling shutter, CMOS camera sensors, and interlaced video footage.

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