Thoughtful, detailed coverage of the Mac, iPhone, and iPad, plus the best-selling Take Control ebooks.

 

 

Pick an apple! 
 
Type Faster by Competing in Races

A fun way to improve your typing speed and accuracy is to join an online typing competition at typrX. This typing competition keeps track of your typing speed, while allowing you to compete against other people, either around the world in public races or with friends in private races. To set up a private race with your friends, follow these simple steps.

  • Once you have a typrX account, click the Create Private Race button on the front page and you’ll be taken to the private race page.
  • From there, copy the track code URL and send it to the friends you want to join the race.
  • You can click the Delay Countdown button to add 10 seconds to the clock if you are waiting on your friend to join the race.

Visit typrX

 
 

CloudPull 2.2

Send Article to a Friend

Golden Hill Software has updated its CloudPull Google-data backup application to version 2.2 with several improvements. First off, its snapshot feature switches from using OS X’s Versions to storing both current and previous backup snapshots within the CloudPull database file, which should reduce the amount of disk space that CloudPull uses. Because this adjustment requires a change in database format, CloudPull needs to migrate your data into the new format when you first open version 2.2, which could take from one to several hours depending on how often you set snapshots to be saved and how many you elected to keep.

The Mac App Store version of CloudPull has now been sandboxed, which requires a change of location for your backup files, modifies the behavior of starting CloudPull at login, and removes the CloudPull Monitor (these changes are detailed in full in a Golden Hill blog post). Additionally, CloudPull has been split into two apps in the Mac App Store: CloudPull Premium and CloudPull Free (the latter of which has been available since mid-January 2013). CloudPull Free enables you to back up a single Google account for an unlimited amount of time, and it provides an in-app purchase option to upgrade to CloudPull Premium for $9.99 (which supports up to 10 Google accounts and has the capability to run in the background). The direct download trial version from the Golden Hill Web site now has the same terms as the Mac App Store CloudPull Free version (unlimited backup of a single Google account). CloudPull 2.2 now requires Mac OS X 10.7.5 Lion or 10.8.0 Mountain Lion or later (with support for 10.7.0 through 10.7.4 removed). ($9.99 new, free update, 11.9 MB, release notes)

 

READERS LIKE YOU! Support TidBITS by becoming a member today!
Check out the perks at <http://tidbits.com/member_benefits.html>
Special thanks to Steven Cole, Howard Stob, Philip Allen, and Iain
Cowper for their generous support!