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TidBITS #1287 on 2015-08-31

In this extra-helpful issue of TidBITS, we tackle three common problems. First, if you’re troubled by auto-play videos on social networks showing you offensive acts, Josh Centers has the advice you need to disable them. Second, if you anticipate migrating to a new Mac from a Time Machine backup, Michael Cohen offers solutions to many of the potential pitfalls that you might encounter, based on his own recent migration to a new iMac. Third, if your Wi-Fi network is dropping out or suffering from slow throughput, Glenn Fleishman explains how you can use a pair of Mac utilities to optimize its range and performance. Finally, Josh goes retro with a review of Pac-Man 256 in FunBITS. Notable software releases this week include VMware Fusion 8.0 and Fusion 8.0 Pro and PopChar X 7.2.

TidBITS #1286 on 2015-08-24

In this feature-packed issue, Adam Engst explains why Apple is replacing some iPhone 6 Plus iSight cameras — is yours due for a replacement? Wi-Fi authority Glenn Fleishman has the details on Google’s new premium OnHub router, while Julio Ojeda-Zapata identifies six Windows 10 features that Apple should steal. Finally, reader Dave Kitabjian joins us to talk about iPhoto features that are missing from Photos. Notable software releases this week include Simon 4.1, Evernote 6.1, and Parallels Desktop 11.

TidBITS #1285 on 2015-08-17

Today kicks off Take Control’s 2015 Back to School Sale: save 50 percent on all Take Control titles through 24 August 2015! Meanwhile, Adam Engst has the details on the OS X 10.10.5 and iOS 8.4.1 updates, which address numerous security vulnerabilities. Josh Centers reveals a secret method to see your iPhone’s precise signal strength, and in a lengthy editorial, he sums up the problems with Twitter and offers some potential solutions. Notable software releases this week include Safari 8.0.8, 7.1.8, and 6.2.8; PDFpen and PDFpenPro 7.3; BBEdit 11.1.2; Security Update 2015-006; and iTunes 12.2.2.

TidBITS #1284 on 2015-08-10

Thunderstrike 2 has been described as a scary new worm that could infect your Mac’s firmware, but Rich Mogull explains why you needn’t worry. Julio Ojeda-Zapata joins us to look at eight Apple Watch stands that are worth your attention, while Adam Engst reviews Dark Sky 5, a hyperlocal weather app that can warn you when rain is imminent in your exact location. Finally, in FunBITS, Josh Centers writes about Google’s DeepDream, software that’s designed to visualize how neural networks think and that can be used to create bizarre art out of any photo. Notable software releases this week include OmniOutliner 4.3 and Postbox 4.0.3.

TidBITS #1283 on 2015-08-03

This week in TidBITS, Adam Engst details what’s new in Keyboard Maestro 7, a major upgrade to the longstanding macro utility. Tonya Engst tells you about Kirk McElhearn’s new “Take Control of Audio Hijack,” which explains everything you need to know about recording with Rogue Ameoba’s recently updated audio app. Many people have had issues with the latest iTunes update, and some have cited the 80-20 rule for redesigning it. But what does that mean? Michael Cohen looks at the origins of the 80-20 rule to explain why it won’t really help in fixing iTunes’ woes. Finally, Adam offers tips on avoiding cellular data overages when taking short trips from the U.S. to Canada. Notable software releases this week include Audio Hijack 3.2, Tinderbox 6.3.1, OmniFocus 2.2.3, DEVONagent Lite, Express, and Pro 3.9.2, and Piezo 1.2.8.

TidBITS #1282 on 2015-07-27

In this issue of TidBITS, we’re happy to announce “one more thing” — Joe Kissell’s latest book, “Take Control of Keynote,” which walks you through planning, creating, and delivering a killer presentation. Strong iPhone sales helped Apple break financial records in Q3 2015 again, despite iPad sales volume continuing to decline. Moving on from the news, Josh Centers takes a look at BeardedSpice, which lets you control Web media players with your Mac’s media keys, and shows you how to replace an iPhone 5c screen with the Screasy repair kit. Adam Engst reviews TripMode, which helps prevent data overages when tethering your Mac to your iPhone, and in FunBITS, Michael Cohen takes you on a trip though time, space, and music with Lightyear.fm. Notable software releases this week include Mellel 3.4.2, Microsoft Office 2011 14.5.3, MacBook Pro Flash Storage Firmware Update 1.0, Default Folder X 4.7.3, and TextExpander 5.1.

TidBITS #1281 on 2015-07-20

In this music-focused issue of TidBITS, we cover Apple’s long-awaited update to the iPod touch and the recolored versions of the iPod nano and iPod shuffle. For those puzzled by the latest version of iTunes and Apple Music, we’re pleased to announce Kirk McElhearn’s new “Take Control of iTunes 12: The FAQ,” which answers all your questions. To round out our music coverage, the TidBITS crew shares five more Apple Music tips. Changing gears, Adam Engst unveils the new Take Control Web site and Josh Centers uses the recent Comcast outages as an excuse to explain what to do when your Internet connection goes south. Notable software releases this week include CrashPlan 4.3, DEVONthink/DEVONnote 2.8.6, and Office 2016 for Mac.

TidBITS #1280 on 2015-07-13

Apple has released public betas of OS X 10.11 El Capitan and iOS 9. Josh Centers explains how to get started installing them and why you may not want to. Michael Cohen has updated his book, “Take Control of TextExpander,” to cover the new features in Smile’s TextExpander 5 and TextExpander touch 3. Michael also explains why recent minor updates to iBooks and iBooks Author are actually a big deal in that they let self-published authors reach larger audiences. Randy Singer joins us to describe a troubling Internet scam, and how to avoid it. Finally, in FunBITS, Josh discusses Her Story for iOS and Mac, and explains why the interactive movie may be making a comeback. Notable software releases this week include iTunes 12.2.1, GraphicConverter 9.7.1, LaunchBar 6.4.1, Skype 7.9, and PDFpen and PDFpenPro 7.2.

TidBITS #1279 on 2015-07-06

With other TidBITS writers on vacation, Josh Centers stayed behind to keep the home fires burning, where he handled the yeoman’s work of covering Apple’s releases of OS X 10.10.4 and iOS 8.4. He also found the time to provide a tour of some of the more subtle features of the just-released Apple Music streaming service, and to track down clues to the next-generation Apple TV in the forthcoming iOS 9. Notable software releases this week include Voila 3.9, Typinator 6.6, GarageBand 10.1, iTunes 12.2, Security Update 2015-005, Mac EFI Security Update 2015-001, and Safari 8.0.7, 7.1.7, and 6.2.7.

TidBITS #1278 on 2015-06-29

In this issue of TidBITS, Julio Ojeda-Zapata takes a look at Apple’s new iPhone dock to see how it stacks up to the competition, and Joe Kissell counts off 11 stupid backup strategies that you should avoid. Then Josh Centers shines a light on Flashlight, which expands OS X 10.10 Yosemite’s Spotlight capabilities, and in FunBITS, he laments the lack of originality in gaming. Notable software releases this week include ClamXav 2.8.1, Toast 14 Titanium and Toast 14 Pro, and iMovie 10.0.9.

TidBITS #1277 on 2015-06-22

Apple has started a replacement program for 3 TB hard drives in some 27-inch iMacs, and the company has also made the Apple Watch available for pickup in Apple retail stores. That’s perfect timing, since we’ve just released Jeff Carlson’s comprehensive “Apple Watch: A Take Control Crash Course.” Developer Vemedio has pulled the plug on its popular Instacast podcast client, but Josh Centers suggests some alternatives. Adam Engst warns that iCloud Photo Library could cause cellular data overages, and that repairing your Photos library could trigger another large upload. Michael Cohen examines the Revisions app for Dropbox, which offers a better interface for Dropbox file recovery. Finally, Josh takes you on a tour of the Pandoland conference, which brought Silicon Valley to Nashville. Notable software releases this week include Lightroom CC 2015.1 and Lightroom 6.1, Default Folder X 4.7.2, ChronoSync 4.6.2 and ChronoAgent 1.5.3, Audio Hijack 3.1.1, and Mellel 3.4.

TidBITS #1276 on 2015-06-15

In this week’s issue of TidBITS, we traverse a wide variety of topics. Apple has combined its developer programs for OS X, iOS, and Safari into one convenient package. Josh Centers describes three alternative ways to wear your Apple Watch Sport and examines the Robinhood stock trading app for the iPhone. Dan Moren joins us to explain how Doodle can make scheduling meetings a snap, and Steve McCabe tells us about his Apple Pay experiences around the world. We also bring you news of the SummerFest 2015 software sale and welcome a new sponsor: Bushel, a cloud-based service that simplifies Apple device management for small organizations. Finally, TidBITS newcomer Alexandre Leroux explains how to unlock the full potential of the iTunes visualizer in our latest FunBITS installment. Due to many developers being in San Francisco for WWDC last week, the only notable software release this week is GraphicConverter 9.7.

TidBITS #1275 on 2015-06-08

Another WWDC keynote has come and gone, and despite the season, snow is in the forecast for OS X, with the upcoming release of OS X 10.11 El Capitan. Adam Engst explains why it has the potential to be the best update since Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard. Josh Centers has the details on iOS 9 and an overview of the new Apple Music streaming service, while Michael Cohen tells you what to expect from watchOS 2. We have a new sponsor starting this week: Mapbox, which offers a platform that enables designers and developers to create custom maps. In other news, Congress has passed the USA FREEDOM Act — Josh explains how it changes government surveillance in the latest edition of Keeping Up with the Snoops. To wrap up the issue, Adam concludes his two-part series on exercising with the Apple Watch, this time examining Apple’s fitness software. Notable software releases this week include Fission 2.2.4, QuarkXPress 2015 11.0.0.1, CrashPlan 4.2, SpamSieve 2.9.20, Evernote 6.0.13, iFlicks 2.2.1, Mactracker 7.4.4, Tinderbox 6.3, and Fantastical 2.0.6.

TidBITS #1274 on 2015-06-01

As the weekly TidBITS issue returns from its Memorial Day hiatus, we have a bevy of news to share. Apple updated the Apple Watch’s operating system to version 1.0.1, and Josh Centers explains how you install the update. Apple also updated the 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display, released a less expensive iMac with Retina 5K display, and shipped a new iPhone dock. Automatic unveiled a new app platform for its connected car peripheral, and Smile released TextExpander 5 for Mac with snippet suggestions. Wrapping up the news, Jason Snell’s “Photos for Mac: A Take Control Crash Course” is now complete. Moving on to features, Adam Engst explains how to keep iCloud Photo Library from choking your Internet connection, and Josh ponders the gaming potential of the Apple Watch in our latest FunBITS segment. Notable software releases this week include DEVONthink/DEVONnote 2.8.5, Audio Hijack 3.1, PopChar X 7.1, BBEdit 11.1.1, Little Snitch 3.5.3, OmniFocus 2.2, LaunchBar 6.4, and Microsoft Office 2011 14.5.1.

TidBITS #1273 on 2015-05-18

This week in TidBITS, Michael Cohen expands on his coverage of the Fountain screenplay markup language with a brief review of Highland, a text editor designed around Fountain. In the first of a two-part series, Adam Engst explores the Apple Watch hardware for those interested in its fitness tracking capabilities. For people who spend more time behind the wheel, Josh Centers reviews Automatic, a combination dongle and iPhone app that promises to improve your driving. Finally, we’re pleased to announce the release of Joe Kissell’s “Take Control of Security for Mac Users,” which happens to be Joe’s 50th Take Control title. We’re having a party to celebrate, and you’re invited! Notable software releases this week include Postbox 4.0.1, Voila 3.8.4, Final Cut Pro X 10.2.1 and Motion 5.2.1, and FileMaker Pro/FileMaker Pro Advanced 14.

TidBITS #1272 on 2015-05-11

In this feature-packed issue of TidBITS, photographer Jeff Carlson compares two new solutions for cloud-based photo management: Apple’s Photos and Adobe’s Lightroom CC. Josh Centers once again catches up with the snoops, detailing new bills in Congress, recently revealed surveillance programs, a ranking of presidential candidates on mass surveillance, and more. Finally in FunBITS, Geoff Duncan explores a Google tour of the legendary Abbey Road Studios, where some of the most celebrated rock albums were recorded; don’t miss his spectacular audio version! Notable software releases this week include Fantastical 2.0.4, ChronoSync 4.6.1 and ChronoAgent 1.5.2, Downcast 1.1.10, and Safari 8.0.6, 7.1.6, and 6.2.6.

TidBITS #1271 on 2015-05-04

It’s new technology week, as TidBITS examines several recently released initiatives to see if they’re right for you. Michael Cohen kicks things off with an investigation of Dropbox’s new commenting feature to find out if it’s useful for collaborative work. Glenn Fleishman runs through the details of Google’s new Project Fi wireless service, which won’t work with an iPhone but may help drive down cellular plan prices. Julio Ojeda-Zapata evaluates Apple’s new 12-inch MacBook with an eye toward figuring out for whom the tiny but underpowered laptop is best suited. Will the Apple Watch make driving safer? Josh Centers took his Apple Watch for a spin to discover if it will improve on or detract from the automotive experience. Finally, in FunBITS, Josh looks at the App Camp for Girls Quiz Compendium, which we’re shoehorning into the theme in the sense that it was created by middle-school girls who are new to technology. Notable software releases this week include Carbon Copy Cloner 4.1, Quicken 2015 for Mac 2.5, PDFpen and PDFpenPro 7.1.1, Default Folder X 4.7.1, Pixelmator 3.3.2, and BBEdit 11.1.

TidBITS #1270 on 2015-04-27

We’re pleased to welcome a new sponsor: Automatic Labs, makers of the Automatic car adapter and iPhone app, which help you drive safer and smarter. For a limited time, TidBITS readers in the United States can take 20 percent off the $99.95 purchase price. Speaking of money, Apple is drowning in it, reporting record profits for Q2 2015. Apple said nothing about Apple Watch sales in the earnings call, but the TidBITS crew is here with our first impressions of the new device. Also on the Apple Watch beat is Security Editor Rich Mogull, who explains why the Apple Watch could lead to better security with less fuss. Finally, we’re happy to bring you the second edition of Joe Kissell’s “Take Control of the Mac Command Line with Terminal,” which adds 50 pages of new content for anyone who wants to use OS X’s Unix underpinnings better. We even put the book to use right away, with an article explaining how you can eliminate drop shadows from OS X’s screenshots. Notable software releases this week include Nicecast 1.11.4, iMovie 10.0.8, OmniFocus 2.1.3, Hazel 3.3.5, iMac Graphics Update 1.0, Fantastical 2.0.3, KeyCue 7.5, BusyCal 2.6.6, and BusyContacts 1.0.3.

TidBITS #1269 on 2015-04-20

TidBITS is celebrating its 25th year of publication, and Adam Engst looks at some of the key inflection points in our history. We’re also celebrating the release of Sharon Zardetto’s “Take Control of Numbers,” a 330-page tome that covers everything you need to know about Apple’s free spreadsheet app. The net neutrality wars have begun, so Geoff Duncan joins us to explain who’s suing the FCC and on what grounds. Though the Apple Watch isn’t yet available, you can try it on at your favorite Apple Store. Julio Ojeda-Zapata visited four Apple Stores to get a full view of the experience. To wrap up the issue, Josh Centers has yet another installment of “Keeping Up with the Snoops,” and Joe Kissell shares an extensive FAQ that answers your questions about iCloud Photo Library. Notable software releases this week include OS X Server 4.1, Nisus Writer Pro 2.1.1, OmniOutliner 4.2, Tinderbox 6.2, LaunchBar 6.3, Final Cut Pro X 10.2, Compressor 4.2, Motion 5.2, and OS X Yosemite 10.10.3 Supplemental Update 1.0.

TidBITS #1268 on 2015-04-13

It was a big week in Apple news. The company released iOS 8.3, with a huge number of fixes, alongside OS X 10.10.3, which officially introduced the new Photos app for the Mac — Josh Centers runs down the details on both. The Apple Watch also went up for pre-order, and Adam Engst shares his experience and some thoughts on the wearable’s early popularity, while Michael Cohen offers a meta-review to help you decide if you should buy one. Adam also covers Karelia’s new Sandvox Hosting service, which integrates with its popular Web site creation tool. Finally, we have the ultimate chapter of Joe Kissell’s “Take Control of Security for Mac Users,” which explains how to recover if you fall prey to data loss, malware, a network intrusion, a phishing attack, or identity theft. Notable software releases this week include DEVONagent Lite, Express, and Pro 3.9.1, FileMaker Pro 13.0.9, iTunes 12.1.2, GraphicConverter 9.6.1, 1Password 5.3, Security Update 2015-004 (Mountain Lion, Mavericks), and Safari 8.0.5, 7.1.5, and 6.2.5.

TidBITS #1267 on 2015-04-06

Settle in for a practical, privacy-focused issue of TidBITS! Josh Centers brings us two how-tos on maintaining your privacy, explaining how to opt out of Verizon Wireless’s “supercookie” and how to make your Twitter history vanish before an ill-considered tweet comes back to haunt you. Then, for TidBITS members, we have the penultimate chapter of Joe Kissell’s “Take Control of Security for Mac Users,” in which Joe explains OS X’s privacy settings. Outside of the privacy realm, Michael Cohen compares the latest Steve Jobs biography, “Becoming Steve Jobs,” to the Jobs-authorized “Steve Jobs.” Julio Ojeda-Zapata joins us again this week to examine Bushel, a device-management service for small businesses. Last but not least, you can get an early look at the forthcoming Photos for Mac with Jason Snell’s ebook, “Photos for Mac: A Take Control Crash Course.” Notable software releases this week include Evernote 6.0.8, iFlicks 2.2, Fantastical 2.0.2, TweetDeck 3.9.482, LaunchBar 6.2, and ChronoSync 4.6 and ChronoAgent 1.5.1.

TidBITS #1266 on 2015-04-01

We’re happy to announce a new service for our readers: TidBITS Online, where you can hear our latest articles. Tax season is almost over — did you know that you can now receive your refund in the form of iTunes credit? Joe Kissell explains how, and Adam Engst breaks the story about the lie detection code built into the Apple Watch. Michael Cohen takes a look at Apple’s new Mac micro desktop computer, and we give you an early look at some third-party Apple Watch bands. Finally, Jeff Carlson has the scoop on the expansion of Apple’s solid-gold Edition line to include more than just watches. Notable software releases today include Pixelmator 3.3.2, Microsoft Office 2011 14.5, Minecraft 1.9, and BBEdit 11.4.1.

TidBITS #1265 on 2015-03-30

Topher Kessler joins us again this week to shine a light on what some have dubbed “Staingate” — MacBook Pro displays whose anti-glare coating is peeling off under normal use. Josh Centers takes a look at two new iOS apps: Periscope, a video streamer from Twitter that seeks to supplant Meerkat, and Launcher, a once-banned app that gives you quick access to apps and actions from a Notification Center widget. Adam Engst reviews Fantastical 2 for the Mac, which expands the menu bar utility into a full-featured calendar app. Finally, we have the tenth chapter of Joe Kissell’s “Take Control of Security for Mac Users,” which teaches you how to prevent data loss and theft. Notable software releases this week include BusyContacts 1.0.2, Napkin 1.5, Backblaze 4.0, and PDFpen and PDFpenPro 7.1.

TidBITS #1264 on 2015-03-23

Much noise has been made about the new 12-inch MacBook’s vulnerability to the BadUSB exploit, due to its reliance on the USB-C connector, but a deeper look reveals mostly hyperbole. Likewise, Rich Mogull debunks tales of Apple Pay “insecurity” that are actually related to bank processes. Julio Ojeda-Zapata tries out the new Force Touch trackpad and is impressed by the technology, though not enough to retire his mouse. Former Macworld editor Dan Moren joins us this week to review BusyContacts, a new power-user alternative to Apple’s Contacts app. Finally, we have the latest chapter of Joe Kissell’s “Take Control of Security for Mac Users” for TidBITS members, focusing on what you can do to increase the security of your iCloud account. Notable software releases this week include Safari 8.0.4, 7.1.4, and 6.2.4, Skype 7.6, Voila 3.8.3, Security Update 2015-003 (Yosemite), Typinator 6.5, Audio Hijack 3.0.3, and Nisus Writer Pro 2.1.

TidBITS #1263 on 2015-03-16

We kick off this week’s TidBITS with a look at Meerkat, the Twitter-powered video-streaming app that could democratize live broadcasting — if Twitter doesn’t kill it first. Michael Cohen takes a look at Apple’s open-source ResearchKit and finds out what doctors have to say about it. Michael also contributes an overview of Fountain, a markup language that makes it easy to write a properly formatted screenplay. In a pair of editorials, Adam Engst posits that how you see the Apple Watch says more about you than it, and Rich Mogull explains why it’s a good thing that the CIA is trying to hack Apple products. Finally, we have the latest chapticle of Joe Kissell’s “Take Control of Security for Mac Users,” in which he explains how to surf the Web safely. Notable software releases this week include Security Update 2015-002 (Mountain Lion, Mavericks, and Yosemite), DEVONthink/DEVONnote 2.8.4, iMovie 10.0.7, Evernote 6.0.7, GraphicConverter 9.6, and Mailplane 3.4.1.

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