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TidBITS #1203 on 2013-12-16

Happy holidays from TidBITS as we enter our annual hiatus; we’ll be back with our next email issue on 6 January 2014. We’re leaving you with plenty to read, between this solid issue, the second edition of Joe Kissell’s best-selling “Take Control of iCloud,” and the latest streamed chapter of Josh Centers’s “Take Control of Apple TV” (containing everything you need to know about audio on the Apple TV). In the news, Josh rounds up the latest updates in the NSA spying saga and looks at the newest channel additions to the Apple TV, and he and Adam Engst pass on the details about improvements in the just-released OS X Mavericks 10.9.1 Update. Matt Neuburg returns with his annual look at what the changes in iOS 7 mean for developers (and thus users), Michael Cohen reviews Belkin’s QODE Ultimate Keyboard Case for iPad Air, Chris Armstrong investigates Receiptmate for iPhone, and Geoff Duncan takes over FunBITS for a jam session with the ear-training app Capo 3 for Mac. Notable software releases this week include iFlicks 2.0.1, Firefox 26, VLC Media Player 2.1.2, PopChar X 6.4, and TextExpander 4.2.

TidBITS #1202 on 2013-12-09

This week, we’re kicking off our annual membership drive. Your generous contributions have enabled us to bring you more great content than ever before, and as an example, check out Geoff Duncan’s in-depth examination of what Edward Snowden’s revelations about NSA spying could mean for the future of the Internet. We’re also thankful for our corporate sponsors, and happy to welcome a new one: game publisher Aspyr Media. In tech news, Adam Engst explains how Time Machine backups now work with the AirPort Extreme’s AirDisk feature, but only for the new 802.11ac models, and Mark Anbinder covers the release of FileMaker 13. On a lighter note, we round up seven geek gift guides for your review, and in FunBITS, Josh Centers looks at the iPad version of Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic. Also this week, TidBITS members can read the latest chapter of Josh’s “Take Control of Apple TV,” which focuses on controlling, buying, ripping, importing, and managing video. Notable software releases since our Thanksgiving hiatus include Apple Remote Desktop 3.7.1, Sandvox 2.8.7, 1Password 4.1.1, BBEdit 10.5.6 and TextWrangler 4.5.4, ScreenFlow 4.5, Piezo 1.2.3, Airfoil 4.8.2, Fission 2.2, Marked 2.2, Nisus Writer Pro 2.0.7 and Nisus Writer Express 3.4.6, Fantastical 1.3.11, DEVONagent 3.6, DEVONthink and DEVONnote 2.7.2, and KeyCue 7.1.

TidBITS #1201 on 2013-11-25

Apple promised to bring back missing features in its revamped iWork apps and has starting making good on that promise this week with minor updates to Pages, Keynote, and Numbers. The Apple TV also gained a couple of welcome new channels: PBS and Yahoo. Speaking of which, the latest chapter of Josh Centers’s “Take Control of Apple TV” is now out for TidBITS members, explaining the ins and outs of AirPlay. Alicia Katz-Pollock takes an extensive look at what you can do with Contacts in Mavericks, and in this week’s FunBITS article, Josh digs into Google Play Music, now available for the iPhone. Notable software releases this week include ChronoSync 4.4.3 and ChronoAgent 1.4.4, Evernote 5.4.3, AirPort Base Station Firmware Update 7.7.2, CloudPull 2.5.3, Mactracker 7.2.1, iMovie 10.0.1, 1Password 4.0.9, Mailplane 3.1, and Microsoft Office 2011 14.3.9.

TidBITS #1200 on 2013-11-18

Apple has released iOS 7.0.4 and iOS 6.1.5 to fix issues with FaceTime calls, but note that the iOS 6.1.5 update is only for the fourth-generation iPod touch. The tiny Doxie Flip flatbed scanner has hit the market, but what could you possibly use it for? To Michael Cohen’s surprise, quite a bit, actually. If you haven’t started working with Finder tags in OS X 10.9 Mavericks, Josh Centers offers a detailed guide on how to create, apply, and manage them. TidBITS members take note — we’ve just published Chapter 4 of “Take Control of Apple TV,” which describes all of the Apple TV’s built-in content options. Josh wraps up the issue with the latest installment of FunBITS, in which he looks at Bitstrips. What the heck are Bitstrips, how do you create them, and how do you get them off your Facebook news feed? Notable software releases this week include Mellel 3.2.7 and Keyboard Maestro 6.3.

TidBITS #1199 on 2013-11-11

Want a new iPad, but can’t choose between the new iPad Air and the upcoming iPad mini with Retina display? Josh Centers gives a hands-on impression of the iPad Air to help you decide if it’s right for you. Apple has released an update for the Mail app in Mavericks — Josh has the details and Joe Kissell issues his verdict. Michael Cohen looks into metadata messes in both iBooks and with ringtones in iTunes, and Adam Engst shares the fun from MacTech Conference 2013. Have one of the new iPads and want to show it off? Our latest installment of FunBITS looks at Infinity Blade III, which pushes Apple’s mobile devices to their limits. Also this week for TidBITS members is Chapter 3 of Josh’s in-progress ebook, “Take Control of Apple TV,” which is literally about taking control of your Apple TV with the Apple Remote, Remote app for iOS, infrared remote, or Bluetooth keyboard. Notable software releases this week include MacBook Pro Retina EFI Updates 1.2 and 1.3, Marked 2.1, iBooks 1.0.1, and iTunes 11.1.3.

TidBITS #1198 on 2013-11-04

Apple’s fourth-quarter financial results are in, and while the company is still making billions and billions of dollars, profits are once again down from the year-ago quarter. In other news, the FAA is finally clearing iPhones and iPads for takeoff, bundled utility software on Western Digital hard drives may cause data loss in Mavericks, and TidBITS readers can save 50 percent on Tonx coffee beans. Getting back to the practical, Adam Engst tells you how to make the most out of Finder tabs in Mavericks, and Josh Centers reviews Marked 2, a must-have tool for Markdown writers. This week’s FunBITS feature is Delicious Library 3, an attractive and useful tool for managing your physical media collections and recommending new items. Also new and recommended this week are the first two chapters of Josh’s in-progress ebook, “Take Control of Apple TV.” The introductory chapter is open for everyone to read, but Chapter 2, “Set Up Your Apple TV,” and subsequent chapters are a bonus for TidBITS members. Notable software releases this week include Napkin 1.1.1, 1Password 4.0.5, PDFpen and PDFpenPro 6.1, and Parallels Desktop 9.0.23140.

TidBITS #1197 on 2013-10-28

It was a huge week for Apple users, with the releases of OS X 10.9 Mavericks and iOS 7.0.3, an overhaul of the MacBook Pro, the unveiling of the Mac Pro, the iPad mini with Retina display, and the all-new iPad Air. Apple also redesigned its iWork and iLife apps for iOS and Mac and is now giving them away with device purchases. But that’s not all — Take Control is celebrating its tenth anniversary with the release of "Take Control of Upgrading to Mavericks." Alas, not all went perfectly, so Joe Kissell details the significant failings of Apple Mail in Mavericks and Adam Engst explains the confusing new way of activating system control utilities. Changing gears, we’re giving away three bags of Tonx coffee in our latest DealBITS drawing, and in FunBITS, Michael Cohen looks at Scribd and Oyster, two services aiming to be the Netflix of ebooks. Notable software releases this week include Alfred 2.1, SpamSieve 2.9.10, ChronoSync 4.4.2 and ChronoAgent 1.4.3, DEVONthink and DEVONnote 2.7.1, Safari 6.1, Pixelmator 3.0, BusyCal 2.5.3, iMac SMC Firmware Update 1.1, iMac 10.8.5 Supplemental Update 1.0, Carbon Copy Cloner 3.5.3, Scrivener 2.5, Hazel 3.2, Voila 3.6, iTunes 11.1.2, and iBooks Author 2.1.

TidBITS #1196 on 2013-10-21

MacBook Air owners take note — Apple has announced a replacement program for defective flash storage drives. Read on to learn if yours is affected. Much has been written about inaccurate positioning sensors in the iPhone 5s, but it’s little more than a tempest in a teapot. More worryingly, Google wants to embed your endorsements in ads shown to your friends; luckily, unlike Facebook, you can opt out. Glenn Fleishman chimes in on why Newsstand in iOS 7 is a bad deal for publishers, Josh Centers reviews the Level Money budgeting app, and Adam Engst examines the Infinite PDF iPad app that enables you to create interactive PDFs. We’re also pleased to welcome our latest sponsor, Avatron Software, makers of Air Display 2, and share the latest installment of FunBITS about the spooktacular Limbo for iOS. Notable software releases this week include LaunchBar 5.6, ReadKit 2.3.2, DEVONthink and DEVONnote 2.7, 1Password 4.0.3, Instacast 1.0.3, Downcast 1.0.3, Java for OS X 2013-005 and Java for Mac OS X 10.6 Update 17, Little Snitch 3.3, and Fission 2.1.4.

TidBITS #1195 on 2013-10-14

OS X 10.9 Mavericks is coming soon, and to get ready, you can order an early-bird version of Joe Kissell’s “Take Control of Upgrading to Mavericks” and pre-order Sharon Zardetto’s “Take Control of iBooks.” But Mac OS X isn’t the only thing being updated — 1Password 4 for iOS has been updated to bring back Wi-Fi Sync, and Amazon’s new Kindle Fire HDX models are coming with some major improvements. If you’re holding off on the iOS 7 update, you may have a lot of wasted space on your device; Adam Engst has the details and a possible fix. Alicia Katz Pollock joins us with a solution for jumpy cursors in Microsoft Word. Josh Centers rounds out the issue with a breakdown of how podcasts work in iTunes 11.1, a look at his home office, and our latest FunBITS feature about Rogue Amoeba’s Intermission, which is like an audio TiVo for your Mac. Notable software releases this week include KeyCue 7.0, Microsoft Office 2011 14.3.8, SpamSieve 2.9.9, and ClamXav 2.6.1.

TidBITS #1194 on 2013-10-07

In another big news week, we have both a review of the just-released 1Password 4 for Mac and a new Take Control book by Joe Kissell to help you make the most of it! Health insurance exchanges are live in the United States, but with even more traffic problems than Apple on an iPhone release day. Despite broken exchanges and a government shutdown, the FAA may soon let you use your iPad during takeoff. Speaking of iOS, publisher Adam Engst outlines four iOS 7 problems that are plaguing users, some of which we discuss in our VidBITS roundtable. But Apple’s not the only company with issues — Adobe announced a major security breach that affects millions of customers. If you’d like to see some of the TidBITS crew live, check out the MacTech Conference coming up in Los Angeles. Finally, Josh Centers looks at how Apple may be poised to conquer the gaming market, in our most ambitious FunBITS piece yet! Notable software releases this week include Nisus Writer Pro 2.0.6 and Express 3.4.5, DEVONagent Lite, Express, and Pro 3.5.2, Yojimbo 4.0.1, SMC Firmware Updates for MacBook Pro, MacBook Pro Retina, and MacBook Air, OS X Mountain Lion 10.8.5 Supplemental Update, iTunes 11.1.1, and Dropbox 2.4.1.

TidBITS #1193 on 2013-09-30

Apple has quietly updated its iMac lineup with faster CPUs, faster SSDs, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, and beefier graphics processors. Less welcome are iOS 7’s animations, which, as Adam Engst explains, are making some users physically ill. If you’re sick of paying too much for printer ink, Josh Centers reviews the economical Brother HL-2270DW laser printer. Those who have switched to a paperless workflow may be more interested in Michael Cohen’s review of Smile’s PDFpen Scan+ scanning and OCR app for iOS devices. Looking for a place to set your iPhone? Join Josh as he plays the Game of Docks with Apple’s new iPhone 5s Dock and Twelve South’s HiRise. If you use two-factor authentication with your iPhone, be sure to read Glenn Fleishman’s guide on what to do if you lose that second factor. In our latest FunBITS installment — in plenty of time for Halloween — Josh looks at… er… listens to Vanished for the iPhone, an audio-only survival horror game. Finally, don’t miss the three bits of original content in ExtraBITS this week, where we use only 125 words total to review the iPhone 5s Case, cover iOS 7.0.2, and explain how to add weather to the iPad’s Notification Center in iOS 7. Notable software releases this week include Pixelmator 2.2.1, Typinator 5.7, TextExpander 4.1, and ReadKit 2.3.1.

TidBITS #1192 on 2013-09-23

Apple has released the much-anticipated iOS 7, and you can learn all about it in another giant-sized issue of TidBITS! If you want to sync your iOS 7 device to your Mac, you’ll need iTunes 11.1, which also includes Apple’s new iTunes Radio service. Tonya Engst helps you make the transition and walks you through iOS 7’s main features, after which Josh Centers shares seven additional top tips. Jeff Carlson explains iOS 7’s new Camera and Photos apps, while Glenn Fleishman details Find My iPhone’s new anti-theft features. Steven Aquino looks at visual accessibility in iOS 7, and Michael Cohen examines the future promise of iBeacons, the coolest iOS 7 feature you probably haven’t heard of. In our latest installment of FunBITS, Josh shows you how to get the most out of iTunes Radio, and in a small departure from iOS 7 news, we look at how Amazon has enabled AirPlay in its Amazon Instant Video iOS app, at last bringing the service to the Apple TV. With developers avoiding competition with Apple’s iOS 7 and iPhone news, the only notable Mac software release this week is Apple Configurator 1.4.

TidBITS #1191 on 2013-09-16

We’re sending our summer out in style with a giant-sized issue of TidBITS! Apple has unveiled the latest iPhones — the colorful iPhone 5c and the powerful iPhone 5s, and we have all the details. Note that Apple has lowercased the trailing letters in those iPhone names, and retroactively demoted the S in iPhone 4S as well. Adam Engst fulminates about Apple’s use and abuse of capitalization. The big news about the iPhone 5s is that it includes a fingerprint scanner, called Touch ID, and Security Editor Rich Mogull explains how the technology works. In other Apple news, purchasers of new iOS devices will receive a bevy of free apps from Apple, and OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion has been updated to version 10.8.5 to fix some major security holes. Finally, bibliophile Michael Cohen helps you figure out what to read next with a look at book recommendation engines in our latest FunBITS piece. Notable software releases this week include Microsoft Office 2011 14.3.7, SpamSieve 2.9.8, Security Update 2013-004 for Lion and Snow Leopard, Safari 5.1.10 for Snow Leopard, and Nisus Writer Pro 2.0.5 and Express 3.4.4.

TidBITS #1190 on 2013-09-09

Amazon has announced a new Kindle Paperwhite, with a number of useful features sure to please parents and students alike. Need something to read on it? Try Jeff Carlson’s “Take Control of Your Digital Photos on a Mac,” which is now available in ebook form to help Mac users manage mushrooming photo collections. And with Apple having been dealt its final judgment in the DoJ ebook price-fixing case, it seems likely Amazon will stay on top of the ebook game. When it’s time to put down the book and get to work, we’ve found Trello to be fabulous for managing tasks and projects, and we take a look at what has been added to it recently. Finally, although our FunBITS column is meant to be light, Josh Centers looks deeply into the most ambitious game we’ve covered yet, BioShock Infinite, which has just arrived on the Mac. Could it qualify as a work of art? Notable software releases this week include VMware Fusion 6 and Fusion 6 Professional, BusyCal 2.5.1, Mailplane 3.0.2, Parallels Desktop 9, CloudPull 2.5, and Downcast 1.0.2.

TidBITS #1189 on 2013-09-02

Looking for quick help from Apple? The company has at last added a chat support option to its AppleCare Web site. Meanwhile, both Apple and Amazon are sending settlement letters to victims of ebook price fixing — but don’t expect to collect any time soon. A number of channels have been added to the Apple TV, and Joe Kissell takes a deep look at the personal cloud storage device Transporter, which promises a homegrown Dropbox alternative to protect your privacy. This week’s installment of FunBITS was inspired by recent revelations about NSA spying programs — Josh Centers reviews Blackbar, a word puzzle based around censorship. And if you’d like to do more to protect your privacy, we encourage you to check out Joe’s latest book, the just-released “Take Control of Your Online Privacy.” Notable software releases this week include ChronoSync 4.4.1, KeyCue 6.6, GraphicConverter 8.8, and ClamXav 2.5.

TidBITS #1188 on 2013-08-26

Having problems connecting to Netflix on your Apple TV? Josh Centers has a quick fix, as well as a great bargain on a camera for budding photographers — plus a few cute newborn pictures to prove it! Speaking of bargains, this week’s installment of FunBITS looks at an iPad game controller that’s interesting in large part because it’s amazingly cheap. Notable software releases this week include Keyboard Maestro 6.2, ReadKit 2.3, and PDFpen and PDFpenPro 6.0.5.

TidBITS #1187 on 2013-08-19

While Apple continues to fight the Department of Justice over ebooks here in America, the company has decided to settle with the European Commission over similar antitrust concerns in Europe. Syncing in Yojimbo — missing in action since the death of MobileMe — has finally returned in version 4.0, but Bare Bones has eschewed unreliable iCloud syncing in favor of a paid monthly service. Josh Centers and Steven Aquino explore how to maximize readability with the Solarized color scheme and Cousine typeface. For TidBITS members, Jeff Carlson wraps up his streamed ebook, “Take Control of Your Digital Photos,” this week, with a chapter requested by readers: how to migrate your photos from iPhoto to Aperture or Lightroom. In FunBITS, Chris Armstrong reviews Thunderspace, an iOS app that puts you in the acoustic middle of surprisingly realistic thunderstorms. Notable software releases this week include BusyCal 2.5, iTunes 11.0.5, Voila 3.5, and AirPort Base Station Firmware Update 7.6.4.

TidBITS #1186 on 2013-08-12

Whether you’re a current student or a lifetime learner, you can save 50 percent on all Take Control ebooks this week! Apple is offering a discount as well — on USB power adapters when customers turn in knock-off adapters that may have been responsible for two high-profile electrical shocks. Meanwhile, Apple is facing harsh proposed “remedies” from the U.S. Department of Justice for its involvement in ebook price fixing, and Adam Engst explains why the government is overreaching. The Apple Newton debuted over 20 years ago to much fanfare, but was it as big of a flop as it seems? Michael Cohen fires up his MessagePad 2000 and digs through our archives for a trip down memory lane. For those following along with Jeff Carlson’s “Take Control of Your Digital Photos,” this week’s chapter looks at backing up and archiving of your images, which can be the most important data on your hard disk. Rounding out the issue with FunBITS, Chris Armstrong takes a look at the revolutionary Audiobus app and how it can turn your iPad into a musical powerhouse. Notable software releases this week include Skype 6.7 and Downcast 1.0.1.

TidBITS #1185 on 2013-08-05

iMessage spam getting you down? We tell you how to report it to Apple. While Apple busies itself shutting out iMessage spam, Apple subsidiary FileMaker is shutting down its popular consumer database, Bento. Adam Engst advises you on how to save your Bento data, and he also offers a sneak peak of the upcoming MacTech Conference 2013. Josh Centers takes a look at three items this week: Google’s new Chromecast TV peripheral, the Mac version of the podcatcher Downcast, and his latest entrant for FunBITS, the Lumosity app and Web site, which promises to make you smarter. Finally, we have yet another chapter in Jeff Carlson’s “Take Control of Your Digital Photos” for you, complete with step-by-step instructions for searching and creating smart albums. Notable software releases this week include OpenOffice 4.0, Growl 2.1, Airfoil 4.8, Typinator 5.6, ReadKit 2.2.1, and Final Cut Pro X 10.0.9.

TidBITS #1184 on 2013-07-29

Apple’s Q3 2013 financial results are in. Growth is slowing and margins are dropping, but with impressive iPhone revenues and $146 billion in cash, the company remains healthy. Those falling margins, Josh Centers suggests, might just push Apple to develop a less-expensive plastic iPhone, particularly for price-sensitive international markets. Returning to the here-and-now, we show you a hidden feature of iOS that could help you use your device should one of its buttons break, and Josh’s latest installment of FunBITS profiles a pair of motion-controlled games that will blow you away. In the Take Control world, Joe Kissell’s new “Take Control of Your Paperless Office, Second Edition” is here to help you beat back the piles of paper in your life, and for those following along with Jeff Carlson’s streamed ebook “Take Control of Your Digital Photos,” this week’s chapter offers expert advice about assigning keywords and other metadata so you can find your photos later. Notable software releases this week include Hazel 3.1.3, along with DEVONthink and DEVONnote 2.6.1.

TidBITS #1183 on 2013-07-22

Students may not be thinking about school over summer break, but we are. Recent graduate David Rabinowitz looks back on the technology he used throughout his years of education and talks with a pair of innovators who are building the iPad into the everyday educational experience in their schools. The major cellular carriers want to revolutionize how often you upgrade smartphones, but are these programs worth the asking price? Josh Centers investigates, and also reviews a new iOS image annotation app from Marco Arment called Bugshot. You’ll read about how Apple’s Developer Center was compromised by a Turkish security researcher in ExtraBITS, but Adam Engst looks at a vulnerability in the Tumblr iOS app that likely affects more people. Jeff Carlson’s streamed “Take Control of Your Digital Photos” continues, offering advice this week on how (and why!) to judge, rate, flag, label, and cull photos. Finally, Josh wraps up with a look on how to take your Mac on a challenging romp across the galaxy in FTL: Faster Than Light. Notable software releases this week include MacBook Air (Mid 2013) Software Update 1.0, TextWrangler 4.5.3, BBEdit 10.5.5, and Logic Pro X 10.0.

TidBITS #1182 on 2013-07-15

The Apple ebook price fixing verdict is in, and it’s bad news for Apple. Judge Denise Cote has found Apple guilty of violating antitrust laws, and TidBITS publisher Adam Engst has a comprehensive explanation of the whole saga. As John Gruber of Daring Fireball said, “If you read only one take on yesterday’s ebook price-fixing lawsuit judgment, make it Adam Engst’s.” In more cheerful news, Dropbox is celebrating a new data-syncing API for developers, but can it compete with iCloud? We asked a couple of leading developers in the Apple ecosystem. Are you a fan of LaunchBar, but don’t think you’re making the most of it? Well, good news. Kirk McElhearn’s “Take Control of LaunchBar” is here, with tasty tidbits that even most seasoned users aren’t aware of. Apple blogger and LaunchBar fan Shawn Blanc said, “If you use LaunchBar, you’re going to want this book. I’ve been reading through it over the past few days and have learned several new things that I’m putting to good use already.” In additional Take Control news, we’ve published Chapter 4 of Jeff Carlson’s in-progress “Take Control of Your Digital Photos” for TidBITS members — check it out for a set of best practices for importing photos to reduce organizational work later on. We wrap up the issue with the latest installment of FunBITS about Desert Bus, which gives you the thrill of a summer road trip from the comfort of your couch, all for a great cause. Notable software releases this week include ReadKit 2.2, Instacast 1.0.2, AirPort Utility 6.3.1 for Mac, Cloud Mate 1.5.6, DEVONthink and DEVONnote 2.6, and PDFpen and PDFpenPro 6.0.4.

TidBITS #1181 on 2013-07-08

Will you be wearing technology in a year or two? We don’t know, but it seems increasingly likely, so we have a pair of articles about the possibilities. Jeff Porten leads off by investigating Google’s restrictions on its Glass eyewear — and the possible ramifications. Closer to home, some of Apple’s recent actions have squeezed the iWatch rumor bellows, and Josh Centers puts the pieces together to analyze what Tim Cook might be thinking. In a sad turn of events, computer pioneer Douglas Engelbart has passed away, but be sure to watch his Mother of All Demos to see the genesis of modern computing unfold before your eyes. Returning to the present, Adam Engst reviews RocketDocs, which encapsulates Google Docs in a native Mac app, and Josh Centers examines ReadKit, the only Mac-native RSS syncing client remaining after the death of Google Reader. In our latest edition of FunBITS, we take a look at the classic iOS app Star Walk — a great option for summer night fun. Finally, we’ve published Chapter 3 of Jeff Carlson’s in-progress “Take Control of Your Digital Photos” for TidBITS members — take a look to learn how to pick the best photo-management app for your needs. Notable software releases this week include Twitter 2.3, Keyboard Maestro 6.1, LaunchBar 5.5.2, Mailplane 3.0.1, CloudPull 2.4.2, and Security Update 2013-003 for Mountain Lion, Lion, and Snow Leopard.

TidBITS #1180 on 2013-07-01

As you read this issue of TidBITS, Google Reader is approaching the bit bucket. The popular RSS reading and syncing service is set to be shuttered after 1 July 2013, but the good news for RSS fans is that Josh Centers has a roundup of the best alternatives. If keeping up with Internet headlines isn’t your idea of fun, perhaps you’d prefer to try your hand at the Battle of Britain, in Sky Gamblers: Storm Raiders, which brings World War II dogfighting action to your Mac, iPhone, and iPad. For those favoring more thoughtful pastimes, Michael Cohen delves into the role of footnotes in ebooks, Steve Aquino examines how the Markdown language has enabled him to become a freelance writer despite being legally blind, and we look at how iOS 7 promises to open up access to Apple’s educational online services to children under the age of 13. Finally, we’re publishing Jeff Carlson’s next book, “Take Control of Your Digital Photos,” as a series of articles for TidBITS members — check it out! Notable software releases this week include Transmit 4.4 and PopChar X 6.3.

TidBITS #1179 on 2013-06-24

Details surrounding recent allegations that the NSA can spy on users of online services continue to emerge, but in the meantime, TidBITS security editor Rich Mogull analyzes how much of your Apple data is actually vulnerable to government spying. Big Brother may be watching you, but will we be watching Big Brother? Jeff Porten looks at the social implications of wearable computers, ranging from smartwatches to Google Glass. Meanwhile, back in the present, Michael Cohen takes another look at the now-improved Marvin ebook reader, and Josh Centers runs down the recent channel additions to Apple TV — HBO and ESPN, notably — and clarifies the old-world catch that will prevent cord cutters from watching. Lastly, Josh wraps up the issue with the latest installment of FunBITS, featuring the Apple Design Award winner Badland for iPhone and iPad. Notable software releases this week include Mellel 3.2.1, Java for OS X 2013-004 and Java for Mac OS X 10.6 Update 16, TweetDeck 3.0.2, and Hazel 3.1.1.

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