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iOS 7.1 is out, and Adam Engst examines its important visual and functional changes. Apple also updated the Apple TV and the Remote app with welcome interface improvements — Josh Centers has the details about those and Google’s updated Gmail app for iOS, which now supports background refresh for speedier email viewing. Speaking of email, Joe Kissell returns with a FlippedBITS column that delves into misconceptions about changing email addresses. Then Adam is back with a story about how he replaced the battery in his iPhone 5, a task that turned out to be harder than anticipated, and a look at how Apple has phased out support for Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard — is it finally time to upgrade? Josh closes out the issue with a FunBITS column profiling the iOS game Ridiculous Fishing, which introduces shotguns and chainsaws to the popular pastime. Notable software releases this week include BBEdit 10.5.9 and TextWrangler 4.5.7, Dragon Dictate 4.0, Delicious Library 3.1.6, OmniOutliner 4.0.3, and Retrospect 11.
OS X 10.9.2 Mavericks is out, and our coverage dominates this week’s issue of TidBITS. It’s an important update from the security perspective, since it addresses the critical SSL/TLS vulnerability fixed in iOS and Apple TV last week, and 10.9.2 also adds FaceTime Audio and iMessage blocking. Perhaps more important from an everyday usage standpoint, 10.9.2 features a number of Mail improvements, and Joe Kissell ferrets out a number of changes beyond those Apple lists. Joe is deep in Mail this week, since we also published his “Take Control of Apple Mail,” and he has another article that shares some of the tips he didn’t have room for in the book. Rich Mogull digs deep into iCloud Keychain, and tells you how to make yours so secure that even the NSA can’t access it. Finally, Nick Mediati joins us for this week’s FunBITS to explain how blurry photos can be a good thing. Notable software releases this week include Mellel 3.3.1, Downcast 1.0.10, Mac Pro SMC Firmware Update 2.0, iTunes 11.1.5, Safari 6.1.2 (Mountain Lion and Lion), and Security Update 2014-001 (Mountain Lion and Lion).
If you have an iOS device or Apple TV, be sure to update its system software to ensure that you’re protected from a particularly ugly SSL bug — Mac OS X is still vulnerable, but Apple promises a fix soon. The broadband industry has been much in the news and Geoff Duncan rejoins us to explain the issues behind both the proposed Comcast/Time Warner merger and the FCC’s third stab at establishing net neutrality without classifying ISPs as common carriers. Fresh off the podcast circuit after the release of “Take Control of Apple TV,” Josh Centers speculates about the future of the Apple TV, and also examines the addictive puzzler Threes in this week’s FunBITS column. Finally, Julio Ojeda-Zapata, reporter for the St. Paul Pioneer Press and author of “The Mobile Writer,” returns for the second of a series of articles about non-traditional hardware choices from an Apple user’s perspective, this time covering the Google Chromebook. Notable software releases this week include SuperDuper 2.7.2, PDFpen and PDFpen Pro 6.1.5, and Vox 2.0.1.
Apple TV owners, read on for news of our just-released “Take Control of Apple TV,” by managing editor Josh Centers, but don’t stop there, since Josh also devotes this week’s FunBITS installment to Silver Screen, a simple, Mac-based solution to viewing video in almost any format on your Apple TV. Moving on to the iOS world, we’re joined by Julio Ojeda-Zapata, reporter for the St. Paul Pioneer Press and author of “The Mobile Writer,” for the first of a short series of articles about non-traditional hardware choices from an Apple user’s perspective. This time, he talks about how the iPad Air may be the ultimate tool for the roving writer. Rich Mogull continues the theme with a deep look at the “Bring Your Own Device” trend, and how Apple protects personal information on your iPhone or iPad from your employer (and vice-versa). But don’t feel left out if you’re mostly a Mac user, since Josh also has a neat tip for finding out how often you’ve restarted your Mac. Plus, notable Mac software releases this week include DEVONagent Lite, Express, and Pro 3.7; GraphicConverter 9.1; ReadKit 2.4; CrashPlan 3.6.3; Marked 2.2 (Build 823); PDFpen and PDFpen Pro 6.1.4; and Boot Camp 5.1.
Ever wondered why Apple’s Internet services always focus on personal data syncing instead of on community or collaboration? Michael Cohen suggests that it’s the result of something that Steve Jobs believed even before he returned to Apple. Key to that vision today is ubiquitous Wi-Fi, but as we all know, Wi-Fi isn’t always reliable. If your Mac is having trouble maintaining a Wi-Fi connection, consultant Alicia Katz Pollock suggests some solutions. And if you’re among those who are perturbed by iTunes, Kirk McElhearn puts the Vox minimalist music player to the test. Locations and dates for MacTech BootCamp III events around the U.S. and Canada have been announced (with a discount for TidBITS readers), and we have another exciting DealBITS drawing this week: a chance to win a copy of the Art Text 2 vector illustration program (a $19.99 value). Finally, the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics are now in full swing, so Josh Centers takes a look at some of the best ways to follow along online and via iOS apps in his latest FunBITS column. Notable software releases this week include Mellel 3.3, Evernote 5.5, Voila 3.7, and Downcast 1.0.6.
In this week’s issue of TidBITS, Apple once again disappoints Wall Street, despite breaking all-time sales records, and Josh Centers continues to help you keep up with the snoops by summarizing the latest NSA developments. Jeff Carlson takes a deep look at the long-awaited OmniOutliner 4, and Josh circles back with a review of Oceanhorn for iPhone and iPad, a game that tries to emulate the magic of Nintendo’s Zelda games. Can the struggling Nintendo get its mojo back before upstarts like Oceanhorn run away with it? Also this week, we’ve launched an experiment with a “pre-book” — Michael Cohen’s in-progress “Take Control of Pages” — that we’re selling via Leanpub. Read Adam’s explanation of why we’re doing this, and how it’s different from our normal streamed books. Notable software releases this week include OmniOutliner 4.0.1, ChronoSync 4.4.4, and ChronoAgent 1.4.5.
This week in TidBITS, we celebrate the Mac’s 30th anniversary! Adam Engst previews the Mac 30th event, which brought together many of the folks behind the original Macintosh, and examines Apple’s gorgeous and interactive Mac 30 Web site. More telling about where Apple is today, however, is Apple’s update to the iWork suite, which now runs not just on the Mac, but also on iOS and iCloud. Continuing the focus on productivity, Steve McCabe reviews all three versions of the recently released FileMaker 13 database software, with an examination of the new features and pricing structure. Moving on to entertainment in the Apple world, we’re pleased to bring TidBITS members the final chapter of Josh Centers’s “Take Control of Apple TV,” which looks at advanced topics like using Plex Media Server with the Apple TV, working around regional restrictions, and using an Elgato EyeTV HD to record live TV. The final ebook will be available for purchase shortly. Finally, Josh wraps up the issue with his latest FunBITS column featuring the iOS game République, a stealth-action title that raises the bar for mobile gaming. Notable software releases this week include Simon 3.6, Pixelmator 3.1, DEVONthink and DEVONnote 2.7.3, Default Folder X 4.6.3, Intermission 1.0.3, PDFpen and PDFpen Pro 6.1.3, iTunes 11.1.4, BBEdit 10.5.8 and TextWrangler 4.5.6, and iMovie 10.0.2.
It’s governmental alphabet soup in this week’s issue of TidBITS! Adam Engst starts out by looking at the fuss caused by the FTC’s ruling that Apple owes up to $32.5 million in response to inadvertent in-app purchases by children. Then Josh Centers covers President Obama’s proposed reforms to the NSA’s intelligence-gathering programs and how various organizations grade his proposals. Next up, Geoff Duncan explains why a U.S. Court of Appeals has thrown out the FCC’s net neutrality rules, and the potential consequences for major Internet companies, small startups, and us. On the Take Control front, all our current books are half off this week, and the latest gaming-centric chapter of Josh’s forthcoming “Take Control of Apple TV” is now available for TidBITS members. If you’ve ever forgotten your administrator password, Alicia Katz Pollock suggests five ways to reset it, but beware what that does to your login keychain. Finally, in his latest FunBITS installment, Josh reviews UMoove Experience, which brings head-tracking to mobile gaming. Notable software releases this week include Typinator 5.8, Mailplane 3.1.2, Final Cut Pro X 10.1.1, and TextExpander 4.2.1.
Following this year’s Consumer Electronics Show, we bring you a number of field reports from Jeff Porten that celebrate the geeky weirdness of CES: robots, virtual mothers, good witches, and neglected salads. On a more practical bent, Adam Engst explains how to turn off the new feature that lets Gmail users send email to Google+ accounts without knowing the email address behind them, and Josh Centers shares a useful tip for avoiding Google Docs sharing annoyances when you have multiple email addresses, and offers a detailed look at his podcasting setup and process. Also new from Josh this week is the latest chapter of “Take Control of Apple TV” for TidBITS members; this week’s installment covers giving presentations via the Apple TV. Proving that he doesn’t just work all the time, Adam wraps up the issue with his first FunBITS column, all about shaping up for the new year with the You Are Your Own Gym app for iOS. Notable software releases this week include Default Folder X 4.6.2, Dropbox 2.6.2, and 1Password 4.1.3.
Happy New Year from TidBITS! We’re back from our holiday hiatus with details on the new Mac Pro; it’s available for order, but don’t expect it to arrive before February. Jeff Porten has filed his first report from the Consumer Electronics Show, with some neat toys to look forward to, as well as a look at the IFTTT Internet automation service. If you’re having trouble charging your iPhone 5 or 5s, Adam Engst may have an easy fix. If you tuned out the NSA saga over the holidays, Josh Centers brings you up to speed, and, more prosaically, also reports on GPU issues with 2011 MacBook Pros. The latest chapter of his streamed book, “Take Control of Apple TV,” is now available for TidBITS members, with a spotlight on photos and home videos. Josh also takes a look back on some of our favorite FunBITS articles from 2013. Notable software releases this week include TinkerTool 5.1, GraphicConverter 9.0.2, Delicious Library 3.1.4, Audio Hijack Pro 2.10.9, LaunchBar 5.6.2, Mac Pro EFI Firmware Update 2.0, Final Cut Pro X 10.1, and Logic Pro X 10.0.5.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.