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Set Password Activation Time in Snow Leopard

In Snow Leopard, you can now set an amount of time after your Mac goes to sleep or engages the screen saver before it requires a password to log back on. In Leopard, the option was simply to require the password or not. Choose among several increments, between 5 seconds and 4 hours, from System Preferences > Security.

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iPad to Arrive in U.S. on April 3rd

The Wi-Fi-only iPad will be available in the United States on April 3rd, with pre-orders starting March 12th. The version that adds 3G will come later in April.Show full article

Cartoons Reveal DRM Frustrations

A pair of cartoons about the frustration with DRM-protected content appeared recently to explain why ordinary folks become pirates in order to get at legitimate content.Show full article

Apple Offers Cheaper Mac Developer Program

In an effort to simplify and expand access to Mac OS X development, Apple has made the program's cost cheaper for most people while changing the name to Mac Developer Program. A free option remains, too.Show full article

What Is that $1 MobileMe Charge from Apple?

A fraud warning call about a $1.00 charge from MobileMe sends Adam on an investigation that reveals just how Apple checks to make sure credit cards are still good before charging automatic MobileMe renewal fees.Show full article

WeatherBug Elite 1.0

Looking for an iPhone app to provide weather conditions and forecasts that goes well beyond Apple's bundled Weather app? Adam, who cares deeply about past, present, and future weather, looks at his current iPhone weather app of choice, WeatherBug Elite.Show full article

Zombie Authors Threaten Fiction Ebook Market, from the Grave!

Chris Pepper looks at what's happening with books and reading, and ponders the impending impact on living authors, who are at risk of having their livelihoods (if not their brains) eaten by zombies like Jane Austen, Mark Twain, and Jules Verne.Show full article

TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 8 March 2010

Notable software releases this week include DEVONthink and DEVONnote 2.0, BusyCal 1.2.2, Default Folder X 4.3.6, Mactracker 5.1, Mailplane 2.1.5 and ProKit 5.1 (Leopard and Snow Leopard).Show full article

ExtraBITS for 8 March 2010

The future of iPad development captured our attention this week, with Jeff Carlson pointing out how The Omni Group is developing for a device they don't yet have and how Penguin Books plans to go beyond the book on the iPad. Also, Adam chats about iPhone multitasking with Shawn King on Your Mac Life, and the EFF compiles a list of abuses of the DMCA.Show full article

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