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iOS 4.3.4 and 4.2.9 Fix PDF Vulnerability

iOS updates close a PDF-related security vulnerability used in a jailbreaking technique.Show full article

AT&T Increases Data Allowance for International Plans

AT&T has announced a new four-tier set of international data add-on packages for subscribers. The packages, intended for travelers with U.S.-based cellular accounts, more than double the data allowances per month, and in some cases lower the monthly costs.Show full article

Hey! You! Get Off of My iCloud

Is iCloud anything more than a fancy virtual sync cable between individual apps? Should it be?Show full article

Keyboard Maestro 5 Adds Programming Logic and More

If you’ve ever wanted to automate something on your Mac that required program logic like if/then/else or repeating actions, the new Keyboard Maestro 5 macro utility may now have the power you require, without the need to learn or fuss with a programming language like AppleScript.Show full article

The Amazing Meeting 2011: What is the JREF?

Roving correspondent Jeff Porten heads to The Amazing Meeting, an annual conference organized by the James Randi Educational Foundation. In his first report, Jeff interviews JREF president D.J. Grothe about the organization’s mission and how it is using iOS devices to help people think critically.Show full article

TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 18 July 2011

Notable software releases this week include Aperture 3.1.3, iDVD 7.1.2, iWeb 3.0.4, Snapz Pro X 2.3.1, DEVONthink and DEVONnote 2.2, GarageBand ’11 6.0.4, iPhoto ’11 9.1.5, TypeIt4Me 5.2, Sandvox 2.1, iBank 4.2.4, Firefox 5.0.1, BusyCal 1.5.4, Transmit 4.1.6, and Skype 5.2.Show full article

ExtraBITS for 18 July 2011

We found a variety of fascinating articles on the Web this week, starting with one that debunks the “nothing to hide” argument against privacy. Also, we found a roundup of the latest iOS device rumors, coverage of how Apple beat out Google for Nortel’s patents, and news of Netflix raising prices, along with David Pogue’s investigation into why Netflix decided to make the change. Show full article

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