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Disable Caps Lock

If you find yourself pressing the Caps Lock key accidentally as much as I do, note that you can disable it entirely in Mac OS X. Open the Keyboard & Mouse preference pane, click the Modifier Keys button, and in the dialog that appears, select No Action from the Caps Lock pop-up menu. You could remap it to another modifier instead, but that might make using differently configured Macs more difficult.

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iPad 3 Expected at March 7th Apple Event

Apple has scheduled a media event for March 7th in San Francisco, where the company is expected to unveil the next model of the iPad.Show full article

Doxie Sponsoring TidBITS

Please welcome our latest TidBITS sponsor, Apparent Corporation, makers of the Doxie and Doxie Go mobile scanners!Show full article

AT&T Throttles Unlimited Plan Users at 3 GB

In a clarification of the company’s previous approach, AT&T is now throttling throughput speeds for users of unlimited data plans as soon as they exceed 3 GB of usage, exactly the same amount of data included in the similarly priced tiered plan. Mad about it? Consider taking AT&T to small claims court, as one iPhone user did successfully.Show full article

Reflection Mirrors iOS Devices on the Mac

An iPad 2 or iPhone 4S can mirror its display on an Apple TV, but not on a Mac. With the Mac OS X application Reflection, the iOS screen can now be mirrored on your Mac — perfect for giving presentations or recording what’s happening on the device.Show full article

The Sandbox Conundrum: Security vs. Innovation

For a second time, Apple has extended the deadline for requiring App Store developers to sandbox their apps. Unfortunately, this delay does little to ease the problems that surround the sale of apps that do not fit Apple’s distribution model.Show full article

TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 5 March 2012

Notable software releases this week include Mac OS X 10.7.3 Supplemental Update; Hazel 3.0; GraphicConverter 7.6.2; DEVONthink Personal, Pro, and Pro Office 2.3.3; Firmware Update for MacBook Pro (15-inch, late 2008 models); HandBrake 0.9.6; Fetch 5.7.1; TextExpander 3.4.1; and iMac Wi-Fi Update 1.0.Show full article

ExtraBITS for 5 March 2012

Two quick bits for you this week — Apple’s 25 billionth App Store download and the New York Times revelation that third-party apps to which you give location permission also get access to your photo library.Show full article

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