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Mac OS X Zip Expanding Utility

Firefox (and possibly other applications) may ask you what you want to do with .zip archives that you download from the Internet. If you want to expand them with Mac OS X (rather than StuffIt Expander), you may be unsure of which application actually does the job. You're looking for Archive Utility (in Leopard and later) or BOMArchiveHelper (in Tiger). In either case, the application is stored in Hard Drive/System/Library/Core Services/. Don't move it from there, though, or you'll confuse matters.

 
 
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OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion to Ship in July 2012

Apple revealed a few new features in Mountain Lion, and announced that the next-generation operating system will hit the Mac App Store in July for $19.99.Show full article

MacBook Air Adds USB 3.0, Faster Processors

Apple updated the MacBook Air line with slightly faster processors, USB 3.0, and options for 8 GB of RAM and 512 GB of storage, all while dropping the prices of most configurations by $100.Show full article

New MacBook Pro Features Retina Display, Flash Memory

The much-rumored Retina display debuts in a super-slim MacBook Pro model that’s quite like a MacBook Air in using only flash-based storage. The 15-inch screen packs in 2880 by 1800 pixels, or over 5 million pixels total.Show full article

Mac Pro Gains Only Minor Speed Bump, Not Thunderbolt or USB 3.0

For those expecting an exciting new Mac Pro tower, today’s speed-bump isn’t it. A previous build-to-order option of 12 cores is now standard, and runs at a slightly higher clock speed, but the price remains the same.Show full article

Master Mail with “Take Control of Apple Mail in Lion”

Joe Kissell’s ultimate guide to Apple Mail has now been updated for changes in Mac OS X 10.7 Lion, and everyone who buys a copy now will automatically receive a free copy of “Take Control of Apple Mail in Mountain Lion” once Apple releases Mountain Lion in July.Show full article

TidBITS Presents “Adieu MobileMe” Live Online on 16 June 2012

As a public service for those still confused and concerned by the upcoming MobileMe shutoff, we’re hosting a live online presentation by our own Joe Kissell about how to deal with the loss of MobileMe services, whether that involves switching to iCloud or using services from other companies. Join us live at 12 PM Eastern (9 AM Pacific) on Saturday, June 16th, or tune in later if you can’t watch live.Show full article

LinkedIn Logins Stolen, Change Your Password Now

If you have a LinkedIn account, your login information was likely stolen along with that of 6.5 million other accounts. Time to change your password.Show full article

A Redshirt in the DRM Wars

The latest novel by John Scalzi was supposed to be sold in ebook form without DRM. Unfortunately, some vendors, including Apple, didn’t get the memo.Show full article

Apple Previews iOS 6 for Fall Release

iOS 6 provides maps with turn-by-turn directions, encourages Siri to provide more results, lets a lost phone’s finder call you, and gives you the option to sleep through annoying 2 AM calls. It’s due out in the third quarter of 2012, likely at the same time as the next iPhone model.Show full article

TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 11 June 2012

Notable software releases this week include CloudPull 2.1, Script Debugger 5.0, Coda 2.0.1, PDFpen and PDFpenPro 5.8.3, and Firefox 13.0.Show full article

ExtraBITS for 11 June 2012

The main happening this week was Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference, and although Apple’s webcast isn’t yet available, you can listen in on our color commentary during the presentation. Also, in an extremely troubling move, Apple refused to allow Rogue Amoeba’s Airfoil Speakers Touch into the App Store until Rogue Amoeba removed a perfectly legitimate feature. Boo!Show full article

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