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Sparrow Bought by Google

Google has acquired Sparrow, the minimalist Mac and iPhone email client, presumably to bring the developers’ ideas and expertise to the Gmail team.Show full article

iCloudy with a Chance of Intermittence

The combination of services that Apple groups under the name iCloud are great when they work, but maddening when they flake out.Show full article

SSD Optical Drive Replacement Speeds a Sluggish MacBook Pro

After experiencing the speed offered by the new Retina MacBook Pro — but needing to return the review unit — Jeff Carlson decided to put a solid-state drive into his sluggish MacBook Pro. But because he couldn’t give up its existing storage, he tried something different: he replaced the optical drive with the SSD.Show full article

Small Pipes and High Bills: Keeping Bandwidth Use in Check

Our always-chatty computers and mobile devices have an all-you-can-eat mentality that can be wildly inappropriate when we’re either in a low-bandwidth situation or when we’re trying to keep bandwidth usage in budget or under a cap. We detail strategies for restricting your bandwidth diet.Show full article

TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 23 July 2012

Notable software releases this week include Quicksilver β69, GraphicConverter 8.2, Carbon Copy Cloner 3.5, ChronoSync 4.3.4 and ChronoAgent 1.3.4, SpamSieve 2.9.3, MacBook Air and MacBook Pro Update 1.0, Alfred 1.3, CloudPull 2.1.2, Mellel 3.0, and SOHO Organizer 9.2.8.Show full article

ExtraBITS for 23 July 2012

We have a number of interesting ExtraBITS for you this week, including news of Tor Books going DRM-free, a sad farewell to Spell Catcher author Evan Michael Gross, the addition of a Cards pages to Trello, and word that Qantas Airways will be providing iPads for in-flight entertainment on some flights.Show full article

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