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View Extra Battery Details in Snow Leopard

In Snow Leopard, Option-click the Battery icon in the menu bar to show the battery's current condition - Normal is good. Other messages might read Replace Soon, Replace Now, Check Battery, or Service Battery. Choosing the message opens a Mac Help document with more information.

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Introducing “Take Control Live: Working with Your iPad”

We’re trying something new! Building on what we’ve learned with TidBITS Presents and bringing in all our experience in crafting content for books, we’re launching “Take Control Live: Working with Your iPad.” Instead of a quickly obsolete ebook, it’s a series of live online video presentations that encompass exactly the same sort of information that Joe Kissell would normally put in one of his books. Join us!Show full article

Apple TV Update 5.1.1 May Fail over Ethernet

The latest Apple TV update may fail if your Apple TV connects to the Internet via Ethernet, rather than via Wi-Fi. We have the fix.Show full article

Redesigned iTunes 11 Brings iCloud Streaming and New MiniPlayer

Apple’s smorgasbord of media management gets a spare, iOS-like visual overhaul while enabling you to stream previous music and video purchases from iCloud. It also adds the Up Next song queuing feature and a unified search across all media types.Show full article

iTunes 11 Thinks Different about iOS Devices

In the interest of simplicity, iTunes 11 changes how you access your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. Jeff Carlson explains what has changed, and how to go back to the sidebar control of previous versions of iTunes.Show full article

iTunes 11 Interface Innovations: Good and Bad, but Not Ugly

iTunes 11 brings with it an attractive new interface, which Adam Engst suspects may inform the interfaces of future versions of OS X and its bundled applications. But while some of these changes (the return of color and larger fonts, in particular) are generally welcome, other changes in iTunes 11 are more troubling.Show full article

Be a Freecycle Santa

An offhand thought — giving away old electronics on Freecycle with the proviso they be used for gifts for deserving children — has made Adam feel like a virtual Santa Claus. Won’t you join him in giving away some of your unused devices like old iPods, ancient digital cameras, and obsolete game consoles?Show full article

TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 3 December 2012

Notable software releases this week include Hazel 3.0.15, CloudPull 2.1.7, Snapz Pro X 2.5.1, TweetDeck 2.1, Audio Hijack Pro 2.10.6, and Thunderbolt Firmware Update v1.1.Show full article

ExtraBITS for 3 December 2012

You may already know about the Mac app Fantastical, which replaces the Calendar app under OS X. Fantastical is also now an app for the iPhone, which Matthew Panzarino reviews at The Next Web. Also this week, we learn that Barnes & Noble can wipe out one’s library of purchased ebooks if a credit card expires, and News Corp. shutters The Daily iPad app.Show full article

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