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TidBITS Events at Macworld/iWorld 2013

As always, TidBITS staffers will be wandering the aisles of Macworld/iWorld in San Francisco, taking place 31 January 2013 through 2 February 2013. Come enjoy stimulating discussions and sessions, or just flag us down to say hello! Here’s where you can find us.Show full article

Netter’s Dinner Declares Success, Shuts Down

All good things must pass, and this year we’re calling an end to the festivities at the annual Netter’s Dinner at Macworld/iWorld in San Francisco. See you all on the net!Show full article

Enable Quick Look for Markdown Files

If you work in Markdown and miss having Quick Look previews of your Markdown files, try installing this free Quick Look generator.Show full article

VidBITS: Ways that Apple Could Improve iOS

Watch (or listen to) the latest TidBITS staff roundtable to get our not-so-humble opinions about ways that Apple could improve iOS.Show full article

Bento 4.1.2 Loses Live Data Links with Calendar and iPhoto

An update to the Bento personal database program changes how the app integrates with iPhoto and Calendar/iCal. Be careful to make sure you don’t lose necessary capabilities unexpectedly.Show full article

Managing Books in iTunes: This Novel Has a Nice Beat

iTunes treats books as songs when it comes to metadata, and iBooks on iOS doesn’t help matters. Read on for confusion-reducing information and practical steps you can take to better wrangle your iTunes book library.Show full article

Five Alternatives to Apple’s Podcasts App

Fed up with Apple’s misbehaving Podcasts app? Josh Centers outlines five alternatives and why they may, or may not, be for you.Show full article

TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 21 January 2013

Notable software releases this week include Quicksilver β71, Sandvox 2.7.4, LaunchBar 5.4.1, and PDFpen and PDFpenPro 5.9.4.Show full article

ExtraBITS for 21 January 2013

On the Web and in the news this week, Adam Engst is interviewed about publishing on the Generational podcast, Rene Ritchie at iMore argues that Apple is ready to fend off attacks from competitors in a unique way, and Dell CEO Michael Dell, who once famously advocated Apple shut itself down, is reportedly looking to push for a buyout of his company to private equity firms.Show full article

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