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Remove Excess Audio/Video from a Pear Note

If you ever find yourself in a situation where you used Pear Note to record a class or meeting, then forgot to stop the recording and ended up with an extra few hours that you didn't want, don't worry. You can crop off the extra recording. Just move the playhead to the end of what you want to keep, then select Crop Recording From Here from the Edit menu.

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Share “Take Control of Your iPad, Second Edition” with a Friend

With our latest ebook — Tonya Engst’s “Take Control of Your iPad, Second Edition” — we’re encouraging everyone who buys a copy to share it with the person who needs it the most. Most long-time iPad users already know much of this stuff, but we all know people who aren’t enjoying their iPads as much as they could if they were savvier about what the iPad can do.Show full article

Resend TidBITS Issues to Yourself

Did you miss an email issue of your TidBITS subscription? You can always read back issues on our Web site, but if you really want it in email, logged-in subscribers can now get our system to resend any issue via email.Show full article

Deciding If Time Machine Should Back Up Dropbox

Most people don’t realize that Time Machine backs up their Dropbox folder by default. This is either a nice secondary backup of key information or a waste of precious hard drive space for files that are already being duplicated to the Dropbox Web site.Show full article

The iOS App Alphabet

When Joe Kissell tweeted a picture of his iPad’s home screen, he never imagined it would turn him into a Twitter celebrity overnight. Sometimes it’s the little things that have the biggest impact.Show full article

Thoughts on — and of — a Computer Science Major

After four years majoring in computer science at the University of Virginia, David Rabinowitz shares his impressions of what it’s like to go through such a program and be facing the real world.Show full article

TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 11 March 2013

Notable software releases this week include CloudPull 2.2, Default Folder X 4.5.7, Transmit 4.3.3, DEVONthink and DEVONnote 2.5.1, Evernote 5.0.6, ScreenFlow 4.0.3, GraphicConverter 8.5.3, and Java for OS X 2013-002 and Java for Mac OS X 10.6 Update 14.Show full article

ExtraBITS for 11 March 2013

On the Web this week, Andy Ihnatko switches from the iPhone to an Android phone, but unlike many sensationalistic “I converted” stories of late, this one is reasoned and well argued. Also this week, Nick Bilton and Douglas Rushkoff share more criticisms of Facebook’s business practices, and Joe Kissell talks password security on MacBreak Weekly.Show full article

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