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Want to check your Mac's serial number quickly and easily? Select About This Mac from the Apple menu, and click on the text directly below "Mac OS X" that reads "Version 10.x.x." Click once and you'll get a build number which is more specific information about the software. Click twice, and you'll get your Mac's serial number.

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Apple has released OS X Mountain Lion 10.8.3 Update to address a wide variety of specific bugs and security vulnerabilities. Also included is Safari 6.0.3, with performance improvements and bug fixes, plus plugs for various security holes.Show full article

Introducing Our New FlippedBITS Column

Joe’s new ongoing column, FlippedBITS, promises to set readers straight on a wide variety of confusing technical topics.Show full article

FlippedBITS: Booting Your Mac from a Duplicate

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Google Reader is shutting down 1 July 2013, and developers are scrambling to make alternatives available. Josh Centers shows you some current entries that might make the switch less painful.Show full article

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Google’s announcement that it will be shuttering Google Reader in a few months causes Adam Engst to ponder a host of related topics, ranging from the distinction between tools and platforms to the silent war being waged against us by the infinite.Show full article

TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 18 March 2013

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ExtraBITS for 18 March 2013

On the Web this week, Andy Rubin of Google’s Android team steps aside, Adam Engst talks about the demise of Google Reader and how tools are becoming platforms on MacVoices, Microsoft walks back a strict and unfriendly licensing scheme for Office for Mac 2011, and our brainboxes are puzzling the implications of Dropbox buying Mailbox.Show full article

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