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“Take Control of LaunchBar” Reveals Powerful LaunchBar Features

If you’re not a LaunchBar user, our latest ebook, Kirk McElhearn’s “Take Control of LaunchBar,” will teach you how to do almost anything on your Mac via the keyboard. And if you are already a LaunchBar aficionado, chances are that you’re experiencing only a fraction of LaunchBar’s goodness, and reading “Take Control of LaunchBar” can open a world of new LaunchBar possibilities up to you.Show full article

Chapter 4 of “Take Control of Your Digital Photos” Available

Photo management starts at import, and, in the fourth chapter of “Take Control of Your Digital Photos,” that’s where Jeff Carlson turns his attention, suggesting a set of best practices that promise to simplify photo organization later on.Show full article

Dropbox’s Datastore API Takes Aim at iCloud

Dropbox is beefing up its developer APIs to enable Dropbox-savvy apps to improve syncing and integration. But will the new Datastore API be able to replace Apple’s beleaguered iCloud syncing? We talked to some prominent Mac and iOS developers to find out.Show full article

Explaining the Apple Ebook Price Fixing Suit

After reading through the full 160-page opinion from U.S. District Judge Denise Cote in ruling against Apple in the ebook price fixing suit, Adam Engst attempts to answer the many questions raised by those who haven’t taken the time to absorb all of what Cote said.Show full article

FunBITS: Desert Bus for iOS

Can’t take a vacation this summer? Now you can simulate all the fun of a road trip on your iPhone or iPad with Desert Bus — and support a great cause at the same time.Show full article

TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 15 July 2013

Notable software releases this week include ReadKit 2.2, Instacast 1.0.2, AirPort Utility 6.3.1 for Mac, Cloud Mate 1.5.6, DEVONthink and DEVONnote 2.6, and PDFpen and PDFpenPro 6.0.4.Show full article

ExtraBITS for 15 July 2013

After an Independence Day lull, our ExtraBITS are back in force. Adam Engst appeared on Your Mac Life and The Tech Night Owl last week to discuss the Apple ebook price fixing verdict. In more amusing legal news, a Tennessee lawyer is blaming Apple’s lack of Internet filters for his porn addiction. However, Apple could do a better job of filtering pirated apps from the App Store, which is an increasing problem for developers. Speaking of the App Store, Dave Addey has analyzed which apps Apple features, and has found some interesting global trends. But maybe you should take a break from those apps — it turns out that mobile devices can make you both timid and fat. Finally, PCWorld is ending its 30-year print run to concentrate on its Web publication.Show full article

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