Shorten URLs in TextExpander
If your Twitter client doesn't automatically shorten URLs for you, you can use TextExpander to shrink those long links to tweetable lengths. First, add the Internet Productivity group by choosing File > Add Predefined Group > Internet Productivity Snippets. Then, to shorten a URL using a service like TinyURL, copy the destination URL to the clipboard, and type the abbreviation
/tinyurl to insert the shortened URL at the insertion point.
Apple’s Q3 2013 financial results are in. Growth is slowing and margins are dropping, but with impressive iPhone revenues and $146 billion in cash, the company remains healthy. Those falling margins, Josh Centers suggests, might just push Apple to develop a less-expensive plastic iPhone, particularly for price-sensitive international markets. Returning to the here-and-now, we show you a hidden feature of iOS that could help you use your device should one of its buttons break, and Josh’s latest installment of FunBITS profiles a pair of motion-controlled games that will blow you away. In the Take Control world, Joe Kissell’s new “Take Control of Your Paperless Office, Second Edition” is here to help you beat back the piles of paper in your life, and for those following along with Jeff Carlson’s streamed ebook “Take Control of Your Digital Photos,” this week’s chapter offers expert advice about assigning keywords and other metadata so you can find your photos later. Notable software releases this week include Hazel 3.1.3, along with DEVONthink and DEVONnote 2.6.1.
Apple’s revenues continue to rise, but the company’s profits are falling as its margins shrink. Show full article
Joe Kissell returns to the topic of the paperless office three years later with new information about improvements in technology and online services that can help readers reduce paper proliferation and see their desktops again.Show full article
When it comes to finding a particular photograph of the Space Needle in your haystack of digital photos, you’ll have a hard time unless you follow the advice about assigning keywords and other metadata in the sixth chapter of Jeff Carlson’s “Take Control of Your Digital Photos,” now available to TidBITS members. Jeff explains how to choose and assign keywords, fix incorrect dates, and apply geotags to your photos in each of the four main photo-management apps.Show full article
It’s looking increasingly likely that Apple is readying a cheaper iPhone with a plastic case instead of the glass-and-aluminum case of the current line. But why not just sell the iPhone 5 at a discount once the presumed iPhone 5S appears? Josh Centers digs into the numbers to explain why.Show full article
Apple’s accessibility features in iOS aren’t just for the disabled. Josh Centers shows how AssistiveTouch can help get you out of a hardware jam.Show full article
Two new titles demonstrate exciting new possibilities for the iPhone and Apple TV as gaming platforms.Show full article
Notable software releases this week include Hazel 3.1.3, along with DEVONthink and DEVONnote 2.6.1.Show full article
This week in ExtraBITS, Bob Mansfield, Apple’s SVP of Technologies, has left the executive team at Apple, but is sticking around for “special projects.” After over a week of downtime, Apple’s Developer Center is mostly back online, with a new status page to track the availability of individual systems. If you have an old Newton sitting around, we have a guide on how to sync it with a modern Mac. Finally, Apple is reporting that there are now over a billion podcast subscriptions in the iTunes Store — a landmark number for the new medium.Show full article