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Avoid Simple Typos

If, like me, you find yourself typing 2911 in place of 2011 entirely too often, you can have Mac OS X (either Lion or Snow Leopard) fix such typos for you automatically. Just open the Language & Text pane of System Preferences, click the Text button at the top, and then add a text substitution by clicking the + button underneath the list. It won't work everywhere (for that you'll want a utility like Smile's TextExpander), but it should work in applications like Pages and TextEdit, and in Save dialog boxes.

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Save 50% in Take Control’s Back to School Sale

Through 15 August 2013, you can save 50 percent on the entire Take Control catalog of ebooks. It’s a great opportunity to pick up titles that you’ve been wanting to read or that might be useful to have on your virtual shelf for reference. As always, all ebooks are DRM-free and available in PDF, EPUB, and Mobipocket (Kindle) formats.Show full article

Apple Developer Services Now Back Online

After almost a month of limited availability, Apple’s developer services are now fully restored.Show full article

Apple Taking Back Third-Party USB Power Adapters

Following recent safety concerns, Apple is offering to take back third-party iPhone, iPad, and iPod USB power adapters, and will even replace them with official ones — for a small fee.Show full article

Chapter 8 of “Take Control of Your Digital Photos” Available

As we get closer to the end of our streamed ebook, “Take Control of Your Digital Photos,” Jeff Carlson turns his attention to ensuring that all your work applying keywords and other metadata doesn’t go down the drain with a crashed hard disk. In this chapter, Jeff provides recommendations for backing up and archiving your photos at a variety of levels, since they’re are likely among the most important data you have.Show full article

DoJ Proposed Remedies in Ebook Price-Fixing Suit Miss the Point

The Department of Justice has filed a Proposed Final Judgment in the Apple ebook price-fixing lawsuit, and Apple has responded angrily with its own filing, pointing out that the publishers’ settlements have already addressed the antitrust concerns.Show full article

Newton: The Greatest Flop of All Time

Twenty years after its birth, Michael Cohen picks up his Newton MessagePad 2000 for a trip down memory lane. Join us for a look at Apple’s handheld past, filtered through the lens of historic TidBITS coverage.Show full article

FunBITS: The World of Audiobus and iPad Music Apps

Musician Chris Armstrong takes a look at how you can use an iPad and the Audiobus app to join multiple music apps together, something that’s generally not possible in iOS, and he offers recommendations for some of the best Audiobus-savvy music apps for the iPad.Show full article

TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 12 August 2013

Notable software releases this week include Skype 6.7 and Downcast 1.0.1.Show full article

ExtraBITS for 12 August 2013

This week, Adam made an appearance on the Tech Night Owl podcast to discuss the Apple ebook verdict. Blogger Shawn Blanc released an ebook of his own, called “Delight Is in the Details” — it’s worth a look for anyone who creates. President Obama wanted you to be delighted with NSA surveillance, and is promising to change the program to be more transparent. Ken Segall, a longtime Apple advisor, explains how Apple is changing the professional market to be more accessible. Meanwhile, leading ebook vendors are arguing against being forced to make their devices more accessible. A service long known for accessibility — Instapaper — now has a new beta Web app. Amazon has long been portrayed as the anti-Apple, but analyst Horace Dediu shows why the two have more in common than you might think. The patent troll Lodsys has dismissed a lawsuit against a developer, the mystery of why Xerox copiers were switching up numbers has been solved, and we delve into how much your favorite tech companies are spending on Washington lobbying.Show full article

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