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Single Time Machine Backups

Tired of Time Machine running all the time? You can turn it off in the Time Machine preference pane, but still initiate a single backup by choosing Back Up Now from Time Machine's menu bar icon. Of course, your backup is much less likely to be up to date, but Time Machine won't be taking any resources while you're trying to work.

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Apple Announces Low-Cost Plastic iPhone 5c, in Five Colors

With the announcement of the iPhone 5c, Apple has broken from its pattern of pushing the previous model of iPhone down to be a lower-cost model. Instead, the iPhone 5c sports a plastic case in five colors and specs that are similar to the current iPhone 5 for $100 less.Show full article

iPhone 5s Announced, Knows You by Touch

As expected, Apple has announced the iPhone 5s, featuring new gold and silver tones, a faster processor, and a new motion chip, as well as a built-in fingerprint scanner that eliminates the need for a passcode for most people.Show full article

OS X 10.8.5 Fixes Nasty Text Rendering Bug

The latest version of OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion features a number of highly specific performance and reliability improvements, as well as a fix for an ugly text-related bug that could render apps unusable.Show full article

iWork, iPhoto, and iMovie Free with New iOS Devices

Apple has increased the value of new iOS devices by nearly $40 with the announcement that, from now on, all purchasers of new iOS devices would receive Pages, Keynote, Numbers, iPhoto, and iMovie for free.Show full article

Q&A about Fingerprint Scanning

The most significant feature of Apple’s new iPhone 5s is a built-in fingerprint scanner. TidBITS Security Editor Rich Mogull takes a look behind the scenes on how fingerprint scans compare to passcodes when it comes to security.Show full article

Ruminating about Apple’s Lowercase Letters

Perturbed by Apple’s inexplicable shift to lowercase trailing letters for the iPhone 5s and 5c, and the retroactive renaming of the iPhone 4S to 4s, Adam Engst expresses his ire in this behind-the-scenes exposé of how professional editors and publishers think about such minutiae.Show full article

FunBITS: Finding Something Good to Read

Like Ringo in “A Hard Day’s Night,” we always seem to have our noses stuck in a book — but once we finish one, we have to find another. Michael Cohen explores some sites that offer to help you find your next page-turner.Show full article

TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 16 September 2013

Notable software releases this week include Microsoft Office 2011 14.3.7, SpamSieve 2.9.8, Security Update 2013-004 for Lion and Snow Leopard, Safari 5.1.10 for Snow Leopard, and Nisus Writer Pro 2.0.5 and Express 3.4.4.Show full article

ExtraBITS for 16 September 2013

The TidBITS staff joined Chuck Joiner on his MacJury podcast to render judgment on the new iPhones. What new iPhones? If you missed Apple’s announcement, you can now watch the video on the company’s Web site. Will the Touch ID fingerprint scanner on the iPhone 5s make security more available to the disabled? Accessibility expert Steven Aquino thinks so. While Apple was announcing new products, it quietly shuttered the Cards app and service for sending custom greeting cards from an iPhone or iPad. Finally, find out how Facebook can make you depressed (or not), 1Password’s developers respond to the NSA revelations, and a wistful John Sculley laments the firing of Steve Jobs.Show full article

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