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Apple Updates iMac with Faster CPUs and 802.11ac Wi-Fi

With the just-introduced 2013 line of iMacs, Apple upgrades its desktop Macs to faster CPUs based on the Intel Haswell chipset, and adds both faster SSDs and 802.11ac Wi-Fi support.Show full article

iOS 7 Animations Cause Nausea for Some

Some of the much-lauded visual effects in iOS 7 turn out to have a downside — they cause nausea in a portion of the population. You can turn off the parallax effect, but the animations are stubbornly persistent, despite serving no functional purpose. Has motion become the new skeuomorphism?Show full article

Why the Brother HL-2270DW Laser Printer Sucks Less

Do you reluctantly need a printer, but tire of money-sucking inkjets? Brother, have we got a printer for you.Show full article

PDFpen Scan+ Puts a Scanner in Your Pocket

The best scanner is the one you have with you, and with PDFpen Scan+ from Smile, your iPhone or iPad camera can become a pocket scanner, complete with OCR. However, the OCR feature could use some improvement.Show full article

A Game of Docks: Apple Versus Twelve South

With the iPhone 5s, Apple has gotten back into the dock game, but it’s now competing with Twelve South’s attractive HiRise. Josh Centers looks at both docks — which will reign supreme with his iPhone 5? When you play the game of docks you win… or you waste your money.Show full article

Dancing the Two-Step: Coping with the Loss of a Second Factor

Two-step account logins have become widespread for many Internet services, including Google, Dropbox, and certain Apple ID-related activities. But what do you do when you lose that “second factor” that makes the login possible? Planning is key.Show full article

FunBITS: Even the Blind Can Play Vanished

Vanished is a survival horror game with a twist — the protagonist is blind. Josh Centers takes a look at this unique game and dreams of how its concepts could make for the ultimate Daredevil game adaptation.Show full article

TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 30 September 2013

Notable software releases this week include Pixelmator 2.2.1, Typinator 5.7, TextExpander 4.1, and ReadKit 2.3.1.Show full article

ExtraBITS for 30 September 2013

This week in ExtraBITS, we have three quick original articles for you in addition to our usual links. In just 125 words, we show how to add weather to your iPad’s Notification Center in iOS 7, run through what’s new in iOS 7.0.2, and review Apple’s iPhone 5s Case. Tell us what you think of these brief bits in their comments! Then read on for the newly revealed history of the iPhone, news of how Martha Stewart might be the hero app developers have been waiting for, thoughts from Marco Arment on how to name an app, and why security researcher Marc Rogers isn’t bothered that he was able to hack the Touch ID fingerprint scanner.Show full article

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