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DealBITS Drawing: Win Free Tonx Coffee

Tonx is a subscription coffee service that roasts the best beans in the world and ships them to your door, and now you can enter our DealBITS drawing to win a free bag of their freshly roasted coffee.Show full article

iOS 7.0.3 Adds iCloud Keychain and Disables Animation

With iOS 7.0.3, Apple finally adds the touted iCloud Keychain feature and fixes many of the redesigned operating system’s most annoying problems.Show full article

Apple Releases OS X 10.9 Mavericks for Free

At a special event, Apple released OS X 10.9 Mavericks, dropping the bombshell that the operating system upgrade would be free.Show full article

The Feel-Good Mavericks Upgrade

When our 14-year-old son Tristan announced that he wanted to install 10.9 Mavericks on his laptop, we tossed him a copy of Joe Kissell’s “Take Control of Upgrading to Mavericks” and told him to let us know if he had any questions. Tristan’s upgrade went well, and yours can too. But if you use Apple Mail with Gmail, you might want to hold off for a bit.Show full article

New Retina MacBook Pro Models Thinner, Lighter, and Cheaper

Say hello to near-universal Retina displays as Apple refreshes its powerful laptops with a thinner, lighter industrial design, new processors, and lower prices.Show full article

Apple Announces iPad Air, iPad mini with Retina Display

Just in time for the holiday season, and as expected, Apple has announced a thinner, lighter, faster iPad Air with a full-sized 9.7-inch Retina display, along with a similarly specced new iPad mini with Retina display.Show full article

Details Emerge about the New Mac Pro

Four years after its last significant update, the Mac Pro has at last been redesigned, and Apple has finally announced details about specs, price, and availability. Don’t get too excited — there’s still a wait.Show full article

Mysterious Mac Pro Posters Appear

Apple can be utterly mysterious. Jeff Carlson received a tube of Mac Pro posters with distinctive Apple touches, of course.Show full article

New Free iLife and iWork Apps Share across Devices and Platforms

Apple has come out with new versions of its core iLife and iWork apps for both OS X and iOS, providing cross-device compatibility and collaboration in real time. And the price has been dropped — to $0 — for new Mac and iOS device purchasers.Show full article

Enabling System-Controlling Utilities in Mavericks

With Mavericks, Apple changed how the accessibility options work, and although the company did so in a useful way, numerous mainstream Mac utilities must adjust how they request permission to perform their magic behind the scenes. Read on for Adam Engst’s explanation of what happened to “Enable access for assistive devices.”Show full article

Lion and Mountain Lion Still Available, Unlike iOS 6

For those who want to upgrade a Snow Leopard Mac to Lion or Mountain Lion, it’s still possible thanks to $19.99 redemption codes that Apple helpfully makes available via the Apple Online Store. How could this be the same company that won’t let iOS device owners downgrade from iOS 7 to iOS 6 if they can’t read the new interface?Show full article

Mail in Mavericks Changes the Gmail Equation

Apple Mail in Mavericks takes a different approach to Gmail than any previous version did, and some users will find the implications frustrating. Joe Kissell explains what’s different and what you can (and can’t) do about it.Show full article

Celebrating Ten Years of Take Control

We’ve been publishing the Take Control series of electronic books for ten years this month. Adam Engst looks back at where we started and how far we’ve come in the decade, sharing behind-the-scenes stats and systems.Show full article

FunBITS: Scribd and Oyster Aim to Be Netflix for Books

When Poor Richard was penning his Almanack, subscription libraries were all the rage. Now they’re back: sleek, shiny, and digital. Will you subscribe?Show full article

TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 28 October 2013

Notable software releases this week include Alfred 2.1, SpamSieve 2.9.10, ChronoSync 4.4.2 and ChronoAgent 1.4.3, DEVONthink and DEVONnote 2.7.1, Safari 6.1, Pixelmator 3.0, BusyCal 2.5.3, iMac SMC Firmware Update 1.1, MacBook Pro (Retina, 13-inch, Late 2013) Software Update 1.0, iMac 10.8.5 Supplemental Update 1.0, Carbon Copy Cloner 3.5.3, Scrivener 2.5, Hazel 3.2, Voila 3.6, iTunes 11.1.2, and iBooks Author 2.1.Show full article

ExtraBITS for 28 October 2013

This week in ExtraBITS, John Siracusa released yet another gigantic OS X review, Disney pulled some of its movies from iTunes users’ libraries, and TidBITS Managing Editor Josh Centers appeared on the Pulling the String podcast.Show full article

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