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Copy Before Submitting Web Forms

Filling in Web forms (like the one used to submit this tip) can be a bit of a gamble - you put in your pearls of wisdom, perhaps only to lose them all if the Web page flakes out or the browser crashes. Instead of losing all your text, "save" it by pressing Command-A to select all and then Command-C to copy the selected text to the clipboard. Do this periodically as you type and before you click Submit, and you may "save" yourself from a lot of frustration. It takes just a second to do, and the first time you need to rely on it to paste back in lost text, you'll feel smart.

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Pages, Keynote, and Numbers Receive Minor Updates

If you’re using the new versions of Pages, Keynote, and Numbers, the first update to bring back features from the iWork ’09 versions is out, giving you the capability to customize the toolbar once again.Show full article

PBS and Yahoo Come to Apple TV

The Apple TV’s lineup expands with PBS and Yahoo Screen. And for you “Downton Abbey” fans, Josh Centers has the inside scoop on what’s available.Show full article

Chapter 5 of “Take Control of Apple TV” Available

Apple’s AirPlay technology may not seem sexy, but it’s the utterly useful glue that ties together Macs, iOS devices, and the Apple TV. In this chapter from “Take Control of Apple TV,” Josh Centers focuses on how you use AirPlay to send content from your Mac or iPad to the Apple TV, or even from your Apple TV to AirPlay-capable speakers.Show full article

Making the Most of Contacts in Mavericks

Apple’s Contacts app is much more than Grandma’s little black book, and its integration with your Mac gives it a lot of flexibility. For what it can’t do, others have picked up the slack.Show full article

FunBITS: Examining Google Play Music

With the release of an iPhone client, Google Play Music has become a compelling option for Apple users who want an alternative to iTunes Match, Rdio, or Spotify.Show full article

TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 25 November 2013

Notable software releases this week include ChronoSync 4.4.3 and ChronoAgent 1.4.4, Evernote 5.4.3, AirPort Base Station Firmware Update 7.7.2, CloudPull 2.5.3, Mactracker 7.2.1, iMovie 10.0.1, 1Password 4.0.9, Mailplane 3.1, and Microsoft Office 2011 14.3.9.Show full article

ExtraBITS for 25 November 2013

There’s a lot to celebrate in this week’s ExtraBITS: Adam and Tonya Engst discuss ten years of Take Control with Chuck Joiner on the MacVoices podcast, Google commemorates 50 years of “Doctor Who” with a special doodle, and Joe Kissell joined the Panel podcast to talk Thanksgiving turkey. We also take a look at how the iPhone 5s stacks up to its forebears, the purpose of Snapchat, Apple paying for water-damaged devices, and Google’s self-driving car.Show full article

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