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Move to Top Shortcut in iPhone

On an iPhone, flicking all the way back up to the top of a long Web page can be a real drag. Instead, a single tap on the status bar moves you to the top of a page. (The status bar is where the clock is.) This tip also works in other apps, like Mail, Contacts, etc.

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Save 50% in Take Control’s Post-Holiday Ebook Sale

Through 25 January 2014, 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

FTC Ruling in Apple In-App Purchase Case Generates Controversy

Over three years ago, a tempest erupted over inadvertent in-app purchases made by children due to App Store password caching. Apple eventually fixed the problem, but not before public outcry resulted in a class-action suit and FTC investigation. That last one has now come home to roost, in the form of a $32.5 million settlement. But should the entire situation have gone away long ago?Show full article

Chapter 10 of “Take Control of Apple TV” Available

Apple may not have designed the Apple TV for gaming, but clever iOS developers have created games meant to be played on the big screen by levering AirPlay. In the latest chapter of “Take Control of Apple TV,” Josh Centers shines a light on those games, and offers tips for avoiding buzz-killing lags.Show full article

Grading Obama’s Proposed NSA Reforms

President Obama has announced modest reforms to the NSA spying practices revealed by former contractor Edward Snowden. Various organizations have graded the reforms, but the real question is whether Congress will take the necessary actions.Show full article

Net Neutrality Is Down, but Not Out

A U.S. Appeals Court has struck down key provisions of net neutrality rules in the United States, so ISPs could start favoring (or discriminating against) certain online services. But don’t expect big changes overnight.Show full article

Five Ways to Reset a Lost Administrator Password

Recovering a user’s forgotten password used to require special tools or creative administrative management. It’s fairly easy in recent versions of Mac OS X, but many of us still have or need to help people with older operating systems. Here are all the different ways to get back into a Mac if you’re locked out, no matter what version of Mac OS X it’s running.Show full article

FunBITS: Umoove Experience Is Cool, but a Pain in the Neck

Umoove Experience is a fascinating proof-of-concept that points to a future era of motion control for mobile games, and while it’s not yet ready for prime time, Josh Centers has high hopes for what it could mean for both the disabled and the mainstream gaming community. Show full article

TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 20 January 2014

Notable software releases this week include Typinator 5.8, Mailplane 3.1.2, Final Cut Pro X 10.1.1, and TextExpander 4.2.1.Show full article

ExtraBITS for 20 January 2014

In this week’s ExtraBITS, the Web-based Trello collaboration tool gets a major update, music-streaming service Rdio goes free, Avatron floats a cloudless file-sharing solution via Kickstarter, and a new feature in Google Chrome makes it easy to hunt down noisy tabs.Show full article

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