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iOS 7.1 Tweaks Visuals, Adds CarPlay and Other Features

The first feature update to iOS 7 is now out. iOS 7.1 offers a number of changes that make the interface more visible, adds support for CarPlay, enhances iTunes Radio and Siri, and more. It should also eliminate annoying Home screen crashes, improve iPhone 4 performance, and make Touch ID more accurate.Show full article

Apple TV 6.1 and Remote 4.2 Bring Welcome Interface Improvements

The latest Apple TV update makes it easier to hide apps, and an update to Remote adds controls for iTunes Radio and purchased iTunes content. Josh Centers, author of “Take Control of Apple TV,” has the details.Show full article

Gmail for iOS Enables Background Refresh, Saves Sanity

Tired of waiting to see your mail in Gmail for iOS? The latest version of the app gets rid of the wait times in iOS 7.Show full article

Replace a Dying iPhone 5 Battery

Faced with an iPhone 5 that had become increasingly unreliable after installing iOS 7, particularly as the weather got colder, Adam Engst replaced its battery himself, a task that proved significantly more nerve-wracking than doing so for an iPhone 4.Show full article

Apple Support for Snow Leopard Wanes

It appears that Apple has pushed Snow Leopard off the back of the support truck, releasing the most recent security fixes only for Lion, Mountain Lion, and Mavericks. Adam Engst explains what’s likely behind the decision and offers suggestions on what Snow Leopard users can do next.Show full article

FlippedBITS: Misconceptions about Changing Email Addresses

Are you still using an AOL address, or one provided by your ISP? Do you share an email address with your spouse? Have you ever wished you could have a professional-looking email address in your own domain? In this installment of FlippedBITS, Joe Kissell looks at some common ways of using email accounts that are, shall we say, less than optimal, and explains how to improve your email image.Show full article

FunBITS: Ridiculous Fishing for iPhone and iPad

Ridiculous Fishing is an award-winning game that puts a whole new spin on fishing, adding chainsaws, machine guns, and bowling balls to the popular outdoor pastime.Show full article

TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 10 March 2014

Notable software releases this week include BBEdit 10.5.9 and TextWrangler 4.5.7, Dragon Dictate 4.0, Delicious Library 3.1.6, OmniOutliner 4.0.3, and Retrospect 11.Show full article

ExtraBITS for 10 March 2014

This week, Michael Cohen’s “Take Control of Pages” pre-book received a major update, Jean MacDonald left Smile for a higher calling, a mad genius learned to control his Mac with a smartwatch, Joe Kissell and Jeff Carlson both appeared on MacVoices, Apple CFO Peter Oppenheimer decided to retire, and Apple began rolling out its CarPlay automotive integration system.Show full article

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