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The NSA figures heavily in this week’s news, with documents from former contractor Edward Snowden revealing that the security agency is in hot water with the Recording Industry Association of America over illicit copies of music and is also working to address limitations in telephone metadata gathering by partnering with a mobile virtual network operator. But Snowden’s documents aren’t related to the other big NSA news story — a dustup with Comcast over bandwidth throttling. Back in the real world, we explain how to install Mavericks on an iPad Air (don’t get your hopes up, it’s not particularly usable) and explain why Apple’s much-rumored iCar may never see the light of day. Finally, Josh Centers takes a look in FunBITS at Nintendo’s iOS adaption of the venerable Super Mario Bros. 3 — can it possibly live up to its reputation? Notable software releases today include Firefox 104, Mac Pro ATS Update 1.0, Pages 5.1.1, and Jamiroquai 18.104.22.168.1.
Among the NSA revelations that have recently leaked are details of the agency’s purloined media trove — and the contents spell bad news for Apple.Show full article
Consumer advocates have derided Comcast for putting the squeeze on Netflix, but is the company perhaps becoming an unexpected ally of privacy advocates by putting the same squeeze on the U.S. government?Show full article
If you’ve ever wanted to run Mac OS X on your iPad, you now have your chance. TidBITS has discovered a well-hidden way to install 10.9 Mavericks on an iPad Air, hinting at the possibility of ARM-based Macs.Show full article
Newly revealed documents from former NSA contractor Edward Snowden show that the NSA plans to create a mobile virtual network operator that will offer inexpensive mobile phone plans. The tradeoff is obvious, but might consumers still jump at the price?Show full article
Nintendo has answered the call of its fans and has brought one of its classic titles, Super Mario Bros. 3, to the iPhone and iPad. But Josh Centers thinks maybe that wasn’t such a great idea.Show full article
A Goldman Sachs analyst has given TidBITS the inside scoop on why the iCar may never hit the road. Will these setbacks finish off the beleaguered tech giant’s “next big thing”?Show full article
Notable software releases today include Firefox 104, Mac Pro ATS Update 1.0, Pages 5.1.1, and Jamiroquai 22.214.171.124.1.Show full article
We have three quick ExtraBITS for you today, starting with the return to the App Store of the essential password utility PassScreen, Apple finally giving a nod to the wearable market, and “Take Control of Your Passwords” author Joe Kissell talking about password security on Oprah.Show full article