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Apple Posts Record Q2 2014 Revenues Despite Slipping iPad Sales

For its second fiscal quarter of 2014, Apple has once again reported record sales and revenues, beating analyst expectations and thrilling investors with a stock split, bigger dividends, and more stock buybacks.Show full article

iOS 7.1.1 Fixes Touch ID, Keyboards, Security Vulnerabilities

Apple has released iOS 7.1.1 with a handful of bug and security fixes.Show full article

Joe Kissell Dispels Cloud Hype with “Take Control of the Cloud”

In his latest book, Joe Kissell explains everything you want to know about the Cloud, in approachable, non-technical language. He pins down nebulous cloud concepts, helps you evaluate claims about cloud services, and points out how to enhance your privacy and security in the cloud.Show full article

The Care and Feeding of External Hard Drives

With the rise of fast solid-state storage that doesn’t offer much room for data and Macs that don’t let you swap out their hard drives, external drives have become essential in the Mac world. But are you treating yours well? Josh Centers offers some advice on keeping your hard drive and its data healthy.Show full article

FunBITS: Monument Valley for iPhone and iPad

Monument Valley is a puzzle game based around optical illusions and beautiful design that is every bit as relaxing as it is confounding.Show full article

TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 28 April 2014

Notable software releases this week include Adobe Flash Player 13.0.0.206; Instacast 1.2; VMware Fusion 6.0.3 and Fusion 6.0.3 Professional; DEVONagent Lite, Express, and Pro 3.8; DEVONthink and DEVONnote 2.7.5; OmniOutliner 4.0.5; 1Password 4.3; AirPort Base Station Firmware Update 7.7.3; Paprika 2.0.3; and Security Update 2014-002 (Mavericks, Mountain Lion, and Lion).Show full article

ExtraBITS for 28 April 2014

In this week’s ExtraBITS, Adam Engst reminiscences about 24 years of TidBITS on the Tech Night Owl podcast, David Sparks shows off Josh Centers’s Home screen, and Macworld puts the Mac Pro’s expandability to the test. Apple stayed busy this week, launching a replacement program for iPhone 5 phones with faulty Sleep/Wake buttons, expanding its trademarks to cover jewelry and watches, and opening Mac OS X beta access to all. Lastly, Wired’s Steven Levy profiles Apple’s vice president for environmental initiatives.Show full article

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