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2014 MacBook Air Offers Better Performance for $100 Less

Apple’s latest update of the MacBook Air is nothing revolutionary, but brings a small speed increase, as well as a $100 price cut.Show full article

iOS 7 Email Attachment Vulnerability Real but Limited

Although Apple has confirmed that email attachments are not properly secured by iOS’s data protection mechanisms, there’s not much to worry about unless you’re carrying important business secrets or are an international spy.Show full article

Redesigned Firefox 29 Adds Sync Service

Mozilla has released version 29 of its Firefox Web browser with a refreshed look and a new synchronization service, which requires you to sign up for a new Firefox Account in order to sync with other computers and Android devices.Show full article

1Password 4.4 Updated with Watchtower Service

AgileBits updated 1Password for the Mac with integration of its Web-based Watchtower service, which flags Logins as vulnerable if a Web site is found to be at risk for the Heartbleed bug.Show full article

Explaining the ComiXology In-app Purchase Debacle

Amazon’s newest acquisition, ComiXology, has removed in-app purchases from its iOS app, with potentially dire ramifications for the comic book industry.Show full article

FunBITS: Bears in Boats Fighting Crime

A cuddly noir Multi-Touch novel demonstrates both the advantages and drawbacks of self-published ebooks.Show full article

TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 5 May 2014

Notable software releases this week include Mailplane 3.2, Default Folder X 4.6.5, and OpenOffice 4.1.Show full article

ExtraBITS for 5 May 2014

In ExtraBITS this week, Skype makes group video calls free to all and Woz remembers writing his version of BASIC for the Apple I. We learn just how shaky software is and why iPad sales are slowing down. Also, Congress votes to remain clueless on tech, Office for iPad gains AirPrint support, and we get an in-depth look at Google’s self-driving car.Show full article

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