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Copy Before Submitting Web Forms

Filling in Web forms (like the one used to submit this tip) can be a bit of a gamble - you put in your pearls of wisdom, perhaps only to lose them all if the Web page flakes out or the browser crashes. Instead of losing all your text, "save" it by pressing Command-A to select all and then Command-C to copy the selected text to the clipboard. Do this periodically as you type and before you click Submit, and you may "save" yourself from a lot of frustration. It takes just a second to do, and the first time you need to rely on it to paste back in lost text, you'll feel smart.

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10 Annoyances Solved by iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite

Apple’s upcoming operating systems finally address a number of long-standing user complaints — here are our favorite fixes in iOS 8 and Yosemite. Is this indication that Apple is becoming more receptive to feedback?Show full article

Chapter 4 of “Take Control of OS X Server” Now Available

With OS X Server installed and running, Charles Edge turns his attention to directory services, since it’s helpful to set up users and groups before you enable other services. If you’re a TidBITS member, read on!Show full article

New Google Docs, Sheets Apps Aid Mobile Collaboration

Google Drive edits no more. Google has moved the iOS app’s document- and spreadsheet-editing features to a new, separate Docs and Sheets apps. Julio Ojeda-Zapata of the St. Paul Pioneer Press was baffled by this, but then realized the move changes little.Show full article

Fire Watch with Me: Amazon Fire TV vs. Apple TV

“Take Control of Apple TV” author Josh Centers spent two weeks with Amazon’s Fire TV as his only living room device. Here’s his take on how it compares to the Apple TV.Show full article

FunBITS: WWDC 2014 New Technologies and Apple Design Awards

This year’s WWDC introduced a number of new technologies that should enable even better iOS games, and the Apple Design Awards highlighted some of the past year’s best-designed apps, nearly all of which were for gaming or entertainment.Show full article

TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 9 June 2014

Notable software releases this week include Keyboard Maestro 6.4.3, Tinderbox 6.0, BBEdit 10.5.11 and TextWrangler 4.5.9, Fission 2.2.1, and 1Password 4.4.1.Show full article

ExtraBITS for 9 June 2014

In this week’s ExtraBITS, Josh Centers talked about WWDC on The Tech Night Owl podcast; our own Tonya Engst, Michael Cohen, and Glenn Fleishman discussed digital publishing; HBO’s John Oliver crashed the FCC’s commenting system; and Apple turns out to have a powerful ally in the battle for the quantified self.Show full article

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