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LaunchBar 6 Adds Themes, Instant Feedback, and More

Objective Development has released LaunchBar 6, a major upgrade to their popular keyboard-based launcher and shortcut utility. It boasts a clean new look, new indexing rules, live suggestions, instant feedback, and usage reports. Lastly, users can now write their own actions for LaunchBar using a wide variety of scripting languages.Show full article

DealBITS Drawing: Win a Copy of Live Interior 3D

If you would like to create a 3D model of the interior of your house or office, perhaps for redecorating or remodeling, check out this week’s DealBITS drawing for a chance to win a copy of BeLight Software’s Live Interior 3D.Show full article

Learn to Podcast with “Take Control of Podcasting on the Mac”

Our latest Take Control title tackles the world of podcasting, explaining what hardware and software you’ll need, providing step-by-step instructions for recording and editing, and walking you through all you need to do to publish your podcast.Show full article

Chapter 5 of “Take Control of OS X Server” Now Available

Although additional DNS configuration isn’t absolutely necessary, that’s where Charles Edge turns his attention next, so your client Macs can use human-readable host names rather than IP addresses to access internal servers. If you’re a TidBITS member, read on!Show full article

Swift: Who Is Apple’s New Programming Language For?

For the first time in many years Apple has released a new programming language. Here’s why Apple did it and what it means to the rest of us.Show full article

OmniFocus 2 for Mac Brings a Fresh Look to GTD

When it comes to the Getting Things Done productivity system, few can match OmniFocus, but the six-year-old Mac app had begun to show its age. OmniFocus 2 brings a fresh look and some welcome iOS features.Show full article

Keeping Up with the Snoops 5: A Roundup of Roundups

It has been over a year since the first documents were released by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden revealing the agency’s secret mass surveillance programs. Join Josh Centers as he takes you on a tour of what has happened since our last look at the ongoing situation.Show full article

FunBITS: How to Watch the 2014 World Cup Online

The World Cup has started, and Agen Schmitz gives you the lowdown on what you need to stream live games on your Mac, iOS devices, and Apple TV. He also provides tips on connecting to international streams using a VPN service.Show full article

TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 16 June 2014

Notable software releases this week include ChronoSync 4.5, MacBook Air EFI Firmware Update 2.8, MacBook Air SMC Firmware Update 2.0, and PDFpen and PDFpenPro 6.3.Show full article

ExtraBITS for 16 June 2014

In this week’s ExtraBITS, John Gruber analyzes the “new” Apple, Ben Thompson of Stratechery argues for the Apple TV as a gaming device, a bug in TweetDeck resulted in out-of-control tweets, iTunes Radio gained ESPN and local NPR stations, a federal appeals court ruled in favor of Google’s book scanning project, and Josh Centers debates downloading versus streaming on the Pragmatic podcast.Show full article

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