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Avoid Simple Typos

If, like me, you find yourself typing 2911 in place of 2011 entirely too often, you can have Mac OS X (either Lion or Snow Leopard) fix such typos for you automatically. Just open the Language & Text pane of System Preferences, click the Text button at the top, and then add a text substitution by clicking the + button underneath the list. It won't work everywhere (for that you'll want a utility like Smile's TextExpander), but it should work in applications like Pages and TextEdit, and in Save dialog boxes.

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OS X 10.9.4 Includes Wi-Fi, Wake from Sleep Fixes

Apple has released OS X 10.9.4 Mavericks, with fixes for Wi-Fi networks not automatically connecting to known networks and problems with wake from sleep.Show full article

iOS 7.1.2 Improves iBeacon

Apple has released iOS 7.1.2 with improvements to iBeacon and third-party accessory connectivity, and a fix for an issue with data protection class of Mail attachments.Show full article

Recruit Your Robots with “Take Control of Automating Your Mac”

If you use copy and paste, you’re taking advantage of an important shortcut. But did you realize that the Mac offers dozens of additional shortcuts that make tedious tasks quick, accurate, and repeatable? Author Joe Kissell reveals OS X’s many built-in shortcuts and examines the utilities that go further, offering concrete examples and extensive lists of possibilities.Show full article

Chapter 7 of “Take Control of OS X Server” Now Available

If you want to run your own Contacts, Calendar, and Messages services, Charles Edge explains how to do that in this chapter of “Take Control of OS X Server.” But perhaps more important, he explains the real-world reasons to venture down this path, since it’s not necessarily an easy road to follow once you’ve turned the services on.Show full article

Google I/O 2014 Focuses on Integration

With a plethora of promised products and services at its developer conference, Google is stepping up its competition with Apple. Announced at Google I/O 2014 were a fresh new design language, increased integration between devices, and a new push for the living room.Show full article

Pebble Smartwatch Puts Notifications on Your Wrist

The leading smartwatch isn’t perfect, but it has one major selling point — it actually exists, which is far more than can be said for the much-rumoured iWatch.Show full article

FunBITS: Leo’s Fortune Perfects Touchscreen Platforming

With beautiful graphics and clever design, Leo’s Fortune has perfected the touchscreen platform game.Show full article

TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 30 June 2014

Notable software releases this week include Final Cut Pro X 10.1.2, Compressor 4.1.2, Motion 5.1.1, Default Folder X 4.6.6, and OmniOutliner 4.1.Show full article

ExtraBITS for 30 June 2014

In this week’s ExtraBITS, we’re shocked, but not surprised, to learn that Apple is saying sayonara to iPhoto and Aperture. The company also lowered prices on its iPod touch lineup while introducing an updated 16 GB model, and beefed up the Apple TV with a few new apps, including ABC News and PBS Kids. Rich Mogull explains why Apple cares about your privacy, and it turns out that the Supreme Court does as well, ruling that warrants are necessary for cell phone searches (while also ruling against the Aereo streaming TV service).Show full article

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