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TidBITS Hits a Quarter Century of Internet Publishing

It seems like only yesterday we were reviewing Now Utilities and writing about the latest update to WordPerfect. That’s right, TidBITS has now been publishing for 25 years, making us one of the oldest Internet publications of all time. Adam shares some of how we got here.Show full article

When Your Numbers Get Serious, Read “Take Control of Numbers”

If you’re looking to make better use of the free copy of Numbers that Apple now includes with every Mac, Sharon Zardetto’s new “Take Control of Numbers” offers the essential instruction you need to input, calculate, sort, filter, format, and chart your data on the Mac with ease.Show full article

First Legal Shots Fired over Net Neutrality

Everyone knew any attempt by the FCC to regulate the Internet would be met with court challenges… and here they come.Show full article

Apple Watch Try-Ons Are Both Hype and Help

Julio Ojeda-Zapata visited Apple Stores in his area for Apple Watch try-ons. The experience proved more enjoyable and enlightening than he expected and cured some of his misconceptions about Apple’s new smartwatch. Show full article

Keeping Up with the Snoops 9: Junk in the PRISM Trunk

In the latest edition of our series on the U.S. mass surveillance saga, comedian John Oliver figures out what will make Americans care about government surveillance, it turns out that mass surveillance was happening well before 9/11, we analyze the current presidential contenders on their privacy records, part of the Patriot Act may be coming to an end, and we take a look at Stingrays and the TSA.Show full article

iCloud Photo Library: The Missing FAQ

OS X 10.10.3 brings the new Photos app to the Mac, and with it, the iCloud Photo Library sync feature that has been available to iOS users for months. But iCloud Photo Library has turned out to be confusing to many users. In this FAQ, Joe Kissell answers the most common questions and points out some of iCloud Photo Library’s surprising behaviors.Show full article

TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 20 April 2015

Notable software releases this week include OS X Server 4.1, Nisus Writer Pro 2.1.1, OmniOutliner 4.2, Tinderbox 6.2, LaunchBar 6.3, Final Cut Pro X 10.2, Compressor 4.2, Motion 5.2, and OS X Yosemite 10.10.3 Supplemental Update 1.0.Show full article

ExtraBITS for 20 April 2015

In our latest ExtraBITS roundup, Apple has released its ResearchKit framework to the open-source community, developer Marco Arment calls for thicker Apple devices, Apple is getting into forestry, iOS 8.3 blocks third-party file managers, and Josh Centers discusses spider robots on The Tech Night Owl.Show full article

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