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Apple Releases iOS 9.3.1 to Address Link Bug

Apple has released the small iOS 9.3.1 update to fix a bug that caused apps to hang and crash when tapping Web links.Show full article

Chapter 5 of “Take Control of Slack Basics” Available

Simple messages are fine, but you can do so much more in Slack with uploaded file attachments, snippets of code or other formatted text, posts that other team members can edit, and even voice calls. That’s where Glenn Fleishman turns his attention this week.Show full article

Google Gives Away Its Nik Collection Photo-editing Apps

Google’s Nik Collection, a suite of seven photo editing apps for the Mac, once appealed primarily to advanced users willing to pay $150. Now the suite is free, potentially broadening its appeal, but its lack of compatibility with Apple’s Photos app could turn off many Mac users.Show full article

Make Sure You’re Getting OS X Security Data

There’s a poorly worded checkbox buried in the App Store pane of System Preferences that, if you misinterpret the interface, can result in your Mac failing to download critical anti-malware data. Adam Engst unwittingly had it set wrong, and if you do too, read on to learn how to get it right.Show full article

iBooks with iCloud Drive Is Unreliable and Confusing

The marquee feature in the latest versions of iBooks that arrived with OS X 10.11.4 and iOS 9.3 is integration with iCloud Drive. In theory, it makes syncing better; in reality, it can wreak havoc.Show full article

FlippedBITS: 1Password Versus iCloud Keychain

Recent versions of OS X and iOS have a built-in password manager called iCloud Keychain, which generates random passwords for you and syncs across devices automatically. So why would anyone need 1Password (or another third-party password manager)? Joe Kissell shares a long list of reasons, making a strong case for going beyond Apple’s free tool.Show full article

TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 4 April 2016

Notable software releases this week include Banktivity 5.6.7, Parallels Desktop 11.1.3, Fantastical 2.2, Evernote 6.6, OmniFocus 2.5, OmniOutliner 4.5.1, MoneyWell 2.3.10, iBooks Author 2.4.1, KeyCue 8.0, Default Folder X 5.0.3, and DEVONthink/DEVONnote 2.8.10.Show full article

ExtraBITS for 4 April 2016

In ExtraBITS this week, the FBI has agreed to unlock an iPhone related to an Arkansas homicide, Verizon is adding a $20 fee to phone upgrades, and Amazon is trying to banish non-compliant USB-C cables from its store.Show full article

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