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Smile Brings Back Standalone TextExpander, Reduces Subscription Price

In response to customer feedback, Smile has adjusted its approach with TextExpander, promising to maintain the standalone versions of the text-expansion utility and lowering the price of the individual subscription plan.Show full article

TidBITS Turns 26: Thoughts on Apple’s Evolution

On our 26th anniversary, TidBITS Publisher Adam Engst muses about the kind of company into which Apple has evolved. It’s not the Apple of Steve Jobs anymore.Show full article

Chapter 7 of “Take Control of Slack Basics” Available

Slack channels are great for holding messages on particular topics, but what about when you just want to have a quick chat with a few people? That’s what direct message conversations are for. In this week’s chapter, Glenn Fleishman explains how conversations work.Show full article

Wrangling the Siri Remote

The $79 Siri Remote bundled with the fourth-generation Apple TV is packed with technology, but it’s also easy to break or lose. “Take Control of Apple TV” author Josh Centers offers some ways to work around the Siri Remote’s drawbacks.Show full article

IK Multimedia iRig Acoustic: More Twang for the Buck

IK Multimedia’s iRig Acoustic is an inexpensive, highly portable way to record an acoustic guitar on your iOS device — just be careful you don’t drag your iPhone or iPad onto the floor!Show full article

TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 18 April 2016

Notable software releases this week include Fantastical 2.2.1, Retrospect 13.01, LaunchBar 6.6.2, and Delicious Library 3.5.1.Show full article

ExtraBITS for 18 April 2016

In ExtraBITS this week, it turns out that the FBI hired hackers in the San Bernardino iPhone case, a new authentication protocol has been proposed to make USB-C safer, and AirPlay comes to Android on the new HTC 10 smartphone. Amazon has announced a new high-end e-reader, the Kindle Oasis, and is adding monthly payment options for its Amazon Prime service. Finally, in Apple news, the company has ended its iTunes Allowances program and its App Store reviewers have been feuding with developers of Reddit clients.Show full article

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