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TidBITS 2016 Gratitude and Holiday Hiatus

In keeping with our tradition, we’re taking the last few weeks of the year off, so look for the next email issue of TidBITS on 2 January 2017. Thanks for your attention in 2016, and here’s to 2017!Show full article

WinterFest 2016 25%-Off Sale on Take Control Books and 13 Mac Apps

If you need help with your Mac, iOS device, or apps, or if your work would proceed more smoothly with a capable Mac app at your side, check out the multi-developer WinterFest sale. You can save 25 percent on all Take Control titles and 13 leading Mac apps.Show full article

iOS 10.2 Adds TV App, HomeKit Notifications, New Emojis

iOS 10.2 introduces the new TV app for aggregating content across different apps. It also features some key HomeKit improvements and a bunch of new emojis.Show full article

tvOS 10.1 Unifies the Apple TV Experience with “TV” App

Apple has released tvOS 10.1, and with it the TV app, which serves as the new front face for the Apple TV. Also, Apple has finally implemented its long-promised Single Sign-on feature.Show full article

watchOS 3.1.1 Fixes a Handful of Bugs

The latest update to watchOS fixes some highly specific bugs and patches a pair of security vulnerabilities. It’s minor but worth installing.Show full article

Mangobeat Amplifies iPhone Volume Naturally and Sustainably

Looking for a simple solution for amplifying your iPhone’s speaker? The Mangobeat is an all-natural amplifier made by an independent craftsman.Show full article

iBooks StoryTime Brings Read-Aloud Books to Apple TV

Want your kids to turn off the TV and open a book? Apple’s iBooks StoryTime for Apple TV gives your kids a counter-argument. But screen time concerns remain.Show full article

PlayStation Vue Wins Cord-Cutter Option for News and Sports

iOS and tvOS now host three services for live content without a traditional cable or satellite package: Sling TV, DirecTV Now, and PlayStation Vue. Josh Centers explains why PlayStation Vue is the superior choice for news and sports fans.Show full article

DirecTV Now Joins the Scrum of Cord-Cutting TV Services

AT&T, via its DirecTV arm, joins the likes of PlayStation Vue and Sling TV with a TV streaming service that has cable-like offerings but is delivered entirely online. DirecTV Now works with the Apple TV, iOS devices, and the Mac, too.Show full article

TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 12 December 2016

Notable software releases this week include BusyCal 3.1.3 and BusyContacts 1.1.5, SpamSieve 2.9.27, Little Snitch 3.7.1, PDFpen and PDFpenPro 8.3, and Lightroom CC 2015.8 and Lightroom 6.8.Show full article

ExtraBITS for 12 December 2016

In our final ExtraBITS collection of the year, smartwatch pioneer Pebble has failed, Apple is investigating a fix for iPhone 6s shutdowns, the Wirecutter offers a guide to USB-C devices, and Amazon is testing a grocery store that has no cashiers.Show full article

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