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PCalc Adds! (A New Version, That Is)

PCalc Adds! (A New Version, That Is) -- PCalc is a calculator utility by James Thomson (who also writes DragThing, my favorite launcher). Developing a calculator is something of a thankless task, because users feel that arithmetic is something computers should just know how to do, and because a free calculator utility is always included by defaultShow full article

Adam Helps Launch MacNotables Podcast

Adam Helps Launch MacNotables Podcast -- Podcasting is all the rage right now, and it's something we've thought about doing in a variety of ways for TidBITS and Take ControlShow full article

DealBITS Drawing: Swift Publisher Winners

DealBITS Drawing: Swift Publisher Winners -- Congratulations to Kevin Savetz of savetz.com, Ole Andreas Kongsgaarden of c2i.net, and Marijn van der Waa of xs4all.nl, whose entries were chosen randomly in last week's DealBITS drawing and who each received an electronic copy of BeLight Software's Swift Publisher, worth $34.95Show full article

DealBITS Drawing: MaxProtect II from MaxUpgrades

Many different companies produce laptop cases in a myriad of shapes, sizes, and designs. If you're interested in an impact-resistant briefcase for Apple's three PowerBook models, check out the new MaxProtect II from MaxUpgradesShow full article

Apple Quadruples Q4 Profit

Apple Computer has published the financial results for its fourth fiscal quarter of 2005, and... well, there's no other way to put this. Somewhere in Cupertino, someone is rolling around in a big pile of money and laughing like a comic book villain on nitrous oxideShow full article

Apple Unveils Video iPod & New Media-centric iMac

In one of its trademark media events in San Jose on 12-Oct-05, Apple Computer took the wraps off its new fifth-generation video-capable iPod and a new, slimmer iMac with an integrated iSight video camera and new Front Row media software. First, Apple's fifth-generation iPod sports a 2.5-inch LCD screen which, like previous color iPods, can display album art and photographs, but can also play video, including music videos, television episodes, video podcasts, and home moviesShow full article

iTunes 6 Gets Video

In the much-anticipated "One More Thing..." special event last week, Apple CEO Steve Jobs introduced iTunes 6, just five weeks after the release of iTunes 5Show full article

RealNetworks and Microsoft Settle, Present New Unified Front

The moral of last week's settlement agreement between RealNetworks and Microsoft is apparently that if you continue a lawsuit long enough against the Redmond software giant, they pay you off - in this case, to the (pun-intended) tune of $761 million. That's not to say that ex-Microsoftie and RealNetworks founder Rob Glaser's complaints about Microsoft's past predatory practices were invalidShow full article

Instant Messaging World Coalesces, a Little

For a technology that enables people the world over to communicate easily, the current instant messaging (IM) networks are surprisingly close-mouthed. Currently, users of the three major IM networks - MSN, Yahoo, and AOL (which Apple uses for iChat) - cannot chat between different servicesShow full article

Cheap Palm, Connected Palm

Before Apple started teasing the press last Wednesday in a cell phone-unfriendly auditorium, Palm announced their two latest handheld organizers, both of which come with Mac OS X support out of the box. Palm, IncShow full article

Take Control News/17-Oct-05

"Take Control of Permissions in Mac OS X" Released -- When Adam and I conceived of the Take Control series back in 2003, we imagined multiple ebooks, each functioning like a chapter in a huge volume about the Mac - readers could buy only those chapters that were of interest, and we could provide deeper and more current coverage than a print book could offer. In our initial brainstorming sessions with authors, a number of people suggested writing about permissions, those sometimes-pesky settings that control who can do what to which files, folders, and disks on a MacShow full article

Hot Topics in TidBITS Talk/17-Oct-05

The first link for each thread description points to the traditional TidBITS Talk interface; the second link points to the same discussion on our Web Crossing server, which provides a different look and which may be faster. iDisk Performance -- Slow performance when accessing files on an iDisk prompts discussion of alternativesShow full article

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