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Fill in Gaps in Pear Note

If you ever find yourself zoning out during a meeting or class, only later to realize that you forgot to take notes for 20 minutes, Pear Note makes it easy to fill in those gaps. To do so:

  1. Open your Pear Note document.
  2. Hit play.
  3. Click on the last text you did type to jump to that point in the recording.
  4. Click the lock to unlock the text of the note.
  5. Take notes on the part you missed.

Your new notes will be synced to the recording just as if you'd taken them live with the rest of your notes.

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Microsoft Office 2008 12.1.3 and 2004 11.5.2 Updates

Microsoft continues to release updates to Office 2008 and 2004, this time blocking a notable security hole, improving stability within Leopard, and addressing a number of bugs.Show full article

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Following its announcement late last month, the CS4 revision of Adobe's suite of creative tools is now shipping.Show full article

Apple and Microsoft Snipe in Ad Campaigns

Apple's "Get a Mac" ad campaign has taken direct aim at Microsoft, finally causing the industry giant to strike back with a $300 million ad campaign. Now Apple is returning fire.Show full article

DealBITS Winners for PDFpen 4

In which we announce the winners of copies of PDFpen in last week's DealBITS drawing.Show full article

T-Mobile's Google Phone Promising but Unpolished

The T-Mobile G1 with Google isn't as impressive today as it will likely be in several months. The first Android-based smartphone release shows potential because its lack of constraints, but it's not all there yet.Show full article

Redesigned 15-inch MacBook Pro Unleashed

Apple revamps the 15-inch MacBook Pro with a fresh look, improved graphics, glass trackpad, magnetic latch, and more, although you won't find FireWire 400 or a matte screen option.Show full article

Updated MacBook Design Gets Metal and Glass

The long-awaited redesigned MacBook arrives with a metal enclosure, faster graphics, and a backlit LED screen. It can also drive larger monitors than ever before, but on the downside, it lacks FireWire.Show full article

New MacBook Air Adds Capacity and Graphics Performance

The new MacBook Air gets a taste of some of the new technologies brought to the other MacBook models.Show full article

New 24-inch Cinema Display Goes LED, Gets Hydra Cable

Apple's new 24-inch Cinema Display offers LED backlighting, an iSight camera, microphone, speakers, and, most notably, a cable with three connectors that provide USB, audio/video, and power connectivity to the new models in the MacBook family. Show full article

Running the 2008 Mac Numbers with Tim Cook

Apple loves to share positive numbers at the beginning of keynotes, and the special event to introduce new laptops was no exception. Read on to see just how high Apple's market share has risen, how many visitors the Apple Stores are receiving each day, how many Macs have been sold so far in 2008, and much more.Show full article

On the Way Out: FireWire and Matte Screens?

Apple's removal of FireWire from the redesigned MacBook and elimination of the matte screen option generates a firestorm of complaints from Mac users. We don't like it, but we'll probably have to lump it.Show full article

TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 20-Oct-08

Notable software releases so far this week include Apple's Migration and DVD/CD Sharing Update, Typinator 3.2, Mac HelpMate 2.6, Undercover 2.5, OpenOffice 3.0, Flash Player 10, Live Interior 3D 2.0, and Bento 2.0.Show full article

Hot Topics in TidBITS Talk/20-Oct-08

Readers this week discuss specific recent articles, including Adam's experience filing bug reports with two companies, the steps we take to keep the TidBITS servers running following a crash, Rich Mogull's fascinating look at how mobile phones work, and changes in the new MacBook and MacBook Pro models. Also, the migration from Eudora continues, with advice for moving to Windows email clients; setting up a blog in iWeb; and dealing with Apple repairs in the company's retail stores.Show full article

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