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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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First Look at Google Earth for iPhone

Science fiction is here today! Examine the world from your iPhone with the free Google Earth.Show full article

Tablet iPod Rumored on Weak Evidence

Do a couple of comments from Steve Jobs during a rare appearance on Apple's earnings call, coupled with some odd log entries discovered by a search engine, imply that we'll see a tablet-sized iPod soon? Adam regretfully thinks not.Show full article

Importing Video from a FireWire Camcorder to an Aluminum MacBook

The new MacBook no longer includes a FireWire port, which is bad news for owners for MiniDV and HDV camcorders that connect to a computer via FireWire (or i.Link). Here's a possible workaround for getting your footage onto Apple's consumer notebook.Show full article

Adam Running the New York City Marathon

Adam will be entirely offline on November 2nd while hanging out with 40,000 other runners in New York City, racing his first marathon. Follow along online if you like, or if you're in New York, come watch and cheer.Show full article

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Apple posted a profit of $1.14 billion on revenue of $7.9 billion during the fourth fiscal quarter of 2008 thanks to increased sales of Macs, iPods, and especially iPhones.Show full article

Android Code Released as Open Source

The day before the first smartphone using Android ships, the alliance behind the operating system put the full source code under open-source licensing.Show full article

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Indev's Mail Act-On has long been a popular add-on to Apple Mail, allowing users to move or copy messages (or apply more complex rules) with a couple of keystrokes. The just-released version 2, a complete rewrite, features better performance, a truly delightful interface, and some exciting extra features that will thrill die-hard Mail users. It's like LaunchBar for your email!Show full article

Take Control News: Make the Most of MobileMe

Now that Apple's MobileMe service has settled down enough that it's possible to write a coherent book about it, we're pleased to announce the release of Joe Kissell's "Take Control of MobileMe," a 112-page ebook that explains all of MobileMe's features. Show full article

TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 27-Oct-08

Notable software releases this week include iPhoto 7.1.5, BBEdit 9.0.2, Lightroom 2.1, Adobe Camera Raw 5.1, DiscLabel 5.3, Cocktail 4.2, AirPort Extreme Update 2008-004, Aperture 2.1.2, InDesign CS3 5.0.4 Update, InCopy 5.0.4 Update, and Suitcase Fusion 2.0.Show full article

Hot Topics in TidBITS Talk/27-Oct-08

In this week's discussions, readers explore third-party solutions for improving Apple's Mail application, troubleshoot a problem with Mail icons disappearing, track down Word 2008's elusive autocorrect dictionary, examine rumors of a tablet-sized Mac or iPod, and grapple with importing video from a camcorder to the new MacBook.Show full article

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