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No TidBITS Issue on 21 November 2011

We’re taking the next email issue of TidBITS off to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday in the United States, although we’ll continue to post articles and links on our Web site. The next email issue will be published on 28 November 2011.Show full article

iTunes 10.5.1 Unveils iTunes Match

Apple has shipped iTunes 10.5.1, with the sole notable change being support for the just-released iTunes Match music service.Show full article

Firmware Update for Apple’s 802.11n Base Stations

While this AirPort base station firmware update provides a few welcome bug fixes, it doesn’t add Back to My Mac access to AirPort disk and Time Capsule files via iCloud. But it’s fun to install via the new iOS version of AirPort Utility.Show full article

iOS 5.0.1 Aims to Address Battery Issues

Apple has released iOS 5.0.1 to address widespread problems with battery life in iOS devices; the update also adds multitasking gestures back to the original iPad and fixes some bugs and security vulnerabilities. And for the first time ever, you can update directly from your device, without iTunes!Show full article

Apple Store App 2.0 Introduces EasyPay, In-Store Pickup

With the new version of the Apple Store app for iOS, you can walk into a retail store, scan the barcode of a product, purchase it, and walk out without any other human intervention. Other in-stock items can be ordered in the app and picked up at a store.Show full article

Adobe Halts Development on Mobile Flash

Adobe has officially discontinued development on mobile versions of Flash. In other words, Apple’s refusal to allow Flash on iOS was either prescient or causal.Show full article

DealBITS Winner: Tom Bihn Cadet

See who won the $170 Tom Bihn Cadet laptop bag in last week’s DealBITS drawing. Show full article

Lion Struggles but Finally Submits to Install

In some unforeseeable utopia, the lion shall lie down with the lamb. Glenn Fleishman just wanted Lion to bow its head and accept its fate in running an older Mac Pro. Herewith, the machinations necessary to achieve Lion’s blessing.Show full article

Square Provides Easy Alternative to Cash and Checks

For anyone who needs to take occasional (or even frequent) credit card payments, the Square service is a brilliantly easy solution that works with iOS and Android devices and charges entirely reasonable transaction fees.Show full article

TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 14 November 2011

Notable software releases this week include Postbox 3, DEVONthink 2.3.1, Java for Mac OS X 10.7 Update 1 and Java for Mac OS X 10.6 Update 6, Digital Camera RAW Compatibility Update 3.9, and MacBook Pro SMC Firmware Update 1.5.Show full article

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