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Marvin Redux: A Smart Ebook Reader Gets Smarter

Marvin, a sophisticated ebook reader for the iPad, has dramatically improved text rendering capabilities, eliminating its one major flaw.Show full article

Apple TV Update Adds HBO GO, ESPN, and More

Apple has updated its puckish Apple TV to add a bevy of new content options. Josh Centers offers an overview of what’s now available.Show full article

What Apple Data the U.S. Government Can and Cannot Access

Responding to recent allegations that the NSA can spy on users of online services, Apple has clarified what private user data the U.S. government can access. Apple’s statements, plus the released material, provide a clearer picture of how and where you data could be exposed. The short version? Ignore the hyperbole.Show full article

Pondering the Social Future of Wearable Computing

Technology companies and pundits are pushing hard for wearable computers, but will society accept them? Jeff Porten examines how social conventions have changed — and will continue to change — to accommodate the likes of smartwatches and Google Glass.Show full article

FunBITS: Badland for iOS

Badland is a dark, gorgeous running puzzler for iOS that breaks new ground in mobile gaming.Show full article

TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 24 June 2013

Notable software releases this week include Mellel 3.2.1, Java for OS X 2013-004 and Java for Mac OS X 10.6 Update 16, TweetDeck 3.0.2, and Hazel 3.1.1.Show full article

ExtraBITS for 24 June 2013

This week in ExtraBITS, Marco Arment calls for the end of the App Store’s “top” lists, the Computer Desktop Encyclopedia is now free for all, a musician evaluates the forthcoming Mac Pro, AT&T customers will now receive iOS 6 government alerts, and the iPhone 5 has finally come to Virgin Mobile. Speaking of eagerly awaited things, HBO GO has at long last appeared on the Apple TV, and The Verge has the story of what it took to get there. While many Mac users are looking forward to the superior battery life of the new MacBook Air, some have been disappointed with Wi-Fi problems. Finally, the new MacBook Air and other WWDC news was the topic of Adam Engst’s appearance on the Tech Night Owl Live podcast.Show full article

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