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Report iMessage Spam to Apple

Apple has created a simple way to report iMessage spammers until you can block them entirely in iOS 7.Show full article

FileMaker Closes the Lid on Bento

Despite selling over one million units, FileMaker Inc. has announced that it is discontinuing its personal database product Bento. Adam Engst delves into the details, and suggests that the moral of the story is that we users must constantly be vigilant when relying on an app or service to make sure we have an exit strategy.Show full article

First Look at MacTech Conference 2013

Details are starting to appear about MacTech Conference 2013, so if you’re an Apple developer or IT professional looking for learning, certification, and networking opportunities, join us in Los Angeles in early November.Show full article

Chapter 7 of “Take Control of Your Digital Photos” Available

If you’ve been following along with Jeff Carlson’s advice in our streamed ebook, “Take Control of Your Digital Photos,” you’re shooting smarter, assigning metadata at import, and applying keywords and other metadata later on. Now it’s time to take advantage of that work, and learn how you can locate images nearly instantly. In this chapter, Jeff provides step-by-step instructions in the four photo-management apps on how to search for specific metadata — such as keywords and ratings, and even camera-generated data — to track down shots. Then he explains how to encapsulate such searches into smart albums whose contents change based on criteria you specify.Show full article

Testing Google’s Chromecast for Apple Users

At a mere $35, Google’s new Chromecast is a tempting alternative to the Apple TV, but how does it stack up for Apple users, including educators and business professionals? Josh Centers put it through its paces, and even tried a game to see how it compares to the Apple TV.Show full article

Downcast Comes to Mac, but Lacks Instacast’s Polish

The popular iOS podcast client is now available on the Mac. How does it stack up with its arch-rival, Instacast?Show full article

FunBITS: Train Your Brain with Lumosity

Lumosity is an iOS app that promises to make you smarter while you have fun. But does it work? Josh Centers explores the app and the science behind it, but isn’t sure if he has become more intelligent in the process.Show full article

TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 5 Aug 2013

Notable software releases this week include OpenOffice 4.0, Growl 2.1, Airfoil 4.8, Typinator 5.6, ReadKit 2.2.1, and Final Cut Pro X 10.0.9.Show full article

ExtraBITS for 5 August 2013

Android’s critics often talk about how fragmented its ecosystem is, but the developers of the OpenSignal app have finally given the fragmentation life with a variety of visualizations. In Apple news, the Obama administration has saved older iOS devices from a Samsung-initiated import ban, and Apple is giving away free content in its Apple Store app. We also bring you the story of the classic educational game The Oregon Trail, Josh Centers appeared on MacVoices to tell the story of how he joined TidBITS, your Xerox WorkCentre copier could be mixing up its numbers, and Amazon has found a clever workaround for Apple’s in-app purchasing restrictions.Show full article

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