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No Email Issue on 26 May 2014 for Memorial Day

We’re taking a brief break from building an email issue of TidBITS next week in honor of the Memorial Day holiday in the United States, so look for the next issue in your mailbox on 2 June 2014.Show full article

10.9.3 Restores Local Contact/Calendar Sync, Improves 4K Support

In the latest update to OS X 10.9 Mavericks, Apple has restored iTunes-based contact and calendar syncing and added Retina support for external 4K displays.Show full article

iTunes 11.2.1 Fixes /Users Folder Bug, Improves Podcasts Library

After releasing an update to iTunes that improved the Podcasts user interface (as well as bringing back local contact and calendar syncing), Apple issued iTunes 11.2.1 to fix a bug that caused the /Users folder to disappear.Show full article

Local Contact/Calendar Syncing Returns in iTunes 11.2

With OS X 10.9.3 and iTunes 11.2, Apple has restored local syncing of contacts and calendars. Adam Engst explains how to set it up, and why you might not want to use it.Show full article

No Correlation Between Heat and Hard Drive Failure

Common wisdom says that keeping hard drives cool will make them last longer, but is it true? Backblaze’s backup boffins say no.Show full article

Europe’s Highest Court Upholds Internet “Right to Be Forgotten”

Europe’s highest court has ruled that EU citizens have a right to have old search results scrubbed from Internet search engines. Is this identity protection or censorship?Show full article

FCC Moves Ahead with Internet “Fast Lanes”

The FCC is trying to preserve net neutrality while allowing ISPs to charge for “fast lanes” to reach American consumers. Good luck with that.Show full article

FunBITS: What Sets Beats Music Apart

With Apple rumored to purchase the headphone giant, Josh Centers takes a look at the Beats Music streaming service to see what differentiates it from competitors — and why it may be a good fit for Apple.Show full article

TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 19 May 2014

Notable software releases this week include Mailplane 3.2.1, SpamSieve 2.9.14, GraphicConverter 9.2, and Logic Pro X 10.0.7.Show full article

ExtraBITS for 19 May 2014

This week in ExtraBITS, Apple’s ranking in the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s annual “Who Has Your Back?” report has risen substantially. But Apple’s policies aren’t helping developer Panic, which is pulling the next version of its Coda Web site development tool from the Mac App Store due to Apple’s sandboxing requirements. Also at Apple’s mercy are iPhone users who have switched to Android and found themselves unable to receive SMS text messages from iMessage users. In other news, Amazon is playing dirty with publisher Hachette, it turns out to be impossible to escape the watchful eye of Gmail, and TidBITS Managing Editor Josh Centers made an appearance on The Tech Night Owl podcast.Show full article

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