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Just when you think things might be settling down, Apple goes and releases a slew of new hardware. Led by Doug McLean and Glenn Fleishman, we have coverage of the new iMac, the new unibody MacBook, the updated Mac mini, the Magic Mouse, and Apple’s faster AirPort Extreme and Time Capsule base stations. Doug didn’t stop there, covering an annoying bug in iPhoto ’09’s Faces feature and working with Glenn on coverage of Barnes & Noble’s new Nook ebook reader. Glenn and Jeff Carlson collaborated on coverage of Apple’s Q4 2009 financial report, and Matt Neuburg contributed a look at how completely he relies on the just-released LaunchBar 5.0.1 for moment-to-moment Mac use. We’ve also published two new ebooks: “Take Control of Users & Accounts in Snow Leopard” and “Take Control of Sharing Files in Snow Leopard.” Finally, notable software releases this week include iPhoto2Twitter 1.6.1, Business Card Composer 5, SpamSieve 2.7.7, and CrashPlan 10.19.2009.

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Barnes & Noble’s Nook Reads Books

Barnes & Noble has unveiled its Kindle competitor, the Nook. The Android-powered ebook reader, priced at $259, features two screens - one for viewing, one for touch-based navigation - and connects to both Wi-Fi networks and AT&T's cellular data network.

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Hot Topics in TidBITS Talk for 26 October 2009

In this week's TidBITS Talk discussions, readers share problems with getting iPhoto to recognize the iPhone, react to our having published 1,000 issues, wonder why a MacBook Pro is running surprisingly hot, and discuss Apple's new Mac mini server option, the differences between the new MacBook and the MacBook Pro, international preferences under Tiger, and the oddly high cost of buying old Macs.