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TidBITS#1004/16-Nov-2009

The holiday season looms large, and we’re easing into it by soliciting suggestions for the annual TidBITS Gift Guide and by passing on news of free Wi-Fi hotspot access during holiday travel. In the iPhone world, we have a pair of new ebooks that will help you get more from your iPhone or iPod touch, news of a digital FM tuner for the iPhone, and links to several App Store rejection stories. On the Mac side of things, Matt Neuburg isolates a Finder-copying bug in Snow Leopard, and Adam passes along news of a workaround to a screen saver bug introduced in Mac OS X 10.6.2. Finally, Adam reviews the ViBook+ USB-based video adapter, explains how you can put Wikipedia in your pocket with the WikiReader, and looks at Waveboard, a WebKit wrapper around Google Wave. Notable software releases this week include Safari 4.0.4, Yojimbo 2.1, Wireless Keyboard Update 2.0, Freedom 0.5.1, Default Folder X 4.3.3, Microsoft Office 2008 12.2.3 Update, and Firefox 3.5.5.

Adam Engst 11 comments

Put More Pixels on Your Desktop with ViBook+

The new ViBook+ enables you to add a large - 24- to 28-inch - monitor to any Mac via USB. Though it still lacks 3D acceleration and isn't the fastest graphics adapter you'll find, it's well worth it for connecting an additional display to a MacBook or MacBook Pro in particular.

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ExtraBITS for 16 November 2009

We were busy publishing "Take Control of Your iPhone Apps" (note Jeff's MacVoices interview) and "Take Control of iPhone OS 3" this week, so we didn't have much time for Web surfing, but the articles that jumped out at us this week revolved around the iPhone worm that can infect careless jailbreakers and the latest App Store rejection horror stories.

Jeff Carlson No comments

Hot Topics in TidBITS Talk for 16 November 2009

This week's TidBITS Talk discussions cover several new topics. On the troubleshooting front, readers diagnose why Microsoft AutoUpdate is repeatedly pushing a conversion utility, why Magic Mouse tracking isn't as good when connected to a Mac Pro, and whether something is wrong with an iMac's FireWire bus. Suggestions are also offered for building a Mac help desk for a school, previewing photos on a virtual wall, and obtaining early versions of the Mac OS. We also look at the end of the Apple v. Psystar case and the ongoing costs of using Macs in the office versus Windows PCs.