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TidBITS#1005/30-Nov-2009

It’s time to vote in our annual Gift Guide survey! Also, Matt Neuburg returns to update his investigations into Snow Leopard problems this week, noting that Apple has made the increasing deprecation of creator codes official and explaining how to eliminate Snow Leopard’s Finder-copying bug. Doug McLean revisits old territory too, covering how iPhoto 8.1.1 fixes the program’s face recognition bug, while Adam looks at how Twitter has rephrased the question that greets posters to the microblogging service. Adam also describes a new interface to article summaries on the TidBITS Web site. In the Take Control world, Jeff Carlson contributes some of his favorite iPhone tips from his recently released “Take Control of Your iPhone Apps,” and we announce the publication of “Take Control of Syncing Data in Snow Leopard.” Notable software releases in the past two weeks include Server Admin Tools 10.6.2, 1Password 3.0, Snapz Pro X 2.2.2, WireTap Studio 1.1.0, PopChar X 4.3, Electric Sheep 2.7b19c, NoteBook 3.0v366, Camino 2.0, Mailplane 2.1, Apple Printer Driver Updates, and Fetch 5.5.3.

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iPhoto 8.1.1 Fixes Face Recognition Bug

Apple has updated iPhoto '09 with a fix for a bug that prevented the Faces feature from properly recognizing matches for already-identified faces. The update also addresses an issue with book ordering and improves iPod touch support.

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7 Essential iPhone/iPod touch Tips

While writing "Take Control of Your iPhone Apps," Jeff Carlson discovered a variety of iPhone and iPod touch tips and tricks new to him, despite owning an iPhone since its release. He shares a few of his favorites from the many that appear in the book.

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ExtraBITS for 30 November 2009

Articles about Apple's missteps with the App Store approval process continue to attract our attention this week, but we also have links to a fun game for designers who are also foodies, a collection of manuals for the iMac and Mac mini, a pointer to a Microsoft Office Holiday Sale, and an interesting article on how volunteers are improving online maps.

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Hot Topics in TidBITS Talk for 30 November 2009

We took a week off from publishing our email newsletter due to the Thanksgiving holiday in the United States, but TidBITS Talk discussions continued during the break. In this week's roundup, we touch on working with small screens, creating slideshows and presentations, putting an old Apple display into service, getting an old scanner and HP printer to work under Snow Leopard, and dealing with Intuit (both positive and negative experiences). Readers also seek troubleshooting advice for a Mac Pro that wakes itself up and for pushing outgoing email through a gateway when traveling, wonder if Apple has officially dropped support for Tiger, and discuss the version of Mac OS X 10.6 Server that comes with the Mac mini server.