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TidBITS#1009/11-Jan-2010

Roving correspondent Jeff Porten has once again shouldered the Herculean task of covering the Consumer Electronics Show for TidBITS, and he has reported back with several articles about the new technology at CES. In other news, we’ve published the new “Take Control of Easy Mac Backups” ebook; two Apple-focused documentaries are now available for free streaming; a lawsuit against Apple alleging iPod-related hearing loss was thrown out; the Kindle DX is now available outside the United States; and the venerable multimedia project “If Monks Had Macs” can now be downloaded for free. Finally, Chris Pepper offers solutions to the problem of how to download Apple software updates even if you don’t have high-speed Internet access all the time. Notable software releases this week include Bonjour Update 2010-001, DocHaven 4.2, Firefox 3.5.7, BusyCal 1.1.2, HoudahSpot 2.6.2, and Corel Painter 11.0.1.42.

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CES 2010: Blending the Future

During the press days at CES, before the exhibition floor opens, some of the most interesting bits of technology are shown to members of the media, like our own Jeff Porten. Read on to learn about laser projectors, minuscule computers, iPhone-controlled hovercrafts, and yes, a blender.

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CES 2010: More ShowStopping Products

ShowStoppers isn't exactly related to CES, but many of the CES exhibitors showed up at this media event, showing off neat products ranging from a GSM-to-VoIP call router to a 3D printer, along with a service that will ensure Jeff Porten never again gets a second date.

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ExtraBITS for 11 January 2010

Along with a pair of interviews - Adam on the OWC Radio podcast and Joe Kissell talking about right-clicking on Tech Night Owl Live - we found ourselves reading about a neat way to make it more likely that a kind soul will return a lost camera, looking at magazine covers of Steve Jobs over the years, noticing that you can now play samples of iTunes Store tracks via the iTunes Preview Web site, and learning that Apple has just purchased a mobile advertising firm.

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Hot Topics in TidBITS Talk for 11 January 2010

In this week's discussions, readers seek help with exporting movies from iMovie, transferring all of one's data to a new Mac, and hosting BitTorrent seeds of the venerable (and now free) "If Monks had Macs" project. Also this week, is it acceptable to say "right-click" when referring to the action that displays a contextual menu, and what could be the cause of poor iPhone reception in northern Virginia?