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TidBITS#1019/22-Mar-2010

It’s another issue with something for everyone. Adam leads off with the sad news of Now Software’s demise and anchors the issue with a detailed criticism of Google Wave. Also this week, Matt Neuburg reviews the GTD-inspired Things application, Doug McLean examines the spate of Time Capsule failures, Mark Anbinder provides an overview of what’s new in FileMaker Pro 11, and Glenn Fleishman covers Amazon’s release of the Kindle software for Mac OS X and the confusion caused by incomplete coverage of Apple’s iPad battery replacement policies. Finally, we have a discount on the invoicing software ProfitTrain for those who didn’t win a copy in last week’s DealBITS drawing. Notable software releases this week include BusyCal 1.2.3 and Phone Amego 1.1.14.

Adam Engst 50 comments

Now Software Shuts Down

Sad news - Now Software, the makers of the venerable Now Up-to-Date & Contact event and contact management package and its Now X replacement, has suspended day-to-day operations and released all of the company's staff.

Glenn Fleishman 12 comments

Amazon Releases Kindle for Mac and Explains iPad Plans

Amazon has finally released its Mac OS X Kindle application about five months after the Windows version, and a year after its iPhone release. The free beta software provides a window into Kindle Store books. Amazon also previewed its app for the iPad, and detailed plans for Kindle software on other tablet operating systems.

Adam Engst 8 comments

Why Google Wave Needs a Major Overhaul

Perhaps it's not quite fair to criticize a preview release, but when it comes from Google and is widely available, it's worth pointing out bits of clothing the emperor would do well to don. After months of trying to use Google Wave for real-world tasks, Adam shares both his frustrations with the service and his suggestions for how Google might address some of Wave's myriad problems.

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ExtraBITS for 22 March 2010

Our ExtraBITS links this week focus on saving money by building your own discounted Mac software bundle, learning how the Pandora music-streaming service managed to survive, noting Apple's repeat top ranking among Fortune's "Most Admired Companies," and checking out John Gruber's backup success story.