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We note two major updates in this issue: Mac OS X 10.6.5 and Microsoft Office 2011 for Mac 14.0.1. The former fixes a bunch of highly specific bugs that most people have never seen; the latter addresses more common problems in the initial release of Office 2011. Mac OS X 10.6.5 also breaks PGP Whole Disk Encryption, but Rich Mogull explains the problem and how to recover from it. Also this week, Adam contemplates playing ping-pong with an iPad for a paddle and trembles before the Attack of the Zombie Input Managers. And for those contemplating the Apple Battery Charger, Michael Cohen looks at how well it works and why battery charge percentages are so confusing with its batteries. Lastly, we’re pleased to announce the release of Glenn Fleishman’s “Take Control of iPhone and iPod touch Networking & Security, iOS 4 Edition” and an update to “Take Control of Wi-Fi Security,” along with the winners of last week’s DealBITS drawing for Simon (along with a discount for those who didn’t win). Notable software releases this week include iTunes 10.1, BBEdit 9.6.1, Security Update 2010-007 (Leopard and Leopard Server), 1Password 3.5.0, Coda 1.7, HP Printer Drivers v.2.5.2, and Carbon Copy Cloner 3.3.6.

Michael E. Cohen No comments

Two New Ebooks Explore Networking and Security

“Take Control of iPhone and iPod touch Networking & Security, iOS 4 Edition,” an ebook written by networking expert Glenn Fleishman, sheds light on the geeky secrets of safe iPhone and iPod touch networking. Also new is version 1.7 of our longstanding “Take Control of Your Wi-Fi Security.”

Adam Engst 39 comments

Attack of the Zombie Input Managers

Your Mac may be crashing unnecessarily, thanks to input managers left over from before Snow Leopard that are still inserting themselves into running applications. Read on to see if you need to clear out an infestation of zombie input managers.

Adam Engst 5 comments

Palm Your iPad with a Hand-e-holder

If you’ve worried about your iPad slipping out of your hands, check out the new Hand-e-holder, a clever accessory that makes it easy to attach your iPad (or other hard-to-hold object) to your hand or to connect it to a variety of stands and clip-on mounts.

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ExtraBITS for 15 November 2010

Just two worthwhile links for you this week—news that Apple and Oracle will be collaborating to ensure that Java remains available for Mac OS X and an Apple-acknowledged bug in iOS 4.1 that messes up repeating alarms.