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TidBITS#1079/06-Jun-2011

We’re back from our Memorial Day hiatus last week with a double-sized issue, thanks to Apple’s numerous keynote announcements at this week’s Worldwide Developer Conference. Adam looks at what these announcements and Apple’s public numbers say about the company’s place in the industry, and we cover the basics of what Apple revealed about Mac OS X Lion, iOS 5, and iCloud. (It was a tough day at the keyboards for all of us!) Security news also pushes its way into this issue, with an important Flash Player update you should download, along with more on the increasingly serious MacDefender situation. Last, but by no means least, we’re extremely pleased to bring you three important new Take Control books: Joe Kissell’s “Take Control of Speeding Up Your Mac” and “Take Control of Troubleshooting Your Mac, Second Edition,” and Michael Cohen’s “Take Control of TextExpander.” Notable software releases in the last two weeks include Growl 1.2.2, Data Rescue 3.2, Logic Pro 9.1.4 and Logic Express 9.1.4, Moneydance 2011, Fantastical 1.0, DEVONthink and DEVONnote 2.1, Sparrow 1.2, and Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3.4.1.

Adam Engst 4 comments

Apple Flexes Muscle in WWDC 2011 Keynote

With the WWDC 2011 keynote, Apple showed off just how powerful the company has become, both by announcing not one, not two, but three full-fledged platforms, and by sharing numerous statistics that paint a pretty picture of Apple’s current and future business prospects.

Michael E. Cohen No comments

Speed Up Your Mac and Solve Problems with New Take Control Ebooks

Joe Kissell’s “Take Control of Speeding Up Your Mac” completes his Mac Fitness Trilogy with a comprehensive collection of tested tweaks and tips to get your Mac firing fast on all cores — and if slow performance is not your Mac’s only problem, Joe’s just-released “Take Control of Troubleshooting Your Mac, Second Edition” provides helpful diagnostic and repair techniques. Finally, “Take Control of Maintaining Your Mac, Second Edition” helps you keep problems from happening in the first place.

Jeff Carlson 24 comments

iCloud Rolls In, Extended Forecast Calls for Disruption

Apple’s upcoming iCloud service promises to make you forget about having to sync devices using cables to share data. Download songs you’ve purchased but not synced (even those you ripped or purchased somewhere other than the iTunes Store), update documents on multiple devices simultaneously, store an ongoing photo stream, and more with Apple’s MobileMe replacement.

Adam Engst 19 comments

Apple Responds to Increasingly Serious MacDefender Situation

In an unusual about-face, Apple has gone from telling AppleCare reps not to help callers remove MacDefender infections to releasing a support document explaining how to do it along with a security update to Mac OS X 10.6.7 to stop MacDefender and its variants. Hopefully it will also stop MacGuard, the new variant Intego has found that doesn’t even require an admin password to install.

TidBITS Staff No comments

ExtraBITS for 6 June 2011

We have a couple of podcasts from TidBITS staffers for you this week, along with the continuing saga of the Lodsys patent brouhaha, news of a MacBook case replacement program, Apple’s release of iWork for the iPhone and iPod touch, and Gmail’s new people widget.