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TidBITS#1090/22-Aug-2011

Unsurprisingly, Mac OS X 10.7 Lion remains in our thoughts this week. First, Security Editor Rich Mogull looks deeply at how Lion integrates security technologies first tested in iOS. Then, the entire TidBITS staff contributes things that bother, baffle, and boggle us about Lion, with the point being to call out those changes that make us less productive. All that comes after Adam’s coverage of 10.7.1, which targets only the most significant problems with 10.7.0. In the iOS world, Marco Tabini explains what all the fuss is about with Apple deprecating developer access to the unique ID in every iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. We also have a new DealBITS drawing for the SuperSync utility that lets you synchronize iTunes libraries in numerous different scenarios. Notable software releases this week include Firefox 6.0, Dropbox 1.1.40, GraphicConverter X 7.3.1, Carbon Copy Cloner 3.4.2, ScreenFlow 3.0, and Airfoil 4.5.5.

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The Mystery of the Disappearing UDID

The world of Apple punditry has been abuzz about a relatively minor change in the latest iOS beta that could have dramatic ramifications for third-party developers and user privacy. When the dust settles, however, things may not be as bad (or as dramatic) as they seem.

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Subtle Irritations in Lion

Immensely popular as Lion has been, Apple’s latest version of Mac OS X offers not just new and exciting features, but also some subtle annoyances, shortcomings, and, yes, real bugs that are slowing us down and making us less productive.