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Looking to write a novel during November’s National Novel Writing Month event? Try Scrivener’s free NaNoWriMo trial, and get more help from our heavily discounted “Take Control of Scrivener 2.” Also this week, Matt Neuburg reminds Lion users that TinkerTool can reverse some of Apple’s annoying changes, Rich Mogull shares the story of how he accidentally deleted all his iCloud data and was forced to figure out a non-trivial restoration method, and we have a DealBITS drawing for Tom Bihn’s latest Apple-focused laptop bag. Finally, Adam pores through release dates to determine just how long Apple supports Macs and iOS devices with new system software — you might be surprised at the results. Notable software releases this week include Adobe Photoshop Elements 10 Editor, Premiere Elements 10 Editor, Sandvox 2.2, and Aperture 3.2.1.

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Scrivener NaNoWriMo ’11 Trial Now Available

If you’re embarking on the task of writing a 50,000 word novel during the month of November — also known as National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo — Literature & Latte offers a special NaNoWriMo 2011 trial version of its Scrivener writing software.

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Apple’s Planned Obsolescence Schedule

We’ve all said that Macs last longer than Windows-based PCs, but for how long a span does Apple provide major operating system support for older hardware? And what about iOS devices: do they have a radically shorter support lifespan?

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ExtraBITS for 7 November 2011

To continue your technology reading for this week, we have a bunch of interesting links, including thoughts about sandboxing in the Mac App Store, Macworld Expo’s name change, MacTech’s benchmarking of Parallels Desktop 7 and VMware Fusion 4, upcoming fixes in iOS 5.0.1, and Amazon’s addition of ebook lending for Kindle device owners in the company’s Prime program.