We’re getting ready for next week’s Macworld Expo, er… Macworld | iWorld, so if you’re going, be sure to check out the TidBITS Events list for where we’ll be. In other news this week, Adam weighs in on the SOPA/PIPA issue with a perspective that hasn’t seen much play — that of what it’s like to be a small publisher whose work is used without permission. Adam also reviews Third Rail Mobility’s Slim Case System (a battery-powered case for the iPhone 4 and 4S), and Glenn Fleishman proposes some fixes for preventing unexpected sounds from iPhones during performances. Also, our latest ebook is Kirk McElhearn’s “Take Control of iTunes 10: The FAQ, Second Edition!” Notable software releases this week include GraphicConverter X 7.6, BBEdit 10.1.1, and the Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4 Public Beta.
As always, TidBITS staffers will be wandering the corridors of the Macworld | iWorld conference and exhibition in San Francisco, taking place January 26–28, 2012. Come enjoy stimulating discussions and sessions, or just flag us down to say hello or become a member in person! Here’s where you can find us.
A new edition of Kirk McElhearn’s “Take Control of iTunes 10: The FAQ” addresses iTunes Match, along with a plethora of other frequently asked questions about Apple’s sprawling media player.
If you need to extend the battery life of your iPhone and other devices without a truly bulky external battery, Third Rail Mobility’s Slim Case System with multiple Smart Batteries might be just the ticket. But the clever bits come with some industrial design annoyances.
An iPhone interrupted a New York Philharmonic concert not because of a ring, but because of an alarm. Shouldn’t smartphones have a smart switch to mute sounds for performances, too?
SOPA and PIPA may be truly bad bills that should be stopped in their tracks, but that doesn’t mean that online file sharing isn’t a problem for content creators. Adam shares the perspective of a small publisher grappling with a world where copying could be rampant.
Notable software releases this week include GraphicConverter X 7.6, BBEdit 10.1.1, and the Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4 Public Beta.
Just two quick bits this week: a pointer to the Macworld | iWorld T-shirt contest and some general coverage of CES that makes the show sound like an easy one to miss.