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Apple news once again drives our coverage, with Apple’s announcement last week of the third-generation iPad, the third-generation Apple TV, iOS 5.1, iPhoto for iOS, and various updated iOS apps. Less emphasized was Apple’s cancellation of, a stillborn collaboration service that never made it out of beta. In other news, Intuit has released Quicken Mac 2007 Lion Compatible, and we’re pleased to bring you our latest ebook, “Take Control of BBEdit.” Finally, Adam takes you on a hypertextual tour of some delightfully interconnected blog posts about how big media companies suffer from unauthorized copying largely because they’re not meeting the needs of their customers. Notable software releases this week include Safari 5.1.4; iTunes 10.6; iBooks Author 1.1; GarageBand ’11 6.0.5; iPhoto ’11 9.2.2; DEVONagent Lite, Express, and Pro 3.1.2; Adobe Lightroom 4.0; and Parallels Desktop 7.0.15055.

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Apple Announces Third-Generation iPad

With the usual fanfare, Apple has revealed the third-generation iPad, showcasing the device’s Retina display, faster A5X processor, new rear-facing iSight camera with 1080p HD video recording, voice dictation capability, and optional 4G LTE wireless connectivity. All that, in very much the same form factor and at the same prices.

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Third-Generation Apple TV Adds 1080p Video

Apple’s hobby product, the Apple TV, was updated with a new user interface and to support 1080p video. The third-generation Apple TV remains priced at $99 and will ship this week. The previous model gains the new user interface but not support for 1080p video.

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New Ebook for Text Mavens: “Take Control of BBEdit”

Our latest ebook, “Take Control of BBEdit,” explains how to accomplish real-world writing and coding tasks more efficiently than ever before, focusing on three main areas of usage: essential text-processing features for all BBEdit users, working with HTML from the level of the individual tag all the way to a dynamic Web site, and managing multi-resource projects.

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Follow the Links: Piracy and Big Media

In which Adam starts reading a blog post, backtracks to the comic strip that prompted the blog post, bounces off to read what Andy Ihnatko said, and ends up pondering how the concept of time-shifting as fair use plays into the big media landscape, among much else.

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ExtraBITS for 12 March 2012

Last week’s iPad announcement drives our ExtraBITS recommendations this week, with MacJury and Tech Night Owl Live podcasts, a tip about how to beam photos between iOS devices using the new iPhoto app, and Glenn Fleishman’s explanation of what 4G LTE means. On the troubling side, it seems that credit card companies are pressuring PayPal to rescind payment services from publishers deemed to be selling obscene ebooks.