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What would you do if your Apple ID-backed accounts became inaccessible? That’s what Chris Owen ran into when Apple seemingly corrupted his account — read on for his entire story and think about how you’d work around such a problem. Also this week, Jeff Carlson covers iOS 5.1.1’s fixes quickly, and Glenn Fleishman looks at both Amazon’s weak Cloud Drive desktop app and the new connection between Tweetbot and Storify. Finally, Adam points to a new worldwide photography project that everyone can contribute to and describes a new internal tool that’s possible only because of Mac OS X’s inter-application communication. Notable software releases this week include Alfred 1.2, Transmit 4.1.9, SpamSieve 2.9.1, and Hazel 3.0.5.

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PodBOT Improves TidBITS Audio

The audio versions of articles that we record each week should have consistent loudness now, thanks to The Levelator and an internal tool called PodBOT that gives us a highly efficient workflow. The moral of the story is that tying applications together can result in something that’s far easier to use than the individual parts.

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Apple ID Horror Story

Chris Owen shares the story of how his Apple ID — and all the Apple services associated with it — seemingly became corrupted, and what he had to do to get Apple to fix it. It’s worth thinking about how you’d deal with losing access to everything that’s under your Apple ID.

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ExtraBITS for 7 May 2012

We have lots of extra bits for you to check out this week, starting with a warning for those who used FileVault in Snow Leopard and then upgraded to Lion, a heads-up about the FBI looking to increase wiretapping capabilities, news of an improvement to the iPad 2, a nicely presented business argument against DRM, a report about Oracle taking over Java updates for Mac OS X, and an amusing parody of Apple’s 1984 ad that Apple itself made for its sales force.