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It’s a potpourri of topics this week, anchored by Security Editor Rich Mogull’s extensive Q&A about sandboxing, the Mac App Store, and Gatekeeper. Also timely are Adam Engst’s explanation of how to sync iCloud contacts on pre-Lion Macs using SOHO Organizer, his followup on Apple’s fix to the damaging Thunderbolt Software Update 1.2, and Agen Schmitz’s roundup of reviews of the MacBook Pro with Retina Display. Tossing timeliness to the winds, Michael Cohen contributes a look back at a 1982 New York Times article summarizing a remarkably prescient NSF-commissioned report on the future of communications and computing. Notable software releases this week include TextExpander 4.0, Skype, and Bento 4.1.1.

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SOHO Organizer Syncs Contacts with iCloud in Snow Leopard

If you have a Mac that’s restricted to Snow Leopard, for whatever reason, you can still access your iCloud-based contacts from it using Chronos’s SOHO Organizer, which is a far better contact program than Address Book. Unfortunately, there’s no good connection between SOHO Organizer and other apps that look to Address Book for contact information.

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ExtraBITS for 26 June 2012

Only one quick hit this week, but you’ll find plenty to read, since it’s a collection of interesting responses to an NPR intern revealing that she has purchased almost none of the music in her 11,000-song collection.