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iOS 6 comes under scrutiny this week, after it is implicated in excessive battery drain and mysterious cellular data usage. Adam Engst traces his battery problems to corrupt Safari bookmarks, and Glenn Fleishman offers pointers to a number of people trying to understand why their iPhones are suddenly consuming significant amounts of cellular data. Adam also shares the latest news about what’s happening at the upcoming MacTech Conference 2012, and he examines the hullabaloo surrounding the massive criticism of Apple’s new Maps app in iOS 6, which prompted an apology from Apple CEO Tim Cook last week. Glenn also covers how Facebook Groups now allow Dropbox-based file sharing, and Kirk McElhearn looks in depth at the new Notifications feature in OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion. Last, but not least, don’t miss our 50-percent-off Take Control sale, specially extended through 3 October 2012 for TidBITS readers! Notable software releases this week include Server Admin Tools 10.7.5, OS X Server 2.1.1, Mellel 3.0.2, Aperture 3.4.1, and Airfoil 4.7.3.

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MacTech Conference 2012 Adds Hollywood Flair

The full schedule for MacTech Conference 2012 is now available and, beyond the top-notch technical content for developers and IT pros, includes a behind-the-scenes visit to Walt Disney Animation Studios and a special NASA JPL session on interplanetary networking.

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Solving iOS 6 Battery Drain Problems

After updating to iOS 6, Adam Engst’s iPhone 4’s battery life dropped precipitously, and worse, the problem moved to his new iPhone 5 once he restored the iPhone 4’s settings to it. Read on for his solution, but beware, it was a bit of an ordeal, and you might not like what you have to do.

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ExtraBITS for 1 October 2012

Our main ExtraBIT this week is an announcement of the upcoming Mac Computer Expo for those near San Francisco, but Adam Engst has also been a guest on a couple of podcasts recently, talking both about what’s new (the iPhone 5) and what’s old (TidBITS itself).