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TidBITS#1158/28-Jan-2013

A number of TidBITS staffers are assembling in San Francisco for Macworld/iWorld 2013 this week, and if you’ll be there too, be sure to stop by our first-ever ebook signing at the Smile booth. Also this week, we’re pleased to announce the release of Kirk McElhearn’s “Take Control of iTunes 11: The FAQ” to answer all those iTunes questions that iTunes 11 engendered for you. Agen Schmitz reports on the just-released iOS 6.1. Jeff Carlson and Michael Cohen cover Apple’s Q1-2013 earnings announcement, in which a record $54.5 billion in revenues, coupled with $13.1 billion in profit, disappointed analysts. For those looking to write on the iPad more, Josh Centers reviews the powerful Nebulous Notes app, and if you’ve always wondered what version of Mac OS X you can include with a Mac you’re selling or giving away, Adam Engst has all the details. Apple is persnickety about Mac OS X licenses, but what has Adam more worked up is the company’s lack of respect for professional users — read on for his story about how Pages 4.3 completely changed (and broke) graphics handling in exported EPUBs without so much as a mention in the release notes. Notable software releases this week include Things 2.1.1, Evernote 5.0.5, and Fantastical 1.3.6.

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ExtraBITS for 28 January 2013

Two quick bits for you to ponder this week: scientists encoding data in DNA (but it’s not cheap!) and an independent designer’s mockup of what a future Mac Pro could (but probably won’t) look like.