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TidBITS#1163/04-Mar-2013

Frustrated by passwords? We have the solution in our latest ebook, Joe Kissell’s “Take Control of Your Passwords” (complete with a “Joe of Tech” comic and a funny intro video). In other TidBITS news, listen to the staff roundtable discussion about our email strategies and be sure to check out the New Republic article that keys off a previous staff roundtable, along with Adam Engst’s interview on KCRW radio. But enough about us! Jeff Carlson covers the flap over the buggy Kindle app, Adam examines the re-approved DataMan Pro, and Glenn Fleishman explains how you can join App.net for free. Feature articles include Josh Centers’s review of the visual communication app Napkin and Matt Neuburg’s look at what’s new in our TidBITS News app, complete with a trip back through iOS history. Notable software releases this week include Scrivener 2.4, CrashPlan 3.5.2, DEVONthink and DEVONnote 2.5, and PDFpen and PDFpenPro 5.9.5 — all apps that, coincidentally, we’ve covered in Take Control books.

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DataMan Pro Returns, Again, with Fewer Features

For those needing to track cellular data usage on the iPhone, DataMan Pro is back in the App Store, with an elegant new interface. The only problem? To satisfy Apple’s requirements, DataMan Pro can no longer track usage on an hourly, daily, or weekly basis — just monthly.

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ExtraBITS for 4 March 2013

We have lots of great outside articles for you to read this week, starting with a 4-minute interview with Adam Engst on Southern California’s KCRW radio station and a New Republic article that keys off a recent TidBITS staff roundtable. In other pieces, Rob Griffiths compares Siri and Google’s voice input technology, Dan Moren and Lex Friedman look into how iCloud silently drops some email on the floor, and the folks at Panic discover (with the help of a hacksaw) that a tiny computer resides inside Apple’s Lightning Digital AV Adapter. Apple also announced one billion downloads at iTunes U, and former Mac evangelist Guy Kawasaki joins Google’s Motorola group to advise on the future of smartphones.