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TidBITS#1169/08-Apr-2013

If you’ve been planning to attend Macworld/iWorld in early February next year, think again, since it’s moving to late March. And if real-world conferences are too much trouble these days, check out what’s possible with the free Google+ Hangouts On Air, which we’ve used for TidBITS Presents and Take Control Live — Adam Engst explains how to use it for both giving and attending presentations. Adam also looks at how to take advantage of the new gestures in version 2.1 of the Gmail iPhone app; Matt Neuburg reviews Cloud Mate, which makes iCloud’s Documents in the Cloud work more like Dropbox; and David Rabinowitz shares his real-world experiences with electronic textbooks in today’s college environment. Notable software releases this week include Snapz Pro X 2.5.2, TextWrangler 4.5.1, and BBEdit 10.5.3.

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Living through the Evolution of Etextbooks

The iPad has tantalized educators with the possibility of electronic textbooks, and we’ve heard lots about it from publishers and publishing industry pundits alike. David Rabinowitz has a somewhat different view, and as a college senior, he has been watching the evolution of etextbooks up close.

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How to Set Up and Use Google+ Hangouts

Want to do an Internet video call with up to nine other people, with reliable audio and video, plus the option to make it public and record the entire event? Google+ Hangouts does a better job than any other solution we’ve tried, for free.

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ExtraBITS for 8 April 2013

We focus on the underworld this week, with news that patent troll Lodsys is once again targeting iOS developers, the story of how security writer Brian Krebs unmasked the author of the Flashback malware, and why the iPad is a good bet for reading about super villains.