As you read this issue of TidBITS, Google Reader is approaching the bit bucket. The popular RSS reading and syncing service is set to be shuttered after 1 July 2013, but the good news for RSS fans is that Josh Centers has a roundup of the best alternatives. If keeping up with Internet headlines isn’t your idea of fun, perhaps you’d prefer to try your hand at the Battle of Britain, in Sky Gamblers: Storm Raiders, which brings World War II dogfighting action to your Mac, iPhone, and iPad. For those favoring more thoughtful pastimes, Michael Cohen delves into the role of footnotes in ebooks, Steve Aquino examines how the Markdown language has enabled him to become a freelance writer despite being legally blind, and we look at how iOS 7 promises to open up access to Apple’s educational online services to children under the age of 13. Finally, we’re publishing Jeff Carlson’s next book, “Take Control of Your Digital Photos,” as a series of articles for TidBITS members — check it out! Notable software releases this week include Transmit 4.4 and PopChar X 6.3.
Starting with iOS 7, Apple will finally allow children under age 13 to access its online educational services.
If iPhoto — or whatever photo management app you use — has become nothing more than a virtual shoebox into which you import photos, we have advice that will help you take control of your digital photos coming over the next 6 to 8 weeks.
Markdown is a popular way to format plain text, but it has also opened up new opportunities for the visually impaired. Steven Aquino explains how Markdown has inadvertently proven to be a key accessibility tool.
Numbered footnotes are a print convention that may become cultural artifacts in the age of digital interactive text. But that may not be a completely good thing.
With Google Reader shutting down after 1 July 2013, Josh Centers takes a look at the alternatives that have sprung up to replace it. We report on the best of the lot, and which third-party RSS clients will still be viable after the shutdown.
Sky Gamblers: Storm Raiders is an award-winning game that brings console-quality World War II action to your Apple devices.
Notable software releases this week include Transmit 4.4 and PopChar X 6.3.
We’re in the midst of the summer doldrums, so we have only a couple of ExtraBITS for you this week: a free iPhone repair kit and some thoughts on how Apple’s tight integration will make iOS 7 a tough look to copy.