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TidBITS#1187/19-Aug-2013

While Apple continues to fight the Department of Justice over ebooks here in America, the company has decided to settle with the European Commission over similar antitrust concerns in Europe. Syncing in Yojimbo — missing in action since the death of MobileMe — has finally returned in version 4.0, but Bare Bones has eschewed unreliable iCloud syncing in favor of a paid monthly service. Josh Centers and Steven Aquino explore how to maximize readability with the Solarized color scheme and Cousine typeface. For TidBITS members, Jeff Carlson wraps up his streamed ebook, “Take Control of Your Digital Photos,” this week, with a chapter requested by readers: how to migrate your photos from iPhoto to Aperture or Lightroom. In FunBITS, Chris Armstrong reviews Thunderspace, an iOS app that puts you in the acoustic middle of surprisingly realistic thunderstorms. Notable software releases this week include BusyCal 2.5, iTunes 11.0.5, Voila 3.5, and AirPort Base Station Firmware Update 7.6.4.

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Apple Offers Ebook Settlement Terms… in Europe

Did you know that Apple and five major publishers were under antitrust investigation in Europe as well as in the United States? Things worked out a bit differently there, with Apple and the publishers offering legally binding commitments to changes in their business practices.

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ExtraBITS for 19 August 2013

Our own Jeff Carlson appeared on the Mac Power Users podcast to discuss iPad photography. Malware appeared in the App Store, courtesy of researchers at Georgia Tech who discovered flaws in Apple’s review process. Billionaire Carl Icahn sees no significant flaws in Apple, and he’s betting big on the company’s stock. Josef Albers’s classic book, “Interaction of Color,” has been reimagined as an interactive iPad app. Twitter has reimagined its two-factor authentication system, and Dropbox is offering an extra gigabyte of storage for installing their recently acquired Mailbox app. Finally, we get the inside scoop on the film “Jobs” from early Apple employees, learn about devices powered by radio waves, and hear why the privacy controversy surrounding Gmail is bunk.