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TidBITS#1194/07-Oct-2013

In another big news week, we have both a review of the just-released 1Password 4 for Mac and a new Take Control book by Joe Kissell to help you make the most of it! Health insurance exchanges are live in the United States, but with even more traffic problems than Apple on an iPhone release day. Despite broken exchanges and a government shutdown, the FAA may soon let you use your iPad during takeoff. Speaking of iOS, publisher Adam Engst outlines four iOS 7 problems that are plaguing users, some of which we discuss in our VidBITS roundtable. But Apple’s not the only company with issues — Adobe announced a major security breach that affects millions of customers. If you’d like to see some of the TidBITS crew live, check out the MacTech Conference coming up in Los Angeles. Finally, Josh Centers looks at how Apple may be poised to conquer the gaming market, in our most ambitious FunBITS piece yet! Notable software releases this week include Nisus Writer Pro 2.0.6 and Express 3.4.5, DEVONagent Lite, Express, and Pro 3.5.2, Yojimbo 4.0.1, SMC Firmware Updates for MacBook Pro, MacBook Pro Retina, and MacBook Air, OS X Mountain Lion 10.8.5 Supplemental Update, iTunes 11.1.1, and Dropbox 2.4.1.

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MacTech Conference Adds Tesla Test Drives and Enterprise Bridge

You won’t attend MacTech Conference because of these opportunities, but if you’re on the fence about going to the conference for IT professionals and developers, the chance to test-drive a Tesla Model S and sit in Captain Picard’s chair on the restored bridge of the USS Enterprise-D might influence your decision.

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1Password 4 for Mac Better Than Ever

AgileBits has updated the Mac version of its venerable 1Password password management utility to version 4, with a number of new features and refinements that keep it on top. Strap on your tinfoil hat and join Josh Centers for a tour of what’s new.

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ExtraBITS for 07 October 2013

In this week’s ExtraBITS, Apple’s rescue of iOS developers from patent troll Lodsys is thwarted, we learn what 64-bit really means for the iPhone 5s, a developer dissects the iOS 7 date picker, the woman behind the original voice of Siri comes forward, and Fraser Speirs notes that putting games on educational iPads helps with discipline problems.