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Want a new iPad, but can’t choose between the new iPad Air and the upcoming iPad mini with Retina display? Josh Centers gives a hands-on impression of the iPad Air to help you decide if it’s right for you. Apple has released an update for the Mail app in Mavericks — Josh has the details and Joe Kissell issues his verdict. Michael Cohen looks into metadata messes in both iBooks and with ringtones in iTunes, and Adam Engst shares the fun from MacTech Conference 2013. Have one of the new iPads and want to show it off? Our latest installment of FunBITS looks at Infinity Blade III, which pushes Apple’s mobile devices to their limits. Also this week for TidBITS members is Chapter 3 of Josh’s in-progress ebook, “Take Control of Apple TV,” which is literally about taking control of your Apple TV with the Apple Remote, Remote app for iOS, infrared remote, or Bluetooth keyboard. Notable software releases this week include MacBook Pro Retina EFI Updates 1.2 and 1.3, Marked 2.1, iBooks 1.0.1, and iTunes 11.1.3.

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Managing an iBooks Metadata Mess

In Mavericks, you can finally read books from your iBooks library on your Mac. Hooray! But even with the new Mavericks iBooks app managing your book library, iTunes still has a hidden role to play, and that can cause mischief with your metadata.

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Chapter 3 of “Take Control of Apple TV” Available

With Apple TV setup completed in the last chapter, Josh Centers turns his attention to teaching you about all the different ways you can control your Apple TV. You’re not restricted to the included Apple Remote, since the Apple TV also works with the free Remote app for iOS, standard infrared remotes, and even Bluetooth keyboards.

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ExtraBITS for 11 November 2013

This week in ExtraBITS, Federico Viticci starts tracking new keyboard shortcuts in iOS 7, Jeff Carlson weighs in on the iPad Air on the MacJury podcast, and Macworld details how Adam Engst and other experts use their Macs. In Apple news, the company has promised the return of missing features in the new iWork suite, released a report on government information requests, and announced that it’s building a new solar-powered factory in Arizona.