Happy holidays from TidBITS as we enter our annual hiatus; we’ll be back with our next email issue on 6 January 2014. We’re leaving you with plenty to read, between this solid issue, the second edition of Joe Kissell’s best-selling “Take Control of iCloud,” and the latest streamed chapter of Josh Centers’s “Take Control of Apple TV” (containing everything you need to know about audio on the Apple TV). In the news, Josh rounds up the latest updates in the NSA spying saga and looks at the newest channel additions to the Apple TV, and he and Adam Engst pass on the details about improvements in the just-released OS X Mavericks 10.9.1 Update. Matt Neuburg returns with his annual look at what the changes in iOS 7 mean for developers (and thus users), Michael Cohen reviews Belkin’s QODE Ultimate Keyboard Case for iPad Air, Chris Armstrong investigates Receiptmate for iPhone, and Geoff Duncan takes over FunBITS for a jam session with the ear-training app Capo 3 for Mac. Notable software releases this week include iFlicks 2.0.1, Firefox 26, VLC Media Player 2.1.2, PopChar X 6.4, and TextExpander 4.2.
In keeping with our tradition, we are once again taking the last few weeks of the year off to spend time with family and friends, so look for the next email issue of TidBITS on 6 January 2014. We’ll continue posting new articles to our Web site, and TidBITS Talk will also continue apace.
The first major update is out for OS X 10.9 Mavericks, patching a number of Mail and Safari issues, along with other bugs. Safari 6.1.1 addresses the same bugs and security vulnerabilities for Lion and Mountain Lion users.
This significantly revised second edition of Joe Kissell’s “Take Control of iCloud” continues to offer the advice that iCloud users need to set up, use, and solve problems with Apple’s cloud service.
ABC, Bloomberg, Crackle, and the Korean KORTV arrive on the Apple TV, adding even more content to Apple’s puckish entertainment device.
In the “Rock Out with Apple TV” chapter of “Take Control of Apple TV,” Josh Centers shows how the Apple TV can go beyond video to become the hub of your stereo system as well, thanks to AirPlay and a number of built-in apps.
New revelations about the NSA continue to appear. Josh Centers summarizes all of the latest developments to keep you up to speed on just how far things have gone.
Although Belkin’s Ultimate Keyboard Case for iPad Air won’t magically transform your iPad Air into a super-light MacBook Air, you can get a lot of work done with it.
Install Receiptmate on your iPhone and the need to fuss with physical receipts will become a thing of the past, thanks to smart organisation tools and Evernote integration.
It’s time for our annual survey of how the technical changes in the latest version of iOS are affecting what you’re likely to see on your iOS device’s screen.
If you’ve ever struggled to learn the chords to your favorite songs, Capo 3 for Mac literally offers you a drag-and-drop solution. You just have to be aware of its limitations.
Notable software releases this week include iFlicks 2.0.1, Firefox 26, VLC Media Player 2.1.2, PopChar X 6.4, and TextExpander 4.2.
We close out our final email issue of 2013 with Macworld’s tips for troubleshooting Touch ID, a Kickstarter project for The Magazine’s print collection, and Apple bringing its 12 days of Gifts app to the United States.