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TidBITS#1204/06-Jan-2014

Happy New Year from TidBITS! We’re back from our holiday hiatus with details on the new Mac Pro; it’s available for order, but don’t expect it to arrive before February. Jeff Porten has filed his first report from the Consumer Electronics Show, with some neat toys to look forward to, as well as a look at the IFTTT Internet automation service. If you’re having trouble charging your iPhone 5 or 5s, Adam Engst may have an easy fix. If you tuned out the NSA saga over the holidays, Josh Centers brings you up to speed, and, more prosaically, also reports on GPU issues with 2011 MacBook Pros. The latest chapter of his streamed book, “Take Control of Apple TV,” is now available for TidBITS members, with a spotlight on photos and home videos. Josh also takes a look back on some of our favorite FunBITS articles from 2013. Notable software releases this week include TinkerTool 5.1, GraphicConverter 9.0.2, Delicious Library 3.1.4, Audio Hijack Pro 2.10.9, LaunchBar 5.6.2, Mac Pro EFI Firmware Update 2.0, Final Cut Pro X 10.1, and Logic Pro X 10.0.5.

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Fix iPhone 5 Charging Problems

With his iPhone 5 charging only when he applied significant pressure to the Lightning cable, some research and a can of compressed air enabled Adam Engst to avoid a complex teardown or costly repair.

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FunBITS: 2013 in Review

We’ve had a great time covering games and other fun things in the Apple ecosystem throughout 2013. Josh Centers recaps some of our favorites, and updates you on the latest developments with each.

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ExtraBITS for 6 January 2014

We’re back from our holiday hiatus with a number of festive ExtraBITS! Other World Computing has discovered that the new Mac Pro has an upgradeable CPU, Joe Kissell talked about iCloud on MacVoices, encryption can be cracked with a microphone, Walt Mossberg signed off from The Wall Street Journal, Ted Nelson wrote a touching eulogy for Douglas Engelbart, and we reveal Netflix’s hidden Apple TV diagnostic tool.