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TidBITS#1205/13-Jan-2014

Following this year’s Consumer Electronics Show, we bring you a number of field reports from Jeff Porten that celebrate the geeky weirdness of CES: robots, virtual mothers, good witches, and neglected salads. On a more practical bent, Adam Engst explains how to turn off the new feature that lets Gmail users send email to Google+ accounts without knowing the email address behind them, and Josh Centers shares a useful tip for avoiding Google Docs sharing annoyances when you have multiple email addresses, and offers a detailed look at his podcasting setup and process. Also new from Josh this week is the latest chapter of “Take Control of Apple TV” for TidBITS members; this week’s installment covers giving presentations via the Apple TV. Proving that he doesn’t just work all the time, Adam wraps up the issue with his first FunBITS column, all about shaping up for the new year with the You Are Your Own Gym app for iOS. Notable software releases this week include Default Folder X 4.6.2, Dropbox 2.6.2, and 1Password 4.1.3.

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Solving Google Docs Sharing Frustrations

There’s little more annoying than having someone share a document in Google Docs with an email address other than the one you normally use for Google Docs. Depending on the specifics, you may be able to avoid the problem by associating alternative email addresses with your Google account.

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Chapter 9 of “Take Control of Apple TV” Available

The Apple TV isn’t just for entertainment, as Josh Centers shows in the “Present with Apple TV” chapter of “Take Control of Apple TV.” It makes an AirPlay connection to a projector when you want to project from Keynote, demo an iOS app, or even put a virtual guest on the big screen.

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Google+ Integration with Gmail Requires Privacy Consideration

Google has made it possible for Gmail users to send email to Google+ users in their circles, even without knowing the recipient’s email address. Adam Engst suggests that while this feature — which is easily turned off — isn’t as big a concern as the OMG crowd would like to believe, more subtle aspects of it are troubling.

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FunBITS: You Are Your Own Gym

Sidelined from running by heel pain, Adam Engst turns to the “You Are Your Own Gym” book for bodyweight exercises, but finds that the book’s app does a better job of presenting the material.

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ExtraBITS for 13 January 2014

This week in ExtraBITS, Josh Centers and Kirk McElhearn discussed the Consumer Electronics Show on The Tech Night Owl Live, we learned why some iOS apps cost $999.99, T-Mobile announced that it would start paying early termination fees for switchers, and AT&T launched sponsored data. We also got inside looks at the real business of CES and Mac game development, along with a detailed profile of Apple’s new retail chief, Angela Ahrendts. Lastly, Glenn Fleishman makes the case for why print books shouldn’t be replaced by ebooks in libraries.