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TidBITS marks 24 years of continuous publication this week! Adam Engst shares a few thoughts about where we came from and where we’re going, noting that TidBITS is doing better than ever, thanks to support from thousands of TidBITS members. In other articles, Josh Centers shares his impressions of the innovative App Camp for Girls, which held an open house at Macworld/iWorld 2014, and in FunBITS this week, he reviews Global Delight’s Boom, which promises to crank your Mac’s speakers up to 11. Can you justify a Mac Pro if you’re not a video editor or number-crunching scientist? Julio Ojeda-Zapata rejoins us with a look at how Apple’s professional Mac stacks up for regular users. For those with a foot in the IT world, David Koff offers a deep look at the world of remote desktop software, with suggestions about which package might be right for you. Notable software releases this week include Microsoft Office 2011 14.4.1, Adobe Flash Player, PDFpen and PDFpenPro 6.2, Keyboard Maestro 6.4.1, and Typinator 5.9.

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ExtraBITS for 21 April 2014

In ExtraBITS this week, Siri squared off against Google Now and Cortana, Managing Editor Josh Centers gave an Apple TV-oriented presentation to the Chicago-area user group The Northwest of Us, Jeff Carlson provided iPad tips for photographers, hardware maker LaCie admitted to a major security breach, Bradley Chambers offered suggestions about how Apple could improve iOS for education, and Microsoft unveiled a less-expensive Office 365 subscription.