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TidBITS#1224/19-May-2014

The big news this week is Apple’s release of OS X 10.9.3 Mavericks, which adds pixel-doubled Retina mode for 4K displays and collaborates with the new iTunes 11.2 to bring back local contact and calendar syncing. Adam Engst provides instructions for enabling the local contact and calendar syncing, and Agen Schmitz dives into iTunes 11.2’s podcast-listening improvements. Online backup service Backblaze has released data suggesting that heat does not affect hard drive lifespans, and Geoff Duncan examines a pair of topics that could have a huge impact on the future of the Internet: the current FCC net neutrality proposal and the European Union’s “right to be forgotten.” Finally, in FunBITS, Josh Centers takes a look at Beats Music, a unique music streaming service rumored to be an Apple acquisition target. Notable software releases this week include Mailplane 3.2.1, SpamSieve 2.9.14, GraphicConverter 9.2, and Logic Pro X 10.0.7. The next issue of TidBITS will be out 2 June 2014.

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ExtraBITS for 19 May 2014

This week in ExtraBITS, Apple’s ranking in the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s annual “Who Has Your Back?” report has risen substantially. But Apple’s policies aren’t helping developer Panic, which is pulling the next version of its Coda Web site development tool from the Mac App Store due to Apple’s sandboxing requirements. Also at Apple’s mercy are iPhone users who have switched to Android and found themselves unable to receive SMS text messages from iMessage users. In other news, Amazon is playing dirty with publisher Hachette, it turns out to be impossible to escape the watchful eye of Gmail, and TidBITS Managing Editor Josh Centers made an appearance on The Tech Night Owl podcast.