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The just-released LaunchBar 6 brings a fresh new look and a host of new features to the venerable launcher and shortcut utility — Adam Engst shares all the details. Josh Centers does similar honors for The Omni Group’s OmniFocus 2, the recently released update to the popular Getting Things Done app for the Mac. In book news, we’ve just published both the third edition of Andy Affleck’s “Take Control of Podcasting on the Mac” and, for TidBITS members, the latest chapter in Charles Edge’s “Take Control of OS X Server.” Changing gears a bit, Michael Cohen examines Swift, Apple’s new programming language, to see what it means for both professional and hobbyist developers. Josh also contributes another look at the latest updates in the NSA mass surveillance kerfuffle, and our resident soccer fanatic, Agen Schmitz, explains how to watch the World Cup online in the latest installment of FunBITS. Finally, be sure to enter this week’s DealBITS drawing to win one of ten free copies of BeLight Software’s interior design app Live Interior 3D! Notable software releases this week include ChronoSync 4.5, MacBook Air EFI Firmware Update 2.8, MacBook Air SMC Firmware Update 2.0, and PDFpen and PDFpenPro 6.3.

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LaunchBar 6 Adds Themes, Instant Feedback, and More

Objective Development has released LaunchBar 6, a major upgrade to their popular keyboard-based launcher and shortcut utility. It boasts a clean new look, new indexing rules, live suggestions, instant feedback, and usage reports. Lastly, users can now write their own actions for LaunchBar using a wide variety of scripting languages.

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ExtraBITS for 16 June 2014

In this week’s ExtraBITS, John Gruber analyzes the “new” Apple, Ben Thompson of Stratechery argues for the Apple TV as a gaming device, a bug in TweetDeck resulted in out-of-control tweets, iTunes Radio gained ESPN and local NPR stations, a federal appeals court ruled in favor of Google’s book scanning project, and Josh Centers debates downloading versus streaming on the Pragmatic podcast.