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Apple has updated the MacBook Pro lineup, but don’t get too excited, since the update brings only small performance increases, along with a couple of $100 price cuts. More compelling is Microsoft’s Office for iPad update, which addresses many user complaints, adding support for third party fonts, PDF export, Excel pivot tables, and more. In Take Control news, the indefatigable Joe Kissell has designed his most recent book — “Take Control of FileVault” — to dispel misconceptions and encourage readers to enable FileVault in order to protect their data in the event of theft. Plus, for TidBITS members, the latest chapter of Charles Edge’s “Take Control of OS X Server” covers mobile device management, a hot topic for anyone tasked with managing a collection of iPads. If you’ve been wondering what’s available in the smartwatch world to compete with the Pebble, Jeff Porten took a look at four available smartwatches, with an eye toward what an Apple smartwatch could look like. Finally, in FunBITS, Josh Centers evaluates Amazon’s new Kindle Unlimited service to see if it’s worth the monthly price. Notable software releases this week include Paprika 2.0.4, ChronoSync 4.5.2, Mellel 3.3.6, and OmniFocus 2.0.2.

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ExtraBITS for 4 August 2014

Apple has launched its content delivery network with the participation of leading ISPs, which should lead to faster streaming and downloads for users. Also, Apple’s “Stickers” ad has lead to a surprising boon for makers of MacBook stickers and decals.