In this extra-long issue of TidBITS, jam-packed with important articles, Glenn Fleishman looks at Wi-Fi changes in OS X 10.10 Yosemite and the new Transmit file transfer client for iOS 8. Adam Engst dives into what’s new with BBEdit 11 and why it’s good that it’s a paid upgrade. Josh Centers then explains how to use the new Apple Pay service and suggests that Apple is intentionally rolling it out slowly. However, some merchants are heading Apple Pay off at the pass, and Rich Mogull explains why this has little to do with Apple and a lot to do with credit cards. Rich also provides an analysis of how the new Spotlight Suggestions feature impacts your privacy. Finally, in FunBITS, Josh takes a look at Pedometer++, which unlocks the motion-processing capabilities of the latest iPhones. Notable software releases this week include Fetch 5.7.4, Sandvox 2.9.1, Security Update 2014-005 (Mountain Lion and Mavericks), SpamSieve 2.9.17, Hazel 3.3, and TextExpander 4.3.4.
Apple has made a few minor tweaks to how Wi-Fi is used in Yosemite, some of which are useful and others of which finally shake off the past.
With a release focused on improving the foundations of the app while improving the productivity of existing customers, Bare Bones Software has unveiled BBEdit 11. Current users will be able to take advantage of improved features with little or no fuss.
In iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite, Spotlight now searches the Internet, not just your local device, for the information you are looking for. Going beyond Apple’s documentation, TidBITS Security Editor Rich Mogull digs into how Apple provides relevant results while still managing your privacy.
The file-transfer app Transmit enables apps in iOS 8 to transfer files to and from FTP, SFTP, and WebDAV servers, along with Amazon S3. For those who work with Internet file servers regularly, Transmit iOS is a game-changer.
iOS 8.1 has brought the highly anticipated Apple Pay to the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. Managing Editor Josh Centers dives into Apple Pay to explain how to use it.
Some retailers not only refuse to directly support Apple Pay, they deliberately block use even when their cash registers accidentally support it. It’s not a reaction to Apple, but a direct response to mistreatment by the credit card brands.
Want to track your activity level, but don’t want to shell out for an expensive fitness tracker? You may already have one in your pocket, embedded in your iPhone, and all you need to access it is a free app.
Notable software releases this week include Fetch 5.7.4, Sandvox 2.9.1, Security Update 2014-005 (Mountain Lion and Mavericks), SpamSieve 2.9.17, Hazel 3.3, and TextExpander 4.3.4.
In its tear-down of the iPad Air 2, iFixit found some surprising hardware; Steve Wozniak is heading to the Land Down Under; and Managing Editor Josh Centers joins the MacJury to debate Apple’s recent moves.