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This week in TidBITS, Jason Snell, former lead editor of Macworld, takes a look at the beta release of Apple’s new Photos for OS X, which will be replacing iPhoto and Aperture later this year. In a surprise decision, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler came out in favor of Title II reclassification for broadband providers (and they’re not happy about it) — Geoff Duncan examines the potential ramifications. Rumors are swirling about an Apple-branded stylus, and Josh Centers explains why he thinks an Apple Pen could be in our future. Mariva H. Aviram concludes her series on computing for the visually impaired with a look at hardware, ergonomics, and innovations that can help low vision users. Finally, we’re pleased to announce a new version of Charles Edge’s “Take Control of OS X Server” that’s updated for Yosemite Server, along with a new chapticle from Joe Kissell’s streamed “Take Control of Security for Mac Users” that walks you through quick security fixes every user should take. Notable software releases this week include Evernote 6.0.6 and Mellel 3.3.8.

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How Likely Is an Apple Pen?

The Apple Watch hasn’t even been released yet, but pundits are already speculating on the next product Apple might create: a stylus for the iPad. Josh Centers examines why an Apple Pen may be possible.

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ExtraBITS for 9 February 2015

In ExtraBITS this week, cloud backup service Backblaze has released the raw data from its hard drive reliability studies, Verizon is bulking up its data plans, The New York Times examines Apple’s victory over Microsoft, and President Obama has announced modest NSA reforms.