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TidBITS#1266/01-Apr-2015

We’re happy to announce a new service for our readers: TidBITS Online, where you can hear our latest articles. Tax season is almost over — did you know that you can now receive your refund in the form of iTunes credit? Joe Kissell explains how, and Adam Engst breaks the story about the lie detection code built into the Apple Watch. Michael Cohen takes a look at Apple’s new Mac micro desktop computer, and we give you an early look at some third-party Apple Watch bands. Finally, Jeff Carlson has the scoop on the expansion of Apple’s solid-gold Edition line to include more than just watches. Notable software releases today include Pixelmator 3.3.2, Microsoft Office 2011 14.5, Minecraft 1.9, and BBEdit 11.4.1.

Adam Engst 9 comments

Apple Watch to Act as Lie Detector

Thanks to a Twitter slip from Apple Watch tester Christy Turlington, we’ve learned that the Apple Watch can use its pulse tracking sensors in conjunction with a private API to work as a simple lie detector.

Michael E. Cohen 9 comments

Mac micro Redefines Desktop Mac Sizing

Apple continues to reduce the size of Mac components in its drive to produce smaller and more energy-efficient Macs. The little-heralded Mac mini is the latest to wander into the beam of Apple’s shrink ray, emerging as the Apple TV-sized Mac micro.

Josh Centers 4 comments

ExtraBITS for 1 April 2015

In today’s collection of ExtraBITS, the Apple TV gets more channels, Adobe announces Flash for the Apple Watch, Apple is considering rebranding iCloud once again, and Apple’s next big thing hits a regulatory wall.