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TidBITS#1280/08-Jul-2015

Apple has released public betas of OS X 10.11 El Capitan and iOS 9. Josh Centers explains how to get started installing them and why you may not want to. Michael Cohen has updated his book, “Take Control of TextExpander,” to cover the new features in Smile’s TextExpander 5 and TextExpander touch 3. Michael also explains why recent minor updates to iBooks and iBooks Author are actually a big deal in that they let self-published authors reach larger audiences. Randy Singer joins us to describe a troubling Internet scam, and how to avoid it. Finally, in FunBITS, Josh discusses Her Story for iOS and Mac, and explains why the interactive movie may be making a comeback. Notable software releases this week include iTunes 12.2.1, GraphicConverter 9.7.1, LaunchBar 6.4.1, Skype 7.9, and PDFpen and PDFpenPro 7.2.

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Do Less Typing with “Take Control of TextExpander”

Tired of typing the same thing over and over, or of making the same typing mistakes repeatedly? Smile’s TextExpander can speed your typing on both the Mac and iOS devices, and Michael Cohen’s new ebook “Take Control of TextExpander, Second Edition” explains how to make the most of TextExpander’s many features with approaches that will appeal to people who need effective, practical solutions — and to those who need a faster way to insert wombat photos.

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Scary Internet Scam Becoming Disturbingly Common

Infected Web sites are trapping users by apparently freezing their browsers, making it hard to escape. These sites offer to release the browser either with live help that is dangerously invasive or by demanding a ransom. Not actually malware, this social engineering attack has been called “scareware” or “ransomware.”

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ExtraBITS for 13 July 2015

In our latest ExtraBITS roundup, The Verge compares the audio quality of Apple Music, Spotify, and Tidal; Philip Michaels examines Taylor Swift’s influence over Apple at Six Colors; and Apple’s Eddy Cue says that the company is working to bring back Home Sharing for music in iOS 9.