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TidBITS#1282/27-Jul-2015

In this issue of TidBITS, we’re happy to announce “one more thing” — Joe Kissell’s latest book, “Take Control of Keynote,” which walks you through planning, creating, and delivering a killer presentation. Strong iPhone sales helped Apple break financial records in Q3 2015 again, despite iPad sales volume continuing to decline. Moving on from the news, Josh Centers takes a look at BeardedSpice, which lets you control Web media players with your Mac’s media keys, and shows you how to replace an iPhone 5c screen with the Screasy repair kit. Adam Engst reviews TripMode, which helps prevent data overages when tethering your Mac to your iPhone, and in FunBITS, Michael Cohen takes you on a trip though time, space, and music with Lightyear.fm. Notable software releases this week include Mellel 3.4.2, Microsoft Office 2011 14.5.3, MacBook Pro Flash Storage Firmware Update 1.0, Default Folder X 4.7.3, and TextExpander 5.1.

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Give Better Presentations with “Take Control of Keynote”

Our latest Take Control book, Joe Kissell’s “Take Control of Keynote” provides comprehensive help not just with Apple’s Keynote presentation app, but with all aspects of giving a good talk. It joins “Take Control of Pages” and “Take Control of Numbers” to round out our coverage of Apple’s iWork productivity suite.

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TripMode Prevents Unwanted Internet Data Usage on a Tethered Mac

If you use your Mac with the Personal Hotspot feature of iOS, or with other mobile hotspots, allowing some apps to transfer data unchecked can result in expensive overage charges. The new TripMode utility lets you allow only specified apps to access the Internet, blocking bandwidth-hungry software like Dropbox that might chew data in the background.

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ExtraBITS for 27 July 2015

This week’s ExtraBITS roundup features Josh Centers and the Tech Night Owl discussing Apple financials, Flickr bringing back Pro accounts, Jim Dalrymple losing and then recovering much of his music because of Apple Music confusions, and United Airlines’ push to install DRM on your computer.