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In this issue of TidBITS, we welcome Julio Ojeda-Zapata as our newest contributing editor, and he commemorates the occasion with a summary of Google’s latest hardware announcements, which are eerily similar to Apple’s. Moving on to a pair of musically themed articles, Josh Centers reviews the Beats Solo2 headphones and Adam Engst explains why he’s quitting Apple Music to return to Rdio. Notable software releases this week include Nisus Writer Pro 2.1.2, Lightroom CC 2015.2.1 and Lightroom 6.2.1, ChronoSync 4.6.4, Microsoft Office 2011 14.5.6, Tweetbot 2.1, Typinator 6.7, and iBooks Author 2.4.

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Google’s Fall Event Echoes Apple’s

Google followed Apple’s September media event with a set of product announcements that were quite similar: new smartphones, a productivity-focused tablet, new streaming-media hardware, a mobile OS update, and photography announcements. Google and Apple, once very different, are more alike every day.

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ExtraBITS for 12 October 2015

In ExtraBITS this week, Adam Engst talks about electric cars and iTunes on the Tech Night Owl, Verizon plans to share your personal information with AOL, and Apple claims that different iPhone A9 chips have only a minimal impact on battery life.