This is our 1300th issue, and we need your help to keep TidBITS coming! If enough people join the TidBITS membership program, we’ll eliminate banner ads and put more resources into redesigning our Web site. The results of our 2015 reader survey are in, and we hear you loud and clear: more practical articles about the Mac and iOS, and less coverage of games, the Apple Watch, and non-Apple platforms. Happy news for podcasters, as The Levelator has been updated to work with El Capitan. Long-time Mac users will also appreciate Adam Engst’s explanation of how to bring Save As back to the File menu. Owners of Ford vehicles from model year 2011 onward can download a free update to add Siri Eyes Free to their cars, and last but not least, Julio Ojeda-Zapata reviews Apple’s new Magic peripherals. Notable software releases this week include Little Snitch 3.6.1, Mellel 3.4.4, and Tinderbox 6.4.
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Podcasters, rejoice! The Levelator’s source code has been dusted off just long enough to produce an update that works in El Capitan.
With a software update, Ford has brought Siri Eyes Free support to vehicles equipped with the second-generation MyFord Touch system. In other words, if you have the right Ford, you’ll now be able talk directly to your iPhone through your car.
Do you miss the Save As command that was replaced on the File menu by Duplicate? Many long-time Mac users do, and if the fix escaped your notice back in 2012, now’s your chance to put your Mac back the way you want it.
Apple has finally updated its long-in-the-tooth mouse, keyboard, and trackpad to varying degrees, and added internal batteries to all. But the peripherals retain their unique personalities, and those hoping for a revamp of the somewhat controversial devices will be disappointed.
Notable software releases this week include Little Snitch 3.6.1, Mellel 3.4.4, and Tinderbox 6.4.
In ExtraBITS coverage of what we’ve found interesting for the last two weeks, Apple is raising the track limit for its cloud music services, Dropbox schedules the end of Carousel and Mailbox, Apple open-sources its Swift programming language, Adobe admits that Flash is on its way out, AT&T raises prices on unlimited data plans, we learn why some people don’t like the Apple Watch, Amazon Instant Video is coming to the Apple TV, and The Verge explains what Spotify should steal from Rdio.