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TidBITS#1312/14-Mar-2016

This issue kicks off our Take Control spring sale, where you can save 50 percent on all Take Control titles! You can also enter to win a free copy of BeLight Software’s Get Backup Pro (a $19.99 value) in this week’s DealBITS drawing. Michael Cohen has discovered that Google Docs can now generate ebooks in the EPUB format, but the feature isn’t fully baked yet. Julio Ojeda-Zapata wades into the ocean of USB-C accessories, pulling forth some warnings and recommendations. Adam Engst and Josh Centers once again explore the power of Preview, with tips for viewing images and PDFs in OS X’s ubiquitous viewer. Last but not least, we are serializing Glenn Fleishman’s upcoming “Take Control of Slack Basics” book! Slack is a popular group messaging and collaboration service, and we invite everyone to read the first two chapters and join our new public SlackBITS group. Notable software releases this week include BBEdit 11.5.1, Airfoil 5.0.2, and ChronoSync 4.6.6 and ChronoAgent 1.6.0.

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Save 50 Percent on All Books in Take Control’s March Spring Sale

Through 21 March 2016, you can save 50 percent on the entire Take Control catalog of books. It’s a great opportunity to pick up titles that you’ve been wanting to read or that might be useful to have on your virtual shelf for reference. As always, all our ebooks are DRM-free and available in PDF, EPUB, and Mobipocket (Kindle) formats.

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MacBook Accessories Reduce Single USB-C Port Inconvenience

Apple’s minimalist ethos has struck again, causing the company’s 2015 MacBook to be equipped with just a single USB-C port. Most people agree this is not enough. Third-party port-expansion products are now available, though, with other USB-C accessories providing added features. Julio Ojeda-Zapata looks at a sampling of USB-C accessories.

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ExtraBITS for 14 March 2016

We have just two ExtraBITS this week, since all the stories about Apple and the FBI were merely speculation or opinion on one side or the other. In solid news, Apple is holding an event on 21 March 2016 and we get a look at how growing up in Alabama shaped Tim Cook.