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TidBITS#1314/28-Mar-2016

In breaking news, the Department of Justice is withdrawing from the legal action against Apple — see our coverage in ExtraBITS! The iOS 9.3 update added some neat new features, but it has suffered from some problems. Apple has now reissued iOS 9.3 to address activation glitches on older devices, but a Web link bug remains. AT&T has expanded its Wi-Fi calling feature abroad, letting you make calls to or receive calls from the United States for free while outside the country. Speaking of AT&T, Adam Engst explains how to restrict the ways in which both AT&T and other cellular carriers can use your personal data. Apple has updated the fourth-generation Apple TV to tvOS 9.2, which adds numerous requested features like Home screen folders, Bluetooth keyboard support, voice dictation, and more — Josh Centers takes you through the details. We again dive into the power of Preview, demonstrating how you can use OS X’s built-in viewer to crop and resize documents and images. Finally, we have the fourth chapter of Glenn Fleishman’s “Take Control of Slack Basics” for TidBITS members, which covers message formatting, editing, deletion, and linking. Notable software releases this week include Quicken 2016 for Mac 3.2.1, Skype 7.24, LaunchBar 6.6, Tinderbox 6.5, Moneydance 2015.7, Security Update 2016-002 (Mavericks and Yosemite), Safari 9.1, and OS X Server 5.1.

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ExtraBITS for 28 March 2016

In ExtraBITS this week, we focus on Apple’s battle with the FBI. The breaking news is that the case seems to be over, with the Department of Justice withdrawing. Before that, the judge in the case said that the court order demanding Apple provide a backdoor to the iPhone was likely unenforceable, which might have caused the government to pull out rather than face losing in court. Finally, science fiction author Charles Stross ponders whether the Apple/FBI fight over privacy is an indication that Apple is looking to open its own bank.