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TidBITS#1383/28-Aug-2017

Microsoft is ending support for Office for Mac 2011 and, to make matters worse, those 32-bit apps may not work on macOS much longer — Josh Centers outlines your options. Glenn Fleishman dives into the arcana of USB-C cables to explain how the wrong combination of a USB 3.1 drive and a Thunderbolt 3 cable can result in pokey USB 2.0 speeds. Finally, Joe Kissell breaks some bad news: CrashPlan is pulling out of the consumer backup business. Although we’re depressed about this development, Joe has identified some alternatives that might work for you. Notable software releases this week include Parallels Desktop 13.0, Carbon Copy Cloner 5.0, Mellel 4.0, DEVONagent 3.9.8, DEVONthink/DEVONnote 2.9.15, SpamSieve 2.9.29, 1Password 6.8.1, and Mailplane 3.7.

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CrashPlan Discontinues Consumer Backups

Code42 Software has announced it’s discontinuing the CrashPlan for Home backup service, and will focus exclusively on the business and education markets in the future. Joe Kissell explains why he’s angry about this news and now hesitates to recommend CrashPlan even to businesses.

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ExtraBITS for 28 August 2017

In ExtraBITS this week, Apple is opening a new data center in Iowa that will run entirely from renewable energy, Virgin Mobile USA is offering a year of cell service for $1 even if you bring your own iPhone, Sonos is forcing a new privacy policy on speaker owners, Verizon is throttling video for new unlimited data customers, and weather app AccuWeather has been caught collecting location data without permission.