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#1402: CES 2018, HomePod date, macOS Server deprecated, minor OS updates, iOS 11.3 preview

We have a giant-sized issue of TidBITS for you this week, as we wrap up Jeff Porten’s coverage of CES 2018. But there’s lots more to read as well, since Apple has been showering us with news: an official launch date for the HomePod smart speaker, an announcement deprecating many macOS Server features, updates for all four of the company’s operating systems, and a preview of the upcoming iOS 11.3. Notable software releases this week include BusyCal 3.2.8, Bookends 13.0.5, Logic Pro X 10.4, macOS Server 5.5, iTunes 12.7.3, Safari 11.0.3, and Security Update 2018-001 (Sierra and El Capitan).

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Apple to Deprecate Many macOS Server Services

In a move that has surprised few, Apple has announced via a support note that it will be deprecating nearly all the remaining services in macOS Server. In the future, macOS Server will “focus on management of computers, devices, and storage on your network.” Time to start looking for alternatives for everything else macOS Server does for you.

Jeff Porten 4 comments

CES 2018: Eureka Park Wraps Up CES

In wrapping up his CES coverage, Jeff Porten explores the show within a show that CES sets aside for startups, Eureka Park. Follow along as he finds a portable scanner, kid-focused smartwatch, global hotspot, solar-powered car, and monitoring shoes for seniors.

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ExtraBITS for 29 January 2018

In ExtraBITS this week, iMore’s Serenity Caldwell offers a preview of the HomePod’s sound quality, and Jason Snell of Six Colors shares his Apple report card based on grades from a panel of industry boffins.