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#1411: New TidBITS, iOS 11.3 and other OS updates, 9.7-inch iPad, iWork supports Apple Pencil, Apple education initiatives

Welcome to the snazzy new TidBITS issue, which is part of our complete Internet infrastructure overhaul! Adam Engst explains what has changed, but otherwise, the rest of this issue is chock full of Apple news. The company released iOS 11.3, macOS 10.13.4, watchOS 4.3, tvOS 11.3, and even updated the new HomePod to version 11.3 of its software. And at an education-focused event in Chicago, Apple introduced a new 9.7-inch iPad with Apple Pencil support, updated iWork on the iPad to match, and made some education-specific announcements. Notable software releases this week include iTunes 12.7.4, Security Update 2018-002 (Sierra and El Capitan), Airfoil 5.7.1 and Piezo 1.5.8, KeyCue 8.7, Bookends 13.0.7, and Moneydance 2017.7.

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Apple Strikes Back at Google with Education Initiatives

Apple is a bit of an underdog in the education market, where Google increasingly dominates with inexpensive, easily managed Chromebook laptops. On Tuesday, Apple staged an education-specific press event at a Chicago magnet school to trot out a host of education initiatives meant to make Apple more competitive in the classroom.


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KeyCue 8.7

Adds support for yKey and fixes a few bugs in the keyboard cheat sheet utility. (€19.99 new, free update, 3.9 MB)

Airfoil 5.7.1 and Piezo 1.5.8 No comments

Airfoil 5.7.1 and Piezo 1.5.8

Both apps replace the Instant On component with Rogue Ameoba's new Audio Capture Engine, and Piezo gets improved VoIP support. ($29/$19 new, free updates, 13.6/8.0 MB)

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Bookends 13.0.7

Adds a Recently Viewed group feature to the reference management tool, along with other improvements. ($59.99 new, free update, 46.9 MB)



Google Sunsets URL Shortener

Google has announced that no new users will be able to use the URL shortening service after 13 April 2018, and existing users will lose access on 30 March 2019. Shortened links will redirect indefinitely.