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#1413: macOS 10.13.4, iPads & kids, 32-bit apps, Apple Watch podcasts, iOS 11 Camera level feature

The recently released macOS 10.13.4 features in this week’s issue, with Adam Engst writing about boot failures that seem related to not installing it, and Josh Centers explaining how to find 32-bit apps that may be deprecated in the next version of macOS. Developer Dave DeLong joins us with an editorial pointing out that if Apple were really designing iPads (and iOS devices in general) for young children, things would be different. Josh also contributes a helpful tip for taking skew-free photos of rectangular objects with an iPhone or iPad, and Julio Ojeda-Zapata looks at five Apple Watch apps that let you play podcasts even if you haven’t brought your iPhone along for a workout. Notable software releases this week include Microsoft Office 2016 16.12, PDFpen and PDFpenPro 10.0, HandBrake 1.1.0, and Final Cut Pro X 10.4, Compressor 4.4, and Motion 5.4.

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macOS 10.13.4 Warns Users about 32-Bit Apps

Last year at WWDC, Apple said that High Sierra would be the last version of macOS to run 32-bit apps “without compromise.” The recently released macOS 10.13.4 takes the next step in that direction by alerting users the first time they launch a 32-bit app. Here’s what we know.

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If iPads Were Meant for Kids

Apple positions the iPad as being a perfect device for kids. Developer Dave DeLong disagrees and lays out 12 reasons why the iPad — or any iOS device — isn’t really designed for use by young children.

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Microsoft Office 2016 16.12 1 comment

Microsoft Office 2016 16.12

Outlook gains some calendaring features, and the other apps can open locally synced OneDrive documents from the cloud. ($149.99 new for one-time purchase, $99.99/$69.99 annual subscription options, free update)

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Architects of the Modern Internet Express Regret 2 comments

Architects of the Modern Internet Express Regret

Has the Internet become the victim of unintended consequences? In interviews with New York Magazine, people who played key roles in the development of the modern Internet express regret for what they did and concern for where we're going.