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#1422: Apple to fix MacBook keyboards, 911 location sharing, Xmarks gone, Web pages by email, Honeywell Lyric and HomeKit

If you have been frustrated by sticky or dead keys on your MacBook or MacBook Pro keyboard, we have good news: Apple has announced a service program for laptops with butterfly switches. Well in advance of iOS 12’s release, Apple is promoting a reason to upgrade: improved location sharing with 911 emergency calls. Adam Engst looks at how to send the full text of a Web page—like a back issue of TidBITS—via email, and also passes on news of the demise of the Xmarks bookmark-synchronization service. Mike Matthews joins us again this week with a detailed look at the Honeywell Lyric Security and Home Control System, which is compatible with HomeKit. Notable Mac app releases this week include Bookends 13.1, Default Folder X 5.2.5, GarageBand 10.3, DEVONthink/DEVONnote 2.10.1, Scrivener 3.0.3, and Merlin Project 5.0.1.


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Bookends 13.1

Adds support for using the system keychain to save and autofill login name and password fields. ($59.99 new, free update, 49.2 MB)

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GarageBand 10.3

Makes all Artist Lessons free to download and adds two new Drummers that play roots- and jazz-influenced brush styles. (Free, 1.01 GB)

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DEVONthink/DEVONnote 2.10.1

Improves sync reliability, speed, and resource usage. (All updates are free. DEVONthink Pro Office, $149.95 new; DEVONthink Professional, $79.95 new; DEVONthink Personal, $49.95 new; DEVONnote, $24.95 new)

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Merlin Project 5.0.1

Major upgrade for the project management app brings Kanban boards and improved resource pool management. ($149 annual subscription, free update from version 5, 27.8 MB)


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Save Your Pebble Smartwatch with Rebble

Pebble pioneered the smartwatch market, but time is running out for its online services, which are necessary for some features. A ragtag band of coders has devised a solution, but you must act before 30 June 2018.