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#1443: Blackmail spam, iPhone Camera app zoom tips, 5K displays disappearing, all about the Markup tools in macOS

We’re taking next week’s email issue off for the Thanksgiving holiday, but this week’s beefy issue ensures you won’t lack for reading material. You know you can zoom in the iPhone’s Camera app, but Josh Centers shows you things you may not have realized about the zoom button. If you’ve been freaked out by a spammer claiming to have hacked your account and showing your password as proof, rest easy. It’s fake, but as Adam Engst suggests, such spam may presage a concerning trend of exploiting personal data found online. With Apple touting the 5K capabilities of the new MacBook Air and Mac mini, Adam also wonders what happened to all the 5K displays. Finally, did you know that Mojave provides markup tools throughout the system? In a comprehensive article released last month to TidBITS members and now available to everyone, Sharon Zardetto explains where to find these markup tools (even in earlier versions of macOS!) and how to use them. Notable Mac app releases this week include 1Password 7.2.2, Typinator 7.8, Microsoft Office for Mac 16.19, Moneydance 2017.10, Final Cut Pro X 10.4.4, Compressor 4.4.2, and Motion 5.4.2, Panorama X 10.1.2, Hazel 4.3.3, OmniOutliner Essentials and Pro 5.4.1, and BusyCal 3.5.4 and BusyContacts 1.3.1.

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No TidBITS Issue on 26 November 2018

We’re taking the next email issue of TidBITS off to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday in the United States, although we’ll continue to publish articles on the site. You can look forward to the next email issue on 3 December 2018.

Adam Engst 27 comments

“Hacked Account” Blackmail Spam on the Rise—Beware!

A relatively new form of spam is making the rounds on the Internet. It purports to be from a hacker who has taken over your computer and who will reveal your porn browsing to all your contacts unless you pay a Bitcoin blackmail. It’s fake, but its use of breached passwords as “proof” points toward a concerning future.

Adam Engst 49 comments

What Happened to 5K Displays?

Apple keeps saying that its new hardware can drive a 5K display at 5120-by-2880 resolution, but it would seem that there’s only one 5K display available for sale, the LG UltraFine 5K Display. Why isn’t there more choice in the 5K display space?

Sharon Zardetto 9 comments

macOS Hidden Treasures: The Mac’s Hidden Markup Tools

The Preview app has long provided tools that let you mark up an image with arrows, text, and even free-form drawing. But other Mac apps—Mail, Notes, Photos, TextEdit, and more—also provide access to similar markup tools, and now macOS 10.14 Mojave makes them available even in the Finder and the new screenshot interface.


1Password 7.2.2 1 comment

1Password 7.2.2

Addresses a lengthy list of improvements and bug fixes for the password manager. ($64.99 new, free update, 45.9 MB)

Typinator 7.8 No comments

Typinator 7.8

Improves compatibility with Dark mode in macOS 10.14 Mojave. (€24.99 new, free update, 6.6 MB)

Microsoft Office for Mac 16.19 6 comments

Microsoft Office for Mac 16.19

Adds the capability to search the Web for images from within a document. ($149.99 new for one-time purchase, $99.99/$69.99 annual subscription options, free update)

Moneydance 2017.10 1 comment

Moneydance 2017.10

Maintenance update for personal finance management app works around broken OFX responses from Wells Fargo. ($49.99 new, free update, 103 MB)

Panorama X 10.1.2 No comments

Panorama X 10.1.2

Brings a slew of improvements and bug fixes to the relational database app. ($100 new, free update, 45.3 MB)

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Hazel 4.3.3

Adds the capability to copy and paste rules in the file cleanup utility. ($32 new, free update, 9.8 MB)