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#1453: Infrared camera review, move your family from Facebook to Slack, Apple Store management, Backblaze price hike

Online backup is getting a bit more expensive—Backblaze has announced a rate increase due to additional services and backup loads increasing faster than storage costs drop. After Angela Ahrendts announced that she would be stepping down as the head of Apple’s retail efforts, we asked for your thoughts on her tenure at Apple, and opinions were mixed. Ever wanted to see in infrared to detect air leaks in your house? Dave Kitabjian reviews the Seek Thermal Compact Imager, an affordable thermal imaging accessory for the iPhone. Finally, if you’re fed up with Facebook’s corrosive effects on society, Glenn Fleishman explains why you might consider moving your family communications to Slack. Notable Mac app releases this week include BusyCal 3.6.1, Agenda 5.0, Lightroom Classic CC 8.2, and Microsoft Office for Mac.

Glenn Fleishman 13 comments

Fed Up with Facebook? Move Your Family to Slack

Disgusted by Facebook’s behavior but feel stuck using it because it’s the only way you communicate with some family members? Try the free tier of the group-messaging system Slack instead. It’s great for families, doesn’t incorporate ads, and guarantees your privacy. A little training may be required.

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BusyCal 3.6.1 No comments

BusyCal 3.6.1

Maintenance update with a lengthy list of improvements and bug fixes for the calendar app. ($49.99 new, free update, 21.2 MB)

Agenda 5.0 No comments

Agenda 5.0

Major new release for the note-taking and task management app with new features and improvements. (Free with $24.99 premium purchase option, free update, 31.5 MB)

Lightroom Classic CC 8.2 2 comments

Lightroom Classic CC 8.2

Adds a new feature that enhances the details of raw images using Adobe Senseis artificial intelligence. ($9.99/19.99 monthly subscription Creative Cloud subscription, free update)

Microsoft Office for Mac 16.22 1 comment

Microsoft Office for Mac 16.22

Adds a new trackpad sketching feature to Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. ($149.99 new for one-time purchase, $99.99/$69.99 annual subscription options, free update)

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Amazon Buys Mesh-Networking Company Eero 5 comments

Amazon Buys Mesh-Networking Company Eero

Amazon has purchased Eero, maker of home mesh Wi-Fi systems, long a favorite amongst techies. The move will ensure the future of Eero’s technology but has some worried about the privacy implications of all network traffic passing through Amazon hardware.