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#1454: Traveling with tech in 1999, stream local TV with Locast, buy your own cable modem, Pixelmator Pro vs. Photoshop

Ready for some nostalgia? This week, we revisit a pair of TidBITS articles from the turn of the century to see how traveling with technology has changed over the past 19 years. If you’re looking for a way to watch broadcast TV over the Internet for free and live in a supported city, check out Locast, which Jeff Porten finds functional, but bare bones. Glenn Fleishman has some money-saving advice for cable Internet subscribers: stop renting your modem and buy one instead! Finally, Victor Agreda (formerly of TUAW) joins us this week for an extensive review of Pixelmator Pro. Can it take on the 800-pound Photoshop gorilla? Notable Mac app releases this week include Scrivener 3.1.2, Bookends 13.2, Luminar 3.0.2, 1Password 7.2.5, and BBEdit 12.6.

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19 Years Ago in TidBITS: Traveling with Technology

Remember what it was like in the early days of laptops and Internet access when we first started to be able to use technology while traveling? At the turn of the century, Gideon Greenspan penned a pair of articles for TidBITS about how he kept his shareware business humming on a PowerBook G3 during a 2-month trip through Asia.

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Pixelmator Pro: How Does It Compare to Photoshop CC?

Photoshop may be the 800-pound gorilla of the graphics world, but Pixelmator Pro has stepped into the ring. How does it match up? The answer largely depends on what you need from an image editor. Find out what advantages Pixelmator Pro has, and where it lags behind, in this comprehensive analysis.


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Scrivener 3.1.2

Maintenance release with a lengthy list of bug fixes and improvements for the long-form writing tool. ($45 new, free update, 109 MB)

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Bookends 13.2

Provides a new AppleScript dictionary and enables you to insert Cited Pages anywhere in a custom format. ($59.99 new, free update, 50.1 MB)

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Luminar 3.0.2

Maintenance release for the photo editing app improves the recently added Library feature. ($69 new, free update, 18.4 MB)

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1Password 7.2.5

Improves unlock speed when Touch ID is configured and on some slower computers, plus adds support for QuickBooks. ($64.99 new, free update, 52.6 MB)

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BBEdit 12.6

Brings sandboxing to the text editor and provides nearly 90 additions, improvements, and bug fixes. ($49.99 new, free update, 13.9 MB)


YouTube’s Pedophile Problem 14 comments

YouTube’s Pedophile Problem

The New York Times reports that YouTuber Matt Watson has revealed a hidden pedophile ring in the comments on Google’s video-sharing site, which has led to a massive backlash by advertisers.

kernel_task Is Protective, not Problematic 15 comments

kernel_task Is Protective, not Problematic

Who knew? Howard Oakley reveals an Apple support note that explains that the kernel_task process monopolizes your Mac’s CPU to protect it from overheating and isn’t itself causing the problem.

What Would Life Be Like without the Tech Giants? 3 comments

What Would Life Be Like without the Tech Giants?

Ever wondered if you could go back to a simpler time without Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google, and Microsoft controlling our technological lives? Kashmir Hill of Gizmodo tried cutting each one out in turn and then blocked all five. Here’s how it went.