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#1458: iOS 12.2, macOS 10.14.4, Apple News+, Apple Arcade, new iMacs, second-generation AirPods

At its special event today, Apple announced a plethora of new services, including Apple TV+, Apple News+, Apple Arcade, and Apple Card. Only Apple News+ is here today, and Julio Ojeda-Zapata has an overview in this issue. Also this week, Josh Centers looks at the upcoming Apple Arcade gaming service, and we’ll publish more in-depth looks at Apple TV+ and Apple Card—both of which Apple promised for later in the year—on our Web site soon. As expected, Apple also released iOS 12.2, macOS 10.14.4, and tvOS 12.2—Adam Engst runs down the main changes for you. Finally, we look at what changed in the new iMacs and AirPods that Apple released last week in an effort to clear the decks for today’s announcements. Notable Mac app releases this week include PopChar X 8.6, MarsEdit 4.3, Mail Archiver X 5.0, BBEdit 12.6.2, Final Cut Pro X 10.4.6, Compressor 4.4.4, Motion 5.4.3, TechTool Pro 11.0.1, Firefox 66.0, CleanMyMac X 4.3, and Things 3.8.2.

Julio Ojeda-Zapata 43 comments

Apple News+ Debuts With Magazines, Newspapers, and Web Sites

Apple has debuted Apple News+, a $9.99-per-month digital news service with access to about 300 top magazines along with a handful of major newspapers and digital publications. The new offering, built into Apple’s News app for iOS and Mac, will give multiple members of a Family Sharing group access for a single monthly fee, and it promises to shield users from advertisers.

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Mail Archiver X 5.0 No comments

Mail Archiver X 5.0

Long-standing email archiver updates mail parser and adds support for Dark mode in macOS 10.14 Mojave. ($44.95 new, free update, 151 MB)

BBEdit 12.6.2 No comments

BBEdit 12.6.2

Maintenance release no longer prompts for sandbox access at startup for non-App Store builds. ($49.99 new, free update, 13.8 MB)

TechTool Pro 11.0.1 2 comments

TechTool Pro 11.0.1

Major upgrade for the hard drive repair and system maintenance tool adds compatibility with macOS 10.14 Mojave. ($129 new, upgrades available)

Firefox 66.0 No comments

Firefox 66.0

Adds a new Block Autoplay feature that prevents Web sites from automatically playing audio and video. (Free, 64.9 MB)

CleanMyMac X 4.3 10 comments

CleanMyMac X 4.3

Adds the new Space Lens feature for building a storage map and revealing the biggest space wasters. ($89.98/$39.95 new, free update, 72.4 MB)

Things 3.8.2 1 comment

Things 3.8.2

Maintenance release of the task manager with a bevy of bug fixes and improvements. ($49.99 new, free update, 16.8 MB)

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European Commission Fines Google €1.49 Billion 4 comments

European Commission Fines Google €1.49 Billion

The European Commission has fined Google €1.49 billion for what it’s calling abusive advertising practices, but even that stunning amount isn’t close to the largest fine the EC has levied against the search giant. And it pales in comparison to Google’s revenues.