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#1459: AirPower canceled, Apple TV+ and Apple Card details, watchOS 5.2 extends ECG

Sadly, Apple’s cancellation of the AirPower wireless charging mat isn’t an April Fool’s joke—everything in this issue of TidBITS is entirely real (or at least obvious speculation). On the plus side, international users of the Apple Watch Series 4 will be happy to learn that watchOS 5.2 makes the ECG feature available in more countries. Finally, we look more deeply at Apple’s announcements of Apple TV+ and Apple Card from last week’s special event. Notable Mac app releases this week include Security Update 2019-002 (High Sierra and Sierra), Safari 12.1, macOS Server 5.8, Apple Configurator 2.9, SoundSource 4.0.1, Default Folder X 5.3.6, Cardhop 1.2, Ulysses 15.2, and Parallels Desktop 14.1.3.

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Safari 12.1 2 comments

Safari 12.1

Streamlines Web site login when filling credentials with Password AutoFill and updates cross-site tracking protection with Intelligent Tracking Prevention 2.1. (Free)

Apple Configurator 2.9 No comments

Apple Configurator 2.9

Maintenance update for the Mac utility that schools and businesses can use to manage and deploy software to multiple iOS and tvOS devices. (Free, 63.9 MB)

SoundSource 4.0.1 No comments

SoundSource 4.0.1

Major update for the sound utility adds per-application audio control, a 10-band equalizer, and volume boosting feature. ($29 new, $19 upgrade, free update from 4.0, 11.1 MB)

Cardhop 1.2.1 7 comments

Cardhop 1.2.1

Adds Google, Exchange, and Office 365 directories and the capability to mark contacts as favorites. ($19.99 new, free update, 11.9 MB)

Ulysses 15.2 1 comment

Ulysses 15.2

Maintenance release for the writing app with a lengthy list of improvements and bug fixes. ($39.99 annual subscription, free update, 23.4 MB)

Parallels Desktop 14.1.3 No comments

Parallels Desktop 14.1.3

Addresses issues with Insider Preview beta releases of Windows 10 and Office for Windows. ($79.99 anual subscription for standard edition, $99.99 annual subscription for Pro and Business Editions, 204 MB)

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The EU Passes Copyright Directive 2 comments

The EU Passes Copyright Directive

The European Union has passed the Copyright in the Digital Single Market Directive and its controversial Articles 11 and 13, which regulate online use of news articles and posting of copyrighted content. But it will be several years before it’s implemented in the laws of EU members states.