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#1465: Apple OS updates, is DNDWD reducing crashes?, Reeder 4 review, Spotify address insanity

With WWDC just weeks away, Apple has released updates to all its operating systems, largely to roll out a new Apple TV app and support for AirPlay 2-enabled smart TVs. Also this week, we ask whether the Do Not Disturb While Driving feature, which debuted in iOS 11, is actually saving lives. Adam Engst dives into the numbers. Despite having a mix of Amazon Echo and Google Home smart speakers, Josh Centers recently switched from Spotify to Apple Music because of Spotify’s user-hostile family plan requirements. Finally, if you like consuming your news through an RSS reader, Julio Ojeda-Zapata reviews the new Reeder 4 for Mac and iOS. Notable Mac app releases this week include ScreenFlow 8.2.3, Piezo 1.6.0, Tinderbox 8.0.1, and Little Snitch 4.3.2.

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ScreenFlow 8.2.3 1 comment

ScreenFlow 8.2.3

Maintenance release for the screencast recording and video editing app focused on bug fixes. ($129 new, free update, 54.3 MB)

Piezo 1.6.0 1 comment

Piezo 1.6.0

Improves the reliability of audio recording under heavy loads. ($19 new, free update, 8.8 MB)

Tinderbox 8.0.1 No comments

Tinderbox 8.0.1

Maintenance update to the recently upgraded note-taking assistant and information manager. ($249 new, free update, 34.5 MB)

Little Snitch 4.3.2 No comments

Little Snitch 4.3.2

Brings a variety of improvements and bug fixes to the network traffic management utility. ($45 new, free update, 39.0 MB)

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How the Apple Store Lost Its Groove 25 comments

How the Apple Store Lost Its Groove

Bloomberg has spoken with current and former Apple employees about concerns regarding the Apple Store. Can Deirdre O’Brien bring back the aspects of the Apple Store that made it so successful under Ron Johnson?

Supreme Court Rules Apple Antitrust Case Can Continue 8 comments

Supreme Court Rules Apple Antitrust Case Can Continue

Apple has lost its attempt to dismiss an antitrust case that, if the company were to lose, could result in significant financial penalties or force changes in how we purchase iOS apps. Worse, it’s coming at a time when politicians are talking about breaking up powerful tech companies.