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#1495: Examining 5G health concerns, location privacy abuses, Apple Music Replay, and Smart Battery Case camera button

Welcome to the first issue of TidBITS for 2020! Curious about which Apple Music tracks you listened to the most in the past few years? We show you how to access the buried Apple Music Replay feature in the Apple Music Web app beta. Apple’s Smart Battery Cases for the iPhone 11, 11 Pro, and 11 Pro Max have a new feature: a camera button that you can press to take pictures—we have the details. The New York Times has published an exposé about how a secretive set of companies track our every move via our phones; we point you to that essential reading and provide tips on how to guard your privacy. Finally, Glenn Fleishman examines the health concerns surrounding 5G wireless networks and explains why you don’t need to worry. Notable Mac app releases this week include ChronoSync 4.9.7 and ChronoAgent 1.9.5, OmniFocus 3.4.5, GraphicConverter 11.1.2, Audio Hijack 3.6.3, CleanMyMac X 4.5.2, Luminar 4.1, Bookends 13.3, and Pixelmator Pro 1.5.5.

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OmniFocus 3.4.5 No comments

OmniFocus 3.4.5

Maintenance release for the task management app with a smattering of bug fixes and enhancements related to dropped items. ($39.99 new, free update, 60.3 MB)

GraphicConverter 11.1.2 No comments

GraphicConverter 11.1.2

The Swiss Army knife of graphics programs gains several new features along with a variety of improvements and bug fixes. ($39.95 new, free update, 154 MB)

CleanMyMac X 4.5.2 No comments

CleanMyMac X 4.5.2

Adds support for cleaning up new groups of Chrome items in the Privacy module and ensures that Firefox items are displayed properly within Privacy. ($89.95 new, free update, 55.5 MB)

Luminar 4.1 No comments

Luminar 4.1

Brings performance improvements and new technology additions for the recently upgraded AI-powered photo editing app. ($89 new, free update, 18.8 MB)

Bookends 13.3 No comments

Bookends 13.3

Brings several updates for macOS 10.15 Catalina and adds the capability to import from Google Scholar in the Bookends Browser. ($59.99 new, free update, 50.9 MB)

Pixelmator Pro 1.5.4 4 comments

Pixelmator Pro 1.5.4

Adds the new ML Super Resolution feature, which makes it possible to increase the resolution of images while keeping them sharp and detailed. ($39.99 new, free update, 187 MB)

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Solving Mac OS 8’s Y2K20 Bug

Keeping an old Mac running Mac OS 8 or earlier around for the fun of it? Beware that early versions of the classic Mac OS won’t let you set a time after the end of 2019. Happily, a free utility lets you work around this limitation for another 20 years.