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#1497: Apple Watch Series 5 impressions, why is Apple TV advertising at us?, CES 2020 gadgets and services

Have you been contemplating upgrading from an older Apple Watch? Adam Engst moved from an Apple Watch Series 2 to a Series 5 last year, and now he shares his impressions of what changes made the most difference in regular use. For those with an Apple TV, have you been perturbed by the non-stop advertising in the Apple TV app? Josh Centers has, especially when it’s inappropriate for kids, but he has a way you can remove some of the ads. Finally, Jeff Porten gives new meaning to the term “roving reporter” in traveling straight from CES in Las Vegas to a conference in Italy, but you can now read his first article describing gadgets and services unveiled at the show. Notable Mac app releases this week include ChronoSync 4.9.8 and ChronoAgent 1.9.6, Microsoft Office for Mac 16.33, BBEdit 13.0.4, TextExpander 6.5.3, Alfred 4.0.8, and Quicken 2019 5.14.

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Microsoft Office for Mac 16.33 No comments

Microsoft Office for Mac 16.33

Adds support for accessibility features in Word in High Sierra, enhances Excel's queries and array formulas, and creates animated GIFs in PowerPoint. ($149.99 new for one-time purchase, $99.99/$69.99 annual subscription options, free update)

BBEdit 13.0.4 No comments

BBEdit 13.0.4

Maintenance release focused on bug fixes for the long-standing text editor. ($49.99 new, free update, 13.9 MB)

TextExpander 6.5.3 No comments

TextExpander 6.5.3

Updates the snippet editor with macro improvements and bug fixes. ($40 annual subscription, free update, 20.9 MB)

Alfred 4.0.8 No comments

Alfred 4.0.8

Brings various improvements to the keyboard-driven launcher. (£23 new, free update, 3.1 MB)

Quicken 2019 5.14 No comments

Quicken 2019 5.14

Adds the QuickFill feature to improve auto-categorization of downloaded and manually entered transactions. ($34.99/$49.99/$74.99 annual subscription, free update)

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