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#1508: Zoom’s security and privacy flaws, videoconferencing options, Apple buys Dark Sky, using a trackpad with an iPad, what can Big Tech do for humanity?

“Strange days have found us,” sang Jim Morrison of the Doors, and we have an issue of TidBITS for you to match. We lead off with the news that Apple has purchased the Dark Sky weather service and app, which will undoubtedly shake up the market for weather apps. Adam Engst shares a link to an essay that asks how social media platforms might be able to use their persuasive powers for good. Julio Ojeda-Zapata digs into the details of how trackpads and mice work with iPads running iPadOS 13.4. Glenn Fleishman rounds out the issue with an overview of videoconferencing options and a (currently) comprehensive list of the privacy and security issues with the massively popular Zoom teleconferencing software. Notable Mac app releases this week include Pixelmator Pro 1.6, Apple Configurator 2.12, Little Snitch 4.5 4/3/20, Pages 10, Numbers 10, and Keynote 10, Carbon Copy Cloner 5.1.16, Fantastical 3.0.9, Banktivity 7.5, and Audio Hijack 3.7.

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Pixelmator Pro 1.6 No comments

Pixelmator Pro 1.6

Introduces an all-new color picker that improves color selection and management. ($39.99 new, free update, 196.6 MB)

Little Snitch 4.5 No comments

Little Snitch 4.5

Brings a redesigned offline Research Assistant and several improvements to the network traffic management utility. ($45 new, free update, 40.5 MB)

Fantastical 3.0.9 No comments

Fantastical 3.0.9

Fixes bugs and improves performance when resizing Fantastical's window in month view. ($39.99 annual subscription, free update, 21.9 MB)

Banktivity 7.5 No comments

Banktivity 7.5

Adds the capability to flip the amounts of transactions when importing from CSV. ($69.99 new, free update, 22.3 MB)

Audio Hijack 3.7 No comments

Audio Hijack 3.7

Adds the new Live Stream output block for broadcasting audio to services that use Real-Time Messaging Protocol (such as Periscope, Twitch, and YouTube). ($49 new, free update, 16.1 MB)

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