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#1509: TidBITS 30th anniversary, Apple fixes FaceTime bug, Apple and Google partner for contact tracing, time tracking with Timing 2

TidBITS celebrates its 30th anniversary this week, but we need your help to keep going. Apple has released a slew of bug-fix updates—iOS 13.4.1, iPadOS 13.4.1, and macOS 10.15.4 fix a FaceTime compatibility bug with older OS versions, along with a few other problems. More interesting is how Apple and Google are teaming up to create a cross-platform contact-tracing system to notify users of potential coronavirus exposure while maintaining individual privacy—Glenn Fleishman explains how it will work. Finally, Take Control of Your Productivity author Jeff Porten reviews the highly capable Timing 2 app for time tracking and management. Notable Mac app releases this week include Firefox 75, Mailplane 4.2.2, URL Manager Pro 5.2, and CleanMyMac X 4.6.2.

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Firefox 75 8 comments

Firefox 75

Changes the address bar behavior for enhanced searching and patches security vulnerabilities. (Free update, 67.6 MB)

URL Manager Pro 5.2 No comments

URL Manager Pro 5.2

Adds the capability to find and delete duplicate bookmarks. ($35.00 new, free update from version 5, $25 upgrade, 10.3 MB)

CleanMyMac X 4.6.2 2 comments

CleanMyMac X 4.6.2

Improves the Malware Removal module with new methods of detecting viruses and malware. ($89.95 new, free update, 53.9 MB)

ExtraBITS

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The 2020 MacBook Air’s FaceTime HD Camera Is Still Lousy

Joanna Stern took the 2020 MacBook Air webcam for a spin, comparing it to other popular laptop webcams and a 2010 MacBook Pro, and found that, while they’re all terrible in comparison with an iPhone 11, Apple’s laptop webcams haven’t improved much in the past decade.