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#1514: Beware scheduling via Siri, Apple shipping delays, Eggtronic Power Bar, ExactScan for older ScanSnap scanners, watchOS 6.2.5

If you use Siri to schedule events, be careful—Adam Engst learned the hard way that doing so can have unintended consequences, especially when coupled with Google Calendar. Looking to buy a new Mac or other Apple product in a hurry? Note that the company is currently experiencing some non-trivial shipping delays. Julio Ojeda-Zapata takes a look at the powerful but pricey Eggtronic Power Bar, a battery-equipped, Qi-capable charging station for your iPhone, Apple Watch, AirPods, MacBook, and other devices. Apple released watchOS 6.2.5, but it’s mostly of interest if you live in Saudi Arabia. Finally, Dave Kitabjian joins us again to look at using ExactScan to breathe new life into your old Fujitsu ScanSnap scanner. Notable Mac app releases this week include BusyCal 3.10 and BusyContacts, Logic Pro X 10.5, PDFpen and PDFpenPro 12.0.2, Pixelmator Pro 1.6.2, Microsoft Office for Mac 16.37, DEVONthink 3.5, Carbon Copy Cloner 5.1.17, and VLC Media Player 3.0.10.

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Be Careful When Scheduling Events Using Siri

Adam Engst recently scheduled a Zoom call with colleagues on a non-profit board and had to apologize when one of them was irritated at ending up in Google Hangouts by himself for 10 minutes. The problem arose due to a confluence of issues with Siri and Google Calendar—read on to learn how to avoid similar embarrassments.

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ExactScan Might Be the ScanSnap Replacement You Need

The loss of the 32-bit ScanSnap Manager software has prevented users of Fujitsu’s older ScanSnap scanners from upgrading to macOS 10.15 Catalina. But ExactSCAN, third-party software that supports many ScanSnap devices, might provide a solution to this problem. Dave Kitabjian takes you through the pros and cons of this promising alternative.

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Logic Pro X 10.5 No comments

Logic Pro X 10.5

Major update to the professional audio app that adds a professional version of Live Loops and brings a redesigned sampling workflow. ($199.99 new, free update, 1 GB)

Pixelmator Pro 1.6.2 No comments

Pixelmator Pro 1.6.2

Adds a new Replace Image feature and brings new and revised keyboard shortcuts to the image editing app. ($39.99 new, free update, 193 MB)

Microsoft Office for Mac 16.37 5 comments

Microsoft Office for Mac 16.37

Adds a new way to search for commands and help in Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. ($149.99 new for one-time purchase, $99.99/$69.99 annual subscription options, free update)

DEVONthink 3.5 No comments

DEVONthink 3.5

Major release for the information management app with a lengthy list of new features and improvements including an enhanced sidebar and new automation options. ($99/$199/$499 new, free update, 106.5 MB)

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