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#1545: Virtual CES 2021 kick off, new Apple privacy policies, pick meeting times with When2Meet

The first virtual CES kicks off this week, and our typically roving correspondent Jeff Porten is attending virtually to sniff out the coolest and most interesting gizmos and gadgets. This year, you can vote on which ones most interest you! Glenn Fleishman discusses Apple’s new privacy disclosure rules for App Store developers, which are sending Facebook into a tizzy. Finally, Adam Engst describes When2Meet, a simpler alternative to Doodle for helping a group decide on meeting time. Notable Mac app releases this week include Zoom 5.4.7, EagleFiler 1.9.2, Nisus Writer Pro 3.2.1, Timing 2021.1, Pixelmator Pro 2.0.3. BusyCal 3.12.2 and BusyContacts 1.5.1, BBEdit 13.5.4, Default Folder X 5.5.4, and Keyboard Maestro 9.2.

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Apple Unveils Stringent Disclosure and Opt-in Privacy Requirements for Apps

Facebook is unhappy with the enhanced privacy requirements that Apple recently unveiled. Apple will soon require that apps ask for and get explicit consent from their users in order to track them across apps and sites—and that’s a good thing. Apple has already added detailed privacy disclosure requirements. Let’s dig into how Apple’s new rules will enhance your privacy.

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Zoom 5.4.7 No comments

Zoom 5.4.7

Adds compatibility with M1-based Macs and brings enhanced cloud contact integration for chat/call features. (Free, 23.3 MB, macOS 10.9+)

EagleFiler 1.9.2 6 comments

EagleFiler 1.9.2

Maintenance release for the document organization and archiving app. ($40 new, free update, 31.2 MB, macOS 10.12+)

Nisus Writer Pro 3.2.1 7 comments

Nisus Writer Pro 3.2.1

Maintenance update that focuses on fixing a few key issues, including sluggish behavior in macOS 11 Big Sur. ($65 new, free update, 277 MB, macOS 10.11+)

Timing 2021.1 No comments

Timing 2021.1

Introduces the capability to share projects with team members and view their time entries in the Timing web app. ($42 annual subscription, free update, 35.6 MB, macOS 10.13+)

BBEdit 13.5.4 No comments

BBEdit 13.5.4

Changes the default location for the BBEdit Backups folder. ($49.99 new, free update, 18.7 MB, macOS 10.14.2+)

Default Folder X 5.5.4 No comments

Default Folder X 5.5.4

Fixes a bug that could prevent the Open/Save dialog enhancement utility from launching correctly. ($34.95 new, free update, 15.7 MB, macOS 10.10+)

Keyboard Maestro 9.2 No comments

Keyboard Maestro 9.2

Maintenance update for the automation and clipboard utility with several improvements and bug fixes. ($36 new, free update, 34.3 MB, macOS 10.11+)

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