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#1549: Apple Watch Breathe notifications, BlastDoor hardens iMessage, add AirPlay to a stereo, present better in Zoom

Are you annoyed by your Apple Watch reminding you to breathe? Josh Centers explains how you can easily adjust or eliminate those notifications. Some worrisome iMessage vulnerabilities were exploited in 2020, but Glenn Fleishman explains how Apple has implemented a protective barrier to thwart them. If you’ve wished you could bring your classic stereo system into the modern music streaming world, Dave Kitabjian joins us to teach you how to add AirPlay input to your stereo with an old Apple TV. Finally, for those who teach or present online, Glenn shows how to give effective presentations and app demos remotely with Zoom. Notable Mac app releases this week include Carbon Copy Cloner 5.1.25, BusyCal 3.12.3, Pixelmator Pro 2.0.5, Zoom 5.5.1, PopChar X 9.1, Mailplane 4.3.1, Gemini 2.8.2, and Homebrew 3.0.

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Carbon Copy Cloner 5.1.25 No comments

Carbon Copy Cloner 5.1.25

Brings a smattering of bug fixes and improvements to the drive-cloning and backup utility. ($39.99 new, free update, 19.4 MB, macOS 10.10+)

BusyCal 3.12.3 No comments

BusyCal 3.12.3

Adds support for using natural language input in the Go To Date window. ($49.99 new, free update, 31.9 MB, macOS 10.11+)

Pixelmator Pro 2.0.5 No comments

Pixelmator Pro 2.0.5

Maintenance release improves launch speed by around 20% and increases the maximum intensity of the Sharpen adjustment. ($39.99 new, free update, 225 MB, macOS 10.14.4+)

Zoom 5.5.1 2 comments

Zoom 5.5.1

Enables meeting hosts to play a video file as shared content and adds a blurred background option. (Free, 24.1 MB, macOS 10.9+)

PopChar X 9.1 No comments

PopChar X 9.1

Maintenance update for the character discovery and font exploration utility. (€29.99 new, free update, 5.1 MB, macOS 10.10+)

Mailplane 4.3.1 No comments

Mailplane 4.3.1

Adds support for the new Google Calendar offline mode. ($29.95 new, free update, 78.2 MB, macOS 10.12+)

Gemini 2.8.2 No comments

Gemini 2.8.2

Introduces a new Duplicates Monitor feature that notifies you immediately when a new duplicate file appears. ($19.95 new, free update, 47.8 MB, macOS 10.10+)

Homebrew 3.0 1 comment

Homebrew 3.0

Command-line package manager adds support for M1-based Macs. (Free, macOS 10.14+)

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