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#1563: Improved Apple Music audio quality, AirTag tracking scenarios, fixing Catalina update restart loops, broadband relief for struggling families

Apple has announced that you’ll soon be able to listen to Apple Music in lossless quality, with many tracks featuring spatial audio and Dolby Atmos surround sound. Some users have been caught in a reboot loop when trying to install Catalina security updates, and Adam Engst explains how you can fix the problem by clearing up disk space. Concerned about the cost of Internet access? New programs from the FCC and New York State promise to help struggling families afford broadband. Finally, if you’ve been having trouble wrapping your head around all the ways AirTags can be used and abused, Glenn Fleishman invents a slew of scenarios that illustrate some of the nuances. Notable Mac app releases this week include Microsoft Office for Mac 16.49, 1Password 7.8.2, Cyberduck 7.9, URL Manager Pro 5.8.1, and DEVONthink 3.7.2.

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Microsoft Office for Mac 16.49 2 comments

Microsoft Office for Mac 16.49

Brings a refreshed look to the office suite, plus improvements to Outlook and Teams. ($149.99 new for one-time purchase, $99.99/$69.99 annual subscription options, free update, macOS 10.14+)

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1Password 7.8.2

Maintenance release with bug fixes and browser filling improvements for the password manager. ($64.99 new, free update, 71.9 MB, macOS 10.13+)

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Cyberduck 7.9

Introduces a new icon styled for macOS 11 Big Sur to the open-source file transfer app. (Free, 119 MB, macOS 10.9+)

URL Manager Pro 5.8.1 No comments

URL Manager Pro 5.8.1

Introduces an iOS edition of the bookmark manager included with the macOS edition. ($29.99 new, free update, 20.6 MB, macOS 10.13+)

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DEVONthink 3.7.2

Resolves an issue with smart rule actions incorrectly running twice and improves installation of the Mail plug-in. ($99 new, free update, 132 MB, macOS 10.11.5+)

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What Happens When You Mail an AirTag?

Kirk McElhearn mailed an AirTag to a friend to see if he could track it as it worked its way through the mail system. Short answer: he could, although the AirTag’s behavior upon arriving wasn’t entirely as expected.