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#1571: iOS 14.7 update, Apple/Beats audio gear buyer’s guide, SFTP without passwords, Consumer Reports Internet survey

Apple released iOS 14.7, watchOS 7.6, HomePod Software 14.7, and tvOS 14.7 with a few small enhancements and bug fixes—we expect iPadOS 14.7 and macOS 11.5 Big Sur soon. If you’re in the market for earbuds or headphones, you’ll appreciate Julio Ojeda-Zapata’s comparison of everything available from Apple and Beats, backed up with an elaborate chart comparing the features of each. Speaking of elaborate, do you use SFTP to transfer files to your Web server or other remote machines? Glenn Fleishman provides step-by-step instructions that explain how you can increase both security and ease of use by switching from a password to private-key authentication. Finally, Consumer Reports and The Verge are teaming up to survey American Internet access. We tell you how you can participate, with the hope that the results will encourage positive change. Notable Mac app releases this week include Fantastical 3.4.2, EagleFiler 1.9.5, Logic Pro 10.6.3, and iStat Menus 6.6.

Julio Ojeda-Zapata 10 comments

The Ultimate Guide to Choosing Apple/Beats Audio Gear

Choosing Apple earbuds or headphones becomes more complicated when you factor in gear from Apple subsidiary Beats by Dre. To wrap his head around all the options, Julio Ojeda-Zapata constructed a huge comparison chart. This companion article separates the various Apple and Beats devices into categories to assist you in your decision.

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Fantastical 3.4.2 4 comments

Fantastical 3.4.2

Adds options for custom app icons in the Dock and support for Working Elsewhere availability in Exchange. ($39.99 annual subscription, free update, 53.1 MB, macOS 10.13.2+)

EagleFiler 1.9.5 No comments

EagleFiler 1.9.5

Works around a change in the macOS 12 Monterey public beta that caused a crash in the document organization and archiving app. ($40 new, free update, 31.4 MB, macOS 10.12+)

Logic Pro 10.6.3 No comments

Logic Pro 10.6.3

Maintenance release for the professional audio app fixes a couple of crashes. ($199.99 new, free update, 1.1 GB, macOS 10.15.7+)

iStat Menus 6.6 No comments

iStat Menus 6.6

Improves support for M1-based Macs and the Magic Keyboard with Touch ID. ($9.99 new, free update, 28.9 MB, macOS 10.11+)

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