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#1576: Work with image text using TextSniper and Photos Search, upgrade your home Wi-Fi, comparing MagSafe battery packs

Ever wanted to search for text in your photos or copy text from a graphic? Apple’s Live Text technology promises just that in macOS 12 Monterey and iOS 15, but TextSniper and Photos Search offer those capabilities—and more—now. If your home Wi-Fi network isn’t keeping up with your needs, Wi-Fi expert Glenn Fleishman shares four ways to take your home’s Wi-Fi performance and coverage to the next level: mesh networking, powerline networking, MoCA, and more routers. Finally, for iPhone 12 users looking for wireless charging on the go, Julio Ojeda-Zapata wraps up the issue with a comparison of four MagSafe-compatible battery packs. Notable Mac app releases this week include Pixelmator Pro 2.1.3 and Parallels Desktop 17.

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Comparing MagSafe Battery Packs: Not A Simple Choice

Which MagSafe-compatible portable battery pack should you buy? Julio Ojeda-Zapata put Apple’s MagSafe Battery Pack and three of its competitors through their paces and found pluses and minuses across the board. Though Apple’s product is the only MagSafe-certified option, you shouldn’t dismiss the other products given their lower cost and worthwhile features.

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Pixelmator Pro 2.1.3

Introduces a new PSD engine for improved support of Photoshop PSD files. ($39.99 new, free update, 352 MB, macOS 10.14.4+)

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Parallels Desktop 17

Major upgrade for the popular virtualization software brings speed enhancements and support for macOS 12 Monterey and M1-based Macs. ($79.99 annual subscription for standard edition or $99.99 perpetual license, 311 MB, macOS 10.13.6+)

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