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#1593: Wordle, vinyl skins for Apple laptops, Apple Music Voice Plan, ad hoc Wi-Fi networks

Happy New Year! We’re back from break and ready to explore whatever 2022 has in store for us. For Adam Engst, that’s filtered through recommendations that inform his New Year’s resolution, shared in this week’s LittleBITS column along with a macOS upgrade fix and how to enable ad hoc Wi-Fi networks in Big Sur and later. For Josh Centers, that involves sharing a quick how-to for Wordle, a fast and fun word guessing game that’s all the rage. Apple laptops all look very similar and have for years. If you have several in your house, how do you tell them apart? Adam Engst discovered that there are inexpensive vinyl skins that fit MacBooks perfectly, making them easier to differentiate and hold. Interested in saving some money on Apple Music? Julio Ojeda-Zapata reviews the Apple Music Voice Plan, an inexpensive Apple Music tier aimed at HomePod owners with an unusual limitation: you can initiate music playback only through Siri. Notable Mac app releases for the new year include Pixelmator Pro 2.3.4, Quicken 6.5.1, CleanMyMac X 4.10, Zoom 5.9.1, and GraphicConverter 11.5.5.

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Zoom 5.9.1 No comments

Zoom 5.9.1

Brings various new and enhanced features and bug fixes to the video conferencing app. (Free, 25.8 MB, macOS 10.9+)

CleanMyMac X 4.10 18 comments

CleanMyMac X 4.10

Introduces a a redesigned Assistant with extended statistics and more timely recommendations. ($89.95 new, free update, 82.2 MB, macOS 10.10+)

Quicken 6.5.1 6 comments

Quicken 6.5.1

Brings a variety of enhancements, including a new investment dashboard toolbar, account sidebar indicators, auto-reconcile, and bill pay. ($35.99/51.99/77.99 annual subscription, free update, 110 MB, macOS 10.13+)

Pixelmator Pro 2.3.4 1 comment

Pixelmator Pro 2.3.4

Adds support for exporting to Motion format and improves support for SVG files. ($39.99 new, free update, 433.1 MB, macOS 10.15+)

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