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#1600: Russian invasion of Ukraine impacts Apple world, how to create app aliases in iOS 15, do you need a cellular Apple Watch?

Welcome to our 1600th issue of TidBITS! This week’s big news is the unprovoked Russian invasion of Ukraine. As Adam Engst points out, this is far from a faceless, nameless conflict on the other side of the world, thanks to the Ukrainian Apple developers whose apps many of us use. We highlight some of them and share ways to help. In lighter news, Adam also reveals a bona fide discovery—you can now make aliases to iOS apps such that the same app can appear on multiple Home screens or in multiple folders. Finally, Josh Centers tackles the question of who needs a cellular Apple Watch, given the added cost and monthly expense. Notable Mac app releases this week include Microsoft Office for Mac 16.58, BusyCal 2022.1.3, Mimestream 0.33.6, Carbon Copy Cloner 6.1, and Timing 2022.1.

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Russian Invasion of Ukraine Impacts Apple World

We live in a global, interconnected world, so the Russian invasion of Ukraine isn’t just news reports from far away. Between impacted Ukrainian Apple developers, efforts by other Apple-adjacent firms, and calls for Apple to block the App Store in Russia, we’re all in this together.

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Microsoft Office for Mac 16.58 3 comments

Microsoft Office for Mac 16.58

Update to the office suite focused on enhancements for Excel. ($149.99 new for one-time purchase, $99.99/$69.99 annual subscription options, free update, macOS 10.14+)

BusyCal 2022.1.3 No comments

BusyCal 2022.1.3

Maintenance update for the calendar app with a few improvements and bug fixes. ($49.99 new, free update, 53.3 MB, macOS 10.12+)

Mimestream 0.33.6 3 comments

Mimestream 0.33.6

Adds support for accepting and declining invitations in Google Calendar, among other improvements. (Free, 9.1 MB, macOS 10.15+)

Carbon Copy Cloner 6.1 No comments

Carbon Copy Cloner 6.1

Brings a variety of improvements and bug fixes to the drive-cloning and backup utility. ($39.99 new, free update, 19.2 MB, macOS 10.15+)

Timing 2022.1 No comments

Timing 2022.1

Adds support for tracking email metadata in Microsoft Outlook and basic support for tracking information from Mac Catalyst apps. ($42 annual subscription, free update, 27.2 MB, macOS 10.14+)

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