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#1681: Take Control Books 20th anniversary, USB-C Apple Pencil, Kini motion detector monitors access, topical social spaces

We’re thrilled to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Take Control Books, the ebook imprint that we founded in 2003 and sold to Joe Kissell back in 2017. Apple has introduced a third Apple Pencil model that trades wireless charging for USB-C and drops pressure sensitivity for a lower price. Adam Engst uses the addition of comments to the popular blog to encourage participation in topical social spaces in favor of scattershot social media. Finally, Adam reviews the Kini, a tiny device that sends a text message whenever it moves, enabling you to monitor access to valuable, dangerous, or off-limits items and areas. Notable Mac app releases this week include 1Password 8.10.18, VMware Fusion 13.5, Parallels Desktop 19.1, Default Folder X 6.0.1, Mimestream 1.1.3, Agenda 18.2, Airfoil 5.11.7 and Piezo 1.8.1, SpamSieve 3.0.1, Cyberduck 8.7, Mactracker 7.12.11, Scrivener 3.3.6, and Affinity Designer, Photo, and Publisher 2.2.1.

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Celebrating the 20th Anniversary of Take Control Books

Time flies when you’re doing good work. After Joe Kissell took over Take Control Books from TidBITS Publishing in 2017, the ebook imprint has continued to thrive and is now marking its 20th anniversary with a free ebook, a big sale, and some thoughts about the impact it has on the Apple ecosystem.


Agenda 18.2 Agen Schmitz No comments

Agenda 18.2

Brings new features, improvements, and bug fixes to the date-focused note-taking app. (Free with a $34.99 Premium subscription or $119.99 one-time Premium purchase, free update for subscribers, 72.9 MB, macOS 10.14+)

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Mactracker 7.12.11

Adds detailed information about all recent hardware and operating system releases, including the iPhone 15 models and macOS 14 Sonoma. (Free, 210.5 MB, macOS 10.12+)