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#1684: OS bug fix releases, Finder tag poll results, Messages identity verification, blocking spambots, which Apple services do you use?

Apple updated many of its operating systems last week, not primarily for security vulnerabilities, but to fix some gnarly bugs. Glenn Fleishman dives into Contact Key Verification, a tweaky feature in the next version of Messages that helps anyone who’s a high-value target avoid falling prey to a compromised conversation. We report on the results of our poll about Finder tag usage and share a look behind the curtain at some of the server-side issues that have occupied our time of late. Finally, this week’s Do You Use It? poll asks which—if any—of Apple’s marquee subscription services you pay for and use. Notable Mac app releases this week include Retrobatch 2.0, Keyboard Maestro 11.0.1, BusyCal 2023.4.4, GarageBand 10.4.9, Lunar 6.4.2, ChronoSync 11 and ChronoAgent 11, and Logic Pro 10.8.

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ChronoSync 11 and ChronoAgent 11

Upgraded synchronization and backup tools gain new features and full compatibility with macOS 14 Sonoma. ($49.99 new for ChronoSync, $14.99 new for ChronoAgent, free updates for previous licenses, various sizes, macOS 10.14+)

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Do You Use It? Apple Services

This week's Do You Use It? poll asks which Apple services: iCloud+, Apple Music, Apple TV+, Apple News+, Apple Fitness+, and Apple Arcade—and the Apple One bundle—you both pay for and actually use.