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#1698: OS updates add podcast transcripts, Listen Later text-to-podcast service, hybrid Mac-iPad laptop, Vision Pro in healthcare

Apple updated all its operating systems last week with new features and bug fixes, led by the addition of transcripts in the Podcasts app in iOS 17.4, iPadOS 17.4, and macOS 14.4. The updates also addressed a few bugs and incorporated numerous security updates, some for vulnerabilities that are currently being exploited in the wild. We also welcome our latest sponsor, Listen Later, an Internet service that turns the text of articles into smoothly narrated podcasts. Finally, we briefly comment on Apple’s rosy-eyed view of the Vision Pro in the healthcare field and look at Federico Viticci’s impressive “MacPad,” a hacked-together Mac laptop with a detachable iPad as a screen. Notable Mac app releases this week include EagleFiler 1.9.13, Mellel 6.0.3, Mimestream 1.3, PopChar 10, and Quicken 7.6.1.


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PopChar 10

Major upgrade for the character discovery and font exploration utility gains a refreshed user interface and enhanced functionality. ($34.99 new, free update, 4.8 MB, macOS 11+)

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Quicken 7.6.1

Improves Tags and Categories lists and brings more Home Dashboard card customization. ($59.88/$83.88/$119.88 annual subscription, free update, 3.2 MB, macOS 11+)