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Can a wristwatch help you sleep better? Andrew Laurence sleeps on the job to determine if the Sleeptracker device keeps him from waking up feeling kicked in the head. Tonya tackles another tool designed to help at home, the Roomba robot vacuum cleaner. In Mac-specific news, Smith Micro purchases Allume, Apple counts down to the 500 millionth iTunes track sold, WiTopia makes corporate-grade Wi-Fi security free, Adobe fixes Acrobat security vulnerabilities, and Adam shares where he and Tonya will be at Macworld Boston!

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Acrobat Vulnerabilities Fixed

Acrobat Vulnerabilities Fixed -- Adobe has released Adobe Reader 7.0.2 and Adobe Acrobat Standard/Professional 7.0.2 for the Macintosh, in part to fix a pair of security vulnerabilities and to improve form handling

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Smith Micro Acquires Allume

Smith Micro Software, Inc. announced its acquisition of Allume Systems, Inc. for $11 million in cash and $1.75 million in Smith Micro stock. Allume, formerly known as Aladdin Systems, is the maker of long-standard StuffIt compression products as well as Spring Cleaning and a number of other Macintosh utilities

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Roomba: a Robot Underfoot

Pop quiz: can you think of a round, computer-driven device that has four buttons, is not made by Apple, and ought to be in every household by the end of the decade? In case you don't pay much attention to the domestic scene - and by domestic, I mean the low-down world of dust bunnies, dog hair, and cookie crumbs - the answer is Roomba, the robotic vacuum cleaner from iRobot. Roomba is about the size of a medium pizza, and about as thick as a pizza box

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Take Control News/11-Jul-05

"Take Control of Buying a Mac" Updated -- The last Macworld Expo in San Francisco saw the release of the Mac mini, and Apple's Worldwide Developer Conference last month brought us the news that Apple would be transitioning the Macintosh to use CPUs from Intel in place of IBM's PowerPC chip

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Hot Topics in TidBITS Talk/11-Jul-05

The second URL below each thread description points to the discussion on our Web Crossing server, which will be faster. Modifying Microsoft Word for the elderly -- An 80-year-old man who is new to the Mac needs help viewing the text cursor in Word, as well as formatting text; TidBITS Talk readers provide solutions