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TidBITS#917/03-Mar-08

After its January introduction at Macworld Expo, Apple’s Time Capsule – a combination AirPort base station and networked Time Machine backup disk – is finally shipping. Glenn Fleishman takes a look at the device and wonders why the company doesn’t extend the backup functionality to hard drives connected to existing AirPort Extreme base stations. In other hardware news, Apple added the multi-touch trackpad introduced on the MacBook Air to new MacBook Pro models, but not new MacBooks. And do you ever wonder if those end-of-year software deals are worth it for developers? Adam looks at some results from the MacSanta 2007 promotion. We round out this issue with a look at the maintenance utility CheckUp 1.0, the wonders of iChat screen sharing, a few minimally described updates from Apple, and the latest news in the cellular carriers’ rush to flat-rate pricing.

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Analyzing the MacSanta Promotion

The MacSanta promotion gave us days and days of deals from over 120 Macintosh developers - it was great for Mac users. But was it worthwhile for the participating developers? Adam crunches some numbers.

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Hot Topics in TidBITS Talk/03-Mar-08

This week's discussions cover a variety of topics, such as whether the iPod shuffle can get any smaller in size, using Time Machine with SuperDuper, problems with administrator access and keyboard firmware on some Mac models, and more.