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TidBITS#951/27-Oct-08

Apple racked up impressive numbers for its fourth financial quarter of 2008 – $7.9 billion in revenue and $1.14 billion in profit – but that’s only half of the story – literally. Those numbers nearly double when you account for iPhone revenue received, which we explain this week. Also in this issue, Joe Kissell celebrates the release of Mail Act-On 2, Jeff Carlson suggests a way to import video from a FireWire-equipped camcorder to the new MacBook that no longer includes FireWire, Glenn Fleishman notes the release of Google’s Android code as open source, and Adam weighs in on rumors of a tablet-sized device from Apple and looks at the new Google Earth for iPhone. In Take Control news, we announce the release of Joe’s new ebook, “Take Control of MobileMe.” And in this week’s TidBITS Watchlist we note the releases of iPhoto 7.1.5, BBEdit 9.0.2, Lightroom 2.1, Adobe Camera Raw 5.1, DiscLabel 5.3, Cocktail 4.2, AirPort Extreme Update 2008-004, Aperture 2.1.2, InDesign CS3 5.0.4 Update, InCopy 5.0.4 Update, and Suitcase Fusion 2.0.

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Tablet iPod Rumored on Weak Evidence

Do a couple of comments from Steve Jobs during a rare appearance on Apple's earnings call, coupled with some odd log entries discovered by a search engine, imply that we'll see a tablet-sized iPod soon? Adam regretfully thinks not.

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Mail Act-On 2 Supercharges Mail Rules

Indev's Mail Act-On has long been a popular add-on to Apple Mail, allowing users to move or copy messages (or apply more complex rules) with a couple of keystrokes. The just-released version 2, a complete rewrite, features better performance, a truly delightful interface, and some exciting extra features that will thrill die-hard Mail users. It's like LaunchBar for your email!

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Take Control News: Make the Most of MobileMe

Now that Apple's MobileMe service has settled down enough that it's possible to write a coherent book about it, we're pleased to announce the release of Joe Kissell's "Take Control of MobileMe," a 112-page ebook that explains all of MobileMe's features.

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Hot Topics in TidBITS Talk/27-Oct-08

In this week's discussions, readers explore third-party solutions for improving Apple's Mail application, troubleshoot a problem with Mail icons disappearing, track down Word 2008's elusive autocorrect dictionary, examine rumors of a tablet-sized Mac or iPod, and grapple with importing video from a camcorder to the new MacBook.