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TidBITS#956/08-Dec-08

We asked, you answered, and now we’re happy to provide the 2008 TidBITS Gift Guide, a compilation of top-rated gift suggestions by our readers. But as much as the Gift Guide was a ton of work over the last few weeks, it’s only a part of this jumbo issue. Rich Mogull talks to Apple about last week’s apparent revelation that the company was advising owners to buy antivirus software, and he also examines the new anti-phishing features in Safari. Also, Adam looks in depth at the Dymo DiscPainter CD-labeling printer, comparing it to other disc-labeling technologies he’s tried. In other news, Apple lists the top iTunes downloads of 2008, Doug McLean looks into reports of unusual grey lines on MacBook Air laptops, Matt Neuburg solves a longstanding Mac OS X interface annoyance, Glenn Fleishman finds Easy Wi-Fi for AT&T speeds up the process of using AT&T’s Wi-Fi network on the iPhone, and The Simpsons pokes fun at Apple. In this week’s TidBITS Watchlist, we note the releases of BusySync 2.1.9, Bento 2.0v3 and QuickTime 7.5.7.

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Apple Confirms Antivirus Software Is (Usually) Unnecessary

Apple inadvertently panicked Mac users this week by releasing an updated support article that recommended antivirus software and then pulling it after negative press reports. Rich Mogull confirms Apple's actual antivirus policy, lays out what happened, and explains why the average Mac user still doesn't need antivirus software.

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TidBITS Gift Guide 2008

Readers have spoken, readers have voted, and we have the results in this year's TidBITS Gift Guide. Forget the stuff that jaded editors think you might want - these are the items that people really do want (or plan to give).

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Hot Topics in TidBITS Talk/08-Dec-08

This week's discussions touch on printing CD labels, viewing Hulu.com content outside the United States, resizing Finder windows, problems with Bank of America's ShopSafe service, canceling ambient noise, encrypting data when a Mac is put to sleep, and streaming audio.