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TidBITS#966/23-Feb-09

There’s an undercurrent of keeping your Mac safe throughout this week’s TidBITS issue. First, Adam passes on news of a critical vulnerability in Adobe Reader and Acrobat, along with suggestions on how to avoid being bitten by the current exploits. Jeff Carlson points out that a part of anyone’s backup strategy should be keeping the power on, via a UPS. And Doug McLean shares details about the liquid submersion indicators now built into all iPods, iPhones, and MacBooks. But we’re not going all paranoid on you – Adam also dives deep into iPhoto ’09 and returns with news that Apple seems to be working on an iPhone application that tracks your location. Jeff also explains how you can get a free Mac.com account for use with iChat, since trial MobileMe accounts expire. And finally, Doug contributes a roundup of his favorite screensavers that go beyond bouncing a picture around your screen. We’ve also just published “Take Control of Running Windows on a Mac, Third Edition,” and our Dutch and Japanese translations could use some more help. Notable software releases this week include ScreenFlow 1.5, MercuryMover 2.0.3, TextExpander 2.5.2, MacBook SMC Update 1.3, WireTap Studio 1.0.8, Things 1.0.4, and the ConceptDraw WebWave plug-in for ConceptDraw Pro.

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iPhone to Add Location Logging?

Some sleuthing within iPhoto '09 reveals that Apple was at least thinking about adding a location logging app to the iPhone and iPod touch, possibly for providing geotags to imported photos or improving maps. Could the feature point toward a more capable iPhone or iPod touch? And what about the privacy issues?

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Backups Need Power, Too

When you're thinking about safeguarding your data, don't forget to protect the equipment on which it's stored from electrical surges. Jeff Carlson updates the UPSes in his office.

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Hot Topics in TidBITS Talk for 23-Feb-09

This week's discussions concern the ever-popular look at what email program to replace Eudora, Microsoft's new retail stores, Apple's way of determining whether your device has taken a dip, the Unix underpinnings of Mac OS X, how to deal with stolen laptops, backing up a Mac to a portable hard drive, and more.